Erin Haluschak

Cumberland photographer Sara Kemper recently took the top spot in a Canadian Geographic photography contest. Photo by Sara Kemper

Vancouver Island photographer takes top Canadian Geographic photo prize

Sara Kemper shows what home means to her in Comox Valley photo

Cumberland photographer Sara Kemper recently took the top spot in a Canadian Geographic photography contest. Photo by Sara Kemper
A Courtenay resident labours to remove the snow build-up from around her car in February 2019. The area may see snow throughout the coming weekend. Black Press file photo

Snow, winter might not be done with Vancouver Island quite yet

Flurries, snow and cold temps predicted for the weekend for mid-Island

A Courtenay resident labours to remove the snow build-up from around her car in February 2019. The area may see snow throughout the coming weekend. Black Press file photo
It was a busy day on Jan. 13 at Mount Washington Alpine Resort as snow conditions were some of the best in Canada. Screenshot photo

‘Epic’ snow conditions piling up at Mount Washington

Vancouver Island ski hill has more snow than all but four Canadian resorts

It was a busy day on Jan. 13 at Mount Washington Alpine Resort as snow conditions were some of the best in Canada. Screenshot photo
So far, the Comox weather station has recorded 139 mm of rain since Jan. 1; in January 2020, there were 172 mm recorded in the entire month of January. (Pixabay)

Central Island has already been drenched with a month full of rain

Environment Canada observer says region might be headed for record month of rain

So far, the Comox weather station has recorded 139 mm of rain since Jan. 1; in January 2020, there were 172 mm recorded in the entire month of January. (Pixabay)
WestJet will remove approximately 30 per cent of its currently planned February and March capacity from the schedule, a more than 80 per cent reduction year over year.(Black Press file photo)

WestJet flights reduced at YQQ due to ‘volatile demand and instability’

Comox airport will continue to have non-stop access to Western Canada’s two largest hubs.

WestJet will remove approximately 30 per cent of its currently planned February and March capacity from the schedule, a more than 80 per cent reduction year over year.(Black Press file photo)
NIDES school in Courtenay was recently identified by Island Health by having a COVID-19 exposure. Google Maps photo

COVID-19 exposure in Comox Valley school

Island Health has completed contact tracing to identify anyone that needs to self-isolate.

NIDES school in Courtenay was recently identified by Island Health by having a COVID-19 exposure. Google Maps photo
CATS - Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving - found Jax on Dec. 31 and helped facilitate a very special reunion. Photo submitted

Cat rescue reunites Vancouver Island family with special link to missing son

Jordan Holling’s family surprised an elated to be reunited with his missing cat Jax

CATS - Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving - found Jax on Dec. 31 and helped facilitate a very special reunion. Photo submitted
Skiers at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. (Photo: Amy Attas)

Victoria snowboarder dies on Mount Washington

A 22-year-old man was snowboarding inbounds and fell in open intermediate terrain

Skiers at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. (Photo: Amy Attas)
A dedicated storm watcher makes her way to the beach at Goose Spit in Comox Tuesday morning as wind gusts measured than 70 km/h in the area. Photo by Erin Haluschak

VIDEO: early winter wind and rain smacks Vancouver Island

A series of strong storms is making a soggy start for many on the Island in 2021

A dedicated storm watcher makes her way to the beach at Goose Spit in Comox Tuesday morning as wind gusts measured than 70 km/h in the area. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Vincent Joseph McKenty was a doctor and received the Military Cross, one of the highest medals for valour an officer of a Commonwealth country can receive during wartime. Photo submitted.

Vancouver Island author draws upon war memories of her father

Judith McIntosh’s book a memoir of her perspective on the Second World War

Vincent Joseph McKenty was a doctor and received the Military Cross, one of the highest medals for valour an officer of a Commonwealth country can receive during wartime. Photo submitted.
Paul Berry, search manager with CVSAR said the team was activated around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 for two people missing whose destination was Mt. Drabble.

Searchers guide cold, wet snowmobilers safely out of wilderness near Mt. Washington

Weather conditions very tricky, with zero visibility, blowing snow and avalanche risk

Paul Berry, search manager with CVSAR said the team was activated around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 for two people missing whose destination was Mt. Drabble.
Jacqui Graham and her grandaughter Maysa. Graham designed her mask to help Maysa during the pandemic as she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Photo supplied

Mask-wearing gets personal for Vancouver Island woman

Grandmother overcoming her fears and creatively masking up for loved ones

Jacqui Graham and her grandaughter Maysa. Graham designed her mask to help Maysa during the pandemic as she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Photo supplied
The Phat Parrot food truck along with Churro Chica are set to provide those in need with lunch every Sunday in Courtenay for the month of December. Photo submitted

Courtenay’s food trucks rally to help feed those in need

“Just a small act like that and you could just see the smiles on their faces and the thank yous.”

The Phat Parrot food truck along with Churro Chica are set to provide those in need with lunch every Sunday in Courtenay for the month of December. Photo submitted
The government’s pandemic pay program is a lump-sum payment equivalent to about $4 per hour for straight-time hours for those working in health care, corrections and social services. (health care stock photo)

Vancouver Island health-care workers still waiting for pandemic pay

“It was supposed to be paid out … and nothing is getting done.”

The government’s pandemic pay program is a lump-sum payment equivalent to about $4 per hour for straight-time hours for those working in health care, corrections and social services. (health care stock photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix is joined by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as they look on as Premier John Horgan discusses reopening the province’s economy in phases in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference in the rotunda at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday May 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

80,000 health-care workers who have yet to get pandemic pay will receive it, Dix says

The B.C. government did start paying the COVID-19 top up to some employees in October

Health Minister Adrian Dix is joined by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as they look on as Premier John Horgan discusses reopening the province’s economy in phases in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference in the rotunda at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday May 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Christmas and the holiday season will be very different for many people this year thanks to restrictions in place by the pandemic. Pixabay photo

‘This too shall pass:’ B.C. residents work through loss of holiday gatherings, traditions

Finding ways to manage and process the changes COVID-19 presents to seasonal plans

Christmas and the holiday season will be very different for many people this year thanks to restrictions in place by the pandemic. Pixabay photo
From left to right: Francis LaPlante, acting CEO Alex Robertson, Ash Mohtadi and Ray Negenman of the Comox Valley Airport demonstrate some of the COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Photo submitted

‘Need to remain vigilant’ at YQQ with small increase in COVID-19 flight exposures

Seven flights between Comox and Calgary airports have been flagged for exposure to the virus

From left to right: Francis LaPlante, acting CEO Alex Robertson, Ash Mohtadi and Ray Negenman of the Comox Valley Airport demonstrate some of the COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Photo submitted
The Island Aurora arrived in Port McNeill on Sunday, June 14. (Gaby Wickstrom Facebook photo)

Island Aurora ferry spotted in the Comox Valley

A new ferry is catching the eyes of residents near the Buckley Bay ferry terminal

The Island Aurora arrived in Port McNeill on Sunday, June 14. (Gaby Wickstrom Facebook photo)
The CF Snowbirds in action. (Black Press file photo)

Snowbirds release 2021 airshow season, set to return to Comox for spring training

The 2021 season will celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary

The CF Snowbirds in action. (Black Press file photo)
The opening day on Mount Washington this year was Dec. 4. Screenshot

Mount Washington opens on time, COVID-19 protocols in place

“We’re super excited - it’s been six months in the planning.”

The opening day on Mount Washington this year was Dec. 4. Screenshot