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Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Charters Road construction will trigger traffic delays in Sooke

Repairs underway on weather-damaged roadway this week

Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. Temporary measures are in place and the sites will be monitored for any further maintenance until repairs can be completed later this year, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke promises to fix potholes as cold, wet weather creates road issues

Biggest areas of concern reported on Otter Point and Charters roads

Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. Temporary measures are in place and the sites will be monitored for any further maintenance until repairs can be completed later this year, say district officials. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)

Sooke asks Natori, Japan to join the family

Communities with longstanding relationship set to become sister cities

Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)
The highest assessed property values in the District of Sooke ranged from $2.8 million to $3.9 million. None of the properties in the upper echelons fell in value last year, according to B.C. Assessment. (File - Metro-Creative)

Sooke’s priciest properties jump significantly in assessed values

B.C. Assessment valued a property at 5921 Sooke Rd. at just under $4 million

The highest assessed property values in the District of Sooke ranged from $2.8 million to $3.9 million. None of the properties in the upper echelons fell in value last year, according to B.C. Assessment. (File - Metro-Creative)
Sooke Celtic is looking forward to the Vancouver Island Soccer League Divison 3 playoffs at the end of February. (courtesy of Sooke Celtic)

Sooke Celtic soccer gears up for playoffs

There’s a youth movement afoot with Sooke Celtic that bodes well for…

Sooke Celtic is looking forward to the Vancouver Island Soccer League Divison 3 playoffs at the end of February. (courtesy of Sooke Celtic)
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LETTER: Two-minute tag and gas pedal to death

It takes about two minutes for a mortician to verify the identity…

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The new mural at Saseenos Elementary was created by Indigenous artist Jordanna George, a former student at the school. (Google maps)

Sooke school selects salmon work by Indigenous alum as new logo

Artist Jordanna George is a member of the T’Sou-ke Nation and former Saseenos student

The new mural at Saseenos Elementary was created by Indigenous artist Jordanna George, a former student at the school. (Google maps)
Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant manager Paul Bohemier at the two sequential batch reactors. Three different cycles happen in the SBRs: aeration, settling and decanting. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Royal flush: Behind the scenes at the Sooke wastewater plant

One flush and it’s gone is not exactly how it works

Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant manager Paul Bohemier at the two sequential batch reactors. Three different cycles happen in the SBRs: aeration, settling and decanting. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke budget gets final approval, but decision not without drama

Councillors approve 6.09% property tax increase for 2022

District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
Construction is beginning on a new housing development along Wadams Way in Sooke. A local advocacy group wants the district to pause new development to review its commitment to climate actions. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Group calls for moratorium on new development in Sooke

Transition Sooke fears town can’t meet its greenhouse gas emission guidelines

Construction is beginning on a new housing development along Wadams Way in Sooke. A local advocacy group wants the district to pause new development to review its commitment to climate actions. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe owner ‘shocked, honoured and humbled’ to win business of the year

Cathy’s Corner Cafe, Sooke Food Bank multiple winners for 2021 Business Excellence awards

Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)

West Shore-based tugs to escort oil tankers through Strait of Juan de Fuca

Vessels will operate out of Sc’ianew First Nation’s Cheanuh Marina at East Sooke

Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)
There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke sparkles during annual Santa Claus Parade

32 entries were in this year’s parade, led by Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Capital Regional District is making the rounds of Greater Victoria municipalities requesting additional funding for new climate change initiatives, one of which is to hire a new electric vehicle program coordinator. (Twitter - City of Victoria)

Sooke backs CRD climate initiative

Greater Victoria municipalities have until Dec. 17 to choose whether to support tax hike

The Capital Regional District is making the rounds of Greater Victoria municipalities requesting additional funding for new climate change initiatives, one of which is to hire a new electric vehicle program coordinator. (Twitter - City of Victoria)
Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Winter version of StoryWalk lines Sooke storefront windows

Eleven businesses taking part in the project that runs Dec. 11-18

Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work Regional Park. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke Bike Club, CRD ink deal to maintain mountain bike trails

Licensing agreement covers Sea to Sea Regional Park in Sooke Hills

Cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work Regional Park. (File - Black Press Media)
The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke residents urged to share their views on budget

Draft document contains $19.8 million in operating expenses, $11.7 million in capital projects

The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)

Sooke Christmas Bureau preparing for increased demand

Application deadline Dec. 3 for families in need

The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)
A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Santa Claus Parade returns to Sooke streets

Popular parade returns after a two-year absence

A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Road projects in Sooke will impact drivers in the coming days, says the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird- - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke motorists will face more delays due to road projects

Short-term traffic disruptions at Church and Otter Point roads

Road projects in Sooke will impact drivers in the coming days, says the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird- - Sooke News Mirror)