Michael Briones

(Michael Briones photo)

Fire investigators probe cause of huge Parksville blaze that destroyed several businesses

Iconic British Bobby restaurant among establishments damaged

(Michael Briones photo)
Nicholas Bennett competes at the FINA Swimming World Cup 2022 in Toronto Oct. 30. (Michael P. Hall/Swimming Canada/FINA)

Vancouver Island swimmer eyes future goals after world-record effort

Coach calls Toronto experience ‘promising’ for Nicholas Bennett

Nicholas Bennett competes at the FINA Swimming World Cup 2022 in Toronto Oct. 30. (Michael P. Hall/Swimming Canada/FINA)
Bright lights have been a concern in Electoral Area F. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island residents ask politicians to help them remain in the dark

Preserving dark skies seen as crucial in Coombs/Errington area

Bright lights have been a concern in Electoral Area F. (PQB News file photo)
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser cycling team stopped at Thrifty Foods in Parksville on Sept. 29. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser cycling team stopped at Thrifty Foods in Parksville on Sept. 29. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

2022 Tour de Rock gets warm welcome in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Tour rolls into Port Alberni Friday, Sept. 30

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser cycling team stopped at Thrifty Foods in Parksville on Sept. 29. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser cycling team stopped at Thrifty Foods in Parksville on Sept. 29. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Parksville Fire Department spent close to four hours working to contain a fire at a commercial mixed-use building on Memorial Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Michael Briones photo) (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Fire Department spent close to four hours working to contain a fire at a commercial mixed-use building on Memorial Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Michael Briones photo) (Michael Briones photo)
A fire destroyed a home in Deep Bay and left a father and daughter homeless. (Hugh Todd gofundme photo)

Father, daughter left homeless after fire destroys Vancouver Island home

23 firefighters called out to battle blaze, fund set up for pair who lost everything

A fire destroyed a home in Deep Bay and left a father and daughter homeless. (Hugh Todd gofundme photo)
Oceanside Generals Brady O’Brien gets his shot blocked by the pad of Port Alberni Bombers goalie Lukas Toth during their VIJHL game at Oceanside Place, Sept. 9. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals power past Port Alberni Bombers 5-4 in VIJHL season opener

Steady parade to the penalty box for the Gens kept the score close

Oceanside Generals Brady O’Brien gets his shot blocked by the pad of Port Alberni Bombers goalie Lukas Toth during their VIJHL game at Oceanside Place, Sept. 9. (Michael Briones photo)
The 12th Annual Vancouver Island Motorcycle Ride to Live is set to get underway, Sept. 11. (VI Westcoast Ride to Live Facebook photo)

12th-annual Ride to Live set to rev up on Vancouver Island

Westcoast Motorcycle event is a fundraiser for the Island Prostate Centre

The 12th Annual Vancouver Island Motorcycle Ride to Live is set to get underway, Sept. 11. (VI Westcoast Ride to Live Facebook photo)
Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)

Pickleball for Parkinson’s: B.C. club hopes program can help provide exercise for life

Parksville players learning the game in bid to add life-extending activity to their regular routine

Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)

Rare white raven grabs the spotlight at Vancouver Island wildlife centre

Iconic bird Blizzard can now be viewed by the public and is soaking up the attention

The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)
Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Former movie stuntman brings eFoiling to Vancouver Island

Unique watersport akin to an electric surfboard on a unicycle

Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Holding court: Vancouver Island reporter tries pickleball for the first time

Briones thoroughly enjoys ‘fun, physical and mental activity’

PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island wildlife recovery centre celebrates release of 6 bears back into wild

2 new bruins also taken in for rehabilitation

Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)
This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)

Second iconic white raven recovering at Vancouver Island wildlife recovery centre

Ailing bird brought to NIWRA for rehab; bear cub also in care

This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)
The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)

Thieves torch Parksville church during early morning break-in attempt

Blaze damages Saint Anne and Saint Edmund facility, puts community programs out of commission

The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)
Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum First Nation chief makes first official appearance after kidney transplant

‘Forever friends’: Michael Recalma received donation from Coun. Scott Harrison

Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)
Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island football star Agostini named to prestigious national prospect game

Ballenas Whalers coach pleased with special opportunity for towering lineman

Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)
Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)

Group wants landowners to sweep Scotch broom from their Vancouver Island properties

Broombusters ask Regional District of Nanaimo for assistance

Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)