Sooke News Staff

The Sooke Potholes is a jewel in the community's crown. Transition Sooke hosts a town hall meeting on community growth on June 26. (Courtesy: Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke forum tackles community growth

To Grow or Not to Grow online town hall meeting set for June 26

The Sooke Potholes is a jewel in the community's crown. Transition Sooke hosts a town hall meeting on community growth on June 26. (Courtesy: Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches its 21st annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour this weekend. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke Secret Garden Tour goes online

21st annual event features gardens from Otter Point, Sooke and East Sooke

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches its 21st annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour this weekend. (Pixabay.com)
A former editor of the Sooke News Mirror is winning accolades for her poetry and fiction writing. (Pixabay.com)

Emerging Sooke author wins several awards

Doni Eve wins honours in poetry, short fiction contests

A former editor of the Sooke News Mirror is winning accolades for her poetry and fiction writing. (Pixabay.com)
Over 1,500 customers in this area east of Sooke are without power as of 2:45 p.m. on June 5. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)

Over 1,500 customers east of Sooke without power

Power was lost in the area west of La Bonne Road and east of West Coast Road just after 2:45 p.m.

Over 1,500 customers in this area east of Sooke are without power as of 2:45 p.m. on June 5. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)
This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew has been limited to one lane of traffic since a road washout in 2018. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Road closure near Port Renfrew delayed

Roadway has been narrowed since heavy rainfall caused slope to fail in 2018

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew has been limited to one lane of traffic since a road washout in 2018. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A group of poets has collaborated on a new work: All the Elements – Seven Poets from Sooke. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke Writer’s Collective launches book of poetry

All the Elements chapbook a positive outcome of pandemic

A group of poets has collaborated on a new work: All the Elements – Seven Poets from Sooke. (Pixabay.com)
(File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s West Coast Road closed after Friday structure fire in Otter Point

The fire was under control by around 3:20 p.m. but the road remained closed with crews on scene

(File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding Jeremy Tinnion after he was last seen in leaving a Sooke shelter on May 13. (Photo courtesy of Sooke RCMP)

MISSING: Jeremy Tinnion last seen in Sooke on May 13

The 31-year-old was last seen by staff members as he was leaving an Otter Point Road shelter

Sooke RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding Jeremy Tinnion after he was last seen in leaving a Sooke shelter on May 13. (Photo courtesy of Sooke RCMP)
Patrick OLeary won $1 million in the March 24 draw of the Lotto 6/49. (BCLC image)

Sooke man cashes $1-million lottery ticket

The excavator operator had to look twice to confirm the win

Patrick OLeary won $1 million in the March 24 draw of the Lotto 6/49. (BCLC image)
Harmony Project Sooke students recently performed at the B.C. legislature. Harmony Project Sooke runs a stings program for viola, violin, and cello for students in Grade 2 and up and a drum line program for grades six and up. (Contributed – Harmony Project Sooke)

Gift and program support young Sooke musicians

Harmony Project Sooke students shine

Harmony Project Sooke students recently performed at the B.C. legislature. Harmony Project Sooke runs a stings program for viola, violin, and cello for students in Grade 2 and up and a drum line program for grades six and up. (Contributed – Harmony Project Sooke)
The Sooke Regional Spotlight, presented by the Federation of B.C. Writers (FBCW), features readings by nine established and emerging Sooke Region authors. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke authors to shine in province-wide event

Nine local writers star in an online ‘spotlight’ presentation

The Sooke Regional Spotlight, presented by the Federation of B.C. Writers (FBCW), features readings by nine established and emerging Sooke Region authors. (Pixabay.com)
My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. The program is in collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke backyard food program returns

The Sooke Backyard Food Program is returning for a second year. Sooke…

My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. The program is in collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club. (File - Black Press Media)
This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew is undergoing reconstruction following a road washout in 2018. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

22-hour Highway 14 road closure planned for Wednesday

Closure needed to install a temporary bridge structure near Port Renfrew

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew is undergoing reconstruction following a road washout in 2018. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
A Sooke man died Tuesday afternoon after his car left the roadway in 7500-block of West Coast Road around 1:30 p.m. and hit a tree. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke man dies in Tuesday crash on West Coast Road

The man’s SUV left the roadway and struck a tree

A Sooke man died Tuesday afternoon after his car left the roadway in 7500-block of West Coast Road around 1:30 p.m. and hit a tree. (Black Press Media file photo)
A portion of West Coast Road in Sooke was closed for several hours as emergency services responded to a “serious incident” on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

West Coast Road reopens after ‘serious incident’ prompted Tuesday afternoon closure

The road was closed between Grant Road West and Otter Point Road as emergency services were on scene

A portion of West Coast Road in Sooke was closed for several hours as emergency services responded to a “serious incident” on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.
A 42-year-old Sooke man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly started a fire at the Sooke Shelter just before 7 a.m. Black Press File Photo

Sooke Shelter resident arrested after Thursday morning fire

On their way to the shelter, officers were told a man was lighting things on fire in his living area

A 42-year-old Sooke man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly started a fire at the Sooke Shelter just before 7 a.m. Black Press File Photo
Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Sooke Road reopen after motor vehicle incident

Emergency crews were on scene of Wednesday morning incident

Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)
A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)

35 firefighters attend Sooke fire that destroys duplex, leaves three cats unaccounted for

Both sets of tenants safe, in touch with emergency support services

A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)
Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (File - Black Press Media)
Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)

Crocodiles and kindness: Sooke man publishes first children’s book

Father-of-two inspired by improvised bedtime stories

Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)