Karly Blats

Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo

Tofino a Canadian hot spot

Tuesday temperatures reached 23.5 C

Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo
Less than an hour after Parksville resident Karen Brooks attached hearts to the fence at the 222 Corfield supportive housing site to show support for the incoming tenants, someone tore several down. - Karly Blats photo

Broken Hearts: Display at controversial Vancouver Island supportive housing site torn down

Woman says she was yelled at while supporting incoming Parksville supportive housing tenants

Less than an hour after Parksville resident Karen Brooks attached hearts to the fence at the 222 Corfield supportive housing site to show support for the incoming tenants, someone tore several down. - Karly Blats photo
Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay will be torn down if he doesn’t find a new home by April 30.

Suitors lining up for Howard the Gnome

World’s largest gnome will soon get a new home on Vancouver Island

Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay will be torn down if he doesn’t find a new home by April 30.
Olivia Kenton, left, and supporter Mara Nord light candles to celebrate the lives of Kenton’s two huskies Kodi and Tigger during a vigil at Errington Community Park on March 10. - Karly Blats photo

Deceased Vancouver Island huskies celebrated at vigil

Close to 40 people gather in Errington to remember Kodi and Tigger

Olivia Kenton, left, and supporter Mara Nord light candles to celebrate the lives of Kenton’s two huskies Kodi and Tigger during a vigil at Errington Community Park on March 10. - Karly Blats photo
Two huskies from Errington, Kodi and Tigger, went missing on Christmas Eve. - Facebook photo/Mafawnwee Olivia Kenton

Errington farmer receives death threats after two dogs shot, killed on her property

Woman says huskies were shot after entering her yard and attacking a goat

Two huskies from Errington, Kodi and Tigger, went missing on Christmas Eve. - Facebook photo/Mafawnwee Olivia Kenton
Two huskies from Errington, Kodi and Tiiger, went missing on Christmas Eve. They have now been confirmed deceased. - Facebook photo/Mafawnwee Olivia Kenton

Owner says Vancouver Island family devastated after learning huskies were shot, killed

Dogs were killed in Errington farmer’s yard after attacking livestock: RCMP

Two huskies from Errington, Kodi and Tiiger, went missing on Christmas Eve. They have now been confirmed deceased. - Facebook photo/Mafawnwee Olivia Kenton
Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay will be torn down if he doesn’t find a new home by April 30.

World’s largest gnome needs a new home

Iconic Vancouver Island attraction could soon be demolished

Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay will be torn down if he doesn’t find a new home by April 30.
The City of Parksville will not ban single-use plastic checkout bags. - File photo

Parksville council won’t ban single-use plastic bags

Politicians vote 6-1 against proposed bylaw

The City of Parksville will not ban single-use plastic checkout bags. - File photo
Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)

TODAY: Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives at Florence Filberg Centre

Campbell River business one of many vendors at Hitched wedding event

Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)
A GoFundMe page has reached close to $15,000 in five days for Bowser couple, Kirstyn Brown-Mcfadyen and Jordan Pisani, who lost their home last week to a devastating fire. - Facebook photo/Kirstyn Brown-Mcfadyen

Support pours in for Vancouver Island couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

A GoFundMe page has reached close to $15,000 in five days for Bowser couple, Kirstyn Brown-Mcfadyen and Jordan Pisani, who lost their home last week to a devastating fire. - Facebook photo/Kirstyn Brown-Mcfadyen
The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara was named best spa in Canada for the third time. - Submitted photo

Vancouver Island spa best in Canada

Parksville’s Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara ranked number one for the third time by Spas of America

The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara was named best spa in Canada for the third time. - Submitted photo
Production of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese remains on hold following an E.coli contamination. - BCCDC photo

Raw milk believed to be source of E. coli contamination in cheese: BCCDC

Production of Qualicum Spice cheese remains on hold

Production of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese remains on hold following an E.coli contamination. - BCCDC photo
Parksville Beach Festival attendees take in the Quality Foods fireworks display during the Beach Fest finale in 2017. (Adam Kveton/PQB News)

Are New Year’s Eve fireworks ‘selfish, incredibly intrusive’?

Parksville resident says her New Year’s Eve was ruined by loud displays

Parksville Beach Festival attendees take in the Quality Foods fireworks display during the Beach Fest finale in 2017. (Adam Kveton/PQB News)
Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. - Karly Blats photo

Outreach group ordered to stop feeding homeless on City of Parksville property

City issued Manna Homeless Society cease and desist order after complaints from public

Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. - Karly Blats photo
Veteran Stephane Marcotte says his service dog, Sarge, has helped him combat his PTSD. - www.vicompassiondogs.ca photo

Vancouver Island service dogs helping veterans deal with PTSD

Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs matches soldiers with trained puppies

Veteran Stephane Marcotte says his service dog, Sarge, has helped him combat his PTSD. - www.vicompassiondogs.ca photo
The carcass of a male black bear was found in a popular recreation area in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. - Black Press file photo

Headless bear carcass found by dog walkers in Qualicum Beach

Conservation officers believe animal was killed elsewhere and dumped near subdivision

The carcass of a male black bear was found in a popular recreation area in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. - Black Press file photo
Submitted photo                                Nanoose resident Jessica McLaren, left, dresses as a bunny for Halloween in the early 90s to go trick or treating with her older sisters.

Trick-or-treating stirs up sweet memories for adults

What is your favourite Halloween candy?

Submitted photo                                Nanoose resident Jessica McLaren, left, dresses as a bunny for Halloween in the early 90s to go trick or treating with her older sisters.
Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — Black Press file photo

Vancouver Island farmer says new USMCA deal ‘terribly weakens’ Canadian dairy industry

Clarke Gourlay of Morningstar Farm says trade deal will negatively impact his farm’s milk production

Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — Black Press file photo
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo
Karly Blats photo Five-year-old Lily Fras holds three of 16 puppies born to mother Sophie, a purebred black lab. The puppies were born on Sept. 9 on an Errington farm.

Sixteen purebred lab puppies born in one litter on Island farm

Birthing continued for close to seven hours

Karly Blats photo Five-year-old Lily Fras holds three of 16 puppies born to mother Sophie, a purebred black lab. The puppies were born on Sept. 9 on an Errington farm.