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LEFT: The wooden stakes, used to support the cedar seedlings as they grown, can be seen discarded here. RIGHT: A row of knocked down stakes along a trail. Photos courtesy of Sandie Zdunich.

Vandals knock down and rip out 150 new cedar-tree seedlings in Mission’s Heritage Park

Around 2,000 seedlings had just been planted; park caretaker says damage is ‘very disheartening’

LEFT: The wooden stakes, used to support the cedar seedlings as they grown, can be seen discarded here. RIGHT: A row of knocked down stakes along a trail. Photos courtesy of Sandie Zdunich.
Russell John Oram was convicted 30 years ago for the slaying of 22-year-old Debbie Anne Sammon. He was 28 when he was sentenced. He died on Oct. 27. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Matsqui Institution inmate convicted of 1st-degree murder dies in Abbotsford prison

Russell John Oram was convicted in slaying of 22-year-old Debbie Anne Sammon in 1991

Russell John Oram was convicted 30 years ago for the slaying of 22-year-old Debbie Anne Sammon. He was 28 when he was sentenced. He died on Oct. 27. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mission has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Lower Mainland, with only 81 per cent of its eligible population having received the first dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mission School Board collecting data ahead of vaccine-mandate decision for staff

Vaccination rates, cases, exposures, transmissions to be examined before school board ruling

Mission has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Lower Mainland, with only 81 per cent of its eligible population having received the first dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jack O'Latern (File photo)

Mission RCMP release Halloween safety tips for kids, motorists, homeowners

‘Young trick-or-treaters are often so excited by the fun, they forget to follow regular safety rules’

Jack O'Latern (File photo)
A map showing the daily rate of infection per 100,000 by health area in the Lower Mainland. North Chilliwack had the highest at 38, followed by Rural Abbotsford at 35.

BCCDC: Rural Abbotsford, North Chilliwack most COVID-infected areas in Lower Mainland

New cases remain high in both cities; Fraser Health has 149 currently hospitalized, 47 in ICUs

A map showing the daily rate of infection per 100,000 by health area in the Lower Mainland. North Chilliwack had the highest at 38, followed by Rural Abbotsford at 35.
Tabor Home in Abbotsford (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Tabor Home in Abbotsford (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Catalytic converters contain valuable and rare materials such as platinum and rhodium, making them a target for theft. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.

Mission RCMP warn of catalytic converter thefts in east Mission

Several reports made to police from Hawkins Pickle Road area

Catalytic converters contain valuable and rare materials such as platinum and rhodium, making them a target for theft. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
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Mission Christmas Bureau bringing back in-person shop this year

Registration runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 3, hampers and toys delivers from Dec. 8 to 16

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Left: An image of a man hauling the giant M&M down 1st Avenue. A Mission RCMP officer standing over the M&M after finding it in an nearby apartment. Facebook photos.

Giant M&M stolen from Mission candy shop, recovered thanks to vigilant neighbours

Collectible store display was found in nearby apartment, hidden underneath bed sheets

Left: An image of a man hauling the giant M&M down 1st Avenue. A Mission RCMP officer standing over the M&M after finding it in an nearby apartment. Facebook photos.
Meteorologists call this type of rain pattern an “atmospheric river.” (News file photo)

‘Atmospheric river’ rainstorm headed for Fraser Valley, up to 70 mm expected

Heavy rains to start tonight until Thursday evening

Meteorologists call this type of rain pattern an “atmospheric river.” (News file photo)
Victoria Carpenter's glass art almost always incorporate nature themes into the designs. Photos courtesy of Mission Arts Council.

Abbotsford glass artist exhibiting works at Mission Arts Centre

Victoria Carpenter’s ‘Echoes in Nature’ will be displayed in Rock Family Gallery until Nov. 6

Victoria Carpenter's glass art almost always incorporate nature themes into the designs. Photos courtesy of Mission Arts Council.
Ellis Ross.

BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Ellis Ross making campaign stop in Mission on Oct. 30

Ross will be at Fraser River Heritage Park on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ellis Ross.
One of the images from Luke Pardy's art piece “A Common Potamology.” Image courtesy of City of Mission.

Mission unveiling new works from resident artists on Nov. 6

‘Sights and Sounds of Mission’ created by Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin and Luke Pardy

One of the images from Luke Pardy's art piece “A Common Potamology.” Image courtesy of City of Mission.
An image from Mission council showing which parking stalls at the Mission Leisure Centre will become dedicated parking for the new seniors’ centre.

Busy parking lot at Mission Leisure Centre to lose 15 stalls to new seniors’ centre

Mission Association for Seniors Housing did not tally tenant vehicles, assumed there would be less

An image from Mission council showing which parking stalls at the Mission Leisure Centre will become dedicated parking for the new seniors’ centre.
There were at least six people in the house at the time of the shooting, Abbotsford Police say. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Late-night shooting at ‘problem’ house in Abbotsford

Man shot at Oxford Avenue property not co-operating with police

There were at least six people in the house at the time of the shooting, Abbotsford Police say. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Chilliwack RCMP had part of Mary Street near CGH blocked off Saturday morning as they investigated a vehicle crash. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Stabbing victim crashes outside of Chilliwack General Hospital while driving to ER

Initial reports Saturday morning were that incident was a shooting

Chilliwack RCMP had part of Mary Street near CGH blocked off Saturday morning as they investigated a vehicle crash. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Mission council voted (4-2) to stop the bylaw officers from ordering the removal of storage containers off residential properties until staff come back with a recommendation. / File Photo Campbell River Mirror

Container ban may soon end in Mission, city staff to review residential use

City staff and fire chief have safety concerns about shipping containers on residential property

Mission council voted (4-2) to stop the bylaw officers from ordering the removal of storage containers off residential properties until staff come back with a recommendation. / File Photo Campbell River Mirror
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UFV Mission campus reno to create education centre, relocate teaching programs from Abbotsford

Capacity at Abbotsford campus severely cramped, only 26% of Mission campus utilized

Image courtesy of City of Mission.
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Mission schools caught between parents with opposing COVID concerns and health policy

Some parents say exposures show it’s not safe, others say admin should be tried Nuremberg style

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COVID school exposures in Mission continue to flare up into October

7 of 19 public schools have had exposures since Oct. 1

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