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On Monday, Feb. 22, Island Health listed Glacier View Secondary on 241 Beacher Drive in Courtenay as having a COVID-19 exposure Feb. 17 and 18. Black Press file photo

Fraser East sees increasing COVID-19 cases, with 338 in one week

The most recent week of data available comes before the three record-breaking daily case counts

On Monday, Feb. 22, Island Health listed Glacier View Secondary on 241 Beacher Drive in Courtenay as having a COVID-19 exposure Feb. 17 and 18. Black Press file photo
More than $40,000 worth of contraband was seized at Kent Institution this week.

Community spread responsible for COVID-19 cases at Kent Institution, CSC says

The Institution saw 10 employees test positive for the virus in late March

More than $40,000 worth of contraband was seized at Kent Institution this week.
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10 employees test positive for COVID-19 at Kent Institution

No inmates have tested positive for the virus, although eight have been tested

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An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)

Fraser East sees 282 new cases of COVID-19 in six days

Cases across the province have been increasing

An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)
Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Brad Vis. (File Photo)

New report on Canada’s infrastructure program ‘devastating,’ says Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP

Brad Vis shares concern about the Investing in Canada program after auditor general’s report released

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Brad Vis. (File Photo)
Tamihi Recreation Site in the Chilliwack River Valley is one of two local areas being upgraded with provincial funds to help kick start B.C.’s COVID recovery. (Paul Henderson/The Progress)

Upgrades coming to outdoor recreation sites in Chilliwack, Harrison Mills

Chehalis Forest Service Road and Tamihi Recreation Site will be improved with provincial funds

Tamihi Recreation Site in the Chilliwack River Valley is one of two local areas being upgraded with provincial funds to help kick start B.C.’s COVID recovery. (Paul Henderson/The Progress)
Darius Commodore, 22, and Jaimal Mclaren, 24, both of Chilliwack, are charged with robbery using a firearm after a crime spree on June 10 from Mission to Seabird Island. (RCMP/Facebook)

Chilliwack man to plead guilty to 2019 armed robberies in Mission, Seabird Island

Darius Commodore will be entering his plea to 10 charges on April 6

Darius Commodore, 22, and Jaimal Mclaren, 24, both of Chilliwack, are charged with robbery using a firearm after a crime spree on June 10 from Mission to Seabird Island. (RCMP/Facebook)
Members of the Hemlock Valley Volunteer Fire Department accept a $1,000 cheque from the Hemlock Valley Homeowners' Association on Saturday, March 20, 2021. (Kelly McCormack/Contributed)

Hemlock Valley homeowners donate $1,000 to fire department

The Hemlock Valley Fire Department is raising funds to purchase computers for its trucks

Members of the Hemlock Valley Volunteer Fire Department accept a $1,000 cheque from the Hemlock Valley Homeowners' Association on Saturday, March 20, 2021. (Kelly McCormack/Contributed)
A healthcare worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Fraser East continues slow decline in new COVID-19 cases, other areas see exponential increase

Fraser South has nearly doubled its weekly case count since mid-February

A healthcare worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)

VIDEO: Sasquatch featured in new video with Sts’ailes carver Rocky LaRock

The video is part of LaRock’s gallery at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford

Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)
Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course taking in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in 2019. Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales has said her area is being overrun with tourism and doesn’t need additional marketing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

FVRD to support hotel tax expansion in Hemlock, Harrison Mills despite area director opposition

Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales had voted earlier to prevent the tax from coming to the area

Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course taking in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in 2019. Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales has said her area is being overrun with tourism and doesn’t need additional marketing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Hemlock Valley volunteer firefighters doing training on the mountain. (Contributed)

Hemlock Valley Fire Department finding new ways to fundraise

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to the fire department’s normal way of raising money

Hemlock Valley volunteer firefighters doing training on the mountain. (Contributed)
The Dairy Farmers of Canada are putting together a working group to look into claims that palm fats are increasing the firmness of Canadian butter. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

#Buttergate: How COVID-19 and palm oil set the stage for Canadian butter concerns

The final story in a three part series on dairy farming, palm oil and Canadian consumers

The Dairy Farmers of Canada are putting together a working group to look into claims that palm fats are increasing the firmness of Canadian butter. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Core band members Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne will be bringing Okan’s powerful Latin music to the Harrison Festival, with a beach-side concert and Cuban music workshop. (Contributed)

Harrison Festival Society brings Latin vibe to virtual concert

Okan and Mazacote will be performing on March 26 in concert-goers living rooms

Core band members Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne will be bringing Okan’s powerful Latin music to the Harrison Festival, with a beach-side concert and Cuban music workshop. (Contributed)
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New COVID-19 cases declining in Fraser East

The rest of Fraser Health is seeing increases in new cases numbers

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RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

2 adults, 2 children taken to hospital after UTV rollover near Seabird Island

Agassiz RCMP were called out to the incident around 8:30 p.m. Thursday

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Wyatt Gore (front) was the keeper of the Atlatl point found by the Gore family last spring until it could be returned to the Sts’ailes First Nation. (Tony Gore/Contributed)

Artifact found on Harrison River returned to Sts’ailes

A Chilliwack family found the Atlatl point during a spring exploration of the Harrison River

Wyatt Gore (front) was the keeper of the Atlatl point found by the Gore family last spring until it could be returned to the Sts’ailes First Nation. (Tony Gore/Contributed)
Kent Institution (Google Maps)

Kent Institution seizes $115K worth of drugs, contraband

The package contained cellphones, drugs, various memory cards

Kent Institution (Google Maps)
The Brown Swiss cows inside Creekside Dairy’s barn on a rainy spring day in 2019. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

#Buttergate: When it comes to cows, you are what you eat

The second in a three part series on dairy farming, palm oil and Canadian consumers

The Brown Swiss cows inside Creekside Dairy’s barn on a rainy spring day in 2019. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
An example of a Surrey Police cruiser, showcased at Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s State of the City Address at Civic Hotel in May of 2019. (File photo: Amy Reid)

District of Kent worried policing changes in Surrey could affect local budget

The Surrey RCMP is being disbanded and replaced with a new municipal police force

An example of a Surrey Police cruiser, showcased at Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s State of the City Address at Civic Hotel in May of 2019. (File photo: Amy Reid)