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Lyon County Sheriff’s Office offers tips to protect against porch pirates

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) – ‘Tis the season for gifts to be delivered on people’s front porches.

Unfortunately, it’s also a time when some people play the role of the Grinch as they steal those presents before the intended parties ever receive them.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office this week provided tips for individuals to avoid becoming victims of “porch pirates” who make the rounds in an effort to steal packages from outside people’s homes.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Lyon County sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jacob Welsh said an estimated 1 in 3 Americans have been a victim of a “porch pirate” or someone who steals delivered packages from front porches.

According to Welsh’s post, Amazon reported a 60% increase of online sales in 2020 compared to 2019 for Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

“What this means,” Welsh says, “is more and more people are shopping online and will be

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  • December 4, 2020
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L.A. County Could See New COVID-19 Lockdown “Early Next Week”; Record New Cases & Hospitalizations In Region

Mere minutes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new regional stay-at-home order for the state to counter rising coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday that the looming shutdown could hit the battered region within days.

“The anticipation is that threshold might be reached sometime early next week,” Dr. Christina Ghaly declared today of the order that kicks in once ICU capacity falls below 15% in specific regions of the Golden State. “It would be the Southern California region that would reach that threshold, not L.A. County alone,” added the area’s Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis in a clarification after Health Services Director Ghaly spoke.

Still, the wider scope doesn’t take any of the intensity out of the dire situation.

Right now, ICU beds are at 76% occupancy of the “roughly” 2,500 available in the county, Ghaly said at Thursday’s comparatively low-key briefing.

That ICU data should

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  • December 4, 2020
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Pacific Sun | Marin County, California

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make in-person gatherings a tricky endeavor in the North Bay, several local events boasting music, art, literature and other delights are happening online this week. Here’s a round up of what’s worth looking forward to.

Virtual Celebration

On the southern edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a community of care givers and conservationists have come together to create Commonweal, an organization dedicated to health, art, education, the environment and justice. Each winter, the community comes together for a festive celebration, though this year’s annual gathering will be “Joining Hands Virtually” with an online event featuring a short video featuring images of the local land, keynote speakers, music and optional small group conversations. “Joining Hands Virtually: Our Commonweal Winter Celebration” takes place on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5:30pm. Festive dress encouraged. Free, donations welcome. Commonweal.org.

Virtual Concert

Festival Napa Valley, the world-class summer-long food

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  • December 3, 2020
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Greene County recreation department holding children’s Christmas activities | Community News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters to Santa” initiative.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per person and includes a breakfast catered by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at Greene County Career and Technology Center.

To follow CDC guidelines put in place because of COVID-19, the current plan is for the department to offer three time frames with a 35-person occupancy per time frame, and masks must be worn by

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  • November 29, 2020
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New Snohomish County online guide aims to boost businesses

EVERETT — Looking for a way to shop small, shop local and shop Snohomish County?

County officials have launched the Support SnoCo Campaign to promote local commerce and offer a guide to area businesses.

The online hub, SupportSnoCo.com, aims to introduce shoppers to businesses across the county through an extensive online directory. A key feature will allow users to create an itinerary to keep track of they places they want to visit, county officials said.

“We want this holiday season to bring a bit of cheer to our neighborhood businesses by encouraging people to shop locally and safely,” County Executive Dave Somers said in a statement.

“The Support SnoCo Campaign provides residents, business owners, and visitors tools to help them make the most of the shopping season,” Somers said. “In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we support one another.”

The website also offers help to

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  • November 27, 2020
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Controversy erupts over Cabell County Commission resolution to dissolve airport authority | News

HUNTINGTON — Carl Bailey said he has used thousands of dollars of his own money to make major improvements at Robert Newlon Airpark in eastern Cabell County and was blindsided to learn the Cabell County Commission was going to terminate his lease with the Cabell County Airport Authority by dissolving it through a resolution.

“I invested all my earnings into that place, invested my time to get it going, and we have developed a place for tourism,” Bailey said. “We got people from literally all over the world come here to skydive, watch airplanes, camp, participate in festivals, listen to live music and eat great food, along with so many other fun events and activities. Now they are trying to take it all away without reimbursing me for anything I have done there.”

Bailey, owner of the Fly In Cafe at the airpark, began managing the state’s only grass runway

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  • November 25, 2020
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Deming and Luna County community calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

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Published 8:46 a.m. MT Nov. 24, 2020

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Appointments marked on calendar (Photo: Serdarbayraktar, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

School break

Thanksgiving Break is scheduled from Monday, November 23, 2020 through Friday, November 27, 2020. During Thanksgiving Break all schools, offices, and facilities will be closed.

School meal service will also be closed during the break and will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

For questions pertaining to the schedule please refer to the Deming Public Schools website for up to date information www.demingps.org or call the district office at 575-546-8841.

Gila Forest offices closed

All Gila National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Regular business hours will resume Friday, November 27. 

Despite the office closure, law enforcement officers will be on-duty on the holiday for the safety of visitors.

If you are planning to go and cut your Christmas tree make sure you

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  • November 24, 2020
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COVID-19 testing wait times have increased in Spokane County, here’s why

Here’s a hint: Thanksgiving travel.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Spokane medical professionals say they are swamped with COVID-19 testing, which would make sense since the cases keep rising. However, the people coming in for testing are not always sick.

Many people without symptoms are trying to get tested for travel purposes, according to health providers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, urgent care sites are having to shut down early due to the massive influx of people.

The Department of Health is discouraging certain people from getting tested, and for good reason. Travelers without symptoms seeking tests are clogging up testing sites, according to four separate clinics in Spokane County. 

The health providers say healthy people are coming in to get clearance to travel for their Thanksgiving plans.

It is “insane” right now, according to an employee at the Providence Urgent Care in Downtown Spokane. The increase of people over

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  • November 23, 2020
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COVID quandary: Why 8K Lancaster County jobs go unfilled while 7K unemployed exhaust their benefits | Local Business

In his job as a pianist and music director, Scott Williams used to routinely play in front of hundreds of people.

But that changed abruptly in mid-March, when live-event venues statewide – as well as all other non-essential businesses — were closed by Gov. Tom Wolf in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Now I play for an audience of one – my cat,” Williams said.

Williams was in the pit orchestra for the Fulton Theatre’s production of “Kinky Boots” when the theater and most other businesses across the county were ordered to go dark, shoving him and thousands of other county residents out of their jobs.

Now, eight months later, his industry has barely recovered. The Fulton is staying dark until spring at least. So is the American Music Theatre. The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Prima Theatre and Sight & Sound have reopened but only in a

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  • November 22, 2020
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Mount Joy woman embezzled nearly $60K meant to help fund York County organizations: DA’s office | Local News

A Mount Joy woman used money that was meant to support a three-day motorcycle event to buy concert tickets, pay credit card bills and make monthly motorcycle loan payments for her boyfriend, according to the York County District Attorney’s office. 

Susan Lynn Adams Diaz, 56, was charged on Friday with three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, three counts of receiving stolen property and one count of fraudulent or deceptive business practices. 

Adams Diaz fraudulently obtained and misused about $60,000, beginning in October 2018, according to the district attorney’s office. 

The funds were meant to support multiple motorcycle-related events or groups, including a three-day motorcycle event called “Full Throttle,” which was scheduled to take place during York Bike Week; the York County Motor Fund, which was formed to help give training and police motorcycles to York City and York County police motorcycle units; and

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  • November 20, 2020