Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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An entrepreneurial, adventurous local couple has charted a new & mostly gravel bike route across Virginia

For their latest “experiment,” serial experimenters David Landis and Anna Dintaman have mapped out a 550-mile bikepacking route across Virginia. The new TransVirginia Bike Route—or TransVA—connects Washington, D.C., to Damascus using existing rails-to-trails and rural dirt or gravel roads, often on public lands.

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Untapped Talent: From winning the Green Card lottery to feeling lost

In the second installment of The Citizen’s “Untapped Talent” series, Ako Talabani tells his story of winning the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program lottery only to find his advanced degrees from Iraq don’t translate into professional careers in the U.S.

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

Former DNR photographer files discrimination suit against new owner Ogden

Nicole “Nikki” Fox, former photo editor for The Daily News-Record, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Ogden Newspapers of Virginia, LLC, the company that bought the newspaper in spring 2018, along with other Virginia papers owned by the Byrd family.

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Schools’ dual language program is in high demand and ripe for expansion, board members say

Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ original class of “dual language” students — the ones who started as kindergarteners in 2010 — began high school this fall. And now the school board and staff are looking toward expanding the program that is attracting more applicants than available spots each year.

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Brent Finnegan campaign. Paid for by Friends of Brent Finnegan.

New campaign bypasses minimum wage debate by praising companies that pay workers more

Instead of lobbying for policy changes in Richmond and Washington, a new group is pushing for raising workers’ pay by gathering voluntary commitments from — and cheering on — local employers that pay their staff a “living wage.”

Untapped talents: For many immigrants, careers and skills get lost in translation

Imagine what it takes to go to college — and then maybe graduate school — to become an engineer, lawyer or doctor. Such careers bring prestige and provide reliable income pretty much everywhere across the globe.

HEC backs off electricity rate cut, but looks ahead to new transparency measures

Coming changes in what Dominion Energy charges for wholesale electricity prompted the Harrisonburg Electric Commission to abandon a proposal to cut customers’ electricity rates.

She was saved from the wreck that killed her parents. Now this Hburg woman plans to meet her rescuers

Lori Mier could feel it come on each summer — that melancholy haze. And she would be drawn, almost like a ritual, to the story — her story.

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