GALVESTON — The museum dedicated to preserving pieces of naval warfare history is turning to the crowd to help continue its mission.
HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock school district board of trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Barbara Derrick on Monday and named Carla Vickroy, the assistant superintendent, as acting superintendent.
A recent column blending Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with North Texas State College golf brought questions to my mind and the minds of a few readers.
We have addressed offshore fishing more than usual lately, and the reason is we are in prime time for that type of fishing, and the action has been outstanding.
Here he comes. You’ve all seen him. He is usually wearing a loud sport shirt, often a straw hat and flip flops. He is loud, boisterous and knows everything about everything. He also likes to tell you all about it as well.
Last month, Katherine — a more than 2,000-pound great white shark — made headlines when she was tracked by researchers, who tagged her off New England’s Cape Cod, to the Gulf Coast and appeared to be headed toward Texas. While beach goers might have had images of the shark that terrorized a fictional summer resort town in the 1975 movie “Jaws,” the chance of being killed by a shark is extremely rare, experts say.
If you could take a test that would determine whether you would develop an incurable, degenerative and fatal illness, would you? Or would you rather not know, choosing to remain blissfully ignorant?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.
Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.
The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.
Hurricane Arthur may be typical of what we see this season with tropical systems. Given cooler than normal water in the Tropical Atlantic, dry air over the central Tropical Atlantic, high wind shear levels and a very slowly developing El Niño, many forecasters are saying that the greatest threat from tropical cyclones this year will be from what is colloquially called “home grown storms.”
GALVESTON - I came across a pretty cool web tool today, created by the United States Geological Survey.
Retailer Target last week put itself in the crosshairs of gun advocates by requesting shoppers not bring firearms into its stores — even where local laws allow.
A slowly developing low pressure area (AL 91) located 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., is being given an 80 percent of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the coming 24 to 48 hours. Although the low is currently drifting in a southwest to westerly direction, it should turn northeast during the next couple of days and head towards the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.
The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91” to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.
The Royal Tern is one of our more common local sea-birds, distinguishable by its bright orange bill and black head-cap. Texas is the most southern area of the tern's breeding grounds. June is when their chicks hatch. In the winter, the tern migrates as far as Argentina in order to find warmth.
This is the time of year when rain is less likely to be the result of mid-latitude events (cold fronts, low pressure troughs and so on) and more likely to appear as the result of tropical weather systems.
GALVESTON — The effect of this year’s seaweed season on the island has been a hot topic this week on the island.
Now that grumbling about heat and humidity has become the norm again, I thought that I would revisit what may be the strangest weather event ever for Galveston. This involves a sharp mid-June cold front on this date 111 years ago (June 14, 1903) that shattered the all-time cold weather records for the month.
When it comes to craft brew options, our beer steins runneth over.
The island is soon to be home to one of the most popular cupcake franchises in the Houston area.
GALVESTON — News that a Houston teenager had been bitten by a shark on a West End beach quickly spread yesterday, as the picture of teeth marks on 14-year-old Mikaela Medina’s back drew clicks from around the Internet.
In the past two years, I’ve run about a dozen 5ks, even placing first in my age group a few times. I run with my husband around the neighborhood or on the beach, once or twice a week, when our schedule allows.
A weak cold front sagging southward over Texas and an upper-level trough and low moving into the southern Plains may bring some rain to the county over the next day or two. A storm complex and squall has reformed over North Texas this morning and could track south to the coast by later today or this evening.
A different way to take advantage of sunsets in photography is to use the sun as your strobe-light for silhouette shots.
Watching herons and egret fish can be most entertaining. And none is more active when it comes to stalking prey in the shallows than the reddish egret, distinguishable by the rusty colored plumes along the head and neck.
The rains over the past week were definitely what the doctor ordered. The 3.32 inches of rain that fell in Galveston over the past five days of the month ended a dry spell that lasted much of April and May.
The Galveston County Food Bank held its annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday. The event mark's the vision of the Food Bank's founders Pastor Bill Ritter, Rev. Posy Jackson and the Food Bank's first executive director Mark Davis.
Something about Galveston lately is striking the right chord with tourists.
With the end of May approaching, chances to watch the wild peacocks of Galveston court on a regular basis are going to dwindle as the birds tend to lie low in summer's heat.
After sitting empty for two years, the building that formerly housed Macy’s at the Mall of the Mainland has a new owner and fate.
CORRECTION: The "black-headed gulls" mentioned and pictured here actuality are laughing gull, colloquially, but incorrectly, referred to as black headed gull, which nest mainly in Europe and Asia and can migrate as far as the U.S. east coast.
An upper-level low to the northwest and a moist, unstable atmosphere is contributing to shower and thunderstorm activity over southeast Texas this morning. This has resulted in a special marine warning for Galveston Bay and adjacent waters and a flash flood watch for the area.
Most people have heard that the experts are predicting an average to below-average season in terms of named tropical systems. This consensus was reflected the other day by NOAA’s official forecast calling for a comparatively slow season in the Tropical Atlantic Basin, as a developing El Niño pattern suppresses activity in the Atlantic while enhancing it in the eastern Pacific.
GALVESTON — On Thursday, the Galveston City Council approved a zoning change for the property that once held the Balinese Room. The change will allow developers to build a structure that rises high as 70 feet — should the developers follow through on their idea to rebuild the Balinese Room as a restaurant and concert venue that could hold as many as 3,000 people at one time.
GALVESTON — Did you see Godzilla last weekend? You probably did. I went and saw it Sunday afternoon.
A very dry spring and an intermediate-term outlook that offer little hope for much precipitation is raising severe drought risk for Galveston County as we move towards summer.
I’ll be on vacation until May 27, but I thought I would ask readers to keep the buzz going. (I will have a Biz Buzz column for Tuesday that's filled with some pretty tasty tidbits.)
A very obvious problem coastal in habitats is trash. Litter is a global problem. And a big percentage of our litter was dumped far out at sea or further along the coast and the current placed it on our beaches. Some of what's disgracing our shores, however, was dropped locally.
A number of people this spring mentioned how ready they were for summer after our long, chilly (by Galveston standards) winter. However, I also found some of these same people grumbling a couple days ago when warm, muggy weather hinted at our long, impending warm season.
Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams will celebrate its new island building on Wednesday (May 14) with a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting and 10 a.m. grand opening.
It is a triumph whenever a sea-turtle is released from rehabilitation and makes its way back into the ocean.
TEXAS CITY -- It was supposed to be a quick stop for gas and a breakfast sandwich at the new Buc-ee's Saturday morning.
Despite the name, sea grass is actually not grass, but a flowering plant growing in what appear to be meadows.
The latest system to roll through Texas failed again to bring any meaningful precipitation to Galveston County. With the long, hot days of summer looming, our chances for slipping into severe drought conditions are certainly on the high side.
With the continuous lack of rain, the wetlands dry up right in front of our eyes.
Galveston's Old City Cemetery stretches between Broadway and Avenue L, 40th and 43rd Street.
April 2014 went into the record books as the third driest April ever for Galveston with only 0.10 inches of rain recorded. That brought total precipitation since January 1 to 4.97 inches of rain, 8.14 inches less than would be expected for the first four months of the year. League City fared a little better with 1.46 inches in April, but that was still less than half of normal for the month. League City has measured 6.35 inches of rain since Jan. 1, which is 7.58 inches less than would be expected.
The Daily News invited candidates from contested races in the upcoming elections to participate in questionnaires, which were compiled largely from points that readers requested us to ask on their behalf.
The dry spell that has left Galveston with a 7.44-inch precipitation deficit since Jan. 1, and on the verge of the driest April since the drought of 2010, shows little sign of abating over the coming few weeks.
The crowds over Easter weekend confirmed my hopes — the ocean was warm enough and the next six months will see my family at the beach often.
GALVESTON — Galveston is the single most exciting place in Texas, at least according to one real estate blog.
Notice all that activity at the building formerly occupied by Flamingo Steak and Seafood, 6028 Heards Lane on the island?
Living in a place where shores are a few minutes from anywhere, it's still easy to go too many days without paying attention to the wetlands, a sunset, or water all together. Be it the Gulf or the bay, water is a great antidote for the electronic waves flooding our brains, and especially the ones of children.
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