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Carved in 1996 by Pete Ryan, this statue of Chip, the RCMP Service Dog killed in the line of duty near Hope on Sept. 13, 1996, now stands forever on guard. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

RCMP hosts Hope memorial for Chip, a service dog killed on Sept. 13, ‘96, by Robert John Petrus

RCMP from North Vancouver to Kamloops, seven canine pairs were in manhunt that captured Chip’s killer

Carved in 1996 by Pete Ryan, this statue of Chip, the RCMP Service Dog killed in the line of duty near Hope on Sept. 13, 1996, now stands forever on guard. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)

‘One of my guys jumped into a 10-foot poop pit,’ says rescuer of hybrids near Hope, Chilliwack

Born from dog/wolf parents, hybrids are nearly genetically, physically identical to wolves

A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)
Brendan Sandhu cuddles one of the male wolf-dog hybrids he recently helped rescue in the Hope and Chilliwack area. (Submitted by Brendan Sandhu)

‘One of my guys jumped into a 10-foot poop pit,’ says wolfdog rescuer near Chilliwack

Born from dog/wolf parents, hybrids are nearly genetically, physically identical to wolves

Brendan Sandhu cuddles one of the male wolf-dog hybrids he recently helped rescue in the Hope and Chilliwack area. (Submitted by Brendan Sandhu)
A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)

Hope residents report wolf sightings in Laidlaw

Based on mannerisms, conservation says animals are likely wolf-dog hybrids

A shot of a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs that have suddenly appeared in the eastern Fraser Valley: from Laidlaw to Popkum. If you know anything about the origin of these animals, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). (Valerie Schepannek/Facebook)
Community Futures is offering support to small businesses across the province that have been affected by this year’s wildfires.

Support available for small businesses impacted by the 2021 wildfires

Community Futures BC launches website, toll-free number for business-related wildfire support

Community Futures is offering support to small businesses across the province that have been affected by this year’s wildfires.
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)
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)
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)
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)
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Shining a light on brain injury in Canada

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work)

See orange cones? Better put down your phone!

12 roadside workers died, 207 were injured in B.C. during last 10 years

With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work)
After their mother was hit and killed by a vehicle, a group of locals came together to save these two orphaned black bear cubs. Unfortunately, the cub on the right passed away shortly after being rescued. Photo by Lydia Koot

Twin bear cubs rescued after mom killed in hit and run on Highway 1

Rescue involved a passerby, Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee members, and conservation officers

After their mother was hit and killed by a vehicle, a group of locals came together to save these two orphaned black bear cubs. Unfortunately, the cub on the right passed away shortly after being rescued. Photo by Lydia Koot
Women planning on birthing at Chilliwack General Hospital this summer may have further to travel than originally thought: CGH is planning on diverting its patients to Abbotsford for the coming months. Photo by Trevor Gawdin

Chilliwack’s maternity closure a ‘health hazard,’ says letter sent to BC Nurses Union

Letter states CGH is creating an unsafe medical and professional environment

Women planning on birthing at Chilliwack General Hospital this summer may have further to travel than originally thought: CGH is planning on diverting its patients to Abbotsford for the coming months. Photo by Trevor Gawdin
A local Hope resident is in hospital after being struck by a train on Saturday evening. (File photo)

Fraser Valley woman survives being hit by train

Woman in hospital with ‘serious injuries’ after being struck by train in Hope on Saturday

A local Hope resident is in hospital after being struck by a train on Saturday evening. (File photo)
Women planning on birthing at Chilliwack General Hospital this summer may have further to travel than originally thought: CGH is planning on diverting its patients to Abbotsford for the coming months. Photo by Trevor Gawdin

Update: Chilliwack General Hospital diverting moms-to-be to Abbotsford starting June 24

Pregnant women to be diverted from Chilliwack’s hospital due to lack of doctors

Women planning on birthing at Chilliwack General Hospital this summer may have further to travel than originally thought: CGH is planning on diverting its patients to Abbotsford for the coming months. Photo by Trevor Gawdin
UPDATE: B.C.’s police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Hope

UPDATE: B.C.’s police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Hope

Incident is now being linked to early morning break and enter

UPDATE: B.C.’s police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Hope
MLA Jackie Tegart says a regional plan addressing the pathways into and out of homelessness is the best way to prevent hospitals from shuffling patients with no fixed address into distant communties via taxi. (File photo)

MLA calls for regional plan, amid third report of homeless patient taxied to Fraser Valley

Regional plan could also help prevent one community from becoming a ‘hub’ of homelessness MLA says ‘regional plan’ including wrap-around services will help end hospitals’ shuffling of homeless

MLA Jackie Tegart says a regional plan addressing the pathways into and out of homelessness is the best way to prevent hospitals from shuffling patients with no fixed address into distant communties via taxi. (File photo)
Kevin Cochrane of BC Wildfire Services looks on as firefighters practice their hovering heli-exit strategies.  Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of wildfire training ahead of B.C’s busiest season

Practicing exiting a hovering aircraft helps ensure firefighters can attend any fire site

Kevin Cochrane of BC Wildfire Services looks on as firefighters practice their hovering heli-exit strategies.  Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard