Nora O'Malley

Nuu-chah-nulth language champion Tim Masso holds his Rainy Coast Arts Award. (Jessie Masso photo)

Masso and Wenstob receive 2020 Rainy Coast Arts Award

Tla-o-qui-aht brothers share Pacific Rim Arts Society honour

Nuu-chah-nulth language champion Tim Masso holds his Rainy Coast Arts Award. (Jessie Masso photo)
The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)

Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Overlooking Ucluelet’s Main Street shopping district, Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce executive director Laurie Filgiano cozies up with ‘Snowy’, the beloved decorating contest trophy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness shopping spree gets a stiff shot of madness this weekend

“As a community, I think we will come out of this stronger.”

Overlooking Ucluelet’s Main Street shopping district, Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce executive director Laurie Filgiano cozies up with ‘Snowy’, the beloved decorating contest trophy. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino Sea Kayaking staff Sable Trafton holds a gift card they are contributing ‘12 Days of Jingle’ draw. One lucky local will has the chance to win $500 worth of gift cards to local merchants. (TLCC photo)

Tofino’s 12 Days of Jingle kicks off holiday season

“We wanted to do it early so people could make purchases and send them wherever they need to go.”

Tofino Sea Kayaking staff Sable Trafton holds a gift card they are contributing ‘12 Days of Jingle’ draw. One lucky local will has the chance to win $500 worth of gift cards to local merchants. (TLCC photo)
Food Bank on the Edge’s executive director Cris Martin, front, says holiday activities are ramping up, but due to the pandemic, they are only allowing current volunteers and their partners to work on the hampers. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast holiday giving guide for those in need

Registration is open for Ucluelet and Tofino Christmas Hampers, RE/MAX Angel Tree and more…

Food Bank on the Edge’s executive director Cris Martin, front, says holiday activities are ramping up, but due to the pandemic, they are only allowing current volunteers and their partners to work on the hampers. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

WATCH: Radical wave storm hits Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Combined wind and wave swell topped six metres

A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Tofino and Ucluelet kindly ask visitors from Lower Mainland to postpone trips, again

“We thank visitors from these regions for their continued support and understanding.”

The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)
2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)

Canada’s top surfers return to competition

“It felt so good to be back in a jersey competition and it made me realize how much I miss it.”

2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)
Standing in his ‘Relative Room’, Whitey Bernard proudly holds up the limited edition stamps and commemorative coin created to remember the famous war photo “Wait for me, Daddy”. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Whitey Bernard reflects on iconic war photo ‘Wait for me, Daddy’

Tofino local says the novel coronavirus is quite similar to growing up in Vancouver during wartime

Standing in his ‘Relative Room’, Whitey Bernard proudly holds up the limited edition stamps and commemorative coin created to remember the famous war photo “Wait for me, Daddy”. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ricardo Manmohan salutes the cenotaph alongside his sons Liam, Rhys and Ewan during Ucluelet’s 2018 Remembrance Day service. This year’s service has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Westerly file photo)

Remembrance Day cenotaph services cancelled in Tofino and Ucluelet

“Hopefully this time next year we will be able to come together to remember.”

Ricardo Manmohan salutes the cenotaph alongside his sons Liam, Rhys and Ewan during Ucluelet’s 2018 Remembrance Day service. This year’s service has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet mayor and council took the unprecedented step of suspending a short-term vacation rental business licence during the Oct. 27 regular meeting. (District of Ucluelet photo)

Ucluelet council slaps six-month suspension on short-term rental due to non-compliance

“It’s been a sad case of cat and mouse and see what we can get away with.”

Ucluelet mayor and council took the unprecedented step of suspending a short-term vacation rental business licence during the Oct. 27 regular meeting. (District of Ucluelet photo)
Wickaninnish Community School student Priya Petch, 5, won a Chocolate Tofino gift card for her drawing centered on clean water. (Submitted photo)

Drawing contest showcases United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

“The SDGs are an important priority to keep in mind. They are all interconnected.”

Wickaninnish Community School student Priya Petch, 5, won a Chocolate Tofino gift card for her drawing centered on clean water. (Submitted photo)
Ucluelet First Nation president Chuck McCarthy, right, stands with Ucluelet’s mayor and council during the Oct. 13 flag raising ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Council chambers host Ucluelet First Nation flag raising ceremony

District of Ucluelet and Yuułuʔiłʔath Government look towards moving forward collectively

Ucluelet First Nation president Chuck McCarthy, right, stands with Ucluelet’s mayor and council during the Oct. 13 flag raising ceremony. (Submitted photo)
Developer Andrew McLane, right, digs a shovel in the ground of Lot 13 as mayor Mayco Noel cheers on the idea of bringing more housing to West Coasters. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet council approves development permit for 33-lot housing project

“Mr. McLane, we wish you nothing but luck and we are counting on you.”

Developer Andrew McLane, right, digs a shovel in the ground of Lot 13 as mayor Mayco Noel cheers on the idea of bringing more housing to West Coasters. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Thaddeus Lenover kisses his mushroom picking partner Teagan Evans on the cheek after a rainy day out in the woods harvesting wild mushrooms. (Nora O'Malley photo)

Mushroom pickers say it’s less busy this year

Mushroom picking partners Thaddeus Lenover and Teagan Evans spent the better part…

Thaddeus Lenover kisses his mushroom picking partner Teagan Evans on the cheek after a rainy day out in the woods harvesting wild mushrooms. (Nora O'Malley photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Canada’s plastic advancement is viewed a win for the West Coast

“This is a victory for the ongoing history of environmental activism on the West Coast.”

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)

Ma-mook responds to B.C. plan for old growth preservation

“The company has to come to terms with acknowledging and responding to the Nation’s interests.”

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)
On Sept. 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. (Westerly File photo)

RCMP: Seven Ucluelet residents face drug, weapons charges after year-long operation

Ucluelet RCMP, Vancouver Island GIS target opioid drug trade

On Sept. 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. (Westerly File photo)
Barkley Community Forest representative Zoltan Schafer presents Central Westcoast Forest Society staff Frank Witter and Megan Francis a $20,000 donation at the ‘A Walk In The Forest’ trail head. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Unique interpretive trail ‘A Walk In The Forest’ gets much needed boost in Ucluelet

“It’s such an amazing opportunity for us to explain the work that we do.”

Barkley Community Forest representative Zoltan Schafer presents Central Westcoast Forest Society staff Frank Witter and Megan Francis a $20,000 donation at the ‘A Walk In The Forest’ trail head. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino General Hospital Foundation board members Phyllis Banks, left, and Arlene McGinnis accept a gigantic cheque from Tuff City Radio’s Cameron Dennison, Kimberly Johnston and their kids Hannah and Elliott. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Fundraiser brings in $103,000 for Tofino hospital

“I was shocked. No one expected people to dig that deep.”

Tofino General Hospital Foundation board members Phyllis Banks, left, and Arlene McGinnis accept a gigantic cheque from Tuff City Radio’s Cameron Dennison, Kimberly Johnston and their kids Hannah and Elliott. (Nora O’Malley photo)