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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)
The wing of a small plane can be seen sticking up from a wooded area behind homes in the Haydon Place neighbourhood of Mill Bay. The plane crashed Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021. (Jack Wilke photo)

UPDATED: Father and daughter in Mill Bay plane crash recovering

Witness says plane was seen circling before going down in a residential Mill Bay subdivision

The wing of a small plane can be seen sticking up from a wooded area behind homes in the Haydon Place neighbourhood of Mill Bay. The plane crashed Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021. (Jack Wilke photo)
A hefty $15,000 in cash was seized after a driver fled from a traffic stop in Duncan. (Submitted)
A hefty $15,000 in cash was seized after a driver fled from a traffic stop in Duncan. (Submitted)
Jessica James, 40, has been missing since fall 2020, and police are asking for the public's help to find her. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley RCMP looking for missing woman

Have you seen Jessica James?

Jessica James, 40, has been missing since fall 2020, and police are asking for the public's help to find her. (Submitted)
Chris Bloomfield was shot by police at a Mill Bay trailer park in 2018. Two RCMP officers have now been cleared in his shooting. (Facebook photo)

Watchdog clears 2 Mounties in 2018 shooting death of man in Mill Bay home

Chris Bloomfield killed Nov. 10, 2018

Chris Bloomfield was shot by police at a Mill Bay trailer park in 2018. Two RCMP officers have now been cleared in his shooting. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes has issued an evacuation order for two areas within the First Nation on Jan. 2, 2021. (screenshot)

Flooding causes evacuation order for Cowichan Tribes land; COVID-19 confirmed within First Nation

Cowichan Tribes issued an evacuation order for the Wil’seem Road and Sahilton Road areas

Cowichan Tribes has issued an evacuation order for two areas within the First Nation on Jan. 2, 2021. (screenshot)
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)

Natalie MacMaster coming to you through Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Here’s your chance to enjoy the famed fiddler in an online show with her husband Donnell Leahy.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Cowichan Search and Rescue set up near the Silver Bridge in Duncan on Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, 2020 to rescue a dog from the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Search and Rescue save dog from icy Cowichan River

Search and Rescue’s swiftwater team was called in

Cowichan Search and Rescue set up near the Silver Bridge in Duncan on Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, 2020 to rescue a dog from the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)

Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Island Heath has issued an overdose advisory for the Cowichan Valley. If someone has overdosed, administering naloxone can help. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)

Overdose advisory issued for Cowichan Valley

Drug users are warned to take steps to protect themselves

Island Heath has issued an overdose advisory for the Cowichan Valley. If someone has overdosed, administering naloxone can help. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)
The federal government announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020 that it is funding a safe drug supply pilot program for the Cowichan Valley. (THE NEWS/files)

Feds fund safe drug supply pilot program for Cowichan

The opioid overdose crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health crises

The federal government announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020 that it is funding a safe drug supply pilot program for the Cowichan Valley. (THE NEWS/files)
A minivan crashed into the Merchants building in downtown Duncan on Thursday morning, July 2, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Minivan crashes into building in downtown Duncan

No word yet on the cause of the crash

A minivan crashed into the Merchants building in downtown Duncan on Thursday morning, July 2, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A drive-in theatre will set up temporarily this weekend at the Cowichan Exhibition. Tickets go on sale Monday at 5 p.m. and are sure to go fast, with only 50 available each night. (Langley Advance Times files)

Hot ticket: Tickets available for Island drive-in theatre experiences

Lion King coming to the big screen at the Cowichan Exhibition, as well as sites in Alberni, Nanaimo

A drive-in theatre will set up temporarily this weekend at the Cowichan Exhibition. Tickets go on sale Monday at 5 p.m. and are sure to go fast, with only 50 available each night. (Langley Advance Times files)
Dogsafe has decals displaying the message “my dog is chilling at home”, as they attempt to get people not to leave dogs in hot cars this summer. (submitted)

RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Dogsafe has decals displaying the message “my dog is chilling at home”, as they attempt to get people not to leave dogs in hot cars this summer. (submitted)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)

RCMP crying foul over stolen Duncan chickens

Between April 29 and April 30, approximately 24 chickens were stolen from Hope Farm Healing Centre

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)
A woman is now facing six charges related to this fatal crash on the Malahat in 2018. (June Maffin photo)

Woman facing 6 charges in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Sara Thomas to appear in court May 19 in Duncan

A woman is now facing six charges related to this fatal crash on the Malahat in 2018. (June Maffin photo)
Humanity for Horses has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with their hay bill for the year. (submitted)

Cowichan horse rescue needs help after tough beginning to 2020

Humanity for Horses Rescue Foundation has started a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of $33,000

Humanity for Horses has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with their hay bill for the year. (submitted)
Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples was taken in a hi-rail truck on Oct. 10, 2019, along the E&N Railway from Duncan to Nanaimo to inspect the condition of the railway. Pictured, from left, is Al Kutaj, a superintendent with Southern Railway Vancouver Island, Andrea Thomas, the Island Corridor Foundation’s manager of corridor development, the ICF’s CEO Larry Stevenson and Staples. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Realistic figure to get Vancouver Island rail up and running $254 million: CEO

“The question should be why have we not already begun?”

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples was taken in a hi-rail truck on Oct. 10, 2019, along the E&N Railway from Duncan to Nanaimo to inspect the condition of the railway. Pictured, from left, is Al Kutaj, a superintendent with Southern Railway Vancouver Island, Andrea Thomas, the Island Corridor Foundation’s manager of corridor development, the ICF’s CEO Larry Stevenson and Staples. (Robert Barron/Citizen)