Michael Briones

Parksville Fire Department spent close to four hours working to contain a fire at a commercial mixed-use building on Memorial Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Michael Briones photo) (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Fire Department spent close to four hours working to contain a fire at a commercial mixed-use building on Memorial Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Michael Briones photo) (Michael Briones photo)
A fire destroyed a home in Deep Bay and left a father and daughter homeless. (Hugh Todd gofundme photo)

Father, daughter left homeless after fire destroys Vancouver Island home

23 firefighters called out to battle blaze, fund set up for pair who lost everything

A fire destroyed a home in Deep Bay and left a father and daughter homeless. (Hugh Todd gofundme photo)
The 12th Annual Vancouver Island Motorcycle Ride to Live is set to get underway, Sept. 11. (VI Westcoast Ride to Live Facebook photo)

12th-annual Ride to Live set to rev up on Vancouver Island

Westcoast Motorcycle event is a fundraiser for the Island Prostate Centre

The 12th Annual Vancouver Island Motorcycle Ride to Live is set to get underway, Sept. 11. (VI Westcoast Ride to Live Facebook photo)
Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)

Pickleball for Parkinson’s: B.C. club hopes program can help provide exercise for life

Parksville players learning the game in bid to add life-extending activity to their regular routine

Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)

Rare white raven grabs the spotlight at Vancouver Island wildlife centre

Iconic bird Blizzard can now be viewed by the public and is soaking up the attention

The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)
Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Former movie stuntman brings eFoiling to Vancouver Island

Unique watersport akin to an electric surfboard on a unicycle

Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Holding court: Vancouver Island reporter tries pickleball for the first time

Briones thoroughly enjoys ‘fun, physical and mental activity’

PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island wildlife recovery centre celebrates release of 6 bears back into wild

2 new bruins also taken in for rehabilitation

Bears under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Michael Briones photo)
This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)

Second iconic white raven recovering at Vancouver Island wildlife recovery centre

Ailing bird brought to NIWRA for rehab; bear cub also in care

This white raven is now under the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. (NIWRA photo)
The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)

Thieves torch Parksville church during early morning break-in attempt

Blaze damages Saint Anne and Saint Edmund facility, puts community programs out of commission

The parish Hall door at St. Anne and St. Edmund Anglican Church in Parksville was torched by someone trying to break into the premises. (Submitted photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
The Erik Goetzinger BMX Park’s bleachers and its shed was targeted by vandals. (Michael Briones Photo)
Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)
Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum First Nation chief makes first official appearance after kidney transplant

‘Forever friends’: Michael Recalma received donation from Coun. Scott Harrison

Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, is back on his feet after a kidney transplant in February, made possible by Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, right, who donated his own kidney. (Michael Briones photo)
Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island football star Agostini named to prestigious national prospect game

Ballenas Whalers coach pleased with special opportunity for towering lineman

Enzo Agostini (65) was a key player on defence and offence for the Ballenas Whalers senior varsity football team. (PQB News file photo)
Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)

Group wants landowners to sweep Scotch broom from their Vancouver Island properties

Broombusters ask Regional District of Nanaimo for assistance

Volunteers cut broom on a vacant land near Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care supervisor Derek Downes, right, hands over the young eagle to Andrew Cotton. (Michael Briones photo)

VIDEO: Rehabilitated eagle released back into the wild near Errington

Wildlife centre staff honoured to set majestic bird free

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care supervisor Derek Downes, right, hands over the young eagle to Andrew Cotton. (Michael Briones photo)
Shayne Vollmers and Carrie Smith. (Facebook photo)

Celebration of life held in Parksville for 2 people killed in car crash

Petition started to name island after Ballenas teacher and partner

Shayne Vollmers and Carrie Smith. (Facebook photo)
Carrie Smith, left, and Shayne Vollmers. (Facebook photos)

Beloved Island teacher, partner die in tragic motor-vehicle incident near Lillooet

Petition launched to rename West Ballenas Island as Vollmers-Smith Island

Carrie Smith, left, and Shayne Vollmers. (Facebook photos)
Town of Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, bottom right, is welcomed back by Mayor Brian Wiese and fellow councillors Teunis Westbroek and Anne Skipsey. (Facebook screen grab)

B.C. municipal councillor returns to job just weeks after donating kidney

Scott Harrison says recipient, Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, faring well

Town of Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Harrison, bottom right, is welcomed back by Mayor Brian Wiese and fellow councillors Teunis Westbroek and Anne Skipsey. (Facebook screen grab)
Dan Smith, left, has stepped down as head coach of the Ballenas Whalers football program. (PQB News file photo)

Legendary Vancouver Island high school football coach stepping down

Dan Smith stepping down as head coach of Ballenas Whalers football program, Jeremy Conn to take over

Dan Smith, left, has stepped down as head coach of the Ballenas Whalers football program. (PQB News file photo)
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