West Shore news … through the decades
From plans around sewage to a case of mistaken identity, here’s some of the stories that led the headlines on the West Shore in years gone by:
10 years ago -- Terasen provides Langford with a solution to handle all aspects of the city’s sewer system. Mayor Stew Young said the proposed deal, which will cost every household $3,680 a year for five years, would allow Langford to install infrastructure more quickly, free up staff time and see the municipality rack up less debt for individual projects.
Also making news in August 2004: More than 100 pot plants are seized from a Langford home where three children are living, and Robbie Haslam captures his third Sportsman’s series main event victory of the season at Western Speedway.
20 years ago -- A Colwood woman’s address and phone number are listed on hate literature circulating in Victoria for a Holocaust denial group with links to the Ku Klux Klan. Her information was posted below a purported photo of a distant relative of her husband who lives in Prince George. That man claimed no responsibility for the pamphlets, but admits he wrote an essay at age 12 or 13 based on an article he read that denied the Holocaust and portrayed Adolph Hitler in a positive light.
Also making news in August 1994: Water bombers are brought in to quell a brush fire on Skirt Mountain, and Highlands Mayor Bob MacMinn allows between 30 and 50 anti-logging protesters from the Rainforest Action Group to camp on his land, after they get booted off property beside the Pat Bay Highway.
35 years ago -- A local forest ranger warns that cigarettes are the biggest hazard to preventing fires during the hot, dry summer season. He suggests that smokers wait until they reach a safe area before lighting up to help avoid the potential for starting a grass or brush fire. He also points the finger at people using backyard incinerators, saying they should be covered at all times to prevent fly ash from escaping and landing on dry, flammable material.
Also making news in August 1969: Langford’s Bob O’Hara serves as midwife as his wife, June, gives birth to a baby boy, Dean Bradley O’Hara, in the early morning hours, and Davianne Young wins the Wishart Trophy riding ‘Cricket’ at the 20th annual Colwood Trail Riders gymkhana.
News items are taken from the pages of the Goldstream News Gazette (2004, 1994) and the Juan de Fuca News Review (1969).