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When were the iconic Maple Ridge Christmas bells first hung in the city? This could be one of the questions for the first-ever trivia night hosted by the Maple Ridge Museum. (Maple Ridge Museum/Special to The News)
When were the iconic Maple Ridge Christmas bells first hung in the city? This could be one of the questions for the first-ever trivia night hosted by the Maple Ridge Museum. (Maple Ridge Museum/Special to The News)
A rainfall warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver North Shore and Metro Vancouver northeast. (Black Press files)

Environment Canada issues rainfall warning for northeastern Metro Vancouver

Maple Ridge residents should watch for possible washouts near rivers and creeks

A rainfall warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver North Shore and Metro Vancouver northeast. (Black Press files)
Four patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at Maple Ridge’s Baillie House long-term care facility. (Ronan O’Doherty - The News)

Long-term Maple Ridge care home given all-clear

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak over at Baillie House; declares new outbreak in Delta

Four patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at Maple Ridge’s Baillie House long-term care facility. (Ronan O’Doherty - The News)
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Early morning fire at Art Infiniti Hotel in Maple Ridge
Fire chief provides update about fire at Art Infiniti Hotel in Maple Ridge
Fire at Art Infiniti Hotel in Maple Ridge
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Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Marc Dalton, left, holds one of the cheer packages with Rev. Miranda Sutherland and Jean Davidson, coordinator the the church’s centennial celebrations. (Special to The News)

Whonnock church delivers cheer for COVID-isolated seniors

$25,000 grant provided by federal New Horizons program

Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Marc Dalton, left, holds one of the cheer packages with Rev. Miranda Sutherland and Jean Davidson, coordinator the the church’s centennial celebrations. (Special to The News)
BCCDC map illustrates geographic distribution of reported COVID-19 cases from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020. (BCCDC map)

MAP: Ridge Meadows records 885 COVID cases in 2020

Currently five to 10 people per day are being diagnosed locally

BCCDC map illustrates geographic distribution of reported COVID-19 cases from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020. (BCCDC map)
Teachers should be prioritized for vaccinations says union. (File photo)

Maple Ridge teachers call for vaccinations

Union reps want increased safety measures in schools

Teachers should be prioritized for vaccinations says union. (File photo)
Leaders of the BCTF in the Fraser Health region are calling on the health authority to make changes in schools as the “status quo” is unacceptable. (Pixabay photo)

‘Status quo is unacceptable’: BCTF calls on Fraser Health to improve school safety

BCTF calling for mandatory masks, prioritizing vaccinations for school staff, reducing density

Leaders of the BCTF in the Fraser Health region are calling on the health authority to make changes in schools as the “status quo” is unacceptable. (Pixabay photo)
Seven people were evacuated safely from the Art Infiniti Hotel on New Year’s Eve in Maple Ridge. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge hotel fire evacuee hoping for her teeth

Seven people escaped a fire at the Art Infiniti on New Year’s Eve

Seven people were evacuated safely from the Art Infiniti Hotel on New Year’s Eve in Maple Ridge. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)
Little Cricket gallery on Lougheed has closed, and other businesses are ‘teetering on the edge.’ (Neil Corbett/The News)

Businesses face uncertain future after Christmas shopping season

Chamber says there are numerous government programs that can help

Little Cricket gallery on Lougheed has closed, and other businesses are ‘teetering on the edge.’ (Neil Corbett/The News)
On Christmas Day, Vikki McNamara sang Mariah Carey’s iconic Christmas song All I Want For Christmas Is You to the delight of onlookers in Golden Ears Provincial Park. (Special to The News)

VIDEO: Woman sings iconic Christmas song to the delight of onlookers in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Vikki McNamara sang Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, Vikki McNamara sang Mariah Carey’s iconic Christmas song All I Want For Christmas Is You to the delight of onlookers in Golden Ears Provincial Park. (Special to The News)
Students will soon be taking the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual test required by the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Black Press file photo)

Teachers union wants a break from FSA tests during ‘challenging’ year

Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association asks board to help lobby ministry

Students will soon be taking the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual test required by the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Black Press file photo)
Police boats were called in to search the Fraser River after a report that a plane had crashed where the river runs between Langley and Maple Ridge (Shane MacKichan/special to Langley Advance Times)
Police boats were called in to search the Fraser River after a report that a plane had crashed where the river runs between Langley and Maple Ridge (Shane MacKichan/special to Langley Advance Times)
Shelli Kiselycia, owner of Maple Ridge Florist, pulls a receipt during the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association’s Win Your Wish contest. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Downtown Maple Ridge BIA Win Your Wish winners chosen

Seven grand prize packages worth $2,000 each given away

Shelli Kiselycia, owner of Maple Ridge Florist, pulls a receipt during the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association’s Win Your Wish contest. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
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Mission farmer claims Lougheed Highway ditching causing farms to flood

Ryan Gemser said new ditch upgrades have caused 80% of his field to be flooded

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2020 was a busy year in real estate in Maple Ridge despite COVID-19 says local realtor. (Black Press files)

Hot real estate market in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

‘Most realtors have said it’s one of their best years’

2020 was a busy year in real estate in Maple Ridge despite COVID-19 says local realtor. (Black Press files)
Ridge Meadows RCMP Supt. Jennifer Hyland. (THE NEWS files)

Top cop leaving Ridge Meadows RCMP

Hyland joins new Surrey Police Service later this month

Ridge Meadows RCMP Supt. Jennifer Hyland. (THE NEWS files)
Deputy Chief Constable Jennifer Hyland will begin her new job with the Surrey Police Service on Jan. 25. (Submitted photo)

Jennifer Hyland named Surrey Police Service’s first deputy chief constable

Two more are expected to be hired. Hyland, the officer in charge of Ridge Meadows RCMP, begins her Surrey job on Jan. 25

Deputy Chief Constable Jennifer Hyland will begin her new job with the Surrey Police Service on Jan. 25. (Submitted photo)
Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue will be holding their Christmas tree chipping fundraiser again this weekend. (Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue/Special to The News)

Last chance for Christmas tree chipping at Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue

Yearly fundraiser raises money for Search and Rescue equipment

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue will be holding their Christmas tree chipping fundraiser again this weekend. (Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue/Special to The News)
Fur-Bearers’ Lesley Fox said,”Black bears are a natural, normal part of the landscape here in the Lower Mainland.” (William Snow/www.Facebook.com/wsnow74)

Reward offered for info on potential Pitt Meadows poaching incident

The Fur-Bearers put $1,000 up to find out who shot a black bear found near Pitt Lake

Fur-Bearers’ Lesley Fox said,”Black bears are a natural, normal part of the landscape here in the Lower Mainland.” (William Snow/www.Facebook.com/wsnow74)
Archer Reid was the first baby born in 2021 at Ridge Meadows Hospital. (The Reid family/Special to The News)
Archer Reid was the first baby born in 2021 at Ridge Meadows Hospital. (The Reid family/Special to The News)