Sooke News Staff

Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)

Orca named Rainy spotted in Sooke Basin

Local wildlife photographer hasn’t seen him in the Sooke Basin since September 2019

Rainy, or T011A, was spotted in the Sooke Basin on Monday. (Courtesy of Mollie Naccarato/Pacific Imagery)
Joan Hughes of Sooke plans to save her winnings from a lottery scratch ticket. (Courtesy BCLC)

Sooke woman celebrates $100,000 lottery win, plans to stash it in savings

Crossword scratch ticket worthy of coffee and cake celebration

Joan Hughes of Sooke plans to save her winnings from a lottery scratch ticket. (Courtesy BCLC)
The concrete pour on Sooke’s new multi-sport box begins March 14. (District of Sooke)

Work resumes on multi-sport box

$1.3-million project delayed due to weather, pandemic

The concrete pour on Sooke’s new multi-sport box begins March 14. (District of Sooke)
Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Six people flee Sooke house fire

Residents heard a loud bang, saw smoke

Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Traffic was backd up on Sooke ROad due to a orllover crash around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy of EMily Campbell-Meznies/Facebook)

Rollover accident backs up traffic on Sooke Road

Alternating traffic can be avoided by taking Kangaroo Road

Traffic was backd up on Sooke ROad due to a orllover crash around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy of EMily Campbell-Meznies/Facebook)
Bentinck Island, off Metchosin, will be in use for terrestrial demolition by the Department of National Defencefrom March 3 to 9. (File - Black Press)

Navy plans demolition training at Bentinck Island next week

Bentinck Island located off Metchosin

Bentinck Island, off Metchosin, will be in use for terrestrial demolition by the Department of National Defencefrom March 3 to 9. (File - Black Press)
Crews continue work on improvements to Highway 14 just east of Sooke on Feb. 23. The province said the project remains on budget and on schedule to be mostly complete come the fall. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Highway 14 improvements to be ‘significantly complete’ by fall: Province

The province said the project near Sooke remains on time and budget

Crews continue work on improvements to Highway 14 just east of Sooke on Feb. 23. The province said the project remains on budget and on schedule to be mostly complete come the fall. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Choral Evolution practiced outdoors and over video calls in the lead-up to their upcoming debut performances, but their dedication to the craft means the shows will go on. (Photo Courtesy of Doug Titchkosky)

Choral Evolution bringing Mozart and Metallica to West Shore

The new choral group is set to debut in a series of performances in Sooke and Colwood next month

Choral Evolution practiced outdoors and over video calls in the lead-up to their upcoming debut performances, but their dedication to the craft means the shows will go on. (Photo Courtesy of Doug Titchkosky)
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‘Prolific offender’ nabbed after police chase in Sooke

Kevin Fee, 51, faces numerous charges

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The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Sooke Potholes receives $350,000 upgrade

Provincial funding to include accessible toilet, signage and visitor information kiosk

The Sooke Potholes is a series of deep, naturally carved rock pools. A small parking area with facilities is managed by the District of Sooke. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Feral cats tended to by the Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society. The society celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. (Contributed - SAFARS)

Sooke animal rescue group celebrates 10th anniversary

SAFARS helps make a difference to abandoned cats in the region

Feral cats tended to by the Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society. The society celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. (Contributed - SAFARS)
A wildfire in July 2017 on Mount Manuel Quimper destroyed more than a hectare of forest land. The fire was likely human-caused. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)

Free webinar explores ideas on preventing wildfires

Sooke Fire Rescue hosts events this month

A wildfire in July 2017 on Mount Manuel Quimper destroyed more than a hectare of forest land. The fire was likely human-caused. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Homeless people in Sooke will receive a helping hand to find mental-health support, thanks to the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation. (File - Metro-Creative)

Grant benefits Sooke homeless with mental health support

Fund through Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation provides $5,000

Homeless people in Sooke will receive a helping hand to find mental-health support, thanks to the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation. (File - Metro-Creative)
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)

OPINION: Why pausing some development in Sooke is a good idea

Transition Sooke wants council to evaluate what growth is possible while still meeting climate goals

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)
Mike Menard, the owner of Menard Plumbing and Heating, was sworn in to the board’s top position on Jan. 25, taking over from Karen Mason, who held the position since 2020. (Contributed - Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce)

Sooke chamber elects new president

Mike Menard takes reins from Karen Mason

Mike Menard, the owner of Menard Plumbing and Heating, was sworn in to the board’s top position on Jan. 25, taking over from Karen Mason, who held the position since 2020. (Contributed - Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce)
A group of demonstrators show their support for the Freedom Convoy Wednesday afternoon in Sooke. The convoy is a cross-Canada demonstration by truck drivers against government mandates introduced during the pandemic, including a requirement that truck drivers crossing a border must show proof of vaccination.

Dozens show support for ‘Freedom Convoy’ in downtown Sooke

The convoy is demonstrating against government vaccination mandates

A group of demonstrators show their support for the Freedom Convoy Wednesday afternoon in Sooke. The convoy is a cross-Canada demonstration by truck drivers against government mandates introduced during the pandemic, including a requirement that truck drivers crossing a border must show proof of vaccination.
Paramedic specialists Brian Twaites and David Hilder debrief after responding to a drug overdose. Over the past several years the drug overdoses not only across British Columbia but throughout Canada have grown. (Jonathan Hayward - The Canadian Press)

Sooke sets new record for drug overdose calls

Every health region in B.C. saw an increase in overdose calls during 2021

Paramedic specialists Brian Twaites and David Hilder debrief after responding to a drug overdose. Over the past several years the drug overdoses not only across British Columbia but throughout Canada have grown. (Jonathan Hayward - The Canadian Press)
This home at SookePoint is one of eight grand prize options in the 2022 B.C. Children’s Hospital Lottery. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation))

Sooke home grand prize option in B.C. Children’s Hospital lottery

SookePoint property comes with cash and vehicle

This home at SookePoint is one of eight grand prize options in the 2022 B.C. Children’s Hospital Lottery. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation))
Sooke RCMP recovers stolen goods following a traffic stop. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)

Stolen goods recovered thanks to Sooke RCMP traffic stop

A driver was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants

Sooke RCMP recovers stolen goods following a traffic stop. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke residents can now report various crimes without going to the station themselves with Sooke RCMP’s online crime reporting tool. (File - Black Press Media)
City hall and the District of Sooke office will be closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 3. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Here’s what’s opened and closed in Sooke over the holidays

A number of businesses have reduced their hours around Christmas and New Year’s

City hall and the District of Sooke office will be closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 3. (File - Sooke News Mirror)