Sarah Gawdin

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

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)
Christine Seymour has joined SD 78 as the District Principal of Indigenous Education, effective Aug. 30, 2021. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

School District 78 appoints new District Principal of Indigenous Education

Appointment comes after the retirement of Rod Peters, who worked with SD 78 for 26 years

Christine Seymour has joined SD 78 as the District Principal of Indigenous Education, effective Aug. 30, 2021. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)

‘One of my guys jumped into a 10-foot poop pit,’ says rescuer of hybrids near Hope, Chilliwack

Born from dog/wolf parents, hybrids are nearly genetically, physically identical to wolves

A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)
Brendan Sandhu cuddles one of the male wolf-dog hybrids he recently helped rescue in the Hope and Chilliwack area. (Submitted by Brendan Sandhu)

‘One of my guys jumped into a 10-foot poop pit,’ says wolfdog rescuer near Chilliwack

Born from dog/wolf parents, hybrids are nearly genetically, physically identical to wolves

Brendan Sandhu cuddles one of the male wolf-dog hybrids he recently helped rescue in the Hope and Chilliwack area. (Submitted by Brendan Sandhu)
Ken Mackie has joined SD 78 as the new Secretary Treasurer, effective Aug. 23, 2021. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Fraser-Cascade School District welcomes new Secretary Treasurer

With decades of experience under his belt, Ken Mackie is SD 78’s new Secretary Treasurer

Ken Mackie has joined SD 78 as the new Secretary Treasurer, effective Aug. 23, 2021. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)

Hope residents report wolf sightings in Laidlaw

Based on mannerisms, conservation says animals are likely wolf-dog hybrids

A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)
Community Futures is offering support to small businesses across the province that have been affected by this year’s wildfires.

Support available for small businesses impacted by the 2021 wildfires

Community Futures BC launches website, toll-free number for business-related wildfire support

Community Futures is offering support to small businesses across the province that have been affected by this year’s wildfires.
Some local gas stations have decided to pull their firewood sales, while others have chosen to continue selling, despite a provincial fire ban, and a local would like to know why. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Firewood for sale during ban: Hope resident asks why

Gas stations still offer wood fuel for fires during a bad B.C. fire season

Some local gas stations have decided to pull their firewood sales, while others have chosen to continue selling, despite a provincial fire ban, and a local would like to know why. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
A travel advisory has been issued for Highway 5, between Hope and Merritt. (Screenshot from DriveBC.ca)

Travel advisory on Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt

Wildfire smoke has caused limited visibility for more than 100 km

A travel advisory has been issued for Highway 5, between Hope and Merritt. (Screenshot from DriveBC.ca)
Young salmon are released after being grown in a hatchery. (Fernando Lessa)
Young salmon are released after being grown in a hatchery. (Photo by Fernando Lessa)

Up to 85% of historical salmon habitat lost in Lower Fraser region

More than 1,200 barriers preventing salmon from accessing at least 2,224 kilometres of streams

Young salmon are released after being grown in a hatchery. (Fernando Lessa)
Young salmon are released after being grown in a hatchery. (Photo by Fernando Lessa)
Conservation projects in the Eastern Fraser Valley will be receiving more than $170,000 in funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. (photo submitted)

Eastern Fraser Valley conservation projects to see influx of more than $171,000

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation grants $9.3 million for provincial conservation projects

Conservation projects in the Eastern Fraser Valley will be receiving more than $170,000 in funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. (photo submitted)
This year's Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation fundraising event will be hosted in Harrison Hot Springs, and will have a high-end casino theme. For more information, please visit www.fvhcf.ca. (Submitted by FVHCF)

Hospital care, shaken, not stirred is the theme for this year’s FVHCF fundraising event

Event raises funds for vital equipment, programs for communities in the Eastern Fraser Valley

This year's Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation fundraising event will be hosted in Harrison Hot Springs, and will have a high-end casino theme. For more information, please visit www.fvhcf.ca. (Submitted by FVHCF)
Once enrolled in the Backpack Buddies program, which is free, children receive a bag of food at the end f the week to help keep them fed during weekends. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

A little bit goes a long way: locals team up to put bags of food into student backpacks

With the assistance of community partners, Backpack Buddies is helping feed Hope’s children

Once enrolled in the Backpack Buddies program, which is free, children receive a bag of food at the end f the week to help keep them fed during weekends. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Hope’s Christel Keller says she’s going to help out her family members and take a lot of vacations after she won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the Lotto Max draw on June 18, 2021. (Submitted by BCLC)

Jet-setting on horizon for Hope resident after pocketing $1-million in Lotto Max draw

Christel Keller’s future plans include taking care of family and a lot of vacationing

Hope’s Christel Keller says she’s going to help out her family members and take a lot of vacations after she won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the Lotto Max draw on June 18, 2021. (Submitted by BCLC)
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Shining a light on brain injury in Canada

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work)

See orange cones? Better put down your phone!

12 roadside workers died, 207 were injured in B.C. during last 10 years

With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work)
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.

Boston Bar to host COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic Friday

Clinic will be at Boston Bar School 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.
Surprising number of candidates step up for trustee byelection, says deputy chief election officer

Surprising number of candidates step up for trustee byelection, says deputy chief election officer

Unexpected passing left board vacancy for Area 3 of Fraser-Cascade School District

Surprising number of candidates step up for trustee byelection, says deputy chief election officer
Area 3 of the Fraser-Cascade School District (SD 78) is about to return to polling stations to vote for a new trustee to represent them. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard

Question Answers with Fraser-Cascade 2019 byelection candidates

Seven candidates have stepped forward for this year’s sudden byelection—learn about them here

Area 3 of the Fraser-Cascade School District (SD 78) is about to return to polling stations to vote for a new trustee to represent them. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard
Although it’s one of only two volunteer fire halls in the province that receive zero government funds, the Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Department (SVVFD)is more than 20-years-old, and may be the only hall in British Columbia with such an active juniors program for youth. (L-R) SVVFD members Fred Risbey and Chris Farsky stand with junior members, Landon Jackson and Troy Adams. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard

Sunshine Valley teens burning with promise

Possibly the youngest in B.C., Sunshine Valley trains 15- and 16-year-old firefighters

Although it’s one of only two volunteer fire halls in the province that receive zero government funds, the Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Department (SVVFD)is more than 20-years-old, and may be the only hall in British Columbia with such an active juniors program for youth. (L-R) SVVFD members Fred Risbey and Chris Farsky stand with junior members, Landon Jackson and Troy Adams. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard