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April 8, 2009
Texas Game Warden Training Center Groundbreaking Set for April 9
Major Donations to be Announced, Cadets Actively Training
HAMILTON, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials and partners from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the Police Activities League and the Texas Game Warden Association will break ground April 9 on the first phase of a planned $20 million training complex in Hamilton County.
Major donors will be recognized at the April 9 groundbreaking, and cadets from the 54th Texas Game Warden Academy class will be participating in scheduled field training exercises at the site.
For more than 30 years, game warden cadets trained in a converted warehouse on 6.2 acres in downtown Austin, along with a patchwork of borrowed facilities around the state.
That changed when the 54th Texas Game Warden Academy cadet class began training in fall 2008 at existing facilities on a 220-acre property in Hamilton County. Envisioned from the beginning as a public-private partnership, the property was donated by the nonprofit Police Activities League.
The Texas Legislature authorized an initial infusion of $3.6 million from the sale of the Austin property to begin construction on 39,000 square feet of instructional, administrative and residential facilities. Along with the state's initial investment, private donors have so far given about $6.4 million, altogether providing about half the estimated $20 million that will be required to complete construction of facilities that will be home to 48 cadets and 16 instructors at a time. With the first phase of the project underway, project partners are launching a broader public fundraising campaign and encourage Texans to support Texas Game Wardens with a donation.
The Game Warden Training Center eventually will include a water rescue training facility, a firing range, an emergency vehicle operations course and more (see complete plans online) -- specialized training facilities that add dozens of hours in travel time and thousands of dollars to the training schedule now. The goal is a world-class training environment for a world-class law enforcement agency.
"Every day, every night, for more than a century, Texas game wardens have epitomized community-based conservation law enforcement across our state," said Peter Holt, chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. "They put their lives on the line, take educational messages to schools, save lives during hurricanes and floods, and do it all with a positive, can-do outlook. Sometimes they pay the ultimate price. Now, with this training center, game wardens could use some help. We hope the people of Texas will respond with donations to help us meet our fundraising goal."
Since 1895, Texas game wardens have built a reputation as "off-the-pavement" peace officers with a heritage second only to the legendary Texas Rangers. Sixteen have died in the line of duty.
That proud tradition of service is carried on today by more than 500 men and women who reflect the diversity of the people of Texas. They come from small towns and some of the nation's largest urban areas. Many have degrees in criminal justice or wildlife management or biology. Others studied the humanities, and worked as bankers and graphic designers, city cops and schoolteachers, before gaining entrance to the Game Warden Academy.
Something they all have in common is their dedication and desire to serve the people of Texas, and to help conserve the state's natural and cultural resources.
Only about 10 percent of applicants to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s law enforcement training program make the cut each year. Those who are accepted undergo the most rigorous training of any peace officer in Texas, and are widely acclaimed as some of the best-trained and best-educated conservation law enforcement officers in the nation. It’s a program with an international reputation.
In the most recent cadet class, two trainees hailed from the nascent conservation agency of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Conservation organizations hope to send officers from as far away as Africa to attend future courses.
Applications are being accepted through April 30 for the 55th Texas Game Warden Academy class.
Major donors to the Texas Game Warden Training Center include William P. Clements, Lee M. Bass, TXU, T.D. Friedkin, T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Edwin L. Cox, Walter Umphrey and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation.
For more information about how to make a tax-deductible donation to support construction of the training center, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site.
News Images of cadets training, a media advisory with details of the April 9 event and artist renderings and a site map of the planned facility are available online at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/game_warden_training_center/
Texas Game Wardens by the Numbers:
--1895: year the first Texas Game Warden was appointed.
$50: monthly salary of deputy Game Wardens in 1895
--1946: First Game Warden Academy
--1,305: Game Warden cadets trained since 1946
--1,418: hours of initial training each Game Warden cadet receives at the Game Warden Training Center
--520: Game Wardens currently on duty in Texas.
--5,000: victims of Hurricane Katrina rescued by Texas Game Wardens in New Orleans.
--16: Game Wardens who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty
--9,749: arrests for water safety violations in 2008
--11.2 million: vehicle miles patrolled by Game Wardens in 2008
--20,768: fish and game violation arrests in 2008
--131,888: boat hours patrolled by Game Wardens in 2008
--3.36 million: law enforcement contacts by Game Wardens in 2008
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April 8, 2009
Cinco de Mayo Regresa al Centro de la Pesca en Agua Dulce de Texas El evento celebra la cultura mexicano americano y los estilos de vida de Texanos
ATHENS, Texas- El 2 de mayo la ciudad de Athens celebrará el Cinco de Mayo con una fiesta en Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, el Centro de la Pesca en Agua Dulce de Texas (TFFC por sus siglos en ingles). Situado 75 millas al sureste de Dallas, el centro ofrece una gran fiesta de comida, música, y baile, además de todas las actividades tradicionales del TFFC, tales como la pesca, giras de tranvía, y espectáculos de submarinistas.
El entretenimiento principal será el Ballet Folklórico de Tyler, con dos actuaciones dirigidas por Cecilia Salgado. También se ofrecerá música para baile público en el centro de conservación o Hart-Morris Conservation Center. El horario es el sábado de la 1:00 de la tarde a las 10:00 de la noche. Después de la 1:00 una entrada reducida se estará en efecto: $2.50 para adultos y $1 para estudiantes entre 12-18 años de edad. Niños de menos de 12 años de edad entrarán gratis.
Las personas que quieren vender comida y otros artículos pueden llamar a James Booker, (903) 670-2266. Se planea un concurso para seleccionar la Señorita de Cinco de Mayo; si quieren participar en el concurso favor de llamar al Sr. Booker también.
Cinco de Mayo es uno de dos feriados importantes mexicano americanos y es celebrado por todas partes de Texas. Según el manual Handbook of Texas, Cinco de Mayo conmemora la victoria del General Ignacio Zaragoza el 5 de mayo de 1862 sobre las fuerzas francesas expedicionarias, en la ciudad mexicana de Puebla. Varios miembros descontentos del partido conservador de México le invitaron a Napoleón III de Francia a enviar el habsburgo Maximiliano y su esposa Carlota para gobernar a México. Eso fue en oposición al movimiento reforma que iba al mando de Benito Juárez.
El Dieciséis de Septiembre es Día de la Independencia de México, y conmemora el "grito de Dolores" del Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla del 16 de septiembre de 1810, en el pueblo de Dolores, cerca de Guanajuato.
Desde los tiempos de la Revolución de Texas de 1836, cuando Texas se separó de México, la población del estado se ha consistido en varias culturas únicas, cada una enriquecida por costumbres españoles y nativos. Ese multiculturalismo posibilitó que toda la gente se adaptara y se juntaran con otras culturas, mientras que se mantenían la estructura familiar y las tradiciones culturales más valiosas. Los Texanos celebran fiestas como Cinco de Mayo para reesforzar sus conexiones culturales con México y entre sí.
Las primeras "fiestas patrias" de Texas ocurrieron en los 1820. Los festejos consistían en música, canciones, bailes, cocina nativa, trajes, y homenajes a héroes folklóricos. En estas celebraciones los tejanos compartían y preservaban sus orígenes étnicos.
El Cinco de Mayo también celebraba los lazos culturales entre "la raza" de los mexicano americanos y la gente de México. La fiesta tiene una relación especial con Texas. El líder del ejército mexicano que derrotó a los franceses en la Batalla de Puebla del 5 de mayo de 1862, fue nativo de Texas. Ignacio Zaragoza nació en Goliad en 1829.
Muchas ciudades de Texas desarrollaron sus propias tradiciones de fiestas patrias. En Houston, las celebraciones empezaron en los 1920, cuando la población hispana creció rápidamente y necesitó su propio consulado mexicano.
Primariamente no más que representaciones de la vida y la cultura y costumbres de mexicano americanos, de vez en cuando las fiestas patrias de Texas también ofrecieron un servicio político. En 1973, los líderes mexicano americanos de Houston chocaron con el consulado mexicano de la ciudad. Declararon que el propuesto verdadero de sus fiestas patrias fue promover su propio patrimonio único y estilo de vida, y no el patrimonio de México. Es en este espíritu que se conduce las festejas del Cinco de Mayo en el Centro de Pesca en Agua Dulce de Texas.
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This release in English: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20090407a