Jessica Peters

Rain has finally returned to Abbotsford, after a three-month drought. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

First rainstorm of the season ends three-month drought in Abbotsford

Weekend ‘atmospheric river’ drops much less rain over Abbotsford than 2021 event

Rain has finally returned to Abbotsford, after a three-month drought. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)

BC Hydro Power Pioneers donate to Abbotsford’s Dave Lede House

Group raised funds through event held in Harrison Hot Springs

Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)
Trees that aren’t showing any obvious signs of drought damage can still be susceptible during windstorms, says BC Hydro. This tree on Simon Avenue in Abbotsford toppled over in a light windstorm on Thursday morning. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Wind starting to topple trees, break branches in Abbotsford

No wind warning in effect, but drought-weakened trees at risk during any wind speed, says BC Hydro

Trees that aren’t showing any obvious signs of drought damage can still be susceptible during windstorms, says BC Hydro. This tree on Simon Avenue in Abbotsford toppled over in a light windstorm on Thursday morning. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Sandy Blue has been a councillor in Abbotsford for the past eight years. Her family, friends and supporters joined her onstage after the farewell event giving her hugs. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Outgoing Abbotsford councillors congratulated for committee work, commitment to city

Brenda Falk and Sandy Blue each wrapping up eight years of service as councillors

Sandy Blue has been a councillor in Abbotsford for the past eight years. Her family, friends and supporters joined her onstage after the farewell event giving her hugs. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Rosemary Siemens performed her song Have a Little Faith for Abbotsford’s outgoing mayor Henry Braun as a surprise during his farewell ceremony on Oct. 24. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun receives a fond farewell

City of Abbotsford gives two-term mayor a warm sendoff

Rosemary Siemens performed her song Have a Little Faith for Abbotsford’s outgoing mayor Henry Braun as a surprise during his farewell ceremony on Oct. 24. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Ironworker Danielle Shaw explains the ins and outs of her industry to interested visitors to the recent Black Press Media Career and Post Secondary Education Event in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Time to connect in person with potential employers, schools at Abbotsford career fair

Education opportunties and work options aplenty to be presented at Black Press event

Ironworker Danielle Shaw explains the ins and outs of her industry to interested visitors to the recent Black Press Media Career and Post Secondary Education Event in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)
Abbotsford Police found a man who had gone into an Abbotsford school on Oct. 19, allegedly with the drugs shown, and he has been charged with two counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. (Abbotsford Police photo)

Suspicious man who entered Abbotsford school now faces drug charges

Abbotsford man was found nearby with a large quantity of drugs on him, police say

Abbotsford Police found a man who had gone into an Abbotsford school on Oct. 19, allegedly with the drugs shown, and he has been charged with two counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. (Abbotsford Police photo)
Character Abbotsford’s annual conference focused on homelessness, and included a panel of local experts on the topic, led by Vijay Manuel (far left). The panel including (left to right) Sgt. Kevin Murray, Kim Friesen and Mike Sikora. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s ‘street mom’, police officer and others engage in homelessness discussion

Character Abbotsford panel: ‘If we don’t fix the problems at home, we’ll never fix this’

Character Abbotsford’s annual conference focused on homelessness, and included a panel of local experts on the topic, led by Vijay Manuel (far left). The panel including (left to right) Sgt. Kevin Murray, Kim Friesen and Mike Sikora. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)

Therapy bunnies melting worries away for Abbotsford students

Cornerstone Christian School has introduced lop-eared rabbits as newest members of staff

Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)
Abbotsford Police are asking for footage from area where crash took place on Oct. 20 at about 2:30 p.m. (File photo)

85-year-old pedestrian airlifted after being struck by vehicle in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police looking for dashcam footage; pedestrian in hospital with serious injuries

Abbotsford Police are asking for footage from area where crash took place on Oct. 20 at about 2:30 p.m. (File photo)
Abbotsford’s Andrew Fontaine, 20, was last seen on Oct. 9 and is considered missing. (Abbotsford Police handout)

UPDATE: Missing 20-year-old from Abbotsford found safe

Andrew Fontaine’s disappearance is out of character according to family members

Abbotsford’s Andrew Fontaine, 20, was last seen on Oct. 9 and is considered missing. (Abbotsford Police handout)
Black Press Career Fairs take place all over B.C., and one is coming to Abbotsford on Nov. 2. (Black Press Media staff)

Black Press career fair connecting employees with opportunities in Abbotsford

Event is open to the public on UFV Abbotsford campus on Nov. 2

Black Press Career Fairs take place all over B.C., and one is coming to Abbotsford on Nov. 2. (Black Press Media staff)
Wildfire smoke is particularly unhealthy and people are advised to stay indoors until this situation improves, if possible. Rain could come as early as Thursday night, according to Environment Canada, potentially marking the end of a three-month drought in the region. (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)

Inaccessible fire burning near Hope will need significant rainfall, says B.C. Wildfire

Flood Falls fire is being held and is in steep terrain, but coming rain could help extinguish it

Wildfire smoke is particularly unhealthy and people are advised to stay indoors until this situation improves, if possible. Rain could come as early as Thursday night, according to Environment Canada, potentially marking the end of a three-month drought in the region. (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)
Students within the Abbotsford school district were asked to consider aging issues when creating art, and many of the pieces are now on display at a gallery at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted art)

Abbotsford student art work explores perceptions on aging

UFV and Abbotsford school district teachers partner on art project in new show

Students within the Abbotsford school district were asked to consider aging issues when creating art, and many of the pieces are now on display at a gallery at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted art)
Students at Chief Dan George middle school took part in the Student Vote this election on Oct. 14, along with a handful of other local schools. They mostly voted similarly to the electorate, but not entirely. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Student Vote results mirror election results, partly

Students voted back councillor Sandy Blue, an incumbent who lost her seat Saturday

Students at Chief Dan George middle school took part in the Student Vote this election on Oct. 14, along with a handful of other local schools. They mostly voted similarly to the electorate, but not entirely. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Jasmin Dhaliwal watches her friend Manroop Sidhu vote in Abbotsford’s municipal election on Oct. 14 at Chief Dan George middle school as part of Student Vote. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford students make their mark on election day

Student Vote at Chief Dan George middle school gets students thinking about democracy

Jasmin Dhaliwal watches her friend Manroop Sidhu vote in Abbotsford’s municipal election on Oct. 14 at Chief Dan George middle school as part of Student Vote. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Incumbent Abbotsford school board trustees Shirley Wilson and Stan Petersen shake hands before the results started rolling in. Both were re-elected Saturday night. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Newly elected Abbotsford school board includes three new faces

There were 13 people vying for seven seats on the board of education

Incumbent Abbotsford school board trustees Shirley Wilson and Stan Petersen shake hands before the results started rolling in. Both were re-elected Saturday night. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Smoke and flames were visible from Highway 1 in Abbotsford near Whatcom Road on Tuesday afternoon. (Anngela Bayer photo)

Abbotsford fire with heavy smoke was a farm tractor

Thick smoke close to buildings had many worried for farm animals

Smoke and flames were visible from Highway 1 in Abbotsford near Whatcom Road on Tuesday afternoon. (Anngela Bayer photo)
Council candidates had a chance to mingle at an Abbotsford Chamber event on Tuesday afternoon at the Clarion Conference Centre. Patricia Driessen handed out cookies decorated to look like her name on a ballot. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford council candidates get last kick at can before election

Chamber-hosted event included panel discussion on moving Abbotsford forward post-pandemic

Council candidates had a chance to mingle at an Abbotsford Chamber event on Tuesday afternoon at the Clarion Conference Centre. Patricia Driessen handed out cookies decorated to look like her name on a ballot. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
A screenshot from a video that’s part of a project being undertaken by the Abbotsford school district over the next 12 years. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Abbotsford school district continues laying out strategic plan progress

Board hears updates from communication, human resources departments in last meeting before election

A screenshot from a video that’s part of a project being undertaken by the Abbotsford school district over the next 12 years. (Screenshot/Youtube)
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