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Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Rugged Coast Research Society members clean up plastic debris from a remote beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast during a shoreline clean-up expedition in June. (Photo courtesy Agathe Bernard/Rugged Coast Research Society)

Nanaimo-based society hauls 30 tonnes of trash from Island’s remote shorelines

Rugged Coast Research Society conducting five summertime shoreline cleanup expeditions

Rugged Coast Research Society members clean up plastic debris from a remote beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast during a shoreline clean-up expedition in June. (Photo courtesy Agathe Bernard/Rugged Coast Research Society)
A driver extricated from a rolled-over pickup was ticketed by Nanaimo RCMP for driving without due care and attention. (File photo)

Firefighters cut roof from rolled-over pickup to free driver following crash in Nanaimo

Driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, ticketed for careless driving

A driver extricated from a rolled-over pickup was ticketed by Nanaimo RCMP for driving without due care and attention. (File photo)
Capt. Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief fire investigator, surveys the damage to the back of a house on Wakesiah Avenue where a fire broke out early Friday, July 23. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Four people displaced in early-morning house fire in Nanaimo

Home in the 300 block of Wakesiah Avenue suffered extensive damage, but all occupants got out safely

Capt. Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief fire investigator, surveys the damage to the back of a house on Wakesiah Avenue where a fire broke out early Friday, July 23. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo has set a new weather record for the longest stretch of days with no rain, beating the old record set in 2013. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo sets record for longest dry spell

As of Tuesday, July 20, Nanaimo went 35 days with no rain, breaking a record set in 2013

Nanaimo has set a new weather record for the longest stretch of days with no rain, beating the old record set in 2013. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The CF Snowbirds air demonstration team flew over Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Monday, July 19, as part of Operation Inspiration. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Snowbirds fly over Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Morning flight part of Operation Inspiration to honour health workers

The CF Snowbirds air demonstration team flew over Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Monday, July 19, as part of Operation Inspiration. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Police in Nanaimo used tasers during arrest of man who allegedly side-swiped a police car with U-Haul truck reported stolen by the company. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo RCMP deploy Taser on driver of suspected stolen U-Haul truck

Driver of U-Haul allegedly side-swiped police car after several attempts by police to stop truck

Police in Nanaimo used tasers during arrest of man who allegedly side-swiped a police car with U-Haul truck reported stolen by the company. (Black Press file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has asked the City of Nanaimo to establish a bylaw to collect school site acquisition charges for new residential development. (News Bulletin photo)

School district asks Nanaimo to collect fee from residential developers

School site acquisition charges would fund purchase of more land to accommodate more students

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has asked the City of Nanaimo to establish a bylaw to collect school site acquisition charges for new residential development. (News Bulletin photo)
Nanaimo is applying for $1 million in provincial grants that could help cover construction costs of active transportation route projects that will link downtown to Vancouver Island University, Woodgrove centre, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and other destinations. (File photo)

Nanaimo applies for $1 million in active transportation grants from the province

Grant money could help pay for next phases of Metral ‘complete street’ and VIU bike route

Nanaimo is applying for $1 million in provincial grants that could help cover construction costs of active transportation route projects that will link downtown to Vancouver Island University, Woodgrove centre, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and other destinations. (File photo)
Nanaimo’s pubs and nightclubs could soon be raising a glass to lower business licence fees following a governance and priorities committee vote Monday, July 12. (Stock photo)

Councillors recommending lower business licence fees for bars and pubs in Nanaimo

Governance and priorities committee votes for more consistency with business licence fees

Nanaimo’s pubs and nightclubs could soon be raising a glass to lower business licence fees following a governance and priorities committee vote Monday, July 12. (Stock photo)
The RCMP dive team searching the waters off Neck Point Park on July 10. The search is in relation to the investigation of Sidney Mantee, 35, reported missing last October. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Homicide investigation brings RCMP divers to waters off Nanaimo

Pipers Lagoon and Neck Point parks being searched for evidence

The RCMP dive team searching the waters off Neck Point Park on July 10. The search is in relation to the investigation of Sidney Mantee, 35, reported missing last October. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
RCM-SAR #27 volunteers from Nanaimo retrieved two kayakers who had become stranded on rocks near Sayshutsun Newcastle Island Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)

Stranded kayakers plucked from rocks near Newcastle Island in Nanaimo

High winds, choppy seas and steep cliffs kept kayakers from reaching safety Wednesday

RCM-SAR #27 volunteers from Nanaimo retrieved two kayakers who had become stranded on rocks near Sayshutsun Newcastle Island Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)
Responses from renters and landlords to a recent City of Nanaimo survey revealed renters are paying ever higher proportions of total household incomes for rent, and are experiencing shortages of all accommodations, especially for families, renters with pets and people with mobility challenges. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city council presented with ‘shocking’ housing affordability concerns

4 out of 5 tenants in Nanaimo report spending more than 30% of their total household income on rent

Responses from renters and landlords to a recent City of Nanaimo survey revealed renters are paying ever higher proportions of total household incomes for rent, and are experiencing shortages of all accommodations, especially for families, renters with pets and people with mobility challenges. (News Bulletin file photo)
A suspected shoplifter was arrested after allegedly brandishing a knife at a Real Canadian Superstore employee in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Man arrested after stealing items, waving knife at store employee in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP say suspect prohibited from possessing weapons was carrying knife and machete

A suspected shoplifter was arrested after allegedly brandishing a knife at a Real Canadian Superstore employee in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo city council has passed three readings of an updated property maintenance and standards bylaw to tackle graffiti. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo city council has passed an updated property maintenance and standards bylaw to tackle graffiti with penalties that target perpetrators and victim property owners. (News Bulletin file photo)

New property bylaw in Nanaimo means city will sometimes have to judge what’s graffiti and what’s art

Council gives third reading to amended property maintenance bylaw

Nanaimo city council has passed three readings of an updated property maintenance and standards bylaw to tackle graffiti. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo city council has passed an updated property maintenance and standards bylaw to tackle graffiti with penalties that target perpetrators and victim property owners. (News Bulletin file photo)
A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Pride crosswalks vandalized in downtown Nanaimo

Black paint spread across Bastion and Commercial street crosswalk, city plans more durable paint job

A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Pride crosswalks vandalized in downtown Nanaimo

Black paint spread across Bastion and Commercial street crosswalk, city plans more durable paint job

A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen celebrate a goal at a packed Frank Crane Arena during the Presidents Cup national championship tournament three summers ago. The City of Nanaimo is working with a consultant to develop a sports tourism strategy. (News Bulletin file photo)

City eyes sports tourism as post-pandemic economic driver in Nanaimo

Parks and rec working with consultant and hospitality industry on a sports tourism strategy

The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen celebrate a goal at a packed Frank Crane Arena during the Presidents Cup national championship tournament three summers ago. The City of Nanaimo is working with a consultant to develop a sports tourism strategy. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog, left, and chief administrative officer Jake Rudolph, right, present RCMP Supt. Cameron Miller with a piece of artwork during a Nanaimo city council meeting June 21. Miller has been promoted to the position of officer in charge of the RCMP B.C. Highway Patrol for Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy Derek Johnstone, City of Nanaimo)

Nanaimo RCMP detachment commander moves on to lead Vancouver Island highway patrol

Supt. Cameron Miller is now officer in charge of RCMP B.C. Highway Patrol for Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog, left, and chief administrative officer Jake Rudolph, right, present RCMP Supt. Cameron Miller with a piece of artwork during a Nanaimo city council meeting June 21. Miller has been promoted to the position of officer in charge of the RCMP B.C. Highway Patrol for Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy Derek Johnstone, City of Nanaimo)
Four dogs that were treated at a Nanaimo veterinary hospital died of heat stroke this past weekend, says a veterinary technologist. (Stock photo)

4 dogs in Nanaimo die from heat stroke

Pet owners asked to take care amid record-setting heat wave

Four dogs that were treated at a Nanaimo veterinary hospital died of heat stroke this past weekend, says a veterinary technologist. (Stock photo)