SAC Health Acquires Former Wells Fargo Building in San Bernardino to Expand Services in the Region.

Classified in: Health, Business
Subject: TNM

SAC Health completed the purchase of former Wells Fargo regional headquarters building on 1003 E. Brier in the city of San Bernardino to provide expanded services and clinics in the region.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — SAC Health, a community-based health center, completed the purchase of the former Wells Fargo regional headquarters building located at 1003 East Brier in San Bernardino, California. The newly acquired building will become part of the network of SAC Health campuses and clinics and will be its 12th location.

Renovations are set to start in the coming months to ensure that the space is appropriately converted for medical use, while extensive planning continues to determine the services that will be offered at the future SAC Health – Brier Campus. Opening of the new location is tentatively planned for the year 2025 and will provide additional space and access-point to health care services in the region.

SAC Health provides care to underserved populations, including Medi-Cal and Medicare, in the following areas: family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, dentistry and other specialties. The final list of services provided at the Brier Campus will be announced in the coming months.

This is the third consecutive year that SAC Health has announced plans to open a new clinic in the region. The need for quality healthcare has steadily increased as the region’s population continues to grow. “Acquiring the new building and what will be the latest health campus for SAC Health will provide us the much-needed space to not only expand our ability to see more patients, but also offer a full range of health care services in one location to streamline the patient experience,” explains Jason Lohr, MD, CEO of SAC Health. “Converting

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RENO TAHOE, RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE RENO+SPARKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WANT TO HELP YOU PLAN A 2023 VACATION

Classified in: Tourism and vacations, Transportation

In support of U.S. Travel Association’s “National Plan for Vacation Day”

RENO, Nev., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), Reno Tahoe, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce are working to raise awareness of the benefits of travel and inspire Americans to start planning their next adventure for 2023.

“Travel is an integral element of the human experience,” said Reno Tahoe President and CEO Charles Harris. “Travel is known to increase mental and physical health; it creates art; it builds a sense of understanding between cultures; it supports infrastructure; and it creates industry that allows the economic well-being of countless individuals, families and destinations around the world.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association, “National Plan for Vacation Day is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year, at the start of the year, and inspire them to use those days to explore the USA.”

Recent findings from Travel Nevada and Tourism Economics estimate that 43.2 million travelers generated an economic impact of $62.5 billion in 2021, resulting in $4.4 billion in tax revenue, and sustaining 355,000 jobs throughout the state of Nevada. Illustrating the economic importance of travel, a bipartisan bill backed by Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen was approved by congress in December 2022. The Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act created a new position for an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism, who will be responsible for the first-ever national strategy for travel and tourism, as well as enhancing tourism in the U.S. on a national and international level.

“As Chair of the Senate’s Tourism Subcommittee, one of my top priorities has been to strengthen Nevada’s tourism, travel, and

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2023 Florida Animal Friend Grant Opportunities Announced

Classified in: Environment, Health
Subjects: NPT, PET, ANW

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Florida Animal Friend, an organization dedicated to help save the lives of countless cats and dogs throughout Florida, announced this month that the 2023 grant application is now open and available on their website. Grants up to $25,000 are awarded to organizations from around the state that provide free or low-cost spay and neuter services, striving to reduce pet overpopulation.

“Last year, Florida Animal Friend awarded 36 animal organizations a total of $702,500 to provide free or low-cost spay and neuter services,” said Lois Kostroski, Executive Director of Florida Animal Friend. “With this year’s grant cycle now open, we look forward to increasing this number and continuing to work across the state of Florida to make a significant impact for spay and neuter organizations and our state’s pets.”

Each grant application is reviewed by Florida Animal Friend’s Grant Review Committee and scored for strengths in the following areas: targeting important animal populations, the ability to increase spay and neuter surgery numbers above the existing baseline, the cost to benefit ratio, the track record of the applicant and sustainability. Once applications are advanced past the Grant Review Committee, the Florida Animal Friend Board of Directors reviews applications and makes final award decisions.

Funding for these grants is made available from sales of the Florida Animal Friend specialty license plate. For each purchase of a speciality plate, Florida Animal Friend receives $25 for its grant program.

Previous recipients of Florida Animal Friend grants are invited to apply; however, an organization cannot apply during the same year they are completing a grant. All 2023 grant winners will be announced in August 2023, with funds being released to the winners later that

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Halter Ranch Temecula to Celebrate Grand Opening

Classified in: Tourism and vacations
Subject: FVT

TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Halter Ranch location in Temecula, CA. The public is welcome to join the festivities taking place Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11, from 11 am ? 6 and Sunday, February 12 from 11 am ? 3 pm at 41300 Ave Biona, Temecula, CA 92591.

“We look forward to not only this weekend but to the future of Halter Ranch in the Temecula Valley,” says Tasting Room Manager Tessa Piercy. “We are excited to welcome the Southern California community to our grand opening.”

The weekend-long celebration will feature live music, delicious cuisine by Chef Paul Arangorin, and tastings of the current award-winning wines of the Halter Ranch portfolio.

To RSVP for the Grand Opening, Click HERE

Take a seat at one of the comfortable picnic tables with a glass of wine and a bite from the mouthwatering BBQ menu. Live music performances by Kole Weber on Friday from 12pm to 5pm, The Guest Room on Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Maxwell Garza on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. As a special treat, local radio station KFROG will be onsite Saturday to give away 3 pairs of Stagecoach Festival Tickets to attendees.

Set amongst the gently rolling hills and sweeping vines of the Temecula Valley, the Halter Ranch Temecula Tasting Room offers a charming indoor tasting bar and outdoor picnic area. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 11 am ? 6 pm.

About Halter Ranch

Set along the western-most boundaries of Paso Robles, California, surrounded by the wild and wide-open Santa Lucia Mountain Range of the Central California Coast, Halter Ranch is a 2,700-acre wine estate dedicated to land, art,

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A Shorter Wait at RDU Airport for Those Willing to Provide Fingerprints and Eye Scans

CLEAR, a company that uses eye scans and fingerprints to verify people’s identification and let them bypass a step at airport security checkpoints, has come to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

CLEAR kiosks are now found outside Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in both terminals at RDU. Travelers who create a company profile using an ID and their biometric information can check in at the kiosks and avoid having to wait in line to show identification to a TSA agent.

Those who pass through the CLEAR lane can go straight to the TSA screening area, but membership in CLEAR is not a substitute for going through the checkpoint. It’s also not the same as the TSA PreCheck program, which screens people in advance and puts them in a database that allows them to go through a different checkpoint lane with a shorter line and faster screening process.

CLEAR members pay $16 per month, billed annually, though there are discounts for veterans, active military, some government officials and people with certain credit cards or airline miles programs. Kids under 18 are free, if they’re with an adult member.

RDU becomes the 50th airport in the country to offer CLEAR; others include nine of the top 10 destinations for RDU passengers. Kasra Moshkani, executive vice president for operations, said the company could see that a significant number of its members were flying through RDU every day.

“We also get a ton of requests from existing members, tens of thousands who already actually live in the Research Triangle area, to come to Raleigh-Durham,” Moshkani said in an interview.

People can enroll in CLEAR at one set of kiosks at the airport. A company employee, called an ambassador, will walk them through the process, which includes iris and fingerprint scans and a scan of

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Who’s the next victim on gun violence roulette wheel?

Some advice to clear up any confusion you might have over recent events in the land of the red, white and blue: Assume that everyone is armed and dangerous.

That includes my furtive neighbors, the grumpy mail carrier, the impatient patrons in the queue at Walmart and the overworked clerks, the road rage guy tailgating me on the freeway and, last but not least, the 6-year-old hanging on the monkey bars at my nearby elementary school.

Fortunately, I have only been shot at once. One would think that it would have occurred on the South Side of Chicago, where I grew up, but my American rite of passage happened in the mountains of southwestern Colorado.

A drunk cowboy was crouched behind a pickup truck with his equally inebriated girlfriend. He took a couple of shots with his rifle in my direction, although he might have been shooting at my dog. Thankfully, his aim was off. For a moment my anger at someone trying to kill my dog overcame my survival instinct. I began running toward him screaming my favorite obscenities, but then I thought better of it. He eventually drove off. I never saw him again.

When my adrenaline subsisted, I could hardly stop shaking. What just happened?

That was decades ago, before assault-style weapons became the weapon du jour of my fellow countrymen thanks to the efforts of the National Rifle Association, the lobbyist for the weapons industry and supplier of blood money for our spineless lawmakers.

The aftermath of the recent mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, in which 11 innocents died, follows the usual pattern of “thoughts and prayers,” pleas for common-sense gun laws and the usual pretzel logic of why those laws would unfairly infringe on our Second Amendment right to own military-style, human-killing machines.

Hold

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OFF ON AN ADVENTURE: is the travel industry evolving? Lottie John-DAOS

 

But is this new fad here to stay? With cheap flights to the continent available once more, people have already begun to enjoy city breaks, weekends away and family getaways. This demand is constantly growing, which has left British hoteliers almost exactly where they were before the pandemic. So what are the downsides to an at-home holiday? And could these really be a dealbreaker for holidaymakers?

 

British holidays are expensive; let’s face it. Once you’ve paid for the fuel/ public transport and taxis to get you to the opposite end of the nation, you’ve exhausted yourself and your pockets as much as a trip to the airport would. As we also tend to spend more time indoors in cooler climes, property costs a fair bit more than anticipated at home too. And what to do with your time? Without waterparks and white-sand beaches, you can tour the local villages and natural attractions before ending back at your accommodation for 4pm; unless, of course , you want to pay for an unexpectedly expensive meal out as well. Oh, and did I mention? It will probably rain a bit…

 

Yet what  could the government do to incentivise staying in the UK? An increase in the taxes placed on international travel, or maybe reduced VAT for domestic holidays would, of course, be beneficial, but the real issue lies with what we, as consumers and holidaymakers, want from a break. After being cooped up in often stifling office and academic environments all year, we immediately think of a summer spent basking on a sun lounger. But what if we altered this expectation?

 

Although COVID was initially the ultimate reason for staying close to home, many have also considered the environmental struggle of whether or not to take an aeroplane. A flight from London to

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8 Travel Memberships Worth Having

Travel is tons of fun, especially if you have some good travel membership cards in your pocket. You see, seeing the world can get expensive pretty quickly. Not only that, it’s nice to know someone has your back while you’re out exploring! This is where your travel memberships come into play.

Travel Memberships Worth Having

Travel memberships are a great way to save money, give yourself a little peace of mind, and even find a community while traveling. There are memberships for pretty much every kind of traveler, and investing in a few of them can make your travels a more relaxing and fun experience.

Not sure which travel clubs and cards are best for you? In this article, we will discuss our very favorite travel memberships in order to help you decide which ones might work best for you. 

This post is brought to you by Good Sam.

Good Sam TravelAssist

Good Sam Travel Assist

Good Sam TravelAssist is the perfect membership for those who are concerned about the cost of getting needed medical care while traveling. While this travel service is not medical insurance and does not cover your medical expenses, it does help reduce out-of-pocket costs associated with medical emergencies that arise while traveling. 

Wondering what sorts of things the plan covers? You can expect help with transportation home after an emergency, the cost of transferring to a second hospital, and assistance with ensuring that pets and travel companions are taken care of in case of emergency.

The coverage offered by this plan is valid worldwide, meaning it can be used even when traveling internationally, and there are plans for individuals, couples, families, and those traveling with pets. 

Benefits of This Membership 

Some benefits of the Good Sam TravelAssist membership include:

  • Medical evacuation
  • Transportation home after stabilization
  • Flights home for travel companions
  • Airfare for a
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2 IHG Rewards Credit Cards Debut Bigger Sign-Up Bonuses

Two of the three IHG Rewards credit cards have new sign-up bonuses — and one is the card’s highest-ever points…

Two of the three IHG Rewards credit cards have new sign-up bonuses — and one is the card’s highest-ever points offer. The bonuses became available Jan. 26 on the co-branded cards issued by Chase.

Consumers who regularly spend at IHG hotels and resorts, such as Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo, might want to consider getting a card. You can redeem your points for free stays, with nights starting at 10,000 points.

IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card

Annual fee: $99.

Sign-up bonus: 175,000 for spending at least $3,000 in the first three months with an account, the best-ever sign-up bonus on this card. Previously, new cardholders could earn 140,000 bonus points for the same spending.

Rewards: It’s possible to earn up to 26 points per dollar at IHG properties. You’ll get five points per dollar on travel, gas station and restaurant purchases, and three points per dollar on all other spending.

Select benefits: Cardholders get Platinum Elite status in IHG One Rewards, unlocking perks including free room upgrades and amenities. The card also comes with a statement credit of up to $100 every four years to cover the application fee for Global Entry, TSA PreCheck or Nexus. You’ll get a reward night each year after your account anniversary, and when you redeem your rewards for four or more eligible nights in a row, you’ll get every fourth night free.

IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card

Annual fee: $0.

Sign-up bonus: 120,000 bonus points to cardholders who spend at least $2,000 in their first three months with the card, a 40,000-point increase over the previous offer.

Rewards: It’s possible to earn up to

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Facial recognition will transform airport security checkpoints

Imagine using technology that never forgets a face, while improving airport security and shortening lines. Such technology exists and may be coming to an airport near you.

Every flyer over the past two decades knows that airport security procedures involve a lot of unpacking, screening and repacking. This is the price that must be paid for using commercial air travel.

Yet, it does not need to be this way, and the Transportation Security Administration has the right idea in testing and deploying biometrics such as facial identification technology at airport security checkpoints.

Although travelers believe that the most important task undertaken by the TSA is detecting threat items, the true role of airport security screening is ensuring that you are the person you claim to be.

The TSA has been working on moving more passengers from “unknown” to “known” status for more than a decade. The first effort in this regard was the introduction of TSA PreCheck in 2011, which gives travelers the privilege (for a fee) of accessing expedited screening lanes. This means that your shoes can stay on, your computers and electronics can stay in your carry-on bag, and light outerwear can remain in place.

The launch of facial identification technology enhances such efforts and has the potential to revolutionize the way that airport security checkpoints are designed and operated.

Facial identification technology ensures that you are who you claim to be. When presenting yourself at a checkpoint, your face becomes your entry pass, based on a repository of pictures that you have voluntarily provided in the past. These pictures are assembled from passports or visas.

Another technology the TSA has deployed to enhance identity verification is Credential Authentication Technology. This, in concert with REAL IDs, which regrettably have been delayed until 2025, as a requirement for

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