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An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)

Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

  • Jan 18, 2021
Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Not enough local eggs to meet demand: officials

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling

Duncan Christian School will be closed from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. (Citizen file)

Duncan Christian School, DogHouse Restaurant close doors due to COVID; cases confirmed at Walmart

Voluntary temporary closures announced as precautions

The new Malahat Skywalk is expected to be completed by this summer. (Submitted graphic)

Malahat Skywalk expected to be complete by this summer

$15-million project will see 650-metre elevated wooden pathway constructed

The new Malahat Skywalk is expected to be completed by this summer. (Submitted graphic)
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan 2020 in review — conclusion

What were your top stories from 2020?

Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)
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Fire on Jan. 13, 2021, off of the Trans Canada Highway in Duncan
Lewis Apartments
Fatal fire Christmas Day in Cowichan Valley
Snow in the Cowichan Valley Dec. 21, 2020
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

BCAFN condems racism against Cowichan Tribes after COVID-19 outbreak

“Any one of us could do everything right and still catch the virus”: Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dr. Shannon Waters, the medical health officer for the Cowichan Valley Region, is reminding people to stay the course with COVID-19 measures. (File photo)

‘Stay the course’ with COVID measures, Island Health reminds

Limit social activity, wash hands, wear a mask, and isolate if you feel sick

Dr. Shannon Waters, the medical health officer for the Cowichan Valley Region, is reminding people to stay the course with COVID-19 measures. (File photo)
Black Press media file

Port McNeill driver tells police he thought the pandemic meant no breathalyzers

Suspect facing criminal charges after breathalyzer readings in excess of 3.5 times the legal limit

Black Press media file
New well in Youbou expected to meet community;s drinking water needs for years. (File photo)

New well provides fresh water in Youbou

Well expected to meet community’s needs for years

  • Jan 15, 2021
New well in Youbou expected to meet community;s drinking water needs for years. (File photo)
Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)

Name on the egg carton not what it seems, cautions Cowichan producer

“Island” eggs may come from Manitoba, Woike says

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Classes cancelled for Mount Prevost students today

Second school fire in five days for North Cowichan schools

Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Parents Robin Ringer and Wyatt Gilmore with the No. 1 baby of 2021 in the Cowichan Valley. They have yet to decide on a name for her. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus couple excited about having the New Year’s baby for the Cowichan Valley

Recent arrivals from Fort Nelson celebrate their girl coming into the world on Jan. 7

Parents Robin Ringer and Wyatt Gilmore with the No. 1 baby of 2021 in the Cowichan Valley. They have yet to decide on a name for her. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A COVID-19 outbreak is over at the Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum assisted-living facility in Duncan. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak over at Duncan assisted living facility

One staff member tested positive at Ts’i’tsuwatul’ Lelum

  • Jan 14, 2021
A COVID-19 outbreak is over at the Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum assisted-living facility in Duncan. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has expressed his frustration with harassment of people who have made racist comments online about Cowichan Tribes in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak in the First Nation. (Citizen file)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has expressed his frustration with harassment of people who have made racist comments online about Cowichan Tribes in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak in the First Nation. (Citizen file)
Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)

Power back on for most of Cowichan following windstorm

Only two outages remained in the Cowichan Valley Thursday morning

Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)
Island Health’s COVID-19 testing site for the Comox Valley is located at inspection bays at the ICBC Claim Centre at 505 Crowne Isle Blvd. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health’s COVID-19 testing site for the Comox Valley is located at inspection bays at the ICBC Claim Centre at 505 Crowne Isle Blvd. (Black Press Media file photo)
An abandoned house burned down off of the Trans Canada Highway near The Brick in Duncan in the early morning hours of Jan. 13, 2021. (Jeremy Byce photo)

Duncan crews battle fire in abandoned house

Structure next to The Brick burned down Wednesday morning

An abandoned house burned down off of the Trans Canada Highway near The Brick in Duncan in the early morning hours of Jan. 13, 2021. (Jeremy Byce photo)
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop will remain closed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary extends thrift shop closure

Executive will revisit the situation again in early February

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop will remain closed. (Photo by Don Bodger)