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Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)

Council approves Sooke’s first dog park

Facility expected to open in late fall at Pond’s Park Corridor

Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks at Kemp Lake. ‘My run is over. It’s time for someone else to carry on,’ he says of his retirement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mike Hicks retiring from politics, will not run in next election

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director first elected in 2008

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks at Kemp Lake. ‘My run is over. It’s time for someone else to carry on,’ he says of his retirement. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke installed a new centrifuge at its wastewater treatment plant last year. The centrifuge is designed for a higher standard for process performance as well as for environmental impacts. An expansion of the plant is in the works, thanks to an influx of provincial funding. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

New funding for wastewater plant will improve environment, Sooke mayor says

Province announces $4.6 million in funding for the $6.58-million project

The District of Sooke installed a new centrifuge at its wastewater treatment plant last year. The centrifuge is designed for a higher standard for process performance as well as for environmental impacts. An expansion of the plant is in the works, thanks to an influx of provincial funding. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)
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Muir Creek fire in mop-up stage

An official with B.C. Wildfire Service said crews are in “final patrol.”

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The Trevor Purdy Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming to Journey Middle School in August. (Pixabay.com)

3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to Sooke

Sooke Basketball Club hosting event on Aug. 7

The Trevor Purdy Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming to Journey Middle School in August. (Pixabay.com)
A three-vehicle crash at the Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke Road sent two people to hospital in May. A new petition ask ICBC to fix the problem. (Contributed - Derek Lewers)

Sooke man leads petition to build pedestrian bridge over ‘dangerous crosswalk’

Galloping Goose and Highway 14 walkway site of numerous crashes

A three-vehicle crash at the Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke Road sent two people to hospital in May. A new petition ask ICBC to fix the problem. (Contributed - Derek Lewers)
The District of Sooke's wastewater treatment plant will receive structural and mechanical upgrades, and the local wastewater collection system will be extended to increase sewer capacity. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor welcomes provincial funding for upgrades to wastewater treatment plant

B.C. contributing $4.6 million toward $6.6-million project

The District of Sooke's wastewater treatment plant will receive structural and mechanical upgrades, and the local wastewater collection system will be extended to increase sewer capacity. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)

Sooke council approves development permit for 132 housing units

The development service permit is dependent on several conditions

An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)
Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Lions eye community centre at John Phillips Park in Sooke

Council cannot OK a lease without the approval of electors

Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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Sooke councillors bill district $6,381.95 for expenses

Local governments must disclose expensesa and salaries by June 30

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Sooke councillors have met virtually since Nov. 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Council meetings have occurred without the public in physical attendance since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. (YouTube)

Sooke council meetings will return to Municipal Hall starting July 12

Meetings conducted remotely since Nov. 23

Sooke councillors have met virtually since Nov. 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Council meetings have occurred without the public in physical attendance since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. (YouTube)
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FITNESS: Food for thought: carb or no carb

The body will store any type of calorie as fat if you are eating more than you need

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Man, 49, drowns in Kemp Lake, near Sooke

Body found Friday morning

(Black Press Media file photo)
A contestant on the U.S. game show The Price is Right on Friday won a trip to Sooke, including a six-day stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke. (Contributed - Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke)

Trip to Sooke featured as prize on popular U.S. game show

Price is Right contestant wins a six-night stay at Prestige Oceanfront Resort

A contestant on the U.S. game show The Price is Right on Friday won a trip to Sooke, including a six-day stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke. (Contributed - Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke)
Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)

Two orca pods spotted in Sooke harbour in one day

Visit by transient killer whales ‘one of the largest displays’ in recent memory

Two orca pods were spotted in both Sooke harbour and basin Wednesday (Contributed: Paul Pudwell - Sooke Whale Watching)
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Man arrested in Sooke after work crew threatened with a knife

Police recommending charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats

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The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)

Sooke hosting First Shift hockey program

Hockey program for beginners starts in October

The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)
Sooke is one of eight RCMP-serviced municipalities in the southern Vancouver Island being asked by the province to start paying the bills for E-Comm’s police dispatch service by 2022. (File - E-Comm 911)

Sooke taxpayers face $300,000 bill for police dispatching

Mayor says service should be a federal and provincial government responsibility

Sooke is one of eight RCMP-serviced municipalities in the southern Vancouver Island being asked by the province to start paying the bills for E-Comm’s police dispatch service by 2022. (File - E-Comm 911)
Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Highway 14 traffic delays pave way for work plan review

Recent delays left Sooke commuters in lineup for up to three hours

Major road construction of Highway 14 in Sooke has caused long lineups. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait called a recent traffic delay ‘horrible’ for commuters. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Victoria Marathon returns with in-person racing this fall

41st annual event sees half marathon, 8K race scheduled for Oct. 10

The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)