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Ayre Manor staff are fundraising for a motion sensor projector they say will help people with dementia keep their brains engaged. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

High-tech projector aims to help patients with dementia

Sooke long-term care facility launches $10K fundraising to purchase equipment

Ayre Manor staff are fundraising for a motion sensor projector they say will help people with dementia keep their brains engaged. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Snow White and one of her kittens. (Contributed/SAFARS)

Sooke animal rescue group needs homes for 28 kittens

Rescued cats were pregnant; kittens ready for adoption

Snow White and one of her kittens. (Contributed/SAFARS)
Bonnie Harper at Cloth Castle shows off samples of the project summer sewing campers will make. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Crafty summer sewing camp on offer in Langford for kids

Cloth camp is just one of many summer activities available on the West Shore

Bonnie Harper at Cloth Castle shows off samples of the project summer sewing campers will make. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The poet and publisher Clare Winstanley. (Contributed – AMGray Studios)

Sooke poet publishes narrative poems – an investment in life’s third chapter

‘It’s time to go back now and complete the things you started when you were younger’

The poet and publisher Clare Winstanley. (Contributed – AMGray Studios)
Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)

‘Please tell someone:’ Langford woman whose mother was murdered begs abuse survivors to get help

‘I didn’t believe this could happen to my mom either, but it did’

Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)
Snotty Nose Rez Kids to perform at the All Ways Home festival in Langford, Sept 4-5, 2021. (Contributed/Snotty Nose Rez Kids)

Langford’s Starlight Stadium to host two-day music festival

All Ways Home features homegrown talent Jesse Roper headlining, along with Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Snotty Nose Rez Kids to perform at the All Ways Home festival in Langford, Sept 4-5, 2021. (Contributed/Snotty Nose Rez Kids)
Neil Robertson started sharing his colouring when people were putting hearts in windows for the pandemic’s first responders. Now he rotates a gallery on his windows every couple of weeks. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)

Inspired artist brings colour to Langford neighbourhood

Alzheimer’s patient’s artworks provide bright, cheerful display in windows

Neil Robertson started sharing his colouring when people were putting hearts in windows for the pandemic’s first responders. Now he rotates a gallery on his windows every couple of weeks. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)
Kristy Sivorot and her son Griffin with Juniper, a lame, pregnant cow she bought from a large dairy operation to nurse back to health. Juniper gave birth to Junior, a bull calf, on July 21 and is doing well. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Women hobby farmers are part of a food revolution

Raising livestock and families: the young women farmers of Sooke

Kristy Sivorot and her son Griffin with Juniper, a lame, pregnant cow she bought from a large dairy operation to nurse back to health. Juniper gave birth to Junior, a bull calf, on July 21 and is doing well. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Colwood Coun. Gordie Logan in Royal Bay, near the future site of a seniors residence and the Royal B.C. Museum’s new collections and research building. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Homeowners balk at Royal Bay property tax exemptions, Colwood councillor pushes back

‘You have to consider more than the property tax a project will generate:’ Coun. Gordie Logan

Colwood Coun. Gordie Logan in Royal Bay, near the future site of a seniors residence and the Royal B.C. Museum’s new collections and research building. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Beau Stirling was sentenced to 18 months of probation, among other penalties, for convictions on charges of theft, breaking and entering, and driving while impaired. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood man pleads guilty, sentenced for impaired driving, theft, break-and-enter

Beau Stirling’s criminal record not lengthy, but severe, judge said

Beau Stirling was sentenced to 18 months of probation, among other penalties, for convictions on charges of theft, breaking and entering, and driving while impaired. (Black Press Media file photo)
Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Terminus building nears completion, first tenants are lining up

Gym, co-working space among first to sign leases in District 56 in Langford

Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Hot shellfish: cooked in overlapping heat and low tides

UVic marine biologist said timing was bad luck, but isn’t overly concerned

Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Nature area, business park proposed for 52-hectare parcel in north Metchosin

Owners of Tri-X Group want to talk rezoning: half light industrial, half park

Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

UPDATE: Muir Creek fire now ‘being held’ by firefighers

A hot spot had the fire considered out of control yesterday, but crews have now contained the blaze

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island's west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

Out of control, Muir Creek fire has grown to one hectare

Wind has spread the previously controlled fire northwest of Sooke

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island's west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
What can you make out of this mysterious creature? (Submitted/Martin Ren)

It’s a seal! It’s an otter! It’s a … crocodile?

What do you see in this video of a strange creature in East Sooke?

What can you make out of this mysterious creature? (Submitted/Martin Ren)
The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)

Wildfire out of control in Muir Creek near Shirley

Officials suspect the relatively small fire was caused by a person

The Muir Creek fire is north of Shirley, a small community west of Sooke on south Vancouver Island’s west coast. (B.C. Wildfire Service map)
Jackie Larkin and Saul Arbess, both spokespeople for the Elders for Ancient Trees point toward John Horgan’s office windows at a press conference announcing their legal challenge against the RCMP on June 28. A judge ruled in their favour on July 20. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

RCMP’s Fairy Creek exclusion zones, checkpoints go too far, judge rules

Elders for Ancient Trees win challenge against police force’s tightly controlled enforcement

Jackie Larkin and Saul Arbess, both spokespeople for the Elders for Ancient Trees point toward John Horgan’s office windows at a press conference announcing their legal challenge against the RCMP on June 28. A judge ruled in their favour on July 20. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Rendering shows The Commons, the commercial aspect of the first development on the south side of Latoria Boulevard at Royal Bay in Colwood. (Courtesy Tavola Strategy Group)

Ground broken in Colwood on retail element of Royal Bay

The Commons, anchored by Quality Foods grocery store, has been long awaited by residents

Rendering shows The Commons, the commercial aspect of the first development on the south side of Latoria Boulevard at Royal Bay in Colwood. (Courtesy Tavola Strategy Group)
Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)

Fairy Creek logging protesters may face criminal charges

B.C. Prosecution Service to review each case, will lay charges where evidence is sufficient

Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)