Michael Briones

Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)

Rare white raven grabs the spotlight at Vancouver Island wildlife centre

Iconic bird Blizzard can now be viewed by the public and is soaking up the attention

The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)
Ted ‘Guido’ Siebert puts the finishing touches on godfather Al Capone which part of their mob scene theme. (Michael Briones photo)
Ted ‘Guido’ Siebert puts the finishing touches on godfather Al Capone which part of their mob scene theme. (Michael Briones photo)
Kim, left, and Randy Longmuir, head coaches of the Mid Island Distance Running Club, have retired from coaching. (PQB News file photo)

Longtime Parksville running coaches retiring after more than 40 years

Kim and Randy Longmuir were fixtures on the PQB track and field scene

Kim, left, and Randy Longmuir, head coaches of the Mid Island Distance Running Club, have retired from coaching. (PQB News file photo)
(PQB News file photo)
(PQB News file photo)
Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Former movie stuntman brings eFoiling to Vancouver Island

Unique watersport akin to an electric surfboard on a unicycle

Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
Cascadia Martial Arts member Matteo Bennett will represent Canada at the Pan American Junior and Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Costa Rica, June 29-30. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach martial artist to compete for Canadian team in Costa Rica

Matteo Bennett looks forward to taekwondo championships

Cascadia Martial Arts member Matteo Bennett will represent Canada at the Pan American Junior and Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Costa Rica, June 29-30. (Submitted photo)
PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Holding court: Vancouver Island reporter tries pickleball for the first time

Briones thoroughly enjoys ‘fun, physical and mental activity’

PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island wildlife recovery centre celebrates release of 6 bears back into wild

2 new bruins also taken in for rehabilitation

Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)
This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)

Second iconic white raven brought to wildlife recovery centre in Errington

Ailing bird brought to NIWRA for rehab; bear cub also in care

This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)
The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)

Thieves torch Parksville church during early morning break-in attempt

Blaze damages Saint Anne and Saint Edmund facility, puts community programs out of commission

The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)
(Black Press file photo)

2 ‘new’ drivers cited for excessive speed in Nanoose Bay area

Police say drivers showed signs of impairment; children were also in vehicles

(Black Press file photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
(PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach council size question to be included on fall election ballot

Town’s designation would not be changed to city, but guidance sought on expanding council

(PQB News file photo)
Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)
Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum First Nation chief makes first official appearance after kidney transplant

‘Forever friends’: Michael Recalma received donation from Coun. Scott Harrison

Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)
Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island football star Agostini named to prestigious national prospect game

Ballenas Whalers coach pleased with special opportunity for towering lineman

Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)
A crane was used to load trash on to a truck. (Submitted photo)

Parksville student overwhelmed by the volume of trash uncovered by cleanup project

Cleanup crews found appliances, a trailer, needles, tires and more

A crane was used to load trash on to a truck. (Submitted photo)
Garbage has been littered along Claymore Road just past the Qualicum Fish Hatchery. (Benjamin Klein-Beekman photo)

Island high school student organizes major litter cleanup near Qualicum Fish Hatchery

Klein-Beekman ‘sick and tired’ of seing garbage strewn about

Garbage has been littered along Claymore Road just past the Qualicum Fish Hatchery. (Benjamin Klein-Beekman photo)
Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)

Group wants landowners to sweep Scotch broom from their Vancouver Island properties

Broombusters ask Regional District of Nanaimo for assistance

Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)