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Roby Clement, co-owner of Duncan’s Goldstone Consignment Boutique, said she feels disappointed and violated after the store was broken into twice on consecutive nights this week. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan shop broken into twice on consecutive nights

Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen from Goldstone Consignment Boutique

Waterfront properties in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay and Mesachie Lake have risen significantly in 2023 over last year. (Citizen file photo)

Waterfront property in Youbou up 28%: BC Assessment

Properties have almost doubled in value in last two years

Bruce Coates, from the Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society, stands next a large old-growth tree that is among at least five that were recently found by him and Larry Pynn in a remote area of North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Bruce Coates, from the Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society, stands next a large old-growth tree that is among at least five that were recently found by him and Larry Pynn in a remote area of North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Safety concerns are being raised about this section of the Cowichan Valley Trail over Bings Creek that was washed out in the atmospheric river event in November, 2021. (Gary McLellan photo)
Safety concerns are being raised about this section of the Cowichan Valley Trail over Bings Creek that was washed out in the atmospheric river event in November, 2021. (Gary McLellan photo)
Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)

$213K fine issued to Coastal GasLink pipeline for environmental breach in northwest B.C.

Fine is the third for the pipeline project that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat

Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)
Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An artist’s rendering of the new Summit Ice Centre and what could be the next World’s Largest Hockey Stick if the plan, approved by Lockport City Council goes ahead. (Lockport City Council document)

World’s Largest Hockey Stick in Duncan may become second largest

A 250-foot-long hockey stick is proposed outside a recently approved ice arena in Lockport, Illinois

An artist’s rendering of the new Summit Ice Centre and what could be the next World’s Largest Hockey Stick if the plan, approved by Lockport City Council goes ahead. (Lockport City Council document)
Shawnigan Lake RCMP seeks help from the public in locating Janet Klassen, 81, who went missing on jan. 24. (Facebook)
Shawnigan Lake RCMP seeks help from the public in locating Janet Klassen, 81, who went missing on jan. 24. (Facebook)
A POV view from the ROV underwater, finding a piece of discarded ghost gear. (Courtesy of Malahat Nation)

Malahat Nation surveying discovers ‘huge amount’ of ghost gear polluting local waters

Surveys will continue using a remotely operated vehicle and sonar in the nation’s territorial waters

A POV view from the ROV underwater, finding a piece of discarded ghost gear. (Courtesy of Malahat Nation)
Marsha Todd, owner of Station Street’s Unique Home Health Care, is pleased that the City of Duncan has dealt with the damaged sidewalk in front of her shop. Pictured is Todd with her dog Stella. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Damaged sidewalk on Station Street in Duncan repaired

City of Duncan changes policy to better deal with sidewalk repairs

Marsha Todd, owner of Station Street’s Unique Home Health Care, is pleased that the City of Duncan has dealt with the damaged sidewalk in front of her shop. Pictured is Todd with her dog Stella. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Duncan’s Phreddy Niven won the top prize of $50,000 playing BCLC’s Super Crossword Scratch & Win game. (Submitted photo)
Duncan’s Phreddy Niven won the top prize of $50,000 playing BCLC’s Super Crossword Scratch & Win game. (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan Tek Manhas says it’s the responsibility of senior levels of government to deal with homeless issues in the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file photo)
North Cowichan Tek Manhas says it’s the responsibility of senior levels of government to deal with homeless issues in the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file photo)
The province’s Environmental Assessment Office is looking for public comments on plans by the Malahat Investment Corporation to expand it quarry in Bamberton (pictured). (File photo)

EAO seeks public comments on proposed Bamberton quarry expansion

Many in area want full environmental assessment of project

The province’s Environmental Assessment Office is looking for public comments on plans by the Malahat Investment Corporation to expand it quarry in Bamberton (pictured). (File photo)
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot is looking for input from the public as the municipality develops a new biodiversity-protection policy. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan developing new biodiversity-protection policy

Municipality is looking to public for input

  • Jan 23, 2023
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot is looking for input from the public as the municipality develops a new biodiversity-protection policy. (Citizen file photo)
Elder College is back as Lifelong Learners. Courses range from yoga to arts. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Elder College is back in Duncan as Lifelong Learners

“Interest in program opportunities is fast being rekindled…”

  • Jan 22, 2023
Elder College is back as Lifelong Learners. Courses range from yoga to arts. (Metro Creative Services photo)
North Cowichan’s new Mayor Rob Douglas wants to build stronger relationships with the province. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan’s new mayor wants to see more cooperation with province

Rob Douglas said he wants to work collectively with Victoria on major issues

North Cowichan’s new Mayor Rob Douglas wants to build stronger relationships with the province. (Citizen file photo)
Homeless people huddle under a tarp in Duncan during a cold snap in late 2021. An emergency weather site is being opened in Duncan Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2023 as temperatures are expected to drop during overnight hours. (Jen Hlannon photo)

Emergency weather site opening in Duncan this weekend for homeless

Temperatures are forecast to drop to 2 C Friday night, 1 C Saturday night and -1 C Sunday night

Homeless people huddle under a tarp in Duncan during a cold snap in late 2021. An emergency weather site is being opened in Duncan Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2023 as temperatures are expected to drop during overnight hours. (Jen Hlannon photo)
RCMP major crimes superintendent Sanjaya Wijayakoom speaks during a press conference where the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit released its investigation findings into the June 28, 2022, Saanich bank shootout. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Brothers aimed to kill police, didn’t expect to survive Saanich bank shootout

22-year-old Cowichan Valley brothers were killed in the June 2022 gunbattle outside BMO branch

RCMP major crimes superintendent Sanjaya Wijayakoom speaks during a press conference where the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit released its investigation findings into the June 28, 2022, Saanich bank shootout. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Government, Paper Excellence investments putting 100 workers back to work in Crofton

Partnership between the province, feds and company the key to innovative approach

B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)