Erin Haluschak

The City of Courtenay hosted a day-long Ideas Fair, in 2020 at the Filberg Centre, to garner feedback to update the Official Community Plan. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay looking for community feedback on draft official community plan

The OCP applies to all lands within Courtenay city boundaries

The City of Courtenay hosted a day-long Ideas Fair, in 2020 at the Filberg Centre, to garner feedback to update the Official Community Plan. Scott Stanfield photo
A plane arrives at the Comox Valley Airport at dusk. Photo by Comox Valley Airport

Comox Valley Airport looking for passenger numbers to take off in 2022

Pandemic restrictions impacting numbers; ULCs could provide a boost for travellers out of YQQ

A plane arrives at the Comox Valley Airport at dusk. Photo by Comox Valley Airport
Members of the Dead Boats Disposal Society pulled a barge into the Comox Marina Monday morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak

On the hunt for dead boats

Dead Boats Disposal Society searching Comox harbour for boats, marine debris

Members of the Dead Boats Disposal Society pulled a barge into the Comox Marina Monday morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak
A rapid COVID-19 test swab. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be available for travellers or the general public at the Comox Valley Airport. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

PCR, antigen tests now available at Comox Valley Airport

Travellers will no longer have to book an appointment in Nanaimo for PCR test

A rapid COVID-19 test swab. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be available for travellers or the general public at the Comox Valley Airport. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)
Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley

Valley resident keeps on walking as 100th birthday approaches

Myrtle Purchase has walked the equivalent across Canada through daily walks in Comox

Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley
Rapid Covid tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. Black Press file photo

New Covid test booking system causing confusion for Island residents

Rapid tests being offered, PCR may be an option

Rapid Covid tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. Black Press file photo
A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo

Busy start to the new year for Mount Washington Alpine Resort

As of Monday morning (Jan.3), the parking lots are full and shuttle buses are delayed

A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo
The Coldest Night of the Year Walk in the Comox Valley surpassed its fundraising goal this year. Scott Stanfield photo

2021 Comox Valley Year in Review: March

Fundraising, funding and large donations marked the month

The Coldest Night of the Year Walk in the Comox Valley surpassed its fundraising goal this year. Scott Stanfield photo
A Holiday Inn Express is being proposed near Chances Casino in Courtenay. Black Press file photo

Year in Review: February

Awards, construction and postponement of Vancouver Island MusicFest

A Holiday Inn Express is being proposed near Chances Casino in Courtenay. Black Press file photo
K’omoks First Nation Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Year in Review: January

Avalanches, fundraisers and awards just some of the highlights

K’omoks First Nation Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel. Photo by Erin Haluschak
A Comox Valley resident is gifting a bike to someone who wants to tackle a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Photo submitted

Valley bike rider inspires others through healthier lifestyle

Bike available for someone with the goal of living a healthier life

A Comox Valley resident is gifting a bike to someone who wants to tackle a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Photo submitted
Ceremony of the Flags Guard firing volley of blanks at Comox Nautical Days – photo credit: Captain T.J. Townley.

Comox receives provincial funds for seafood festival, Nautical Days

The funds are a one-time grant designed to be used for a range of operational expenses

Ceremony of the Flags Guard firing volley of blanks at Comox Nautical Days – photo credit: Captain T.J. Townley.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds release 2022 schedule; set to return to Comox for training

The team is set to train at CFB Comox from mid-April to mid-May

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Around 70 people braved rainy conditions to show support and raise funds to honour a community member during a fundraising run on Nov. 27 in Courtenay. Photo submitted.

Fundraiser honours community member and local support group

Members of The Shooters raised $4,489.95 for MADD Comox Valley

Around 70 people braved rainy conditions to show support and raise funds to honour a community member during a fundraising run on Nov. 27 in Courtenay. Photo submitted.
Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox

New wing commander at 19 Wing Comox

Lt.-Col. Rhonda Stevens is the first female wing commander since 19 Wing Comox’s establishment

Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox
The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo

Man in hospital following trailer fire

Courtenay Fire Department was called to a parking lot on Puntledge Road Thursday morning

The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo
The CVRD confirmed they will re-examine the beach fire program at Goose Spit Park in Comox. Photo via Google Maps

CVRD clarifies Goose Spit beach fire program; ‘hopeful’ to have fire rings back

Town of Comox mayor inquires about the latest status of the program

The CVRD confirmed they will re-examine the beach fire program at Goose Spit Park in Comox. Photo via Google Maps
Comox Valley Airport. File photo

YQQ asking for help from Comox council to get travellers to Mexico

“Our seasonal service to Puerto Vallarta is at risk again … if this policy isn’t changed soon”

Comox Valley Airport. File photo
An initial representation of what a viewing platform might look like on the footprint of Mack Laing’s Shakesides home. KFN indicated they would like to see the foundation removed as to not disturb the midden below. Photo submitted

Comox alters design of proposed Mack Laing viewing platform

KFN indicates the project should minimally disturb Great Comox Midden on site

An initial representation of what a viewing platform might look like on the footprint of Mack Laing’s Shakesides home. KFN indicated they would like to see the foundation removed as to not disturb the midden below. Photo submitted
Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo

Danger rating high for avalanches on the Island

Heavy rains, high freezing levels and warm temperatures are the perfect recipe for avalanches

Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo