Fraser Valley

Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma – seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back) – are getting ready to open the Chilliwack Corn Maze on Aug. 15 with COVID-19 protocols in place. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Corn maze opened in Chilliwack with ‘together’ as this year’s theme

New protocols include wider pathways, limited numbers strolling around at Chilliwack Corn Maze

Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma – seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back) – are getting ready to open the Chilliwack Corn Maze on Aug. 15 with COVID-19 protocols in place. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The heat and humidity in the Fraser Valley created air pollution, which in turn prompted air quality alert on Aug. 17, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Searing heat and humidity leads to air quality alert

The high concentrations of ozone are expected to continue today, and maybe longer

The heat and humidity in the Fraser Valley created air pollution, which in turn prompted air quality alert on Aug. 17, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress file)
Gravel removal in the Vedder River will not be going ahead in 2020. The last time, pictured here, was in the summer of 2016. (Submitted photo)

Vedder River gets reprieve from gravel removal this summer

Applications withdrawn by river management committee and process concluded for 2020

Gravel removal in the Vedder River will not be going ahead in 2020. The last time, pictured here, was in the summer of 2016. (Submitted photo)
2019 saw a record blueberry crop of 200 million pounds. The BC Blueberry Council expects yields to be down “significantly” this year. Maple Ridge News file photo.

Fraser Valley blueberry growers struggle with ‘tremendous’ labour shortages, bad weather

BC Blueberry Council calls for federal government to remove the $1,000-limit cap on CERB program

2019 saw a record blueberry crop of 200 million pounds. The BC Blueberry Council expects yields to be down “significantly” this year. Maple Ridge News file photo.
Fraser Valley Regional Library branches to re-open Aug. 4. (Langley Advance Times files)

Fraser Valley Regional Library to re-open all 25 branch locations on Aug. 4

Guests will once again be able to browse collections, have computer access, and return items

Fraser Valley Regional Library branches to re-open Aug. 4. (Langley Advance Times files)
The Brown family of Chilliwack with one of the largest sturgeon caught so far this season on the Fraser at 10.2 feet. (Submitted)

Chilliwack family recounts ‘experience of a lifetime’ catching sturgeon

It took 2+ hours to reel in Fraser River sturgeon, 10.2 feet, weighing 522 pounds

The Brown family of Chilliwack with one of the largest sturgeon caught so far this season on the Fraser at 10.2 feet. (Submitted)
Invasive American bullfrogs can easily eat native critters including other frogs, birds, turtles and small mammals. (Fraser Valley Conservancy)

American bullfrogs wreaking havoc in Fraser Valley watersheds

Fraser Valley Conservancy helping folks to ID native frogs around them and improve habitat

Invasive American bullfrogs can easily eat native critters including other frogs, birds, turtles and small mammals. (Fraser Valley Conservancy)
Right lane closure on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack slated for most of Monday

Right lane closure on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack slated for most of Monday

Electrical maintenance near Wahleach access road will close one lane on July 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Right lane closure on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack slated for most of Monday
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 situation in B.C.

Last COVID-19 care home outbreak in Fraser Health declared over

Maple Hill long-term care facility in Langley was deemed COVID-free on Friday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 situation in B.C.
A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015, which will be the site of a new pilot FSC fishery until the end of August 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

Fishing groups calling for respect on the Lower Fraser this summer

Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation gets green light for gill-net fisheries in the Vedder

A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015, which will be the site of a new pilot FSC fishery until the end of August 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)
The cool, wet weather has done a number on the 2020 corn crop. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)

Cold and wet weather has corn farmers waiting across the Fraser Valley

Usually the crop is ready July 5-12 but it’s still a few more days from perfection, says local farmer

The cool, wet weather has done a number on the 2020 corn crop. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)
Investigators from the Vancouver Police Department were in Chilliwack Saturday, collecting evidence connected to a double homicide. (file photo)

Double homicide investigation leads Vancouver police to Eagle Landing

A VPD forensics unit was in Chilliwack Saturday collecting evidence connected to East Van murders

  • Jul 13, 2020
Investigators from the Vancouver Police Department were in Chilliwack Saturday, collecting evidence connected to a double homicide. (file photo)
Highway alert for paving work that will block westbound lane of Highway 1, overnight on July 13, 2020, starting at 9 p.m. and running to 5 a.m. on July 14.

Overnight paving work near Abbotsford could snarl highway traffic

Fraser Valley motorists told to expect detours as the paving work continues until July 14 at 5 a.m.

Highway alert for paving work that will block westbound lane of Highway 1, overnight on July 13, 2020, starting at 9 p.m. and running to 5 a.m. on July 14.
Fraser Valley Real Estate Board says sales double in June, buyers returning to market

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board says sales double in June, buyers returning to market

Month’s property sales rebound 113% over May’s sales, 32% over June last year

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board says sales double in June, buyers returning to market
The trail and off-leash dog park are closed at Island 22 Regional Park due to high water and seepage from the Fraser River, as of July 7, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Fraser River may surge one more time next week

It’s unusual for the Fraser River to peak twice in one season, let alone three times

The trail and off-leash dog park are closed at Island 22 Regional Park due to high water and seepage from the Fraser River, as of July 7, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
Members of the Fraser Basin Council’s youth program “Co-Creating a Sustainable BC.” Submitted photo.

Fraser Basin Council invites local youth to environmental-policy program

Applications for ‘Co-Creating a Sustainable BC’ program have July 19 deadline

Members of the Fraser Basin Council’s youth program “Co-Creating a Sustainable BC.” Submitted photo.
The Big Brain Literacy Project is now accessible the public across the Fraser Valley. (Submitted by Aneesha Narang)

Financial literacy program expands across the Fraser Valley

Big Brain Literacy Program aims to help folks thwarted by the pandemic and in need of budgeting help

The Big Brain Literacy Project is now accessible the public across the Fraser Valley. (Submitted by Aneesha Narang)
Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)

UFV grads of 2020 honoured in innovative ways

No convocation ceremony due to pandemic, but grads receive ‘celebration box’

  • Jul 6, 2020
Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)
The Fraser River at Ballam Road in Chilliwack. (Nikita Aikenhead/Facebook)

Peak on the lower Fraser River expected to arrive Monday

Peak predicted for July 6, with flows decreasing from there: River Forecast Centre

The Fraser River at Ballam Road in Chilliwack. (Nikita Aikenhead/Facebook)
Lawrence Morrison watches the rising Fraser River from the boat launch at Island 22 Regional Park on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser River levels are on the rise again

Some riverside facilities had to close as freshet continues on the Lower Fraser

Lawrence Morrison watches the rising Fraser River from the boat launch at Island 22 Regional Park on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)