Sarah Simpson

A map of the new bypass. (Courtesy of Dididaht First Nation)

Ditidaht Nation paving its own way to winter safety with help from San Group

Forest company donates cash, machines, manpower

A map of the new bypass. (Courtesy of Dididaht First Nation)
The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)

GoFundMe set up for widow of Cobble Hill crash victim

Michelle Paton is being supported by friends, family, neighbours

  • Jul 29, 2022
The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)
Some residents are terminating their leases early and without penalty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATED: Developer hopes to welcome tenants back when Cowichan apartment building defects fixed

Municipality points the finger at developer’s engineers

Some residents are terminating their leases early and without penalty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)

Day 2 attraction Billy Currington cancels Sunfest appearance

Classic rock legend Randy Bachman tapped to replace him at annual country music festival

Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival is back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)

Return of the Islands Folk Festival just around the corner after 2-year absence

This year’s roster of performers has a distinctly Vancouver Island and British Columbia focus

The Islands Folk Festival is back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
RCMP appeared to be investigating a serious crime on Jubilee Street near the intersection with Kenneth Street on the morning of July 16. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating homicide in downtown Duncan

One man dead after overnight stabbing

RCMP appeared to be investigating a serious crime on Jubilee Street near the intersection with Kenneth Street on the morning of July 16. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A Duncan man was sitting in his car at Hanks Handimart July 7 when the back window was shot at. (Submitted photo)

Reports multiply of windows being shot out of occupied cars in downtown Duncan

Several similar incidents are being monitored by analyst RCMP say

A Duncan man was sitting in his car at Hanks Handimart July 7 when the back window was shot at. (Submitted photo)
Lydia Hwitsum, Chief of the Cowichan Tribes. (B.C. government photo)

Cowichan Tribes ratifies Citizenship Code to clarify membership

Would-be members of Cowichan lineage faced barriers to applying

Lydia Hwitsum, Chief of the Cowichan Tribes. (B.C. government photo)
Riley Ingham (Rylis) and the cat that helped him and his friends go viral. (Colton Davis photo)
Riley Ingham (Rylis) and the cat that helped him and his friends go viral. (Colton Davis photo)
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld North Cowichan’s decision to deny the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit a development permit for its expansion project. (File photo)

Supreme Court declines to hear motorsports track’s appeal against North Cowichan

North Cowichan awarded costs in Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit petition

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld North Cowichan’s decision to deny the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit a development permit for its expansion project. (File photo)
Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)

Mounties dismantle protest camp, arrest 5

Of the five arrested, two were repeat offenders

Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)
Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)

RCMP to arrest Fairy Creek protesters at reoccupied camp

Indigenous leaders from three nations have asked protesters to leave

Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)
Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. (Gazette file)

River hazards abound this Vancouver Island tubing season

Search and Rescue teams warn of hazards to tubers on Cowichan River

Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. (Gazette file)
Charges have been laid against two men in relation to an armed robbery at a Duncan cellular store last March. (Citizen file)

Two charged after armed robbery of Duncan cell store

A weapon was produced in the March hold-up

Charges have been laid against two men in relation to an armed robbery at a Duncan cellular store last March. (Citizen file)
Get ready for a musical summer thanks to the Duncan Cowichan Festival Society’s 39 Days of July. (Citizen file)

39 Days of July back in Duncan and bigger than ever

Live music every day from noon until 8 p.m.

Get ready for a musical summer thanks to the Duncan Cowichan Festival Society’s 39 Days of July. (Citizen file)
Firefighters view from the rescue ladder atop their big rig. (Mill Bay Fire Rescue photo)

CO says residential neighbourhood failed young bear euthanized in Cowichan

Underweight yearling had been raiding unsecured Cobble Hill garbage cans for more than a week

Firefighters view from the rescue ladder atop their big rig. (Mill Bay Fire Rescue photo)
A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)

Help wanted for devastated family after Island dad killed by logs falling off truck

Lake Cowichan’s Andrew Linklater was killed when a load of logs fell from a truck and onto him

A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)
Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s siren will be hushed overnight but council is not sure when it will start. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan council votes to silence the town’s fire siren overnight

Mother’s letter about her child struggling with the noise spurs action

Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s siren will be hushed overnight but council is not sure when it will start. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
A tractor parade honoured Josh Mellor, the young family man and farmer lost to COVID-19. (Sara Phillips photo)

Memorial, tractor parade for Cowichan farmer who died of COVID draws many

Josh Mellor was well known in the Cowichan Valley

A tractor parade honoured Josh Mellor, the young family man and farmer lost to COVID-19. (Sara Phillips photo)
Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Lake’s floating walkway dead in the water

Town needs grant money to replace aged structure

Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)