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This 2004 Toyota Camry LE will be given away to someone in Chilliwack for the 19th annual Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway. (Submitted)

Nominations open for annual Christmas car giveaway in Chilliwack

Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway an annual campaign where worthy resident is gifted used vehicle

This 2004 Toyota Camry LE will be given away to someone in Chilliwack for the 19th annual Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway. (Submitted)
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

New route announced for Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack

People also asked to bring non-perishable food items for Salvation Army food bank in Chilliwack

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
UFV History instructor Sebastian Huebel with BeNanna Bakery owner Travis Neels. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Holocaust survivor’s orange cake recipe made into cupcakes by Chilliwack bakery

‘There are the survivors, and memories we need to keep alive. So it’s more than a simple cupcake!’

UFV History instructor Sebastian Huebel with BeNanna Bakery owner Travis Neels. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Three handguns, drugs including fentanyl and heroin, and $90,000 cash were seized Nov. 10 from two homes in Abbotsford and Surrey. (Abbotsford Police photo)

Guns, drugs and $90K seized from homes in Abbotsford and Surrey

Three men arrested have links to gang conflict, say police

Three handguns, drugs including fentanyl and heroin, and $90,000 cash were seized Nov. 10 from two homes in Abbotsford and Surrey. (Abbotsford Police photo)
Heavy RCMP presence on Cleveland Avenue east of Victor Street before 9 a.m. on Nov. 23, 2022. (Submitted photo)

School placed in hold-and-secure as Chilliwack RCMP respond to weapons call

Chilliwack Central Elementary School briefly locked its doors as a police incident unfolded nearby

Heavy RCMP presence on Cleveland Avenue east of Victor Street before 9 a.m. on Nov. 23, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Kendal Campeau died in Pacific Institution in Abbotsford on Nov. 14, 2021.

More answers sought into death of Indigenous man in Abbotsford prison

Two organizations say Kendal Campeau was victim of ‘systemic issues’

Kendal Campeau died in Pacific Institution in Abbotsford on Nov. 14, 2021.
Protesters and counter-protestors shared their polarizing views on the contentious SOGI 123 curriculum at the B.C. Legislature in 2018. (Keri Coles/Black Press file)

What really is the SOGI 123 resource in British Columbia schools?

Q&A on the LGBTQ anti-bullying program with ARC Foundation’s national program manager

Protesters and counter-protestors shared their polarizing views on the contentious SOGI 123 curriculum at the B.C. Legislature in 2018. (Keri Coles/Black Press file)
Dana Martin (left), Sandy Mather (right) of Soroptomist International of Chilliwack gathered at The Rendezvous restaurant Wednesday (Nov. 16) to assemble and fill Christmas packs for unhoused women. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack service club packs Christmas gift bags for women experiencing homelessness

‘We’re grateful for these comforts to provide to people in our community,’ says Fraser Health official

Dana Martin (left), Sandy Mather (right) of Soroptomist International of Chilliwack gathered at The Rendezvous restaurant Wednesday (Nov. 16) to assemble and fill Christmas packs for unhoused women. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the 2021 floods. The second of two men who were charged after trying to steal farm equipment in the area has now been sentenced. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

No jail time for man who tried to steal farm equipment after Abbotsford flooding

Patrick Schryver one of two men arrested on Sumas Prairie on Dec. 15, 2021

Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the 2021 floods. The second of two men who were charged after trying to steal farm equipment in the area has now been sentenced. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A farmer sorts through eggs as they exit the hen barn at an egg farm in West Lincoln, Ont., on Monday, March 7, 2016. Canadian poultry and egg producers have now lost more than 3.7 million birds to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

Poultry farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford under quarantine for avian influenza

Commercial flocks at risk from migratory birds; ministry offering free online information sessions

A farmer sorts through eggs as they exit the hen barn at an egg farm in West Lincoln, Ont., on Monday, March 7, 2016. Canadian poultry and egg producers have now lost more than 3.7 million birds to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)
Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)

Chilliwack assault trial focused on weapon or no weapon

Was victim beaten with pipe or did he fall down stairs? Either way he ended up with severe injuries

Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)
Gofundme account set up for Morris family, who lost everything in townhouse fire Nov. 21, 2022. (Gofundme)

Townhouse fire Gofundme established to help Chilliwack family of 3 burned out of home

‘As a community, we want to reach out and help this dear family,’ says fundraising organizer

Gofundme account set up for Morris family, who lost everything in townhouse fire Nov. 21, 2022. (Gofundme)
The Limbert Mountain fire burns east of Harrison Mills on Sunday, Nov. 20. Firefighters have kept the blaze away from nearby homes and have kept it from spreading as the fire entered its fourth day of burning. (Photo/Jason Wilson)

Agassiz area wildfires are ‘being held’

No change in size for either of 2 wildfires in the area

The Limbert Mountain fire burns east of Harrison Mills on Sunday, Nov. 20. Firefighters have kept the blaze away from nearby homes and have kept it from spreading as the fire entered its fourth day of burning. (Photo/Jason Wilson)
Officials with Jakes Construction were recognized with an excellence in community service award recently from RCMP for their help fighting a wildfire in Laidlaw in 2022. They are flanked by Assistant Commissioner Maureen Levy on the left, Lower Mainland District Commander, E Division and on the right, Superintendent Davy Lee, Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. (RCMP photo)

Annual RCMP awards herald ‘outstanding contributions’ to public safety in the Upper Fraser Valley

40 deserving recipients took home an Officer in Charge award from UFVRD in 2022

Officials with Jakes Construction were recognized with an excellence in community service award recently from RCMP for their help fighting a wildfire in Laidlaw in 2022. They are flanked by Assistant Commissioner Maureen Levy on the left, Lower Mainland District Commander, E Division and on the right, Superintendent Davy Lee, Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. (RCMP photo)
Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Former Chilliwack Search and Rescue member Adam Laurie appears in Rescue Me, a book that takes a behind-the-scenes look at life on the SAR front lines. (Caitlin Press)

Chilliwack man’s stories featured in search and rescue book

Rescue Me includes a chapter involving former Chilliwack SAR member Adam Laurie

Former Chilliwack Search and Rescue member Adam Laurie appears in Rescue Me, a book that takes a behind-the-scenes look at life on the SAR front lines. (Caitlin Press)
Vehicle fire that broke out early Monday, Nov. 21 in a Watson Road townhouse complex “appears deliberately set,” according to Chilliwack Fire Department. (Larry Krause photo)
Vehicle fire that broke out early Monday, Nov. 21 in a Watson Road townhouse complex “appears deliberately set,” according to Chilliwack Fire Department. (Larry Krause photo)
Smoke flows from the Limbert Mountain fire, one of two late-season wildfires burning in the Agassiz-Harrison area this weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)

The battle continues against 2 ‘out-of-control’ Agassiz-area wildfires

Nearby residents on evacuation alert as fires are classified ‘out of control’

Smoke flows from the Limbert Mountain fire, one of two late-season wildfires burning in the Agassiz-Harrison area this weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)

Search and rescue group now working Abbotsford flood experience into training

SAR team now knows where the bigger areas of concern will be in future flooding events

Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)
Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritan’s Purse still on the ground in Abbotsford with recovery specialists

Local team is helping with cleaning, rebuilding and spiritual care

Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)