Alberni News Staff

Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two people arrested in 2018 death of six-year-old boy from Port Alberni

RCMP lay first-degree murder charges after four-year investigation

Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council leaders are demanding immediate action in response to toxic drug deaths. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver Island First Nations demand overdose crisis action

Addiction clinic and detox centre needed on Island’s West Coast, says Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council leaders are demanding immediate action in response to toxic drug deaths. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The intersection of Victoria Quay and Roger Street in Port Alberni was closed for several hours on April 2 due to a police incident. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

RCMP investigate suspicious death near Port Alberni waterfront

RCMP are asking for dashcam or security video that may help solve woman’s death

The intersection of Victoria Quay and Roger Street in Port Alberni was closed for several hours on April 2 due to a police incident. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
First responders deal with a single-vehicle accident on Highway 4 near the turnoff to Central Lake Road on March 28, 2022. Two people were taken to hospital. (RCMP PHOTO)

Teen driver nabbed for DUI after Vancouver Island single-vehicle crash

RCMP warn drivers to leave their keys at home before they drink after Highway 4 incident

First responders deal with a single-vehicle accident on Highway 4 near the turnoff to Central Lake Road on March 28, 2022. Two people were taken to hospital. (RCMP PHOTO)
A photo of Police Service Dog Jammer. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)

Police dog finds missing Port Alberni boy

Boy had gone missing in the trails at Maplehurst Park

A photo of Police Service Dog Jammer. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)
Provincial government staff host public engagement session over Cathedral Grove safety at the Port Alberni Friendship Center in 2019. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Future of Cathedral Grove’s high-alert parking lot pushed back onto the front-burner

Visitor safety and traffic congestion back under consideration after talks stalled in 2019

Provincial government staff host public engagement session over Cathedral Grove safety at the Port Alberni Friendship Center in 2019. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
RCMP stand outside of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Aug. 29, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

B.C. mom charged with second-degree murder in 2021 death of her son

Man was found dead in Port Alberni home in August 2021

RCMP stand outside of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Aug. 29, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sam Schofield kneels to block a shot by Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena on Jan. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

TSN Island-bound to film ‘very special story’ of Alberni hockey player

Feature will follow Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau

Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sam Schofield kneels to block a shot by Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena on Jan. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The opening reception of My Place in 2018. (Photo courtesy AV Museum).

Vancouver Island juried art show re-emerges as Emergence

Free workshops, talks planned for summer of 2022 in Port Alberni

The opening reception of My Place in 2018. (Photo courtesy AV Museum).
42-year-old Robert Moynes has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing Port Alberni man found safe

Robert Moynes was reported missing on Feb. 6, 2022

42-year-old Robert Moynes has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI RCMP)
‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

B.C. First Nation announces plans to scan former Alberni residential school grounds

Tseshaht plans to provide wellness-focused support to school survivors around radar probe of site

‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

16-year-old charged with murder in 2021 Vancouver Island stabbing

Clifton Johnston was found stabbed to death in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Centre

A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)

Vancouver Island charity ransacked right down to the soup bowls

More than $5,000 worth of supplies stolen from Alberni’s Grassroots Homelessness Coalition’s trailer

Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)
Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)

UPDATE: Highway 4 west of Port Alberni re-opens after semi-truck rollover

Vehicle will be recovered after early-morning MVI

Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)
Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Island RCMP issue warning about safe winter driving after multiple crashes

Heavy snowfall, icy roads and driver inattention all factors

Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ryan Tverberg beats Nanaimo Clippers’ Tim Washe to the puck at centre ice in first period action of their exhibition game Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Clippers won the game 3–1. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Former Vancouver Island player invited to Canada’s World Juniors hockey camp

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Ryan Tverberg one of 21 forwards invited to Team Canada’s selection camp

Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ryan Tverberg beats Nanaimo Clippers’ Tim Washe to the puck at centre ice in first period action of their exhibition game Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Clippers won the game 3–1. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
(AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Police warn of counterfeit money being used on Vancouver Island

Counterfeit $100 and $50 Canadian bills have been used at Port Alberni businesses

(AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Sandbags are available at the Port Alberni Public Works Yard on Sixth Avenue. Residents must bring their own shovels. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

High streamflow advisory issued for Vancouver Island rivers

More storms expected this week and over the weekend

Sandbags are available at the Port Alberni Public Works Yard on Sixth Avenue. Residents must bring their own shovels. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)

Pedestrian struck in Vancouver Island parking lot prompts RCMP warning

Central Island city saw two deaths, serious injuries in 2020 pedestrian accidents

Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)
Port Alberni RCMP responded to a fatal collision on Bamfield Road on Oct. 24. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Deadly Bamfield road claims another victim a week after safety improvements begin

One killed, three others taken to hospital in early morning crash

Port Alberni RCMP responded to a fatal collision on Bamfield Road on Oct. 24. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)