Parksville

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)
Emergency crews were on scene on the highway near Parksville after an auto accident on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Peter McCully photo)

UPDATED: Air ambulance called in after auto crash north of Parksville

75-year-old Fanny Bay man taken to hospital

Emergency crews were on scene on the highway near Parksville after an auto accident on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Peter McCully photo)
An amazing photo by Jeff Westnedge, taken from the Brant Wildlife Observation Deck just past the Shady Rest. (Jeff Westnedge photo)

Lightning fills the Vancouver Island night sky

Reader photos, plus this week’s forecast

An amazing photo by Jeff Westnedge, taken from the Brant Wildlife Observation Deck just past the Shady Rest. (Jeff Westnedge photo)
Natasha Dawn James took this picture of lightning in PQB. (Submitted photo)

Lightning fills the Vancouver Island night sky

Reader photos, plus this week’s forecast

Natasha Dawn James took this picture of lightning in PQB. (Submitted photo)
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Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

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A cougar previously spotted in a French Creek homeowner’s yard. (File photo/Cory Betz)

Cougar euthanized after attacking little dog in Qualicum area

Owner freed pet by whacking big cat, but dog didn’t survive the attack

A cougar previously spotted in a French Creek homeowner’s yard. (File photo/Cory Betz)
Jaret, Samantha, Maddox and Gavin Jones of Columbia Beach. (Submitted photo)

Anonymous letters tell Vancouver Island family their kids are too loud

Letter said the noise of kids playing in Parksville backyard is ‘unbearable’

Jaret, Samantha, Maddox and Gavin Jones of Columbia Beach. (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 Oceanside RCMP arrested a man on July 13, 2020 after an incident at Wembley Mall in Parksville. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested for allegedly pushing unsuspecting seniors, jumping on cars at Parksville mall

Cops arrest man after ‘aggressive incident’ at Wembley Mall in Parksville

The Oceanside RCMP arrested a man on July 13, 2020 after an incident at Wembley Mall in Parksville. (Black Press Media 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)
Skydiving landing area located near the Arbutus Meadows Events Centre in Nanoose Bay. (Google maps)

Victoria man dies after skydiving incident on Vancouver Island

34-year-old had made more than 1,000 jumps

Skydiving landing area located near the Arbutus Meadows Events Centre in Nanoose Bay. (Google maps)
Oceanside RCMP arrested a 24-year-old Qualicum Beach man, suspected of breaking and entering a Parksville home on June 27. (File photo)

Police pooch in Parksville foils efforts of break-and-enter suspect

Oceanside RCMP collar Qualicum Beach man

Oceanside RCMP arrested a 24-year-old Qualicum Beach man, suspected of breaking and entering a Parksville home on June 27. (File photo)
Kelly Morris, former addict and Parksville advocate, will discuss harm reduction resources for addicts on July 5 at Parksville Community Park. (File photo)
Kelly Morris, former addict and Parksville advocate, will discuss harm reduction resources for addicts on July 5 at Parksville Community Park. (File photo)
Oceanside RCMP are investigating after reports of a series of possible dog poisoning incidents in Parksville. (File photo)

RCMP investigate after series of possible dog poisonings on Vancouver Island

Cops say hot dog with pill stuffed inside found in Parksville yard

Oceanside RCMP are investigating after reports of a series of possible dog poisoning incidents in Parksville. (File photo)
Pair of suspects nabbed after ‘staggering’ crime spree in Parksville Qualicum Beach area
Pair of suspects nabbed after ‘staggering’ crime spree in Parksville Qualicum Beach area
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)
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)
Crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old Chamber of Commerce building) to double as the main street for ‘Chesapeake Shores’. (File photo)

COVID-19: Film industry in the central Island to gradually restart

‘Everyone is kind of baby-stepping how it’s going to happen’

Crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old Chamber of Commerce building) to double as the main street for ‘Chesapeake Shores’. (File photo)