A look back

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

After 22 days, a dog lost on Mount Washington was found.

One-year-old husky-collie cross Daisy was scared by a tube flying by her at the Ozone tube park on Christmas Eve. She backed out of her leash and ran off, and although her owners looked for her until 2 a.m. she was nowhere to be found.

However, they followed up with 300 missing posters and made door-to-door calls. People continually called them with Daisy sightings but she would be gone before they could find her.

Finally, a woman found her in a parkade and locked the door until she was reunited with her owners, who continued to receive calls well after Daisy came home.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Voters were preparing to go to the polls and decide whether they were willing to pay $4.1 million toward a new air terminal at CFB Comox.

The total cost of the project was estimated at $8 million, according to airport manager Chuck Fast. If the referendum — which was to be held Feb. 15 — passed, the commission planned to ask the federal government to chip in $1.9 million and obtain $2 million from commercial loans.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Nearly 100 headstones and grave markers at the Courtenay Municipal Cemetery were toppled by vandals.

According to Courtenay public works manager Fraser Carter, six markers were broken and some shrubbery was also damaged.

"We've had people out all weekend with a backhoe temporarily re-erecting as many (monuments) as we can. We've probably put $500 worth of labour into it already," said Carter, adding he was unsure of repair costs for the broken markers at that time.

RCMP suspected more than one person was involved.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Hoping to reverse a 10-year decline in horse racing, the B.C. Racing Commission appealed to cabinet to legalize tele-theatre betting in communities across the province.

Racing Commission vice-chairman Ed King said studies indicated the Valley is one of about 10 B.C. communities in which the concept might be successful.

Customers could place bets and watch horse races on televisions in small theatres set up in hotels or service clubhouses.

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

Seven people were arrested with more risking arrest as they protested mining in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Cream Silver Mines had been granted a resource-use permit to drill up to five holes in a reclassified 'recreation' area of the park.

Environmental group Friends of Strathcona Park prevented the company from mining the area and arrests were made in the early morning, hours before a planned protest.

Cream Silver geologist Scott Tomlinson noted the protest action was costing the company about $5,000 per day.

Protesters vowed to continue the fight.

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