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Oversize load collides with Highway 1 overpass in Chilliwack

Oversize load collides with Highway 1 overpass in Chilliwack

Traffic disrupted eastbound around Lickman Road over pass Monday morning

Oversize load collides with Highway 1 overpass in Chilliwack
Sandy Mathies is running for Chilliwack city council

Sandy Mathies is running for Chilliwack city council

Creating affordable housing options and keeping the community safe are two of his platform planks

Sandy Mathies is running for Chilliwack city council
Truck traffic on Highway 1 has dramatically increased since 2014.  Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News

Highway crashes double in Fraser Valley, truck traffic also up steeply

Unclear if doubling of Fraser Valley highway crashes is linked to spike in truck traffic

Truck traffic on Highway 1 has dramatically increased since 2014.  Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News
A still from one of two videos shared on social media depicting young people in Chilliwack blowing smoke from a bong in the face of a kitten. The teens have been attacked on digital media and the BC SPCA is investigating.

BC SPCA investigate Chilliwack youth blowing smoke in kitten’s face in videos

Shared Snapchat videos lead to scathing criticism, even threats on social media

A still from one of two videos shared on social media depicting young people in Chilliwack blowing smoke from a bong in the face of a kitten. The teens have been attacked on digital media and the BC SPCA is investigating.
Supplies are critically low at the Salvation Army food bank warehouse right now, according to Don Armstrong, community food bank coordinator in Chilliwack. Chunky soups and tinned dinners are in high demand. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Situation critical now for Chilliwack Food Bank reserves

The Sally Ann food warehouse is nearly empty and in dire need of donations this summer

Supplies are critically low at the Salvation Army food bank warehouse right now, according to Don Armstrong, community food bank coordinator in Chilliwack. Chunky soups and tinned dinners are in high demand. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
The aftermath of a fire that destroyed two houses, three garages, a coachhouse and four vehicles on Safflower Crescent in Chilliwack on July 11. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

UPDATE: Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crimes Unit investigating massive Safflower Crescent fire

GoFundMe accounts set up to help five families affected by blaze that destroyed five structures

The aftermath of a fire that destroyed two houses, three garages, a coachhouse and four vehicles on Safflower Crescent in Chilliwack on July 11. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A crew of about 25 staff from LLT showed up to the Chilliwack Community Forest with work gloves on, and put in a full day trail-building recently. (Submitted)

It’s all adding up in Chilliwack Community Forest after accountants take on trail-building

Chilliwack accountants LLT LLP had volunteers clearing brush and benching on several trails

A crew of about 25 staff from LLT showed up to the Chilliwack Community Forest with work gloves on, and put in a full day trail-building recently. (Submitted)
A Chilliwack RCMP officer outside The Kure Cannabis Dispensary on the Skwah First Nation on July 12 as a search warrant is executed. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

UPDATE: RCMP execute search warrants at Chilliwack cannabis shops on First Nations land

Officers on scene at The Kure on Skwah and Indigenous Bloom on Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt Thursday

A Chilliwack RCMP officer outside The Kure Cannabis Dispensary on the Skwah First Nation on July 12 as a search warrant is executed. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
For those who showed up to the open house Tuesday night at the Travelodge/IHOP, it was a first look at proposed plans for the youth facility to be built in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Open House attracted those curious about first Chilliwack youth treatment facility

The 20-bed treatment centre for youth 13-18 from across the Fraser Health region

For those who showed up to the open house Tuesday night at the Travelodge/IHOP, it was a first look at proposed plans for the youth facility to be built in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
Two variable speed limit systems are being installed on Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Variable speed limits system coming to Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz welcomed the news but said highway widening is what’s really needed

Two variable speed limit systems are being installed on Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
TransLink ridership set to break total boarding records

TransLink ridership set to break total boarding records

Last year’s total boardings reached a total of 407-million.

  • Jul 11, 2018
TransLink ridership set to break total boarding records
A fire destroyed two houses, a coachhouse and garages in a Sardis neighbourhood in the early hours on July 11. For video of the fire, go online to www.theprogress.com.                                 Photo John Lippold

UPDATE w/ VIDEO: Two Sardis homes destroyed, others damaged, in massive fire

Flames hit so fast and hard smoke alarms didn’t even go off in at least one house

A fire destroyed two houses, a coachhouse and garages in a Sardis neighbourhood in the early hours on July 11. For video of the fire, go online to www.theprogress.com.                                 Photo John Lippold
Village of Harrison workers are fighting for scheduling that ‘allows for work life balance.’ CUPE Local 458 vice president Darlene Worthylake said the the workers will stop picketing areas that impact the festival once the Village meets them at the bargaining table. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

UPDATE: Picketing at Harrison festival ends

Negotiations between workers and Village scheduled for Wednesday afternoon

Village of Harrison workers are fighting for scheduling that ‘allows for work life balance.’ CUPE Local 458 vice president Darlene Worthylake said the the workers will stop picketing areas that impact the festival once the Village meets them at the bargaining table. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Village of Harrison workers are fighting for scheduling that ‘allows for work life balance.’ CUPE Local 458 vice president Darlene Worthylake said the the workers will stop picketing areas that impact the festival if the Village agrees to meet them at the bargaining table in the next few days. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

‘The rest of the festival is a big question mark’

Labour dispute hits Harrison Festival of the Arts

Village of Harrison workers are fighting for scheduling that ‘allows for work life balance.’ CUPE Local 458 vice president Darlene Worthylake said the the workers will stop picketing areas that impact the festival if the Village agrees to meet them at the bargaining table in the next few days. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
A shooting took place in this area of Broadway in Chilliwack at around 2 a.m. on July 10. (GoogleMaps)

Shots fired on Broadway in Chilliwack overnight

No victims or suspects in 2 a.m. July 10 incident

A shooting took place in this area of Broadway in Chilliwack at around 2 a.m. on July 10. (GoogleMaps)
A western toadlet on the centre line of Elk View Road. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress File)

VIDEO: Toads on the move in hills above Chilliwack

Best way to help the mass migration of toadlets is by following the FVC updates online

A western toadlet on the centre line of Elk View Road. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress File)
The aftermath of a tent fire at a small homeless encampment behind the Masonic Hall on Hocking Avenue on July 9. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

VIDEO: Another homeless tent fire in Chilliwack

No one injured; firefighters also respond to fire caused by full dryer lint trap

The aftermath of a tent fire at a small homeless encampment behind the Masonic Hall on Hocking Avenue on July 9. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack real estate back to a balanced market

Chilliwack real estate back to a balanced market

Average sale price of $529,127 up 54 per cent in three years

Chilliwack real estate back to a balanced market
A rendering of the Algra Bros. plan for redevelopment of the 3.75-acre downtown site at Five Corners. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

WATCH: Revitalization of downtown Chilliwack the goal of multi-phase development

Algra Bros. Development awarded contract to rejuvenate 3.75 acres of Chilliwack’s downtown

A rendering of the Algra Bros. plan for redevelopment of the 3.75-acre downtown site at Five Corners. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Village of Harrison workers were on the picket line Monday morning after serving a strike notice to the Village on Friday.  (Submitted)
Village of Harrison workers were on the picket line Monday morning after serving a strike notice to the Village on Friday.  (Submitted)
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