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By SCOTT STANFIELD
November 8, 2012 · 4:09 PM
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THIS VIEW OF the Comox Valley looks towards Courtenay and the Comox Glacier, the buildings on the left belong to the Urquhart farm. / Photo by Courtenay and District Museum

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Record repatriated a former Comox Valley resident from Ontario.

Reporter Lindsay Chung became the newest member of the editorial staff, coming from the Chesterville Record where she had worked since graduating from Carleton University.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Even the fire department couldn't have ousted the fire as the school board slashed and burned the 2002/03 operating budget.

Superintendent Dan Russell faced the heat from an overflowing room as he listed $1.6 million in cuts that, while not affecting jobs, were to affect teachers.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Raiders humbled Nanaimo 43-0 to finish the Vancouver Island Midget Football League season with an unblemished 7-0 record — the first perfect season ever posted by the local youth football organization. The bantam Raiders also beat Nanaimo 26-13 at home.

In high school volleyball, Highland and Vanier both earned berths to Islands by finishing top four at the North Island AAA senior girls tourney.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A tentative truce over coal shipments through Courtenay was reached when the company and residents agreed to look for another way to get the job done.

Brinco Coal Company answered concerns about safety of children by having a flag person on duty, and by having truckers change their route during school hours.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A wave of discontent over the contracting out of government jobs hit in Courtenay.

And union leader John Shields promised more of the same across the province unless then-premier Bill Vander Zalm cancelled his privatization initiative.