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The M.V. Quinitsa is back on the Crofton to Vesuvius (Salt Spring Island) route. (Photo by Don Bodger)

BC Ferries shuffles the deck with vessels, including Crofton route

The Quinitsa providing service for now, but it’ll be the Quinsam in the spring

The M.V. Quinitsa is back on the Crofton to Vesuvius (Salt Spring Island) route. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Astrid Notte’s Aura of Hope. (Photo submitted)

Artists provide different reflections for Duncan art show

Notte and Green combine their many talents to provide picturesque examples of work

Astrid Notte’s Aura of Hope. (Photo submitted)
Two vehicles were involved in a collision at Olsen Road and Chemainus Road Friday afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Second two-car accident outside Chemainus on Friday afternoon

Emergency crews busy at the start of the long weekend

Two vehicles were involved in a collision at Olsen Road and Chemainus Road Friday afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Police and fire crews on the accident scene in Chemainus Friday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Injured driver transported to hospital by air ambulance after Chemainus accident

Extensive damage to vehicles involved in incident on Chemainus Road

Police and fire crews on the accident scene in Chemainus Friday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Thetis Island fire chief first female in Canada to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association cites Caldbeck’s significant commitment

Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

September brought torrent of rainfall to a very dry Vancouver Island

When it rained, it poured with four times the usual amount of precipitation

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)

No further action being taken on suspected arson from 2018 Maple Mountain wildfire

Police determined evidence insufficient to pursue charges

Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)
Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Brain injury and public misperceptions a constant battle for woman

Chemainus resident wants to raise awareness after being repeatedly mistaken for being drunk

Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)
Company, union reach eight-year agreement at Chemainus operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Western, union reach agreement for Value Added Division

Contract covers about 70 employees at Chemainus operation

Company, union reach eight-year agreement at Chemainus operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Alana DeLong fell short in her bid to win the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding. (Photo submitted)

National election result perplexing to Cowichan-Malahat-Langford’s runner-up DeLong

Conservative candidate felt chances of a minority government for her party were strong

Alana DeLong fell short in her bid to win the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding. (Photo submitted)
Lia Versaevel, the Green Party candidate in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lia Versaevel, the Green Party candidate in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lucie Cerny, RASTA founder, with one of her beloved pigs. (Photo submitted)

Health of Chemainus sanctuary founder forces transfer of animals, some assets to Duncan facility

Animals will eventually be moved from RASTA to A Home For Hooves

Lucie Cerny, RASTA founder, with one of her beloved pigs. (Photo submitted)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch ready for play on Penelakut Island

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion for Indigenous youth

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
The Waterwheel Park band shell where the Sept. 16 all-candidates meeting for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford will be held. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Residents Association to hold all-candidates forum Sept. 16

Numbers will be drawn for participants wishing to ask questions at outdoor setting

The Waterwheel Park band shell where the Sept. 16 all-candidates meeting for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford will be held. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)

Camp Qwanoes returns to day camp sessions after positive COID-19 tests

Final week at the Crofton site before summer season wrap-up

The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)
Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Crofton summer camp

Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)
Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island forester says more than climate change behind our trickling rivers

Expert says the status quo not going to cut it anymore in our forests and watersheds

Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Different images of what Delores (Deedee) Brown looked like. (File photos)

Tips still being sought in Penelakut Island woman’s death six years later

Investigators still hopeful of hearing from someone who knows what happened to Deedee Brown

Different images of what Delores (Deedee) Brown looked like. (File photos)
State of Local Emergency has been extended due to the Copper Canyon wildfire.

State of Local Emergency extended for Copper Canyon wildfire

One week added while the fire has yet to be deemed under control

State of Local Emergency has been extended due to the Copper Canyon wildfire.