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The annual weeks long Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak Saturday, with best viewing after midnight.
The annual weeks long Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak Saturday, with best viewing after midnight. Wikicommons

Despite smoke, annual meteor shower expected to be spectacular as ever

By Spencer Sterritt
August 11, 2017 - 4:44pm Updated: August 12, 2017 - 6:00am

NANAIMO — If you're patient, stargazing this weekend will have an extra spark.

Greg Arkos, a professor of astronomy at VIU's Nanaimo campus, told NanaimoNewsNOW the annual Perseid meteor shower will be especially spectacular on Saturday.

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Fire staff say no clear reason behind stark increase in local brush fires

By Spencer Sterritt
August 10, 2017 - 5:47pm Updated: August 11, 2017 - 6:34am

NANAIMO — The number of local brush fires has risen dramatically and there's no concrete reason why.

Fire prevention officer Umesh Lal told NanaimoNewsNOW many of the 15 reported fires between July 9 to Aug. 9 were caused by human error or intentionally set.

Crystal Dennison (middle) receiving a check from the Nanaimo Lions Club at the Stock the Lockers kickoff event.
Crystal Dennison (middle) receiving a check from the Nanaimo Lions Club at the Stock the Lockers kickoff event. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Fundraiser hopes to stock students' lockers to help them succeed

By Spencer Sterritt
August 10, 2017 - 5:09pm Updated: August 11, 2017 - 6:36am

NANAIMO — An annual initiative is boosting their fundraising goal to help give Nanaimo students all the tools they need to succeed in school.

High-quality cooks and chefs, who are always welcome at any restaurant, are in even higher demand at various Nanaimo hotels.
High-quality cooks and chefs, who are always welcome at any restaurant, are in even higher demand at various Nanaimo hotels. PixaBay

Cooks and staff in short supply for some Nanaimo hotels

By Spencer Sterritt
August 9, 2017 - 4:17pm Updated: August 10, 2017 - 1:00am

NANAIMO — Good work is becoming harder and harder to find for some Nanaimo hotels.

Dan Brady, president of the Nanaimo Hospitality Association, told NanaimoNewsNOW while not every hotel is struggling, those who aren't fully-staffed all year are stuck in a difficult position.

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