Marin wilderness emergencies spike as pandemic boosts outdoors recreation

  • A hiker walks on the edge of a cliff in the Marin Headlands Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Marin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue leader Michael St. John holds a press conference about efforts to find two missing tourists on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

  • Rescue specialists take part in a training event at Walker Creek Ranch near Marshall in western Marin County in 2019. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to Marin Independent Journal)

  • A visitor takes pictures at a cordoned off area of a cliff at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands on

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COVID-19 and Outdoor Recreation: Exercising Is Safe & Good

A person runs through the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

Earlier this month, I wrote about one of the many perversities of coronavirus-lockdown logic: namely, how so much public-health messaging discouraged not just indoor exercise (an understandable step early on, when coronavirus mysteries still abounded) but also many forms of outdoor recreation, resulting in many people gaining weight. This, in turn, made them more susceptible to serious bouts of coronavirus, as being overweight has proved to be a powerful coronavirus comorbidity. I therefore called for people to start exercising again, as not only is

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Townsend rallying behind effort to turn old dealership into a recreation center | Local

That’s when she came up with the idea for the Townsend Recreation and Community Center, a nonprofit organization committed to giving the community a space everyone can enjoy. 

Bingham was adamant that she didn’t just want the TRAC to be a place for kids, but a place for everyone.

“In the meantime, I shared this info with my friend/pastor. He got super excited and said, ‘Do you know what I have a degree in? Recreational management!’,” Bingham said. “From that point on things just started snowballing.”

Bingham’s vision for the center includes lots of activities for

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Limited camping at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area to reopen

DETROIT, Ore. (KTVZ) — Limited camping at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area will reopen next Tuesday, April 20 after being closed since September 2020 due to damage from the Santiam Canyon wildfires, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday.

Visitors will be able to reserve some campsites up to six months in advance, starting at 6 a.m. April 19, for all stays April 20 and beyond.

Sites will open according to the following timeline:

  • April 20: Loops F & G
  • May 28: Loops A, B, and part of Loops C and D
  • June 18: Loops E, H and the
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2 teens shot after leaving recreation center in South Philadelphia, police say

Two teens were shot after leaving a South Philadelphia recreation center, according to police.

It happened on the 2000 block of South 7th Street a few blocks away from the Police Athletic League around 7 p.m. Thursday.

An 18-year-old was shot once in the foot and a 19-year-old was shot once in the leg. Both victims were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in stable condition.

Police believe it may have been a drive-by shooting. FOX 29’s Dave Schratwieser reports the teens just left the recreation center after playing basketball.

So far, no weapons have been

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Study: Cedar Rapids could attract visitors with white-water course and recreation options on river

The Cedar River flows Tuesday at the 5-in-1 Dam in downtown Cedar Rapid. Recommendations from a River Recreation Feasibility and Impact Study include modifying the dam to create white-water and flat-water channels. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Boaters, paddlers and spectators from around the state and potentially the region may eventually enjoy an ambitious slate of recreational amenities in the Cedar River through the 5-in-1 Dam below Interstate 380.

The city is exploring a $14.6 million project to modify the dam to offer white-water and flat-water features in separate channels, with complementary amenities such as zip lining and an

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