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The Cowichan Valley Regional District board has voted to put about $2.5 million annually into a regional parkland acquisition fund — a decision rooted in the results of a public referendum almost 16 years ago.

An estimated 84,000 rainbow trout fry died last summer in the upper Cowichan River, and that could result in about a 30-per-cent reduction in adult steelhead returning to spawn, a provincial fisheries specialist said Monday.

It’s fascinating to watch the natural elements reshape the forests of the Cowichan Valley.

‘The sad thing…is it’s gradually disappearing. You won’t be able to find it eventually.’

The presence of deer carcasses and shotgun shells is raising questions about potential poaching in an area of the Municipal Forest Reserve that is off-limits to hunting.

As 2023 draws to a close, the big question looming for 2024 is whether Rob Douglas will serve out his term as North Cowichan’s mayor or run provincially for the NDP in Cowichan Valley.

As urban legends go, it doesn’t get much better than the one involving actor Jack Nicholson and the Red Rooster Cafe in Westholme, south of Chemainus.

Have you ever wondered how streets are named in North Cowichan? I have. But getting an answer from the Municipality proved more difficult than expected.

Clearcutting in Chemainus River watershed seen as key contributor to downstream flooding

‘The Agricultural Land reserve was never intended to be a single-use zone.’

Police say 2006 shooting death ‘remains under investigation’

‘It is unique to us. We’ve been practicing this for thousands of years.’

The carcass of a harbour seal that washed ashore last week in Maple Bay generated plenty of questions on how it died.

‘No one looked at the whole mountain, what it should look like for recreation purposes’

‘Robust noise bylaw’ sought to regulate ‘rapid impact compaction”

Discharge from the Town of Lake Cowichan’s sewage-treatment facility is being investigated as a potential factor in a fish die-off in the Cowichan River last summer.

Material is coming from new Cowichan hospital construction site

The president of Cowichan Search and Rescue is making sweeping suggestions for reducing the risk of drowning on the Cowichan River.

Martin Drakeley accepts job of fire chief in Powell River

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