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Is it dangerous to drink ice cold water during a heatwave? Common claim fact-checked

Doctors believe underlying health conditions rather than cold water alone causes fainting in hot weather.

At their most severe, conditions such as heat exhaustion, dehydration and more can also cause fainting.

People risk developing any of these when the weather gets too hot, and experts agree they are the most likely cause of loss of consciousness.

Emergency room nurse Tenneson Lewis told fact-checking site Snopes, without underlying medical issues, they most likely faint “due to dehydration.”

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Salford Quays tragedy: Body pulled from water by police after desperate search ends

It came after there was a widespread search for the missing teenager earlier today. Despite being warned about the dangers of swimming in the quays many people still flocked to the area as temperatures hit over 30C in the north west.

Police were called at around 4.40pm and recovered the unnamed man’s body from the water around three hours later.

Paramedic vehicles from the North West Ambulance Service arrived just before 8:15pm.

The 19-year-old hasn’t been named and an investigation is underway into the death, with a file being passed to the coroner.

Announcing the sad news, the force tweeted: “Sadly, despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life.

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“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”

Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: “Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.

“Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.”

Many people claiming to have witnessed the tragic incident voiced their concerns about there being no lifeguards stationed at the quays.

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One person tweeted: “This was horrifying to witness. Please work with the council to have water supervision during this hot weather.

“I am from Belfast and they have the rescue service, lifeguards along the water every year after a big music festival.

“Young people just don’t see the danger.”

Another person tweeted: “This is so sad. But what is even sadder is that after this had happened, there were still lots of people jumping in the canal.

“Salford and Greater Manchester Police were trying to move people on and asked for a bit of privacy and were getting loads of abuse. So sad.”

A third wrote: “This is so sad. I see everyone enjoying themselves in the quays every weekend when the sun is shining.

“Just take care everyone when you are in the water. You never know what’s underneath. RIP my friend.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service assisted the police.

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News: Viking Mars takes to the water for the first time

Viking has announced the float out of its newest ocean ship, the 930-guest Viking Mars.

The line also announced that the vessel, which is scheduled to debut in early 2022, will officially be named by her ceremonial godmother, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the eighth countess of Carnarvon.

The ship will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe before embarking on voyages in Asia and Australia.

“The day that a new ship meets water for the first time is always a special moment in time, and today is especially meaningful because for the second time, my dear friend Lady Carnarvon will honour us by serving as godmother to a new Viking ship,” said Karine Hagen, executive vice president of Viking.

“The last year and a half has been a period of uncertainty for all of us, and it is in those times that you know your true friends.”

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The traditional float out ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction.

The float out of Viking Mars began at 11:00 local time when a member of the Viking team cut a cord that signalled water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock.

Following a two-day process that will set Viking Mars afloat, she will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

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Covid vaccine: AstraZeneca scientist Dr Green says the jab is ‘pretty much salty water’

“We don’t know what’s in it,” was the argument put forward by the anti-vaxxer, which Dr Green replied: “I know I’m just here in the pizza queue with you, but I do know what’s in it. I’m the best person in the world to tell you what’s in it, because I made it with my team in Oxford and here’s the recipe.” Causing raucous laughter from Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, the scientist was then probed: “What IS in it?”

“It has the virus in it,” began Dr Green. “The virus which is the vaccine – a replication-incompetent chimpanzee adenovirus – can’t cause disease in humans.

“It’s a delivery mechanism to get the code for spike into your body, and the rest of it is pretty much just salty water.”

The associate professor at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics (WHG), at Oxford, noted other components of the vaccines.

Dr Green said live on air that the AstraZeneca jab contains sodium chloride, buffer, and preservatives – “to keep it from growing bugs in it”.

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Professor Gilbert added that “we’re getting very high levels of protection against severe disease – and that’s a really important thing”.

“What really matters is stopping people from getting an infection so severe that they have to go into hospital – and that’s working really well with the vaccine.”

In regards to vaccine hesitancy, Dr Green said it’s “perfectly reasonable” to be resistant about things that are new.

“It’s our job to get the information and the truth out there, so people can make those informed decisions for themselves,” she said.

In light of Freedom Day – commencing on July 19 – Dr Green will still be wearing a mask on public transport.

“Sometimes two safety measures are better than one,” said Dr Green, referring to the vaccine and the use of face masks.

“None of the protective measures are completely effective on their own,” chimed in Professor Gilbert.

“We get the best protection when we link up different ways to protect ourselves.”

Professor Gilbert reminded viewers that “we’re wearing masks to protect other people”.

“I think it’s a sign of respect if you’re in a situation where you might be able to transmit a virus to somebody else, to keep the mask on.”

“They’re slightly uncomfortable,” Dr Green confessed, “but I’d wear a mask on a tube in London, for sure, and on the bus.”

“If anyone was particularly wanting me to wear a mask, I would,” conclude Professor Gilbert.

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TUES: Experts Warn Of Waning Water Supplies, Branson Flight Sparks Optimism In New Mexico, + More

  

New Mexico Lawmakers Warned About Shrinking Water SuppliesBy Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Some of New Mexico top climate and water experts warned state lawmakers Tuesday that the effects of the current drought on water supplies have been worsened by climate change, specifically an ongoing, long-term warming trend.

They told members of a legislative committee during a meeting that the drought is a harbinger of still drier conditions to come as temperatures continue to climb.

“We’re seeing in New Mexico as bad a situation with regard to water supply as anywhere in the West, if not worse,” said Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, director of the Interstate Stream Commission, noting that drought persists across the state and reservoirs remain empty despite the start of summer rains.

Schmidt-Petersen shared slides that showed conditions getting drier and drier over the last 20 years. He described the conditions this year as the most severe drought in two decades of dryness.

Retired professor David Gutzler issued a plea to the legislators, asking that they take New Mexico’s long-term water challenge seriously and provide cities, farmers and other users with guidance and ground rules for managing shrinking supplies.

Some of the discussion focused on developing a statewide system for building partnerships among local districts so water can be shared when shortages arise. Such arrangements already are in place in some parts of New Mexico, including Jemez and Zia pueblos and nearby acequias, which are traditional irrigation systems that deliver water to farmers. Officials say the agreements have been working well.

Southern New Mexico Highway Reopens After Mudslide, FloodingAssociated Press

Crews have cleared debris from flooding and a mudslide that closed a 7-mile stretch of U.S. 70 across San Augustine Pass east of Las Cruces for 24 hours, officials said Tuesday.

The flooding and slide occurred Sunday night and the highway was reopened Monday night after crews cleared all four lanes of mud, rocks and trees, the state Department of Transportation said.

Crews on Tuesday continued to remove remaining debris and to reopen on-off ramps for an entrance into White Sands Missile range, the department said.

U.S. 70 is a major travel route across southern New Mexico.

New Mexico Eyes Higher Plant Limit For Marijuana ProducersSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A New Mexico regulatory agency hopes to avoid a possible shortage by raising the number of marijuana plants that licensed producers could produce.

The Cannabis Control Division of the state Regulation and Licensing Department last week raised the previously planned per-grower limit of 4,500 plants to 8,000, and producers also would be able to apply for incremental increases of 500 with a total cap of 10,000, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The change responds to concerns that the 4,500-plant limit would lead to a supply shortage, especially among patients in the state’s medical marijuana program.

New Mexico’s legalization of possession and growth of small amounts of recreational marijuana took effect June 29, and the legal market for recreational marijuana is expected to launch in early 2022.

The department has scheduled an Aug. 6 hearing on the program’s revised draft rules.

The department has until Sept. 1 to finalize the rules for producers. Draft rules for manufacturing, testing and selling cannabis products have yet to be released.

Navajo Nation Reports 6 New COVID-19 Cases, But No DeathsAssociated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported six new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health brought the total number of cases on the vast reservation to 31,107 since the pandemic began. The death toll remains at 1,361.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

The reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.

“As of today, we have 11 confirmed cases of the Delta variant on the Navajo Nation along with several other variants,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Tuesday. “Our contact tracers are doing their best to mitigate and isolate those cases to prevent any further spread.”

New Mexico reported 116 new cases today and one additional death, a woman in her 60s in Otero County. That brings the total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 to 4,359 since the pandemic began.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported hospitalizations continue to inch upward with 83 people in New Mexico hospitals. Sixty-three percent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated and nearly 72% have at least one shot.

US Says Order Coming This Week On Border Asylum RestrictionsBy Jake Bleiberg and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about how migrant children are treated under a public health order that has prevented people from seeking asylum at the nation’s borders, a Justice Department attorney said Tuesday.

The comment by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Stoltz at a court hearing in Fort Worth, Texas, comes as the Biden administration faces pressure from pro-immigration allies to lift the last major Trump-era restrictions on asylum at the border.

Stoltz told a federal judge that the CDC will release “a new order on the subject of the children” by the end of the week. It will revise a Biden administration policy announced in February that exempts children crossing alone from the ban on asylum.

Stoltz did not offer additional details on the changes during a hearing on a lawsuit that Texas brought to compel enforcement of the public health order that former President Donald Trump’s administration used to quickly expel people from the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government attorney said the CDC order this week will largely render Texas’ arguments moot. He did not elaborate, and CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency had “nothing more to add right now.”

The CDC, in a three-paragraph order signed by its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on Feb. 11, exempted unaccompanied children from being expelled to Mexico until “a forthcoming public health reassessment,” which has yet to be published. Texas argues in its lawsuit that the administration’s justification was insufficient.

Higher COVID-19 vaccination rates have brought increasing pressure on the Biden administration to lift the public health order that was always intended as a temporary measure during the pandemic. While the administration has exempted unaccompanied children, some families and nearly all adults traveling alone are expelled from the United States — often to Mexico within two hours — without a chance to seek asylum.

The Associated Press reported last year that then-Vice President Mike Pence directed the CDC to use emergency powers to effectively seal America’s borders, overruling agency scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow COVID-19.

Lifting the ban could encourage more people to come to the border to seek asylum at a time when the U.S. is under mounting strain. The U.N. refugee agency reported last month that the U.S. was once again the top destination for asylum-seekers in 2020, with about 250,000 new claims filed, more than twice as high as second-place Germany.

Texas, which has the busiest corridor for illegal border crossings, is seeking a court order forcing the federal government to cease what state Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz called “de facto non-enforcement” of the asylum ban. Reitz argued that the Biden administration’s posture “threatens the health and safety of all Texans.”

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, a Trump appointee, questioned Stoltz about the timing of the new order and asked that the government inform him as soon as it is issued. Pittman did not rule on the request for an injunction but said he will put out a decision “as quickly as I can.”

Richard Branson’s Flight Sparks New Optimism In New Mexico – By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

With Virgin Galactic making its highest profile test flight to date with boss Richard Branson aboard, it’s only a matter of time before paying customers get their chance and New Mexico realizes a dream that has been decades in the making. 

Former Gov. Bill Richardson is among those who have been watching the progress of the space tourism company, ever since he and his team recruited the British billionaire to New Mexico. The two shook hands on a promise — Branson would build the world’s first commercial spaceline for tourists, and New Mexico would build the spaceport. 

To naysayers who thought it was a boondoggle and a waste of taxpayer money, Richardson said: “You were dead wrong. You have to have a vision for the future, and it’s going to happen, and it’s going to be great.”

The two-term governor was among those who were elated to see Branson and his crewmates rocket to the edge of space on Sunday. About 500 guests — including celebrities, Virgin Galactic customers, politicians and a group of students — watched from just outside the terminal at Spaceport America, while others across New Mexico held watch parties and people around the world tuned in to a livestream.

Rick Homans, the state economic development secretary who led early negotiations with Virgin Galactic, was among those in attendance. He acknowledged it has been a long and difficult road that started with many unknowns for both the state and the space tourism company.

Was it worth it? Undoubtedly, he said.

“Look around here,” he said Sunday. “The attention of the entire globe is on Spaceport America now and on the industry that could grow here. And I think where we are right now is at the very beginning of something so much bigger, and so that investment is going to pay off in the decades to come.”

Residents of Truth or Consequences, an eclectic desert community about 30 miles away, are excited to be on the map again. The city first gained notary in 1950 when it agreed to change its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences as part of a publicity stunt put on by a radio show of the same name.

Still, many residents are tempering their optimism as the space tourism venture has taken nearly two decades to get off the ground and it’s unclear how often Virgin Galactic will be flying paying customers to the edge of space and whether any spending related to those brief up-and-down trips will trickle down to shopkeepers and other businesses in town. 

They also questioned how many space fans and other spectators would be drawn to the area since security is high at the spaceport and guided tours are considered pricy by some.

Others have mixed feelings about having paid extra taxes to help bankroll the spaceport, saying their community is still in dire need of infrastructure improvements, namely a better drinking water system. There’s also a lack of housing for residents, much less adequate accommodations for tourists. 

“Our tax dollars are paying for the roads to go out there and everything so it would be nice if we could actually benefit from that,” said Patty Lane, who helps run a gift shop in the town of roughly 5,900 people. “We’re a small community. We need that.”

Lane said it’s clear that developing a viable commercial spaceline has become a competition, and she’s hopeful that will drive more innovation and more aerospace companies to consider moving to the state. Only then, with more private investment, can the industry really take off in New Mexico, she said.

Top state officials are looking for the same thing. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said the next step will be a push to get Virgin Galactic to relocate its manufacturing operations to New Mexico as more rocket planes will be needed for the future.

While Sunday’s flight helped to promote Virgin Galactic, state officials said it also gave millions of people around the world a look at New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham claimed there are potentially billions of dollars at stake as the space industry grows — from science and technology investments to tourism spending.

“We absolutely want more companies identifying New Mexico as their corporate headquarters,” she said, adding that the space industry could help to stabilize the state’s economy. 

That’s a battle many governors have faced in states where the oil and gas industry is a key economic driver and makes up a significant source of revenue for education and other government programs. Richardson said one of his objectives during his term was to create another industry, and that’s why he went after Branson and Virgin Galactic.

LaRene Miller was busy Monday getting visitors to sign the guest book at the T or C visitor center, where a wing of the building is dedicated to Spaceport America. About half of the 15 visitors over the last day included those who were passing through town to see the spaceport or catch a glimpse of Branson’s flight.

One group bought souvenirs. Another woman asked about the drive to the site.

They all had either watched the launch via the livestream or stepped outside to see the contrails.

Jeffre Dukatt, who runs a T-shirt shop in Truth or Consequences, is among the many residents who have been waiting years for the promise of the spaceport. 

“I got to see it in real life,” he said, describing his view from town of the ascending rocket plane. “It was like the moon walk to me.”

With two test flights remaining, Dukatt and others are hopeful they won’t have to wait as long for the next step.

New Mexico Sees 301 New COVID Cases Over The Weekend KUNM News

New Mexico health officials Monday reported 301 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, and four additional deaths. 

The three-day total included just under 100 cases in Bernalillo County, far and away the highest in the state, with the next highest case count in neighboring Sandoval County, which saw 33.  

State officials say 77 people are now hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state. That’s up from 62 hospitalizations reported last Monday.

Navajo Nation Reports 4 New COVID-19 Cases, But No Deaths – Associated Press

The Navajo Nation reported four new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, but no additional deaths.

The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation to 31,100 since the pandemic began. The death toll remains at 1,361.

Tribal health officials on Sunday reported two new COVID-19 cases and three deaths.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. 

The reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.

“The Delta variant continues to spread across the country, mainly among people who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19,” said tribal President Jonathan Nez. “Please continue to wear a mask in public and continue to pray for our people.”

US Drilling Approvals Increase Despite Biden Climate PledgeBy Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president, underscoring President Joe Biden’s reluctance to more forcefully curb petroleum production in the face of industry and Republican resistance.

The Interior Department approved about 2,500 permits to drill on public and tribal lands in the first six months of the year, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. That includes more than 2,100 drilling approvals since Biden took office January 20.

New Mexico and Wyoming had the largest number of approvals. Montana, Colorado and Utah had hundreds each.

Biden campaigned last year on pledges to end new drilling on federal lands  to rein in climate-changing emissions. His pick to oversee those lands, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, adamantly opposed drilling on federal lands while in Congress and co-sponsored the liberal Green New Deal.

But the steps taken by the administration to date on fossil fuels are more modest, including a temporary suspension on new oil and gas leases on federal lands that a judge blocked last month, blocked petroleum sales in  the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline  from Canada.

Because vast fossil fuel reserves already are under lease, those actions did nothing to slow drilling on public lands and waters that account for about a quarter of U.S. oil production.

Further complicating Biden’s climate agenda is a recent rise in gasoline prices to $ 3 a gallon or more in many parts of the country. Any attempt to limit petroleum production could push gasoline prices even higher and risk souring economic recovery from the pandemic.

“He’s walking the tightrope,” said energy industry analyst Parker Fawcett with S&P Global Platts, noting that Keystone and ANWR came without huge political costs because they were aimed at future projects.

“Those easy wins don’t necessarily have huge impacts on the market today,” Fawcett said. “He is definitely backing off taking drastic action that would rock the market. … What you’re going to see is U.S. oil production is going to continue to rebound.”

Haaland has sought to tamp down Republican concern over potential constraints on the industry. She said during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing last month that there was no “plan right now for a permanent ban.”

“Gas and oil production will continue well into the future and we believe that is the reality of our economy and the world we’re living in,” Haaland told Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn.

Interior officials declined further comment on permits issued under Biden.

Under former President Donald Trump, a staunch industry supporter, the Interior Department reduced the time it takes to review drilling applications from a year or more in some cases, to just a few months.

Companies rushed to  lock in drilling rights before the new administration. And in December, Trump’s last full month in office, agency officials approved more than 800 permits — far more than any prior month during his presidency.

The pace dropped when Biden first took office, under a temporary order that elevated permit reviews to senior administration officials. Approvals have since rebounded to a level that exceeds monthly numbers seen through most of Trump’s presidency.

The data obtained by AP from a government database is subject to change because of delays in transmitting data from Interior field offices to headquarters.

If the recent trends continue, the Interior Department could issue close to 6,000 permits by the end of the year. The last time so many were issued was fiscal year 2008, amid an oil boom driven by crude prices that reached an all-time high of $ 140 per barrel that June.

Decisions on about 4,700 drilling applications remained pending as of June 1, which means approvals are likely to continue at a heavy pace as officials work through a backlog left over from the Trump administration, said Fawcett, the industry analyst.

Environmentalists who share the administration’s goals on climate have expressed growing frustration as prospects for a ban on drilling fade. They contend the administration could take executive action that would stop further permits but has caved to Republican pressure.

“Every indication is they have no plans of actually fulfilling their campaign promise,” said Mitch Jones, policy director for the environmental group Food & Water Watch. “The result of that will be continued and increasing development of fossil fuels on public lands, which means more climate change.”

Economists and other experts have been skeptical about how much impact a permit ban would have. Companies simply could shift onto private and state lands and keep drilling, said University of Chicago deputy dean Ryan Kellogg.

The administration’s defenders say it’s being pragmatic in the face of a Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans and questions over whether the government could legally stop drilling on leases already sold to companies.

That’s meant forgoing a drilling ban in hopes of getting bipartisan support for a huge infrastructure package that includes clean energy incentives and other measures to address global warming.

“It’s the long game. … You’ve got to appease some of those oil and gas state senators,” said Jim Lyons, who was deputy assistant Interior secretary under Barack Obama and is now an environmental consultant. “It means jobs back home for thousands of workers. You can’t just pull the plug overnight.”

Las Cruces Area In Clean-Up Mode Day After Powerful StormsAssociated Press

Residents in Las Cruces were picking up the pieces Monday, a day after a powerful storm left a trail of toppled trees, washed out roads and downed power lines.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports crews around the city are hauling away massive trees and other debris.

The Sunday storm originated in the Roswell and Clovis areas but then picked up steam over the Sacramento Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. The result was a massive storm system that brought powerful winds and rain. It walloped Las Cruces sometime after 7 p.m. before moving on to Texas.

Winds around southern New Mexico, from Las Cruces to Santa Teresa, were as high as 80-90 miles per hour.

The weather has also led the New Mexico Department of Transportation to shut down US 70 at San Augustin Pass. The stretch from NASA Road to the entrance of White Sands Missile Range is expected to stay closed most of the day.

It wasn’t just rain and wind wreaking havoc in places. A dust storm also hit east of Lordsburg Sunday night, causing a pile-up on I-10. Hail was reported south of Cloudcroft, Alamogordo and in west El Paso.

 

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(GALLERY) The Best Water Parks & Slides in North Dakota

The temperature in North Dakota has been quite hot, and even record-breaking at times this year! One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is simply by hanging out in the water. It is fun to kick back and relax at the river or at a lake, but if you are looking for a thrill, you can visit a waterpark. No, you do not have to plan a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for waterslide family fun!

North Dakota may be known for its harsh, cold winters, but also have pretty incredible warm summers. And some North Dakota towns have beautiful waterparks for families to enjoy during the hottest season. Keep reading to see the list of some of the best water park and slide locations in North Dakota.

Where is your favorite North Dakota waterpark or waterslide to beat the summer heat?

Waterparks in North Dakota

North Dakota summers can be scorching. Check out the state’s best waterparks to cool off during the hottest season of the year!

Waterparks in North Dakota

North Dakota summers can be scorching. Check out the state’s best waterparks to cool off during the hottest season of the year!

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Hillside Aquatic Complex

1719 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck
There are all kinds of fun to be had at Hillside Aquatic Complex in Bismarck. Kids can play with water guns, slides, a climbing wall, and more!

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West River Community Center

2004 Fairway St, Dickinson
Families can enjoy both an indoor and an outdoor pool at West River Community Center in Dickinson. There is also a lazy river in the indoor pool!

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Splashdown Dakota Super Slides

2400 10th St SW, Minot
Splashdown Dakota is at a prime location because it’s connected to a hotel and to the Dakota Square Mall. The waterpark also has an arcade.

ਬੱਚਾ, ਖੜੇ ਹੋਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਪੂਲ ਦੀ ਫ਼ੋਟੋ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ

Splashers of the South Seas

1000 S 42nd St, Grand Forks
Next time you are in Grand Forks for a concert at the Alerus Center, stay at the Canad Inn and take the kids to Splashers of the South Seas. There are a bunch of fun things you can do, including sliding down one of those “toilet bowl” slides.

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Beulah Water Park

1906 Central Ave N, Beulah
The Beulah Waterpark not only has a windy waterslide, but it also has a splash pad, zero-depth baby pool, and more!

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Governor’s Waterpark

2050 Governor’s Dr Suite C, Casselton
Families can park stay in their RVs OR rent a room and play at the Governor’s Inn water park in Casselton.

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Wild Wild West Waterpark

123 3rd St. SE, Watford City
Did you know that Watford City has a pretty awesome outdoor pool with a couple of impressive waterslides? The pool is open through the end of August!

ਫੋਟੋ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਵਰਣਨ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।

Shipwreck Bay

3803 13th Ave S, Fargo
Shipwreck Bay allows for imaginative family fun. Climb aboard the ship and play pirates!

ਪੂਲ ਦੀ ਫ਼ੋਟੋ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ

Raging Rivers

2600 46th Ave SE, Mandan
If you are seeking thrill and adventure at a waterpark, you can head over to Mandan to Raging Rivers. The slides are tall, fast, and thrilling.

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Jordan, Israel agree to water deal; more West Bank trade

Israel and Jordan reached a deal on Thursday for the Jewish state to sell an unprecedented amount of water to the kingdom, while significantly boosting Jordanian exports to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The agreements, concluded during a meeting between their foreign ministers, signaled improved relations with Israel’s new government following years of strained ties under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Water resource cooperation has been a core issue between Israel and Jordan since a 1994 peace deal, but relations between the neighbours have frayed in recent years.

At a meeting held just inside the Jordanian border, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his counterpart Ayman Safadi approved Israel’s sale of 50 million cubic metres of water to its neighbour.

An Israeli official said that would effectively double the supply for the year – measured between May 2021 and May 2022 – as about 50 million cubic metres was already being sold or given to Jordan. A Jordanian official said Israel gives the kingdom 30 million cubic metres annually under their 1994 peace treaty.

Statements from both governments confirmed the sale and said the final details of the transaction would be concluded in the coming days.

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli director for EcoPeace Middle East, a leading organisation on regional water cooperation that operates in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – described the water sale as “the largest quantity ever sold between the two countries”.

“[It] is a true ‘watershed’ event,” said Bromberg.

“It represents an understanding of mutual interests and how countries in the region need to cooperate if we are to survive the tremendous challenges to water and national security that the climate crisis presents.”

Jordan is one of the world’s most water-deficient countries and experts say the country, home to 10 million people, has been grappling with one of the most severe droughts in its history.

Israel, which also faces water pressures, is a world leader in desalination.

Palestinian trade

On Palestinian trade, both sides confirmed that Jordan’s ceiling of potential exports to the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel since 1967, would increase from about $ 160m to $ 700m per year.

Jordan’s top envoy said in a statement that he and Lapid also discussed a path towards “a just and comprehensive peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Kingdom of Jordan is an important neighbour and partner,” Lapid said. “We will broaden economic cooperation for the good of the two countries.”

Jordan said technical teams will iron out the details in the coming days, and talks on implementing the export ceiling will be held among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials.

Amman visit

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Jordan secretly last week and met with King Abdullah II at his palace in Amman.

This was reportedly the first meeting between the king and an Israeli prime minister in more than five years.

Palestinian sources said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with King Abdullah after his meeting with Bennett, reported Haaretz.

Bilateral relations grew strained under Netanyahu, who was barred from using Jordanian air space earlier this year, thwarting what was supposed to be his first-ever trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Netanyahu was replaced last month by Bennett, whose coalition has indicated that warming ties with Jordan is a foreign policy priority.

Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994 and maintain close security ties, but relations have been strained in recent years over Palestinian tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in war-won lands, and the lack of any progress in the long-moribund peace process.

Both Jordan and the Palestinians were adamantly opposed to the Trump administration’s Middle East plan, which would have allowed Israel to annex up to one-third of the occupied West Bank. Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war, territories the Palestinians want as part of their future state.

The announcements came days before Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to visit the White House. The Biden administration has called on all sides to take steps that could help lay the groundwork for a resumption of possible peace talks.

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North Dakota among best in the nation for water supply systems, annual report says

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s annual water report gives it a top ranking in the nation, something the state says is nothing new.

The report outlines violations in any of North Dakota’s 315 water systems in 2020.

Drinking Water Program Administrator Greg Wavra said only one major arsenic violation was found for a trailer park in Williams County.

The violation was fixed early this month.

Most violations were for missing a reporting sample.

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Wavra said samples are often provided on a volunteer basis in small towns, and very few miss a month of reporting.

“It’s right on track with what we normally see. I’ve been in the program for 30 years here. We’ve been, you know, year in year out, we’re the highest program in region eight,” Wavra said.

Region eight includes the Dakotas, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

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How to help exhausted bees – the truth behind the sugar water claim

At times you may see bumblebees which appear to be struggling or resting, particularly if that bee is a queen in early spring.

Recent research from Queen Mary University of London showed queen bees spend most of their time resting on the ground between very short dispersal flights.

These bees spend very little time feeding and instead this rest is an important part of the bee life cycle.

If you do find a bee resting, there are a number of steps you can take to assist the bee and ensure its safety in future.

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Water is disappearing in the West. Not just during the summer

The West’s historic drought has many impacts, including water shortages, more severe wildfire seasons and unprecedented heat waves, to name a few. Intense droughts are a result of many factors, one of which scientists have recently began to analyze with more scrutiny: snow drought.
Though the impact is most intense in the summer months, when rain is sparse and temperatures are high, droughts actually start to take shape during the winter.
One of the West’s largest and best water reservoirs is snow on mountaintops. Water falls as snow in the winter and stays frozen (ideally) through late spring. When the snow melts, the water runs down into rivers and fills human-made reservoirs, just in time for the summer heat.
Snow runoff is a critical fresh water source around the world; around a sixth of Earth’s population uses runoff for drinking, farming, power and other uses, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A snow drought in the West appeared early last winter, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. The paltry snowpack, paired with well-below normal rainfall and extreme heat, is at the core of the region’s water-supply concerns.
On Thursday, the US Drought Monitor reported 93% of the West is in drought, the most expansive drought in that region in modern records.
The melt runoff is particularly critical in California, where snow on the Sierra Nevada provides about 30% of the state’s water. And one of the areas hardest hit by snow drought this year was the Sierra range.
California has three major reservoir types, said Claudia Faunt, a hydrologist for the California Water Science Center: Surface reservoirs — such as Oroville and Shasta — groundwater, and snowpack, which “melts and feeds the surface water system.”
Faunt told CNN the amount of water in the snowpack and the timing of when it melts is critical for surface reservoirs.
“Reservoirs are managed to have water available to meet the demands of farming and also recreation, and municipal supplies,” Faunt said. “If there’s not much snowpack or it melts a lot earlier, it impacts how reservoir operations are done and how much water is pumped from groundwater.”
Michael Dettinger, a hydrologist for the US Geological Survey, said this year’s snowmelt runoff was bad on several fronts.
The first was the snow drought itself. By April 1, winter precipitation was just 50% of normal, and the snow that did fall contained 40% less water than it normally does.
The second problem was that the air in California has been so dry, the runoff evaporated before it reached the reservoirs.
“After April 1, when the snow that was there started to melt in earnest, the runoff that you would normally expect to show up just didn’t,” Dettinger said. He added that even with the low snowfall, “if runoff had been normal … we’d be in a drought, but maybe one that was only half as bad.”
Snow that is typically sustained well into the summer was gone months before it should have been, Dettinger said. Now, all of California’s major reservoirs are well below their historical averages.
Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir by volume, is about to break it’s low-water record. The current record was set in the 1924 water year, according to the National Weather Service.
The water shortage is just one of the impacts of California’s snow drought. The wildfire season is starting earlier and ending later each year, largely due to climate change.
“Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire,” according to CalFire.
So far this year, more than 3,500 wildfires have sparked across California. That’s more than 1,000 higher than what was normal over the past five years. Fires are also starting more frequently, and much earlier.
Faunt says that one of the biggest problems Californians are facing is the ability to adapt to the changes in runoff due to the climate crisis.
“The increase in temperatures like we’re having right now tends to make drought more severe and changes the type of precipitation to where we have a lot more heavy downpours,” says Faunt. “The atmospheric rivers deliver most of California’s annual rainfall and they’re tending to become more intense as the atmosphere warms up.”
Heavy downpours may sound like a good thing, but Faunt said that it’s much more difficult to efficiently manage the downpours in California’s water infrastructure to be able to make the water useful.
What’s needed is an efficient way to conserve the available water sources, and better utilize steady sources like snowpack in years it is plentiful.
As the climate changes, the consistent, reliable nature of snowpack becomes more important. But warmer average temperatures and extreme heat waves are melting what is left of the California’s snowpack more rapidly, and drier air is evaporating the runoff.
Water supply issues will continue to escalate as long as careful monitoring of snowpack and extreme heat events aren’t considered in water management plans, according to NOAA’s Climate Program Office. As research expands into the types and impacts of snow drought, the understanding of one of the West’s most important water resources will broaden with time.

Author: Hannah Gard, CNN
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