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Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell has been working at his hometown newspaper since 1990, having worked at a couple of weeklies beforehand. He has covered a variety of beats in his career, most recently education, police and all things municipal.

When he’s not on the job, he likes to golf, hang out with Krista, meet up with friends and keep track of his 12 nieces and nephews, and 11 great nieces and nephews (with one more on the way).

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Recent Work by Jeff

TSB investigators probe crash at Tofino airport that killed two

TSB investigators probe crash at Tofino airport that killed two

Tofino RCMP said the six-seater plane that crashed on a runway at the airport early Thursday afternoon may have suffered an engine fire during takeoff
E-bike store owner chases thief after break-in with forklift

E-bike store owner chases thief after break-in with forklift

The thief smashed the store window, loaded four e-bikes onto a pallet and left the Broadmead Village store in the forklift, with the owner in hot pursuit.
Wildfire danger rises to 'extreme' on south Vancouver Island

Wildfire danger rises to 'extreme' on south Vancouver Island

Recent warm weather has quickly dried out forest floors, triggering the increasing danger rating
Province returns key village site in downtown Nanaimo to First Nation

Province returns key village site in downtown Nanaimo to First Nation

The Terminal Avenue property, next to Maffeo Sutton Park, was purchased so it could be redeveloped by the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Man uses martial-arts skills to fight off assailant wearing bra on his head

Man uses martial-arts skills to fight off assailant wearing bra on his head

The man was walking his dog in a wooded area behind Northfield Rotary Lookout Park when he was confronted by a stranger swinging two knives and trying to stab him
Forested waterfront property on Galiano preserved as nature reserve

Forested waterfront property on Galiano preserved as nature reserve

The 42-hectare property, dubbed the Talking Trees Nature Reserve, is expected to open to the public in 2025
Be aware of algae blooms if swimming at affected lakes: experts

Be aware of algae blooms if swimming at affected lakes: experts

Blue-green algae do not always contain the toxins that can give people headaches and abdominal pain if the water is ingested
Baby delivered in couple's vehicle in View Royal pub's parking lot

Baby delivered in couple's vehicle in View Royal pub's parking lot

The couple was believed to be en route to the hospital when the birth started to happen a little too soon
B.C. campfire ban set to come into effect Friday at noon

B.C. campfire ban set to come into effect Friday at noon

The campfire ban, which comes into effect at noon on July 12, 2024, will apply to every area of B.C. except the Haida Gwaii Forest District.
B.C.'s drought: After a challenging two years, a close watch on Vancouver Island

B.C.'s drought: After a challenging two years, a close watch on Vancouver Island

Signs of drought the province is seeing started almost exactly two years ago in 2022, expert says.
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