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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 edition - Can a Mennonite volunteer army help rebuild Lytton?
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 | 🌤️ High 20C
My sister started her first year teaching in an elementary school classroom this week. Meanwhile, my Dad started his very last first week of school before he retires after decades teaching middle schoolers. All the best to all the teachers out there with your classes and students this year!
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How volunteers could spark Lytton’s much-delayed rebuild
More than two years after the fire that burned Lytton, the rebuilding of homes has yet to start. But construction on the first house may begin soon, thanks to non-profit with an army of volunteers and a blueprint for 'rapid' building. Tyler Olsen / Mennonite Disaster Service.
The Mennonites are coming to Lytton.
When homes finally start going up in Lytton, one of the very first may be constructed by an international organization with the ability to call on an army of volunteers.
For a remote, destroyed village with few local resources and a much-delayed recovery, it could end up being a match made in heaven.
Need to know
🐻 A life-size grizzly-bear-shaped barbeque crafted by Chilliwack welding students won top prize in a national competition [Chilliwack Progress]
🔥 The Bear Mountain wildfire is not expected to grow any larger [District of Kent]
🚌 The Chilliwack School District is hiring five more school bus drivers [Fraser Valley Today] Have you ever been a school bus driver? We want to talk to you! Email us.
🚵♂️ An Abbotsford woman is biking 111 kilometres to raise money for grandmothers raising orphaned children in Africa [Abbotsford News]
🧑🏫 UFV education programs will be moved to its Mission campus by 2024 [Mission Record]
⛪️ Churchgoers shared memories of the church that burned down in Chilliwack last week [Chilliwack Progress]
🚲️ A cycling fundraiser is raising money for Ruth and Naomi’s Mission in Chilliwack [Chilliwack Progress]
🚤 A lost boat slowed traffic on Glover Road in Langley Tuesday afternoon [Langley Advance Times]
🚵 Cops for Cancer’s Tour de Valley kicks off next week [Langley Advance Times]
🚐 A motorhome crashed into a powerpole in downtown Mission; its driver refused to take a breathalyzer test [Mission Record]
⛸️ Free ice skating will start in Chilliwack next week [City of Chilliwack]
📷 CURRENT CAM: Congrats to Julissa Goodnough, who was the first to identify the Slug Trail in the Chilliwack Community Forest as the location of yesterday’s Current Cam photo.
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Logging in Mission’s Municipal Forest. 📷️ City of Mission
Mission sees $8 million logging windfall
Mission has tucked more than $8 million in forestry profits into a new bank account slated for future capital projects, thanks to what is anticipated to be a record logging year for the municipality.
Mission operates its own community forest, within which both recreation activities and considerable logging takes place. The logging—and the financial benefits of it—aren’t new (in 2021, the city made $2.8 million from forestry operations) but their scale is.
Last year, the city created a new “Forestry Legacy Reserve” as a separate reserve in which the proceeds from logging activities can be collected before being doled out. Already, the reserve, which began 2023 with a balance of $2.3 million has far more money than anticipated. (Some money is also set aside to fund ongoing forestry operations and capital investments.)
Through the first half of 2023, the city shovelled more than $6 million into the reserve. Even after the city spent a half-million dollars, the reserve still has more than $8 million. That’s far more than the $2.6 million projected just last fall. The cash came in part because of significant sales thanks to a strong market for utility poles.
In a report this week to council, staff say that utility pole prices have since declined “so the early release was timely.” Staff said the financial boon is because of both the timing of the utility pole sale and lower stumpage costs (the amount paid to the province, which owns the land within the community forest). With more logging available to be harvested later this year, city staff expect the financial windfall to continue.
Kookipi Creek fire burned six homes, 21 other buildings
The Kookipi Creek wildfire destroyed six homes, Fraser Valley Regional District officials revealed Wednesday. The fire also destroyed 21 recreational and maintenance buildings. Although still classified as “out of control,” the wildfire is no longer considered a direct danger to any communities.
Evacuation orders for the fire’s vicinity have been lifted, though several evacuation alerts are still in effect. The FVRD has published a re-entry guide for residents returning to the area. The guide warns returning residents to be aware of serious risks that may be posed by charred buildings, chimneys, destroyed chemical containers, and other debris. The guide also includes advice on how residents can visually check the stability of trees. You can read it here.
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Pink salmon have been splashing up the Fraser River—and other nearby rivers including the Chilliwack and Harrison Rivers—for the last few days. Pink salmon runs happen every other year and are popular with Fraser Valley fishers. The Fraser River has long been home to salmon fishing of various types—the photo above, from the 1890s, shows fishing boats powered by sail and oar on the lower portion of the Fraser River.
🗓 Things to do
Ongoing, Sept. 7 to 13
🎭️ Play: Bez Arts Hub in Langley presents the comedy Every Brilliant Thing, until Sunday, Sept. 17. Tickets available online.
🎪 Circus: The American Crown Circus will be performing in Abbotsford from Thursday, Sept. 7 to Monday, Sept. 11. Tickets online.
👨🎨 Art exhibition: The Fraser Valley Biennial, a touring art exhibition that displays work from prominent local artists every two years, will make a stop at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford from Saturday, Sept. 9 until Saturday, Sept. 30. Details online.
🌳 Genealogy sessions: Drop in to the Mission Library beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12 to share your family tree, get answers to your questions, and help with research from volunteers with the Mission Genealogy Club and Aboriginal Genealogy Network. Details online.
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