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A house fire on Escarpment Way has firefighters from multiple departments working together to shuttle in water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Multiple halls called to battle Crofton structure fire

A fully engulfed structure fire on Escarpment Way in Crofton has crews…

A house fire on Escarpment Way has firefighters from multiple departments working together to shuttle in water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

Some hospitals in the province already offer the service, but most of them do not

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals
Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)

Hospital hero wins international honour for disarming knife wielding man

Charles Kraeling is the first Island Health employee to receive an International Award of Valour

Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)
A fiery crash at the Cobble Hill Hall sent one woman to hospital Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Gerry Giles)

Woman pulled from fiery crash at Cobble Hill Hall

A passerby pulled a driver from her vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

A fiery crash at the Cobble Hill Hall sent one woman to hospital Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Gerry Giles)
A plane made a hard landing on a property on Henderson Road on Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATED: Brake failure sees plane crash into gate in Cowichan, nobody injured

Rescue crews called out to the scene at Stamps and Henderson roads

A plane made a hard landing on a property on Henderson Road on Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Secondary School was under lockdown Friday morning. (Citizen file)

15-year-old arrested after Cowichan Secondary School lockdown

Teen may face charges of uttering threats

Cowichan Secondary School was under lockdown Friday morning. (Citizen file)
Crews called out early in the morning to fire on Chemainus waterfront

Crews called out early in the morning to fire on Chemainus waterfront

Chemainus, Crofton, Ladysmith and North Cowichan’s South End fire departments all attended

Crews called out early in the morning to fire on Chemainus waterfront
David Piatkowski took a photo of base camp at the bottom of the mountain after playing a role in the rescue of an injured hiker on Family Day. (David Piatkowski photo)

Young hikers aid in remote rescue of seriously injured man near Cowichan Lake

Spotty cell service meant his partner had to hike out for help

David Piatkowski took a photo of base camp at the bottom of the mountain after playing a role in the rescue of an injured hiker on Family Day. (David Piatkowski photo)
Snow makes it harder for the area’s Roosevelt elk to blend into the background. Poachers have been taking advantage. (Submitted photo)

Rash of elk poaching hits Cowichan Lake area

‘If you see an elk in the back of a vehicle for God’s sake get a licence number’

Snow makes it harder for the area’s Roosevelt elk to blend into the background. Poachers have been taking advantage. (Submitted photo)
A 2.8 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of south Vancouver Island Saturday night. (Natural Resources Canada)

Minor earthquake rattles south Vancouver Island

The 2.8 magnitude shaker was felt as far north as Crofton

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of south Vancouver Island Saturday night. (Natural Resources Canada)
Police seized a large quantity of drugs and cash during the Nov. 29 execution of a search warrant in Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)

Drugs, cash, gun seized in Cowichan Bay bust

Two suspects arrested

Police seized a large quantity of drugs and cash during the Nov. 29 execution of a search warrant in Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)

UPDATE: B.C. cat torture recorded on Snapchat, sent to owner

“I can’t stop shaking,” Haglund said. “Last night was so bad my teeth were clattering.”

The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)
Police officers helped save a man from drowning in a pond on private property on Nov. 13. (File photo)

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP save drowning man from pond with quick thinking, garden hose

RCMP received a 911 call that a man had fallen in a drainage pond on Cowichan Bay Road

Police officers helped save a man from drowning in a pond on private property on Nov. 13. (File photo)
The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)

Former camper claims sexual abuse at Cowichan River Bible Camp

Surrey pastor accused of sexual assault is former board member of Vancouver Island camp

The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)
Rachel Anne Kleven has been grated full parole. (Citizen file)

Woman convicted in 1995 Cobble Hill killing gets full parole

The Parole Board of Canada has granted full parole to convicted killer Rachel Anne Kleven, 41

Rachel Anne Kleven has been grated full parole. (Citizen file)
Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Water is the only option for thirsty students during this trial run at an elementary school in Duncan’s Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Recall of tainted pineapple products expanded in BC

The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus found in Western Family brand, or unbranded, products has been expanded.

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
A Google Maps street view image from 2015 of 715 Canada Ave. It’s since been named the Island’s newest overdose prevention site. (Google Maps)

Doctor unexpectedly reveals location of Duncan’s overdose prevention site

The Cowichan Valley’s overdose prevention site will be be located at 715 Canada Ave.

A Google Maps street view image from 2015 of 715 Canada Ave. It’s since been named the Island’s newest overdose prevention site. (Google Maps)
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Tainted pineapple prompts Hep A warning in Sidney, Duncan

Did you buy Western Family ready-to-eat pineapple cups?

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)