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Firefighters view from the rescue ladder atop their big rig. (Mill Bay Fire Rescue photo)

CO says residential neighbourhood failed euthanized Vancouver Island bear

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)
Laurie Milton was out looking for wildlife to photograph when she came across a Giant Pacific octopus. (Laurie Milton photo)

Island shutterbug gets surprise close-up look at giant octopus on Cowichan beach

Giant Pacific octopus one of the largest species in the world

Laurie Milton was out looking for wildlife to photograph when she came across a Giant Pacific octopus. (Laurie Milton photo)
Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance at Rainfest 2022 in Duncan City Square in February. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry dances its way onto ‘America’s Got Talent’

World of Dance veterans move their way onto a new stage, will appear on ‘Talent’s’ season 17

Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance at Rainfest 2022 in Duncan City Square in February. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Reward in Cowichan cougar poaching reaches $10,000

Donations enable the Fur-Bearers to offer largest reward in its 70-year history

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of two poached cougar kittens. (Black Press file photo)

Reward offered for information on Vancouver Island cougar kitten poaching case

The wildlife charity Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward

Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of two poached cougar kittens. (Black Press file photo)
Thomas Ambrose (right) was supported by his nephew and a host of other family and friends during the first annual “Wish You Were Here - Edie Ambrose suicide awareness ride” on April 23. (Submitted by Thomas Ambrose)

Training ride takes on bigger meaning for Cowichan cyclist

From Duncan to Tofino in memory of a daughter lost to suicide

Thomas Ambrose (right) was supported by his nephew and a host of other family and friends during the first annual “Wish You Were Here - Edie Ambrose suicide awareness ride” on April 23. (Submitted by Thomas Ambrose)
Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

‘Blatant disregard for ethical hunting’: cougar kittens poached on Vancouver Island

The paws and heads of two kittens were removed in area northwest of Duncan

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Duncan’s Gerald Long won the $1-Million Maxmillions prize from the April 15, 2022. (BCLC photo)

Duncan gambler closes eyes and becomes a millionaire

Lotto Max win ‘a dream’ for Gerald Long

Duncan’s Gerald Long won the $1-Million Maxmillions prize from the April 15, 2022. (BCLC photo)
The cross atop Mount Tzouhalem has been vandalized again. (Kari Meerman photo)

UPDATE: Iconic and controversial Duncan area cross to be removed following latest act of vandalism

Structure was mysteriously returned in February after it had been covertly removed previous July

The cross atop Mount Tzouhalem has been vandalized again. (Kari Meerman photo)
The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been avoided on Vancouver Island thus far. (File photo)

Vancouver Island flock cleared of worrisome bird flu strain

Backyard hens in Cowichan had a less contagious illness

The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been avoided on Vancouver Island thus far. (File photo)
Avian influenza has struck a south Cowichan flock. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley poultry hit with bird flu concerns

Mill Bay bird owner warned of possible avian influenza in nearby backyard flock

Avian influenza has struck a south Cowichan flock. (Citizen file)
A totem burned atop the Malahat Drive in the early morning hours of July 2, is believed to be retaliation for the statue of Captain James Cook that anti-colonial activists allegedly toppled into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on July 1. (RCMP handout)

RCMP renew plea for information about Malahat totem arson

Monument was set on fire in the early morning hours of July 2

A totem burned atop the Malahat Drive in the early morning hours of July 2, is believed to be retaliation for the statue of Captain James Cook that anti-colonial activists allegedly toppled into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on July 1. (RCMP handout)
Fire crews attended to a house fire on Wiliseem Road Wednesday, afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIDEO: Home ‘went up super fast’ in fire south of Duncan

Fire crews rush to the scene, initial reports say sole occupant got out safely

Fire crews attended to a house fire on Wiliseem Road Wednesday, afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Kraken gig all in a Day’s work for Lake Cowichan mayor

Bob Day the play-by-play voice of jr. B hockey team

Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Police are investigating an armed robbery at Duncan cellular store. (Citizen file)

Duncan cell phone store held up by armed robber

RCMP seek dash cam footage of suspect

Police are investigating an armed robbery at Duncan cellular store. (Citizen file)
CWAV has been looking for a Duncan-based home to permanently host Charlotte’s Place, a low-barrier shelter providing community and safety for women experiencing homelessness. Pixabay photo

Cowichan Women Against Violence has just 3 weeks to find property or lose grant

Grant funding deadline is March 31, shelter group being priced out of the market

CWAV has been looking for a Duncan-based home to permanently host Charlotte’s Place, a low-barrier shelter providing community and safety for women experiencing homelessness. Pixabay photo
Lead by Hammond Bay library manager/chair of the BCGEU unit’s bargaining committee Jen Seper (second from left) and Cowichan District library manager Annette Van Koevering (far right) librarians walk the picket line at the Cowichan District branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Wednesday, March 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan pickets could mark start of rotating Vancouver Island library job action

Librarians awaiting response to their latest counteroffer

Lead by Hammond Bay library manager/chair of the BCGEU unit’s bargaining committee Jen Seper (second from left) and Cowichan District library manager Annette Van Koevering (far right) librarians walk the picket line at the Cowichan District branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Wednesday, March 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may hit the picket lines on Wednesday, March 9. (Black Press file)

Vancouver Island Regional Library staff set to strike Wednesday

Gap widening on new BCGEU-VIRL collective agreement

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may hit the picket lines on Wednesday, March 9. (Black Press file)
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Traffic stop in Cobble Hill being investigated by police watchdogs

Independent Investigations Office is the independent civilian oversight agency of B.C. police

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