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A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Permanent repairs coming for Othello stretch of Coquihalla Highway

Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed sometime in the fall

Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)

Chilliwack teacher suspended after ‘crossing personal boundaries‘ with students

Sheldon Lyle Nickel admitted to inappropriate conduct, including sending personal text messages

Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)
Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)

Man ‘armed and dangerous’ at large after shooting that left 2 dead, 1 injured in Chilliwack

Police believe Eric John Shestalo was the alleged shooter and knew the victims

Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)
Colleen Frank loves cats. She holds a pillow with the image of her former cat Stanley while current cat Ozzie investigates a moving box. After 20 years in her apartment building, Frank is being evicted and may have to be out on July 29. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack senior fears homelessness as she faces rental crisis head on

Colleen Frank is being forced out of the apartment building she’s lived in for 20 years

Colleen Frank loves cats. She holds a pillow with the image of her former cat Stanley while current cat Ozzie investigates a moving box. After 20 years in her apartment building, Frank is being evicted and may have to be out on July 29. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Indigenous and non-Indigenous elected representatives, Elders, Drummers and heritage advocates celebrated the start of restoration work on the 1926 Alexandra Bridge in the traditional territory of the Spuzzum First Nation on July 13, 2022 (submitted photo)

Work begins on restoration of Alexandra Bridge in Fraser Canyon

The 3-5 year endeavour aims to make the bridge a hub of economic activity for Spuzzum First Nation

Indigenous and non-Indigenous elected representatives, Elders, Drummers and heritage advocates celebrated the start of restoration work on the 1926 Alexandra Bridge in the traditional territory of the Spuzzum First Nation on July 13, 2022 (submitted photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Brand new B.C. primary care centre can’t find doctors to staff it

The clinic opened in May, but the province and Fraser Health can’t find people to work there

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)

B.C. woman pleads for return of puppies stolen from deceased sister

“This is the last thing that we have of my sister’s that she put her heart and soul into.”

Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)
Geoff Edwards lost his Facebook account to a hacker, and has found it impossible to get it back.

Chilliwack man loses years of contacts after Facebook hack

Geoff Edwards had his account suspended and cannot find a way to get it back

Geoff Edwards lost his Facebook account to a hacker, and has found it impossible to get it back.
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BCHL adopts franchise scorecard at AGM

The scorecard will measure the strengths and weaknesses of each team, so improvements can be made

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Closed-circuit video from inside an Eagle Landing-area business shows three suspects involved in an alleged theft that happened May 19.

Lytton fire victim loses wallet to Chilliwack thief

RCMP are looking to ID three suspects that investigators believe were working together

Closed-circuit video from inside an Eagle Landing-area business shows three suspects involved in an alleged theft that happened May 19.
Roger Torres-Jaramillo was hired as Chilliwack FC’s technical director in September, 2021.

Chilliwack FC coach suspended over alleged bullying

Roger Torres-Jaramillo’s on-field conduct is being investigated by BC Soccer

Roger Torres-Jaramillo was hired as Chilliwack FC’s technical director in September, 2021.
Fraser-Nicole MLA Jackie Tegart calls MLA “probably the most satisfying job I’ve ever had because of the people, and the things you can accomplish to make their lives better.”

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart says it’s not easy for a woman in politics

The third-term BC Liberal says it’s tough for women to campaign, asking for money and votes

Fraser-Nicole MLA Jackie Tegart calls MLA “probably the most satisfying job I’ve ever had because of the people, and the things you can accomplish to make their lives better.”
The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Lytton man goes home eight months after fire ravages village

Sam Allaby didn’t expect to find much in the charred wreckage of his former home, and he didn’t

The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart laments ‘veil of silence’ around Lytton recovery

Tegart says she was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get info about government plans

A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sam Allaby had little hope of finding anything of value in the charred remains of his former Lytton home, but he was happy to get these cast iron frying pans back when he returned to the site in February. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Displaced resident sets up website to help Lyttonites connect

Sam Allaby says this is his way of helping his community rebuild

Sam Allaby had little hope of finding anything of value in the charred remains of his former Lytton home, but he was happy to get these cast iron frying pans back when he returned to the site in February. (Photo credit: Submitted)
Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Trina Hunt’s family angry and frustrated as her murder remains unsolved

It’s been one year since the Port Moody woman disappeared. Her body was found in Hope weeks later

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Highway 3 east between Hope and Manning Park was briefly closed on Jan. 12, 2022 due to high avalanche danger. (DriveBC)

UPDATE: Highway 3 reopened between Hope and Manning Park after reports of high avalanche risk

Closure was announced by Transportation Ministry just after noon Wednesday, rescinded at 1:53 p.m.

Highway 3 east between Hope and Manning Park was briefly closed on Jan. 12, 2022 due to high avalanche danger. (DriveBC)
While Emil Anderson Maintenance crews have been working to keep Highway 1 clear of snow, another ‘atmospheric river’ event has them anticipating an avalanche past Yale. The road has been closed as a precaution. (Emil Anderson Maintenance photo)

Motorists warned to avoid Highway 1 past Yale as avalanche threat looms

Drivers can get from Hope to Yale before being turned around. The road may be closed several days.

While Emil Anderson Maintenance crews have been working to keep Highway 1 clear of snow, another ‘atmospheric river’ event has them anticipating an avalanche past Yale. The road has been closed as a precaution. (Emil Anderson Maintenance photo)
A brand new campsite at E.C. Manning Provincial Park provides a winter camping option for outdoor enthusiasts. (Manning Park resort photo)

New year-round campground opens at E.C. Manning Provincial Park

Skyview campground offers 62 winter camping sites and 92 summer camping sites

A brand new campsite at E.C. Manning Provincial Park provides a winter camping option for outdoor enthusiasts. (Manning Park resort photo)