(earthquake) A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck British Columbia's north coast. The quake, 167 km southeast of the Village of Queen Charlotte, was felt from Haida Gwaii and along the north coast. The National Tsunami Warning Centre says a tsunami is not expected to result from the quake. The quake struck at about 7 this morning, about 10 kilometres under the surface. There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

(herring) Despite having more than 1500 boats on the water, less than half the herring quota was caught along the BC coast this year. 16,000 tonnes of herring was landed, which is 44% of the quota of 36,000 tonnes set by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Here on the west coast, the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations warned against fishing the depleted stock, and were proved right as no herring was caught by either seiner or gillnetter despite a 3000 tonne quota. Nuu-chah-nulth fisheries manager Don Hall said DFO forecasters were wrong throughout the coast, and he hopes they'll look into what happened. Hall said First Nations will be meeting with DFO officials on Monday to discuss next years herring fishery

(hupacasath) The Hupacasath First Nation plans to build new homes on the former smokehouse site on River Road at Josephine. The land was owned by Hupacasath member Daniel Watts, who sold it to the First Nation for a housing development. According to a press release sent out by Hupacasath Council, housing is one of their priorities since only 121 of their members live on reserve land and 190 live off-reserve in Port Alberni or other communities. Ten years ago, Hupacasath addressed housing needs by providing 12 ‘fixed rent’ family and elders units on the Ahahswinis Reserve. They're also planning to pursue other housing opportunities on the Kleehkoot reserve near Sproat Lake after the River Road project is complete.

(navy ship) Port Alberni will play host to a naval ship next month. It will be one of the 6 Kingston Class, Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels patrolling the Pacific Coast. The 55-metre ships carry three-dozen naval reservists, and will be here during the May long-weekend. The ship will be tied up near the Maritime Heritage Center Lighthouse and will be open for public tours, coordinated by the Alberni Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps


April 16, 2015
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that they have committed to 1998- born defenseman Max Daerendinger (dare-en-dinger) for the 2015/16 season.
Daerendinger, a product of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association and the BWC Academy, played in 6 regular season games as an affiliate with the Bulldogs in 2014/15. Daerendingerʼs assistant coach this past season was former Bulldogs star forward and current team scout Josh Bonar.
Bulldogs fans got a chance to see Daerendinger during the teamʼs first of two 2015 Spring Identification Camps held in Port Alberni, BC, this past April 3-5, 2015. The teamʼs second of two camps is coming up in Osoyoos, BC, from May 1-3, 2015.
"I am very proud to play for such a great team in a supporting community,” said
Daerendinger. “I look forward to becoming a member of the team for next season!" Daerendinger comes from some pretty good hockey bloodlines, as his great uncle Alex Delvecchio played all of his 23-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings (11 seasons as the Red Wingsʼ captain).
Bulldogs fans can expect to hear more exciting news and announcements from the team in the coming months.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are holding their annual Spring Identification Camp in Osoyoos, BC, on May 1-3, 2015. Spaces are limited. Prospects can register online by visiting
For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley
Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

Port Alberni Men’s Basketball Spring League
April 23rd, 2015  @ ADSS
Week #3 Results
Game#1 6:15pm:  Dave Ralla Magic 60 - Concrete Impressions Rockets 53
Magic scoring leaders: Brenden Lundy-Sam 26 pts, Mike Lange 24 pts,
Rockets scoring leaders: Josh Fred 22 pts, Josh De Jong 19pts
Game#2 7:15pm:  Ladybird Engraving Heat 83 –-  Slammer’s Gym Warriors 59
Heat scoring leaders: Bobby Rupert 22 pts, Connor Van Vliet 22 pts
Warriors scoring leaders: Josh Kurucz 28 pts, Cameron Hepp 8 pts
Game#3 8:15pm:   Co-op Timberwolves 66 Tseshaht Market Raptors 80
Timberwolves scoring leaders: Coby Felsman Jr. 35pts Ryan Broekhuizen 12 pts
Raptor scoring leaders: Sam Moncur 23pts, Kevin Titian Jr. 22 pts

A learn to play softball program being offered to Grades 4 – 8 SD70 Students.  The program is free and all equipment is provided.   School District 70 in partnership with Alberni Valley Minor Softball is hosting the program.  It is designed to give students a fun introduction to softball and allow them to develop basic skills. 

Who: Grades 4 - 8 Students from any SD70 School.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 31, April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:45 pm
Where:  Glenwood Center.
 What to Bring? PE Strip (T-Shirt & Shorts/loose fitting pants) and a baseball/softball glove if you have one.  All equipment will be provided for those without

The Black Sheep Rugby Club is looking for new players. Any Men 18 years and up who want to try their hand at Rugby are encouraged to come out and see what it's all about. They have players from 19 to 63, so they can find a place for anyone who wants to play. Practices go every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 at the Black Sheep Rugby Club at the top of Argyle.

The Sheep beat the Cowichan Piggies at home on Saturday in the Island Semi Finals by a score of 44-26. They visit Victoria this Saturday in the Island Finals.

A fan bus will be heading down to the game, departing at 9am. For more information, call Ryan at 778-421-3032