Elena Rardon

Forestry workers and their supporters rally in Port Alberni on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island crowd rallies in support of old growth logging

Third rally takes place on Highway 4 in Port Alberni

Forestry workers and their supporters rally in Port Alberni on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Hawaii Mars sits on Sproat Lake back in 2013. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Iconic B.C. Martin Mars waterbomber put up for sale

Coulson Aviation looks for new home for Hawaii Mars, inactive in firefighting since 2015

The Hawaii Mars sits on Sproat Lake back in 2013. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)

Weekend tsunami warning response makes waves in Alberni Valley

Residents upset about pace of alerts that went out in wake of volcanic eruption near Tonga

A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)
Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

One person taken to hospital after cabin fire near Port Alberni

All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to Beaver Creek blaze

Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Two people admire the view from one of the fourth floor apartments at Maitland Street Village on Dec. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

B.C.’s first Step 4 ‘low energy’ apartments open in Port Alberni

Alberni Low Energy Housing Society’s Maitland Street Village promises big utility savings

Two people admire the view from one of the fourth floor apartments at Maitland Street Village on Dec. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Several Port Alberni residents are displaced after an apartment fire on Seventh Avenue in the early morning on Dec. 19, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Firefighters rescue 2 people from three-storey Port Alberni apartment fire

Residents displaced after second Port Alberni apartment fire in a week

Several Port Alberni residents are displaced after an apartment fire on Seventh Avenue in the early morning on Dec. 19, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Forestry supporters wave at cars along Johnston Road during a rally on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island forestry workers rally against old-growth deferral

Provincial decisions ‘threat to forestry jobs’ say opponents

Forestry supporters wave at cars along Johnston Road during a rally on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Members of Tseshaht First Nation are joined by School District 70 representatives for a song before the unveiling of Tsuma-as Elementary School’s new name on Sept. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

B.C. school renamed from racist figure in reconciliation ceremony

Tsuma-as is the new name for Port Alberni school formerly known as AW Neill

Members of Tseshaht First Nation are joined by School District 70 representatives for a song before the unveiling of Tsuma-as Elementary School’s new name on Sept. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The letters “A.W. Neill” were removed from a Port Alberni elementary school on Sept. 8, 2021. The new name, Tsuma-as, will go up on Sept. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Island school named for racist getting new name on Truth and Reconciliation Day

Port Alberni’s former A.W. Neill School to formally receive new name Sept. 29

The letters “A.W. Neill” were removed from a Port Alberni elementary school on Sept. 8, 2021. The new name, Tsuma-as, will go up on Sept. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, is unveiled at Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

First Nations language pole unveiled in Port Alberni

The FNEF/ United Nations totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, has found its home

A totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, is unveiled at Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

UPDATE: Gord Johns elected to third term in Courtenay-Alberni riding

Conservative Party of Canada candidate Mary Lee finishes second

NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Courtenay-Alberni candidates participate in an all-candidates meeting hosted by the North Island Students Union. (SCREENSHOT)

Courtenay-Alberni candidates pledge to ease students’ financial, housing worries

Four candidates participate in virtual NISU all-candidates meeting

Courtenay-Alberni candidates participate in an all-candidates meeting hosted by the North Island Students Union. (SCREENSHOT)
Courtenay-Alberni candidates participate in an all-candidates meeting hosted by the North Island Students Union. (SCREENSHOT)

Courtenay-Alberni candidates pledge to ease students’ financial, housing worries

Four candidates answered student-led questions in virtual NISU all-candidates meeting

Courtenay-Alberni candidates participate in an all-candidates meeting hosted by the North Island Students Union. (SCREENSHOT)
The fishing was quiet for these two participants in the annual Port Alberni Salmon Derby. They tried to catch a bite in Alberni Harbour to see if they bring in the winning fish for the annual Labour Day derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Nanaimo fisher nets 31-pound salmon, $10,000 at Port Alberni Salmon Derby

More than 1,700 tickets sold for Labour Day weekend derby

The fishing was quiet for these two participants in the annual Port Alberni Salmon Derby. They tried to catch a bite in Alberni Harbour to see if they bring in the winning fish for the annual Labour Day derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
The 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron with 19 Wing Comox assists the RCMP in a search effort near Rainy Bay. (PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS)

Investigation continues into missing boater near Alberni Inlet

Coast Guard, Air Force helicopter searched Rainy Bay after drifting boat discovered

The 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron with 19 Wing Comox assists the RCMP in a search effort near Rainy Bay. (PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island school gets visit from Netflix show hosts for tiny home competition

Pilot Tiny Home elective was offered for Grades 4-7

Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation signs contract to fight fires in province’s Interior

Water-bombing helicopter currently stationed near Kamloops

Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A sheriff’s car sits out front of the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street in Port Alberni, where a coroner’s inquest into the 2016 death of 18-year-old Jocelyn George is taking place. (June 23, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Coroner’s inquest suggests creation of wellness centre in Port Alberni

Recommendation one of 24 made after B.C. teen’s death in 2016

A sheriff’s car sits out front of the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street in Port Alberni, where a coroner’s inquest into the 2016 death of 18-year-old Jocelyn George is taking place. (June 23, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)

Fire crews stop spread of wildfire near Port Alberni

Crews worked throughout the night to stop spread of the fire

An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)
Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. (GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO)

Guards’ timelines show gaps in care of jailed B.C. teen

Former RCMP OIC brought in change following Jocelyn George’s death

Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. (GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO)