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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Update for Alexandria to Natchitoches corridor
Alexandria is no longer focused on accommodating evacuees. We’re focused on preparing our own residents.
Read the entire post at CenLamar.
Caddo-Bossier Shelters Full: 61 Parishes declare emergency
From The Times:
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 60,000 to 75,000 evacuees are already in northwest Louisiana, staying in public shelters, private homes, campgrounds, hotels and other residences. More than 1 million people from south Louisiana have, or will soon have to, evacuate.
· The major shelters in the Shreveport area, including those at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Southern University at Shreveport, the Hirsch Coliseum and others, hold about 8,500 beds, virtually all of which are now full.Evacuees are being redirected at those sites to other shelters farther away from Shreveport. Homeland Security officials hope to soon add another 2,000 beds throughout the city, but now are redirecting evacuees to other parishes, as well as those in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas. More out-of-state shelters are opening now that Louisiana is sending word that their shelters are filling up. The CenturyTel Center in Bossier City will act as one of the staging areas for buses headed to other shelters.
· Bossier City also has agreed to allow people with RVs and campers to park in the CenturyTel Center’s parking lot and come inside to use the bathrooms and facilities, though the center itself will not, as of Sunday, be used as a shelter.
· Red River South Marina and Resort, near the CenturyTel Center, has also agreed to allow people with RVs and campers to park there, and use their facilities.
· Bossier City Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Austin said that anyone with campers or RVs who needs help finding a place to stay can actually call his cell phone: (318) 465-5949, or his home phone number: (318) 746-0184.
Bossier Bar People's Law School to be rescheduled
Attorney Ryan Gatti posted this on the Bossier Bar Association blog:
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO GUSTAV
RECEIVED CALL AT 8:00CIVIC CENTER WILL BE A SHELTER. FRIDAY WE WERE TOLD THAT IF IT WOULD BE USED AS A SHELTER IT WOULD NOT AFFECT THE EVENT, HOWEVER, THE EVACUATION HAS CHANGED AND OUR EVENT WILL HAVE TO BE RESCHEDULED SO THAT OUR AREA CAN BE USED AS A SHELTER. PLEASE HOLD YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS FUTURE DATE. I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED. PLEASE LOOK TO THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE EVACUEES IN YOUR SUNDAY PRAYERS.
Sunday Morning Update on Gustav
From The Daily Comet in Thibodaux:
Terrebonne, Lafourche Parishes could receive 25 to 30 foot storm surge
Fleeing Gustav: Thousands of locals take buses to safety
This Map from The Times shows local shelters with phone numbers.
From Channel 12, KSLA
Shreveport's 2-1-1 information center needs volunteers to help field phone calls. 2-1-1 is providing details to those who are seeking shelter, safe haven, and travel route information, and has been swamped with phone calls. 2-1-1 has a 24/7 operation, with six (6) shifts. If you can commit to four (4) hours - day or night - call 1-866-823-9615.
Attorney General’s price-gouging hotline
Get the latest from the National Weather Service on Gustav. Don't forget that Hanna is out there intensifying also.
From Channel 3, KTBS
Evacuees arrive at Jewella Shelter last night
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Shreveport-Bossier Shelters for Gustav evacuees
Caddo & Bossier Schools to close Tuesday & Wednesday
Caddo & Bossier Parish Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Hurricane Gustav. Schools in Bienville, DeSoto and Webster Parishes will be closed as well.
Governor Jindal has issued an Executive Order closing schools in 30 parishes on Tuesday and Wednesday.
SECTION 2: As determined by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Hurricane Gustav could possibly move into Central and North Louisiana bringing substantial rain and possible flooding.
SECTION 3: The governor is authorized to close schools for emergency purposes to protect public health and safety of the citizens of Louisiana.
SECTION 4: Each Superintendent of Education for each school district in the above-referenced parishes shall order the closure of each educational facility under its direction.
Gustav Warnings for Northwest Louisiana
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRALARKANSAS...SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...EAST TEXAS ANDNORTHEAST TEXAS.
THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP WITH THE ONSET OFWARMING TEMPERATURES IN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIRMASS ACROSSTHE NORTHERN SECTIONS PRIOR TO EARLY AFTERNOON AND INTOREMAINING PARTS OF THE REGION INTO THE AFTERNOON. THUNDERSTORMSSHOULD WANE INTO THE EVENING AFTER LOSS OF DAYTIME HEATING.STRONG THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGERCONVECTION ALONG WITH BRIEF BUT LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ANDDEADLY LIGHTNING. NO WIDESPREAD ORGANIZED HAZARDOUS WEATHERIS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN: SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...
HURRICANE GUSTAV IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL ACROSS THE SOUTHERNLOUISIANA GULF COAST LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.FROM THERE...THE HURRICANE SHOULD WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM AS ITNEARS THE LOWER END OF THE TOLEDO BEND RESERVOIR LATE TUESDAY INTOTHE PREDAWN HOURS WEDNESDAY MORNING.
THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO MAKEVERY SLOW PROGRESS EAST NORTHEASTWARD TOWARDS THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR OF EAST CENTRAL TEXAS BY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AS ATROPICAL DEPRESSION. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS SUSTAINED NEAR 40MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OFWEST CENTRAL LOUISIANA AND DEEP EAST TEXAS AS EARLY AS LATE TUESDAYAFTERNOON AND THROUGH THE NIGHT TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAYMORNING. THIS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES...DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANAAND THE SOUTHERN HALF OF NORTHEAST TEXAS. BEYOND THE WIND THREAT...ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS ALL OF NORTHWESTLOUISIANA...NORTHEAST TEXAS AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTARKANSAS BEGINNING LATE TUESDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAYWEDNESDAY.
PERHAPS THE GREATEST THREAT WILL BE WIDESPREAD FLOODINGACROSS ALL OF THE FOUR STATE REGION. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WELL IN EXCESS OF 10 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANAAND NORTHEAST TEXAS WITH ISOLATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 15 TO20 INCHES...CERTAINLY NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY WITH THISLANDFALLING HURRICANE EARLY INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Don't forget Bossier Bar People's Law School Sunday POSTPONED READ UPDATE
The meetings have been postponed due to the Civic Center being used as a special needs evacuation center. They will be rescheduled.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Is it sending a message to his customers? If that is the case, it may not serve his candidate too well.
It just has a tinge of irony to it.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Haynesville Shale: Landmen packing Courthouses
I lifted the Mansfield (DeSoto Parish) picture (right) from T Wong’s Gazette. Read his blogs about working in Mansfield BS (that's Before Starbucks).
The picture from the Bossier Clerk's office (left) I took myself.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Haynesville Shale: Lawsuit filed for recission of mineral lease
The suit was filed by attorney Joe Gregorio on behalf of Harry & Sherry Lou Henderson. The Hendersons granted an oil & gas lease to Windrush, represented by Gaylord and Hyatt, in February of 2005. During the primary term, Windrush assigned the lease to Mecom Oil. In late 2007 Gaylord and John Mecom III contacted the Hendersons to gain a two year extension on the lease so they could drill into the Cotton Valley Formation, which the petitioners allege was a misrepesentation.
According to the suit, they 'misrepresented to petitioners that the language of the rider to the February 2005 lease gave the defendants the right to extend the lease.'
The Hendersons signed the 2 year extension. They were paid $90 per acre for 800 acres.
Mecom then assigned the lease to Petrohawk Energy for the purpose of drilling into the Haynesville Shale.
A month later news of the Haynesville Shale broke to the public and leases in the area are now going for $15,000 per acre and up.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Caddo Commissioner killed in automobile accident
The accident occurred just after 11 a.m. when his westbound Buick left the pavement between the Kingston Road overpass and Mansfield Road, tumbled across the median and an embankment and struck a tree, police spokesman Cpl. Bill Goodin said.
Brown was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m., supervisors there said.
His 84-year-old mother, Charlie Mae Brown Jack, who was his passenger, was taken to Christus Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment of abrasions and injuries police said were not life-threatening.
From The Times
Friday, August 22, 2008
"Activist" Candidate Artis Cash Files Bankruptcy
Perhaps the Rev needs to turn his activism into an active search for a real J-O-B that will pay for that big house in Long Lake.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Keeping up with Riley
Please check out Riley's website for this year's buddy walk. We are raising money and awareness for children with Down Syndrome. Please take a minute to visit her site and pass it on to all your friends.
If you can donate something to the cause, please do so - but most importantly, just visit the site. You will be rewarded. Here are some recent photos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Haynesville Shale: Attorney General says beware of scams
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINERAL OWNERS MAY BE TARGETS OF MISLEADING INFORMATION
THAT CAN COST THEM THEIR MINERAL RIGHTS
(BATON ROUGE, LA)—The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is warning
consumers about misleading documents that can cost mineral owners their mineral rights.
If you are a mineral owner and receive a letter in the mail, with a check included,
requesting that you sign a document that appears to be a mineral lease, you should be
extremely cautious because you may be permanently signing away valuable mineral
rights without realizing it.
The document you are asked to sign may actually be a mineral deed with a
general Power of Attorney. If you sign the document, the Power of Attorney might be
used to amend the document, after you sign it, to reflect that all mineral assets, even those
already in production, are turned over for very little money.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section urges any consumer who
receives such documents in the mail to check the offer out with an attorney before
This is just one example of the type of issue that can come up during a mineral
lease or sale transaction. The Attorney General encourages all property owners in
Louisiana to seek legal advice before signing any documents relating to the sale or lease
If you believe you may be the victim of a mineral lease scam, please contact the
Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Fleming wants to bus laborers from and to Mexico
Monday, August 18, 2008
4th District Congressional Race: The Times Forums
The Times will hold 4th Congressional District race forums at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the LSUS University Center Theater. The event is free and will be broadcast live on Red River Radio, KDAQ. Republican candidates will appear Tuesday, Democrats on Wednesday. Forum sponsors besides The Times include Red River Radio, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, LSUS, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Bossier and Caddo Republican Party (Tuesday), and the executive committees of the Bossier and Caddo Democratic Party (Wednesday). Go to shreveporttimes.com for online updates on the event as well as video and photos.
· District 4 candidate: Gerard Bowen Jr.
· District 4 candidate: Paul Carmouche
· District 4 candidate: Artis Ray Cash
· District 4 candidate: John Fleming
· District 4 candidate: Chris Gorman
· District 4 candidate: Chester T. Kelley
· District 4 candidate: John Milkovich
· District 4 candidate: Jefferson (Jeff) Rowe Thompson
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Haynesville Shale: Bossier Bar to hold People's Law School POSTPONED READ UPDATE
People's Law School: Mineral Rights and Wrongs
The Bossier Bar, a not for profit organization, is hosting a fundraiser this year called "The Citizen's Law School" on August 31, 2008. Doors will open at 12 noon for the first session and doors will reopen at 4:45 for the second session. The Bossier Bar has selected several Louisiana Attorneys who represent landowner interests who will share the fundamentals of mineral law in Louisiana and focus on the legal issues facing landowners in the Haynesville Shale. This is an event created for the citizen, you don't need a legal background to attend. This will be an informative event that you will not want to miss.
Are you a citizen looking for a one stop spot for answering your questions about the Haynesville Play?
Sunday August 31, 2008
Bossier Civic Center
Seating Is Limited.
Two three hour sessions for your convenience
12:30 - 3:30 and
Landowner Attorneys will give a seminar for the non-lawyer landowner.
Top 20 clauses to have in your lease.
When a good lease goes bad: So your not being treated like royalty
Tax Shelters that weather the April Storm.
Current Case Law on Lease Litigation
Admission is $10.00 and tickets will be pre-sold
at the locations listed below starting August 15, 2008.
Visit the Bossier Bar Booth for a Free Living Will
If any seats are left on day of event tickets will be 12.00.
Patrick Jackson, Parish AttorneyJohn Settle
Judge Dewey Burchett
Booth Participants to Answer your Questions:
H&R Block, Tax Servicies
Jeff Thompson for Congress
Commissioner Foster Campbell
Department of Conservation Representatives (Sonrise)
Bossier Assessor Bobby Edminston
Bossier Clerk Cynthia J. Johnston
Others are signing up daily, these are the current confirmed.
Information on where to purchase your tickets in advance here.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Update on Haynesville Shale Meetings
Thursday, August 21 7pm
Vivian United Methodist Church
223 West Louisiana (corner of Louisiana and Cypress)
Thursday, August 28 7pm
American Legion Hall
Mooringsport & North Caddo
Saturday, August 16th 2 PM
Mooringsport Methodist Church
221 Lake St
South Bossier Homeowners
Monday, August 18th 6:30PM
Bellaire Baptist Church
Keithville Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, August 21st 6:30PM
Springridge/Colquitt Fire Station
Cypress Park Area Mineral Rights Group
August 28th 7:00 pm
Benton High School Gym
6136 Highway 3
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Air Force Shuts Down Cyber Command to 'reconsider'
Air Force officials will reconsider retaining BAFB as the provisional headquarters of the command, which would coordinate the defense of computer, electronic and telecommunications systems and would launch cyber attacks on the nation's enemies.
Michael Donley, acting secretary of the Air Force, said Tuesday he's rethinking the Air Force's plans for the command to consider what form it would take "and in what national framework," suggesting the Air Force may play a smaller role in the war in cyber space.
Local politicians who sunk more than $100,000,000 into building the Cyber Innovation Center to back up the command, are playing the usual CYA games:
The Governor: "Having talked to Gen. Elder, he has assured us this is a normal part of the review with new leaders coming into the Air Force," Jindal said in a phone interview. "We're still moving forward. Our goal is to make sure that Barksdale is absolutely positioned for the Air Force to expand."
Mayor Lo Walker: "This is business as usual in Bossier City,” Walker said at the press conference." (Anyone have any idea what that means?)
If you recall, the $100,000,000 from the state and local governments was to support the command because it would bring '5,000 or 10,000' new jobs to the area. This ain't chump change.
Work just began on the CIC:
I believe some politicians from the Bossier Parish Police Jury, Bossier City and from the State will have some explaining to do to the people after their assurances that 'this was a done deal'. More tomorrow.
Links to stories:
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Haynesville Shale: Shreve Centre Coalition
Monday, August 11, 2008
More on Go Haynesville Shale
This is an interactive site, with forums and groups to fit everyone. I have to admit that I'm addicted; I'm there everyday, sharing my opinions, photos, and discussing the phenomenen that is the Haynesville Shale with other members. There are people who know very little and are trying to educate themselves, people who head up and belong to landowner's groups, there are landmen, attorneys and geologists.
If you are interested in the Haynesville Shale, you should not deprive yourself of this free site. I have posted a link in the sidebar to the right just under our 'Haynesville Shale Newslink'.
Check it out.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Bernie Mac dead at 50
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Re-elect Judge Burchett
Judge Burchett served as City Attorney for Bossier City and as Secretary/Attorney for the Bossier Levee Board. He currently teaches seminars on legal subjects to judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers.
Judge Burchett has been married for 41 years to his wife Pat. The Burchetts have two sons and a granddaughter.
In the early 1980’s he traveled to Washington, DC to lobby Congress for funding for the locks and dams on Red River. Although he could have garnered some hefty legal fees for this service, he didn’t charge a dime. Judge Burchett understands public service for what it should be. He is an upstanding individual, an extremely capable Judge, and is deserving of our support to continue in that capacity.
Re-elect Judge Burchett.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A message from Bossier Clerk of Court Cindy Johnston on Haynesville Shale questions
While the Clerk’s office cannot tell you for sure if you do own your rights, they will search your title back for ten years to see if there were any mineral reservations or leases on the property. It would then be up to you to find out through the Conservation Office if your section is affected by production.
To save on ‘phone tag’ and crowds in the office, Cindy has set up an email address to deal with these inquiries. It is email@example.com. Please include your complete name and property information, address, etc., and let her know specifically what you are looking for. You should have a reply within 24 hours.
If you need to clarify anything, or need more assistance, you may phone the Clerk’s office at 965-2336.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Carmouche trounces Republican candidates in poll
Paul Carmouche begins this campaign with 60% name recognition and a 4-to-1 positive/negative ratio associated with his name. By contrast, the three Republicans candidates, Chris Gorman, John Fleming, and Jeff Thompson, have a name identification ranging between 17% and 33%. They are only known by the core Republican voters.
When paired with each of these three opponents on a trial heat, Paul Carmouche defeats all three, with leads ranging from 13 to 19 points. Also, Independent candidate Chester “Catfish” Kelley holds 5% of the vote in all three match-ups.
In Caddo Parish where Paul Carmouche has served as District Attorney, he leads all three opponents by a 2-to-1 margin, and even at this early stage, he receives support from a majority of voters. In Caddo Parish, Paul Carmouche does very well with both Democratic and Republican voters.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
State Department of Natural Resources launches Haynesville Shale Website
KTBS: Haynesville Shale brings boom to Marshall
Restaurant owners in Marshall say they've seen a tremendous increase in business--especially at the downtown restaurants which are close to the Harrison County Courthouse and where all the landmen are working.
Restaurant owners say they don't know how long this increase will last, but they're enjoying the boom while it's here.
See the video at KTBS
Pass the pretzels – it's Bush, the movie
Is it a Saturday Night Live skit? Is it the Dead Ringers Christmas Special? No – it's the teaser trailer for W (pronounced, of course, "Dubya"), Oliver Stone's forthcoming film about the 43rd US President, George W Bush. Stone is an obsessive chronicler of modern American history. In the past, he's given us movies about presidents, including the life of one (Nixon), and the death of another (JFK). He's done movies about US campaigns in El Salvador (Salvador) and Vietnam (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven & Earth); movies about the rise of unscrupulous capitalists (Wall Street), and the fall of the Twin Towers (World Trade Center). But W is a departure, even for him. A biopic of a sitting President, due for release on the eve of the next election, its producers even intend to advertise right alongside TV broadcasts for John McCain's campaign.
Read the entire article at The Independent (UK)