Zoe Ducklow

Beau Stirling was sentenced to 18 months of probation, among other penalties, for convictions on charges of theft, breaking and entering, and driving while impaired. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood man pleads guilty, sentenced for impaired driving, theft, break-and-enter

Beau Stirling’s criminal record not lengthy, but severe, judge said

Beau Stirling was sentenced to 18 months of probation, among other penalties, for convictions on charges of theft, breaking and entering, and driving while impaired. (Black Press Media file photo)
Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Terminus building nears completion, first tenants are lining up

Gym, co-working space among first to sign leases in District 56 in Langford

Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Hot shellfish: cooked in overlapping heat and low tides

UVic marine biologist said timing was bad luck, but isn’t overly concerned

Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Learning to play the violin at the Sooke Harmony Project. (Contributed - Sooke Harmony Project)

Classical garden concert on Aug 8 will benefit the Sooke Harmony Project

World-class musicians will perform alongside students

Learning to play the violin at the Sooke Harmony Project. (Contributed - Sooke Harmony Project)
Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Nature area, business park proposed for 52-hectare parcel in north Metchosin

Owners of Tri-X Group want to talk rezoning: half light industrial, half park

Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
‘Put a fire in your heart not in the forest,’ a solid exhortation from Barney Marine on West Coast Road in Sooke. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke’s extreme fire danger rating means high-risk activities banned

Most fires around Sooke are human-caused, deputy fire chief says

‘Put a fire in your heart not in the forest,’ a solid exhortation from Barney Marine on West Coast Road in Sooke. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

UPDATE: Muir Creek fire now ‘being held’ by firefighers

A hot spot had the fire considered out of control yesterday, but crews have now contained the blaze

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island's west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

Out of control, Muir Creek fire has grown to one hectare

Wind has spread the previously controlled fire northwest of Sooke

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island's west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
What can you make out of this mysterious creature? (Submitted/Martin Ren)

It’s a seal! It’s an otter! It’s a … crocodile?

What do you see in this video of a strange creature in East Sooke?

What can you make out of this mysterious creature? (Submitted/Martin Ren)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

Wildfire out of control in Muir Creek near Shirley

Officials suspect the relatively small fire was caused by a person

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
Jackie Larkin and Saul Arbess, both spokespeople for the Elders for Ancient Trees point toward John Horgan’s office windows at a press conference announcing their legal challenge against the RCMP on June 28. A judge ruled in their favour on July 20. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

RCMP’s Fairy Creek exclusion zones, checkpoints go too far, judge rules

Elders for Ancient Trees win challenge against police force’s tightly controlled enforcement

Jackie Larkin and Saul Arbess, both spokespeople for the Elders for Ancient Trees point toward John Horgan’s office windows at a press conference announcing their legal challenge against the RCMP on June 28. A judge ruled in their favour on July 20. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Rendering shows The Commons, the commercial aspect of the first development on the south side of Latoria Boulevard at Royal Bay in Colwood. (Courtesy Tavola Strategy Group)

Ground broken in Colwood on retail element of Royal Bay

The Commons, anchored by Quality Foods grocery store, has been long awaited by residents

Rendering shows The Commons, the commercial aspect of the first development on the south side of Latoria Boulevard at Royal Bay in Colwood. (Courtesy Tavola Strategy Group)
Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)

Fairy Creek logging protesters may face criminal charges

B.C. Prosecution Service to review each case, will lay charges where evidence is sufficient

Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)
HEATED INVESTIGATION
Langford Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Lance Caven stands Monday in the debris of a fire that lit up the roofs of an under-construction townhouse row on Echo Valley Place, where he’s documenting evidence for an investigation. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Fire ignites on roof in townhouse row under construction in Langford

No injuries sustained; Langford Fire Rescue team and other fire departments attack blaze

HEATED INVESTIGATION
Langford Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Lance Caven stands Monday in the debris of a fire that lit up the roofs of an under-construction townhouse row on Echo Valley Place, where he’s documenting evidence for an investigation. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke residents say rock blasting is impacting water wells; Ministry points to dry weather

‘This isn’t my first dry year. I’ve never had to order water in June. That’s not normal.’

Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A new municipal report suggests parking congestion is the biggest obstacle facing secondary suites in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Secondary suites causing parking congestion in Sooke

Committee recommending parking permits in problem areas

A new municipal report suggests parking congestion is the biggest obstacle facing secondary suites in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Close up of Daydreamer by Debra Smith which exhibited in the 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Sooke Fine Arts Show launches online, July 23

Online interactive gallery complemented with limited in-person events

Close up of Daydreamer by Debra Smith which exhibited in the 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
Sooke Stealers U14 girls fastball team celebrating their gold medal win at the provincial championships in Abbotsford, July 11. (Contributed/Dawn Riddell)

Sooke Stealers fastball win gold at provincials

The U14 girls team got better with every game

Sooke Stealers U14 girls fastball team celebrating their gold medal win at the provincial championships in Abbotsford, July 11. (Contributed/Dawn Riddell)
Plants languish in the heat outside Danbrook One in Langford. The 90-suite building has been vacant since early 2020 because of concerns about its seismic stability. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Case of troubled Langford high-rise heading to civil court

Current owners name various parties, including City of Langford, in suit alleging negligence

Plants languish in the heat outside Danbrook One in Langford. The 90-suite building has been vacant since early 2020 because of concerns about its seismic stability. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
New sections of Highway 14 in Sooke will include culverts that double as animal crossings thanks to public feedback. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Safe animal crossings added to Sooke highway design

Public feedback made a difference in many areas of Highway 14 project

New sections of Highway 14 in Sooke will include culverts that double as animal crossings thanks to public feedback. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)