Alberni News Staff

Josie Osborne was sworn into the Legislature virtually on Nov. 24. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne named minister of municipal affairs

The position was previously held by Selina Robinson, who is the province’s new finance minister

Josie Osborne was sworn into the Legislature virtually on Nov. 24. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

School District 70 gets a new name

Name change reflects district’s West Coast roots

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
Mid-Island Pacific Rim Election 2020 candidates.
Mid-Island Pacific Rim Election 2020 candidates.
The candidates for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. Clockwise from top left: Rob Clarke, Graham Hughes, Evan Jolicoeur, Helen Poon and Josie Osborne. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
The candidates for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. Clockwise from top left: Rob Clarke, Graham Hughes, Evan Jolicoeur, Helen Poon and Josie Osborne. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
A suspect painted “vulgar” language and images on the Sproat River bridge on Oct. 7. (PORT ALBERNI RCMP PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP seeking witnesses after ‘vulgar’ graffiti painted on Highway 4

The damage occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 7 sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A suspect painted “vulgar” language and images on the Sproat River bridge on Oct. 7. (PORT ALBERNI RCMP PHOTO)
Rob Clarke is running as the BC Libertarian Party candidate for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Rob Clarke wants freedom for Mid Island-Pacific Rim region

Rob Clarke is a BC Libertarian Party candidate for the 2020 provincial election

Rob Clarke is running as the BC Libertarian Party candidate for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Josie Osborne is running as the BC NDP candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding for the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Josie Osborne works for the people of Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Josie Osborne is a BC NDP candidate in the 2020 provincial election

Josie Osborne is running as the BC NDP candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding for the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Helen Poon is running as the BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Helen Poon advocates for small business and families in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Helen Poon is a BC Liberal candidate in the 2020 provincial election

Helen Poon is running as the BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni resident Graham Hughes is running as an Independent candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Independent candidate Graham Hughes wants change in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Graham Hughes is running as an Independent in the 2020 provincial election

Port Alberni resident Graham Hughes is running as an Independent candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Evan Jolicoeur is the BC Green Party candidate for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Evan Jolicoeur sees a Green future in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Evan Jolicoeur is running as a BC Green Party candidate in the 2020 provincial election

Evan Jolicoeur is the BC Green Party candidate for the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A map of the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding. (ELECTIONS BC PHOTO)

All candidates meeting goes virtual with Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce

The public is invited to submit questions for Mid Island-Pacific Rim candidates

A map of the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding. (ELECTIONS BC PHOTO)
Port Alberni city councillor Helen Poon addresses her peers at the Union of B.C. Municipalities, campaigning for a directorship with the provincial organization. UBCM PHOTO

Port Alberni city councillor named BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Next provincial election is scheduled for 2021, but could take place earlier

Port Alberni city councillor Helen Poon addresses her peers at the Union of B.C. Municipalities, campaigning for a directorship with the provincial organization. UBCM PHOTO
Vi and Bob Mundy are elders from Ucluelet First Nation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Nuu-chah-nulth storytellers present online writing workshop

Three members of the Ucluelet First Nation will demonstrate the power of history and storytelling

Vi and Bob Mundy are elders from Ucluelet First Nation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Sarah Foord, 38, was found dead 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (RCMP)

Man charged with murder after woman found dead in northern B.C.

John Wendell Keyler, 35, was arrested without incident in Fort St. John

Sarah Foord, 38, was found dead 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (RCMP)
Open burning will once again be permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre starting Friday, June 19. (File photo)

Open burning restrictions to be lifted in Coastal Fire Centre

All open fires will be allowed effective at noon on June 19

Open burning will once again be permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre starting Friday, June 19. (File photo)
Stan Coleman from Huu-ay-aht First Nations escaped serious injury but his car totalled when dust obscured his vision while driving on Bamfield Road, and he collided with the back of a logging truck. (PHOTO COURTESY STAN COLEMAN)

Huu-ay-aht First Nations urge caution driving Bamfield Road after serious crash

Dust from gravel road obscured driver’s vision, says chief councillor

Stan Coleman from Huu-ay-aht First Nations escaped serious injury but his car totalled when dust obscured his vision while driving on Bamfield Road, and he collided with the back of a logging truck. (PHOTO COURTESY STAN COLEMAN)
RCMP block the entrance to Coombs Country Candy on the Old Nanaimo Hwy on Tuesday, May 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Teen with suspected gun arrested in Port Alberni

RCMP respond to weapons complaint near a residential neighbourhood

RCMP block the entrance to Coombs Country Candy on the Old Nanaimo Hwy on Tuesday, May 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
(File photo)

Police watchdog investigating death of Vancouver Island woman

Port Alberni RCMP had dealt with woman in April incident hours previously

(File photo)
Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Theatre BC cancels festivals in response to COVID-19

‘Provincials’ of community theatre set to take place on Vancouver Island in July 2020

Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO