Jessica Peters

The Trailblazer Unit crew from BC Wildfire trains daily in and around Hope. On Wednesday morning, the group of 20 firefighters ran an obstacle course at the Twin Rivers Education Centre field, carrying full fuel cans, machinery and hoses under the hot sun. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)

VIDEO: Firefighters get fit to fight B.C.’s forest fires

Daily training for wildland fire fighters includes running, endurance and strength training

  • Aug 8, 2019
The Trailblazer Unit crew from BC Wildfire trains daily in and around Hope. On Wednesday morning, the group of 20 firefighters ran an obstacle course at the Twin Rivers Education Centre field, carrying full fuel cans, machinery and hoses under the hot sun. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)
Hope’s summer trail crew erects a privacy screen for the Lookout Loo, located at the upper end of the popular Lookout Trail on Mount Hope. (Submitted)

Group builds a ‘loo with a view’ of Fraser Valley vista along trail in Hope

Summer trail crew builds privacy into the Lookout Loo

Hope’s summer trail crew erects a privacy screen for the Lookout Loo, located at the upper end of the popular Lookout Trail on Mount Hope. (Submitted)
Several bears in Sunshine Valley, including this one shown, have been killed by conservation officers in Sunshine Valley.                                Several bears in Sunshine Valley, including this one shown, have been killed by conservation officers in Sunshine Valley after a resident is believed to have been feeding them. (Submitted photo)

Bears killed after clawing way into home near Hope

Several bears who were being fed regularly by a resident shot after destroying vacant cabin

Several bears in Sunshine Valley, including this one shown, have been killed by conservation officers in Sunshine Valley.                                Several bears in Sunshine Valley, including this one shown, have been killed by conservation officers in Sunshine Valley after a resident is believed to have been feeding them. (Submitted photo)
Al MacLellan with Petsearchers Canada and bloodhound Fargo arrived in Chilliwack on July 15, 2019 to help look for missing senior Grace Baranyk. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Al MacLellan with Petsearchers Canada and bloodhound Fargo arrived in Chilliwack on July 15, 2019 to help look for missing senior Grace Baranyk. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Lisa Bisschop (centre) meets with volunteer organizers in the parking lot of McDonald’s in downtown Chilliwack Sunday morning, to coordinate a search for Grace Baranyk who had been missing for 24 hours at the time. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

  • Jul 15, 2019
Lisa Bisschop (centre) meets with volunteer organizers in the parking lot of McDonald’s in downtown Chilliwack Sunday morning, to coordinate a search for Grace Baranyk who had been missing for 24 hours at the time. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
VIDEO: Elderly woman with severe dementia missing in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Elderly woman with severe dementia missing in Chilliwack

Woman now missing more than 24 hours and missing her daily medications

VIDEO: Elderly woman with severe dementia missing in Chilliwack
A lark sparrow that usually winters in California captured birders’ attention in the annual Port Alberni Christmas Bird Count at the end of December. (Rick Avis photo)

Birdwatching backpacks take flight at Fraser Valley libraries

Libraries making birdwatching easy with binocular and book borrowing program

A lark sparrow that usually winters in California captured birders’ attention in the annual Port Alberni Christmas Bird Count at the end of December. (Rick Avis photo)
Fraser Health has issued a list of ways to stay safe this summer while attending music festivals. (Photo from pixabay)

Drugs, sexual assault and dehydration all dangers at music festivals, says Fraser Health

Health authority issues tips on how to have a safer summer while celebrating in large crowds

Fraser Health has issued a list of ways to stay safe this summer while attending music festivals. (Photo from pixabay)
Martina was seen in a video taking from her home’s security camera getting off the school bus after a driver rushed past, despite the bus’s signs and flashing lights being on. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Clip of driver speeding past B.C. school bus alarms MLA

Laurie Throness of Chilliwack-Kent says he will lobby for better safety measures

Martina was seen in a video taking from her home’s security camera getting off the school bus after a driver rushed past, despite the bus’s signs and flashing lights being on. (Submitted)
A small part of the Moore family, with Stacey and Cary in the centre. Cary is holding Maggie, who they’ve adopted. Their biological daughters, Cassie and and Amara and their adopted son, Billy. (Candace Fast photo)

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

A small part of the Moore family, with Stacey and Cary in the centre. Cary is holding Maggie, who they’ve adopted. Their biological daughters, Cassie and and Amara and their adopted son, Billy. (Candace Fast photo)
UPDATE: Young Chilliwack child who fell in pool in critical condition

UPDATE: Young Chilliwack child who fell in pool in critical condition

Two-year-old child was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

  • Jun 13, 2019
UPDATE: Young Chilliwack child who fell in pool in critical condition
Women riders sign a banner for a leg of a Ripple Rally from Victoria to Balfour. They stopped in Chilliwack on May 31 for a leg to Kelowna. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Women bikers roll through B.C. to promote worldwide relay

Canadian women hitting open road on two wheels in growing numbers

Women riders sign a banner for a leg of a Ripple Rally from Victoria to Balfour. They stopped in Chilliwack on May 31 for a leg to Kelowna. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Eventually, students in Chilliwack won’t receive letter grades on reports until Grade 9, the first year of high school.

B.C. middle school phasing out letter grades

Elementary and middle school will soon all have proficiency scales for report cards

Eventually, students in Chilliwack won’t receive letter grades on reports until Grade 9, the first year of high school.
Spaghetti straps, as illustrated in this image, are not allowed to be worn in most Chilliwack schools, even some elementary schools. A new dress code for the district aims to “stop policing girls’ bodies.” (Ryan Moreno/ Unsplash)

Chilliwack schools adopt dress code policy meant to ‘stop policing girls’ bodies’

Students are still expected to dress appropriately for school, but should not be dealt with in a shameful way

Spaghetti straps, as illustrated in this image, are not allowed to be worn in most Chilliwack schools, even some elementary schools. A new dress code for the district aims to “stop policing girls’ bodies.” (Ryan Moreno/ Unsplash)
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20 election. (Progress file)

Anti-SOGI B.C. school trustee’s lawsuit against BCTF president could be in court soon

Trustee who spoke out against LGBTQ resources to defend defamation case against BCTF president

Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20 election. (Progress file)
Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack

Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack

Accident involves several vehicles, in the westbound lanes says Drive BC

  • May 19, 2019
Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack
BC EHS air ambulance crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 Thursday, May 16, 2019. (@megantcampbell/Twitter)

One person dead, others injured after multi-vehicle crash on Coquihalla Highway

Paramedics took six people to hospital, including two in critical condition

BC EHS air ambulance crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 Thursday, May 16, 2019. (@megantcampbell/Twitter)
‘I want to learn’: Bullying forces Chilliwack teen to stay home for a month

‘I want to learn’: Bullying forces Chilliwack teen to stay home for a month

Stacey Koehler says ongoing teasing and physical bullying has kept her from attending high school

‘I want to learn’: Bullying forces Chilliwack teen to stay home for a month
Chilliwack bus driver on wrong side of road wasn’t unsafely crossing train tracks: school district

Chilliwack bus driver on wrong side of road wasn’t unsafely crossing train tracks: school district

Witness says driver was trying to sneak bus through train crossing arms, with students on board

Chilliwack bus driver on wrong side of road wasn’t unsafely crossing train tracks: school district
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Parents need to get informed about mental health illnesses

Just like basic first aid and keeping them physically healthy, we need to support our kids mentally

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.