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dorms evacuated after bomb threat at ucla recreation center


los angeles — hundreds of students fled university of california, los angeles residence halls after someone called in a bomb threat to the college's recreation center wednesday night.the los angeles times reports (http://lat.ms/2tpm4sg) that police were investigating the threat at sunset canyon recreation center.school officials issued a campus emergency notification about the threat shortly after 10 p.m.a ucla spokesman told the newspaper that three residence halls in westwood and the recreation center were evacuated and students were gathering at drake stadium. students in other areas of the campus were told to remain indoors.abc7 in los angeles reports (http://bit.ly/2ubpz8u ) that police set up road blocks on a few streets around campus.the bomb threat came hours after the first orient






dorms evacuated after bomb threat at ucla recreation center


los angeles (ap) — hundreds of students fled university of california, los angeles residence halls after someone called in a bomb threat to the college’s recreation center wednesday night.the los angeles times reports (http://lat.ms/2tpm4sg) that police were investigating the threat at sunset canyon recreation center.school officials issued a campus emergency notification about the threat shortly after 10 p.m.a ucla spokesman told the newspaper that three residence halls in westwood and the recreation center were evacuated and students were gathering at drake stadium. students in other areas of the campus were told to remain indoors.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.abc7 in los angeles reports (http://bit.ly/2ubpz8u ) that police set up road blocks on a few streets






jim bedwell, u.s. forest service director of recreation, is retiring


jim bedwell, the director of recreation, lands, minerals and volunteers for the u.s. forest service’s most trafficked rocky mountain region, is retiring.the 38-year forest service veteran has championed recreation on public lands and served in recreation management positions across the western u.s., helping to advocate for outdoor recreation access across the west.in 2006, he was named the national director of recreation, heritage and volunteer resources in washington d.c., where he helped develop the agency’s “framework for sustainable recreation.” that program urged the forest service to increase its focus on recreation as a sustainable use of federal lands.in the late 1990s, bedwell was the forest service’s chief landscape architect, leading the development of the built environment imag






dnr to begin re-examining outdoor recreation options


madison, wis. — the state department of natural resources is set to begin re-examining outdoor recreation options with a series of hearings in northern wisconsin this month.the dnr's recreation opportunities analysis will look at existing options as well as future needs in eight regions around the state, starting with nine northern counties. information gathered in those counties will help develop recreation activities throughout the region and in the northern highland american legion state forest master plan.the agency will begin with three public hearings during the week of april 25 in arbor vitae, park falls and antigo. the public also can provide input on the dnr's website.






suspicious fire destroys playground at st. paul rec center


authorities are calling a fire that destroyed a playground at a st. paul recreation center wednesday "suspicious."firefighters arrived at the baker recreation center around 7:23 p.m. and found the slides and climbing structures fully engulfed and wood chips on the ground burned, said st. paul fire marshal steve zaccard.thick acrid smoke billowed into the air and the fire's intense heat also caused damage to a nearby building owned by the st. paul public school district, zaccard said.only metal parts of the equipment were left standing after crews doused the flames. the playground was a total loss and damage was estimated at $25,000. damage to the building was about $6,000, zaccard said.officially the cause is undetermined, zaccard said, noting that investigators could not rule out that som






st. paul reopens eastview recreation center after nearly decade-long closure


after nearly a decade of being closed to the public, st. paul’s eastview recreation center is reopening this week — albeit with limited hours.st. paul urban tennis is shifting its youth tennis program from the hamline-midway neighborhood to eastview. the organization signed a 5-year agreement to operate at the center and will pay $5,000 annually for building upkeep.it provides homework help and leadership training, along with tennis, city council member jane prince said, and is a good fit for the neighborhood, where kids needed a safe space to connect with adults.the building will be open to the public whenever city or st. paul urban tennis employees are there, unless the organization has programs planned, parks and recreation spokeswoman clare cloyd said. city employees will be at eastvie






st. paul reopens eastview recreation center after nearly decade-long closure


after nearly a decade of being closed to the public, st. paul's eastview recreation center is reopening this week — albeit with limited hours.st. paul urban tennis is shifting its youth tennis program from the hamline-midway neighborhood to eastview. the organization signed a 5-year agreement to operate at the center and will pay $5,000 annually for building upkeep.it provides homework help and leadership training, along with tennis, city council member jane prince said, and is a good fit for the neighborhood, where kids needed a safe space to connect with adults.the building will be open to the public whenever city or st. paul urban tennis employees are there, unless the organization has programs planned, parks and recreation spokeswoman clare cloyd said. st. paul city employees will be a






st. paul reopens eastview recreation center after nearly decade-long closure


after nearly a decade of being closed to the public, st. paul’s eastview recreation center is reopening this week — albeit with limited hours.st. paul urban tennis is shifting its youth tennis program from the hamline-midway neighborhood to eastview. the organization signed a five-year agreement to operate at the center and will pay $5,000 annually for building upkeep.it provides homework help and leadership training, along with tennis, city council member jane prince said, and is a good fit for the neighborhood, where kids needed a safe space to connect with adults.the building will be open to the public whenever city or st. paul urban tennis employees are there, unless the organization has programs planned, parks and recreation spokeswoman clare cloyd said. st. paul city employees will b






nude recreation week is back with 'naked street party'


the week sponsored by the american association for nude recreation runs through july 16.        






campbell earmarks $2 million for parks


with more than $2 million for the city to spend, campbell residents could soon see upgrades to some city parks, the aquatic center and maybe even some new parks.at its feb. 21 meeting, the city council approved the parks and recreation commission’s recommendation from city staff to earmark roughly $2.12 million for future improvements to john d. morgan park, virginia park and the aquatic facility, and for acquiring new land for parks within the city.the money for the projects comes from park impact fees, recreation and community services director regina maurantonio told the council. fees are paid by residential developers in lieu of designing and constructing open space areas. by law, those fees can only be used to acquire land for new parks, develop a park or recreation amenity or rehabil






bomb threat at ucla triggers evacuations to stadium and stirs fear: 'no one real


police responded to a bomb threat at a ucla recreation center wednesday night and university officials evacuated several residence halls at the westwood campus.a ucla bruin alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. thursday, announcing that the threat was unfounded and students could return to their dorms.the first emergency alert was issued shortly after 10 p.m., telling the university community about the bomb threat at sunset canyon recreation center.the threat was phoned into the campus police station’s dispatch center, said university of california at los angeles police capt. bob leinweber. more than a dozen residence halls were evacuated, officials said.police searched the recreation center with four bomb-detecting dogs, and just before midnight, s






porlock left £700,000 for village recreation ground


image copyrightgoogleimage caption residents of the somerset village are now being asked to come up with ideas on how to spend the bequest people living in a village on exmoor have been left an "amazingly generous" £700,000 by a former resident.susan taylor, of hawkcombe, died in her late 90s in december and left her money to the recreation ground in porlock.residents of the somerset village are now being asked to come up with ideas on how to spend the bequest.mike lynch, from the recreation ground, said: "it is an amazing amount of money and we wanted to see what the main view was from the community."the porlock recreation ground currently offers a "well equipped" children's playground, two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a floodlit tennis court and multisport court as well as a large






porlock left £700,000 for village recreation ground


image copyrightgoogleimage caption residents of the somerset village are now being asked to come up with ideas on how to spend the bequest people living in a village on exmoor have been left an "amazingly generous" £700,000 by a former resident.susan taylor, of hawkcombe, died in her late 90s in december and left her money to the recreation ground in porlock.residents of the somerset village are now being asked to come up with ideas on how to spend the bequest.mike lynch, from the recreation ground, said: "it is an amazing amount of money and we wanted to see what the main view was from the community."the porlock recreation ground currently offers a "well equipped" children's playground, two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a floodlit tennis court and multisport court as well as a large






casino operator donates $1.5m for fixes to islandia ballfield


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe first responders memorial recreation field is dedicated to five local first responders who died at the world trade center on 9/11. (credit: newsday / john paraskevas) a languishing ballfield in the heart of islandia is getting an extensive makeover funded with donations, including more than $1 million from casino operator delaware north.village mayor allan dorman and several officials gathered wednesday at the ballfield on old nichols road to break ground on the reborn seven-acre first responders memorial recreation field. the park is dedicated to the...






bomb threat at ucla triggers evacuations to stadium and stirs fear: 'no one real


police responded to a bomb threat at a ucla recreation center wednesday night and university officials evacuated several residence halls at the westwood campus.a ucla bruin alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. thursday, announcing that the threat was unfounded and students could return to their dorms.the first emergency alert was issued shortly after 10 p.m., telling the university community about the bomb threat at sunset canyon recreation center.alene tchekmedyian / los angeles timesresidents from more than a dozen dorms were evacuated, and some were directed to drake stadium on ucla's campus.residents from more than a dozen dorms were evacuated, and some were directed to drake stadium on ucla's campus. (alene tchekmedyian / los angeles times)the






casino operator donates $1.5m for fixes to islandia ballfield


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe first responders memorial recreation field is dedicated to five local first responders who died at the world trade center on 9/11. (credit: newsday / john paraskevas) a languishing ballfield in the heart of islandia is getting an extensive makeover funded with donations, including more than $1 million from casino operator delaware north.village mayor allan dorman and several officials gathered yesterday at the ballfield on old nichols road to break ground on the reborn 7-acre first responders memorial recreation field. the park is dedicated to the memory...






city of pbell


city of pbell is the official mobile app for pbell california. the app provides a connection between the city and its citizens and visitors. features include: news - receive official news about the city of pbell. calendar - see what's going on in the city and sign up for event notifications and changes. emergency alert - receive notification about important community news, street closures, road conditions and critical emergencies. jobs - see what jobs are available with the city of pbell. community center - the pbell community center is a unique community service complex was purchased by the city of pbell from the pbell union high school district in august of 1985 and is home to the majority of the recreation cl es. project updates - information about public works projects throughout th






animals in oakland nature center found neglected, rescued and sent to shelters –


oakland — more than a dozen animals, from reptiles to guinea pigs, housed at the city-run lake merritt rotary nature center have been placed in other facilities after they were found to be neglected and in poor health, city officials said.city spokeswoman karen boyd said the city is looking into the handling of the animals at the center run by city employee stephanie benavidez. officials with the city’s parks and recreation department discovered the animals were in bad shape when they started to close the center to clean it up, with the aim of revamping its public programs, boyd said. she would not comment on whose responsibility it was to feed and water the animals.thirteen animals — seven reptiles including a 60-year-old tortoise, two guinea pigs, a mouse and three birds — have been take






colorado's consumer spending: outdoor-recreation and tourism reign


colorado’s great outdoors is an economic powerhouse.two reports out this week found that the outdoor-recreation and tourism industries, which often lend each other a hand, accounted for $28 billion and $19.7 billion, respectively, in consumer spending last year.and experts in both industries don’t expect growth to taper off soon.neither the outdoor industry association nor the colorado tourism office could say exactly how often tourism and outdoor recreation intersect. but evidence suggests that the two industries are mutually beneficial.of the travelers who visit colorado in the summer, 52 percent take scenic drives, 46 percent visit a state or national park, and 32 percent hike or backpack, said cathy ritter, colorado’s tourism boss.similarly, vail’s gopro mountain games brings in 3,300






cleveland officer who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice has been fired


the city of cleveland has fired one police officer and suspended a second involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice.police chief calvin williams announced the discipline tuesday against officers timothy loehmann and frank garmback related to the shooting of the boy at a recreation center in november 2014 as he held a pellet gun.the cleveland police department released video of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice. rice was killed by police after brandishing a toy gun at a recreation center. this video is the complete version provided by police.the cleveland police department released video of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice. rice was killed by police after brandishing a toy gun at a recreation center. this video is the complete version provided by police






cupertino to increase fees for cost recovery


the cost of some activities and services in cupertino will rise beginning in august.the city council voted  unanimously on june 20 to approve the 2017-18 fee schedule, which will effectively raise the cost of some recreational and service fees paid by residents and organizations.according to staff, the changes approved by council will apply to room rental fees at the quinlan community center, community hall, the monta vista recreation center, the creekside park building, the senior center and the environmental education center.room rental security fees will rise from $25 to $30 per hour, while security deposits will range from $100 to $500, down from a high of $750.the reason for increasing fees has to do with cost recovery and is “mostly market driven” according to a staff report.the cupe






commerce city launches naming contest through april for its two recreation cente


commerce city is asking the community to name its newest recreation center — slated to open in 2018 — and rename the existing, 30-year-old commerce city recreation center to better reflect the people and neighborhoods that both facilities serve.“they’re both going to be commerce city recreation centers, so we want to give them names that will unify them and not create division between the city’s communities,” said jodi hardee, spokeswoman for commerce city  parks, recreation & golf. “we’re looking for something that’s going to tie the recreation centers to commerce city and what the city represents, and we’re looking to the public for a special and unique identity for both.”the winner (or two winners) of the contest will receive a year-long, family membership to the facility that they






with outdoor retailer, colorado aims to be epicenter of recreation industry


denver will host the prestigious outdoor retailer gatherings for the next five years, with a trio of shows drawing upwards of 85,000 people a year, delivering the city a $110 million economic impact.city and state officials and industry leaders made the announcement thursday during a press conference in denver’s city park.“if you look at what this means, that’s a huge benefit, but that’s not what deserves to be mentioned,” colorado gov. john hickenlooper said in announcing the much-anticipated deal. “state parks, wildlife areas. all this stuff comes as an accumulative attraction. it is part of the defining characteristic of colorado.“what we’re saying today is that we’re in this for the long term. we’re going to continue to try and talk about the importance of outdoor recreation in colorad






non-motorized recreation on blm lands contributes $54 million to arkansas river


non-motorized recreation on bureau of land management mountains around the upper arkansas river valley contributed more than $54.3 million to local economies according to a “quiet use” economic impact report released tuesday.the report, prepared by econorthwest economic consulting firm and paid for by the pew charitable trusts, showed more than three-quarters of all recreational visits to blm-managed land on the eastern flank of the continental divide along the arkansas river were for “quiet recreation,” meaning the visitors did not twist a throttle or stomp a gas pedal during their visit.those 1.23 million visits — tallied from blm 2015 visitor data — accounted for $54.3 million in spending, with $39 million of that coming from non-local visitors. the report showed those hikers, climbers,






with outdoor retailer, colorado aims to be epicenter of recreation industry


denver will host the prestigious outdoor retailer gatherings for the next five years, with a trio of shows drawing upwards of 85,000 people a year, delivering the city a $110 million economic impact.city and state officials and industry leaders made the announcement thursday during a press conference in denver’s city park.“if you look at what this means, that’s a huge benefit, but that’s not what deserves to be mentioned,” colorado gov. john hickenlooper said in announcing the much-anticipated deal. “state parks, wildlife areas. all this stuff comes as an accumulative attraction. it is part of the defining characteristic of colorado.“what we’re saying today is that we’re in this for the long term. we’re going to continue to try and talk about the importance of outdoor recreation in colorad






ucla residence halls evacuated due to bomb threat


westwood,  calif. -- thousands of students were evacuated wednesday night from ucla residence halls after a bomb threat was phoned in to the school's recreation center, reports cbs los angeles.students were sent to drake stadium on campus after the university's emergency plan was activated, ucla media relations reported.a ucla spokesman told the los angeles times more than a dozen residence halls and the recreation center were cleafred out, and students elsewhere on campus were told to stay indoors. the all-clear was given shortly after midnight local time, some two hours after the initial alert went out:there was no immediate word on the possible source of the threat.the school newspaper, the daily bruin, tweeted earlier developments:officers took the threat seriously and quickly combed t






after $18,000 vacation payout, east bay park district changes policy – the mercu


pleasant hill — after a retiring employee cashed out $18,000 in accrued vacation, the pleasant hill recreation and park district changed its policy to encourage the staff to take time off and reduce the likelihood of such large payouts in the future.when former recreation superintendent tina young retired at the end of march after a 35-year career with the district, she had 364 hours of unused vacation on the books — 164 hours over the official limit.although the recreation district’s written policy allowed employees to accrue a maximum of 200 vacation hours, former general manager bob berggren waived the restriction while the district was building new teen, senior and community centers since staff members were unable to take much time off during that busy period, according to michelle lac






colorado hoping outdoor retailer trade show will bolster state's growing outdoor


the stakes are high for colorado as outdoor retailer searches for a new home for its twice-a-year trade shows after a scrap with utah over its public lands policies.focusing on unification instead of pitting colorado against other states, the swelling colorado recreation community says a 10-year deal to host the influential trade shows marks a once-in-a-lifetime chance to intensify the state’s recreation economy just as other conventions have bolstered the state’s ski, beer, tech, medical and energy sectors.“we are not talking about a trade show. we are talking about colorado becoming the backbone of an industry and a national economy,” said luis benitez, the boss of the first colorado outdoor recreation industry office, who is bent on galvanizing the state’s diverse outdoor interests. “th






fire forces brief evacuation of wildlife center


san jose — the wildlife center of silicon valley was briefly evacuated thursday when a brush fire broke out nearby in san jose’s penitencia neighborhood, authorities said.the order was in place for just 15 minutes as firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames, said san jose fire capt. don torres.reported about 4 p.m. in an empty field near foxridge and viceroy ways, the blaze burned roughly five acres and came uncomfortably close to homes and the offices of the east side union high school district, according to kgo-tv, this newspaper’s media partner.the flames were visible from the wildlife center of silicon valley at 3207 penitencia creek road, which cares for and rehabilitates injured, orphaned and sick animals.about 300 of the 483 animals were placed in cages to be loaded i






st. paul children can score free tickets to lynx games at xcel energy center


children all over minnesota look up to basketball stars maya moore, seimone augustus and lindsay whalen.this summer, st. paul kids have a chance to watch them in action — for free.on wednesday, the minnesota lynx, the city of st. paul and visit saint paul, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, announced a partnership to provide free tickets, transportation and meals to st. paul young people and their families for all lynx home games. the lynx usually play their home games in minneapolis but are playing at xcel energy center in downtown st. paul this summer while workers finish renovating target center.the tickets for kids program will give away 500 tickets to each home game. visit saint paul will provide meal vouchers and free transportation to each person participating in the progra






campbell resident proposes farmer statue in campbell park


a new face could soon be on its way to campbell.a statue titled “reach,” depicting a farmer picking a piece of fruit, is making its way through city committees and commissions on its way approval. at a march 1 meeting, the city’s parks and recreation commission commented on the proposed statue and where it could be placed.in 2015 campbell resident michael krisman and his neighbor peter sokol proposed that an orchard farmer statue be placed at the northeast entrance of campbell park, at the intersection of gilman and campbell avenues.“the purpose of the statue is to recognize campbell’s agrarian past, promote civic pride while educating residents and visitors about the city’s heritage,” said al bito, the city’s deputy city manager.at a feb. 9 meeting, the civic improvement commission also g






del valle park set to reopen april 15 after storm cleanup is done – the mercury


livermore — del valle recreation area and its popular lake and campground have a new reopening date — april 15 —when storm repairs are expected to be complete.the east bay regional park site has been closed since jan. 11 when rising waters in lake del valle flooded the recreation area for the first of at least four times this winter. mud and debris covered beaches and other play areas.park officials expect they can finish the extensive repairs and cleanup to reopen the 4,395-acre recreation area by april 15, the saturday of easter weekend, said steve castile, park operations chief for the east bay regional park district.the reopening has been postponed several times this winter after new rain storms reflooded the area.del valle is especially popular with swimmers, sunbathers and boaters on






fixing st. paul park maintenance backlog would cost $57 million, report shows


st. paul’s backlog of parks and recreation maintenance would cost $57 million to fix, and the bill for repairs could stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars if the city continues with its current funding level.a consulting firm presented the cost wednesday to city council members, leaving them to contemplate how to cover growing maintenance expenses. the city has nearly 13 million square feet of parks facilities, from trails to athletic courts to community centers, and it has been struggling to keep them in good shape as they age, according to a report.st. paul budgeted $1.5 million for parks maintenance this year, an insufficient sum to combat the problems that come with an aging system, like cracked trails, leaking recreation center roofs and mechanical issues. to keep the facilities






fixing st. paul park maintenance backlog would cost $57 million, report shows


st. paul’s backlog of parks and recreation maintenance would cost $57 million to fix, and the bill for repairs could stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars if the city continues with its current funding level.a consulting firm presented the cost wednesday to city council members, leaving them to contemplate how to cover the growing maintenance expenses. the city has nearly 13 million square feet of parks facilities, from trails to athletic courts to community centers, and has been struggling to keep them in good shape as they age, according to a report.st. paul budgeted $1.5 million for parks maintenance this year, an insufficient sum to combat the problems that come with an aging system, like cracked trails, leaking recreation center roofs and mechanical issues. to keep the facilities






fixing st. paul park maintenance backlog would cost $57 million, report shows


st. paul's backlog of parks and recreation maintenance would cost $57 million to fix, and the bill for repairs could stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars if the city continues with its current funding level.a consulting firm presented the cost wednesday to city council members, leaving them to contemplate how to cover the growing maintenance expenses. the city has nearly 13 million square feet of parks facilities, from trails to athletic courts to community centers, and has been struggling to keep them in good shape as they age, according to a report.st. paul budgeted $1.5 million for parks maintenance this year, an insufficient sum to combat the problems that come with an aging system, like cracked trails, leaking recreation center roofs and mechanical issues. to keep the facilities






st. paul children score free tickets to lynx games


children all over minnesota look up to basketball stars maya moore, seimone augustus and lindsay whalen.this summer, st. paul kids have a chance to watch them in action — for free.on wednesday, the minnesota lynx, the city of st. paul and visit saint paul, the city's convention and visitors' bureau, announced a partnership to provide free tickets, transportation and meals to st. paul young people and their families for all lynx home games. the lynx usually play home games in minneapolis but will play at xcel energy center in downtown st. paul this summer while workers finish renovating target center.the tickets for kids program will give away 500 tickets to each home game. visit saint paul will provide meal vouchers and free transportation to each person participating in the program. offic






911 dispatcher has disciplinary hearing in tamir rice case


cleveland — the 911 dispatcher who took the call that led to the fatal shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice by a patrol officer faces a possible suspension for what the city said was her failure to pass on relevant information to another dispatcher.tamir, a black boy who was playing with a pellet gun, was shot within seconds of a cruiser skidding to a stop just a few feet away from him in november 2014 outside a recreation center. the city's internal disciplinary charges accuse dispatcher constance hollinger of failing to tell the dispatcher who sent the officers to the recreation center that the man who called 911 about "a guy" pointing a gun at people also said it could be a juvenile and the gun might be a "fake."then-cuyahoga county prosecutor tim mcginty cited the lack of information pro