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Vice Principal, Glenn Bedard, is one of the driving forces behind the Gear Bots Jamboree. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

Robots roll into Journey Middle School

Gear Bot Jamboree sets the stage for B.C. wide competition

Vice Principal, Glenn Bedard, is one of the driving forces behind the Gear Bots Jamboree. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)
Kampong Chan, Cambodia was a recent stop for Mayor Maja Tait as she represented Canada in a federal government program. (Contributed photo)

Sooke mayor again tapped to aid international program

Maja Tait travels to Cambodia to engage women in politics

Kampong Chan, Cambodia was a recent stop for Mayor Maja Tait as she represented Canada in a federal government program. (Contributed photo)
The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke River tragedy tinged by unanswered questions

Officials question why park gates left open

The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. Now the community is showing its support to the community. (Black Press Media)

Sooke rallies to show its support in the wake of tragic deaths

Fund raising efforts, scholarships and meal trains have all been launched

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. Now the community is showing its support to the community. (Black Press Media)
Lily and her mom Meredith are back home after what’s been a very tough year. Lily battled a rare form of cancer. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

For the love of community

Sooke comes together for those facing health challenges

Lily and her mom Meredith are back home after what’s been a very tough year. Lily battled a rare form of cancer. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services continue the search for a missing Sooke man, three days after he disappeared. The bodies of his two companions have been recovered after their truck was found in the Sooke River. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Search continues for missing man in Sooke River

Bodies of two other men found on Sunday

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services continue the search for a missing Sooke man, three days after he disappeared. The bodies of his two companions have been recovered after their truck was found in the Sooke River. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Amanda Hounsome holds her son Leo as she contemplates how she’ll be able to cope when Compass Day Care closes it’s Sooke operation. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

Sudden Sooke daycare closure leaves parents scrambling

One family could lose house if care can’t be found

Amanda Hounsome holds her son Leo as she contemplates how she’ll be able to cope when Compass Day Care closes it’s Sooke operation. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)
More than twenty feet above the current level of the Sooke River, large pieces of debris litter the parking lot at the Sooke Potholes. The water level was at least three feet deep in the parking lot on Friday evening and the parking lot had effectively become part of the river. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Story emerging from Sooke River tragedy

Two men killed, another still missing after torrential rains swell river

More than twenty feet above the current level of the Sooke River, large pieces of debris litter the parking lot at the Sooke Potholes. The water level was at least three feet deep in the parking lot on Friday evening and the parking lot had effectively become part of the river. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Search continues for man, 20, believed drowned in Sooke River; two other bodies found

Search continues for man, 20, believed drowned in Sooke River; two other bodies found

A weekend search for three young men on southern Vancouver Island ends in tragedy

Search continues for man, 20, believed drowned in Sooke River; two other bodies found
Karen Mason is the new president of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed Photo)

Sooke Chamber of Commerce turning a corner, says new president

New executive works to regain relevance in the community

Karen Mason is the new president of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed Photo)
Liz Johnson of the Sooke Mothers’ Union said the group is the last one west of the Great Lakes. At one time, the groups existed across the country. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s Mothers’ Union the last remnant of the group in Western Canada

Steady decline in Canada not the case in other parts of the world

Liz Johnson of the Sooke Mothers’ Union said the group is the last one west of the Great Lakes. At one time, the groups existed across the country. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Councillor Tony St. Pierre drives a an electric vehicle that is part of a car-sharing arrangement with neighbours. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Most of Sooke’s politicians sport ‘green’ rides

Transportation poll a small window on environmental commitments

Councillor Tony St. Pierre drives a an electric vehicle that is part of a car-sharing arrangement with neighbours. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
New provincial burn regulations will have a limited impact on the District of Sooke, say fire officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

New large pile burning rules could impact Sooke developers

Regulations for backyard burning also under review

New provincial burn regulations will have a limited impact on the District of Sooke, say fire officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Trading Post, also known as the ‘tin grotto’ has reached the end of the road. The municipality will now move to demolish the usightly structure. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke takes next step to demolish unsafe building

Owner failed to take any action to fix problem

The Sooke Trading Post, also known as the ‘tin grotto’ has reached the end of the road. The municipality will now move to demolish the usightly structure. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Kenneth Robar failed to formally withdraw as a candidate for Sooke’s by-election. That failure could have serious consequences. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke byelection candidate fails to meet deadline to file financial disclosure documents

Kenneth Robar faces $10,000 fine; possible jail time

Kenneth Robar failed to formally withdraw as a candidate for Sooke’s by-election. That failure could have serious consequences. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Willian Scott, a Grade 8 student at Journey Middle School, found the robotics lab at EMCS fascinating. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Journey Middle School students try out the trades

Program is designed to expose students to career options

Willian Scott, a Grade 8 student at Journey Middle School, found the robotics lab at EMCS fascinating. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
The Da Vinci Centre will be decked out in style for the Red Carpet Gala this Valentine’s Day. (Contributed photo)

Red Carpet Valentine’s event will aid Sooke charities

This is a chance to have that “red carpet” experience

The Da Vinci Centre will be decked out in style for the Red Carpet Gala this Valentine’s Day. (Contributed photo)
Patrick Gale, a teacher at EMCS, is taking the lead in a proposed environmental academy at the local high school. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

New Sooke education academy focuses on environment, community

Program still requires school board approval

Patrick Gale, a teacher at EMCS, is taking the lead in a proposed environmental academy at the local high school. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)
Aurora Griffiths is one of the children at Compass Day Care that would lose her daycare spot if the centre is forced to close. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

‘Bureaucratic mix-up’ could lead to Sooke daycare closure

Sooke CAO confident daycare situation can be resolved

Aurora Griffiths is one of the children at Compass Day Care that would lose her daycare spot if the centre is forced to close. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Cheri Sutherland and her husband Les have opened their branch of the Free Little Library network in Sooke. (Contributed photo)

Literacy global phenomenon lands in Sooke

A worldwide program Free Little Library boasts more than 93,000 locations

Cheri Sutherland and her husband Les have opened their branch of the Free Little Library network in Sooke. (Contributed photo)