Jessica Peters

On one of the hottest days of the summer, June 28, families gathered at Lake of the Woods along Highway 1 for some respite from the heat. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

UPDATE: Hope to open cooling centre amid heat wave

Fraser Health says it’s the responsibility of municipalities to set up cooling stations if needed

On one of the hottest days of the summer, June 28, families gathered at Lake of the Woods along Highway 1 for some respite from the heat. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Fraser Health moves to new ‘vaccine hub model’ for COVID-19 shots

Some community clinics closing as health authority sees improvements in vaccination rates

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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UFV research project teaches personal trainers about air pollution risks

Kinesiology research aims to increase education among practitioners

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Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.

COLUMN: Change isn’t just constant in life, it’s a necessity

Black Press reporter contemplates change as she moves from Chilliwack to the Abbotsford newsroom

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.
Barry Marsden was one of the founding members of Conair Group Inc., as well as chairman and CEO. The company announced his passing on July 29. (Submitted photo)

Founder of Abbotsford aerial firefighting company Conair dies

Barry Marsden contributed to firefighting from the skies for more than 50 years

Barry Marsden was one of the founding members of Conair Group Inc., as well as chairman and CEO. The company announced his passing on July 29. (Submitted photo)
Tesla Owners Club of B.C. converged in Hope on July 24, 2021 to celebrate the opening of 12 new Superchargers, which can give a Tesla a full charge in the fraction of the time that others can. (Rich Teer photo)

Hope becomes a bigger draw for Tesla drivers with 12 new stations

Small Fraser Valley town home to more than 30 public electric vehicle outlets

Tesla Owners Club of B.C. converged in Hope on July 24, 2021 to celebrate the opening of 12 new Superchargers, which can give a Tesla a full charge in the fraction of the time that others can. (Rich Teer photo)
The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)

Abbotsford Airshow cancels fireworks displays due to fires burning throughout B.C.

Airshow organizers made decision following announcement of state of emergency

The CF Snowbirds will still be a part of the Abbotsford International Airshow this year, but fireworks have been cancelled due to the fires burning in the province. (Erin Haluschak photo)
A Drive BC webcam shows a fire being hit with water from a BC Wildfire helicopter, just outside of Hope on July 20, 2021, along Highway 5 close to the Othello Tunnels. (Drive BC)

Highway 5 closed north of Hope due to vehicle fire

Highway 5 is closed while crews deal with roadside fire near Othello Tunnels

A Drive BC webcam shows a fire being hit with water from a BC Wildfire helicopter, just outside of Hope on July 20, 2021, along Highway 5 close to the Othello Tunnels. (Drive BC)
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New slo-pitch tournament to support Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s work

Health Care Heroes Slo-Pitch Tournament planned for Abbotsford in September

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Richmond Drive area CN Rail tracks where a crossing is in place with wooden ties that have been the site of small fires in the past. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope resident calls out concerns over wooden railway ties on CN track

Several fires along Richmond Drive section of tracks through town, she says

Richmond Drive area CN Rail tracks where a crossing is in place with wooden ties that have been the site of small fires in the past. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfires, fireworks cause major concern for all, says Fraser Valley fire chief

‘Even just your simple little wiener roast is going to draw so much attention’

(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Abbotsford’s Jaspreet Sandhu bought his winning ticket at the Chilliwack Superstore. He hopes to buy a home with his winnings. (BC Lotto photo)

Abbotsford man eyeing up home for family after winning $1 million in Lotto Max

Winning ticket was purchased at Chilliwack grocery store outlet

Abbotsford’s Jaspreet Sandhu bought his winning ticket at the Chilliwack Superstore. He hopes to buy a home with his winnings. (BC Lotto photo)
A small fire was spotted by parks operator Dallas Brown on July 13, 2021 up Silver Skagit Road near Ross Lake. He was able to extinguish it and relay the information to BC Wildfire crews who also attended. (Dallas Brown

‘No thinking, just do’: Park operator douses fire at campsite south of Hope

Fire, made with debris, rubber and even animal bones could have threatened campers

A small fire was spotted by parks operator Dallas Brown on July 13, 2021 up Silver Skagit Road near Ross Lake. He was able to extinguish it and relay the information to BC Wildfire crews who also attended. (Dallas Brown
This unidentified dog is looking for her owner following the Lytton fire. (BC SPCA)

UPDATE: SPCA reconnect dog with her owners after Lytton fire

Dog was found by DFO workers near 12 Mile Road and has an injury to one leg

This unidentified dog is looking for her owner following the Lytton fire. (BC SPCA)
Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)

Brand new beds awaiting wildfire crews who lost everything in Lytton fire

Group of businesses and volunteers get together to support firefighters with beds, funds

Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)
Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Recent heat wave proves deadly for man in his 70s in an RV in Hope

Woman who tried to help and rescued his dog thinks we can do better to check on neighbours

Hope resident Theresa McCormick saw firsthand the serious gaps in emergency response on June 28, when someone she knew died while living in a motorhome without power. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No appointments needed for vaccines in Chilliwack and Hope

Walk-ins now being accomodated at various Fraser Health clinics

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Merritt Food Bank is filled to the brim with donations of all sorts. Emergency officials are asking for financial gifts instead to help evacuees of B.C.’s wildfires. (City of Merritt Facebook)

Financial help is what’s needed for B.C. wildfire evacuees

Emergency officials appeal to donors to stop sending goods as centres fill with donations

Merritt Food Bank is filled to the brim with donations of all sorts. Emergency officials are asking for financial gifts instead to help evacuees of B.C.’s wildfires. (City of Merritt Facebook)
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being set up to help with the B.C. wildfire season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Out-of-province firefighters, military being dispatched to help B.C. control wildfires

More than 100 firefighters arriving Monday to help in B.C. Interior

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being set up to help with the B.C. wildfire season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh