Nora O'Malley

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Warning issued after bear knocks over B.C. angler

Man was fishing in the Tofino area and was not injured

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Only the pontoon of a floatplane can be seen after it crashed and flipped in the Tofino harbour on Monday, Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)

UPDATED: 5 passengers and pilot survive after floatplane crashes in Tofino harbour

Another plane previously flipped over in harbour in July

Only the pontoon of a floatplane can be seen after it crashed and flipped in the Tofino harbour on Monday, Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)
Photographed on Oct. 7, “Pinky” the humpback whale was spotted entangled in a crab trap line in Barkley Sound. (Sydney Dixon photo)

Entangled mother humpback needs help before she sails into the West Coast sunset

‘Pinky’ was travelling with her infant calf when she was last spotted tangled in a crab trap line

Photographed on Oct. 7, “Pinky” the humpback whale was spotted entangled in a crab trap line in Barkley Sound. (Sydney Dixon photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Trudeau spends National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with family in Tofino

PM says he spoke on the phone with survivors, Tofino event organizers disappointed he didn’t attend

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)

Ahousaht pauses gatherings and closes to non-residents over COVID-19

As of Sept. 27, there were 19 active cases within the remote Indigenous community

Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)
Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.

Canadian surf champions crowned at Cox Bay in Tofino

Titles awarded in men’s / women’s Pro, Open, U18, U16 and Longboard

Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.
A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)

Rip Curl Pro Surf Canada Nationals return to Cox Bay Tofino

National titles will be awarded in five divisions for both males and females

A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)
West Coast pop singer-songwriter JESSIA offers an important message through her viral hit song ‘I’m Not Pretty’. (William Amarcand photo)

West Coast grad JESSIA now a rising Canadian pop star

The singer-songwriter penned breakthrough hit ‘I’m Not Pretty’ from childhood room in Ucluelet

West Coast pop singer-songwriter JESSIA offers an important message through her viral hit song ‘I’m Not Pretty’. (William Amarcand photo)
After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)

2X World Para Surf Champion Victoria Feige eyes Paralympic gold beyond Tokyo 2020

Para surfers will have to wait a few more years before they can compete in the Paralympic Games

After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Sarah Robinson’s spirit lives on in the newly formed Sarah Robinson Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Sarah Robinson Foundation carries on the work of departed Indigenous women’s advocate

A fundraiser in Vancouver on Aug. 7, Sarah’s 36th birthday, helps the charity take flight

Sarah Robinson’s spirit lives on in the newly formed Sarah Robinson Foundation. (Submitted photo)
Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Netflix thriller ‘Lou’ filming in Ucluelet

Academy Award winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) plays the lead in the Anna Foerster directed film

Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)
Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Toquaht Nation opens Secret Beach Campground and Marina on Vancouver Island

A 45-minute drive from Ucluelet, campground features child-friendly dirt pump track

Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley 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)
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)
This stretch of pathway in front of Long Beach heading northward in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory is now officially open for visitor use. (Parks Canada photo)

VIDEO: Parks Canada partially opens multi-use pathway ʔapsčiik t̓ašii in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee, the name means “going the right way on the path”

This stretch of pathway in front of Long Beach heading northward in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory is now officially open for visitor use. (Parks Canada 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)
Save Fairy Creek supporters sport red to the May 29 Elders circle gathering to show solidarity with Indigenous People. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Solidarity builds for Indigenous claims over Fairy Creek watershed on Vancouver Island

More than 2,000 show up to join push to save old growth forests from harvesting

Save Fairy Creek supporters sport red to the May 29 Elders circle gathering to show solidarity with Indigenous People. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)

Surf Canada takes on world’s top surfers for a final chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

ISA World Surfing Games run from May 29-June 6 in El Salvador

Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)