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Sign of the times: this property on View Street in Chemainus that exp Realty’s Debbie Simmonds had listed at $599,000 sold for $650,000. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Real estate market continues to soar in the Chemainus area

Multiple offers on properties common, leading to sales above listing prices

Sign of the times: this property on View Street in Chemainus that exp Realty’s Debbie Simmonds had listed at $599,000 sold for $650,000. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Submitted)

Destructive behaviour by teens wreaking havoc on Crofton

Residents becoming fed up with the constant vandalism and fires

Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Submitted)
This tractor was stolen from Providence Farm near Duncan between May 6 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)

Tractor stolen from Cowichan’s Providence Farm

John Deere X300 model was swiped between May 6 and 7

This tractor was stolen from Providence Farm near Duncan between May 6 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)
RCMP. (Black Press File)
RCMP. (Black Press File)
A fire destroyed a commercial building on Idlemore Road early Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. (Kenn Mount photo)

Early morning fire destroys new Sooke distillery

Firefighters still investigating cause of Island Shiners Distillery blaze early Tuesday

A fire destroyed a commercial building on Idlemore Road early Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. (Kenn Mount photo)
The organizers of the annual 39 days of July festival hope to return to live shows in Charles Hoey Park this year, like in this photo taken in 2019, but audiences at the show may be limited to 50 people due to health protocols. (File photo)

39 Days of July hoping for outdoor events in Duncan this summer

Annual music festival will run from June 25 to Aug. 2 this year

The organizers of the annual 39 days of July festival hope to return to live shows in Charles Hoey Park this year, like in this photo taken in 2019, but audiences at the show may be limited to 50 people due to health protocols. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley WildSafeBC coordinator Amanda Crowston teaches a Grade 5/6 class at Ecole Cobble Hill last fall. (Submitted)

The bears are back in town and so is WildSafeBC

The bears are back in town so keep an eye out, reminds…

Cowichan Valley WildSafeBC coordinator Amanda Crowston teaches a Grade 5/6 class at Ecole Cobble Hill last fall. (Submitted)
Oak Bay resident Hugh Thompson died Friday, May 7. (GoFundMe photo)

Oak Bay dad dies mountain biking near Shawnigan Lake

Community rallies around family with online fundraiser

Oak Bay resident Hugh Thompson died Friday, May 7. (GoFundMe photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo has its sights set on busing to the Cowichan Valley in time for March 2022. (News Bulletin file)

Bus link between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley expected by next March

Unallocated transit hours already in Regional District of Nanaimo budget

The Regional District of Nanaimo has its sights set on busing to the Cowichan Valley in time for March 2022. (News Bulletin file)
North Cowichan has heated exchange over timelines of its official community plan review. (File photo)

North Cowichan’s OCP review divides council

Tight timelines leads to heated debate

North Cowichan has heated exchange over timelines of its official community plan review. (File photo)
The Village on Third in Nanaimo won the Judges’ Choice award as top overall entry at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards. (Photo submitted)

Top developments north of the Malahat honoured by Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

Nanaimo’s Village on Third takes top honour at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

The Village on Third in Nanaimo won the Judges’ Choice award as top overall entry at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards. (Photo submitted)
Aaron Stone, chairman of the Island Coastal Economic Trust, said he’s encouraged with the province providing finding for local agencies to hire staff to help get back on economic track during the pandemic. (File photo)

$70K for Economic Development Cowichan for new analyst

Temporary position to help recover from pandemic

  • May 10, 2021
Aaron Stone, chairman of the Island Coastal Economic Trust, said he’s encouraged with the province providing finding for local agencies to hire staff to help get back on economic track during the pandemic. (File photo)
North Cowichan considers extending tax payment deadline by two months. (File photo)

North Cowichan considers extending deadline for property tax payments

A two-month deadline extension to Sept. 1 gets three readings

North Cowichan considers extending tax payment deadline by two months. (File photo)
John Horn is leaving his position as executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association. (File photo)

John Horn leaving Cowichan Housing Association

Will take on role as executive director of John Howard Society in Nanaimo

John Horn is leaving his position as executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour has taken a medical leave of absence but expects to return soon. (Citizen file)

Chief William Seymour takes leave from office

Seymour will return once fully recovered

Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour has taken a medical leave of absence but expects to return soon. (Citizen file)
A Tofino waterfront condo was listed for $1.4 million. It sold for $2.4 million. (RE/MAX Mid-Island photo)
A Tofino waterfront condo was listed for $1.4 million. It sold for $2.4 million. (RE/MAX Mid-Island photo)
Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)

Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
A cougar was sighted in the 500 block of Cedar Avenue in Duncan on May 6 at about 9:30 p.m. (Facebook)

Cougar sighted in residential Duncan

Spotted in the Cairnsmore neighbourhood

A cougar was sighted in the 500 block of Cedar Avenue in Duncan on May 6 at about 9:30 p.m. (Facebook)
The Lake Cowichan branch of the Royal Bank of Canada is closing. (Google)
The Lake Cowichan branch of the Royal Bank of Canada is closing. (Google)
Robert Stutzman, right, and Ajay Oppelaar are the owners of the new Aloha Bowls and Kahuna Burger on Kenneth Street. The men are preparing the eateries’ patio for when they open for business. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: 2 Hawaiian-themed eateries opening in Duncan

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley business community

Robert Stutzman, right, and Ajay Oppelaar are the owners of the new Aloha Bowls and Kahuna Burger on Kenneth Street. The men are preparing the eateries’ patio for when they open for business. (Robert Barron/Citizen)