Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be holding a public meeting at the Eisenhower State Park’s Recreation Hall on Monday, November 26th at 6:30pm (park entrance fees will be waived). A status update regarding Lake Texoma fish populations will be presented and information concerning plans for a year-long angler survey and economic analysis beginning this December will be discussed.
In summary, the focus of this random survey will be to estimate fishing effort and annual harvest of all sport fish species in Lake Texoma. Similar surveys were routinely conducted between 1987 and 2001, but this type of data has not been collected since that time. During the survey, biologists will be contacting anglers on the water and asking a short series of questions pertaining to the group’s fishing activities including the duration of their fishing trip, the species they are targeting, and how many fish the group has caught and harvested. In total, the disruption of fishing activity takes about one to two minutes, although anglers are encouraged to continue fishing during the survey.
In addition to the short, on-the-water survey, ODWC and TPWD biologists will be working with researchers from Texas A&M University to conduct a more in-depth economic analysis of fishing activity at Lake Texoma. During the on-the-water survey, biologists will be requesting contact information from one member of each group who will be sent a more detailed questionnaire about their group’s fishing trip. The goal of this study will be to assess the overall annual economic value of fishing at Lake Texoma as well as evaluate angler opinions and uncover potential fisheries management issues at Lake Texoma.
This type of data is vital to fisheries managers because it helps us to model how current fishing regulations impact fish populations as well as fishermen. The information also helps our agencies distribute information to reservoir stakeholders and prioritize fisheries management and stocking efforts.
The economic valuation will also help define how fishing at Lake Texoma benefits local and regional economies. This value is vital to understand when faced with reservoir or water management issues that may impact this nationally important fishery.
Contact Matt Mauck (ODWC) @ (580) 924-4087; or, Dan Bennett (TPWD) @ 903-786-2389 with questions.
Home Hospice of Grayson and Cooke Counties is pleased to announce a new four-week Support Group starting on November 27, 2018 in Whitesboro. This group will be specially focused on grief through the Holidays. Each week we will work through discussion topics such as facing extended family, creating new traditions and getting through “firsts.” The group will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Union Street, in Whitesboro.
The sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00am – 11:30am November 27th, December 4th, 11th and 18th.
“Experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one is a normal part of life’s journey” said Kelly Lamkin, Home Hospice Social Worker. “However, it can become an overwhelming enemy that can be harmful physically and emotionally. There is no magic pill or quick fix for this grief, but sharing your journey with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, can make it easier. Come and join us – you can attend all four support groups or just one if you choose.”
To register for the support group, please contact Nancy Jackson at 903-868-9315. Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit organization founded in 1982 and serving our communities for 36 years. Our mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of our patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit www.homehospice.org or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homehospiceofgrayson.
The Children’s Museum’s MEGALung is traveling to schools throughout Hunt County. As the recipient of a recent Tobacco Grant from Hunt Regional Healthcare, the Children’s Museum is bringing their one-of-a-kind lung to classrooms. As part of the instruction, students have the opportunity to sit inside the 8 foot tall MEGALung. Such lung diseases as cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, COPD, asthma, and bronchitis can be seen on the giant lung. Instruction in the classroom includes the students’ ability to measure their oxygen level and blood pressure through using oximeters.
Through the lessons on maintaining healthy lungs, students learn that tobacco use, either inhaling, through secondhand smoke, or other products, is the top cause for not only lung, but also other types of cancers. They learn that lung cancer has the highest occurrence of any cancer in Hunt County. According to DataUSA, smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80 percent of deaths caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
“We hope that the impact of walking through the giant lung combined with the information on maintaining a healthy lung will make a lasting impression on the students. We hope they will go home and share the information with their families,” said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. “The funds from the Tobacco Grant are being used to improve the health in Hunt County.”
The MEGALung has also been taken to Health Fairs and schools in Fannin and Lamar counties. For information on bring the giant lung to your school or event, call the Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.