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The weather for today includes a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33 degrees. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight, snow showers, mainly after 1:00 am. Low around 20. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Here’s a really nice sunrise photo from a few days ago to start your day.  Thanks go out to reader Chris Mathieson for the submission.

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Sunrise!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has issued a request for citizen comment on nuisance species and other issues by February 16th.  Here’s the link for infornmation you need. Regulatory proposals for the topics listed below have been printed in the Maryland Register. The department is seeking comments to provide additional information and perspectives.

Here’s a link to DNR’s online page listing changes to fishing regulations.  It covers freshwater and saltwater fish.

Sadly, Covid-19 has killed at least 397,600 people and infected about 23.9 million in the United States since last January, according to data by Johns Hopkins University as of yesterday morning.  Here’s a link to an interesting graphic that shows moving averages for infections across the country.  

Just a reminder: Garrett County will open up vaccination appointments for all residents who are age 75 and older as soon as the next shipment of vaccine is received this week. A registration link will be posted on the Health Department’s website, garretthealth.org, as soon as the vaccine has been received and appointments slots are made available.

Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Maryland households, from Baltimore City to rural communities, lack regular subscriptions to broadband internet service, making it difficult for those households to take part in the digital economy, attend virtual school or take advantage of online resources, a new report finds. The report states that 178,000 households in rural Maryland do not have wireline broadband subscriptions at home.

Due to the pandemic, there are many changes in the Maryland General Assembly this year to protect elected officials, staff and the public. Please take advantage of new video tutorials on the MGA website should you be attending in the near future. Note also that all committee hearings and voting sessions will be live streamed for pubic view.

Here’s a little factoid for you: After 3.5 dormant years, the tallest geyser in the world, Steamboat, in Yellowstone National Park has reactivated.  At full force, the geyser can exceed 377 feet in height (about 35 stories) and launch about 538 cubic meters of water into the air, sounding like a jet engine when it does so. While there are only about 1,000 known geysers in the world, I think it would be great if the Deep Creek Lake area had one. Just one more natural attraction for locals and visitors to enjoy.