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Pacific Coastal Airlines temporarily suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are back in action June 1. (Photo provided by Pacific Coastal Airlines)

Pacific Coastal Airlines will resume service next month

‘We are pleased to confirm that we will be resuming scheduled service on June 1, 2020’

Pacific Coastal Airlines temporarily suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are back in action June 1. (Photo provided by Pacific Coastal Airlines)
Evidence taken from the scene of the alleged crime. (Port Hardy RCMP photo)

Impaired driving complaint leads RCMP to over $20K in cash, evidence of drug trafficking

‘Frontline RCMP members located the vehicle driving and initiated a traffic stop’

Evidence taken from the scene of the alleged crime. (Port Hardy RCMP photo)
A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)

VIDEO: Film historian finds rare footage from 1926, showcasing remote Northern Vancouver Island life

‘This photographer clearly knew what he was doing, suggesting he was taught’

A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health Director Dean Wilson works at the health department building on the reserve. (Submitted photo)

False complaint about non-compliance of COVID-19 rules prompts warning from First Nation authority

‘Making a malicious, false complaint is a serious matter’

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health Director Dean Wilson works at the health department building on the reserve. (Submitted photo)
An aerial view of Cormorant Island. (alertbay.ca photo)

State of Emergency declared in village off Northern Vancouver Island due to COVID-19 outbreak

Local governments on Cormorant Island take strict action to combat the spread of the virus.

An aerial view of Cormorant Island. (alertbay.ca photo)
VIDEO: Massive fire burns down industrial building in Northern Vancouver Island town

VIDEO: Massive fire burns down industrial building in Northern Vancouver Island town

No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

VIDEO: Massive fire burns down industrial building in Northern Vancouver Island town
Alert Bay Mayor Dennis Buchanan has tested positive for COVID-19. (North Island Gazette file photo)

First confirmed case of COVID-19 announced just off of Northern Vancouver Island

According to the Village of Alert Bay, Mayor Dennis Buchanan has tested positive for COVID-19.

Alert Bay Mayor Dennis Buchanan has tested positive for COVID-19. (North Island Gazette file photo)
58-year-old David Christiaans was last seen in Port Hardy at the Pioneer Inn on Dec. 31, 2019. His body was found March 19 on a logging road outside of Port Hardy. (Port Hardy RCMP photo)

Body of missing Ontario man found on logging road outside of Nothern Vancouver Island town

The RCMP stated criminality is not believed to be involved in his death.

58-year-old David Christiaans was last seen in Port Hardy at the Pioneer Inn on Dec. 31, 2019. His body was found March 19 on a logging road outside of Port Hardy. (Port Hardy RCMP photo)
A sign about the location of the Cape Scott Provincial Park. (Facebook photo/The Cape Scott Park and North Coast Trail)

Northern Vancouver Island provincial park suspends services due to COVID-19

“We have closed washroom and day use facilities, and camping is no longer permitted”

A sign about the location of the Cape Scott Provincial Park. (Facebook photo/The Cape Scott Park and North Coast Trail)
Cocaine and cash left at local business, Port Hardy RCMP want to talk to owner

Cocaine and cash left at local business, Port Hardy RCMP want to talk to owner

The owner appears to have accidently left four ounces of cocaine and over $20,000 by mistake.

Cocaine and cash left at local business, Port Hardy RCMP want to talk to owner
The Wounded Warrior Run 2020 team takes off from Carrot Park in Port Hardy at 7:30 a.m. through freezing cold rain and high winds. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

The Wounded Warrior Run 2020 team takes off from Carrot Park in Port Hardy at 7:30 a.m. through freezing cold rain and high winds. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Emergency personnel on scene at Town Park apartments in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Woman dead in Port Hardy apartment fire

Emergency Support Services helping out others who were displaced in early morning blaze

Emergency personnel on scene at Town Park apartments in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
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
(Black Press Media files)

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

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

(Black Press Media files)
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.
BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO

Breaking – Port McNeill schools locked down by RCMP

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

BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO
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.