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’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)
’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)

UPDATED: Island Health reports COVID-19 exposure at Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School has been added to the list of schools in…

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)
The Cowichan Tribes’ gymnasium at 5574 River Road is now operating as an extreme weather shelter. (Submitted photo)

New extreme weather shelter opens on River Road in Duncan

New facility should relieve some pressure on Warmland House

  • Jan 22, 2021
The Cowichan Tribes’ gymnasium at 5574 River Road is now operating as an extreme weather shelter. (Submitted photo)
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Snow storm in the Cowichan Valley Feb. 13, 2021
Keno the dog found on Mount Prevost
Rally against racism
Fire on Jan. 13, 2021, off of the Trans Canada Highway in Duncan
The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall could soon be working out of a new retrofitted building if the Cowichan V alley Regional District is successful with its application for a $350,000 federal grant to fund the project. (File photo)
The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall could soon be working out of a new retrofitted building if the Cowichan V alley Regional District is successful with its application for a $350,000 federal grant to fund the project. (File photo)
Dog owners, from left, Marlyn Briggs with Nayla, Marjory Sutherland with Effie and Mick, and Christina Godbolt with Conon walk their pets frequently at the Chemainus Ball Park but are growing increasingly concerned about drugs being found discarded in the area. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dog owners, from left, Marlyn Briggs with Nayla, Marjory Sutherland with Effie and Mick, and Christina Godbolt with Conon walk their pets frequently at the Chemainus Ball Park but are growing increasingly concerned about drugs being found discarded in the area. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Cowichan Valley School District is holding an online session to discuss the future of Koksilah Elementary School, closed since 2013. (File photo)

What’s the future of the old Koksilah Elementary School?

The district is hoping to collect feedback on options for the future of the school.

  • Jan 22, 2021
The Cowichan Valley School District is holding an online session to discuss the future of Koksilah Elementary School, closed since 2013. (File photo)
Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)

Prominent Lake Cowichan businessman Jim Neiser dead at 63

Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day said the long-time laker will be missed.

Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)
The Judy Hill Gallery took home top prize for its window display during the Christmas season from the Downtown Duncan BIA. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Judy Hill Gallery wins festive window display contest

A look at what’s going on in the Cowichan business community

The Judy Hill Gallery took home top prize for its window display during the Christmas season from the Downtown Duncan BIA. (Submitted photo)
Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)

Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Duncan area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Sorting food to deliver to community members isolating due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Back row from left: Philomena Wilson, Sosefina Aleck, Ethan Wilson and Lucetta Wilson. In front is Kennedy Aleck. (Submitted)
Sorting food to deliver to community members isolating due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Back row from left: Philomena Wilson, Sosefina Aleck, Ethan Wilson and Lucetta Wilson. In front is Kennedy Aleck. (Submitted)
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]

Lake Cowichan daycare closes for 10 days due to COVID-19 exposure

A client at Creative Angels Daycare came in contact with someone who tested positive

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]
North Cowichan to hold virtual public meetings on its plans to update the Official Community Plan. (File photo)

North Cowichan wants to know what ‘community character’ means to you

People asked to register on website

  • Jan 21, 2021
North Cowichan to hold virtual public meetings on its plans to update the Official Community Plan. (File photo)
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)
A suspect has been arrested in connection with fires at Drinkwater Elementary (pictured) and École Mount Prevost. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Arson suspect arrested after fires at Cowichan Valley schools

Drinkwater Elementary and Mount Prevost schools hit within a week

A suspect has been arrested in connection with fires at Drinkwater Elementary (pictured) and École Mount Prevost. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Danielle Groenendijk raised more than twice her goal for Parkinson’s Canada. (Photo submitted)

VIU volleyball athlete doubles fundraising goal for Parkinson’s

Daily runs over 30 days by Groenendijk add up to 254 kilometres

Danielle Groenendijk raised more than twice her goal for Parkinson’s Canada. (Photo submitted)
Possible COVID-19 exposures may have occurred at Alexander Elementary School on Jan. 13, 14 and 15. (Google Maps)
Possible COVID-19 exposures may have occurred at Alexander Elementary School on Jan. 13, 14 and 15. (Google Maps)
Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)

New street signs in Duncan in English and Hul’q’umi’num

Seven streets to get additional native names on signs

Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)
North Cowichan to add three more off-leash dog areas in the new year. (File photo)

North Cowichan adds three new off-leash areas

Trial program runs through 2021, but not the summer months

North Cowichan to add three more off-leash dog areas in the new year. (File photo)
Stand-up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Stand-up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Principal Marie-Claude Carrier has overseen the opening of the Cowichan Valley’s first francophone school. (Citizen file)

Registration now open for Duncan Francophone school

École francophone de Duncan opened last fall with six students

Principal Marie-Claude Carrier has overseen the opening of the Cowichan Valley’s first francophone school. (Citizen file)