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An Asian giant hornet from the nest eradicated at Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy John Holubeshen)

Nanaimo beekeepers watching for ‘murder hornets’ after nest found in region last fall

Asian giant hornets haven’t been seen on Vancouver Island since nest eradicated last fall

An Asian giant hornet from the nest eradicated at Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy John Holubeshen)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters put out a fire inside the Circle K convenience store on Departure Bay Road on Saturday night. (Dylan Phillips photo)

Fire at Nanaimo convenience store starts after teen allegedly shoots flare at clerk

Incident happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday at Circle K on Departure Bay Road

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters put out a fire inside the Circle K convenience store on Departure Bay Road on Saturday night. (Dylan Phillips photo)
Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Motorcycles motor past Nanaimo hospital as a show of support

Riders wish to show appreciation, and they also want to get out of the house, organizer says

Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Arthur Fabbro, stage name Loveclub, a musician from Nanaimo, created a viral TikTok this month that shows his technique for cutting up a banana with a spoon. (TikTok/1800loveclub image)

Musician from Vancouver Island goes viral with banana-cutting TikTok

Arthur Fabbro, stage name Loveclub, gains international attention with social media video

Arthur Fabbro, stage name Loveclub, a musician from Nanaimo, created a viral TikTok this month that shows his technique for cutting up a banana with a spoon. (TikTok/1800loveclub image)
Police in Nanaimo were allegedly met with a “slew of profanities” by an intoxicated man who had climbed a fir tree outside Generations Church on Monday evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo man, allegedly drunk and high, arrested after climbing 100-foot tree

Man in sandals climbs fir tree, hurls obscenities at police below

Police in Nanaimo were allegedly met with a “slew of profanities” by an intoxicated man who had climbed a fir tree outside Generations Church on Monday evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
4,000 masks, 25,000 gloves and other items collected by the Nanaimo District Dental Society await pickup at Lakeside Dental Clinic on Monday. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo dentists donate 4,000 masks, 25,000 gloves to health-care peers

Nanaimo District Dental Society collects items for front-line workers during COVID-19 pandemic

4,000 masks, 25,000 gloves and other items collected by the Nanaimo District Dental Society await pickup at Lakeside Dental Clinic on Monday. (Photo submitted)
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B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

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The B.C. Ferries vessel the Spirit of British Columbia. (File photo)

BC Ferries confirms worker has COVID-19

Employee on Tsawwassen route didn’t work in vessel’s public areas

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Spirit of British Columbia. (File photo)
The Nanaimo Beacon’s Beacon Buddies program, meant to find volunteers to help with errands for self-isolating neighbours, signed up nearly 350 people on its first day Sunday. (Nanaimo Beacon image)

Nanaimo satire website connects community during COVID-19 pandemic

Nanaimo Beacon signs up more than 600 volunteers to help those who are self-isolating

The Nanaimo Beacon’s Beacon Buddies program, meant to find volunteers to help with errands for self-isolating neighbours, signed up nearly 350 people on its first day Sunday. (Nanaimo Beacon image)
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks about B.C.’s new First Nations justice strategy. Attorney General David Eby and Doug White III, chairman of the B.C. First Nations Justice Council, were among others on hand for the endorsing and signing of the strategy Friday at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

New First Nations justice strategy being created in B.C.

15 regional First Nations justice centres being established around the province

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks about B.C.’s new First Nations justice strategy. Attorney General David Eby and Doug White III, chairman of the B.C. First Nations Justice Council, were among others on hand for the endorsing and signing of the strategy Friday at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s Andrew Panton holds the world-record times on all 16 courses on the Xbox video game Garfield Kart: Furious Racing. (Photo submitted/Garfield Kart: Furious Racing launch trailer image)

Vancouver Island man sets every world record in Garfield video game

Andrew Panton, a former Halo champ, turns to less-violent Xbox gaming

Nanaimo’s Andrew Panton holds the world-record times on all 16 courses on the Xbox video game Garfield Kart: Furious Racing. (Photo submitted/Garfield Kart: Furious Racing launch trailer image)
The Ricky’s All-Day Grill location in Nanaimo’s north end. (News Bulletin photo)

B.C. man who alleged racial profiling at restaurant wants end to dispute

First Nations man says customer service he received was different than other patrons

The Ricky’s All-Day Grill location in Nanaimo’s north end. (News Bulletin photo)
RCMP on scene along Hammond Bay Road, where special units executed a warrant at a drug lab. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

RCMP special units bust drug lab in Nanaimo

Three suspects in custody after search warrants executed at two residences

RCMP on scene along Hammond Bay Road, where special units executed a warrant at a drug lab. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

B.C. launches $2-million childcare professional development network

Minister of state announced program Monday on Vancouver Island

VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s Crystal Giesbrecht won $500,000 playing BC/49 this month. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo mom will celebrate 40th in style after $500,000 lotto win

Crystal Giesbrecht matches all four numbers on BC/49 Extra

Nanaimo’s Crystal Giesbrecht won $500,000 playing BC/49 this month. (Photo submitted)
RCMP had weapons drawn in the area of Rosehill Street on Sunday afternoon as they made an arrest in a “high-risk police incident.” (Photo submitted)

UPDATE: Man charged with threats, pointing weapon after ‘high-risk’ incident in Nanaimo

Male suspect arrested Sunday afternoon in Townsite Road area

RCMP had weapons drawn in the area of Rosehill Street on Sunday afternoon as they made an arrest in a “high-risk police incident.” (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo’s Dan Treacher remains in hospital in Thailand and his family is trying to raise enough money to medevac him back to Canada. (GoFundMe photo)

B.C. senior stuck in Thai hospital with no travel insurance

Family trying to raise money to bring Nanaimo’s Dan Treacher back to Canada

Nanaimo’s Dan Treacher remains in hospital in Thailand and his family is trying to raise enough money to medevac him back to Canada. (GoFundMe photo)
Girl Guide leaders Linda Jack, back left, Cassandra Jack and Sarah Pachkowsky and the Cedar Sparks unit delivers 20 cases of cookies to Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank on Monday night. (Photo submitted)

Anonymous donor buys $1,200 worth of Girl Guide cookies to give to Nanaimo charity

Cedar Sparks delivered the cookies to Loaves and Fishes on Monday night

Girl Guide leaders Linda Jack, back left, Cassandra Jack and Sarah Pachkowsky and the Cedar Sparks unit delivers 20 cases of cookies to Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank on Monday night. (Photo submitted)
Having gas-fuelled appliances properly maintained and a working carbon monoxide detector in the home are two ways to stay safe from carbon monoxide, according to provincial safety regulator Technical Safety B.C. (PAUL JOSEPH PHOTO/Technical Safety B.C.)

With carbon monoxide, it doesn’t take a lot to be deadly

Nov. 1-7 is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in B.C.

Having gas-fuelled appliances properly maintained and a working carbon monoxide detector in the home are two ways to stay safe from carbon monoxide, according to provincial safety regulator Technical Safety B.C. (PAUL JOSEPH PHOTO/Technical Safety B.C.)
B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics bring the Elder family’s youngest daughter to an ambulance to be checked over as Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews battle a house fire on Burma Road on Wednesday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo family with four young daughters loses all their possessions in house fire

Cousin starts Gofundme for family who lived on Burma Road

B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics bring the Elder family’s youngest daughter to an ambulance to be checked over as Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews battle a house fire on Burma Road on Wednesday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin