A look back

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Imagine opening your kitchen cupboard to find cutlery floating in sewage. Or seeing your shoes float past in a river of sewage in your bedroom.

Such was the nightmare residents at a fourplex at First Street near Puntledge Park found themselves in when a storm knocked out power. The sewage pump failed.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Comox Valley RCMP collected 3,311 marijuana plants and about $200,000 worth of equipment in raids on indoor grow-ops during a nationwide blitz.

Operation Greensweep Three was organized by law enforcement agencies across Canada to focus public attention on chronic problems with indoor 'grow shows.'

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Denman and Hornby Islanders were furious about ferry rate hikes, said a representative on BC Ferry Corporation's local stakeholders committee.

The company had not even hinted at fare hikes of up to 50 per cent in talks with the committee, Denman resident Judith Lawrence said. But prices for books of 10 passenger tickets increased from $20 to $30. Books of 10 vehicle tickets rose from $52 to $72.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Stranded by a BC Ferries shutdown, students on Denman and Hornby islands had a day off, but most residents adopted a wait-and-see attitude as the wildcat strike shut down service throughout the system.

"We are noticing it, but most people are handling it just fine," Denman resident Catherine Platz said.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Courtenay council rejected a call for a public hearing on a controversial realignment proposed for the Courtenay airpark.

More than 50 people crowded into council chambers to present a 500-name petition calling for a public hearing on the realignment.

"We should thrash this out so everybody really understands what is taking place," Comox-Strathcona natural history spokesman Charles Brandt said.

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