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Mamou council accepts vehicle donations

The Mamou council unanimously voted to accept the donation of vehicles from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the City of Bossier City at its Nov. 9 meeting.
Mayor Ricky Fontenot said, “These are vehicles that were donated. I went out and took a look at them. We certainly want to thank the sheriff’s department and the City of Bossier City for helping our police department out.”
Chief Brent Zackery was absent from the meeting, and no police department personnel action recommendations were taken.

LSU graduate student Allison Snider conducts research on the Seaside Sparrows that reside in Louisiana marshes year-round. New research shows Deepwater Horizon oil in these native birds. (Photo by Philip Stouffer, LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources)

LSU graduate student Allison Snider conducts research on the Seaside Sparrows that reside in Louisiana marshes year-round. New research shows Deepwater Horizon oil in these native birds. (Photo by Philip Stouffer, LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources)

Scientists find Deepwater Horizon oil in sparrows

Scientists have identified the first evidence of Deepwater Horizon oil in a land animal — the Seaside Sparrow.
The scientists analyzed the diet and feathers of sparrows collected more than a year after the oil spill. The birds that were captured in habitats that were exposed to the oil had a different chemical signature in their tissues than the birds that were found in areas of the marsh that were not exposed to the oil.
The scientists’ results show that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was incorporated into the prey and feathers of the exposed birds.

Jay Grymes, chief meteorologist, gives a presentation on Louisiana’s climate Wednesday during the intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate. (Photo by Greta Jines)

Jay Grymes, chief meteorologist, gives a presentation on Louisiana’s climate Wednesday during the intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate. (Photo by Greta Jines)

Expert says La. is in the crosshairs of climate change

Climate change, hurricanes and floods were hot topics during the Louisiana State University International Programs’ intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate on Wednesday, with one presenter saying that whatever the extent of climate change will be Louisiana will be in the crosshairs.   
Chief meteorologist at WAFB Jay Grymes opened the presentations with a focus on the state’s wet climate and the potential effects of climate change, warning that of the lower 48 states, Louisiana might be the most severely impacted in terms of climate change.

Thanksgiving Turkey Contest winners

Winners of the Thanksgiving Turkey Contest may pick up the vouchers at the Eunice News and redeem the at Champagnes. The deadline to redeem the turkeys is Nov 30.
Winners are:
St. Landry Homestead - Joan Richard.
LeJeune Chiropractic - Charmaine Richard.
Eunice Superette - Brenda Fontenot.
Craig’s Automotive - Brently Young.
Perry Pitre Ford - Joann Andrus.
Oakland Wellness - Michelle Newsom.
LA Academy of Beauty - Lionel Richard.
Brownie’s Shop Rite - Ricky Coutee.
Sattler’s Supply - Clifford Martel.

Parish to pave 54 more roads

Fifty-four more roads are to be paved in the final phase of the Smooth Ride Home Program.
St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot announced at a Parish Council meeting Wednesday that Prairie Contractors Inc., of Opelousas, was the apparent low bidder for Phase 3B.
The company bid $7,890,083.60 to pave about 40 miles of road in the program funded by a 2 percent sales tax in rural St. Landry Parish.
“We are upgrading our roads to a standard that will last for many, many years to come; this is work that has been needed for decades,” Fontenot said in a news release.

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