Sarah Simpson

The World’s Biggest Hockey Stick…for now, is at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Citizen file photo)

B.C.’s ‘World’s Largest Hockey Stick’ may soon be relinquishing its title

A 250-foot-long hockey stick is proposed outside a recently approved ice arena in Lockport, Illinois

The World’s Biggest Hockey Stick…for now, is at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Citizen file photo)
Jaret Goula (Submitted)

Vancouver Island teens making waves in the international waterskiing world

Jake Chambers and Jaret Goulah represent the Victoria Aqua Ski Club of Shawnigan Lake

Jaret Goula (Submitted)
Screenshot of the video taken by Trevor Shewaga while following a car with no tire travelling along the Trans-Canada Highway Saturday night. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: Drunk driver loses wheel, keeps driving to Duncan

Three men on their way home from a football game took video

Screenshot of the video taken by Trevor Shewaga while following a car with no tire travelling along the Trans-Canada Highway Saturday night. (Screenshot)
(Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School photo)

Island hockey star golden with U18 Team Canada

Canada Winter Games is Morgan Jackson’s next big tournament

(Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School photo)
Professional gardener Denis Canuel is angry about the volume of traffic along the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan’s core. (Black Press file)

Traffic light out on Duncan highway corridor an emergency says commuter, 911 disagrees

Man chastized by authorities for calling 911 for what he deems was a clear threat to public safety

Professional gardener Denis Canuel is angry about the volume of traffic along the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan’s core. (Black Press file)
Graedy Hamilton. (VIJHL.com)

Vancouver Island hockey ref skates his way into World Junior medal round

Cowichan’s Graeden Hamilton is making a name for himself as a top hockey referee

Graedy Hamilton. (VIJHL.com)
Elite curler Carley Hardie will be participating in the U21 provincial playdowns at the Glen Harper Curling Centre at the end of the month. (Courtesy of the Duncan Curling Club)

Duncan Curling Club to host U21 Provincial playdowns

Public welcome to watch the action at the Sherman Road curling facility

Elite curler Carley Hardie will be participating in the U21 provincial playdowns at the Glen Harper Curling Centre at the end of the month. (Courtesy of the Duncan Curling Club)
Josh Derrah and Gina Dias. (Submitted photo)

Cold weather shelter not open on night of homeless man’s death in Duncan

28-year-old Josh Derrah died outside of the A&W on Dec. 20

Josh Derrah and Gina Dias. (Submitted photo)
Lake Cowichan Freewoman Patricia Weaver and her granddaughter Erin Robertson are especially excited to celebrate the holidays this year after winning $675,000 playing Set for Life. (BCLC photo)

Lake Cowichan Freeman, granddaughter win ‘Set for Life’ lotto

Family trip to Maui being planned

Lake Cowichan Freewoman Patricia Weaver and her granddaughter Erin Robertson are especially excited to celebrate the holidays this year after winning $675,000 playing Set for Life. (BCLC photo)
All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

4 people escape to safety but lose home as fire rips through house in Chemainus

Four departments worked to battle Wednesday morning blaze

All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A fully engulfed compact vehicle ablaze in the driveway of a Belcarra Road home Monday morning as photographed by neighbour Alanah Downie. (Courtesy of Alanah Downie)

No injuries as car erupts alongside B.C. home’s Christmas display

“I heard two explosions before looking outside to see where the noise was from”

A fully engulfed compact vehicle ablaze in the driveway of a Belcarra Road home Monday morning as photographed by neighbour Alanah Downie. (Courtesy of Alanah Downie)
Drive BC’s Skutz Falls highway cam looking west Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:16 p.m. (Drive BC screenshot)
Drive BC’s Skutz Falls highway cam looking west Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:16 p.m. (Drive BC screenshot)
A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)

Vancouver Island dog professionals team up to help dogs flee Ukraine war

Fundraiser for Breaking the Chains organization

A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)
The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Island Health issued an air quality advisory for the Cowichan Valley on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island air quality advisory issued Sunday remain in effect

Those in Alberni and Cowichan with chronic conditions urged to take extra care and stay indoors

The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Island Health issued an air quality advisory for the Cowichan Valley on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Black Press file photo)
Rowers line up on Quamichan Lake to start a race during Rowing Canada’s 2022 National Championships co-hosted by Rowing Canada and the Maple Bay Rowing Club. (Courtesy of Susan McDonald)

250 rowers gather on Vancouver Island lake for national championship

Brigid Kennedy placed second in the lightweight women’s single event

Rowers line up on Quamichan Lake to start a race during Rowing Canada’s 2022 National Championships co-hosted by Rowing Canada and the Maple Bay Rowing Club. (Courtesy of Susan McDonald)
Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

Insufficient maintenance contributed to fatal sinking of B.C.’s Arctic Fox II: report

Skipper and one crew member died as a result of the incident, one crew member survived

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)
Rowing Canada is continuing plans to make Quamichan Lake its home base. (File photo)

Vancouver Island lake set to host its first national rowing championship

Quamichan Lake near Duncan to host Canada’s rowing nationals this week

Rowing Canada is continuing plans to make Quamichan Lake its home base. (File photo)
Greater Duncan residents report upwards of three loud explosions in the early morning hours of Oct. 7 (Google)

Mystery ‘explosions’ rock Duncan area, leave residents puzzled

Some report hearing as many as three loud early morning bangs, cause unexplained

Greater Duncan residents report upwards of three loud explosions in the early morning hours of Oct. 7 (Google)
Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake ambassadors were on hand to paint faces and hand out special Canada Day cupcakes to visitors to Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Former Vancouver Island community pageant transitions into gender-free program

Cowichan Lady of the Lake program re-branded to ‘Cowichan Lake Ambassador Program’

Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake ambassadors were on hand to paint faces and hand out special Canada Day cupcakes to visitors to Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Lakeview Park beach and campground have been closed because bears have been attracted to the area. (Gazette file)

Bear concerns close Lake Cowichan campground, beach

Council closes Lakeview Park area due to safety concerns

Lakeview Park beach and campground have been closed because bears have been attracted to the area. (Gazette file)