COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Eric Gorton

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Harrisonburg to retain metropolitan designation until at least 2030

Harrisonburg will maintain its status as a metropolitan statistical area for at least the next decade – news the city was happy to receive last week. That’s when the U.S. Office of Management and Budget announced it would continue to classify communities with a population of at least 50,000 in the core city as an MSA.

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For the birders: pandemic spurs new interest in area’s feathered friends

Disappointed that the barn owls were not putting on the hunting display he had hoped for, Matt Gingerich resorted to a smartphone app and Bluetooth speaker to mimic their call. Moments later, in the deepening twilight, a large, dark-colored bird darted above the pasture, making a beeline straight at him and his invited guest, photographer Bob Adamek.

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City news roundup: New school’s cost expected to go up; HEC to end electric rate discounts

Because of building materials’ rising costs, Harrisonburg’s second high school could cost an additional $7.7 million, according to an estimate presented to city and school district leaders Tuesday.

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Harrisonburg’s school district prepares for first step in Bluestone Elementary solar project

Contractors interested in designing, building and maintaining a solar array on the roof of Bluestone Elementary School have one more week to submit their qualifications to Harrisonburg City Schools.

With hackers always on the prowl, local utilities keep defenses up

While local officials and experts say cybercriminals couldn’t actually shut down the local grid by hacking into systems controlled by the Harrisonburg Electric Commission and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, they have plenty of other incentives to try – and never give up.

Dearth of charging infrastructure, lack of local readiness short circuits electric vehicle adoption

Michael Alexiou said he would love to see combustion engines become relics of the past.A driver of an electric vehicle since 2014, the Harrisonburg resident is not among those drivers who have had to wait in line for gas this week in the midst of the Colonial Pipeline crisis. But even as energy firms and governments push for electric vehicles, expansion of infrastructure — like charging stations — is slow — including in Harrisonburg.

Area’s state legislators paint a mostly gloomy picture of 2021 session

From the abrupt legalization of marijuana to a plethora of bills they deem bad for business and public safety, the area’s five Republican legislators had little to celebrate as they recapped this year’s General Assembly session Thursday.

Incoming Chamber President says Shenandoah Valley has lots to like

Never a big fan of sand, the next president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to relocating from the shores of northern Florida to the central Shenandoah Valley.

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