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first_imgThe 417 U.S. National Park Service sites added $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016. The total was $2.9 billion more than in 2015, said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this week in San Francisco.In 2016, national parks supported 318,000 jobs in hospitality, retail, transportation, and recreation industries in surrounding towns of these parks. That’s twice as many as all fossil fuel industry jobs in the U.S. Coal, oil, and gas industries combined employed around 150,000 Americans in 2016.The 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, an annual peer-reviewed economics study, reported that 331 million visitors to the National Parks in 2016, a 7.7 percent increase from 2015.According to the 2016 report, 31.2 percent of the $34.9 billion dollar output came from lodging, followed by food and drink at 27.2 percent, with gas and oil, park admissions, souvenirs, local transportation, and camping fees accumulating the rest.With more people visiting and spending at National Parks and surrounding communities each year, it is even more necessary for the parks to invest in infrastructure.“With continued record visitation, it’s time to start thinking about accessibility and infrastructure. Last week, it was great to see the team at Yosemite opening up areas with new wheelchair accessible trails. In the coming years, we will look at ways to make innovative investments in our parks to enhance visitor experiences and improve our aging infrastructure,” said Zinke.last_img read more

first_imgBatesville High School hosted the Ripley County Cross Country meet Thursday evening. Despite the heat and high humidity, both the Batesville boys and girls came out victorious!The boys did so by scoring a perfect 15 points as the first 5 to cross the finish line were from Batesville. The Bulldogs were also honored to crown individual champions to both Caleb Moster with a time of 18:02 for the boys and Mary Poltrack at 20:34 for the girls. Congratulations Caleb and Mary!On the boys side, Batesville was followed by South Ripley scoring 58, Jac-Cen-Del was third with 79 and Milan fourth with 89 points. Making the All County Team by coming through in the first 10 spots were Caleb Moster, the county champion , Connor Bell, the runner up, Brice Keeton took third place overall, followed by teammates Clay Yeaton coming in fourth and Quinten Gowdy, fifth. 2 more Bulldogs raced to earn a spot on the All County team and they were Alex Batta, who was seventh overall and Grant Meyers, who waseighth overall. Also running well for Batesville boys were Jackson Wooldridge who came in 13th and Josh Nobbe and Derek Nobbe who came in 17th and 18th respectively.On the girls side, they had a low total score of 19 followed by South Ripley’s 42. The girls also had all seven varsity runners make the All-County team and they were. Mary Poltrack, the county champion, Maria Wessel in 3rd, Emma Gausman , Audrey Weigel and Sarah Poltrack took 4th, 5th and 6th repectively. Also making the All County team were Katie Baumer, 8th and Madeleine Robben, 9th. Some other spots tonight went to Audry Maupin, 11th and Kylie Lehman, 12th.The heat was definitely a factor today and its hard to believe anyone would run a personal best, but we did have one and that was Audrey Maupin by about 40 seconds.The dogs wll take a break this weekend, but will be right back at it next Tuesday at the East Central Invitational!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Second day of ComicCon brings Game of Thrones The Walking Dead Big

first_img Posted: July 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter Second day of Comic-Con brings ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ to fans July 21, 2017center_img , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Fresh off setting record ratings for HBO in its seventh season premiere last weekend, “Game of Thrones” cast members will appear Friday at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center.Sunday’s episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, a 50 percent increase over the season-opening show last year and the most-watched season premiere on HBO ever. According to news reports, the airing also generated 2.4 million tweets.Among the cast members scheduled for the  “Game of Thrones” panel are Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright.HBO has set up a Westeros experience for fans that depicts the fictional land where the series is set. The Westeros attraction is next to the Omni Hotel in the Gaslamp District.”Game of Thrones” won’t be the only session packing Hall H, which actually had some empty seats Thursday as Comic-Con opened for its annual four-day run. Other scheduled sessions are a 10th anniversary panel on “The Big Bang Theory,” along with panels on “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Twin Peaks,” “Preacher” and Marvel’s “The Defenders.”Panels run from 10 a.m. to midnight at the convention center, Central Library, Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre and the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina.Organizers strongly suggest using public transportation.A free shuttle bus service is operating 24 hours a day, stopping at 63 locations in downtown, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island through Sunday evening.The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 and 1/2 minutes between Qualcomm Stadium and the 12th and Imperial Transit Center through Sunday. Blue and Orange line trains will increase in frequency during peak travel times, according to the MTS.The transit agency said passengers can use its new Compass Cloud mobile app to purchase ride tickets in advance. The MTS also has 22 bus routes with downtown stops.last_img read more

City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers

first_img Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 7:13 PM Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- City leaders are talking about doubling the size and opening new homeless storage centers.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on these homeless storage centers. January 30, 2019center_img Dan Plante, City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more