Area organizations cooperate on bicycle reclamation | Local News

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said the city makes every effort to find the owners of the bikes, but if they’re unclaimed, “they start to pile up.” Calvert said they keep the bikes 6-12 months before they’re given up.

Bunch said he remembered a program out of Potosi Correctional Center in which inmates worked over unwanted or unclaimed bikes for dispersal to needy kids during the holidays. He said for a while, Bonne Terre’s ERDCC prison inmates helped refurbish the bikes to make them road-worthy again.

“That first year, about 50 bikes went to Head Start and to halfway house residents to look for employment or go to work,” Bunch said. “We got nice thank you notes from the guys at the halfway house. But last year, that program ended, and Shared Blessings stepped up.”

Shelly Bess, executive director of Shared Blessings, said there’s a growing row of bikes

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Billings receives $11.6M in federal grant for Inner Belt Loop and bike trails | Local News

Drake was part of the delegation, as were Mayor Bill Cole and officials from the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Big Sky Economic Development. They met with Montana’s two U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte, who all supported the grant.  

This year, Billings had the same support from its Montana lawmakers but city officials paired down its request to $16.8 million, enough to complete the Inner Belt Loop, the Skyline Trail and the Stagecoach Trail, a bike trail that will follow Zimmerman Trail, dropping down from Highway 3 to Rimrock Road. 

Inner Belt Loop project

The location of a future inner belt loop can be seen at Alkali Creek Road and Skyline Drive.

Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the city the grant money for the Inner Belt Loop and Skyline Trail projects. 

The Inner Belt Loop, a new road that would connect the

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Man accused of felony drunk driving on mini-bike in Ferndale | Local News

A Hazel Park man was arraigned in Ferndale 43rd District Court on Tuesday on a third-time offense of drunken driving after police say he crashed his mini-bike.

Jonathan Gondek, 41, was wanted on a warrant from the July 15 incident and was picked up by police in Ludington in Mason County last week.

Ferndale police said Gondek was spotted in the southeast section of the city at East Webster and Wanda.

“Officers saw a man in the middle of the street with a mini-bike and it appeared that he was standing up after a crash,” said Ferndale Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister. “He had injuries to his hands and face.”

Police said it seemed that the suspect fell off his Coleman 100cc X mini-bike while driving down the street.

The vehicle had no registered license to operate on public roads, police said.

Gondek had a cut above his right eye

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City planners endorse 218 more apartments for The Braydon complex in Napa | Local News

The Braydon expansion also will add a range of amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, dog park, open space, and courtyards with grills and seating.

On Thursday, the project sailed through an hour-long review by planners, largely unchanged from plans the agency had studied in May. One of the few visible changes to the design was a new color palette that adds dark burgundy and subtracts darker brown shades, an adjustment planners said would increase contrast and avoid drab-looking exteriors.

Future plans for The Braydon’s second phase include a pair of murals to adorn the west-facing walls of two apartment buildings, facing toward the river, Fairfield Residential’s representative Shon Finch told the commission. The artworks are to be added by the developer’s own choice, since Napa’s city ordinance requiring publicly viewable art for large-scale construction applies only to commercial developments, not residential ones.

One feature of the apartment complex

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Motorcycle group makes Philomath mom of fallen solider’s wish come true with bike of her own | Local

So the least Shoemake could do, she said, was make Page’s wish finally come true. She and Parrack, with the help of the Albany American Legion Post 10, created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000 in order to give Page her own motorcycle. After about a month of fundraising, they surpassed their goal and, when they found a bike in Portland with only 5,600 miles on it, they knew they’d hit the jackpot.

After decking it out with a trike kit to make the riding experience easier on Page, they decided to put the extra money toward detailing the bike at Oregon Design Co. in Gresham with photos of Page and her family — including Brennan’s Army portrait — as well as accessories like a helmet and a custom-embroidered biker vest with the help of Cruise-In Consignment in Vancouver, Washington.

Page said when she asked Shoemake if she

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Colorado Springs hand-cyclist successfully drives City to improve local trail

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Colorado Springs is filled with beautiful trails, and it can be easy to take them for granted. However, Drew Wills certainly won’t.

“Trying to enjoy this beautiful surrounding that we have here in Colorado Springs,” Wills said while sitting on his bike. He cycles through areas in Stratton Open Space at least five days a week.

But if you see Wills out on the trail, you’ll quickly notice his bike is unlike most others.

“It’s the equivalent of a mountain bike for people who can’t use their legs,” said Wills.

The 62-year-old Colorado Springs native exercises on an off-road hand cycle; he’s been a proud paraplegic athlete since a ski injury left him paralyzed from the waist down 15 years ago.

Stratton Open Space is his playground.

Earlier this year he noticed the trails were being renovated, but the new renovations left parts of the

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UPDATE: Chesterfield man killed on I-95 after his pickup truck was disabled by stray tire | Richmond Local News

95 crash

Traffic is backed up on Interstate 95 south in Chesterfield on Monday morning.

A Chesterfield County man was killed early Monday when he stopped his vehicle in a southbound lane of Interstate 95 after it was struck by a stray tire that flew across the roadway, state police said.

The crash unfolded at 5:18 a.m. after a passenger vehicle lost a tire as it was traveling north on I-95 at the 61 mile marker near West Hundred Road. The tire crossed over into the southbound lanes and struck Silverio Santos-Cesario’s Toyota Tacoma, damaging the vehicle and causing him to stop in the left southbound lane, police said.

Santos-Cesario got out of his disabled pickup truck and was standing along the shoulder

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Bike ride supports push for equality | Local

Fort Wayne’s first Bike Ride for Black Lives drew about 200 cyclists to Tillman Park on the city’s southeast side, including Alaysia Williams – although she had to rent a bike to participate.

The 19-year-old from Fort Wayne said that’s just how much the cause meant to her.

“My motivation is that I would like to see our community come together,” said Williams, who is Black. “It’s not about violence and shootings. It’s about educating our community, and helping our young people.”

Organizers said the event was put together by a new group, Fighting Injustice and Racial Matters, or FIRM. The group came into being after the protests in reaction to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The Urban League assisted in hosting.

The ride spanned 8 miles on trails, symbolic of the 8 minutes and 46 seconds a police officer’s knee was on

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Tales From the Trail: Two Local Cyclists Bike Entire Willapa Hills Trail | News


As an avid cyclist and president of Lewis County Community Trails, Chris Brewer had biked large sections of the Willapa Hills Trail countless times over the years — just never the complete route. So when board member Jon Gust sent him a text out of the blue last week asking if he’d be down to tackle the entire trail in one trip, he jumped at the chance.

“He said, ‘Hey, this weekend is what would have been the Mary Bridge Children’s Courage Ride. In place of the event, I’m going to ride from Chehalis to South Bend on the trail. Do you want to join?’” Brewer said. “I said, ‘Hey, let’s see how far we get and see what can be done.’”

The Willapa Hills Trail began as a railway line for the Northern Pacific Railway in the late 1800s, connecting South Bend to Chehalis, and even further on to

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Future of historic Cobblestone buildings at crossroads | Local News

The 19th-century brick buildings at the southern end of the Cobblestone District have been in danger of collapsing since their owner was first hauled into Housing Court more than 10 years ago. 

Now they are emerging as a test of City Hall’s get-tough policy.

The Canal-era structures are deteriorating as millions have been spent nearby to evoke the past at Canalside.

Mayor Byron Brown in December vowed his administration would “crack down hard” on owners not maintaining their buildings. His warning followed the partial collapse of a neglected Civil War-era building on Ellicott Street.

Preservationists and city officials call the Cobblestone District buildings Exhibit A for intervention.

“When we talked to the mayor about

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