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RCMP report the number of crimes in Sooke in the first nine months of 2021 is constant compared to a year earlier. (Boaz Joseph - Black Press Media)

Sooke crime rate steady in 2021 compared to 2020, according to new stats from RCMP

While fraud crimes are up this year, violent crimes have decreased

RCMP report the number of crimes in Sooke in the first nine months of 2021 is constant compared to a year earlier. (Boaz Joseph - Black Press Media)
Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke Winter Market hosts blended event this year

The market is happening on Dec. 4 and 11 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)
Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Port Renfrew breaks rainfall records, doubles the usual total for November

Since records started, Victoria has never seen as much in a whole year as Port Renfrew did in one month

Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The Otter Point Fire Department’s decorated truck for their annual Candy Cane Run in 2020, when Sooke firefighters also held their annual Santa Run. (Contributed photo)

Sooke fire department focusing on cash donations for Santa Run this year

Fill a Truck still happening, but Santa Run is monetary donations only

The Otter Point Fire Department’s decorated truck for their annual Candy Cane Run in 2020, when Sooke firefighters also held their annual Santa Run. (Contributed photo)
Langford resident Gail Lesowski says traffic calming elements such as this one on Atkins Avenue near Selwyn Road haven’t solved the issue of speeding along Atkins. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Speeders near Savory school creating potentially dangerous situation: Langford resident

Gail Leswoski says vehicles frequently zoom through Atkins Avenue crosswalk

Langford resident Gail Lesowski says traffic calming elements such as this one on Atkins Avenue near Selwyn Road haven’t solved the issue of speeding along Atkins. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Jesse Roper of Metchosin performs with his band at the All Ways Home music festival in Langford at Starlight Stadium in September. Live performances have been somewhat rare for Roper lately, but he had excerpts from two of his songs play on Netflix and CBS recently. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin tunesmith Jesse Roper cracks the TV barrier

Popuar bluesman’s songs heard on Netflix’s Riverdale and The Equalizer on CBS

Jesse Roper of Metchosin performs with his band at the All Ways Home music festival in Langford at Starlight Stadium in September. Live performances have been somewhat rare for Roper lately, but he had excerpts from two of his songs play on Netflix and CBS recently. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for 2020’s turkey dinner. This year’s free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe serving up Christmas dinner for more than 400 this year

Cathy Gouk says it’s been challenging with empty shelves and purchasing limits to get enough supplies

Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for 2020’s turkey dinner. This year’s free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The trees on the Brook's property were relatively unaffected by the drought. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sooke Christmas tree sellers have good supply despite pandemic, drought

Cooler ocean conditions kept the drought from damaging supply too much, says one seller

The trees on the Brook's property were relatively unaffected by the drought. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Outrigger canoe paddlers glide toward one of two humpback whales observed in the waters off Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 27). (Photo by Amanda Jean Carl)

‘Experience of a lifetime:’ Career oceanographer’s humpback sighting off Victoria

Water surprisingly calm when whales surfaced near Ogden Point, paddler says

Outrigger canoe paddlers glide toward one of two humpback whales observed in the waters off Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 27). (Photo by Amanda Jean Carl)
Members of the University of Victoria Vikes celebrate a try in the Canadian men’s rugby national championship gold medal game Nov. 28 against UBC. The Thunderbirds won 39-7, but the Vikes’ streak of playing in every national final since 2017 remains intact. (Photo by Robin Kasem/Courtesy UVic)

UVic Vikes’ win streak ends at men’s rugby national championship

Vikes drop a 39-7 decision to UBC in gold medal game after two impressive victories

Members of the University of Victoria Vikes celebrate a try in the Canadian men’s rugby national championship gold medal game Nov. 28 against UBC. The Thunderbirds won 39-7, but the Vikes’ streak of playing in every national final since 2017 remains intact. (Photo by Robin Kasem/Courtesy UVic)
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Sooke RCMP overcoming staff shortages, close to 24/7 service

The detachment had been struggling with finding employees

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Volunteers working for the Goldstream Hatchery to recover male salmon, as part of their salmon fertilization program. (Photo courtesy of Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery)

Enough salmon eggs survive flooding for Bowker Creek to run incubation program

High water flows had destroyed group’s incubation boxes, washed away salmon nests in Oak Bay

Volunteers working for the Goldstream Hatchery to recover male salmon, as part of their salmon fertilization program. (Photo courtesy of Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery)
The area impacted by the power outage in Saanich on Nov. 28 at 7:30 a.m. (Supplied by BC Hydro)

BC Hydro says Saanich outage should be fixed by 6 p.m.

Outage is due to planned work being done on equipment

The area impacted by the power outage in Saanich on Nov. 28 at 7:30 a.m. (Supplied by BC Hydro)
Flooding on Martindale Road in Parksville. A flood watch is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, with high water levels in the Sooke Lake reservoir leading to the closure of the Sooke Potholes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gillespie Road, north of East Sooke, sees flooding

Currently residents are being asked to drive with caution, more to come

Flooding on Martindale Road in Parksville. A flood watch is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, with high water levels in the Sooke Lake reservoir leading to the closure of the Sooke Potholes. (Black Press Media file photo)
Royal Bay Secondary School students sort food donations during the 10,000 Tonight food drive in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke, Colwood and Langford schools switch it up for 10,000 Tonight food drive

Students host drive-thru events, auctions and collect online cash donations

Royal Bay Secondary School students sort food donations during the 10,000 Tonight food drive in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
The West Shore RCMP’s new gang enforcement unit should be up and running in the new year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gang enforcement unit coming to West Shore RMCP in new year

Local police support program to bar gang members entry to restaurants, nightclubs

The West Shore RCMP’s new gang enforcement unit should be up and running in the new year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)

Local arborist hoping to fill gap by training next generation of tree trimmers

Saunders says there’s not enough people trained on the island who can do the work

Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)
An artist’s rendering of the The Residences in Sooke. (Contributed - Fitzpatrick Enterprises)

Sooke condo breaks record with $1.1 million resale

Waterfront location boosted the price significantly, says realtor

An artist’s rendering of the The Residences in Sooke. (Contributed - Fitzpatrick Enterprises)
Amber Sheasgreen, out on one of the search and rescue boats, is headed to the Mediterranean over Christmas to help with the charity Refugee Rescue. (Contributed - Amber Sheasgreen)

Vancouver Island woman set to help prevent Mediterranean refugee loss of life at sea

Amber Sheasgreen has volunteeered with search and rescue teams in B.C. for more than a decade

Amber Sheasgreen, out on one of the search and rescue boats, is headed to the Mediterranean over Christmas to help with the charity Refugee Rescue. (Contributed - Amber Sheasgreen)
Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood kicks off development on sections of Royal Bay with bylaw approval

Area 5 will house new dementia-care facility, as well as 2,100 dwelling units

Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)