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Oct. 9, 2019
Texas Boating Law Administrator Elected NASBLA Chairman
LEXINGTON, KY - During its 60th annual meeting, held in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2019, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) elected Asst. Commander Game Warden Cody Jones, Boating Law Administrator for Texas, as Chairman of the nonprofit organization for the 2019-2020 year. He succeeds Mark Brown, Oklahoma's Boating Law Administrator. NASBLA is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
Asst. Commander Jones is a 16-year veteran of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and currently serves as the Boating Law Administrator for the state of Texas. Asst. CDR Jones is the state's representation to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Association and is responsible for being the voice of the state on boating safety matters. As a member of the NASBLA Executive Board, he is also responsible for moving recreational boating safety forward through education, enforcement, training and policy on a national level - to the benefit of all states and territories. Asst. CDR Jones was elected to the NASBLA Executive Board in 2013 and is currently serving his sixth year on the board.
"NASBLA is an extremely important partner both on a statewide and national basis regarding boating and water safety. We are seeing an increase in the recreational use of our public waterways which in turn, further demonstrates the need for consistent and strategic water safety enforcement and education. We are very proud of CDR Jones for being selected as the NASBLA Chair and look forward to maintaining a strong commitment to boating and water safety," said Colonel Grahame Jones Director of Law Enforcement, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
As part of the executive management team for the Law Enforcement Division at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Asst. CDR Jones has worked to lead some of the most sweeping changes and build some of the strongest relationships with the agencies partners and constituents alike. He brings a very progressive mindset to implement best practices and new technologies when forwarding the mission and objectives of the agency. Asst. CDR Jones bring this same mindset to his work as a member of the NASBLA Executive Board. At the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., CDR Jones is tasked with the oversight and supervision of the State's Recreational Boating Safety Grant, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Program, Party Boat Operations Program and Coastal Floating Cabins Permit Program as well as the oversight of state boating laws and commission rules.
In May of 2018, Asst. Commander Jones was appointed to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) for the United States Coast Guard for a three-year term. The NBSAC was established by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971. The law requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard by delegation, to consult with the Council in prescribing Federal regulations, and regarding other major boating safety matters. The Council has consistently provided invaluable advice to the Coast Guard on a broad range of boating safety matters.
Asst. Commander Jones is a graduate of Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has attained many state and national leadership training accolades in his career. Asst. CDR Jones resides with his wife and three children in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Other officers of the association serving with Jones include:
--Vice Chair - Tim Dunleavy, New Hampshire Department of Safety
--Treasurer - Kenton Turner, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
--Member-at-Large - Dan Hesket, Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
--Member-at-Large - Susan Stocker, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Conservation & Recreation Div.
--Member-at-Large - Corey Britcher, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
--Immediate Past President - Mark Brown, Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Section

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Oct. 9, 2019
Enjoy Witchin' Halloween Events Throughout October at a Texas State Park
AUSTIN-- Polish the cauldrons and dust off those brooms, Texas State Parks are getting extra spooky this October for some scary-fun events happening throughout the month. A variety of family-friendly Halloween events are scheduled for ghouls and goblins of all ages, including zombie apocalypse hikes, jack-o'-lantern scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating at the park and spooky campfire stories, just to name a few.
Information about the events, taking place across the state, can be found on the holiday calendar page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.
Halloween-themed events happening this month include:
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is hosting a guided zombie apocalypse hike from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 12 and 26. Visitors can learn if they have what it takes to survive if zombies were to emerge. Space for the hike is limited, so participants are encouraged to register on the link in the park's event page. The event is free with park entrance fees.
Gather around the campfire and enjoy a tasty s'more while listening to spooky stories at Fairfield Lake State Park. Kids are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes for this storytelling occasion. Park rangers will meet at the volleyball field at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 for the campfire event that is free with park entrance fees.
Halloween at the Hatchery is the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes. The outdoor event will feature family-friendly games and activities from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24. Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy from booths on the center's grounds. Admission for Halloween at the Hatchery is $1 cash per person and all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations.
Channel your inner Miguel from Disney's Coco and enjoy the colorful holiday of Dia de Los Muertos at Fort Leaton State Historic Site from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Festivities include traditional papel picado crafts (Mexican fiesta banners), tours of Fort Leaton, decorations, including altars for los muertos del fortín (dead of the fort), and pan de muertos (Mexican bread of the dead). Event is free with park entry fees.
For a full list of Halloween events happening at Texas State Parks, visit the TPWD calendar page.