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B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle the Mt. Hayes wildfire on Friday, Aug. 20. The fire near Ladysmith has burned 70 hectares. (Photo submitted)

Properties close to Ladysmith’s Mt. Hayes wildfire put on evacuation alert

Cowichan Valley Regional District issued a state of local emergency Thursday night

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle the Mt. Hayes wildfire on Friday, Aug. 20. The fire near Ladysmith has burned 70 hectares. (Photo submitted)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Arrowsmith SAR crews rescue woman injured after ATV rolls over

On same day, ASAR helped find pair of lost hikers

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)

Crews fighting wildfire near Ladysmith

Fire close to Mt. Hayes grows to four hectares

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP have reported that a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands, triggering a search by the Canadian Coast Guard, search and rescue agencies and police last week, has been found deceased in the area. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: Body of missing diver found north of Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP report diver who went missing near Winchelsea Islands found during search Wednesday

Nanaimo RCMP have reported that a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands, triggering a search by the Canadian Coast Guard, search and rescue agencies and police last week, has been found deceased in the area. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP candidate Lisa Marie Barron talks to Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker at Barron’s campaign launch event Wednesday at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

NDP candidate holds Nanaimo-Ladysmith campaign launch

Lisa Marie Barron says ‘Greens have had their chance’

Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP candidate Lisa Marie Barron talks to Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker at Barron’s campaign launch event Wednesday at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a homicide of a 30-year-old man. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo RCMP investigating homicide of 30-year-old man

Ryan Mosher, who recently moved to Nanaimo from Kelowna, found dead Aug. 12

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a homicide of a 30-year-old man. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Town of Ladysmith reports that two curbside audits this summer found contamination levels disruptive to waste management. (Black Press file photo)

Waste audits in Ladysmith find too many plastic bags in recycle bins

Checkout bags, potato chip bags, granola bar wrappers, unrinsed containers cause contamination

The Town of Ladysmith reports that two curbside audits this summer found contamination levels disruptive to waste management. (Black Press file photo)
RCMP divers were continuing their search Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, for a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands on Friday, Aug. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Search continues near Winchelsea Islands for missing Nanaimo diver

RCMP and other search and rescue resources continue to comb waters and shoreline

RCMP divers were continuing their search Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, for a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands on Friday, Aug. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
West Shore lawyer Valerie Hemminger Long accepted a two-week suspension for handing out MDMA to two Halloween party guests in 2019. (File contributed/Pathway Legal Law Corporation)

Greater Victoria lawyer suspended for sharing MDMA at a Halloween party

Not the first hearing for Valorie Hemminger Long, whose 2-week suspension starts Aug. 28

West Shore lawyer Valerie Hemminger Long accepted a two-week suspension for handing out MDMA to two Halloween party guests in 2019. (File contributed/Pathway Legal Law Corporation)
Pamela Anderson at the Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)

Pamela Anderson and PETA sending vegan food to B.C. cities dealing with wildfires

‘Methane offset starter kits’ intended as climate crisis response

Pamela Anderson at the Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Property owner Oakwood Park Estates has submitted a re-zoning application for the ‘Millstone Riverfront’ project, a major redevelopment proposed for the former Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel site at 1 Terminal Ave. in downtown Nanaimo. (D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism image)

Application submitted for major redevelopment of former Howard Johnson hotel site in Nanaimo

City receives re-zoning application for hotel and residential project downtown

Property owner Oakwood Park Estates has submitted a re-zoning application for the ‘Millstone Riverfront’ project, a major redevelopment proposed for the former Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel site at 1 Terminal Ave. in downtown Nanaimo. (D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism image)
The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New owners rescue Lady Rose Marine Services

Marine passenger and cargo service will continue between Port Alberni, Bamfield

The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Passengers are transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay after they were picked up by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 when a charter boat began sinking off of Gabriola Island on the weekend. (Photo courtesy RCM-SAR 27)

14 people rescued from sinking charter boat near Nanaimo

Multiple vessels responded to mayday call from boat taking on water off of Gabriola Island

Passengers are transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay after they were picked up by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 when a charter boat began sinking off of Gabriola Island on the weekend. (Photo courtesy RCM-SAR 27)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith federal election candidates include Lisa Marie Barron, NDP, top left; Michelle Corfield, Liberal Party; Tamara Kronis, Conservative Party, bottom left; and Paul Manly, Green Party. (News Bulletin photos)

Campaigning begins in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Incumbent Paul Manly of the Green Party seeking re-election

Nanaimo-Ladysmith federal election candidates include Lisa Marie Barron, NDP, top left; Michelle Corfield, Liberal Party; Tamara Kronis, Conservative Party, bottom left; and Paul Manly, Green Party. (News Bulletin photos)
Nanaimo Recycling Exchange conducted waste audits last fall and reported its findings to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management select committee last month. (News Bulletin file)

Waste audits in Nanaimo show more needs to be done to keep recyclables out of landfill

RDN working on mandatory waste separation bylaws for multi-family dwellings and businesses

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange conducted waste audits last fall and reported its findings to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management select committee last month. (News Bulletin file)
A camper tipped over on the Island Highway near Northwest Bay Road, causing northbound traffic to back up to Nanaimo earlier this afternoon. (Drive B.C. image)

No one hurt as camper tips over and blocks highway lanes at Nanoose Bay

Northbound lanes backed up to Nanaimo after 1:30 p.m. incident at Highway 19 and Northwest Bay Road

A camper tipped over on the Island Highway near Northwest Bay Road, causing northbound traffic to back up to Nanaimo earlier this afternoon. (Drive B.C. image)
The City of Nanaimo has received $50,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs to assist with a housing needs report. (News Bulletin file)

City of Nanaimo will study housing needs and report back to B.C. government

Six communities get grants to compile information to ‘bring local housing needs into greater focus’

The City of Nanaimo has received $50,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs to assist with a housing needs report. (News Bulletin file)
A trend toward making downtown Nanaimo more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly will bring lowered speed limits to more streets as the area undergoes redevelopment and transportation upgrades. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Full length of Nanaimo’s Front Street now has 30 km/h speed limit

City’s transportation department eyeing lower speed limits in other parts of downtown

A trend toward making downtown Nanaimo more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly will bring lowered speed limits to more streets as the area undergoes redevelopment and transportation upgrades. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Queen of Alberni. (News Bulletin file)

Busy travel weekend starts with ferry engine problem, cancelled sailing

Next Queen of Alberni sailing departs Tsawwassen at 8:15 p.m., says B.C. Ferries

The Queen of Alberni. (News Bulletin file)
The Canadian Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing diving off the Winchelsea Islands off Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Search underway for diver who went missing near Nanaimo

Diver did not surface as expected near Winchelsea Islands

The Canadian Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing diving off the Winchelsea Islands off Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)