Susie Quinn

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
RCMP inspector Brian Hunter inspects participants during their graduation ceremony after completing a three-day Central Island RCMP Youth Camp. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Youth wanted for RCMP summer camp

Deadline has been extended for central Vancouver Island applicants

RCMP inspector Brian Hunter inspects participants during their graduation ceremony after completing a three-day Central Island RCMP Youth Camp. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
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
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
A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Five years later, Bamfield’s water is finally safe

New treatment plant cancels West Coast village’s longstanding water quality advisory

A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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
Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Crews deal with washout at Kennedy Lake; power still out in Tofino, Ucluelet

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast
Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Bear hunt on after man knocked down in Port Alberni residential backyard

Traps set after family posted about bear knocking man to the ground and swatting his leg

Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Teenage boy succumbed to injuries the morning after collision with vehicle

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni
The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Indigenous tourism blossoming on Vancouver Island

BIG READ: Islanders investing in First Nations cultural experiences to attract the world

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO