Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, doesn’t want his region playing second fiddle anymore in the state’s developing coastal protection plans. That’s why he’s pushing legislation this session to give southwest Louisiana an authoritative voice it’s never had.
“Southwest Louisiana has traditionally never gotten a whole lot of coastal restoration money,” he says. “And one reason for that is we never had levee districts in southwest Louisiana to maintain projects that come from the feds.”
Morrish’s Senate Bill 693 would change that by creating the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. It would cover the parishes of Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion. The governor would be charged with appointing 15 members and the Senate would have to ratify the choices, just like other levee boards.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.