Mandy Moraes

Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)

Parksville man, 72, dies in home while family waits on hold with 911 dispatch

Daughter blames ‘governmental system that has allowed this to happen’

Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville business owner stumped by theft from childcare centre

6 stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats taken from Munchkinland Exploration Centre

Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Spencer Alexander Moore’s common-law sister-in-law, Jessica Wallis-Moore, after the final sentencing hearing on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 of Ryan John Grob. (Mandy Moraes)

UPDATE: Man handed 6-year jail term in case of fatal 2019 Parksville hit-and run

Ryan John Grob also banned from driving for eight years

Spencer Alexander Moore’s common-law sister-in-law, Jessica Wallis-Moore, after the final sentencing hearing on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 of Ryan John Grob. (Mandy Moraes)
Ryan John Grob as he walks down the Nanaimo courthouse steps on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Sentencing hearing for man charged in fatal 2019 Parksville hit-and-run continues Sept. 3

Ryan John Grob to be jailed for death of Spencer Alexander Moore

Ryan John Grob as he walks down the Nanaimo courthouse steps on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Arrowsmith SAR crews rescue woman injured after ATV rolls over

On same day, ASAR helped find pair of lost hikers

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Maureen Terrey at Parksville Beach during her August 2021 vacation. (Submitted photo)
Maureen Terrey at Parksville Beach during her August 2021 vacation. (Submitted photo)
Provincial courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sentencing in fatal drunken Parksville hit-and-run case pushed back

Ryan John Grob, 36, pleaded guilty to impaired driving casing death

Provincial courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (Black Press Media file photo)
Courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (PQB News file photo)

Lawyer: Reckless actions of impaired driver led to fatal 2019 Parksville hit-and-run

Crown requests six-year jail sentence for Ryan John Grob, 36

Courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (PQB News file photo)
Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)

VIDEO: RCMP officer beats the heat, delights kids at Vancouver Island splash park

Cst. Darren Regush joins the fun, cooling off on a hot day in Parksville

Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Chupacabra the Dachshund, left, ‘married’ her fiancé Sammy the Yorkshire Terrier, right, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at the Qualicum Landing beachfront. (Submitted photo)

Sammy the Yorkshire Terrier ‘marries’ Chupacabra, a Dachshund, in Qualicum Beach

Woman stages big event at Qualicum Landing beachfront

Chupacabra the Dachshund, left, ‘married’ her fiancé Sammy the Yorkshire Terrier, right, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at the Qualicum Landing beachfront. (Submitted photo)
Firefighters on scene to wet down a small brush fire that ignited along the Inland Island Highway just north of Big Qualicum River Bridge on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Firefighters on scene to wet down a small brush fire that ignited along the Inland Island Highway just north of Big Qualicum River Bridge on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).

Downed Parksville powerlines trap 2 drivers inside their trucks

No injuries reported, BC Hydro crews called in to ensure safe exits

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).
Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).

UPDATE: Downed Parksville powerlines trap 2 drivers inside their trucks

No injuries reported, BC Hydro crews called in to ensure safe exits

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).
Ceramic artist Ed Oldfield kneels next to his current raku pottery display at the Qualicum Arts Supply and Gallery, July 5, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Hidden treasures: Artist encourages people to find his raku pottery pieces across Vancouver Island

Ed Oldfield currently has work on display at Qualicum Arts Supply and Gallery

Ceramic artist Ed Oldfield kneels next to his current raku pottery display at the Qualicum Arts Supply and Gallery, July 5, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Sheri Plummer, right, and Sally Soanes hold a freshly donated bouquet of daises for the ‘Our Hearts Are With You, Lytton’ awareness stand on the corner of Wright Road and Sunray Road in Parksville. (Mandy Moraes)

Parksville woman sets up ‘awareness stand’ for residents devastated by Lytton wildfire

Organizer advises of a GoFundMe page, encourages small gifts of sympathy

Sheri Plummer, right, and Sally Soanes hold a freshly donated bouquet of daises for the ‘Our Hearts Are With You, Lytton’ awareness stand on the corner of Wright Road and Sunray Road in Parksville. (Mandy Moraes)
Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and RCMP members attended the scene where a truck was on fire on Crown land off Crosley Road and Cowland Road in Bowser on July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and RCMP members attended the scene where a truck was on fire on Crown land off Crosley Road and Cowland Road in Bowser on July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Tom Bob, Tyler Bob’s father, speaks at the beginning of the opening ceremony. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Tom Bob, Tyler Bob’s father, speaks at the beginning of the opening ceremony. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A sidewalk along Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach has buckled due to extreme heat. (Ian Morton photo)

Sizzling summer heat too much for Vancouver Island sidewalk

Qualicum Beach official said buckling incident ‘unusual and uncommon’

A sidewalk along Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach has buckled due to extreme heat. (Ian Morton photo)
Nanaimo Law Courts. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville man handed 9-month jail term for harassing women with explicit calls, messages

Information on victims was obtained through his former job at car dealership

Nanaimo Law Courts. (PQB News file photo)
A slide showing the proposed improvements to the Parksville Community Park volleyball courts. The manager of communications, Deb Tardiff, went before city council on Monday, June 21, 2021, to present what the application to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative would look like. (Submitted photo)

Parksville could become ‘the beach volleyball hub of Vancouver Island’

City staff members submit grant application to improve community park courts

A slide showing the proposed improvements to the Parksville Community Park volleyball courts. The manager of communications, Deb Tardiff, went before city council on Monday, June 21, 2021, to present what the application to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative would look like. (Submitted photo)