March 27, 2002 Adkens family despairs while daughter still missing.
While at work, driving his cement truck, the dad drove around a corner and saw a blonde girl riding a bike and at that moment the memories and pain flooded in.
“Jesus, that hurts,” said Clayten Adkens, father of Jesokah Adkens, the 17-year-old Sooke teen last seen in the vicinity of Saseenos Elementary school on the rainy, windy night of Sept. 26.
Agonizing memories surface often for Adkens. It can be anytime, spurred by a nonchalant phrase from a bystander or sight of a blonde female teen. Then the sorrow will wash over Adkens.
“There’s no words for it. I don’t know how to explain it,” said Adkens, who returned to work at Butler Brothers on Jan. 1. “There’s probably a million things I’d like to say but where does it go? I’d like to get a time machine, go back a bit and straighten this out.”
His wife, Jocelan, also went back to her job as a nurse’s aid on the first day of the new year. Adkens said her co-workers have shown plenty of kindness, and his cohorts have been supportive.
March 26, 2003
Cries of discrimination from Silver Spray developer
The man behind a sweeping East Sooke residential and commercial tourist project simply wants to be treated like his fellow developers.
“As soon as they start treating me differently, they’ve got a problem,” said Silver Spray developer Michael Thornton. “I’m tired of getting goosed.”
At their March 13 meeting, Sooke and Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission members voted to have Thornton shell over money instead of Silver Spray parkand and/or other lands. They also want him to pay part of the appraisal which would determine how much upfront money he has to supply.
But the badgered developer must wait until Land Use Committee “A”’s April 23 regular meeting to get official direction. LUC “A” is the Capital Regional District Committee which legally deals with the provision of parkland in subdivisions, according to CRD planner/adminstrator Ken Cossey.
March 28, 2007
Otter Point kicks off emergency planning
Close to 40 Otter Point area residents turned out Sunday for an introduction to their new emergency coordinators.
Shelly Mitchell and Richard Muller have volunteered to fill the positions and along with Erik Lund, CRD director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, Alan Strickland, their CRD counterpart, and Otter Point Fire Chief Kevan Brehart, they conducted an inaugural meeting at the Otter Point Fire Hall.
The pair of Winnipeg transplants have lived in this area for several years and accepted the challenge of the community posts some six weeks ago. Muller indicated the positions have turned out to be more involved than what he and his spouse, Mitchell had expected when they volunteered, but that they were committed to doing their best for the community.
Muller invited director Lund to provide some background to get the event underway.
Lund referred to an emergency program that had been in place for “a very long time.” The director said the program had been studied about four-and-a half years ago and was found to be lacking.
“In the assessment we looked at what we had,” said Lund. “What we didn’t have was an emergency plan that worked.”
March 26, 2008
Boardwalk officially open
With just 13 days to spare, the marine boardwalk skirting Sooke Harbour was officially opened on Tuesday, March 18.
Nearly a year ago, District of Sooke council voted to go ahead with the controversial boardwalk. The deadline completion was March 31, 2008.
The boardwalk, though previously ballyhooed by many, was an immediate hit. Even before it was officially open residents were striding along taking in the scenery in the harbour and basin. Boats, tooted their horns, tied up at the Rotary Pier and joined in the celebration.
The 1,100- foot boardwalk extends from Rotary Pier, at the bottom of Murray Road to Ed Macgregor Park. The board walk has essentially expanded the dimensions of the park to enable people to walk the entire length of the park at sea level.