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Land Office says wildlife not affected by Gulf spill
by Ed Sterling
 (Posted Today 04:00 am)
Birds and other Texas coastal wildlife have not been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Texas General Land Office.
And, if any tarballs from the spill make it to Texas shores, the Land Office will work with the U.S. Coast Guard and BP to clean them up, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said on June 7.
Governor Rick Perry's office, according to its June 10 news release, participates in daily conference calls about the spill with the White House, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and gulf state governors.
The Texas Workforce Commission on June 8 announced it had sent mobile units to sites on the Louisiana coast. The two 34-foot-long units provide job search and referral services to people whose jobs have been affected by the disaster.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) activated 12 Mobile Response Spill Assessment Teams to monitor air quality, collect sediment and water samples, offer advice on waste disposal and provide training in shoreline clean-up techniques.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has its own oil spill response team and is conducting weekly conference calls with the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Sea Grant College Program and commercial fisheries. No fisheries have been closed along the Texas coast due to this oil spill, the agency said.
Meanwhile, the governor's office said, Texas beaches remain open for summer recreation and business.

Group's site puts
spotlight on I-35
The Texas Department of Transportation on Oct. 7, 2009, officially pronounced it would no longer pursue the Trans-Texas Corridor project, a plan to transform Interstate 35 into a conduit for vehicles, rail and utilities.
But, improvements are still on the drawing board for I-35, which runs from Laredo to the Oklahoma border north of Gainesville.
Citizens who have an interest in the highway's future might take a gander at www.my35.org.
The web site launched June 9 by the I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee focuses on efforts to plan future improvements and on current activities, such as construction on the stretch between the Central Texas communities of Salado and Hillsboro.

Party conventions
nominate, question
On June 12 at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas, delegates voted to elect Houston attorney Steve Munisteri as party chairman.
The Texas Democratic Party on June 10 filed a lawsuit to learn who funded a petition drive to put the Green Party of Texas on the Nov. 2 election ballot.
The Green Party agreed to wait to submit its list of candidates to the state for ballot certification until a court rules on the lawsuit. At its convention in San Antonio, the Green Party nominated retired teacher Deb Shafto of Houston as its candidate for governor.
The Libertarian Party, at its convention in Austin on June 12 nominated Kathie Glass, a Houston attorney, as its candidate for governor.