Jessica Peters

Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)

‘It was chaos out there,’ says volunteer who helped on ground in Hope during flooding

Engineer who offered his time looks back on disaster that brought community together

Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The 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)
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)
A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Holding back the water for Abbotsford

Team of neighbours gathered together to save critical Barrowtown infrastructure

A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Life carries on at Abbotsford dairy farm where 200 cows died

Calves rescued by boat during flooding now grown heifers having calves of their own

One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Jen Maxwell has won a Governor General’s History Award for excellence in teaching, for a project she undertook with her Grade 12 students at W.J. Mouat secondary in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford teacher to receive Governor General’s history award

School project that explored progress on 94 Calls to Action earns Canada’s top history prize

Jen Maxwell has won a Governor General’s History Award for excellence in teaching, for a project she undertook with her Grade 12 students at W.J. Mouat secondary in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
The Mercado Latino Society holds regular events throughout the Fraser Valley, bringing together Latino merchants and businesses in one place, to help create community while supporting each other. (Mercado Latino Society Facebook)

Fraser Valley Latino community growing stronger with new society

Mercada Latino Society started in one woman’s driveway and now has 60 vendors

The Mercado Latino Society holds regular events throughout the Fraser Valley, bringing together Latino merchants and businesses in one place, to help create community while supporting each other. (Mercado Latino Society Facebook)
Joe Roberts (The Skid Row CEO) spoke at the annual Character Abbotsford conference at Abbotsford secondary school on Oct. 20, and met with conference attendees afterward. He will be back in Abbotsford on Nov. 29 for Hope in the Valley. (Submitted photo)

‘Skid row CEO’ Joe Roberts back in Abbotsford for beneficial brunch

Salvation Army hosting Hope in the Valley with popular guest speaker

Joe Roberts (The Skid Row CEO) spoke at the annual Character Abbotsford conference at Abbotsford secondary school on Oct. 20, and met with conference attendees afterward. He will be back in Abbotsford on Nov. 29 for Hope in the Valley. (Submitted photo)
Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)

BC Hydro Power Pioneers donate to Abbotsford’s Dave Lede House

Group raised funds through event held in Harrison Hot Springs

Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)
Ironworker Danielle Shaw explains the ins and outs of her industry to interested visitors to the recent Black Press Media Career and Post Secondary Education Event in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Time to connect in person with potential employers, schools at Abbotsford career fair

Education opportunties and work options aplenty to be presented at Black Press event

Ironworker Danielle Shaw explains the ins and outs of her industry to interested visitors to the recent Black Press Media Career and Post Secondary Education Event in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)
Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)

Therapy bunnies melting worries away for B.C. students

Abbotsford’s Cornerstone Christian School introduces lop-eared rabbits as newest members of staff

Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)
Abbotsford’s Andrew Fontaine, 20, was last seen on Oct. 9 and is considered missing. (Abbotsford Police handout)

UPDATE: Missing 20-year-old from Abbotsford found safe

Andrew Fontaine’s disappearance is out of character according to family members

Abbotsford’s Andrew Fontaine, 20, was last seen on Oct. 9 and is considered missing. (Abbotsford Police handout)
Black Press Career Fairs take place all over B.C., and one is coming to Abbotsford on Nov. 2. (Black Press Media staff)

Black Press career fair connecting employees with opportunities in Abbotsford

Event is open to the public on UFV Abbotsford campus on Nov. 2

Black Press Career Fairs take place all over B.C., and one is coming to Abbotsford on Nov. 2. (Black Press Media staff)
Wildfire smoke is particularly unhealthy and people are advised to stay indoors until this situation improves, if possible. Rain could come as early as Thursday night, according to Environment Canada, potentially marking the end of a three-month drought in the region. (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)

Inaccessible fire burning near Hope will need significant rainfall, says B.C. Wildfire

Flood Falls fire is being held and is in steep terrain, but coming rain could help extinguish it

Wildfire smoke is particularly unhealthy and people are advised to stay indoors until this situation improves, if possible. Rain could come as early as Thursday night, according to Environment Canada, potentially marking the end of a three-month drought in the region. (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)
Students within the Abbotsford school district were asked to consider aging issues when creating art, and many of the pieces are now on display at a gallery at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted art)

Abbotsford student art work explores perceptions on aging

UFV and Abbotsford school district teachers partner on art project in new show

Students within the Abbotsford school district were asked to consider aging issues when creating art, and many of the pieces are now on display at a gallery at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted art)
The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in the Fraser Nicola riding. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)

Agassiz and Harrison would join Hope’s Fraser Canyon riding in new proposal

Electoral boundary commission’s newest report suggests several changes around the Fraser Valley

The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in the Fraser Nicola riding. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)
Chilliwack school board candidate Margaret Reid and mayoral candidate Ian Carmichael faced off in the first zucchini boat race of the day at the Sardis Neighbourhood Market on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Jessica Peters/Black Press Media)

COLUMN: Forget formal debates, let’s see how you do in a zucchini boat race

A reporter finds out that a lot can be learned about a candidate by how they handle fun competition

Chilliwack school board candidate Margaret Reid and mayoral candidate Ian Carmichael faced off in the first zucchini boat race of the day at the Sardis Neighbourhood Market on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Jessica Peters/Black Press Media)
Scuba diver Heather Godbout took a leap into Harrison Lake on Sunday, keeping the summer season going well into October. (Submitted photo)

Heat records broken in Hope and Abbotsford on Sunday

Swimming in local lakes still an option for some in Fraser Valley communities

Scuba diver Heather Godbout took a leap into Harrison Lake on Sunday, keeping the summer season going well into October. (Submitted photo)
Northern Paranormal Investigations will be holding guided tours of Yale Historic Site, discussing their findings of all things spooky. (Submitted/Yale Historic Site)

Ghost stories abound at historic B.C. gold rush site in Yale

Paranormal investigators to lead informative, spooky tours through site

Northern Paranormal Investigations will be holding guided tours of Yale Historic Site, discussing their findings of all things spooky. (Submitted/Yale Historic Site)