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Youbou’s Jerry Melissa has already won two tournaments early in the 2023 horseshoe season. (Courtesy of Jerry Melissa)

Youbou horseshoe champ off to hot start

Youbou resident Jerry Melissa, one of B.C.’s most prominent horseshoe pitchers

Youbou’s Jerry Melissa has already won two tournaments early in the 2023 horseshoe season. (Courtesy of Jerry Melissa)
A North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer stands watch outside of the Meadow Glen apartment building at 6046 Canada Ave, adjacent to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment where a police-involved shooting occurred Friday morning. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Accused shot by police after SUV rammed B.C. police car facing assault charge

Police federation calls for better police protection after incident outside Duncan RCMP detachment

A North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer stands watch outside of the Meadow Glen apartment building at 6046 Canada Ave, adjacent to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment where a police-involved shooting occurred Friday morning. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Davin Cochrane is awake, alert, and breathing on his own at Victoria General Hospital after being shot twice in the head by RCMP on March 28. (Courtesy of Sarah Annie Brown)

B.C. man shot in the head by police breathing on his own, able to communicate

Davin Cochrane awake and alert after two months after bizarre police chase near Duncan

Davin Cochrane is awake, alert, and breathing on his own at Victoria General Hospital after being shot twice in the head by RCMP on March 28. (Courtesy of Sarah Annie Brown)
Fire crews were called out Tuesday morning, May 9, 2023 to search for a missing man on Quamichan Lake. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Search crews looking for missing rower on lake near Duncan

Searchers find empty boat after Maple Bay Rowing Club member believed missing on Quamichan Lake

Fire crews were called out Tuesday morning, May 9, 2023 to search for a missing man on Quamichan Lake. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Gold medallist Ethan Frehlick show off his 2023 new national champion banner. (Submitted by Bob Linde)

Young Vancouver Island bowler crowned Canada’s best

Ethan Frehlick a national champ, winning junior division of 2023 Youth Bowl Canada Championships

Gold medallist Ethan Frehlick show off his 2023 new national champion banner. (Submitted by Bob Linde)
Cowichan Search and Rescues train regularly or rope rescues such as the one they performed Tuesday night along the Cowichan River. Pictured is a training exercise. (Cowichan Search and Rescue photo)

SAR ropes team plucks hypothermic swimmers from tough spot on Cowichan River

Boys stuck on a shelf under a cliff along the Cowichan River

Cowichan Search and Rescues train regularly or rope rescues such as the one they performed Tuesday night along the Cowichan River. Pictured is a training exercise. (Cowichan Search and Rescue photo)
Highway 18 was closed Wednesday afternoon, April 26, 2023, following a fatal crash just outside Lake Cowichan. (DriveBC screenshot)

Head-on crash near Lake Cowichan claims one life

Highway closed in both directions until approximately 7 p.m.

Highway 18 was closed Wednesday afternoon, April 26, 2023, following a fatal crash just outside Lake Cowichan. (DriveBC screenshot)
The IIO B.C. reports officers were not at fault after a truncated 911 call resulted in a Cowichan man’s death in December 2022. (File Photo)

RCMP cleared after dropped 911 call results in Cowichan man’s death

Incident occurred in December 2022

The IIO B.C. reports officers were not at fault after a truncated 911 call resulted in a Cowichan man’s death in December 2022. (File Photo)
Skip Carley Sandwith-Craig, third, Marika Van Osch, second, Roselyn Craig and second Megan Montgomery won the 2023 BC Women’s Curling Club Championships at the Abbotsford Curling Club March 28-April 2. (Curl BC Photo)

Duncan’s Sandwith-Craig rink new BC Women’s Curling Club champions

Kerry Park’s men’s side fails to qualify for playoffs

Skip Carley Sandwith-Craig, third, Marika Van Osch, second, Roselyn Craig and second Megan Montgomery won the 2023 BC Women’s Curling Club Championships at the Abbotsford Curling Club March 28-April 2. (Curl BC Photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC is investigating the injuries of a man in North Cowichan, following his complaint of maltreatment while he was being booked into police cells. (Citizen file photo)

Watchdog probe launched a year after man suffers ‘serious harm’ in Island police custody

RCMP in North Cowichan/Duncan face IIO investigation into 2021 incident

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is investigating the injuries of a man in North Cowichan, following his complaint of maltreatment while he was being booked into police cells. (Citizen file photo)
Davin Cochrane, 31, was shot by police in North Cowichan on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Facebook photo)

B.C. man shot twice by RCMP while driving stolen skid steer critical but stable: father

Michael Cochrane provides update on son’s condition via Facebook after Vancouver Island incident

Davin Cochrane, 31, was shot by police in North Cowichan on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Facebook photo)
Team Craig includes Skip Wes Craig (far right), third Norm Coté, second Keith Clarke, and lead Craig Burton. (Curl BC photo)

Vancouver Island curler Wes Craig skips senior team to provincial gold

Team Craig took top spot in Langley event

Team Craig includes Skip Wes Craig (far right), third Norm Coté, second Keith Clarke, and lead Craig Burton. (Curl BC photo)
Davin Cochrane, 31, was shot by police in North Cowichan on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Facebook photo)

B.C. man in ICU, shot twice in the head after police chase involving stolen mini-loader

Davin Cochrane, 31, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Victoria hospital

Davin Cochrane, 31, was shot by police in North Cowichan on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Facebook photo)
With a 4-0 victory over the weekend, the Cowichan 49ers are now winners of two consecutive and five Tony Grover Cups overall. (Courtesy of the Cowichan 49ers)

Cowichan 49ers claim Tony Grover Cup, repeat as Island Masters soccer champs

The 49ers will be at home for the first round of the provincial championship on April 16 at noon

With a 4-0 victory over the weekend, the Cowichan 49ers are now winners of two consecutive and five Tony Grover Cups overall. (Courtesy of the Cowichan 49ers)
A Duncan doctor has been disciplined for his use of hypnosis and non-approved drugs in treatment. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Vancouver Island doctor disciplined for using psilocybin, MDMA, hypnosis as therapy

The offences occurred between October 2020 and April 2021

A Duncan doctor has been disciplined for his use of hypnosis and non-approved drugs in treatment. (Metro Creative Services photo)
The old Captain Morgan’s Lodge in Genoa Bay gone following a spectacular fire at the heritage property on the evening of Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy of North Cowichan)

Vancouver Island historical resort burns down in Genoa Bay

The blaze could be seen from the shores of Cowichan Bay

The old Captain Morgan’s Lodge in Genoa Bay gone following a spectacular fire at the heritage property on the evening of Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy of North Cowichan)
A Sooke teenager has died following a Sunday morning crash on the Trans-Canada Highway at Fisher Road in Cobble Hill. (File photo)

Sooke teenager dead after crash on TCH in Cowichan Sunday

Weather conditions may have played a role

A Sooke teenager has died following a Sunday morning crash on the Trans-Canada Highway at Fisher Road in Cobble Hill. (File photo)
The IIO B.C. has concluded their investigation related to the Feb. 11, 2022 arrest of a drunk driver in Cobble Hill. (File Photo)

RCMP cleared of wrongdoing in Cobble Hill arrest

Incident occured in February 2022

The IIO B.C. has concluded their investigation related to the Feb. 11, 2022 arrest of a drunk driver in Cobble Hill. (File Photo)
Low light conditions along Highway 18 don’t give motorists much of a chance to avoid collisions with elk. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette file photo)

Car versus elk collisions raising concern in the Cowichan Lake area

Residents want changes made to protect both the massive animals and the people colliding with them

Low light conditions along Highway 18 don’t give motorists much of a chance to avoid collisions with elk. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette file photo)
Cole Little and his mom, Cindy Little. Cole is battling Osteosarcoma. (Submitted)

Supporters of aspiring Cowichan chef cook up fundraiser after his rare cancer diagnosis

Cole Little’s sore back was actually caused by the same cancer that afflicted Terry Fox

Cole Little and his mom, Cindy Little. Cole is battling Osteosarcoma. (Submitted)