Mandy Moraes

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)

UPDATE: Injured hikers among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)
The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is now owned by family-owned The Care Group. (thegardensatqualicum.com)

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach has new owners

Family has travelled to Qualicum Beach for more than a century

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is now owned by family-owned The Care Group. (thegardensatqualicum.com)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)

A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits Nanoose Bay property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
Firefighters attended the scene of a house fire early Jan. 14, 2021. The Parksville Fire Department, Coombs/Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, Errington Fire Department, Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Qualicum Beach Fire Department were all in attendance. (Photo and video submitted by Skylar Gruys)

Alert pooch ensures owner, feline friends escape as Parksville home goes up in flames

GoFundMe campaign set up in wake of devastating fire

Firefighters attended the scene of a house fire early Jan. 14, 2021. The Parksville Fire Department, Coombs/Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, Errington Fire Department, Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Qualicum Beach Fire Department were all in attendance. (Photo and video submitted by Skylar Gruys)
From left to right; Jessica Kelly; Allaina Moore; Ben Rosnau; and Isaiah McAleese. Members of the ECHO Players Youth Group after they performed ‘Words, Words, Words’ by David Ives, in May 2019. (submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach youth theatre group looks at more livestream performances in 2021

Members stay active during pandemic with playwriting competitions and online play readings

From left to right; Jessica Kelly; Allaina Moore; Ben Rosnau; and Isaiah McAleese. Members of the ECHO Players Youth Group after they performed ‘Words, Words, Words’ by David Ives, in May 2019. (submitted photo)
The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department crews were called out to a house fire on Jan. 5, 2021. (file photo)

No injuries reported as mid-Island fire crews battle house fire

RCMP, BC Ambulance and Qualicum Beach Fire Department also attend Dashwood fire

The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department crews were called out to a house fire on Jan. 5, 2021. (file photo)
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Pedestrian struck, injured at Parksville crosswalk

70-year-old Qualicum Beach driver ticketed following incident

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Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue help residents evacuate from their homes in Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding on Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

UPDATE: 14 residents temporarily displaced by flooding in Parksville

Hotel accommodations provided; Martindale road re-opened

Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue help residents evacuate from their homes in Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding on Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Firefighters battled a massive fire in Coombs early Jan. 3, 2021. (Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo)

Cause of massive Sunday-morning blaze in Coombs remains under investigation

Fire chief says quick action of initial on-scene crews prevented fire from spreading

Firefighters battled a massive fire in Coombs early Jan. 3, 2021. (Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo)
One of the approximately 1,200 street lights within the city of Parksville that will be changed to 3000 Kelvin LED under BC Hydro’s Streetlight Replacement Project. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville to go ahead with 3000K streetlights for BC Hydro project

Concerns about excessive brightness and resident privacy raised

One of the approximately 1,200 street lights within the city of Parksville that will be changed to 3000 Kelvin LED under BC Hydro’s Streetlight Replacement Project. (Mandy Moraes photo)
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Qualicum Beach author Sydney Preston releases the second instalment in her Britannia Bay Mystery series. She is unable to hold an official launch until COVID gathering restrictions relax. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Qualicum Beach author Sydney Preston releases second in mystery series

Official launch will come after COVID-19 restrictions are loosened

Qualicum Beach author Sydney Preston releases the second instalment in her Britannia Bay Mystery series. She is unable to hold an official launch until COVID gathering restrictions relax. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. (Facebook photo)

COVID-19: No new cases reported at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach

Staff anticipate Island Health to soon declare exposure over

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. (Facebook photo)
From left to right; Jessica Kelly; Allaina Moore; Ben Rosnau; and Isaiah McAleese. Members of the ECHO Players Youth Group after they performed ‘Words, Words, Words’ by David Ives, in May 2019. (submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach youth theatre group looks at more livestream performances in 2021

Members stay active during pandemic with playwriting competitions and online play readings

From left to right; Jessica Kelly; Allaina Moore; Ben Rosnau; and Isaiah McAleese. Members of the ECHO Players Youth Group after they performed ‘Words, Words, Words’ by David Ives, in May 2019. (submitted photo)
Crossing guard and educational assistant, Sue Ashton, helps Springwood Elementary students safely cross at Despard Avenue and Moilliet Street in Parksville on Dec. 9, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Crossing guard and educational assistant, Sue Ashton, helps Springwood Elementary students safely cross at Despard Avenue and Moilliet Street in Parksville on Dec. 9, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Two of the three domes available for an outdoor dining experience during winter months at the Beach Club Resort. Each dome can seat a maximum of six patrons from the same “social bubble” and includes the use of a heater and dehumidifier. (submitted photo)

There’s no place like dome: Parksville restaurant offers unique dining experience

COVID-19 restrictions see Beach Club Resort get creative

Two of the three domes available for an outdoor dining experience during winter months at the Beach Club Resort. Each dome can seat a maximum of six patrons from the same “social bubble” and includes the use of a heater and dehumidifier. (submitted photo)
Seagulls prey on fishermen’s catches during 2018 annual herring run in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Michael Briones photo)

Special seagull research project slated to begin next month in Parksville

Birds to be trapped and released, fitted with GPS tracking devices

Seagulls prey on fishermen’s catches during 2018 annual herring run in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Michael Briones photo)
British Bobby Restaurant proprietor, John St John, stands outside his business in Parksville. The restaurant is set to close on Feb. 13 2021, with John preparing a silent auction for the restaurant’s decor and movie memorabilia. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Vancouver Island’s iconic British Bobby Restaurant falls victim to COVID-19

Owner John St John says Parksville business will close on Feb. 13, 2021

British Bobby Restaurant proprietor, John St John, stands outside his business in Parksville. The restaurant is set to close on Feb. 13 2021, with John preparing a silent auction for the restaurant’s decor and movie memorabilia. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Qualicum Beach artist Deb Peters at the Gallery at the Qualicum Art Supply, Nov. 30 (Mandy Moraes photo)

Qualicum Beach painter Deb Peters discusses the power of art

‘If you’re given the ability to create something, you need to pass it on to people’

Qualicum Beach artist Deb Peters at the Gallery at the Qualicum Art Supply, Nov. 30 (Mandy Moraes photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue president Nick Rivers. (PQB News file photo)

Arrowsmith SAR’s Nick Rivers reflects on harrowing rescue of man from Little Qualicum River

BCSARA: ‘The outcome could have been quite a bit different’

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue president Nick Rivers. (PQB News file photo)