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Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
BC Hydro file photo

BC Hydro crews go to work during North Island’s all-day planned power outage

BC Hydro used two helicopters and two-eight person crews to complete the structure replacements

BC Hydro file photo
An aerial view of Kyuquot. (Photo courtesy, Walters Cove Resort)

‘Very old’ human remains discovered by beach cleanup crew in Kyuquot

BC Coroners Service handling case, with assistance from Port McNeill RCMP

An aerial view of Kyuquot. (Photo courtesy, Walters Cove Resort)
North Island MLA Michele Babchuk visited the Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday, July 13 for an informal chat. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

North Island MLA meets with Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society

Rosaline Glynn, president of the society, said the visit went fantastic

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk visited the Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday, July 13 for an informal chat. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
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TELUS investing $1.8 million in North Island this year

‘TELUS is proud to make this generational investment across Northern Vancouver Island’

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Sagel Wilson wins first ever North Island minor hockey award. (Submitted photo)

Port Hardy local earns first ever VIAHA youth volunteer award

Player, mentor and coach Sagel Wilson earned a new award from VIAHA

Sagel Wilson wins first ever North Island minor hockey award. (Submitted photo)
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds returning to the Island for Op Inspiration

The goal of Op Inspiration is to pay tribute to healthcare workers

Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Ray Goodwin (l-r), Leanne McIntee, Tracy Armstrong and Grady Stotz with the Mobile Outreach Unit for Health and Support Services (MOUHSS) bus at Willow Point in Campbell River on July 13, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

MOUHSS bus heading to Port Hardy

Mobile outreach unit to start travelling to Port Hardy every two weeks

Ray Goodwin (l-r), Leanne McIntee, Tracy Armstrong and Grady Stotz with the Mobile Outreach Unit for Health and Support Services (MOUHSS) bus at Willow Point in Campbell River on July 13, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Richard Johnson introduces the Wuikinuxv summer students to the 'Wuikala language on July 12. (Gloria Walkus-Brotchie photo)

Wuikinuxv First Nation hosts first cultural summer day camp

‘This program is one of its kind and will provide a tremendous opportunity for the youth of Wuikinuxv’

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Richard Johnson introduces the Wuikinuxv summer students to the 'Wuikala language on July 12. (Gloria Walkus-Brotchie photo)
Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole held a roundtable with business and civic leaders from Nanaimo-Ladysmith on July 13, 2021 to talk about the Conservative’s plan for post-COVID economic recovery. (Conservative Party of Canada photo)

Erin O’Toole says Conservative Party speaks to the needs of Vancouver Island

O’Toole toured Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Courtenay and Comox on July 13, 2021

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole held a roundtable with business and civic leaders from Nanaimo-Ladysmith on July 13, 2021 to talk about the Conservative’s plan for post-COVID economic recovery. (Conservative Party of Canada photo)
North Island NDP MLA Michele Babchuk. (Photo contributed)

Supports will help North Island prepare for emergency events

Over $150,000 for Emergency Operations Centres will help North Island

North Island NDP MLA Michele Babchuk. (Photo contributed)
A ribbon cutting during grand opening ceremony of Q̓ʷalayu House in Campbell River on July 12, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Q̓ʷalayu House opens to support mothers and families

Facility provides safe and warm space for families from remote communities seeking health care

A ribbon cutting during grand opening ceremony of Q̓ʷalayu House in Campbell River on July 12, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror
Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COVID-19 keeps Larry Walker out of all-star festivities

B.C. baseball great will be inducted into Hall of Fame in September

Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
The Village of Port Alice. (Debra Lynn photo)

Port Alice RCMP ask for the public’s help in retrieving a stolen telescope

The Port Alice RCMP are reminding the public to lock up and secure valuable items

The Village of Port Alice. (Debra Lynn photo)
St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)

‘Namgis First Nation to look for unmarked burial grounds in Alert Bay

On Vancouver Island, there are 202 children known to have died at five residential schools

St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)
Scene of fire on Highway 19 near Woss July 9, 2021. Photo by Luke Rushton

Wildfire flared up on Highway 19 near Woss

A wildfire broke out on Highway 19 near Woss, an hour and…

Scene of fire on Highway 19 near Woss July 9, 2021. Photo by Luke Rushton
File photo of the “T” intersection on Highway 19 and Campbell Way in Port McNeill. (Google Images)
File photo of the “T” intersection on Highway 19 and Campbell Way in Port McNeill. (Google Images)
Black Press file photo

Supplying alcohol to minors is an increasing issue in Port Hardy

‘We are a small, tight knit community and these issues need to be dealt with accordingly’

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Cameron Thompson was seriously injured while swimming in the Puntledge River July 3. Photo via Facebook

Young man paralyzed after diving mishap on Puntledge River in Courtenay

A typical Saturday of fun on the Puntledge River went horribly wrong…

Cameron Thompson was seriously injured while swimming in the Puntledge River July 3. Photo via Facebook