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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)
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)

Second B.C. case of avian influenza suspected on Vancouver Island

Mill Bay bird owner warned of possible bird flu in nearby backyard flock

Avian influenza has struck a south Cowichan flock. (Citizen file)
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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Fresh off a premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, Tzouhalem the untold story of the legendary warrior, will be made available for viewing in the Cowichan Valley come March. Harold Joe co-directs Tzouhalem with Leslie D. Bland. (Courtesy of Route 504 PR)

Legend of ‘Tzouhalem’ comes to the big screen

Cowichan Tribes’s Harold Joe co-directs documentary

Fresh off a premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, Tzouhalem the untold story of the legendary warrior, will be made available for viewing in the Cowichan Valley come March. Harold Joe co-directs Tzouhalem with Leslie D. Bland. (Courtesy of Route 504 PR)
Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may begin job action as early as 8 a.m. on March 3. (Black Press file)

Job action looms for Vancouver Island Regional Library employees

Strike could occur as early as 8 a.m. on March 3

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may begin job action as early as 8 a.m. on March 3. (Black Press file)
Kristyn Moore, 35, and her partner Jonathan Lafleur, 40, along with their service dog Duke, walked away from the fire with just their cell phones. (Submitted by Kristyn Moore)

Help sought for Cowichan couple who lost everything in house fire

GoFundMe page started for Kristyn Moore and Jonathan Lafleur

Kristyn Moore, 35, and her partner Jonathan Lafleur, 40, along with their service dog Duke, walked away from the fire with just their cell phones. (Submitted by Kristyn Moore)