Kevin Mills

Construction crews from FortisBC tear up the brand new roadway which leads to the Kawkawa bridge.

Road to bridge ripped up

Local drivers thought their construction woes and delays were over.

But a few days ago, an unexpected road crew appeared.

Less than two weeks after council proudly proclaimed the opening of the new Kawkawa Bridge, crews from FortisBC were tearing up the road directly in front of it.

Construction crews from FortisBC tear up the brand new roadway which leads to the Kawkawa bridge.
A display of Diane Ferguson's art pieces are showcased at the Hope Arts Gallery on Fort Street. Ferguson was recently honoured by ArtsBC as one of three Community Arts Champions for 2011.

Ferguson named ‘arts champion’

When ArtsBC announced its Community Arts Champions for 2011, nobody was more surprised than Diane Ferguson.

The award was only given out to three people – for their contributions to the development and promotion of the arts in their communities – and Ferguson was one of the winners.

“Actually, I was quite shocked,” she said.

A display of Diane Ferguson's art pieces are showcased at the Hope Arts Gallery on Fort Street. Ferguson was recently honoured by ArtsBC as one of three Community Arts Champions for 2011.
Crews were kept busy last week

Bowling alley no longer a ‘mossy mess’

After spending months working on the inside, Hope’s Sunshine Lanes is getting a facelift on the outside.

A two-man crew was in front of the local bowling alley, digging up, cleaning up and resurfacing the corner of the lot.

“It used to be a bunch of trees and shrubs, really overgrown, right on the corner,” said Drew Paton of Sunshine Lanes.

Crews were kept busy last week
Members of the Hope Secondary School concert band perform during the MusicFest Canada national competition. The group earned a bronze rating in its first trip to the event.

Concert band earns bronze

It was the first time in the school’s history that a band…

Members of the Hope Secondary School concert band perform during the MusicFest Canada national competition. The group earned a bronze rating in its first trip to the event.
Summer is here and the Fraser River is rising

River watchers say flood unlikely

It appears unlikely that the Fraser River will be flooding anytime soon.Emergency…

Summer is here and the Fraser River is rising
If you plan to visit Boston Bar in June

It’s not called Boston anymore

You can't call it Boston Bar anymore, at least not for the…

If you plan to visit Boston Bar in June
Hope RCMP Staff Sergeant Dale Kjemhus receives an award of recognition from Mayor Laurie French. Kjemhus retired on June 1.

Calling it a career: RCMP veteran retires

Hope RCMP Staff Sergeant Dale Kjemhus has retired from the force.On June…

Hope RCMP Staff Sergeant Dale Kjemhus receives an award of recognition from Mayor Laurie French. Kjemhus retired on June 1.
Cancer survivor Feather Janz will speak in Hope this week.

Cancer survivor shares her story

Grace Baptist Church is hosting a special event which could both inspire and move people.

Guest speaker Feather Janz will share her personal story in her presentation called My Journey Thru Breast Cancer.

Janz is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her first diagnosis came in Abbotsford when she was just 23 years old.

Cancer survivor Feather Janz will speak in Hope this week.
Brian McKinney and Inge Wilson want to save several pieces of the old Kawkawa bridge to be used later as a tourism display.

Saving pieces of history: Group wants bridge parts stored for tourism use

Now that the new Kawkawa Bridge has officially opened, focus has shifted…

Brian McKinney and Inge Wilson want to save several pieces of the old Kawkawa bridge to be used later as a tourism display.
Mayor Laurie French holds the microphone as Yvette John

Bridge ‘long time coming’

After years of debate and planning the new Kawkawa Lake Bridge was…

Mayor Laurie French holds the microphone as Yvette John
Catherine Wiebe

New look for hospital

Fraser Canyon Hospital's emergency entrance is going to be safer and more…

Catherine Wiebe
Participants of the Abbotsford MS Walk enjoy a sunny stroll

Walking for a cause June 12

The  2011 Scotiabank MS Walk, will take place in Hope on June…

Participants of the Abbotsford MS Walk enjoy a sunny stroll
An RCMP homicide investigator

Man charged in motel murder: First Nations artist beaten to death

A 43-year-old Hope man is in custody in connection with a weekend beating death.

The victim, 67-year-old Kenneth Ronald Paquette, a local First Nations artist, was often seen selling his works in town, usually in front of the Hope Hotel.

Paquette was found on Friday afternoon by Hope RCMP when they were called to an assault at the Thunderbird Motel, on Flood Hope Road.

He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries early Saturday morning.

The RCMP located a suspect in the assault on Friday night.

An RCMP homicide investigator
A slide in the Sunshine Valley on Thursday afternoon brought mud

Slide hits four homes in Sunshine Valley

Geotechnical crews are busy working in the Sunshine Valley after a landslide crashed down on several homes last Thursday afternoon.

Trees, mud and other debris slid into four residences, one of which was occupied at the time.

No one was injured in the incident which occurred at about 5 p.m.

RCMP were on scene and performed a tactical evacuation on the homes – 15211 Cedar Blvd., 15171 Cedar Blvd. and 15131 Twig Terrace. The fourth address was unavailable.

A slide in the Sunshine Valley on Thursday afternoon brought mud

Tourism plan primary focus

  Hope will establish a new Tourism Advisory Committee, while a proposed two…

Leaving Fraser Valley Regional District may take up to two years

Abbotsford will continue its quest to leave the Fraser Valley Regional District, and move to single tier governance.