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This household in Hope’s Silver Creek neighbourhood embraced the hearts that became synonymous with the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with handmade hearts put up all around their yard. This photo was taken in May 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hope struggling with COVID vaccination rates, says mayor

Anti-passport sentiments boil over on Facebook page

 

The Central Fraser Valley Transit operations and maintenance facility on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. (Screengrab from BC Transit video)

BC Transit experiencing service challenges in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack

Central Fraser Valley routes and schedules may change with little notice, transit company warns

 

Carved in 1996 by Pete Ryan, this statue of Chip, the RCMP Service Dog killed in the line of duty near Hope on Sept. 13, 1996, now stands forever on guard. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

RCMP hosts Hope memorial for Chip, a service dog killed on Sept. 13, ‘96, by Robert John Petrus

RCMP from North Vancouver to Kamloops, seven canine pairs were in manhunt that captured Chip’s killer

 

Expect traffic delays through Abbotsford as crews deal with both a fire and a rolled over car in two separate areas. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed in Abbotsford due to rollover

A flipped car has highway closed eastbound from Sumas to Whatcom exits

Expect traffic delays through Abbotsford as crews deal with both a fire and a rolled over car in two separate areas. (Google Maps)
(Photo by BLACK PRESS)

Hard-working Abbotsford pharmacy staff complete incredible feat to help wildfire evacuees

‘We couldn’t believe we really just did this in one night,’ says pharmacy owner

(Photo by BLACK PRESS)
A fire has broken out along Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Kristine Beckman/ Facebook image)

Fire affecting traffic on Highway 1 in Abbotsford

Fire is just off the eastbound lanes in a large pile of debris

A fire has broken out along Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Kristine Beckman/ Facebook image)
Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, speaks during a stop on his Mad Max Summer 2021 Pre-Election Tour at Yarrow Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Maxime Bernier making campaign stop in Abbotsford with Fraser Valley hopefuls

Public event will feature six People’s Party of Canada candidates in federal election

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, speaks during a stop on his Mad Max Summer 2021 Pre-Election Tour at Yarrow Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Kathleen McKay learns how to administer naloxone at an event organized by Abbotsford Drug War Survivors on Aug. 31, 2021 to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Drug War Survivors gather to remember people who died from opioid overdose

Group says government has to take action and involve drug users in finding solutions

Kathleen McKay learns how to administer naloxone at an event organized by Abbotsford Drug War Survivors on Aug. 31, 2021 to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Hundreds of anti-mask protesters walked along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Nearly 100 Abbotsford businesses listed as anti-vaccine passport, some unwittingly

Many people saying they will boycott businesses who support B.C. vaccine passport program

Hundreds of anti-mask protesters walked along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Kids in the Eastern Fraser Valley have the lowest vaccination rates in the Fraser Health Authority. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/LM Otero)

About half of eligible Abbotsford kids are vaccinated against COVID, as first day of school nears

33% of kids ages 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated in Hope, according to B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Kids in the Eastern Fraser Valley have the lowest vaccination rates in the Fraser Health Authority. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/LM Otero)
Bakerview Music Academy has received funds to hire a new percussion teacher for students in Grades 4 and up. (Erwin Soo/ Wikimedia)

Abbotsford music academy in search of percussion musician to teach youth

Funds for new position in thanks to grant from Devon Clifford Music Foundation

Bakerview Music Academy has received funds to hire a new percussion teacher for students in Grades 4 and up. (Erwin Soo/ Wikimedia)
Hunter Keys, 11, is missing from Abbotsford and was last seen in the Langley area on Aug. 24, 2021, say Abbotsford Police. (RCMP released image)

Abbotsford Police searching for missing 11-year-old boy

Boy last seen in Langley area on Tuesday

Hunter Keys, 11, is missing from Abbotsford and was last seen in the Langley area on Aug. 24, 2021, say Abbotsford Police. (RCMP released image)
Terry Driver as he looked around the time of the killing of Tanya Smith and the attempted murder of Misty Cockerill in Abbotsford in October 1995. No current photos are available of Driver.

Abbotsford killer Terry Driver dies while serving life sentence

Driver was serving life sentence for 1997 conviction of brutal killing of Tanya Smith, 16

Terry Driver as he looked around the time of the killing of Tanya Smith and the attempted murder of Misty Cockerill in Abbotsford in October 1995. No current photos are available of Driver.
Hospital Transfer crews move patients around while sorting out constantly changing logistics during wildfire season. (Submitted)

Abbotsford-based hospital transfer company battles ever-changing wildfire situation

Weather, fires, road closures and more didn’t deter crew from safely transporting patients

Hospital Transfer crews move patients around while sorting out constantly changing logistics during wildfire season. (Submitted)
Members of the Gutierrez family sang prayers throughout the ceremony on Aug. 16 at Telte Yet Campsite. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

First Nation campground in Hope partners with pipeline project to improve site

Campsite improvements will include 40 sites, and rental while pipeline project continues

Members of the Gutierrez family sang prayers throughout the ceremony on Aug. 16 at Telte Yet Campsite. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Chilliwack-Hope candidates (from left): Rob Bogunovic (People’s Party of Canada, DJ Pohl (NDP), and Mark Strahl (Conservative). (Submitted)

Three Chilliwack-Hope candidates have stepped up for federal election

Strahl will face an NDP and PPC candidate in Sept. 20 election

Chilliwack-Hope candidates (from left): Rob Bogunovic (People’s Party of Canada, DJ Pohl (NDP), and Mark Strahl (Conservative). (Submitted)
A BC Hydro map shows one of three power outages affecting Hope and the surrounding area Wednesday morning. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Widespread power outage in Hope stretched from Ruby Creek to Manning Park

BC Hydro said the three linked power outages affected more than 5,000 customers

A BC Hydro map shows one of three power outages affecting Hope and the surrounding area Wednesday morning. (BC Hydro)
A screenshot of a video shared to Facebook shows fire retardant being dropped on a fire in Laidlaw on Aug. 12, 2021. (Facebook)

UPDATE: Aircraft being used in Laidlaw field fire

Fire retardant and water being dropped on flames by helicoptor and airplanes

A screenshot of a video shared to Facebook shows fire retardant being dropped on a fire in Laidlaw on Aug. 12, 2021. (Facebook)
Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Council removes heritage status of Hope Station House

Historic building could now be demolished, instead of being saved for future use in another location

Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Boston Bar sign entrance to community. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)

UPDATE: COVID cases in Boston Bar leads to community program closures

Mobile testing clinic set up at Anderson Creek Clinic for those with symptoms or potential contact

Boston Bar sign entrance to community. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)