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All hands on deck! ACRD team up with WildSafe, Tla-o-qui-aht maintenance, and Surfrider Pacific Rim to deliver carts to homes in Ucluelet last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Roadside organics collection launches in Ucluelet and Tofino

‘Scrape the plate’ program allows residents to dispose of all food waste and yard waste

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Medical lab services returning to Ucluelet this week

Ucluelet’s outpatient medical lab has been closed since August due to a staffing shortage

Snow falling on Highway 1 at Malahat Summit in 2020.Winter driving conditions are on the way with snow and wind forecast for south, inland, east and north Vancouver Island from Tuesday morning through Wednesday (Nov. 30). (DriveBC/File)

Shift into winter: Snow, wind warnings issued for most of Vancouver Island

Work-related crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in the in B.C.

Snow falling on Highway 1 at Malahat Summit in 2020.Winter driving conditions are on the way with snow and wind forecast for south, inland, east and north Vancouver Island from Tuesday morning through Wednesday (Nov. 30). (DriveBC/File)
Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

Province promises Tofino-Ucluelet highway will open to two-way traffic in early 2023

Four years of travel delays may finally be coming to an end for West Coast residents and visitors

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)

Special weather statement in effect with snow expected on the Island this week

Environment Canada forecasts 15 centimetres in inland areas of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin 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)
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Tofino Housing Corporation puts duplexes on hold, questions affordability

Project halted after only one applicant receives pre-approved mortgage for the $699,000 purchase

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Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Where the Harrison River in British Columbia runs deep and the mountains stand tall that is where thousands of eagles dare as salmon spawn. A bald eagle eats a chinook salmon along the Harrison River in Harrison Mills, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Lack of rainfall could mean 3-week delay for Vancouver Island salmon spawning

However, overall returns are expected to be solid despite unusual weather patterns

Where the Harrison River in British Columbia runs deep and the mountains stand tall that is where thousands of eagles dare as salmon spawn. A bald eagle eats a chinook salmon along the Harrison River in Harrison Mills, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Dog owners urge Tofino council to reconsider leash laws

Tofino dog owners can mark Dec. 5 in their calendars

Westerly file photo
The Portview Landing apartment complex on Burde Street has contributed to the City of Port Alberni’s stock of rental housing. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District ponders rent bank program

BC Rent Bank has found a partner in the Connective Support Society Nanaimo

The Portview Landing apartment complex on Burde Street has contributed to the City of Port Alberni’s stock of rental housing. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The new School District 70 board of education stands with Secretary-Treasurer Lindsay Cheetham (far left) and superintendent Tim Davie (far right). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

School District 70 board has a new look

Inaugural meeting blended elements of the formal and traditional

The new School District 70 board of education stands with Secretary-Treasurer Lindsay Cheetham (far left) and superintendent Tim Davie (far right). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District holds inaugural board meeting

Some First Nations still without a voice at the table in regional district

The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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Tofino tweaks bylaw enforcement policy

Move gives council more wiggle room to set priorities

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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)
Tofino’s manager of corporate services Nikki Best leads mayor Dan Law through the oath of office. (Andrew Bailey photo)

WATCH: Tofino mayor delivers inaugural address

Tofino’s new municipal council officially sworn in

Tofino’s manager of corporate services Nikki Best leads mayor Dan Law through the oath of office. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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)
Tofino’s municipal council is set to receive a raise following the recommendations of a Council Remuneration Advisory Group. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino council moves towards salary increase

Final approval to arrive on new council’s desk at their first meeting on Nov. 8

Tofino’s municipal council is set to receive a raise following the recommendations of a Council Remuneration Advisory Group. (Westerly file photo)
BC Hydro crews, here seen Saturday, continue to restore power across all parts of Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Thousands across Vancouver Island still without power Sunday morning

Almost 900 people in southern half of Vancouver Island and more 2,500 in northern half without power

BC Hydro crews, here seen Saturday, continue to restore power across all parts of Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)