Elena Rardon

Members of Tseshaht First Nation perform a prayer song at Tsehaht Market for Amber Manthorne on Sunday, June 10. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Friends, family gather for strength as search for missing Port Alberni woman continues

RCMP, volunteer search and rescue squads continue to search for Amber Manthorne

Members of Tseshaht First Nation perform a prayer song at Tsehaht Market for Amber Manthorne on Sunday, June 10. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Amber Manthorne, who is missing from the Alberni Valley. Her vehicle was located Saturday, July 9 south of Nanaimo, but Manthorne is still missing (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)

Port Alberni woman’s car found in Nanaimo, but woman is still missing

No one has heard from Amber Manthorne since July 6, say RCMP

Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Amber Manthorne, who is missing from the Alberni Valley. Her vehicle was located Saturday, July 9 south of Nanaimo, but Manthorne is still missing (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)
A mother cat and her four kittens were abandoned outside of the SPCA overnight on July 5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Anonymous person dumps kittens at Island SPCA, steals cans left for donation

Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA overrun with surrendered, rescued cats right now, say staff

A mother cat and her four kittens were abandoned outside of the SPCA overnight on July 5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Visitors tour Coulson Aviation’s new 737 Fireliner at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Coulson Aviation unveils latest aerial firefighting tanker

Company debuts latest converted Boeing 737 FireLiner to family first before flying it to Idaho

Visitors tour Coulson Aviation’s new 737 Fireliner at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Miss Frida (Nik Burton) leads the Alberni Elementary School Pride parade on Monday, May 30, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Drag queen promotes acceptance and inclusion at Vancouver Island schools

Drag is a healing journey for Port Alberni resident

Miss Frida (Nik Burton) leads the Alberni Elementary School Pride parade on Monday, May 30, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)

Police watchdog clears RCMP in 2020 sudden death of Port Alberni woman

Woman died following a wellness check; no connection made between death and RCMP visit

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)
The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

100 years later, First Nations wolf ritual shakes off its chains on B.C. waterfront

Dawn to dusk Tseshaht celebration took place in Port Alberni to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)

Roadwork to begin at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4 to alleviate traffic issues

Drivers can expect traffic delays starting overnight June 19, weather permitting

An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)
A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Name change pondered for Sproat Lake in spirit of reconciliation

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District agrees to engage with local First Nations

A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)

Coastal Restoration Society chooses Port Alberni as Vancouver Island hub

Society calls area ideal for relations with First Nations and it’s central to Vancouver Island

An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)
Autumn Shannon feeds a young calf at Shannon Farms. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley farmers grow into the future diversifying with agri-tourism

Short-term rentals and events supplement farming income

Autumn Shannon feeds a young calf at Shannon Farms. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Mother, stepfather charged in death of 6-year-old Port Alberni boy

Rykel Frank and Mitchell Frank face 1st-degree murder charges in 2018 death of Dontay-Patrick Lucas

Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Ucluelet First Nation President Chuck McCarthy and Legislative Member Alan McCarthy speak to the ACRD board on April 13, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Groundbreaking Vancouver Island First Nations celebrate 10 years of having a voice

Alberni-Clayoquot was B.C.’s first regional district to welcome Indigenous members

Ucluelet First Nation President Chuck McCarthy and Legislative Member Alan McCarthy speak to the ACRD board on April 13, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Phoenix House on Fifth Avenue is boarded up after a fire on Thursday, April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Multiple units destroyed as blaze empties Alberni low-barrier housing complex

Residents at Phoenix House displaced, given rooms at shelter following early morning blaze

Phoenix House on Fifth Avenue is boarded up after a fire on Thursday, April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
An air ambulance takes off from Highway 4 on Wednesday, April 6. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Two sent to hospital after Highway 4 crash on Vancouver Island

Highway was closed for several hours between Port Alberni and Qualicum

An air ambulance takes off from Highway 4 on Wednesday, April 6. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Chris Francey of the West Coast General Hospital Foundation, Teresa Ludvigson of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Sam Sattar of the Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA branch received a donation from the estate of Marilyn Horton. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Islander makes $1.3-million posthumous donation to trio of charities

The late Marilyn Horton was a well-known volunteer, supporter of Alberni Valley non-profits

Chris Francey of the West Coast General Hospital Foundation, Teresa Ludvigson of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Sam Sattar of the Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA branch received a donation from the estate of Marilyn Horton. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A house on Ian Avenue in Port Alberni caught fire on Feb. 28, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

One dead following overnight house fire in Port Alberni

Fire officials praise second tenant, bystanders for efforts to save victim

A house on Ian Avenue in Port Alberni caught fire on Feb. 28, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Rob Shick gets his daily COVID-19 test before heading to the hockey rink at the Beijing Olympics. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Vancouver Island NHLer Rob Shick talks life in Beijing’s Olympics ‘bubble’

Former Port Alberni resident helping IIHF with new rules

Rob Shick gets his daily COVID-19 test before heading to the hockey rink at the Beijing Olympics. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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)