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Police and passersby are shown near the Petro-Canada station in Qualicum Beach after a camper van struck a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital in Victoria, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Mara Wilson/Facebook photo)

Pedestrian taken to hospital after being struck by camper van in Qualicum Beach

Man sustained serious injuries; RCMP investigation continues

Police and passersby are shown near the Petro-Canada station in Qualicum Beach after a camper van struck a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital in Victoria, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Mara Wilson/Facebook photo)
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Kaman Somers of Gabriola Island, who suffered a spinal injury in an Aug. 25 accident. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Island man suffers spinal cord injury in motor vehicle incident

Sister-in-law of Kaman Somers starts online fundraiser following Aug. 25 accident

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Kaman Somers of Gabriola Island, who suffered a spinal injury in an Aug. 25 accident. (Submitted photo)
The Hohnstein family raising funds for their brother battling brain cancer at the Craft Fair on Clubhouse Drive in Qualicum Beach, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

PHOTOS: Parksville children get special invite to Qualicum Beach craft fair

Youngsters raising money for brother battling brain cancer

The Hohnstein family raising funds for their brother battling brain cancer at the Craft Fair on Clubhouse Drive in Qualicum Beach, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group unveils $1.1-billion housing plan for Port Alberni

Master planned community includes environmentally sensitive area

Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Richard Paugh, left, and wife, Beulah Paugh, at Richard’s retirement party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 (Qualicum Beach) on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Richard Paugh, left, and wife, Beulah Paugh, at Richard’s retirement party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 (Qualicum Beach) on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Real estate agency in Kimberley. Paul Rodgers file

Rising number of Kootenay real estate sales to out of region buyers

Most out of region buyers from Lower Mainland and Alberta

Real estate agency in Kimberley. Paul Rodgers file
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Quick-thinking police officer uses cruiser to put brakes on runaway car near Nanoose Bay

Police say 33-year-old woman was prohibited from driving, car had no insurance

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Keira Gilbeirt, Jenna Hohnstein, Tyson Hohnstein, Teesha Hohnstein and Zachary Hohnstein were selling lemonade Morison Avenue to raise funds for their brother who has cancer. (Michael Briones photo)
Keira Gilbeirt, Jenna Hohnstein, Tyson Hohnstein, Teesha Hohnstein and Zachary Hohnstein were selling lemonade Morison Avenue to raise funds for their brother who has cancer. (Michael Briones photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews worked for several hours on Tuesday (Aug. 25) to rescue an injured female hiker on the Nile Creek trail. (ASAR Instagram photo)

PHOTOS: Arrowsmith SAR crews rescue injured hiker along rugged Nile Creek trail

Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley personnel called in for assistance

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews worked for several hours on Tuesday (Aug. 25) to rescue an injured female hiker on the Nile Creek trail. (ASAR Instagram photo)
From left: Nanaimo Fire Protection Society board members Ron Lampard, Bob Rogers (RDN electoral area E director), John Jacobsen, Neil Watson, John Tosney and Bud McFarland. (Submitted photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo takes over management of Nanoose Bay fire services

Fre and emergency response services provided to residents will not change

From left: Nanaimo Fire Protection Society board members Ron Lampard, Bob Rogers (RDN electoral area E director), John Jacobsen, Neil Watson, John Tosney and Bud McFarland. (Submitted photo)
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PQB crime report: Prowlers lurking in Nanoose Bay, Bowser and Qualicum Beach

Oceanside RCMP received 321 complaints in one-week period

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Protesters supporting the Fairy Creek old-growth logging blockade and calling for RCMP enforcement to stand down at the site were gathered outside the Oceanside RCMP detachment on Pym Street in Parksville, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Protesters rally outside Oceanside RCMP detachment in Parksville

Demonstrations held against old-growth logging at Fairy Creek, RCMP enforcement

Protesters supporting the Fairy Creek old-growth logging blockade and calling for RCMP enforcement to stand down at the site were gathered outside the Oceanside RCMP detachment on Pym Street in Parksville, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Police in Nanaimo hope the public can help find a 16-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Photo submitted)

UPDATE: Nanaimo teen has been missing almost a week

RCMP ask for public’s help in locating 16-year-old Brandon Sheldon

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can help find a 16-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Photo submitted)
Construction will start this month on Hirst Avenue West (shown in this rendering of future conditions) in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

Construction activity set to begin on Hirst Avenue in Parksville

Work is anticipated to be largely complete later in 2021

Construction will start this month on Hirst Avenue West (shown in this rendering of future conditions) in Parksville. (Submitted photo)
The Parksville Museum and the Oceanside Model Railroaders celebrated Railway Day at the museum, located at 1245 Island Highway, on Aug. 21. Pictured, Troy Springford shows off a car from the 1957 Lionel O-Scale Model Train set that he was given by his late grandfather Colin Springford. Troy received the train set on his eighth birthday, his grandfather had received it on his 12th birthday. He and his father have added the buildings, the scenery and the log car. (Peter McCully photo)

PHOTOS: Model train enthusiasts enjoy special Railway Day at Parksville Museum

Family-oriented event offered something for fans of all ages

The Parksville Museum and the Oceanside Model Railroaders celebrated Railway Day at the museum, located at 1245 Island Highway, on Aug. 21. Pictured, Troy Springford shows off a car from the 1957 Lionel O-Scale Model Train set that he was given by his late grandfather Colin Springford. Troy received the train set on his eighth birthday, his grandfather had received it on his 12th birthday. He and his father have added the buildings, the scenery and the log car. (Peter McCully photo)
The Sea Thirft Artisan Boutique, located at 676 Memorial Ave. in Qualicum Beach, is holding a raffle until Sept. 15, 2021, to benefit the Oceanside Hospice Society. (Facebook photo)

Artisan boutique in Qualicum Beach stages fundraising raffle for hospice society

Boutique owners will hold a three-basket raffle until Sept. 15

The Sea Thirft Artisan Boutique, located at 676 Memorial Ave. in Qualicum Beach, is holding a raffle until Sept. 15, 2021, to benefit the Oceanside Hospice Society. (Facebook photo)
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 in Bowser. (PQB News file photo)

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 in Bowser to hold gazebo dedication

Event takes place on Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 in Bowser. (PQB News file photo)
DOUBLE CHINNS: Allison and Wally Chinn of Parksville blend right in between a 1978 King Cobra a 2014 Mustang GT during a special Mustang show Saturday, Aug. 21 at Family Ford in Parksville. Allison is the owner of five Mustangs to date and her current licence plate reads ‘Mustang Ally’.

Mustang Mania: Special fundraising show brings out Parksville car lovers

PHOTOS: Family Ford and Mid Island Mustangs sponsor event for BC Cancer

DOUBLE CHINNS: Allison and Wally Chinn of Parksville blend right in between a 1978 King Cobra a 2014 Mustang GT during a special Mustang show Saturday, Aug. 21 at Family Ford in Parksville. Allison is the owner of five Mustangs to date and her current licence plate reads ‘Mustang Ally’.
Deep Bay Fire Rescue attended to a rolled-over semi-trailer the morning of Aug. 21, 2021, on Hwy 19 approximately two kilometres south of the Cook Creek intersection. No serious injuries were reported. Traffic in the northbound lane was completely blocked at the Horne Lake intersection for an extended period. (Deep Bay Fire Rescue photo)
Deep Bay Fire Rescue attended to a rolled-over semi-trailer the morning of Aug. 21, 2021, on Hwy 19 approximately two kilometres south of the Cook Creek intersection. No serious injuries were reported. Traffic in the northbound lane was completely blocked at the Horne Lake intersection for an extended period. (Deep Bay Fire Rescue photo)