Nora O'Malley

Chris Manocchio unleashes after taking first place and a $1500 cash prize at the Tofino Oyster Festival Shucker’s Showdown on Nov. 27 at the Shore Pier. (Marcie Callewaert photos)

PHOTOS: Tofino crowns inaugural oyster shucking champion

Chris Manocchio shucks 18 oysters the fastest in front of an ecstatic crowd

Chris Manocchio unleashes after taking first place and a $1500 cash prize at the Tofino Oyster Festival Shucker’s Showdown on Nov. 27 at the Shore Pier. (Marcie Callewaert photos)
Ucluelet artists Judy and Tom Schmidt received the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Rainy Coast Arts Award during the 52nd AGM on Nov. 20 at the Cougar Annie Room at Waters Edge Resort. The annual award recognizes artists for their outstanding dedication to the arts and culture on the West Coast and beyond. (Nora O’Malley photo)

The Schmidt’s win 2022 Rainy Coast Arts Award

Pacific Rim Arts Society presented the honour during their 52nd AGM

Ucluelet artists Judy and Tom Schmidt received the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Rainy Coast Arts Award during the 52nd AGM on Nov. 20 at the Cougar Annie Room at Waters Edge Resort. The annual award recognizes artists for their outstanding dedication to the arts and culture on the West Coast and beyond. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Kayakers paddle out at Ucluelet’s Little Beach. (Westerly file photo)

Housing co-operative open house on Nov. 30 in Ucluelet

Come and learn on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Ucluelet Community Centre

Kayakers paddle out at Ucluelet’s Little Beach. (Westerly file photo)
The Tofino RCMP detachment on Nov. 23, 2022. (Nora O'Malley photo)

Police watchdog clears Tofino RCMP officer in shooting death of Julian Jones

Details from the investigation will be released once court case related to the incident is over

The Tofino RCMP detachment on Nov. 23, 2022. (Nora O'Malley photo)
The Blue Room’s Janine Riley, left, and Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce manager Seika Anderson will be spreading holiday cheer on Friday, Nov. 25 as the town lights up for its annual Midnight Madness. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet’s annual Midnight Madness shopping extravaganza is tonight

Over 30 Ucluelet businesses kickoff the holiday season with the annual shop local celebration

The Blue Room’s Janine Riley, left, and Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce manager Seika Anderson will be spreading holiday cheer on Friday, Nov. 25 as the town lights up for its annual Midnight Madness. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A still pulled from the short film ‘Muuxtuu: A Ukee Mountain Bike Film’, which is part of TAFF’s Saturday in-person and online program. (Submitted photo)

Tofino Adventure Film Festival returns this weekend

Festival goers can watch in-person screenings or stream the event online from home

A still pulled from the short film ‘Muuxtuu: A Ukee Mountain Bike Film’, which is part of TAFF’s Saturday in-person and online program. (Submitted photo)
Ron Lee and Ryan Orr are excited to revive the Tofino Oyster Festival with a new family-friendly event on Nov. 27, the Shuckers Showdown. (Kim Leckey photo)

Tofino Oyster Fest returns with family-friendly Shucker’s Showdown

About 20 chefs will faceoff on Sunday, Nov. 27 for the Tuff City shucking championship crown

Ron Lee and Ryan Orr are excited to revive the Tofino Oyster Festival with a new family-friendly event on Nov. 27, the Shuckers Showdown. (Kim Leckey photo)
Food Bank on the Edge president Cris Martin says cash is king this holiday season. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Food Bank on the Edge ramps up holiday fundraising

They are looking to raise funds for about 110 Christmas Hampers

Food Bank on the Edge president Cris Martin says cash is king this holiday season. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The male Pacific white-sided dolphin was still alive when it was first discovered on Nov. 4 within the southern end of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Karyssa Arnett photo)

Dolphin washes up in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Parks Canada says the dolphin likely beached itself to avoid being eaten by killer whales

The male Pacific white-sided dolphin was still alive when it was first discovered on Nov. 4 within the southern end of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Karyssa Arnett photo)
Indigenous wellness and healing specialist Anita Charleson-Touchie of Ucluelet First Nation holds a Bead Timeline at the Nov. 2 health forum. (Nora O’Malley photos)

Forum helps guide future of West Coast community health

Connection was a resounding theme to emerge on Nov. 2 at the…

Indigenous wellness and healing specialist Anita Charleson-Touchie of Ucluelet First Nation holds a Bead Timeline at the Nov. 2 health forum. (Nora O’Malley photos)
Ucluelet Mayor and council, clockwise from top left: Ian Kennington, Mark Maftei, Shawn Anderson, Jennifer Hoar and Marilyn McEwen. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet’s new mayor and council sworn in

Ucluelet’s new mayor and four councillors took their Oaths of Office on Nov. 1

Ucluelet Mayor and council, clockwise from top left: Ian Kennington, Mark Maftei, Shawn Anderson, Jennifer Hoar and Marilyn McEwen. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Christine Lowther reads from Worth More Growing during an Oct. 28 book launch at the Common Loaf Bake Shop. (Nora O’Malley photo)

New youth poetry book pays homage to trees

Worth More Growing was edited and curated by Tofino poet and author Christine Lowther

Christine Lowther reads from Worth More Growing during an Oct. 28 book launch at the Common Loaf Bake Shop. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet Aquarium staff Joel Filgate-McNabb, Britt Buirs, and Jess Cloutier bid farewell to another amazing season. (Nora O'Malley photo)

Ucluelet Aquarium closing early due to mechanical issues

Oct. 31 is the last day folks can view their favourite sea critters until next year

Ucluelet Aquarium staff Joel Filgate-McNabb, Britt Buirs, and Jess Cloutier bid farewell to another amazing season. (Nora O'Malley photo)
The all girls Tofino-Ucluelet West Coast Kickers soccer club pose for an inaugural team photo. (Submitted photo)

All girls West Coast soccer team takes flight

Meet the ‘West Coast Kickers’, Tofino and Ucluelet’s female soccer club

The all girls Tofino-Ucluelet West Coast Kickers soccer club pose for an inaugural team photo. (Submitted photo)
West Coast community members celebrate the unveiling of a new Welcome Map at the Junction visitor centre on Oct. 19. (Nora O’Malley photo)

New Welcome Map unveiled at Pacific Rim Visitor Centre

New visitor map acknowledges six Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations tribes, municipalities and the Park Reserve

West Coast community members celebrate the unveiling of a new Welcome Map at the Junction visitor centre on Oct. 19. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The new million dollar boardwalk leading to the natural hot springs in Ahousaht territory was built in partnership with 43K Wilderness Solutions, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society, and BC Parks. (Keltsmaht Adventures photo)

Ahousaht re-opens Hot Springs near Tofino

Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and Hot Springs is open to the public

The new million dollar boardwalk leading to the natural hot springs in Ahousaht territory was built in partnership with 43K Wilderness Solutions, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society, and BC Parks. (Keltsmaht Adventures photo)
Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)

Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge Half Marathon and 10km makes stellar return

650 runners took to the Wild Pacific Trail on Sunday, Oct. 16

Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)
On Oct. 29, Vi Mundy, left, Ellen Kimoto and Shirley Martin invite people to ‘remember, recount, and reconcile’ the effects of the WWII Internment. (Phil Hood photo)

Japanese Internment storytelling event coming up Oct. 29 in Ucluelet

The special gathering will be facilitated by Paul Kariya of the BC Redress Negotiations Committee

On Oct. 29, Vi Mundy, left, Ellen Kimoto and Shirley Martin invite people to ‘remember, recount, and reconcile’ the effects of the WWII Internment. (Phil Hood photo)
Tofino pickleball players Dan Audet, front, Judy Michaud, Kris Brown, Janet St. Pierre, and Steve Thicke display their 55+ BC Games medals during a Wednesday practice. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino pickleball players win medals at +55 BC Games

“At the end of the match you were up hugging your opponent. It was just a big, social activity”

Tofino pickleball players Dan Audet, front, Judy Michaud, Kris Brown, Janet St. Pierre, and Steve Thicke display their 55+ BC Games medals during a Wednesday practice. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Local mushroom buyer Butch Sheaves holds a crate of pricey chanterelles. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Dry weather causes “unprecedented” cost of chanterelles

“We need heavy rain. We need rain that will saturate the ground”

Local mushroom buyer Butch Sheaves holds a crate of pricey chanterelles. (Nora O’Malley photo)