Michael Briones

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)
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care supervisor Derek Downes, right, hands over the young eagle to Andrew Cotton. (Michael Briones photo)

VIDEO: Rehabilitated eagle released back into the wild near Errington

Wildlife centre staff honoured to set majestic bird free

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care supervisor Derek Downes, right, hands over the young eagle to Andrew Cotton. (Michael Briones photo)
Shayne Vollmers and Carrie Smith. (Facebook photo)

Celebration of life held in Parksville for 2 people killed in car crash

Petition started to name island after Ballenas teacher and partner

Shayne Vollmers and Carrie Smith. (Facebook photo)
Carrie Smith, left, and Shayne Vollmers. (Facebook photos)

Beloved Island teacher, partner die in tragic motor-vehicle incident near Lillooet

Petition launched to rename West Ballenas Island as Vollmers-Smith Island

Carrie Smith, left, and Shayne Vollmers. (Facebook photos)
Town of Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, bottom right, is welcomed back by Mayor Brian Wiese and fellow councillors Teunis Westbroek and Anne Skipsey. (Facebook screen grab)

B.C. municipal councillor returns to job just weeks after donating kidney

Scott Harrison says recipient, Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, faring well

Town of Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, bottom right, is welcomed back by Mayor Brian Wiese and fellow councillors Teunis Westbroek and Anne Skipsey. (Facebook screen grab)
Dan Smith, left, has stepped down as head coach of the Ballenas Whalers football program. (PQB News file photo)

Legendary Vancouver Island high school football coach stepping down

Dan Smith stepping down as head coach of Ballenas Whalers football program, Jeremy Conn to take over

Dan Smith, left, has stepped down as head coach of the Ballenas Whalers football program. (PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach First Nation chief Michael Recalma is recovering from kidney transplant that was made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison (inset) and the donation of his kidney. (PQB News file photo)

Qualicum First Nation Chief recovering nicely after town councillor donates kidney

Donor Scott Harrison also doing well after Feb. 28 transplant surgery

Qualicum Beach First Nation chief Michael Recalma is recovering from kidney transplant that was made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison (inset) and the donation of his kidney. (PQB News file photo)
Save French Creek Estuary Land has documented eagles nesting on a Douglas Fir tree near the French Creek Marina. (SFCEL photo)

Clock ticking as charity $300,000 away from Vancouver Island eagle reserve dream

Major donations assist $5 million effort to preserve French Creek estuary

Save French Creek Estuary Land has documented eagles nesting on a Douglas Fir tree near the French Creek Marina. (SFCEL photo)
The x-ray conducted on a eagle rescued by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre showed a fractured leg. The eagle (inset) is now recovering from the injury. (NIWRC photo)

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre rescues 3 eagles within 18-hour period

Two eventually succumbed to injuries, one bird still recovering

The x-ray conducted on a eagle rescued by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre showed a fractured leg. The eagle (inset) is now recovering from the injury. (NIWRC photo)
Qualicum First Nations chief Michael Recalma is grateful for Qualicum Beach councillor Scott Harrison (inset) for donating his kidney to him. (Submitted photo)

B.C. town councillor to donate kidney to Qualicum First Nation Chief

‘I really can’t express the feeling, because it’s such a gift and a sacrifice’

Qualicum First Nations chief Michael Recalma is grateful for Qualicum Beach councillor Scott Harrison (inset) for donating his kidney to him. (Submitted photo)
Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board elects new president for 2022

Erica Kavanaugh to take over leading role

Erica Kavanaugh is the new president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (VIREB photo)
Debris ended up on the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce parking lot. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach waterfront inn picks up the pieces after massive waves destroy seawall

UPDATE: Building a temporary sea wall could cost more than $100,000

Debris ended up on the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce parking lot. (Michael Briones photo)
The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)

Fire department called in after unprecedented flooding at Parksville resort

High tides and melting snow: ‘In 27 years we have never seen this’

The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
Namaskar Yoga Studio was forced again to shut its doors again due to a provincial health order to close all studios and fitness centres as of Dec. 23. (Namaskar Yoga Studio photo)
Namaskar Yoga Studio was forced again to shut its doors again due to a provincial health order to close all studios and fitness centres as of Dec. 23. (Namaskar Yoga Studio 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)
Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)

B.C. pilot joins volunteer team flying relief supplies to flood-ravaged communities

‘It has been a crazy human experience’

Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)