Michael Briones

Fire burned down a single duplex structure Thursday night at the River Green Resort in Parksville. — Michael Briones photo

UPDATE: 1 person suffers serious burns in Parksville resort cabin blaze

‘A fellow came out of that building on fire and went rolling on the grass’

Fire burned down a single duplex structure Thursday night at the River Green Resort in Parksville. — Michael Briones photo
A Cormorant helicopter is being used in the search for two kayakers, reported missing April 22, 2019 in the vicinity of Lasqueti Island. — File photo

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

A Cormorant helicopter is being used in the search for two kayakers, reported missing April 22, 2019 in the vicinity of Lasqueti Island. — File photo
A BC Wildfire Services crew dangles from a hovering helicopter during a training exercise held at Qualicum Beach Airport on April 3. — Michael Briones photo

Vancouver Island hosts training exercise ahead of coming wildfire season

Firefighters practise entering and exiting a hovering helicopter

A BC Wildfire Services crew dangles from a hovering helicopter during a training exercise held at Qualicum Beach Airport on April 3. — Michael Briones photo
Kevin Gourlay loves to ride Thunder to Parksville along with his pet pooch. — Submitted photo

Parksville’s mystery cowboy revealed

Kevin Gourlay’s horse garners attention for being ‘parked’ outside a liquor store

Kevin Gourlay loves to ride Thunder to Parksville along with his pet pooch. — Submitted photo
This horse was recently ‘parked’ outside the BC Liquor Store at Wembley Mall in Parksville. — Dawn Topolnicki photo

B.C. man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

This horse was recently ‘parked’ outside the BC Liquor Store at Wembley Mall in Parksville. — Dawn Topolnicki photo
Adrian Friesen is all smiles as he accepts Libby Elliott’s invitation to be her Ballenas Secondary prom date. (Michael Briones photo)

B.C. student’s unique prom proposal was a ‘shoe-in’

Girl comes up with Croc-solid plan to ask longtime friend to event

Adrian Friesen is all smiles as he accepts Libby Elliott’s invitation to be her Ballenas Secondary prom date. (Michael Briones photo)
Annual herring run underway in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Annual herring run underway in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Fishermen, shutterbugs and hungry predators all out to capture silvery fish

Annual herring run underway in Parksville Qualicum Beach area
City of Parksville crews have repainted over graffiti on baseball field dugouts at Springwood Community Park. — Michael Briones photo

Graffiti, drug paraphernalia and human waste litter minor baseball dugouts in Parksville

Oceanside Minor Baseball president says ongoing problem ‘getting worse’

City of Parksville crews have repainted over graffiti on baseball field dugouts at Springwood Community Park. — Michael Briones photo
The Regional District of Nanaimo wants province to create an inter-regional transporation plan for Vancouver Island. — File photo

Officials want transportation plan to connect Vancouver Island communities

RDN says inter-regional transit, and other modes of transportation crucial for economic growth.

The Regional District of Nanaimo wants province to create an inter-regional transporation plan for Vancouver Island. — File photo
Restoring rail service on the Island was discussed at the Island Corridor Foundation’s town hall meeting at the Beach Club in Parksville on Thursday. — Michael Briones photo

Island Corridor Foundation hoping to spark faith in the rebirth of Island rail

Owners of the E&N rail corridor hoping to restore support for dormant service

Restoring rail service on the Island was discussed at the Island Corridor Foundation’s town hall meeting at the Beach Club in Parksville on Thursday. — Michael Briones photo
Facebook photo                                A memorial at the Qualicum First Nation graveyard on Cochrane Road was painted with racial slur.

B.C. First Nation graveyard vandalized with racial slur

The plaque on a memorial was also stolen and the sprinkler system was damaged

Facebook photo                                A memorial at the Qualicum First Nation graveyard on Cochrane Road was painted with racial slur.
Members of the Arroview Kids Club from Arroview Elementary School do the finger wave against those who speed in school zone, bearing their hand-drawn art work with strong messages that Oceanside RCMP youth officer Cst. Danielle Swanson will be handing out to motorists who are caught speeding in school zones. — Michael Briones photo

Schoolkids shaming Parksville Qualicum Beach speeders with art

RCMP doling out hand-drawn illustrations from school children, including ‘slow down’ messaging

Members of the Arroview Kids Club from Arroview Elementary School do the finger wave against those who speed in school zone, bearing their hand-drawn art work with strong messages that Oceanside RCMP youth officer Cst. Danielle Swanson will be handing out to motorists who are caught speeding in school zones. — Michael Briones photo
Karly Blats photo                                The Parksville Canada Post office was evacuated and closed on Nov. 1 after an employee found a powdered substance on a package. It was deemed ‘not harmful’ by experts called to investigate. Workers were back on the job Friday morning.

Parksville post office re-opens following evacuation scare

‘Powdery substance’ found on package deemed not harmful by investigators

Karly Blats photo                                The Parksville Canada Post office was evacuated and closed on Nov. 1 after an employee found a powdered substance on a package. It was deemed ‘not harmful’ by experts called to investigate. Workers were back on the job Friday morning.
Bev Ness, who co-owns Goats on the Hoof, gets a kiss from Alex, one of the 11 goats that were hired by the Regional District of Nanaimo to clear vegetation at the Blue Water Community Park in French Creek. — Michael Briones photo

Goat troopers reclaim overgrown Vancouver Island park

No kidding, goats weed out invasive plants north of Parksville

Bev Ness, who co-owns Goats on the Hoof, gets a kiss from Alex, one of the 11 goats that were hired by the Regional District of Nanaimo to clear vegetation at the Blue Water Community Park in French Creek. — Michael Briones photo
A Qualicum Beach man’s car caught fire this morning (Sept. 26). The man pulled off Highway 19 going north just before the Qualicum Beach exit. — Michael Briones Photo

VIDEO: Qualicum Beach man escapes injury after car bursts into flames

Fire crews arrived quickly to douse the blaze

A Qualicum Beach man’s car caught fire this morning (Sept. 26). The man pulled off Highway 19 going north just before the Qualicum Beach exit. — Michael Briones Photo
Dr. Paul Hasselback, chief medical officer with Island Health, released a letter to the Regional District of Nanaimo about the possible source of the norovirus. — NEWS file photo

Vancouver Island norovirus may be linked to herring run

Investigation ongoing; cause of contamination unknown

Dr. Paul Hasselback, chief medical officer with Island Health, released a letter to the Regional District of Nanaimo about the possible source of the norovirus. — NEWS file photo
A massive outbreak of salmon lice recently reported in the Clayoquot Sound is threatening juvenile salmon. — CAC photo

Sea lice outbreak threatens Clayoquot salmon

DFO investigating salmon farm company’s operation for violations

A massive outbreak of salmon lice recently reported in the Clayoquot Sound is threatening juvenile salmon. — CAC photo
Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Island Health reports vibrio cholerae infection linked to eating herring eggs

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay