Juan de Fuca

From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)

JDF Skating Club enjoying success on and off the ice as sport returns to normal

The club has earned competitive victories and has nearly returned to pre-pandemic membership

 

A draft strategic plan for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area has been released by the Capital Regional District. (Photo by Sebastian Jakob)

Region rolls out draft recreation plan for Juan de Fuca

Plan guides management priorities for the next 10 years

 

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

 

Players from the Westshore Warriors and the Victoria Spartans (black) play a football match on Goudy Field on May 29, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Only 2 lit turf fields leave minor football struggling for field space in the West Shore

West Shore minor teams may be relocated to Saanich or shut down if no solution found

Players from the Westshore Warriors and the Victoria Spartans (black) play a football match on Goudy Field on May 29, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks says helping organizations with funding has been one of the most rewarding parts of his work. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

$1.5 million in federal funds banked for next Juan de Fuca director

Money limited to water and recreation projects

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks says helping organizations with funding has been one of the most rewarding parts of his work. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Atlantic Eagle, one of two Canadian Coast Guard emergency towing vessels rotated across B.C. (Canadian Coast Guard/Contributed photo)

Oil spill ‘not matter of if, but when’: Island councils renew call to Canada for Sidney rescue tug

Tugs were only present in Juan de Fuca, Haro or Boundary Pass 30 per cent of the time in 2019

Atlantic Eagle, one of two Canadian Coast Guard emergency towing vessels rotated across B.C. (Canadian Coast Guard/Contributed photo)
Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)

New hi-tech public library branch set to open in Sooke

The library will contain unique features such as a 3D printer and laptop bar

Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library will open by month’s end. It features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services continued the search for a missing Sooke man on Monday morning. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. search and rescue teams had another record year in 2021

Pandemic has pushed more people outdoors, including underprepared hikers

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services continued the search for a missing Sooke man on Monday morning. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
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Memorial Fund launched for Shirley woman who worked in mental health and disability support

The Mary Brown Memorial Fund is run by the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation

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Colwood Fire Rescue responded to an ammonia alarm at the Juan de Fuca Arena on July 28. (Google Maps)

Ammonia sensor alarm brings Colwood firefighters to Juan de Fuca arena

Low ammonia sensor alarm tripped during maintenance work: acting chief

Colwood Fire Rescue responded to an ammonia alarm at the Juan de Fuca Arena on July 28. (Google Maps)
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)
Areas shaded in blue are under a boil water advisory as of May 19, 2021. (CRD image)

Boil water advisory initiated in Port Renfrew

Residents warned to boil water for a full minute

Areas shaded in blue are under a boil water advisory as of May 19, 2021. (CRD image)
A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Fairy Creek logging blockade group files appeal against injunction

Protestors have prevented logging the Vancouver Island valley since August 2020

A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Coaches with the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey association have had to get creative during their weekly practices to keep players interested and improving their skills without physical contact. (Damian Kowalewich photo)

Vancouver Island minor hockey coach shares what it’s like on the ice without parents, fans

Most practices consist of relay races, goalie shots and passing drills

Coaches with the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey association have had to get creative during their weekly practices to keep players interested and improving their skills without physical contact. (Damian Kowalewich photo)
Port Renfrew lies within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Could the town be B.C.’s next municipality? CRD director Mike Hicks is considering it. (File - Portrenfrew.com)

Rural Island official upset municipalities get 25 times the amount of COVID-19 relief

CRD director ‘almost speechless’ as Juan de Fuca receives small amount of COVID bailout money

Port Renfrew lies within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Could the town be B.C.’s next municipality? CRD director Mike Hicks is considering it. (File - Portrenfrew.com)
Stella, also known as ‘Shaggy Maggy’ to the two Sooke men who rescued her from a cove nearby Magdalena Point on Saturday, has been reunited with her family from Chemainus. (Zach Regan photo)

Lost dog reunited with family three months after going missing along Juan de Fuca trail

‘The poor thing was skin and bones,’ says one of the Sooke rescuers

Stella, also known as ‘Shaggy Maggy’ to the two Sooke men who rescued her from a cove nearby Magdalena Point on Saturday, has been reunited with her family from Chemainus. (Zach Regan photo)
Juan de Fuca Whalers PeeWee A1 team has started a creative way to practise while in social isolation during COVID-19. Parents sent a video of their kids passing the ball to one another to demonstrate team spirit. (Courtesy of Candace White)

VIDEO: West Shore lacrosse team makes virtual practice video during COVID-19

‘Keep the sticks in your hands, keep practicing,” says team manager

Juan de Fuca Whalers PeeWee A1 team has started a creative way to practise while in social isolation during COVID-19. Parents sent a video of their kids passing the ball to one another to demonstrate team spirit. (Courtesy of Candace White)
Deputy SAR manager Kathryn Farr and senior SAR manager Vickie Webber at JdF SAR headquarters in East Sooke. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

Juan de Fuca SAR comes to the rescue

Search and rescue unit there when help needed

Deputy SAR manager Kathryn Farr and senior SAR manager Vickie Webber at JdF SAR headquarters in East Sooke. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)
Wood chips float in the Salish Sea between Pender and Saltspring Islands on Wednesday morning. (Ian Hinkle Twitter)                                Wood chips float in the Salish Sea between Pender and Saltspring Islands on Wednesday morning. (Ian Hinkle Twitter)

Listing Seaspan barge full of wood chips nearly tips in Haro Strait

Tug and listing barge drifted through Haro Strait Wednesday morning

Wood chips float in the Salish Sea between Pender and Saltspring Islands on Wednesday morning. (Ian Hinkle Twitter)                                Wood chips float in the Salish Sea between Pender and Saltspring Islands on Wednesday morning. (Ian Hinkle Twitter)
Susan Simmons of James Bay, B.C., plans to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Saturday. File contributed

Victoria woman sets date to swim the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Susan Simmons will attempt to be the first to swim the Strait twice starting Saturday afternoon

Susan Simmons of James Bay, B.C., plans to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Saturday. File contributed