Susie Quinn

Port Alberni conservation officer Andrew Riddell said part of being a Bear Smart community is educating people about bear smart practices. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Conservation officers kill two bears in Port Alberni

‘Garbage’ bears marauding Uptown neighbourhood tranquilized, euthanized

Port Alberni conservation officer Andrew Riddell said part of being a Bear Smart community is educating people about bear smart practices. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Helen Poon, owner of the Kingsway Pub, stands beside one of four paintings that contractor Chaisson Yellowquill found behind six layers of wall material while renovating the pub. The 6-by-3-foot panels depict Alberni Valley scenes.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Kingsway Pub in Port Alberni discovers mystery paintings beneath walls

Owner Helen Poon asks if former clientele have info on painter

Helen Poon, owner of the Kingsway Pub, stands beside one of four paintings that contractor Chaisson Yellowquill found behind six layers of wall material while renovating the pub. The 6-by-3-foot panels depict Alberni Valley scenes.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Bear hunt on after man knocked down in Port Alberni residential backyard

Traps set after family posted about bear knocking man to the ground and swatting his leg

Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Port Alberni RCMP members recently receiving awards are Cpl. Jason Racz, from left, Cst. Darryl Yacboski, Cpl. Brady Mathison, Sgt. Dave Boyce, Deputy Commissioner for “E” Division Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Insp. Brian Hunter, Cst. Darren Pinto, Cst. Beth O’Connor and Cpl. Amelia Hayden.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO

Takedown of deranged, slashing man with knife earns Vancouver Island RCMP officers bravery honour

“The members feel they were just doing their job, I have to disagree. They went above and beyond.”

Port Alberni RCMP members recently receiving awards are Cpl. Jason Racz, from left, Cst. Darryl Yacboski, Cpl. Brady Mathison, Sgt. Dave Boyce, Deputy Commissioner for “E” Division Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Insp. Brian Hunter, Cst. Darren Pinto, Cst. Beth O’Connor and Cpl. Amelia Hayden.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO
Port Alberni Husky station robbery suspect caught

Port Alberni Husky station robbery suspect caught

A man suspected of robbing the Husky gas station and convenience store…

Port Alberni Husky station robbery suspect caught
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Jackson Doucet squares off against a pair of Prince George Spruce Kings during a home game on Saturday, Nov. 17.                                ELENA RARDON PHOTO

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs are for sale

The Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society seeks a buyer after six full seasons of operation

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Jackson Doucet squares off against a pair of Prince George Spruce Kings during a home game on Saturday, Nov. 17.                                ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Teenage boy succumbed to injuries the morning after collision with vehicle

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni
Signs signalling transgender people are welcome to use the washroom facilities of their choice went up at Alberni District Secondary School in late October.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

New washroom rules a win for transgender students at Alberni high school

New rules, signs allow transgender students to use washrooms of their choice

Signs signalling transgender people are welcome to use the washroom facilities of their choice went up at Alberni District Secondary School in late October.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Indigenous tourism blossoming on Vancouver Island

BIG READ: Islanders investing in First Nations cultural experiences to attract the world

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Woman rescued from Sproat River rapids near Port Alberni

Couple’s canoe capsized; mid-Island volunteers extricate stranded paddler

A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO

Wind a concern as new fire near Port Alberni grows

Beaufort Range fire still not under control: Coastal Fire Centre

A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO
A wildfire burning in the Beaufort Mountain Range can be seen from south Port Alberni, early Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

UPDATE: Helicopters arrive to help battle wildfire near Port Alberni

Beaufort Range blaze third caused by humans since Aug. 5 on Vancouver Island

A wildfire burning in the Beaufort Mountain Range can be seen from south Port Alberni, early Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO                                Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO

Wildfire burns near Great Central Lake

Calls started coming in just before 11 p.m. on B.C. Day about the blaze; size unknown

Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO                                Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a brief surprise visit to Port Alberni on Monday, July 30. Trudeau’s Challenger jet landed at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport so Trudeau could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he will rejoin his family on a private holiday. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops in at Alberni Valley airport

Military Challenger jet drops Trudeau off to waiting motorcade heading west

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a brief surprise visit to Port Alberni on Monday, July 30. Trudeau’s Challenger jet landed at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport so Trudeau could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he will rejoin his family on a private holiday. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO
Weekend traffic is halted near Taylor Arm Park as fire crews battle a blaze that broke out on the side of the road on Saturday, July 21. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Weekend traffic is halted near Taylor Arm Park as fire crews battle a blaze that broke out on the side of the road on Saturday, July 21. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO
Jan Stelmaszyk of Port Alberni and his son, Matt Bartnik, 3, in a photo from Mount Douglas on Stelmaszyk’s Instagram account. RCMP PHOTO

Port Alberni man, three-year-old son still considered missing

RCMP implore Jan Stelmaszyk to reach out to authorities to confirm his location

Jan Stelmaszyk of Port Alberni and his son, Matt Bartnik, 3, in a photo from Mount Douglas on Stelmaszyk’s Instagram account. RCMP PHOTO
Natalie Rumsby of Victoria has been a 911 dispatcher for 12 years. In April 2018 she coached a woman from Port Alberni in CPR when the woman’s husband collapsed in the shower. SUBMITTED PHOTO

B.C. 911 call-taker gets rare glimpse of what happened after call

Call-taker coached Port Alberni woman in lifesaving CPR on her husband

Natalie Rumsby of Victoria has been a 911 dispatcher for 12 years. In April 2018 she coached a woman from Port Alberni in CPR when the woman’s husband collapsed in the shower. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Jack Klock rests at West Coast General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home and going into cardiac arrest. PHOTO COURTESY CAROL KLOCK

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The dispatcher literally taught me CPR over the phone’

Jack Klock rests at West Coast General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home and going into cardiac arrest. PHOTO COURTESY CAROL KLOCK