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Posts published in “Day: February 21, 2019”

SJRC stops one permit, faces other threats

JACKIE YOUNG, San Jacinto River Coalition

HIGHLANDS – Since the beginning of the year, the San Jacinto River Coalition, part of THEA, has held two public meetings to update everyone on developments around the Waste Pits site.

The clean-up itself is in the Remedial Design phase, with the work plan approved. EPA and the PRP are actually working on Pre-Design Phase I, which can be seen on the EPA website. Phase II will be posted by Feb. 12, she said, and will continue through July. Young expected work to remove the waste material could start by the end of 2019.

Young said that the PRP had hired a new consulting firm, GHD Consultants, with experience in this type of Superfund site. They will be helping prepare the work plan and Remedial Action plan. Maintenance of the current Cap is under the direction of another engineering firm, Anchor QEA & Integral.

Sampling of the current material under the cap is taking place, to categorize the degree of hazardous material, and decide where to dispose of it. On site, core samples can be seen in drums, and water level samples in red storage tanks. These will be sent to a lab for testing.

Young criticized the sampling effort, noting that they are not testing for PCBs. “We really don’t understand what is the composition of this waste,” she said. She also questioned whether workers on the site had adequate environmental protection gear, and whether samples taken were protected from tampering or alteration.

SAMPLES of ground water, and cores are being stored in these drums, and then taken off-site for lab tests to determine the toxicity of the material under the cap, and how high the water table is below.

DREDGING PERMIT (more…)

Football Coach Kay Recognized

Rep. Hernandez and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recognize Coach Kay and the #1 high school football team in the nation, the Galena Park ISD North Shore Senior High School Mustangs.

Coach Kay and the Mustangs also received recognition at a Pep Rally at the North Shore Stadium, and an award at the downtown Houston Touchdown Club.

Coach Kay received an award from the Houston Sports Awards, as televised on Channel 13 at the beginning of February. The team was recognized in a category called “Moment of the Year” for the hail Mary catch that won the playoff game.

Coach Kay and Mustang players were also honored at the North Shore Rotary luncheon in February.

North Shore Lady Mustangs eliminated in Playoffs

Lady Mustang freshman #5 Donalyn Johnson leaps high over two Dobie Lady Longhorn defenders to tie the game late in the third quarter. Lady Mustangs were eliminated 35-29. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

February 11, 2019 – Deer Park was the neutral site for the Girls 6A Bi-District Basketball Playoffs where the Dobie Lady Longhorns eliminated the Lady Mustangs 35-29. It was a defensive game and the lead changed and was tied several times until the final few minutes. The Lady Mustangs turned-over the ball numerous times in the final minutes, the Lady Longhorns easily scored from the turnover’s and pulled away with the win.

Rep. Hernandez hosts Seniors Valentine’s Dance

Rep. Hernandez with senior citizens at the Valentine’s Day Dance

Friday, February 8th saw a day full of dancing and socializing at the 12th Annual District 143 Seniors Valentine’s Day Dance at the Leon Grayson Community Center in the North Channel area. As always, there was delicious food, dancing, and a good time was had by all thanks to the hard work of volunteers and sponsors.

NS Mustangs advance in Playoffs

#11 Mustang Ian Butler jumps high past Trojan defenders with a layup for a score.

Defeat South Houston 42-35; Dickinson next

By Allan Jamail

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 — The North Shore Mustangs basketball team advanced in the 2019 Boys State Basketball Championships – 6A Regions 1 & 3 tournament by defeating the Trojans of South Houston 42 to 35 in Deer Park a neutral site.

The North Shore Mustangs will play next the Dickinson Gators Friday, February 22, at 8:00 PM at the Phillips Field House, 2909 Dabney Dr., Pasadena, 77502.

The Mustangs have an overall record of 29 wins and 3 losses, the Dickinson Gators record is 21-8. If the Mustangs win this Area Around game they’ll advance to the Regional Quarter-Finals against the winner of the Dawson and Humble game.