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Nanaimo RCMP noting certain areas of town being hit hard by thieves



Nanaimo RCMP have gotten reports of 119 break-ins over the last two months.

Constable Gary O'Brien says the majority are taking place in daylight hours, between 8am and 5pm.

He says it is significant, however they expect the number of break and enters to increase at this time of year, they're averaging about 1 or 2 a day, in a cluster of 4 areas, including lower Lantzville...(For full story click on title)

International search launched for 4 Comox-area children



International police have joined the search for four Vancouver Island youngsters who may have been abducted to the Middle East.

The children's mother, Alison Azer, has launched an online fundraising campaign to help her find her two girls and two boys, aged three to 11.

According to Azer, the children are travelling with their dad, Dr. Saren Azer, a Comox-area internist and...(For full story click on title)

RDN looking at Gabriola property for recreational use



The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking at a piece of property on Gabriola Island for recreational use.

The RDN has entered a deal with Emcon Services to purchase three lots on 8.5 acres beside Gabriola Island Elementary School.

Tom Osbourne, the GM of Recreation and Parks for the RDN, says a majority of people on Gabriola have to vote in favour first for things to move forward.

He says...(For full story click on title)

Strong fishing season, but future returns in jeopardy



It's been another strong recreational salmon fishery this year.

Island Angler Magazine Publisher Andrew Kolasinski reports the north and west side of the island in particular are having strong years.

But he notes the mid-island area has been relatively consistent as well, noting things will pick up a bit more shortly.

He says three species of salmon are going to be available as...(For full story click on title)

Coroner confirms remains found were those of missing Penelakut Island girl



A tragic end to a missing person case.

The Coroner has confirmed that the remains found near Norway Island, east of Chemainus, on August 19th were those of 19 year old Delores Brown.

Brown, who was from Penelakut Island, was first reported missing on July 29th and RCMP suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance.

Illegal campfire leads to bush fire south of Nanaimo



A campfire is being blamed for a brush fire off Nanaimo River Road.

Cranberry Fire Chief Ron Gueulette says they got the call around 11 o'clock Monday morning.

He says it appeared to be a campfire that started a car seat on fire and that started the bush on fire.

Gueulette says the fire ended up being about one hectare and went over about a 150 foot bank into the forest down by the...(For full story click on title)

Rally held by group hoping to keep elementary schools open



Parents and students of two Nanaimo schools that could close are trying to get their message out.

A rally in support of Rutherford and Departure Bay Elementary Schools was held Monday morning outside the District 68 administration building on Wakesiah Avenue.

Tina Bray, co-chair of the Rutherford Elementary Open and Thriving group says there is a strong case to keep the school...(For full story click on title)

Crews getting a handle on Lizard Lake fire



Update at 1:30pm August 24.

Progress for fire crews on the 400 hectare Lizard Lake fire near Port Renfrew.

Coastal Fire Centre spokesperson Ellie Dupont says crews have increased containment.

She says the containment is now 70%, they're at 149 personnel and down to 4 helicopters.

The nearby Pacific Marine Circle Road remains closed, but Dupont says Highway 14 near Port Renfrew is still open.

VIEX has best Sunday attendance in 10 years



Organizers from the VIEX in Nanaimo are pleased with how this year's fair went.

Preliminary figures show about 20,000 people showed up over the three day event at the Beban Park Fairgrounds.

The best Sunday attendance in 10 years was reported by Director Stephen Kass.

The only major problem was heavy winds overnight Thursday which blew several tents away, causing a couple of...(For full story click on title)

BC Ferries announces slashed fares after strong quarter



In light of strong earnings in the first quarter of this year, BC Ferries is slashing prices on their off-peak sailings in the fall.

BC Ferries announced Friday that earnings were over 18 million dollars in the first quarter, nearly 5 million more than last year.

There was also a 5% increase in passenger traffic and a 4.7% jump in vehicle traffic.

From September 8th to October 15th...(For full story click on title)

Prime Minister Harper the latest leader to campaign on the island



Prime Minister Stephen Harper brought his campaign to the Comox Valley on Thursday.

He met with constituents and the media at Coastal Black Estate Winery in Black Creek.

Harper says growing the economy and responsible resource development are very important for B.C.

He says their government knows well the development of our resources and the proper care for our environment go hand in...(For full story click on title)

Human remains found near gulf island off Chemainus



RCMP fear human remains found in the waters east of Chemainus may be those of a 19 year old girl who has been missing since late July.

RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan says the remains were found near Norway Island on Wednesday evening.

He says this is not a death that is recent to a day or two.

He says this individual has been in the water and elements...(For full story click on title)