Information Resources – Namiaz Tue, 19 Oct 2021 02:01:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Information Resources – Namiaz 32 32 Indigenous farm workers did not have access to resources and information in their language during the pandemic Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:35:54 +0000

A new report by researchers and community-based organizations released on Monday shows that indigenous farm workers across California lacked the information and resources to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Sarait Martinez is the executive director of the Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño, a community organization that works with the indigenous community in the Central Valley. During a press conference presenting the results, she said the study found that many indigenous farm workers – or campesinos – faced job loss, lack of resources and limited health care during the height of the pandemic.

“For these reasons, we urge our state and federal officials to get involved and work with us to systematically address the long-standing, emerging and persistent inequalities in our campesino communities,” she said.

The researchers interviewed 300 farm workers and conducted 14 in-depth interviews with indigenous farm workers in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions during the pandemic COVID-19 study on farm workers. They found that language access, especially in medical facilities, was a critical issue for farm workers and their families.

“We heard really terrible stories about children interpreting for their parents,” Martinez said.

For this reason, it is important that local governments provide essential information in indigenous languages, as well as interpreters in clinics, where these farm workers are more likely to receive medical care.

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Sunny and pleasant Sunday and Monday; Shower facilities on Wednesday Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:25:27 +0000

Nice October weather is here.

We started with Sunday morning lows in the 30s in much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, but the afternoon highs will slide back to the 60s in most areas, with some lower 70s in southwest Minnesota. Sunshine and deep blue skies are expected.

We are heading for Sunday highs in the upper 60s in the metropolitan area. Our average Twin Cities high this time of year is 58 degrees.

Many areas will have Monday highs in the 1970s:

Maximum values ​​of the Monday forecast

National weather service

Northeast Minnesota will see highs in the 1960s.

By Monday afternoon the breeze is picking up a bit, with gusts over 15 miles per hour in east Minnesota and over 20 miles per hour in the west:


Monday 1pm forecast wind gusts

National weather service

The forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 14 knots equating to approximately 16 mph.

Back to the forecast highs, the highs in the metropolitan areas of Twin Cities are expected to hit the lower 70s on Tuesday, followed by the mid 60s on Wednesday. It’s even cooler to end the week with highs in the lower 50s on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures could be almost normal next Saturday, although the temperatures on Sunday tend to be slightly higher. The following week can be warmer than normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a trend towards above-average temperatures in Minnesota and western Wisconsin from October 24-30:


Temperature outlook October 24th to October 30th

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Next chance of rain?

A gravure system will give us the chance to see showers Wednesday and Wednesday nights in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

NOAA’s Global Forecast System (GFS) model shows the potential rain pattern on Wednesday and Wednesday night:


Simulated radar Wednesday and Wednesday night

NOAA, via

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News Live weather blog.

Fall colors

The newest Fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows colors after the peak in the dark red shaded areas of northern and central Minnesota:


Fall colors on Saturday

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

In the areas shaded mid-red, including parts of Metro West, the percent changeover to fall colors is between 75 and 100%.

Remember, all deciduous trees are included in the fall color report, not just maples.

See Wisconsin fall color information here.

Weather nugget

A year ago today, our Twin Cities high was 53 degrees. Then it got significantly colder, with highs in the 30s over the next seven days. By the middle of this stretch, on October 20th, we had 7.9 inches of snow in the Twin Cities!

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Texas Produced Water Consortium Appoints First Director Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:53:00 +0000 The Texas Produced Water Consortium was formed in an effort to expand the reuse and management of produced water and has announced its first program director.

Rusty Smith has been appointed to the consortium post that will be based at Texas Tech University. He is a graduate of both Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and Texas Tech, where he received his master’s degree in business administration.

The consortium was created by law introduced by State Sen. Charles Perry and signed by Governor Greg Abbott this summer. Although the consortium is just getting organized and Smith has just been appointed to the post, he emailed the reporter Telegram to discuss his new job.

“Our top priority in this first year is the preparation of a report to the Texan legislature, as through the Senate Bill 601 of the 87th everyone involved is committed to finding more ways to use the water produced in a meaningful way that goes beyond current industry standards for reuse and / or injection. “

The purpose of the consortium is to bring together information resources to study economics, technologies, and environmental and health aspects related to the beneficial use of produced water. To that end, Smith said, the report must include any proposed changes to existing laws or regulations, guidelines for setting permitting and testing standards, an economic model for the beneficial use of produced water that protects public health and the environment, as well a practicable pilot project included project for state participation in a treatment plant for produced water.

The group’s first task is already underway, he reported: to inform the public about the work of the group and to encourage stakeholder engagement to inform and guide the ongoing research and investigation efforts.

“We are finalizing the membership structure and agreement,” Smith wrote, adding that first year participation will cost a flat fee of $ 1,000 for any private organization or individual. “Members will have the opportunity, through our sub-committees, to participate in discussions with other private entities representing different industries and organizations as we build on this collective knowledge base.”

These sub-committees will focus on politics, standards, technology and economics. The consortium will continue to seek contributions from members on the fees and structure of the organization in subsequent years after submitting its report to the legislature.

Smith previously served as director of the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs, responsible for all water issues, during the 85th legislative session. He then joined the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association as director of government and regulatory affairs. Most recently, he was project manager for corporate recruitment and innovation for the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.

“Actually, I started as an intern in the Texas House of Representatives in 2009 as part of the Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy program at Texas A&M University and knew immediately that water policy would be one of, if not the most important, issue for our state in the foreseeable future,” wrote Smith about his background. “My first Senate job was with State Sen. Kel Seliger, who also helped me better understand and appreciate the importance of water policy in our state, especially when it comes to the continued success of the economic driver that drives oil -and gas industry. “

Legislators have been keen to address several water issues in Texas, he wrote, but there is still a long way to go.

“The creation of this consortium is obviously a big step in the right direction and, to me, signals a common focus of our legislative and executive branches on produced water and other water resources,” wrote Smith.

He continued, “To be honest, the greatest strength of this consortium is in the collective, not in me as an individual. I’m joined by three incredible co-directors of the faculty and a director of the faculty of economics, namely Drs. Eric Bernard, Venkatesh Uddameri, Marshall Watson, and Bradley Ewing. Together, they bring decades of experience and knowledge in the fields of petroleum and civil engineering, water resources, agriculture and economics to the consortium, along with several other faculty members who serve in an advisory capacity. Texas Tech University, and this consortium in particular, are extremely fortunate to have these people leading our research initiatives. I believe my background complements their expertise, and my mix of public and private political and industrial experience is a great asset to running the TxPWC’s business, liaising with members, and working with our university, government agencies, and everyone to facilitate other interested stakeholders as we work to find ways to use the water produced in Texas in an economical and beneficial way. “

Smith concluded, “There have been numerous advocates who have come and gone from the state capitol, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Chairman Charles Perry, chairman of the Texas Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs is currently one of the strongest advocate of identifying and securing our future water resources, as evidenced by his vision for the work of this consortium. I believe that both the House and Senate, as well as some of our state agencies like the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, are very interested in this issue, and I look forward to seeing how we can all work together to address these issues . “

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The state of Texas LGBTQ resources website was disabled after the governor’s main challenger criticized its content Thu, 14 Oct 2021 03:31:16 +0000 “This is Texas. These are not Texas values, these are not Republican Party values, but obviously these are Greg Abbott’s values. That’s why we need a change. That’s what my campaign is about,” Huffines said.

While DFPS would not say whether Huffines’ comments were the reason for the Texas Youth Connection website to be disabled and the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” section removed, an email exchange between DFPS staff reveals concerns about the comments from Huffines through the website and discussions regarding the revision or removal of the website.

At the request of CNN, DFPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins issued a statement stating, “The website was shut down a few weeks ago for a content review that is pending.”

Crimmins also provided copies of the August 31 email exchange with the subject: “Don Huffine’s video accusing the government / DFPS of promoting liberal transgender agendas.”

In an email, DFPS media specialist Marissa Gonzales told Crimmins, “This is starting to explode on Twitter. It refers to a section on the Texas Youth Connection website called ‘Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation’. “

Crimmins responded by adding Darrell Azar, DFPS Web & Creative Services Director, to the email, saying, “Darrell – please note that we may need to remove this page or do some sort of revision … who is managing CPS or how? does content sharing work? What is our specific role? “

In his response, Azar said, “The program owns the content and decides what resources it offers young people.”

Azar also acknowledged that they “have had some LGBTQ-related content for as long as I can remember. However, the current content is only a few years old.”

The next day, Azar emailed that the website “had been temporarily disabled for a full review of its contents. This is done to ensure that their information, resources and referrals are up to date. “

Huffines said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday, “We’re not surprised that government employees loyal to Greg Abbott have had to pull themselves together after we called out their perverted promises.”

DFPS “offers exploitative content that sexualizes children,” said Huffines in a longer statement shared on his social media. He also asked Abbott to fire the director of the department.

“Any adult who pushes the perverse LGBTQ agenda on our children will be promptly removed from all positions within the Texas government,” added Huffines, a former state senator.

CNN asked Abbott for comment. His office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request.

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Governor Abbott prepares resources in response to the threat of severe weather from the cold front and Hurricane Pamela | Texas Governor’s Office Tue, 12 Oct 2021 21:22:12 +0000

October 12, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today to prepare state response and recovery resources to the potential threat of severe storms, heavy rainfall, and flash floods from a cold front interacting with the humidity of Hurricane Pamela. The storms are expected to hit Texas from tonight through the end of this week.

“The state of Texas is ready to respond to the storm that is expected to hit our state this week. These storms are sweeping across the Lone Star State,” said Governor Abbott make sure they have the resources they need to respond to it. ”

The following resources have been activated:

• Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service – Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two: Boat squads to support water rescue operations.

• Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat crews in support of water rescue operations.

Additionally, TDEM has provided the following resources for activation when needed:

• Texas A&M Forest Service: sawing teams and incident management teams.

• Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with a helicopter function.

• Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) severe weather packages.

• Texas Department of Transportation: Road Condition Monitoring and Equipment to Aid Emergency Debris Clearance from major roads.

• Public Utility Commission: Monitoring of power outages and coordination with energy suppliers as required.

Texans are urged to follow these flood prevention and safety tips during severe weather:

• Find out about the types of flood risks in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here:

• Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Weather Radio of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also provide emergency alerts.

• Set up an emergency supply set. More information on building a kit can be found at:

• Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

• Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Clear out drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

• Use extreme caution with any water on streets or in streams, creeks, gullies, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing creeks or flooded roads, and always obey road barricades erected for your protection. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

You can find more tips on flood safety at Texans can also visit for resources and tips on flood safety.

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Donald Sampson has been missing for 11 years; Family continues to ask for more information Mon, 11 Oct 2021 12:27:03 +0000

Since Donald Sampson’s disappearance remains a mystery, his family continues to ask anyone with information to come forward even after 11 years.

Veda Sampson described her younger brother as funny, smart, always there for people, a good father and a couch potato.

“He likes to be at home, around mom, his sister and his son,” she said. “He didn’t travel.”

Veda reported her brother missing on December 12, 2010.

Donald Sampson was reported missing by his sister to the Randolph Police Department on December 12, 2010.

Veda told MassLive that she remembered a call from her brother the day he went missing, but she picked her daughter up at the airport and the call was on voicemail. When she called him back, he didn’t answer.

“Everyone tries to call and it goes straight to voicemail,” she said.

She was particularly concerned because he had recently had an operation and was on medication. Besides, it was cold.

“I started to worry because it just wasn’t like him,” said Veda. “And I submitted the report.”

She was told the officers believed her brother was on the run, she later told MassLive.

After insisting that her brother was missing, Veda said that she was told to seek help elsewhere at a price she could not afford. “You haven’t done anything. They told me I had to hire a private investigator. “

Veda believes the police couldn’t see beyond the color of his skin.

Donald is one of seven people from Massachusetts listed as missing on the Black and Missing Foundation’s website.

The Black and Missing Foundation found that around 40% of missing persons cases are colored people. But that number could be even higher as the Hispanic community is classified as white in FBI statistics, said Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and missing foundation.

But while Donald, Jennifer Kabura Mbugua, and others are missing, the world has focused on Gabby Petito, a white woman who went missing while on an overland trip with her boyfriend.

There was national media coverage as well as cadavers after Petito went missing dogs, Drones, helicopters, ATVs and more are looking for the 22-year-old.

Now, many colored people across the country are wondering why these types of resources weren’t available to them when their loved ones first went missing. Some of them still have no answers to their loved ones years later.

“They ask, ‘But why didn’t my loved ones get the same kind of attention or resources?'” Wilson said.

For the past several years, the Randolph Police Department has used corpse dogs, raided areas, and re-interviewed people who knew Donald. Randolph Police Department Sgt. Jason Fisher was absent in 2010 when Donald was first reported missing. He said, however, that the policy is to begin the investigation into missing persons immediately and that he sees no connection to his previous criminal history and the reason for Donald’s disappearance.

But Veda wished they had done more sooner.

“I think if she’d jumped on it from the time I went and reported, we might have some answers by now,” she said. “I think because he was an African American adult who had some problems in the past, they let it under the rug and refused to help me.”

That, Wilson said, is a common theme they see.

“We have had cases where families provided a picture of their missing loved one and the police decided to use a mug shot from that person’s past that had nothing to do with the fact that they were missing,” she said .

Donald Sampson

Donald Sampson was reported missing by his sister to the Randolph Police Department on December 12, 2010.

Veda believes there was more to investigate.

For example, she said, she had to go back to the police station several times before the police spoke to the last person who saw him.

She recalls being told, “Oh, we just can’t kick people’s doors down and ask them questions.”

She was shocked.

“I said, ‘I never asked you to kick the door in,'” she told MassLive, adding that she just wanted them to ask questions.

Finally an officer did.

“I was glad someone listened,” she said.

The family has also put up their own missing persons flyers. But even then, they encountered hurdles.

They were told that they would need City Hall permission to do so. But the town hall never contacted them again.

Veda said they are still putting them where they can in hopes of finding their brother.

“There was about two meters of snow outside,” she said. “We climbed over snow hills and hung them up everywhere we could.”

However, the Sampson family and many others are left with no answers.

Donald is six feet tall, weighs 165 pounds, and is bald, according to the foundation website. He was last seen near Oak and Main Street in Randolph and has a scar on his chest.

“We miss him,” said Veda. “He has a son he’s been away from for 11 years. And he has a mother who is in her late 70s and who has to be closed before she leaves this earth. “

She also added, “He has a sister who loves him immensely and who misses him.”

Those with information are asked to contact the Randolph Police Department at (781) 963-1212. Tips can also be sent to the Black and Missing Foundation by clicking here.

Anyone with additional information about Donald or any other missing person can also contact MassLive by email at or by phone at 413-776-1364.

Related content:

  • Jennifer Kabura Mbugua is still missing after a vehicle, keys and shoe were found at a gas station in North Attleboro 7 years ago
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Severe weather in some areas possible on Saturday night; Probability of rain on Sunday highest in the north Sat, 09 Oct 2021 23:02:39 +0000

The maximum Saturday temperature in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 79 degrees. That’s warm for October 9th; Our average Twin Cities high this time of year is only 62 degrees.

Along with the heat, we had sticky dew points here and in most parts of Minnesota. This moisture will provide fuel for thunderstorms.

Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see showers and thunderstorms on Saturday night and through Saturday night.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has included three counties in western central Minnesota in a severe thunderstorm surveillance that will last until 10 p.m. this Saturday:


6:35 p.m. Saturday update:

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has placed much of central Minnesota and parts of western Minnesota on a heavy thunderstorm watch through 2 a.m. Sunday:


You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News Live weather blog.

The general storm outlook for Saturday evening and the night hours of Saturday night shows that isolated severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of western and central Minnesota that are shaded yellow in the following graph:

Weather forecast Saturday evening and Saturday evening

National weather service

“Tonight” in the NWS graphic refers to Saturday night and Saturday night overnight. The dark green shaded area, which also includes the Twin Cities, poses a low risk of storms; so that an isolated heavy thunderstorm is possible.

Here is the severe weather discussion for Saturday night and Sunday in Northeast Minnesota and North Wisconsin from the NWS Duluth office:


Weather forecast Saturday evening / Saturday night and Sunday

National weather service

Parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are in thick fog on Saturday nights and overnight, ending at 10 a.m. on Sunday:


Dense fog warning (gray) by 10 a.m. on Sunday

National weather service

Probability of rain on Sunday?

The best chance of showers and a few embedded T-storms during Sunday daylight hours is in the northern half of Minnesota plus west of central Minnesota.

NOAA’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) predictive model shows the potential rain pattern during the daylight hours of Sunday:


Simulated radar Sunday 7 a.m. to Sunday 7 p.m.

NOAA, via

A few isolated showers are possible elsewhere in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin on Sunday.

Temperature trends

The Sunday highs will be north and west in the 60s, with about 70s from the Twin Cities to southeast Minnesota and west Wisconsin:


Sunday forecast highs

National weather service

The afternoon dew points are in the 50s:


Sunday 1pm forecast dew points

National weather service

Back to the high temperatures, the metropolitan highs of Twin Cities are expected to hit the upper 60s on Monday and Tuesday, and then the mid 60s on Wednesday. By the end of the week, cooler temperatures set in, with highs in the lower 60s on Thursday and the upper 50s on Friday. Highs can be in the upper 50s again on Saturday, then ricochet off again on Sunday.

The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a trend towards above-average temperatures in Minnesota and western Wisconsin this coming Sunday for the following week:


Temperature outlook October 17th to October 23rd

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Fall color report

The percent change to fall color is currently highest in the northern half of Minnesota as well as in the northeastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Here’s the latest Fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:


Fall colors on Saturday

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The dark red shaded areas of northern Minnesota have peaked. Remember, all deciduous trees are included in the fall color report, not just maples.

See Wisconsin fall color information here.

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As southern Utah’s rise in the COVID delta finally subsides, hospitals aren’t taking a break – St George News Sat, 09 Oct 2021 02:22:28 +0000

The outside of St. George Regional Hospital, viewed as persistent rain, falls on the St. George area, St. George, Utah, October 8, 2021 | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

NS. GEORGE – This week, southern Utah joined the decline in the delta variant surge in COVID-19 infections that the rest of the state has seen in the past two weeks.

Nurse Works with a COVID-19 Patient at Intermountain Hospital, Murray, Utah, October 2021 | Photo courtesy Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

But that could be some small consolation to the doctors, nurses, and other staff at St. George Regional Hospital, where the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has not noticeably decreased.

Speaking to the Washington County Commission on Tuesday, Dr. Patrick Carroll, chief physician of the St. George Regional Hospital, that of 284 beds in the hospital 280 are occupied. In the intensive care unit, which usually has 32 beds, 34 beds were occupied, with 32 of the intensive care patients suffering from COVID.

“That said, even if it were just COVID patients, the intensive care unit would be manned,” Carroll said. “We have never seen anything like it.”

This has resulted in the hospital fighting not just for beds for COVID patients, but for patients in general. Carroll said in one case this week that it took three days to find a bed for a patient with organ failure.

That led Carroll to issue an ominous warning to the county’s residents: This is not the time to be a daredevil.

“Our hospital is full. Please be careful with risky behavior, ”said Carroll. “It will stay full and we see no end in sight. That is not a theoretical possibility. That actually happens. “

Speaking from left, Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson with St. George Regional Hospital Administrator Mitch Cloward and Medical Director Dr. Patrick Carroll after touring the hospital’s COVID-19 wards, St. George, Utah, September 3, 2021 | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

For a little over a month, the hospital has suspended all non-life-threatening operations. And these aren’t just people getting what some would call non-urgent surgery.

Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious disease doctor at Intermountain Healthcare, said Friday that there was no room in any of the Intermountain hospitals in Utah, which he said were all busy or overworked – especially in the intensive care unit.

“Cardiac surgery requires intensive care beds after surgery, and we don’t have the space due to capacity problems,” said Stenehjem. “These may not be non-emergency surgeries … but people need these surgeries, but we can’t offer that right now.”

Both Carroll and other Utah doctors continue to say that at least nine out of ten patients hospitalized for COVID are unvaccinated. The majority of Southern Utahians, 57.2%, remain unvaccinated.

Carroll also said that although the toll of more than a year of COVID-19 pandemic care has caused many nurses and hospital staff to leave the job, a shortage of staff is not the reason for capacity issues at St. George Regional.

“We’re not enough nurses, not because there aren’t enough nurses, but because our hospital count has never been higher,” said Carroll. “Any other year the number of nurses we have now would be more than adequate.”

Nurse Works with a COVID-19 Patient at Intermountain Hospital, Murray, Utah, October 2021 | Photo courtesy Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

While those who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 have made part of the population more resistant to the worst effects of COVID-19, the delta variant is still much more contagious than the variant that currently exists before one Year to those who are not vaccinated, said Stenehjem. And the unvaccinated people are also much more likely to end up in the hospital or lose their lives.

Even those who don’t end up in the hospital spend weeks at home with oxygen bottles that can barely get out of bed.

Because the unvaccinated are getting sicker, even though new infections in southern Utah have decreased by more than 15% in the past week, according to the Utah Department of Health, Stenehjem said he doesn’t expect the hospital situation to improve – even if it does the population does not necessarily see the urgency in the walls of the hospital.

“We will see this utilization in the next few weeks,” said Stenehjem. “We’re still in the middle of it.”

St. George News reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

Coronavirus count in southern Utah (as of Friday, according to Utah Department of Health)

Positive COVID-19 tests: 39,035 (7-day average of 105.57 per day, down 15.8% last week)

Current cases: 2,414 (caseng)

  • Washington County (High in Transmission Index): 598.12 per 100,000 rate in 14 days, down since September 23
  • Iron County (high): 948.23, declining
  • Kane County (high): 481.87, declining
  • Garfield County (high): rising 1,128.49
  • Beaver County (High): Increasing 581.22

Hospitalization: 67 (constant)

Deaths: 369 (18 since September 23)

New Infections Per Day in Southern Utah:

  • Friday (Oct. 1): 150
  • Saturday (Oct 2nd): 145
  • Sunday (Oct. 3): 88
  • Monday (Oct. 4): 58
  • Tuesday (Oct. 5): 83
  • Wednesday (October 6th): 127
  • Thursday (October 7th): 107
  • Friday (Oct. 8): 131

Current 7-day average for Utah: 1,424 (continuous)

Fully Vaccinated in Southern Utah: 107,847 (42.8% fully vaccinated, +1.2% since 23.09.)

  • St. George: 46.65% fully vaccinated (+1.25%)
  • Cedar City: 37.84% (+1.49%)
  • Washington City: 42.81% (+1.24%)
  • Ivins / Santa Clara: 49.23% (+ 0.79%)
  • Hurricane / LaVerkin: 36.11% (+1.09%)
  • Enterprise / Veyo / Springdale / Hildale: 41.62% (+1.03%)
  • Beaver / Garfield / Kane counties: 41.04% (+1.17%)

Southern Utah is training active COVID-19 infections (as of Friday, according to Utah Department of Health)

NOTE: The Utah Department of Health currently only provides ranges of the number of infections in each district and does not provide exact numbers. Overall, the numbers may be too low as not all student infections are reported to the state.

    • Washington County School District: 36 to 108 (falling since September 23)
    • Iron County School District: 18 to 57 (decreasing)
    • Kane County School District: 1-4 (decreasing)
    • Garfield County School District: 4-16 (descending)
    • Beaver County School District: 3-12 (descending)
    • Southwest Utah Charter Schools: 11-20 (increasing)
    • Southwest Utah Private Schools: 0 (falling)

Schools in yellow (At risk of moving to test-to-stay): None
Schools in red (Students / staff must test negative to participate): None
Top 5 schools: Gateway Preparatory Academy (Southwest Utah Charter) 8 active infections, Dixie High (Washington) 6, Crimson Cliffs High (Washington) 6, Iron Springs School (Iron) 5, several others with 1-4 infections.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Those who are currently able to receive the first dose of the vaccine: All ages 12 and up. The 12-18 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. Use Find clinics that have the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Those who can get the second dose: Those who received their first injection 28 days or more before the appointment.
  • Those who can get a booster dose: Those who have previously received Pfizer or Moderna and are immunocompromised.
  • The Southwest Utah Health Department and most pharmacies and stores offer appointments to visit.
  • Must wear a short-sleeved shirt to the appointment and should have ID.
  • Vaccinations are free.

Washington District:

Where: Southwest Utah Public Health Department St. George Office, 620 p. 400 East, St. George

For hours and further information: Click here

Iron District:

Where: Southwest Utah Public Health Department Cedar City Office, 260 DL Sargent Dr., Cedar City, 84721.

For hours and further information: Click here

Kane County:

Where: Southwest Utah Public Health Department Kanab Office, 445 N. Main St., Kanab.

For hours and further information: Click here

County Garfield:

Where: Southwest Utah Health Department Panguitch Office, 601 Center St., Panguitch.

For hours and further information: Click here

Beaver County:

Where: Southwest Utah Health Department Beaver Office, 75 1175 North, Biber.

For hours and further information: Click here

St. George Regional Hospital / Intermountain Healthcare:

Where: 400 East Campus St. George Regional Hospital, 544 p. 400 East, St. George.

Reservations: Click here to register

FourPoints Health:

Where: Different locations.

For hours and further information: Click here

Adore health:

Where: Revere Health Campus, 2825 E. Mall Drive, St. George.

Reservations: Call (435) 673-6131 to see if a vaccine is available.


Where: 745 N Dixie Dr in St. Georg and 915 Red Cliffs Dr. in Washington City.

Reservations: Click here to register


Where: 1189 E. 700 South in St. Georg and 3520 Pioneer Parkway in Santa Clara.

Reservations: Click here to register

Lin’s marketplace:

Where: 1930 W. Sunset Boulevard. and 2928 E. Mall Drive in St. Georg, 1120 State-St. in hurricane and 150 N Hauptstr. in cedar town.

Reservations: Click here to register

Smith’s Food and Drug:

Where: 20 N. Bluff-Str. and 565 S. Mall Drive in St. Georg and 633 S. Mainstr. in cedar town.

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Where: 275 S River Road. in St. Georg.

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Where: 2610 Pioneer Rd. in St. Georg, 625 W. Telegraph St. in Washington City, 180 N. 3400 West in hurricane and 1330 S. Providence Center Dr. in cedar town.

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LIBRARY NEWS: Paper Airplanes, Baby Brain Gym next week Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:01:41 +0000

There are two special events coming up next week that we hope you and your family will enjoy.

On Wednesday, October 13th, from 4pm to 5pm, we will organize a paper airplane obstacle course in the library. Sixth through twelfth grade students are invited to put their paper airplane skills to the test and try different designs to see which flies the furthest, straightest, or tallest.

Then on Thursday, October 14th from 11-11: 30am, families with babies to toddlers ages three are invited to take them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed specifically for them to improve their brains to help you grow.

Personal activities
Our opening times have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Fridays this is an extra hour.
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. That’s an extra hour every day.
Open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s two hours less that day – but open a total of 55 hours a week, compared to 54 in pre-COVID times.

Storywalk returns
Look for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk to Elementary School describing a new free story walk for kids. From October 11-23, we’re celebrating the 50th birthday of the National Forest Service’s mascot, Woosy the Owl. After you finish the walk, go to the library to get supplies for a craft or activity.

Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal consultation takes place every month by appointment tomorrow, Friday, October 8th from 2pm to 3pm. The volunteer attorney can call you at home, or you can come to the library and meet privately via Zoom. To make an appointment, email with your first name and phone number, or call or stop by the library. The attorney’s time is limited, so first come, first served. Please visit anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

Book club for adults
Ruby’s Book Club will meet in the library garden on Tuesday, October 12th from 2pm to 2pm to discuss “Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield. Copies of the book are available from your library. This book club takes place every second Tuesday of the month, alternating between fiction and non-fiction.

Write challenge
A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on the library’s Facebook page on October 4th. We hope that you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Visit us on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm for our free ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact to learn how to join. If you do not have internet access, please contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library.

Free personal evening courses take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm. Beginners and advanced learners are invited from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and advanced learners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Congregation that is interested.
Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes und jueves from 4 to 8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir from 4 to 6 p.m. and los estudiantes avanzados from 6 to 8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases A otros en nuestra comunidad that you are interested.

Break in adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session usually takes place in person on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm when Mark helps out with high school equivalence, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring, and more. Note no PALS in October.

Collections of stories
The American Experiment, the third book in a bestselling conversation series, edited by David M. Rubenstein, features American icons and historians telling the story of the United States as a great experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas. This issue features Madeleine Albright, Ken Burns, Rita Moreno, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jon Meacham, Wynton Marsalis and Billie Jean King, among others.

“Mare of Easttown” is an exciting HBO series starring Kate Winslet. “It was always you” is a romance with Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes.

Instructions and self-help
“God has not forgotten you” by Dr. David Jeremiah shows how to trust God when one is afraid and realizes that he is at work. GRE Prep Plus 2020 is Kaplan’s guide to getting good results in the Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, Canada, and other countries. ASVAB Prep Plus 2022-2023 is Kaplan’s guide to performing well in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery developed by the Department of Defense for those wishing to join the military.

Other non-fiction books
“Countdown Bin Laden” by Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss of Fox News Sunday is a new behind-the-scenes report from the past eight months that led to the SEAL team’s successful operation. “Rough Magic” by Lara Prior-Palmer is the memoir of a young American who became the youngest and first female winner of the toughest horse race in the world in Mongolia. “The Bomber Mafia” by Malcolm Gladwell is a new look at the bombing of Tokyo in World War II, which might have turned out militarily different under different leadership. Rick Bragg’s The Speckled Beauty is the story of how the author’s life was changed by a poorly behaved, semi-blind stray dog.

Library Foundation
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and improve your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services, and facilities. Send checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable offer
“A man has two eyes and two ears, but only one tongue; So speak only half as much as you see; and again half as much talking as listening. ”- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian civil rights activist.

For more information on books, services and library programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVD from the comfort of your own home – please visit our website at

Carole Howard & Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a special tax-funded district in Archuleta County.

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House Committee Promises to Respond to California Oil Spill Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:34:00 +0000

House Democrats are working quickly to prepare a legislative response to last week’s devastating oil spill off California’s southern coast.

Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) Announced that his committee would devote two days next week to looking at the causes and effects of the incident in which a large pipeline produced more than 144,000 gallons of crude oil released into the waters near Huntington Beach, which immediately puts local wetlands and wildlife at risk.

Next Wednesday, Grijalva will face a surcharge of two bills: HR 2643, the “Offshore Pipeline Safety Act” and HR 570, the “Offshore Accountability Act”.

The Offshore Pipeline Safety Act, advocated by Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Would require the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to enact regulations to improve supervision of offshore pipelines and ensure that pipelines are equipped with leak detection systems are.

The “Offshore Accountability Act” introduced by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) Would require that offshore drilling operators report serious safety deficiencies to the Secretary of the Interior, who then has to pass this information on to the public.

The very next day, the House’s Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources meets to hold a hearing on the “Impact of Abandoned Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure and the Need for Greater Federal Supervision.”

In a press release announcing the new planned events, the Huntington Beach oil spill is outlined as well an April report from the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that BSSE is suffering from inadequate monitoring of both active and decommissioned offshore oil and gas pipelines, as reasons to take action now.

“The oil and gas industry has ignored public health and the environment for decades, and what happens today in Huntington Beach will happen to more American communities until Congress intervenes,” Grijalva said in a statement.

“As long as the industry is given a free hand to act with impunity and shirk responsibility for the chaos it creates and leaves, there will be more disasters. This committee is moving fast to protect our coastlines and the communities that depend on them by setting the standards the industry does not want to set itself. “

While these moves are unlikely to be bipartisan – Republicans often criticize Democrats for imposing what they consider burdensome regulation on the oil and gas sector – Grijalva and the House Democrats are determined to seize this latest oil spill as an opportunity to show the urgency of your agenda at a crucial moment (E&E daily, 5th October).

Last month, the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee passed its portion of the current $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation package that collects annual fees from offshore pipeline operators and new offshore leases in federal waters in the Pacific and Atlantic as well in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Grijalva is in a similar position to other Democrats as he will struggle to keep these provisions in the final product. Democratic leaders in Congress and President Biden have admitted that success in legislation will come with both lower numbers and political concessions to the moderates.

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