Don Bodger

Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)

Inked magazine cover hopeful receiving strong local voting support

Chemainus Secondary grad and Ladysmith resident a strong contender for the top prize

Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)
Smiles on their faces say it all about their love of performing for Darrel & Saskia of The Great Plains. (Photo submitted)

Saskia and Darrel deliver high volume of Canadian content

Songs with great storylines to be featured in Chemainus performance

Smiles on their faces say it all about their love of performing for Darrel & Saskia of The Great Plains. (Photo submitted)
VIDEO: One person treated for minor burns in Crofton fire

VIDEO: One person treated for minor burns in Crofton fire

Firefighters were called out at 7 a.m. to a blaze at the Twin Gables Motel

VIDEO: One person treated for minor burns in Crofton fire
Chemainus Fire Department members roll out the houses from a truck and prepare to go in the back entrance of Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Don Bodger)

UPDATE – Chemainus Secondary School fire being investigated as suspicious

Classes cancelled Friday due to ongoing investigation and damage

Chemainus Fire Department members roll out the houses from a truck and prepare to go in the back entrance of Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Geo-Tech logo on the side of the vehicles makes it easy to identify them. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vehicle and welding machines recovered from theft at Geo-Tech Industries

Suspects still not identified from early Tuesday morning break-in at Crofton business

Geo-Tech logo on the side of the vehicles makes it easy to identify them. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Suzy (Alison MacDonald) and Missy (Julia Ullrich) of the Marvelous Wonderettes, on stage at the Chemainus Theatre until March 28. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Wonderettes bring the fun while belting out the hits

Four-part harmonies in Chemainus Theatre production sure to be music to your ears

Suzy (Alison MacDonald) and Missy (Julia Ullrich) of the Marvelous Wonderettes, on stage at the Chemainus Theatre until March 28. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)

Chemainus woman sets a new standard for 106-year-olds

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 Chemainus 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)
The Marvelous Wonderettes, from left, consist of Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Plenty of heart and lots to love about The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music and story fits for the show opening on Valentine’s Day at the Chemainus Theatre

The Marvelous Wonderettes, from left, consist of Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)
Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre owner France Bournazel says ‘Mud Pies’ are on the menu at the deli. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Russell Farm Market refurbishing 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 Chemainus hotel for an hour during power outage

Wickham endures initial panic 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 (Shawn Wagar photo)

Floods, evacuations during state of emergency

All sorts of heroic tales and strife emerge from mammoth rainstorm

Extent of the flood zone along Chemainus Road by the Chemainus River can be seen from this aerial drone viewpoint (Shawn Wagar photo)
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)

Penelakut Tribe assumes ownership of iconic 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus

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

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)

Chemainus experiences 24-hour rainfall record

Just short of 100 mm in period from 4 a.m. Jan. 31 to 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 Chemainus

Suspect alleged to be responsible for other crimes in 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)

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa

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)

Baby bear carving stolen from his family in Chemainus

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)
Residents and firefighters outside Croft Place Monday morning following a geas leak into the nearby storm basin. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Gas leak prompts mop-up response in Chemainus

Thorough check made of Croft Place before residents and business people return

Residents and firefighters outside Croft Place Monday morning following a geas leak into the nearby storm basin. (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 Chemainus 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)
Anne Silins is on the other side of an attractive display of books. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Warm reception for new Chemainus library on a cool day

Customers in awe of the building’s wonderful atmosphere and extensive resources

Anne Silins is on the other side of an attractive display of books. (Photo by Don Bodger)