Rick Stiebel

The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues.

Investigation continues into 2 a.m. 2021 crash that killed child in Sooke

It has been 11 months since officials released any additional information

The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues.
NEW CUTLINE The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues. (File photo)

Langley RCMP responded to a dump truck crash on Friday morning. (File image)

Investigation continues into deadly crash in Sooke

It has been 11 months since officials released any additional information

NEW CUTLINE The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues. (File photo)

Langley RCMP responded to a dump truck crash on Friday morning. (File image)
There will be some new faces on the board of trustees for the Sooke School District following the election in October. (Courtesy - Sooke School District))
There will be some new faces on the board of trustees for the Sooke School District following the election in October. (Courtesy - Sooke School District))
Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.

Moms search for ways to stop the harm

International Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 31

Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)

Sooke indie band taps into new popularity

Shale members surprised at how quickly their reputation and following have grown

Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former Greater Victoria conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)
Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Arts Council’s new art gallery opens in August

‘Finishing touches’ and move expected to be completed this month

Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Conservation officer Peter Pauwels recently retired after 30 years of service, the vast majority of which was spent working in the Capital Region and southern Vancouver Island. (Courtesy Peter Pauwels)

The inconvenient truths about black bears in Greater Victoria

Think again if you believe development drives bears away, says former conservation officer

Conservation officer Peter Pauwels recently retired after 30 years of service, the vast majority of which was spent working in the Capital Region and southern Vancouver Island. (Courtesy Peter Pauwels)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. premier pitches plan for less gas from cattle

Innovative technology could drastically reduce cattle methane emissions

B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
NEW CUTLINE A new Official Community Plan took a step toward possible completion at a special meeting of council on July 19. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)

Sooke council battling clock to approve new OCP

Council completes review of OCP proposal at special Meeting on July 19

NEW CUTLINE A new Official Community Plan took a step toward possible completion at a special meeting of council on July 19. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)
A clinic conducted by the BC Grassroots Rugby Foundation at Edward Milne Community School on July 22 drew about 20 enthusiastic participants. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Rugby clinic inspires future athletes in Sooke

20 enthusiastic participants toss the ball around

A clinic conducted by the BC Grassroots Rugby Foundation at Edward Milne Community School on July 22 drew about 20 enthusiastic participants. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
The opening day of the Sooke Fine Arts Show drew an appreciative crowd of art lovers and onlookers. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Sooke Fine Arts Show draws a crowd on opening day

Art show at SEAPARC Leisure Complex runs until Aug. 1

The opening day of the Sooke Fine Arts Show drew an appreciative crowd of art lovers and onlookers. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Elaine Thrale, a volunteer with the Sooke Fine Arts Show in 2017, hangs a painting in the show’s gift shop. Organizers say the show wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Show makes volunteering an art form in Sooke

Sooke Fine Arts Show could use some more helping hands

Elaine Thrale, a volunteer with the Sooke Fine Arts Show in 2017, hangs a painting in the show’s gift shop. Organizers say the show wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
There are 32 openings for free summer camp, July 25 to 29, at Ukrainian Safe Haven in East Sooke. (Photo contributed)

Free summer fun for kids on offer in East Sooke

Summer camp runs from July 25 to 29

There are 32 openings for free summer camp, July 25 to 29, at Ukrainian Safe Haven in East Sooke. (Photo contributed)
Funding set aside for the purchase of materials from the Highway 14 improvement project has been redirected, with the money to be earmarked for other infrastructure improvements. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Highway 14 gravel purchase plans on the rocks for Sooke

District redirects funds earmarked for excess materials

Funding set aside for the purchase of materials from the Highway 14 improvement project has been redirected, with the money to be earmarked for other infrastructure improvements. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Commuters can expect delays as lanes are reconfigured on Highway 14 between Connie and Glinz Lake roads. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Delays expected Tuesday on Sooke Road

Roadwork means shift to new lanes on Highway 14

Commuters can expect delays as lanes are reconfigured on Highway 14 between Connie and Glinz Lake roads. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
In addition to exhibiting his work, Sooke resident Duobaitis has worked as a volunteer to set up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Longtime volunteer exhibits dedication to Sooke Fine Arts Show

Sooke Fine Arts Show runs July 22 to Aug. 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex

In addition to exhibiting his work, Sooke resident Duobaitis has worked as a volunteer to set up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Deputy Mayor Al Beddows will chair a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19, that will determine the future of the district’s official community plan. (Courtesy District of Sooke)

Sooke council has one final kick at the OCP can this term

July 19 meeting offers opportunity to make final amendments

Sooke Deputy Mayor Al Beddows will chair a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19, that will determine the future of the district’s official community plan. (Courtesy District of Sooke)
The Hope Centre at 6750 West Coast Rd. is accepting bottle donations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. (Photo-contributed by Hope Centre)

Homeless numbers on the rise in Sooke

Lack of affordable housing, opioid crisis just two factors spurring increase

The Hope Centre at 6750 West Coast Rd. is accepting bottle donations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. (Photo-contributed by Hope Centre)
A team jumped to the rescue of a baby porpoise in distress at Whiffin Spit. (Submitted)

PHOTOS: Baby porpoise rescued after Sooke hiker splashes into action

Locals start rescue before reinforcements arrive by air

A team jumped to the rescue of a baby porpoise in distress at Whiffin Spit. (Submitted)