Kevin Laird

The Woodside Farm farmhouse. (Contributed photo)

Sooke’s historic Woodside Farm sold to local couple

Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes, says musuem

The Woodside Farm farmhouse. (Contributed photo)
Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse, prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine. (Andrew Vaughan - The Canadian Press)

Port Renfrew set for community-wide vaccination

One of 13 remote Island communities will see entire adult population vaccinated at same time

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse, prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine. (Andrew Vaughan - The Canadian Press)
Pirate Excavating volunteered its services to prep Art Morris Park for the coming fastball season. (Contributed - Sooke Minor Fastball Association)

Sooke businesses come together to repair ballfield

Diamonds ‘fluffed up’ for coming season

Pirate Excavating volunteered its services to prep Art Morris Park for the coming fastball season. (Contributed - Sooke Minor Fastball Association)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is partnering with Lazarus Esports to offer a first-of-its-kind North American competitive esports golf showdown. (Pixabay photo)

Game on: Vancouver Island library offers gaming golf challenge

Competition will help VIRL expand into new markets and attract new audiences, say officials

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is partnering with Lazarus Esports to offer a first-of-its-kind North American competitive esports golf showdown. (Pixabay photo)
Dan Hayes, left, and Art Napolean star in Moosemeat and Marmalade. An episode of the show was recently shot in Sooke and other locations on the South Island. (Dean Azim photo)
Dan Hayes, left, and Art Napolean star in Moosemeat and Marmalade. An episode of the show was recently shot in Sooke and other locations on the South Island. (Dean Azim photo)
(Pixabay photo)

Sooke council OK’s road variance on East Sooke Road

Roadwork needed for new 19-strata lot subdivision

(Pixabay photo)
Three-hundred participants competed in the TriStars Sooke 10K in 2019. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)

Sooke 10K sets virtual pace

Runners may be running alone, but they can still feel as if they’re part of a larger group

Three-hundred participants competed in the TriStars Sooke 10K in 2019. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)
The former Speed Source Fitness building on Otter Point Road has been used as a shelter for Sooke’s homeless population since last July. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The former Speed Source Fitness building on Otter Point Road has been used as a shelter for Sooke’s homeless population since last July. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Transition House Society operates Annie’s Place, a 24-hour emergency crisis facility for women and their children who are leaving situations of intimate partner violence, community violence and domestic violence. (Pixabay)
The Sooke Transition House Society operates Annie’s Place, a 24-hour emergency crisis facility for women and their children who are leaving situations of intimate partner violence, community violence and domestic violence. (Pixabay)
The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)

Coroner’s report confirms cause of death of three men at Sooke River in 2020

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen drown while ‘puddle-jumping’ in pickup truck

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)

Expanded camping announced for Pacheedaht Campground

$1-million project is part of the B.C. Rural Economic Recovery program

The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)
Two groups in the Port Renfrew area will receive more than $1.2 million in provincial government funding. (File photo)

Province funds new economic projects in Port Renfrew

Recovery grants support jobs in rural communities

Two groups in the Port Renfrew area will receive more than $1.2 million in provincial government funding. (File photo)
Sooke is planning for the future with a look at its Official Community Plan. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke eyes new official community plan

‘The theme here is balance and trying to satisfy everybody’s wishes,’ says councillor

Sooke is planning for the future with a look at its Official Community Plan. (District of Sooke photo)
Juan de Fuca Electoeral Area director Mike Hicks, at Kemp Lake. (File - Black Press Media)

Island Coastal Economic Trust expands to more rural communities

CRD electoral areas now considered ‘rural’

Juan de Fuca Electoeral Area director Mike Hicks, at Kemp Lake. (File - Black Press Media)
Premier John Horgan looks on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

New affordable rental housing coming to Sooke

Construction of units already underway or starting soon

Premier John Horgan looks on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Safe and sound. Tiger made it through an adventure after getting stuck atop a 40-foot tree in Otter Point on Sunday. He was safely put back on solid ground through the efforts of Andrew Church and Affordable Tree Care. (Henry Veasey photo)

Cat rescued after getting stuck up a tree for 30 hours

Tree service company owner helps Sooke cat get all four paws back on the ground

Safe and sound. Tiger made it through an adventure after getting stuck atop a 40-foot tree in Otter Point on Sunday. He was safely put back on solid ground through the efforts of Andrew Church and Affordable Tree Care. (Henry Veasey photo)
The District of Sooke and the Japanese city of Natori hopes to formalize a sister city status this year. (File - Black Press media)

Sooke eyes sister city agreement with Natori, Japan

‘There’s a lot we can gain from this relationship,’ says Sooke mayor

The District of Sooke and the Japanese city of Natori hopes to formalize a sister city status this year. (File - Black Press media)
People 12 years and older are required to wear masks in indoor settings, ranging from malls to public transportation, and failure to do so can result in a $230 fine. (Pixabay photo)

Couple fined $690 for failing to wear mask in grocery store: Sooke RCMP

Pair violated public health orders, Mounties say

People 12 years and older are required to wear masks in indoor settings, ranging from malls to public transportation, and failure to do so can result in a $230 fine. (Pixabay photo)
Sooke’s municipal hall is eyed for TLC, with a 10-year refurbishing plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s municipal hall set for upgrades

The project is part of a 10-year, $1.2-million plan to renovate and refurbish the building

Sooke’s municipal hall is eyed for TLC, with a 10-year refurbishing plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)