Erin Haluschak

White powder and an orange flower charm found in a suspicious package Monday by Comox resident Tina Van Akker’s 13-year-old daughter. Facebook photo

Island mom warning others as suspicious powder found in mail

“I was very uneasy … it could be coffee whitener or it could be something else in the bag.”

White powder and an orange flower charm found in a suspicious package Monday by Comox resident Tina Van Akker’s 13-year-old daughter. Facebook photo
The frontside of Comox Valley artist Andy Everson’s eagle feather coin. Photo by Royal Canadian Mint

Canadian Mint presses unique coin designed by Island artist

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson previously designed coins, but never one in such a unique shape.

The frontside of Comox Valley artist Andy Everson’s eagle feather coin. Photo by Royal Canadian Mint
North Island-Powell River NDP candidate Rachel Blaney’s Comox campaign office was targeted overnight Friday with swastikas and spray paint. Photo submitted

Vandals target North Island-Powell River NDP candidate’s office in Comox with swastikas, graffiti

Rachel Blaney’s Comox office has been vandalized with swastikas and tagging overnight Friday.

North Island-Powell River NDP candidate Rachel Blaney’s Comox campaign office was targeted overnight Friday with swastikas and spray paint. Photo submitted
Members of the Courtenay Fire Department assist with an ammonia leak at the Comox Valley Sports Centre on Vanier Drive Thursday evening. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Ammonia leak triggers evacuation of Island hockey arena

The Comox Valley Sports Centre was evacuated Thursday evening while crews contained the leak

Members of the Courtenay Fire Department assist with an ammonia leak at the Comox Valley Sports Centre on Vanier Drive Thursday evening. Photo by Erin Haluschak
19 Wing Comox aircraft declares airborne emergency

19 Wing Comox aircraft declares airborne emergency

Emergency related to an engine issue: no impact to operations occurred

19 Wing Comox aircraft declares airborne emergency
The lower portion of the Mount Washington Zip Line is now open to the public. Visit mountwashington.ca for details. Photo via mountwashington.ca

Mount Washington zip line open in time for long weekend

The lower two spans opened this week; the resort aims for the full line to be running this season

The lower portion of the Mount Washington Zip Line is now open to the public. Visit mountwashington.ca for details. Photo via mountwashington.ca
Comox Valley RCMP cruiser

Woman, 78, injured in brazen attack by suspect throwing ‘haymaker’ punches in Courtenay

Second attack on a senior within Courtenay in less than one month

Comox Valley RCMP cruiser
The Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Black Press file photo

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

The Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Black Press file photo
The risk of people contracting rabies in Canada, from bats or other wildlife, is low. (Photo by Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Bat from Denman Island tests positive for rabies

Comox Valley veterinarian clinic reminds pet owners to ensure their animals have up-to-date vaccines

The risk of people contracting rabies in Canada, from bats or other wildlife, is low. (Photo by Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
Denman Island resident Edi Johnston holds a collection of plastic from the Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Photo by Jessica Johnston

Denman Island cable ferry shedding plastic into the ocean

BC Ferries notes a manufacturer’s defect with cable coating; beach clean-up planned for weekend

Denman Island resident Edi Johnston holds a collection of plastic from the Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Photo by Jessica Johnston
Jerry Meyers was an active member of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) since 2014, volunteering his time to contribute positively to the community and trail network as a whole. Facebook photo

Cumberland memorial ride set for deceased Island mountain biker

A memorial ride is set for Tuesday evening for the mountain biker who died in the trails last week.

Jerry Meyers was an active member of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) since 2014, volunteering his time to contribute positively to the community and trail network as a whole. Facebook photo
The Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Black Press file photo

Prawn trap catches ferry; Denman Island cable ferry out of service

Baynes Sounds Connector undergoing maintenance

The Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry. Black Press file photo
A mountain biker has died on the Cumberland trails Tuesday night. Keri Sculland/Star Photo

Mountain biker found dead on Vancouver Island trail

A mountain biker died on the Cumberland trails Tuesday night. Village of…

A mountain biker has died on the Cumberland trails Tuesday night. Keri Sculland/Star Photo
Site of the 5.8M earthquake off northern Vancouver Island Wednesday night. Screenshot/U.S. Geological Survey

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes near northern Vancouver Island

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near the north coast of Vancouver Island…

Site of the 5.8M earthquake off northern Vancouver Island Wednesday night. Screenshot/U.S. Geological Survey
Staff at the Comox Valley BCSPCA branch are caring for a handful of pugs and French bulldogs surrendered by an Island breeder. Photo by Erin Haluschak

VIDEO: Surrendered pugs and French bulldogs under SPCA care

Animals are part of a large surrender by a Vancouver Island breeder; some ready for adoption soon

Staff at the Comox Valley BCSPCA branch are caring for a handful of pugs and French bulldogs surrendered by an Island breeder. Photo by Erin Haluschak
One of the two Vancouver Island Marmots released Monday on Mount Washington takes a look around at its new home. Photo by Erin Haluschak.

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots…

One of the two Vancouver Island Marmots released Monday on Mount Washington takes a look around at its new home. Photo by Erin Haluschak.
Deer stand on the Comox Golf Course near Golf Creek. Photo by Terry Farrell

Vancouver Island resident suing municipality for $250K over contents of stormwater creek

Homeowner taking Town of Comox to Supreme Court in $250,000 lawsuit

Deer stand on the Comox Golf Course near Golf Creek. Photo by Terry Farrell
‘Unruly’ passenger causes security breach, damages Island-bound WestJet plane

‘Unruly’ passenger causes security breach, damages Island-bound WestJet plane

A Comox-bound WestJet flight departing the Edmonton International Airport Wednesday afternoon was…

‘Unruly’ passenger causes security breach, damages Island-bound WestJet plane
Barb Kelly (front) and her husband Ron Kelly leave the Courtenay courthouse Thursday shortly after the sentence was handed down for the man who killed their daughter, Leanne Larocque. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Island double murderer sentenced to life in prison

Michael Simard of Courtenay eligible for parole in 18 years for two-second degree murder charges

Barb Kelly (front) and her husband Ron Kelly leave the Courtenay courthouse Thursday shortly after the sentence was handed down for the man who killed their daughter, Leanne Larocque. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Crown seeking up to 25-year sentence for Vancouver Island double murderer

Crown seeking up to 25-year sentence for Vancouver Island double murderer

Michael Philip Simard murdered Leanne Larocque and Gord Turner ‘execution-style’ in 2016

Crown seeking up to 25-year sentence for Vancouver Island double murderer