Andrea Rondeau

A wildfire is burning west of Cowichan Lake off the Gordon Main. (Screenshot)

Wildfire west of Cowichan Lake under control

Three firefighters and a response officer were dispatched to the location

A wildfire is burning west of Cowichan Lake off the Gordon Main. (Screenshot)
A crash has closed the Trans-Canada Highway southbound lanes near Cobble Hill Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot)

Trans-Canada Highway south lanes closed by crash in Cobble Hill

The incident happened at the intersection of the highway and Hutchinson Road

A crash has closed the Trans-Canada Highway southbound lanes near Cobble Hill Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot)
Telus and Koodo customers have been alerted to a 911 disruption Monday afternoon, May 30, 2022. (File photo)

UPDATED: 911 service disruption for Telus and Koodo customers resolved

Disruption appears to be province-wide

Telus and Koodo customers have been alerted to a 911 disruption Monday afternoon, May 30, 2022. (File photo)
A fire broke out at the old Pioneer Square Mall building in Mill Bay on Friday, May 27, 2022. (Facebook photo)

50 firefighters fight 9-hour battle as Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay burns down

Fire department calls it ‘the fire many people were anticipating’

A fire broke out at the old Pioneer Square Mall building in Mill Bay on Friday, May 27, 2022. (Facebook photo)
A fire broke out at the old Pioneer Square Mall building in Mill Bay on Friday, May 27, 2022. (Dave Hutchinson photo)

Fire hits vacant Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay

Several other fire departments have been called out to provide aid

A fire broke out at the old Pioneer Square Mall building in Mill Bay on Friday, May 27, 2022. (Dave Hutchinson photo)
RCMP arrested a man in Cowichan Bay after he is alleged to have threatened a driver causing a vehicle to crash into the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)

Threat with replica weapon leads vehicle to crash into Cowichan River

When the man displayed what appeared to be a weapon to police RCMP closed Cowichan Bay Road

RCMP arrested a man in Cowichan Bay after he is alleged to have threatened a driver causing a vehicle to crash into the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)

Islands Folk Festival back in Cowichan boasting big lineup

Festival coming Saturday, July 23

The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Seven-year-old Violet Bennett has been found safe and sound, after being missing since Jan. 23, 2022. (RCMP Handout)

Missing Cowichan Valley 7-year-old Violet Bennett returned safe and sound

Father Jesse Bennett still wanted on Canada-wide warrant for abduction

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett has been found safe and sound, after being missing since Jan. 23, 2022. (RCMP Handout)
RCMP are investigating after a tree spiked with metal and PVC pipe was found in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP handout)

RCMP investigating spiked tree found in Fairy Creek area

“This tactic to impede forestry operations is not only illegal, but is extremely dangerous”

RCMP are investigating after a tree spiked with metal and PVC pipe was found in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP handout)
Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)

Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival back in June

Headliners Pharis and Jason Romero, The Lonesome Ace Stringband and more

Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)
Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook

Wu-Tang Clan, The Glorious Sons, Arkells and more headline Laketown Shakedown 2022 in Cowichan

This is the first year back for the festival since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020

Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook
A charge of manslaughter has been laid in the case where a man was killed at a home on Cowichan Lake Road on March 1, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

18-year-old charged with manslaughter in March, 2021 Duncan death

The charge was approved on Feb. 27, 2022

A charge of manslaughter has been laid in the case where a man was killed at a home on Cowichan Lake Road on March 1, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A manslaughter case is now before the courts in the death of a man in Duncan in 2020. (Citizen file)

Man arrested and charged with manslaughter in 2020 Duncan case

45-year-old Andrew Steve Alphonse was arrested on March 1

A manslaughter case is now before the courts in the death of a man in Duncan in 2020. (Citizen file)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

RCMP searching for missing father and daughter in possible custody dispute

“We believe that Jesse Bennett is actively evading police”

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)

Darius Rucker to headline Sunfest 2022

Cowichan Valley also welcomes Dallas Smith, Billy Currington Hardy, Kip Moore

Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)
Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATED: Trans-Canada-Highway in Mill Bay reopened as fire contained

It is being reported that the fire is at or near Pioneer Square Mall

Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night

A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)
Two vehicles appear to have been involved in a crash that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway at Shawnigan Lake Road Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATED: Two taken to hospital after crash on TCH at Shawnigan; highway reopened

It appears two vehicles were involved in the crash

Two vehicles appear to have been involved in a crash that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway at Shawnigan Lake Road Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)

Missing man last seen in Fairy Creek logging protest area

Gerald Kearny, 61, was reported missing on Thursday, Oct. 21

Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)