2021 Year in Review

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Otter with a toothache, cougar in a pink collar top most ‘unique’ calls for BC COS in 2021

Conservation Officers handle 30,000 calls per year on average

 

A supporter holds a poster of missing woman, Shaelene Bell, as family speaks with media at the end of McSween Road in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2021: Search for 23-year-old Chilliwack mom ended in tragedy

After four months of searching and community support, Shaelene Keeler Bell’s body was found

 

Central Community Park was a sea of orange in Chilliwack with an Orange Shirt Gathering on July 1, 2021. (Elia Julian {Axwil Shla:li} photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Grappling with shared loss after discovery of the 215

Ghostly pairs of shoes appeared on stairs at Chilliwack Law Courts, St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack

 

Sold decals on real estate signs are commonplace in the red-hot Chilliwack real estate market (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

TOP STORIES 2021: Record-setting year for real estate prices

Average single-family home price approaches $1 million

Sold decals on real estate signs are commonplace in the red-hot Chilliwack real estate market (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)
Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden won the Crystal Globe as World Cup Ski Cross points champion. (Alpine Canada photo)
Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden won the Crystal Globe as World Cup Ski Cross points champion. (Alpine Canada photo)
Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2021: Flood, slides in Chilliwack part of worst-ever weather disaster

Scale of damage in Chilliwack was devastating, even if minor compared to Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie

Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dr. Marc Greidanus inside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Roxanna Froese photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Regional restrictions impact Chilliwack as unvaccinated took toll on health care

Chilliwack council urged holdouts in November to get their COVID-19 shots

Dr. Marc Greidanus inside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Roxanna Froese photo)
Jordyn Huitema (top) and Christine Sinclair celebrate a gold medal win at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. (Twitter photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Memorable 2021 for Chilliwack soccer star Jordyn Huitema

An Olympic gold medal and UEFA Women’s Champions League all in one year

Jordyn Huitema (top) and Christine Sinclair celebrate a gold medal win at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. (Twitter photo)
Clockwise from top left: From the memorial for Shaelene Bell who was missing for four months before she was found dead, a serious fire at the Newmark Apartments on Victor Street, an anti-vaxxer flyer some people mistakenly thought was distributed by MP Mark Strahl, flooding on the Sumas Priaire. (Black Press file)

The Chilliwack Progress’s top 25 most-read stories of 2021

Revisit some of our most popular stories of the past year

Clockwise from top left: From the memorial for Shaelene Bell who was missing for four months before she was found dead, a serious fire at the Newmark Apartments on Victor Street, an anti-vaxxer flyer some people mistakenly thought was distributed by MP Mark Strahl, flooding on the Sumas Priaire. (Black Press file)
Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)

Favourite Black Press Media stories of 2021, chosen by our journalists

Our editorial staff share their favourite stories from the year across our 80 local publications

Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)
Head coach Luke Acheson (middle) helped guide his G.W. Graham Grizzlies to a history-making AAA high school football championship (Joanna Hewitt photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Historic year for Chilliwack high school sports

Grizzlies win first-ever senior varsity provincial high school football championship for city

Head coach Luke Acheson (middle) helped guide his G.W. Graham Grizzlies to a history-making AAA high school football championship (Joanna Hewitt photo)
Two-year-old Lennox Douglas plays in the water at Cheam Centre Spray Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Temperatures dropped that day to a high of 35.6 C. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2021: Deadly heat dome brought record-high temperatures to Chilliwack

June 28 marked last of 3 back-to-back, record-breaking high temperature days at a sizzling 43 C

Two-year-old Lennox Douglas plays in the water at Cheam Centre Spray Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Temperatures dropped that day to a high of 35.6 C. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jodi Higgs (right) holds a vial of naloxone and Christine Christensen holds a kit in the parking lot of the Pacific Community Resources Society on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The society offered a number of events, workshops and videos this year to help educate friends and family members who have loved ones that are drug users. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2021: Opioid crisis in Chilliwack deadlier than ever

Chilliwack had already lost record-high number 46 souls to drug overdose by end of October

Jodi Higgs (right) holds a vial of naloxone and Christine Christensen holds a kit in the parking lot of the Pacific Community Resources Society on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The society offered a number of events, workshops and videos this year to help educate friends and family members who have loved ones that are drug users. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A slide closed the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Transportation BC/Twitter)

OPINION: OK 2021, what in the ever-loving heck was that?

So much bad news indeed last year but we always have hope, we have to

A slide closed the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Transportation BC/Twitter)
Julia Tuchscherer proved right away that she belongs at the Canada West university level, even though she could still be in high school. (Gibi Saini photo)
Julia Tuchscherer proved right away that she belongs at the Canada West university level, even though she could still be in high school. (Gibi Saini photo)
Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)

Cats, grandmas and twins: Here are 7 B.C. stories that brightened 2021

2021 wasn’t the year that most hoped for but there were glimmers of joy nonetheless

Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)
From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay photo)

B.C.’s top baby names of 2021 revealed

Olivia and Liam are the most popular baby names once again

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay 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)
FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Final Goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over…

FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)