Rick Stiebel

(Metro Creative)

Vancouver Island youth soccer racial abuse prompts quick action

South Island soccer organizations take steps to eliminate all forms of abuse

(Metro Creative)
The Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players and Chorus will host their annual Tea and Symphony concert on Sunday, Feb. 12. (Contributed)

Tea and Symphony a treat for the senses

Event takes place Feb. 12 at Sooke Community Hall

The Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players and Chorus will host their annual Tea and Symphony concert on Sunday, Feb. 12. (Contributed)
Shawn Driver, the owner of Driver Enterprises, has been found in violation of District of Sooke bylaws by the BC Supreme Court. (Sooke News Mirror files)

Court rules Sooke business violated local bylaws

In contravention of aw, Driver Enterprises undertook development without proper authorization

Shawn Driver, the owner of Driver Enterprises, has been found in violation of District of Sooke bylaws by the BC Supreme Court. (Sooke News Mirror files)
A proposal to build an experimental radio tower on Gordon Road has raised concerns among East Sooke residents. File – Shutterstock.com)

East Sooke cell tower plan gets thumbs down from land use committee

Health concerns cited as reasons for opposition by residents

A proposal to build an experimental radio tower on Gordon Road has raised concerns among East Sooke residents. File – Shutterstock.com)
Brett Sinden

Sooke RCMP seek new commander

Staff Sgt. Brett Sinden transferred to Island District headquarters

Brett Sinden
Renovation work on historic Sooke Harbour House is expected to continue over the next several months. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Renovation work on historic Sooke Harbour House is expected to continue over the next several months. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke resident Bill Romaniuk has launched a fundraiser to help Ukrainians new to Canada navigate Canadian currency. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Fundraiser navigates currency for Ukrainians

When you can’t make sense of the currency in a different country,…

Sooke resident Bill Romaniuk has launched a fundraiser to help Ukrainians new to Canada navigate Canadian currency. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Valdy returns to Sooke for a concert on Jan. 21 at Holy Trinity Church. (Submitted)

Legendary folk singer Valdy’s roots run through Sooke

Valdy performs on Jan. 21 at Holy Trinity Church in Sooke

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Valdy returns to Sooke for a concert on Jan. 21 at Holy Trinity Church. (Submitted)
Edward Milne Community School hosts the inaugural Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 tournament on Jan. 13 and 14. (Submitted photo)

Sooke hosts inaugural junior boys’ basketball tournament

Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 set for this weekend at EMCS

Edward Milne Community School hosts the inaugural Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 tournament on Jan. 13 and 14. (Submitted photo)
A dark-eyed junco perched on a branch of a budding shrub. A record-setting 1,894 dark-eyed juncos were recorded in this year’s Christmas Bird Count in Sooke. (Alan B. Schroeder – Shutterstock.com)

Christmas Bird Count draws a crowd in Sooke

About 60 come out for annual event sponsored by Rocky Point Bird Observatory

A dark-eyed junco perched on a branch of a budding shrub. A record-setting 1,894 dark-eyed juncos were recorded in this year’s Christmas Bird Count in Sooke. (Alan B. Schroeder – Shutterstock.com)
Whiffin Spit in Sooke at sunset. Homeowners in Sooke saw their properties rise in value by an average of 11 per cent this year. (Adam Melnyk - Shutterstock.com)

Sooke home values rise by 11 per cent

Provincial average sits at 12 per cent

Whiffin Spit in Sooke at sunset. Homeowners in Sooke saw their properties rise in value by an average of 11 per cent this year. (Adam Melnyk - Shutterstock.com)
Sooke School District board trustee Ravi Parmar takes a look back at 2022 and a look ahead at 2023. (Fikle - Black Press Media)

Sooke School Board’s priorities set for 2023

Education board chair Ravi Parmar looks back and ahead

Sooke School District board trustee Ravi Parmar takes a look back at 2022 and a look ahead at 2023. (Fikle - Black Press Media)
Members and the public are welcome to join Sooke Squares for a free afternoon of dancing on Jan. 10 at the Sooke Legion. The dancing begins at 2 p.m. (Metro-Creative photo)

Sooke Squares need new members

Put your best foot forward in new year

Members and the public are welcome to join Sooke Squares for a free afternoon of dancing on Jan. 10 at the Sooke Legion. The dancing begins at 2 p.m. (Metro-Creative photo)
Sooke Fire Rescue Chief Ted Ruiter reflects on the year gone by and the one ahead. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke fire chief reflects on 2022

Ted Ruiter had a list of the department’s accomplishments

Sooke Fire Rescue Chief Ted Ruiter reflects on the year gone by and the one ahead. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Region Communities Health Network and Sooke Seniors Activity Society have restarted the Sooke Seniors’ activity bus. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke agencies merge to get seniors bus rolling

Trips begin in January with outings to the Victoria Health Fair and Victoria Art Gallery

Sooke Region Communities Health Network and Sooke Seniors Activity Society have restarted the Sooke Seniors’ activity bus. (Shutterstock.com)
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)

Search for missing Victoria woman suspended

Melissa McDevitt was last seen in Sooke on Dec. 10

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)
Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)

First-ever Junior A boys’ team fielded by Sooke high school

Basketball takes a big bounce in Sooke

Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)
Meanwhile in Sooke members have raised $20,000 for a local food charity. (MIN/Facebook)

Sooke Facebook group raises $20,000 for food bank

‘I’m amazed by the generosity of people in this community’

Meanwhile in Sooke members have raised $20,000 for a local food charity. (MIN/Facebook)
John Muir Elementary School students Kahlan Thornton (left), Callie Watson, Sophia Smith, Konnor May, Weston Cole, and Carly Clare hold up envelopes with their prizes for the Sooke Legion’s Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest. School principal John Muir and Legion member Ken Levert stand behind the students with the trophy that goes to the school with the highest percentage of participation in the contest. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke students salute veterans, soldiers

John Muir students take trophy for highest participation in Legion’s Remembrance Day contest

John Muir Elementary School students Kahlan Thornton (left), Callie Watson, Sophia Smith, Konnor May, Weston Cole, and Carly Clare hold up envelopes with their prizes for the Sooke Legion’s Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest. School principal John Muir and Legion member Ken Levert stand behind the students with the trophy that goes to the school with the highest percentage of participation in the contest. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, Cathy’s Corner Cafe offers free Christmas dinner for all

It’s an annual tradition for the restaurant and community

Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)