A red snapper is released by Sea Grant researchers during a study trip

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

“I look forward to the insights this project will provide as we work to study and manage this valuable resource,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Communities around the Gulf of Mexico depend on the availability of healthy red snapper stocks to support their livelihoods.”

Buddy Oaks photo of three men holding flounder fish

Flounder are some of the wackiest fish we’ll ever catch, but more often than not, they can save the day. That was the case last week during our first good blast of cold air. A few days ago, I was talking to guide Buddy Oaks across the border at the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club. That’s about 30 minutes east of Sabine Lake. He got to talking about their great catches of flounder and sent me a photo. Three guys at the club fished jigs at the mouths of bayous to catch a box full of flounder to four pounds.

1940 by Susan Dunn

I have recently finished reading a book by Susan Dunn titled “1940.” It’s basically about political events occurring in the year before Franklin Roosevelt ran for a third term. Much of the book is about attitudes concerning Nazi Germany’s conquest of Europe and the concerns of Americans about getting in – or staying out of – the conflict. Though I have read quite a bit from that historical period, it is still somewhat shocking to revisit the history of how involved Germany was in trying to influence American opinion and politics.

Shelby, black Lab

Meet Shelby, a 45-pound female black Lab mix. Shelby has been at Beaumont Animal Care since Oct. 24, and shelter staff wish to see her adopted soon. She is a happy dog, gets along with her kennel mates, and walks like a sweet lady on a leash. Shelby is not a big fan of cats but loves to be with people, especially when they have an endless supply of toys for her. She has kind, gentle behavior. To learn more about Shelby, visit her at Beaumont Animal Care, 1884 Pine St., Beaumont, ID No. 31595.

Joette Reger of Garden Gate

It is such a thrill each year to see the little buds come out on my Christmas cactus plants. Seems like they tease me for about three weeks before the buds turn into gorgeous blooms. What a seasonal decoration! Between blooming seasons, I keep them along with “expired” orchids on the tile floor under a piano. That way, it is hard to forget to give them watering every week or so until they surprise me with blooms again.