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Fuller Lake Park has been a busy place during this stretch of hot weather. (Photo by Don Bodger)

July takes Island’s June weather extreme in the opposite direction

Last month’s precipitation well below normal even for a dry month

Fuller Lake Park has been a busy place during this stretch of hot weather. (Photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are working with Transport Canada to investigate interference from a laser pointed at an aircraft on July 28, 2020. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Police working with Transport Canada to investigate laser interference of aircraft

Source pinpointed to the Saltair area south of Ladysmith

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are working with Transport Canada to investigate interference from a laser pointed at an aircraft on July 28, 2020. (File photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are working with Transport Canada to investigate interference from a laser pointed at an aircraft on July 28, 2020. (File photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are working with Transport Canada to investigate interference from a laser pointed at an aircraft on July 28, 2020. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Maple Mountain is always a potential hot spot for fires, especially with so many people out on the trails hiking or on bikes that makes the situation even more volatile. (Photo submitted)

EDITORIAL: Fire bans should cover the entire summer

Allowing campfires still a threat to our forests as much as open burning

Maple Mountain is always a potential hot spot for fires, especially with so many people out on the trails hiking or on bikes that makes the situation even more volatile. (Photo submitted)
Mom Samantha Fincham holds the cone while daughter Grace Desmarais, 5 1/2, takes a big bite of ice cream at Archie’s Ice Cream Parlour and Diner. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Archie’s ice cream parlour lets the good times roll

Blast from the past at new diner in the Chemainus Public Market

Mom Samantha Fincham holds the cone while daughter Grace Desmarais, 5 1/2, takes a big bite of ice cream at Archie’s Ice Cream Parlour and Diner. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dead heron was found along the Crofton waterfront. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Starvation claims Great Blue Heron in Crofton

No other contributing factors found in death during a necropsy

Dead heron was found along the Crofton waterfront. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Receiving mail service on Penelakut Island has been a huge benefit for the community. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Direct mail delivery to Penelakut Island a big benefit for residents

Service that started in mid-March has especially been appreciated since pandemic restrictions

Receiving mail service on Penelakut Island has been a huge benefit for the community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Could you imagine a couple of these guys hanging around Crofton for a while? (Photo submitted)

Dino-mite chance to snag some dinosaurs

Island man in the hunt for a piece of a rare collection at auction

Could you imagine a couple of these guys hanging around Crofton for a while? (Photo submitted)
Runners and walkers enjoying the Pumpkin Spice Run in Chemainus in 2018. Trail use is on the rise throughout the region, but precautions need to be taken for COVID-19. (Photo by Jacqui MacLeod)

EDITORIAL: Don’t go overboard on outdoor activity

Not the time to be extending your limits and placing rescuers in a precarious position

Runners and walkers enjoying the Pumpkin Spice Run in Chemainus in 2018. Trail use is on the rise throughout the region, but precautions need to be taken for COVID-19. (Photo by Jacqui MacLeod)
It’s hoped hockey will return sooner rather than later at Fuller Lake Arena and other Cowichan Valley rinks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Return to Play game plan for September in the works for Cowichan Valley minor hockey

The season will look quite different to comply with COVID-19 regulations

It’s hoped hockey will return sooner rather than later at Fuller Lake Arena and other Cowichan Valley rinks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A longtime resident of Thetis Island said he’s never seen a bear on the island. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Dead black bear washes up on Thetis Island

Conservation officer determines it had been in the ocean for a long time

A longtime resident of Thetis Island said he’s never seen a bear on the island. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A treat from Julie Davidson awaits Tulip, the famous dog who Camp Yellow Dog is named after and the senior of two resident dogs there. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Camp Yellow Dog in Chemainus provides a structured home away from home

Pampered pooches enjoy the royal retreatment, but keep active, too

A treat from Julie Davidson awaits Tulip, the famous dog who Camp Yellow Dog is named after and the senior of two resident dogs there. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot is one of the temporary sites housing the homeless. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Police receive minimal calls to Cowichan homeless tenting sites

Officer attributes it to security and changed behaviour from COVID

The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot is one of the temporary sites housing the homeless. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Many homeless people would rather continue camping out than move into housing. (Photo by Don Bodger)

OPINION: Homeless housing comes with a price

Public risk outweighs any short-term benefits, real problem overlooked

Many homeless people would rather continue camping out than move into housing. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Shanahan girls - Danika, 12, in the middle, Makayla, 10, right, and Ema, 8, left. (Photo submitted)

Sudden death leaves Vancouver Island family of five children without a father

GoFundMe campaign set up by Lake Cowichan widow’s friend

The Shanahan girls - Danika, 12, in the middle, Makayla, 10, right, and Ema, 8, left. (Photo submitted)
Nephew Bucky Chisholm gives Dorothy Adair a big hug during her 106th birthday in February. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Death claims one of Vancouver Island’s oldest residents

Adored by many in Chemainus, Dorothy Adair dies at age 106

Nephew Bucky Chisholm gives Dorothy Adair a big hug during her 106th birthday in February. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Nephew Bucky Chisholm gives Dorothy Adair a big hug during her 106th birthday in February. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Beloved Island woman dies at 106

Dorothy Adair adored by the many people she met in Chemainus in two short years

Nephew Bucky Chisholm gives Dorothy Adair a big hug during her 106th birthday in February. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The fields across from Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre. The weather has been perfect for growing an abundance of crops, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the past month. (Photo by Don Bodger)

EDITORIAL: Weather playing guessing games

Remember those near zero precipitation totals of July 2017 and ‘18?

The fields across from Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre. The weather has been perfect for growing an abundance of crops, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the past month. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tony Fayant in his familiar place at Waterwheel Park in downtown Chemainus playing the bagpipes. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

One piper piping during the pandemic

Tribute to health care workers reaches the 100th performance

Tony Fayant in his familiar place at Waterwheel Park in downtown Chemainus playing the bagpipes. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)
No early arrival for Vancouver Island summer this year

No early arrival for Vancouver Island summer this year

Nothing is normal during the pandemic, not even the weather here

No early arrival for Vancouver Island summer this year