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Agency seeks public input on updated Stillhouse lake plan | News

BELTON — Chalk Ridge Falls, with its crystal-clear creeks, scenic waterfall and rocky cliffs, is a popular Bell County spot for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Stillhouse Hollow Lake park is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is updating its comprehensive land and recreational management master plan for the area. The plan, last updated in the 1970s, will guide the agency for the next 25 years, officials

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CORE Act comeback: Backers hail reintroduced public lands bill as a win for Colorado | Local News Stories

The time has come to bring the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act across the finish line, said backers, who also said the recently reintroduced measure dovetails with recent presidential action on climate change.

“Hopefully, this time is the time that we finally get it done,” Colorado State Director for the Wilderness Society Jim Ramey said.

“Across Colorado, our wild places and outdoor recreation economy are a lot of the

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Appointments required as Saginaw County offices reopen to public during coronavirus pandemic

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw County’s administrative offices re-opened to the public in a limited capacity as of Monday, Feb. 1 on an appointment-only basis.

The county released a statement stating that it believes it can return to in-person transactions by appointment only while maintaining a safe environment for its residents and employees. Saginaw County Health Department Health Officer Christina Harrington reported a decline in daily COVID-19 positive cases and increased

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Valley News – Jim Kenyon: Thetford’s public works director needs to be directed out of public work

I don’t like to see anyone lose their job. (At least anyone not named Donald Trump.) That said, Thetford’s public works director, Nathan Maxwell, needs to go.

But the Thetford Selectboard lacks the backbone to fire Maxwell, who posted a couple of jaw-dropping short videos on social media last year that reeked of racism and misogyny. In a 13-second clip about why he doesn’t wear a mask during the coronavirus

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To Thrive, Our Democracy Needs Digital Public Infrastructure

America is emerging from the 2020 presidential election close to a social breaking point. While we occupy the same physical terrain, the countries Joe Biden and Donald Trump supporters imagine and see online have never been further apart.

As Biden looks to rebuild America’s infrastructure and bring the country back together, he should consider a visionary project that could do both: the reinvention of the digital public squares currently hosted

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Liberty State Park public meetings, web design classes, astronomy shows | Upcoming

Public meetings for Liberty State Park go virtual

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has scheduled two public meetings to provide time for in-depth discussion and feedback on the remediation of the interior section of Liberty State Park and the options for active recreation development.

The virtual meeting for Remediation of the Interior of Liberty State Park will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. Register

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76-acre land donation will allow the public to enjoy Hexenkopf Ridge in Williams Township

Ned and Linda Heindel have enjoyed the Hexenkopf Ridge so much they decided to share it with the world.

The couple has donated 76 acres on Hexenkopf Road in Williams Township to Northampton County so it can be saved for public use as the Hexenkopf Ridge Preserve.

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure said discussions about donating the land started last year. The donation became official this month.

“They wanted to

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Joe Biden could end new fossil fuel drilling on public lands

This is the Dec. 17, 2020, edition of Boiling Point, a weekly newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.

It’s been nearly five years since the chilly February morning when I shuffled into the back of a conference room at Salt Lake City’s convention center to watch the federal government auction off oil and gas

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Bettendorf City Hall closed to public due to COVID-19

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – City Hall in Bettendorf will be closed to the public starting on Thursday, Dec. 10. This is due to the increasing cases of COVID-19.

City officials announced on Wednesday this will be closed until further notice.

Public meetings, including City Council meetings and public hearings, will remain being held in the Council Chambers at their scheduled day and time. Officials say the may also be available

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Public access to city buildings restricted in Natchitoches | Coronavirus

NATCHITOCHES, La. –  With the State of Louisiana back in a modified phase 2, the Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. is trying to keep his citizens and staff safe. 

Under a new order, starting Monday, December 7th, all access to city buildings will be restricted to the public for the safety of the employees and citizens until further notice. The restriction on access to City buildings includes the Martin Luther

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City of Natchitoches buildings close to public after returning to Phase 2

The following has been provided by the City of Natchitoches:

NATCHITOCHES, La. (City of Natchitoches) – By order of the Mayor of the City of Natchitoches, Monday, December 7, all access to city buildings will be restricted to the public for the safety of the employees and citizens until further notice. This restriction on access to City buildings includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center and the Utility Service

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Looking for a Christmas tree? Here’s where you can get a Utah public lands permit this year

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Thanksgiving is over, the remaining holidays of the year are in sight.

Many Utahns have already started decorating for Christmas. Given all that has happened in 2020, who could blame anyone for celebrating the season early?

But for those of you who haven’t started decorating and are maybe still searching for the right tree, you can find one around several public land areas throughout

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Onslow municipalities closing to public due to COVID-19 cases

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Onslow County, several municipalities have made the decision to close their buildings to the p beginning next week. 

Jacksonville Assistant City Manager Glenn Hargett released a statement on Tuesday saying, “In an effort to limit person-to-person contact and to protect valued employees and citizens from the increasing COVID-19 exposure, many Onslow local governments will be restricting access to buildings and personnel.”

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WA State launches new app for viewing Public Lands | News

OLYMPIA, WA – Recreation and conservation lands managed by local, state and federal governments now can be viewed easily online in a new mapping application, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today.

The Public Lands Inventory Web app displays more than 18.8 million acres of public lands used for recreation or wildlife habitat in Washington. Information also is displayed about the type of use, owner, legislative district, year of acquisition,

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Dayton to close city buildings to public, urges residents to stay home

The advisory overlaps with a 21-day statewide curfew issued by Gov. Mike DeWine. Starting Thursday, Ohioans should stay home from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Also starting Monday, payment centers will be closed. Residents can make city utility payments by phone, online, via mail or at any CVS or Family Dollar stores. The city is pausing routine fire and interior housing inspections as well.

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Farmington closing some facilities to comply with public health order

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City of Muscatine announces public restrictions in place at City Hall

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – City officials in Muscatine announced there will be restrictions to the public in place at City Hall. This will begin on Monday, Nov. 16.

The Muscatine City Administrator, Carol Webb, said the offices for Community Development and Housing at Muscatine City Hall on the second floor will be closed to the public.

Earlier, Webb had announced all staff and visitors to Muscatine City Hall would be

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Helena releases list of proposed open lands projects, seeks public input

Helena leaders are asking for public input, after they released a list of major projects they’re considering on city parks and open lands next year.

The city will hold an online open house Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m., to present information about the proposed projects and their impacts.

“We want to share our final list and our rationale for why we have that list and what projects we’re proposing

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Opinion | As coronavirus tears through the country, public health measures can save lives

After several days, the plant partly came back online, and we squeaked through. We took our public health responsibility extremely seriously. We were ready to do whatever was necessary to preserve the public health.

Strong public health powers are vital for government to have and use. Every day we see the results of the failure to use them aggressively as the novel coronavirus rips through our country. Criminal law protects

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