Erin Haluschak

Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley

Marching to 100: New Island centenarian puts one foot in front of the other

Myrtle Purchase has walked the equivalent across Canada through daily walks in Comox

Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley
A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo

Winter weather makes for busy start to the new year on Mount Washington

Wind, staff and road conditions make for a bumpy early 2022

A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo
Rapid COVID-19 tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. (Black Press Media file photo)

New COVID test booking system causing confusion for Vancouver Island residents

Rapid tests being offered, PCR may be an option

Rapid COVID-19 tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds release 2022 schedule; set to return to Vancouver Island

The team is set to train at CFB Comox from mid-April to mid-May

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox

Island air force base welcomes first female commander in its 80-year existence

Lt.-Col. Rhonda Stevens is the first female wing commander since 19 Wing Comox’s establishment

Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox
The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo

Man found unconscious in burning Courtenay transport trailer

Courtenay Fire Department was called to a parking lot on Puntledge Road Thursday morning

The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo
Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo

Danger rating high for avalanches on the Island

Heavy rains, high freezing levels and warm temperatures are the perfect recipe for avalanches

Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

22 people injured in building explosion at B.C. military base

All have been released from hospital except military member with non-life-threatening injuries

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

UPDATE: Numerous injuries after explosion on B.C. air force base

Responders on scene after gas leak at CFB 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island Thursday morning

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)

Second low-cost carrier set to land at Comox Valley Airport

Swoop Airlines arriving at YQQ in June 2022

Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)
Three helicopters from CFB Comox provided support for Operation Lentus Monday (Nov. 15) in B.C’s Interior. Photo by Canadian Forces/Facebook

Vancouver Island choppers help pluck B.C. motorists stranded by flooding

Three helicopters from CFB Comox provided support for Operation Lentus

Three helicopters from CFB Comox provided support for Operation Lentus Monday (Nov. 15) in B.C’s Interior. Photo by Canadian Forces/Facebook
The Comox Valley RCMP responded to a motorcycle crash on Island Highway North near Endall Road at approximately 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2021. File photo

Motorcycle crash on Island Highway claims life of 16-year-old rider

A 16-year-old Courtenay youth suffered fatal injuries after a crash on Island…

The Comox Valley RCMP responded to a motorcycle crash on Island Highway North near Endall Road at approximately 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2021. File photo
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia is seeking to prevent Matthew Arie Romyn from ever identifying - or providing services - as a registered massage therapist again. (Pixabay photo)

College of Massage Therapists of B.C. seeks injunction against convicted sex offender

Complaint alleges business cards handed out on school field trip listing him as an RMT

The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia is seeking to prevent Matthew Arie Romyn from ever identifying - or providing services - as a registered massage therapist again. (Pixabay photo)
Police arrest a man on Ryan Road in Courtenay on Thursday morning. He is suspected to be involved in a series of road rage incidents, as well as an egging of a Campbell River store. Bev Dempsey-Orr photo

Suspect in store-egging and minivan axe-hacking arrested outside Island gas station

Police are saying recent Comox Valley axe attacks on cars may be connected to Campbell River egging

Police arrest a man on Ryan Road in Courtenay on Thursday morning. He is suspected to be involved in a series of road rage incidents, as well as an egging of a Campbell River store. Bev Dempsey-Orr photo
Around 4cm of snow fell Tuesday (Oct. 5) morning at the ski resort, thanks to light precipitation in the area and a temperature of 0C. Mount Washington screengrab

Mount Washington receives early blanket of snow

Around 4cm of snow fell Tuesday (Oct. 5)

Around 4cm of snow fell Tuesday (Oct. 5) morning at the ski resort, thanks to light precipitation in the area and a temperature of 0C. Mount Washington screengrab
The Salish Orca departed on its inaugural sailing from Comox en route to Powell River in May 2017. Photo by Erin Haluschak

‘Catastrophic failure’ results in multiple cancellations on Comox-Powell River ferry route

BC Ferries will bring in the Salish Eagle from the Southern Gulf Island route to help backlog

The Salish Orca departed on its inaugural sailing from Comox en route to Powell River in May 2017. Photo by Erin Haluschak
A three-year-old girl was playing mini-golf with her brother and family when a rock dislodged from above and hit her at Mount Washington Alpine Resort Friday. Black Press file photo

Girl, 3, dies from falling rock at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

The girl was playing mini-golf with her brother and family when a rock dislodged from above

A three-year-old girl was playing mini-golf with her brother and family when a rock dislodged from above and hit her at Mount Washington Alpine Resort Friday. Black Press file photo
The trapped fawn in a manure pile off Comox Road Wednesday evening (Aug.17). Photo by Yvonne Muir/Facebook

VIDEO: Island man dives into neck-deep manure to save trapped deer

A deer was stuck in a large manure field on a farm off Comox Road

The trapped fawn in a manure pile off Comox Road Wednesday evening (Aug.17). Photo by Yvonne Muir/Facebook
Military and Comox firefighters check the side of the hill near Kye Bay for any hotspots after a brushfire threatened homes in the area. Photo by Terry Farrell

Errant spark from underground explosion sparks brushfire at CFB Comox

Military firefighters, Comox Fire Rescue knock down fire

Military and Comox firefighters check the side of the hill near Kye Bay for any hotspots after a brushfire threatened homes in the area. Photo by Terry Farrell
A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak

B.C. doctor may have stumbled upon 5-figure original painting in Value Village

Authentication of $120 purchase needed, but Wijmer oils can sell for between $20,000 to $350,000

A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak