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Santa’s Barn at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens awaits the arrival of the Jolly Old Man himself. Photo submitted

Woodland Gardens’ annual Christmas season festivities kick off Dec. 1

A visit to Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens during the festive season has…

Santa’s Barn at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens awaits the arrival of the Jolly Old Man himself. Photo submitted
The annual snow geese migration covers some 3,500 kilometres from Russia’s Wrangel Island, to the Comox Valley. Photo by James MacKenzie

MARS moment: Snow geese making their annual trek to warmer climates

By James MacKenzie Special to Black Press As winter approaches, human “snowbirds”…

The annual snow geese migration covers some 3,500 kilometres from Russia’s Wrangel Island, to the Comox Valley. Photo by James MacKenzie
North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied

New housing service connects North Island College students and homeowners

North Island College wants to help connect students with places to live…

North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied
Island Voices will be performing concerts in Courtenay and Campbell River in November. Photo supplied

Island Voices performing in Courtenay and Campbell River in November

A cappella — singing without accompaniment — conjures up the beauty of…

Island Voices will be performing concerts in Courtenay and Campbell River in November. Photo supplied
In 2021, Laura Johnson , a Métis faculty member (left, seen with Diana Segura-Sojo), established a new partnership with Tecnológico de Costa Rica for a student virtual exchange. Photo supplied

North Island College launches innovative global learning plan

North Island College (NIC) is reimagining international education, with the launch of…

In 2021, Laura Johnson , a Métis faculty member (left, seen with Diana Segura-Sojo), established a new partnership with Tecnológico de Costa Rica for a student virtual exchange. Photo supplied
The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied

Accessible travel guides launched for the Vancouver Island region

The Vancouver Island Region now has a series of accessible travel guides…

The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied
A group of people in orange shirts gathers on Pacific Rim Highway on the Tseshaht First Nation reserve. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)

Vancouver Island First Nation seeks compensation for historical construction of highway

Nation claims Canada failed to protect its rights over highway between Port Alberni and Tofino

A group of people in orange shirts gathers on Pacific Rim Highway on the Tseshaht First Nation reserve. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)
Jane Atherton is the new chairperson for the North Island College board of governors. Photo supplied

North Island College selects new board of governors chair

The North Island College board of governors has selected Jane Atherton as…

Jane Atherton is the new chairperson for the North Island College board of governors. Photo supplied
Castlecrag is one of the 20 Explorer Trips in the Comox and District Mountaineering Club Hiking Challenge. Photo supplied

Comox and District Mountaineering Club prepares for 2028 centennial with Hiking Challenge

Comox and District Mountaineering Club (CDMC) hikers, backpackers, and snowshoers have been…

Castlecrag is one of the 20 Explorer Trips in the Comox and District Mountaineering Club Hiking Challenge. Photo supplied
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Fall Fair in Port Alberni marred by bear spray attack

Fall Fair weekend sees increase in calls for service, say Port Alberni RCMP

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Jody Wilson-Raybould has been named the 2022 recipient to the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. Photo supplied

Jody Wilson-Raybould the latest inductee to the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement

The Comox Valley Walk of Achievement committee is pleased to announce the…

Jody Wilson-Raybould has been named the 2022 recipient to the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. Photo supplied
Comox Valley RCMP is investigating after receiving several complaints of a man who allegedly exposed himself while riding his bicycle. File photo

Comox Valley RCMP investigating series of indecent exposures

Police have arrested one suspect

Comox Valley RCMP is investigating after receiving several complaints of a man who allegedly exposed himself while riding his bicycle. File photo
Wilroc ‘Lites’ non-winged sprint cars on the dogleg in front of the Speedway Billboards. Photo by Blackwolf Photography

Bombers, Wilroc Lites among races at Saratoga Aug. 6

Pat Monsigneur Special to Black Press With only five race nights to…

Wilroc ‘Lites’ non-winged sprint cars on the dogleg in front of the Speedway Billboards. Photo by Blackwolf Photography
This garter snake is being cared for at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society. Photo supplied

MARS Moment: From snakes to swallows, MARS has seen a lot this summer

By Jane Sproull Thomson Special to Black Press MARS Wildlife rescues any…

This garter snake is being cared for at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society. Photo supplied
Erin Pharez, an employee at the Comox Valley ReStore, holds a phone showing the online 50/50 in one hand and paper tickets for the ReStore 50/50 in the other. The Habitat For Humanity Vancouver island North monthly online 50/50 raffle has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $5,000. There is also a monthly 50/50 draw at each of the two ReStores - in Campbell River and in Courtenay. Photo supplied

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North 50/50 raffles offer two ways to win

Cady Corman Special to Black Press Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North…

Erin Pharez, an employee at the Comox Valley ReStore, holds a phone showing the online 50/50 in one hand and paper tickets for the ReStore 50/50 in the other. The Habitat For Humanity Vancouver island North monthly online 50/50 raffle has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $5,000. There is also a monthly 50/50 draw at each of the two ReStores - in Campbell River and in Courtenay. Photo supplied
Mini-stocks staged for racing and ready to rumble. Photo by Blackwolf Photography

Big Rigs, mini stocks try Saratoga Speedway on for size

Pat Monsigneur Special to Black Press After a series of rained-out events…

Mini-stocks staged for racing and ready to rumble. Photo by Blackwolf Photography
Merville Fire Rescue firefighters Graeme Sargent (left) and Chris Chambers hold the ribbon, while Edwin Grieve (CVRD Area C director), Arzeena Hamir (CVRD Area B director), Melisa Whitelaw (Merville Fire Rescue) and Bruce Green (Fire Chief, Oyster River Fire Rescue) perform the “cutting duties” at the official grand opening of the Merville fire hall. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Regional District celebrates opening of Merville fire hall

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced the official opening of the…

Merville Fire Rescue firefighters Graeme Sargent (left) and Chris Chambers hold the ribbon, while Edwin Grieve (CVRD Area C director), Arzeena Hamir (CVRD Area B director), Melisa Whitelaw (Merville Fire Rescue) and Bruce Green (Fire Chief, Oyster River Fire Rescue) perform the “cutting duties” at the official grand opening of the Merville fire hall. Photo supplied
Habitat for Humanity will build 12 new homes on Piercy Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Habitat Vancouver Island North’s Bid to Build Auction raises more than $46,000

By Cady Corman Special to Black Press Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island…

Habitat for Humanity will build 12 new homes on Piercy Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Vancouver Island author and historian Catherine Marie Gilbert placed third in the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, as presented by the British Columbia Historical Federation at its annual conference on Saturday, June 4. Photos supplied

Black Creek author wins 3rd prize in Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

Black Creek author and historian Catherine Marie Gilbert was recently honoured with…

Vancouver Island author and historian Catherine Marie Gilbert placed third in the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, as presented by the British Columbia Historical Federation at its annual conference on Saturday, June 4. Photos supplied
Canadian music legend Mick Dalla-Vee brings his Idols and Icons show to Vancouver Island communities June 10-12, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Canadian singer Mick Dalla-Vee brings Idols and Icons to Vancouver Island towns

Dalla-Vee to perform June 10–12 in Port Alice, Port Alberni and Gold River

Canadian music legend Mick Dalla-Vee brings his Idols and Icons show to Vancouver Island communities June 10-12, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)