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18 employees of Kent Institution have recently tested positive for COVID-19. (File Photo)

18 employees, 2 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Kent Institution

All employees, inmates equipped with masks, CSC says

18 employees of Kent Institution have recently tested positive for COVID-19. (File Photo)
Johnathan Rath is shown here during an arrest in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

Man charged with hotel robbery and liquor-store theft in Abbotsford

Two incidents occurred a few minutes apart on Boxing Day

Johnathan Rath is shown here during an arrest in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)
Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on June 10, 2021. Ivy is a congenital bilateral amputee – her arms were not formed correctly while in the womb. There’s no official name for it, so it’s typically known as a “limb difference” because her limbs are different than what most people have. On April 6, the same day that Ivy’s mother Vanessa put the call out on social media in search of a puppy born with a limb difference for the family, little Lucky was born just six minutes away. They brought her home on June 1. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS OF 2021: Chilliwack Progress photojournalist shares memorable images of 2021

Jenna Hauck looks back on year of natural disasters, touching moments and more in Chilliwack

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on June 10, 2021. Ivy is a congenital bilateral amputee – her arms were not formed correctly while in the womb. There’s no official name for it, so it’s typically known as a “limb difference” because her limbs are different than what most people have. On April 6, the same day that Ivy’s mother Vanessa put the call out on social media in search of a puppy born with a limb difference for the family, little Lucky was born just six minutes away. They brought her home on June 1. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
RCMP on the scene of an alleged murder-suicide on Watson Road in Chilliwack on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Shane MacKichan)

TOP STORIES 2021: Top 12 Chilliwack court stories by month

Several homicides, child pornography sentence, child luring, drug trafficking, and fraud

RCMP on the scene of an alleged murder-suicide on Watson Road in Chilliwack on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Shane MacKichan)
Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)

Christmas Day delivery pulled off by Chilliwack River Rafting guides

‘We were touched and humbled by how willing people were to jump in and help us,’ says CRV resident

Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)
A crash caused traffic delays on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack on Dec. 30, 2021. (Submitted)

Eastbound crash on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack Thursday afternoon

Both eastbound lanes closed as of 2:30 p.m., cleared by 4 p.m.

A crash caused traffic delays on Highway 1 east of Chilliwack on Dec. 30, 2021. (Submitted)
(Manning Park Resort photo)

Manning Park Resort workers report at least 20 cases of COVID-19 among staff

But management says protocols are being followed and sick employees are taken out of workforce

(Manning Park Resort photo)
Time to compost the tree. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

A couple of ways for Chilliwack residents to compost their Christmas trees

‘Please do not place whole Christmas trees in your Green Cart,’ city officials ask

Time to compost the tree. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
Vancouver law courts. (File photo)

Judge rules Kelowna RCMP not liable in 2015 high-speed crash on Highway 1 near Abbotsford

Passenger who was injured said police were negligent following drug arrest

Vancouver law courts. (File photo)
An Emterra employee empties garbage into a truck on Verbena Drive in Sardis on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. City officials are asking residents to hold onto their green carts. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Hold onto your green carts, Chilliwack

‘Due to extreme freezing conditions, green carts will not be collected Thursday or Friday’ notice says

An Emterra employee empties garbage into a truck on Verbena Drive in Sardis on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. City officials are asking residents to hold onto their green carts. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Nick Fairney pushes his three-year-old daughter Eliana on a swing at Davis Park on Higginson Road on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 after Chilliwack got 12.6 centimetres of snow throughout the night. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: People outside playing and working after more snow falls in Chilliwack

More than 12 centimetres fell overnight, adding to snow already on ground in Chilliwack

Nick Fairney pushes his three-year-old daughter Eliana on a swing at Davis Park on Higginson Road on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 after Chilliwack got 12.6 centimetres of snow throughout the night. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Barn fire on Banford Road in Chilliwack after 6 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2021. (Facebook)

UPDATE: No injuries or animals lost in barn fire on Banford Road

A total of 35 firefighters fought fire officials say appeared to be accidental

Barn fire on Banford Road in Chilliwack after 6 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2021. (Facebook)
A portion of some of the coins Chilliwack RCMP found during an investigation. (RCMP)

Chilliwack RCMP ask for public’s help to return stolen coins to owner

Some coins found during investigation include American Eisenhower dollars minted in 1970s

A portion of some of the coins Chilliwack RCMP found during an investigation. (RCMP)
Sabastien Onyemaobi of Mission, earned the Youth Champion of Diversity award in 2020 (pre-pandemic image). Nominations for awards are being accepted until Jan. 7. (Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award image)

Nominations open for Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

An in-person event is planned for March 2022 to celebrate winners and nominees

Sabastien Onyemaobi of Mission, earned the Youth Champion of Diversity award in 2020 (pre-pandemic image). Nominations for awards are being accepted until Jan. 7. (Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award image)
Undated Google Maps image of Fort Langley Seniors Community at 8838 Glover Road. The seniors home is one of three locations in the Fraser Valley seeing COVID outbreaks as of Wednesday, Dec. 29. (Google Maps)

COVID outbreaks hit seniors homes in Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack

Care home outbreaks had dwindled to almost nil before the Omicron wave

Undated Google Maps image of Fort Langley Seniors Community at 8838 Glover Road. The seniors home is one of three locations in the Fraser Valley seeing COVID outbreaks as of Wednesday, Dec. 29. (Google Maps)
The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Barrowtown Pump Station in Abbotsford to get backup generator

Council awards $3.3M contract out of $6.5M grant from the province

The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford saw its first snowfall of the season on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. More is expected overnight on Dec. 29. (Shane MacKichan)

Arctic outflow finally eases for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

Environment Canada forecasts snow and seasonal winter temperatures through the weekend

Abbotsford saw its first snowfall of the season on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. More is expected overnight on Dec. 29. (Shane MacKichan)
A video showing an Abbotsford police officer getting a push down a hill from a giggling child has had more than 11,000 views in less than a day. (Screenshot/ Abbotsford Police Department)

VIDEO: Abbotsford police officer hits the toboggan hill with the kids

As community deals with snow and cold, kids and officers still finding ways to have fun

A video showing an Abbotsford police officer getting a push down a hill from a giggling child has had more than 11,000 views in less than a day. (Screenshot/ Abbotsford Police Department)
A snow plow clears drifting snow along Prest Road in Chilliwack in this 2019 file shot. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress file)

Bitter cold in forecast Wednesday with snow by evening across Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver

5 to 10 cm for region with heavy snow beginning this evening, says Environment Canada

A snow plow clears drifting snow along Prest Road in Chilliwack in this 2019 file shot. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress file)
A young red-tailed hawk sits on an apartment balcony in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Hawk perches on Chilliwack balcony in bitterly cold weather

Snowy conditions make it hard for hawks to find food, says bird expert

A young red-tailed hawk sits on an apartment balcony in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)