Parksville

A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)

‘Til the cows come home: Errington’s cruising cows back after adventurous escape

Owners notified animals were kept safe a short distance away; fence now beefed up

A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)
Social media posts, dated Jan. 24, 2022, by an Errington resident who had corralled two missing cattle after their first escape. (Facebook photo)

Moo-vin’ around: Island cattle on the lam after escaping twice

Owners searching after animals slipped out through since-repaired Errington fence

Social media posts, dated Jan. 24, 2022, by an Errington resident who had corralled two missing cattle after their first escape. (Facebook photo)
Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board elects new president for 2022

Erica Kavanaugh to take over leading role

Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)
An electronic road sign along Highway 19 near the Nanoose Bay warning drivers of potholes ahead, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Island drivers say minefield of Highway 19 potholes jolting vehicles and wallets

Despite constant repairs to road, hundreds left to deal with damaged vehicles

An electronic road sign along Highway 19 near the Nanoose Bay warning drivers of potholes ahead, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Founder and operations manager of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Robin Campbell, holds Blizzard, a rare white raven, shortly after the bird was brought into the centre in late May 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

Blizzard the white raven on the mend at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Bird enjoys prime cuts of red meat and solving toy puzzles meant for toddlers

Founder and operations manager of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Robin Campbell, holds Blizzard, a rare white raven, shortly after the bird was brought into the centre in late May 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Residents have been sharing photos of highway potholes via social media. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)

PQB roads: Excess moisture, ‘freeze-thaw’ conditions result in series of highway potholes

Crews work continually to deal with situation in surrounding region

Residents have been sharing photos of highway potholes via social media. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)
The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)

Fire department called in after unprecedented flooding at Parksville resort

High tides and melting snow: ‘In 27 years we have never seen this’

The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
Namaskar Yoga Studio was forced again to shut its doors again due to a provincial health order to close all studios and fitness centres as of Dec. 23. (Namaskar Yoga Studio photo)
Namaskar Yoga Studio was forced again to shut its doors again due to a provincial health order to close all studios and fitness centres as of Dec. 23. (Namaskar Yoga Studio photo)
Kristian McIntyre and Karen Thompson in the old Knox Church, where his parents and sister were previously married. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Parksville marriage commissioner Carol Nelson. (Michael Briones photo)

Couple travels thousands of miles to marry in Vancouver Island heritage church

Couple wanted to continue a sentimental family tradition

Kristian McIntyre and Karen Thompson in the old Knox Church, where his parents and sister were previously married. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Parksville marriage commissioner Carol Nelson. (Michael Briones photo)
Wet snow makes for slippery driving conditions. Winter Driving Safety Alliance reminds Parksville Qualicum Beach and area residents to adopt safe winter driving practices. (PQB News file photo)

Safety group issues reminder to Island residents regarding winter driving

Dangerous conditions can put drivers at increased risk

Wet snow makes for slippery driving conditions. Winter Driving Safety Alliance reminds Parksville Qualicum Beach and area residents to adopt safe winter driving practices. (PQB News file photo)
An image from the Society of Organized Services on Dec. 20, 2021, indicating their stolen thrift shop truck had been found. (SOS Facebook photo)

Sharp-eyed social media hounds help Vancouver Island charity recover stolen truck

SOS Thrift Shop truck found in Nanaimo 2 days after being stolen in Parksville

An image from the Society of Organized Services on Dec. 20, 2021, indicating their stolen thrift shop truck had been found. (SOS Facebook photo)
Sheldon James Johanson. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island man who flipped stolen pickup sentenced to 16 months in jail

32-year-old pleads guilty to 3 charges related to March 2021 incident

Sheldon James Johanson. (PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)
Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)
A trail at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The provincial government has agreed to advance detailed designs of a multi-use trail between Rathtrevor and Parksville Community Park with expected completion by the summer. (News Bulletin file photo)

Province poised to link two of the mid-Island’s most popular beaches with new path

Multi-use path connecting Rathtrevor and Parksville Community Park expected next summer

A trail at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The provincial government has agreed to advance detailed designs of a multi-use trail between Rathtrevor and Parksville Community Park with expected completion by the summer. (News Bulletin file photo)
Oceanside RCMP are looking for a suspect, right, following the Dec. 2 robbery at the French Creek Shell gas station, located in the 800-block of Island Highway West. (Submitted photo)

RCMP seek public’s help after knife-wielding bandit robs Vancouver Island gas station

Incident took place Dec. 2 at Shell outlet in French Creek

Oceanside RCMP are looking for a suspect, right, following the Dec. 2 robbery at the French Creek Shell gas station, located in the 800-block of Island Highway West. (Submitted photo)
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Did you lose a pile of money outside a Parksville hardware store?

RCMP seek owners of large amounts of cash found in Parksville, Qualicum Beach

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Canada Post mailboxes. (CP photo)

COVID-19: Lasqueti Island residents see mail delivery delayed after vaccine flap

Canada Post says contingency plan has been put in place

Canada Post mailboxes. (CP photo)
Aaron Dawson, emergency program co-ordinator for the City of Parksville, visits the PQB News/VI Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

Podcast: Are you prepared in case of a weather emergency?

Parksville emergency program co-ordinator Aaron Dawson discusses recent floods

Aaron Dawson, emergency program co-ordinator for the City of Parksville, visits the PQB News/VI Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
The Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

Bookkeeper who defrauded Island mill sees house arrest converted to jail time

Initial sentence was overturned in B.C. Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
Mitchel Cook attempted to set a Guinness World Records mark for most burpees in a one-hour period. (Submitted photo)

PQBeat: Burpees king Mitchel Cook of Nanoose Bay discusses world record attempt

Podcast: Fitness enthusiast plans another run at Guinness standard

Mitchel Cook attempted to set a Guinness World Records mark for most burpees in a one-hour period. (Submitted photo)