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It took campers, paramedics and a Search and Rescue crew to get an injured hiker to safety on Sunday. (Submitted)

Campers hailed heroes in rock face rescue at Vancouver Island provincial park

The campers quickly noticed the man in distress and jumped into the river to swim across.

It took campers, paramedics and a Search and Rescue crew to get an injured hiker to safety on Sunday. (Submitted)
Sahtlam volunteer firefighters were assisted by crews from multiple other halls as they battled a blaze on Cowichan Lake Road on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island firefighter loses home to blaze

By the next morning heavy machinery was brought in to demolish what remained

Sahtlam volunteer firefighters were assisted by crews from multiple other halls as they battled a blaze on Cowichan Lake Road on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
UPDATE: Mt. Sicker brush fire in Cowichan Valley under control: fire chief

UPDATE: Mt. Sicker brush fire in Cowichan Valley under control: fire chief

We are looking at about a half a hectare in size — about 150 by 200 [feet].”

UPDATE: Mt. Sicker brush fire in Cowichan Valley under control: fire chief
Andrew Langford (left) and John Close are producing a successful weekly podcast they’ve dubbed “Obstacle Course.” (Submitted)

From Eco Lawn to Obstacle Course, Cowichan entrepreneur is branching out

Lush Eco Lawn owner John Close is branching out. With a decade…

Andrew Langford (left) and John Close are producing a successful weekly podcast they’ve dubbed “Obstacle Course.” (Submitted)
Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)
Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)

Police pursue pesky porker in Cowichan

Here piggy piggy!

Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)
Vancouver Island teen airlifted after mountain bike crash

Vancouver Island teen airlifted after mountain bike crash

14-year-old student released from hospital after incident on Mount Tzouhalem near Duncan

Vancouver Island teen airlifted after mountain bike crash
A cougar has mauled a child near Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Two cougars shot after mauling child on Vancouver Island

The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries

A cougar has mauled a child near Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
Many have been peacefully protesting but tensions are high says Cowichan Tribes chief William (Chip) Seymour. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes chief issues statement asking for calm as Teddy the dog trial ratchets up tensions

The animal cruelty trial regarding Teddy the dog, pictured, who died two days after being seized by the SPCA last year is set for Feb. 27. (File photo)

Many have been peacefully protesting but tensions are high says Cowichan Tribes chief William (Chip) Seymour. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A house on Trunk Road in Duncan was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: 3 people, 3 dogs make narrow escape as fire guts home in Duncan

Firefighters called to Trunk Road residence just before 10 p.m. Saturday

A house on Trunk Road in Duncan was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Deputy chief Brad Coleman (right) and firefighters douse hot spots after a bus fire at the Mid Island lot on Tzouhalem Road early Friday morning. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATED: Five school buses destroyed in suspicious early morning fire

Firefighters and RCMP arrived at the Mid Island Bus lot on Tzouhalem…

Deputy chief Brad Coleman (right) and firefighters douse hot spots after a bus fire at the Mid Island lot on Tzouhalem Road early Friday morning. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Elk near Lake Cowichan. (BCCOS photo)

‘Lots of meat’ left on poached elk: B.C. Conservation Officer

Bull carcass discovered near the highway east of Lake Cowichan

Elk near Lake Cowichan. (BCCOS photo)
The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. woman killed by a fallen tree was checking in on homeless camp: Chief

Melissa Joe, 28, stopped by the encampment to visit friends and family staying there

The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Person killed in B.C. storm identified as woman in her 20s

A tree fell on the woman in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, two men injured

The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Sea lions in Cowichan Bay. (Cheryl Trudell photo)

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Sea lions in Cowichan Bay. (Cheryl Trudell photo)
$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader

$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader

David Gonyea was given a nine-month conditional sentence

$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader
A student was arrested at Maple Bay Elementary on Tuesday morning. (Google)

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

A student was arrested at Maple Bay Elementary on Tuesday morning. (Google)
Student arrested at Vancouver Island elementary school

Student arrested at Vancouver Island elementary school

Pupils never in danger, incident unrelated to the school

Student arrested at Vancouver Island elementary school
Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday

Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday

Don’t forget to turn back your clock, change your batteries

Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday
Tonya Kilmer, wife Ben Kilmer makes a plea to the public to continue looking for her missing husband at the RCMP Island District in Victoria a few months ago. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Tonya Kilmer grieves for husband, thanks community for support

“I never knew that I could or would ever feel pain like…

Tonya Kilmer, wife Ben Kilmer makes a plea to the public to continue looking for her missing husband at the RCMP Island District in Victoria a few months ago. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)