Kevin Laird

Townhome sales at Heron View have surged in recent months as the impacts of COVID-19 leave homebuyers with a renewed appetite for semi-rural and small-town real estate offerings. The housing development is entering its second-to-last phase of construction. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke housing development sees fast sales during pandemic

Success at Heron View is duplicated in other areas of the real estate industry

Townhome sales at Heron View have surged in recent months as the impacts of COVID-19 leave homebuyers with a renewed appetite for semi-rural and small-town real estate offerings. The housing development is entering its second-to-last phase of construction. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
British Columbia claims some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. (Pixabay)

Presenting B.C. from A to Z

More than two-dozen bits of B.C. trivia for your B.C. Day weekend

British Columbia claims some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. (Pixabay)
Sooke Fine Art Show takes local art to a world stage

Sooke Fine Art Show takes local art to a world stage

People can visit online from July 24 to Aug. 3, and can purchase any art until end of September

Sooke Fine Art Show takes local art to a world stage
New ECG will diagnose life-threatening emergencies in ‘timely manner’ in Sooke

New ECG will diagnose life-threatening emergencies in ‘timely manner’ in Sooke

Machine funded by the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation

New ECG will diagnose life-threatening emergencies in ‘timely manner’ in Sooke
Sooke council is repealing the district’s firearms regulation bylaw. Most property within the boundaries of Sooke are already restricted on the use of firearms under federal, provincial and regional legislation, a municipal staff report stated. (Pixabay photo)

Sooke council repeals firearms regulation bylaw

Other levels of government already have rules in place for firearms

Sooke council is repealing the district’s firearms regulation bylaw. Most property within the boundaries of Sooke are already restricted on the use of firearms under federal, provincial and regional legislation, a municipal staff report stated. (Pixabay photo)
An artist’s rendition of the proposed new Vancouver Island Regional Library building in Sooke. (Vancouver Island Regional Library)

Construction contract eyed for new Sooke library

Build on library expected to start this summer

An artist’s rendition of the proposed new Vancouver Island Regional Library building in Sooke. (Vancouver Island Regional Library)
Firefighters called for technical rescue at Sooke Potholes

Firefighters called for technical rescue at Sooke Potholes

Woman breaks her leg while walking along riverbed

Firefighters called for technical rescue at Sooke Potholes
Vancouver Island’s long road to recovery will have a few bumps

Vancouver Island’s long road to recovery will have a few bumps

Some things will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic, local experts say

Vancouver Island’s long road to recovery will have a few bumps
The realignment of Highway 14 between Connie and Glinz Lake roads in Sooke will begin this fall. (Pixabay photo)

Work on Highway 14 realignment will start this fall

Sooke project moves into final stage after public feedback

The realignment of Highway 14 between Connie and Glinz Lake roads in Sooke will begin this fall. (Pixabay photo)
Wild Wise Sooke is urging the public to be bear aware. (Photo by Brian Rundle)

Bear watchers urge bear awareness

Educational group kicks up social media presence in response to social distancing.

Wild Wise Sooke is urging the public to be bear aware. (Photo by Brian Rundle)
Island Health is easing rules for grocery stores to sell bottle water at dispensing machines. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Island Health takes lid off bottled water

Rules eased for water dispensing machine use in grocery stores

Island Health is easing rules for grocery stores to sell bottle water at dispensing machines. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke RCMP will not enforce the speed limit in school zones while classes remain cancelled and schools are closed. (Black Press Media)

Sooke RCMP not enforcing school zone speed limits

Because students not attending class, the school zone is not enforceable, police say

Sooke RCMP will not enforce the speed limit in school zones while classes remain cancelled and schools are closed. (Black Press Media)
Hikers, walkers urged to keep distance as Sooke parks reopen

Hikers, walkers urged to keep distance as Sooke parks reopen

Whiffin Spit and Marine Boardwalk most popular areas for park users

Hikers, walkers urged to keep distance as Sooke parks reopen
Sooke home is a grand prize in hospital lottery

Sooke home is a grand prize in hospital lottery

The grand prize winner can choose one of eight luxury homes around the province

Sooke home is a grand prize in hospital lottery
Jeannie Heckley, left, Anna Zoboski, Cathy Gagné and Michelle Kehn from Village Food Markets in Sooke show off their fancy new aprons, sewn by 93-year-old Emilia “Oma” Tkacz. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Island woman, 93, sews aprons for grocery store workers

Sooke’s Emilia “Oma” Tkacz has been donating her crafts to the community for years

Jeannie Heckley, left, Anna Zoboski, Cathy Gagné and Michelle Kehn from Village Food Markets in Sooke show off their fancy new aprons, sewn by 93-year-old Emilia “Oma” Tkacz. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
Pacheedaht First Nation has temporaily closed a campground and lodge due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

Pacheedaht First Nation closes campground, lodge due to COVID-19

Health and safety of community top priority, says First Nation

Pacheedaht First Nation has temporaily closed a campground and lodge due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)
Dentists across B.C. will no longer perform elective or non-essential procedures, the profession’s regulatory body announced March 16. (Black Press Media)

Sooke’s Otter Point Dental patients warned of coronavirus exposure

Staff member attended Vancouver conference, self-quarantined

Dentists across B.C. will no longer perform elective or non-essential procedures, the profession’s regulatory body announced March 16. (Black Press Media)
Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Does Galloping Goose leash law have too much bite?

Dog control laws on popular south Island trail system working in urban areas, not in rural?

Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The startup Orange Sox boys softball team is looking for players to compete in the 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games. (Pixabay)

New Island team aimed at rejuvenating boys softball

Orange Sox hope to play in 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games

The startup Orange Sox boys softball team is looking for players to compete in the 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games. (Pixabay)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes announce at a press conference that a body was discovered in the Sooke River on Tuesday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Body of third missing man found in Sooke River

The bodies of two other men were found Sunday

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes announce at a press conference that a body was discovered in the Sooke River on Tuesday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)