Mandy Moraes

The Doric Avenue property in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood that was devastated by a fire Tuesday evening, May 17, displacing a family of eight. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Community rallies around family of 8 left without a home after fire in Nanaimo

Family, friends and strangers look to help support displaced family

The Doric Avenue property in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood that was devastated by a fire Tuesday evening, May 17, displacing a family of eight. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)

Fred Penner returns to Vancouver Island for ‘The Cat Came Back’ 40th-anniversary tour

‘Catchy tunes and good times’ promised for May 22 matinee show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)
Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)

Island expecting overflow tourism as Victoria, Tofino hotels fill up for summer

Tourism Nanaimo reports to council on plans and expectations for coming season

Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)
Students Joanne Bob, left, and Yvonne Frenchie receive help with classroom exercises from FEATHERS Society literary program instructor Maureen Robinson on Wednesday, April 20, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

B.C.-based literacy program for Indigenous elders looks to expand across Canada

Program provides learning opportunities for elders, including residential school survivors

Students Joanne Bob, left, and Yvonne Frenchie receive help with classroom exercises from FEATHERS Society literary program instructor Maureen Robinson on Wednesday, April 20, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island man sentenced to time served, probation after weapons charges

Sentencing includes five-year ban on possessing firearms

RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)
Simon Phillips and Karen Kenyon (left) of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum present a cheque of $50,000 to Shannon McRae and Lola Graham-McRae (right) as the recipient of the Dream Home Project Initiative cash award on March 18, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Nanaimo resident announced as Dream Home Project Initiative $50K recipient

Money awarded by Parksville Qualicum Beach realtors toward first-time home purchase

Simon Phillips and Karen Kenyon (left) of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum present a cheque of $50,000 to Shannon McRae and Lola Graham-McRae (right) as the recipient of the Dream Home Project Initiative cash award on March 18, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP, BC Ambulance personnel and the Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Qualicum fire departments responded to a report of a mobile home with a man trapped underneath along Grafton Avenue near Station Road in Coombs, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

RCMP report one man dead after being trapped beneath Vancouver Island mobile home

Police say structure was being moved on to Coombs property

RCMP, BC Ambulance personnel and the Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Qualicum fire departments responded to a report of a mobile home with a man trapped underneath along Grafton Avenue near Station Road in Coombs, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
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)
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)
Charlee Woodruff being held by Jonathan Bennett who plays one of her adoptive fathers in the upcoming Hallmark movie ‘The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls’. (Submitted photo)

Doubling their fun: Vancouver Island twins appear in Hallmark Christmas movie

Qualicum Beach babies now signed with Vancouver talent agency

Charlee Woodruff being held by Jonathan Bennett who plays one of her adoptive fathers in the upcoming Hallmark movie ‘The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls’. (Submitted 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)
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)
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)
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)
Leah Moore, founder of the Flying Fur Animal Rescue and Refuge in Parksville, on Nov. 9, 2021, as she holds one of the many rabbits recently abandoned at her facility. (Mandy Moraes photo)

COVID-19: As restrictions ease, Vancouver Island animal rescue fills up with pets

Founder concerned with the rising trend and mounting costs

Leah Moore, founder of the Flying Fur Animal Rescue and Refuge in Parksville, on Nov. 9, 2021, as she holds one of the many rabbits recently abandoned at her facility. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Nanaimo courthouse. (File photo)

More than a decade later, Island woman gets jail time for defrauding her boss

Jill Margaret Braun receives 22-month jail sentence for defrauding Parksville employer out of $31K

The Nanaimo courthouse. (File photo)
A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

1 person suffers burns, others evacuated after late-night blaze at Vancouver Island hotel

Parksville fire chief credits active and inspected sprinkler systems for limiting damage

A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)