Warming causing stress in Arctic
The Arctic is under increasing stress from warming temperatures as shrubs colonize the tundra, changing wildlife habitat and local climate conditions, researchers said Wednesday.
Sea ice fell well below the previous record, caribou are declining in many areas and permafrost is melting, according to the annual update of the State of the Arctic report.
â€śThe bottom line is we are seeing some rapid changes in the Arctic,â€ť said Richard Spinrad, assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
PUC denies request to intervene in wind farm plans
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has denied an environmental groupâ€™s request to intervene in plans to build two electricity-generating wind farms in Kenedy County.
The Coastal Habitat Alliance, which includes King Ranch, Frontera Audubon Society and several other organizations, had petitioned for â€śintervenorâ€ť status in the construction of a transmission line that will connect two proposed wind farms to the electric grid.
The two wind farms â€” one being developed by PPM Energy and the other by Australia-based Babcock & Brown â€” both are located on privately owned Kenedy Ranch, and so the alliance saw the PUCâ€™s public hearing as its only opportunity to stop the wind farms, representatives have said.
County commissioners consider nearly $10K raise for employee
A Cameron County employee received a nearly $10,000 pay increase, but the vote on his raise was not a unanimous one.
County Judge Carlos H. Cascos questioned why the Cameron County Sheriffâ€™s Department was proposing the $9,636 increase for registered nurse and infirmary administrator Dean Garza after the county had already voted down the pay raise during the countyâ€™s budget hearings.
â€śI have a concern that you are picking one person outâ€ť of all the other employees at the sheriffâ€™s department, Cascos said during Tuesdayâ€™s Cameron County Commissioners meeting. â€śSomething doesnâ€™t look right.â€ť
County takes first step to replace trash contractors
Cameron County commissioners late Tuesday took what may be a preliminary step to replace Red River Service Corp., the unpopular company that collects trash in rural areas of the county under a mandatory program started by former County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa.
The supplemental agenda item, which was passed by a vote of commissioners, states: â€śConsideration and authorization to exempt from the County Purchasing Act the purchase of solid waste collection in the unincorporated area of the county as a health and safety item â€¦â€ť
After the meeting, County Judge Carlos Cascos explained the meaning of the vote:
â€śWell, it was something that we had to do,â€ť the judge said.
New, free Miss America browser aims to keep kids safe on the Internet
By WAYNE PARRY
Seven years ago, 13-year-old Lauren Nelson and a few friends entered an Internet chat room during a sleepover. Within a week, an online predator was e-mailing one of them lurid photos.
“We were chatting with people we didn’t know, which was our first mistake, and someone asked for our personal information,” she said. “A week later, he sent some inappropriate pictures to one of my friends. We were all scared, and told our parents, who contacted the authorities.”
Coming to your doctor's office: Small ultrasound scanners to spot hidden artery plaque
What if your doctor could swipe a wand over your neck and reveal whether you have hidden heart disease?
That is now possible in places other than the sickbay of the starship Enterprise.
Not sure which seafood is best for you? Snd a txt msg
Still not sure which is more eco-savvy, farmed or wild salmon? Snd a txt msg.
The marine conservation group Blue Ocean Institute has launched a cell phone-based service to send you text messages with the information you need to make smart seafood choices.
Remains of John Does stack up
By SUSAN CARROLL
LAREDO, Texas--The yellowing skeletons are stored in filing boxes in the hallway of the old prison outside Laredo. Under fluorescent lights, the dead are stacked in a bay of metal lockers, two high and three across. The walk-in cooler across the hall is larger, but all of the tables are full, too.
At the makeshift morgue, Dr. Corinne Stern, the Webb County medical examiner, started storing bodies on rolling gurneys in the walk-in refrigerator when she ran out of space. Less than ideal, she thought, but temporary. It started with just one or two bodies, but recently, there were at least half a dozen.
“We try to make space the best we can,” she said, “but we are completely full.”
Tarpons punish Zapata
In Port Isabel, itâ€™s good to be the king.
On his way to picking up his Homecoming King honors at halftime, Port Isabel Tarpon running back Nolan Nunez rushed for 214 yards and four touchdownsâ€”in the first half against Zapata. He would finish the night with 274 yards and five scores on the ground (292 yards total from the line of scrimmage) to lead Port Isabel (3-2) to another victory.
Port Isabel won 36 to 7 over Zapata Friday night at Tarpon Stadium.
Officials find swimmer's body after 24-hour search
The body of Thomas Jeffery Lopez, 26, of Brownsville was found Friday on South Padre Island after nearly a 24-hour search, officials said.
The body was found behind the Radisson Resort at about 6 p.m., near the area where Lopez was last seen by a friend, Lt. J.G. Ben Sparacin, Coast Guard Corpus Christi public affairs officer, said late Friday.
It is unknown why Lopez drowned, Sparacin said, but the Coast Guard received reports that he was epileptic, he said.