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The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre Festival cancels remaining dates of The Marvelous Wonderettes due to COVID-19

Situation to be reevaluated soon regarding upcoming production of The 39 Steps

The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Minister and chief of Island First Nation consult on effects of recent flooding

Community heavily impacted with many damaged and uninhabitable homes

The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chris Hardy reports to work at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Return to work brings some optimism about WFP-employee relations

Long-time Chemainus sawmill employee leaving happier politics appear to be changing for the better

Chris Hardy reports to work at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)

Island woman’s tats put her in the running for $25,000 prize and Inked magazine cover photo shoot

Chemainus Secondary grad and Ladysmith resident a strong contender in voting

Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)
Dorothy Adair with the Chisholm boys, her family members. From left: Brodie, Jim, Dorothy and Bucky gather at the celebration of Dorothy’s landmark 106th birthday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Setting a new standard for 106-year-olds

Island woman’s active lifestyle includes a trip to Scotland in the works for May

Dorothy Adair with the Chisholm boys, her family members. From left: Brodie, Jim, Dorothy and Bucky gather at the celebration of Dorothy’s landmark 106th birthday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Canada’s Bill Robinson breaks through Cuban defenders during action at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, July 19, 1976. Robinson scored 16 points to pace Canada to an 84-79 win. (CP PHOTO/POOL-Boris Spremo)

Canadian basketball legend Bill Robinson dead at 71

Prolific player put Island town on the map and steered the national team at the 1976 Olympics

Canada’s Bill Robinson breaks through Cuban defenders during action at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, July 19, 1976. Robinson scored 16 points to pace Canada to an 84-79 win. (CP PHOTO/POOL-Boris Spremo)
Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre owner France Bournazel says ‘Mud Pies’ are on the menu at the deli. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rebuild for Island farm market for spring opening well underway

Scars from the massive flood being repaired through a “river-ation”

Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre owner France Bournazel says ‘Mud Pies’ are on the menu at the deli. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lori Wickham of Ladysmith was at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for a memorial for her mom. She wound up spending an hour of it inside an elevator. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Woman stuck in elevator at Island hotel for an hour during power outage

Wickham endures initial panic at Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn and settles in until help arrives

Lori Wickham of Ladysmith was at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for a memorial for her mom. She wound up spending an hour of it inside an elevator. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Extent of the flood zone along Chemainus Road by the Chemainus River can be seen from this aerial drone viewpoint. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Island communities in recovery mode after massive rainstorm

All sorts of heroic tales and strife emerge from floods, evacuations in the Chemainus area

Extent of the flood zone along Chemainus Road by the Chemainus River can be seen from this aerial drone viewpoint. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
Official changeover of the 49th Parallel General Store to the Salish Sea Market, now owned by the Penelakut Tribe, takes place Monday morning. From left are: Josh James, Jim Chisholm and Joan Brown, representing the Penelakut; 49th’s Ron Neubauer, Wayne and Harmina Richmond, North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring and 49th’s Peter Richmond. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island First Nations Tribe assumes ownership of iconic 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus

Operating what’s now known as the Salish Sea Market provides economic opportunities for Penelakut

Official changeover of the 49th Parallel General Store to the Salish Sea Market, now owned by the Penelakut Tribe, takes place Monday morning. From left are: Josh James, Jim Chisholm and Joan Brown, representing the Penelakut; 49th’s Ron Neubauer, Wayne and Harmina Richmond, North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring and 49th’s Peter Richmond. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mount Sicker Road near Russell Farm Market was passable Saturday morning after heavy rains overnight Friday, but large pools of water remained. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island community experiences 24-hour rainfall record

Chemainus just short of 100 mm between 4 a.m. Jan. 31 and 4 a.m. Feb. 1, but storm surpasses that

Mount Sicker Road near Russell Farm Market was passable Saturday morning after heavy rains overnight Friday, but large pools of water remained. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Police lights outside the Bosch household Tuesday night. (Photo submitted)

Police arrest Baby Bear statue thief in Island community

Suspect alleged to be responsible for other crimes in Chemainus, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Alberta

Police lights outside the Bosch household Tuesday night. (Photo submitted)
Ward Yeager talks to the media about the return of Baby Bear. (Photo by Don Bodger)

‘I am so sorry’: Stolen Baby Bear statue reunited with Mama, Papa Bear in Island town

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Ward Yeager talks to the media about the return of Baby Bear. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Baby bear is missing from its spot between Mama and Papa Bear outside the Secret Garden Ice Cream Shoppe. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Three Bears are down to two after baby bear carving stolen from his perch in Island community

Thief repeatedly kicked it and dislodged it from cement and rebar

Baby bear is missing from its spot between Mama and Papa Bear outside the Secret Garden Ice Cream Shoppe. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cowichan and Ladysmith SAR members who recently received their Swift Water Operations Certificates. (Photo submitted)

Successful end to search for kayakers along the Island river

Father and son located tired and cold, but otherwise OK

Cowichan and Ladysmith SAR members who recently received their Swift Water Operations Certificates. (Photo submitted)
A sample of Gus Modeste’s amazing art. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Death of famed Island artist Modeste mourned

World famous carving talents began under the guidance of high school teacher

A sample of Gus Modeste’s amazing art. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Some of the magazines, letters and newspapers that were contained in time capsules by the Robin family and friends. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fears of killer robots, metal trees found in B.C. man’s 1999 time capsule

Family, friends reacquaint themselves with items tucked away before Y2K scare

Some of the magazines, letters and newspapers that were contained in time capsules by the Robin family and friends. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cute doesn’t even begin to describe the three youngest of the Russell children - Kealey, Kazka and Kalyna. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Russell Troupe finds a comfort zone in small Island community

Family gathering with two parents and five kids a common scene around Chemainus

Cute doesn’t even begin to describe the three youngest of the Russell children - Kealey, Kazka and Kalyna. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A portable CO alarm. (Photo submitted)

Carbon monoxide poisoning incident brings dangers of the gas to light

Island community adult and child go to hospital for treatment

A portable CO alarm. (Photo submitted)
Hope, a dog that was taken into custody by the BC SPCA after a case of animal cruelty, now has a new home with Neil Roberts. Roberts is the hospital administrator at WAVES Veterinary Hospital in Langford. (Photo by Shalu Mehta/Victoria News)

A tale of heroic efforts: B.C. island residents searched tirelessly for abandoned dog Hope

Search parties on Penelakut Island extend a week before finally finding embattled dog

Hope, a dog that was taken into custody by the BC SPCA after a case of animal cruelty, now has a new home with Neil Roberts. Roberts is the hospital administrator at WAVES Veterinary Hospital in Langford. (Photo by Shalu Mehta/Victoria News)