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Civic Center, new cemetery top recreation department’s sixth-penny priority list | Local News

CHEYENNE – With another sixth-penny sales tax ballot coming down the pipeline, members of the city’s Community Recreation and Events Department outlined their top priorities – Cheyenne Civic Center renovations and a new cemetery – at a City Council work session Monday night.

According to City Treasurer Robin Lockman, the city has collected $33,691,443 out of the previous $40,850,000 ballot thus far, and Council President Mark Rinne said he anticipates another sixth-penny ballot to go out to voters next fall.

“I think it would serve us well to start doing our homework now and get some background on the sixth-penny projects that some of our departments would like to move forward,” Rinne said at the work session.

The first proposal outlined an expanded remodel of the Cheyenne Civic Center, which hasn’t seen many updates in its 40-year lifespan, according to Community Recreation and Events Director Teresa Moore. The department completed a conceptual design in 2019, in anticipation of sixth-penny discussions, and the proposed project totals around $40 million, though Moore noted the renovations could be scaled back with budgetary constraints.

“This facility was built in 1981; it’s coming up on 40 years. During those 40 years, there has been little investment in this building,” Moore said.

Currently, the Civic Center has no loading dock for performers, an outdated HVAC system, inadequate seating and insufficient equipment that leads to using rentals.

The renovations would revamp the front of the building, allowing more visibility for the facility and advertising for events. The bathroom facilities would also be expanded, doubling the amount of water closets and urinals; a loading dock would be added; the concession area would be expanded; and the seating would be improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

A multi-purpose room would also be added for rehearsals, weddings, lectures and meetings, and it would be available to rent.

“Cheyenne and the region support the Civic Center and deserve better functionality and a high-quality experience,” Moore said. “Cheyenne has made an investment in this asset, creating it in the first place, and we think it needs our protection and our investments for future generations.”

The second proposal from Community Recreation and Events is for a new cemetery that would be built at the arboretum, next to the new Cheyenne National Cemetery. According to department Deputy Director Jason Sanchez, the city is currently running out of space.

“Most of the available spaces are single spaces; they’re undesirable. We don’t have any family plots remaining,” Sanchez said.

The new cemetery would house 3,644 interments, which Sanchez said would last the city about 20 more years, as they do an average of 150 burials annually. A cemetery master plan was completed in 2014, and the estimated cost is just over $7 million for the new cemetery, as well as to update the irrigation system at Lakeview Cemetery.

While some councilmen questioned whether the city should let the private cemetery industry take over, the department stood by the idea that this is a service

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Name released of man killed in shooting at recreation center

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

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Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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One of two shooting victims is taken to an ambulance. Courtesy OnScene.TVAuthorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

–City News Service

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One dead, one injured in shooting near Linda Vista Recreation Center

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Police are searching for a suspect who fled the scene of a deadly shooting near the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Sunday.

San Diego Police say that officers were called to the area near 7000 Levant Street in Linda Vista just after 11 a.m. over reports of gunfire in the area. When officers arrived, they found one man who had been shot in the upper body.

Officer provided first aid to the man until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified but his identity was not released. He is described as a 27-year-old Hispanic man from San Diego.

While officers were at the hospital, a second man arrived with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. He said that he had also been injured outside of the same recreation center. The second victim has also been identified but his name was not released. He is described as a 30-year-old man from San Diego.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a man, possibly Hispanic, wearing a mask and shorts, running from the scene. He was seen getting into a small, white four-door vehicle that was last seen driving southbound on Linda Vista Road.

Officers said the two victims appeared to have been near the handball courts at the recreation center when they were injured. SDPD Homicide detectives were at the scene late Sunday investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Staff report

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Minnesota grants $4 million to proposed Jacob Wetterling Recreation Center

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$4 million in aid goes to Wetterling Center

The state of Minnesota has made a $4 million grant to the city of St. Joseph toward the design and construction of a community center to be known as the Jacob Wetterling Recreation Center.

The money, contained in the $1.9 billion bonding bill passed last month by the Legislature, would cover about one-fourth of the project’s estimated $16 million cost. City officials have been working on the project for years.

Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted near his Stearns County home in 1989. In 2016, Danny Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and killing Jacob. In a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on child pornography charges but was not charged in Jacob’s abduction and death.

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Ely

New mayor-elect turns down the job

Eric Urbas, who won Ely’s mayoral election after dropping out of the race, told city officials Wednesday that he would not accept the position.

The 32-year-old defeated three-term incumbent Mayor Chuck Novak by 125 votes. Urbas halted his campaign in August, citing health problems, but his name remained on the November ballot.

Ely will hold a special mayoral election, the timing of which will be discussed at the City Council’s Dec. 1 meeting.

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NEW ULM

County hires 2 nurses for COVID-19 cases

Brown County is set to hire two nurses to deal with COVID-19 cases. At its meeting this week, the County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the hiring of the nurses to handle COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. One nurse will fill a permanent position while the other is slated to work through February.

As with many Minnesota counties, Brown County has seen a rapid increase in positive tests for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The county’s most recent rate of positive test results was 5.2%, below the statewide average of 7%, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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East Grand Forks

Board nixes COVID stimulus requests

The Economic Development Authority rejected two businesses’ requests for reimbursement under COVID-19 stimulus programs. Anytime Fitness sought $1,100 for a pressure toilet and the CherryBerry yogurt bar sought $5,600 for a safe.

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Fairview Recreation Center opens as additional homeless shelter

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Amid a surging pandemic and a November cold snap, the Municipality of Anchorage is racing to find space to house a growing number of people who are experiencing homelessness.



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On Wednesday, 684 people needed a warm place to stay, according to Anchorage Homeless Coordinator Nancy Burke, marking an 18% increase since the beginning of September.

The pandemic has forced several shelters to operate at a reduced capacity, to allow for distancing. For instance, the Brother Francis Shelter capacity in the winter of 2019 was 240. Currently, it’s at 62.

The temporary emergency shelter inside the Sullivan Arena has a maximum capacity of 360, but has exceeded that count every night for the last month, Burke told members of the Anchorage Assembly Committee on Homelessness during a meeting on Wednesday.

“Last night that number was 407,” said Burke. “We drive to drive that number down by bringing on additional resources.”

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for Anchorage, the city has been looking to move toward more non-congregate sheltering options. In October, the city had secured 70 area hotel rooms to help decompress the shelter at the Sullivan Arena.

Now, it has 127 hotel rooms. But that is still not enough.

Over the weekend, the city turned the Fairview Recreation Center into a congregate shelter, providing capacity for an additional 49 people.

“We’re having the conversation about what’s next, actively and it’ll be a mix of, you know, more non-congregate locations… the municipality will probably go out to bid for some more rooms, and then if we can’t keep up with it, we’ll do as we did with Fairview, we’ll find another spot to open,” Burke said during an interview Wednesday.

In October, Burke said the plan for winter was to decompress the Sullivan Arena by moving people into temporary non-congregate units, such as hotel rooms, then move those individuals into housing through a rapid-rehousing program, creating space to further alleviate crowding at the Sullivan Arena.

That is still the plan, she said Wednesday, but the demand has increased faster than they’ve been able to keep up with.

“The Sullivan Arena is running a full 40 spaces over what we want to see it at right now,” she said. “So then if we want to leave more space for new people coming in, you know, we’d like to see that number down around 320 so that we would have the capacity to flex as new people come in, but we’ve been consistently running over.”

Burke anticipates the number of people needing shelter will continue to increase. She believes some people seeking shelter this year have previously found other ways to get by, such as warming up in a business lobby or going into a hospital, options removed by the pandemic.

“The unknown is how many people may be new to homelessness because of the pandemic,” she said.

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Ann Arbor’s Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center modifies hours

ANN ARBOR – The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center will be modifying its hours starting on Wednesday in response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ latest emergency order and Washtenaw County Administrator Gregory Dill’s recent announcement that all non-essential services will be closing in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The reduction of hours at the recreation center follows MDHHS’ “three-week pause” order, which runs Wednesday through Dec. 8.

New facility hours through Dec. 8:

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to noon, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The facility will be closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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For the next three weeks, the building will be open only to members at 25% capacity. The indoor pool will remain open with four lanes available.

Staff will continue to coordinate with the Washtenaw County Administrator and the Washtenaw County Health Department as measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 evolve.

“The unprecedented nature of this pandemic has required adaptability,” Diane Carr, Recreation Center Superintendent, said in a news release. “Washtenaw County Parks is committed to keeping our community healthy and safe, and we will continue to follow the direction of our County Administration and the experts at the Health Department to guide our decision-making during this time. The health and safety of our members and our staff, have and always will be our top priority.”

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is at 2960 Washtenaw Ave.

For facility updates and other park changes, visit washtenaw.org/parks.

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Texas A&M University System Board Of Regents Approves South Campus Recreation Center Project

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Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center could start as early as December.


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The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized the construction of a $35 million South Campus Recreation Center to enhance student recreational activities.

The 63,000 square-foot facility will have strength and conditioning areas, areas for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer, a climbing wall, locker rooms and more. It will be located off Bizzell Street across from Krueger, Mosher and Rudder Halls and adjacent to the golf course.

“In recent years, Texas A&M has invested heavily in several facilities designed to enhance the educational experience,” said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “With this new recreation center, we’re supporting our students’ health and well-being, which are essential to helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

Rick Hall, director of Recreational Sports, part of the Division of Student Affairs, said the South Campus Rec Center project will advance the university by preparing students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility and service to society.

“The South Campus Recreation Center is a critical project to the university’s commitment to provide students, faculty and staff with the best opportunities to support and nurture their health and well-being,” Hall said. “The Department of Recreational Sports provides high-quality, inclusive experiences and facilities. Multiple assessments have shown that participants in recreational activities have higher persistence rates and graduation rates than those who do not engage in recreation. A student’s overall health and well-being, coupled with academic success, will prepare graduates for successful careers within the global economy.”

Texas A&M administrators said the facility is needed because of the school’s increasing enrollment. A study by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association shows that a university the size of Texas A&M should have at least 587,000 square feet of indoor recreational facilities, and that the school currently has about 415,000 square feet.

Since the main Student Recreation Center opened in 1995, the Texas A&M student body has grown more than 60 percent while recreational facilities have increased by only 25 percent.

In addition, Texas A&M administrators said, all current student recreational facilities are located west of the train tracks that divide the campus and are beyond a 10-minute walk from much of the academic and housing facilities on campus.

Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center project could start as early as December, and is scheduled for completion in June of 2022.

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