OPPORTUNITY: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

POSITION: Animal Control Officer

DESCRIPTION: Enforcement of the Animal Control Ordinance; maintain records and reports regarding impounded animals, animal bites, quarantines, investigations, citations and daily statistics; ability to operate Microsoft Word and Excel; clean and disinfect kennels and cages; provide animals with proper food, water, and medical care; must be available for after hours and weekend work.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Must be a licensed driver.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches La 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you can download an application on line at http://www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through November 13, 2020.

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


NSU faculty take part in Bridging the Divide program

In a time when many university faculty have less contact with their students and colleagues, Mirla Enriquez found a way to keep from feeling alone professionally.

Enriquez, an associate professor of art at Northwestern State University, along with fellow faculty Professor of Radiologic Sciences Dr. Laura Aaron and Assistant Professor of Nursing Shaun Wheat, participated in the University of Louisiana System’s initial “Bridging the Divide” program” recently. The three earned badges for participating in six or more sessions in one track. More than 30 NSU faculty and staff took part in some of the sessions.

The professional development series presented new learning opportunities for UL System faculty and staff each week. Time to complete the interactive professional development courses ranged from 45 minutes to 10 or more hours depending on the topic.

The program had four fundamental tracks: “Technology and Tools for Online Learning,” “Quality Matters,” “Innovative and Engaging Course Content” and “Student Success.” NSU Director of Student Activities Dr. Yonna Pasch was the Track Lead for “Innovative and Engaging Course Content.”

“With Covid-19 changing everything we do in the classroom, from meeting with students to canceling physical extracurricular activities, I wanted to get ready for a new format of teaching and forms of interaction with my students,” said Enriquez. “To be honest, I wanted to see if I was up to the level to do this. I told my nine-year-old son, you are going to study your fourth grade math and science and be ready for the future, while I learn and focus on these courses. It was hard, but very interesting.”

Wheat said the program has helped her as a teacher.

“My master’s degree is in clinical nursing and what I have learned about education has been self taught,” said Wheat. “I thought the programs would be valuable for me. Also, my knowledge about online courses is limited. I thought the courses would help. The course increased my knowledge especially in the area of quality matters.”

Both Aaron and Enriquez said it was helpful to gain the perspective of a student.

“Since the courses were online, it helped me remember what it is like to be an online student, which helps me to relate to what my students experience,” said Aaron. “The program helped me professionally by providing excellent material that I was able to easily implement in my courses. I got lots of new ideas and was able to make revisions to my courses that will hopefully help students to be more engaged.”

Enriquez enjoyed the process of learning.

“It helped me to understand the social momentum we were and still are facing from the perspective of the instructor. I enjoyed the process of learning… it was like being a student again, and I actually was the student in the program, as well as many others.”

Enriquez said the program helped her see the difficulties her students face during classes and remind her she was once was a student.

“I was there finding my place in the class and looking for help to shape my courses,” she said. “I hope we can have more programs like this one available more often. It is a great initiative.”

According to Enriquez, the program let her see other forms of course delivery that she could adapt to her area.

“It’s important for someone who teaches to explore and adapt to new technologies, and to understand students’ perception of higher education at this specific moment,” said Enriquez. “There is a lot of information out there that is very instructive, but having the opportunity to start a conversation about things that worried me with people who are doing the same, teaching, and people who are experiencing the same difficulties, frustrations during class gave me peace of mind. It was good to see that as a professor, I was not alone.”

NSU faculty and staff who participated in some sessions were Jack Atherton, Kathy Autrey, Susan Barnett, Kerri Christopher, Tammy Curtis, Ann Deshotels, Cynthia Doffitt, Sarah (Lise) DuBois, Anna Dugas, Wanda Goleman, Charles Hamilton, Keicia Hawkins, Joel Hicks, Jennifer Hodges-Crowder, Rebecca Macijeski, Terri Marshall, Stephanie Masson, Sarah McFarland, Cindy McGuire, Vianka Miranda, Anna Morris, Laura Mott, Emily Perritt, Debbie Porter, Jason Powell, Elizabeth Prejean, Jarrod Sanson, Michael Scanlan, Jodi Shirley, Kathleen Tate, Sherri Voebel, Mariann Wilson, Sheri Wilson and Mary Zapczynski.


CITY NOTIFIES CUSTOMERS OF SYSTEM WIDE FLUSH OF WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

The City of Natchitoches’ Utility Department would like to notify the public of a system wide flush of the city’s water distribution system set to begin Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The City plans to start flushing in East Natchitoches to the east of Williams Avenue with flushing of the water system anticipated to be completed by the second week in December.

What is Water Main Flushing?

Water main flushing moves water systematically through sections of a drinking water distribution system, creating a scouring action to clean the line. The increased flow rate scours the water pipe’s inner walls and helps to remove build-up of naturally occurring debris and sediment.

The water is discharged through select fire hydrants onto local roads or other surface areas. The process is critical to the overall maintenance of a distribution system and is one of the most important practices carried out by public drinking water systems to maintain high water quality, improve the carrying capacity of pipes, and ensure proper operation of distribution system components, such as hydrants and valves.

During flushing you may experience differences in water pressure and a slight color to the water. Although the water may be discolored it is safe to consume. Flushing is done as an important part in maintaining adequate chlorine residuals in outer areas of a water distribution system.

For more information, please contact the Utility Department at 318-357-3850.


Public Notice: Cane River navigation alert, non powered event

On October 31, 2020 a non-powered event (open paddle-explore Cane River) will be held from South Drive bridge to the North Dam. This area will be closed to power vessels until noon for safety. Additionally, Washington Street landing will close on October 30, 2020 in preparations for the event and reopen at noon on October 31, 2020.

For more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235


Notice of Death – October 29, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Warren Ronald Shepherd
August 25, 1927 – October 28, 2020
Visitation: Sunday, November 1 from 4-7 pm at Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home.
Funeral services and entombment adjacent to his wife, will take place in Bakersfield, California.

Rhonda Rodriguez Maroney
February 27, 1967 – October 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 31 at 1 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Coushatta

Dorothy Holland
April 24, 1926 – October 25, 2020
Service: Friday, October 30 at 11 am in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Edwin Davidson, Jr.
September 12, 2003 – October 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Joe Louis Williams of Derry, Louisiana
October 29, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Larry Lee Davis, Sr.
October 28, 2020
Arrangements TBA


Lady Chief Volleyball-Your District 1, Division 1 Champions!

Kevin’s Gallery

The Lady Chiefs Volleyball Team cemented the district championship Tuesday, October 28 with a decisive rout of the Alexandria Senior High School Lady Trojans. The Lady Chiefs quickly dispatched the Trojans, winning the match 3 sets to none. The Lady Chiefs maintained a complete dominance on the court, not conceding the lead at any point in the match. From the first serve to the final point, the outcome was never in doubt, or even close, for that matter. It was like watching an Army tank crush a Prius.

Lady Chief Volleyball will take to the court again Saturday, October 31 at home vs Sulphur at 3:00. The matchup will also be Senior Night for this superb group of young women. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the NCHS volleyball team every success in the playoffs. Go Lady Chiefs!


NSU TO SCREEN INDIGENOUS-MADE FILMS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

The second annual Native American Film Club offers a mix of contemporary documentaries and fictional films. This year’s theme is Representation and Resistance.

Northwestern State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month by screening indigenous-made films on Thursdays in November. Locations vary within the Student Union. Refreshments will be served at the Nov. 19 screening. COVID protocols will be strictly enforced.

“Reel Injuns” explores (mis)-portrayals of Native people in historical and contemporary films. With wry humor, the film examines how these portrayals affect Native people. It screens Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Mini Ballroom on the building’s first floor.

“The Business of Fancydancing” screens Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Mini Ballroom. After the death of a childhood friend, poet Seymour, who has achieved acclaim for a mostly non-Indian audience and now lives as urban Indian with a white boyfriend, faces a conflicted return to the reservation where he grew up.

Two shorter documentaries, “Black Indians: An American Story” and “Dawnland,” will screen Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Student Union Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. “Black Indians” introduces the audience to the histories and cultures of African-Indigenous people in the U.S. “Dawnland” considers centuries-old government policies that forced removal of American Indian children from their communities, focused on the experiences of the Wabanaki Nation.

“Trudell” is a biography of John Trudell (Santee Sioux/Mexican), an American Indian Movement activist, leader and musician who served as the “voice of Alcatraz” and whose activism was transformed by a life-changing tragedy. It screens Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Student Union Mini Ballroom.

Screenings are open to the public, however, participants must pre-register. Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced. The registration link can be access here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a8ab22aafdc25-native

Regarding the films, Brittany Broussard, Director of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, who co-organized the event, said, “I am so excited to be showing these phenomenal films. I believe visible representation is so important especially for those in a minority group. Being able to identify with someone on the tv screen gives inspiration to others who may not think they can do something based on their background.”

Riall said that the Native American Film Club is an annual event that aims to be meaningful for Native audiences while also approachable to everyone.

“We choose films that are interesting for Native people but also help others understand the complexities of Native life, preferably with a sense of humor. This year, we focused on themes of representation and resistance. For example, many people see Indian-ness in terms of race, rather than as a status of tribal citizenship, and are unaware of the long history of Afro-Indigenous peoples. We hope to inspire people to learn more about the history of American Indians and how Native nations have creatively resisted assimilation, racism and injustice,” she said.

The film series is sponsored by NSU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the NSU Anthropology program, the Department of Criminal Justice, History, and the Social Sciences, and the Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies Program. For more information, contact Riall at riallr@nsula.edu or (318) 357-6963.


Rotary Club meets Royal Alexander, discusses impact of social media on presidential election

Rotarian David Guillet introduced the speaker, Royal Alexander from Shreveport, at the weekly Rotary Club meeting. He spoke about several relevant issues such as the impact of social media on the presidential election, the new addition to the Supreme Court, the “Cancel Culture” movement, the effects of censoring articles by news media, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, understanding our rights and privileges such as our right to vote, and the current protests in the country happening in several cities.

Pictured from left are Rotary President Paul Rinehart, Alexander, and Guillet (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

Royal’s current column in the Parish Journals:
https://natchitochesparishjournal.com/2020/10/28/a-tale-of-two-americas/

Royal’s column, “My Opinion” can be read each Wednesday in your favorite Parish Journal.


STOKES INVOLVED IN EMMY WINNING PRODUCTION

Back in April, when many businesses were shut down and most of everyone’s time was being spent at home, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his artistic collaboration platform hitRECord were hard at work creating the YouTube Originals series Create Together. The series highlighted many ways in which creative people from all around the world can still collaborate on artistic projects even when it isn’t possible to do so in person.

The hitRECord platform is an online community in which artists from around the world are able to collaborate on large projects including short film festivals, television programs, national television commercials, music for streaming platforms, and more recently, music for video games. Dr. Samuel Stokes, a Natchitoches music teacher, is an Audio Curator on the hitRECord platform and has been involved in many of these productions since he joined hitRECord in 2015.

The Create Together series, produced by hitRECord in conjunction with YouTube Originals, featured artists from all over the world, creating six episodes that included music, visual art, cinematography, writing, photography, choreography, and animation from multiple contributors to produce collaborative art in the form of short films and music videos.

Stokes was involved in all six episodes of the Create Togetherseries as a percussionist, vocalist, and photographer. In some cases, elements that were used in the show were from collaborations that occurred before the Create Together show began production.

Stokes wrote and contributed a xylophone part for the song “Crazy” which was developed by hitRECordpartially at a live event at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. During the live event, Stokes and other contributors participated from home by recording isolated instrumental and vocal parts, some of which were included in the final mix of the song “Crazy,” which was used in episode 6 of Create Together.

Other projects were started and completed during the production of the series, such as the recurring segment “Quarantine Beats,” which encouraged contributors to create percussive rhythms using objects they find around the house. In episode 5, Stokes is seen playing a rhythmic groove he composed for tuned wine glasses.

The centerpiece of the Create Together series was a music video entitled “Class of 2020,” which reads like a letter to 2020 graduates, lamenting the things they missed out on, but also expressing great hope in how they will go on to make our world a better place in the future.

Along with other contributing musicians, Stokes is seen recording the xylophone parts he wrote for the “Class of 2020” music video in segments during episodes 2 and 4, and is seen and heard on the final music video in episode 6. In the final video, another hitRECord user added animation to Stokes’s xylophone video so that it appears that the xylophone keys light up as they are struck. On September 1, the Create Together series was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.

Over the last two years, hitRECord has also been involved in creating original music for two upcoming Ubisoft video games, Watch Dogs: Legion, which will be released this Thursday, October 29, and Beyond Good and Evil 2, which is still in production. Stokes is singing backing vocals on three musicaltracks in Watch Dogs: Legion and will be in at least ten tracks in Beyond Good and Evil 2 as a percussionist, vocalist, and sound effect designer.


GRANT PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTED TO NPSO, 1 ARREST MADE

A Natchitoches man has been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery Police Department in connection with the theft of a vehicle in the Melrose area on Monday night according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Tuesday morning October 27 at approximately 9:26am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Bureaus responded to a reported vehicle theft in the 1400 block of La. Hwy 484 near Melrose, La.

Deputies arrived on scene and while speaking with the complainant learned that his 2004 Ford F-350 dually truck had been stolen during the night.

Deputies also observed a 2019 Dodge Journey parked on the property that the complainant was not familiar with.

Deputies ran a license plate vehicle registration check on the 2020 Dodge Journey learning it had been reported stolen to Natchitoches Police Department.

The vehicle was processed for evidence, registered owner notified of the recovery and towed by a local wrecker service until the owner could make arrangements to pick it up.

The investigation continued, deputies entered the Ford F-350 into the National Crime Information as a stolen vehicle, issued a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) Message and summoned assistance from local media to spread the message out to the public.

As the investigation progressed, detectives received information of a possible person of interest.

Detectives with the assistance of patrol deputies began following up of leads reviewing business surveillance video in the Provencal and Natchitoches areas tracking the person of interest according to Major Reginald Turner of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Deputies checked several locations in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday but were unable to locate the vehicle and person of interest.

Shortly after 4:00am this morning, Grant Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Montgomery Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the Montgomery area.

Deputies observed a male sleeping inside the vehicle then conducted a license plate registration check learning the vehicle a 2004 Ford F-350, silver in color, had been listed in NCIC as stolen on Natchitoches Parish on October 27th, 2020.

Grant deputies identified the occupant of the vehicle as 33-year-old Kendrick Tyrone Newton, of Natchitoches, La.

Grant deputies learned Newton was wanted by Natchitoches Police on a fugitive warrant, and in possession of the stolen vehicle.

During a search of Newton’s person incidental to the arrest, Grant deputies seized suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was recovered and stored by a wrecker service pending it being picked up by the owner.

Kendrick T. Newton, 33, of the 1300 block of St. John Street, Natchitoches was transported and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Criminal Trespassing, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, etc.

Newton is also on felony probation.

Newton remains in the Grant Parish Detention Center on Grant Parish charges with a hold for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Jonathan Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau said Newton is facing 1-count of Vehicle Theft and 1-count of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000 in connection with being in possession of the stolen 2020 Dodge Journey.

If you have any information contact Lt. Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 318-357-7830.

 


Call for performers for Multicultural Christmas Concert

The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University is issuing a call for performers to participate in the 12th annual Multicultural Christmas Concert, which will take place from 5-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

“We are seeking participants to help celebrate diversity and the cheer of Christmas,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the program. “We invite performers such as singers, musicians, dancers or readers to come celebrate this joyous time of the year with the Natchitoches community. Readings as well as public domain songs and instrumental performances, sacred or secular, which address Chrismas or the Christmas season are welcome.”

This year’s concert will be a virtual event. If interested in performing, contact the Folklife Center by Nov. 16. All participants perform without monetary compensation. The event is also a benefit for Cane River Children’s Services. The event is sponsored by the Folklife Center and NSU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

Due to copyright restrictions, the Folklife Center will provide a list of songs to choose from.

For more information, contact the Folklife Center at folklife@nsula.edu or (318) 357-4332.


LOUISIANA REMAINS IN PHASE 3 DESPITE MISINFORMATION

The City of Natchitoches has been notified by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office that Louisiana remains in Phase 3 and the statewide mask mandate is still in place despite misinformation shared over the last several days.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has provided the following information to registered businesses in order to update businesses on the current status of the public health emergency and the associated guidelines for being open.

The Governor’s public health emergency order remains in effect at this time and we are asking the public and area businesses to continue to adhere to those guidelines. Business owners can visit http://www.opensafely.gov to register their business and/or view the guidelines associated with being open and doing so safely. Enforcement efforts do continue across the state for the safety of your customers and staff.

The mitigations that have been put in place are working to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and our new case counts and new test positivity remain lower than our neighboring states.

On behalf of the City, thank you to all the business owners who have adhered to the guidelines during this public health emergency and committed to remain open safely. In the City, calls are fielded on a daily basis in response to COVID-19 and the mitigation efforts being taken to ensure public safety on a local level. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Natchitoches remains a team effort for our citizens, business and local officials.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 318-352-2772.


Spring registration to begin Nov. 2

Registration for the Spring 2021 semester begins on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern State University.

Northwestern State students can begin the registration procedure by checking the online schedule of classes through NSUConnect then meeting with their advisor. Students can sign up for spring classes through NSUConnect based on the following registration schedule.

Graduate students, authorized ADA students with a permit, honor students with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and 12 or more hours, active military, veterans, ROTC cadets and student-athletes can begin registering Nov. 2.

Seniors can start signing up on Nov. 3 and juniors can begin registering on Nov. 4. On Nov. 5, sophomores can begin scheduling spring classes and freshmen and non-traditional students (adults 25 and over) with less than 30 hours can start registering on Nov. 6.

Registration for the spring semester is available through Jan. 10, 2021. Late registration will be held Jan. 11-20, 2021. Spring classes start on Jan. 11, 2021.

For more information on spring registration at Northwestern State, go to nsula.edu/registrar.