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The cast of Sooke Harbour Players upcoming attraction practices their lines as they prepare for the show. (Contributed)

Sooke Harbour Players head outdoors

A duo of comedies the latest offering from local theatre company

The cast of Sooke Harbour Players upcoming attraction practices their lines as they prepare for the show. (Contributed)
Dino and Nancy Vieira proudly hoisted the Canadian flag on Canada Day. The flag, a gift from their foster son, was stolen a month later. (Contributed)

Stolen Canadian flag had special meaning to Sooke family

The flag was a symbol for love of country and faith in the future

Dino and Nancy Vieira proudly hoisted the Canadian flag on Canada Day. The flag, a gift from their foster son, was stolen a month later. (Contributed)
The fact that bear sightings are reduced in summer doesn’t mean that there are fewer bears. They’ll be back by fall looking for high-caloric meals, say wildlife officials. (File)

Fewer bear and cougar sightings in Sooke

But it doesn’t mean there’s less wildlife, say officials

The fact that bear sightings are reduced in summer doesn’t mean that there are fewer bears. They’ll be back by fall looking for high-caloric meals, say wildlife officials. (File)
Premier John Horgan joins in a blessing of the two red oak trees planted at John Phillips Memorial Park in honour of Brenda Parkinson. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Tree planting a living memorial to former Sooke councillor

Brenda Parkinson died June 28

Premier John Horgan joins in a blessing of the two red oak trees planted at John Phillips Memorial Park in honour of Brenda Parkinson. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
Classical pianist Eliza Lewis will be one of the young performers at the upcoming Youth Talent Festival in Sooke. (Contributed)

Youth Talent Festival comes to Sooke

The festival will showcase young, emerging performers

Classical pianist Eliza Lewis will be one of the young performers at the upcoming Youth Talent Festival in Sooke. (Contributed)
The reticence of some residents to evacuate a building that was involved in a fire incident put both themselves and firefighters at risk. (file photo)

‘Stubborn residents’ put firefighters at risk in Sooke house fire

Refusing to evacuate both foolish and dangerous, says fire chief

The reticence of some residents to evacuate a building that was involved in a fire incident put both themselves and firefighters at risk. (file photo)
Vandalism at Sooke’s Girl Guide camp left their heritage cabin badly damaged. The community’s response was to put it all right in very short order. (contributed)

Sooke’s spirit shown in the wake of vandalism

Girl Guide camp damaged but the community stepped up

Vandalism at Sooke’s Girl Guide camp left their heritage cabin badly damaged. The community’s response was to put it all right in very short order. (contributed)
Sooke’s Shawn Driver likes going fast. Really fast.

Sooke’s Shawn Driver likes going fast. Really fast.

Driver making his third trip to Bonneville Salt Flats

Sooke’s Shawn Driver likes going fast. Really fast.
Sisters, Lori Rittaler and Lisa Taylor, are the owners and operators of Riverside Cannabis. The store is the first licensed pot outlet on the West Shore. (contributed)

Riverside Cannabis in Sooke the first licensed pot shop on the West Shore

Licensing process was long and arduous, say owners

Sisters, Lori Rittaler and Lisa Taylor, are the owners and operators of Riverside Cannabis. The store is the first licensed pot outlet on the West Shore. (contributed)
Tour guide Kathy Haesevotes explains the water system during the six-hour tour of the CRD’s water system. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

CRD’s water tour gives a bone-jarring peek at region’s water source

Get to Know Your H2O’ gives access to the restricted watershed

Tour guide Kathy Haesevotes explains the water system during the six-hour tour of the CRD’s water system. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
Bouncy castles will be featured in the Hannah Day Family Fun Zone at Sooke’s Old Fashioned Family Picnic. The event will mark the district’s 20th anniversary. (File)

Old-fashioned picnic will honour Hannah Day

Hannah Day Family Fun Zone will feature a host of children’s activities

Bouncy castles will be featured in the Hannah Day Family Fun Zone at Sooke’s Old Fashioned Family Picnic. The event will mark the district’s 20th anniversary. (File)
The Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a favourite destination for visitors and locals. (TJ Watt photo)

CRD holding off repairing Sooke Potholes viewing area after winter landslide

Area likely to experience continued failure of slope, officials say

The Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a favourite destination for visitors and locals. (TJ Watt photo)
Elaine Thrale, a volunteer with the Sooke Fine Arts Show, hangs a painting in the show’s gift shop. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Fine Arts Show brimming with whimsey and colour

Larger pieces and more sculptures are part of this year’s show

Elaine Thrale, a volunteer with the Sooke Fine Arts Show, hangs a painting in the show’s gift shop. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
A conservation officer says a cougar spotted in Sooke was behaving “pretty much like a cougar is supposed to act.” (File)

Numerous cougar sightings confirmed in Sooke, but no need to panic: official

Conservation officers say behaviour is normal

A conservation officer says a cougar spotted in Sooke was behaving “pretty much like a cougar is supposed to act.” (File)
A serious collision sent a Port Renfrew man to the hospital when the motorcycle he was riding was hit head-on by a van. (File)
A serious collision sent a Port Renfrew man to the hospital when the motorcycle he was riding was hit head-on by a van. (File)
Ian Maxwell scoffs at the idea that he’s a ‘self-made’ man. He credits the thousands of people who have contributed to his success. (File)

Major shipyard purchase has Sooke connection

Victoria entrepreneur Ian Maxwell has roots in Sooke

Ian Maxwell scoffs at the idea that he’s a ‘self-made’ man. He credits the thousands of people who have contributed to his success. (File)
RCMP responded to a call involving animal cruelty in Port Renfrew on Monday. (file photo)

Port Renfrew man charged with animal cruelty

Hot coffee poured on dog’s face, say police

RCMP responded to a call involving animal cruelty in Port Renfrew on Monday. (file photo)
A cougar was spotted near Waddams Way in Sooke on Monday afternoon. (File photo)

Sooke cougar sighting unconfirmed

Boy had a close encounter with the big cat

A cougar was spotted near Waddams Way in Sooke on Monday afternoon. (File photo)
Food security and the introduction of new farmers to the industry are the primary focus for the CRD’s Foodlands Access Program. (AP Photo/By Dean Fosdick)

CRD ‘foodland trust’ request meets resistance from Sooke council

Too many unknowns and a lack of local land derail immediate support

Food security and the introduction of new farmers to the industry are the primary focus for the CRD’s Foodlands Access Program. (AP Photo/By Dean Fosdick)
Emma Banner is considered to be an unorthodox wood turner by her peers, but her work has an artistic flair that transcends the typical woodturning. (contributed)
Emma Banner is considered to be an unorthodox wood turner by her peers, but her work has an artistic flair that transcends the typical woodturning. (contributed)
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