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Laurie Arbuthnot, owner of Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, poses with some of her products. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Opening Wild Coast Perfumery a dream come true for Cowichan Bay owner

Only business of its kind on the Island outside Victoria makes natural, plant-based perfumes

Laurie Arbuthnot, owner of Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, poses with some of her products. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)

Vancouver Islanders with feeders cautioned about salmonella outbreak

Pine Siskin birds flocking at feeders, spreading disease, residents warned to watch for sick birds

People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)
Mary Lionas, the Cowichan Housing Society's coordinator for the tenting sites for the homeless, was on hand as workers delivered wooden cabins to replace the tents at the St. Julien Street site on Jan. 8. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cabins going in at tenting sites for homeless in Duncan

A total of 39 cabins are to be placed at two sites

Mary Lionas, the Cowichan Housing Society's coordinator for the tenting sites for the homeless, was on hand as workers delivered wooden cabins to replace the tents at the St. Julien Street site on Jan. 8. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The marsh at the west end of the pickle ball courts on E. Cowichan Ave had overflown its banks during heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, (Kathryn Swan photo)

Heavy rain brings flooding to Lake Cowichan

Town hands out sandbags to concerned citizens

The marsh at the west end of the pickle ball courts on E. Cowichan Ave had overflown its banks during heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, (Kathryn Swan photo)
Gerry Dore, the man who died in the fire at Lewis Street Apartments on New Year’s Eve, is pictured with his daughter Dawn who has begun a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral. (Submitted photo)

Victim of fatal Duncan New Year’s Eve blaze described as “good man”

Daughter of Gerry Dore starts GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral

Gerry Dore, the man who died in the fire at Lewis Street Apartments on New Year’s Eve, is pictured with his daughter Dawn who has begun a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral. (Submitted photo)
The $10-million Cowichan Hospice House was officially opened on Dec. 22. (File photo)

Cowichan welcomes $10 million end-of-life facility

10-bed hospice house fills obvious longstanding need for Vancouver Island region

The $10-million Cowichan Hospice House was officially opened on Dec. 22. (File photo)
The marsh at the west end of the pickle ball courts on E. Cowichan Ave had overflown its banks during heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, (Kathryn Swan photo)

Heavy rain brings flooding to Lake Cowichan

Town hands out sandbags to concerned citizens

The marsh at the west end of the pickle ball courts on E. Cowichan Ave had overflown its banks during heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, (Kathryn Swan photo)
Police, fire, ambulance crews all were at the scene of a fire on the fourth floor of the Lewis Apartments Thursday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police, fire, ambulance crews all were at the scene of a fire on the fourth floor of the Lewis Apartments Thursday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Jody Anderson has been missing since Dec. 22 (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Missing woman found safe; man remains missing from Lake Cowichan

Cory Harrington last seen on Dec. 11; Jody Anderson missing since Dec. 22

Jody Anderson has been missing since Dec. 22 (Submitted photo)
See Today's Home for all your real estate needs. (Graphic)

Black Press offers new digital service to realtors

Today’s Home launches in Cowichan Valley in February

See Today's Home for all your real estate needs. (Graphic)
Pictured is the remnants of a parachute from a marine distress flare that exploded close to the ground on the evening of Dec. 12 and was found in a lower branch of a garry oak tree next to a home in Maple Bay. (Submitted photo)

Neighbours horrified as dangerous marine flares shot off near homes in Maple Bay

Illegal to use distress flares except in emergencies

Pictured is the remnants of a parachute from a marine distress flare that exploded close to the ground on the evening of Dec. 12 and was found in a lower branch of a garry oak tree next to a home in Maple Bay. (Submitted photo)
The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)

Cowichan pantomime production postponed until late January

‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ was scheduled for late December

The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
Rose Harry had a hard time making her way along Duncan's downtown streets Monday morning as the region faces a snow and wind warning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Surprise south Island dump of wet snow expected to ease off this afternoon

Up to 15 cm of snow expected, and wind gusts of up to 90 km/h, clear weather tomorrow

Rose Harry had a hard time making her way along Duncan's downtown streets Monday morning as the region faces a snow and wind warning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The opening of the new Cowichan House Hospice will be held live on Facebook on Dec. 22. (Submitted photo)

New Cowichan Hospice House to hold grand opening next week

Event for $10-million end-of-life centre to be held live on Facebook on Dec. 22

The opening of the new Cowichan House Hospice will be held live on Facebook on Dec. 22. (Submitted photo)
The Valley’s Mayhanna Haslam is pictured in makeup and a prosthetic design that she has entered into an Orbiiit competition. (Submitted photo)

Aspiring Vancouver Island makeup artist needs your vote

Cowichan Valley’s Mayhanna Haslam needs votes to win contest

The Valley’s Mayhanna Haslam is pictured in makeup and a prosthetic design that she has entered into an Orbiiit competition. (Submitted photo)
Long-time Christmas tree seller Pete, who is selling trees as a fundraiser at the 7-11 on the corner of Tzouhalem and Lakes Road, said he doesn't expect to have any trees left by the end of the weekend. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Christmas tree farms in Cowichan selling out this season

Business brisk, inventories getting low

Long-time Christmas tree seller Pete, who is selling trees as a fundraiser at the 7-11 on the corner of Tzouhalem and Lakes Road, said he doesn't expect to have any trees left by the end of the weekend. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Rain is forecast through to the end of the weekend, followed by sun early next week. No snow is expected before Christmas Day. (File photo)

White Christmas looking unlikely for Vancouver Island

Rain and sun forecast leading up to Christmas Eve, but snow not expected for the holiday

Rain is forecast through to the end of the weekend, followed by sun early next week. No snow is expected before Christmas Day. (File photo)
Yet another telephone scam is attempting to defraud seniors in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Elderly Cowichan Valley woman scammed out of $5,000

Daughter sends warning to the community

Yet another telephone scam is attempting to defraud seniors in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
Three more elk have been found poached south of Lake Cowichan. (Kristy Convery/Gazette file)

Three more poached elk found in the Lake Cowichan area

Number of illegally killed elk in area now at 10

Three more elk have been found poached south of Lake Cowichan. (Kristy Convery/Gazette file)
A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)

Huge film studio development proposed for Malahat Nation lands

Project estimated to provide about 1,500 jobs

A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)