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Finally time for limiting hikers, hiring more Forest Rangers in Adirondack High Peaks?

Last weekend was ideal to be out hiking in the Adirondacks. Warm temperatures, sunny skies, with fall foliage color near or at its peak in many places.

The result was record crowds on trails of the popular High Peaks – numbers so great that some state and local officials were left shaking their heads wondering whether it’s finally time to limit the numbers of hikers through paid permits for parking areas to popular trailheads. Also, it emphasized the need to hire more state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers and other staff to help deal with things, some said.

“It was nuts,” said Scott Van Lear, a union representative for the Forest Rangers who was on duty and was personally involved in several rescues of injured hikers, a few who had to be carried off trails in Essex County.

Meanwhile, Forest Rangers and local officials are wondering how they’ll cope

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  • October 2, 2020
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Brown, Door and Oconto counties hold 2020 haunted events, attractions

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Visitors to Terror on the Fox can still hop the train to the haunt from the National Railroad Museum, but masks will be required on the ride and in all areas of the grounds inside and out. (Photo: Courtesy of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group)

It’s October and time for terror. Luckily, there are plenty of local opportunities to get seriously scared throughout the month. Whether it’s clowns, ghosts, zombies or the woods after dark that give you nightmares, you’re sure to scream at these haunted locations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, many traditional Halloween activities — including indoor haunted houses — can be high-risk for spreading viruses.

Those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from participating in in-person Halloween events. Those who choose to attend should be sure to avoid getting within six feet of strangers or those outside their family

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  • October 2, 2020
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Kitsap clerk’s office to resume passport service

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The Kitsap County Clerk’s Office in Port Orchard will resume processing passport applications October 12, but those seeking to go to the county courthouse for their travel documents will have to make an appointment.

The office suspended passport services in March as governments and businesses began reacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Appointments will be for 30 minutes each. For each appointment, a maximum of four people from the same family will be allowed to attend together, according to a statement from the office.

Appointments can be made by calling the office at 360-337-7164, or

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  • October 2, 2020
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The Dos and Don’ts of Falling In Love and Dating Long-Distance

Photo credit: vitapix - Getty Images
Photo credit: vitapix – Getty Images

From Redbook

Dating someone from the same city can be hard. Dating someone from across the globe can be virtually impossible if you’re not careful. Long distance dating is not as difficult as many people think and while the official success numbers are a bit murky, we have full confidence you can make it work if you’re in this position. Communication is a big factor in any relationship, but it may not be the most important part of maintaining a successful long distance relationship.

We profiled three couples who have been or are currently involved in long distance relationships and asked them the dos and don’ts of long distance dating. We covered everything from communication, dates and what it really means to be transparent. Read their stories on love and dating long distance and our dos and don’ts on keeping the relationship alive and

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  • October 2, 2020
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Here’s 11 things to do in the Wichita area this week

Confirm requirements for visiting and details of in-person events you plan to attend in case of last-minute changes. Masks are mandatory in Sedgwick County.

Free: First Friday gallery crawl

various times Friday, in-person and online

For the first time since March, the list of participating sites for the First Friday gallery crawl is in double digits. From one-of-a-kind succulent arrangements on display and for sale from 2 to 8 p.m. at retailer Uniquities Home to the day-long opening of “Solid Ground: The Art of Mark Flickinger and Denise M. Irwin” at Mark Arts.

Other galleries and retailers planning events or exhibition openings (at the time of print): Riney Fine Arts Center at Friends University, Vertigo 232 Gallery, The Fiber Studio & Gallery, The Enchanted Mermaid, WSU ShiftSpace, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Architect Counseling Center and Open Studios Garvey Center.

Some events are virtual, others are in-person with capacity restrictions. Check

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  • October 2, 2020
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JetBlue Partners With Vault Health to Offer Coronavirus Tests

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3 Big Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 7%; Compass Point Says ‘Buy’

President Trump’s announcement that he has tested positive for the corona virus has grabbed headlines, but the dog that didn’t bark presents a more interesting point. Wall Street isn’t so worried about corona virus anymore; the perception is, that the virus will fade away or a vaccine will be developed, but in either case, the economy will improve.According to an RBC survey of portfolio managers, however, the coming November election presents a clear risk to the markets. A large majority of investors surveyed, 76%, worry that the election will be contested, resulting in weeks – possibly months – on uncertainty. And uncertainty is bad for the markets.Recent events, and some not-to-distant history, bear them out. For the history, we must only look back to 2000, when it took until December 12, and an appeal to the Supreme Court,

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  • October 2, 2020
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The ultimate guide to Amex Membership Rewards



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American Express issues several dozen different credit cards, including cobranded hotel and airline cards, as well as two editions (personal and business) of the invite-only Centurion card. That’s a dizzying array to choose from, but there are only a handful of publicly available Amex cards — including both personal and business cards and credit and charge cards — that grant full access to the company’s Membership Rewards program.

In the points-and-miles world, Membership Rewards points have long had a reputation for being difficult to acquire because of a (previous) lack of credit card bonus categories and a once-in-a-lifetime welcome offer policy. They are, however,

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  • October 2, 2020
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Great Escapes: Restaurateur Simon Kim’s Picks for Transformative Food and Drink

Restaurateur Simon Kim is about to open a Miami location of his Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, Cote.


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Half a year into the biggest disruption the modern restaurant industry has ever seen, and the damage has been devastating. Compounding matters is that coordinated, large-scale relief efforts either never got off the ground, or fell short of expectations. The result is that restaurateurs have become more inventive and flexible. That includes
Simon Kim
and his Gracious Hospitality Management, including Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse Cote in New York.

“Restaurateurs need to change their mind set; we can’t keep operating the way we have been if we want to survive,” says Kim, 38. “Right now, patience and endurance are the key to getting through this thing.” 

Among Kim’s pivots during the pandemic was trying, and then ditching, major third-party delivery services, such as Caviar and Uber Eats. “Their fees can be exorbitantly

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  • October 2, 2020
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Meet candidates running for Port Hueneme City Council

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5 Things to know about the Nov. 3 election

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Five candidates are vying for two seats on the Port Hueneme City Council on Nov. 3. 

The candidates include two Incumbents defending their seats. Sylvia Andrea Schnopp, the current Mayor Pro Tem, is the longest serving member of the council. She was first elected in 2008. 

Will Berg, the retired director of marketing for the Port of Hueneme, just completed his first term after being elected in 2016. 

The challengers for the seats include Sonia Kim, a former dry cleaner owner turned “mobile alterations specialist”; Bobby Martinez, a math teacher at Frontier High; and Misty Perez, a paralegal.

Port Hueneme news:  Port Hueneme man indicted for making threats in decades-long harassment case

Will Berg

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired director of marketing and public Information for the Oxnard Harbor District Port of Hueneme  

Education: Bachelor’s

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  • October 2, 2020
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New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs odds, picks and best bets

The New England Patriots (2-1) will get their stiffest challenge of the season when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) in a nationally televised game at 4:25 p.m. ET in Week 4. Below, we preview the Patriots-Chiefs Week 4 betting odds and lines and make our NFL picks and best bets.

Patriots at Chiefs betting odds and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Patriots +250 (bet $100, win $250) | Chiefs -304 (bet $304, win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Patriots +6.5 (-110) | Chiefs -6.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 52.5 (O: -110, U: -110)

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  • October 2, 2020