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The first phase of the Era Maple Ridge development is nearing completion, and has sold out. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Downtown Maple Ridge growing up

Focus on growth in city’s core brings revitalization

The first phase of the Era Maple Ridge development is nearing completion, and has sold out. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Brendan McHugh, assistant manager of Kingfishers Waterfront Bar and Grill, said they were pretty close to sandbagging the restaurant on Monday, as they watched water levels on the Fraser rise. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Boaters rescued; debris down Fraser causes concern along shore

A Maple Ridge restuarant was ready to sandbag as staff watched water levels rise

Brendan McHugh, assistant manager of Kingfishers Waterfront Bar and Grill, said they were pretty close to sandbagging the restaurant on Monday, as they watched water levels on the Fraser rise. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
The fish fence completely submerged after record rainfall. (KEEPS Facebook/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge’s ‘Rocky’ fish fence survives pummeling

Kanaka Creek park almost back to normal after high water event

The fish fence completely submerged after record rainfall. (KEEPS Facebook/Special to The News)
Residents stop traffic from driving through a flooded section of 224th Street on Monday. They said their houses were so close to flooding the waves created by vehicles would cause it to splash into their homes. (Neil Corbett/The News)

More rain would have brought disaster to Maple Ridge, warns ARMS president

Dam at Alouette Lake had been crested, but then the rainfall stopped

Residents stop traffic from driving through a flooded section of 224th Street on Monday. They said their houses were so close to flooding the waves created by vehicles would cause it to splash into their homes. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign starts this weekend. (Amelia Norrie/Special to The News)
The Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign starts this weekend. (Amelia Norrie/Special to The News)
Phil and Trina Graham’s dairy farm flooded in Abbotsford. (GoFundMe/Special to The News)
Phil and Trina Graham’s dairy farm flooded in Abbotsford. (GoFundMe/Special to The News)
Toilet paper is still one of the biggest products on the list of panic-buyers. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Several Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents panic-buying

‘Not pandemic-level’ hoarding, says Meridian Meats owners

Toilet paper is still one of the biggest products on the list of panic-buyers. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

EXCLUSIVE: Ground zero shows flooding of Hwy. 1 in the Fraser Valley

Black Press Media escorted through Sumas Prairie 5 days after highway closed due to flooding

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
SD42 assistant superintendent Jovo Bikic has been working on inclusion in the classroom for the past five years. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Inclusion and collaboration involve every student in the classroom

SD42 assistant superintendent would like to see inclusiveness in more classrooms in district

SD42 assistant superintendent Jovo Bikic has been working on inclusion in the classroom for the past five years. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Glass and styrofoam is not being accepted at recycling facilities across the province. (Ridge Meadows Recycling Society/Special to The News)
Glass and styrofoam is not being accepted at recycling facilities across the province. (Ridge Meadows Recycling Society/Special to The News)
Around 15 animals were evacuated from the Abbotsford SPCA, said Krista Shaw. (SPCA/Special to The News)

SPCA’s Maple Ridge branch takes in 7 evacuated animals from Abbotsford

Shelter in need of food and supplies for the animals in their care

Around 15 animals were evacuated from the Abbotsford SPCA, said Krista Shaw. (SPCA/Special to The News)
Jaden Shanley and a group of his friends will be walking 60 kms on Saturday, Nov. 20 for Movember. (Special to The News)

Group to walk 60 kms from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam for Movember

2nd annual walk raising money and awareness for men’s health issues

Jaden Shanley and a group of his friends will be walking 60 kms on Saturday, Nov. 20 for Movember. (Special to The News)
The market will have The Christmas Revelers perform from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Special to The News)

Bruce’s Country Market in Maple Ridge to help farmers through a fundraiser

Will donate revenue from Customer Appreciation Day celebration towards flood relief

The market will have The Christmas Revelers perform from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Special to The News)
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Sherie Greenwood with her painting called Waiting for Winter. (Vicuna Art Studio/Special to The News)
Sherie Greenwood with her painting called Waiting for Winter. (Vicuna Art Studio/Special to The News)
The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Brad Perrie officially retires as deputy fire chief of the Pitt Meadows Fire Department at the end of the year. (Screen grab)

Pitt Meadows deputy fire chief announces retirement

Brad Perrie will still be helping out with training and major calls in 2022

Brad Perrie officially retires as deputy fire chief of the Pitt Meadows Fire Department at the end of the year. (Screen grab)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
Black Press file.

Alouette Addictions says government would allow too much fentanyl

Proposal to decriminalize 4.5 grams ‘crazy’ amount, says Korchinski

Black Press file.
Latest map showing case counts in the region, provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control. (Special to The NEWS)
Latest map showing case counts in the region, provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control. (Special to The NEWS)