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Mid Island Pirates player Dylan Wilkinson takes batting practice Tuesday evening at the baseball club’s first-ever training session at its new facility inside Regional Recycling on Old Victoria Road. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Island baseball team builds practice facility inside recycling depot

Nanaimo’s Mid Island Pirates held first training session inside Regional Recycling this week

Mid Island Pirates player Dylan Wilkinson takes batting practice Tuesday evening at the baseball club’s first-ever training session at its new facility inside Regional Recycling on Old Victoria Road. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Spencer Stone Shutes, who died at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus on Monday. GoFundMe photo

GoFundMe set up for family of Vancouver Island University student who died in fall

Spencer Stone Shutes died Monday at VIU’s Nanaimo campus

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Spencer Stone Shutes, who died at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus on Monday. GoFundMe photo
Nanaimo RCMP and towing on scene of a crash on Estevan Road in front of École Océane on Sunday night. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Suspected drunk driver on Vancouver Island crashes, gets chased, crashes again

Incident happened near Nanaimo’s Departure Bay ferry terminal Sunday night

Nanaimo RCMP and towing on scene of a crash on Estevan Road in front of École Océane on Sunday night. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Susan Mowbray, manager of economics and research consulting with MNP, makes a presentation Wednesday to accompany a just-released State of the Island economic report. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

State of the Island report foresees moderate economic growth

Report released Wednesday at Vancouver Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo

Susan Mowbray, manager of economics and research consulting with MNP, makes a presentation Wednesday to accompany a just-released State of the Island economic report. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews on scene at a bush fire along the Millstone River on Sunday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Explosion at homeless camp causes brush fire on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews haul hundreds of metres of hose down ravine

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews on scene at a bush fire along the Millstone River on Sunday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Explosive materials were inside sharps container at Vancouver Island tent city

Nanaimo RCMP say fireworks components being placed inside needle disposal box was ‘nothing malicious’

Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has had a chance to assess the damage to Rutherford Elementary School after squatters from Alliance Against Displacement and Discontent City broke in on Friday before being arrested Saturday. Photo courtesy Steve Rae

VIDEO: Officials say $100,000 to clean up B.C. school taken over by squatters

A Nanaimo school board chairman says the doors and roof at a local elementary school needs to be repaired

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has had a chance to assess the damage to Rutherford Elementary School after squatters from Alliance Against Displacement and Discontent City broke in on Friday before being arrested Saturday. Photo courtesy Steve Rae
RCMP make arrests on the roof of Rutherford Elementary School. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

26 squatters at B.C. elementary school arrested

RCMP teams moved in on Nanaimo’s Rutherford school Saturday morning

RCMP make arrests on the roof of Rutherford Elementary School. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
A round-table meeting Friday in Nanaimo centred on the impacts of commercial anchorages in the Strait of Georgia. GREG SAKAKI/News Bulletin file photo

Freighters overstaying their welcome in the strait, say Vancouver Island MPs

Round-table meeting held Friday in Nanaimo to discuss impacts of commercial anchorages

A round-table meeting Friday in Nanaimo centred on the impacts of commercial anchorages in the Strait of Georgia. GREG SAKAKI/News Bulletin file photo
The owner of Pride Motorsports in Cobble Hill shared live video as he located and recovered a motorcycle stolen from his business the day before. DUSTIN HOFER/Facebook

Vigilante motorsports dealer from Cobble Hill takes back stolen motorcycle

Owner of Pride Motorsports shares live video of recovery operation in Nanaimo

The owner of Pride Motorsports in Cobble Hill shared live video as he located and recovered a motorcycle stolen from his business the day before. DUSTIN HOFER/Facebook
The Malahat was closed in both directions Monday morning, Sept. 10, due to a rock that fell onto the highway. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Transportation)

Province satisfied rock slide that closed Malahat an ‘isolated event’

Another complete highway closure near Victoria renews calls for alternate route between capital region and rest of Vancouver Island

The Malahat was closed in both directions Monday morning, Sept. 10, due to a rock that fell onto the highway. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Transportation)
A GoFundMe to support the widow and daughter of Jonathan Seidel surpassed its initial goal of $25,000 and will be capped at $40,000. GOFUNDME photo

Truck driver who died on Malahat ‘loved Vancouver Island’

GoFundMe for Jonathan Seidel’s widow and daughter nears $40K goal

A GoFundMe to support the widow and daughter of Jonathan Seidel surpassed its initial goal of $25,000 and will be capped at $40,000. GOFUNDME photo
Several hundred people lined Front Street on Sunday afternoon, but no one came to try to dismantle the Discontent City homeless camp as had been threatened. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Despite threats, Soldiers of Odin a no show at B.C. tent city

Nanaimo’s Discontent City held a counter rally on Sunday

Several hundred people lined Front Street on Sunday afternoon, but no one came to try to dismantle the Discontent City homeless camp as had been threatened. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
A Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighter positions a hose while putting out fires in two scrap piles at the Harmac Pacific mill in Nanaimo’s Duke Point area early Saturday morning. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at mill on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday at Harmac Pacific

A Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighter positions a hose while putting out fires in two scrap piles at the Harmac Pacific mill in Nanaimo’s Duke Point area early Saturday morning. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
A Honda and a Volkswagen crashed at 10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Northfield Road and the old Island Highway. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Two hurt in car wreck on old Island Highway

Honda and Volkswagen crash at 10 p.m. Friday at highway intersection in Nanaimo

A Honda and a Volkswagen crashed at 10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Northfield Road and the old Island Highway. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
An edge of the wildfire along Nanaimo River Road on Tuesday morning. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo Lakes wildfire growing, but crews gaining some containment

Fire now calculated at 160 hectares, firefighting efforts will continue overnight

An edge of the wildfire along Nanaimo River Road on Tuesday morning. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Penny Girl is one of the finalists in the Telus StoryHive documentary pitch contest. Filmmakers are looking for votes, with the top 15 vote-getters to receive $50,000 each toward their projects. IMAGE SUBMITTED

Documentary pitched about transition of Vancouver Island’s ‘Penny Girl’

Fundraising phenom behind Jeneece Place came out as transgender last month

Penny Girl is one of the finalists in the Telus StoryHive documentary pitch contest. Filmmakers are looking for votes, with the top 15 vote-getters to receive $50,000 each toward their projects. IMAGE SUBMITTED
NDP MLA Leonard Krog in conversation with the News Bulletin this week. Krog has now announced that he will run for mayor of Nanaimo in this fall’s local government election. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

B.C. MLA officially announces he’s running for mayor

MLA Leonard Krog says he’s ready to step down from provincial politics to run for mayor of Nanaimo

NDP MLA Leonard Krog in conversation with the News Bulletin this week. Krog has now announced that he will run for mayor of Nanaimo in this fall’s local government election. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Christina Basedow and Chad Rogers of Nanaimo were married June 2 in Campbell River; the camera with all their wedding photos was stolen June 6 in Vancouver. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

Vancouver Island newlyweds have all their wedding photos stolen

Photographer’s camera stolen in Vancouver four days after Nanaimo couple married in Campbell River

Christina Basedow and Chad Rogers of Nanaimo were married June 2 in Campbell River; the camera with all their wedding photos was stolen June 6 in Vancouver. PHOTOS SUBMITTED
John Barsby Secondary grad Claudia Yaya, with the donated dress she wore Saturday at prom. Her dress had been stolen off her doorstep the week of prom. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Vancouver Island teen makes it to prom days after her dress was stolen

Donated dress, Lamborghini ride make it a prom night to remember for grad from Nanaimo

John Barsby Secondary grad Claudia Yaya, with the donated dress she wore Saturday at prom. Her dress had been stolen off her doorstep the week of prom. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin