Local News Headlines

Earthquake Off Port Hardy

          No injuries or significant damage after a large earthquake south of Port Hardy Wednesday night. 
          Magnitude-6.6 shaker caused buildings to sway and furniture to move.
          Jason Holmes lives in nearby Port Alice.
          He says the quake lasted about 20 seconds.
          There have been several aftershocks -- the largest registering 5.0.

Life in Prison for Murderer

          A Vancouver Island man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of his wife last year on Hanson Island. 
          Thirty-eight year old Traigo Andretti has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars with no chance of parole. 
          He admitted that he killed his wife Jennifer McPherson in April of 2013.

BC Teachers Job Action

          Elementary and middle school students in the Campbell River School District won't be getting a morning a recess as long as the B-C Teachers' Union continues stage-one job action. 
          District 72 will add the 15 minute break on to the lunch period.
          Superintendent Tom Longridge says that'll have less impact that shortening the school day.
          Teachers stage-one job action includes restricting some of their usual duties, such as supervising students outside of regular classes.

City of Courtenay Finances

          City of Courtenay's finances are in good shape.
          City Finance Director Tillie Manthey says an independent external audit found that the city is in sound financial health. 
          Manthey says the audit reports show that the city is meeting its civic requirements.