Susie Quinn

Neil Horner, known as “Mushroom Savage” at the Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market, says his last mushroom picking adventure was a “close call” after he fell and dislocated his shoulder deep in the Vancouver Island bush. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Injured Vancouver Island mushroom picker says thanks to rescuers

‘Perfect storm’ of events challenge search team from Port Alberni

Neil Horner, known as “Mushroom Savage” at the Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market, says his last mushroom picking adventure was a “close call” after he fell and dislocated his shoulder deep in the Vancouver Island bush. SUBMITTED PHOTO
SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News The MV Lady Rose turns around at Harbour Quay before steaming down Alberni Inlet for her final voyage. New owner Jamie Bray will turn her into a floating restaurant in Tofino. March 27, 2011

The iconic MV Lady Rose passenger vessel has been sold again

Sechelt group buys former Union Steamship vessel from Tofino owner

SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News The MV Lady Rose turns around at Harbour Quay before steaming down Alberni Inlet for her final voyage. New owner Jamie Bray will turn her into a floating restaurant in Tofino. March 27, 2011
Highway 4 near Cameron Lake is closed following a crash Sunday, Sept. 8. (Photo submitted)

One person dead in Highway 4 collision on Vancouver Island

Highway 4 was closed for several hours following crash

Highway 4 near Cameron Lake is closed following a crash Sunday, Sept. 8. (Photo submitted)
Alan Schmegelsky, father of Bryer Schmegelsky, poses for a photo during an interview with The Canadian Press in Mill Bay B.C. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. RCMP have said that 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky are suspects in the shooting of Lucas Fowler of Sydney, Australia, his girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., and the death of another man who has yet to be identified publicly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Laura Kane

Father of suspected B.C. killer granted access to cellphone video

Alan Schmegelsky’s lawyer convinces RCMP to share son’s video will

Alan Schmegelsky, father of Bryer Schmegelsky, poses for a photo during an interview with The Canadian Press in Mill Bay B.C. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. RCMP have said that 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky are suspects in the shooting of Lucas Fowler of Sydney, Australia, his girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., and the death of another man who has yet to be identified publicly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Laura Kane
RCMP arrest Vancouver Island man suspected in multiple commercial break-ins

RCMP arrest Vancouver Island man suspected in multiple commercial break-ins

Port Alberni RCMP have arrested and charged a man they suspect is…

RCMP arrest Vancouver Island man suspected in multiple commercial break-ins
Crew members from Coulson Aviation, a global aviation company based in Port Alberni, B.C., are enroute from Mexico to Bolivia to help fight forest fires in the Amazon. PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION

B.C. aviation company sends helicopters to fight fires in Amazon

Three helicopters from Coulson Aviation are enroute to Bolivia under temporary contract

Crew members from Coulson Aviation, a global aviation company based in Port Alberni, B.C., are enroute from Mexico to Bolivia to help fight forest fires in the Amazon. PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION
Bryer Schmegelsky, left, and Kam McLeod, of Port Alberni, were found deceased on Aug. 7 in dense brush near Gillam, Man., where they had eluded police for nearly two weeks. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Bryer Schmegelsky, left, and Kam McLeod, of Port Alberni, were found deceased on Aug. 7 in dense brush near Gillam, Man., where they had eluded police for nearly two weeks. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Divers encounter giant, weird-looking fish off Vancouver Island

Divers encounter giant, weird-looking fish off Vancouver Island

VIDEO: Rendezvous Dive Adventures charter sees creature normally found in tropics

Divers encounter giant, weird-looking fish off Vancouver Island
Port Alberni RCMP searching for more victims in sexual assault investigation

Port Alberni RCMP searching for more victims in sexual assault investigation

Colin Robert Hall has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault

Port Alberni RCMP searching for more victims in sexual assault investigation
Outcome of search for B.C. fugitives ‘absolutely devastating’: Alberni mayor

Outcome of search for B.C. fugitives ‘absolutely devastating’: Alberni mayor

Manitoba RCMP believe they’ve found the bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Outcome of search for B.C. fugitives ‘absolutely devastating’: Alberni mayor
Manitoba RCMP have called in its specialized Underwater Recovery Team to search an area of the Nelson River near Gillam, MB in relation to two BC fugitives suspected in three deaths in northern BC. (Manitoba RCMP/Twitter)

RCMP call in dive team to search for BC fugitives near Gillam

Divers will arrive overnight, search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in morning

Manitoba RCMP have called in its specialized Underwater Recovery Team to search an area of the Nelson River near Gillam, MB in relation to two BC fugitives suspected in three deaths in northern BC. (Manitoba RCMP/Twitter)
Heavy equipment is used to clear a rock slide off Highway 4 after blasting on Kennedy Hill, early in the morning on July 9. BC TRANSPORTATION PHOTO/TWITTER

Highway to Tofino reopens ahead of long weekend after second rockslide in two days

Drivers have been held up for hours because of construction work at Kennedy Hill

Heavy equipment is used to clear a rock slide off Highway 4 after blasting on Kennedy Hill, early in the morning on July 9. BC TRANSPORTATION PHOTO/TWITTER
Police probe ‘suspicious vehicle’ thought to be linked to B.C. fugitives in northern Ontario

Police probe ‘suspicious vehicle’ thought to be linked to B.C. fugitives in northern Ontario

Caller thought males could be Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni

Police probe ‘suspicious vehicle’ thought to be linked to B.C. fugitives in northern Ontario
A note from Bryer Schmegelsky’s mom was sent to Star Vancouver Friday in hopes that Bryer, still on the run and charged with second degree murder, would see it.

Bryer Schmegelsky’s mother pleads with him to ‘come home safe’

Port Alberni teens still at large in Canada-wide manhunt

A note from Bryer Schmegelsky’s mom was sent to Star Vancouver Friday in hopes that Bryer, still on the run and charged with second degree murder, would see it.
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni mayor contacts Gillam mayor as hunt for B.C. fugitives drags on

Alberni council throws support behind RCMP in quest to find Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Scientists on pacific seamounts 2019 expedition spotted a salmon shark off the waters of Vancouver Island and recorded it exhibiting some surprising behaviour. SCREEN GRAB

VIDEO: Salmon shark treats scientists to ‘surprising’ behaviour off B.C. coast

Scientists, students treated to ‘surprising’ behaviour from shark

Scientists on pacific seamounts 2019 expedition spotted a salmon shark off the waters of Vancouver Island and recorded it exhibiting some surprising behaviour. SCREEN GRAB
Port Alberni’s waterfront shines under the sun and the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith in this iconic photo from August 2018. SUSAN QUINN/Black Press

Port Alberni fights bad reputation in international media amid manhunt for wanted teens

People have been quick to judge teens, says city councillor

Port Alberni’s waterfront shines under the sun and the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith in this iconic photo from August 2018. SUSAN QUINN/Black Press
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