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EDITORIAL: With COVID-19, knowledge is power

Editor Grace Kennedy explains why the Observer is reporting on local case numbers, despite the flaws

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Harrison resident John Williams shares his story of life as a correctional officer in his new book, Life on the Inside, published in November 2020. (John Williams/Contributed)

‘We all have a bad side in us’: Harrison man publishes first book on life as a corrections officer

John Williams’ new autobiography shares his history with local jails and their inmates

Harrison resident John Williams shares his story of life as a correctional officer in his new book, Life on the Inside, published in November 2020. (John Williams/Contributed)
Harrison Hot Springs Elementary students opened their new playground with smiles and play on Jan. 13, 2021. (Tammy Nazarchuk/Harrison Hot Springs Elementary)

Harrison students open new playground

The accessible installation includes musical instruments with the regular playground equipment

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary students opened their new playground with smiles and play on Jan. 13, 2021. (Tammy Nazarchuk/Harrison Hot Springs Elementary)
This woman is one of two people the Agassiz RCMP are asking for assistance in identifying after a string of alleged thefts in Popkum. (Agassiz RCMP)

Agassiz RCMP ask for help to identify suspects in Popkum thefts

Images of the two suspects were captured on surveillance footage between Jan. 10 and 16

This woman is one of two people the Agassiz RCMP are asking for assistance in identifying after a string of alleged thefts in Popkum. (Agassiz RCMP)
Only students who are attending in-person classes will be asked to take the Foundation Skills Assessment this year in the Fraser Cascade School District. (Unsplash)

Foundation Skills Assessment only for in-person learners: SD78

The provincial assessment will take place between Feb. 15 and March 12 for grades 4 and 7

Only students who are attending in-person classes will be asked to take the Foundation Skills Assessment this year in the Fraser Cascade School District. (Unsplash)
Map of COVID-19 cases for Jan. 10 to 16 by local health area. (BCCDC)

Agassiz, Harrison COVID-19 cases heading back towards weekly normal

The area saw 10 new cases between Jan. 10 and 16, after a one week high of 19

Map of COVID-19 cases for Jan. 10 to 16 by local health area. (BCCDC)
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Visitors to the resort currently pay a three per cent “hotel tax,” which is brought back to the district to help fund tourism initiatives. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison hoping to expand hotel tax to Kent, parts of Fraser Valley

The expanded area would bring in more money for Tourism Harrison marketing

The Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Visitors to the resort currently pay a three per cent “hotel tax,” which is brought back to the district to help fund tourism initiatives. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The Harrison Hot Springs village office, as seen from the back. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison village staff to get additional office space

The village has agreed to spend up to $75,000 of the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant on a new portable

The Harrison Hot Springs village office, as seen from the back. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)

PHOTOS: Harrison students launch peaceful protest against playground division for MLK day

The kindergarten students negotiated with the school principal to enable recess on both playgrounds

Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
Harrison Hot Springs Elementary will be getting a solar power system this summer. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer) [Harrison Hot Springs Elementary, Jan. 18, 2021]

Harrison Elementary to get solar power this summer

The $300K project will see the school moving towards carbon neutrality

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary will be getting a solar power system this summer. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer) [Harrison Hot Springs Elementary, Jan. 18, 2021]
(Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison hoping for $750K to upgrade fire hall

The renovations would include seismic upgrades, changes to social distancing for fire fighters

(Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Map of positive COVID-19 cases for Jan. 3 to 9 by local health area. (BCCDC)

Agassiz-Harrison area sees 19 COVID-19 cases in seven days

The local health area has seen around one in every 500 people test positive from Jan. 3 to 9

Map of positive COVID-19 cases for Jan. 3 to 9 by local health area. (BCCDC)
One of the two barn owls currently taking up residence on Miel Bernstein’s Agassiz property. (Contributed)

Agassiz farm asks residents to help protect barn owls

Rat poison is one of the main killers of barn owls; avoiding it one of the easiest ways to save them

One of the two barn owls currently taking up residence on Miel Bernstein’s Agassiz property. (Contributed)
Katie Smith and Richard Coombs are teh couple behind Agassiz Delivered, a new delivery company that has taken off during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Agassiz Delivered/Facebook)

Local couple keeps Agassiz delivered

What started out as takeout delivery has turned into a pandemic business boom

Katie Smith and Richard Coombs are teh couple behind Agassiz Delivered, a new delivery company that has taken off during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Agassiz Delivered/Facebook)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Agassiz long term care homes receive first COVID-19 shot

Fraser Health says all 151 care homes in the region will have had vaccination clinics by Jan. 15

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The slide on the east side of Harrison Lake came down on Wednesday (Jan. 13. 2021) but has not impacted the forest service road. (Screenshot/Tery Kozma video)

VIDEO: Harrison Lake rock slide caught on camera

The slide is not impacting the eastern forest service roads

The slide on the east side of Harrison Lake came down on Wednesday (Jan. 13. 2021) but has not impacted the forest service road. (Screenshot/Tery Kozma video)
The Sts’ailes Community School in the winter of 2019. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Sts’ailes Community School to extend online learning until Feb. 8

The Sts’ailes First Nation remains closed to visitors

The Sts’ailes Community School in the winter of 2019. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)

Agassiz resident collecting pads, tampons for women in need

The program will help provide menstrual and incontinence products for people in Chilliwack, Agassiz

Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Seabird Island to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks

All members 18 years and older will be eligible to be vaccinated

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
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Four-day COVID-19 exposure at Seabird Island school

Fraser Health will be in contact with anyone who may have contracted the virus

(Google Maps)