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Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man was transported to hospital late last week with serious injuries following a hit and run incident in the Popkum area. (File Photo)

Agassiz RCMP seeking assistance in hit and run in Popkum

Pedestrian struck, suspect vehicle is newer gray pickup

A man was transported to hospital late last week with serious injuries following a hit and run incident in the Popkum area. (File Photo)
Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack was charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019, and will plead guilty to one. (LinkedIn)

Chilliwack physiotherapist facing sexual assault charges reaches plea deal

Sanjay Amrutkar was facing eight counts. He’ll plead guilty to one and will see no jail time

Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack was charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019, and will plead guilty to one. (LinkedIn)
A 37-year-old Hope man has been arrested after breaking and entering into a business and stealing around $2000 worth of merchandise. (File photo by Advocate staff)

37-year-old man arrested in relation to theft of $2,000 worth of items from Hope business

Break-in and theft occurred Monday morning (Jan. 23) at a business on Wallace Street

A 37-year-old Hope man has been arrested after breaking and entering into a business and stealing around $2000 worth of merchandise. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Reinhard “Bud” Loewen has pleaded guilty to six of the 24 sexual assault charges he faced. (Facebook photo)

Former Abbotsford masseur pleads guilty to 6 of his 24 sexual assault charges

Reinhard ‘Bud’ Loewen was first charged in December 2020

Reinhard “Bud” Loewen has pleaded guilty to six of the 24 sexual assault charges he faced. (Facebook photo)
Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford man out nearly $6,000 in plumbing tools after theft from locked truck

Plumber had been grieving his father when thief broke into canopy to take livelihood

Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)
Via B.C. Creative’s Interactive Fund partnership, the Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park received $40,000 in funding for a light and sound installation exploring the effects of colonialism

Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation near Agassiz granted $40,000 for light and sound exhibition

Installation at Syéxw Chó:leqw will explore effects of colonialism

Via B.C. Creative’s Interactive Fund partnership, the Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park received $40,000 in funding for a light and sound installation exploring the effects of colonialism
Alex Blanarou of Surrey was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 24. The first of three men to plead guilty in the case has now been sentenced.

Get-away driver sentenced in 2017 killing of Surrey man in Abbotsford

Michael Schweiger gets another 8 months in jail in case involving death of Alex Blanarou

Alex Blanarou of Surrey was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 24. The first of three men to plead guilty in the case has now been sentenced.
The food court at Cottonwood Centre is set to be removed in upcoming renovations to make way for a BC Liquor store that will be relocated. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Food court removal plan for Cottonwood Centre in Chilliwack sparks petition

‘We know it’s difficult for the public. We get it,’ says mall rep about food court loss in renovation

The food court at Cottonwood Centre is set to be removed in upcoming renovations to make way for a BC Liquor store that will be relocated. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
A vehicle incident in the Popkum area has snarled traffic along Highway 1 on Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

UPDATED: Hwy 1 traffic in Bridal Falls area flowing normally following vehicle incident

Highway traffic was heavy for roughly two hours Tuesday afternoon

A vehicle incident in the Popkum area has snarled traffic along Highway 1 on Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot/Google Maps)
Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)

Abbotsford Police ask for public’s help to find missing woman Shaunna-Rae Johnson

Police say it’s out of woman’s character and she was last seen on Jan. 4

Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)
Screenshots from video posted on social media show David Allen Lucas, who has been sentenced for an incident on a transit bus in Abbotsford in April 2022.

Surrey man sentenced for assaulting passengers on Abbotsford bus in 2022

David Allen Lucas’s actions were captured on video and posted online

Screenshots from video posted on social media show David Allen Lucas, who has been sentenced for an incident on a transit bus in Abbotsford in April 2022.
Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove helps clean up a stretch of Hope River Road with other volunteers on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack mayor ‘disgusted’ with garbage on roadside; initiates cleanup

More than a dozen volunteers came out to pick up trash along Hope River Road in Chilliwack

Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove helps clean up a stretch of Hope River Road with other volunteers on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
For the first time ever, Chilliwack School District 33 is projecting expenditures to top $200 million. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack School District hits spending milestone in 2023 budget

For the first time ever, SD33 is anticipating expenditures to top $200 million

For the first time ever, Chilliwack School District 33 is projecting expenditures to top $200 million. (Black Press file)
Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)

Snowfall warning for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt

Heavy snow fell overnight in some areas totalling 20 to 30 cm, more to come

Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)
Khristina (last name withheld), seen here at Salish Park on Jan. 18, 2023, from Saskatchewan comes to Chilliwack twice a year to find her son who is living on the streets, and to hand out supplies to homeless people. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Khristina (last name withheld), seen here at Salish Park on Jan. 18, 2023, from Saskatchewan comes to Chilliwack twice a year to find her son who is living on the streets, and to hand out supplies to homeless people. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Two people are in custody after a man and woman were held against their will in a residence on Fifth Avenue. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Man and woman rescued from a Hope residence after being held against their will

Two people now in custody as Hope RCMP continue to investigate

Two people are in custody after a man and woman were held against their will in a residence on Fifth Avenue. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)

Trial begins for Chilliwack physiotherapist charged with sexual assault

The first of eight female complainants took the witness stand against Sanjay Amrutkar

Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)
Chilliwack firefighters put out a pickup truck fire in an empty lot next to the CN Rail line on Alexander Avenue after 2 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2023. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Chilliwack firefighters tackle pickup truck blaze on Railway Avenue

Fire Monday was at least the 4th one in a 2-block radius in 3 months

Chilliwack firefighters put out a pickup truck fire in an empty lot next to the CN Rail line on Alexander Avenue after 2 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2023. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Mobile shower ministry gets big boost to continue work in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge

Abbotsford-based group has provided 2,600 showers to people in need since 2019

Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)