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Even small crashes on the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge can snarl traffic over the Fraser River for several minutes. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Bike, pedestrian lanes for Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge on hold amid seismic upgrades

District, residents urged government to address call for active transportation on bridge

Even small crashes on the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge can snarl traffic over the Fraser River for several minutes. (Adam Louis/Observer)
A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

UPDATE: Moratorium on new B.C. mink farms in place after two more mink test positive for COVID-19

Anti-fur organizations say the move does not go far enough with a call for ban on all fur farming

A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
Former masseur Reinhard “Bud” Loewen of Abbotsford has now been charged with 24 counts of sexual assault. (Facebook photo)

Former Abbotsford masseur now faces 24 sexual assault charges

Reinhard ‘Bud’ Loewen formerly operated Bud’s Massage Therapy

Former masseur Reinhard “Bud” Loewen of Abbotsford has now been charged with 24 counts of sexual assault. (Facebook photo)
Chinook salmon swimming. (Michael Humling photo/US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Groups call for mutual respect while fishing rivers of Fraser Valley

DFO urging ‘respectful behavior and communication’ while folks enjoy local fishing opportunities

Chinook salmon swimming. (Michael Humling photo/US Fish & Wildlife Service)
A BC Wildfire Service Helicopter approaches the fire, carrying a bucket of water. (Photo/Laurie Tritschler)

July Mountain wildfire 1 kilometre away from Coq Highway

Fire crews focused on keeping blaze away from the road

A BC Wildfire Service Helicopter approaches the fire, carrying a bucket of water. (Photo/Laurie Tritschler)
About 80 motorcyclists took part in the annual Ride into History which made a stop at Gwynne Vaughan Park in Chilliwack on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Ride into History fundraiser rolls through Fraser Valley

Group of 80 motorcyclists makes stop in Chilliwack while raising money for two charities

About 80 motorcyclists took part in the annual Ride into History which made a stop at Gwynne Vaughan Park in Chilliwack on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sumas Mountain Inter-regional Park. Kelvin Gawley/Abbotsford News

Sumas Mountain Regional Park closed today due to dry conditions

Tinder dry conditions close park, includes Sumas Peak, Chadsey Lake and the Abby Grind

Sumas Mountain Inter-regional Park. Kelvin Gawley/Abbotsford News
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Early morning fire rips through Mission home

All residents evacuated safely from blaze on Hurd Street and Holiday Avenue

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James Leo Gracie, also known as Finn McInnis, “poses a high risk to re-offend,” says Chilliwack RCMP. (RCMP)

RCMP issue warning of dangerous child sex offender living in Chilliwack

61-year-old James Leo Gracie, a.k.a. Finn McInnis, ‘poses a high risk to re-offend,’ says Chilliwack RCMP

James Leo Gracie, also known as Finn McInnis, “poses a high risk to re-offend,” says Chilliwack RCMP. (RCMP)
The unapproved words on the Bob Bus mural have now been removed as of Thursday (July 22). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Unapproved words removed from downtown Abbotsford mural

‘Make Abbotsford great again’ phrase was not part of the original plan for Bob Bos mural

The unapproved words on the Bob Bus mural have now been removed as of Thursday (July 22). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)

Abbotsford Airshow cancels fireworks displays due to fires burning throughout B.C.

Airshow organizers made decision following announcement of state of emergency

The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)
The Chilliwack Fire Department had a hard time locating this vehicle that went off the Highway 1 on-ramp at Annis Road on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Submitted)
The Chilliwack Fire Department had a hard time locating this vehicle that went off the Highway 1 on-ramp at Annis Road on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Submitted)
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Agassiz-Harrison Observer reader survey offers up $5,000 prize

Survey questions will help gauge shopping patterns of readers over the next year

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The July Mountain fire has grown to 760 hectares south of Merritt. Evacuation orders for 25 properties are unchanged. (Screenshot/B.C. Wildfire Service)

Smoke makes July Mountain fire size difficult to estimate

Fire has been burning south of Merritt for 10 days

The July Mountain fire has grown to 760 hectares south of Merritt. Evacuation orders for 25 properties are unchanged. (Screenshot/B.C. Wildfire Service)
B.C. Hydro updated Morris Valley Road residents in a recent phone conference on projects to improve service reliability to the area. (Graphic/B.C. Hydro)

Renewed hope for reliable power on Morris Valley Road

B.C. Hydro updates Harrison Mills residents on long-term improvement projects

B.C. Hydro updated Morris Valley Road residents in a recent phone conference on projects to improve service reliability to the area. (Graphic/B.C. Hydro)
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2 Medevacs called in for Dewdney house fire victims

Firefighter said 2 fire victims were inside house over emergency scanners

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Riders ready to set out on the long distance tour in 2017. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Ride Into History: Motorcycle fundraiser cruises across Fraser Valley Saturday

Bikers start in Langley, lunch in Chilliwack, finish with dinner in Mission

Riders ready to set out on the long distance tour in 2017. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)
Agassiz-Harrison has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 from July 10 to 17. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Two cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison amid rising vaccination rates

The BCCDC reported only two cases of COVID in July so far

Agassiz-Harrison has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 from July 10 to 17. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Jonathan Scott’s documentary Power Trip, explored the obstacles in bringing solar energy to every household. (PBS/Special to THE NEWS)
Jonathan Scott’s documentary Power Trip, explored the obstacles in bringing solar energy to every household. (PBS/Special to THE NEWS)
Canada Geese line up near Harrison Lake and Lagoon. (Adam Louis/Observer)

UPDATE: Clean E. coli reports for all local sampling sites: Fraser Health

The most common local source of E. coli in bodies of water is Canada goose feces

Canada Geese line up near Harrison Lake and Lagoon. (Adam Louis/Observer)