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Early-morning shooting on Indianapolis’ east side leaves 1 dead

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Indianapolis police are investigating after an early Sunday shooting at an east-side hotel left one man dead.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the incident shortly before 6 a.m. at the Budget 8 Inn in the 6800 block of East 21st Street.

Officers called to the scene on a report of shots fired were directed to a second-floor hotel room where they found one man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

The victim was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The name of the victim has not been released.

No other injuries were reported in connection to the shooting. Police said the details of the incident remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crashes should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip.

Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community | News

The City of Arlington’s East Library and Recreation Center, featuring an outdoor innovation space designed by UTA students, held its grand opening Monday.

The 47,249-square-foot building is the first collaboration between Arlington’s Parks and Recreation and Libraries departments and replaces the Hugh Smith Recreation Center and East Branch Library.

The recreation center is equipped with fitness and community rooms, a gym, a 113,000 gallon indoor pool, a child care center and senior lounge. The 8,500-square-foot library offers books in physical, digital and audiobook formats, as well as DVDs, free Wi-Fi and adult education classes.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Lifeguards swim and demonstrate different areas of the pool during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. The pool features a climbing wall, zip line and area for water aerobics.



Lemuel Randolph, Parks and Recreation director, said the project started around 10 to 12 years ago through the groundwork laid by the Parks and Recreation department, an invested City Council and citizen support.

The $26 million project was approved by Arlington voters, along with other community projects, in the 2014 Bond Election.

The library and recreation center will help nurture community identity, improve east Arlington neighborhoods and enhance lives, Randolph said.

Graduate architecture students Belén Vigil, Lydia Martinez and Iran Mejia were part of a 14-student group that designed the outdoor innovation space. The three attended the grand opening to talk about their design.

With an Innovation Zone grant, the team set out to extend technology access to the east Arlington community, designing pods and a gathering area.

Currently, the outdoor space has three pods with TVs, outlets, seating for two and fold-down tables. Once complete, there will be more tables and a canopy.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Architecture graduate student Iran Mejia, left, talks with State Rep. Chris Turner during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. Mejia was one of several College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students who designed the new facility’s outdoor space.



Partnering with the Libraries and Parks and Recreation departments, the team sent surveys and met with community members to discuss what people of different age groups would want to see at the new location.

Through those interactions, especially with children, Vigil said they knew they needed to have a space for kids to play.

Libraries director Norma Zuniga said it was apparent how much Arlington loves its libraries because they have been growing alongside each other since the first library, a stored box of books, was started in 1923.

With advanced technology and over 30,000 items, she said the new library offers support for literacy and learning for all ages.

High school equivalency, English as a second language and citizenship classes are some of the adult education classes that will be offered along with workforce training.

“Libraries and parks and recreation make great neighborhoods,” Zuniga said. “The investment made in this community will leave a legacy for years

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After 40 years, Wheels Family Fun Park closing, could become a recreation center for East Durham :: WRAL.com

Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham is being sold after 40 years.

Wheels Fun Park is a Durham institution that has been providing family fun for decades, offering go-karts, mini golf, a skating rink and more.

But now the Durham icon is for sale.

After 40 years, the Wheels owner said it’s time for her to retire.

However, that doesn’t mean the fun park will stop bringing entertainment to the Durham community. In fact, Wheels might become a recreation center for underserved members of the surrounding community.

Even better, the new source of activities and fun for the community’s kids could help combat crime in East Durham, which is considered a high crime area.

Throwback: The original Wheels on Latta Road in the 1980s. (Courtesy of Wheels Family Fun Park)

The owner of Wheels approached the City of Durham about purchasing the facility and 8 acres of surrounding land.

During work session earlier this week, Durham City Council added the possibility of purchasing Wheels Fun Park to their agenda.

“The city has been interested in the Wheels site for recreation,” said Tom Dawson, Asst. Director of Durham Parks & Recreation.

“This site could fit some of Durham’s fondest wishes,” he said, “It’s a great opportunity to serve the people of East Durham.

Dawson said a final decision will be made by city council on November 16.

If chosen, the site will be used partially for an aquatics facility, which was recommended for East Durham in the Aquatics Masterplan.

Once the city obtains the site, they plan to hire a consultant to help with the design and lead a community engagement process to help plan how to better fit the facility into the Park system.

As part of this ‘community plan,’ they will be asking for the public’s ideas and suggestions.

“That will help answer our questions about what to keep, improve or change,” said Dawson.

This would also include a discussion about whether or not to keep the roller rink. Dawson said he suspects there will be a lot of interest in keeping it. Plus, Durham Parks & Rec already uses it for their My Durham Teens program and School Age Care programs.

“Don’t give away those skates yet,” said Dawson.

Many residents have years of fond memories attached to Wheels. One East Durham resident shared their own excitement and ideas for the project, saying, “I am looking forward to the change and growth in the area. I want them to keep the skating rink and race cars, and also more food variety.”

“I think everybody knows Wheels and has a lot of emotional connections. I think it’s a very good passing of the torch from private recreation folks to the public recreation folks,” said Dawson.

The owner of Wheels said it’s been a pleasure to serve so many generations of Durham’s community.

“We’re going to miss everybody!” she said.

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After 40 years, Wheels Family Fun Park closes, could become a recreation center for East Durham :: WRAL.com

Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham is being sold after 40 years.

Wheels Fun Park is a Durham institution that has been providing family fun for decades, offering go-karts, mini golf, a skating rink and more.

But now the Durham icon is for sale.

After 40 years, the Wheels owner said it’s time for her to retire.

However, that doesn’t mean the fun park will stop bringing entertainment to the Durham community. In fact, Wheels might become a recreation center for underserved members of the surrounding community.

Even better, the new source of activities and fun for the community’s kids could help combat crime in East Durham, which is considered a high crime area.

Throwback: The original Wheels on Latta Road in the 1980s. (Courtesy of Wheels Family Fun Park)

The owner of Wheels approached the City of Durham about purchasing the facility and 8 acres of surrounding land.

During work session earlier this week, Durham City Council added the possibility of purchasing Wheels Fun Park to their agenda.

“The city has been interested in the Wheels site for recreation,” said Tom Dawson, Asst. Director of Durham Parks & Recreation.

He said they will need a community plan for the facility, and will be asking for people’s ideas once they get the project set up.

“This site could fit some of Durham’s fondest wishes,” he said.

Many residents have years of fond memories attached to Wheels. One East Durham resident shared their own excitement and ideas for the project, saying, “I am looking forward to the change and growth in the area. I want them to keep the skating rink and race cars, and also more food variety.”

“I think everybody knows Wheels and has a lot of emotional connections. I think it’s a very good passing of the torch from private recreation folks to the public recreation folks,” said Dawson.

He said it’s a great opportunity to serve the people of East Durham.

The owner of Wheels said it’s been a pleasure to serve so many generations of Durham’s community.

“We’re going to miss everybody!” she said.

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Popular vacation spot on Lake Granby destroyed in East Troublesome Fire

GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — For the first time since fleeing with three T-shirts and a pair of jeans, Paul Hedgecock and his son walked the campground that has been in his family for decades.

The Highland Marina on Lake Granby has been a prime spot for vacationers, boaters and fisherman. Now it’s reduced to twisted metal and ash after the East Troublesome Fire blew through the area last week.

“This is the only place it crossed the highway,” Hedgecock said. “It just jumped around. It’s like a tornado or something.”

The East Troublesome Fire pummeled the bait and tackle shop at the entrance, leaving just a hole in the ground.

Hedgecock lost his home, as did his daughter. By his count, 43 other structures including RVs and mobile homes were destroyed.

“They were all places where people came up to have fun, and they loved their places,” Hedgecock said. 

Despite the devastation, Hedgecock remains optimistic they’ll still be able to hold boats this spring.

“We still have docks and we can still house people, we just got a lot of cleaning up to do,” Hedgecock said. “It’ll be different. There won’t be any trees, but that’ll make the view better from the top of the hill. Look at that view. Makes it all good.”

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe to help the Hedgecocks pay for rebuilding the marina.

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Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires evacuees face hard decisions

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By the time Becky Jensen returned to her home in Poudre Canyon in late October, she hadn’t slept in her bed for 12 weeks.

Back in August, Jensen returned from celebrating her 50th birthday with a two-week hike in the San Juan Mountains as the Cameron Peak Fire ran east down Colorado Highway 14, forcing widespread evacuations that included her cabin a mile west of Rustic.

For the next 2½ months, Jensen camped out in her mother’s basement in Fort Collins with two cats and a dog, even as mandatory evacuations turned to voluntary. 

“I have asthma and pets. It was smart to gather everything together and head to Fort Collins and stay with my mom,” Jensen said as she prepared to return home after evacuations were lifted for the Colorado 14 corridor.

It’s been a long slog, but Jensen considers herself lucky. Her house is still standing and she was able to take refuge with family. Not everyone had that option.

Unlike the 2012 High Park Fire, when the American Red Cross opened a large evacuation center at The Ranch in Loveland, COVID-19 concerns prompted the agency to pay for hotel rooms for evacuees unable to find shelter with family or friends. 

Stories: Newlyweds look for light in the darkness after fire destroys their home

The Red Cross reported to Larimer County leaders that it has paid for more than 27,000 hotel nights. A family or single person staying in a hotel room for one night counts as one hotel night.

At the peak of Cameron Peak Fire evacuations, the Red Cross housed 1,300 evacuees in 570 rooms spread across 16 hotels and a KOA campground.

That number soared Oct. 22 when Estes Park residents fled the approaching East Troublesome Fire. Through Tuesday, 2,273 evacuees were housed in 1,043 rooms across more than 35 area hotels and two KOAs.

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Hilary and Josh Embrey’s home in Buckskin Heights in Masonville, Colorado was destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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While the loss of homes is still being assessed, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has reported more than 442 structures have been destroyed within the county.

Of those damaged or destroyed, 209 are homes —  26 are primary residences. An additional 208 are outbuildings and 17 were designated as businesses that were part of the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes.

Those who lost their homes will be forced to find more permanent housing over the coming days and weeks while they decide what comes next.

Their decisions — depending on the final structure loss from the fires — could both tighten an already stressed housing market and help a hotel industry decimated by COVID-19.

Want to help: Here’s how to help those impacted by the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires

COVID-19 clears hotel space for fire evacuees

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East Bay regional parks and recreation areas to remain closed due fire danger

Several East Bay parks will remain closed through Wednesday due to an extended Red Flag Warning anticipating continued high winds. 

The National Weather Service said wind gusts are expected to reach 60-70 mph in some parts of the Bay Area on Tuesday evening.

The East Bay Regional Park District announced Friday that it would close 11 of its parks and recreation areas Sunday and Monday in anticipation of severe winds. The district had expected to see some of the strongest winds in 20 years, but sustained winds only reached 21-45 mph in higher elevations, lower than the anticipated potential 70 mph impact. 

Ferocious winds are forecast to roar through Tuesday, prompting the district to extend the park closure through Wednesday. 

Parks that will remain temporarily closed to the public include Wildcat Canyon, Tilden, Reinhardt Redwood, Roberts, Huckleberry, Sibley, Claremont Canyon, Leona Canyon, Anthony Chabot, Lake Chabot, and Kennedy Grove.

According to the East Bay Regional Park District, winds knocked down 14 power lines in or near the closed park areas. Luckily, no fires sparked from the downed power lines, but that continues to be a worry during strong winds events. 

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You should vote for Elizabeth Echols for East Bay Regional Park District Board

The race for the East Bay Regional Park District representative generally doesn’t get much attention, especially in a critical election year. With a Sierra Club endorsement, a long history of environmental activism and a career as an environmental trial attorney, you’d think Norman La Force would be a shoo-in for Ward 1, which includes Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, El Sobrante, Kensington, and parts of Pinole and San Pablo. That’s how our Berkeley/Richmond demographic usually votes, especially on a down-ballot race where the Sierra Club endorsement is all we need to see. But Norman is spending a lot of his own money to win this seat (after losing to Whitney Dotson in 2008 and then being passed over in favor of Echols after Dotson resigned due to failing health). There is a large group of park advocates concerned with the future of our East Bay Regional Parks trying very hard to stop Norman La Force.

Please take a closer look, especially at the endorsements from the people most likely to understand what is at stake: Elizabeth Echols, currently serving on the Park District Board, is endorsed by EVERY other Park District board member. LaForce is not endorsed by any of them.

The contrast between the two candidates is stark: Elizabeth Echols has not alienated trail hikers and mountain bikers by limiting access to fire trails. She has not argued with dog owners over new dog parks, off-leash areas, and beach access. She has never opposed new sports fields or blocked new launch sites for kayaks and windsurfers. She
has not forced the Berkeley High Women’s Rowing Team out of Aquatic Park. And she has not filed a lawsuit that delayed an important link of the Bay Trail west of the racetrack for two years because part of the plan would also improve access for dog owners to Albany Beach.

Elizabeth Echols supports people in our parks, especially the urban waterfronts and other park areas close to population centers. We need board members who want people to use our parks and interact with wildlife, not fence it off. We need parks that encourage the human experience of nature. On our shorelines, we need facilities that invite everyone to experience the waters of the Bay first-hand. We especially need waterfront park policies that encourage facilities for inexpensive water access, especially for people who can’t afford a boat in the marina, or who don’t have garage or driveway space to store a small hand-launched kayak or paddleboard at home.

The best, the biggest, and the most natural and undisturbed open space resource we have in the Bay Area is the Bay itself. Shoreline parks should be gateways for everyone to have access to the Bay, access that involves more than just looking at the Bay from the shore. We can have this access, but we need a balanced approach to determining the allowable uses on the parklands of the urban shoreline.

Protected open space, on land and water, is important where it

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African Safari Tours & Award Winning Vacations to East Africa

She struts across the savannah, attitude on full display. At around four feet tall and ten pounds, she’s not the biggest thing out here, but she has swagger and a killer kick. I watch her chase several immense vultures off a carcass, just because she can. This is the most unique bird of prey in … Read More

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East Cape Vacation Rentals Mexico

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East Cape Vacation Rentals offers top quality homes, condos and hide-a-ways in the towns that dot the turquoise waters and soft sands of the Bahia de Las Palmas, also known as the East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The towns of Los Barriles, Rancho Leonero, and Buena Vista are located just 42 miles from the Los Cabos Airport, about an hours drive north.

From the Simple to the Sublime, we have accommodations to suit your vacation dreams and your budget. Each of our homes are unique and present their own amenities, but all properties pass rigorous standards and are fully equipped to meet those standards and satisfy our client’s expectations. Come and breathe in our sweet fresh air and soak up the Baja sunshine — it will invigorate your life.

Our office was established in 1998 and we take pride in our experience, service, and record.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words so… please proceed to our rentals page and prepare to be impressed!

Many of the homeowners prefer to rent by the day or week keeping the home available for spontaneous visits. However, some of our homes are available year-round by the month.

If you love Baja as much as we do, and would like to stay here for more then a month in one of our fine vacation homes, we can give you an exceptional deal on some properties when available. Please call the office to discuss your needs.

Homes are well maintained and always clean.

Our goal at East Cape Vacation Rentals is for you to have a worry-free and relaxing vacation. Our rental property listing pages provide stunning photos and some videos to help you in deciding which of our vacation rental homes is right for you.

Baja California Sur Activities

Along the southern tip of Baja in the state of Baja California Sur is our paradise on the Sea of Cortez and known as the East Cape. Along the coastline are spectacular white sand beaches, majestic mountains and sweeping deserts. The atmosphere here is sweet and tranquil. The food is good, the towns clean and the people are friendly and helpful.

If your passion is fishing, we have World Class big game fishing right here in the East Cape. Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo & Roosterfish are just a few of the species that roam our waters. But there is more to offer; Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Biking, Diving & Snorkeling, Kayaking, Hiking or just hunting for shells along our white sand beaches. We have it all in Los Barriles, Baja

There are no finer beaches anywhere in Mexico and the azure waters are clear, sparkling and inviting. If you have never been here it will amaze you, and if you’ve visited before, we know you’ll want to come back again.

So, consider yourselves invited to your best Baja vacation ever!

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