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Flames shoot into the sky earlier this morning at an apartment complex on Salton Road. (Jay McKay photo)

Fire fills sky with smoke on Abbotsford’s Salton Road

Condo fire at Forest Village on Tuesday morning

Flames shoot into the sky earlier this morning at an apartment complex on Salton Road. (Jay McKay photo)
A farmer sorts through eggs as they exit the hen barn at an egg farm in West Lincoln, Ont., on Monday, March 7, 2016. Canadian poultry and egg producers have now lost more than 3.7 million birds to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

Poultry farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford under quarantine for avian influenza

Commercial flocks at risk from migratory birds; ministry offering free online information sessions

A farmer sorts through eggs as they exit the hen barn at an egg farm in West Lincoln, Ont., on Monday, March 7, 2016. Canadian poultry and egg producers have now lost more than 3.7 million birds to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)
Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)

Chilliwack assault trial focused on weapon or no weapon

Was victim beaten with pipe or did he fall down stairs? Either way he ended up with severe injuries

Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)
Gofundme account set up for Morris family, who lost everything in townhouse fire Nov. 21, 2022. (Gofundme)

Townhouse fire Gofundme established to help Chilliwack family of 3 burned out of home

‘As a community, we want to reach out and help this dear family,’ says fundraising organizer

Gofundme account set up for Morris family, who lost everything in townhouse fire Nov. 21, 2022. (Gofundme)
Santa and Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance at this year’s Winter Jubilee taking place in historic Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Christmas tree lighting downtown Abbotsford set for Dec. 3

Historic downtown will host Winter Jubilee festival with Santa, ice carving and more

Santa and Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance at this year’s Winter Jubilee taking place in historic Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The Limbert Mountain fire burns east of Harrison Mills on Sunday, Nov. 20. Firefighters have kept the blaze away from nearby homes and have kept it from spreading as the fire entered its fourth day of burning. (Photo/Jason Wilson)

Agassiz area wildfires are ‘being held’

No change in size for either of 2 wildfires in the area

The Limbert Mountain fire burns east of Harrison Mills on Sunday, Nov. 20. Firefighters have kept the blaze away from nearby homes and have kept it from spreading as the fire entered its fourth day of burning. (Photo/Jason Wilson)
Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Former Chilliwack Search and Rescue member Adam Laurie appears in Rescue Me, a book that takes a behind-the-scenes look at life on the SAR front lines. (Caitlin Press)

Chilliwack man’s stories featured in search and rescue book

Rescue Me includes a chapter involving former Chilliwack SAR member Adam Laurie

Former Chilliwack Search and Rescue member Adam Laurie appears in Rescue Me, a book that takes a behind-the-scenes look at life on the SAR front lines. (Caitlin Press)
Vehicle fire that broke out early Monday, Nov. 21 in a Watson Road townhouse complex “appears deliberately set,” according to Chilliwack Fire Department. (Larry Krause photo)
Vehicle fire that broke out early Monday, Nov. 21 in a Watson Road townhouse complex “appears deliberately set,” according to Chilliwack Fire Department. (Larry Krause photo)
Smoke flows from the Limbert Mountain fire, one of two late-season wildfires burning in the Agassiz-Harrison area this weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)

The battle continues against 2 ‘out-of-control’ Agassiz-area wildfires

Nearby residents on evacuation alert as fires are classified ‘out of control’

Smoke flows from the Limbert Mountain fire, one of two late-season wildfires burning in the Agassiz-Harrison area this weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)

Search and rescue group now working Abbotsford flood experience into training

SAR team now knows where the bigger areas of concern will be in future flooding events

Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)
Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritan’s Purse still on the ground in Abbotsford with recovery specialists

Local team is helping with cleaning, rebuilding and spiritual care

Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)
Fire on Limbert Mountain off Highway 7 in Agassiz. (Facebook/Corrina Lanyon)
Fire on Limbert Mountain off Highway 7 in Agassiz. (Facebook/Corrina Lanyon)
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)

Abbotsford’s Clarion Hotel rises from the flood

Hotel veteran and Clarion general manager Danny Crowell reflects on last year’s flooding

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)
Smoke can plainly be seen and smelled in the Agassiz-Harrison Mills area as two late-season wildfires burn. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Multiple fire departments join the fight against two Agassiz area wildfires

State of local emergency declared, emergency operations centre activated

Smoke can plainly be seen and smelled in the Agassiz-Harrison Mills area as two late-season wildfires burn. (Adam Louis/Observer)
A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Holding back the water for Abbotsford

Team of neighbours gathered together to save critical Barrowtown infrastructure

A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Andi (left) and Justin Manuel have recently launched Cannon Estate Winery in west Abbotsford. (Liz Rosa photo)

Cannon Estate Winery opens its doors in Abbotsford

New winery located in west Abbotsford offers a variety of options for wine lovers

Andi (left) and Justin Manuel have recently launched Cannon Estate Winery in west Abbotsford. (Liz Rosa photo)
Rev. John Koopman of Free Reformed Church in Chilliwack who was found guilty of violating COVID-19 orders on religious gatherings. (Screenshot www.sermonaudio.com)

Chilliwack pastor found guilty of hosting church service in violation of COVID rules

Rev. John Koopman’s lawyer to make Charter argument that prohibition violated freedom of religion

Rev. John Koopman of Free Reformed Church in Chilliwack who was found guilty of violating COVID-19 orders on religious gatherings. (Screenshot www.sermonaudio.com)
Yale Secondary Leadership 11 students applied for and received several Responsive Neighbourhood Small grants. (Submitted)

Yale Secondary Leadership 11 students give back to Abbotsford

Pupils applied for and received several Responsive Neighbourhood Small grants

Yale Secondary Leadership 11 students applied for and received several Responsive Neighbourhood Small grants. (Submitted)
(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)

One year after floods submerged Sumas Prairie, farmers still struggle to get back on their feet

‘When we talk about the flood, we feel like crying,’ says Jaswant Dhillon

(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)