Ladysmith News Staff

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour early on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Photo submitted)

Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour early on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Photo submitted)
(Black Press file photo)

Multi-vehicle highway collision in Ladysmith sends three to hospital

Two emergency services helicopters responded to the collision

(Black Press file photo)
Social Planning Cowichan conducted a series of COVID-19 surveys back in the spring, and has a new set of surveys for the winter. (Social Planning Cowichan/Facebook photo)

Social Planning Cowichan releases results of spring COVID-19 surveys

Surveys show how CVRD residents have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic

Social Planning Cowichan conducted a series of COVID-19 surveys back in the spring, and has a new set of surveys for the winter. (Social Planning Cowichan/Facebook photo)
Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)

Ladysmith Steelers football coach suspended from league for ‘harassment, abuse of power’

The Vancouver Island Canadian Football Association suspended Greg Owens for 12 months

Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)
The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)

Impaired Island driver flees road check twice on the same night

The officer issued the driver numerous violation tickets, and a four-month driving suspension

The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)
Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith-area First Nation struggling with major community water loss

Stz’uminus First Nation reservoir loses 500,000 litres due to damaged fire hydrant

Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)
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