Robert Barron

All the fires in the Cowichan Valley that resulted from last week’s electrical storm, including the one pictured near Meade Creek, are now considered under control. (BC Wildlife Service)

South Vancouver Island fires sparked by electrical storm now under control

Rain last week assisted firefighters in tackling remote blazes in the Cowichan area

All the fires in the Cowichan Valley that resulted from last week’s electrical storm, including the one pictured near Meade Creek, are now considered under control. (BC Wildlife Service)
The overdose prevention site on Trunk Road will move to the Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre on York Road this fall. (File photo)

Duncan area residents want Island Health to pause plans for overdose prevention/drug recovery site

North Cowichan wants public consultations on new Wellness and Recovery Centre

The overdose prevention site on Trunk Road will move to the Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre on York Road this fall. (File photo)
Tonya Kilmer, the wife of Ben Kilmer (pictured) who disappearance two years ago led to a massive search, talks about the case over three hours on a podcast by the Obstacle Course. (File photo)

Remember the search for Ben Kilmer? Podcast with wife Tonya aims to educate

Husband Ben Kilmer went missing two years ago, leading to massive search

Tonya Kilmer, the wife of Ben Kilmer (pictured) who disappearance two years ago led to a massive search, talks about the case over three hours on a podcast by the Obstacle Course. (File photo)
Katia Bannister, left, from the Cowichan chapter of the Earth Guardians, and Jane Kilthei from One Cowichan role up a petition with more than 1,800 names asking the CVRD to declare a climate emergency at a meeting last year. (File photo)
Katia Bannister, left, from the Cowichan chapter of the Earth Guardians, and Jane Kilthei from One Cowichan role up a petition with more than 1,800 names asking the CVRD to declare a climate emergency at a meeting last year. (File photo)
A forest fire near Meade Lake that was sparked by the electrical storm Sunday night was considered out of control and covered six hectares as of Tuesday morning. (BC Wildlife Service)

Fire near Sooke Reservoir burning out of control after electrical storm

Crews from Coastal Fire Centre working to extinguish them

A forest fire near Meade Lake that was sparked by the electrical storm Sunday night was considered out of control and covered six hectares as of Tuesday morning. (BC Wildlife Service)
Alan Perkins of the Cowichan Valley captured this image of the lightning storm on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (submitted)

Electrical storm lights up Cowichan Valley, ignites fires

Storms of such intensity rare for area

Alan Perkins of the Cowichan Valley captured this image of the lightning storm on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (submitted)
The pumps at the weir on Cowichan Lake won’t have to be used this year due to the wetter than usual conditions. (File photo)

Pumps not needed to keep Cowichan River running this year

Wet year so far has resulted in higher water levels

The pumps at the weir on Cowichan Lake won’t have to be used this year due to the wetter than usual conditions. (File photo)
Colwood’s Alf Todd, centre, and group of family members and supporters, were heading to Port Alberni on their bikes on Aug. 11 in a one-day trip as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. In the rear, from left, are Todd’s grandson Bret Schuuman, supporter Andy Robinson, Todd’s cousin David Peters and daughter Cindy Todd. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Alf Todd on a mission to fight Parkinson’s disease

Todd and group hope to raise $10,000 riding bikes to Port Alberni

Colwood’s Alf Todd, centre, and group of family members and supporters, were heading to Port Alberni on their bikes on Aug. 11 in a one-day trip as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. In the rear, from left, are Todd’s grandson Bret Schuuman, supporter Andy Robinson, Todd’s cousin David Peters and daughter Cindy Todd. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Firefighters now have the wildfire on Green Mountain under control. (File photo)

Central Vancouver Island’s Green Mountain fire under full control

Fire fighters still monitoring site between Cowichan Lake and Nanaimo River

Firefighters now have the wildfire on Green Mountain under control. (File photo)
Director turns ‘The Winter’s Tale’ into cliffhanger for ‘pandemic edition’ in Shawnigan
Director turns ‘The Winter’s Tale’ into cliffhanger for ‘pandemic edition’ in Shawnigan
Darcy Bueckert, manager of the Falcon Nest Motel, watched in alarm as water rose in the motel’s parking lots after a water main broke Thursday morning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan motel parking lots flood after water main break

But major damage to building avoided

Darcy Bueckert, manager of the Falcon Nest Motel, watched in alarm as water rose in the motel’s parking lots after a water main broke Thursday morning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The owners of a backyard pool on Grant Road (not the one pictured) are reassessing safety features after their 18-month-old son fell in on Aug. 4 and was taken to the hospital for assessment after he was quickly rescued. (File photo)

Maple Bay toddler OK after falling into family pool

Air ambulance called, 18-month-old taken to the hospital as precautionary measure

The owners of a backyard pool on Grant Road (not the one pictured) are reassessing safety features after their 18-month-old son fell in on Aug. 4 and was taken to the hospital for assessment after he was quickly rescued. (File photo)
Fire destroys house on Dingwall Street in Duncan

Fire destroys house on Dingwall Street in Duncan

House believed to be abandoned

Fire destroys house on Dingwall Street in Duncan
Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Rod Peters resigns as mayor of Lake Cowichan

Byelection expected in the fall

Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
In an incident in 2017, an air ambulance crew from BC Emergency Health Services work to transport a patient from Maple Bay Elementary School. (File photo)

Air ambulance called to possible drowning near Duncan

Status of patient unknown after incident at Quamichan Lake

In an incident in 2017, an air ambulance crew from BC Emergency Health Services work to transport a patient from Maple Bay Elementary School. (File photo)
Longevity John Falkner, left, artistic director for the 39 Days of July, and operations manager Trevor Linde go over details of the event’s final days this year. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan’s 39 Days of July deemed a success, despite COVID-19

Musical productions live streamed from the Duncan Showroom this year

Longevity John Falkner, left, artistic director for the 39 Days of July, and operations manager Trevor Linde go over details of the event’s final days this year. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Tubers make their way down the Cowichan River through Lake Cowichan on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Lake Cowichan divided as tourists flock to town

Businesses happy, but many residents taking issue with the influx of visitors

Tubers make their way down the Cowichan River through Lake Cowichan on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake

Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake

Incident in Lake Cowichan spoiled a perfect summer day for many

Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake
Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)

Mill Bay’s Outer Shores Expeditions to run day tours in Salish Sea this year

Outer Shores Expeditions readjusts operations this summer to account for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)
Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Petitioners claim excessive bureaucracy led to too many delays in process

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples