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The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Seven-year-old Violet Bennett has been found safe and sound, after being missing since Jan. 23, 2022. (RCMP Handout)

Missing Cowichan Valley 7-year-old Violet Bennett returned safe and sound

Father Jesse Bennett still wanted on Canada-wide warrant for abduction

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett has been found safe and sound, after being missing since Jan. 23, 2022. (RCMP Handout)
RCMP are investigating after a tree spiked with metal and PVC pipe was found in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP handout)

RCMP investigating spiked tree found in Fairy Creek area

“This tactic to impede forestry operations is not only illegal, but is extremely dangerous”

RCMP are investigating after a tree spiked with metal and PVC pipe was found in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP handout)
Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)

Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival back in June

Headliners Pharis and Jason Romero, The Lonesome Ace Stringband and more

Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)
Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook

Wu-Tang Clan, The Glorious Sons, Arkells and more headline Laketown Shakedown 2022 in Cowichan

This is the first year back for the festival since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020

Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook
A charge of manslaughter has been laid in the case where a man was killed at a home on Cowichan Lake Road on March 1, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

18-year-old charged with manslaughter in March, 2021 Duncan death

The charge was approved on Feb. 27, 2022

A charge of manslaughter has been laid in the case where a man was killed at a home on Cowichan Lake Road on March 1, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A manslaughter case is now before the courts in the death of a man in Duncan in 2020. (Citizen file)

Man arrested and charged with manslaughter in 2020 Duncan case

45-year-old Andrew Steve Alphonse was arrested on March 1

A manslaughter case is now before the courts in the death of a man in Duncan in 2020. (Citizen file)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

RCMP searching for missing father and daughter in possible custody dispute

“We believe that Jesse Bennett is actively evading police”

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)

Darius Rucker to headline Sunfest 2022

Cowichan Valley also welcomes Dallas Smith, Billy Currington Hardy, Kip Moore

Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)
Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Trans-Canada-Highway in Mill Bay reopened as fire contained

It is being reported that the fire is at or near Pioneer Square Mall

Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night

A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)
Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)

Missing man last seen in Fairy Creek logging protest area

Gerald Kearny, 61, was reported missing on Thursday, Oct. 21

Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Kearny has gone missing in the Fairy Creek protest area. (RCMP handout)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford being called for NDP incumbent MacGregor

Check back for more as the results roll in

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)
Firefighters have responded to a structure fire at a home on Belvedere Crescent in Sahtlam on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Firefighters respond to structure fire near Duncan

Home in Sahtlam area completely engulfed in flames

Firefighters have responded to a structure fire at a home on Belvedere Crescent in Sahtlam on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)

Military loses potentially dangerous smoke marker in Cowichan Lake

Markers dropped into the lake on the north side on Friday, Aug. 6

A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)
Smokey skies at the north end of Mount Prevost Friday evening. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Holyoak Creek fire increases in size to 32 hectares by Friday night

Blaze considered out of control by the BC Wildfire Service

Smokey skies at the north end of Mount Prevost Friday evening. (Photo by Don Bodger)
RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

1 taken into custody as standoff with RCMP north of Duncan concludes

Multiple police cars and officers in the area

RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Two fundraisers have identified the youth killed in a Monday crash in Mill Bay as 11-year-old Avery Oye. (GoFundMe photo)

UPDATED: Youth cyclist killed in Mill Bay collision was ‘brilliant young boy of 11’

Fundraisers identify accident victim as Avery Oye

Two fundraisers have identified the youth killed in a Monday crash in Mill Bay as 11-year-old Avery Oye. (GoFundMe photo)
Mike Coleman serves breakfast as a celebrity server at the Heart And Stroke Foundation’s annual breakfast. (Citizen file)

Longtime Duncan mayor Mike Coleman has died

Being mayor for more than two decades is far from the extent of Coleman’s legacy

Mike Coleman serves breakfast as a celebrity server at the Heart And Stroke Foundation’s annual breakfast. (Citizen file)