Jennifer Feinberg

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement this week as heavy rains arrive in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press file photo)

First rainstorm of the season pelting the Lower Mainland

Batten down the hatches as heavy rains, wind, and some localized flooding possible

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement this week as heavy rains arrive in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press file photo)
People enjoy 24-degree weather by the Vedder River on March 19, the last day of winter 2019, and on the last day of summer 2020 the forecast is sunny skies and 21 degrees Celsius. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Last day of summer should be pleasant across the Fraser Valley

With fresh air, some sunshine in the forecast nothing to complain about as fall arrives tomorrow

People enjoy 24-degree weather by the Vedder River on March 19, the last day of winter 2019, and on the last day of summer 2020 the forecast is sunny skies and 21 degrees Celsius. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Sunrise at Five Corners, Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2020 just before 7 a.m. shows air quality conditions continue to improve on the tenth day of an air quality alert. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Air quality across the Fraser Valley continues to improve

It’s day 10 of the fine particulate matter advisory but the health index readings are going down

Sunrise at Five Corners, Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2020 just before 7 a.m. shows air quality conditions continue to improve on the tenth day of an air quality alert. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Five Corners, Chilliwack on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at just before 7 a.m. The sky looks brighter and slightly less smoke-filled early in the day but forecasts were calling for widespread smoke again across the region. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)

Slightly better air quality is what the Fraser Valley woke up to

But ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to remain through the week

Five Corners, Chilliwack on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at just before 7 a.m. The sky looks brighter and slightly less smoke-filled early in the day but forecasts were calling for widespread smoke again across the region. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)
Geese fly over a smoke-covered field. Wildfires have blanketed much of southern B.C. in smoke as air quality issues abound (Contributed Photo/Sarah McNeil).

UFV study zeroes in on impact wildfires are having on exercise and well being

When the air quality is poor people are advised to reduce physical activity but do they?

Geese fly over a smoke-covered field. Wildfires have blanketed much of southern B.C. in smoke as air quality issues abound (Contributed Photo/Sarah McNeil).
Slight improvement in the air quality on Sept. 15, 2020 although smoke concentrations still visible at Five Corners in Chilliwack and air quality alert still in effect. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Widespread smoke in the forecast across the region

Air quality and smoky skies for the eighth straight day from Metro Vancouver to the Fraser Valley

Slight improvement in the air quality on Sept. 15, 2020 although smoke concentrations still visible at Five Corners in Chilliwack and air quality alert still in effect. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack looking eerie at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2020, with visibility obscured due to poor air quality due to dangerously high levels of smoke particles. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)

Lower Mainland hoping for relief from blanket of smoke that has covered the region

Air quality to start improving but smoke concentrations will vary depending on winds and temperature

Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack looking eerie at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2020, with visibility obscured due to poor air quality due to dangerously high levels of smoke particles. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress)
More than 50 people participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the gravel bars of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Tickets handed out and gear seized during Fraser River bar-fishing demonstration

Cost of fishing for salmon/trout during a closed time comes with a fine of $250, say DFO officials

More than 50 people participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the gravel bars of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope on Sept. 10, 2020. (DriveBC)

Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope causing traffic delays

Road in Hope is open to traffic but motorists are asked to watch for crews on the shoulder

Highway incident on the Fraser Bridge in Hope on Sept. 10, 2020. (DriveBC)
DFO fishery officer Mike Fraser chats with Valdy Widera of Surrey, at the bar-fishing demonstration fishery, Sept. 9, 2020, at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack, explaining the event was not sanctioned by DFO. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Demonstration fishery on the Fraser River went ahead to showcase bar fishing

‘This is about standing together for our rights to a public fishery,’ said organizer

DFO fishery officer Mike Fraser chats with Valdy Widera of Surrey, at the bar-fishing demonstration fishery, Sept. 9, 2020, at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack, explaining the event was not sanctioned by DFO. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Most of Southern B.C. including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Boundary residents woke up to somewhat smoky skies Tuesday, Sept. 8 and provincial officials warned the smoke could last 24-48 hours. (Wendy MacLean/Facebook)

Smoky skies and air quality concerns impact the Lower Mainland for a second day

Exposure is a big concern for people with underlying conditions like lung and heart conditions

Most of Southern B.C. including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Boundary residents woke up to somewhat smoky skies Tuesday, Sept. 8 and provincial officials warned the smoke could last 24-48 hours. (Wendy MacLean/Facebook)
A bar fishing demonstration fishery is set for Sept. 9 on the Fraser River gravel bars. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Demonstration fishery on the Fraser River going ahead without DFO approval

‘This is about standing together for our rights to a public fishery,’ says one of the organizers

A bar fishing demonstration fishery is set for Sept. 9 on the Fraser River gravel bars. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Warmer than seasonal temperatures coming. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)

Warmer than seasonal temperatures forecast for the Fraser Valley

Last blast of summer with daytime highs Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 10 degrees above seasonal

Warmer than seasonal temperatures coming. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)
Japanese knotweed is one of the invasive species targeted by Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society and the FVRD. (FVISS)

Wet spring allowed invasive weeds to flourish across the FVRD

FVRD partnered with FV Invasive Species Society to tackle gnarliest invasive species like knotweed

Japanese knotweed is one of the invasive species targeted by Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society and the FVRD. (FVISS)
Dusty Thiessen with FVRD gets Suds to sit at the FVRD’s CARE Centre play area on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Fewer dogs available for adoption from shelter in Chilliwack since COVID-19

Quick returns of dogs back to owners may explain why there are fewer pups looking for forever homes

Dusty Thiessen with FVRD gets Suds to sit at the FVRD’s CARE Centre play area on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Vince Li, 26, talks about recovering from COVID-19 on video in a Fraser Health patient story. (Fraser Health/Screen Shot)

VIDEO: Spreading the word about COVID-19 complications among young adults

Part of Fraser Health’s COVID Sense campaign is talking about consequences for youth

Vince Li, 26, talks about recovering from COVID-19 on video in a Fraser Health patient story. (Fraser Health/Screen Shot)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

DFO will not be authorizing a ‘test fishery’ for Fraser River chinook salmon

Fishing groups were hoping to test out selective bar-fishing method on the main stem of the river

Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

DFO will not be authorizing a ‘test fishery’ for Fraser River chinook salmon

Fishing groups were hoping to test out selective bar-fishing method on the main stem of the river

Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Inez Louis, a community health nurse with Stólō Services Agency, from the film Á:ylexw tel Th’á:á (Calling of the Heart). (Screen shot)

New short film takes on the overdose crisis from a Stó:lō lens

‘It’s tragic because it’s so preventable. No one has to die from this,’ from Calling of the Heart film

Inez Louis, a community health nurse with Stólō Services Agency, from the film Á:ylexw tel Th’á:á (Calling of the Heart). (Screen shot)
Highway crash near Chilliwack killed 28-year-old motorcyclist from Abbotsford

Highway crash near Chilliwack killed 28-year-old motorcyclist from Abbotsford

RCMP seek witnesses to Aug. 27 fatal collision involving motorcycle and motorhome

Highway crash near Chilliwack killed 28-year-old motorcyclist from Abbotsford