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1/15/2018

City council members in Sunland Park, N.M., have tapped former Dona Ana county manager Julia Brown to take over as city manager.

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1/12/2018

Leaders can be more effective by focusing on small, daily attitude adjustments rather than making grand resolutions, writes leadership consultant Art Petty. Practicing empathy, maintaining a positive attitude and approaching each meeting ready to succeed helps leaders improve, he says.

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1/11/2018

Spurred by a 6- to 8-foot loss of land due to Tropical Storm Harvey, Texas' Port Neches is installing a rock breakwater in its initial effort at erosion control. The structure will be set out 30 feet from the shoreline to shield a 700-foot-long section of shore.

1/11/2018

City council members in Harrisonburg, Va., have sworn in former Dallas, Texas, assistant city manager Eric Campbell for the position of city manager. Campbell will take over Jan. 16.

1/11/2018

A 2018 law in Oneida County, N.Y., bans the use of tobacco products and electronic devices related to smoking on property owned or leased by the county. The Oneida County Health Department and the Oneida County Employee Wellness Committee have provided information on the law for employees and the public, and smoking-cessation classes were scheduled for workers.

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1/11/2018

The $44 million Carla Madison Recreation Center opened Monday in Denver and features a lap pool, a children's swim area with a lazy river, an outdoor climbing wall, basketball courts and a rooftop events space, among other amenities. The complex is four stories tall, and it is Denver's largest recreation facility.

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1/11/2018

Seniors have a younger mindset when it comes to being active, which means recreation and park agencies must create less traditional health and fitness programs to meet those needs, writes Sheila Franklin of the American Council on Exercise. Some ways to improve senior offerings are branded exercise classes for groups and hiring fitness experts with the right credentials.

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1/11/2018

Shawnee County, Kan., hopes to add nearly 100 miles of trails without creating a network of isolated paths. "If we can get the current trails to connect to one another, it encourages more use, and people can use them to get to more places for more reasons," says county recreation and park official Mike McLaughlin.

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1/11/2018

The Ernsthausen Recreation Center in Norwalk, Ohio, will offer 24-hour access beginning in March ahead of opening a splash pad and installing a new liner in the indoor pool. The center is also adopting new branding using the Warranty on Wellness logo.

1/11/2018

Volunteers and Boy Scouts in Panama City Beach, Fla., spent a weekend morning planting 2,000 longleaf pine trees at Conservation Park. The planting was part of the city recreation and park department's Arbor Day celebration.

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