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Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley man builds net-zero+ home

Super-energy sufficient home keeps energy bills way down

Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has concerns about the new Nanaimo-Cowichan Express transit bus. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has concerns about the new Nanaimo-Cowichan Express transit bus. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he won’t for re-election in the municipal elections in October. (File photo)

Al Siebring won’t run for re-election as North Cowichan mayor

Siebring has served 13 years on council, three as mayor

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he won’t for re-election in the municipal elections in October. (File photo)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

Mother of missing Cowichan girl asks father for her safe return

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett and father missing since Jan. 20

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
A landslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan after heavy rains in November. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

Landslide-clogged Duncan-area road to remain closed indefinitely

Cowichan Tribes conducting slope assessment in wake of Allenby Road slide

A landslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan after heavy rains in November. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)

Island motorsports track expected to appeal rejected expansion plan to Supreme Court

North Cowichan denied VIMC a development permit for expansion in 2019

VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)
The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley Regional District looks at speculation tax

Property prices have increased dramatically, especially in Lake Cowichan area

The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)
A man has been charged with trafficking after shooting incident in Duncan in the fall of 2021. (File photo)

Duncan man facing multiple drug charges after shooting incident

Teddy Jedrasik, 34, taken into custody

A man has been charged with trafficking after shooting incident in Duncan in the fall of 2021. (File photo)
A landslide closed Indian Road in Duncan on Jan. 12. (screenshot)

No structures impacted by Duncan landslide

Indian Road temporarily closed on Jan. 12; no word on when neighbouring Allenby will reopen

A landslide closed Indian Road in Duncan on Jan. 12. (screenshot)
Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)

Bus tracking to roll out across the province

Cowichan transit chosen to be first in next phase of NextRide program

Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)
Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)

Bus tracking to roll out in Cowichan Valley, then across the province

Cowichan transit chosen to be first in next phase of NextRide program

Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)
House prices have risen significantly in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)

Property assessments in Cowichan skyrocket in 2022

Property values in area increase from 35% to 52% from last year

House prices have risen significantly in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)
Film director Ken Barnes has recently completed a feature drama called ‘The Bones on Greenwich Shore’. (Submitted photo)
Film director Ken Barnes has recently completed a feature drama called ‘The Bones on Greenwich Shore’. (Submitted photo)
The Halalt First Nation has punched two holes on the rail line going through its reserve to mitigate flooding during storm events like the one that struck the region last month, flooding the region (pictured). (File photo)

Chemainus area First Nation breaches rail line to reduce flooding

Culverts to be put in place in Halalt First Nation territory to allow more water through

The Halalt First Nation has punched two holes on the rail line going through its reserve to mitigate flooding during storm events like the one that struck the region last month, flooding the region (pictured). (File photo)
Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 is $19.13. (Metro Creative photo)

Cowichan Valley 2021 living wage calculated at $19.13 an hour

Living wage is almost a dollar more than in 2019

Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 is $19.13. (Metro Creative photo)
Kerry Sutton, owner of Sutton Ridge Family Farm, stands in front of a debris field on his property left by an accident that left one person dead on Dec. 16. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan farmer says concrete barriers could have saved woman’s life

Young woman died in car crash in high-crash area near Kerry Sutton’s property

Kerry Sutton, owner of Sutton Ridge Family Farm, stands in front of a debris field on his property left by an accident that left one person dead on Dec. 16. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Improvements made to Crofton Road resulted in it holding up well during the recent flooding. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Newly rebuilt Crofton Road survives recent flooding with minimal damage

Ministry said there was some shoulder erosion that will quickly be fixed

Improvements made to Crofton Road resulted in it holding up well during the recent flooding. (File photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan and eight other local governments on south Vancouver Island have sent a latter to B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (pictured) raising concerns about plans to download the costs of police dispatching in the region. (File photo)

North Cowichan, 7 south Island local governments take exception to downloaded police costs

Colwood, Ladysmith, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, and View Royal

North Cowichan and eight other local governments on south Vancouver Island have sent a latter to B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (pictured) raising concerns about plans to download the costs of police dispatching in the region. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes’ member Madeline Joe is frustrated that almost nothing has been done to implement the recommendations of the Q’ushin’tul (Walking Together) Project report, which she co-authored. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Lack of action frustrates Cowichan author of report on removal of indigenous children

Q’ushin’tul (Walking Together) Project report written in 2019

Cowichan Tribes’ member Madeline Joe is frustrated that almost nothing has been done to implement the recommendations of the Q’ushin’tul (Walking Together) Project report, which she co-authored. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
This damage to the Cowichan Valley Trail, in Lily Beach Community Park in Area F, occurred during last month’s flooding in the region. (Courtesy of CVRD)

3 sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail closed until next spring

Trail between Lake Cowichan and Duncan heavily damaged in last month’s floods

This damage to the Cowichan Valley Trail, in Lily Beach Community Park in Area F, occurred during last month’s flooding in the region. (Courtesy of CVRD)