Sooke News Staff

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew is undergoing reconstruction following a road washout in 2018. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

22-hour Highway 14 road closure planned for Wednesday

Closure needed to install a temporary bridge structure near Port Renfrew

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew is undergoing reconstruction following a road washout in 2018. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
A Sooke man died Tuesday afternoon after his car left the roadway in 7500-block of West Coast Road around 1:30 p.m. and hit a tree. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke man dies in Tuesday crash on West Coast Road

The man’s SUV left the roadway and struck a tree

A Sooke man died Tuesday afternoon after his car left the roadway in 7500-block of West Coast Road around 1:30 p.m. and hit a tree. (Black Press Media file photo)
A portion of West Coast Road in Sooke was closed for several hours as emergency services responded to a “serious incident” on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

West Coast Road reopens after ‘serious incident’ prompted Tuesday afternoon closure

The road was closed between Grant Road West and Otter Point Road as emergency services were on scene

A portion of West Coast Road in Sooke was closed for several hours as emergency services responded to a “serious incident” on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.
B.C. Hydro Tree Canada Community ReGreening Program will provide native trees to be planted in three Sooke green spaces this spring, including DeMamiel Creek Park. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

More trees coming to Sooke parks

B.C. Hydro provides grant to plant native trees in three parks

B.C. Hydro Tree Canada Community ReGreening Program will provide native trees to be planted in three Sooke green spaces this spring, including DeMamiel Creek Park. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
A 42-year-old Sooke man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly started a fire at the Sooke Shelter just before 7 a.m. Black Press File Photo

Sooke Shelter resident arrested after Thursday morning fire

On their way to the shelter, officers were told a man was lighting things on fire in his living area

A 42-year-old Sooke man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly started a fire at the Sooke Shelter just before 7 a.m. Black Press File Photo
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Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Sooke Road reopen after motor vehicle incident

Emergency crews were on scene of Wednesday morning incident

Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)
The historic Sheringham Point Lighthouse in Shirley. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sheringham lighthouse photo contest opens

Winners receive a coveted spot in calendar

The historic Sheringham Point Lighthouse in Shirley. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)

35 firefighters attend Sooke fire that destroys duplex, leaves three cats unaccounted for

Both sets of tenants safe, in touch with emergency support services

A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)
Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (File - Black Press Media)
Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (File - Black Press Media)
Whiffen Spit Park during the summer months. Sooke is asking its residents how they want the district to grow in the next 10 years with their official community plan, set to open for submissions on March 5. (Jen Blyth photo)

Sooke asking for feedback on official community plan

Submissions open to public on March 5

Whiffen Spit Park during the summer months. Sooke is asking its residents how they want the district to grow in the next 10 years with their official community plan, set to open for submissions on March 5. (Jen Blyth photo)
Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)

Crocodiles and kindness: Sooke man publishes first children’s book

Father-of-two inspired by improvised bedtime stories

Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)
Mindfulness in May, an art and literary exhibition for youth, is planned for Sooke in May. (Pixabay photo)
Mindfulness in May, an art and literary exhibition for youth, is planned for Sooke in May. (Pixabay photo)
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Sooke accepting community grant applications

Non-profit organizations can apply for a share of more than $65,000

(Metro Creative)
Nearly 1,200 residents between Sooke and Port Renfrew lost power on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Power restored for nearly 1,200 residents in Sooke, Port Renfrew

Outage in Port Renfrew due to fallen tree on power lines

Nearly 1,200 residents between Sooke and Port Renfrew lost power on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (BC Hydro)
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Nearly 2000 BC Hydro customers in East Sooke lost power around 1 p.m. on Jan. 20. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Power restored to nearly 2000 East Sooke residents after blasting

Blasting caused power pole to move and faulted the circuit Wednesday

Nearly 2000 BC Hydro customers in East Sooke lost power around 1 p.m. on Jan. 20. (BC Hydro)
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New fire chief takes charge in East Sooke

Carl Neilson takes over from Roger Beck.

(File - Sooke News Mirror)
Rocks and debris litter the Whiffin Spit parking lot. Work crews will bring equipment on Tuesday to clean it up. Contributed - District of Sooke)

Major clean up planned for Whiffin Spit on Tuesday

A massive clean up of Whiffin Spit is planned for Tuesday (Jan.…

Rocks and debris litter the Whiffin Spit parking lot. Work crews will bring equipment on Tuesday to clean it up. Contributed - District of Sooke)
The Sooke Lions Business Directory has arrived and ready for distribution in the community this week. Ready for delivery are Sooke Harbourside Lions president Joanne Payment and Sooke Lions Club members Al Beddows, centre, and Jim Bailey. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Lions Business Directory delivered to homes this week

Booklet includes business directory, telephone book and events calendar

The Sooke Lions Business Directory has arrived and ready for distribution in the community this week. Ready for delivery are Sooke Harbourside Lions president Joanne Payment and Sooke Lions Club members Al Beddows, centre, and Jim Bailey. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)