Sarah Simpson

Blue Grouse’s winemaker led the initiative, but it would not have been possible without the enthusiastic co-operation of every winery and grape grower in the valley (Citizen file)

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Blue Grouse’s winemaker led the initiative, but it would not have been possible without the enthusiastic co-operation of every winery and grape grower in the valley (Citizen file)
Fundraiser created for popular Vancouver Island farm market overrun with water

Fundraiser created for popular Vancouver Island farm market overrun with water

GoFundMe campaign set up for Russell Farms Market following flood

Fundraiser created for popular Vancouver Island farm market overrun with water
State of emergency declared for Cowichan Valley after heavy rain, flooding

State of emergency declared for Cowichan Valley after heavy rain, flooding

Roads closed, evacuations taking place

State of emergency declared for Cowichan Valley after heavy rain, flooding
Now that he’s shed some much needed pounds, Theo the pig can now run! (Photo courtesy of Michelle Singleton)

Theo the 800-pound pig trimmed down and still looking for love on Vancouver Island

“He’s doing really well, lost quite a few pounds and can run now.”

Now that he’s shed some much needed pounds, Theo the pig can now run! (Photo courtesy of Michelle Singleton)
A Duncan woman was arrested and charged with multiple Criminal Code charges following an incident in the early morning hours of Nov. 23. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island woman in custody after parking lot doughnuts, evading police

“Officers made multiple attempts to stop the vehicle from exiting the parking lot”

A Duncan woman was arrested and charged with multiple Criminal Code charges following an incident in the early morning hours of Nov. 23. (Citizen file)
A grateful beaver. (Jennifer Buck photo)

B.C. family rescues beaver trapped in a hole

Other hikers had been offering sticks to the beaver in an attempt to coax it out

A grateful beaver. (Jennifer Buck photo)
HTG chief negotiator Robert Morales. (Citizen file)

After 26 years, Vancouver Island First Nations group moves to final treaty negotiations

Vancouver Island’s Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group transitions to Stage 5

HTG chief negotiator Robert Morales. (Citizen file)
Fire broke out at the Broken Coast Cannabis facility at the corner of Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 on Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Fire damages Vancouver Island medical marijuana facility

Cannabis operation goes up in smoke

Fire broke out at the Broken Coast Cannabis facility at the corner of Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 on Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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)
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)
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
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
The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)
Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)

Monkey escapes Vancouver Island animal sanctuary

“It took off into the forest, across the road, hasn’t been seen since”

Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)
B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

Some hospitals in the province already offer the service, but most of them do not

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals
Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)

Hospital hero wins international honour for disarming knife wielding man

Charles Kraeling is the first Island Health employee to receive an International Award of Valour

Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)