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Shannon Boothman was overjoyed to be reunited with her dog Itska in Port Alberni on Sunday after desperately searching for her missing best friend for over two months. (photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

Shannon Boothman was overjoyed to be reunited with her dog Itska in Port Alberni on Sunday after desperately searching for her missing best friend for over two months. (photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)
Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove

Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove

Police seeking public’s assistance in locating Dan Kortes.

Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove
UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC

UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC

Company offers resources and support through difficult time.

UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC
Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled
Tofino resident Shannon Boothman is asking for help finding her dog Itska, who she has not seen since Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)

Tourists allegedly take dog from Tofino, owner pleads for help getting it back

“I just want his picture spread everywhere so that hopefully he can come back to me.”

Tofino resident Shannon Boothman is asking for help finding her dog Itska, who she has not seen since Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)
A trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve captured this image of a wolf. The Park Reserve is hoping to reduce conflicts with wolves and humans. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)

B.C. park reserve seeks ‘Poop Fairies’ for wolf conservation project

“It’s a pretty cool way to get involved in conservation in your area.”

A trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve captured this image of a wolf. The Park Reserve is hoping to reduce conflicts with wolves and humans. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)
The 2020 Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been cancelled. (Photo - Tofino Food and Wine Festival Facebook)

B.C. liquor branch blamed for cancellation of popular Tofino food and wine fest

Organizers held the 17th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival in June 2019

The 2020 Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been cancelled. (Photo - Tofino Food and Wine Festival Facebook)
An entangled baby humpback whale was rescued near Ucluelet on Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of DFO)

Entangled humpback calf rescued off west coast of Vancouver Island

“These animals are massive, they’re powerful and it really is dangerous.”

An entangled baby humpback whale was rescued near Ucluelet on Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of DFO)
UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure

UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure

Drivers are once again stuck either in or out of the Tofino-Ucluelet area Wednesday morning.

UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure
Highway 4 was shut down on Monday as crews worked to remove rock debris from the only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet. (Photo - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

UPDATED: Rock blasting debris shuts down highway between Tofino-Ucluelet and rest of Vancouver Island

Only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet closed in both directions.

Highway 4 was shut down on Monday as crews worked to remove rock debris from the only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet. (Photo - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
This young fur seal was successfully rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and released back into the wild off a Ucluelet Beach on Thursday. (Photo - Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)

VIDEO: Rescued fur seal released in Ucluelet

Employees of Mowi salmon farm near Hardwicke Island saw animal floating sideways and unable to dive

This young fur seal was successfully rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and released back into the wild off a Ucluelet Beach on Thursday. (Photo - Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws

Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws

Surfrider Pacific Rim cheers unified decision.

Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws
Tofino mayor Josie Osborne and her council offered an emotional apology inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Tuesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Tofino council apologizes for 1947 motion to ‘exclude Orientals’

Josie Osborne earned an emotional standing ovation inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre.

Tofino mayor Josie Osborne and her council offered an emotional apology inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Tuesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service and the Pacific Rim chapter of WildSafeBC are urging residents to be aware of the predators around them and take steps to avoid conflicts with wildlife. (WildSafeBC photo)

UPDATED: Wolf attacks dog in Vancouver Island First Nation community

Pet owners in Tofino and Ucluelet urged to be wary of predators

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service and the Pacific Rim chapter of WildSafeBC are urging residents to be aware of the predators around them and take steps to avoid conflicts with wildlife. (WildSafeBC photo)
Friends of Clayoquot Sound campaigner Jeh Custerra greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside a restaurant in Tofino. Custerra said he held up one finger to represent “One earth, one chance.” (Photo - Friends of Clayoquot Sound)

Tofino beckons Trudeau for quiet Easter vacation

Environmental group hopes latest Pacific Rim vacation inspires change in prime minister

Friends of Clayoquot Sound campaigner Jeh Custerra greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside a restaurant in Tofino. Custerra said he held up one finger to represent “One earth, one chance.” (Photo - Friends of Clayoquot Sound)
There is an increase in humpback whales on the North Coast, and marine experts are warning boaters to be on alert. Shannon Lough photo

Humpback whale safety campaign launched as population booms on B.C. coast

‘See a blow? Go slow!’ campaign aimed at protecting boaters and whales

There is an increase in humpback whales on the North Coast, and marine experts are warning boaters to be on alert. Shannon Lough photo
This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock before being torn down after Parks Canada ended the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s surf guard program in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Dramatic rescue renews pleas to bring lifeguards back to B.C. beach popular for surfers

2012 Parks Canada budget cuts led to dropping of 40-year-old surf guard program

This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock before being torn down after Parks Canada ended the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s surf guard program in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Rachel Sutton looks out over Cox Bay on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The Tofino resident and vacation rental operator is raising the idea of bringing a nude beach to the community. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Woman wants Tofino to get a nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

Rachel Sutton looks out over Cox Bay on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The Tofino resident and vacation rental operator is raising the idea of bringing a nude beach to the community. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Dr. Carrie Marshall said Tofino residents with nowhere else to go are seeking emergency shelter at the Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Dr. Carrie Marshall said Tofino residents with nowhere else to go are seeking emergency shelter at the Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)