Lexi Bainas

Polly Jack gets applause at a meeting in the Siem Lelum gym in Duncan in 2011 that featured Aboriginal leader Phil Fontaine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Indian Day School students eligible for $10K apiece

Islanders included in settlement package reached with Canada’s federal government

Polly Jack gets applause at a meeting in the Siem Lelum gym in Duncan in 2011 that featured Aboriginal leader Phil Fontaine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
The weir at Cowichan Lake. (Gazette file)

Drought fears high, Cowichan Lake already at August lows

Officials asking for early storage measures with lake just 40 per cent full

The weir at Cowichan Lake. (Gazette file)
Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush work on a routine at Carlson’s School of Dance on Sunday, Jan. 27. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer will compete on NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Feb. 26

With a dancer from the Cowichan Valley and one from Nanaimo, Island fans will be glued to the TV

Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush work on a routine at Carlson’s School of Dance on Sunday, Jan. 27. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
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Man arrested after woman with infant carjacked in Duncan

Quick work by woman in car led to attempted escape by carjacking man

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Matthew Good is making a welcome return to Duncan on Feb. 8. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Canadian icon Matthew Good launching tour on Vancouver Island

Good performing shows in Sidney, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Victoria and Duncan

Matthew Good is making a welcome return to Duncan on Feb. 8. (Submitted)
Many used needles were found at the riverside location. (submitted)

1,000 needles pulled from Cowichan River

Duncan area cleanup project nets three huge truckloads of garbage

Many used needles were found at the riverside location. (submitted)
The accident occurred in the 7000 block of Hillcrest Road on Sunday evening, police say. (submitted)

18-year-old Chemainus man killed in Jeep crash

North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP are investigating following Hillcrest crash

The accident occurred in the 7000 block of Hillcrest Road on Sunday evening, police say. (submitted)
A crowd of thousands enjoys wandering the track at the Island Motorsport Circuit to see all the exciting vehicles at the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering. (Submitted)

Motorsport Circuit opens its doors for 7th annual Vancouver Island Motor Gathering Aug. 26

A fabulous mix of vehicles will be on display in Duncan for car fans and their families to enjoy

A crowd of thousands enjoys wandering the track at the Island Motorsport Circuit to see all the exciting vehicles at the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering. (Submitted)
It’s time for the big show as the Musical Ride enters the ring in 2013, their last Valley visit. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

RCMP’s thrilling Musical Ride comes to the Cow Ex on Aug. 28

It’s time to get those seats for your family at a fun event that showcases part of Canada’s history

It’s time for the big show as the Musical Ride enters the ring in 2013, their last Valley visit. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
It’s a great evening for a dance at Sunfest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

VIDEO: Jason Aldean is the headliner for Sunfest country music festival 2019 in Lake Cowichan

Eric Church winds up the huge country music festival with a super show Aug. 5

It’s a great evening for a dance at Sunfest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Aaron Pritchett, who lives on Gabriola Island now, celebrates his birthday in style on the Sunfest mainstage. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Huge crowd celebrates Sunfest opening night with Canyon, Pritchett in Lake Cowichan

Plenty to enjoy as Sunfest Country Music Festival opened, and lots of folks came out to do so

Aaron Pritchett, who lives on Gabriola Island now, celebrates his birthday in style on the Sunfest mainstage. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Country superstar Eric Church’s upcoming appearance at Sunfest is drawing a rush for tickets. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Superstar Eric Church comes to Sunfest Country Music Festival

Lake Cowichan’s Laketown Ranch is the place to be for country music and fun on the long weekend

Country superstar Eric Church’s upcoming appearance at Sunfest is drawing a rush for tickets. (Submitted)
Vancouver Island woman wakes to find man allegedly breaking into home

Vancouver Island woman wakes to find man allegedly breaking into home

It didn’t take long before Cowichan Valley folks were telling their neighbours about scary incident

Vancouver Island woman wakes to find man allegedly breaking into home
Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery shows off one of the beautiful birds of prey and the gauntlet glove that each team had to use in a Cowichan Valley challenge at The Raptors Centre. (Submitted)

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery shows off one of the beautiful birds of prey and the gauntlet glove that each team had to use in a Cowichan Valley challenge at The Raptors Centre. (Submitted)
There’s room for a huge crowd at Laketown Ranch, so head on out and enjoy the party. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

There’s room for a huge crowd at Laketown Ranch, so head on out and enjoy the party. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Unfaithful servants are just one of the great groups playing at the Islands Folk Festival this weekend. (Submitted)

Huge lineup of international and First Nations acts coming to Providence Farm this weekend

From Begonia and Alex Wells to Fränder and The Unfaithful Servants, you’ll love Folkfest 2018

Unfaithful servants are just one of the great groups playing at the Islands Folk Festival this weekend. (Submitted)
The coroner, centre, is on site supervising the removal of the body from the site near the railway tracks. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

VIDEO: Body found in Duncan

A body was discovered in a tent in Duncan Thursday morning

The coroner, centre, is on site supervising the removal of the body from the site near the railway tracks. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Deep Sea Gypsies have appeared at Laketown Ranch, as part of the Lake Days Laketown Shakedown in June. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: Get ready to rock at Laketown Ranch on Canada Day weekend

Bring your pals to Laketown Rock for good tunes, good times

Deep Sea Gypsies have appeared at Laketown Ranch, as part of the Lake Days Laketown Shakedown in June. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Firefighters work on the roof at Parkland Apartments. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

13 sent to hospital after apartment fire in Duncan

Air ambulance landed at a nearby sports field during a flag football game

Firefighters work on the roof at Parkland Apartments. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Singer/ songwriter Lindsay Elzinga’s song, Colours, has been chosen as the official theme song for BC Summer Games 2018. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

Singer/ songwriter Lindsay Elzinga’s song, Colours, has been chosen as the official theme song for BC Summer Games 2018. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)