A look back at what made the news in past years in Sooke and area.
April 22, 2009
Just for the Halibut Derby Winners…
Harvey Woods, and that Natural High Gang claimed the top spot and $8,000 in cash for catching a 122.1 pound halibut off Constance Bank in the Just for the Halibut Derby this last weekend. The gang included Harvey Woods, Jeff Dau, and Sid Spooner.
The boys set out on Saturday morning from Jock’s Dock for the 25 km run to the popular fishing area off Victoria. They caught their prize at 8:00 a.m. with brother-in-law Sid Spooner on the rod, with salmon belly and herring as the treat.
April 21, 2004
Sooke breaks ground for sewers Thursday.
Thursday is the day Mayor Janet Evans, some fellow District of Sooke council members, and municipal staff have been waiting for, for years.
At 11:30 a.m., at the corner of Sooke and Phillips Roads, an official groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s specified area sewer system will be held. Municipal, provincial and federal representatives, as well as interested on-lookers, are expected to gather near the eastern extent of the system.
Work will begin near the western extent of the system at Nordin Road.
April 21, 1999
Journey students raise cash for Kosovaars
The Journey middle school student council has been busy raising money to help refugees in Kosovo.
The students have raised $1,000 by holding several dances and chip sales. They hope to see the cash used for food, tents, medical supplies and clothing.
The money will be presented to the Red Cross, and the school challenges other schools and businesses in the community to match or exceed their donation.
April 20, 1994
Repairs to begin on Spit
Whiffen Spit may be closed to the public at times next week while a work crew embarks on a major improvement job.
Heavy machinery is slated to start work Monday, on a week-long project to rebuild the Spit’s deteriorating breakwater, repair storm damage to the walking trail, and extend the path to the lighthouse.
Crew will also install a public toilet near the Spit’s midpoint.
Local resident Eric Butler will supervise the repair job and provide the fill. The project will cost $20,000 for equipment and labour.
April 19, 1989
Street lights? Saturday vote will decide the issue
The proposed street lighting program for Sooke, if approved at the annual meeting of the fire trustees April 22, would cost the average Sooke taxpayer about 80 cents a month.
The proposed street lighting plan calls for lights to be installed along Sooke Road from the Sooke River bridge west to Maple Avenue; one Phillips Road to Grand Road, and southwest on Eustace Road past the Community Hall, and back to West Coast Road.
The lights would be located at all other important intersections as far as Goodridge Road in the east, and Grant Road in the West, and at Fred Milne Park, as well as at other strategic spots.
If the district administers the program all that is required to get street lights is a 50 per cent majority at an annual meeting of the district.