Posted on October 6, 2014

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Some great stories this morning from a Colorado city manager’s take on the importance of local government to the Johnny Cash Trail and body cameras for police officers. As Halloween approaches consider dressing your small child up in one of these costumes that they definitely won’t understand.

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Northern California city unveils ‘Johnny Cash Trail’ – The city of Folsom has completed the first section of the “Johnny Cash Trail” that will pay tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album “At Folsom Prison.”

Many in Winston-Salem area lack computer and Internet connections – A computer and an Internet connection might seem as basic as electrical service nowadays, but a new U.S. Census Bureau survey shows that a lot of people still aren’t digitally plugged in, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Aurora to purchase 155 police body cameras for 2015 – The city of Aurora will spend more than $300,000 next year for 155 new body cameras for police officers, with a plan to have all of its officers on the streets wearing them within three years.

More Than Half of City Employees Earn in Excess of $100K – Working for the City of Santa Monica is not a bad gig, at least when it comes to compensation. Of the City’s 2,140 permanent employees in 2013, 1,162 earned total compensation in excess of $100,000 for the year, according to recently released government data.

City government has most direct impact – City Manager of Fort Collins, Colorado shares his view of why local government is important and how cities can make a difference in people’s lives.

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El Paso City Manager Tomas Gonzalez discusses his 100 days in office – Gonzalez, who took over as city manager at the end of June, has hit the ground running — he had to balance a $826.2 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year and deal with the resignations of three deputy city managers, Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, Jane Shang and Sean McGlynn.

Efficiency audit could yield long-term savings – City officials gave the go-ahead Thursday to audit some of St. George’s facilities and hope that upgrades to lighting, plumbing, control systems and other utilities could yield major savings in the long term, while paying for themselves in the short term.

Storm Lake, Iowa, officials propose closing 8 railroad crossings –  John Keenan worries that business will slow down at his coffee shop if Storm Lake city officials proceed with a plan to close eight railroad crossings around town.

Brunswick piecing together grant applications to link bicycle trails – The city is seeking grant money to add another segment of bicycle/pedestrian trail to one it completed early in 2013.

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ELGL Northwest

Mid-Columbia farmers may rethink labor-intensive crops – The difficulty Washington farmers face in finding enough skilled seasonal workers may limit how much labor-intensive crops like apples and wine grapes they can grow.

Tour the Columbia River levee system by bike – Learn about the functionality and history of Portland’s levee system in a guided mixed bike tour of pedestrian paths, bike lines and shoulder riding. The tour will be led by the Multnomah County Drainage Districts and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Yakima inspectors seek to educate truckers, enforce laws – Yakima police Officer Jim Moore sits in his pickup near a Yakima Greenway trailhead at North 16th Avenue, watching traffic exit U.S. Highway 12. A truck pulling two trailers laden with apple bins catches his attention. “He looks like he’s overweight,” Moore said.

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ELGL Midwest

Watch The Beauty Of Downtown Chicago Unfold In 90 Seconds – Using time-lapses, gliding tracking shots, and a sweeping piano soundtrack, YouTube channel The Outbound Life’s newest video lets the beauty of downtown Chicago unfold in less than two minutes.

Downtown developer faces criticism over stalled projects – George Sherman is often credited with helping kick-start downtown’s recent housing revival. But now the Minneapolis developer faces growing criticism about stalled projects, delinquent property taxes and possible construction flaws.

Lake Michigan salmon runs proving slower than average – Fall is the time of year when Lake Michigan salmon start nosing their way up natal streams to spawn and die. State fish managers, however, are uncertain about what to expect this season. Many of the salmon runs on the lake shoreline are slower than average.

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ELGL Southeast

Amplifying Asheville as a music city – Part advocacy organization, part musicians’ labor union and partly a meeting of peers, the Asheville Music Professionals was founded this summer. The AMP model is uniquely Asheville, and it will focus on things as simple as helping musicians find affordable health insurance and as challenging as pushing the people who hire musicians to pay them a fair wage.

University, Charlottesville, Albemarle leaders form safety advisory committee – Officials from the University, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville announced Friday that they would collectively form a new community safety advisory committee to improve safety measures around the area.

Savannah’s $14M riverwalk extension planned for $280M hotel investment – Walking on the west end of River Street can be a lonely stroll. Tourists, street musicians and workers on their way to the job disappear as the shops and restaurants give way to the vacated remnants of the area’s industrial past.

Alcoa project takes turn to move forward – A long-dormant redevelopment of Alcoa Inc.’s property is taking a step forward, but not entirely in the direction once envisioned. The former Alcoa Inc. West Plant site, located in the city of Alcoa, is being redeveloped by a partnership that includes Kinsey Probasco Hays of Chattanooga.

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ELGL Southwest

New Kyle budget transitions from maintaining to investing – About 2,000 people moved to Kyle this year, according to the City of Kyle, and if you’re one of them, you’ll soon start seeing some major upgrades around town.

Despite new monitoring glitch, Ebola containment ‘going well’ in Dallas – Public health officials and Dallas leaders sought Sunday to move beyond early stumbles that let an Ebola-stricken Liberian man slip away before returning to a hospital, where he was “fighting for his life” Sunday.

DART changes routes, adds trains for Texas-Oklahoma game – The coming influx of Texas and Oklahoma fans for the Red River Showdown (rivalry sounded better, y’all) on Saturday will again serve as an annual test of Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail.

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Social Media & Technology

9 Reasons You Should Know a Little HTML and CSS – You’ve heard over and over that everyone should learn to code. Alright already! But as a writer, marketer, finance guru or nonprofit worker, why in the world should you get into coding?

Invisibles, Not Wearables, Will Profoundly Change Health Care – With the introduction of the Apple HealthKit late last month, the burgeoning wearable sensor market, and other digital health solutions coming onto the market, digital technology is on the verge of disrupting medicine in profound ways.

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