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Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Jet skis towing tubers on the river? Lake Cowichan council concerned

A Transport Canada rep says there is support for the town if they decide on restrictions

Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Justin Pambrun, general manager and dealer partner at Island Ford, says a rash of thefts of gas and other items from vehicles is a real headache for the dealership. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley car dealerships hit by thefts of gas and more

Drilling and syphoning gas, stealing shocks and converters: car crime is up: dealers say

Justin Pambrun, general manager and dealer partner at Island Ford, says a rash of thefts of gas and other items from vehicles is a real headache for the dealership. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
European gypsy moths (note the feather-like antennae) are an invasive species in North America, but the province is attempting to keep them from getting a foothold in B.C. by spraying for the moths in various parts of the province, including Lake Cowichan. (Photo by Marian Goldsmith/Used Under Common License)

Aerial spraying planned to prevent gyspy moth problem at Lake Cowichan

Invasive insects can travel widely, and cause significant damage: province

European gypsy moths (note the feather-like antennae) are an invasive species in North America, but the province is attempting to keep them from getting a foothold in B.C. by spraying for the moths in various parts of the province, including Lake Cowichan. (Photo by Marian Goldsmith/Used Under Common License)
It might be a good idea to take down your handicapped card when driving, Susan Lowe suggests, following a scary incident last weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Cowichan woman escapes after scary car plays ‘cat-and-mouse’, blocks road

On an isolated part of Cowichan Lake Road, two women are almost trapped following a bizarre incident

It might be a good idea to take down your handicapped card when driving, Susan Lowe suggests, following a scary incident last weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Stories from Yugoslavia: Reflection on Canadian Peacekeeping’ is a thoughtful suite of compositions by Emily Armour, inspired by moving conversations she has had with veterans of that little-discussed conflict. This photo is of Armour’s partner on duty in Yugoslavia. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Experiences of Bosnia/Croatia veterans inspires Cowichan pianist to compose suite

Armour’s compositions set the mood for Remembrance Day

‘Stories from Yugoslavia: Reflection on Canadian Peacekeeping’ is a thoughtful suite of compositions by Emily Armour, inspired by moving conversations she has had with veterans of that little-discussed conflict. This photo is of Armour’s partner on duty in Yugoslavia. (Submitted)
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, in a dress by Eliza Faulkner, wave as they go on stage at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

B.C.-raised designer crafts election night dress for PM Trudeau’s wife

Sophie Gregoire’s golden dress has a Cowichan Valley connection

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, in a dress by Eliza Faulkner, wave as they go on stage at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend
Police look for suspect after man, 85, punched in face in Vancouver Island road rage attack

Police look for suspect after man, 85, punched in face in Vancouver Island road rage attack

Police looking for info after 85-year-old man attacked in road rage incident on Herd Road Oct. 9

Police look for suspect after man, 85, punched in face in Vancouver Island road rage attack
Rafinha the clown was a star of the show the last time Circo Osorio was on Vancouver Island. (Lexi Bainas/Black Press file)

Big top set up in north Nanaimo as circus comes to town

American Crown Circus Circo Osorio will be at Woodgrove Centre from Sept. 19-23

Rafinha the clown was a star of the show the last time Circo Osorio was on Vancouver Island. (Lexi Bainas/Black Press file)
The big fellow is making sure no one gets lost as they take a stroll along Johel Road in Lake Cowichan. (Kristy Convery photo)

VIDEO: B.C. elk family spotted while out for a morning stroll

Whole family out for a morning stroll is a showstopper in Lake Cowichan

The big fellow is making sure no one gets lost as they take a stroll along Johel Road in Lake Cowichan. (Kristy Convery photo)
Headliner Jason Aldean performs for a rapturous crowd at Sunfest 2019. For more from Sunfest, see page 17. (Kelsey McLean/Citizen)

Keith Urban to be back for Sunfest 2020 in Cowichan

A rainstorm Thursday didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and Sunfest just got better from there

Headliner Jason Aldean performs for a rapturous crowd at Sunfest 2019. For more from Sunfest, see page 17. (Kelsey McLean/Citizen)
Government allows contaminated soil to remain at B.C.’s Shawnigan Lake

Government allows contaminated soil to remain at B.C.’s Shawnigan Lake

Community members now left to indefinitely monitor the site

Government allows contaminated soil to remain at B.C.’s Shawnigan Lake
Two-year-old Trinity Edward is all smiles as she goes for a horse ride in Charles Hoey Park during the 39 Days of July Children’s Day in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

B.C. music festival moves kids to tents because they’re ‘distracting’

Organizers of 39 Days in July in Duncan say rules may seem harsh, but performers need respect

Two-year-old Trinity Edward is all smiles as she goes for a horse ride in Charles Hoey Park during the 39 Days of July Children’s Day in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Cowichan Valley Citizen)
Woman dies in Shawnigan Lake rollover

Woman dies in Shawnigan Lake rollover

RCMP still looking for more information in single-vehicle crash

Woman dies in Shawnigan Lake rollover
It’s not even June but volunteers are out collecting stranded salmon fry and moving them to safety. (Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society photo)

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

It’s not even June but volunteers are out collecting stranded salmon fry and moving them to safety. (Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society photo)
Parents notified of whooping cough case at Duncan gymnastics club

Parents notified of whooping cough case at Duncan gymnastics club

Notice sent out to parents and guardians about pertussis at Duncan Dynamics Gymastics Club

Parents notified of whooping cough case at Duncan gymnastics club
Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer have fun with the judges on World of Dance April 16. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer have fun with the judges on World of Dance April 16. (Submitted)
NBC World of Dance stars, Funkanometry: Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance for their Instagram audience on Sunday, April 14 at Carlson’s Dance studios in Duncan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

VIDEO: Next up on World of Dance: Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry faces ‘the cut’

Duncan’s Carlow Rush and Nanaimo’s Jacksun Fryer have passed the qualifying stage chasing $1 million

NBC World of Dance stars, Funkanometry: Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance for their Instagram audience on Sunday, April 14 at Carlson’s Dance studios in Duncan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer, AKA Funkanometry, passed the duels stage of ‘World of Dance’ March 31, and are now among the lucky ones who have made the cut. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Funkanometry makes the cut on ‘World of Dance’

Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer are now on to the next level of the $1 million competition.

Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer, AKA Funkanometry, passed the duels stage of ‘World of Dance’ March 31, and are now among the lucky ones who have made the cut. (Submitted)
Look for Incubus to rock the big stage at Laketown Ranch on Saturday night, June 29. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Snoop Dogg, Incubus, Sublime with Rome, Smash Mouth head to Vancouver Island festival

It will be party time at Laketown Ranch this Canada Day weekend with a great lineup of talent on tap

Look for Incubus to rock the big stage at Laketown Ranch on Saturday night, June 29. (Submitted)