Kevin Laird

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)
Sooke is in the running for Kraft Hockeyville. (Bruce Hogarth photo)

Sooke launches Hockeyville bid

Up for grabs: $250,000 in arena upgrades and an NHL game

Sooke is in the running for Kraft Hockeyville. (Bruce Hogarth photo)
Bruce Hawkes, left, is presented a plaque commemorating his 200th consecutive Island Series race by Bob Reid, high performance director of the Harriers Pioneer 8K. (Joseph Camilleri - Prairie Inn Harriers)

Sooke runner breaks record with 200th consecutive race

Bruce Hawkes began Island Race Series streak in 1995

Bruce Hawkes, left, is presented a plaque commemorating his 200th consecutive Island Series race by Bob Reid, high performance director of the Harriers Pioneer 8K. (Joseph Camilleri - Prairie Inn Harriers)
Extreme high tides are in the forecast for this weekend. The District of Sooke is urging the public to use extra caution on beaches and shorelines. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

King tides rolling in along coast this weekend

The high tides are forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday; officials urge caution

Extreme high tides are in the forecast for this weekend. The District of Sooke is urging the public to use extra caution on beaches and shorelines. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
English holly is creating havoc in Vancouver Island forests. (Pixabay)

Invasive English holly poses threat to Island’s eco-system

Not so jolly holly, say conservationists, as invasive species attacks indigenous plants

English holly is creating havoc in Vancouver Island forests. (Pixabay)
Canadian geese mill about at Edward Milne Community School field. (Bruce Hogarth)

Vancouver Island schools have a goose poop problem

Officials struggling to react as birds leave excrement everywhere on fields

Canadian geese mill about at Edward Milne Community School field. (Bruce Hogarth)
MP Randall Garrison predicts New Democrats won’t suffer the same fate of other social democrats. (File photo)

Island MP Randall Garrison predicts NDP won’t suffer fate of other social democrats

He also questions projections that show his riding a toss-up and the Greens eating into NDP support

MP Randall Garrison predicts New Democrats won’t suffer the same fate of other social democrats. (File photo)
Sooke artist Sheila Thomas with her pet poodle Stroodle. Thomas wants to live the life of Canadian art icon Emily Carr for one year. (Contributed)

Vancouver Island author walking in the footsteps of Emily Carr

Sheila Thomas will live the life of Emily Carr for one year travelling B.C. in her footsteps.

Sooke artist Sheila Thomas with her pet poodle Stroodle. Thomas wants to live the life of Canadian art icon Emily Carr for one year. (Contributed)
Death of baby in Sooke prompts investigation

Death of baby in Sooke prompts investigation

Police, coroner releasing few details

Death of baby in Sooke prompts investigation
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt stands next to one of the 54 old-growth trees now protected by the B.C. government, a giant Sitka spruce in the Mossome Grove near Port Renfrew. (TJ Watt photo)

Big Lonely Doug protected along with 53 of his closest friends

Classic Vancouver Island tree among B.C’s largest old-growth trees now on protection list

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt stands next to one of the 54 old-growth trees now protected by the B.C. government, a giant Sitka spruce in the Mossome Grove near Port Renfrew. (TJ Watt photo)
Coun. Brenda Parkinson with her husband Stewart. Parkinson died on Friday. (Contributed)

Sooke district councillor Brenda Parkinson dies

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait and Premier John Horgan pay tribute

Coun. Brenda Parkinson with her husband Stewart. Parkinson died on Friday. (Contributed)
Artificial reef created off East Sooke

Artificial reef created off East Sooke

Divers are discovering plenty of new sea life

Artificial reef created off East Sooke
A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)
A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)

UPDATE: Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in incident at Camp Barnard

A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)
Jim Bottomley is an author and futurist

Vancouver Island author short-listed for national writing prize

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley nominated for Arthur Ellis Award

Jim Bottomley is an author and futurist
Off-road racers from Washington State, Alberta, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are lining up to take on all challengers in the annual Island Cup. (Victor Vu/Pixabay)

Island Cup set for East Sooke on May 3-5

Off-road racing event expected to attract over 50 racers

Off-road racers from Washington State, Alberta, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are lining up to take on all challengers in the annual Island Cup. (Victor Vu/Pixabay)
A scene from Embers and the Giants by artist Kelly Richardson. The film will be shown at the Toronto Images Festival in Toronto on Thursday. (Contributed)
A scene from Embers and the Giants by artist Kelly Richardson. The film will be shown at the Toronto Images Festival in Toronto on Thursday. (Contributed)
Mike Berry, left, David Hadley, Steve Crevatin and Darren Brown, volunteers with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, place a female chinook salmon in a net to be taken to a hatchery as part of the 2016 brood stock capture on the Sooke River. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

Mike Berry, left, David Hadley, Steve Crevatin and Darren Brown, volunteers with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, place a female chinook salmon in a net to be taken to a hatchery as part of the 2016 brood stock capture on the Sooke River. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)