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Pat Johnstone and Mary Lou Mahoney (left to right) are cycling 275 km in solidarity with women who are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Island women cycling 275 km to fight AIDS in Africa

Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign aiming to raise $55,000

Pat Johnstone and Mary Lou Mahoney (left to right) are cycling 275 km in solidarity with women who are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
A helicopter drops water on wildfires burning just outside the village of Zeballos. The BC Wildfire Service said on Monday that choppers had been grounded due to heavy smoke, but that the blaze wasn’t approaching homes. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Zeballos wildfire not getting any closer to town – BC Wildfire Service

Authorities optimistic about Zeballos; choppers grounded due to heavy smoke

A helicopter drops water on wildfires burning just outside the village of Zeballos. The BC Wildfire Service said on Monday that choppers had been grounded due to heavy smoke, but that the blaze wasn’t approaching homes. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Several homes in the village of Zeballos are under an evacuation order due to wildfires on the surrounding hillsides. A photo taken on Friday shows thick smoke billowing up behind structures in the town. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to ‘risk of falling debris’

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

Several homes in the village of Zeballos are under an evacuation order due to wildfires on the surrounding hillsides. A photo taken on Friday shows thick smoke billowing up behind structures in the town. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
An area resident snapped this image of a wildfire burning just outside of Zeballos, a tiny logging village on the west coast of the Island.

Firefighters “beat down” flames outside of Vancouver Island village

Tiny coastal town of Zeballos on edge following evacuation alert

An area resident snapped this image of a wildfire burning just outside of Zeballos, a tiny logging village on the west coast of the Island.
Flames rise from a steep hillside just outside of Zeballos. The difficult terrain has posed a challenge for firefighters working near the remote village.

Vancouver Island community under evacuation alert due to wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says steep terrain near Zeballos poses challenge as “out of control” wildfire approaches homes

Flames rise from a steep hillside just outside of Zeballos. The difficult terrain has posed a challenge for firefighters working near the remote village.
Campbell River RCMP say a suspect in custody following an alleged break and enter that involved an armed confrontation with a homeowner. The police operation resulted in local roads being shut down. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. man describes alleged confrontation with armed man in break and enter

Police release more details about armed confrontation

Campbell River RCMP say a suspect in custody following an alleged break and enter that involved an armed confrontation with a homeowner. The police operation resulted in local roads being shut down. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Firefighters and police were at Painter’s Lodge on Thursday evening to rescue a dog that was stranded on the third-story roof. It had apparently wandered out an open window. Photo by Tammy Jordan

Campbell River firefighters rescue imperilled pooch from third-storey roof

Stranded dog had apparently wandered from open window at hotel

Firefighters and police were at Painter’s Lodge on Thursday evening to rescue a dog that was stranded on the third-story roof. It had apparently wandered out an open window. Photo by Tammy Jordan
On July 6, a group of campers spotted this cougar by the Gold River Highway, about 75 km southwest of Campbell River, and caught the encounter on video.

Cougar captured on video by campers in B.C.

Video shows animal slowly approaching vehicle until engine starts

On July 6, a group of campers spotted this cougar by the Gold River Highway, about 75 km southwest of Campbell River, and caught the encounter on video.
A Dutch woman in her 60s drowned after falling into the river at Elk Falls today, according to Campbell River RCMP. Elaine Hall, a visitor from Langford, took this picture of first responders at the scene.

Dutch tourist dies after falling into B.C. river near waterfall

A woman in her 60s was touring Vancouver Island with her husband when she fell into the river

A Dutch woman in her 60s drowned after falling into the river at Elk Falls today, according to Campbell River RCMP. Elaine Hall, a visitor from Langford, took this picture of first responders at the scene.
A video by adventure tourism operator Nick Templeman shows a humpback whale directly beneath his boat.

VIDEO: Humpback rubs against whale-watching boat

Tourism operator describes astonishing encounter

A video by adventure tourism operator Nick Templeman shows a humpback whale directly beneath his boat.
The Ripple Rock Trail is located about 16 km north of Campbell River. A hiker died there after being struck by a tree on Tuesday. Image from Recreational Sites and Trails BC

Falling tree kills B.C. woman during hike

Woman dies on popular trail north of Campbell River

The Ripple Rock Trail is located about 16 km north of Campbell River. A hiker died there after being struck by a tree on Tuesday. Image from Recreational Sites and Trails BC
Footage from Blood Water, a short documentary by Tavish Campbell, resulted in a new report from the province indicating widespread regulatory violations by fish processing plants that discharge effluent into the environment.

Report reveals widespread violations by fish processing facilities

Most effluent-discharging plants in the province “out of compliance with their permit”

Footage from Blood Water, a short documentary by Tavish Campbell, resulted in a new report from the province indicating widespread regulatory violations by fish processing plants that discharge effluent into the environment.
Rubbing is an ancient “cultural tradition” among northern resident orcas in B.C., according to researcher and conservationist Paul Spong. Footage of the practice was captured by underwater video cameras operated by OrcaLab, a research station based on Hanson Island, in partnership with Explore.org.

Blight on Robson Bight?

The Big Read: Green movement worried old-growth logging threatens legendary orca rubbing beaches

Rubbing is an ancient “cultural tradition” among northern resident orcas in B.C., according to researcher and conservationist Paul Spong. Footage of the practice was captured by underwater video cameras operated by OrcaLab, a research station based on Hanson Island, in partnership with Explore.org.
Screenshot from a video provided by Pacific Yellowfin Charters shows an astute seal as it seeks shelter on the swim grid of a tourist boat in Frederick Arm, an inlet north of Campbell River.

VIDEO: Seal escapes hungry orcas by climbing aboard tourist boat

Whales circulate nearby as lucky seal finds refuge

Screenshot from a video provided by Pacific Yellowfin Charters shows an astute seal as it seeks shelter on the swim grid of a tourist boat in Frederick Arm, an inlet north of Campbell River.
Author and paddling advocate John Kimantas spoke about the envisioned marine trail at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre on Tuesday evening. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Marine trail planned for Discovery Islands

Agreements with First Nations vital for passage through traditional territories

Author and paddling advocate John Kimantas spoke about the envisioned marine trail at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre on Tuesday evening. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Province expected to extend fish farm licenses another 4 years

Province expected to extend fish farm licenses another 4 years

An announcement on future of 20 fish farms off B.C. coast coming Wednesday afternoon

Province expected to extend fish farm licenses another 4 years
Conservationists, industry react to fish farm provisions

Conservationists, industry react to fish farm provisions

New provincial regulations to take effect by 2022

Conservationists, industry react to fish farm provisions
Screenshot from video footage shot by Facebook user Kiley Panziera.

VIDEO: Island shopping cart stunt goes viral

Rider descends Campbell River hill at mad speed

Screenshot from video footage shot by Facebook user Kiley Panziera.
Crystal Martin said she took this photo before being chased away from the scene on the Old Island Highway, near Jubilee Parkway. One of the men used a knife pictured before a highway worker produced a hacksaw that was used to behead the animal, she said. The photo has been cropped to not show the animal’s blood on the ground.

Injured deer killing leads to roadside confrontation on Vancouver Island highway

Graphic warning: Story contains details that may be disturbing to some readers.

Crystal Martin said she took this photo before being chased away from the scene on the Old Island Highway, near Jubilee Parkway. One of the men used a knife pictured before a highway worker produced a hacksaw that was used to behead the animal, she said. The photo has been cropped to not show the animal’s blood on the ground.
Drive BC posted this photo on Twitter showing the scene of a fatal collision that occurred on Sunday June 3 on Highway 19A.

UPDATED: Fatal accident on Old Island Highway

Elderly man killed in collision

Drive BC posted this photo on Twitter showing the scene of a fatal collision that occurred on Sunday June 3 on Highway 19A.