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Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris during one of ocean clean-ups held on Denman Island. file photo/Gerry Ambury

Comox-Strathcona wants depot for ocean plastic

Ocean Legacy Foundation is applying to province for grant

Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris during one of ocean clean-ups held on Denman Island. file photo/Gerry Ambury
An otter takes some shelter under a car in the Royston area. Screenshot, Kate and Sarah Stromquist video

Royston family surprised to see otter visitor under car

The Stromquists did not expect to see the animal so far from water

An otter takes some shelter under a car in the Royston area. Screenshot, Kate and Sarah Stromquist video
The conservation service confirmed they do not relocate cougars from settled areas but that euthanasia is not necessarily the fate for an animal in the Fanny Bay area. The hope is that the animal will move on to wild areas. (File photo)

Euthanasia not the only outcome for Fanny Bay cougar

Conservations officers do not relocate the animals from Vancouver Island

The conservation service confirmed they do not relocate cougars from settled areas but that euthanasia is not necessarily the fate for an animal in the Fanny Bay area. The hope is that the animal will move on to wild areas. (File photo)
James Hutchison was sentenced in court for a robbery from April 2019. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Accused sentenced for early morning robbery in Courtenay

Hutchison gets credit for 218 days in custody but given 120 more days in jail

James Hutchison was sentenced in court for a robbery from April 2019. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland is finalizing its tax rate bylaw for the year, which will see a 4.93 per cent increase. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Cumberland moving ahead on 4.93 tax hike

Residential rates’ hike was less than projected during planning stages

Cumberland is finalizing its tax rate bylaw for the year, which will see a 4.93 per cent increase. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A rendering shows an “mini urban bazaar” for very small businesses proposed in Cumberland. Image, Cumberland staff report

Cumberland considers microbusiness hub downtown

Applicant will have to host online or outdoor meeting for public input

A rendering shows an “mini urban bazaar” for very small businesses proposed in Cumberland. Image, Cumberland staff report
Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied

Courtenay fossil hunter finds ancient turtle on local river

The specimen will now make its home at the Royal BC Museum

Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied
Cumberland is surrounded by trees — and logging. Its council is supporting a call to stop old-growth logging in vulnerable areas of the province such as Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Cumberland backs request to save B.C.’s old-growth forests

The Comox Youth Climate Council is asking local governments to take stand

Cumberland is surrounded by trees — and logging. Its council is supporting a call to stop old-growth logging in vulnerable areas of the province such as Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied

Courtenay fossil hunter finds ancient turtle on local river

The specimen will now make its home at the Royal BC Museum

Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied
For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied

Comox woman on fence books vaccine due to brother’s death

Leela Harrop says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Most categories of crime held steady from year to year in Cumberland. File photo

Cumberland crime numbers hold steady year to year

A few categories had notable changes but many were similar to 2019

Most categories of crime held steady from year to year in Cumberland. File photo
The development permit application is for the back of a property at 2522 Dunsmuir Ave. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Privacy, heritage reasons for secondary house denial in Cumberland

Majority of council wants to see something more in line with Camp Road’s character

The development permit application is for the back of a property at 2522 Dunsmuir Ave. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Local governments such as Cumberland’s are calling for Ottawa to treat opioids as a public health crisis. (Black Press file photo)

Cumberland councillor motivated by family member’s drug death

Council supports resolution for Ottawa to treat narcotics as public health emergency

Local governments such as Cumberland’s are calling for Ottawa to treat opioids as a public health crisis. (Black Press file photo)
The Village of Cumberland is applying for a UBCM grant to help streamline development application processes. Black Press file photo

Cumberland looks to streamline development

“This looks like the best thing we’ve ever applied for.”

The Village of Cumberland is applying for a UBCM grant to help streamline development application processes. Black Press file photo
Security camera image of 7-Eleven robbery suspect. Photo supplied.

Late-night Courtenay robbery results in 500-plus days in jail

Heatley’s sentence also includes probation, DNA order, firearms ban

Security camera image of 7-Eleven robbery suspect. Photo supplied.
The CSRHD board has diverging views on its relationship with Island Health. File photo

Comox-Strathcona board ponders relationship with Island Health

“We have to stand together … to get our share of the health budget.”

The CSRHD board has diverging views on its relationship with Island Health. File photo
The Union Bay Improvement District is holding its AGM April 29 as it looks to hand over services to the regional district. Record file photo

Union Bay board hikes water rates due to operating costs

Board also planning for AGM, transition to regional district service

The Union Bay Improvement District is holding its AGM April 29 as it looks to hand over services to the regional district. Record file photo
The school board had approved its next three-year calendar. Image, Comox Valley Schools

Comox Valley Schools adopt calendar with two-week spring breaks

Most public comments supported keeping the two-week break instead one-week

The school board had approved its next three-year calendar. Image, Comox Valley Schools
The visitor centre for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Tourism group marks new relationship with Comox Valley

“We believe in the regional model for the Comox Valley … everybody should be working together.”

The visitor centre for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Students between grades 4 and 12 will be wearing masks for now. (Pixabay)

Most students in Comox Valley to wear masks as of April 6

K to Grade 3 students are encouraged but not required to wear them

Students between grades 4 and 12 will be wearing masks for now. (Pixabay)