Sooke

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

 

Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Sooke Road reopen after motor vehicle incident

Emergency crews were on scene of Wednesday morning incident

 

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)
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
A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)

35 firefighters attend Sooke fire that destroys duplex, leaves three cats unaccounted for

Both sets of tenants safe, in touch with emergency support services

A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)
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)
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)
Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)

Crocodiles and kindness: Sooke man publishes first children’s book

Father-of-two inspired by improvised bedtime stories

Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)
The Sooke homeless shelter, located at 2197 Otter Point Rd, will have to find a permanent location by the end of March. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke homeless shelter must relocate by end of March

Otter Point Road property owner wants to develop property

The Sooke homeless shelter, located at 2197 Otter Point Rd, will have to find a permanent location by the end of March. (Black Press Media file photo)
A conservation officer shot and killed a cougar in Sooke Feb. 2 following multiple sightings and dead house cats. (WildSafe BC photo)

Cat-killing cougar shot dead in Sooke

Conservation officers responded to multiple reports, including threatened dog walker

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A conservation officer shot and killed a cougar in Sooke Feb. 2 following multiple sightings and dead house cats. (WildSafe BC photo)
The District of Sooke hopes to fast-track the Otter Point sidewalk project with a federal-provincial grant. (Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke applies for sidewalk funding for busy traffic corridor

$2.1-million project eyed for Otter Point Road

The District of Sooke hopes to fast-track the Otter Point sidewalk project with a federal-provincial grant. (Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s Amber Academy is recognizing those involved in the Holocaust in the 1940’s with a play titled, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Celeste Rampart. The production is set to release online in the same week as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27. (Keli Dunn photo)

Sooke after-school arts program retells story of Holocaust survivor

Play follows woman living in concentration camp during Second World War

Sooke’s Amber Academy is recognizing those involved in the Holocaust in the 1940’s with a play titled, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Celeste Rampart. The production is set to release online in the same week as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27. (Keli Dunn photo)
Sooke council has sent a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy calling for a province-wide ban on the use of rat poison. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke calls for ban on rat poison across B.C.

Letter of support follows similar move by City of North Vancouver

Sooke council has sent a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy calling for a province-wide ban on the use of rat poison. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nearly 1,200 residents between Sooke and Port Renfrew lost power on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Power restored for nearly 1,200 residents in Sooke, Port Renfrew

Outage in Port Renfrew due to fallen tree on power lines

Nearly 1,200 residents between Sooke and Port Renfrew lost power on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (BC Hydro)
Sooke’s Amy McLaughlin holds Theodore, a bunny who will be going to a new owner in Nanaimo within the coming days if all goes will at an upcoming bunny play-date. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke woman looking to hop into bigger space for bunny business

Amy McLaughlin has rescued over 400 bunnies across the Island, mainland

Sooke’s Amy McLaughlin holds Theodore, a bunny who will be going to a new owner in Nanaimo within the coming days if all goes will at an upcoming bunny play-date. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
A rolled-over car was spotted in a ditch along Sooke Road near the border of Langford on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media photo)

Car ends up in ditch along Sooke Road Sunday morning

Single vehicle spotted rolled-over just after 10 a.m. on Jan. 24

A rolled-over car was spotted in a ditch along Sooke Road near the border of Langford on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media photo)
Sooke’s Edward Milne Community School raised more than $11,000 for 10,000 Tonight, the annual event that usually collects non-perishables for the Sooke Food Bank. This year, the school only accepted online donations and held an online auction. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke school crushes 10,000 Tonight goal, raises $11,000 for Sooke Food Bank

Online auction replaces collection of food items

Sooke’s Edward Milne Community School raised more than $11,000 for 10,000 Tonight, the annual event that usually collects non-perishables for the Sooke Food Bank. This year, the school only accepted online donations and held an online auction. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Sooke woman is speaking up after she was almost tricked by a lottery scam, claiming she had won $950,000 with Set for Life Lottery. (File Photo)

‘I wanted it to be true so badly’: Sooke woman almost falls for lottery scam

88-year-old received letter stating she had won $950,000

A Sooke woman is speaking up after she was almost tricked by a lottery scam, claiming she had won $950,000 with Set for Life Lottery. (File Photo)