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February 26, 2015


Thursday 02/26/2015

The word "co-habituation" has become a fashionable term to describe conservation-minded developments of human habitats and industrial areas. It is irony that the natural state of sharing a planet has become such ill-balanced in favor of humans and their needs, that the very existence of wildlife within our claimed areas needs a title.

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Monday 02/23/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast for Feb. 23, 2015

Anthony Oppermann and James LaCombe recap the first two rounds of the girls basketball playoffs including Ball High's impressive run and the story of Sheridan Hopkins as well as a preview of the boys basketball playoffs and an overall discussion of the success of the county schools.

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Sunday 02/22/2015
Winter to return for the last week of February

Weather conditions this coming week will remind us that winter is not yet finished. Mild temperatures today will give way to blustery, cold, wet weather overnight into Monday as a strong cold front finally makes its way off the coast and a series of weak upper-level disturbances keeps cloudy, wet weather around.

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Friday 02/20/2015
The White Pelican Assembly

On another foggy February morning at dawn, I was once more engulfed by the thick, wadded mist. This time, however, there were white pelicans everywhere. Despite the limited visibility, I counted 800 birds at one point. I tried to get closer for some photos, but was surprised by the incoming tide and ended up wading back to higher ground in hip-deep water. These pelicans are migratory. As I had never seen so many individuals flock together in my decade of living on Galveston Island, I suppose these birds are about to start their journey north.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Weekend should be mild, but chill may return

Last weekend’s weather was near ideal for Mardi Gras, but a windy cold front on Monday brought a reminder that winter is not yet finished. Lows Tuesday morning dipped to 38 degrees in Galveston and 36 degrees in League City, sparring us a freeze, but nevertheless offering wind chills in the 20’s Monday night and on Tuesday morning.

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Monday 02/16/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast for Feb. 16, 2015

Anthony Oppermann and James LaCombe discuss the boys high school basketball playoff picture and preview the girls high school basketball playoff matchups. Additionally, they talk about the success of the Friendswood swimmers as well as La Marque AD Mike Jackson and how he has handled the accreditation issues facing the school district.

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Friday 02/13/2015
Photos: Mardi Gras 2015

Photos from Mardi Gras 2015 will be continually added to this gallery.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Weekend weather looks reasonably good, but watch out for next week!

Last weekend’s weather turned out to be near ideal for Mardi Gras and other outdoor activities. This coming weekend looks to be almost as good, though a few degrees cooler overall. Still, plentiful sunshine and seasonably mild weather will return after a chill tonight and on Friday.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
Flocking About

With the setting sun flocks of birds crisscross the skies above the prairies and wetlands of Galveston's West End in order to switch pastures for the night. Often, the birds like higher ground at night, or then inundated grasslands where they are safe from lurking predators such as coyote or bobcat. The formations marbling the pastel skies at dusk are part of the coastal cycle of day and night. The various croaks and caws mark the passage of time like a sun-dial clock.

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Monday 02/09/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast for Feb. 9, 2015

Anthony Oppermann and James LaCombe discuss the Friendswood Lady Mustangs victory of Clear Springs snapping the Chargers 67-game district winning streak as well as district leaders the Clear Creek boys and Ball High girls.

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Sunday 02/08/2015
Video: Review of the first weekend of Mardi Gras 2015

The first weekend of Mardi Gras Galveston included plenty of parades, beads and the Budweiser Clydesdales.

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Next weekend’s weather and beyond

The weather, overall, was near ideal for the first weekend of Mardi Gras. It may have been somewhat on the cool side Friday night, but ample sunshine (except for some periods of fog) and a return to southerly breezes gave us fairly pleasant conditions for the parades on Saturday.

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Friday 02/06/2015
What are they doing at future site of Indian restaurant on isle?

Some readers were alarmed today when they saw construction crews completely “smashing up” the space that will be home to the island’s long-awaited restaurant serving authentic Indian and Nepali cuisine.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Snow Geese in Anahuac

On this cloudy February morning visitors to Anahuac NWR in Chambers County could witness a flock of Snow Geese landing in the coastal marshes in a great concert of honks. The Snow Geese population of North America exceeds 5 million and is considered healthy. The spectacle of the geese visiting the wetlands along the Intra Coastal Waterway is a highlight in migratory bird watching. The hues of the wintery marshes make for a nice palette of earthy pastel from which the white geese and the brownish juveniles stand out.

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Galveston restores video of controversial meeting

A video recording of a Jan. 28 Galveston City Council meeting has been restored to the city's public access website.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Small diesel leak at Marathon's Galveston Bay Refinery contained

TEXAS CITY — A small amount of diesel fuel leaked Wednesday morning at Marathon Petroleum's Galveston Bay Refinery.

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Galveston makes national bucket list

Galveston has made a lot of lists, but recently it made one that helps bolster its family-friendly image.

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Monday 02/02/2015
Winter returns, but weekend outlook is fairly good

A seasonably strong cold front barreled through Galveston County last night, bringing gusty northerly winds and a chill back into the air.

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Saturday 01/31/2015
Knights of Momus begin Mardi Gras countdown with den party

GALVESTON — The oldest Mardi Gras krewe on the island started the countdown to this year's festivities with its annual den party on Saturday.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Sunshine and mild conditions to give way to a chill and a chance of rain

Temperature soared into the 70’s on Tuesday afternoon, giving County residents a preview of spring. The 75 degree high in Galveston tied the record for the day, matching a similar reading on January 27, 1882.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
The Mysterious World of Fog

The thick coastal fog that comes with many January mornings has the ability to transform the island into a foreign planet, cloaking the world until one could imagine to be the only human being around. The fog distorts shapes and gives them lives of their own and changes sounds until it is hard to pinpoint their origin. Taking a long hike along East Beach Lagoon the birds materialized like statues packed in thick tufts of cotton and the egret soaring with a croak could be a gargoyle loose from a medieval cathedral.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Moody Gardens penguins predict the Super Bowl

As is becoming a big-sporting-event tradition, a local attraction tried to capitalize on the upcoming Super Bowl by having their animals "predict" the outcome of the game.

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Friday 01/23/2015
UPDATE: ShyKatZ Fork & Spoon to reopen Monday


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Wednesday 01/21/2015
System may bring heavy rains, but weekend weather looks fairly good

Most people I know have been pleased with the weather over the past few days, even with the periods of dense night-time and early morning fog. Certainly recent conditions have been a big improvement over the prolonged chilly, wet spell that plagued Galveston County through the first half of the month.

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Graphic: Where did curfew citations happen?

On Wednesday, I reported that the Galveston Police Department issued far more curfew citations to black and Hispanic teenagers than they did to white teens between 2013 and 2014.

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Friday 01/16/2015
Return of the Skimmers

The recent rain has brought the flocks of skimmers and other shorebirds that make rest on Galveston and the Bolivar Flats this time of year. The red-billed skimmers tend to soar and land in flocks of hundreds, creating meandering clouds in the skies. The white pelicans sit like marbled statues on the lagoon, less skittish to passers-by.

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Sunshine brings a respite, but for how long?

You don’t have to be a weatherman to know that 2015 has started out on a cold, wet note. The other day the 46° high in League City was the same as that in Anchorage, Alaska (which ironically is experiencing record warmth). Overall, temperatures for the first 15-days of this month averaged 46.7° in Galveston, which is 8.3°below what would be expected. If this were to continue through the end of the month, it would make this January the coldest in the County since January, 1977 when the final monthly average was 46.6°.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Weber tweet compares Hitler, Obama (UPDATE)

After thousands of people, including dignitaries from more than 40 countries, marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday, President Barack Obama came under criticism for not participating in the event.

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Relief in sight from dismal winter weather?

Some sun and a few patches of blue sky today may be giving some hope to those weary of winter. With a chilly couple of weeks and a three-day rainy spell that brought precipitation amounts from 2.38” on the East End of Galveston Island to 1.87” at Scholes Field, 1.57” at League City and 1.29” at Friendswood, who isn’t ready for a change?

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Weber votes for Gohmert, against Boehner, for Speaker of the House

John Boehner was re-elected as the Speaker of the House on Tuesday as Republicans assumed full control of Congress for the first time since 2007. 

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Monday 01/05/2015
Winter to tighten its grip on the County this week

A breezy, cold front brought the coldest temperature of the season to Galveston Island this morning (36°) and overnight lows ranging from 33-35° from the mainland to Hobby Airport. This influx of cold air, however, marks just the beginning to what promises to be a cold week that will end with cloudy, chilly, wet weather as we move into the weekend.

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Saturday 01/03/2015
The weather in 2014 and a look ahead

December, 2014, surprisingly, was warmer than normal in both Galveston and League City, with the monthly average in Galveston of 59.2°, being 1.9° above the long-term average for December and the monthly average of 56.6° in League City being 2.3°warmer than would be expected.

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Friday 01/02/2015
Update on island Denny's do over

Plans for a complete makeover of Denny's, 1410 Seawall Blvd., are still on the table, but work hasn't yet begun. And, the restaurant is still open.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
Photos of the Year 2014

Each year The Daily News publishes hundreds, if not thousands, of images taken by The Daily News’ photo staff. As 2014 comes to an end staff photojournalists Kevin M. Cox, Stuart Villanueva and Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds have pulled together their favorite images for a year-end gallery.

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Sunday 12/28/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Jaguars

The Houston Texans ended their 2014 season with a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. J.J. Watt made history by becoming the only player in NFL history to have 20 sacks or more in two different seasons and Andre Johnson had his 51st game with over 100 yards receiving.

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Friday 12/26/2014
The weather is looking somewhat “messy” for the New Year

A cold front and upper-level system moving through the area this weekend will mark the beginning of a period of chilly, wet weather for Southeast Texas that should last through the first week of January.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Ten years ago Galveston got a real Christmas surprise

Time flies, but it is strange to realize that it has been ten years since Galveston’s magical and marvelous Christmas snow. The storm moved northeast from South Texas, transforming the area into a winter wonderland. In addition, it brought the heaviest snow to the Island since 1895 creating story-book like images of a snow laden landscape.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Ravens

Case Keenum returned to Houston on Sunday as the Texans defeated the Baltimore Ravens 25-13.

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Christmas weather may be ideal, but the New Year’s Holiday could present a problem

Despite heavy rains yesterday averaging 2-3”  across the County and a cold front due on Tuesday, the weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is actually looking quite promising. Cool, sunny weather on Wednesday should slowly evolve into milder, partly cloudy conditions on Christmas Day.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Christmas miracle: A popular Biz Buzz tradition returns

I'm bringing back a Biz Buzz holiday tradition. Tell me what store, restaurant or business you'd love to see in your Galveston County or Clear Lake area community.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Christmas week weather

While there is still plenty of weather in the mix for this week, including a fairly potent system that should bring rain to Texas by Thursday and Friday, there appears to be even more interest in what we may expect next week.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Holiday magic in the wetlands

The cool December air sends the birds out into the open to seek the warmth of the sun and thus mid-morning sees as busy a traffic of pink-, white- and grey-winged birds as on an airport hub over the holidays.The Cranes' croaking mixes with the chattering of Spoonbills as they flick water droplets around as brilliant as Christmas ornaments when taking off. I don't know if I prefer the clear blue skies only winter can produce or the misty, foggy mornings also typical for the season.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Idyllic weather to linger for a while

The weather this week should be as good as can be expected for the second week of December with sunny to partly cloudy skies, low humidity levels seasonably cool days and cool to chilly (but not really cold) nights.

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Photos: Dickens on the Strand 2014

Downtown Galveston has been transformed into the Victorian era England of Charles Dickens for the 41st annual Dickens on the Strand festival. The world-renowned festival, which features musical performances, food, a costume contest and parades will continue on Sunday.

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Photos: Dickinson vs. Cypress Ranch 6A Region III Final

The Dickinson Gators fell to the Cypress Ranch Mustangs 31-28 in a closely fought game that came down to the final play on Saturday afternoon at the University of Houston.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Shrimp 'N Stuff debuts downtown island eatery

It’s open. After months of anticipation, Shrimp ‘N Stuff this week debuted its island downtown site, 2228 Mechanic St.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
A closer look at weekend weather

With the big Dickens weekend coming up, I have had a few questions regarding weather for the event. Unfortunately, we are in one of those patterns that make crystal balls as murky as the cloudy skies.

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Monday 12/01/2014
November’s weather and the outlook for Dickens Weekend

November in Galveston County was cooler than normal with slightly below average precipitation. A milder trend towards the end of the month, kept it from making the top 10 coolest November lists. In fact, this November turned out to be slightly milder than last year (with a 61.5° average at Scholes Field compared with a 61.0° mean last November). The monthly average in League City was 58.0°, which was 3.7° below normal.

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Gallery: Texans defeat the Titans

The Houston Texans rebounded against the struggling Tennessee Titans on Sunday to notch a 45-21 victory. J.J. Watt stole the show while DeAndre Hopkins had a career game with two touchdowns and and nine receptions for 238 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns in is return as a starter.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
54,000 copies of The Daily News' delivered in time for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving edition of The Daily News is a holiday shopper's delight. It is full of bargains just in time for the Black Thursday and Black Friday sales.

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