June 25, 2008
Gas prices may retreat by August
There may be some relief from record gasoline prices later this summer.
The latest forecast from Credit Union Central of B.C. says that surging prices for gasoline and fuel oil will peak before August, and decline after that.That would be a welcome relief from gasoline prices that have marched steadily upward towards $1.50 a litre and beyond.
June 25, 2003
District pleased with its low tax rate
The District of Sooke boasts the lowest average tax bill among the incorporated areas of the Capital Regional District, according to a comparison compiled by the Town of Sidney staff.
The Sooke council received the information at its Monday night meeting and noted the district’s average tax bill, after the home owner’s grant, this year is $959. The next lowest among the 12 other areas was Langford, which had an average of $1,319.
June 24, 1998
Local group sets committee to sell Sooke as a film location
Lights, camera, action. Three words that invoke images of movie stars dishing out their lines for potential block buster hits.
As B.C. continues on its way to becoming Hollywood North, a group of Sooke residents is looking at ways to promote the community as both a film location and a source of talent.
The Sooke Film Committee has been incorporated as a non-profit society to promote all aspects of film, video, animation, and performing arts and to foster the education and awareness of such to its members and community.
The committee came to be as a way to have the local community represented, member Linda Gordon explained.
June 23, 1993
Harcourt opens Gillespie Road
Premier Mike Harcourt paid a visit to East Sooke on June 15 to officially open the revamped Gillespie Road.
At a cost of almost $3 million, and seven years work, 6.7 km of road was fully paved and widened.
Harcourt said completion of Gillespie Road was an example of work being done in a “community-sensitive way,” along with some “creative work done by the highways department.”
June 22, 1988
Renfrew Road paving to be completed
We’ll soon be able to say goodbye to the gravel and dust and washboard surface on the final unpaved 7.7 km section of the road to Port Renfrew.
The Ministry of Highways will pave this section this summer with a substance known as chip seal — emulsified asphalt poured onto the surface — which leaves an asphalt finish and costs five times less than the real thing.
Kevin Cutting of the Saanich Highways District said there are no plans at present to undertake similar paving of the road between Port Renfrew and Cowichan Lake and thus create a “Circle Route” that could become a major attraction on the island.
Also one June 22, 1988, Sooke No Name Bulk Foods offered a nut mix at $0.59 per 100 grams.