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Insp. Todd Preston has been named the new commander of the West Shore RCMP detachment.  (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Meet the new leader of the West Shore RCMP

Insp. Todd Preston brings years of policing experience

Insp. Todd Preston has been named the new commander of the West Shore RCMP detachment.  (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
The Capital Regional District recently hosted an open house to highlight the proposed design for a one-kilometre section, on the E&N Rail Trail Humpback Connector, which would run from where the railway currently crosses at Atkins Avenue and connect to a segment of existing trail at Savory Elementary school in Langford. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Work continues on E&N Rail Trail

Residents concerned about segment from Atkins Avenue and Savory Elementary

The Capital Regional District recently hosted an open house to highlight the proposed design for a one-kilometre section, on the E&N Rail Trail Humpback Connector, which would run from where the railway currently crosses at Atkins Avenue and connect to a segment of existing trail at Savory Elementary school in Langford. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Victoria Shamrocks’ Dallas Wade checks Maple Ridge Burrards’ Dan Taylor during game 5 of the WLA finals at The Q Centre Saturday evening. The ‘Rocks fell to the Burrards 9-8. The Burrards move on to the Mann Cup championships. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)

Victoria Shamrocks fall to the Maple Ridge Burrards in WLA finals

Burrards move on to Mann Cup championships

Victoria Shamrocks’ Dallas Wade checks Maple Ridge Burrards’ Dan Taylor during game 5 of the WLA finals at The Q Centre Saturday evening. The ‘Rocks fell to the Burrards 9-8. The Burrards move on to the Mann Cup championships. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Vancouver Island Raiders running back Rhett Williams (right) makes a break for it during the Westshore Rebels’ 33-7 loss at Westhills Stadium Saturday night. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)

Vancouver Island Raiders defeat the Westshore Rebels 33-7

The Rebels will look for redemption when they take on the Raiders next weekend

Vancouver Island Raiders running back Rhett Williams (right) makes a break for it during the Westshore Rebels’ 33-7 loss at Westhills Stadium Saturday night. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)
Colwood Fire Rescue has been called to four fires and 10 burning complaints within the last month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Local department sees spike in fires in recent months

Colwood Fire Rescue responded to four fires, 10 complaints

Colwood Fire Rescue has been called to four fires and 10 burning complaints within the last month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Falconer Kristine Marshall with her gryfalcon. Kristine and her husband Allan will be bringing the gryfalcon and other birds of prey to the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Juan de Fuca branch this weekend. (Contributed photo)

Birds of prey swoop into Greater Victoria Public Library this weekend

Flight of the Falcon teaches kids about birds, art of falconry

Falconer Kristine Marshall with her gryfalcon. Kristine and her husband Allan will be bringing the gryfalcon and other birds of prey to the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Juan de Fuca branch this weekend. (Contributed photo)
David Cameron Elementary school, along side Wishart elementary, Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke will be getting new portables, which will be ready for use in September. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Sooke School District continues to grow

New middle, elementary schools on the way

David Cameron Elementary school, along side Wishart elementary, Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke will be getting new portables, which will be ready for use in September. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Traffic heading north on the Trans-Canada Highway up the Malahat being rerouted onto Westshore Parkway. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

UPDATED: Malahat has re-opened in both directions after fatal collision

The Malahat has been re-opened in both directions

Traffic heading north on the Trans-Canada Highway up the Malahat being rerouted onto Westshore Parkway. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Traffic calming measures will not be coming to Esquimalt Lagoon area

Traffic calming measures will not be coming to Esquimalt Lagoon area

Speed humps, road closures didn’t receive enough support

Traffic calming measures will not be coming to Esquimalt Lagoon area
Jan Mosley’s piece “Next Stop Leechtown” is one of 23 on display as part of the Galloping Goose: Urban and Rural Landscapes exhibit on at the Coast Collective Gallery and Art Centre. (Jan Mosley photo)

Colwood art exhibit shines spotlight on Galloping Goose trail

Pieces inspired by views along the roughly 60-km trail

Jan Mosley’s piece “Next Stop Leechtown” is one of 23 on display as part of the Galloping Goose: Urban and Rural Landscapes exhibit on at the Coast Collective Gallery and Art Centre. (Jan Mosley photo)
Langford Show and Shine ‘best we’ve ever had,’ say organizers

Langford Show and Shine ‘best we’ve ever had,’ say organizers

More than 1,000 people showed up to annual event

Langford Show and Shine ‘best we’ve ever had,’ say organizers
Michael Silberbauer (right) speaks with a fan after being named Pacific FC’s first head coach during a press conference at the City Center Park Pond in Langford on Monday.  (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Michael Silberbauer named first coach of Pacific FC

The Island’s James Merriman named assistant coach

Michael Silberbauer (right) speaks with a fan after being named Pacific FC’s first head coach during a press conference at the City Center Park Pond in Langford on Monday.  (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
(Map courtesy of Ocean Grove)

Two Waters project to bring 700 town homes, condos to Colwood

Relevant Properties forging ahead with project

(Map courtesy of Ocean Grove)
The Westshore Rebels defeated the Vancouver Island Raiders 22-17 in a heated game Saturday night at Westhills Stadium. (Jessica Fedigan/News Gazette staff)

Westshore Rebels game postponed due to poor air quality conditions

Games expected to continue the following week

The Westshore Rebels defeated the Vancouver Island Raiders 22-17 in a heated game Saturday night at Westhills Stadium. (Jessica Fedigan/News Gazette staff)
Shirley Wilde, owner of Gracefield Manor at 3816 Duke Rd., has written a book about the Metchosin landmark. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Book sheds light on Metchosin landmark

Gracefield Manor has long, storied past

Shirley Wilde, owner of Gracefield Manor at 3816 Duke Rd., has written a book about the Metchosin landmark. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Metchosin’s Kelsey Simpson shows off the gold medal she won in the 100 metre individual medley at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Nova Scotia earlier this month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Metchosin athlete has golden finish at Special Olympics Summer Games

Victoria area athletes bring home 18 medals

Metchosin’s Kelsey Simpson shows off the gold medal she won in the 100 metre individual medley at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Nova Scotia earlier this month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
John Fleury’s ‘39 Ford is one of many cars that will be on display as part of the annual Langford Show and Shine on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Contributed photo)

Car fanatics get set for Langford’s Show and Shine

Hundreds of cars to line downtown streets Sunday

John Fleury’s ‘39 Ford is one of many cars that will be on display as part of the annual Langford Show and Shine on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Contributed photo)
A high speed rear-end crash closed southbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway and sent five people to hospital in July. There have been more than 160 accidents between June and August, according to the West Shore RCMP. (Photo courtesy of View Royal Fire)

West Shore RCMP sees spike in car crashes in recent months

ICBC campaign puts onus on drivers to fix bad habits

A high speed rear-end crash closed southbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway and sent five people to hospital in July. There have been more than 160 accidents between June and August, according to the West Shore RCMP. (Photo courtesy of View Royal Fire)
Gerry Denis, manager of Staples WestShore, has partnered with other community organization to put on the annual Stock the Locker fundraiser, which takes places this weekend at the Save-on-Foods on McCallum Road                                 (Gazette file photo)

Stock the Locker helps families struggling with cost of school supplies

Fundraiser hopes to raise $8,000 this weekend

Gerry Denis, manager of Staples WestShore, has partnered with other community organization to put on the annual Stock the Locker fundraiser, which takes places this weekend at the Save-on-Foods on McCallum Road                                 (Gazette file photo)
Sooke firefighter Brandon Knowles (left to right), Metchosin Lt. Gord Grivel, Sooke firefighter Rod Davis and Langford firefighter Keith Detlor arrived in Fort St. James earlier this week to help battle the wildfires.                                 (Langford Fire Rescue photo)

West Shore firefighters answer call to battle fires in north-central B.C.

Crews to help with structural fire protection in Fort St. James

Sooke firefighter Brandon Knowles (left to right), Metchosin Lt. Gord Grivel, Sooke firefighter Rod Davis and Langford firefighter Keith Detlor arrived in Fort St. James earlier this week to help battle the wildfires.                                 (Langford Fire Rescue photo)