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A provincial court judge sentenced Adam Kassinen to a conditional sentence including house arrest on Jan. 7. Record file photo

Indecent exposure charges get conditional sentence for Island man

Adam Kassinen of Comox will face house arrest, followed by curfew and probation

A provincial court judge sentenced Adam Kassinen to a conditional sentence including house arrest on Jan. 7. Record file photo
Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during the 2019 roe herring fishery. DFO has reduced the harvest rate for this season. Photo courtesy of Pacific Wild

Breach of faith, or good start? Vancouver Island reacts to herring decision

Fishing industry ‘shocked and devastated’ by recent DFO move, conservationists encouraged

Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during the 2019 roe herring fishery. DFO has reduced the harvest rate for this season. Photo courtesy of Pacific Wild
Police inspected the scene at the Hornby Island Community School after the fire in August 2018. File photo from @sheilamoris/Twitter

Accused gets conditional sentence for 2018 school arson on Hornby Island

Comox Valley school district opened the new school this fall after using temporary space

Police inspected the scene at the Hornby Island Community School after the fire in August 2018. File photo from @sheilamoris/Twitter
An Anna’s hummingbird in care. (file photo, Wild ARC)

Hummingbirds can starve in the cold, says Island wildlife centre

MARS in Merville has had more than a dozen birds brought in already

An Anna’s hummingbird in care. (file photo, Wild ARC)
Dustin Perfitt has been found guilty in connection with a robbery and attack at a Courtenay liquor store. Image, RCMP

Suspect guilty of robbing Courtenay liquor store, stabbing clerk

Dustin Perfitt’s lawyer wants determination on client’s mental state prior to sentencing

Dustin Perfitt has been found guilty in connection with a robbery and attack at a Courtenay liquor store. Image, RCMP
The Comox Valley has been a hotspot for cases in recent weeks. Image, BCCDC

Comox Valley tops weekly list of B.C. COVID-19 new case hotspots

Region’s medical health officer stresses the importance of vaccinations

The Comox Valley has been a hotspot for cases in recent weeks. Image, BCCDC
Several cases of COVID have been reported from a recent youth conference in Courtenay. (CDC image)

COVID cases linked to Vancouver Island youth conference

Comox Valley’s Consumed Youth Conference was within COVID guidelines at the time of the event

Several cases of COVID have been reported from a recent youth conference in Courtenay. (CDC image)
A cougar walks through the backyard of a Comox home. Image, video screenshot

VIDEO: Inquisitive cougar strolls through Vancouver Island backyard lounge

Animal walks up to house, then wanders back into the woods

A cougar walks through the backyard of a Comox home. Image, video screenshot
David Ian Hamilton in his Cumberland backyard. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Vancouver Island asbestos warrior doesn’t accept WorkSafeBC’s response

Part 2 of 2: Asbestos in older buildings may be forgotten but it’s hardly gone as a safety hazard

David Ian Hamilton in his Cumberland backyard. Photo by Mike Chouinard
David Ian Hamilton has been battling over asbestos on many fronts. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Tackling asbestos safety gaps Vancouver Island man’s mission

Part 1 of 2: “Once you’ve had your eyes opened, you can never close them.”

David Ian Hamilton has been battling over asbestos on many fronts. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A Comox Valley man was sentenced in Supreme Court on Monday for a brutal attack on his former spouse in early 2020. Record file photo

Comox Valley man gets five-plus years for box-cutter attack on his ex

Break-in, aggravated assault on former spouse were most serious charges against Clinton Armstrong

A Comox Valley man was sentenced in Supreme Court on Monday for a brutal attack on his former spouse in early 2020. Record file photo
The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Violent random attack on Courtenay senior sparks call for more mental health supports

Accused found not criminially responsible, thought victim was a ‘lizard person’ because of gold purse

The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Denman Island lies at the northern edge of the Islands Trust area. A resident is one of those speaking up about the new Islands Trust planning process. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Islands’ resident question Islands Trust long-term plan changes

Speakers at recent online forum included former senator Pat Carney

Denman Island lies at the northern edge of the Islands Trust area. A resident is one of those speaking up about the new Islands Trust planning process. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Crown and defence made sentencing arguments in the Clinton Armstrong case in B.C. Supreme Court in Courtenay on Friday. Black Press file photo

Crown seeks 10-plus years for Island man in box cutter attack

Comox Valley case revolved around accused’s attacks against common-law wife

Crown and defence made sentencing arguments in the Clinton Armstrong case in B.C. Supreme Court in Courtenay on Friday. Black Press file photo
A man was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo recently for passing counterfeit money in the Comox Valley. Black Press file

Judge rules 912 days the cost of Vancouver Island counterfeiting operation

Pedro Frank Cisneros was sentenced to more than 500 days plus time served as well as probation

A man was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo recently for passing counterfeit money in the Comox Valley. Black Press file
Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied

Notorious Vancouver Island landlord pleads to numerous bylaw infractions at ‘problem’ properties

Penalties for Amandio Santos, River Dam Holdings include $35,000 in fines plus legal fees

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied
After entering pleas to multiple charges from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Michael Leighton received sentences of up to 44 months in provincial court on Sept. 8. File photo

Prolific Vancouver Island property offender’s sentences total 44 months

Michael A. Leighton was facing charges from several Island communities

After entering pleas to multiple charges from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Michael Leighton received sentences of up to 44 months in provincial court on Sept. 8. File photo
Roger Thomas marks his 80th birthday with his annual ride up Mt. Washington. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island man marks 80th birthday by cycling up Mt. Washington

Roger Thomas has been making the ride around birthday time for years

Roger Thomas marks his 80th birthday with his annual ride up Mt. Washington. Photo supplied
Graeme Johnston of Denman Island has been very ill after exposure to bacteria more typically found in tropical waters. Photo supplied

Denman Island man’s infection from rare bacteria raising questions

Graeme Johnston was likely exposed in ocean after suffering leg wound, says wife

Graeme Johnston of Denman Island has been very ill after exposure to bacteria more typically found in tropical waters. Photo supplied
In court on Friday, Clinton G. Armstrong was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of a number of other charges. Record file photo

Courtenay man who slashed confined wife with box-cutters not guilty of attempted murder

Clinton G. Armstrong convicted of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon in Courtenay courtroom

In court on Friday, Clinton G. Armstrong was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of a number of other charges. Record file photo