When you’re Dave Robicheaux, you can’t even take a vacation. Novelist James Lee Burke sends New Iberia’s favorite fictional detective to Missoula, Mont., for a little R&R, but before his buddy Clete Purcell can get a dry fly on the water, the bad guys roll over his fishing pole. So begins Swan Peak, the 17th installment in the long running saga of Robicheaux and Purcell’s attempts to fight the good fight in a world descending into moral and environmental degradation. The setting is Burke’s second home, a ranch house on a dead end road in the verdant Bitterroot Valley of southwestern Montana. College students, evangelical preachers, Texas oil men, prison wardens and country western singers all mix it up, while Robicheaux struggles to stay out of the fray. Of course, our hero can’t stand by while the forces of evil gather. This is one Dave Robicheaux ride you don’t want to miss. Swan Peak retails for $25 at local booksellers. — Mary Tutwiler
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Great Harvest Bread Co. owner Michelle MacFadyen was raised on smoked sausage from Johnson’s Grocery. So it was a natural connection for her to begin buying up sausage at Johnson’s Boucaniere, where fellow Eunice native Lori Johnson Walls is carrying on the Johnson family tradition of smoked meats. At Great Harvest, MacFadyen incorporates the hometown specialty into her own smoked sausage cheddar bread, baked fresh every Thursday. Rings of savory ground sausage and chunks of cheese pack more flavor into Great Harvest’s specialty whole wheat bread. Try it toasted alongside your morning coffee for a delicious Cajun breakfast. — Nathan Stubbs
Live and play. That’s what we know Lafayette is good at, and now so does National Geographic Adventure. The September issue has an article titled “Where to Live and Play: the fifty next great adventure towns.” Lafayette ranks among the up-and-coming 50 as the best place in the south central region for paddlers — as in canoeing. “Crawfish boils are always a social affair. And lately so are kayaking and backpacking forays into Acadiana Cajun-Creole country, courtesy of Pack & Paddle. The city is booming with jobs too; it’s one of the few in Louisiana with population growth. Cruise the Atchafalaya Basin bayous and chow down on crawfish. Population: 114,214. Median home price: $171,900.” Some other towns that made the cut: Hood River, Ore.; Malibu, Calif.; Ogden, Utah; Missoula, Mont.; San Antonio, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Boston, Mass.; and Islamorada, Fla. — Mary Tutwiler
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.