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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Police and media were at the scene of a murder at a trailer park along Otter Point Road. Below, the forensic unit sets up to investigate the homicide.

Members of the n Sunday, Vancouver Island Jan. 8 at Va Integrated Major a p p ro x i In Crime Unit, with mately 3:30 p.m. Cr assistance from Sooke RCMP as the Sooke RCMP, attended a resith are continuing dence in a trailer ar their investigation park on Otter Point th into the murder. Road after receivin Members of the ing a call for assisM Forensic Identifitance. Fo cation Section are When police ca at the arrived they found Alex Conte in currently cu scene where they a deceased 53-year2007 are conducting a old woman. Alex Conte, 21-years-old, was forensic examination. The identity of the victim arrested at the scene and charged with secxond is not being released at this time, pending notification of degree murder. The victim and the sus- next of kin. No cause of death or furpect were known to each other and Alex Conte is ther information is available known to police. Conte is at this time. Alex Conte was a wellcurrently in custody pending a court appearance, the known skateboarder in date and time which has not Sooke and went to Edward yet been determined. The Milne Community School. This is the first murder on suspect will appear in West Vancouver Island for 2012. Shore Provincial Court.

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LOOKING BACK

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A glance through the Sooke News Mirror archives...

SIGN UP THOSE INTERESTED IN signing up for Sooke Minor Fastball can do so on Saturday, Jan. 14 at SEAPARC Leisure Centre from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

INTERESTED IN THE ARTS? THE CAPITAL REGIONAL District is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Arts Advisory Council. For details on responsibilities and how to apply, visit www.crd.bc.ca/arts APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

VOTE FOR A NEW NAME WINKS IS CHANGING its name and they want your input. Look in the Sooke News Mirror for the ballot form and choose from Sooke River Store and Grill or Milne’s Landing Store and Grill. VOTING CLOSES ON Jan. 20.

TAKE A PEEK AWARENESS FILM THIS Wednesday at EMCS, at 7 p.m. SEE “2012: TIME for Change.”

Thumbs Up! TO THE SURFRIDER’S Association members who cleaned up China Beach this past weekend. TO ED AND staff at the Edge for having one of the 10 best restaurants on Vancouver Island.

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A heron sculpture looks stunning as it is silhouetted against the skyline at Gordon’s Beach.

Volunteer firefighters recognized Sooke is known as the volunteer capital of BC. The volunteers at our Sooke Fire Department are a great example of true volunteerism. Did you know that our fire department will be 100 years old this year? The Sooke Fire Department was founded by and has been operated and supported by volunteers over those 100 years, making it the successful department it is today. There are currently 25 active volunteers with five recruits in training. In addition, there are fiev volunteer fire safety educators and one volunteer fire inspector. The volunteers are supported by five full-time paid members. Each year the volunteers put in approximately 6,500 hours of training, attending courses, participating in public service programs and working at community events. In addition, they spend approximately 4,000 hours each year responding to fire calls, motor vehicle accidents and other medical emergencies. Add it up, that

is an amazing 10,500 hours a year of volunteer service for our community. Do they get paid? Not really! In the evening hours three volunteers are paid a nominal amount. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. a volunteer duty officer is available to answer calls and receives $3.26 an hour. A two-person volunteer duty crew is also on duty each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to ensure an immediate three person response. They each receive $2.80 an hour. The rest of the calls are done on a purely volunteer basis with no cost to the taxpayer. The district pays an annual stipend to the Firemen’s Association which they use for social and other activities. This is a huge time commitment for many of the volunteers who have full-time jobs, families and other life commitments. So, the next time you see firemen at the hall in the evening, training, working at an accident scene or you see them at a fire, they are doing it for nothing,

as volunteers for you and our community. Think about and appreciate the time they are spending away from their families helping you and me. The fire department currently has openings for an additional 10 volunteers. It is a great group to work with so if you are interested please phone or drop by and talk to the fire chief. Wendal Milne Mayor

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 Work has ground to a halt on the public boat launch on the property adjacent to the Prestige Hotel. It allears all of thje necessary referrals were not received before work began on the construction of the $1.6 million boat launch, dock and float. An application process which began in November, 2010, for a foreshore lease has not yet been granted from the provincial Integrated Land Management Bureau(ILMB) under the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations. The senior land officer for the coast operations division of the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, Doug Berry, stated in an email to Councillor Herb Haldane, that the province cannot authorize any worl on Crown land/foreshore unless a land tenure has been issued/signed by the province. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 Area suffers widespread water damage A thick blanket of

late December snow followed by a huge amount of New Year rain has resulted in damages ranging from flooded basements to road washouts across the Island in general, and the Sooke area in particular. By late last week district engineering staff were still dealing with a backlog of concerns raised by several full days of pounding rain. District councillor Ron Dumont said the Ayre Manor Lodge had been threatened by moving water but efforts to prevent its entry into the facility had been successful. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 New trail project for Island A new improved trail system will allow hikers, bikers, horseback riders and walkers to travel all the way from Sidney to Lake Cowichan on one unbroken trail. The government of British Columbia, the Capital Regional District and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are partnering on a $1.2-million project to construct a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. The new 24-km route will connect existing recreational trails in the regional districts.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1991 Sooke man off to join ship in Gulf Chief Petty Officer, Bob MacKay, of Sooke, takes pride in the fact that he has one of the riskiest jobs in the “navy.” He’s a member of the elite Fleet Diving Unit, which specializes, among other things, in bomb disposal, and as of next Saturday he will be aboard HMCS Protecteur in the Persian Gulf, as one of two bomb disposal experts aboard that vessel and ready, if necessary, to disarm floating mines or, in the event of war, a stray missile that might hit the ship but not explode. CPO MacKay, 39, a veteran of 21 years in the navy, left Sooke at 4 am last Saturday for Washington D.C. to be briefed by US authorities before proceeding on to the Persian Gulf to join Protecteur. Another Sooke resident, Petty Officer George Cox, also a member of the diving unit, travelled with CPO McKay to Washington D.C. for the training period. However he will return to Sooke for another couple of weeks before proceeding to the Gulf.

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There was a time in the 1990s when an massive wedge existed between forestry workers and environmentalists. There was the ‘war in the woods’ and various other tensionridden incidents and protests that led to acrimony and anger on both sides. Protecting the environment and retaining forestry jobs seemed to be something that could never happen. In 2010 a new environmentally-conscious organization appeared on the scene and met with a thumbs-up from both sides. The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) came up with a new goal which is to retain forestry jobs through sustainable

logging practices while saving old-growth forests for future generations. Ken Wu, one of the original founders (along with TJ Watt and others) said, “an organization can’t be based solely on ideals and divorced from how people make a living.” The group spearheading the organization approached forestry workers, first in the Cowichan Valley, and the derision started to wear away. “We started to make alliances with forestry workers,” said Wu. Many of the ties that bind the two sides are the goals of the AFA; protection of the last remaining old-growth forests, and banning export of raw logs to foreign mills. The problem now is

that the B.C. government is opening up Chinese markets, where large scale manufacturing can be set up very, very fast, said Wu. “It’s just a matter of time until they (the Chinese) start phasing out imports and shift to raw logs,” stated Wu. He said this is “dangerous” because it is a lose, lose situation for British Columbia forests and forestry workers. Old-growth forests are on the decline as they are logged now as they were in the past. The forestry companies are slow at re-tooling the machinery to handle second-growth logs and developing value-added wood industries. The alliance believes we should be logging second-growth at a slower rate, a more sustainable rate of cut

and be manufacturing wood products in B.C. There are other items as well on the alliance’s platform and they have instituted an on-line petition in an effort to get the B.C. government to protect old-growth forests and forestry jobs. The Ancient Forest Alliance is not seeking charitable status because they feel they can be more effective in leveling stronger criticisms and gaining stronger support from politicians and political parties based on their stance. The AFA would like the government to undertake a provin-

cial old-growth strategy that will inventory old-growth forests in B.C. and protect them where they are scarce. Sustainable logging practices (which might include selective logging) on second-growth forests and an end to raw log exports are also in the alliance’s goals. As environmentalists the AFA differs in that they realize jobs are important. “There is a social pressure to make a living and we have to have a plan for economy at the same as environmental protection,” said Wu. “People need a way to work.”

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Located just before Sooke Potholes. 63.38 acres. Gorgeous mountain area zoned RU2. Subdivision process already started. 2 homes on property. One 1994 large "Lindel Plan" home with lots of recent renovations and quality upgrades and finishings. 3 level with 4 bedrooms 3 baths. 2nd home is large 1999 double wide custom ordered. This property has lots of possibilities. Upper property has fantastic views and level areas. $999,999

Imagine your own lake front property! This daily get away, includes 80ft of waterfront, private dock, and 1 acre of country paradise. A New Home with almost 2000sqft, 3 BR, 2 BA, den, granite counters, h/w floors,& vaulted ceilings. Room to build a shop. Warranty,& HST included to qualified buyer. Will consider trade. A great time to buy, and a great deal at www.lorendasimms.com $459,900!

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Reader’s Photo of the Week

Reader Kyle Dunn took this shot of trees silhouetted against the beach front. Reader’s Photo of the Week is sponsored by Ellen Bergerud. Send the editor your good quality jpegs: editor@ s o o k e n e w s m i r ro r. com along with an explanation of where they were taken. We will publish them as space permits.

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We pay full deposit on ready to drink beverages except Milk and Milk Products...also, full deposits on Wine and Spirit Bottles and all Imported Beer Bottles! We are Located at 2032 Idlemore Road, Sooke B.C. Phone: 250-744-8906 and leave a message!

New reporter at the Mirror A graduate of the UVIC writing program, Christine Vopel has previously written for a number of publications including The Barnacle, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Island Writer, The Martlet. When not in the office writing articles she can be found surfing winter waves at her favourite beaches. She is also an avid outdoor rock climber, snow boarder and surf kayaker. Christine is a new

Christine Vopel member of the Sooke Coast guard Auxiliary, Volunteer Fire Rescue and has some search

and rescue experience. A world traveller at heart, Christine taught English for a year-and-ahalf in South Korea and travelled through South America. Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Christine has now embraced Sooke as her new home and looks forward to getting to know more people in the community and telling the stories they want to share and hear about.

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Sooke’s working waterfront

Camosun Westside 2042 Otter Point Rd.

ELLEN BERGERUD

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JOHN VERNON, PREC

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The harbour in Sooke was once a very active place. One hundred years ago the base of Maple Avenue on Sooke Harbour was the scene of the village’s most important economic enterprise, the J H Todd & Sons fishtraps operations. Beginning in 1904, the Todd’s method of catching salmon had an enormous impact on Sooke’s development. In a community with a population of only a few hundred people, the Company provided paycheques for a workforce some forty or fifty men. Slightly left of center, we observe the tower of the piledriver rising above the waterfront structures. Were we

able to see detail more clearly, we would note that Maple Avenue heads downward from the main Sooke Road, on the right of the building in the photo’s center, towards the water where it joins with the J H Todd wharf. Starting from the photo’s left, the white building is the Todd webshed, the smaller white building behind it is the cookhouse where the men ate their meals, and the darker building on the same level is the Company bunkhouse. In front of the bunkhouse is the wire shed, where the rolls of wire were stored, with the pile driver standing

West Coast Road. Our local coastline from Beechey Head to Kirby Creek (Coal Creek) was dotted with the massive pile-driven fishtraps structures which extended almost half a mile into the Strait to intercept salmon on their way to their home rivers to spawn. In 1918 a similar group operating in Port Townsend came to Sooke to join with Todds to form Sooke Harbour Fishing and Packing Company, an enterprise which continued operating until 1958. Elida Peers, Historian Sooke Region Museum

nearby. Alongside the piledriver is a coal-burning vessel used by Todds prior to their use of vessels of their own design. The next building is the tar shed; next a small shorefront cabin lived in by fishtraps worker Fred Underwood and his family. The cannery building is the next large building in line. Directly above the cannery roof in the photo is the Robert Muir house, “Springside”, which had been built in 1884. Were it still standing today, Springside’s graceful two-storey structure would be seen to the east of Caldwell Road, if one were driving along

NEWS • 7

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EDITORIAL

Rod Sluggett Publisher Pirjo Raits Editor Christine Vopel Reporter

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OUR VIEW

A new council, a new outlook

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here is something strange going on at city hall. At first it was hard to put a finger on exactly what was different then it became apparent. There was no dissension, no arguing and no frustration. People had smiles on their faces rather than frowns. While it is still in the honeymoon stage, council appears to be working together very amicably. The other surprising thing was the number of people who came to council just to watch and listen to the proceedings and not necessarily get up and ... council complain. Although council appears to was willing to listen if they did. Moving the Committee be working of the Whole meeting to after together... the regular council meeting rather than dedicating a whole other Monday night to it was another positive step. This is also a way to save the taxpayers some dollars by combining the meetings and not having as many staff members attend the meetings helps as well. Another interesting turn was that the people in the gallery, council and staff interacted and chatted with each other at the end of the meeting, rather than getting out of there as fast as they could. The business of the district is getting done and the meetings (at least so far) are not going on until the bum numbing stage. This is what happens when you have a council that respects each other and listens without rancor to opinions. Not everyone is going to agree all the time, but for now they do and it was, in a word, pleasant. How many council reporters can say that?

How to reach us: General: Phone 250-642-5752; fax 250-642-4767 Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.com Office Manager: Harla Eve office@sookenewsmirror.com Editor: Pirjo Raits editor@sookenewsmirror.com Reporter: Christine Vopel news@sookenewsmirror.com Advertising: Rod Sluggett, Joan Gamache sales@sookenewsmirror.com Circulation: Joan Gamache circulation@sookenewsmirror.com Production Manager: Steve Arnett production@sookenewsmirror.com Creative Services: Frank Kaufman creative@sookenewsmirror.com Classifieds: Harla Eve, office@sookenewsmirror.com Vicky Sluggett

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Open letter re: Oil tanker traffic Honorable Peter Kent Minister of the Environment Ottawa, Canada Dear sir: I am the elected Regional Director for the Juan de Fuca located on Vancouver Island. I wish to add our voice to the many British Columbians that oppose increased oil tanker traffic through the Juan de Fuca Strait and west coast of Vancouver Island. My constituents between East Sooke and Port Renfrew, including the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations are totally dependent on the pristine, unspoiled and natural state of the shoreline and ocean. Our livelihoods and daily lives are intertwined

with our coastal waters including Federal and Provincial Marine Parks such as the West Coast Trail , China Beach, and French Beach and one of the world’s greatest natural reefs and fishing areas, the Swiftsure Bank. The Swiftsure Bank is located at the western entrance to the Juan de Fuca Strait and supports a concentrated mass of surface life including krill, shrimp, herring, pilchards, salmon, killer whales and humpback whales. Transport Canada’s positioning of Buoy Juliet has forced all Seattle and Vancouver freighter traffic to converge in a two mile corridor directly over the bank and without Canadian pilots on board, a major collision is inevitable. Increased crude oil tank-

ers traffic will only increase the odds of an environmental catastrophe. An environmental disaster involving crude oil would be devastating for the Juan de Fuca residents. Before granting permission for the expansion of the Kinder Morgan’s export of crude oil from Vancouver, we ask that you conduct meaningful consultations with the residents of Juan de Fuca, the Pacheedaht First Nations and the T’Sou’ke First Nations. Until then, we are opposed to any increased oil tanker traffic through the Juan de Fuca Strait. Sincerely, Mike Hicks Regional Director Juan de Fuca

Otter Point Emergency Management Hello Otter Point neighbours, and others in the Capital Regional District. As the Otter Point Community Coordinator of the Juan de Fuca Emergency Management Program I am bringing to your attention a generally unknown program of appreciable importance to us all. The Pod Program relates to community self-rescue and management in the event of a significant and isolating disaster. While the time to assistance often quoted is 72 hours this may be very wishful thinking, Several weeks may be more realistic in the case of an exceptionally large snowfall, rain and wind storms with road destruction or a large earthquake/tsunami event. The Otter Point District is divided into 34 ‘pods,’ approximately 25 households in each, geographically close neighbours. Ideally each pod has a ‘pod captain’ and an assistant who know of any particular skill specialties within their pod as well as of those who may require assistance

in times of isolation or prolonged power loss/habitation destruction or damage. This type of response happens now on an ad-hoc basis as we saw in the great wind storm of 2006 however, the pod system considers longer term isolation, and is a more formal network with greater communication and potentially life saving rescue and intervention assistance. As the local coordinator I have access to a limited store of emergency supplies and lines of communication for outside critical assistance as available, however the idea is for neighbours to take care of neighbours. Remember — help from outside is busy taking care of themselves. I invite all residents in the CRD, and especially the Otter Point District to 1. determine their pod number - a good map is found on the Otter Point Fire Department website, public info page under OP Emergency Planning Committee and the O.P. Pod Map

link. 2. Get to know your neighbours. 3. Consider being a pod captain, or re-registering as one through myself at your earliest convenience. Records are sketchy so if you are currently a pod captain, have disaster useable skills or would like to record any particular needs you may have (wheel chair-bound perhaps) please let me know. This is not high maintenance stuff, but something we should all know about before hand, rather than after. For more information on the Juan de Fuca Emergency Management Program or the Otter Point Emergency Pod System please contact me, Al Wickheim at www.info@ wilderquestadventures.com - 250642-5124, cel 250-661-7123 or go to www.JDFEM.com. Al Wickheim Otter Point Community Coordinator Juan de Fuca Emergency Management Program

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We asked: Are you happy with the new Townsend Road intersection ?

It’s a waste of money. What’s up with all the islands? Rita Fraboni

I think it shouldn’t be here in the first place. If Sooke wants to spend money onsomething, why not a new road?

I like it but everyone has different views. We need pedestrian lights there as well. It’s too dangerous right now. We need one more left light on the McDonald’s side.

Fycher Becraft

They had to do something. Hopefully they can improve it down the road.

Raj Singh

Martin Swift

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YOUR VIEWS

Animals should be loved Mr. Aaron Bartlett’s letter, Animals worthy of respect, Sooke News Mirror, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, echoes my feelings towards people who cannot get along with animals. After all, animals were on this planet eons before people showed up. We animal-loving people need to raise a little hell to bring an end to the gun-happy people who needlessly slaughter animals. Bren Keetch Otter Point

Detour is not convenient As a resident of Townsend Rd., I agree that the new traffic islands have tightened things up. I don’t think it’s as bad as the previous writer suggests. Going around via Rhodonite Dr. is not very far, it adds perhaps two minutes to your trip, considering that it often takes longer than that to make a left out of Townsend, it’s not a big deal. Also, it forces people turning onto Townsend to do so with more care because of the narrow lane width. I have seen many drivers make that right turn onto Townsend too fast, forcing them to swing wide toward the

LETTERS other side of the street. What I would really like to see are drivers obeying the posted 30/ kmh speed limit that is in effect from the south end of Townsend to just beyond the CASA access point. It happens far too rarely when considering how many young moms with their kids walk along Townsend to access the CASA services. So, for you drivers who are raging at the inconvenience, please add some time to your drive and enjoy the view on your long roundabout trip. After all, you wouldn’t want people speeding past your house would you? Mark Poppe Sooke

Response to legal marijuana issue Re: “Health officer back legal marijuana” Sooke News Mirror, Jan. 4, 2012. It’s commendable that B.C. public health officers recognize the obvious pitfalls of cannabis (marijuana) prohibition however, some clarifications must be made. Cannabis may not be totally safe but it hasn’t directly killed anyone in over 5,000 years of documented use. That’s safety on a Biblical scale.

Cannabis should be RE-legalized, regulated and taxed because it is far safer than alcohol and it is here for the duration anyway. Why keep forcing the dangerous underground black market to regulate a business that is guaranteed to continue? Citizens, including teens, who purchase cannabis may be doing so from people who also sell hard drugs which increases hard drug addiction rates. Selling the extremely popular God-given plant cannabis like alcohol would remove hard drugs from the equation. One recent study even indicates states which have legalized medical cannabis are experiencing lower alcohol usage and less traffic fatalities (Study: States That Legalized Medical Pot See Decrease, The Missoulian, Dec. 28, 2011). Stan White Dillon, Colorado

Going green in Sooke Thank you for giving me my first “bellylaugh” of the new year. Your editorial stated that it is necessary to have both a laundromat and a car wash — a car wash — in Sooke in order to show by example that we have green initiatives. Please be good enough to inform your readers the length of time you have been liv-

ing in a cave. I do thank you for your thoughts. Reading your editorial following a full working day gave me pause to consider that perhaps in the darkness of our winter, just perhaps, we can all be a little bit heartened, not only that we seem to have a responsible new municipal council, but also by the fact that the newspaper has declared it is time for the beginning of the “silly season.” I was only a little disheartened that in your attempt at “going green” you did not follow through and attempt a business plan protocol for such an endeavour. My own such future vision would include the premise that the car wash attendants and the water filters be both clothed in material made of hemp. Sort of like cheesecloth, but made of hemp fibre. And, in order to be completely in tune with every other politicallyright-left-thing-to-do, attendants — attendents, would be equally sexed. But then, I merely throw out the suggestion. Peter Wilhelm Sooke

Traffic flow issues For some time now, the traffic flow design for the Sooke core has seemed ridiculous.

With the changes at Townsend Rd. it is becoming absurd. Did the traffic designers miss class the day when the “KISS” principle was taught? Will ambulances have to go up and through the sub-division to get to Townsend Rd. and up and through again to get to the hospital? Will fire trucks just bump over the curb (hope no one falls off)? If someone moves to Townsend Rd. with a tractor-trailer the driver will have to back up for quite a distance before he can turn around. I will be interested to see how the snow plow negotiates that intersection. I think a good solution would be a pedestrian tunnel. Traffic impediments could be removed to improve traffic flow and there would be increased pedestrian safety. Best wishes to all as we start another New Year. Smitty K.L.Smith Shirley

Letters Deliver by mail or hand to our office, or e-mail editor@sookenewsmirror.com. Letters should be 300 words or less, and we may edit for length, tone and accuracy. Please include contact information.

$479,900! Lovely 1,600 square foot Rancher on 1.25 acres in Sunny Saseenos. Bright & cheerful. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, gas fp, covered porch. Well maintained open concept home. Drive by 2126 Corvis Way or call me direct at 250642-6056. The new 2012 Property Assessment Notices are out. If you have received yours and feel that the new Assessed Value of your home may not accurately reflect it’s Market Value call me. I would be happy to discuss the process of appealing your Assessment with you.

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Real estate markets and assessments Pirjo Raits

Sooke News Mirror

Property assessments can be appealed There is no doubt the real estate market in 2011 was sluggish and that prices have softened making it an ideal time for buyers. As in most areas sales rose in the summer months and remained relatively unchanged in the winter months leading to the holiday season. In December, 2011 residential single family homes in Sooke showed 10 sales with an average price of $395,120 up slightly from the six month average of $376,250. Interesting to note is that the average price in neighbouring Metchosin was $570,000 (likely larger properties); Langford $524,059, Colwood $445,614 and Sidney $506,944. The average price for a single family home in the Greater Victoria area, which includes Sooke, was $592,582. One condominium sold in Sooke for $212,500. The average

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2012 Property assessment notices are out. price in the GV region was $312,066. The closest average price to Sooke’s was $235,000 in Esquimalt. Townhouse sales in Sooke amounted to two with an average price of $271,250. Manufactured homes sales amounted to two with an average price of $66,000. No lots or acreages were sold in December 2011. Assessment notices Assessment notices for 2012 have been sent to homeowners. On average the local trend is a slight decrease in assessments in Sooke. The 2010 assessment roll in Sooke was $402,000, in 2012 $402,000.

Property owners who feel their property assessment does not reflect the market value as of July 1, 2011 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact the BC Assessment office as soon as possible in January. They may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31 for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel.

The Capital assessment office is located at Ste. 102-3350 Douglas Street in Victoria. Assessments are the estimate of a property’s value as of July 1, 2011 and physical condition as of October 31, 2011. The common valuation date ensures there is a equitable property assessment base for property taxation. Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. Professional appraisers analyze current sales in the area, as well as considering other characteristics such as size, age, quality, condition, view and location. For more information on the 2012 assessment roll and regional province-wide real estate market trends, visit www.bcassessment.ca and clock on the 2012 assessment roll information link.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 Phone: 250-642-5913 BONA FIDE GUESTS ALWAYS WELCOME

Why not make it your Legion

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Notice of meeting

Land Use Committee of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Date: Time: Place:

January 17, 2012 7:00pm Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Office #2 – 6868 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC

1. Development Permit with Variance Applications a) DP-31-11 - Lot A, Section 98, Sooke District, Plan 23047 Except Part in Plan 23938 (Waller/Letain – 6084 Timberdoodle Road) b) DP-32-11 - Lot 6, Section 44, Sooke District, Plan 1958 (Pollock – 7726 Davidson Road) 2. Development Variance Permit Application a) VAR-09-11 – Lot 20, Section 15, Otter District, Plan VIP87643 (Hacmanjek – 7574 LeMare Crescent) 3. Agricultural Land Reserve Application for Inclusion a) ALR-01-11 - Lots 1 and 2, Section 30, Otter District, Plan 13987 (Shaw – 2322 Kemp Lake Road)

In Support of the Sooke Pipes and Drums Sunday, January 29th, 2012

TRADITIONAL ROAST BEEF AND HAGGIS

For a mere $35.00 you will get a roast beef and haggis dinner along with some great entertainment. You will also be thrilled by the live auction and the less action packed silent auction. Limited seating. Dress - Semi-Formal.

Metal roofs are attractive and come in a broad spectrum of colors and designs.

Metal roofs are low maintenance and long lasting, resisting decay, discoloration and mildew. Metal roofs have excellent performance in wind resistance, water, snow, and ice shedding. They are also hail resistant. Metal roofs provide an excellent method for re-roofing existing roofs and increase your building’s value. Metal roofs are energy efficient.

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The Pastor's Pen For a few weeks leading up to Christmas we greet each other with the phrase “ Merry Christmas” then for a week or so we change to “ Happy New Year”. Why do we do this, what meaning lies behind these phrases? Why only this time of year? STOP AY THIS POINT AND PONDER THESE QUESTIONS.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you; the lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” “So they shall put my name on the children of Israel, (us) and I will bless them.”

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Tickets available from any member of the Sooke Pipes and Drums and at the RCL Bar.

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GENERAL MEETING

Larry Rumsby

The difference between the two? Would it not seem that God (the Lord) wants us to grant / offer His Blessing rather than “our” blessing, thereby keeping His name and His Love before us.

St. Rose of Lima

7pm Tuesday Jan 24 Short Mat Bowling 1-3 pm Euchre 7 pm - Pool

MONDAY’S

FRIDAY’S TUESDAY’S

Texas Hold’em 6:45 pm - Pool

4. Rezoning Application a) Z-02-11 – Lot 1, Section 36, Township 13, Renfrew District, Plan VIP50819 (Port Renfrew Recreation Centre)

WEDNESDAY’S

Darts League 12:00 noon Shuffle Board 6:30 pm - Pool

Due to advertising deadline, other items may be included on the agenda. Please call 250.642.1500 for confirmation.

FRIDAY’S

Comments on agenda items can be submitted before noon January 17, 2012 by email to jdfinfo@crd.bc.ca or be submitted at the meeting. Staff reports will be available after January 12, 2012 on the CRD website at: www.crd.bc.ca/reports/juandefucalandusecom_/2012_/ index.htm or can be viewed at our office at 2-6868 West Coast Road, Sooke, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

A Metal Roof Won’t Let You Down!

This past Sunday the Old Testament reading was from Numbers 6.22-27 wherein God gives Moses this blessing formula to give to Aaron and his sons with which to bless the children of Israel.

Come Celebrate with us the 23rd birthday of

Scotland’s Greatest Poet

Capital Regional District

DISCOVER YOUR LEAKING ROOF JUST WON’T HOLD UP ANY LONGER?

THURSDAY’S

CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY SOOKE HARBOUR

6851 West Coast Road Pastor Eduardo Aristizabal SUNDAY SERVICE 10:00am 250.642.4822

Cribbage 7 pm - Pool

Short Mat Bowling 1-3 pm Drop in Darts 8:00 pm

SATURDAY MEAT DRAW

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Christmas Bureau campaign wraps it up The 2011 Campaign, which wrapped up officially on December 30, saw a 25 per cent increase in the number of requests from clients — a reflection of the challenging times faced by many of our neighbours. Approximately 500 hampers were provided for distribution on Wednesday, Dec. 21. “The community of Sooke and region responded to the call for assistance and support once again, in so many varied ways over the critical weeks of the initiative,” stated spokesperson David Bennett. He said the cash donations totalled approximately $23,000 (a $5,000 increase over the 2010 campaign). The cash donations came from store cash boxes, SFRS campaign stations, the Spirit Festival Parade, and service clubs, to name a few. All assisted in contributing to the costs of supporting the Christmas Bureau’s needs. The level of non-perishable food items donated also went a long way to supplement the bulk purchases required by the bureau. Bennett commented on the gratifying number of volunteers of all ages who gave unselfishly over the three days of sorting, packing and issuing the hampers. The Sooke Fire Rescue Service members should be acknowledged for their multiple storefront sessions, the Santa Run, and the firstever Drive Through at the Firehall. The East Sooke and Otter Point Fire Departments also contributed to the overall success of the Santa Run.

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Alongs in the Victoria area, and has compiled lyrics of well-known music for these popular events. He gives freely of his time and talent to encourage people to sing and share a love of music. Vogt’s easy style and delightful patter earned him many new fans at his last ‘gig’ here in Sooke. Professor Vogt is head of the Piano Department at the University of Victoria, School of Music, with a number of CDs to his credit. He has performed with the Victoria Symphony and in Europe, the United States, Japan, and across China, and has an international reputation for his interpretation of Franz Liszt’s work. The event is being hosted and sponsored by the Sooke Commu-

nity Choir, not as performers, but as fellow music lovers. All of the singing will be done by everyone. Entrance is by donation, with net proceeds going towards the ongoing costs of the Sooke Community Choir. Refreshments will be available. Join us at the Community Sing-Along – see and hear for yourselves how Bruce Vogt works his musical magic and brings communities together in song. And who knows? You might find you meet some new friends, or decide to join the Sooke Community Choir for their Spring session! Contributed by Gail Armitage

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Committee Volunteers Applications are invited from Sooke residents or business owners interested in serving on a Council committee. Volunteer members on committees and commissions help Council with making decisions by making recommendations. Council is currently looking for volunteers for the following committees: Sooke Economic Development Commission Finance and Administration Committee Community Grant Committee Land Use Committee Protective Services Committee Sooke Program of the Arts Committee If you are interested in volunteering please submit a completed Appointment Application form available at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall or at www.sooke.ca by 4:30 pm, Friday, January 13, 2012 to:

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collection of trophies, drawings, and record books from the Jordan River Athletic Association arrived at the Sooke Region Museum by way of a confidential donor last month. The donation consisted of extensive material from the Vancouver Island Power Company. The artifacts and archival material spans the 40-year era from the 1910s to the1950s when Jordan River was the most active industrial, residential and social centre west of Sooke. In 1909 the Vancouver Island Power Company began the task of harnessing the Jordan River to provide electric power for the City of Victoria. Curator of the Sooke Region Museum, Lee Boyko, is excited by the historical and archival contribution. “I think that they’re some of the earliest information about the dam at Jordan River and how it progressed

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The Vancouver Island Power Company’s general manager’s log book is now at the Sooke Region Museum. over time,” said Boyko. The engineer’s journal started by plant superintendent D.I. Walker prior to WW1, proves to be the gem in the collection. Other employees added to the journal into the 1950s. It contains interesting facts such as the total output and water use for 1913 revealed on one page, while a handdrawn image of a waterwheel is on another. “The collection gives us a sense of what the community was and

what the activities were. It includes the general manager’s logbook about the dam flow and the series of events from that time,” said Boyko. Boyko first ran the museum full time in the early 1990s and he loves working as the curator because of the variety. ”You never know what’s going to walk through that door, what’s going to happen day to day,” he said. Unfortunately, too often the museum has had to turn away donations because as Boyko says, “they’re not relevant to our collection mandate.” Other times the individual can not confirm legal ownership to the artifacts and this can also create issues. Dating the various donations that come through the door is a tricky business explains Boyko. “Trying to date something like an adze blade out of context is pretty much impossible. If needed we call in the experts.” Radiocarbon dating, the most advanced technique used by

archeologists and historians to determine the age of organic material, can theoretically be used to date anything that was alive any time during the last 60,000 years. “That’s why knowing the site where the artifact was found is most important,” said Boyko. The artifacts found at Jordan River are not archeological however, they are historical. The Sooke Region Museum is a community service supported, in part, by the taxpayers of the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Donations of artifacts and archival material given to the museum contribute to an understanding of our local history and allow the museum the chance to add to its collection of First Nations and pioneer exhibits and archives. Donations are always welcome but “the museum never purchases items” said Boyko. More information about the museum is available on its website: http://www.sookeregionmuseum.com/

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VITAL VITTLES FREE LUNCH every Fri. 11:30-1:00 pm Holy Trinity Hall Murray Rd. Everyone welcome. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION:: EVERY FRI LEGION Drop-in darts - 8 p.m. Steak Night 6:00-7:30 pm.

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FRANK LOHNER Passed away peacefully at Ayre Manor on November 11, 2011. Born on May 6th,1923 in Absdorf, Austria. Survived by sister Elfie Kroiss, Absdorf, Austria, by dear friend Kathleen Barker, Children; Isabella Kalaschek, Maria Mikic, Trischa Lorren, Frank Lohner and numerous grandchildren. Frank was a charismatic, intelligent man with many gifts. Music, travel, crosswords puzzles, crib and a love of nature were some of his many pastimes. Special thanks to Kathleen Barker for her compassion and support, Dr Vally, Dr Sanders, and the staff of Ayre Manor Care Facility in Sooke B.C. Cremation services have been provided by Care Funeral Services. Memorial service to be scheduled in the spring of 2012.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kathleen. Born in Nelson, B.C. May 23 1929, the fourth of six children. Her early life was spent in Balfour and Nelson. The family moved to Victoria in 1949, where shortly after she met her husband to be, Peter. Kathleen was predeceased by her sister Joyce and brothers Ted and Ken. She is survived by sisters Margaret MacPherson and Dorothy Austin. Kathleen will be sadly missed by her husband of 60 years, Peter, daughter Terri Bowery (Ken), son Mark (Dianne) and three much loved grand-daughters Kelsi, Dia and Zoe as well as Kyle, Lana, and Bryce, Adam, Meghan, Caitlin and Sarah, many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the 3rd Àoor staff at Sunset Lodge, Dr. James Melling and the 6th Àoor Neurological staff at V.G.H. Condolences may be offered at www.mccallbros.com.

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Hillier William, John October 23rd 1942 -

January 5th, 1999 The years are quickly passing Though still we can’t forget For in the hearts that love him His memory lingers yet. Wife Barbara, Step daughter Zeathea, Step son Darren. Special grandson Zachary. And his little sweetheart Mia... Beloved sister Barbara Ann and family.

formerly of Sooke, died Tuesday, November 22 in Saskatoon, leaving family and friends to cherish the memory of a woman with an enormous capacity to make and nurture lifelong friendships. Hughine was born in Letellier, Manitoba on November 3,1917. She enlisted in the RCAF (WD) from Stonewall, Manitoba and was stationed at Victoria for most of the second world war. Following the war she worked in Winnipeg and Stonewall. In 1954 she married Leslie Dow, whom she had met during their time in the service at the west coast, and they settled initially in Edmonton and later in Regina, where they raised two daughters, Lea and Loris and where she was an active member of Whitmore Park United Church and an energetic volunteer in the community. In 1982 Les and Hughine retired to their beloved west coast. With Sooke as their base, they enjoyed nineteen years of travel, gardening, and participating in church activities before returning to the prairies in 2000. Following Les's death just a few months later, Hughine spent the last 11 years of her life in Saskatoon as a resident of Riverside Terrace, where she enjoyed being close to her grandsons. Predeceased by her husband Leslie and by her parents Hugh and Adella and her brother Stuart, Hughine is survived by Lea and Dan Pennock and their sons Luke and Owen, by Loris and Terry Martin, by her sister Agnes Robinson and her sister and brother-in-law Jean and Ken Tully, and by Doug and Jeannette Dow, Maisie and Alan Black, and their families. A memorial service will be held on MONDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 1:00 p.m. AT KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SOOKE.

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SPORTS Stand-up paddle boarding grows in popularity Christine Vopel

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ometimes opportunity just presents itself, and Allen Krutz just happens to be in the right place and at the right time. West Coast Outdoor sits on the edge of Sooke Harbour -- a perfect location for adventure enthusiasts looking to try stand-up paddle boards. Decked out in a brown leather outback hat, owner and operator, Allen Krutz, looks every bit the intrepid adventurer he is. In 2008, after travelling through the wilds of Canada Krutz, his wife, two daughters and Elf the cat, settled in Sooke. Their plan to open up a backpacker’s hostel in the Rockies fell through when the recession occurred pushing them in a different direction. “We were going to include an adventure centre as part of the hostel but then the world collapsed,” Crutz said. “The northern hemisphere of Canada is New Zealand. It’s its twin,” he said. At the same time the country can be daunting to a newcomer explained Crutz. “When you’re an immigrant, Canada is a gigantic place,” he said. A UK career firefighter for 10 years, a sponsored competitive mountain biker and a long time short boarder originally from New Zealand, Krutz is a self-

proclaimed “adrenaline junky” at heart. Krutz acts as vice president of the Sooke mountain bike club and who practices surfing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and now surf stand-up paddle boarding in his free time. In his office on the water’s edge, Krutz looks quite at home with surf and paddle gear mounted on the walls; surf boards and stand-up boards and kayaks racked above and around him. Krutz comes from a long lineage of surfing. “My second cousin started the first New Zealand surfer magazine,” Krutz said. One of the best breaks in town called Back Beach was only accessible through the farm Krutz grew up on. At the age of 17 he caught his first wave riding a five foot seven board in ‘giant surf’-blue green rollers easily three times overhead but as he said, “we had time to learn up.” In January 2011 Crutz attempted stand-up paddle-boarding for the first time and found it to be an easy and enjoyable activity for all ages. “When you’re cruising around and there’s not a soul in sight and you can look straight down and see the salmon moving past you, it’s pretty awesome,” he said. Stand-up paddle boarding is a great core work out aimed at the ‘kayaker’ type of individual Crutz explains.

and safe sport, certain precautions have to be taken with stand-up paddle boarding he tells me. “Wind can be an issue and you have to know when to turn back,” said Krutz who fosters a real safety first

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waivers and attended a dock demonstration on how to paddle, how to stand on the board and general water safety. “Customers have to be proficient on the board before they take it in the ocean. The harbour here is perfect for learning,” he said. Krutz then sent the women out on their own to practice their skills. Although it’s considered an easy

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“Flat water paddle boarding is like mountain biking. The biggest demographic is the recreational user. Surfers have that second option.” Krutz found his new business opportunity in a round about way. “What finally turned it for me was the Prestige had this conference next door and they wanted an activity.” Four middle-aged

women arrived at West Coast Outdoor requesting to go stand-up paddle boarding. At the time, Krutz possessed only one wetsuit, some stand-up paddle boards belonging to the rep and a few pairs of neoprene booties but he decided to go with the flow. The women had no stand-up paddle boarding experience but Krutz made sure they all wore PFD’s, signed

✪ SEAPARC STAR of the WEEK DYLAN LUM

mentality from having fought fires. There have not been any problems to date and Krutz doesn’t expect any. “The ladies came

You may know him as Dylan Lum, but he is adamant that his real name is Peter Parker. This budding Spider Man fan is nearly 4 years old but has the determination of a full grown super hero. He attends Sunday School once a week and is looking forward to starting pre-school where he plans on playing “Cowboys” often. He likes skating, has his very own hockey stick and he says that he will play hockey when he’s bigger (and that’s for sure). He swims here at SEAPARC often and even goes off the diving board. Once he’s older, Peter Parker wants to try baseball, Martial Arts and says that he will be a surfer too (just like his Dad). He likes dinosaurs, playing with cars, hanging out with Auntie Mommy and staying up late. He loves fishing and crabbing with his Dad but says that it’s Dad’s job to pick up the crabs, because he knows how to avoid the pinchers! He likes helping his parents out with almost any job they are doing. He is describes as being “all boy”, he likes everything that’s manly. He is a Mini Johnny Lum for sure and proud of it! Peter Parker plans on being a Diver when he grows up, because he wants to be just like his Dad. Well you are just like your Dad already Dylan, congratulations on being nominated as our SEAPARC Star of the Week! You are awesome!

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Hockey results Thunderbirds Dale’s Electric Sooke Thunderbirds Atom1 met Saanich Braves on Saturday at SEAPARC in a hard-fought, energetic game. After trading goals for two periods, the Braves came away with a 6-4 win. Only two minutes into the game, Finley Arthurs picked up a loose puck in front of the Braves net and backhanded it home. A minute later the Braves answered and after five minutes of end to end action, they scored again. While killing one of their numerous penalties on the day, Braydon Blythe’s efforts set up Ben Ackinclose to tie the game at two with a short-handed goal. A third of the way into the second period amid end to end action, Matthew Lyons streaked up the left side of the ice, drove hard to the net and fired a wrist shot past the Braves’ net minder. Again the Braves matched this goal and added another soon after. Sooke’s fourth goal came near the end of the second period. Battling hard for the Thunderbirds on defence, Travis McCrea took control of the puck in his own end. He decked a couple Braves on his way up the ice and finished the rush with the puck trickling through the goalie’s legs into the net. The Braves finished the second with two quick goals. The Thunderbirds pushed hard to come back and had many great opportunities but were kept off the scoreboard in the third period. They settled down defensively and halted the Braves offence as well. Peewee Girls Marcotte’s Marketing’s Peewee girls team is undefeatable after 4 league games. On Saturday, at the Naden arena, the Peewee girls were playing against Victoria. The girls struck out early in the game. After 50 minutes, Sooke Thunderbirds won by a strong score of 6-1. Michele Lacombe only faced three shoots, due to the strong defensive plays by Jennifer Simonis, Victoria Sutherland, Kierra Taylor and Hailey Olejnik. First year hockey player Celina Palko also played very good in the offensive zone. Rory Wood finished the game with a hat trick, two goals from

Olivia Carello and one goal from Alyssa Lloyd. The coaching staff are very pleased with the great team effort and the team spirit. “Every girl of our team is a great input for our succes so far,” says coach Steve. “Further we go in the season, the more challenging the other team will be, but we are ready for any challenge.” Good job, Sooke Peewee girls! Novice 3 Your Sooke Novice 3 Thunderbirds made us all proud over the holidays at the Novice 3 tournament hosted by Saanich at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Behind the net minding of Jack Price, Owen Phipps, Jordan English and Beau Hicks the team dominated the tournament winning 14-1, 4-1, 22-0 and 11-1 respectively. Connor Keys, Taio Croden and Alex Kozinka aided Tait Bishop on many of the scoring plays. A strong presence in front of the net was made with Connor North as the boys limited the opponents to very few shots on their net. They also won two of three shoot outs after the games and played with confidence and sportsmanship. As the leads grew the boys passed more readily and displayed some exceptional team play. Grant Gilbertson returned for the last game after holidays as did Kolby Knowles to add additional firepower.

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back an hour-and-a-half later with huge grins. No one fell in and got wet. I thought if people with no experience could do this, than anyone could,” Krutz said realizing he’d discovered his next business opportunity. “You can go three kilometres up the Sooke River if you wanted on these stand-up boards, they’re very versatile. You can even dance on them,” he said. When people began making inquiries about renting stand-up paddle boards Krutz said he ordered eight new boards for this March. On the island paddle boarding is two-years old, he tells me. “Stand-up paddle boarding is still in its infancy here,” he said. “It’s a transition. Most surf stand-up paddlers out here are traditional surfers as well.” The reasons traditional surfers choose to switch to stand-up paddle boarding can be numerous but Krutz breaks it down to one. “Time quality is why people switch. You can surf for three hours and get back to your family instead of waiting for waves and you can ride a full range of breaks.” Not everyone accepts stand-up paddle boarding though and confrontations between traditional surfers and those learning on stand-up boards are not unusual in areas like Jordan River on a busy day. Krutz believes this

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“It’s good to try a little wave when it’s working on the spit as it’s safe and close to shore,” Krutz said. A worldly traveller Krutz has explored Siberia, China, Australia and many other countries not to mention voyaging from New Zealand to England — without flying, with his wife. “My hopes for this year is awareness in the local market. I want people to realize what we have here. Sometimes it’s easier to get customers from Holland than Langford,” Krutz said with a laugh.

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A win on Saturday against the Peninsula “C2” team puts Sooke ahead in the season with a record of 6 - 0. The first period saw Chadwick Mason score off a heads up pass from Bradley Angus. Solid effort continued in the second and third periods, and included

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Norman Nelson conducted his way to a nice 20.2lb chrome winter chinook caught off Beecher Bay last week. up to 20 pounds, as Norman Nelson found out while fishing with Tailspin Charters. Timing is everything when it comes to winter fishing. At slack tide troll-

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ing your gear close to the bottom is your best chance at catching some quality fish. Quality fish are being caught off Possession Pt. and around Secretary Island following the regular tacks one takes in the summer in search of the big ones. Find some bait balls close to the bottom, get your gear there and the fight should be on. Regular setups for winter fishing Hootchie, Squirts, Spoons and bait anchovies are the ticket. Tickets for the up coming Halibut Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Four Points Sheraton in Langford just behind Costco are going fast. With a limit of 200 tickets there are less than 50 left. It’s a good time to get together with other anglers and trade sto-

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