Kevin Laird

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)

Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)

Expanded camping announced for Pacheedaht Campground

$1-million project is part of the B.C. Rural Economic Recovery program

The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)
Safe and sound. Tiger made it through an adventure after getting stuck atop a 40-foot tree in Otter Point on Sunday. He was safely put back on solid ground through the efforts of Andrew Church and Affordable Tree Care. (Henry Veasey photo)

Kind-hearted tree-topper rescues B.C. cat stuck 30 hours in a tree

Tree service company owner helps Sooke cat get all four paws back on the ground

Safe and sound. Tiger made it through an adventure after getting stuck atop a 40-foot tree in Otter Point on Sunday. He was safely put back on solid ground through the efforts of Andrew Church and Affordable Tree Care. (Henry Veasey photo)
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Vancouver Island mom feels the pinch of school fees

‘Where does it stop?’ asks Lisa Hartt

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Kris Hardy and Monique Seidler are pictured on their rental property on Murray Road. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Eviction blocked, Vancouver Island family allowed to live in motorhome

Sooke officials put brakes on bylaw infraction, allow family to remain until May 1

Kris Hardy and Monique Seidler are pictured on their rental property on Murray Road. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Randall Garrison

Federal NDP looks to criminalize domestic emotional abuse with new law

MP Randall Garrison introduces private member’s bill

Randall Garrison
An amateur fossil collector made the discovery of his life – a rare new Chimaeridae fish. “It’s always fun when this stuff contributes to science,” says Steve Suntok. (Steve Suntok photo)

Prehistoric fish found near Sooke named after amateur collector

The fish lived about 25 million years ago, scientists say

An amateur fossil collector made the discovery of his life – a rare new Chimaeridae fish. “It’s always fun when this stuff contributes to science,” says Steve Suntok. (Steve Suntok photo)
This juvenile green sturgeon was captured, tagged and released back into the Sacramento River near Corning in California. (Steve Martarano - U.S. Fish and Wildlife)

Rare green sturgeon sighted near Port Renfrew

‘It’s a pretty rare phenomenon,’ says Port Renfrew resident

This juvenile green sturgeon was captured, tagged and released back into the Sacramento River near Corning in California. (Steve Martarano - U.S. Fish and Wildlife)
The startup Orange Sox boys softball team is looking for players to compete in the 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games. (Pixabay)

New Island team aimed at rejuvenating boys softball

Orange Sox hope to play in 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games

The startup Orange Sox boys softball team is looking for players to compete in the 2020 and 2022 B.C. Summer Games. (Pixabay)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes announce at a press conference that a body was discovered in the Sooke River on Tuesday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Body of third missing man found in Sooke River on Vancouver Island

The bodies of two other men were found Sunday

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes announce at a press conference that a body was discovered in the Sooke River on Tuesday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Death of baby on Vancouver Island prompts investigation

Death of baby on Vancouver Island prompts investigation

Police and the coroner have released few details

Death of baby on Vancouver Island prompts investigation
A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

A teenage boy was killed and another student injured after a tree struck them at Camp Bernard near Sooke. (Google Street View)
Mike Berry, left, David Hadley, Steve Crevatin and Darren Brown, volunteers with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, place a female chinook salmon in a net to be taken to a hatchery as part of the 2016 brood stock capture on the Sooke River. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

Mike Berry, left, David Hadley, Steve Crevatin and Darren Brown, volunteers with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, place a female chinook salmon in a net to be taken to a hatchery as part of the 2016 brood stock capture on the Sooke River. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)
Premier wades into fishery closure debate

Premier wades into fishery closure debate

John Horgan questions the federal government’s approach

Premier wades into fishery closure debate
B.C. Catholic priest has five kids and Pope’s blessing

B.C. Catholic priest has five kids and Pope’s blessing

Father Dean Henderson is new pastor at Sooke church

B.C. Catholic priest has five kids and Pope’s blessing
Grand Analog was among the many bands performing at last summer’s Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew. (Contributed)

Port Renfrew’s Tall Tree Festival cancelled

One of Vancouver Island’s major music festivals hopes to come back for 2019

Grand Analog was among the many bands performing at last summer’s Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew. (Contributed)
Two roosters create havoc in Sooke

Two roosters create havoc in Sooke

‘[It’s] not the first time we’ve ended up caring for abandoned roosters’

Two roosters create havoc in Sooke
Toyko Police Club is among headline acts at this summer’s Tall Tree Festival. (Contributed)

Tall Tree offers hope to Pemberton ticket holders

Tall Tree Festival offers exchange ticket for fans with cancelled Pemberton tickets.

Toyko Police Club is among headline acts at this summer’s Tall Tree Festival. (Contributed)
Cheering students welcome announcement of Tour de Rock team in Sooke

Cheering students welcome announcement of Tour de Rock team in Sooke

The 24-member team will cycle the length of the Island , raising money for pediatric cancer research

Cheering students welcome announcement of Tour de Rock team in Sooke