Cowichan News Staff

The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)

All aboard! Christmas Express pulling in to Cowichan’s Forest Discovery Centre

Enjoy Christmas crafts, the fire pits, indoor entertainment, the miniature Christmas Village

The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)
Police warn of “sextortion” cyber scams. (Citizen file photo)

Police warn of huge jump in “sextortion” scams in Cowichan

Online sex scams have increased in the region by 163 per cent since last year

Police warn of “sextortion” cyber scams. (Citizen file photo)
BC Transit and the CVRD are offering free transit for all on Remembrance Day, and veterans and armed forces personnel during Veterans’ Week. (Citizen file photo)
BC Transit and the CVRD are offering free transit for all on Remembrance Day, and veterans and armed forces personnel during Veterans’ Week. (Citizen file photo)
B.C. Ferries has announced that all ferry crossings on the MV Klitsa between Brentwood Bay ad Mill Bay on Oct. 28 have been cancelled due to staff shortages. (Citizen file photo)
B.C. Ferries has announced that all ferry crossings on the MV Klitsa between Brentwood Bay ad Mill Bay on Oct. 28 have been cancelled due to staff shortages. (Citizen file photo)
Cowichan moves to Stage 4 water restrictions. (Citizen file photo)

Cowichan moves to most extreme water restrictions ever

But rain is forecast in the coming days

Cowichan moves to Stage 4 water restrictions. (Citizen file photo)
North Cowichan pauses renaming requests for its facilities, parks and other public assets. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan pauses renaming requests

Satt developing more equitable and collaborative direction

North Cowichan pauses renaming requests for its facilities, parks and other public assets. (Citizen file photo)
RCMP officers seize more than 480 grams of dried cannabis and 45 packages of edibles while checking cars in Cowichan Bay on Sept. 24. (RCMP photo)

Police check more than 1,000 vehicles in Cowichan Bay

Dozens of tickets handed out, drugs seized

RCMP officers seize more than 480 grams of dried cannabis and 45 packages of edibles while checking cars in Cowichan Bay on Sept. 24. (RCMP photo)
A totem at the top of the Malahat that had been vandalized has now been replaced. (Photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

Salish Bear Totem returned to Malahat summit

Totem set on fire last year

A totem at the top of the Malahat that had been vandalized has now been replaced. (Photo courtesy of City of Duncan)
Hilary Abbott is running for the CVRD director seat for Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)

Hilary Abbott running for Cowichan Bay director

Abbott has long history of community work

Hilary Abbott is running for the CVRD director seat for Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)
Karen Deck is running to be the CVRD’s director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (Submitted photo)

Karen Deck running for Youbou/Meade Creek director

Deck was president of Save Our Holmes

Karen Deck is running to be the CVRD’s director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (Submitted photo)
Incumbent Sierra Acton is running for re-election to be the director for Shawnigan Lake at the CVRD in the upcoming municipal election. (Submitted photo)

Sierra Acton running for re-election in Shawnigan Lake

Acton has been CVRD’s area director since 2017

Incumbent Sierra Acton is running for re-election to be the director for Shawnigan Lake at the CVRD in the upcoming municipal election. (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan is stepping up recycling bin inspections in the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan to leave contaminated recycling at the curb

This step follows a year of education aimed at reducing contamination by 25 per cent

North Cowichan is stepping up recycling bin inspections in the municipality. (File photo)
Cowichan voters will vote in a referendum during the municipal elections on Oct. 15 in which they will be asked if they want to switch to a user-based funding model for nine significant recreational facilities in the region, including the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (pictured). (File photo)
Cowichan voters will vote in a referendum during the municipal elections on Oct. 15 in which they will be asked if they want to switch to a user-based funding model for nine significant recreational facilities in the region, including the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (pictured). (File photo)
The aging Crofton fire hall will be replaced after successful AAP process. (File photo)

$4.8-million project to replace Crofton fire hall will proceed

Just six voted against it in AAP process

The aging Crofton fire hall will be replaced after successful AAP process. (File photo)
Elly Mossman, left, and Teresa Schapansky have written a new book aimed at interesting youth in coin collecting. (Photo submitted)

Cowichan Valley author, artist team up to create best-selling books

Approached by the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association to write a book aimed at the youth market

Elly Mossman, left, and Teresa Schapansky have written a new book aimed at interesting youth in coin collecting. (Photo submitted)
Duncan woman arrested after drug bust at a city home found a variety of drugs and cash. (RCMP photo)

Duncan woman arrested during drug raid

44-year-old had a variety of drugs and cash in home

Duncan woman arrested after drug bust at a city home found a variety of drugs and cash. (RCMP photo)
Police catch 23 impaired drivers in Lake Cowichan area during long weekend

RCMP catch 23 drunk drivers in Lake Cowichan area during long weekend

Six drivers also ticketed for excessive speeding

Police catch 23 impaired drivers in Lake Cowichan area during long weekend
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said all British Columbians should have the right to support themselves and their families and live with dignity. (File photo)

Province providing funding for Cowichan Valley poverty-reduction projects

North Cowichan, Duncan, Lake Cowichan and Ladysmith among grant recipients

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said all British Columbians should have the right to support themselves and their families and live with dignity. (File photo)
The CVRD will receive $550,000 from the province to help support recovery work after the major flooding last November which inundated many parts of the district, including Pinson’s Corner (pictured) outside Crofton. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

CVRD gets $550,000 from province for flood recovery

District one of 10 communities to receive a total of $53.6 million

The CVRD will receive $550,000 from the province to help support recovery work after the major flooding last November which inundated many parts of the district, including Pinson’s Corner (pictured) outside Crofton. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
Cowichan Tribes, province have reached an agreement to develop a water sustainability plan for the Koksilah watershed. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes, province have reached an agreement to develop a water sustainability plan for the Koksilah watershed. (File photo)