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A Mill Bay family “lost everything” in a fire on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Family escapes, but house a “total loss” after fire in Mill Bay

1 dog died in blaze, but other pets managed to get out

A Mill Bay family “lost everything” in a fire on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Brock Gowanlock sets his sights on an Ottawa Redblacks player during his CFL preseason debut for the Montréal Alouettes on June 3. (Minas Panagiotakis/Montréal Alouettes)

Vancouver Island’s Gowanlock makes CFL debut with Alouettes

Duncan-raised defensive end was drafted by Montréal in 2020

Brock Gowanlock sets his sights on an Ottawa Redblacks player during his CFL preseason debut for the Montréal Alouettes on June 3. (Minas Panagiotakis/Montréal Alouettes)
Oliver Salo, son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo, has committed to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for 2022-23. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Cowichan Capitals snag son of former Canucks defenceman

Oliver Salo, son of Sami Salo, commits to Caps for next season

Oliver Salo, son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo, has committed to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for 2022-23. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Shawnigan Lake School U15 prep forward Liam Loughery was picked 172nd overall in the WHL Prospects Draft last week. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)

Quartet of Cowichan Valley players picked in WHL draft

Group includes 2 local minor hockey products, 3 from Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School U15 prep forward Liam Loughery was picked 172nd overall in the WHL Prospects Draft last week. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)
Kart drivers round a turn at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit during races hosted by the Vancouver Island Karting Association on May 8. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Provincial series revs up near Duncan as part of karting’s Vancouver Island revival

Motorsport circuit in Cowichan is ideal for kart racing

Kart drivers round a turn at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit during races hosted by the Vancouver Island Karting Association on May 8. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
More than 200 riders competed at the Mount Tzouhalem Enduro stage of the Island Cup Race Series on Sunday, April 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island riders flock to Cowichan for 2022 Island Cup Series opener

More than 200 Mount Tzouhalem Enduro spots sold out in less than six hours

More than 200 riders competed at the Mount Tzouhalem Enduro stage of the Island Cup Race Series on Sunday, April 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Brentwood College head of school Bud Patel and regatta chair Spencer Manton are ready to welcome the world to the 50th Brentwood Regatta this weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Brentwood Regatta returns to Mill Bay this weekend

School can’t wait to welcome the world and show off the Cowichan Valley

Brentwood College head of school Bud Patel and regatta chair Spencer Manton are ready to welcome the world to the 50th Brentwood Regatta this weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World’s Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)

Resilient woodpecker stymies caretakers of Cowichan’s Big Stick

Northern flicker has drilled two holes in World’s Largest Hockey Stick

A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World’s Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)
A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World's Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)

Woodpecker makes its home in Cowichan’s Big Stick

Bird first spotted last week; community centre working to remove it

A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World's Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)
Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)

Vancouver Island athletes unearthed by RBC Training Ground

Rugby players now on the national program fast track

Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)
A tow truck pulls a tree trimming truck back to vertical after the trimmer tipped over on Feb. 23, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Toppled tree trimming truck sends Vancouver Island worker to hospital

Witnesses say man injured in Shawnigan Lake after stabilizer sinks into soft ground

A tow truck pulls a tree trimming truck back to vertical after the trimmer tipped over on Feb. 23, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Defenceman Simon Chen moved on from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. (Citizen file)

Former Vancouver Islander to skate for China’s hockey team at Beijing Olympics

Cowichan Capitals defenceman Chen played 104 games from 2016 to 2018

Defenceman Simon Chen moved on from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. (Citizen file)
A driver was rescued after her dump truck plunged into the ocean off Frayne Road in Mill Bay on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 26. Here, the truck sits on the beach after being pulled from the water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Driver rescued after dump truck plunges into ocean off Mill Bay

Bystander dove in to assist driver

A driver was rescued after her dump truck plunged into the ocean off Frayne Road in Mill Bay on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 26. Here, the truck sits on the beach after being pulled from the water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dancers fill the roles of the menu and pieces of cutlery during the beloved song “Be Our Guest” from the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a triumphant return for Cowichan Musical Society

Final weekend of performances moved to February

Dancers fill the roles of the menu and pieces of cutlery during the beloved song “Be Our Guest” from the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)

Cowichan Valley Capitals have two games postponed due to COVID-19

Caps are one of three BCHL teams sidelined for five days

BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)
RCMP stock. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
RCMP stock. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Police are looking for information about this possible suspect in a Nov. 26 arson incident. (Submitted by BC RCMP)

RCMP seeking info about suspect in Duncan arson incident

Suspect was caught on video setting fire in recycling bin on Nov. 26

Police are looking for information about this possible suspect in a Nov. 26 arson incident. (Submitted by BC RCMP)
Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island rugby club takes steps toward reconciliation

Blessing ceremony at Cowichan’s Herd Road grounds includes Tzinquaw Dancers

Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Island hockey trio escape serious injury in car crash following memorial game

Kerry Park Islanders players escape serious injury in accident following Nick Collins Game

A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)

‘Bravest little warrior’: B.C. boy badly burned in Halloween house fire dies

Five-year-old Enzo Wilson from Cowichan has succumbed to his injuries

Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)