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File photo of a bear that wound up in a backyard of a Courtenay home.

Comox Valley man has bare encounter with bear

Bear attractants include garbage, ripened fruit, barbecues and bird feeders

File photo of a bear that wound up in a backyard of a Courtenay home.
Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)

Night hunting near Williams Lake leads to 3 arrests, seizure of 5 dead deer, guns and truck

The individuals were hunting with high powered lights

  • Oct 24, 2022
Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)
Archaeology crews have discovered a roasting pit feature at the Boitanio Mall site where excavation is underway to replace a sewer pipe. (Brandon Hoffman photo)

Archaeology crews unearth fire pit, roasting pit at Williams Lake mall excavation site

‘The roasting pit is super significant because we rarely find them,’ said Whitney Spearing.

Archaeology crews have discovered a roasting pit feature at the Boitanio Mall site where excavation is underway to replace a sewer pipe. (Brandon Hoffman photo)
Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells receives a kiss from his wife Michelle after hearing the election results, Saturday at the Filberg Centre. Wells has been elected to his second term as mayor. Scott Stanfield photo

Bob Wells retains Courtenay mayoral seat

Incumbent Doug Hillian tops the polls among councillors

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells receives a kiss from his wife Michelle after hearing the election results, Saturday at the Filberg Centre. Wells has been elected to his second term as mayor. Scott Stanfield photo
Vickey Brown (centre, gold dress) and her supporters celebrate her election victory in style, with a bottle of bubbly, at the Waverley Hotel on Saturday night. Brown is the new mayor of Cumberland. Photo by Terry Farrell

UPDATED: Cumberland voters pick Vickey Brown as their new mayor

Cumberland has a new mayor. Vickey Brown received 817 votes to Leslie…

Vickey Brown (centre, gold dress) and her supporters celebrate her election victory in style, with a bottle of bubbly, at the Waverley Hotel on Saturday night. Brown is the new mayor of Cumberland. Photo by Terry Farrell
In Kimberley, voting will take place at McKim School, 689 Rotary Drive, between the voting hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

It’s Election Day in Comox: Here’s everything you need to know

The next reign of local leaders is expected to be named Saturday…

In Kimberley, voting will take place at McKim School, 689 Rotary Drive, between the voting hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney (left) in Gallipoli, Turkey in September. Photo courtesy Facebook/Rachel Blaney

North Island-Powell River MP dedicates memorial to WWI fighters in Turkey

Blaney is also NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs

  • Oct 14, 2022
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney (left) in Gallipoli, Turkey in September. Photo courtesy Facebook/Rachel Blaney
Tin Town is in the MU-4 zone, where the City of Courtenay is discontinuing solid waste collection. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay discontinues solid waste collection for multi-use four

The City of Courtenay is discontinuing solid waste collection for multi-use four…

Tin Town is in the MU-4 zone, where the City of Courtenay is discontinuing solid waste collection. Scott Stanfield photo
Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)

Chilliwack school board hopeful suing fellow candidate for calling her ‘a striptease artist’

Carin Bondar says the comment made during a Zoom meeting amounts to defamation

Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)

Nanaimo firefighters battle stubborn Thanksgiving Day warehouse blaze

Twenty-four firefighters worked for more than six hours to extinguish fire on Selby Street

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)
Cumberland Fire Rescue. Image, Facebook

Cumberland council matches fire department grant application

Cumberland council agreed to match a $30,000 grant application with a $30,000…

Cumberland Fire Rescue. Image, Facebook
Lawrence Burns, Courtenay’s first full-time fire chief, now has a park named after him. Kim Stallknecht photo

Lawrence Burns honoured at Courtenay park dedication event

The City of Courtenay has paid tribute to an outstanding community leader,…

  • Oct 6, 2022
Lawrence Burns, Courtenay’s first full-time fire chief, now has a park named after him. Kim Stallknecht photo
File photo of CVRD building.

Comox Valley rural candidate taken to task on social media for bigoted post

Matthew Ellis, who is running for director in Area C (Puntledge-Black Creek)…

File photo of CVRD building.
The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks in B.C. increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds. Black Press file

Merville seminar to help poultry owners prevent avian flu

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food will hold three information sessions next…

  • Oct 6, 2022
The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks in B.C. increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds. Black Press file
File photo of Puntledge River.

BC Hydro reducing Puntledge River flows

After a wet four months until mid-July, it quickly transitioned into one…

  • Oct 6, 2022
File photo of Puntledge River.
Former Courtenay fire chief Lawrence Burns was the guest of honour Tuesday at a dedication event at an East Courtenay park that bears his name. Photo: McKinnon Photography

Courtenay honours former fire chief with park bearing his name

The city honoured Lawrence Burns at a dedication event Tuesday at an…

Former Courtenay fire chief Lawrence Burns was the guest of honour Tuesday at a dedication event at an East Courtenay park that bears his name. Photo: McKinnon Photography
Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate excessive wood smoke. File photo

Nuisance bylaw intends to regulate wood smoke in Courtenay

Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate…

Courtenay council has adopted a nuisance bylaw amendment intended to better regulate excessive wood smoke. File photo
CVRD watering schedule.

Stage 3 water restrictions effective in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 water restrictions…

  • Oct 5, 2022
CVRD watering schedule.
Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Vancouver Island military families caught in the housing squeeze

Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing

Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito