Susie Quinn

Victoria Grizzlies’ forward Marty Westhaver fails to score in front of Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ goalie John Hawthorne midway through the third period of Game 4 in the BCHL Island Division’s opening playoff round, March 6. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Victoria Grizzlies’ forward Marty Westhaver fails to score in front of Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ goalie John Hawthorne midway through the third period of Game 4 in the BCHL Island Division’s opening playoff round, March 6. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A boot heel with copper nails pounded into it could have been used as a snow creeper by a member of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Bone buttons thought to have been from military clothing are also exhibited at Echoes in the Ice.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

20 things we bet you didn’t know about the Franklin Expedition

Echoes in the Ice exhibit brings 165-year-old mystery to B.C. cities

A boot heel with copper nails pounded into it could have been used as a snow creeper by a member of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Bone buttons thought to have been from military clothing are also exhibited at Echoes in the Ice.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert test their kayaks and brand new paddles at Clutesi Haven Marina before embarking on an expedition to Vancouver Island’s northwest coast. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Kayakers to visit B.C.’s ‘secret coast’ first visited by Spanish explorers in 1770s

Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert to explore forgotten history of Spanish exploration

Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert test their kayaks and brand new paddles at Clutesi Haven Marina before embarking on an expedition to Vancouver Island’s northwest coast. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Don Spencer gives a bit of a smoke show with his 1971 Dodge Challenger RT during a previous Thunder in the Valley drag racing event. ROGER HAGGERTY PHOTO

Drag racers cancel Alberni’s Thunder in the Valley for 2019

Organizers make last-minute decision after regional district denies airport for venue

Don Spencer gives a bit of a smoke show with his 1971 Dodge Challenger RT during a previous Thunder in the Valley drag racing event. ROGER HAGGERTY PHOTO
RCMP officers remove an awning that shielded the corner of a commercial building in Port Alberni from the rain as they investigated a death in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, May 14, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Port Alberni RCMP investigate death behind commercial building

Body was discovered in a covered area behind the Napier Street building

RCMP officers remove an awning that shielded the corner of a commercial building in Port Alberni from the rain as they investigated a death in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, May 14, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A group of quadders enjoy a trip to King Solomon’s Mine off Cameron Main. Mosaic Forest Management is closing access to the backcountry for Mother’s Day weekend. HEATHER MILLIGAN PHOTO

Logging companies close gates, deny access to backcountry

Island Timberlands cites fire danger as reason to lock gates for Mother’s Day

A group of quadders enjoy a trip to King Solomon’s Mine off Cameron Main. Mosaic Forest Management is closing access to the backcountry for Mother’s Day weekend. HEATHER MILLIGAN PHOTO
Thanks to its new solar array, Entrance Island Lightstation harnesses the power of the sun to mark the entrance to Nanaimo Harbour. CANADIAN COAST GUARD PHOTO

Lighthouses on B.C. coast converting to renewable energy

Lightstations moving away from diesel, embracing solar and wind power

Thanks to its new solar array, Entrance Island Lightstation harnesses the power of the sun to mark the entrance to Nanaimo Harbour. CANADIAN COAST GUARD PHOTO
Truck driver Fred Gorosh’s dash camera captures a close call on top of the Hump when a vehicle passed him on a double yellow line and nearly collided with another vehicle. SCREEN SHOT

Trucker films near-miss on Vancouver Island highway

‘I have a collection of those videos,’ says driver Fred Gorosh

Truck driver Fred Gorosh’s dash camera captures a close call on top of the Hump when a vehicle passed him on a double yellow line and nearly collided with another vehicle. SCREEN SHOT
Fire on Highway 4 near Port Alberni leaves German tourists car-less

Fire on Highway 4 near Port Alberni leaves German tourists car-less

Two tourists from Germany are safe, but have lost their vehicle following…

Fire on Highway 4 near Port Alberni leaves German tourists car-less
Port Alberni RCMP cars collide while answering same call

Port Alberni RCMP cars collide while answering same call

No civilians injured in incident

Port Alberni RCMP cars collide while answering same call
A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai, right, joins the five million-dollar lotto winners who have all purchased tickets at his Port Alberni corner store: from left, Rocky LaPlante, Helga and Al Fry, Otto Anker, Louise and Ian Thomas (who won $5 million in February 2019), and Richard Zoet. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai, right, joins the five million-dollar lotto winners who have all purchased tickets at his Port Alberni corner store: from left, Rocky LaPlante, Helga and Al Fry, Otto Anker, Louise and Ian Thomas (who won $5 million in February 2019), and Richard Zoet. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A 25-year-old man from Qualicum Beach escaped injury after his logging truck tipped over in front of the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni on Feb. 25, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

VIDEO: B.C. logging truck had a close call minutes before it crashed

Dashcam video shows logging truck nearly lose its balance over a bridge

A 25-year-old man from Qualicum Beach escaped injury after his logging truck tipped over in front of the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni on Feb. 25, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Alberni Valley firefighters extinguish a truck fire near the Port Alberni Summit (top of the Hump) on Tuesday morning, March 12. PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI FIRE DEPT.

Fiery crash closes Highway 4 at Port Alberni Summit

Two people taken to hospital following head-on collision

Alberni Valley firefighters extinguish a truck fire near the Port Alberni Summit (top of the Hump) on Tuesday morning, March 12. PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI FIRE DEPT.
Catalyst Paper employees work to put out a fire in the No. 4 paper machine’s dryer while waiting for Port Alberni Fire Dept. firefighters to arrive, Monday morning (March 11). GARY CHECK PHOTO

Fire halts work at Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni

Plant is due for ownership change later this month

Catalyst Paper employees work to put out a fire in the No. 4 paper machine’s dryer while waiting for Port Alberni Fire Dept. firefighters to arrive, Monday morning (March 11). GARY CHECK PHOTO
Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Additional resources sent to Alberni to help fellow officers deal with death

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer
Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS

Alberni Valley ocean advocate documents shark necropsy

Peter Mieras runs annual shark survey, is known for ‘ghost’ fishing gear recovery efforts

A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS
The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

UPDATE: One person confirmed dead in Port Alberni motor vehicle accident

Rural residential road remains closed as RCMP, coroner investigate

The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Thieves steal Christmas donations from Port Alberni SPCA

Staff was forced to move animals to deal with building damage

Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Norovirus outbreak at Vancouver Island hospital

First suspected case came to West Coast General in Port Alberni on Dec. 31

Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO