Sarah Simpson

“…Emilie Sefton of Victoria here for the summer, along with Grace Steven from Shop’n Save Store in Youbou won second prize in best individual costumes in this year’s Youbou Regatta held last Saturday.” (Lake News, Aug. 13, 1997)

Flashback: Fatal accident, no playground please, ‘gauntlet thrown’

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“…Emilie Sefton of Victoria here for the summer, along with Grace Steven from Shop’n Save Store in Youbou won second prize in best individual costumes in this year’s Youbou Regatta held last Saturday.” (Lake News, Aug. 13, 1997)
A beary beautiful day for a stroll. And yes, I did take this from the car, but I was the passenger. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
A beary beautiful day for a stroll. And yes, I did take this from the car, but I was the passenger. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Volunteers take the plunge to test sunscreen levels in Cowichan Lake, river

Visitors coming to Cowichan Lake area from around the globe

With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)

Youbou Regatta returns following hiatus

No lifeguard for quarter-mile swim

On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)
“The passenger of an accident on Highway 18 on Saturday, July 21, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but released the same day. Above, Lake Cowichan RCMP and fire fighters lift her into a helicopter.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 1, 2012)

Flashback: Water, fire, land, and…golf

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“The passenger of an accident on Highway 18 on Saturday, July 21, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but released the same day. Above, Lake Cowichan RCMP and fire fighters lift her into a helicopter.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 1, 2012)
Members of the Cowichan High School graduating class of 1952. (Courtesy of Pete Kenyon)

Sarah Simpson Column: Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name

Seventy years. SEVENTY YEARS! Seventy years ago Elizabeth II became the Queen…

Members of the Cowichan High School graduating class of 1952. (Courtesy of Pete Kenyon)
Bear proof lids have been installed on the garbage dumpster at the Cowichan Lake Marina. People are still leaving garbage beside the bins, however. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan bear death prompts outcry for change

More needs to be done to keep bears away from trash

Bear proof lids have been installed on the garbage dumpster at the Cowichan Lake Marina. People are still leaving garbage beside the bins, however. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
A map of the new bypass. (Courtesy of Dididaht First Nation)

Ditidaht Nation paving its own way to winter safety with help from San Group

Forest company donates cash, machines, manpower

A map of the new bypass. (Courtesy of Dididaht First Nation)
Mounties have teamed up with Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society to enforce speed limits and educate drivers of their actual speeds in the Cowichan Valley. (RCMP handout)

Speed enforcement in Cowichan gathering steam

Volunteers, officers watching for speeders

Mounties have teamed up with Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society to enforce speed limits and educate drivers of their actual speeds in the Cowichan Valley. (RCMP handout)
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said a funding boost from the province to the local adult literacy program will help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy. (File photo)
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said a funding boost from the province to the local adult literacy program will help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy. (File photo)
The RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating Daniel Scott, who was reported missing on July 31. (RCMP handout)

UPDATE: Missing Duncan man found safe

UPDATE: Daniel Scott has been found safe. Those playing outdoors on the…

The RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating Daniel Scott, who was reported missing on July 31. (RCMP handout)
The Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society received $1,800 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant program’s public safety sector. (Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society photo)

Gaming grants bolster budgets of seven area Lake Cowichan groups

Seven different community organizations within the Town of Lake Cowichan infused $78,480…

The Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society received $1,800 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant program’s public safety sector. (Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society photo)
“Walkers, runners, and cyclists for the Walk for Cindy Kruk pose in the parking lot at Saywell Park before their 9:15 a.m. start on Saturday, July 21. The group raised money to support Kruk who was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in March of this year.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 25, 2012)

Flashback: An award of merit, an interesting donation and a crosswalk debate

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Walkers, runners, and cyclists for the Walk for Cindy Kruk pose in the parking lot at Saywell Park before their 9:15 a.m. start on Saturday, July 21. The group raised money to support Kruk who was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in March of this year.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 25, 2012)
The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)

GoFundMe set up for widow of Cobble Hill crash victim

Michelle Paton is being supported by friends, family, neighbours

The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)
Families living around Cowichan Lake, and even those who travel to the area for recreation take note: there are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Swimmers take note: There are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

No lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou

Recruitment efforts unsuccessful

Families living around Cowichan Lake, and even those who travel to the area for recreation take note: there are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Swimmers take note: There are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Some residents are terminating their leases early and without penalty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATED: Developer hopes to welcome tenants back when Cowichan apartment building defects fixed

Municipality points the finger at developer’s engineers

Some residents are terminating their leases early and without penalty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Dancing duo Olivia Shafer, 16, and Esmée Rush, 15, earned top spot in the 2022 edition of the Duncan Has Talent dance competition. For more from Duncan Has Talent, check out page 17, andonline at cowichanvalleycitizen.com for video. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Competition proves Duncan has dance talent

Four acts, five contestants, one winner. Well, make that two. Dancing duo…

Dancing duo Olivia Shafer, 16, and Esmée Rush, 15, earned top spot in the 2022 edition of the Duncan Has Talent dance competition. For more from Duncan Has Talent, check out page 17, andonline at cowichanvalleycitizen.com for video. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)

One dead following Cobble Hill crash

The incident happened at the intersection of the highway and Hutchinson Road

The pickup truck involved in the fatal crash Tuesday afternoon in Cobble Hill. (Cody Loughran photo)
The Cowichan Bay fire hall was built in 1977 and no longer complies with building codes. (Cowichan Bay Improvement District photo)

New $16 million fire hall for Cowichan Bay as AAP passes

Received 401 votes in opposition, just 47 votes shy of what was required to stop the project

The Cowichan Bay fire hall was built in 1977 and no longer complies with building codes. (Cowichan Bay Improvement District photo)
North Cowichan has closed the forestry gates to vehicles to help prevent forest fires. (North Cowichan photo)

Hot weather, high fire risk prompts North Cowichan forestry gate closure

North Cowichan has closed the forestry gates at a number of locations…

North Cowichan has closed the forestry gates to vehicles to help prevent forest fires. (North Cowichan photo)