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Rainforest Arts in downtown Chemainus is closing temporarily. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rising COVID cases cited in temporary Rainforest Arts closure

Contact can still be made through email and social media

The Red Zed 1 aroused a great deal of curiosity when it was stationed off Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alaskan fast ferries the eventual load for heavy hauler

The Red Zed 1 stayed anchored in Chemainus for the better part of a month and a half

A police car at the scene of a child’s death Friday, April 9, at the Falcon Nest Motel in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP investigating child’s death at Duncan’s Falcon Nest Motel

First responders attended to a call about an unresponsive child at the…

North Cowichan is looking for public input through a survey as it updates its Master Transportation Plan. (File photo)

North Cowichan looking for public input on transportation

Online survey to be held until April 22

  • Apr 11, 2021
North Cowichan is looking for public input through a survey as it updates its Master Transportation Plan. (File photo)
The Bowen Queen has a slightly larger capacity than its predecessor on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Bowen Queen has a slightly larger capacity than its predecessor on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Municipality of North Cowichan.

Numerous changes and adjustments to Official Community Plan Update

Pandemic results in negative impacts to the schedule and budget

  • Apr 10, 2021
Municipality of North Cowichan.
Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Citizens’ group calls for action at Twin Gables Motel

Crofton waterfront site called an eyesore and a nuisance property

Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Theatre facilities manager Damion Knight at the spot inside the gallery and gift shop where thieves smashed a window and grabbed masks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Unique masks valued at $1,000 stolen from Chemainus Theatre Gallery

Thieves smash a window and grab the goods early Monday morning

Chemainus Theatre facilities manager Damion Knight at the spot inside the gallery and gift shop where thieves smashed a window and grabbed masks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island may see snow in higher elevations Friday

Above-normal temperatures on the way for early next week

Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)
Theo, an aplomado falcon, has been missing from The Raptors on Herd Road since Monday, April 5. (Facebook image)

Missing falcon returns to Cowichan’s The Raptors

Theo flew away from wildlife centre on April 5

Theo, an aplomado falcon, has been missing from The Raptors on Herd Road since Monday, April 5. (Facebook image)
Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)

Penticton business owner apologizes for throwing poop

“I simply snapped after once again finding human feces near my restaurant,” the apology letter reads

Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)
Cowichan Tribes is holding vaccination clinics April 14 and 15. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Tribes is holding vaccination clinics April 14 and 15. (Citizen file)
Saint Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Chemainus where Frank Ludwig honed some of his musical skills as a youth. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Musical repertoire encompasses many instruments and bands

Ludwig’s humble beginnings in Chemainus lead to great experiences in the industry

Saint Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Chemainus where Frank Ludwig honed some of his musical skills as a youth. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A lot of smoke can be seen from a boat fire on the Crofton waterfront Thursday evening. (Facebook photo)

Many hours of work on boat goes up in flames and smoke

Firefighters douse fire on the Crofton waterfront to prevent spread to nearby vessels

A lot of smoke can be seen from a boat fire on the Crofton waterfront Thursday evening. (Facebook photo)
Frank Ludwig in the control room of his home studio. (Photo submitted)

The Day They Closed The Old Mill Down in song

Former member of Trooper captures the essence of small town struggles and triumphs

Frank Ludwig in the control room of his home studio. (Photo submitted)
Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)

Land for new Cowichan hospital transferred to Island Health

New $887.4-million hospital expected to be completed in 2026

Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)
Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

March turns out to be a lot drier than original forecasts

Rainfall total falls far below the normal amid frequent sunshine

Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said staff were instructed to try and keep the tax increase for 2021 as low as possible. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said staff were instructed to try and keep the tax increase for 2021 as low as possible. (File photo)
The CVRD headquarters on Ingram Street will be closed for two weeks after significant damage was caused by a water leak over the weekend. (File photo)
The CVRD headquarters on Ingram Street will be closed for two weeks after significant damage was caused by a water leak over the weekend. (File photo)
Simone Diamond’s new logo designed for the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

Artist explains her design of the new Chamber logo

Eagle, salmon and whale represent the three Indigenous communities in the region

  • Apr 1, 2021
Simone Diamond’s new logo designed for the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.