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The Ahousaht First Nation has closed its community to non-residents in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Ahousaht First Nation closes community to non-residents

“We’re really being proactive on this,” Ahousaht Elected Chief Greg Louie.

The Ahousaht First Nation has closed its community to non-residents in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. (Westerly file photo)
Hwy. 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down for 24 hours to allow crews to remove a bridge installed after a blasting mishap caused a rockslide on Jan. 23. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Planned 24-hour closure looms for Tofino-Ucluelet highway

Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down from 11 a.m. Feb. 22 to at 11 a.m. Feb. 23

Hwy. 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down for 24 hours to allow crews to remove a bridge installed after a blasting mishap caused a rockslide on Jan. 23. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Hwy. 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down for 24 hours this weekend to allow crews to remove a bridge installed after a blasting mishap caused a rockslide on Jan. 23. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway reopens after 24-hour closure

Hwy. 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down from 11 a.m. Feb. 22 to at 11 a.m. Feb. 23.

Hwy. 4 at Kennedy Hill will be shut down for 24 hours this weekend to allow crews to remove a bridge installed after a blasting mishap caused a rockslide on Jan. 23. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Earthquake on top of highway closure a wake up call for Island’s West Coast

Earthquake on top of highway closure a wake up call for Island’s West Coast

“When someone says, ‘Be prepared for 72 hours,’ that means exactly that: be prepared.”

Earthquake on top of highway closure a wake up call for Island’s West Coast
The Ucluelet Co-op’s fresh produce aisle is nearly bare and a note has been posted informing customers that the shelves will not be restocked until Hwy. 4 reopens. (Andrew Bailey photo)

UPDATED: Mayors call for ‘calmness’ as highway rockslide cuts Tofino, Ucluelet off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

The Ucluelet Co-op’s fresh produce aisle is nearly bare and a note has been posted informing customers that the shelves will not be restocked until Hwy. 4 reopens. (Andrew Bailey photo)
UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway reopens after bridge installed earlier than expected

UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway reopens after bridge installed earlier than expected

”Bridge crews worked throughout the day to install a pre-fabricated 20-metre single-lane bridge.”

UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway reopens after bridge installed earlier than expected
Police recover body of Tofino man near Hot Springs Cove

Police recover body of Tofino man near Hot Springs Cove

An RCMP dive team has recovered the body of a Tofino man in his 50s.

Police recover body of Tofino man near Hot Springs Cove
Shannon Boothman was overjoyed to be reunited with her dog Itska in Port Alberni on Sunday after desperately searching for her missing best friend for over two months. (photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

Shannon Boothman was overjoyed to be reunited with her dog Itska in Port Alberni on Sunday after desperately searching for her missing best friend for over two months. (photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)
Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove

Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove

Police seeking public’s assistance in locating Dan Kortes.

Tofino and Ahousaht RCMP searching for missing man near Hot Springs Cove
UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC

UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC

Company offers resources and support through difficult time.

UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC
Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled
Tofino resident Shannon Boothman is asking for help finding her dog Itska, who she has not seen since Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)

Tourists allegedly take dog from Tofino, owner pleads for help getting it back

“I just want his picture spread everywhere so that hopefully he can come back to me.”

Tofino resident Shannon Boothman is asking for help finding her dog Itska, who she has not seen since Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Boothman)
A trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve captured this image of a wolf. The Park Reserve is hoping to reduce conflicts with wolves and humans. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)

B.C. park reserve seeks ‘Poop Fairies’ for wolf conservation project

“It’s a pretty cool way to get involved in conservation in your area.”

A trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve captured this image of a wolf. The Park Reserve is hoping to reduce conflicts with wolves and humans. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)
The 2020 Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been cancelled. (Photo - Tofino Food and Wine Festival Facebook)

B.C. liquor branch blamed for cancellation of popular Tofino food and wine fest

Organizers held the 17th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival in June 2019

The 2020 Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been cancelled. (Photo - Tofino Food and Wine Festival Facebook)
An entangled baby humpback whale was rescued near Ucluelet on Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of DFO)

Entangled humpback calf rescued off west coast of Vancouver Island

“These animals are massive, they’re powerful and it really is dangerous.”

An entangled baby humpback whale was rescued near Ucluelet on Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of DFO)
UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure

UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure

Drivers are once again stuck either in or out of the Tofino-Ucluelet area Wednesday morning.

UPDATED: Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island reopens after eight hour closure
Highway 4 was shut down on Monday as crews worked to remove rock debris from the only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet. (Photo - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

UPDATED: Rock blasting debris shuts down highway between Tofino-Ucluelet and rest of Vancouver Island

Only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet closed in both directions.

Highway 4 was shut down on Monday as crews worked to remove rock debris from the only road in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet. (Photo - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
This young fur seal was successfully rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and released back into the wild off a Ucluelet Beach on Thursday. (Photo - Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)

VIDEO: Rescued fur seal released in Ucluelet

Employees of Mowi salmon farm near Hardwicke Island saw animal floating sideways and unable to dive

This young fur seal was successfully rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and released back into the wild off a Ucluelet Beach on Thursday. (Photo - Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws

Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws

Surfrider Pacific Rim cheers unified decision.

Tofino and Ucluelet officially ban plastic bags and straws
Tofino mayor Josie Osborne and her council offered an emotional apology inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Tuesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Tofino council apologizes for 1947 motion to ‘exclude Orientals’

Josie Osborne earned an emotional standing ovation inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre.

Tofino mayor Josie Osborne and her council offered an emotional apology inside the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Tuesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)