Ladysmith News Staff

The Holyoak Creek fire is burning near Copper Canyon behind Big Sicker Mountain. (Larry Pynn photo)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert issued for 1 property due to Holyoak Creek fire

BC Wildfire Service crews, including aircraft, are working to bring the fire under control

The Holyoak Creek fire is burning near Copper Canyon behind Big Sicker Mountain. (Larry Pynn photo)
Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan ��� Western News)

Wildfire in Chemainus River Provincial Park under control

Crews are working to knock down 0.3 hectare blaze between Chemainus and Cowichan Lake

Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan ��� Western News)
Nanaimo Airport. (News Bulletin file photo)

Direct flights to Toronto resume at Nanaimo Airport in July

The non-stop flights start July 4

Nanaimo Airport. (News Bulletin file photo)
Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)

Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)

Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Ladysmith Secondary School. (File photo)

Another COVID-19 exposure pushes Ladysmith Secondary to the top of school leaderboard

LSS the school with the most exposure days in the Island Health region

Ladysmith Secondary School. (File photo)
A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour early on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Photo submitted)

Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour early on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Photo submitted)
(Black Press file photo)

Multi-vehicle highway collision in Ladysmith sends three to hospital

Two emergency services helicopters responded to the collision

(Black Press file photo)
Ladysmith Secondary School. (File photo)

COVID-19 exposure reported at Ladysmith Secondary School

The exposure date was February 5

Ladysmith Secondary School. (File photo)
WFP and PPWC Local 8 have reached a new collective agreement. (File photo)

New deal brings eight years of labour peace to Ladysmith Sawmill

Western Forest Products and PPWC reach new collective agreement for 70 hourly employees

WFP and PPWC Local 8 have reached a new collective agreement. (File photo)
Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)

Ladysmith Steelers football coach suspended from league for ‘harassment, abuse of power’

The Vancouver Island Canadian Football Association suspended Greg Owens for 12 months

Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)
The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)

Impaired Island driver flees road check twice on the same night

The officer issued the driver numerous violation tickets, and a four-month driving suspension

The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)
Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith-area First Nation struggling with major community water loss

Stz’uminus First Nation reservoir loses 500,000 litres due to damaged fire hydrant

Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)
Theresa Bodger at the Duncan Curling Club, displaying the championship trophy and a photo of her mom, Georgina Falt. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island Alzheimer’s fundraiser surpasses $65,000 since inception

VI Free Daily Chemainus correspondent and his wife overwhelmed by continued support

Theresa Bodger at the Duncan Curling Club, displaying the championship trophy and a photo of her mom, Georgina Falt. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A couple from Saltspring is hoping to reunite a pouch of sentimental items with its owner. (Submitted photo)

Island couple looking for owner of lost pouch of sentimental items

The pouch was recovered outside Save On Gas in Ladysmith at around 10 a.m. on November 4

A couple from Saltspring is hoping to reunite a pouch of sentimental items with its owner. (Submitted photo)
Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)

Routley retains his post as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA

NDP stronghold in the riding continues despite a strong challenge from the Greens’ Istace

Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)
Larry Salmond is $50,000 richer thanks to his winning Keno ticket (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith man shocked out of his seat after $50,000 Keno win

Larry Salmond plans to purchase a new RV with his winnings

Larry Salmond is $50,000 richer thanks to his winning Keno ticket (Submitted photo)
Film crews will return to Ladysmith in early October to complete filming for Resident Alien (Cole Schisler photo)

Resident Alien returns to Ladysmith for filming in early October

New SyFy series back after spring filming interrupted by COVID-19

Film crews will return to Ladysmith in early October to complete filming for Resident Alien (Cole Schisler photo)
More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

UPDATE: Crews have contained spread of fire near Nanaimo Airport

Approximately 50 firefighters battling blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada site in Cassidy

More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
The suspect believed to be responsible for the fatal crash in Ladysmith on Aug. 29 has been arrested by the RCMP. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo)

BREAKING: Suspect in fatal Ladysmith hit-and-run arrested

RCMP say man was picked up on unrelated matters

The suspect believed to be responsible for the fatal crash in Ladysmith on Aug. 29 has been arrested by the RCMP. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo)