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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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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Walktober In Maryland To Celebrate State’s Official Exercise

MARYLAND — The Maryland Department of Transportation is partnering with state and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to host Walktober, a monthlong series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the state’s official exercise: walking. Maryland named walking as the official state exercise in October 2008.

Walktober includes the Oct. 7 celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day, as well as four webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking as a commuting option. The webinars – or “walkinars” – are being held online, rather than in-person events, to encourage safe practices as Maryland continues recovering from coronavirus. Residents are invited to sign up for the 90-minute walkinars, which feature local, state and national speakers.

“Walking is not only our state exercise, but it’s been an important strategy for Marylanders dealing with the challenges of COVID-19,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “While many people have been teleworking

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Opening border could ‘waste’ Canada’s efforts, vaccine may not be available until 2021, health official warns

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

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July 14

1:15 p.m.: Spikes in COVID-19 cases ‘almost inevitable’

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said

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Can you travel in California? Official signals conflict

Californians, are you now free to move about the state?

It seems you are, if you judge by the flurry of hotel, casino and park openings in California, Las Vegas and the rest of the West in recent days, including a big burst of reopenings Friday with Disneyland to follow on July 17.

At popular destinations like Santa Barbara, Napa Valley and Los Angeles, tourism boosters are eagerly inviting the masses back and treating the state’s stay-at-home order as history.

But that’s not what public health officials are saying, at least not yet.

“We are waiting to see how the State Health Officer changes her order,” wrote a spokesman for Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer in an email Thursday.

As of Friday morning, that change hadn’t come yet, and the state Public Health Office was giving this advice on the state website:

“You can travel for

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