Citizens Arrested While Defending Denton, Texas Fracking Ban

Tue, Jun 2, 2015 - 1:07pm

Three members of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group were arrested when they refused to move away from the entrance to a fracking site where work began today.

Before arresting them, however, Sergeant Jenkins, a 30-year veteran of the Denton police department, thanked Adam Briggle, a professor at the University of North Texas, and Denton residents Niki Chochrek and Tara Linn Hunter for the work they had done. 

The three were charged with criminal trespass and released before noon. The arrests come a week after...

Schools prep for guns on campus

Tue, Jun 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

Local university officials are prepared to start planning how to restrict the carrying of firearms on campus as they await Gov. Greg Abbott to sign a bill allowing guns on college campuses.

The bill passed through the House and Senate over the weekend, which allows people with concealed handgun licenses to bring their concealed weapons into university buildings and classrooms. An amendment to the bill does allow university presidents to establish zones on campus where guns won’t be permitted, but the legislation says it can’t be a blanket provision to “generally prohibit” the guns.

Neal Smatresk, president of the...

College faculty members worry over campus carry bill

Tue, Jun 2, 2015 - 12:41pm

 It's the summer session, and things are quiet on the University of Texas at Dallas campus.

But there's a lot of fear and uncertainty about a concealed campus carry bill that cleared the Texas legislature this weekend. Gov. Greg Abbott has indicated he will sign Texas Senate Bill 11.

"The biggest part of it is really the fear factor -- the concern that something terrible could happen," said David Cordell, secretary of UTD's Academic Senate and a member of the UT System's Faculty Advisory Council. "I think the likelihood of anything happening is really extremely small, but in deference to the feelings of the...

Klallam language gets boost in writing with grammar book

Mon, Jun 1, 2015 - 1:54pm

The language of the Klallam people took another deep breath last week. A 392-page hardcover tome, humbly titled Klallam Grammar, was cause for celebration at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center as tribal elder — and Port Angeles High School language teacher — Jamie Valadez was recognized alongside Timothy Montler, the nationally known linguist who wrote the book.  “It's fun,” Montler said when asked what motivated him to devote decades to both Klallam Grammar and its predecessor, the Klallam Dictionary. Montler estimated that book, published in late 2012, contains 12,000 Klallam words. Klallam collaborators...

Fracking a Hazard or Hope for American Energy?

Fri, May 29, 2015 - 12:56pm

The goal for the United States to reach energy independence is supposedly in reach, but critics of the Obama administration say its regulators are making it harder to reach that freedom.

They complain new federal rules taking effect this month that tighten up on fracking won't help.

Hydraulic fracturing has become a common way to get previously unreachable energy out of the earth. It blasts a mix of water, sand, and chemicals into rock formations, breaking them up and freeing trapped oil and natural gas.

But some worry it might be creating health risks for...