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Grand Isle's Grandaddy Fishing Rodeo Returns
Anglers are jumping over to Grand Isle this weekend for the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Originally founded by a New Orleans fishing club back in 1928, the long-running competition celebrates its 93rd anniversary. Or, maybe it's the 94th.
Protesters March from Grand Isle to Governor's Mansion
by Chris Staudinger
Protests continue in the wake of the passage of SB469. A group began a 155-mile walk from Grand Isle over the weekend. They expect to make about twenty miles each day and reach Baton Rouge at 1pm on Saturday, June 29. Under the moniker “Flood into Baton Rouge,” the group has collected two gallons of water from the Gulf of Mexico and will carry them on their backs to the Governor’s mansion.
Grand Isle Tarball Rodeo
Four Years After Big Oozy, Oil Cleanup Continues on La. Beaches
April 20, 2014 -- In the parking lot of a nondescript office on Grand Isle, three petty officers stood over the gate of a pickup truck, and sifted through a pile of earthen clumps.
Grand Isle: 18 Lbs. of Pot Beached
The Gulf of Mexico is known for suspicious materials, but the most recent chemical discovery is legal to smoke in two states. Over 18 pounds of "suspected marijuana" washed ashore yesterday, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The hefty bag of pot was recovered from the shoreline of the Grand Isle State Park.
New Orleans, SoLa Communities Get Disaster Debt Relief
Debt relief came to a handful of New Orleans agencies on the front lines of disaster response this week. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that she and other lawmakers had cancelled nearly $36 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDL) and adjusted the CDL formula so that $286.7 million in debt was canceled for South Louisiana communities.
Blowout at Natural Gas Rig in Gulf
Updated 1:40 p.m.
A natural gas rig had a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The blowout occurred about 9:30 a.m., about 55 miles offshore, south of Grand Isle, according to the feds. Forty seven workers were evacuated from the rig safely, Colclough said.
Ersters with Beaver, Crawfish and an App
With most of the weekend left to wait until the Super Bowl, New Orleanians will be doing what they do best to count down to the Big Game: sitting around and eating seafood. On Saturday, a pair of events bring new flavor and digital technology to shellfish. A block party-sized crawfish boil in Mid-City highlights a new app. In the Quarter, an oyster-eating contest brings in hot beaver.
Return to the Sheen: Latest Mystery Oil is Near Deepwater Horizon Site
Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard is scrambling to make sense of recent releases of oil in the Gulf. The source of the latest sheen, which appeared near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, remains a mystery. But the USCG is investigating the oil to attempt to determine the cause.
Fish Keep Getting Bigger at Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo
by E.J. Ruane
Stories of fish "this big" abound all over the Southeast this week, as fishermen who flocked from all over Louisiana, as well as Florida, Mississippi and Texas, for last weekend's Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo go home to tell all of their impressive catches. The annual event drew 25,000 people to the coastal city that has a year-round population of about 1,200. Asked about her own highlights of the weekend, director Angela Dorbin said, "Here's a highlight for you. The very first fish caught and weighed at the Rodeo was a 154-pound Tarpon!"
Fishers Set to Tackle Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo
by E.J. Ruane
Tomorrow at daylight, it's Tarpon time on Grand Isle. The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is being held this weekend Grand Isle from July 26-28. According event organizer Angela Dorbin, tarpons "jump, they crash, they break tackle and bones." While this may sound like a reference to our beloved Saints, tarpons are one mean fish.
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