Tofino,

Tofino’s library is currently located in the basement of the Tofino Legion building but talks are underway to build a brand new facility. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino ready for next chapter of new library pursuit

“There is no spike in taxes.”

 

The District of Tofino has put new restrictions in place around alcohol at public events. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino puts new restrictions on alcohol at public events

Town’s council adopts Municipal Alcohol Policy.

 

Tofino expects to elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6. (Westerly file photo)

Nomination period begins for Tofino byelection

Tofino is set to replace former mayor Josie Osborne, who is now the Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA.

 

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is reminding visitors that all dogs must be leashed at all times. (Westerly file photo)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve urges dog owners to show respect by leashing their pets

“As Coastal Stewards, we appreciate seeing you with your pets on leashes.”

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is reminding visitors that all dogs must be leashed at all times. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet local Geoff Johnson snapped this photo of a Risso’s dolphin that washed up near Chesterman Beach in Tofino on Wednesday, Jan. 13. (Geoff Johnson photo)

Washed up Risso’s dolphin offers glimpse into “whole other world” near Tofino

“It’s like a UFO crash landed and you can come look at it.”

Ucluelet local Geoff Johnson snapped this photo of a Risso’s dolphin that washed up near Chesterman Beach in Tofino on Wednesday, Jan. 13. (Geoff Johnson photo)
From left: Olivia Rhodes with a gold medal around her neck smiles beside USS teammate Caitlyn Midlane who proudly wore her silver at the Western Canada Age Class (Mike Rhodes photo), Maaqtusiis senior boys basketball team come together for a cheer during the Vancouver Island Championships in February (Curt McLeod photo), Sophie L’Homme and Cameron Dennison roar with excitement as they get set to broadcast ‘the best singing show the West Coast has ever heard’ on Tuff City Radio (Sophie L’Homme photo), and Canadian surf legend Peter Devries celebrates winning November’s Rip Curl Hometown Showdown (Bryanna Bradley photo).

Tofino and Ucluelet’s Top 10 sports and arts stories of 2020

Here is the Westerly’s ‘Year in Review’ for best sports and arts…

From left: Olivia Rhodes with a gold medal around her neck smiles beside USS teammate Caitlyn Midlane who proudly wore her silver at the Western Canada Age Class (Mike Rhodes photo), Maaqtusiis senior boys basketball team come together for a cheer during the Vancouver Island Championships in February (Curt McLeod photo), Sophie L’Homme and Cameron Dennison roar with excitement as they get set to broadcast ‘the best singing show the West Coast has ever heard’ on Tuff City Radio (Sophie L’Homme photo), and Canadian surf legend Peter Devries celebrates winning November’s Rip Curl Hometown Showdown (Bryanna Bradley photo).
<em>Chinook Salmon: Breaking Through</em> by B.C.’s Mark Hobson was selected among 13 entries as the winner of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Stamp Competition.

Stained-glass lighting casts a win to B.C. salmon artist

Painting of chinook is Mark Hobson’s third win in annual contest

<em>Chinook Salmon: Breaking Through</em> by B.C.’s Mark Hobson was selected among 13 entries as the winner of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Stamp Competition.
Terry Fong embraces his best friend Princeton at Incinerator Rock, which became the travelling companions’ favourite spot during five years of exploring. (Cam Shaw photo)

Tofino played key role in inspirational dog’s journey

Terry Fong explains his recently published book, ‘Princeton - A Love Story’

Terry Fong embraces his best friend Princeton at Incinerator Rock, which became the travelling companions’ favourite spot during five years of exploring. (Cam Shaw photo)
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL QUESTION: Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink?

Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink? READ MORE: Tofino aims…

  • Jan 8, 2021
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Hotel Zed in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino council opposes new liquor licence for Hotel Zed

Liquor primary licence application looks like a long shot for Tofino’s newest hotel.

Hotel Zed in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)
Clockwise from top right: Four-legged pal Itska made headlines last year after being taken from her Tofino owner, a rock blasting mishap caused Highway 4 to be shut down for three days, back in March Tofino and Ucluelet resorts and restaurants closed to help “flatten the curve” and stop the transmission of COVID-19, a jet-ski operator revved concerns after playing in the surf at Chesterman Beach.

Looking back on the West Coast’s top 10 news stories of the year

Tofino and Ucluelet’s top headlines of 2020.

  • Jan 6, 2021
Clockwise from top right: Four-legged pal Itska made headlines last year after being taken from her Tofino owner, a rock blasting mishap caused Highway 4 to be shut down for three days, back in March Tofino and Ucluelet resorts and restaurants closed to help “flatten the curve” and stop the transmission of COVID-19, a jet-ski operator revved concerns after playing in the surf at Chesterman Beach.
Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point is a popular spot to storm watch, but goers are reminded to enjoy the extreme weather safely by staying off the rocks and being <a href="https://coastsmart.ca/" target="_blank">CoastSmart</a>. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point is a popular spot to storm watch, but goers are reminded to enjoy the extreme weather safely by staying off the rocks and being <a href="https://coastsmart.ca/" target="_blank">CoastSmart</a>. (Westerly file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested after fleeing police near Tofino

Helicopter and Police Dog Services locate suspect.

(Black Press Media file photo)
New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

POLL QUESTION: Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

What are you hoping to achieve in 2021?

  • Jan 3, 2021
New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Ahousaht First Nation.

Missing First Nations elder found dead near Tofino

Harry Lucas was found deceased near Tofino on Saturday

Ahousaht First Nation.
Ahousaht First Nation.

Search for Hesquiaht First Nation elder ends in tragedy near Tofino

Harry Lucas was found deceased near Tofino on Saturday.

Ahousaht First Nation.
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Tofino. (Black Press file photo)

Police investigating suspicious death in Tofino

Police found the deceased man while conducting a welfare call at a Chesterman Beach Road residence.

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Tofino. (Black Press file photo)
Gracie Dawson, Auley Feaver and Lisa Evans proudly carried their creations through the Tofino Botanical Gardens during the 18th annual Tofino Lantern Festival in 2018. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Hundreds of lanterns rehomed as Tofino Lantern Festival in flux

A museum of West Coast creativity has been disassembled.

Gracie Dawson, Auley Feaver and Lisa Evans proudly carried their creations through the Tofino Botanical Gardens during the 18th annual Tofino Lantern Festival in 2018. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Excited Patrick Leslie, 3, visits with Santa Claus during a special socially distanced photo event organized by the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. Far West provided yummy hot chocolate and all the kids went home with a craft bag. (Jen McLeod photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet leaders share Letters to Santa

Elected officials lay out their wishlists.

  • Dec 24, 2020
Excited Patrick Leslie, 3, visits with Santa Claus during a special socially distanced photo event organized by the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. Far West provided yummy hot chocolate and all the kids went home with a craft bag. (Jen McLeod photo)
(RCMP)

Investigation underway after sudden death of child in Tofino

Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit investigating death of a child in Tofino.

(RCMP)