Terry Farrell

The Blues Band (top), John Boutte (middle left), Ferron (middle right), Jr. Gone Wild (bottom left) and Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will all be at Vancouver Island MusicFest this summer, July 8-10, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Photos supplied.

Vancouver Island MusicFest starts rolling out 2022 performers

Canadian, American, British and Nigerian acts named in first announcement

The Blues Band (top), John Boutte (middle left), Ferron (middle right), Jr. Gone Wild (bottom left) and Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will all be at Vancouver Island MusicFest this summer, July 8-10, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Photos supplied.
The Blues Band (top), John Boutte (middle left), Ferron (middle right), Jr. Gone Wild (bottom left) and Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will all be at Vancouver Island MusicFest this summer, July 8-10, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Photos supplied.

Vancouver Island MusicFest starts rolling out 2022 performers

Canadian, American, British and Nigerian acts named in first announcement

The Blues Band (top), John Boutte (middle left), Ferron (middle right), Jr. Gone Wild (bottom left) and Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will all be at Vancouver Island MusicFest this summer, July 8-10, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Photos supplied.
Tools of the trade: Crushed painkiller pills with open bottle, aluminum foil, spoon, lighter and syringe. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

SCARED STRAIGHT: Overdose episode turns a Courtenay man’s life around

Editor’s note: The names of the family members in this article have…

Tools of the trade: Crushed painkiller pills with open bottle, aluminum foil, spoon, lighter and syringe. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Newly appointed Comox Valley Youth Music Centre executive director, Christine Baxter (seated) is flanked by new bookkeeper Sarah Chase (left) and new webmaster Tara Jakubiec. Photo supplied.

Christine Baxter named executive director of Comox Valley Youth Music Centre

CYMC introduces a few new personnel to start the new year

Newly appointed Comox Valley Youth Music Centre executive director, Christine Baxter (seated) is flanked by new bookkeeper Sarah Chase (left) and new webmaster Tara Jakubiec. Photo supplied.
This trailer, situated between two houses on Muir Road, was destroyed by fire Saturday night, Jan. 15. According to eyewitnesses, everyone escaped unharmed. Photo by Terry Farrell

Fire destroys trailer on Muir Road in Courtenay

Fire destroyed a trailer on a residential property on Muir Road in…

This trailer, situated between two houses on Muir Road, was destroyed by fire Saturday night, Jan. 15. According to eyewitnesses, everyone escaped unharmed. Photo by Terry Farrell
Adele Deegan holds a copy of her book, Splat. She uses the pen name Adele Irving. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley author’s debut novel gaining international attention

Adele Deegan was living the perfect life, until everything went “Splat,” in…

Adele Deegan holds a copy of her book, Splat. She uses the pen name Adele Irving. Photo supplied.
The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
A toy is laid under the tree at Comox Valley Dodge in support of the car dealership’s Christmas On Us campaign. The annual toy drive brought Christmas gifts to 221 kids this year. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Dodge toy drive brightens Christmas for 221 kids

Comox Valley Dodge general manager Carson Grant expected a large response for…

A toy is laid under the tree at Comox Valley Dodge in support of the car dealership’s Christmas On Us campaign. The annual toy drive brought Christmas gifts to 221 kids this year. Photo supplied
Mount Washington employees and skiers collaborate to set up a safety net under the Sunrise chairlift and catch a young person who was dangling from their chair. Screenshot

VIDEO: Mt. Washington staff, skiers team up to catch person dangling from chairlift

Mount Washington staff and skiers used a makeshift life net to catch…

Mount Washington employees and skiers collaborate to set up a safety net under the Sunrise chairlift and catch a young person who was dangling from their chair. Screenshot
Jarod Tyler McCormick is the Comox Valley’s first baby of 2022. He was born at 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 1. Photos supplied.

Comox Valley’s first baby of 2022 arrived 20 minutes into the new year

It didn’t take long for the Comox Valley’s first baby of 2022…

Jarod Tyler McCormick is the Comox Valley’s first baby of 2022. He was born at 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 1. Photos supplied.
The BC School COVID Tracker website and Facebook page have nearly 60,000 followers, and has become a ‘go-to’ source for the latest information on COVID exposures within the BC School system. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

B.C. COVID school tracker website continues to grow

Website authenticates all information before adding to database

The BC School COVID Tracker website and Facebook page have nearly 60,000 followers, and has become a ‘go-to’ source for the latest information on COVID exposures within the BC School system. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Courtenay Fire Department Chief Kurt MacDonald says having the snow cleared from your driveways and doorways can save critical time in case of an emergency. File photo

Tips from Courtenay Fire Department to help first responders during bad weather

As the Comox Valley continues to shovel out from a substantial series…

Courtenay Fire Department Chief Kurt MacDonald says having the snow cleared from your driveways and doorways can save critical time in case of an emergency. File photo
Bo Waite’s son found this entry into the 2021 edition of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not - another reminder of the Comox Valley Record’s Pictures With Satan ad.

Comox Valley Record gets Courtenay into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Courtenay, B.C. has an entry in the latest Ripley’s Believe It Or…

Bo Waite’s son found this entry into the 2021 edition of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not - another reminder of the Comox Valley Record’s Pictures With Satan ad.
A paramedic carries a rescued cat away from the structure fire at Grant Avenue in Courtenay Tuesday, Dec. 28. Photo by Terry Farrell

Courtenay Fire Department responds to second house fire in 24-hour period

Five people safely escaped a house fire on Grant Avenue and 22…

A paramedic carries a rescued cat away from the structure fire at Grant Avenue in Courtenay Tuesday, Dec. 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
Flames can be seen coming through the roof of a home on Fifth Street in Courtenay Monday, Dec. 27. Photo by Jenna Powell

UPDATED: Occupants, pets escape fire in Courtenay home Dec. 27

Updated Dec. 28 with comments from Fire Chief Kurt MacDonald *** Five…

Flames can be seen coming through the roof of a home on Fifth Street in Courtenay Monday, Dec. 27. Photo by Jenna Powell
Chantal Stefan and her adult EDAS team (left, Ryan Titley - teacher admin from Heritage Online Christian School; right, David Randall, art teacher at G.P Vanier Secondary School) load up the van and head out to Vancouver for the final run of 2021. Photo by Chantal Stefan

1,298 packages delivered during Comox Valley’s 2021 Everybody Deserves a Smile campaign

With the last of the 1,298 Christmas parcels of hope delivered, Everybody…

Chantal Stefan and her adult EDAS team (left, Ryan Titley - teacher admin from Heritage Online Christian School; right, David Randall, art teacher at G.P Vanier Secondary School) load up the van and head out to Vancouver for the final run of 2021. Photo by Chantal Stefan
The Comox Valley Regional District building at 770 Harmston Ave. Courtenay will be open nightly, Dec. 26-29, from 8 p.m. to 8.am. for use as a warming centre. Photo supplied

Emergency shelters open in response to Comox Valley cold snap

The cold front bringing record low temperatures to the Island this week…

The Comox Valley Regional District building at 770 Harmston Ave. Courtenay will be open nightly, Dec. 26-29, from 8 p.m. to 8.am. for use as a warming centre. Photo supplied
Hundreds of holiday-themed bags await filling at the 40th Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner. Photo by Erica Farrell

40th annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner the largest yet

Neither COVID, nor snow, not even a major power outage could stop…

Hundreds of holiday-themed bags await filling at the 40th Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner. Photo by Erica Farrell
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Merry Christmas from the editor’s desk: a tradition continues

The Comox Valley Record editor reflects upon the year, in verse

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First responders tend to a vehicle that had rolled near the Trent River overpass on Hwy. 19 Saturday afternoon. Photo via Cumberland Fire Department

Comox Valley RCMP say ‘pack your patience’ to avoid road collisions this winter

Poor driving conditions and an upswing in motor vehicle incidents go hand-in-hand,…

First responders tend to a vehicle that had rolled near the Trent River overpass on Hwy. 19 Saturday afternoon. Photo via Cumberland Fire Department