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Woody’s RV World, Gescan, Abbotsford Centre and Sevenoaks Shopping Centre have seen significant assessment increases year-over-year.

Woody’s RV World, Gescan, Abbotsford Centre and Sevenoaks see significant assessment increases

Majority of Abbotsford commercial properties see assessment values rise, Highstreet sees drop

Woody’s RV World, Gescan, Abbotsford Centre and Sevenoaks Shopping Centre have seen significant assessment increases year-over-year.
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Abbotsford blood donor clinics for January still have open spaces

Canada’s blood supply is low due in part to snowstorms that led to cancelled appointments in December

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Mountain Institution in Agassiz has been placed on lockdown for an “exceptional search,” Correctional Service Canada announced on Tuesday (Jan. 4). (File Photo)

Mountain Institution near Agassiz locked down for extensive search

Medium-security facility was last locked down in July 2022

Mountain Institution in Agassiz has been placed on lockdown for an “exceptional search,” Correctional Service Canada announced on Tuesday (Jan. 4). (File Photo)
This property located at 32288 King Road was the highest listed residential property in the 2023 BC Assessment at a value of $6.712 million. (YouTube photo)

Abbotsford’s top ten highest assessed residential properties for 2023

BC Assessment sees three local properties crack the $6 million mark

This property located at 32288 King Road was the highest listed residential property in the 2023 BC Assessment at a value of $6.712 million. (YouTube photo)
BC Assessment notes a 21 per cent increase in strata home property value and a nine per cent increase in single-family home properties for Abbotsford. (File photo)

Abbotsford single-family home property value increases by nine per cent

Strata home property value up by 21 per cent, tied for highest in Lower Mainland region

BC Assessment notes a 21 per cent increase in strata home property value and a nine per cent increase in single-family home properties for Abbotsford. (File photo)
Cheam First Nation is purchasing the Bridal Falls Golf Club on behalf of the Bridal Falls Gondola Corp. (Cascade Skyline Gondola Project)

Gondola proposal sees Cheam First Nation purchasing golf course at Bridal Falls

Purchase considered ‘significant’ since base location of future gondola would be on golf course lands

Cheam First Nation is purchasing the Bridal Falls Golf Club on behalf of the Bridal Falls Gondola Corp. (Cascade Skyline Gondola Project)
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Chilliwack man gets suspended sentence in dispute over off-leash dog

David John Ledgerwood threatened to beat up or kill a dog during an incident at Jinkerson Park

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Alex Blanarou, who was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017, is shown with a bouquet for his mom on Mother’s Day.

Mom of Surrey man gunned down in Abbotsford ‘disgusted’ with plea agreements

Three men charged with 2017 killing of Alex Blanarou plead guilty to lesser charges

Alex Blanarou, who was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017, is shown with a bouquet for his mom on Mother’s Day.
Terry's Team was created by the Grade 5 students at Terry Fox elementary in Abbotsford, following the death of a classmate earlier this school year. The team of students has already raised more than $1,900 for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. (Abbotsford School District)

Abbotsford Grade 5 students rally to help others with new leadership club, Terry’s Team

Terry Fox elementary students raised money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in honour of classmate

Terry's Team was created by the Grade 5 students at Terry Fox elementary in Abbotsford, following the death of a classmate earlier this school year. The team of students has already raised more than $1,900 for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. (Abbotsford School District)
One man died after his truck went into Harrison Lake at Green Point Day Use Area on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. (Sara Spaeti/ Facebook)

1 man dead after truck goes into Harrison Lake on New Year’s Eve day

‘Witnesses described seeing the truck enter the water and disappear quickly below the surface’: RCMP

One man died after his truck went into Harrison Lake at Green Point Day Use Area on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. (Sara Spaeti/ Facebook)
B.C.’s first baby of the new year is Gabriella Louise Camayan, born at Abbotsford Regional Hospital at 12:02 a.m. The proud parents are Arben Camayan and Thea Villaneu. (Fraser Health photo)

B.C.’s New Year’s Baby is a little girl in the Fraser Valley

Wee one at 5 lbs, 10 oz born at 12:02 a.m. at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

B.C.’s first baby of the new year is Gabriella Louise Camayan, born at Abbotsford Regional Hospital at 12:02 a.m. The proud parents are Arben Camayan and Thea Villaneu. (Fraser Health photo)
A vehicle went into Harrison Lake on Dec. 31, 2022. (Google Maps)

RCMP dive team called to report of vehicle into Harrison Lake at Green Point Boat Launch

Bystanders witnessed vehicle go into water, did not see anyone come out, according to crews on scene

A vehicle went into Harrison Lake on Dec. 31, 2022. (Google Maps)
‘Customers ride for free starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 31,’ says TransLink (Submitted photo: TransLink)

Free transit in Metro Vancouver on New Year’s Eve, TransLink says

From 5:00 p.m. (Dec. 31) to 5:00 a.m. (Jan. 1) TransLink is offering free transit

‘Customers ride for free starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 31,’ says TransLink (Submitted photo: TransLink)
A large fire on May 3 caused major damage to the Tamarind Westside apartment building on Cardinal Avenue just east of Mt. Lehman Road. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

2022 in Abbotsford: The year in review

Take a look at the events and people who made the news in 2022

A large fire on May 3 caused major damage to the Tamarind Westside apartment building on Cardinal Avenue just east of Mt. Lehman Road. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
The City of Abbotsford is planning to develop Engineer Park, located on the north side of Fraser Highway, west of Lefeuvre Road near the Aldergrove border. (Google Street View)

New neighbourhood park planned for west Abbotsford

Engineer Park to be developed on 3.5 hectares on Fraser Highway

The City of Abbotsford is planning to develop Engineer Park, located on the north side of Fraser Highway, west of Lefeuvre Road near the Aldergrove border. (Google Street View)
Huge blocks of ice line the Fraser River near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge following a severe cold snap and subsequent winter storms. (Photo/Valerie Pentz)
Huge blocks of ice line the Fraser River near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge following a severe cold snap and subsequent winter storms. (Photo/Valerie Pentz)
The second-ever edition of the Abbotsford Sumas and Matsqui News was published on Dec. 30, 1922.

The Abbotsford News 100 years ago: Looking back at Dec. 30, 1922

Abbotsford News celebrated its 100th birthday this year, remembering our storied history

The second-ever edition of the Abbotsford Sumas and Matsqui News was published on Dec. 30, 1922.
A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)

Frustrated travellers turned to Twitter when winter storm slammed Abbotsford airport

Missing luggage, no staff and cancelled flights made travel less than merry this Christmas

A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)
An abandoned squatters camp in the Chilliwack River Valley on Dec. 28, 2022. (Ross Aikenhead photo)

Volunteers clean up abandoned squatters’ camp on the banks of the Chilliwack River

Large amounts of debris at risk of washing into the rising river waters

An abandoned squatters camp in the Chilliwack River Valley on Dec. 28, 2022. (Ross Aikenhead photo)
Staff and volunteers at Archway Food Bank show some of the healthy food options available at the facility. More than 3,500 people access the food bank each month. (Submitted photo)

Demand up 72 per cent in 2022 at Archway Food Bank in Abbotsford

Individuals who accessed services went from 5,300 to 9,100 in the last year

Staff and volunteers at Archway Food Bank show some of the healthy food options available at the facility. More than 3,500 people access the food bank each month. (Submitted photo)