Clearing the air: Rec center increases user safety with specialized fan installation | Local News Stories

Although COVID-19 restrictions are relaxing as vaccination rates increase, the Montrose Recreation District has not relaxed its vigilance in methods to increase safety. At the Montrose Community Recreation Center, the district recently installed large-scale, industrial ionizing fans.

“They basically put out electrically charged ions that attack different pathogens, include viruses and bacteria,” said John Wagner, fitness leader for Montrose Recreation District. “They pretty much neutralize those pathogens, making your breathing

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General fund appropriation gives Ridgway State Park means of meeting more campground demand | Local News Stories

Ridgway State Park will soon be able to provide a long-sought amenity: a large group campground.

The park was among several to receive part of $20 million general fund money appropriated under the freshly signed Senate Bill 112, a bipartisan stimulus effort aimed at infrastructure projects.

Ridgway’s $1.5 million share will be spent on creating a 15-site RV hookup and 10-site walk-in tent campground will make things easier for those

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Cardona Summit Shines Light on Districts With Successful Reopening Stories and ‘Real-World Evidence’ of Following CDC Guidelines

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will travel to local communities over the next few weeks in a continued push to get more schools to reopen before the Biden Administration’s self-imposed 100-day deadline.

“My job, I can do it better if I’m listening to what is happening in the field,” Cardona told viewers during a summit designed to highlight progress districts have made bringing students back to the classroom and

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Roy Anderson to step aside from city council | Local News Stories

Montrose City Councilor Roy Anderson will step down from the city council, effective April 7, in his resignation letter, citing a serious medical situation concerning his wife.

After speaking with doctors and over the winter months, it became clear to Anderson that for his wife’s benefit, they would need to move to a lower altitude.

“When it comes to it, life and family are first. I’ve encouraged other people to

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New garden at Montrose Field House to focus on nutrition education for after school, summer enrichment programs | Local News Stories

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Brad Distel, left, and David Morris begin construction of a new garden at the Montrose Field House on Monday, March 8, 2021. 

Montrose Recreation District took a step forward in its mission to construct a community garden and teach nutrition benefits and healthy lifestyles.

MRD program coordinators and maintenance leaders broke ground on a new garden Monday at the Field House site. It served as the

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Ordinance firms up prohibited uses at Shavano Gateway Recreation site | Local News Stories

Under an ordinance approved Wednesday, no overnight use or camping will be allowed on the public land the county is leasing to create the Shavano Gateway Recreation Area.

After hearing from a community member, Montrose County commissioners decided to address for-profit uses on the to-be-developed site as they come up, rather than amend the ordinance right now.

The recreation area will be developed on 44 acres on 90 Road, under

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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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Passion for teaching others led Gomez to education | Local News Stories

Teaching may be a second career for Johnson Elementary School Principal Cheryl Gomez, but education is her first passion.

As she pursued a degree in biology at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Gomez started her career in the business realm, where she wrote training manuals for companies and trained colleagues. She continued to find herself training others and writing course guidelines, which helped her realize her passion was for teaching other people,

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Municipal Judge Richard Brown ending lengthy legal career | Local News Stories

Judge Richard Brown will be giving his gavel a rest, retiring from the Montrose Municipal Court bench April 15.

Brown spent decades on local courts and has presided over municipal court since his appointment in 2002.

“It made me pretty humble to see so many people in distressed situations and how tough of a time a lot of people have. A lot of them need a helping hand,” Brown said.

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State latest to target BLM’s Uncompahgre plan, alleging improper procedures, illegal appointment of acting agency director | Local News Stories

William Perry Pendley was serving illegally as the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director when the agency’s updated resource management plan for the Montrose area was approved, thus, the plan should be voided, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office contends in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Friday, also alleges the plan’s approval was at odds with state programs and policies designed to protect big game and sage-grouse and largely ignored the

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2020 in review: Top stories of the year in Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley prides itself on being “a nice place to live,” but the coronavirus pandemic had a way of making times tough on residents and businesses alike.

Still, the community found ways to sprinkle in bits of normalcy like movies in the park and a Halloween parade, as well as helping those in need who faced food insecurity or needed COVID-19 testing.

Across the area, demonstrations were part of 2020.

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2020 in review: Top stories of the year in Laguna Beach

In a year when most decisions have been shaped in one form or another by the coronavirus pandemic, Laguna Beach felt the impact in multiple ways.

Beach and school closures, cancellations and modifications of arts programs and annual festivals and changes to restaurant dining are just some of the issues the city grappled with.

Here are some of the top stories in Laguna Beach for 2020:

The Promenade on Forest

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Here are The Salt Lake Tribune’s most-read stories of 2020

List includes everything from the desert obelisk to this summer’s protests to the pandemic.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brandon McCormick was beat up by protesters after allegedly brandishing a bow and arrow, after driving his car into the crowd, Saturday, May 30, 2020.

In 2020, you turned to The Salt Lake Tribune for news and information on the coronavirus, the earthquake,

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Parenting in a pandemic: What it’s like to raise kids through the covid-19 crisis | Local News Stories

The coronavirus pandemic has been looming in Lake Havasu City since March, when the first positive case was confirmed. For months, families have been forced to adapt to the many changes brought by the virus — from school shutdowns, new hybrid schedules, a lack of recreation options, online learning, changes at work, new regulations, heightened focus on sanitation and more.

Summer was Havasu’s first largest peak of cases, with numbers

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Parish Council votes to refund, reissue two bonds to help relive demands on general budget | Local News Stories

The Iberia Parish Council voted to refund and reissue two of the parish’s bonds Wednesday night in order to help relieve some of the demands on its general fund budget.

Over the last five years, the council has had to make cuts and pull back on services and other expenditures in order to keep up debt service on the bonds, specifically the one for the Cajun RVera project. That bond

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