Mike Chouinard

The conservation service confirmed they do not relocate cougars from settled areas but that euthanasia is not necessarily the fate for an animal in the Fanny Bay area. The hope is that the animal will move on to wild areas. (File photo)

Woman hopes cat-stalking Fanny Bay cougar can avoid euthanization

Conservation officers do not relocate the animals from Vancouver Island

The conservation service confirmed they do not relocate cougars from settled areas but that euthanasia is not necessarily the fate for an animal in the Fanny Bay area. The hope is that the animal will move on to wild areas. (File photo)
James Hutchison was sentenced in court for a robbery from April 2019. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Accused sentenced for early morning robbery in Courtenay

Hutchison gets credit for 218 days in custody but given 120 more days in jail

James Hutchison was sentenced in court for a robbery from April 2019. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied

Courtenay fossil hunter finds ancient turtle on local river

The specimen will now make its home at the Royal BC Museum

Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied
For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied

Comox woman on fence books vaccine due to brother’s death

Leela Harrop says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Local governments such as Cumberland’s are calling for Ottawa to treat opioids as a public health crisis. (Black Press file photo)

Step-brother’s drug death brings overdose crisis close to home for Cumberland councillor

Cumberland supports resolution for Ottawa to treat narcotics as public health emergency

Local governments such as Cumberland’s are calling for Ottawa to treat opioids as a public health crisis. (Black Press file photo)
The visitor centre for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Tourism group marks new relationship with Comox Valley

“We believe in the regional model for the Comox Valley … everybody should be working together.”

The visitor centre for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The proposed development on Hornby Island is near the ferry terminal. Image, Google maps

Islands Trust hopes to avoid repeat of Hornby burial site dispute

Its plan includes steps such as heritage mapping to preserve Indigenous heritage sites

The proposed development on Hornby Island is near the ferry terminal. Image, Google maps
The smell of burning tobacco, sage and cedar fills the air at Centennial Square as people gather to call for action on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls crisis. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Vancouver Island rallies for MMIWG about creating space for conversation

Group gathered in Victoria, Courtenay to converse, call for action

The smell of burning tobacco, sage and cedar fills the air at Centennial Square as people gather to call for action on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls crisis. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
The Thatch Pub is near the ferry terminal on Hornby Island. Facebook photo

Work stops at Hornby Island site after human remains found

Archaeological discovery of a child’s remains at proposed redevelopment site

The Thatch Pub is near the ferry terminal on Hornby Island. Facebook photo
Emma Laliberte displays a bottle from the collection and one of her candles. Photo supplied

Old bottles spur new ideas for Vancouver Island’s Merville Botanicals

Couple using collection for their upcycled candle creations

Emma Laliberte displays a bottle from the collection and one of her candles. Photo supplied
The annual herring fishery opened March 10. Photo by Rupert Wong

Strait of Georgia herring fishery opens, as DFO forecast estimates met

Some calling for moratorium to protect last of main stocks in DFO’s Pacific region

The annual herring fishery opened March 10. Photo by Rupert Wong
Cole Moore with one of his sisters, Jasmin Moore. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island man looks to brain surgery for second chance

Fingers crossed that brain surgery can give Cole Moore a new lease on life after decade of seizures

Cole Moore with one of his sisters, Jasmin Moore. Photo supplied
Dr. Sandra Allison and Dr. Charmaine Enns joined school district senior staff for a virtual town hall meeting to address the latest COVID concerns in schools. Image, screenshot

No secondary cases in Comox Valley schools, say health officers

School district hosts virtual town hall to address recent COVID-19 cases in schools

Dr. Sandra Allison and Dr. Charmaine Enns joined school district senior staff for a virtual town hall meeting to address the latest COVID concerns in schools. Image, screenshot
Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied

The cat came back, with help from BC Ferries staff

After Dasher made a dash, staff in Comox found her and got her home safe

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The association representing woodstoves is fighting bans by municipal governments in the Comox Valley. File photo

Industry fighting back against B.C. woodstove bans

Clean-air advocates not sold on industry data about new stoves

The association representing woodstoves is fighting bans by municipal governments in the Comox Valley. File photo
The equipment DFO seized was a Hitachi EX120 excavator. Screenshot, www.hitachiconstruction.com

Judge orders DFO to return seized excavator to Comox Valley landowner

Equipment was confiscated over fish habitat dispute at the Trent River south of Courtenay

The equipment DFO seized was a Hitachi EX120 excavator. Screenshot, www.hitachiconstruction.com
With the community facing a shortage, some housing on Denman Island does not conform to bylaws. File photo

Enforcement on Denman Island exposing serious housing shortage

Community’s trust committee temporarily holds off on some eviction situations

With the community facing a shortage, some housing on Denman Island does not conform to bylaws. File photo
Fisheries and Oceans Canada released its final plan for 2021’s herring fishery in the Pacific Region on Friday morning, with the Strait of Georgia’s harvest rate remaining at 20 per cent. Some areas will have smaller-scale fisheries, while in two areas the fishery remains closed. (File photo)

DFO releases final herring plan for 2021

Strait of Georgia harvest rate remains at 20 per cent, two areas still closed

Fisheries and Oceans Canada released its final plan for 2021’s herring fishery in the Pacific Region on Friday morning, with the Strait of Georgia’s harvest rate remaining at 20 per cent. Some areas will have smaller-scale fisheries, while in two areas the fishery remains closed. (File photo)
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

Court of Appeal reduces prohibition time in Island child porn case

Evidence against Courtenay man included 2,700 images and 125 videos on iPad and phone

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
Friends and family say much more needs to be done to help people like ‘Roby.’ Photo supplied

More than a statistic: how ‘Roby’ fell through Vancouver Island’s cracks

Mother, friends point to obstacles preventing the most vulnerable people from getting help

Friends and family say much more needs to be done to help people like ‘Roby.’ Photo supplied