Alberni News Staff

The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Man found dead after B.C. firefighters spot burning house while on another call

Fire near Port Alberni sparked by cooking left unattended when man succumbed to medical condition

The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Amber Manthorne of Port Alberni has been missing since July 7, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Vancouver Island’s major crime unit takes over search for missing Port Alberni woman

Amber Manthorne’s ex-boyfriend has been found but she isn’t with him: RCMP

Amber Manthorne of Port Alberni has been missing since July 7, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Vancouver Island Regional Library is ready for summer with reading clubs for adults, children and teens. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Vancouver Island Regional Library kicks off summer reading challenges

Readers of all ages encouraged to build and maintain their reading skills during the summer months

Vancouver Island Regional Library is ready for summer with reading clubs for adults, children and teens. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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RCMP investigating suspicious death at Port Alberni motel

RCMP say there is no threat to the public

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Conservation officers euthanize cougar after it attacks Vancouver Island man and his dog

Friends set up fundraiser to help offset dog’s veterinary bills

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Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two people arrested in 2018 death of six-year-old boy from Port Alberni

RCMP lay first-degree murder charges after four-year investigation

Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council leaders are demanding immediate action in response to toxic drug deaths. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver Island First Nations demand overdose crisis action

Addiction clinic and detox centre needed on Island’s West Coast, says Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council leaders are demanding immediate action in response to toxic drug deaths. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The intersection of Victoria Quay and Roger Street in Port Alberni was closed for several hours on April 2 due to a police incident. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

RCMP investigate suspicious death near Port Alberni waterfront

RCMP are asking for dashcam or security video that may help solve woman’s death

The intersection of Victoria Quay and Roger Street in Port Alberni was closed for several hours on April 2 due to a police incident. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
First responders deal with a single-vehicle accident on Highway 4 near the turnoff to Central Lake Road on March 28, 2022. Two people were taken to hospital. (RCMP PHOTO)

Teen driver nabbed for DUI after Vancouver Island single-vehicle crash

RCMP warn drivers to leave their keys at home before they drink after Highway 4 incident

First responders deal with a single-vehicle accident on Highway 4 near the turnoff to Central Lake Road on March 28, 2022. Two people were taken to hospital. (RCMP PHOTO)
A photo of Police Service Dog Jammer. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)

Police dog finds missing Port Alberni boy

Boy had gone missing in the trails at Maplehurst Park

A photo of Police Service Dog Jammer. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)
Provincial government staff host public engagement session over Cathedral Grove safety at the Port Alberni Friendship Center in 2019. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Future of Cathedral Grove’s high-alert parking lot pushed back onto the front-burner

Visitor safety and traffic congestion back under consideration after talks stalled in 2019

Provincial government staff host public engagement session over Cathedral Grove safety at the Port Alberni Friendship Center in 2019. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
RCMP stand outside of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Aug. 29, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

B.C. mom charged with second-degree murder in 2021 death of her son

Man was found dead in Port Alberni home in August 2021

RCMP stand outside of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Aug. 29, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sam Schofield kneels to block a shot by Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena on Jan. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

TSN Island-bound to film ‘very special story’ of Alberni hockey player

Feature will follow Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau

Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sam Schofield kneels to block a shot by Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena on Jan. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The opening reception of My Place in 2018. (Photo courtesy AV Museum).

Vancouver Island juried art show re-emerges as Emergence

Free workshops, talks planned for summer of 2022 in Port Alberni

The opening reception of My Place in 2018. (Photo courtesy AV Museum).
42-year-old Robert Moynes has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing Port Alberni man found safe

Robert Moynes was reported missing on Feb. 6, 2022

42-year-old Robert Moynes has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)
‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

B.C. First Nation announces plans to scan former Alberni residential school grounds

Tseshaht plans to provide wellness-focused support to school survivors around radar probe of site

‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

16-year-old charged with murder in 2021 Vancouver Island stabbing

Clifton Johnston was found stabbed to death in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Centre

A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)

Vancouver Island charity ransacked right down to the soup bowls

More than $5,000 worth of supplies stolen from Alberni’s Grassroots Homelessness Coalition’s trailer

Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)
Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)

UPDATE: Highway 4 west of Port Alberni re-opens after semi-truck rollover

Vehicle will be recovered after early-morning MVI

Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)
Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Island RCMP issue warning about safe winter driving after multiple crashes

Heavy snowfall, icy roads and driver inattention all factors

Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)