Susie Quinn

Jane Jones, left, encouraged her daughter Connie Watts to run for school board trustee. Now Jones is off the board and Watts will take her seat. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Mother passes school trustee torch to daughter in Port Alberni

Jane Jones loses after one term, but proud of her daughter Connie Watts

Jane Jones, left, encouraged her daughter Connie Watts to run for school board trustee. Now Jones is off the board and Watts will take her seat. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Indigenous tourism blossoming on Vancouver Island

BIG READ: Islanders investing in First Nations cultural experiences to attract the world

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Woman rescued from Sproat River rapids near Port Alberni

Couple’s canoe capsized; mid-Island volunteers extricate stranded paddler

A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO

Wind a concern as new fire near Port Alberni grows

Beaufort Range fire still not under control: Coastal Fire Centre

A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO
A wildfire burning in the Beaufort Mountain Range can be seen from south Port Alberni, early Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

UPDATE: Helicopters arrive to help battle wildfire near Port Alberni

Beaufort Range blaze third caused by humans since Aug. 5 on Vancouver Island

A wildfire burning in the Beaufort Mountain Range can be seen from south Port Alberni, early Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO                                Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO

Wildfire burns near Great Central Lake

Calls started coming in just before 11 p.m. on B.C. Day about the blaze; size unknown

Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO                                Flames cover about one-quarter of the fire near Great Central Lake that broke out late B.C. Day, Aug. 6, 2018. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS PHOTO
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a brief surprise visit to Port Alberni on Monday, July 30. Trudeau’s Challenger jet landed at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport so Trudeau could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he will rejoin his family on a private holiday. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops in at Alberni Valley airport

Military Challenger jet drops Trudeau off to waiting motorcade heading west

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a brief surprise visit to Port Alberni on Monday, July 30. Trudeau’s Challenger jet landed at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport so Trudeau could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he will rejoin his family on a private holiday. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO
Weekend traffic is halted near Taylor Arm Park as fire crews battle a blaze that broke out on the side of the road on Saturday, July 21. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Weekend traffic is halted near Taylor Arm Park as fire crews battle a blaze that broke out on the side of the road on Saturday, July 21. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO
Jan Stelmaszyk of Port Alberni and his son, Matt Bartnik, 3, in a photo from Mount Douglas on Stelmaszyk’s Instagram account. RCMP PHOTO

Port Alberni man, three-year-old son still considered missing

RCMP implore Jan Stelmaszyk to reach out to authorities to confirm his location

Jan Stelmaszyk of Port Alberni and his son, Matt Bartnik, 3, in a photo from Mount Douglas on Stelmaszyk’s Instagram account. RCMP PHOTO
Natalie Rumsby of Victoria has been a 911 dispatcher for 12 years. In April 2018 she coached a woman from Port Alberni in CPR when the woman’s husband collapsed in the shower. SUBMITTED PHOTO

B.C. 911 call-taker gets rare glimpse of what happened after call

Call-taker coached Port Alberni woman in lifesaving CPR on her husband

Natalie Rumsby of Victoria has been a 911 dispatcher for 12 years. In April 2018 she coached a woman from Port Alberni in CPR when the woman’s husband collapsed in the shower. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Jack Klock rests at West Coast General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home and going into cardiac arrest. PHOTO COURTESY CAROL KLOCK

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The dispatcher literally taught me CPR over the phone’

Jack Klock rests at West Coast General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home and going into cardiac arrest. PHOTO COURTESY CAROL KLOCK
Cliff Atleo of the Ahousaht First Nation speaks about a BC Supreme Court decision on Aboriginal fishing rights outside the Vancouver courthouse, April 19. JOHN JACK PHOTO

B.C. First Nations get clarity on fishing rights from top court

Nations call federal government to settle fishing rights ‘within the true meaning of reconciliation’

Cliff Atleo of the Ahousaht First Nation speaks about a BC Supreme Court decision on Aboriginal fishing rights outside the Vancouver courthouse, April 19. JOHN JACK PHOTO
Tofino Bus owner Dylan Green has seen his small company grow from a single van catering to surfers from Nanaimo and Victoria in 2002 to an Island-wide company with 31 buses and 45 employees. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tofino Bus will cover Victoria–Nanaimo route after Greyhound announces cut

Although its name says ‘Tofino’, this bus company serves all of Vancouver Island

Tofino Bus owner Dylan Green has seen his small company grow from a single van catering to surfers from Nanaimo and Victoria in 2002 to an Island-wide company with 31 buses and 45 employees. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Burde Street is still barricaded at Sixth Avenue shortly after the ‘all clear’ was given following a tsunami warning and evacuation in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 23. TERESA BIRD PHOTO

Tsunami warning prompts evacuations in Port Alberni

Alaska earthquake prompted warning for coastal BC

Burde Street is still barricaded at Sixth Avenue shortly after the ‘all clear’ was given following a tsunami warning and evacuation in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 23. TERESA BIRD PHOTO
UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia
Family A memorial is set up on the corner of 10th Avenue and Redford Street the day after a 17-year-old girl was struck and killed. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni mourns death of teen in tragic accident

Girl was on her way to ask about volunteering at SPCA when she died

Family A memorial is set up on the corner of 10th Avenue and Redford Street the day after a 17-year-old girl was struck and killed. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
BC company sends planes to fight California wildfires

BC company sends planes to fight California wildfires

Vancouver Island-based Coulson sends two C-130 aircraft to fight fires

BC company sends planes to fight California wildfires
British Columbia Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts, left and Alla Drigola from her campaign office chat with Chris Mellin and Bob Cole, president of the Liberal riding association in Alberni-Pacific Rim, during Watts’ meet and greet at Pastimes Bar & Grill, Saturday night. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

BC Liberal leadership candidate stresses community in first Island stops

Dianne Watts continues tour in Victoria on Sunday, Oct. 29

British Columbia Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts, left and Alla Drigola from her campaign office chat with Chris Mellin and Bob Cole, president of the Liberal riding association in Alberni-Pacific Rim, during Watts’ meet and greet at Pastimes Bar & Grill, Saturday night. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO