Month: November 2020

The case for, against a sanctioned tent city for Salt Lake’s homeless

Editor’s note: Year after year, public camping and homelessness has persisted as an issue in Utah’s capital city — made even more complicated by the pandemic. The Deseret News looked to Austin, Texas, in search of both short- and long-term solutions. This is the second of a two-part series.

AUSTIN, Texas — Donald Montgomery goes by “Hippie,” a nickname he said was given to him by some cowboy friends of his.

He grew up on a farm in Missouri, and knows how to ride, rope and shoot. But he said the nickname “Hippie” fits him, based on his belief

I-Team: La Quinta residents sound off on Short-term vacation rentals

The City of La Quinta continues to work on addressing a rising number of residential complaints over short-term vacation rental properties as it tries to hold onto a big source of tax revenue those same properties generate.

“It can’t just be a money grab,” said a resident Christopher Mikulenka at a recent city council meeting. “That’s what it really is right now. That’s what we feel like. We’re losing our neighborhood right now.”

Complaints from Mikulenka and other residents soared this summer as out-of-towners fled to the desert for safe pandemic vacation getaways. STVR properties provide one opportunity to recreate

See animals at Griffith Park and Point Reyes in California

By Rachel Schnalzer
Design and illustrations by Jade Cuevas

Good morning, fellow adventurers. Earlier this week, L.A. County declared a new coronavirus surge, which means we must remain mindful as we plan our travel for the coming weeks and months. Mask wearing is important, and travelers should be vigilant about avoiding crowded destinations.

Fortunately, some of California’s most awe-inspiring places are isolated — and home to an impressive array of wildlife. Here are three open spaces where you can spot animals while remaining socially distanced from others.

Hawaii vacation news: November 18, 2020

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* On November 16th, the governor issued a new emergency proclamation to clarify the statewide mask mandate. Scroll to  Exhibit J in the proclamation document to read the full details of the mask mandate. The crux of it is that face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when in public. There are some limited exceptions, so please read Exhibit J to understand the rules.

* Hawaii has added 11 new trusted testing partners for the pre-travel testing program. One of the most notable, new partners is Costco/AZOVA, which offers an observed at home test. See the

South Dakota braces for ‘almost non-existent’ 2020 tourism season due to COVID-19 | Local News

The COVID-19 pandemic has almost completely shut down tourism in South Dakota, one of the state’s largest industries.

The loss of visitors now and potentially into the summer tourism season threatens to cut off a vital economic lifeline for businesses and their employees and eliminate a major source of sales tax revenues that fund operations of cities and state government.

Gov. Kristi Noem has said the pandemic and efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing and foreign travel restrictions, would likely continue through May, when infections are expected to peak in South Dakota. The