Mike D'Amour

Future of forestry bright beyond 2050

PORT McNEILL — North Island residents and professional foresters remain optimistic about the future of forestry, even while recognizing that changes will buffet the industry in the coming decades.

Emergency meeting draws small turnout

A “disappointing” number of people showed for a recent town hall-style meeting to discuss emergency preparedness, but organizers say at least it’s a beginning.

Safety program to spread to other communities

A program meant to save lives in Port McNeill was such a success, Coast Guard Auxiliary organizers are looking to expand the project to other seaside communities.

Hamper drive begins

During the first year of the North Island Gazette’s Hamper Fund, nearly $3,000 was raised so more than two dozen families could enjoy a better Christmas.

Fish on!

Eagleview School teacher, Sean Barfoot, gives encouragement to Luke Gage during a recent after-school trip to local waters where six students in the school’s fishing club learned the fine art of landing a whopper. Incidentally, the club is looking for donations of rods, reels, lures, flies, fly-tying equipment, and basically anything fishing related. Interested donors can email sbarfoot@sd85.bc.ca.

‘Sick act’ riles grieving man

PORT HARDY—Joe Greif is not a violent man, but the 82-year-old said he wouldn’t mind just a few moments alone with the person responsible for desecrating a bench dedicated to his dead wife.

G’usgimukw woman missing

Family and friends of a missing G’usgimukw woman say they’re frantic to hear from the woman who disappeared from her North Vancouver home in May, in a case now under investigation as a serious crime.

Speeches equal zero benefits for North Island

While the North Island’s NDP MLA said the recent throne speech by Premier Christy Clark lacked “substance,” Claire Trevena saved her harshest criticism for Clark’s recently announced job plan

The one that almost got away

James Emerson, president of the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce, hands Steve Lacasse, chair of the Northern Vancouver Island Salmoid Enhancement Association, a cheque for $500, part of the $2,500 winnings for placing third in the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town Canada contest.

Gervais to leave Port Alice post

Another high-profile member of the Port Alice community has decided to move south for greener pastures.

Rare, whale of a sighting

The second largest animal to ever live on the planet made a surprise visit to our waters recently.

Rain does not quench desire to raise money for kids and cancer research

Even granite-grey skies that bombarded the earth with buckets of water over the weekend did nothing to dampen the spirits of North Islanders who got their first glimpse of the 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders.

Local ambulance crews dwindle

While the North Island community and its leaders struggle to keep our hospitals open, there’s another emerging problem on the health horizon — a shortage of qualified ambulance personnel.

Terry Fox run a bust

Maggie Sedgemore was one of just a handfull of people who participated in Sunday’s Terry Fox run, which raised only $520.

Just a little outside

Port McNeill’s Shelley Downey watches as her long putt heads toward the ninth hole during Saturday’s golf tourney to benefit the Tour de Rock Cops For Cancer ride later this month.

Eat salmon and talk turkey at annual barbecue

Community Futures Mount Waddington is hosting a barbecue in a fashion as North Island as it gets.

Two Birds, no power

Tim Bird, of Family Place, an office that shares a building with the North Island Gazette on Market Street, holds a wee starling that had the misfortune to either knock into, or sit on a power wire. The contact fried the bird and knocked out power to the building for most of Monday.

Foggy sea rescue of two men a success

Larry Sandberg said he’s no hero, but the two young men he rescued from a sinking boat might disagree.

Nine hole a sink hole?

New Orleans is sinkin’, man — but even worse, it seems a couple of holes at the Seven Hills Golf and Country Club are doing the same thing.

Shake, rattle and roll — earthquake does no damage

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vancouver Island and it seems the folks in the Village of Port Alice took the brunt of it.