Mike D'Amour

Looking for the A&W rooting bear

Port Hardy Mounties check for a bear that was seen raiding the A&W garbage bins before it fled into the Rupert Street woods. The shotgun looks deadly, but was in fact filled with bear bangers, noisemakers that frighten the animals from the area.

Former mayor will run again

A former Port Hardy mayor said he’s been on the sidelines long enough and will again throw his hat into the voters’ ring.

Windfarm getting closer to reality

More than 20 people showed at an open house to hear the latest about the planned Cape Scott Wind Farm, the first of its kind in B.C., and learned the operation should be up and running in just more than a year.

Auxiliary society comes through again

When you ask the Port Hardy Hospital Auxiliary Society (PHHAS) to dummy up — they do.

Port Alice mill fined for unsafe practices

A Port Alice mill was among nearly 50 B.C. businesses to be slapped with fines for unsafe work practices, but the company plans to appeal.

Humpin’ it in the strait

I’ll say up front I am not a God-fearing man, but if communing with nature is a religious experience, then Capt. Wayne Garton and his knowledgeable crew aboard the 60-ft. Lukwa whale watching vessel just blessed me and a boatful of others in the world’s largest cathedral.

Mayor pleads: Complete your census

Port McNeill’s mayor is making an impassioned plea to folks who’ve yet to complete the census — get it done.

Graffiti artists and vandals to be in the lens

Smile taggers — you could be caught on one of several Port Hardy cameras and if you are, it’s going to cost you.

Angler watches salmon fly

The next time Steve Hoag fishes North Island waters, it’s likely he’ll be keeping a wary eye pointed to the skies.

Port Hardy district gets cash for culverts

PORT HARDY—Hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s flood, Port Hardy council announced it will be using close to a half-million dollars in grant cash to fix decrepit culverts.

Port Alice marina not dead, but is on life support

PORT ALICE—The last chance to fund a marina using grant money has vanished, but the notion is still alive, said the hamlet’s mayor.

Singer’s song swiped

A North Island native said she was thrilled to learn a song she wrote hit No.1 in Korea, but not so happy it had been plagiarized.

Daytripping: Seven HillsGolf&Country Club

The excuses began days before we left to visit Seven Hills Golf & Country Club.

Fed cash to help spruce up park

Several thousand dollars will be put to use to enhance a park commemorated to the memory of a young girl who was brutally murdered more than two decades ago.

Hardy man dies in boat accident

Friends and family will gather next week to remember Robert Davis, a long-time Port Hardy resident and avid fisherman who was killed in a tragic boating incident.

Fed bucks to help unemployed

More than a half million federal dollars are scheduled be funneled into a program that will help dozens of unemployed North Island youth find jobs.