Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
CAMERON, LA (KPLC-TV) – The federal government has extended a no fishing ban that includes areas west of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish.
The fishing ban now extends 17 miles from the Louisiana-Texas border.
Shortly after the oil spill crisis began in April, NOAA implemented a ban in a large area of the Gulf of Mexico. The ban gradually expanded westward as the oil spill crisis continued.
The ban west of Holly Beach was announced on July 12th, but many fishermen did not know anything about the expansion until more recently.
Nick Poe, with Big Lake Guide Service, said he learned from a friend about the ban, which extends 3 to 20 miles across varying points off the Cameron coast. Poe said a game warden confirmed the news to him a few days ago.
"I spend a lot of time out there," said Poe. "A lot of my friends and a lot of their friends spend a lot of time out there."
Poe said many of his clients are also surprised when he tells them about the ban.
"A lot of these people do want to go out there, and I tell them we're going to have to catch [the fish] in the lake today because we can't go out there," said Poe.
NOAA, the federal agency tasked with enforcing the ban, said the ban is a precautionary move to protect consumers from fish that could be contaminated because of the oil spill.
NOAA said they continue to test samples of fish in both the banned area and in areas outside of the banned area. NOAA said this allows them to monitor whether potentially contaminated fish are migrating to new areas.
The U.S. Coast Guard is the primary enforcer of the ban.
Anyone caught fishing in the banned area will have to toss their catch back into the water and could face stiff financial penalties.
Poe said there are still plenty of areas for him and other Cameron fishermen to fish at. They just hope the ban is lifted soon.
For exact coordinates of the ban, the areas to avoid, call 1-800-627-6622. You can also get the latest updates about no fishing zones along the Gulf Coast by texting fishing@gulf to 84469.