Karly Blats

Rendering of a proposed mixed-used, multi-building development at 113 and 161 Island Highway West. - City of Parksville

Developers go back to drawing board after high-rise application deferred by Parksville council

IAG Developments has proposed a multi-building development on city’s waterfront

Rendering of a proposed mixed-used, multi-building development at 113 and 161 Island Highway West. - City of Parksville
Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, uses the Lokomat machine at the Neuromotion Physio clinic in Victoria. - Submitted photo

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, uses the Lokomat machine at the Neuromotion Physio clinic in Victoria. - Submitted photo
Twenty-one-year-old Nick Major from Parksville has died from a viral rabies infection after coming into contact with a bat on Vancouver Island in May. - Facebook photo

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Twenty-one-year-old Nick Major from Parksville has died from a viral rabies infection after coming into contact with a bat on Vancouver Island in May. - Facebook photo
Nature photographer Mike Yip spotted this white raven in Coombs last month. - Mike Yip photo

Rare white ravens spotted again in mid-Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

Nature photographer Mike Yip spotted this white raven in Coombs last month. - Mike Yip photo
A resident stumbled upon needles left in a secluded area near Parksville’s recycling depot in May. - File photo

Parksville council advances proposed bylaw to regulate distribution of needles

Mayor: ‘I believe that we have an obligation to protect the 14,000 people of Parksville’

A resident stumbled upon needles left in a secluded area near Parksville’s recycling depot in May. - File photo
Wendy Williams, who lives in Qualicum Beach, has been named the first Canadian woman to captain a major cruise ship. - Virginvoyages.com

B.C.’s Wendy Williams named first Canadian woman to captain a major cruise ship

‘No woman should ever feel that she can’t do anything on this planet’

Wendy Williams, who lives in Qualicum Beach, has been named the first Canadian woman to captain a major cruise ship. - Virginvoyages.com
Clarke Gourlay, founder of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm, passed away on June 29, 2019 in a hiking accident in Strathcona Provincial Park. - File photo

Vancouver Island farmer, politician dies in mountaineering accident

Clarke Gourlay ‘will be remembered dearly by the innumerable people he reached’

Clarke Gourlay, founder of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm, passed away on June 29, 2019 in a hiking accident in Strathcona Provincial Park. - File photo
A group of Canadian and Americans are back together for a reunion in California after backpacking Europe in 1969. Sitting from left; Kathy, Merry, Lowell, Bevan. Standing from left; are Mike, Doug Bradley and Dave Tryon. - Submitted photo
A group of Canadian and Americans are back together for a reunion in California after backpacking Europe in 1969. Sitting from left; Kathy, Merry, Lowell, Bevan. Standing from left; are Mike, Doug Bradley and Dave Tryon. - Submitted photo
Ian Paton, MLA for Delta South and co-critic for agriculture, speaks to a group of concerned farmers at Rusted Rake Farm in Nanoose Bay on June 17. - Karly Blats photo

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

Ian Paton, MLA for Delta South and co-critic for agriculture, speaks to a group of concerned farmers at Rusted Rake Farm in Nanoose Bay on June 17. - Karly Blats photo
Fire burned down a single duplex structure on June 6 at the River Green Resort in Parksville. — Michael Briones photo

Parksville resort fire caused by flammable gas used to extract oil from cannabis

Investigators detail reasons for explosion and blaze that destroyed building

Fire burned down a single duplex structure on June 6 at the River Green Resort in Parksville. — Michael Briones photo
Parksville’s Log Cabin General Store, 1000 Resort Dr., was broken into on June 10 or 11 and a suspect stole a large quantity of cigarettes and lottery tickets. - Karly Blats photo

Every cigarette and lottery ticket stolen from Parksville’s Log Cabin General Store

Break-in, theft occurred late on June 10 or early June 11

Parksville’s Log Cabin General Store, 1000 Resort Dr., was broken into on June 10 or 11 and a suspect stole a large quantity of cigarettes and lottery tickets. - Karly Blats photo
A group of Canadian and Americans, including Dave Tryon, left, who was found through social media, are back together for a reunion in California after backpacking Europe in 1969. - Submitted photo

So, ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’ has reunited with his travelling pals after 50 years

B.C. man meets friends in California; group backpacked in Europe in 1969

A group of Canadian and Americans, including Dave Tryon, left, who was found through social media, are back together for a reunion in California after backpacking Europe in 1969. - Submitted photo
Berwick Retirement Communities was planning to build a facility in Parksville at 180 Jensen Ave., but the founders of the company have cancelled the project saying it would be too close to a supportive housing facility at 222 Corfield St. - NEWS file photo

Berwick cancels proposed $50M seniors facility in Parksville

Project would have housed approximately 250 seniors, staffed 150 employees and included a daycare

Berwick Retirement Communities was planning to build a facility in Parksville at 180 Jensen Ave., but the founders of the company have cancelled the project saying it would be too close to a supportive housing facility at 222 Corfield St. - NEWS file photo
Security footage shows a masked suspect at the Stop and Shop Grocery in Qualicum Beach on June 5.

Masked gunman robs Qualicum Beach store

June 5 robbery the second this week in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Security footage shows a masked suspect at the Stop and Shop Grocery in Qualicum Beach on June 5.
Reader John Domovich sent in this photo of a bear he spotted in his yard in Whiskey Creek last week. - Submitted by John Domovich

Conservation officer: Whiskey Creek a ‘hot spot’ for bears

Dozens of bear sightings reported in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas since April

Reader John Domovich sent in this photo of a bear he spotted in his yard in Whiskey Creek last week. - Submitted by John Domovich
A suspect with a gun robbed the Arlington Liquor Store in Nanoose Bay on June 3. - Karly Blats photo

Employee shaken as central Island liquor store robbed at gunpoint

Disguised suspect nabbed cash, ran away from Arlington Inn Beer and Wine in Nanoose Bay

A suspect with a gun robbed the Arlington Liquor Store in Nanoose Bay on June 3. - Karly Blats photo
Four cougar sightings have been reported in the Qualicum Beach area in May. (File photo)

Three cougars destroyed in Qualicum Beach after killing sheep

Four sightings in town reported to conservation office this month

Four cougar sightings have been reported in the Qualicum Beach area in May. (File photo)
A benefit dance is being held on June 1 at the Lighthouse Community Centre for Lydia Blackwell, 23, who was critically injured in a vehicle crash near Lantzville on March 30. - Submitted photo

Benefit will be held for woman critically injured in crash near Lantzville

June 1 dance will help support 23-year-old Lydia Blackwell and her family

A benefit dance is being held on June 1 at the Lighthouse Community Centre for Lydia Blackwell, 23, who was critically injured in a vehicle crash near Lantzville on March 30. - Submitted photo
An Ontario man is looking for ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’ (pictured here in 1969) who he met 50 years ago travelling in Europe. - Submitted by Doug Bradley

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

An Ontario man is looking for ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’ (pictured here in 1969) who he met 50 years ago travelling in Europe. - Submitted by Doug Bradley
Crews deconstruct Howard the giant Nanoose Bay gnome on May 9. The eight-metre figure will be refurbished and placed at Galey Farms in Saanich. (Karly Blats photo)

UPDATE: Howard, Vancouver Island’s giant gnome, is on the move

Iconic figure will be refurbished, then put on display at Galey Farms in Saanich

Crews deconstruct Howard the giant Nanoose Bay gnome on May 9. The eight-metre figure will be refurbished and placed at Galey Farms in Saanich. (Karly Blats photo)