A look back at what made the news in years past.
January 28, 2009
A room at John Muir elementary buzzed last Tuesday morning with pre-schoolers and their parents having a great time.
School District No. 62 Superintendent Brian Fox was one of several folks on hand for the official Sooke kick-off of a program called “Strong Start.”
Strong Start BC is a free drop-in early learning program for preschool-aged children accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
“It’s all part of the initiative by the Ministry of Education,” said Fox. “We think long term it’s going to be very, very good.”
(Strong Start is still being offered. See http://www.sd62.bc.ca/Programs/EarlyLearning/StrongStart.aspx for information)
January 28, 2004
Abalone saved in dangerous operation
Months of investigative work culminated in a wild finish and the arrests of two men accused of poaching abalone in the Sooke area.
On Jan. 16 between 10 and 15 Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers apprehended a 39-year-old from Duncan and a 43-year-old Victoria man with bags containing 446 abalone at an undisclosed location in the Sooke area. The estimated street value of the haul was between $8,920 and $20,070.
January 27, 1999
East Sooke’s News Mirror readers mysteriously left without weekly paper
As many as 200 copies of the Sooke News Mirror went missing Wednesday morning shortly after they were delivered to rural drop boxes in East Sooke.
Sooke News Mirror delivery person Louise Paterson said it appears someone picked up stacks of newspapers she had delivered to the 16 drop boxes along her route.
Paterson noticed the papers were gone on her return trip, which was within an hour after they were dropped off.
Sooke News Mirror publisher Rod Sluggett said the situation was upsetting because of the time, effort and cost that goes into producing and distributing the newspaper.
January 26, 1994
Owners responsible for their dog’s actions
Sooke area residents are being reminded to keep their dogs locked up in the wake of the recent discovery of three dogs feeding on a deer in the Kemp Lake area.
Dogs left to run loose will chase whatever they come across, putting deer and livestock at risk, and the dogs’ owners are legally responsible.
According to CRD bylaw enforcement officer Miles Drew, 10 people from the Sooke area were fined $100 each in 1993 for failing to control their dogs, and some people had their pets confiscated.
The Animal Control office had 13 calls in 1993 from the Sooke area in connection with dogs harassing livestock, a light drop from 1992. Dog-at-large calls totalled 145, 117 dogs were impounded.