Don Bodger

John Wyatt, Jeri Wyatt and Bill Routley hope common sense will prevail that will allow the Chemainus River Campground’s land to be grandfathered and continue as a campground. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

John Wyatt, Jeri Wyatt and Bill Routley hope common sense will prevail that will allow the Chemainus River Campground’s land to be grandfathered and continue as a campground. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The label on Lindsay Mitchell’s Quilt of Valour presented by his grandmother Linda Malvena on behalf of the Crofton Quilters. (Photo submitted)

Island man’s Quilt of Valour comforting after death of his grandmother

Presentation to honour military service takes on a bittersweet tone two days later

The label on Lindsay Mitchell’s Quilt of Valour presented by his grandmother Linda Malvena on behalf of the Crofton Quilters. (Photo submitted)
This distinctive dinosaur sculpture was snatched from a Chemainus home. (Photo submitted)

Even sculptured dinosaurs going extinct in Island community

Even the sculpture variety of dinosaur is in danger of going extinct…

This distinctive dinosaur sculpture was snatched from a Chemainus home. (Photo submitted)
Derek Descoteau’s friends, from left: Bret Joneson, Rob Jeeves and Sterling Tabler. Harvey was also Descoteau’s dog. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Mother of Chemainus murder victim upset after accused deemed unfit to stand trial

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

Derek Descoteau’s friends, from left: Bret Joneson, Rob Jeeves and Sterling Tabler. Harvey was also Descoteau’s dog. (File photo by Don Bodger)
The investigation into the death of Delores Brown remains open. (File photo)

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

The investigation into the death of Delores Brown remains open. (File photo)
An emu made a break for it this morning on Chemainus Road. (Photo submitted)

‘Aggressive’ emu on the loose on Vancouver Island now safe at nearby farm

Agitated animal eventually secured by officers after resisting arrest near Cowichan

An emu made a break for it this morning on Chemainus Road. (Photo submitted)
Dee Gallant and her husky Murphy. (Photo submitted)

Metallica lead singer glad to be a life-saver for B.C. woman

Heavy metal song that scares away cougar drawing world-wide attention

Dee Gallant and her husky Murphy. (Photo submitted)
Cougar can be seen in this image captured by Dee Gallant on her cell phone. (Photo by Dee Gallant)

Cougar not a fan of Metallica, B.C. woman discovers

Tune from playlist clears the path while walking her dog on a logging road

Cougar can be seen in this image captured by Dee Gallant on her cell phone. (Photo by Dee Gallant)
United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 members on the picket line Tuesday morning outside the main gate to the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill, from left, are: David Karras, Randy Robertson, Brian Bull, Robert Joyce, Brad Mitchell and Kevin Blatchford. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Strike action commences at WFP mills

Union sets up picket lines Monday after issuing 72-hour notice Friday

United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 members on the picket line Tuesday morning outside the main gate to the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill, from left, are: David Karras, Randy Robertson, Brian Bull, Robert Joyce, Brad Mitchell and Kevin Blatchford. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Police had Chemainus Road blocked off between Fir Street and the Oak Street roundabout Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a head-on accident fled the scene. Police eventually tracked him down on Willow Street. Accident scene can be seen in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Island community

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

Police had Chemainus Road blocked off between Fir Street and the Oak Street roundabout Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a head-on accident fled the scene. Police eventually tracked him down on Willow Street. Accident scene can be seen in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Unusual items like water bottles and hairdryers are used as microphones, from left, by Tonya (Erin Ormond), Donna (Stephanie Roth) and Rosie (Jenni Burke) to belt out a few tunes during the Chemainus Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia! (Photo by Don Bodger).

Mamma Mia! poised to be biggest Chemainus Theatre show ever

Plenty of buzz as Island dinner theatre schedules ABBA-fueled romp

Unusual items like water bottles and hairdryers are used as microphones, from left, by Tonya (Erin Ormond), Donna (Stephanie Roth) and Rosie (Jenni Burke) to belt out a few tunes during the Chemainus Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia! (Photo by Don Bodger).
Paul Descoteau struggles over the murder of his son Derek every day. May 20 marks the three-year anniversary. (Photo submitted)

Island father’s anguish remains three years after son’s murder

Derek Descoteau remembered as a young man with such a great future ahead

Paul Descoteau struggles over the murder of his son Derek every day. May 20 marks the three-year anniversary. (Photo submitted)
The Howe Sound Queen, running from Crofton to Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island, will soon be going into retirement. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

The Howe Sound Queen, running from Crofton to Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island, will soon be going into retirement. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Zak Andrews Award (Mr. Personality)                                Winner: Nathaniel Lefebvre (Mission)                                Presentation: Sean and Denise Tutte, John and Julie Andrews.                                (Photo submitted)

Gallery of hockey stars

Lucky seven from the Cowichan Valley Memorial Midget C Tournament receive their awards

Zak Andrews Award (Mr. Personality)                                Winner: Nathaniel Lefebvre (Mission)                                Presentation: Sean and Denise Tutte, John and Julie Andrews.                                (Photo submitted)
Steven Reade doing the bench press. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Extensive training makes Island powerlifter a national champ

Age no barrier to bouncing back from nagging back injuries in the past

Steven Reade doing the bench press. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Saanich Braves capture their second straight Cowichan Valley Memorial Midget C Tournament championship. (Photo by John Andrews)

Memorable weekend of hockey and camaraderie in Island tournament

Many aspects of memorial concept tug at the heartstrings in Chemainus, Duncan

Saanich Braves capture their second straight Cowichan Valley Memorial Midget C Tournament championship. (Photo by John Andrews)
Traffic analyst conducts measurements at the scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Motorcycle crash snarls northbound Trans Canada Highway traffic at Chemainus

Man taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

Traffic analyst conducts measurements at the scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tournament organizer Kathy Irving with the 10th anniversary tournament pucks and MVP towels.  (Photo by Don Bodger)

Keepsakes abundant from Cowichan Valley memorial hockey tournament

Trophies, hoodies, towels, manager baskets and more all part of the big haul

Tournament organizer Kathy Irving with the 10th anniversary tournament pucks and MVP towels.  (Photo by Don Bodger)
These Chemainus Elementary School kids know how to write a good parody and carry a tune. (Photo by John Lofto)

Unplowed Roads parody song destined to be a classic

Move over Weird Al, Island elementary students on the same level

These Chemainus Elementary School kids know how to write a good parody and carry a tune. (Photo by John Lofto)
Leaf Compassion dispensary in Chemainus is now closed, owner Kyle Cheyne says, until it gets a Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch license. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Police raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on the Island

Owner in court Tuesday on charges from two years ago

Leaf Compassion dispensary in Chemainus is now closed, owner Kyle Cheyne says, until it gets a Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch license. (Photo by Don Bodger)