Fraser Valley

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson hints at Highway No. 1 upgrades in Fraser Valley

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson hints at Highway No. 1 upgrades in Fraser Valley

Wilkinson said there will be highway improvement announcements if his party is elected

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson hints at Highway No. 1 upgrades in Fraser Valley
Heavy rain is expected this week. File photo

Rainfall warning says significant showers forecast for entire region

Rain moving across Howe Sound, The Fraser Valley and northern parts of Metro Vancouver this morning.

Heavy rain is expected this week. File photo
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement this week as heavy rains arrive in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press file photo)

First rainstorm of the season pelting the Lower Mainland

Batten down the hatches as heavy rains, wind, and some localized flooding possible

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement this week as heavy rains arrive in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press file photo)
Sunrise at Five Corners, Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2020 just before 7 a.m. shows air quality conditions continue to improve on the tenth day of an air quality alert. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Air quality across the Fraser Valley continues to improve

It’s day 10 of the fine particulate matter advisory but the health index readings are going down

Sunrise at Five Corners, Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2020 just before 7 a.m. shows air quality conditions continue to improve on the tenth day of an air quality alert. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Five Corners, Chilliwack on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at just before 7 a.m. The sky looks brighter and slightly less smoke-filled early in the day but forecasts were calling for widespread smoke again across the region. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)

Slightly better air quality is what the Fraser Valley woke up to

But ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to remain through the week

Five Corners, Chilliwack on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at just before 7 a.m. The sky looks brighter and slightly less smoke-filled early in the day but forecasts were calling for widespread smoke again across the region. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)
Slight improvement in the air quality on Sept. 15, 2020 although smoke concentrations still visible at Five Corners in Chilliwack and air quality alert still in effect. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Widespread smoke in the forecast across the region

Air quality and smoky skies for the eighth straight day from Metro Vancouver to the Fraser Valley

Slight improvement in the air quality on Sept. 15, 2020 although smoke concentrations still visible at Five Corners in Chilliwack and air quality alert still in effect. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Planned giving can be an important part of estate planning, and Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation will be hosting two events to discuss how it works, in both Chilliwack and Abbotsford. (Metro Creative Connection)

Planned giving seminars to be hosted by Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Events in Chilliwack and Abbotsford can be attended in person or by joining online

Planned giving can be an important part of estate planning, and Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation will be hosting two events to discuss how it works, in both Chilliwack and Abbotsford. (Metro Creative Connection)
Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack looking eerie at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2020, with visibility obscured due to poor air quality due to dangerously high levels of smoke particles. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)

Lower Mainland hoping for relief from blanket of smoke that has covered the region

Air quality to start improving but smoke concentrations will vary depending on winds and temperature

Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack looking eerie at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2020, with visibility obscured due to poor air quality due to dangerously high levels of smoke particles. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)
Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope on Sept. 10, 2020. (DriveBC)

Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope causing traffic delays

Road in Hope is open to traffic but motorists are asked to watch for crews on the shoulder

Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope on Sept. 10, 2020. (DriveBC)
Warmer than seasonal temperatures coming. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)

Warmer than seasonal temperatures forecast for the Fraser Valley

Last blast of summer with daytime highs Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 10 degrees above seasonal

Warmer than seasonal temperatures coming. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)
Japanese knotweed is one of the invasive species targeted by Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society and the FVRD. (FVISS)

Wet spring allowed invasive weeds to flourish across the FVRD

FVRD partnered with FV Invasive Species Society to tackle gnarliest invasive species like knotweed

Japanese knotweed is one of the invasive species targeted by Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society and the FVRD. (FVISS)
Vince Li, 26, talks about recovering from COVID-19 on video in a Fraser Health patient story. (Fraser Health/Screen Shot)

VIDEO: Spreading the word about COVID-19 complications among young adults

Part of Fraser Health’s COVID Sense campaign is talking about consequences for youth

Vince Li, 26, talks about recovering from COVID-19 on video in a Fraser Health patient story. (Fraser Health/Screen Shot)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

DFO will not be authorizing a ‘test fishery’ for Fraser River chinook salmon

Fishing groups were hoping to test out selective bar-fishing method on the main stem of the river

Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Inez Louis, a community health nurse with Stólō Services Agency, from the film Á:ylexw tel Th’á:á (Calling of the Heart). (Screen shot)

New short film takes on the overdose crisis from a Stó:lō lens

‘It’s tragic because it’s so preventable. No one has to die from this,’ from Calling of the Heart film

Inez Louis, a community health nurse with Stólō Services Agency, from the film Á:ylexw tel Th’á:á (Calling of the Heart). (Screen shot)
Marking International Overdose Awareness Day in Fraser East

Marking International Overdose Awareness Day in Fraser East

‘We remember those we’ve lost, love those left behind, and pledge to do all we can to end overdose’

Marking International Overdose Awareness Day in Fraser East
Bar fishing on the Fraser River on Aug. 10, 2015. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Fishing groups demand test fishery on the Fraser River for chinook

‘We cannot overemphasize the frustrations and growing anger within our communities,’ reads letter

Bar fishing on the Fraser River on Aug. 10, 2015. (Chilliwack Progress file)
The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation is offering three different logos to choose from on its non-medical face masks. (Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation)

Face mask fundraiser to bring in money for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

By purchasing a face mask folks will be supporting health care workers and hospitals in eastern FV

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation is offering three different logos to choose from on its non-medical face masks. (Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation)
Debris on the highway was causing delays Aug. 18, 2020 at exit 73. (DriveBC)

Highway 1 had lanes blocked due to debris on the roadway

DriveBC report was saying to expect delays around exit 73

Debris on the highway was causing delays Aug. 18, 2020 at exit 73. (DriveBC)
Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma – seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back) – are getting ready to open the Chilliwack Corn Maze on Aug. 15 with COVID-19 protocols in place. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Corn maze opened in Chilliwack with ‘together’ as this year’s theme

New protocols include wider pathways, limited numbers strolling around at Chilliwack Corn Maze

Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma – seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back) – are getting ready to open the Chilliwack Corn Maze on Aug. 15 with COVID-19 protocols in place. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The heat and humidity in the Fraser Valley created air pollution, which in turn prompted air quality alert on Aug. 17, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Searing heat and humidity leads to air quality alert

The high concentrations of ozone are expected to continue today, and maybe longer

The heat and humidity in the Fraser Valley created air pollution, which in turn prompted air quality alert on Aug. 17, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress file)