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Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation member Timmy Masso set up a blockade at West Main Forest Service Road in an effort to prevent disrespectful visitors from further destroying the area. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Teen’s blockade of Tofino-Ucluelet backroads to tourists underway peacefully

Ucluelet RCMP confirm zero reports of confrontation as stand made against ongoing litter, fires

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation member Timmy Masso set up a blockade at West Main Forest Service Road in an effort to prevent disrespectful visitors from further destroying the area. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Timmy Masso is setting up a blockade at West Main Forest Service Road on Tuesday to prevent areas like this from being destroyed by disrespect. (Photo courtesy of Timmy Masso)

First Nations teen set to block destructive tourists from Tofino-Ucluelet wilderness area

“I will be shutting off that road starting at 4 pm today”

Timmy Masso is setting up a blockade at West Main Forest Service Road on Tuesday to prevent areas like this from being destroyed by disrespect. (Photo courtesy of Timmy Masso)
Four black bears have been killed on the West Coast since the start of July after being lured into human-use areas by unsecured attractants. (Westerly file photo)

Summer turns deadly for black bears in Tofino and Ucluelet

Four black bears have been killed on the West Coast in the past 30 days

Four black bears have been killed on the West Coast since the start of July after being lured into human-use areas by unsecured attractants. (Westerly file photo)
RCMP have confirmed that a person drowned off Long Beach on Saturday night. (Black Press Media file photo)

RCMP confirm fatal drowning near Tofino

Police have confirmed a fatal drowning off Long Beach on Saturday night.

RCMP have confirmed that a person drowned off Long Beach on Saturday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
A float plane flipped over in the Tofino Harbour on Monday morning. The plane’s four passengers and pilot escaped the incident without serious injuries. (Submitted photo)

No serious injuries reported after floatplane flips during Tofino takeoff

Four passengers and pilot all walk away from incident under their own power

A float plane flipped over in the Tofino Harbour on Monday morning. The plane’s four passengers and pilot escaped the incident without serious injuries. (Submitted photo)
Rugged Coast Research Society members clean up plastic debris from a remote beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast during a shoreline clean-up expedition in June. (Photo courtesy Agathe Bernard/Rugged Coast Research Society)

Nanaimo-based society hauls 30 tonnes of trash from Island’s remote shorelines

Rugged Coast Research Society conducting five summertime shoreline cleanup expeditions

Rugged Coast Research Society members clean up plastic debris from a remote beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast during a shoreline clean-up expedition in June. (Photo courtesy Agathe Bernard/Rugged Coast Research Society)
Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara and candidate for the B.C. Liberal Party leadership, stops at the Port Alberni waterfront during a tour of Vancouver Island, July 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

B.C. Liberals must rebuild party trust, says leadership candidate

Michael Lee brings message of inclusivity, unity to Vancouver Island campaign tour

Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara and candidate for the B.C. Liberal Party leadership, stops at the Port Alberni waterfront during a tour of Vancouver Island, July 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Black bears are searching for food while they wait for berries to ripen on the West Coast and that means it’s vital for all residents and visitors to secure their attractants and keep their garbage indoors. (Westerly file photo)

Bear killed after frequenting campground in Ucluelet

Bear activity picking up in Tofino and Ucluelet as WildSafeBC urges people to secure attractants

Black bears are searching for food while they wait for berries to ripen on the West Coast and that means it’s vital for all residents and visitors to secure their attractants and keep their garbage indoors. (Westerly file photo)
Police are investigating a fire at St. Columba Church in Tofino on July 2. (BC RCMP photo)

Police investigating fire at Tofino’s St. Columba Church

Police asking anyone with any information to contact the Tofino RCMP at 250-725-3242.

Police are investigating a fire at St. Columba Church in Tofino on July 2. (BC RCMP photo)
Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)

Ministry cancels proposed Tofino-Ucluelet Hwy. 4 nightly road closure schedule

Travellers to the Pacific Rim will need to plan around a daytime schedule

Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)
Two climbers were rescued after becoming stranded trying to descend on their climbing route. Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue said the climbers did the right thing by calling for assistance and staying put. (Westcoast Search and Rescue Society Facebook photo)

Helicopter swoops in from Comox to rescue stranded climbers near Tofino

Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue reminds adventurers to have a plan and be prepared

Two climbers were rescued after becoming stranded trying to descend on their climbing route. Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue said the climbers did the right thing by calling for assistance and staying put. (Westcoast Search and Rescue Society Facebook photo)
Dogs, cars, and humans play the Kennedy Hill waiting game during the ongoing construction project that started in May 2018. (George Fifield photo)

UPDATED: Roadwork set to close Pacific Rim connector from 8 p.m to 2 a.m. starting July 6

Concerned residents say new Hwy. 4 closure schedule “simply does not work’ for Tofino and Ucluelet

Dogs, cars, and humans play the Kennedy Hill waiting game during the ongoing construction project that started in May 2018. (George Fifield photo)
Mooshu is on the mend and is helping to raise money for a shelter facility for her unique Meares Island herd. (CARE photo)

Baby Mooshu on the mend after being rescued near Tofino

Rescued little one becomes spokes-calf for unique, seaweed-eating, Meares Island herd

Mooshu is on the mend and is helping to raise money for a shelter facility for her unique Meares Island herd. (CARE photo)
Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)

VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
2019 Tofino Saltwater Classic winners Shane Johnson and Morgan Ottridge flank the event’s host Brendan Morrison at the event’s award ceremony. (Westerly file photo)

Brendan Morrison’s Tofino Saltwater Classic set to return this summer

Former NHL star’s popular philanthropic fishing derby is coming back to Tofino.

2019 Tofino Saltwater Classic winners Shane Johnson and Morgan Ottridge flank the event’s host Brendan Morrison at the event’s award ceremony. (Westerly file photo)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Talking vaping with students against principal’s orders gets B.C. teacher reprimanded

Conversations took place at a secondary school in School District 70 Pacific Rim

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)

Prepare for Hwy 4 delays

Mainroad crews will be paving the “S” curves east of Port Alberni summit

Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)
Two suspects are in custody after police dogs helped track them down between Tofino and Ucluelet on May 28. (Black Press file photo)

RCMP call in the dogs to help nab suspects in gas station ATM theft in Tofino

Police say pair of individuals located hiding in the bush

Two suspects are in custody after police dogs helped track them down between Tofino and Ucluelet on May 28. (Black Press file photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Black Bear activity is picking up in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Bears feasting on spring’s bounty around Tofino and Ucluelet

Pacific Rim’s WildSafeBC coordinator urging residents to keep attractants secured

Black Bear activity is picking up in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)