City of Dalton looking at ways to improve communication internally and with the public

Mar. 28—Post time-sensitive announcements to Facebook in both English and Spanish. Make sure all city committee meetings are posted on the city of Dalton’s online calendar. Create more digital content for social media.

Those are some of the preliminary recommendations presented Tuesday at a meeting of Dalton’s Public Safety Commission by consultant Jackie Killings, who has more than 20 years of experience in business and is active in a number

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Editorial: Make it easier for the public to participate in their government | Opinion

If you wanted to, you can watch Deschutes County Commission and Bend City Council meetings from home. That was true even before the pandemic.

Spoiler alert! They tend to be low wattage. Exceptions do happen. Debates can get feisty. Public testimony can be passionate and compelling. A Bend City Council meeting did burst into song. And taxes, zoning, parking, homelessness, policing and other things that can have a major impact

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Phoenix-area public parks and buildings have reopened

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Fans wear face masks as they watch a spring training baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers on Feb. 28, 2021, in Surprise. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

It’s been more than a year since the first COVID-19 restrictions were enacted. But with more than 1 million vaccinated Arizonans — and a lower number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the state — cities are reopening their

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Napoleon’s brother lived in an N.J. estate. See what will become museum, public grounds.

For more than 200 years, Point Breeze — the sprawling, 60-acre estate in Bordentown that once belonged to Joseph Bonaparte, older brother of Napoleon and an exiled king himself — has been haunted.

But it’s not what you may be thinking. There is no evidence of ghosts here. No apparitions, no banshees, no specters. Instead, during its 200 year history, Point Breeze has been benevolently haunted with the spirits of

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Commissioners turn down IPC request to shorten public comment periods

Mar. 17—The Glynn County Commission voted down a request from the Islands Planning Commission to reduce public comment time on Tuesday.

IPC members voted 6-0 last month to request the county commission ratify a policy change that would cut the time allowed for public comment on site plans and Pier Village preservation permits in half.

Public comment periods are distinct from public hearings, which the IPC has no intention of

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City of Dover Facilities Reopening to Public March 8

The Dover Public Library will be open for four hours a day, five days a week. Hours of operation will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-6 p.m. Patrons will be able to come in and browse, check out items, visit the children’s library or the teen loft, or use the library’s computers to access the internet or print. Computer

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Bedford public library, 4-H offer hands-on learning opportunities

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Bedford Public Library System and Bedford 4-H are teaming up to create hands-on learning opportunities for kids.

This month, Bedford 4-H is teaching a STEM science water education series that explores flooding, pollution, irrigation, water conservation and the different ways we use water. The four-part series has a kit for every lesson.

The series aligns with Virginia SOLs and more importantly gives kids another learning opportunity

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Harford County to reopen parks and rec facilities, offices to the public on March 1

Feb. 25—Harford County indoor parks and recreation facilities and government buildings will reopen to the public on March 1, the county government announced Thursday.

The county will continue offering distanced services like its drop boxes and online tools after facilities reopen Monday, spokesperson Cindy Mumby said. While walk-ins are accepted, she encouraged anyone who plans to visit county offices in-person to schedule an appointment to give adequate space to others

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP’s Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package

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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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