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The tree trunk of a fallen tree at Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Lindsey Genoe photo)

WATCH: High winds uproot large tree along Qualicum Beach forest trail

More than 14,000 BC Hydro customers affected by recent power outage

The tree trunk of a fallen tree at Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Lindsey Genoe photo)
Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue hoist a man (yellow helmet) who fell down a deep and very tight crevasse near the edge of Little Mountain in Errington on Oct. 8. (Ken Neden photo)

Search and rescue crews extricate man who fell down deep crevasse on Vancouver Island

Difficult terrain made rescue tricky for Arrowsmith SAR team

Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue hoist a man (yellow helmet) who fell down a deep and very tight crevasse near the edge of Little Mountain in Errington on Oct. 8. (Ken Neden photo)
St. Mary’s Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)

Nanoose Bay church opens special pet cemetery

St. Mary offers garden for ashes to be buried, memorialized

St. Mary’s Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)
The team of riders of 2020 the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock make their way to Save-On-Foods in Parksville on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

The team of riders of 2020 the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock make their way to Save-On-Foods in Parksville on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: New air carrier sought for Qualicum Beach Airport

Island Express Air ends operation due to pandemic

A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking into creating its own flag. (Stock photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo looks to create its own flag

Staff created makeshift flag earlier this year for a conference that ended up getting cancelled

The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking into creating its own flag. (Stock photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo will not resume in-person meetings for now due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Regional District of Nanaimo not ready to hold in-person meetings

Board decides to refer matter for budget discussions in 2021

The Regional District of Nanaimo will not resume in-person meetings for now due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (PQB News file photo)
Eagle expert David Hancock, left, and Myles Lamont check the treetop where they would build the eagle’s nest at the French Creek Estuary. (Michael Briones photo)

Artificial nest for bald eagles the first of its kind on Vancouver Island

New home replaces current nest located in decaying tree in French Creek

Eagle expert David Hancock, left, and Myles Lamont check the treetop where they would build the eagle’s nest at the French Creek Estuary. (Michael Briones photo)
Save French Creek Estuary Land has documented eagles nesting on a Douglas Fir tree near the French Creek Marina. (SFCEL photo)

Bald eagle family in French Creek to get a new home

Artificial nest will be a first of its kind on Vancouver Island

Save French Creek Estuary Land has documented eagles nesting on a Douglas Fir tree near the French Creek Marina. (SFCEL photo)
Close to 60,000 new automated garbage bins have been delivered to residences in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (PQB News File Photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo inundated by trash talk

Residents harshly critical of the new automated garbage bins

Close to 60,000 new automated garbage bins have been delivered to residences in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (PQB News File Photo)
Andy Phillips shows the spot near his home in Qualicum Beach where he had an close encounter with an angry cougar. (Submitted photo)

Close encounter with angry cougar no garden party for Vancouver Island artist

What he thought was two cats fighting in his garden ended up a lot more cat than he bargained for

Andy Phillips shows the spot near his home in Qualicum Beach where he had an close encounter with an angry cougar. (Submitted photo)
A house fire on Leffler Road in Errington early Friday morning. (Trina Sisco photo)

Early-morning blaze destroys house in Errington

Fire officials say couple and their family pet managed to get out of Leffler Road home safely

A house fire on Leffler Road in Errington early Friday morning. (Trina Sisco photo)
Representatives of the now-dissolved Pacific Shares Owner Enterprises Ltd. Time Share Association made a $47,000 donation to the Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department. PSOE chair Kate Britton, with treasurer Harry Felsing and director Rick De Wolf, presented the cheque to fire chief Doug Penny, deputy chief John Newell and training officer Denis Holme. (Michael Briones photo)

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department receives big $47,000 donation

Pacific Shares Owner Enterprises Time Share Association disperses funds

Representatives of the now-dissolved Pacific Shares Owner Enterprises Ltd. Time Share Association made a $47,000 donation to the Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department. PSOE chair Kate Britton, with treasurer Harry Felsing and director Rick De Wolf, presented the cheque to fire chief Doug Penny, deputy chief John Newell and training officer Denis Holme. (Michael Briones photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating its water conservation plan. (File photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo updating water conservation plans

Region setting water conservation targets for Nanoose Bay and other water service areas

The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating its water conservation plan. (File photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo will start a new automated curbside garbage collection on Oct. 1. (File photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo to start delivering new garbage carts

Updated automated curbside collection service set to get underway Oct. 1

The Regional District of Nanaimo will start a new automated curbside garbage collection on Oct. 1. (File photo)
James Smith, who died in a July 5 skydiving incident in Nanoose Bay, with wife Marlena, daughter Cedar, 3, and eight-month-old son Bodhi. (Photo via GoFundMe)

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

James Smith, who died in a July 5 skydiving incident in Nanoose Bay, with wife Marlena, daughter Cedar, 3, and eight-month-old son Bodhi. (Photo via GoFundMe)
James Smith, an experienced skydiver, died in a mishap in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, July 5. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Vancouver Island skydiving community mourns loss of one of its own

James Smith, 34, of Victoria, dies in Nanoose Bay incident

James Smith, an experienced skydiver, died in a mishap in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, July 5. (Submitted photo)
Concept design of the expansion plans at Ravensong Aquatic Centre. (RDN photo)

Consultant presents two options for Ravensong pool expansion project in Qualicum Beach

RDN committee defers decision until more information available on Parksville pool plans

Concept design of the expansion plans at Ravensong Aquatic Centre. (RDN photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo has made it a priority to improve the quality of water supplied to Sandpiper residents. (Submitted photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo wants Sandpiper water quality issues addressed quickly

Area G director Wallace says situation is ‘unacceptable’

The Regional District of Nanaimo has made it a priority to improve the quality of water supplied to Sandpiper residents. (Submitted photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)

Family-friendly mountain biking trails a new attraction at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

New facility officially opened June 18 with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)