Diane Gaudreau of Youbou caught the largest fish in the women's category at the Elk's annual trout derby this week in 1991. Her cutthroat weighed in at exactly four pounds.

Lake Flashback: Car crashes into store, community forest, protest

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter James Goldie has been combing through old newspapers with the

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter James Goldie has been combing through old newspapers with the assistance of the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives so we can jog your memory, give you that nostalgic feeling, or just a chuckle, as we take a look at what was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by.

 

This week around the Cowichan Lake…

 

10 years ago:

 

A convenience store in Lake Cowichan was the scene of a head-on collision this week.

The incident took place at          9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Grab Bag on Cottonwood Street, and resulted in  injury to one employee. A van crashed into the store before getting hung up on a concrete barrier outside. The collision’s impact knocked a small counter forward which hit the employee causing whiplash and “other injuries.”

The store’s owner described the situation as “just awful” and said that staff are on edge as a result.

The police are still investigating the situation and no charges have been laid yet.

A similar incident took place at the liquor store, in which a neighbour heard the crash of a vehicle and came down to find a car trying to break through the front window of the liquor store.

“I shouted to them and they backed up their car and took a run at me,” he said. “They then tore out of the parking lot and headed towards Duncan.”

The man copied the perpetrator’s licence plate number and phoned police, who are investigating.

 

25 years ago:

 

The Town of Lake Cowichan owns property it could consider turning over to a community forest, according to Jean Brown, chairman of the Community Forest Forum in Duncan. Brown said that while community forests do exist, proceeding would require changes to the province’s Forest Act.

Brown was among speakers at the forum’s evening presentation who provided an overview of the benefits that would accrue from a community forest operation in the area.

The group also heard from Ken Allen, the director of forest management with the Mission Forest Reserve, who told the forum that revenue from logs there were $250,000 a year.

“It contributes to community stability, local employment, and tourism under a controlled harvesting program,” Allen said.

The forum will be followed by a round table discussion at the Cowichan Community Centre to consider the region’s options.

 

40 years ago:

 

Local industry has come to a standstill thanks to a protest organized by the Canadian Labour Congress in opposition to the federal government’s wage and price controls.

The Lake News said it was “almost as if the village of Lake Cowichan couldn’t make up its mind what kind of a day it was.” Most shops around town were open but mill workers and loggers — all International Woodworkers of America members — took the day off.

Almost all of Local 1-80’s 4,500 members were off the job except for emergency personnel. Ice-makers at the arena were the only union members who remained on the job.

School bus drivers and maintenance staff were also off the job and consequently most students did not come to school.

“At the United Church Hall, a dozen teachers — mostly from the high school — soaked up the sun and played cards while they waited to discuss educational problems with parents who didn’t show up,” noted the Lake News.

Compiled by James Goldie, Gazette

Just Posted

Big crowd out at Laketown Ranch for Trooper’s Lake Days show

They were the band everyone was waiting for, and the Flats were rockin’ when Trooper performed

David Suzuki column: Carbon pricing is an important tool to tackle climate change

“As long as fossil fuels seem to be the cheapest energy to the public, they’ll keep using them”

Drivesmart column: Little things can make a big safety difference

Signal! The bulbs are good for more than three or four blinks, too.

Robert Barron column: Island a beautiful and dangerous place

But the Valley does face even more of a threat from earthquakes than many had thought.

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Coming up in Cowichan: Father’s Day fun to fundraising

Father’s Day Tractor Show at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Cowichan Coffee Time: From CHAMPS to scholarships

The Duncan Kinettes donated $6,400 to the BC Summer Games

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

Most Read