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Hope’s Christel Keller says she’s going to help out her family members and take a lot of vacations after she won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the Lotto Max draw on June 18, 2021. (Submitted by BCLC)

Jet-setting on horizon for Hope resident after pocketing $1-million in Lotto Max draw

Christel Keller’s future plans include taking care of family and a lot of vacationing

Hope’s Christel Keller says she’s going to help out her family members and take a lot of vacations after she won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the Lotto Max draw on June 18, 2021. (Submitted by BCLC)
A few weekday beachgoers took advantage of a little bit of beach along Harrison Lake. The lake levels have since begun to drop again, peaking much lower than projected. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: Harrison Lake, before and after last week’s peak

Harrison Lake peaked well below forecasted levels as Kent reports no flooding issues

A few weekday beachgoers took advantage of a little bit of beach along Harrison Lake. The lake levels have since begun to drop again, peaking much lower than projected. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Bob Woolsey and Dawn Parker in 2015. (Bob Friesen file photo)

Former Deroche marijuana-dispensary owner has appeal dismissed against 2015 conviction

Judge finds Mission’s Bob Woolsey, who represented himself, was given fair trial

Bob Woolsey and Dawn Parker in 2015. (Bob Friesen file photo)
Lytton fire evacuees prepare to board buses at Chilliwack secondary school on July 9, 2021. The residents were heading to Lytton to view what is left of the community after the devastation from the fire that tore through the town on June 30. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Lytton fire evacuees leave Chilliwack Friday for bus tour of devastation

Residents return to scene of wildfire that destroyed 90% of community for the first time

Lytton fire evacuees prepare to board buses at Chilliwack secondary school on July 9, 2021. The residents were heading to Lytton to view what is left of the community after the devastation from the fire that tore through the town on June 30. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Submitted photo.

Early-morning apartment fire quickly contained in Abbotsford

Fire occurs at Waterleaf condos on Whatcom Road at around 6 a.m., residents evacuated

Submitted photo.
Seabird Island councillor Alexis Grace addresses the public in a video address posted online on June 30. Grace and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger shared screen time in a reflective address to the public acknowledging Canada Day and the grief surrounding it this year due to the discovery of hundreds of unmarked children’s graves at residential school sites across the country. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Agassiz-Harrison, First Nations communities navigate difficult Canada Day

Amid discoveries at residential school sites across Canada, leaders reflect in different ways

Seabird Island councillor Alexis Grace addresses the public in a video address posted online on June 30. Grace and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger shared screen time in a reflective address to the public acknowledging Canada Day and the grief surrounding it this year due to the discovery of hundreds of unmarked children’s graves at residential school sites across the country. (Screenshot/YouTube)
The Cultus Lake Park Board is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest of whoever was responsible for graffiti vandalism at Main Beach between July 5 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)

Cultus Lake offering $2,500 reward to track down graffiti vandals

Incidents defacing trees and public washroom happened between Monday and Wednesday

The Cultus Lake Park Board is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest of whoever was responsible for graffiti vandalism at Main Beach between July 5 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)
There were zero new cases of COVID-19 from June 27 to July 3. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

No new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison to close out month

75 per cent of Agassiz-Harrison residents have been vaccinated

There were zero new cases of COVID-19 from June 27 to July 3. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Sumas First Nation has launched its second Conservation, Guardianship and Harvest Plan, which includes rebuilding the salmon population at Cultus Lake. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Sumas First Nation in Abbotsford launches 2nd conservation and harvest plan

Intent is to rebuild salmon populations and enhance Indigenous fisheries management

Sumas First Nation has launched its second Conservation, Guardianship and Harvest Plan, which includes rebuilding the salmon population at Cultus Lake. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Alex Green and father Brook with their junior dragster at the Mission Raceway Park's Doorwarz event last weekend. Green won his first-ever race on Saturday, and was runner up in Sunday's race. Submitted photo.

Local 6-year-old drag racer wins race at Mission Raceway Park in first-ever competition

Alex Green comes 1st in junior race on Saturday, runner-up on Sunday, gets major sponsor

Alex Green and father Brook with their junior dragster at the Mission Raceway Park's Doorwarz event last weekend. Green won his first-ever race on Saturday, and was runner up in Sunday's race. Submitted photo.
A truck was completely destroyed in a fire along Highway 1 just west of Hope on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. (Screenshot/Fabio Scaldaferri)
A truck was completely destroyed in a fire along Highway 1 just west of Hope on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. (Screenshot/Fabio Scaldaferri)
Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.

Former Abbotsford vice-principal charged with child porn had charter rights breached, judge rules

Judge says search warrant against Mike Haire was invalid, making evidence inadmissible

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.
District of Kent Municipal Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Kent Council highlights for June 28

The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 19

District of Kent Municipal Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)
A screen grab from ‘The Hidden Crisis’ video series by Pacific Community Resources Society in Chilliwack. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)

Opioid crisis videos filmed in Chilliwack focus on ‘hidden population’

3-part series on overdose prevention aims to change stigma attached to opioid users and their families

A screen grab from ‘The Hidden Crisis’ video series by Pacific Community Resources Society in Chilliwack. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)
Trans Canada Highway at 264th Street in Langley, looking east around 7:30 a.m. on July 8, 2021. (Drive BC)
Trans Canada Highway at 264th Street in Langley, looking east around 7:30 a.m. on July 8, 2021. (Drive BC)
The average single family home in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board area in June 2021 sold for $829,026. This home on Fairfield Island in Chilliwack was listed for $815,000 as of July 6, 2021. (Realtor.ca)

Chilliwack real estate prices continue to rise as supply remains tight

47 homes sold for more than $1 million last month the third hottest June ever

The average single family home in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board area in June 2021 sold for $829,026. This home on Fairfield Island in Chilliwack was listed for $815,000 as of July 6, 2021. (Realtor.ca)
Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)

Brand new beds awaiting wildfire crews who lost everything in Lytton fire

Group of businesses and volunteers get together to support firefighters with beds, funds

Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)
Abbotsford’s Lakeland Flowers opens its U-pick sunflower field on Saturday, July 10. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Sunflower season arrives in Abbotsford

Lakeland Flowers opens U-pick on Saturday, several other locations to admire sunflowers

Abbotsford’s Lakeland Flowers opens its U-pick sunflower field on Saturday, July 10. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Sierra Sequeira stands with 250 pounds of pasta that the four-year-old raised for the Surrey Food Bank. For her birthday this year, Sierra asked for donations for the food bank instead of gifts. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Four-year-old raises money, food for Surrey Food Bank

Lower Mainland preschooler asked for donations, instead of gifts, for her birthday this year

Sierra Sequeira stands with 250 pounds of pasta that the four-year-old raised for the Surrey Food Bank. For her birthday this year, Sierra asked for donations for the food bank instead of gifts. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Recent heat wave proves deadly for man in his 70s in an RV in Hope

Woman who tried to help and rescued his dog thinks we can do better to check on neighbours

Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)