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Candles with messages from Shaelene Bell’s two boys were lit during her celebration of life at Sandpiper Resort on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Her death has been classified as “undetermined” by BC Coroners Service. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Death of Chilliwack’s Shaelene Bell classified as ‘undetermined’: coroner

Port authority workers found 23-year-old woman’s body in Fraser River; cause of death was drowning

Candles with messages from Shaelene Bell’s two boys were lit during her celebration of life at Sandpiper Resort on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Her death has been classified as “undetermined” by BC Coroners Service. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Dignitaries, including B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, were in Abbotsford on Thursday (Nov. 10) to visit Sumas Dike, where permanent repairs are almost complete following the November 2021 floods. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Repairs almost complete to Sumas Dike in Abbotsford with $1.6M in provincial funding

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visits Thursday to make announcement

Dignitaries, including B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, were in Abbotsford on Thursday (Nov. 10) to visit Sumas Dike, where permanent repairs are almost complete following the November 2021 floods. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Children in Costa Rica open their Canadian-packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. (Frank King)

Folks in Chilliwack can drop off shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child

Last year, Canadians filled more than 413,000 shoeboxes with gifts for struggling children

Children in Costa Rica open their Canadian-packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. (Frank King)
The IIO B.C. is seeking witnesses after an alleged thief was injured during an altercation with officers in Abbotsford. (File Photo)

Alleged thief injured during altercation with police in Abbotsford, says IIO

Independent Investigations Office says incident resulted in serious injuries

The IIO B.C. is seeking witnesses after an alleged thief was injured during an altercation with officers in Abbotsford. (File Photo)
Nancy Guitar has started the Chilliwack Cupcake Festival, which takes place on Dec. 2, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Sole purpose of Chilliwack Cupcake Festival to spread joy throughout community

People encouraged to share cupcakes with neighbours, bake and bring treats to non-profits and others

Nancy Guitar has started the Chilliwack Cupcake Festival, which takes place on Dec. 2, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former home of the Chilliwack Times on Trethewey Avenue is becoming a temporary Wellness Centre. (Google Maps photo)

City of Chilliwack increasing winter shelter space

A daytime Wellness Centre and two night-time shelters are coming online as the weather gets colder

The former home of the Chilliwack Times on Trethewey Avenue is becoming a temporary Wellness Centre. (Google Maps photo)
The slide occurred at approximately 12 p.m., Dec. 1. No one was hurt. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.
The slide occurred at approximately 12 p.m., Dec. 1. No one was hurt. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.
Members of the Chilliwack Camera Club gather for an outing at Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The club is looking for more members. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Camera Club in ‘survival mode’ looking for more members

Members support each other with photographic styles, gear, learning new techniques

Members of the Chilliwack Camera Club gather for an outing at Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The club is looking for more members. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Police officers investigate a property on South Sumas Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 9, 2022 after two bodies were found inside a house there the day before. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Man and woman found in home in Chilliwack; homicide investigators called in

Dispatch to first responders was to attend 2 overdoses, IHIT took over investigation

Police officers investigate a property on South Sumas Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 9, 2022 after two bodies were found inside a house there the day before. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Elijah Gray, Marc Greidanus, and Remmert Hinlopen pose at the base of the stairs under construction as part of the Little Mountain Park Project. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Little Mountain stairs now under construction will be ‘gateway’ to new Chilliwack park space

Two huge park advocates have stepped forward to boost the fundraising efforts

Elijah Gray, Marc Greidanus, and Remmert Hinlopen pose at the base of the stairs under construction as part of the Little Mountain Park Project. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
The latest B.C. Real Estate Association forecast predicts a continued downturn for the Chilliwack and District market. (Jonathan Hayward/ The Canadian Press)

Chilliwack home prices projected to fall in latest BCREA forecast

The BCREA predicts a 6.2 per cent decline in the average MLS price from 2022 to 2023

The latest B.C. Real Estate Association forecast predicts a continued downturn for the Chilliwack and District market. (Jonathan Hayward/ The Canadian Press)
Jordan Anderson on Nov. 7, 2022 shows the pocket in a thrift-store jacket where she found two gold rings. Anderson was hoping to find the owners of the rings. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack woman finds 2 gold rings in thrift store jacket

‘I don’t know what to do with them. If I lost them, I would be devastated’

Jordan Anderson on Nov. 7, 2022 shows the pocket in a thrift-store jacket where she found two gold rings. Anderson was hoping to find the owners of the rings. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were recently recognized for their above-and-beyond efforts in rescueing stranded motorists during the atmospheric river disaster in Agassiz-Harrison in 2021. (File Photo)

RCAF squad praised for Agassiz-area rescues during last year’s floods

The RCAF 442nd Squadron awarded Barry Marsden Memorial Award

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were recently recognized for their above-and-beyond efforts in rescueing stranded motorists during the atmospheric river disaster in Agassiz-Harrison in 2021. (File Photo)
Willow Reichelt (right) enjoying a few quiet minutes before the start of a Chilliwack School Board meeting. The new-look board met for the first time Monday (Nov. 7) and Reichelt was elected board chair. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Reichelt elected chair of new-look Chilliwack School Board

Reichelt returns to a position she formerly held, joined by new vice-chair Carin Bondar

Willow Reichelt (right) enjoying a few quiet minutes before the start of a Chilliwack School Board meeting. The new-look board met for the first time Monday (Nov. 7) and Reichelt was elected board chair. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack councillor Jason Lum (third row with coffee cup) was in the audience for a forum hosted by UFV social work students Nov. 3 at Evergreen Hall. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

UFV students host forum pushing for disability rate increase

The students suggest the current Persons with Disabilities rate lags well behind the cost of living

Chilliwack councillor Jason Lum (third row with coffee cup) was in the audience for a forum hosted by UFV social work students Nov. 3 at Evergreen Hall. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Paramedics work to revive someone from an apparent drug overdose in Chilliwack, on June 16, 2017. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress File)

Another grim record for toxic drug overdose deaths in B.C. so far in 2022

27 lives lost in Chilliwack down from 46 in the same period in 2021

Paramedics work to revive someone from an apparent drug overdose in Chilliwack, on June 16, 2017. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress File)
Members with the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries prepare for their annual Puzzle Sale on Jan. 30, 2020 at the Sardis Library. For the third year in a row, the event will not be happening. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Library puzzle sale cancelled for 2023 in Chilliwack

Annual fundraiser also did not happen in 2021 and 2022

Members with the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries prepare for their annual Puzzle Sale on Jan. 30, 2020 at the Sardis Library. For the third year in a row, the event will not be happening. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Second World War veteran Warner Hockin gets help walking to the cenotaph to lay a wreath at Veterans Memorial Park in Chilliwack on Nov. 11, 2019. Hockin died on Oct. 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Remembrance Day ceremonies in Chilliwack return to normal for 2022

Ceremonies at downtown cenotaph, Vedder cenotaph and Coqualeetza Longhouse will go ahead

Second World War veteran Warner Hockin gets help walking to the cenotaph to lay a wreath at Veterans Memorial Park in Chilliwack on Nov. 11, 2019. Hockin died on Oct. 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A tree came down across Silverview Road in Hope, taking power lines with it during the windstorm that tore through the Eastern Fraser Valley and other areas of the province on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (Pattie Desjardins/ Hope Standard)

Nearly 30,000 BC Hydro customers in Eastern Fraser Valley still without power

Strong winds ripped through Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, other areas during evening wind storm

A tree came down across Silverview Road in Hope, taking power lines with it during the windstorm that tore through the Eastern Fraser Valley and other areas of the province on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (Pattie Desjardins/ Hope Standard)
Thousands of people were without power in Chilliwack on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: More than 11,000 customers without power as strong winds tear through Chilliwack

Widespread outages include areas of Sardis, Cultus Lake, Chilliwack River Valley and more

Thousands of people were without power in Chilliwack on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (BC Hydro)