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Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)

Evacuation orders and alerts issued for properties on Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford

Residents of two properties ordered to leave with five others put on standby

Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)
Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

More than 100 homes put on evacuation alert on Coquihalla River in Hope

‘Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation’

Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Dairy farmers Richard Bosma (left) and Duane Barg at Barg’s property, Hildan Farms, on Prest Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Evacuated Abbotsford dairy cows find a home on Chilliwack farm

Before volunteers helped, Richard Bosma said ‘my baby cows were already up to their chins in water’

Dairy farmers Richard Bosma (left) and Duane Barg at Barg’s property, Hildan Farms, on Prest Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Water seen coming down the mountain above Laidlaw as seen from the north side of the Fraser River on Nov. 29, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)

Evacuation order issued for 12 properties between Chilliwack and Hope

Evacuation alert upgraded for a dozen properties in the Laidlaw area late Monday

Water seen coming down the mountain above Laidlaw as seen from the north side of the Fraser River on Nov. 29, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)
FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: COVID data sharing is slow, incomplete and confusing

It’s hard to know what to do with the information even when teachers and parents get it

FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Elite Farm Services workers seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. (Submitted)

Charter breach applications rejected for accused in Fraser Valley chicken abuse case

Chilliwack chicken-catching company pleaded guilty, while Ontario-based Sofina may still go to trial

Elite Farm Services workers seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. (Submitted)
Brad Fedoruk sent in this photo of an American White Pelican seen in the Vedder Canal near Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Brad Fedoruk photo)

Bird watchers excited to see rare American White Pelican in Chilliwack

Species nests at Stum Lake up north but are almost never seen on the ground in the Fraser Valley

Brad Fedoruk sent in this photo of an American White Pelican seen in the Vedder Canal near Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Brad Fedoruk photo)
The ambulance entrance at Chilliwack General Hospital on March 23, 2017. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

COVID outbreaks at Chilliwack General Hospital and two Fraser Valley care homes

2 patients at CGH, 9 at Harrison Pointe in Langley, and 2 at Valleyhaven in Chilliwack

The ambulance entrance at Chilliwack General Hospital on March 23, 2017. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack RCMP had part of Mary Street near CGH blocked off Saturday morning as they investigated a vehicle crash. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Stabbing victim crashes outside of Chilliwack General Hospital while driving to ER

Initial reports Saturday morning were that incident was a shooting

Chilliwack RCMP had part of Mary Street near CGH blocked off Saturday morning as they investigated a vehicle crash. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
A Chilliwack resident posted this image of what she thought was a meteor near Mt. Cheam Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2021) right around the time of a reported plane crash in the area. (Katlyn Carter Facebook)

Officials uncertain what was seen falling from the sky near Chilliwack Tuesday

Nav Canada not reporting any missing aircraft, RCMP Air 1 found no debris in Mt. Cheam area

A Chilliwack resident posted this image of what she thought was a meteor near Mt. Cheam Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2021) right around the time of a reported plane crash in the area. (Katlyn Carter Facebook)
A Chilliwack resident posted this image of what she thought was a meteor near Mt. Cheam Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2021) right around the time of a reported plane crash in the area. (Katlyn Carter Facebook)

Reports of a possible plane crash near Mt. Cheam east of Chilliwack

Search and Rescue was in the area looking for possible downed aircraft Tuesday evening

A Chilliwack resident posted this image of what she thought was a meteor near Mt. Cheam Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2021) right around the time of a reported plane crash in the area. (Katlyn Carter Facebook)
An SUV is seen in the centre of Highway 1 westbound near the Vedder Road on-ramp on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE w/ VIDEO: Pickup going wrong way on Highway 1 in Chilliwack Friday morning

Incident captured on security camera was the likely cause of two vehicles in the ditch

An SUV is seen in the centre of Highway 1 westbound near the Vedder Road on-ramp on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. (File)

Chilliwack church pastor sentenced to 14 months jail in child porn case

‘Mr. Vermeer possessed some of the most offensive, harmful and depraved forms of abuse on children’: judge

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. (File)
Ten years ago, on Sept. 28, 2011 Maple Batalia, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Surrey. She was just 19 years of age and her story is a startling example of how domestic violence can affect youth. (Submitted)

Chilliwack RCMP take domestic violence awareness message to youth

60% of domestic violence victims are between the ages of 11 and 24

Ten years ago, on Sept. 28, 2011 Maple Batalia, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Surrey. She was just 19 years of age and her story is a startling example of how domestic violence can affect youth. (Submitted)
The new Abbotsford Law Courts. (John Morrow/ Abbotsford News file)

Drugs, guns found after driver makes legal U-turn in Chilliwack not admissable, judge rules

Officer who thought all U-turns are illegal pursued driver leading to several charter breaches

The new Abbotsford Law Courts. (John Morrow/ Abbotsford News file)
Teresa Hedekar by the front door of her Chilliwack home on Oct. 4, 2021, a door that was busted down by RCMP Emergency Response Team officers on April 13, 2021 looking for a suspect hiding in her basement suite. Hedekar is out hundreds of dollars because the RCMP refuse to pay for the damage. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

When the B.C. RCMP bust down your door, who pays for it?

A Chilliwack woman learned the hard way that even as an innocent homeowner she’s on the hook

Teresa Hedekar by the front door of her Chilliwack home on Oct. 4, 2021, a door that was busted down by RCMP Emergency Response Team officers on April 13, 2021 looking for a suspect hiding in her basement suite. Hedekar is out hundreds of dollars because the RCMP refuse to pay for the damage. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. Butler is one of three Chilliwack pastors facing violation tickets between them for holding services in violation of public health orders, tickets they are fighting in court. (YouTube)

Trial dates set for 3 Chilliwack pastors accused of violating public health orders

Fines of $2,300 each were issued for holding church services in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. Butler is one of three Chilliwack pastors facing violation tickets between them for holding services in violation of public health orders, tickets they are fighting in court. (YouTube)
Still from a video of workers loading birds into crates at an Abbotsford egg farm on July 15, 2020, according to Janice Soranno who provided the video to the media. (Vimeo)

Chilliwack chicken-catching company pleads guilty to animal abuse

Whether charges will be dropped against Ontario-based Sofina still uncertain

Still from a video of workers loading birds into crates at an Abbotsford egg farm on July 15, 2020, according to Janice Soranno who provided the video to the media. (Vimeo)
Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)

Anti-vaccine protesters harass visitors outside Chilliwack brewery hosting NDP event

Location targeted as the location of a provincial NDP caucus event, innocent customers mocked

Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)
Chilliwack RCMP officers at the scene of a report of shots fired at Wellington Avenue and Main Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: RCMP Emergency Response Team respond to shots fired in downtown Chilliwack

One man in custody after ERT officers broke in to the room where a suspect was hiding

Chilliwack RCMP officers at the scene of a report of shots fired at Wellington Avenue and Main Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
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