Grace Kennedy

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Fraser East COVID-19 numbers plateau, rest of region trends down

Fraser East is sitting around 400 new COVID-19 cases each week

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
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 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)
School districts in the Lower Mainland have received 500,000 donted masks over the holidays. (Pixabay)

500,000 masks donated to B.C. schools

7-Eleven donated the masks to the Ministry of Education

School districts in the Lower Mainland have received 500,000 donted masks over the holidays. (Pixabay)
Highway 7 at Highlands Boulevard on Monday (Jan. 11) at 8:48 a.m. (DriveBC)

UPDATE: Hwy 7 now open at Mount Woodside in Agassiz

Downed power lines closed the highway around 8:30 a.m.

Highway 7 at Highlands Boulevard on Monday (Jan. 11) at 8:48 a.m. (DriveBC)
The rail crossing on Highway 9 next to the Agassiz Harrison Museum will be closed for rehabilitation on Jan. 12 and 13, 2021. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Hwy 9 to close for train crossing upgrades in Agassiz this week

The crossing near the Agassiz Harrison Museum will be closed Jan. 12 and 13

The rail crossing on Highway 9 next to the Agassiz Harrison Museum will be closed for rehabilitation on Jan. 12 and 13, 2021. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Postmaster Barbara Ten Bos is fundraising for the Harrison Mills Community Hall after a break-in before Christmas. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Bottle drive rallies Harrison Mills for hall repairs

The Harrison Mills Community Hall suffered a holiday break-in at the post office

Postmaster Barbara Ten Bos is fundraising for the Harrison Mills Community Hall after a break-in before Christmas. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Sasquatch Mountain Resort’s new quad chair is ready to go for the 2019/2020 season. (Sasquatch Mountain Resort/Instagram)

New quad chair ready to go for Sasquatch Mountain Resort opening

The Yeti Cruiser will replace the two-person Skyline chair at the Hemlock Valley ski resort

Sasquatch Mountain Resort’s new quad chair is ready to go for the 2019/2020 season. (Sasquatch Mountain Resort/Instagram)
(From left to right) MLA Laurie Throness, Harrison councillors Michie Vidal and Samantha Piper, FVRD chair Jason Lum, Minister of Tourism Lisa Beare, Sasquatch, Harrison mayor Leo Facio, Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger and Harrison councillor Gerry Palmer take part in the ribbon cutting for Harrison’s Starlight Skating Rink. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

‘Starlight Skating Rink’ welcomed to Harrison

The winning name was chosen by Harrison resident Wendy Baldwin

(From left to right) MLA Laurie Throness, Harrison councillors Michie Vidal and Samantha Piper, FVRD chair Jason Lum, Minister of Tourism Lisa Beare, Sasquatch, Harrison mayor Leo Facio, Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger and Harrison councillor Gerry Palmer take part in the ribbon cutting for Harrison’s Starlight Skating Rink. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Harrison’s synthetic outdoor rink opened for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison rink name to be unveiled today

The rink will have its grand opening today, although it’s been open to skaters for more than a week

Harrison’s synthetic outdoor rink opened for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
(Black Press Media file)

Stumpage rates result in job losses for 50 Fraser Valley employees

The company has operations in Chilliwack, Mission, Harrison Mills, Vancouver Island and the Interior

(Black Press Media file)
Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course took in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Fewer people, but positive eagle numbers at Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The rain saw fewer people than last year attend the festival

Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course took in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
An Xtraice representative tests out Harrison’s new synthetic skating rink. (Village of Harrison Hot Springs/Facebook)

Harrison outdoor skating rink to open this weekend

Public skating will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

An Xtraice representative tests out Harrison’s new synthetic skating rink. (Village of Harrison Hot Springs/Facebook)
Bald eagles descended on the Harrison River during the Bald Eagle Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

VIDEO: Bald Eagle Festival welcomes tourists, salmon, eagles to Harrison Mills

The annual festival took place on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17

Bald eagles descended on the Harrison River during the Bald Eagle Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, located near the Sts’ailes First Nation and Harrison Mills. (Google Maps)

Inmate captured after Friday morning escape from Harrison Mills institution

Roger Sampson escaped the Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village around 7:15 a.m.

The Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, located near the Sts’ailes First Nation and Harrison Mills. (Google Maps)
Eagles have no shortage of food in the Harrison River this time of year.                                 (Photo/Bob Friesen)

Harrison Mills to welcome thousands of eagles this winter

Visitors will get a chance to see the many eagles at the Bald Eagle Festival this month

Eagles have no shortage of food in the Harrison River this time of year.                                 (Photo/Bob Friesen)
A B.C.-wide warrant was issued for Ian Gerald Mountain, 33, of Cultus Lake back in July. He was captured on Nov. 1, 2019. (RCMP)

Prolific offender from Cultus Lake arrested

RCMP took Ian Mountain into custody more than three months after releasing a warrant for his arrest

A B.C.-wide warrant was issued for Ian Gerald Mountain, 33, of Cultus Lake back in July. He was captured on Nov. 1, 2019. (RCMP)
VIDEO: Loose cow causes traffic problems on Highway 1 in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Loose cow causes traffic problems on Highway 1 in Chilliwack

The bovine tumbled out of the back of a trailer while travelling westbound on the highway

VIDEO: Loose cow causes traffic problems on Highway 1 in Chilliwack
Families, couples and solo adventurers admired the handiwork of Tourism Harrison, who ignited the Village with a Sasquatch-themed light display for the first night of its new Lights on the Lake holiday initiative in 2018. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

Harrison’s Lights by the Lake to open for second year this November

The grand opening for the light display will be on Saturday, Nov. 23

Families, couples and solo adventurers admired the handiwork of Tourism Harrison, who ignited the Village with a Sasquatch-themed light display for the first night of its new Lights on the Lake holiday initiative in 2018. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
(Elections Canada photo)

UPDATE: All polls counted for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, Abbotsford ridings

Conservatives Brad Vis and Ed Fast were declared early winners for the ridings

(Elections Canada photo)