Kevin Laird

Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)

Maja Tait hopes for third term as Sooke’s mayor

‘Local government is all about the people,’ she says

Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)
A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke groups host all-candidates meetings with a twist

Chamber, Transition Sooke, EMCS Society introduce candidates to the community

A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)
Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections

Sooke Municipal Election 2022: Who’s running?

Nominations for the civic elections on Oct. 15 closed Friday. Here’s a list of candidates.

Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections
The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Vancouver Island First Nation, logging company strike forest deal

Pacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones sign memorandum of understanding

The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The construction of seven towers to expand cellular service on a 70-kilometre stretch of Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew has begun, says Rogers Communications. (File - Shutterstock)

In Sooke, Highway 14 cellphone service upgrade begins

First cell tower west of Sooke went into service at the end of May.

The construction of seven towers to expand cellular service on a 70-kilometre stretch of Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew has begun, says Rogers Communications. (File - Shutterstock)
The Sooke Quilt Show and Sale is set for Oct. 15 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Quilt show sewn into fabric of Sooke

First-time event planned for Sooke Community Hall on Oct. 15

The Sooke Quilt Show and Sale is set for Oct. 15 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Anna Russell is running for Sooke district council in this fall’s municipal election. (Submitted)

Anna Russell announces bid for Sooke council

She wants to represent those who want to protect community’s rural nature, small-town feel

Anna Russell is running for Sooke district council in this fall’s municipal election. (Submitted)
The rock duo A Family Curse features 54-40 singer Neil Osborne, right, and his daughter, Kandle. (Contributed - Sooke Music and Art Festival)

Kin of B.C.’s music royalty headline Sooke festival

A Family Curse has bloodlines to rock band 54•40

The rock duo A Family Curse features 54-40 singer Neil Osborne, right, and his daughter, Kandle. (Contributed - Sooke Music and Art Festival)
Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)

Choral Evolution launche season with new director, accompanist

Bruce Ruddell leaves choir to pursue other musical opportunities

Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)
The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)

Sooke horseshoe club takes pitch to B.C. championship

Two-day event held in Veron over Labour Day weekend

The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)
Matt Barney prepares bags for the Santa Run in December 2015. Barney retired as deputy fire chief on Aug. 23. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke deputy fire chief retires after 26 years of service

Matt Barney also served as emergency program coordinator

Matt Barney prepares bags for the Santa Run in December 2015. Barney retired as deputy fire chief on Aug. 23. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Trevor Paul has announced a bid for council. The civic election is on Oct. 15. (Contributed - Laura Bryant)
Trevor Paul has announced a bid for council. The civic election is on Oct. 15. (Contributed - Laura Bryant)
Fred Milne Park in Sooke saw the drilling of a new water well on Thursday. The project is jointly funded by the Sooke Community Association and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

New well at Sooke park will reduce water costs

$140,000 project funded by local government, community association

Fred Milne Park in Sooke saw the drilling of a new water well on Thursday. The project is jointly funded by the Sooke Community Association and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
An altercation between an on-shore angler and another man led to the first man being seriously injured, Sooke RCMP say. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

RCMP investigating after Victoria man injured in attack on Sooke beach

Two men reportedly fought over fishing spot at Gordon’s Beach

An altercation between an on-shore angler and another man led to the first man being seriously injured, Sooke RCMP say. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Nick Dickinson-Wilde is seeking Sooke council seat. “I will be looking at all questions with an environmental lens,” he says. (Contributed - Nick Dickinson-Wilde)

Sooke council race takes shape as another candidate declares

Local businessman Nick Dickinson-Wilde eyes housing as an issue

Nick Dickinson-Wilde is seeking Sooke council seat. “I will be looking at all questions with an environmental lens,” he says. (Contributed - Nick Dickinson-Wilde)
Sooke council: elected in 2018. (File - District of Sooke)

Four Sooke council members will run for re-election in October

It doesn’t look like there’s a lack of political ambition in Sooke.…

Sooke council: elected in 2018. (File - District of Sooke)
Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)

Sooke Fire Rescue looking for new recruits

Information session for recruits on Aug. 23

Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)
The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)
The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)
Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke’s crime severity increased slightly in 2021

But police responded to fewer incidents last year

Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)
The E&N Railway Track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke on track in effort to save Island Rail Corridor

Time running out to save the century-old rail line as court deadline looms

The E&N Railway Track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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