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Next pickup for Sooke recycling is Nov. 29. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bad weather, unsafe conditions cancel some recycling pickups in Sooke

Residents advised to take recycling to a depot for free or wait until Nov. 29 pickup date

Next pickup for Sooke recycling is Nov. 29. (Black Press Media file photo)
Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sooke racers wins after 32 years

Mike Dash says he’ll be sad when the Western Speedway closes, where he’s been racing since 1989

Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
One couple was put up in a hotel by the managers of the Hidden Valley Seniors Park in Langford, after their mobile home was crushed by a falling tree Sunday. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Mobile homes damaged by falling tree in Langford seniors park

Crews were still working on removing the tree at around 11 a.m. on Monday

One couple was put up in a hotel by the managers of the Hidden Valley Seniors Park in Langford, after their mobile home was crushed by a falling tree Sunday. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Canada is 2-1 during their fall tour, beating the USA twice but losing to England. They finish their fall schedule against Wales. (Travis P/USA Rugby)

Canada’s women’s rugby team loses 51-12 to England

England, ranked first in the world, are likely World Cup rivals for Canada, ranked third

Canada is 2-1 during their fall tour, beating the USA twice but losing to England. They finish their fall schedule against Wales. (Travis P/USA Rugby)
University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

UVic women’s rugby stalwart makes positive debut for Canada, eyes World Cup

Renee Gonzalez says atmosphere around the national program is positive

University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin property owner adds greenspace proposal to industrial rezoning application

Half of the 52-acre property at 3659 Sooke Rd. would be set aside for green space

A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Harbour Players presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The drama troupe is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus with Treasure Island later this month. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Harbour Players returning after two-year absence

They’ll be performing Ben Crocker’s Treasure Island, on Nov. 26-28 and the Dec. 2-4

Sooke Harbour Players presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The drama troupe is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus with Treasure Island later this month. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council approved the community’s first dog park at Pond’s Park Corridor in July. The park will open next year. (File - Metro-Creative)

More dog parks key to reducing biting incidents: CRD

Sooke plans to open first dog park in 2022

Sooke council approved the community’s first dog park at Pond’s Park Corridor in July. The park will open next year. (File - Metro-Creative)
The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dog bite incidents mostly down, says CRD, but true numbers likely higher

Under-reporting common, CRD says; owners can prevent incidents with training

The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Sooke firefighter practices search and rescue techniques during a training exercise at a local home slated for demolition. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)

RCMP says Sooke Road RV fire not suspicious

The fire was believed ignited by faulty batteries, say Sooke Mounties

A Sooke firefighter practices search and rescue techniques during a training exercise at a local home slated for demolition. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Increasing the size of View Royal council from five to seven would require an estimated $50,000 upgrade to council chambers at town hall, and roughly $44,000 in additional salaries and expense. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal council playing catchup, looks to add 2 elected positions

Residents can have their say about proposed change at town hall meeting Nov. 15

Increasing the size of View Royal council from five to seven would require an estimated $50,000 upgrade to council chambers at town hall, and roughly $44,000 in additional salaries and expense. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
Naval reserve veteran William Wolfrey with Daisy, his seven year-old Boston terrier, now a certified therapy dog. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Providing therapy dogs should be priority, Langford veteran William Woolfrey says

Navy reserve veteran eventually had his own lap dog certified as a therapy dog

Naval reserve veteran William Wolfrey with Daisy, his seven year-old Boston terrier, now a certified therapy dog. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Avid volunteer Kurt Holstein stands at his station at Great Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he’s been selling poppies every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for the past two weeks. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

94-year-old Langford resident selling poppies every day

Kurt Holstein expects to keep giving back, as long as his health holds up

Avid volunteer Kurt Holstein stands at his station at Great Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he’s been selling poppies every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for the past two weeks. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Pacific FC beat Cavalry FC in their Langford home opener back in July, but was not sharp against them in Sunday’s regular season finale in Calgary, a 1-0 loss in which PFC managed zero shots on goal. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford-based Pacific FC seeded third for playoffs after loss to Calgary

Struggling team has picked up just 11 of a possible 36 points since Sept. 14

Pacific FC beat Cavalry FC in their Langford home opener back in July, but was not sharp against them in Sunday’s regular season finale in Calgary, a 1-0 loss in which PFC managed zero shots on goal. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dahlia Billing says part of the inspiration for her recipe came from her Italian grandmother. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke student comes third in province-wide cooking competition

Dahlia Billing’s West Coast frittata contains smoked salmon, garlic scapes and goat cheese

Dahlia Billing says part of the inspiration for her recipe came from her Italian grandmother. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe's annual toy drive runs through Dec. 20. (File - Metro Creative)

Demand keeps increasing for Sooke toy drive

This is the 12th year 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe has collected donations

The 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe's annual toy drive runs through Dec. 20. (File - Metro Creative)
The Centre Mountain Business Park is undeveloped land south of Highway 14 and west of Happy Valley Road. (Google Maps)

Ground water supply a concern as west Langford industrial development ramps up

Centre Mountain Business Park has temporary permit to draw from aquifer until CRD water arrives

The Centre Mountain Business Park is undeveloped land south of Highway 14 and west of Happy Valley Road. (Google Maps)
Spencer Middle School in Langford is part of Sooke School District. (File - Black Press Media)

SD62 asking public about vaccine mandate for teachers and staff

School districts throughout the province have been weighing up decisions on vaccine mandates

Spencer Middle School in Langford is part of Sooke School District. (File - Black Press Media)
Jenny Crandall, who’s been in business for more than 20 years in Sooke, is closing her shop. Crandall hopes she’ll find somewhere new to operate in the new year. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke institution Jenny’s closing after 20 years

Owner Jenny Crandall says she’ll take some rest time then look for new locations in the new year

Jenny Crandall, who’s been in business for more than 20 years in Sooke, is closing her shop. Crandall hopes she’ll find somewhere new to operate in the new year. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of what a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery could look like in Colwood. (Courtesy Jim Dodd)

Performing arts group makes new pitch to Colwood council for facility

Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society seeks partnership with city for project

Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of what a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery could look like in Colwood. (Courtesy Jim Dodd)
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