terrebonne parish

Coastal Desk
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

RESTORE Act Funds Officially Become Available

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, 6 May 2010
Credit Justin Stumberg / U.S. military

The US Treasury Department announced yesterday that Gulf Coast state and local governments can finally submit proposals and apply for RESTORE Act funds. This opens up grants to support communities impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

Some of the $653 million in civil penalties that came out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are now available. 35 percent of that money will be divided equally among the five states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 20 coastal parishes in Louisiana qualify for the funds.

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Latest News
7:34 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Family Of 14-Year-Old Shot And Killed By Terrebonne Deputy Disputing Official Account

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says a 14-year-old boy was brandishing a BB gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Relatives of other teens who were there say that's not true.

Larpenter told The Courier he believes Cameron Tillman thought he was opening the door to a buddy Tuesday evening.

Larpenter says deputies were called to a vacant house by a neighbor who said men with guns had gone in.

Environment
9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish

Provost Cemetery in Dulac, Louisiana.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What a map can’t express are the histories, hopes and desires of communities along the bayous of the Gulf Coast.

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Latest News
7:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Terrebonne And Lafourche Recycling Efforts Stunted By Lack Of Support

Recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes were scrapped for lack of public support.
Adam Fagen Flickr

In spite of a nationwide increase in environmental consciousness, recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have not had widespread public support.

After receiving limited responses from residents, officials said potential plans to revive the curbside recycling programs in both parishes were scrapped.

Terrebonne Parish Utilities Director Tom Bourg tells The Courier there wasn't enough public interest to justify a curbside recycling program.

He says the use of recycling bins placed throughout Terrebonne Parish has decreased as well.

Coastal Desk
5:17 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry

The Working Coast campers set out fishing on their last day.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.

About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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Terrebonne Parish
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Terrebonne Voters to Decide on Water Tax

Terrebonne Parish voters probably will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax designed to pay for water service.

The Courier reports the Parish Council voted this past week to put the 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot. The council must still ratify the measure Jan. 23 after a public hearing.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies Terrebonne with 80 percent of its drinking water.

Terrebonne Parish Schools
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

DeHart Elected President of Terrebonne School Board

Roger Dale DeHart has been elected president of the Terrebonne Parish School Board.

The Courier reports that in voting this past week, board members also selected Richard "Dicky" Jackson to serve as vice president.

DeHart served as board vice president in 2012.

Higher Education
9:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Construction Begins on Terrebonne College Expansion

Construction of an expansion has begun at Fletcher Technical Community College in the Terrebonne Parish community of Schriever.

The Courier reports ground was broken for the BP Integrated Production Technologies Building this past week.

The $5.2 million building, which will house training equipment and classrooms, is partly financed by a $4 million donation from oil giant BP.

Politics
6:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Terrebonne Council Puts Property Tax on May Ballot

Terrebonne Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax to pay for water service or risk higher water costs under a new contract.

The Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies the parish with 80 percent of its drinking water.

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