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Ahead of this year's Chainsaw Competition, Communities in Bloom members John Mason and Gord Emery work on the river-front carving on Wallace St. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Ahead of this year’s Chainsaw Competition Communities in Bloom members refinished local carvings

John Mason and Gord Emery work on the river-front carving on Wallace St.

Ahead of this year's Chainsaw Competition, Communities in Bloom members John Mason and Gord Emery work on the river-front carving on Wallace St. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Grace Baptist Church associate pastor, Jake Giles, says he's happy to finally be able to welcome back congregation members to the church's pews. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Hope’s churches are welcoming people back to the pews

Step 3 of provincial Restart plan removed restrictions on religious services

Grace Baptist Church associate pastor, Jake Giles, says he's happy to finally be able to welcome back congregation members to the church's pews. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Victor Smith, seen here with a Farmers’ Market sign, is the new president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce, and is spearheading a Chamber reboot to create more income for local business so they can, in turn, give back to the community. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Hope Chamber gets much needed reboot

The Chamber has gone from 3 to 45 members since becoming active again

Victor Smith, seen here with a Farmers’ Market sign, is the new president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce, and is spearheading a Chamber reboot to create more income for local business so they can, in turn, give back to the community. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
The outdoor Almer Carlson Pool in North Bend is open for the summer, and is hosting the annual Swim to Survive program event on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 2:30 ‘till 5:30 p.m. (Jody Castle photo)

Swim to Survive hosted again at Almer Carlson Pool in North Bend

Program runs Thursday, Aug. 12, from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m.

The outdoor Almer Carlson Pool in North Bend is open for the summer, and is hosting the annual Swim to Survive program event on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 2:30 ‘till 5:30 p.m. (Jody Castle photo)
A group of young skateboarders who are taking lessons from Hippie Mike will be performing tricks at the Sidewalk Jam. (Contributed)

Hope’s first-ever Sidewalk Jam arrives Friday

A free, family-focused event, the Jam will have food and entertainment

A group of young skateboarders who are taking lessons from Hippie Mike will be performing tricks at the Sidewalk Jam. (Contributed)
Hope Secondary School will be open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Aug. 12 - 15, as a cooling centre for those needing to escape the extreme heat. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Cooling centre available in Hope for upcoming extreme heat alert

Locals can visit Hope Secondary from 11 til 6 to escape the heat

Hope Secondary School will be open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Aug. 12 - 15, as a cooling centre for those needing to escape the extreme heat. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
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)
Two orphaned bear cubs were rescued June 15, 2020, from Skagit Valley, after their mother was shot by a hunter two days prior. They were turned over to Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, where they spent the last year learning how to be wild bears before being released earlier this month. (Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee photo)

Orphaned bear cubs released into wild after a year in wilderness rehab

After their mother was shot, the cubs were raised by a wildlife rescue until big enough for release

Two orphaned bear cubs were rescued June 15, 2020, from Skagit Valley, after their mother was shot by a hunter two days prior. They were turned over to Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, where they spent the last year learning how to be wild bears before being released earlier this month. (Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee photo)
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)
Nichole Bodai, a Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) employee, poses while on a cave-exploring adventure with the HATS Summertime Youth Adventure program, which runs weekly all summer long: they’re in Hope on Mondays, and Tuesdays in Boston Bar. (Photo submitted by HATS)

School’s out and fun’s in at the HATS Youth Summer Adventures program

Hosted in Hope, Boston Bar, the program offers a weekly craft, sporting activity for community youth

Nichole Bodai, a Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) employee, poses while on a cave-exploring adventure with the HATS Summertime Youth Adventure program, which runs weekly all summer long: they’re in Hope on Mondays, and Tuesdays in Boston Bar. (Photo submitted by HATS)
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)
After its second season was put on pause due to COVID, the Hope Farmer's Market is back in action this summer. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Back in action: Hope Chamber reboots Farmer’s Market

Started in 2019, this will be the Market’s second year in operation due to pandemic

After its second season was put on pause due to COVID, the Hope Farmer's Market is back in action this summer. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Hope residents and local businesses came together for a good time and raised nearly $7,000 for those displaced by the Lytton fire. (Submitted by Pauline Newbigging)

Hope residents and businesses raise nearly $7,000 for Lytton fire victims

With live music, good food, and locally-made art, Hopians came together in support of Lytton

Hope residents and local businesses came together for a good time and raised nearly $7,000 for those displaced by the Lytton fire. (Submitted by Pauline Newbigging)
The intersection of 6th Ave. and Old Hope Princeton Way isn't controlled by any lights--yet. The District hopes to secure funding next year for the installation of traffic control equipment. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Local wonders why there’s still no traffic control measures at 6 Ave/Old Hope Princeton Way

A year ago his car was totalled at that corner, now he’s questioning the safety progress timeline

The intersection of 6th Ave. and Old Hope Princeton Way isn't controlled by any lights--yet. The District hopes to secure funding next year for the installation of traffic control equipment. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
With the province beginning to open up, Hope's SAR team is donning gear and jumping feet first into swift water rescue practice. (L-R) Jeremie Parisien, Mathew Baerg, Renee Coghill (Swiftwater Team lead), Taysha Grindon, and Kevin Meredig. (Submitted/Walter Miller)

Splish-splash! Hope SAR team splashes into swiftwater rescue techniques

Local swiftwater rescue team trains ahead of a hot summer

With the province beginning to open up, Hope's SAR team is donning gear and jumping feet first into swift water rescue practice. (L-R) Jeremie Parisien, Mathew Baerg, Renee Coghill (Swiftwater Team lead), Taysha Grindon, and Kevin Meredig. (Submitted/Walter Miller)
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)
'The Welcome' is an inclusion initiative created by Blind Tiger Comedy in 2019. (Contributed by Blind Tiger Comedy)

Comedy company looks to tickle Hope’s funny bone

Blind Tiger Comedy is offering free registration to The Welcome comedy classes to Hope and beyond

'The Welcome' is an inclusion initiative created by Blind Tiger Comedy in 2019. (Contributed by Blind Tiger Comedy)
Fraser Health has issued an EXTREME HEAT ALERT for the Lower Mainland, including the Fraser Valley area, with daytime highs reaching 39 degrees Celcius. Humidex values may reach into the low 40s. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Head to the Rec Centre to beat the midday heat

Impromptu cooling centre set up in the rec centre’s conference room for anyone needing reprieve

Fraser Health has issued an EXTREME HEAT ALERT for the Lower Mainland, including the Fraser Valley area, with daytime highs reaching 39 degrees Celcius. Humidex values may reach into the low 40s. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)