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Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)

Choral Evolution launche season with new director, accompanist

Bruce Ruddell leaves choir to pursue other musical opportunities

Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)
The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)

Sooke horseshoe club takes pitch to B.C. championship

Two-day event held in Veron over Labour Day weekend

The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)
Matt Barney prepares bags for the Santa Run in December 2015. Barney retired as deputy fire chief on Aug. 23. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke deputy fire chief retires after 26 years of service

Matt Barney also served as emergency program coordinator

Matt Barney prepares bags for the Santa Run in December 2015. Barney retired as deputy fire chief on Aug. 23. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Trevor Paul has announced a bid for council. The civic election is on Oct. 15. (Contributed - Laura Bryant)
Trevor Paul has announced a bid for council. The civic election is on Oct. 15. (Contributed - Laura Bryant)
Fred Milne Park in Sooke saw the drilling of a new water well on Thursday. The project is jointly funded by the Sooke Community Association and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

New well at Sooke park will reduce water costs

$140,000 project funded by local government, community association

Fred Milne Park in Sooke saw the drilling of a new water well on Thursday. The project is jointly funded by the Sooke Community Association and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
An altercation between an on-shore angler and another man led to the first man being seriously injured, Sooke RCMP say. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

RCMP investigating after Victoria man injured in attack on Sooke beach

Two men reportedly fought over fishing spot at Gordon’s Beach

An altercation between an on-shore angler and another man led to the first man being seriously injured, Sooke RCMP say. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Nick Dickinson-Wilde is seeking Sooke council seat. “I will be looking at all questions with an environmental lens,” he says. (Contributed - Nick Dickinson-Wilde)

Sooke council race takes shape as another candidate declares

Local businessman Nick Dickinson-Wilde eyes housing as an issue

Nick Dickinson-Wilde is seeking Sooke council seat. “I will be looking at all questions with an environmental lens,” he says. (Contributed - Nick Dickinson-Wilde)
Sooke council: elected in 2018. (File - District of Sooke)

Four Sooke council members will run for re-election in October

It doesn’t look like there’s a lack of political ambition in Sooke.…

Sooke council: elected in 2018. (File - District of Sooke)
Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)

Sooke Fire Rescue looking for new recruits

Information session for recruits on Aug. 23

Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)
The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)
The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)
Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke’s crime severity increased slightly in 2021

But police responded to fewer incidents last year

Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)
The E&N Railway Track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke on track in effort to save Island Rail Corridor

Time running out to save the century-old rail line as court deadline looms

The E&N Railway Track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Senior government grants pump up Sooke’s municipal projects

District’s annual report says funding supports infrastructure programs

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Work on Viewpointe Estates in Sooke is progressing. The developer and district signed a new covenant last week. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke, subdivision developer rejigs covenant to add parkland

New document dedicates more land for park use and additional building lots

Work on Viewpointe Estates in Sooke is progressing. The developer and district signed a new covenant last week. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The much-anticipated Charters Road Corridor should be “shovel ready’ by late fall, say district officials. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke applies for grant to improve Charters Road Corridor

Corridor upgrades identified in Transportation Master Plan

The much-anticipated Charters Road Corridor should be “shovel ready’ by late fall, say district officials. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)

Sooke plans third meeting as council races to finalize OCP before election

OCP was placed in ‘high priority’ by council when elected in 2018

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)
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Sooke council votes to give councillor leave for one meeting

Coun. Megan McMath has missed four consecutive meetings

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Local dignitaries the ribbon for the opening of the new Sooke sports box facility on Phillips Road. (Charlotte Baye Pearson - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke opens doors to $1.3-million multi-sport box

The facility was built on vacant land near SEAPARC Leisure Complex

Local dignitaries the ribbon for the opening of the new Sooke sports box facility on Phillips Road. (Charlotte Baye Pearson - Sooke News Mirror)
Firefighters at the Evergreen Centre fire in August 2013. Last week, the District of Sooke released its Fire Master Plan, a strategic report to guide the fire department over the next 10 to 15 years. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Fire Rescue’s race against clock hits staffing snag

Department struggles to hit response time targets overnight

Firefighters at the Evergreen Centre fire in August 2013. Last week, the District of Sooke released its Fire Master Plan, a strategic report to guide the fire department over the next 10 to 15 years. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Lions Club member Lorne Christensen (left) and Al Beddows prepare for Canda events at Sooke River Flats on Friday. The event begins at noon running through to 6 p.m. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Canada Day celebrations return to Sooke, Port Renfrew

No fireworks for July 1 event in Sooke

Sooke Lions Club member Lorne Christensen (left) and Al Beddows prepare for Canda events at Sooke River Flats on Friday. The event begins at noon running through to 6 p.m. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)