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Reporter up for national award

The province order the Purple Orchid spa to stop using these tiny fish to nibble on customers
The province order the Purple Orchid spa to stop using these tiny fish to nibble on customers' feet.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Krista Siefken's reporting of fish nibbling on Cowichan feet has earned her a nomination for a national award.

The News Leader Pictorial reporter's coverage of the provincial closure of the Purple Orchid spa's use of tiny fish to perform pedicures was selected as one of three finalists in the Best Business Writing category of this year's Better Newspaper Awards, honouring the year's best in community journalism.

The paper also received a Blue Ribbon, signifying honourable mention for general excellence among the papers in its circulation class.

The Cowichan Valley Citizen was a three-time nominee in the Canadian Community Newspaper-sponsored competition, with finalist nods in general excellence, front page and sports coverage categories.

Winners will be announced April 26 in Toronto.

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