Poe recognized for research projects

Abigail Poe of Natchitoches, a spring 2020 graduate in biology, was recognized for a research project completed while working with the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the National Park Service. The award is presented annually to individuals from around the world, typically those who are students or early career, based on a unique project conducted in the field of preservation and/or conservation.

Poe has been working with the NCPTT/NPS for the past year, continuing a project that began when specialists discovered that RoundUp Weed and Grass Killer and other herbicides cause historic stone and masonry to deteriorate. Poe studied alternative solutions and tested how alternate herbicides affect historic brick, concrete and granite, materials commonly found in historic monuments, buildings and other features.

“Through results of this study, we hope to identify one or more herbicides that can be used for weed management at historic sites and landscapes without causing damage to the surrounding structure,” she said.

“This year happened to be a double recognition from two organizations hosting a joint conference, the Association of Preservation Technology International and the National Trust for Canada,” Poe said. “Every year, they choose a few individuals to recognize for their research in the field of preservation, and recipients come from across the world. They have a process they invite individuals to go through that includes abstracts, personal statements and interview questions to screen potential recipients.”

As part of the award, Poe will receive a stipend for travel and expenses to a conference and awards program, deferred until safe to do so, and membership in APTI. She will present at a conference geared specifically for researchers and professionals in the field with a mentor to guide her through the process and network with individuals working in research in that industry. She will also be able to attend next year’s conference as an APTI award recipient alumna.

Through the project, Poe learned much about research and communication.

“Early on, I focused on coming up with a design for this study,” she explained. “I performed literature searches and spoke to other institutions and organizations about their research on the effectiveness of herbicides in treating weeds and other vegetation to identify which herbicides to use. After that, my focus shifted to lab work. I have learned how to prepare materials including using a table saw and how to use lab equipment to simulate weathering of the treated samples and evaluate the samples’ chemical and physical properties like color, salinity and surface mapping.”

She then focused on collecting data and interpreting data to determine effects of herbicides on samples and shared the results.

“These results will be used to initiate a larger scale testing in a natural setting and develop a recommendation for weed management around historic features,” she said. “To have been involved from the initial stage until now has taught me a lot about the research process in terms of accomplishing the various stages of a project and seeing how they integrate and ultimately connect to real-world solutions.”

“I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this study,” Poe said. “My mentors Jason Church, Mary Striegel and Debbie Smith, along with everyone else at NCPTT, have been so kind and welcoming. They have taught me a lot about their projects and preservation topics in general and helped me whenever I have had questions or problems.

Pictured above: Abigail Poe, a student research working with the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, performed salinity tests on materials as part of an ongoing project to find alternatives to herbicides that can be harmful to historic stone and masonry. For her work, Poe will be recognized with an award from the Association of Preservation Technology International and the National Trust for Canada

NSU Tennis: Northwestern State honored as ITA All-Academic Team

The Northwestern State tennis team continued its academic excellence this past year as the Lady Demons were named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team.

NSU posted a team GPA of 3.8 this past year, clearing the bar of 3.2 to qualify for the honor.

The Lady Demons were near perfect academically this spring with a 3.97 GPA.

“I could not be prouder of these young ladies for the way they address the classroom,” said NSU head coach Patric DuBois. “In a difficult year of unprecedented times, they continued to work hard in their classes to get these results.

“We have an outstanding academic services team in athletics that does a great job for our student-athletes, which plays a big part in the academic success of these ladies.”

All eight Lady Demons were recognized as ITA Academic Award recipients, which requires a GPA of at least 3.5.

NSU was the only Southland Conference member and one of 54 teams nationally to qualify eight tennis student-athletes for the honor.

Senior Judit Castillo Gargallo and junior Patrycja Polanska maintained cumulative GPAs of 4.0, while seniors Emilija Dancetovic and Ela Iwaniuk along with freshmen Olivia Alfredsson, Gig Kanaphuet and Mariella Minetti posted perfect GPAs this spring.

Freshman Dorota Szczygielska also met the 3.5 GPA threshold to be named to the All-Academic team.

Notice of Death – July 29, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Linda Sue Taylor
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Leonard Besant
November 21, 1954 – July 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Louise Wolfe
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Mary Viola Sarpy
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Emmanuel Steward
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Paul Jones
July 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Bennie T. Goodman
June 15, 1944 – July 27, 2020
Service: Thursday, July 30 at 11 am at Fort Jesup Cemetery

Kenneth Patrick Martinez
June 3, 1949 – July 28, 2020
Service: Thursday, July 30 at 11 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

WINN:
Emma Ruth Breland
July 20, 1948 – July 27, 2020
Service: Thursday, July 30 at 10 am at Bellevue Baptist Church in Jena

Early Voting – as of 07-28-20

Early Voting for the August 15, 2020 Election as of the Close-Of-Business on Tuesday, July 28, 2020    July 28, 2020 Shown Only

TOTALS In Person Mail In
280 262 18

WHITE BLACK OTHER
161 114 5

DEM REP OTHER
136 110 34

MALE FEMALE
120 160

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Miller’s Might

By Brad Dison

Miller was a tall, broad, outdoorsman. His father wanted him to become a doctor. His mother wanted him to become a cellist. Miller, however, wanted a life filled with adventure. He served in both World Wars and was an avid sportsman. Some of his favorite sports included watching bull fights, deep sea fishing, and hunting in remote locations around the world.

In the Winter of 1953-54, Miller and his fourth wife, Mary Welsh, enjoyed a vacation in Africa. They spent the second week of January, 1954, at Amboselli National Park, whose main feature is Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent. As a late Christmas present to his wife, Miller chartered a 600-mile flightseeing trip from Nairobi, capital city of Kenya, over Lake Victoria and Lake Albert, with the main attraction being the breath-taking 400-foot Murchison Falls on the Victoria Nile River in Uganda. Due to the length of the trip, a distance of over 1,000 miles, they planned to land at the halfway point, Masindi, to refuel the Cessna.

On Saturday, January 23, 1954, Miller and Mary met pilot Roy Marsh, a former Royal Air Force pilot, at the airport in Nairobi. After stowing their luggage in the small, single-engine silver and blue Cessna, Roy, Miller, and Mary set out on the beginning of what turned out to be an unforgettable, yet exciting, adventure. The trio took in the beautiful scenery as they flew over 500 miles toward Murchison Falls. They flew over some of the most inaccessible spots in Uganda. From the safety of their airplane, they gazed at crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, lions, and a plethora of other wild game in their natural habitat.

Within three miles of Murchison Falls, they ran into trouble. Without warning, a flock of Ibises, large black and white jungle birds with long, down-curved bills, descended toward the Cessna. Flying through the flock was not an option. Just one of the birds was large enough to crash the plane. Roy flew lower to try to avoid the birds, but they descended as well. Roy quickly looked in every direction but the plane was surrounded by the large birds. As they neared treetop level, Roy realized they would have to land the plane. Roy had to choose between landing on a small sandbar which was teeming with crocodiles or on an area covered by thick shrubs surrounded by a herd of elephants. Roy chose the better of the two bad choices, the elephant herd.

Roy flew just over the shrubs and slowed the engine to just above stall speed. Just before the tires on the Cessna touched the shrubs, Roy pulled back on the controls, which forced the front of the airplane into the air, and they struck the ground on the underside of the plane. The Cessna sustained only minor damage, and Roy, Miller, and Mary were unharmed. Their adventure had just begun as dusk approached.

The crash survivors assessed their situation. They were unable to call for help because the Cessna was not equipped with a radio. They knew it would be hours before anyone realized their plane was missing. They had emergency supplies but no water. They set up a campsite, and Roy and Miller took turns going to the river for water. Elephants trumpeted warnings to Roy and Miller as they walked to the river bank, which was crowded with hippos and crocodiles. That night, they built a fire for warmth and to keep predators away. Several times during the night, wild animals ventured near their campsite. Miller, being an avid outdoorsman, used a trick he had learned years earlier on one of his many jungle safaris. He howled like a wild dog, which all other animals detested. Each time he howled, the other animals answered and gave away their positions.

Searchers began looking for the missing plane when they failed to land at Masindi for refueling. A police boat left Butiaba, a small town on Lake Albert about sixty miles from Murchison Falls, but it would take several hours for it to reach the search area. When the Cessna failed to return to Nairobi, the East African Airways ordered search planes from Entebbe to join the search on the following morning. There was little anyone could do.

The next morning, search planes scoured the hills and forests around Murchison Falls for the downed aircraft. British Overseas Airways Captain R.C. Jude diverted his airplane off course and joined the search. He began his search at Murchison Falls and made larger and larger spirals until he located the downed Cessna. He radioed in the location of the crash and notified them that he saw no signs of life. He pointed out that the plane had sustained only minimal damage and reported that he suspected that the trio had survived.

Miller, Mary, and Roy did not wait around to be rescued. After a weary night in the jungle, they walked to the river and saw a tourist boat heading back from Murchison Falls. They yelled and waived to the boat and the captain sped to their location. They explained their predicament and they joined the tourists for the remainder of their return trip to Butiaba.

Miller jokingly told reporters at Butiaba that his wife’s snoring attracted elephants to their campsite. “We held our breaths about two hours while an elephant 12 paces away was silhouetted in the moonlight, listening to my wife’s snores.” Mary retorted, “I never snore. You’ve got a fixation about it.” To which Miller replied with a sly grin, “So has that elephant.”

As Miller’s adventure seemed at an end, another adventure was beginning. At about dusk, Miller and Mary boarded a DeHavilland Rapide, a twin-engine bi-wing airplane piloted by T.R. Cartwright enroute to Entebbe, a town about 175 miles to the southeast. The pilot taxied the plane to the runway and increased its speed for takeoff. As they sped down the runway the airplane hit a bump, bounced, hit another bump, and veered off of the runway where it rolled over and burst into flames. Miller forced the rear door of the airplane open and he, Mary, and T.R. scrambled from the burning plane. Miller sustained cuts, burns, and bruises. Mary suffered two cracked ribs, an injured leg, and multiple bruises. T.R. was uninjured. Miller and Mary went to a local doctor, who bandaged the cuts and burns on Miller’s head. The doctor suggested they X-ray his injured arm, but Miller just shrugged him off because he thought the injury was minor.

Through his entire weekend’s adventures, surviving two airplane crashes in two days, Miller kept his sense of humor. Clutching a bunch of bananas in one hand and a bottle of gin in the other, Miller remarked with a smile, “My luck—she is running very good.” Not wanting to test his luck further, he declined an offer for another airplane ride out of the jungle.

Miller was one of only a handful of people who were able to read their own obituary. Many newspapers around the world got the news that Miller was missing and assumed he had perished in the first crash. They compared Miller’s might to those of the characters in his books “From Whom the Bell Tolls,” “A Farewell to Arms,” and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Old Man and the Sea.” Miller was the middle name of…Ernest Hemingway.

Sources:

1. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 24, 1954, p.1.
2. Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania), January 25, 1954, p.1.
3. The Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania), January 25, 1954, p.1.
4. The Shreveport Times, January 26, 1954, p.1.
5. The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 27, 1954, p.4.
6. Corsicana Daily Sun, January 27, 1954, p.4.

SHERIFF STUART WRIGHT AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright announced that Chancellor Davis of Natchitoches Parish has been named the recipient of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

He resides in Natchitoches and plans to attend Louisiana
Tech University and pursue Civil Engineering as a field of study. His mother is Nola McGuire.

The Sheriff’s Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriff’s provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.

Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership, and character are considered in making selections of Sheriffs’ scholarship recipients. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State; and students must be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students.

Scholarships are awarded in sixty-four parishes throughout the state.

“Nicholas Wiggins and Emily Maggio were named as alternates and received an academic scholarship from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office,” according to the Sheriff.

In closing Sheriff Wright said, “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what the LSHMP is all about. This is one of our finest accomplishments. It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community. This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Natchitoches Parish’s Honorary Members. ”

Gov. Edwards Calls on Congressional Delegation to Support COVID-19 Relief Aid to Save the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Gov. John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation asking them to consider funding the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund in the current proposal for COVID-19 relief legislation as the last unemployment payment becomes a reality for workers impacted by the pandemic.

“I have very serious concerns about the solvency of the Trust Fund and the need for federal assistance to make sure Louisiana can continue to pay out unemployment benefits without undue burdens on Louisiana businesses. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana’s Unemployment Trust Fund was the 17th strongest in the nation. At our current trajectory, we will have to borrow from the federal government as early as September to replenish the fund to continue paying state unemployment benefits to Louisiana workers. Just as importantly, if the trust fund falls below a balance of $100 million, Louisiana law mandates that the Louisiana Workforce Commission to impose a surtax on businesses of up to 30% on taxable payroll. This would be a last resort but without congressional intervention, it will almost certainly be necessary to ensure the trust fund stays solvent. This assistance will give our workers the bridge they need to return to work, while ensuring that Louisiana businesses are able to focus their efforts on recovering safely from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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CLTCC Virtual Graduation Ceremony Set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) will hold a virtual graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 with Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser delivering the commencement address. The virtual graduation will be broadcast with access on CLTCC’s social media platforms including Facebook.

School officials hoped to be able to hold a traditional in-person graduation ceremony, but in light of ongoing restrictions regarding large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 school officials made the decision to have a virtual ceremony online.

William Tulak, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said the school will still include all the traditional elements of the school’s graduation ceremony. “We will still have the traditional commencement remarks, and we will recognize the graduates by calling out graduates’ names,” Tulak said. “The difference is we will be doing it virtually.”

CLTCC has already mailed diplomas to graduates in anticipation of the virtual graduation. In the event students did not receive their diploma via mail, Tulak encouraged graduates to please contact their campus office so arrangements can be made for delivery.

CLTCC would like to thank Chancellor Paul Coreil and Louisiana State University of Alexandria for their assistance in hosting and producing the virtual graduation.

Enrollment for the Fall session is ongoing.  For more information, contact the school at call (800) 278-9855.

New Regulation on Nighttime Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nutria and Beaver to go Into Effect Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, properly licensed Louisiana and non-resident hunters may take outlaw quadrupeds (feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos), nutria and beaver at night on private property the entire year with the landowner’s permission. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a new regulation (Act 175 of the 2020 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session) in June, which allows for the nighttime take of these animals without a permit.

However, hunters are required to contact that parish’s sheriff office within 24 hours prior of attempted nighttime take. Also, no one who has been convicted of a class three or greater wildlife violation within the previous five years or who is prohibited from legal use of a firearm or participating in hunting activity can participate.

To see the full regulation, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/seasons-and-regulations and refer to page 25 in the 2020-21 hunting regulation pamphlet.

For more information, contact Melissa Collins at mcollins@wlf.la.gov.

Notice of Death – July 28, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Linda Sue Taylor
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Leonard Besant
November 21, 1954 – July 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Louise Wolfe
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Mary Viola Sarpy
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Emmanuel Steward
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Paul Jones
July 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Kenneth Patrick Martinez
June 3, 1949 – July 28, 2020
Service: Thursday, July 30 at 11 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Gerald Wayne Meshell Jr.
May 7, 1961 – July 19, 2020
Service: Wednesday, July 29 at 1 pm at Zwolle Pentecostal Church

WINN:
Marilyn DuBois Pender
February 2, 1957 – July 25, 2020
Service: Wednesday, July 29 at 10 am at French Cemetery

School Board to hold Town Hall meeting TONIGHT, will answer questions for upcoming school year

Due to all of the changes taking place during the 2020-2021 school year, Superintendent Eloi has called for a virtual town hall meeting. The meeting will be live streamed – TONIGHT.   You can watch the LIVESTREAM the  Natchitoches Parish Journal Facebook pages or the Natchitoches Parish YouTube page starting at 4:50 p.m TONIGHT

https://natchitochesparishjournal.com/

or

https://www.facebook.com/NPJNatLa

Any questions regarding COVID-19, back to school, home-based digital learning, start of school, etc., will be answered during this meeting.

All questions can be emailed to townhall@nat.k12.la.us. Questions must pertain to the start of school or topics brought up during the meeting.

Early Voting – as of 07-27-20

Early Voting for the August 15, 2020 Election as of the Close-Of-Business on Monday, July 27, 2020    July 27, 2020 Shown Only

TOTALS In Person Mail In
247 244 3

WHITE BLACK OTHER
112 127 8

DEM REP OTHER
144 65 38

MALE FEMALE
111 136

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City Council holds brief meeting with new Council Member at Large

The Natchitoches City Council held a brief meeting Monday night, July 27, with only two items on the agenda. Due to Covid and social distancing precautions Council members Eddie Harrington and Dale Nielsen were sworn in by Clerk of Court David Stamey before the meeting started. Both incumbents ran unopposed in the July 11 election. Newly elected Council Member at Large for the City of Natchitoches Betty Sawyer Smith sat with the Council for her first meeting after being sworn in on July 22.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be August 10, 2020.

Agenda items included:

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

#043 Smith Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For The Water Treatment Renovation, Backwash Effluent Transfer System (BID NO. 0626)

RESOLUTIONS:

#049 Harrington Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise And Accept Bids

For Caustic Soda for the Water Treatment Plant (BID NO. 0628)

LSMSA to Hold Virtual Fall Classes

Students, faculty will continue distance learning throughout 2020

Guided by information from public health officials, Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley, and our Board of Directors, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will be holding fall 2020 classes in an entirely virtual setting. The first day of online classes will be August 17.

As COVID-19 continues to present disruptions to our state and local community, the school’s leadership carefully considered state and federal health guidelines, currently available scientific information, the institution’s priorities and capabilities, and stakeholder opinions and interests to begin the 2020-2021 school year in the manner safest for students, faculty and staff.

“Ideally, our campus and halls would be noisy with student activities come August, which makes these decisions incredibly difficult,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “But in spite of these disruptions, we remain dedicated to providing students with the top educational experiences possible in the state of Louisiana while also keeping the entire LSMSA community healthy. We certainly look forward to the day when everyone can safely return to campus.”

This plan calls for remote learning in the fall semester and if conditions are safe, traditional, in-person learning after the new year. The school will observe all major holidays with breaks for Labor Day, fall break and Thanksgiving, and end the semester December 11.

“Our faculty and staff have been planning for this contingency and are well equipped for distance learning,” said Director of Academic Services Dr. Kristi Pope Key. “Our preference is to see our students’ faces in person, but we are grateful for the flexibility that technology allows.”

“LSMSA is a living/learning community in which excellence in education is a major goal,” said LSMSA Board of Directors Chair Sharon Gahagan. “However, in order to maintain the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff the decision was made to suspend on-campus classes for the first semester and move to virtual learning. We look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back on campus.”

The Cenla Ruckers visit Natchitoches

You may have noticed a group of men and women walking around Natchitoches carrying an American flag and wearing rucksacks this Sunday, July 26. The visitors were the Cenla Ruckers, an organization of around 130 people who get together to participate in the sport of “rucking” or walking/marching with a rucksack. Several of the group’s members came to Natchitoches for a “Scavenger Ruck” in which teams searched for patriotic items to take back. (The Natchitoches Parish Journal was pictured as an example of a 1st Amendment freedom.) The group started at the downtown riverbank and made a circuit of our city, including a stop at a memorial at our National Guard armory, where some of the ruckers had served.

While ruck marching had its origin in the military, where it is still a prominent aspect of training, the sport-and the Cenla Ruckers- are open to anyone with an interest in fitness and community service. The organization has men and women of every age and background,

The Cenla Ruckers events have raised public awareness of Veteran suicide, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma. In addition, they have raised funds for their local food pantry and animal rescue organizations.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Cenla Ruckers to our community and invite them to return for more events! Anyone wishing to learn about them may visit their social media page “Cenla Ruckers”.

Gov. Edwards Releases Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Frank Howard

Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the passing of former State Representative Frank Howard:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Frank Howard,” said Gov. Edwards. “I had the pleasure of serving with Frankie in the House of Representatives, and his love for the people of our state and especially his district was evident every day. He genuinely cared for his constituents, and his desire to make life better for them motivated him to work hard on their behalf. I ask everyone around our state to join Donna and me in prayer for his family and all who knew and loved him.”

The Governor will order flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. Howard at the State Capitol and other state buildings on the day he is laid to rest.

WHY GIVE BLOOD?

WHY GIVE BLOOD?

Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs blood. One of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood. That person may be you, your loved one, friend or co-worker. With all the wonderful advances in modern medicine, there still is NO substitute for human blood. The blood that helps patients comes only from caring people who volunteer to help others by donating their life-saving blood.

In the short time it took to read the above paragraph, 11 people needed blood.

Will you help?

The following mobile unit blood drives are scheduled for the month of August:

Aug. 3 from 1-5 pm at Natchitoches Walmart
Aug. 10 from 1-5 pm at Natchitoches Walmart
Aug. 12 from 1-5 pm at Natchitoches Walmart
Aug. 19 from 1-5 pm at Natchitoches Walmart
Aug. 24 from 11 am – 3 pm at Natchitoches Walmart
Aug. 24 from 10 am – 4 pm at the WRAC building at Northwestern State University

Aug. 25 from 10 am – 4:30 pm at the WRAC building at Northwestern State University

WHO CAN GIVE?

Anyone at least 16 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds and is in good health can donate blood.

Sixteen-year-olds must submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Some people may be temporarily or permanently prevented from donating blood due to certain health conditions. If you have a question about your eligibility to donate blood, contact your local LifeShare office.

NPSO: 4-LEGGED INTRUDER CAUSES RESIDENT TO CONTACT NPSO FOR HELP

Earlier today, a resident on Laird Fletcher Road just south of Natchitoches contacted NatCom 911 Center reporting a 4-legged intruder in their yard requesting assistance according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to the address.

While there, deputies learned of a three to four foot alligator in the yard.

Deputies located and extracted the alligator from the property.

The alligator was detained for a brief period placed in the rear of a patrol unit and released in an undisclosed location in Cane River.

What is Backyard Bumble Bee Count?

Join in the 2nd Annual Backyard Bumble Bee Count July 24 through Aug. 2. Backyard Bumble Bee Count is an iNatualist citizen science project that will help the various organizations and agencies committed to conserving the endangered rusty patched bumble bee and all bumble bees. Anyone, anywhere with an iNaturalist account can take part in this project that will help document bumble bee occurrence and abundance during peak times in the eastern United States.

Each sighting and count submitted during the Backyard Bumble Bee Count helps researchers learn more about how bumble bees are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share.

Go online to https://backyardbbcount.wixsite.com/bumblebeecount for more information if you’re interested in participating.