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Ivan Dubinsky was the $1 million Guaranteed Prize winner for Lotto 6/49’s Nov. 27, 2019 draw. (BCLC Media Relations photo)

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

Ivan Dubinsky was the $1 million Guaranteed Prize winner for Lotto 6/49’s Nov. 27, 2019 draw. (BCLC Media Relations photo)
BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO OF FISH FARM

Collaborative effort removes salmon farms from BC coast

The first farms to be removed were those in closest to the Ahta and Viner Rivers.

BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO OF FISH FARM
Union blasts local government for getting involved in strike, Port McNeill mayor fires back

Union blasts local government for getting involved in strike, Port McNeill mayor fires back

Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom responded via a five minute long Facebook video.

Union blasts local government for getting involved in strike, Port McNeill mayor fires back
A king tide and surging seas flooded the shoreline around the Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s Observation Deck in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Christmas Day. Parks Canada issued a wave advisory today expecting large waves up to 5-7 metres on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. (Nora OMalley photo)

Storm watch: Flood warnings issued for North and West Vancouver Island

“stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks”

A king tide and surging seas flooded the shoreline around the Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s Observation Deck in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Christmas Day. Parks Canada issued a wave advisory today expecting large waves up to 5-7 metres on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. (Nora OMalley photo)
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO Getting Greasy defeated the Warriors 5-4 in overtime in the A-Final of the 40th anniversary Oscar Hickes Memorial Hockey Tournament in Port Alice.

Oscar Hickes: Longest running hockey tournament on Vancouver Island cancelled

Patrick Murray, one of the organizers for the tournament, broke the sad news on social media.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO Getting Greasy defeated the Warriors 5-4 in overtime in the A-Final of the 40th anniversary Oscar Hickes Memorial Hockey Tournament in Port Alice.
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Breaking – Port McNeill schools locked down by RCMP

A warning letter was emailed to parents from North Island Secondary School.

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Vancouver Island First Nation sues DFO again, says they aren’t protecting wild salmon

Vancouver Island First Nation sues DFO again, says they aren’t protecting wild salmon

“The Federal Court has found DFO’s refusal to prohibit stocking of fish infected with PRV unlawful”

Vancouver Island First Nation sues DFO again, says they aren’t protecting wild salmon
BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO                                Salmon farms on B.C.’s central coast have been a focus of protests in recent years.

After the election: The future of fish farms in the North Island

The Liberal Party pledged they would shut down open-net fish farming in B.C. by 2025.

BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO                                Salmon farms on B.C.’s central coast have been a focus of protests in recent years.
Union says Western Forest Products refuses to budge from ‘unreasonable concessions’

Union says Western Forest Products refuses to budge from ‘unreasonable concessions’

According to a press release, both parties met on Oct. 16, 18, 19, and 20.

Union says Western Forest Products refuses to budge from ‘unreasonable concessions’
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Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

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United Steelworkers members on the picket line of the Western Forest Products facility at Menzies Bay, just north of Campbell River, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mirror File Photo

STRIKE: WFP and USW are back at the table for mediation

“No further updates until either an agreement is reached or one party or the other breaks off talks”

United Steelworkers members on the picket line of the Western Forest Products facility at Menzies Bay, just north of Campbell River, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mirror File Photo
Tour de Rock ride kicks off in the North Island

Tour de Rock ride kicks off in the North Island

I would ride all day in the rain if it means raising money to help these kids”

Tour de Rock ride kicks off in the North Island
NORTH ISLAND GAZETTE FILE PHOTO                                The Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice won’t be opening for the second year in a row.

Tax-deliquent Neucel pulp mill means Port Alice arena won’t open this year

The village has not yet been formally approached with a request for Oscar Hickes in 2020.

NORTH ISLAND GAZETTE FILE PHOTO                                The Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice won’t be opening for the second year in a row.
Workers from USW 1-1937 in Port Alberni just after shift change in front of Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill. Union rep Hira Chopra, third from left, said Western traditionally has paid benefits while workers were on strike and workers paid the company back once they returned to work. (SUSIE QUINN/Black Press File Photo)

WFP may meet with USW for mediation Sept. 13

WFP made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 4, via press release.

Workers from USW 1-1937 in Port Alberni just after shift change in front of Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill. Union rep Hira Chopra, third from left, said Western traditionally has paid benefits while workers were on strike and workers paid the company back once they returned to work. (SUSIE QUINN/Black Press File Photo)
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                A vehicle smashed through the front window of Monk Office Supply in Port Hardy on Saturday afternoon.

Car smashes through Monk Office Supply window in Port Hardy

Port Hardy RCMP arrived on the scene a little after 3:00 p.m.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                A vehicle smashed through the front window of Monk Office Supply in Port Hardy on Saturday afternoon.
AL KAUBE PHOTOS                                This Cat in the Hat themed artwork was painted on one of the 25 fire hydrants in Woss by resident Vivian Williams.

Volunteer paintbrush bringing joy to the street corners of Woss

“She just wants to make it a happier place for our community”

AL KAUBE PHOTOS                                This Cat in the Hat themed artwork was painted on one of the 25 fire hydrants in Woss by resident Vivian Williams.
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Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

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GOOGLE IMAGES PHOTO                                A man in Woss survived an attack by a black bear while on a remote logging road July 1.

CO’s call off efforts to trap bear who attacked North Island man

Woss man recuperating after incident on remote logging road

GOOGLE IMAGES PHOTO                                A man in Woss survived an attack by a black bear while on a remote logging road July 1.
BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO                                The Northern Sea Wolf features exterior art work by artist Richard Hunt.

Northern Sea Wolf arrives a year late for open house in Port Hardy

“It’s been a long wait to see the Northern Sea Wolf arrive in town”

BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO                                The Northern Sea Wolf features exterior art work by artist Richard Hunt.
VIDEO: Bear picks fight with garbage can in the middle of B.C. town

VIDEO: Bear picks fight with garbage can in the middle of B.C. town

Andrea Cranmer posted a 30 second clip of the bear on social media.

VIDEO: Bear picks fight with garbage can in the middle of B.C. town