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A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m., Nov. 28. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. Jared Thompson photo.

Flood evacuation orders came days late in Fraser Valley Regional District

FVRD had 25 EOC staff covering 14,000 sq km, Abbotsford had nearly 400 staff covering 375 sq km

A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m., Nov. 28. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. Jared Thompson photo.
An earthquake on Friday, Dec. 17 around 4:13 a.m. woke residents and was reportedly felt across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. (USGS map)
An earthquake on Friday, Dec. 17 around 4:13 a.m. woke residents and was reportedly felt across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. (USGS map)
Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the recent flooding. Police arrested two men in the area on Wednesday (Dec. 15) after a farmer spotted them trying to steal equipment. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Farmers help lead police to 2 men trying to steal equipment on Sumas Prairie

Abbotsford Police arrest pair who allegedly dumped stolen car and tried to run away

Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the recent flooding. Police arrested two men in the area on Wednesday (Dec. 15) after a farmer spotted them trying to steal equipment. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)

Late fines ending at all Fraser Valley library locations

FVRL says those with old fines can take advantage of upcoming promotion

Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)
A study recently released by the ACOC and UFV has revealed the positive impacts of Abbotsford’s not-for-profit sector.

Study reveals benefits of Abbotsford’s not-for-profit sector

UFV and ACOC study finds that sector drives economy and benefits community socially

A study recently released by the ACOC and UFV has revealed the positive impacts of Abbotsford’s not-for-profit sector.
Elite Farm Services workers are seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. Elite and poultry processor Sofina Foods were sentenced Dec. 14, 2021 and must each pay a $300,000 fine.

Two companies each fined $300k for chicken abuse in Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods also subject to three years’ probation

Elite Farm Services workers are seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. Elite and poultry processor Sofina Foods were sentenced Dec. 14, 2021 and must each pay a $300,000 fine.
The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)

Abbotsford Fish and Game Club recovers from flood damage, including bridge loss

Site serves as Western Canada firearms training centre for border and corrections personnel

The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)
Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, November 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Cars, couches, propane and fuel tanks among debris from record B.C. flooding

‘Mountains’ of trash left outside homes after record rainfall

Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, November 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man argued that his drug charges should be tossed out because police in Abbotsford breached his charter rights when they searched his “man bag.” (Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Man loses argument that police in Abbotsford shouldn’t have searched his ‘man bag’

Jakob Mosterd convicted of drug charges after arguing charter rights were breached

A man argued that his drug charges should be tossed out because police in Abbotsford breached his charter rights when they searched his “man bag.” (Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash
Maureen and husband Brad, co-owners of Hope’s Ma and Pa’s Memory Lane, are looking for a new home after receiving an eviction notice. (Eric J. Welsh/ Hope Standard)

Ma and Pa’s Memory Lane in Hope looking for new home after receiving eviction notice

The owners have been told they must vacate their current location by May 1, 2022

Maureen and husband Brad, co-owners of Hope’s Ma and Pa’s Memory Lane, are looking for a new home after receiving an eviction notice. (Eric J. Welsh/ Hope Standard)
First with the Finest tells the story of Abbotsford business Vanderpol’s Eggs. (Submitted)

Abbotsford family business remembered in new book

First with the Finest tells story of Vanderpol’s Eggs, which began as a delivery service in the 1950s

First with the Finest tells the story of Abbotsford business Vanderpol’s Eggs. (Submitted)
Yellow construction fencing surrounds the Hope Station House. As quickly as initial demolition work began, it was ordered to halt on in March following an agreement between the B.C. Ombudsperson’s Office and the District of Hope. (Adam Louis/ Black Press file)

Historic Hope Station House gets chance at second life after long fight

Council agrees to letter of intent to partner with Tashme Historical Society

Yellow construction fencing surrounds the Hope Station House. As quickly as initial demolition work began, it was ordered to halt on in March following an agreement between the B.C. Ombudsperson’s Office and the District of Hope. (Adam Louis/ Black Press file)
Renderings show a suggested design for an expanded Abbotsford Police headquarters.

City plans to obtain $36M 20-year loan for Abbotsford Police building expansion

Remaining $40M to come from internal general capital reserves

Renderings show a suggested design for an expanded Abbotsford Police headquarters.
(Photo/RCAF)

‘Frenzy of activity’: Agassiz fire chief recounts dangerous week of flood rescues

No local firefighters were injured during dangerous rescue operations

(Photo/RCAF)
Left to right: Derek Judd, Vic Carrao, Jesse Judd and Renee Coghill (Hope SAR). While Vic and Jesse shuttled people and supplies back and forth from Hope, Derek organized people on shore so when the boat arrived it could be loaded and unloaded as fast as possible. (Facebook photo)

Boaters who evacuated people during flooding make donation to Hope Search and Rescue

Vic Carrao and Jesse Judd shuttled people and supplies in and out of Hope over two chaotic days

Left to right: Derek Judd, Vic Carrao, Jesse Judd and Renee Coghill (Hope SAR). While Vic and Jesse shuttled people and supplies back and forth from Hope, Derek organized people on shore so when the boat arrived it could be loaded and unloaded as fast as possible. (Facebook photo)
Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

More than $88K in drugs and other items seized at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford

Items discovered include methamphetamine, smart phone and accessories

Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The group of 4x4ers decided to start the “Light up the Night Christmas Parade” in 2020. Submitted photo.

VIDEO: Over 200 vehicles cruise town for Mission’s Christmas 4×4 parade

Parade participants met at The Junction Shopping Centre each night over the weekend

The group of 4x4ers decided to start the “Light up the Night Christmas Parade” in 2020. Submitted photo.
The label for Helping Hands Pilsner, hitting B.C. liquor store shelves soon to raise money for the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund.

Chilliwack’s Field House Brewing contributes to Helping Hands Pilsner project

The Chilliwack craft brewer is teaming up with Coquitlam’s Mariner Brewing Co. and other partners

The label for Helping Hands Pilsner, hitting B.C. liquor store shelves soon to raise money for the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund.
Abbotsford Police

Suspect accused of robbing Abbotsford restaurant and then shoplifting at department store

Man arrested after being held by store security and now faces three charges

Abbotsford Police
Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack. (Molson Coors Canada)

Large-scale public art could soon grace brewery tanks in Chilliwack

Chilliwack and Molson Coors plan public art visible from highway, call goes out for artists

Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack. (Molson Coors Canada)