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Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Trans-Canada-Highway in Mill Bay reopened as fire contained

It is being reported that the fire is at or near Pioneer Square Mall

Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A meeting is scheduled to give property owners more information about how a new weir at Cowichan Lake could affect their properties. (Citizen file)

Meeting to preview tool showing shoreline impacts of new Cowichan Lake weir

Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

A meeting is scheduled to give property owners more information about how a new weir at Cowichan Lake could affect their properties. (Citizen file)
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night

A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)
Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)

Missing man last seen in Fairy Creek logging protest area

Gerald Kearny, 61, was reported missing on Thursday, Oct. 21

Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)
A two-vehicle accident on Chemainus Road had emergency crews responding Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Two vehicles damaged in crash on Chemainus Road

Emergency crews were called out

A two-vehicle accident on Chemainus Road had emergency crews responding Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Three schools in the Cowichan Valley School District have COVID-19 clusters, according to Island Health. (Citizen file)

3 Cowichan schools identified by Island Health to have clusters of COVID-19 cases

École Mount Prevost Elementary, Tansor Elementary, Discovery Elementary

Three schools in the Cowichan Valley School District have COVID-19 clusters, according to Island Health. (Citizen file)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)

UPDATED: NDP’s MacGregor wins Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding — national Liberal win

“I’m thankful for the number of people who had faith in me”

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)
Firefighters have responded to a structure fire at a home on Belvedere Crescent in Sahtlam on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Firefighters respond to structure fire near Duncan

Home in Sahtlam area completely engulfed in flames

Firefighters have responded to a structure fire at a home on Belvedere Crescent in Sahtlam on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)

Military loses potentially dangerous smoke marker in Cowichan Lake

Markers dropped into the lake on the north side on Friday, Aug. 6

A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)
The CVRD is limiting hours at the Bing’s Creek transfer station, along with its other recycling and waste facilities, due to a heat wave that is hitting the area. (Citizen file)

Extreme heat has Cowichan waste and recycling centres limiting hours

Meade Creek Recycling Centre in the Cowichan Lake area will be closed entirely on Thursday, Friday

The CVRD is limiting hours at the Bing’s Creek transfer station, along with its other recycling and waste facilities, due to a heat wave that is hitting the area. (Citizen file)
Aerial view of the Copper Canyon wildfire site. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)

Aggressive firefighting tactics limit Copper Canyon fire to 32 hectares

A recap of an extraordinary week when the reality of wildfires suddenly hit close to home

Aerial view of the Copper Canyon wildfire site. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)
A new wildfire is being reported in the Cowichan Valley at Skutz Falls on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)

UPDATE: Report of fire at Skutz Falls turns out to be ‘smoke chase’

State of Local Emergency remains in effect for Mount Prevost fire

A new wildfire is being reported in the Cowichan Valley at Skutz Falls on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)
Smokey skies and a helicopter overhead on the Mount Sicker side of the Holyoak Creek fire. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Smokey skies and a helicopter overhead on the Mount Sicker side of the Holyoak Creek fire. (Photo by Don Bodger)
RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

1 taken into custody as standoff with RCMP north of Duncan concludes

Multiple police cars and officers in the area

RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the online crime reporting system is conserving staff time for more serious offences. (File photo)

Online crime reporting a success in Cowichan, say officials

As of July 8, there have been 58 crimes reported through the online system

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the online crime reporting system is conserving staff time for more serious offences. (File photo)
Two fundraisers have identified the youth killed in a Monday crash in Mill Bay as 11-year-old Avery Oye. (GoFundMe photo)

UPDATED: Youth cyclist killed in Mill Bay collision was ‘brilliant young boy of 11’

Fundraisers identify accident victim as Avery Oye

Two fundraisers have identified the youth killed in a Monday crash in Mill Bay as 11-year-old Avery Oye. (GoFundMe photo)
A crash at the corner of Allenby Road and the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of Duncan this morning, July 5, has closed the highway. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATED: 35-year-old woman killed in Duncan crash Monday

Initial reports said the incident involved a truck and a pedestrian

A crash at the corner of Allenby Road and the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of Duncan this morning, July 5, has closed the highway. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Mike Coleman serves breakfast as a celebrity server at the Heart And Stroke Foundation’s annual breakfast. (Citizen file)

Longtime Duncan mayor Mike Coleman has died

Being mayor for more than two decades is far from the extent of Coleman’s legacy

Mike Coleman serves breakfast as a celebrity server at the Heart And Stroke Foundation’s annual breakfast. (Citizen file)
Mike Coleman makes his entrance as the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards in 2014. (Citizen file)

Longtime Duncan mayor Mike Coleman has died

Being mayor for more than two decades is far from the extent of Coleman’s legacy

Mike Coleman makes his entrance as the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards in 2014. (Citizen file)
The wing of a small plane can be seen sticking up from a wooded area behind homes in the Haydon Place neighbourhood of Mill Bay. The plane crashed Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021. (Jack Wilke photo)

UPDATED: Father and daughter in Mill Bay plane crash recovering

Witness says plane was seen circling before going down in a residential Mill Bay subdivision

The wing of a small plane can be seen sticking up from a wooded area behind homes in the Haydon Place neighbourhood of Mill Bay. The plane crashed Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021. (Jack Wilke photo)