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May 10, 2004

Falcon Lake Benefits From Flooding in Mexico, Rains in South Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The floodwaters that devastated Piedras Negras, Mexico, April 4-5 had quite the opposite effect on the International Falcon Reservoir downstream.

Gulf Shrimp Season To Close May 15

AUSTIN, Texas—The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until an unspecified time in July.

Kids To Ride Free This Summer at Texas State Railroad

RUSK, Texas — Parents looking to offset higher gasoline prices expected at the pump during summer vacation months and rising entertainment costs should consider taking their youngsters to ride the Texas State Railroad through the Piney Woods.

Game Warden Named ’Officer of the Year’ for First Time in Central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Greg Abbott presented Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Turk Jones with the 100 Club of Central Texas’ ’Officer of the Year’ Award at a banquet here Wednesday night.

TPWD Honors Game Wardens, Citizen, Who Go Beyond Call of Duty

AUSTIN, Texas — Game warden Michael Boone was off-duty when he heard about friend and fellow warden Wesley Wagstaff’s fatal car accident while en route to an ’Operation Game Thief’ call last November. Although shocked by what happened, he called his officers and Wagstaff’s family and notified them of the accident. Boone later responded to the OGT call himself and arrested a man for illegally shooting a white-tailed deer outside of the hunting season.

Stay Tuned, May 10, 2004

Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.

May 3, 2004

Authorities Suggest Ways for Living With Alligators

HOUSTON — Encounters between people and alligators are on the rise in Southeast Texas, but people can coexist safely with the big reptiles if they take common-sense precautions, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens and biologists.

Two New Chiefs Named for TPWD Law Enforcement

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement division has two new chiefs who started as of May 1.

Teams Tie Top Spot in Great Texas Birding Classic

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — For the first time in the eight-year history of the ’Great Texas Birding Classic,’ two teams tied for first place in the weeklong competition.

TPWD’s Ted Hollingsworth To Lead Final San Jacinto Tour

HOUSTON — For 11 years, Ted Hollingsworth has led an annual tour for school groups at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. But May 4 will be his last such tour, when he leads a group of 7th graders from the Seabrook Intermediate School’s science program on environmental tours of the site. This will be the last hurrah for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employee, who is moving his family to Austin to take a new job with the agency.