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US F-22 shows off its air superiority in the skies over Abbotsford.

BC Amateur Photographer contest a huge success

Seventy finalists competed at this year's Abbotsford International Airshow for a shot at the title of Amateur Photographer of the year

US F-22 shows off its air superiority in the skies over Abbotsford.
Aerial view of Wood Lake wildfire north of Harrison Hot Springs

WILDFIRE WATCH: 282,000 hectares now burned is four times 10-year average

Fire updates from around B.C., with photos, interactive charts and updates from Twitter and Facebook

Aerial view of Wood Lake wildfire north of Harrison Hot Springs
A bomber drops retardant on a fire off Tillicum Road in the BX-Swan Lake region on Tuesday evening (July 21

WILDFIRE WATCH: Be ‘very, very cautious’ in B.C. backcountry over Long Weekend

The BC Wildfire Service says there have been 1,342 wildfires since April 1, 2015, burning 276,000 hectares

A bomber drops retardant on a fire off Tillicum Road in the BX-Swan Lake region on Tuesday evening (July 21
Cache Creek relief donations roll in from the public and the business community.

BlackPress4Good collects donations for Cache Creek flood victims

Help is still needed for relief efforts in Cache Creek. Crowdfunding effort gathers momentum.

Cache Creek relief donations roll in from the public and the business community.
Seabird Island Tulip Festival. Photo by Roxanne Watson. Entry in the 2015 Amateur Photographer of the Year.

Time to enter B.C.’s amateur photographer contest

The 3rd annual 'Your Best Shot' contest is open to amateur photographers. Sponsored by London Drugs, Abbotsford Airshow & Black Press

Seabird Island Tulip Festival. Photo by Roxanne Watson. Entry in the 2015 Amateur Photographer of the Year.
Black Press Crowdfunding initiative making a difference in communities

Black Press Crowdfunding initiative making a difference in communities

More than $17,000 raised since launching last fall

Black Press Crowdfunding initiative making a difference in communities
B.C.'s Vital Statistics Agency has released the top baby names chosen in the province in 2013.

Olivia, Liam top lists of new baby names in B.C.

Also popular were Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava for girls, and Mason, Ethan, Lucas and Benjamin for boys (With interactive charts)

B.C.'s Vital Statistics Agency has released the top baby names chosen in the province in 2013.
UsedHelps is a new charity crowdfunding initiative from Black Press's Used.com.

#UsedHelps: Connecting Business with Canadian Charities

It's a first for Canadian buy and sell websites, where sellers can donate the proceeds of their sales directly to national, local charities.

UsedHelps is a new charity crowdfunding initiative from Black Press's Used.com.

Forrest re-elected as mayor of Lake Cowichan

Incumbent beats nearest challenger Wendy Klyne by roughly 200 votes

Aspen Gainer joins the Lake Cowichan Gazette's team as the new Editor/Reporter.

The Gazette gets a new editor/reporter

The Gazette welcomes Aspen Gainer, who takes over the position of Editor/Reporter.

Aspen Gainer joins the Lake Cowichan Gazette's team as the new Editor/Reporter.
Winning photo for Amateur Photographer of the Year

Amateur photographer contest winners announced

Steve Dutt has been named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year

Winning photo for Amateur Photographer of the Year
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond

Teachers strike mediation hopes rise as Ready talks to BCTF, province

Negotiators for both sides in bitter strike expected to meet as early as today

Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond
Last year's People's Choice winner was Christina Dutkowski.

Vote for the People’s Choice ‘Best Photo’

Voting for the Next Generation People's Choice photo contest is open until Sept. 7 at midnight

Last year's People's Choice winner was Christina Dutkowski.
This photography

Your Best Shot finalists chosen

More than 2,100 entries received for the second annual contest

This photography
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton reaches out to an audience member during the grand entry of the delegates to the 2014 BC Elders Gathering at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

B.C.’s Elders Gathering in Penticton unique in Canada

More than 3,500 people attended the 38th annual Elders Gathering in Penticton July 7 to 9.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton reaches out to an audience member during the grand entry of the delegates to the 2014 BC Elders Gathering at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Recycling changes underway for Cowichan Lake area

New Multi-Material (MMBC) recycling program means curbside pickup items have changed

Possible teacher job action looms over Cowichan but Chris Rolls

Valley teachers support strong strike position

Long-standing issues: Class sizes and composition language seen as significant

Possible teacher job action looms over Cowichan but Chris Rolls

Meals on Wheels delivering last meal

Alternatives available: Less funding, fewer clients mean seniors’ aid program parked

Sgt. Wes Olsen

New RCMP Detachment Commander has long history of resort policing

Top cop: Sgt. Wes Olsen grew up in the Cowichan Valley and has spent most of his career in Manitoba

Sgt. Wes Olsen
Emergency crews arrive on scene at the Duck Pond on Tuesday.

Body found near Duck Pond

Coroner investigating:but foul play is not suspected

Emergency crews arrive on scene at the Duck Pond on Tuesday.