Nora O'Malley

Chris Manocchio unleashes after taking first place and a $1500 cash prize at the Tofino Oyster Festival Shucker’s Showdown on Nov. 27 at the Shore Pier. (Marcie Callewaert photos)

Ah, shucks! Tofino crowns inaugural oyster shucking champion

Chris Manocchio shucks 18 oysters the fastest in front of an ecstatic crowd

Chris Manocchio unleashes after taking first place and a $1500 cash prize at the Tofino Oyster Festival Shucker’s Showdown on Nov. 27 at the Shore Pier. (Marcie Callewaert photos)
The Tofino RCMP detachment on Nov. 23, 2022. (Nora O'Malley photo)

Police watchdog clears B.C. RCMP officer in shooting death of Indigenous man

Details of probe into Tofino death of Julian Jones won’t be released until related court case over

The Tofino RCMP detachment on Nov. 23, 2022. (Nora O'Malley photo)
The new million dollar boardwalk leading to the natural hot springs in Ahousaht territory was built in partnership with 43K Wilderness Solutions, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society, and BC Parks. (Keltsmaht Adventures photo)

Ahousaht re-opens Hot Springs near Tofino

Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and Hot Springs is open to the public

The new million dollar boardwalk leading to the natural hot springs in Ahousaht territory was built in partnership with 43K Wilderness Solutions, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society, and BC Parks. (Keltsmaht Adventures photo)
Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)

Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge Half Marathon and 10km makes stellar return

650 runners took to the Wild Pacific Trail on Sunday, Oct. 16

Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)
West Coast mushroom buyer Butch Sheaves holds a crate of pricey chanterelles. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Dry weather causes “unprecedented” cost of chanterelles in B.C.

“We need heavy rain. We need rain that will saturate the ground”

West Coast mushroom buyer Butch Sheaves holds a crate of pricey chanterelles. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The entrance to Castaways thrift store on Tofino’s Campbell Street and Fourth. Castaways closed permanently in Nov. 2018. (Westerly file photo)

Surfer awarded more than $75K for 2×4 attack that drove him from Tofino

Court ruling after ‘not happy’ resident smashed up car revving outside his home in the early morning

The entrance to Castaways thrift store on Tofino’s Campbell Street and Fourth. Castaways closed permanently in Nov. 2018. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino surfer Ocea Green, 13, unleashes during the Princess of the Peak final at Cox Bay on Sunday, Oct. 2. (Nora O’Malley photos)

Tofino’s Queen of the Peak surf contest roars back to Cox Bay

Winners in the shortboard and longboard scored a $3,000 prize purse

Tofino surfer Ocea Green, 13, unleashes during the Princess of the Peak final at Cox Bay on Sunday, Oct. 2. (Nora O’Malley photos)
Ocean lovers gather for a beach clean of Cox Bay in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory on Sept. 17. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Canada and Reef host International Coastal Cleanup Day in Tofino

About 60 volunteers pitched in for a cleanup of Cox Bay on Sept. 17

Ocean lovers gather for a beach clean of Cox Bay in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory on Sept. 17. (Nora O’Malley photo)
PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)

PHOTOS: 2022 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby in Ucluelet

Ukee kids had a blast on Saturday, Sept. 17 zooming down Bay…

PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)
Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

West Coast highway closures resume as lengthy improvement project hits home stretch

Ministry says $53.96 million project is roughly 90% complete

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)
Nora O’Malley in front of Windsor Castle on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Tristan McConnell photo)

COLUMN: Much ado about the Queen

Tofino-Ucluelet reporter writes about a chance visit to London days after Her Majesty’s death

Nora O’Malley in front of Windsor Castle on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Tristan McConnell photo)
Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)

Two wheel journeys: new guidebook will help you explore Vancouver Island by bike

Author Colleen MacDonald talks about her 3rd biking route book

Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)
Donna Seedorf-Harmuth and Phil Harmuth spend quality time together on Cox Bay. (Cathy Thicke photo)

Free beach wheelchairs create shoreline opportunity B.C. couple thought gone forever

Accessibility grant making lives better, organizations encouraged to chase theirs

Donna Seedorf-Harmuth and Phil Harmuth spend quality time together on Cox Bay. (Cathy Thicke photo)
A past bodypainting art project by Filippo Ioco. (Submitted photo)

Fading into the Tofino forest: International artist to make statement with camouflage bodypainting

Filippo Ioco will be at the Naa’Waya’Sum Indigenous Coastal Gardens next week to paint four models

A past bodypainting art project by Filippo Ioco. (Submitted photo)
It started with pizza delivery. (Pixabay photo)

Dial-a-dope drug bust in Ucluelet delivers pizza delivery man to house arrest

Pizza delivery to undercover cops leads to convictions

It started with pizza delivery. (Pixabay photo)
Ivan Wells Jr. checks the waves from outside Mułaa headquarters. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Introducing Mułaa, Canada’s rising tide Indigenous surf team

Wavebreaking club designed to reconnect Vancouver Island’s First Nations youth with the water

Ivan Wells Jr. checks the waves from outside Mułaa headquarters. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Anna Atleo dances with Rebecca Atleo, right, during an announcement ceremony on Aug. 10 in the Maaqtusiis School Gym. (Nora O’Malley photo)

First Nation women to guide framework for new Big House in Ahousaht territory near Tofino

“If I ever have grandchildren, one day they will be dancing in that Big House”

Anna Atleo dances with Rebecca Atleo, right, during an announcement ceremony on Aug. 10 in the Maaqtusiis School Gym. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)
CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)

Ucluelet whale watching boat towed to shore after taking on water

The MV Chinook Princess got into trouble around Turret Island within the Broken Group Islands

CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)
Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Family and friends honour Ucluelet’s Coastal Cowboy

The Blue Room chef Dustin Riley is remembered for his big heart, community spirit, and amazing BBQ

Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)