Looking Back, Oct 2, 2013

A look at what made the headlines in Sooke in years past

  • Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 6:00am
  • News

September 17, 2008

Museum funding issue to be on ballot

“We did it, we did it!” said Mayor Janet Evans as she hugged volunteers from the Sooke Region Museum. On September 10, the Capital Regional District board established a bylaw (3525) for funding for the Sooke Region Museum.

The bylaw will go before all of the voters in Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area for approval on the November 15 ballot.

The bylaw, if passed, will see a requisition of $75,000 for museum funding with the District of Sooke contributing 57 per cent and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area contributing 43 percent. The cost per average residential property, based on 2008 revised assessments, is $9.09.

 

September 17, 2003

Colin Pickell was heading home after work down West Coast Road when  the Point-No-Point waiter was served something he never wants again.

A pellet, apparently from a high-powered pellet gun, shattered the driver’s side of the Volvo’s rear window, sending broken lass into the back of Pickell’s head.

The projective then careened into the station wagon’s roof. Pickell said he came close to being killed just after midnight on Sept. 8.

“It feels good to be alive,” the 26-year-old said. “I’ve been shaken up.”

Last week, when Pickell drove home after his evening shift, he spent a lot of time looking into his rear-view mirror.

 

September 16, 1998

Adult students find themselves shut out of high school classes at EMCS

All Heather Medwedrich wanted to do this September was to go back to school to finish her Grade 12.

Completing high school would be the first in a set of stepping stones that would hopefully lead the daycare worker to college and an Early Childhood Education diploma.

But Medwedrich’s dreams were fading early this week when the 22 year-old learned she wouldn’t be able to take classes at EMCS.

Medwedrich was told she would be placed on a waiting list and probably admitted on the second week of school. But when she went last week to pick her courses, she learned the bad news.

Principal Bob Meikle points to Ministry of Education funding cuts as the reason the local school’s doors have been slammed shut on adult students. That’s because unlike regular students, the province does not provide the school with any money for educating adult students.

 

September 15, 1993

 

Cougar sighting sparks warning

National Geographic had nothing on the spectacle that unfolded in Elizabeth Jameson’s backyard last week.

Conservation officers shot and killed a young cougar treed near her Sooke River home after she sat entranced for an hour on her back porch watching three of the animals kill and eat a young buck.

Jameson awoke shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday to the sound of something crashing around in her blackberry patch. She looked outside in time to see the buck spring into her lit backyard with a pair of young cougars in pursuit. One brought the deer down and the pair proceeded to first play with, then eat, the animal. The cougars were joined by their mother a few minutes later.

When the conservation officers arrived about an hour later, the animals were still feeding.