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Bob Higgins pulls the gate across on the elevator built inside his home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton man’s expertise earns international award with home-built elevator

Experience put to use in winning contest entry for furniture and home projects

Bob Higgins pulls the gate across on the elevator built inside his home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
“That’s a lot of hundreds, but it adds up to only $5,000 which really isn’t much in the world of debt. Rev. Dr. Cullene Bryant, Minister of the Lake Cowichan United Church needs to raise that money which would get the church out of debt. They need to raise a lot more for the church to run efficiently. (Lake News/Feb. 7, 1996)
“That’s a lot of hundreds, but it adds up to only $5,000 which really isn’t much in the world of debt. Rev. Dr. Cullene Bryant, Minister of the Lake Cowichan United Church needs to raise that money which would get the church out of debt. They need to raise a lot more for the church to run efficiently. (Lake News/Feb. 7, 1996)
Arctic air is forecast to envelop the Vancouver Island in the coming days, says Environment Canada. (News Bulletin file)

Arctic air forecast to put the chill on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issues special weather statement for the area

Arctic air is forecast to envelop the Vancouver Island in the coming days, says Environment Canada. (News Bulletin file)
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Mobile Home Fire
Snow storm in the Cowichan Valley Feb. 13, 2021
Keno the dog found on Mount Prevost
Rally against racism
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)
Willow the dog has been found. The Labradoodle has been missing since Jan. 31 when he escaped from a fatal car accident on Gibbins Road. (File photo)

Willow the dog located in Duncan following fatal crash

Labradoodle was in fatal accident on Jan. 31

Willow the dog has been found. The Labradoodle has been missing since Jan. 31 when he escaped from a fatal car accident on Gibbins Road. (File photo)
Chris Bloomfield was shot by police at a Mill Bay trailer park in 2018. Two RCMP officers have now been cleared in his shooting. (Facebook photo)
Chris Bloomfield was shot by police at a Mill Bay trailer park in 2018. Two RCMP officers have now been cleared in his shooting. (Facebook photo)
The Town of Lake Cowichan has applied for a government grant that would cover the costs of the upgrades and renovations at town hall. (File photo)
The Town of Lake Cowichan has applied for a government grant that would cover the costs of the upgrades and renovations at town hall. (File photo)
North Cowichan has joined the growing number of local governments opposed to the anchorage of freighters in waters close to the Cowichan Valley. [File photo]

North Cowichan joins fight against freighter anchorages

Concerns raised about environmental and other impacts of anchored ships

North Cowichan has joined the growing number of local governments opposed to the anchorage of freighters in waters close to the Cowichan Valley. [File photo]
Chris Jameson, co-owner of The Little Corner Sandwich Shop that opened last week in Duncan, said business has been great so far. 
(Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: The Little Corner Sandwich Shop opens in Duncan

Here’s what’s happening in Cowichan’s business community

Chris Jameson, co-owner of The Little Corner Sandwich Shop that opened last week in Duncan, said business has been great so far. 
(Robert Barron/Citizen)
A GoFundMe has been set up following a crash in Duncan that killed a man named Dallas and seriously injured a woman named Kelsey. (GoFundMe.com)
A GoFundMe has been set up following a crash in Duncan that killed a man named Dallas and seriously injured a woman named Kelsey. (GoFundMe.com)
COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health service area, Jan. 24-30. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)

New COVID-19 cases daily keep ‘pressure’ on Island residents to stop the spread

Case numbers remain highest in Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley South, but are levelling off

COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health service area, Jan. 24-30. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
While a draft report from 2018 indicates there are an estimated 141 species-at-risk in North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve, the municipality says the true number won’t likely be known until the ongoing forest review of the reserve is completed. (File photo)
While a draft report from 2018 indicates there are an estimated 141 species-at-risk in North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve, the municipality says the true number won’t likely be known until the ongoing forest review of the reserve is completed. (File photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said calls for service were down in 2020 compared to 2019
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said calls for service were down in 2020 compared to 2019. (Citizen file)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said calls for service were down in 2020 compared to 2019
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said calls for service were down in 2020 compared to 2019. (Citizen file)
Joel Morrison wants to thank everyone who assisted him and the other people who lost their homes in the fire on New Year’s Eve at Lewis Apartments on Lewis Street. Pictured is Morrison and his support dog Lily. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan fire victim gives thanks to community for assistance

Joel Morrison said ordeal made easier by many caring people

Joel Morrison wants to thank everyone who assisted him and the other people who lost their homes in the fire on New Year’s Eve at Lewis Apartments on Lewis Street. Pictured is Morrison and his support dog Lily. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Bono, the three-year-old King Doberman Pinscher went missing on Tuesday Jan. 26. (Submitted photo)
Bono, the three-year-old King Doberman Pinscher went missing on Tuesday Jan. 26. (Submitted photo)
The search continues for Keno, who went missing from trails on Mount Prevost on Jan. 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
The search continues for Keno, who went missing from trails on Mount Prevost on Jan. 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
The BC SPCA and North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP seized 12 dogs from a breeder on Herd Road in North Cowichan on Tuesday, Feb. 2. (Submitted)

UPDATE: 12 dogs seized from North Cowichan breeder

BC SPCA and RCMP respond to complaint at Mixed Blessings on Herd Road

The BC SPCA and North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP seized 12 dogs from a breeder on Herd Road in North Cowichan on Tuesday, Feb. 2. (Submitted)
Workers prepare to take down 28 large trees on private property on Mill Bay Road this week after they were intentionally poisoned almost two years ago. (Submitted photo)
Workers prepare to take down 28 large trees on private property on Mill Bay Road this week after they were intentionally poisoned almost two years ago. (Submitted photo)
Sophie made it through a harrowing situation of three trips to Nanaimo for emergency vet care. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Puppy’s problems with pot put in the past

Sophie back to her old self after a trying time from ingesting drugs

Sophie made it through a harrowing situation of three trips to Nanaimo for emergency vet care. (Photo by Don Bodger)