Eric Welsh

Chilliwack Fire Department.

Chilliwack Fire Department investigating five small but suspicious fires

The CFD confirms the blazes happened between 8 p.m. Monday night and 2 a.m. Tuesday morning

Chilliwack Fire Department.
Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)

Chilliwack physiotherapist back in court for pre-trial hearing

Sanjay Amrutkar faces eight charges of sexual assault dating back to 2019

Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)
Owen Charpentier, 25, will be sentenced Nov. 4, 2022 for the manslaughter death of Keith Baldwin. (File)

Date set in Chilliwack for Owen Charpentier manslaughter sentence

Justice Alan Ross will hand down his decision Nov. 4, 2022

Owen Charpentier, 25, will be sentenced Nov. 4, 2022 for the manslaughter death of Keith Baldwin. (File)
Willow Reichelt has thrown her hat into the ring for the 2022 Chilliwack school board election, running for a second term. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack school trustees encourage filing of police reports as book debate escalates

Facebook posts suggest Willow Reichelt’s defense of LGBTQ+ content is grounds for RCMP intervention

Willow Reichelt has thrown her hat into the ring for the 2022 Chilliwack school board election, running for a second term. (submitted photo)
There was a heavy police presence on Strathcona Road between Hymar Drive and Killarney Drive on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE w/PHOTOS: Incident ends safely after heavy police presence surrounds on Chilliwack house

Police and ERT were able to successfully defuse a volatile situation in Fairfield Island

There was a heavy police presence on Strathcona Road between Hymar Drive and Killarney Drive on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation Program is giving Chilliwack’s Dicklands Farms $165,000 to design and develop a low-emission dairy barn. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Chilliwack farm receives funding to develop low-emission dairy barn

Dicklands Farms is receiving $165,000 through the Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation Program

The Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation Program is giving Chilliwack’s Dicklands Farms $165,000 to design and develop a low-emission dairy barn. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Playground equipment at Chilliwack's Central Elementary School cordoned off with yellow caution tape on Aug. 5, 2022. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Children complain of burning skin and eyes after visit to Chilliwack playground

Deanna Hews said it was terrifying and traumatic watching her kids in pain, with no idea why

Playground equipment at Chilliwack's Central Elementary School cordoned off with yellow caution tape on Aug. 5, 2022. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
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)
Abbotsford, identified by the yellow dot, is already up to moderate risk on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), with Chilliwack trending in that direction. (Metro Vancouver graphic)

Air quality advisory issued for Chilliwack and eastern Fraser Valley

The Air Quality Health Index is expected to get into ‘moderate risk’ territory

Abbotsford, identified by the yellow dot, is already up to moderate risk on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), with Chilliwack trending in that direction. (Metro Vancouver graphic)
Mimi Kates (left) and Amber Culley (right) were killed by Eric Shestalo in Chilliwack on July 21, 2022. Shestalo was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Facebook photos)

IHIT identifies women killed in Chilliwack double-homicide

RCMP are hoping that releasing the names will help in the effort to find witnesses and associates

Mimi Kates (left) and Amber Culley (right) were killed by Eric Shestalo in Chilliwack on July 21, 2022. Shestalo was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Facebook photos)
(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

(IHIT photo)
RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)

UPDATE: RCMP locate Sidney woman who was reported missing in Chilliwack

The woman was visiting family when she disappeared July 8. Police found her “safe and sound” July 25

RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
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)
Project rendering of the building at the planned summit of the Cascade Skyline gondola project proposed for a location east of Chilliwack. (Submitted)

European cable car maker to provide financing for gondola project east of Chilliwack

Dopplemayr’s $29 million gets the Cascade Skyline Gondola Project closer to getting off the ground

Project rendering of the building at the planned summit of the Cascade Skyline gondola project proposed for a location east of Chilliwack. (Submitted)
Traffic is backed up in both directions and people are out of their cars after a bad motor vehicle accident at Hell’s Gate on Highway 1. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Police watchdog investigating Hell’s Gate crash after man dies

Police responded to a report of a man in crisis, and watched as he drove over a steep embankment

Traffic is backed up in both directions and people are out of their cars after a bad motor vehicle accident at Hell’s Gate on Highway 1. (Facebook photo)
Flowers were left at a Garrison Crossing construction site in March 2016 after a concrete pumper truck collapsed killing 24-year-old Sebastian Gomez. (Paul J. Henderson file/The Progress)

Judge awards $875,000 to family of deceased Chilliwack construction site worker

Sebastian Gomez died in March of 2016 when a concrete placing boom fell on him

Flowers were left at a Garrison Crossing construction site in March 2016 after a concrete pumper truck collapsed killing 24-year-old Sebastian Gomez. (Paul J. Henderson file/The Progress)
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)
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)

Chilliwack’s Primary Care Centre can’t find doctors

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)