Emily Vance

Kelly Corbett’s paintings are inspired by the nature she sees while adventuring outdoors. (Emily Vance photo)

‘Bringing the outside in:’ Nanoose Bay artist finding new landscapes to paint

Kelly Corbett has busy year ahead, starting with Parksville exhibition

Kelly Corbett’s paintings are inspired by the nature she sees while adventuring outdoors. (Emily Vance photo)
Moorecroft Park in Nanoose Bay. (News Bulletin file photo)

Rainfall warning issued for Nanoose Bay

Rainy weather expected to intensify today, Jan. 31, and ease mid-day Saturday, Feb. 1

Moorecroft Park in Nanoose Bay. (News Bulletin file photo)
Unsecured dogs and driving don’t mix, say Oceanside RCMP. (Black Press file photo)

The ‘ultimate distraction’: RCMP warn drivers against unsecured pets in vehicles

Cops, ICBC offer tips after pooch killed in Vancouver Island mishap

Unsecured dogs and driving don’t mix, say Oceanside RCMP. (Black Press file photo)
A head-on collision at the Coombs Junction killed a dog and sent one woman to hospital on Monday, Jan. 27. (News file photo)

Head-on collision on Vancouver Island results in dead dog, woman in hospital

RCMP say no one else injured in Coombs crash

A head-on collision at the Coombs Junction killed a dog and sent one woman to hospital on Monday, Jan. 27. (News file photo)
The first group of Canadians that went over to fight the country’s 2019-2020 wildfires were from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and various federal parks. (Courtesy of Kevin Cochrane)

‘We could see fire all over the landscape’: Vancouver Island man recounts helping crews in Australia

Kevin Cochrane of the Coastal Fire Centre spent 38 days Down Under

The first group of Canadians that went over to fight the country’s 2019-2020 wildfires were from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and various federal parks. (Courtesy of Kevin Cochrane)
Oceanside RCMP say they were able to return thousands of dollars of stolen goods to a business in Parksville after apprehending a suspect immediately after a theft occurred, thanks to a remotely monitored surveillance camera. (NEWS file photo)

Remote surveillance helps RCMP nab suspect immediately in Island break-in

Stolen items returned after Parksville business owner takes quick action

Oceanside RCMP say they were able to return thousands of dollars of stolen goods to a business in Parksville after apprehending a suspect immediately after a theft occurred, thanks to a remotely monitored surveillance camera. (NEWS file photo)
Charges are pending against a Port Alberni man after Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services pulled the driver over going 130 km/h in a 60 km/h zone of Nanoose Bay on Jan. 19. (News file photo)

Vancouver Island man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car impounded after Port Alberni driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Charges are pending against a Port Alberni man after Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services pulled the driver over going 130 km/h in a 60 km/h zone of Nanoose Bay on Jan. 19. (News file photo)
The completed treehouse on Mayne Island built by a handful of Parksville businesses as part of a Children’s Wish initiative for eleven-year old Kai Hennessey. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)

‘Epic sky palace’: B.C. businesses help create dream treehouse for boy recovering from cancer

‘It was kind of a bright shining beacon at the end of a horrible, dark tunnel’

The completed treehouse on Mayne Island built by a handful of Parksville businesses as part of a Children’s Wish initiative for eleven-year old Kai Hennessey. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)
In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)

Vancouver Island home to one of Canada’s largest private skateboard collections

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)
The French Creek Base of the Coast Guard was called in to the Beachcomber Marina in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, Jan. 12 for a severe windstorm. Crews returned on Monday to help clean up the damage done to the marina and boats. (Emily Vance photo)

‘It was mayhem’: Storm causes huge damage at Vancouver Island marina

Boat crashes ashore, 150 feet of breakwater crumbles at the Beachcomber Marina in Nanoose Bay

The French Creek Base of the Coast Guard was called in to the Beachcomber Marina in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, Jan. 12 for a severe windstorm. Crews returned on Monday to help clean up the damage done to the marina and boats. (Emily Vance photo)
From left: Regional District of Nanaimo chairman Ian Thorpe, Mayor of Parksville and RDN board member Ed Mayne, and director of RDN Area E (Nanoose Bay) Bob Rogers at the commissioning of the Englishman River Water Services treatment plant on Jan. 9. (Emily Vance photo)

$41.7-million Englishman River water treatment plant opens in Parksville

Facility can filter up to 16 million litres of water per day for Parksville and Nanoose Bay

From left: Regional District of Nanaimo chairman Ian Thorpe, Mayor of Parksville and RDN board member Ed Mayne, and director of RDN Area E (Nanoose Bay) Bob Rogers at the commissioning of the Englishman River Water Services treatment plant on Jan. 9. (Emily Vance photo)
Parksville city council voted to approve the sale of eight parcels of city-owned property on Jensen Avenue West and the Alberni Highway. The sale to Cross Developments still has subjects pending. (NEWS file photo)

City of Parksville sells land to Vancouver developer for $2.47 million

Cross Developments purchases eight parcels in city

Parksville city council voted to approve the sale of eight parcels of city-owned property on Jensen Avenue West and the Alberni Highway. The sale to Cross Developments still has subjects pending. (NEWS file photo)
Emergency responders attend the scene of a five-car pile up in Nanoose Bay on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 9. No one was injured. (Philip Wolf photo)

No injuries reported in five-vehicle pileup in Nanoose Bay

Traffic slowed briefly on Monday afternoon

Emergency responders attend the scene of a five-car pile up in Nanoose Bay on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 9. No one was injured. (Philip Wolf photo)
The area where a Coombs man found a pair of dead sheep on the side of Hilliers Road, just south of the Island Highway. (Emily Vance photo)

Coombs man finds two discarded, dead sheep on Hilliers Road

Resident concerned deceased livestock could attract predators

The area where a Coombs man found a pair of dead sheep on the side of Hilliers Road, just south of the Island Highway. (Emily Vance photo)
The Qualicum Beach Cinema Society has received all the funding they need to conduct a feasibility study, and held their first volunteer meeting on Nov. 5. (Andrew Chittenden image/courtesy Qualicum Beach Cinema Society)

Qualicum Beach cinema group reaches fundraising goal

Organization wants to see a multi-use cinema in town

The Qualicum Beach Cinema Society has received all the funding they need to conduct a feasibility study, and held their first volunteer meeting on Nov. 5. (Andrew Chittenden image/courtesy Qualicum Beach Cinema Society)
Emily Vance photo - Multiple first responders attended the scene of a crash on Northwest Bay Road at Wall Beach Road in Nanoose Bay on Thursday Nov. 14.

Senior dies after suffering medical emergency and crashing vehicle in Nanoose Bay

Bystanders performed CPR while waiting for first responders

Emily Vance photo - Multiple first responders attended the scene of a crash on Northwest Bay Road at Wall Beach Road in Nanoose Bay on Thursday Nov. 14.
A man was airlifted to hospital from Parksville Community Park by BC Ambulance Service on Thursday, Nov. 14. (Emily Vance photo)

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

A man was airlifted to hospital from Parksville Community Park by BC Ambulance Service on Thursday, Nov. 14. (Emily Vance photo)
NEWS File photo

Once, twice three times unlucky: B.C. woman’s vehicle repeatedly vandalized

‘Senseless and costly mischief’, says RCMP

NEWS File photo
Marcy Sjostrom’s son’s 2002 Acura was totalled after a stolen car smashed into it in the driveway of their Nanoose Bay home, just off the Island Highway, on Oct. 28, 2019. (Courtesy of Marcy Sjostrom)

Stolen Langford vehicle smashes into parked car in Nanoose Bay driveway

Two cars demolished, police dogs called in after suspect runs away

Marcy Sjostrom’s son’s 2002 Acura was totalled after a stolen car smashed into it in the driveway of their Nanoose Bay home, just off the Island Highway, on Oct. 28, 2019. (Courtesy of Marcy Sjostrom)
Emily Vance photo - Terry Taylor is a mushroom expert and member of the Arrowsmith Naturalists, who organized the fifth annual Mid-Island Mushroom Festival in Coombs on Oct. 27. The event was a hit, drawing people from up and down the island, with mycologists bringing in over a hundred samples of different types of mushrooms.

Vancouver Island expert offers practical advice on mushroom gathering

Mushroom fest organizer shares tips, safety advice for would-be mycologists

Emily Vance photo - Terry Taylor is a mushroom expert and member of the Arrowsmith Naturalists, who organized the fifth annual Mid-Island Mushroom Festival in Coombs on Oct. 27. The event was a hit, drawing people from up and down the island, with mycologists bringing in over a hundred samples of different types of mushrooms.