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A metal, limited-edition killer whale was among three unique art pieces stolen during an overnight theft from the Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery in Coombs on March 4. (RCMP photo)

3 unique art pieces stolen during overnight theft from Vancouver Island art gallery

Items include a metal, limited-edition killer whale

A metal, limited-edition killer whale was among three unique art pieces stolen during an overnight theft from the Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery in Coombs on March 4. (RCMP photo)
Quality Foods was named to the Forbes list of ‘Canada’s Best Employers’ for 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island’s Quality Foods earns spot on Forbes list of ‘Canada’s Best Employers’

Hayward: ‘Our people have always been the key to our success’

Quality Foods was named to the Forbes list of ‘Canada’s Best Employers’ for 2022. (Submitted photo)
Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

Today in B.C.: Longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

Podcast: Musician talks being a kidney transplant recipient, release of his first book

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo’s Kenna Deo chats with ‘Wall of Chefs’ host Noah Cappe while competing on the Food Network Canada culinary competition TV show. (Photo courtesy Katia Taylor/Food Network Canada)
Nanaimo’s Kenna Deo chats with ‘Wall of Chefs’ host Noah Cappe while competing on the Food Network Canada culinary competition TV show. (Photo courtesy Katia Taylor/Food Network Canada)
This is a scanning electron microscope photo of some of the sediment from deep in the core from Topknot Lake (ca. 16,500 years ago), showing the remains of several species of diatoms, the identification of which indicates whether the water in the lake was fresh or marine at that time. In Topknot Lake there is no sign of marine diatoms, implying that relative sea level never rose to the height of the lake (13 metres above modern sea level). Photo: T. Holmes, NRCAN

Parts of Northern Vancouver Island missed by last Ice Age — researchers

Lake on west side of Island not covered by ice, prompting questions about early human habitation

This is a scanning electron microscope photo of some of the sediment from deep in the core from Topknot Lake (ca. 16,500 years ago), showing the remains of several species of diatoms, the identification of which indicates whether the water in the lake was fresh or marine at that time. In Topknot Lake there is no sign of marine diatoms, implying that relative sea level never rose to the height of the lake (13 metres above modern sea level). Photo: T. Holmes, NRCAN
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe reacts during the women’s halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

B.C. freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe captures silver medal at 2022 Beijing Olympics

Defending event champion turns in strong showing coming off serious injury

Canada’s Cassie Sharpe reacts during the women’s halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe competes during the women’s halfpipe qualification at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Island freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe qualifies for Olympic women’s halfpipe final

Defending gold-medallist looks to retain title for Canada

Canada’s Cassie Sharpe competes during the women’s halfpipe qualification at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Sooke Potholes receives $350,000 upgrade, boosting accessibility + signage

Provincial funding to include accessible toilet, signage and visitor information kiosk

The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Bear Henry was lost in the Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Months in the Vancouver Island forest felt like a week for Bear Henry

Henry’s body began shutting down and went into survival mode

Bear Henry was lost in the Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Black Press reporter and NFL insider Erin Haluschak. (Black Press file photo)

NFL podcast: Black Press preview for Super Bowl LVI clash between Rams, Bengals

Haluschak, Wolf offer game predictions, MVP selections

Black Press reporter and NFL insider Erin Haluschak. (Black Press file photo)
The population of Greater Nanaimo, based on Nanaimo Regional District which also includes Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Lantzville, rose by 9.4 per cent to 170,367 between 2016 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island adds more than 65,000 people between 2016 and 2021

Greater Victoria and Nanaimo Regional District together account for 67 per cent of Island’s growth

The population of Greater Nanaimo, based on Nanaimo Regional District which also includes Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Lantzville, rose by 9.4 per cent to 170,367 between 2016 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Travis Dezall, owner of Reel Life Charters in Sooke, shows off a pair of recent catches. Dezall said it is not surprising Vancouver Island was recently named a top fishing destination by fishingbooker.com. (Photo Courtesy of Travis Dezall)

Vancouver Island named to top fishing destinations list

Fishbooker.com named the region one of Canada’s best, with special a call-out to the Sooke region

Travis Dezall, owner of Reel Life Charters in Sooke, shows off a pair of recent catches. Dezall said it is not surprising Vancouver Island was recently named a top fishing destination by fishingbooker.com. (Photo Courtesy of Travis Dezall)
Black Press reporter and NFL insider Erin Haluschak. (Black Press file photo)

NFL report: Are you ready for some playoff football?

Podcast: Haluschak, Wolf look ahead to first round, back at a rough season for the Seattle Seahawks

Black Press reporter and NFL insider Erin Haluschak. (Black Press file photo)
The warming centre in Tahsis, where people have been without power since early Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy SRD

Remote Island communities pull together in the face of no power, deep snow

Zeballos, Tahsis, Gold River cut off from rest of Island; spend days without power

The warming centre in Tahsis, where people have been without power since early Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy SRD
‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer topped the list for most borrowed e-audiobooks at the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2021. (VIRL photo)

Vancouver Island Regional Library releases list of top borrowed books for 2021

Included are titles by Indigenous authors, murder mysteries from world-famous authors

‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer topped the list for most borrowed e-audiobooks at the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2021. (VIRL 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)
The VIRL board has permanently removed fines on all young adult materials, and extended the adult fine moratorium for another year. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library board removes fines for young adult material

Library fines can mean the difference between accessing materials or not

  • Dec 22, 2021
The VIRL board has permanently removed fines on all young adult materials, and extended the adult fine moratorium for another year. File photo
Tickets are now available for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 50/50 draw.(News Bulletin file photo)
Tickets are now available for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 50/50 draw.(News Bulletin file photo)
The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo

12 days, 12 ways to celebrate Christmas around the Capital

Snow may be a rarity in British Columbia’s capital city, but the…

The Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season. Jen Blyth photo
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library mandating vaccines for all employees

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is adopting a Vaccination Operational Policy…

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo
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