Month: September 2020

City of Temple unveils updated website | News

The city of Temple’s website now has a fresher, more modern look.

The city recently launched a newly redesigned templetx.gov that officials said is focused on improving residents’ access to information, public services and boosting community engagement, according to a news release.

The redesign, development and training fee was $18,450, according to the city. After that, the municipal government will pay an annual hosting and support fee of $8,925.

“We are focused on improving the quality of life for our residents, and that includes improving our residents’ digital experience with us,” Marketing and Communications Director Heather Bates said. “Our new site is beautiful and is easy to work with. It’s informative, interactive and user-friendly — all the things we want to provide for our residents.”

Temple’s previous site was hosted with Civic Plus. The new site is with Revize, which also hosts the sites for the city of Belton and

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Federal decision to keep Snake River dams in place is now official; dam debate is far from over

Federal agencies have finalized a plan that will keep the Snake River Dams in place. It allows for more springtime spill over dams to help juvenile salmon migrating out to the Pacific Ocean.

After four years of study, the Record of Decision makes the federal agencies’ preferred option official. Managers and dam supporters say it will benefit salmon, reliable hydropower and the economy.

“(The decision) also provides flexibility for the future, so we can improve as the science advances,” said John Hairston, acting administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation approved the decision.

“The document evaluates the necessary response between responsible environmental stewardship and the multiple uses of the Columbia River System,” said Lorri Gray, regional director with the Bureau of Reclamation.

River uses at odds

Some of the uses are at odds: navigation to and from Lewiston, Idaho,

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Western Michigan University now has 438 reported coronavirus cases

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 50 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The 50 new cases come from the results of WMU community members that were tested on Sept. 24-25. The university has been updating data on its online COVID-19 Dashboard each Tuesday and Friday evening.

The university reported 84 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, Sept. 25. Those new cases reported on Tuesday brings the university’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 438 since students returned to campus in August.

Despite the rising number of cases, the university has said it has no plans to enact a campus-wide shutdown or send students home. The university has said that decision takes into account the concerns of students whose classes require them to be in-person to remain on track to graduate.

Read more: WMU still confident in university’s return plan despite rising

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SportsEngine Expands Partnership with Babe Ruth League, Becoming Official Provider of League’s Athlete Safety Program | News

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and the leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Babe Ruth League, becoming the official provider of Babe Ruth League’s Athlete Safety Program.

Hamilton, New Jersey-based Babe Ruth League, Inc. is one of the largest youth baseball and softball organizations in the country, serving more than one million players in over 11,000 leagues. SportsEngine formed a partnership with Babe Ruth League in 2018 as the recommended provider of background screening services and abuse prevention training to the League’s coaches and volunteers. Babe Ruth League recently expanded its partnership, naming SportsEngine as the official provider of the League’s newly launched Athlete Safety Program. The Athlete Safety Program sets standards requiring all Babe Ruth League-affiliated leagues to complete their safety requirements through their designated providers.

Background screening is managed

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How to Start Hiking – Tips for Using Hiking as Cross-Training

When thinking about cross-training for runners, the usual activities that come to mind are cycling, swimming, and some form of strength training, such as weight-lifting or bodyweight exercises. Another great way to round out your exercise routine? Getting out on the trail for a hike.

Not only does hiking present unique and stimulating physical challenges, but also it can relieve stress as you explore new places and get in touch with nature—and your body will appreciate a break from the repetitive movements of running.

“Hiking activates different muscles and is less taxing on the joints than running on pavement,” says Marvin Sandoval, an endurance coach, athlete, and donkey runner based in Leadville, Colorado. “Using secondary muscles for stabilization while hiking can actually aid in injury prevention; for instance, putting your weight on your heels when climbing steep ascents activates the glutes and puts less strain

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Canada Goose Stock Pops on Upgrade Highlighting Strong Sales

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Canada Goose stock jumped on an analyst upgrade Wednesday.


Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Canada Goos

A mild winter in many parts of the country and a job-crushing pandemic have hurt demand for pricey down coats, and in turn,

Canada Goose Holdings

’ stock. Yet Cowen & Co. argues the worst is over for the outwear company, sending shares soaring more than 10% on Wednesday.

Analyst Oliver Chen lifted his rating on

Canada Goose

(ticker: GOOS) to Outperform from Market Perform, and raised his price target to $36 from $31. He believes the company “is well positioned as an outdoor resource amid the pandemic, as a leading brand in stores, and as a global luxury beneficiary as China improves faster.”

He highlights the company’s positive free cash flow, robust margins, and profitable retail channel, despite the headwinds facing the sector this year. Moreover, his recent consumer surveys showed that

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“Jaws of Death” a New Dinosaur Discovery, 45 Years After Bones Found

Gary Thompson was fifteen when he found the fossils near Cedaredge in Delta County. It was 1975, and he’d just gotten interested in paleontology after a school field trip to scenic Escalante Canyon, a red-rock canyon where he and his classmates learned about the dinosaur bones and petrified dung specimens regularly found in the area.

“That really piqued my interest,” Thompson recalls. “I became kind of a rock hound. I enjoyed going out and searching for fossils and such.”

But a move with his mother to New Mexico from western Colorado was about to take him from some of his favorite hunting grounds. “I wanted to fossil-hunt one more time before we left,” he says. “So I asked my mom to drop me off out near the rodeo grounds.”

As Thompson scanned the nearby hillside, a mound of dirt with some rock fragments caught his eye. When he arrived at

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Las Vegas haunted houses Asylum, Hotel Fear to open Oct. 1 with COVID-19 protocol | More

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Longtime Las Vegas haunted house attractions Asylum and Hotel Fear will return to the Meadows Mall for its twenty-second year this fall with new COVID-19 measures in place.

According to a release sent Tuesday, guests will be welcomed back Oct. 1. with an “online timed ticketing system” used to limit occupancy and promote social distancing. The new ticketing system assigns patrons a time slot to return for entry with a group of 4-6 people. Guests will be notified via text message when a time slot has arrived and haunt operators require everyone to remain in their cars or off property until that appointment. Temperatures will be taken prior to entry and masks are required.

“We have limited the number of people so only people with tickets for a specific time slot are on the property at any given time,” the release stated. “The haunt is the

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Solid Consumer Confidence Confirms Economic Stability: 5 Picks

September is set to become the first month since March to record a sharp decline in stock markets. With just one day of trading left for this month, the three major indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — are down 3.4%, 4.7% and 5.9%, respectively.

However, surprising many financial experts, Americans have expressed their highest level of confidence in the economy in September since March. In other words, U.S. consumer confidence reached the highest level in September since the coronavirus outbreak.

Consumer Confidence Jumps in September

On Sep 29, the conference board reported that its consumer confidence index for the month of September came in at 101.8, the highest in six months. The metric exceeded the consensus estimate of 89.6. Notably, consumer confidence increased in September after back-to-back monthly declines.

Meanwhile, the August index was also revised upward to 86.3 from 84.8 reported earlier. The

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At the End of the New Pier 26, a Surprise

Expanding a park usually means modifying an existing landscape. The designers of Pier 26 faced a far more daunting challenge: creating an entirely new one in the swift current of the Hudson River.

The results can be seen on Wednesday afternoon, when the revamped pier opens at the end of North Moore Street in Manhattan. The latest addition to Hudson River Park, this 2.5-acre expanse is the city’s only public pier dedicated to river ecology. Incorporating a lawn, a sports court and decks elevated more than 12 feet above the water, it exhibits indigenous plants and trees that hark back to when only Native Americans occupied what is now New York. But the pier’s most distinctive feature is a feat of 21st-century artifice: Because the park’s sea wall prevented developing a rocky intertidal wetland — a science-education bonanza — at the shoreline, the trust decided to engineer one on the

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