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Lobbying efforts continue to have a fish ladder added to the Alouette dam. (News files)

ALONG THE FRASER: Habitat behind dam could help reverse salmon declines

VIDEO: Environmentalist keeps lobbying for Hydro to fund a fish ladder to move salmon over the dam

  • Nov 29, 2020
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Bouncing back from a brain injury isn’t easy

‘We didn’t know how bad it was until I tried to return to work’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Chad Cowles is the manager of the community social safety initiatives for the City of Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

NETWORKING: Community given glimpse into new street outreach services

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network hears from CSO Chad Cowles and STORM

  • Nov 8, 2020
Chad Cowles is the manager of the community social safety initiatives for the City of Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Thomas Henry Laity in his uniform ready to ship out in 1916. (Image P03316/Maple Ridge Museum Archives)

LOOKING BACK: The enemy they could not see in wartime

Timely retrospective of local soldiers who died of disease during the First World War

  • Nov 2, 2020
Maple Ridge’s Thomas Henry Laity in his uniform ready to ship out in 1916. (Image P03316/Maple Ridge Museum Archives)
Eila Male (circa 1970s) in a Finnish costume, including woven birch bark shoes, sat on front porch of a house. The pleated skirt had belonged to her grandmother and is a deep emerald green in colour. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Eila Male was a historian for her ancestors

When museum needed translations or context about Maple Ridge’s Finnish community, they turned to Eila

  • Oct 10, 2020
Eila Male (circa 1970s) in a Finnish costume, including woven birch bark shoes, sat on front porch of a house. The pleated skirt had belonged to her grandmother and is a deep emerald green in colour. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
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Opposition to CP Rail logistics park
Alouette Heights protest
House Fire in Maple Ridge
Toddler scared by decoration explosion
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ZYTARUK: Fleecing students at U. of Fees

Students are forced to pay a scandalous heap of mandatory fees on top of their tuition

  • Sep 28, 2020
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ARMS staffer Sophie Sparrow took scale samples to confirm Alouette Lake was the origin of returning sockeye. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Neglected Alouette Lake sockeye could return in the thousands

VIDEO: Environmental columnist Jack Emberly argues again for a fish ladder on the Alouette

  • Sep 1, 2020
ARMS staffer Sophie Sparrow took scale samples to confirm Alouette Lake was the origin of returning sockeye. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)

OUR VIEW: Putting your money where your heart is

No better way to keep a community strong, than shopping local

Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)
In the early days on 223rd Street, the CEED Centre’s youth group displays its central message. Identified are Sherry, Dwight, and Michel Milford and Amelia Reamsbottom, captured by photographer Chris Relke, but not which is which. April 16, 1990. (MR TIMES collection-Black Press Media/Maple Ridge Museum)

LOOKING BACK: CEED Centre transforms with Maple Ridge

In most of its incarnations, the original Japanese kindergarten stayed true to its educational roots

  • Aug 23, 2020
In the early days on 223rd Street, the CEED Centre’s youth group displays its central message. Identified are Sherry, Dwight, and Michel Milford and Amelia Reamsbottom, captured by photographer Chris Relke, but not which is which. April 16, 1990. (MR TIMES collection-Black Press Media/Maple Ridge Museum)
One of the Pitt Meadows Museum’s volunteer gardeners works on the site in advance of the re-opening. (K. Eggens/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Happy to have museum doors back open to the public

But, due to COVID, there are restrictions and safety guidelines guests will be asked to adhere to

  • Aug 16, 2020
One of the Pitt Meadows Museum’s volunteer gardeners works on the site in advance of the re-opening. (K. Eggens/Special to The News)
Where the Maple Ridge cenotaph and Memorial Peace Park are today on 224th Street, this is how the site look back in 1973. (Maple Ridge Museum)

LOOKING BACK: Taking a trip… back in time

Maple Ridge Museum curator takes us back through the history of Memorial Peace Park

  • Aug 14, 2020
Where the Maple Ridge cenotaph and Memorial Peace Park are today on 224th Street, this is how the site look back in 1973. (Maple Ridge Museum)
This illustration shows the water diversion tunnel on Alouette Lake that result in entrainment of landlocked salmonids (Kokanee) and is the main obstacle to a fish ladder - any hatchery fish would be killed on attempting to migrate, according to columnist Jack Emberly. (Geoff Clayton/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Fish ladder for Alouette dam would boost threatened wild sockeye

In action for more than a century can no longer be ignored: environmentalist

  • Aug 9, 2020
This illustration shows the water diversion tunnel on Alouette Lake that result in entrainment of landlocked salmonids (Kokanee) and is the main obstacle to a fish ladder - any hatchery fish would be killed on attempting to migrate, according to columnist Jack Emberly. (Geoff Clayton/Special to The News)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
NETWORKING: Healthy racial dialogue facilitates change

NETWORKING: Healthy racial dialogue facilitates change

Courage to share experiences is contagious and key to ending systemic injustice: community network

  • Jul 25, 2020
NETWORKING: Healthy racial dialogue facilitates change
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

COLUMN: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Finally, Washington’s NFL team would have a name everyone could cheer with pride

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
Brining meat is one way to enjoy better barbecuing. (Black Press Media files)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez says brine meat before they hit the grill

Learn the difference between marinating and brining

  • Jun 23, 2020
Brining meat is one way to enjoy better barbecuing. (Black Press Media files)
Chilliwack Law Courts.

COLUMN: Fraser Valley lawyers warn ‘numerous criminal matters dangle on the precipice of oblivion’

Letter signed by 20 defence lawyers to provincial government says COVID-19 court delays need to end

Chilliwack Law Courts.
Different efforts are afoot this year, to help move salmon through the Big Bar slide on the Fraser River. (Big Bar Incident Command Post/Special to Black Press Media)

ALONG THE FRASER: Fish and planet have no time to lose

The latest chapter in the Big Bar is a Whooshh – much more than just a fish canon

  • Jun 10, 2020
Different efforts are afoot this year, to help move salmon through the Big Bar slide on the Fraser River. (Big Bar Incident Command Post/Special to Black Press Media)
A public health nurse suggests giving some thought to how the youth and young adults in your life are coping with COVID and the isolation it has brought to their lives. (Special to The News)

COMMUNITY NETWORK: Youth and the coronavirus conversations

Young people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows face different COVID-related issues compared to adults

  • Jun 5, 2020
A public health nurse suggests giving some thought to how the youth and young adults in your life are coping with COVID and the isolation it has brought to their lives. (Special to The News)