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Justin James Dodd made his second appearance in provincial court in Duncan via videolink on second degree murder charges. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man charged in Crofton murders of dad and son still maintains he’ll represent himself in court

Crown to turn over evidence to Justin Dodd for perusal before next court appearance

Justin James Dodd made his second appearance in provincial court in Duncan via videolink on second degree murder charges. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Residents at 110 Esplanade in Ladysmith are facing eviction so a new owner can upgrade the heritage building. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Ladysmith residents facing renoviction concerned over zero per cent vacancy

New owners at 110 Esplanade plan to restore the heritage building

Residents at 110 Esplanade in Ladysmith are facing eviction so a new owner can upgrade the heritage building. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
Crofton mill production was due to resume Nov. 24 from a two-week curtailment. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence warns of potential delivery interruptions for customers

Decision on restart of Crofton mill after two-week production curtailment under review

Crofton mill production was due to resume Nov. 24 from a two-week curtailment. (File photo by Don Bodger)
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Nanaimo-Ladysmith school board responds to travel and fuel restrictions

District implements measures to help eliminate non-essential travel and reduce fuel consumption

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Ladysmith continues budget discussions — Nov. 16 town council highlights

Ladysmith town council focused on its third budget workshop meeting as part…

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A Home for Hooves’ Michelle Singleton with pot belly pig Chuck. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Transfer of animals from Chemainus sanctuary to Duncan completed in October

A Home for Hooves and foster care accommodate the inhabitants

A Home for Hooves’ Michelle Singleton with pot belly pig Chuck. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tanya Reid, AEL program coordinator at LRCA holds the first book in the LRCA’s special Christmas version of its Storybook Walk. (LRCA photo)

Downtown holiday storybook stroll shares spirit of Christmas

After experiencing amazing success since February with the outdoor Storybook Walk series…

Tanya Reid, AEL program coordinator at LRCA holds the first book in the LRCA’s special Christmas version of its Storybook Walk. (LRCA photo)
Amid the muck, France Bournazel, left, and Tammy Calverley try to lighten the mood during intense ongoing clean-up from flood waters at the Russell Farm Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Russell Farm staff in quick clean-up mode to reopen business after flood

Volunteers pitching in to help operation get going again

Amid the muck, France Bournazel, left, and Tammy Calverley try to lighten the mood during intense ongoing clean-up from flood waters at the Russell Farm Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
Large family has been displaced from their home on Tussie Road in Westholme. (Photo by Dora Edwards)

Fire displaces large family from its home

GoFundMe page started to help, especially for the children to get the essentials they need

Large family has been displaced from their home on Tussie Road in Westholme. (Photo by Dora Edwards)
Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Malahat to reopen 24 hours a day

Single-lane alternating traffic can continue around the clock

Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The Rotary Club of Ladysmith is working wot raise funds for access to education in the highlands of Guatemala. The club, along with other Island Rotary clubs, funded a women’s shelter in San Lucas Toliman. (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Ladysmith)

Rotary builds a women’s centre in Guatemala

Ladysmith club to host fundraiser for access to education

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith is working wot raise funds for access to education in the highlands of Guatemala. The club, along with other Island Rotary clubs, funded a women’s shelter in San Lucas Toliman. (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Ladysmith)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oceanview Community Church has raised $58,700 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips/Oceanview Community Church)

Ladysmith church searching for rental for refugee family

Oceanview Community Church raised $58,700 to sponsor the family

Oceanview Community Church has raised $58,700 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips/Oceanview Community Church)
A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

Cowichan flood update: Evacuation order for Allenby Road campground rescinded

Recovery efforts underway, with waters receding in most areas

A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)

VIDEO: Trio dances in traffic to ease stress of waiting on the Malahat

Film crew rolls back into Greater Victoria after a night stranded at summer camp

A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)
The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)

Malahat to close overnight for 7 days after flooding, BC Ferries stepping in again

Overnight crews to repair Hwy 1 damage caused by recent weather conditions

The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)
Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Chemainus region records 177 mm of precipitation during storm

Floodgates open with so much rain in such a short time

Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)