OUTDOORS: Celebrate pollinators
Bees, butterflies and bugs are some of the important pollinators that help generate wildflower displays, produce crops and sustain native plants.
They can’t do their part without the plants, and the Texas Pollinator Bio Blitz is helping bring attention to the habitat needs of pollinators across the state.
This is the height of the monarch butterfly migration season.
The Texas Pollinator Bio Blitz is a statewide effort to identify as many pollinators as possible from Oct. 7-16.
Search for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds and other animals, and post about them on Instagram and iNaturalist.
“This Pollinator Bio Blitz is going to be a tremendous help to us because monarchs and other pollinators are in trouble,” said Nancy Herron, director of outreach and education for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Herron said the monarch is losing habitat and important larval and adult food resources. She reported the population has declined by nearly 80 percent the past 20 years.
The only tools needed are a camera or Smartphone, and access to the Internet. Register for free on the Texas Pollinator Bio Blitz page on the TPWD website.
Registrants will be emailed daily challenges. Read more in The Bowie News.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (Logo provided by the TPWD, used with permission)
Alton “Fred” Allen
March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Council facing lengthy agenda of new business
Bowie City Councilors face a lengthy agenda of new business on Oct. 25 spanning outside audit proposals, amendments to the personnel policy and six planning and zoning commission requests.
The panel will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
A pair of audit proposals will be reviewed from Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, and Mathis, West & Huffines Group.
The personnel policy amendments center on paid quarantine leave and officer mental health leave.
A resolution for repayment of opioid-related expenditures and payment to abate opioid-related harms will be reviewed, along with the 2021 tax roll.
The council also will discuss the Richwood Lake Estates Park at Amon Carter Lake. This topic is a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot.
An executive session will have the council discuss economic development negotiations on a project. Janis Crawley, executive director of the Bowie Economic Development Corporation, also will give the council an update on the recent Economic Development Administration grant that will provide $1,460,000 to the BEDC for infrastructure work at the Bowie Business Park.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will make his monthly report discussing the asset management program, the audit, search for a new finance director, a program with Honeywell that evaluates facilities on where the city can save money and an update from the Association of Rural Communities.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up Monday night’s council agenda.
Department of Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of multi-fatality accidents in Montague County Thursday night. One occurred at US 82 and FM 1806 and a half hour later one occurred near Star Travel Center outside Bowie. No details were available Friday but watch for updates.
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