Ladysmith News Staff

Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)

Routley retains his post as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA

NDP stronghold in the riding continues despite a strong challenge from the Greens’ Istace

Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)
Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)

Routley retains his post as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA

NDP stronghold in the riding continues despite a strong challenge from the Greens’ Istace

Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)
More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

UPDATE: Crews have contained spread of fire near Nanaimo Airport

Approximately 50 firefighters battling blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada site in Cassidy

More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

Officials anticipate evacuations, boil water order due to fire near Nanaimo Airport

More than 70 firefighters battling blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada site in Cassidy

More than 70 firefighters are battling a blaze at Schnitzer Steel Canada’s facility near Nanaimo Airport, according to the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
A suspect believed to be responsible for the fatal crash in Ladysmith on Aug. 29, 2020 has been arrested by the RCMP. (Black Press file photo)

Suspect in fatal Vancouver Island hit-and-run arrested

RCMP say man was picked up on unrelated matters

A suspect believed to be responsible for the fatal crash in Ladysmith on Aug. 29, 2020 has been arrested by the RCMP. (Black Press file photo)
Katie Blogg with her husband, Trevor Blogg, and their two children; Grace and Harrison (Submitted photo)

GoFundMe set up for family of woman killed in Ladysmith hit-and-run

35-year-old Katie Blogg of Ladysmith was killed in the August 29 hit-and-run

Katie Blogg with her husband, Trevor Blogg, and their two children; Grace and Harrison (Submitted photo)
The accident left one dead and four injured (Duck Paterson photo)

UPDATE: Suspect in Ladysmith hit and run plans to turn himself in to RCMP

The suspect is not currently in custody, and no charges have been laid

The accident left one dead and four injured (Duck Paterson photo)
BC Transit encourages passengers to wear masks and social distance when possible, and enter their new contest for a bus pass, and more prizes. (BC Transit/Facebook)

BC Transit to hand out face coverings in the Cowichan Valley

Masks will be mandatory for BC Transit passengers beginning August 24

BC Transit encourages passengers to wear masks and social distance when possible, and enter their new contest for a bus pass, and more prizes. (BC Transit/Facebook)
RCMP stock photo (Black Press)

Pedestrian succumbs to injuries after collision near Nanaimo Airport

The collision occurred at approximately 1:30am on Friday, August 14

RCMP stock photo (Black Press)
Tanner Afseth was last seen on July 16, 2020 (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island RCMP requesting help in locating missing Saskatoon man

25 year old, Tanner Afseth may be in the area of Shawnigan Lake or Ladysmith

Tanner Afseth was last seen on July 16, 2020 (Submitted photo)
Bute Island as viewed from Transfer Beach. It is now the CVRD’s newest park. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)                                Bute Island is now the CVRD’s newest park, and open to the public. (file photo)

Bute Island open to public as newest CVRD regional park

The island can now be visited by residents and visitors to the Cowichan Valley

Bute Island as viewed from Transfer Beach. It is now the CVRD’s newest park. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)                                Bute Island is now the CVRD’s newest park, and open to the public. (file photo)
Riders in last year’s Cycle of Life Tour (COLT photo)

2019 Cycle of Life Tour looking for volunteers

Last year, the event had 60 volunteers who collectively gave over 650 hours during the weekend

Riders in last year’s Cycle of Life Tour (COLT photo)
Orca breaches near whale watching boat on Vancouver Island

Orca breaches near whale watching boat on Vancouver Island

“I had just picked up her camera to take a few shots when this beautiful orca breached 30 feet from our boat”

Orca breaches near whale watching boat on Vancouver Island