Rick Stiebel

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks ahead to address policing costs

Plans are in place for growing population

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)

Sooke children’s book reflects seasonal changes

Local author publishes and illustrates first book

Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)
The Bosley’s by Pet Valu crew participated in the Sooke Santa Claus parade in December. Store owner Ashley Kilpatrick said the biggest challenge in 2021 was keeping up with the changes in provincial health guidelines. ((Contributed - Bosley’s by Pet Valu)

Sooke businesses weather COVID storm

Local merchants appreciate community support

The Bosley’s by Pet Valu crew participated in the Sooke Santa Claus parade in December. Store owner Ashley Kilpatrick said the biggest challenge in 2021 was keeping up with the changes in provincial health guidelines. ((Contributed - Bosley’s by Pet Valu)
The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)

Sooke Arts Council paints a pretty picture of 2022

After what’s being enthusiastically framed as a successful year, members of the…

The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)
Lorelee Parker ,Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, stands outside the new library in Sooke. The $7.5-million facility is expected to open this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke awaits completion of $7.5-million library

New facility includes state-of-the-art amenities R

Lorelee Parker ,Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, stands outside the new library in Sooke. The $7.5-million facility is expected to open this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Volunteers braved the cold weather on Dec. 27 to take part in the annual Sooke Christmas Bird Count. (Contributed - Mark Byrne)

Sooke birders spot 111 species in annual Christmas Bird Count

More participants needed for next year

Volunteers braved the cold weather on Dec. 27 to take part in the annual Sooke Christmas Bird Count. (Contributed - Mark Byrne)
The EMCS Wolverines are facing many challenges as they make their way through the high school basketball season. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke high school basketball coach committing to future

Cancellation of tournaments stresses schedule, says Trevor Bligh

The EMCS Wolverines are facing many challenges as they make their way through the high school basketball season. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Victoria Shoah Project will host a commemorative of Krystallnacht on Nov. 9. (Facebook photo)

Victoria Jewish organization looks to history to help safeguard minority rights

Victoria Shoah Project remembers Kristallnacht on Nov. 9

Victoria Shoah Project will host a commemorative of Krystallnacht on Nov. 9. (Facebook photo)
Greater Victoria Naturehood, which includes the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society in North Saanich, has earned a national environmental award from Nature Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria group honoured for environmental education by Nature Canada

Advocates known collectively as Greater Victoria NatureHood recognized for conservation efforts

Greater Victoria Naturehood, which includes the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society in North Saanich, has earned a national environmental award from Nature Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District trustee Wendy Hobbs (left) looks on as board chair Ravi Parmar announces the names of two new west Langford schools. The schools are set to open in September 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Major growth continues in Sooke School District

Two new schools set to open in September 2022 in Langford

Sooke School District trustee Wendy Hobbs (left) looks on as board chair Ravi Parmar announces the names of two new west Langford schools. The schools are set to open in September 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new branch of the Royal BC Museum in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood is expected to be completed by summer 2025. It will house collections, archives and a research department. (Black Press Media file photo)

New Royal BC Museum facility in Colwood raises stakes for design

International design competition adds hefty incentives

A new branch of the Royal BC Museum in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood is expected to be completed by summer 2025. It will house collections, archives and a research department. (Black Press Media file photo)
The former Western Speedway property where a business park and up to 50 residential lots are proposed. (File photo courtesy of CBRE Victoria)

Business park, residential lots planned for former Western Speedway site

Up to 50 lots included in plan for 80-plus acres in Langford

The former Western Speedway property where a business park and up to 50 residential lots are proposed. (File photo courtesy of CBRE Victoria)
Moe Sihota reflects on the impact his mentor Frank Mitchell had. (Photo courtesy of Moe Sihota)

Frank Mitchell remembered by colleagues for shaping political landscape in Esquimalt, Greater Victoria

Former NDP MLA was a longtime behind-the-scenes party powerhouse with wife Kay

Moe Sihota reflects on the impact his mentor Frank Mitchell had. (Photo courtesy of Moe Sihota)
Iris McNeil, who was murdered in 1997. (Photo courtesy of the McNeil family)

Killer’s bid for parole from Metchosin institution denied again

Victim’s family happy with decision, angered by the process

Iris McNeil, who was murdered in 1997. (Photo courtesy of the McNeil family)
Documentary filmmaker Les Stroud and ethnobotanist Fiona Hamersley Chambers pick salmonberries in the forest for an episode of Wild Harvest. (Photo courtesy of Laura Bombier)

Metchosin farmer lends foraging expertise to documentary filmmaker

Fiona Hamersley Chambers joins forces with Les Stroud on Wild Harvest foodie series

Documentary filmmaker Les Stroud and ethnobotanist Fiona Hamersley Chambers pick salmonberries in the forest for an episode of Wild Harvest. (Photo courtesy of Laura Bombier)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Fireworks permit required in Greater Victoria

A timely reminder regarding fireworks ahead of Oct. 31

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Upgrades to Witty’s Beach stairs in Metchosin were completed by the district in August. (Photo contributed by District of Metchosin)

Metchosin completes scenic upgrades

Work includes all-weather surface for Sea Bluff Trail

Upgrades to Witty’s Beach stairs in Metchosin were completed by the district in August. (Photo contributed by District of Metchosin)
Colwood resident Gary Woodburn has concerns about how proposed changes for the areas around Esquimalt Lagoon may impact the bird sanctuary. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Colwood’s proposed changes for Esquimalt Lagoon area under scrutiny

Area resident worries about impacts on birds and other wildlife that frequent nature sanctuary

Colwood resident Gary Woodburn has concerns about how proposed changes for the areas around Esquimalt Lagoon may impact the bird sanctuary. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
A free scholarship program sponsored by Nolan Riding and the City of Langford is geared to getting more kids involved in the sport of mountain biking. (Photo courtesy of Nolan Riding Mountain Bike Coaching)

Partnership provides introduction to mountain biking in Langford

Participants to learn at Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park, receive professional coaching

A free scholarship program sponsored by Nolan Riding and the City of Langford is geared to getting more kids involved in the sport of mountain biking. (Photo courtesy of Nolan Riding Mountain Bike Coaching)
The Victoria Beer Society is hosting events on Oct. 8 and 9 highlighting the quality of craft brewers from across the province. (Courtesy of Victoria Beer Society)

Craft beer events a celebration and education

Victoria Beer Society hosts pop-ups Oct. 8 and 9

The Victoria Beer Society is hosting events on Oct. 8 and 9 highlighting the quality of craft brewers from across the province. (Courtesy of Victoria Beer Society)