COVID-19 has huge impact on Salt Lake County’s proposed 2021 budget

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office released its proposed budget for 2021, and it includes a massive impact from COVID-19. Officials say a lot of county offices will have to make due with what they have now.

When the pandemic reached Utah, every department in Salt Lake County made huge cuts. Officials say the Community Services Department took the biggest hit; it covers recreation centers and arts and culture organizations. Some of those facilities are operating on “a shoestring budget,” according to financial analysts.

You can see that when you walk into the Taylorsville Recreation Center. The county delayed many of the youth sports leagues until further notice, and moved gym equipment to ensure social distancing. Some people who use that gym say the staff maintains it nicely, but few people use it.

One man told KSL, “There’s only like three or four people there when

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Folsom Lake CA speed limit down to 5 mph for low water levels

A 5 mph speed limit will go into effect Thursday on Folsom Lake as water levels drop, leaving most of the boat ramps dry and creating hazardous conditions for fast-moving watercraft, park officials said.

The low water level has left rocks on the lake bed closer to the surface, which could scratch boats or create worse damage in some of the more shallow areas, according to a news release from California State Parks, which operates the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

The last time authorities implemented a low-water speed limit was Nov. 6, 2018, park officials said. It was lifted Jan. 18, 2019.

Park Superintendent Richard Preston-LeMay said visitors are welcome to enjoy the lake, but officials want to make everyone aware of the increase in underwater hazards.

“We urge people to exercise extreme caution while boating on the lake, both for their safety and to prevent damage to their

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‘Big Pile’ Of Live Eels Dumped In Lake In NYC Park; Impact Not Yet Known

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.

“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.

They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”

The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.

New Yorkers free thousands of non-native animals

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Bicycle coalition, Tahoe Fund team to install hundreds of bike racks around the lake

The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has completed the third phase of its efforts to create secure bike parking within the basin.

The coalition, with the help of a grant from Tahoe Fund and matching contributions from local businesses, purchased and installed 100 bike racks in high-priority spots near town centers and also added a bike repair station this summer, offering parking for 200 bikes.

In total, the coalition and Tahoe Fund have teamed to provide access to 450 bike racks at outdoor recreation locations, area businesses and community hotspots all around the lake since 2018, offering secure parking for up to 900 bikes.

“The bike coalition has consistently heard from members and supporters that the lack of bike racks is a barrier to getting

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Lake Elsinore leaders reflect on tumultuous year, plan for future at State of the City

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale (right) and City Manager Grant Yates have a conversation in the city’s pre-recorded State of the City Address Oct. 8.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale struck an optimistic tone while reflecting on the difficulties of the past year at the 2020 Lake Elsinore State of the City, Oct. 8.

“2020 has been an unusual year,” Tisdale said, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many watching the virtual address, which was led by the mayor but also included the other four members of the City Council as well as City Manager Grant Yates.

In a conversation between the two at the start of the prerecorded event, both Tisdale and Yates said they are proud of Lake Elsinore, not only for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, but for other rough situations the city has gone through over the last few years.

I’ve been in local government management

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Park improvements coming to Legion Lake, Brigance Park, possible splash pad in the works | Chickasaw Journal

Legion Lake Park on Dulaney Street is slated for some improvements in 2021 after the Mississippi Legislature appropriated $150,000 for park upgrades. The appropriation request was made by the Chickasaw Development Foundation (CDF) during the 2020 session.

CDF director, Sean Johnson, added the park improvements to the request after Houston won a $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation to hold a ten-week concert series at the park.

“We made a couple of requests for quality of life improvement projects during the last session. We requested $250,000 to refurbish the old theater downtown into a public arts space, and $150,000 for upgrading the park. Legislators Jon Lancaster and Ben Suber were able to shepherd the request through the various committees and were able to get us the money for the park,” says Johnson.

“We’ll try again for some other projects (including the theater) next year, but, considering the COVID situation and

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PGA Tour 2K21 to feature 15 real-world courses, including Riviera and East Lake

The new PGA Tour 2K21 video game will feature 15 real-world golf courses, including eight new additions that are annual stops on the Tour’s schedule.

The eight new arrivals include the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, East Lake, Quail Hollow, Riviera, TPC Louisiana, TPC River Highlands, TPC San Antonio and TPC Twin Cities.

They join a list of courses — Atlantic Beach Country Club, TPC Boston, TPC Deere Run, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Southwind and TPC Summerlin — previously featured in The Golf Club 2019.

The game’s social media accounts have been teasing each individual course over the past few weeks.

“Our goal is to make the PGA TOUR 2K21 in-game, licensed, real-life course recreations as detailed as possible, so it feels like you’re actually playing the course alongside top PGA Tour pros,” HB Studios senior producer Shaun West said. “To see professionals play these courses on TV, and

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