West Shore News Through the Decades: For the week of July 22

Collection of stories culled from past editions of the Goldstream News Gazette

West Shore residents nominated for an Emmy, a man offers his wallet at a crash but flees instead, and a Langford woman is convicted of possessing stolen property purchased from her brothers. Those stories and more made headlines in past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette.


The Highlands Preservation Society withdraws its petition for a judicial review of bylaws authorizing the controversial Bear Mountain development in the Highlands. Society president Jane Eert says the decision to withdraw was made on the advice of the society’s lawyer. An injunction was being sought to prevent the municipality from issuing building permits for the golf course, residential and resort development.

Also making news the week of July 22, 2006:

The Jesken Aerie opens with a novel approach to housing and care for First Nations elders and non-aboriginal seniors. In addition to providing 60 affordable apartments with support services, the two-bedroom apartments allow for family members of residents to live with them.

And, a group of computer-graphic gurus from the West Shore and Victoria are nominated for their work on the TV series Lost. Lee Gabel of View Royal, Jason Hollefreund of Langford, and Scott Dewis of Victoria are part of the team nominated for an Emmy for outstanding visual effects.


Reports of chimney fires are a bunch of garbage, according to local fire chiefs. “People have been burning their garbage in their fireplaces,” said Langford fire chief Al LeQuesne. Fire departments have been responding to complaints of obnoxious smoke pouring from chimneys, and it has been happening more often since outdoor burning was banned in Langford.

Also making news the week of July 22, 1996:

Failing to stop at the scene of an accident winds up costing a Colwood man $425 in fines and penalties. That’s on top of the $2,700 he owes ICBC for the March smashup on Carlow Road. Crown council says charges arose after he hit another driver head on. The man was said to have got out of his vehicle, looked at the other driver’s truck and said, “give me a break.” The penalized man told the other driver he would give him his wallet, but eventually fled instead.

And, with family like this, who needs enemies? That’s the question a 21-year-old Langford woman might ask herself after purchasing stolen computer equipment from her brothers. The woman is ordered to pay $400 in fines after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of stolen property in Western Communities Provincial Court. She originally claimed to have purchased it at a flea market, but eventually admitted she knew it was stolen. She bought the computer from her brothers for $300.


Eagle-eyed Colwood RCMP Sgt. Deane Cole looked out his office window and noticed a car at the 7-Eleven gas pumps across the street had expired license plates. He sent two officers over to investigate and they discovered the vehicle was stolen. The 1972 Plymouth Valiant was white when it was stolen, but had been spray-painted blue.

Also making news the week of July 22, 1986:

An interesting cougar sighting on Metchosin Road causes police to be alerted and a game warden to be advised. William Arnold was driving home from his fiancée’s house around 11 p.m. when his headlights illuminated a startled cougar emerging from the bushes on the side of the road. Arnold says the big cat came over to his passenger door, showed its teeth and “kind of sneered” at him.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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