A look back through the Sooke News Mirror archives:
July 8, 2009
Unscripted thrills punctuate pyrotechnic show
First of all, no injuries were caused by the Canada Day fireworks at the Sooke Flats.
The show, however, proved more exciting than usual as a couple of rounds misfired, causing some anxious moments among the audience and firefighters on hand.
“A couple of fireworks got loaded upside down in the tubes,” reported Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen the following morning. “They shot down instead of up. When that happened, then it kicked over and the fireworks came out sideways and the sparks ignited other fireworks.”
Sorensen, who was in charge of the procedure, said there were some new people taking part in executing the display, but that greater caution would be used in the future.
“We’ll be more careful next time … now we know.”
July 7, 2004
Sooke River second crossing being discussed
On July 1, Sooke Coun. Lorna Barry found herself waiting for a while near the Sooke River Bridge while emergency personnel cleaned up a two-vehicle crash.
The crash, in front of the Sooke River Hotel, occurred when a westbound vehicle slowed to turn into the business and was rear-ended by another vehicle. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage, and the driver of the first vehicle was taken to Victoria General Hospital for treatment.
The accident is just one example why another crossing of the Sooke River is needed, Barry said.
“We have to have another route.”
It is not on the forefront, but it is definitely something we have to look at,” Sooke Mayor Janet Evans said.
Discussions on a second crossing are very much in the preliminary stage.
July 7, 1999
Bible crusader rescued off Bonilla Point
A man who police say was intended to sail his makeshift 45-foot boat to Russia to distribute 200 Bibles ran into trouble off Bonilla Point Saturday.
The man, identified by police as Jeff Bauchmand and believed to be enroute from Tofino to Russia, had to be rescued by Canada Coast Guard after he experienced troubles with the rudder aboard his vessel Winged Queen.
When the coast guard officials first encountered the man on June 21 off Tofino they were of the opinion that he lacked maritime experience and put himself in danger. However, the man maintained he was fine but was just heading in the wrong direction.
The man was later reported overdue on June 28 by a Steveston resident. On July 3 he was towed to Bamfield, and is believed to still be moored there.