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June 21, 2004

Magazine July Issue Plumbs Depths of Texas Rivers

AUSTIN, Texas — A special issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine titled The State of Rivers will hit newsstands and reader mailboxes late this month, the third in an award-winning annual series of July issues covering water resource challenges facing all regions of the state.

TPWD and Brenham ISD "Parkner" Up For Camp Yes

AUSTIN, Texas— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Brenham Independent School District have teamed up to give local children the opportunity get off the couch this summer and learn about nature in the great outdoors. This partnership has been made possible through a grant from TPWD Community Outdoor Outreach Program, administered by the State Parks Recreation Grants program.

May 31, 2004

Commission Approves Public Hunting at 44 State Parks

AUSTIN, Texas — One-third of the sites in the Texas state parks system will offer public hunting opportunities for the 2004-05 hunting season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its May 27 public meeting approved the 44 sites.

May 24, 2004

Free Family Fishing Continues in Texas With Special Events in State Parks June 5

AUSTIN, Texas — Today’s tech-savvy kids may know how to tie up the line between cell phones and Instant Messenger, but can they cast a line? A fishing line, that is.

This Big Fish Story Is For Real

ATHENS, Texas — Call something a "big fish story" and everyone knows immediately it’s a tall tale.

Nature Photography Exhibit, Digital Photo Workshop Featured at TFFC

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host a traveling photo exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. from June 5 through July 20.

May 17, 2004

Game Warden Memorial Honors Wesley Wagstaff

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently honored a fallen employee at the game warden memorial here. Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in a head-on collision while responding to a poaching call in Hardin County Aug. 5, 2003. TPWD added his name to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center memorial May 12.

Renovated Matagorda Island Lighthouse Shines Again

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas — A Matagorda Island beacon that guided ships along Texas’ mid-coast before the U.S. Civil War is again lighting the way for modern mariners thanks to the recent completion of a $1.23 million overhaul of the state’s oldest operational lighthouse.

Framers Raise New Building at Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a new fly fishing pavilion thanks to the efforts of the Timber Framers Guild of Becket, Massachusetts.

Cinco De Mayo Draws 3,000 to Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — Six-inch rains struck East Texas on Saturday, May 1, but that did not deter crowds from flooding into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.