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Creekside Home Decor owner Kimberley Byers outside her Chilliwack Wellington Avenue store on Nov. 10, 2022. The store was broken into for the third time since May in early November, and she is standing in front of a temporary mural painted on plywood over where a window was smashed by thieves. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Downtown Chilliwack merchants plagued by smash-and-grab thefts

Problem not unique here as BIA of B.C. organization declares an ‘epidemic of property crime’

The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/ Canadian Press)

Chilliwack woman tracks down $283 in ‘unclaimed money’ from the Bank of Canada

Unclaimed Properties Offices has $1.8 billion in orphaned cash sitting in its coffers

BC Lottery Corp. was the winning team at the Otter Co-op and Angry Otter golf tournament on Aug. 25. They picked a charity, BC Children’s Hospital, to receive a $10K donation from the tourney proceeds. (Bailey Ridder/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Otter Co-op purchases 25 more retail fuel locations

As part of a federal co-operative deal, Otter bought several Husky convenience stores and gas bars

  • Aug 30, 2022
People look at industrial equipment during the Ritchie Bros. auction in Nisku, Alta., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. says its revenues rose in the first quarter compared with a year ago even though the company is struggling to secure used equipment to sell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan

B.C.’s biggest ever auction held in Chilliwack brought in $35 million in sales

Ritchie Bros. equipment auction in late May attracted more than 6,500 bidders from 34 countries

People look at industrial equipment during the Ritchie Bros. auction in Nisku, Alta., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. says its revenues rose in the first quarter compared with a year ago even though the company is struggling to secure used equipment to sell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan
The provincial government took over the Home Owner Grant program in 2021. This photo depicts housing on Chilliwack Mountain near the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack residents receiving their 2022 property tax notices

Typical Chilliwack home with assessed value of $747,084 in 2022, will see tax increase of $77

The provincial government took over the Home Owner Grant program in 2021. This photo depicts housing on Chilliwack Mountain near the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Yvan Charette, owner of the Haney Public House, is the new president of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, ABLE BC. (Special to The News)

Lower Mainland restaurateur head of ABLE BC

Yvan Charette was voted president of agency representing bars and private liquor stores across B.C.

Yvan Charette, owner of the Haney Public House, is the new president of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, ABLE BC. (Special to The News)
Snow on Highway 5 early morning April 5, 2022 southbound at Zopkios Rest Area, near the Coquihalla Summit, looking southwest. (DriveBC)

Storm warning still in effect on Coquihalla Highway with more flurries forecast

‘Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,’ says Environment Canada warning

Snow on Highway 5 early morning April 5, 2022 southbound at Zopkios Rest Area, near the Coquihalla Summit, looking southwest. (DriveBC)
Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Evacuation order lifted for south portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Orders have now been rescinded for three of the four areas impacted by flooding

Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Jordan Froese, with son Mitchell, points to salmon in flooded yard on Chilliwack River Road. (Prossy Froese photo)

B.C. researchers, advocates consider impacts of catastrophic flooding on Fraser River salmon

Stranded and trapped salmon seen swimming in yards, trapped on railway tracks, trails, in ditches

Jordan Froese, with son Mitchell, points to salmon in flooded yard on Chilliwack River Road. (Prossy Froese photo)
The voice of RAN spokesman Bill Raddatz broke with emotion on May 10, 2019 as he described the huge impact moving into the Family Centre would have on the lives of its low-income tenants. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Executive director of Chilliwack mission resigns after decade of service

Legacy left by Bill Raddatz ‘will be felt for many years to come’ says RAN

The voice of RAN spokesman Bill Raddatz broke with emotion on May 10, 2019 as he described the huge impact moving into the Family Centre would have on the lives of its low-income tenants. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Kim Lysak, assistant chief flight instructor with Aurora Aviation Academy flies over Chilliwack on Sept. 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack flight school expanding amid a global pilot shortage

COVID has decimated the industry but Aurora Aviation sees opportunity on the horizon

Kim Lysak, assistant chief flight instructor with Aurora Aviation Academy flies over Chilliwack on Sept. 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Distancing will be in effect Oct. 5 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre as city council’s evening meeting location has been shifted to the Cultural Centre due to provincial health orders. (chilliwackculturalcentre.ca)

Chilliwack council meeting shifted to larger venue to accommodate need for distancing

Virtual participation continues at city hall as option being ‘highly recommended’ right now

Distancing will be in effect Oct. 5 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre as city council’s evening meeting location has been shifted to the Cultural Centre due to provincial health orders. (chilliwackculturalcentre.ca)
Chilliwack is slated to see Trans Mountain pipeline expansion work starting this fall with survey and early works. (TMX presentation graphic)

Trans Mountain reps deliver details on Chilliwack-area pipeline work starting this fall

‘For the Chilliwack region we have one major river crossing which is the Vedder River,’ says TMX rep

Chilliwack is slated to see Trans Mountain pipeline expansion work starting this fall with survey and early works. (TMX presentation graphic)
(From left to right) MP Brad Vis, PowerWood managing director Jake Power, MLA Kelli Paddon and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger prepare to cut the ribbon to celebrate PowerWood’s grand opening in Agassiz on Wednesday, July 7. See more photos online at www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: PowerWood’s grand opening celebrated in Agassiz

The company was established in Coquitlam in 1995

(From left to right) MP Brad Vis, PowerWood managing director Jake Power, MLA Kelli Paddon and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger prepare to cut the ribbon to celebrate PowerWood’s grand opening in Agassiz on Wednesday, July 7. See more photos online at www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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Chilliwack dairy farmer Mark Ricka with his kids in the barn. (BC Dairy)

Chilliwack dairy farmer loves seeing local milk in grocery carts

Brooknook Farms is part of a dairy sector centred in the Fraser Valley that supports 12,500 jobs

  • Jun 18, 2021
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Chilliwack dairy farmer Mark Ricka with his kids in the barn. (BC Dairy)
Sarah Sache and her 11-year-old son Winston at their home, West River Farm, in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser Valley agriculture community offers big support for autism

Chilliwack dairy farmers, the Sache family, sing praises of Steve Saccomano’s charitable work

Sarah Sache and her 11-year-old son Winston at their home, West River Farm, in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Honey  /  Kevin Mills Photo

Engineering couple buzz from corporate jobs to honey farming in Mission

Husband-and-wife team at Viewcrest Farms leasing land from District of Mission for more beehives

Honey  /  Kevin Mills Photo
A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Surrey cedar processor PowerWood moving to Agassiz

The company ships red cedar projects all over the world

A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon takes a selfie outside of Lakeside Beach Club in Cultus Lake. During "circuit-breaker" restrictions, Paddon hosted gift card giveaways to support businesses in the riding and encouraged businesses to apply for government grants to help them through the pandemic. (Facebook/Kelli Paddon MLA)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon salutes province for quick aid for small businesses

Paddon encouraged businesses in hospitality, fitness, food to apply before June 4 deadline

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon takes a selfie outside of Lakeside Beach Club in Cultus Lake. During "circuit-breaker" restrictions, Paddon hosted gift card giveaways to support businesses in the riding and encouraged businesses to apply for government grants to help them through the pandemic. (Facebook/Kelli Paddon MLA)
Hundreds of Harrison Hot Springs Resort employees face a potential lockout on Friday (April 30) afternoon amid a labour dispute involving UNITED HERE Local 40. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Friday lockout looms for Harrison resort workers

Hospitality union, employer group remain at odds

Hundreds of Harrison Hot Springs Resort employees face a potential lockout on Friday (April 30) afternoon amid a labour dispute involving UNITED HERE Local 40. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
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