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Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo

UPDATED: Island distillery switches production to sanitizers

Oyster River operation Shelter Point expects double shifts in the weeks, months ahead

Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo
COVID-19 is also taking a toll on mental healththrough social isolation, among other things, and UBC researchers want to hear how people are coping. - Image: Pixabay

Researchers study how pandemic affecting people’s mental health

Dr. Anita DeLongis, a UBC health psychologist, wants to hear from public online

COVID-19 is also taking a toll on mental healththrough social isolation, among other things, and UBC researchers want to hear how people are coping. - Image: Pixabay
Mount Washington announced Monday morning it is not opening due to COVID-19 concerns. Webcam image file photo

Mount Washington shutting in response to COVID-19

Resort announces it will continue to assess the situation as it develops

Mount Washington announced Monday morning it is not opening due to COVID-19 concerns. Webcam image file photo
Shaw Communications is opening up service to everyone in response to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Shaw opens up web service in response to COVID-19

Moves include additional news and family entertainment channels

Shaw Communications is opening up service to everyone in response to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Firefighters kept the fire from spreading at Mount Washington. Photo by Luke DeBoer

Fire destroys chalet at Mount Washington, as eight escape

Fire department needed UTV to gain access because of Alpine Village location

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading at Mount Washington. Photo by Luke DeBoer
The effort to find missing Courtenay man Michael Gazetas has moved to looking through thousands of images taken from helicopter flights during the search. Photo supplied

Volunteers comb through thousands of photos in search for missing Vancouver Island man

Friends of Michael Gazetas are scouring files for a clue to resume official search

The effort to find missing Courtenay man Michael Gazetas has moved to looking through thousands of images taken from helicopter flights during the search. Photo supplied
The Wounded Warrior team did a media run between Sooke and Sidney to raise funds before the big run. Photo by John W. Penner

Wounded Warrior Run starts in Port Hardy Feb. 23

Campaign is aiming for $250,000 to support military members, first responders

The Wounded Warrior team did a media run between Sooke and Sidney to raise funds before the big run. Photo by John W. Penner
Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Highway 19 blockade on Island comes down due to safety concerns

One person arrested in relation to Monday’s incident in Comox Valley, though no charges are expected

Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Wet’suwet’en supporters close down part of Island highway

Entrance, exit closures keep Comox Valley stretch of Highway 19 free of traffic

Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A closer view of the service vehicle being sought by friends and family of Michael Gazetas. Photo contributed

Search for missing Island man called off

Teams combed through 16,000 square kilometres on weekend for Courtenay’s Michael Gazetas

A closer view of the service vehicle being sought by friends and family of Michael Gazetas. Photo contributed
Gazetas was seen leaving his home in his red Ford Ranger. Screenshot

Search and rescue waits for defined area for missing Island man

Friends and family raise funds for search to narrow down location of Courtenay’s Michael Gazetas

Gazetas was seen leaving his home in his red Ford Ranger. Screenshot
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena announced the next phase to develop the vision for the future of coastal ferry service in Comox on Sunday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Minister Trevena launches next ferry future phase for Island, Coastal communities

Members of the public have seven weeks to provide online input

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena announced the next phase to develop the vision for the future of coastal ferry service in Comox on Sunday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Crown Isle can provide custom wedding and event packages. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Hitched Wedding and Event Affair is a busy affair

This year Hitched is happening at the Comox Community Centre.

Crown Isle can provide custom wedding and event packages. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The registration table is open and volunteers are ready to assist everyone at the Black Press Extreme Career and Education Fair at the Comox Recreation Centre Thursday. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Check out a new future at career and education fair in Comox

Event today features booths from more than 40 employers and educational institutions

The registration table is open and volunteers are ready to assist everyone at the Black Press Extreme Career and Education Fair at the Comox Recreation Centre Thursday. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Lucinda Williams is the latest headliner announced for Vancouver Island MusicFest in July. Photo by David McClister

Grammy-winner Lucinda Williams to play MusicFest in Comox Valley

Singer-songwriter has been on artistic director Doug Cox’s wish list for years

Lucinda Williams is the latest headliner announced for Vancouver Island MusicFest in July. Photo by David McClister
Stewardson Inlet is just north of Hot Springs Cove, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Deceased pilot was longtime member of Island flying community

Transportation Safety Board had to move wreckage from remote location

Stewardson Inlet is just north of Hot Springs Cove, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Grade 12 student Jaylene Kuo from Courtenay asked her local school district for a simple, fair dress code. File photo/Comox Valley Record

‘Gender-specific’ items removed from B.C. district’s dress codes

School District 71 responded to student asking for neutral codes at all local schools

Grade 12 student Jaylene Kuo from Courtenay asked her local school district for a simple, fair dress code. File photo/Comox Valley Record
Isfeld student Jaylene Kuo is hoping to get the school district to come up with a more up-to-date dress code. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Island student lobbies school board for dress code consistency

Jaylene Kuo contacted school trustees after seeing dress guidelines at brother’s school

Isfeld student Jaylene Kuo is hoping to get the school district to come up with a more up-to-date dress code. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Conservation officers found and destroyed a cougar that had been prowling around Comox in recent days. (WildSafe BC photo)

Island COs find and destroy predatory cougar near residential area

Animal presumed to be same one that killed housecat in Comox neighbourhood

Conservation officers found and destroyed a cougar that had been prowling around Comox in recent days. (WildSafe BC photo)