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Citizen-sailor Chris Preston sets a new course

When he signed on with the naval reserve as a fuzzy-faced 16-year-old, Chris Preston had no idea he’d still be in the fold 44 years later.

Outdoor ice rink built at Courtenay’s Simms Park in time for festival

COURTENAY — An outdoor synthetic ice rink that will be one of the big draws of the upcoming Winter Bites Festival has been constructed at Simms Park in Courtenay.

Licensing suggested to tackle feral cat numbers

PORT ALBERNI — Silent and still, a pair of feline eyes peer out from under a thorn bush at the edge of a large wooded area on Argyle Way in Port Alberni.

Ferry cutbacks may spark exodus, survey finds

GABRIOLA — Gabriola Island residents say there could be severe economic fallout if ferry service reductions go ahead as planned.

Former Duncan mayor Jim Quaife dies

DUNCAN — Former Duncan mayor Jim Quaife died at Cowichan District Hospital on the morning of Jan. 9 after a battle with cancer.

Nanaimo school takes part in dam-failure drill

NANAIMO — A new network of sirens, set up to warn of imminent dam failure in the Harewood neighbourhood of Nanaimo, was tested in conjunction with an evacuation drill at John Barsby Community School.

Alberni port exports double

PORT ALBERNI — Shipping activity increased sharply at the Port Alberni Port Authority in 2013. According to data from the port authority, there was an increase of 177,284.
Our Community:  Oaklands' 100th turns back the clock

Our Community: Oaklands' 100th turns back the clock

Alumni of Oaklands Elementary School would have felt a sense of nostalgia last week as they visited their old stomping grounds during the school’s centennial celebrations.

Fight over Nanaimo incinerators heating up

NANAIMO — While the City of Nanaimo considers the possibility of a waste-to-energy garbage incinerator, other bodies are waging conflicting information campaigns.

Craft distiller has plans to make his own absinthe

NANAIMO — A distiller in Nanaimo hopes to bring a locally crafted absinthe to market. Arbutus Distillery is months away from releasing its brand of craft liquors such as vodka, gin and eventually absinthe.