Alethea Nale

LDAF’s Indian Creek Recreation Area to reopen

(LDAF) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF’s) Indian Creek Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen Thursday, September 17, 2020. The popular recreation area was closed August 26, 2020, in preparation for Hurricane Laura which ravaged parts of Louisiana including Indian Creek.



a large body of water: FILE: Indian Creek


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FILE: Indian Creek

“We are eager to see our visitors again. Indian Creek Recreation Area sustained a significant amount of tree damage and our staff has been working tirelessly to get the area cleaned up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Indian Creek Recreation Area, located in Woodworth, La., offers primitive camping, RV sites with water and electricity, beaches, fishing in Indian Creek Lake and a children’s playground. Other amenities include bathrooms, laundry facilities, handicap parking, boat launch, canoe rentals, Wi-Fi (in RV area) and a covered pavilion which is available for rent. Indian Creek is managed by

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Campus Recreation outlines Fall 2020 opportunities for students, employees

Citing a desire to offer “as many recreational opportunities as possible,” Campus Recreation is in the process of implementing a Fall semester plan throughout its two primary facilities — Swann Fitness Center at Fike and Douthit Hills Fitness Center. Access will be limited to students and employees to appropriately reduce the number of individuals coming to campus and capacity within Campus Rec facilities.

Please note several changes inside Campus Recreation facilities:

  • All participants will be required to register for appointed workout times, which will be either 45, 60 or 75 minutes in length and offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules.
  • Face coverings will be required throughout the facilities, even when participating in physical activity.
  • All participants will be subject to temperature checks. Any person with a verified temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be able to access the facilities.
  • Court areas inside Swann Fitness Center have
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Tourism agency seeks to spread dunes story | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Those visitors are inspiring, Weimer said. A couple became engaged on the trail. A 90-year-old woman completed it. A man carried his dying dog on the trail for a last big outing. A transplant patient climbed the dunes. A young boy who was on the trail put the new T-shirt over the one he was already wearing and hopped around the visitor center in his glee.

“Those are the things that get you excited,” Weimer said.

Her agency has developed a series of trails to get visitors to “knock of the sand and go out into the communities” to explore what else Porter County has to offer.

Now it’s working on a Native American trail at the visitor center to highlight the Region’s past, taking the story into the future with messages of sustainability, culture and more.

Weimer said she met with a Native American woman in her office at

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Local pizzeria near border ‘struggling’ as US-Mexico travel restrictions extended into October

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego-area pizza restaurant manager says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

A manager at Maya’s Gourmet Pizza, a San Diego-area pizza restaurant, says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re struggling, we’re struggling day to day,” said Enrique Cortez, manager of Maya’s Gourmet Pizza in San Ysidro.

The border has been closed for all nonessential travel since mid-March. Closures have been extended each month since as public health officials largely have struggled to get the pandemic under control through much of the spring and summer.

Restrictions were scheduled to be lifted early next week until officials Thursday announced they again are

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‘Exciting display’ of foliage expected in Vermont, recreation officials say

Officials with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released the group’s first foliage report last week, and it features some good news for soon-to-be leaf peepers.



a large green field with a mountain in the background: FILE - Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain


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FILE – Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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The report says several factors have contributed to predictions of a strong foliage season — strong growth last year, a dry Spring season and a lack of forest pests.

“Although many factors contribute to the vibrancy and length of Vermont’s foliage season and some are yet to unfold, conditions so far point to an exciting display of color again this year,” wrote Michael Snyder, commissioner of DFPR.

Additional updates are expected from the group each week as fall kicks off and the bright colors of foliage continue to pop up.

While foliage season typically runs

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Local communities to receive $5 million for Parks and Recreation Projects, Gov. Cooper Announces

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) Governor Roy Cooper announced N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to fund 16 local parks and recreation projects across the state.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its meeting held today via conference call.

“Local parks and greenways have been a safe place for North Carolinians to relax, exercise, and improve their quality of life during the stress of the pandemic,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These grants will add and expand parks, trails, and recreational facilities to communities across our state, creating opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s natural beauty.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.

N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority considered 66 grant applications requesting $20.5 million.

Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of its total funding

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Pre-travel testing program to start Oct. 15, key step in rebooting Hawaii’s tourism

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – After being delayed for months, a much-touted pre-travel testing program that authorities say is a key step in rebooting the tourism industry will be launched Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific visitors to forgo a 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19.



a large body of water: Photo of a quiet Waikiki taken on the morning of July 14, 2020.


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Photo of a quiet Waikiki taken on the morning of July 14, 2020.

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Hotel Translyvania 4 Director Announced, Selena Gomez’s Role Expands

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When we spoke to Genndy Tartakovsky, the genius director behind the first three Hotel Transylvania films, earlier this summer, he told us that he would be returning to Hotel Transylvania 4, this time as an executive producer. More details on the animated sequel have emerged, including an additional role for Tartakovsky, who is actually directing, and an upgraded position for Selena Gomez.

Variety is reporting that the new film will be directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, from a script by Tartakovsky. And Gomez will now be an executive producer, alongside her other duties voicing the franchise’s main character Mabel, the with-it daughter of Dracula (Adam Sandler). Things are shaping up nicely for the sequel, which currently has an August 6, 2021 release date (god willing).

Kluska has been a story artist on the latter two Hotel Transylvania entries and directed installments of

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Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act supports local economy and recreation | Columnists

Our recreational economy is big business in our neck of the woods. The folks who come to Seeley and Ovando to fish, hunt, snowmobile or float positively impact all of us. The BCSA would add new, desirable snowmobile access in the Otatsy, which is a prized area due to its northeast facing steep slopes that retain stable snow much longer into the season. The Rice Ridge fire opened up new riding terrain in the area, and through funds with the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, we can now do needed clearing of deadfall for safety and access.

In the summer, our streams and rivers are flooded with anglers and recreationalists, and the protections the BCSA would provide for headwaters streams like Monture Creek and the North Fork of the Blackfoot would be a safety net for the historic Blackfoot River. We’ve lived here long enough to remember when the

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Conservation and recreation | Agriculture

Kubicek, who now lives in York though owns still owns the farmland in Milligan, partnered with the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District on the repairs, taking advantage of cost-share funds in the Private Dams Program. These funds provide landowners with an opportunity to correct or re-build privately owned dams. The NRD will contribute 75 percent of the project costs up to a maximum cost-share of $50,000. Eligible costs include construction and design services provided by a private engineering firm. The NRD works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the design and construction support services provided to this popular program.

The repairs to Kubicek’s dam, which included removing the old pipe and installing a new one, as well as a new riser and other reinforcements, cost about $71,000, of which the NRD contributed $50,000. “When my dad built it, it cost $10,000. Now just to replace the tube is

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