Sooke News Staff

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on the perimeter of a fire in July 2019. (B.C. government)

Sooke to host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

FireSmart coordinator hosts public awareness and educational event on May 28

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on the perimeter of a fire in July 2019. (B.C. government)
Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)

New Sooke library’s official opening set for June

The branch has been open to the public since Feb. 25

Sooke’s new iconic circular design public library features 13,412 square feet of space and 35,000 items in its collection. (Contributed - Vancouver Island Regional Library)
The victim of an Otter Point shooting on Saturday has been identified as Tony Nelson. There is an online fundraiser to support his family. (GoFundMe)

GoFundMe launched for man shot outside Sooke home on Saturday

Investigation is ongoing, police suspect the victim and shooter knew each other

The victim of an Otter Point shooting on Saturday has been identified as Tony Nelson. There is an online fundraiser to support his family. (GoFundMe)
Sooke RCMP responded to reports of a shooting in Otter Point on Saturday evening. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man seriously injured in Sooke shooting Saturday

Investigation is ongoing, police suspect the victim and shooter knew each other

Sooke RCMP responded to reports of a shooting in Otter Point on Saturday evening. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke received good marks from an auditor. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke receives clean audit report

Local governments must prepare financial statements each year

The District of Sooke received good marks from an auditor. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke CAO diagnosed with cancer

Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment

Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Local businesses will be banned from using plastic bags at checkout, beginning May 22. (File - Metro-Creative)

Checkout bag ban takes effect in Sooke next month

Businesses must charge for paper and reusable checkout bags

Local businesses will be banned from using plastic bags at checkout, beginning May 22. (File - Metro-Creative)
Cute as can be. Twin Nigerian dwarf goats were on born on April 15. They'll soon help out with Vancouver Island Goat Yoga classes inn Shirley. (Contributed - Dana Haydon)
Cute as can be. Twin Nigerian dwarf goats were on born on April 15. They'll soon help out with Vancouver Island Goat Yoga classes inn Shirley. (Contributed - Dana Haydon)
Sooke RCMP ask anyone with information about a youth stabbed April 14 to call them. (Black Press Media file photo)

Witnesses render first aid after youth stabbed, significantly injured on Sooke trail

Sooke RCMP take second youth into custody, say no further risk to the public

Sooke RCMP ask anyone with information about a youth stabbed April 14 to call them. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke is planning events from April 19-23 to celebrate Earth Week. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Community engagement key goal for Earth Week in Sooke

The District of Sooke hosts events from April 19-23

The District of Sooke is planning events from April 19-23 to celebrate Earth Week. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Volunteers in the 2019 Sooke Fine Arts Show gift shop: Bobbie Momsen, left, Rae Williamson, Elaine Thrale, Eileen Badiuk and Bev Lewis. (Contributed - Angela Bailey)

Sooke Fine Arts Show seeks cast of volunteers

Summer art exhibition runs from July 22-Aug. 4

Volunteers in the 2019 Sooke Fine Arts Show gift shop: Bobbie Momsen, left, Rae Williamson, Elaine Thrale, Eileen Badiuk and Bev Lewis. (Contributed - Angela Bailey)
The public is being asked for their views on the District of Sooke’s 237-page draft official community plan document, covering everything from housing and environmental protection to transportation. The district hosts an open house at Sooke Community Hall on May 7. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Open house planned to discuss Sooke’s OCP

District of Sooke is asking residents to weigh in on the draft of its official community plan

The public is being asked for their views on the District of Sooke’s 237-page draft official community plan document, covering everything from housing and environmental protection to transportation. The district hosts an open house at Sooke Community Hall on May 7. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
The Sooke Country Market returns to John Phillips Park on Saturdays starting April 23. (Sooke Country Market)

Sooke Country Market returns to John Phillips Park

Popular venue runs Saturdays starting April 23

The Sooke Country Market returns to John Phillips Park on Saturdays starting April 23. (Sooke Country Market)
Crews responded to a fire in East Sooke Wednesday morning, around 7:30 a.m. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Man dead after workshop fire in East Sooke

Crews responded to the fire on Timberdoodle Road early Wednesday morning

Crews responded to a fire in East Sooke Wednesday morning, around 7:30 a.m. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
More than 300 runners enjoyed warm spring conditions Sunday in the Westcoast Sooke River 10K, the fifth race in the Vancouver Island Race Series. The race – hosted by Westcoast Running – was won by Logan Roots and Christine Bant. (Meredith Rose - Vancouver Island Runners Association)

Islanders win men’s, women’s Sooke 10K race

Logan Roots and Christine Bant top podium

More than 300 runners enjoyed warm spring conditions Sunday in the Westcoast Sooke River 10K, the fifth race in the Vancouver Island Race Series. The race – hosted by Westcoast Running – was won by Logan Roots and Christine Bant. (Meredith Rose - Vancouver Island Runners Association)
Map shows the section of West Coast Road to be affected by utility work on April 5. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)

Single-lane traffic advisory for West Coast Road in Sooke

Utility work to take place 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 5

Map shows the section of West Coast Road to be affected by utility work on April 5. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)
The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society gives photographers a chance to help share the 110-year-old heritage site with the world, by competing for a spot in the 2023 calendar. (Courtesy Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society)

West Coast lighthouse photo contest entices photographers to capture B.C. beauty

13 images featuring B.C. coast to grace 2023 Sheringham Point calendar

The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society gives photographers a chance to help share the 110-year-old heritage site with the world, by competing for a spot in the 2023 calendar. (Courtesy Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society)
The Sooke Fine Art Show in 2020. The last in-person show in 2019 attracted more than 9,000 people, while online shows in the last two years saw more than 10,000 tune-in. (Courtesy Sooke Fine Art Show)

Call for submissions opens for return of Sooke Fine Art Show

Applications will be judged for a place in July art show

The Sooke Fine Art Show in 2020. The last in-person show in 2019 attracted more than 9,000 people, while online shows in the last two years saw more than 10,000 tune-in. (Courtesy Sooke Fine Art Show)
The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)

Sooke library grand opening postponed as rotating strikes impact VIRL system

Unionized librarians demanding higher wages, better working conditions

The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)
Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)

Orca named Rainy spotted in Sooke Basin

Local wildlife photographer hasn’t seen him in the Sooke Basin since September 2019

Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)