Jennifer Feinberg

Air quality advisory for Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver ended after three days of smoky skies with high levels of fine particulate matter. (Metro Vancouver)

Air quality advisory cancelled for Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver

Weather shift with onshore winds is helping clear smoke from wildfires

Air quality advisory for Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver ended after three days of smoky skies with high levels of fine particulate matter. (Metro Vancouver)
Smoky skies were visible Aug. 1, 2021 in Chilliwack as the air quality advisory for the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland continues. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Air quality advisory remains in place across Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland

Drifting smoke is obscuring mountain views contributing to elevated fine PM

Smoky skies were visible Aug. 1, 2021 in Chilliwack as the air quality advisory for the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland continues. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland will finally see wildfire smoke drifting into the region as of July 30, 2021. (FireSmoke Canada)

VIDEO: Wildfire smoke wafting into Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

Smoke harmful for anyone with existing respiratory illness or other chronic conditions

Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland will finally see wildfire smoke drifting into the region as of July 30, 2021. (FireSmoke Canada)
Chilliwack firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment fire on Hazel Street in Chilliwack in the early hours of July 29, 2021. (Eric Buermeyer photo)

UPDATE: Chilliwack Apartment building on Hazel Street heavily damaged in overnight fire

Residents evacuated to Chilliwack Coliseum, witnesses say one person died

Chilliwack firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment fire on Hazel Street in Chilliwack in the early hours of July 29, 2021. (Eric Buermeyer photo)
Chilliwack firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment fire on Hazel Street in Chilliwack in the early hours of July 29, 2021. (Eric Buermeyer photo)

UPDATE: Fatality confirmed in Chilliwack apartment building blaze

Residents evacuated to Chilliwack Coliseum, and the Chilliwack Fire Department confirmed one death

Chilliwack firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment fire on Hazel Street in Chilliwack in the early hours of July 29, 2021. (Eric Buermeyer photo)
Telephone townhalls on COVID-19 vaccines will be held in Fraser Valley communities. (Black Press file photo)

Telephone townhalls set for residents to ask questions and learn about vaccines

4 Fraser Valley communities get to interact with panel of health experts during ‘Telephone Townhalls’

Telephone townhalls on COVID-19 vaccines will be held in Fraser Valley communities. (Black Press file photo)
A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

UPDATE: Moratorium on new B.C. mink farms in place after two more mink test positive for COVID-19

Anti-fur organizations say the move does not go far enough with a call for ban on all fur farming

A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
Chinook salmon swimming. (Michael Humling photo/US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Groups call for mutual respect while fishing rivers of Fraser Valley

DFO urging ‘respectful behavior and communication’ while folks enjoy local fishing opportunities

Chinook salmon swimming. (Michael Humling photo/US Fish & Wildlife Service)
Emergency Map BC shows two reception centres (green icons) open in the Chilliwack area at Chilliwack secondary, and Shxwha:y Village. (EmergencyMapBC)

Chilliwack near capacity for accommodating displaced wildfire evacuees

400 fleeing wildfires sought help at emergency reception centre in Chilliwack since June 30

Emergency Map BC shows two reception centres (green icons) open in the Chilliwack area at Chilliwack secondary, and Shxwha:y Village. (EmergencyMapBC)
Staff and clients from the Fraser River Lodge caught this white sturgeon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Fraser River Lodge)

‘Virgin’ sturgeon caught in Fraser River more than 11 feet long

‘Catches like this are extremely rare,’ according to folks at the Fraser River Lodge

Staff and clients from the Fraser River Lodge caught this white sturgeon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Fraser River Lodge)
Kelly Velonis of Chilliwack & District Seniors’ Resources Society, and George McAffer of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Volunteer cancer drivers needed from Chilliwack to make program a go

They’ve got six drivers so far but need at least a dozen to establish program providing patient rides

Kelly Velonis of Chilliwack & District Seniors’ Resources Society, and George McAffer of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
A view of Mt. Cheam looking east from Prest Road on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Wildfire smoke starting to drift across Fraser Valley

With more than 200 wildfires reported across B.C. the smoke is travelling into the region

A view of Mt. Cheam looking east from Prest Road on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Gabriel Choi, on a mountain near Chilliwack. (Alyson Hayes photo)

Blood donor clinic July 12 to honour wrong-way crash victim Gabe Choi

Friends, co-workers and teammates of late corrections officer can donate blood in his name

Gabriel Choi, on a mountain near Chilliwack. (Alyson Hayes photo)
Orange graffiti is seen outside Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s office on Vedder Road in Chilliwack on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s office spray-painted with ‘Every Child Matters’ on Canada Day

‘These illegal actions won’t unite Canadians on road to true reconciliation that we must travel’: MP

Orange graffiti is seen outside Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s office on Vedder Road in Chilliwack on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Five-year-old Lachlan Douglas plays at the Cheam Centre Spray Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Blistering heat across Fraser Valley broke all-time records

Four-days of extreme heat finally started to let up on Tuesday

Five-year-old Lachlan Douglas plays at the Cheam Centre Spray Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at UFV, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)

Canada Day as seen through an Indigenous lens

‘Canadians need to take the time to learn what it is that we are trying to reconcile’ - Wenona Hall

Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at UFV, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)

Canada Day as seen through an Indigenous lens

‘Canadians need to take the time to learn what it is that we are trying to reconcile’ - Wenona Hall

Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
A section of the sidewalk on Young Road, south of Chilliwack Central Road, buckled during Monday’s record-breaking heat on June 28, 2021 in Chilliwack. That day, temperatures reached 43 C. It was the hottest day ever recorded in Chilliwack in the 140 years that weather has been recorded for the community. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Extreme heat to abate somewhat across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

Forecast for rest of week has temperatures falling by degrees but air quality still a concern

A section of the sidewalk on Young Road, south of Chilliwack Central Road, buckled during Monday’s record-breaking heat on June 28, 2021 in Chilliwack. That day, temperatures reached 43 C. It was the hottest day ever recorded in Chilliwack in the 140 years that weather has been recorded for the community. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Elders Francis and Josephine Charlie had to head to Hope to rent a room after all the Chilliwack hotels were completely sold out. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack elders steamed they had to leave town to rent a room

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, every hotel room in Chilliwack was sold out over the weekend

Elders Francis and Josephine Charlie had to head to Hope to rent a room after all the Chilliwack hotels were completely sold out. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
Monday, June 28 could be the hottest day of the heat wave across the Fraser Valley. People cooling off in the Vedder River in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Blistering forecast for Monday across Fraser Valley could bring highest temperatures yet

Dangerous heat means drinking more water, seeking out A/C or cooling centres, checking on elders

Monday, June 28 could be the hottest day of the heat wave across the Fraser Valley. People cooling off in the Vedder River in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)