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Ben West of Dixie County took this picture of an American flag hanging over one part of the Suwannee River. He said this is one reminder for Memorial Day (which is Monday, May 30), when we remember all of the American soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty to protect freedom and the American way of life.

Photo by Ben West © May 28, 2016 @ 8:37 a.m.


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FWC conducts recovery mission

FWC officers Robert Johnston Jr. and Paul Schulz join the search for Gilbert Valdes. The Duke Power plant in Inglis can be seen on the horizon in the background.


Story and Photo
By Micaiah Johnston © May 24, 2016 @ 8:27 a.m.
Updated May 25, 2016 @ 8:07 a.m.
Student Journalist for HardisonInk.com
     CEDAR KEY --
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently conducting a recovery mission for a man who was lost in the Gulf of Mexico during a storm Friday (May 20), according to information provided by FWC Maj. Andy Krause and Lt. James Umhoefer.

     Gilbert Valdes, a 54-year-old federal employee, was on a boat as he was fishing approximately five miles from Cedar Key with his brother Garrick Valdes and friend Bruce Smith when they were suddenly caught in a storm. Their boat began taking on water and soon capsized, the FWC said.
     While Garrick Valdes and Smith were able to get their lifejackets beforehand, Gilbert Valdes was not, the FWC said.
     Garrick Valdes and Bruce Smith were later rescued by the United States Coast Guard, but Gilbert Valdes has yet to be found. Due to the accounts of the two witnesses, it is not believed that he survived, and the FWC is treating this case as a recovery rather than as a search and rescue mission, the FWC said.
     The search began early on Saturday morning after a worried relative called the USCG, when the men did not return on time. FWC currently has three vessels and a fixed-wing aircraft taking part in the search, the FWC said
     “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family” FWC Lt. James Umhoefer said.
     The FWC encourages boaters to check the weather before leaving and to wear a lifejacket at all times while on the boat.
     PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Please see the May 18 story about safe boating at the bottom of this page.

Police chief endorses
governor's appointee as
interim Marion County sheriff

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 23, 2016 @ 10:57 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas Monday night (May 23) responded to the Chiefland City Commission that he was happy to not be at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

     One of the members of the Chiefland elected leadership made a comment about the MCSO to Douglas, and the chief answered professionally.
     The comment related to Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair having been indicted on perjury charges, and Gov. Rick Scott announcing on Friday (May 20) the appointment of Emery Gainey as the interm Marion County sheriff.
     Blair was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of perjury and official misconduct, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
     Blair posted bail and was released from jail within hours after his booking, according to records.
     Blair had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury concerning an investigation of allegations of deputies being too rough with suspects. Records show the state had reasonable cause to charge Blair with being untruthful on purpose while being under oath when he asnwered questions before the grand jury.
     Blair faces two charges of perjury in an official proceeding and a third charge of official misconduct, according to records. These charges are third-degree felonies, punishable by a maximum five-years prison sentence and $5,000 fine.
     Meanwhile, the man appointed to replace Blair is asking staff for calm professionalism as the office moves forward with protecting the lives and property of residents and visitors in Marion County.
     As for Douglas, who went up the ranks and became an MCSO major, and was once a candidate for Marion County sheriff years ago, he spoke well of Gainey.
     Douglas mentioned Gainey had been the director of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs. Douglas said Gainey was an excellent law enforcement officer and leader.
     The city police chief shared other news with the City Commission on Monday night. Douglas said his department was saddened to hear about the loss of Sumter County Sheriff's Correctional Officer James "Jimmy" Russo, 31, who died Saturday (May 21) from injuries he suffered from in a crash four days earlier.
     Prior to becoming a Sumter Corrections deputy, Russo was a police officer with the Chiefland Police Department from 2012-2013.
     Russo, 31, had been driving to work just after 5 a.m. on May 17, Douglas said, when he lost control of his car and crashed in Hernando County on State Road 50.
     Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported that Russo was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and was ejected from his vehicle when it overturned.
     According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Russo was hired in 2013 at the Sumter County Detention Center as a civilian detention support specialist and was later promoted to be a certified detention deputy.
     Chief Douglas said he understood Russo wanting to go to a bigger department, and that he thought very highly of him as a law enforcement officer.

FHP seeks unknown man
after fatal crash Sunday night

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 23, 2016 @ 9:07 a.m.
     LAFAYETTE COUNTY --
One man died and another man is being sought after a Sunday night (May 22) crash in Lafayette County, the FHP said.

     A white-colored 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 owned by Eusebio Trejo-Vega, was traveling southbound on State Road 51 just north of Lafayette County Road 536 at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Fulton and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. L. Ward.
     For unknown reasons, the Ram left the roadway and traveled onto the western shoulder of SR 51, the FHP said.
     In reaction, the driver, who is not identified as Trejo-Vega but is listed as "unknown" in the press release, attempted to return the vehicle back onto the roadway by steering sharply to the left, the FHP said. The passenger in the vehicle is not identified as Trejo-Vega, either, but also is listed as "unknown" in the press release.
     The Dodge traveled across SR 51 to the southeast and went into the northbound lanes, the FHP said. The driver again attempted to recover by sharply steering to the right, the FHP said. The vehicle began to rotate clockwise as it slid to the southwest across SR 51, the FHP said. The vehicle left the roadway once more onto the western shoulder of SR 51, where it began to overturn before coming to final rest on its roof, the FHP said.
     Trejo-Vega was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover event and was pronounced dead at Shands at Live Oak Hospital. An unidentified Hispanic male was reportedly seen climbing out of the wrecked vehicle immediately following the crash, the FHP said. The unknown occupant left the scene of the accident and has not been located as of Monday morning, the FHP said.
     Anyone with any information on the identity of the male subject possibly with Trejo-Vega, is asked to please contact FHP Cpl. L. Ward at 386-758-0431.

Paranoid zombie trend
increases in Levy County


Levy County Sheriff's Office Inv. Joe Barrera speaks about drug abuse in Levy County.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 20, 2016 @ 9:17 p.m.
     WILLISTON -
Normal human beings transform into paranoid, twitching, itching, amped-up individuals who can't sit still, and then when their dose of methamphetamine wears off, they become like zombies.

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Levy County Prevention Coalition Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Lewis welcomes everyone to the meeting.
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     After the ramping-up from the drug, the people are mentally and physically drained to the point of being like the walking dead of the mythical zombies.
     Members and guests of the Levy County Prevention Coalition heard about methamphetamine affecting more families in Levy County now as a trend of drug abuse has evolved during the past 13 years. The drug of choice has migrated from a dominance of cocaine, through prescription drug abuse, and now the scourge of communities - methamphetamine.
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In this video, which includes a video in the background, Levy County Sheriff's Office Inv. Joe Barrera shows that a bottle of chemicals used as part of the process to make methamphetamine can have expanding gases that ignite. The spark from lithium and water mixing is like the spark of a match and when it hits the gases in the bottle, it is like lighting gasoline fumes. LCSO Deputy Tim Rogers said this is what it looks outside in a controlled demonstration. In a bathroom, it can result in the death of the person making methamphetamine.

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     Much like one effect of cocaine, this form of "speed" causes an addiction that drives the addict to perform whatever needs to be done to obtain more of the drug.
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Kristina Zachry of QuitDoc holds a bag of methamphetamine that was passed around at the meeting so that people could see what it looks like.
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    Levy County Sheriff's Office Inv. Joe Barrera said at least 70 to 80 percent of the armed robberies, burglaries, home invasions and other forms of theft are driven by people who become slaves to an addictive illegal drug.
     The recent capture of the “Pillowcase Burglars,” Barrera said, is an example of how methamphetamine addicts commit stealing and looting rampages.
     Barrera tells the members of the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division that the thieves they seek are the drug abusers he, too, wants to arrest.
     Barrera has been on the LCSO for 18 years, with 13 of those in the drug squad. Thirteen years ago, he said, there was a stronger use of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. Then the drug problem switched to prescription drug abuse, he said.
     Methamphetamine users, manufacturers and dealers are a problem all over Levy County now, he said. Also known as “glass,” “shards,” “shattered, and “ice,” there is a form of this drug that looks like pieces of glass or ice.
     Another form of meth looks like yellowish soap, he said. There is no difference in how it affects bodies and minds. The clear form is more attractive and therefore it sells for a higher price.
     People who use the drug often suffer from psychosis, he said. The drug distorts their senses, heightening them but also altering them from sensing what is real.
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LCSO Deputy Tim Rogers said he has seen the impact of methamphetamine abuse in Inglis. Some of the kingpins of meth making from Inglis are now residents of the Florida Department of Corrections Prison System.

     Some meth abusers become paranoid about everyone, he said. They often start to distrust even their fellow drug abusers and become certain the police are watching them.
     Of course, sometimes that is the case.
     The demons they perceive as chasing them, however, are a bad hallucination and the bugs they feel crawling under their skin is not real either.
     LCSO Deputy Tim Rogers joined Barrera for the presentation. Rogers, a former member of the Inglis Police Department, said meth addicts will do anything to get more of the drug.
     They steal. They prostitute themselves. Some meth sellers lure women into using the drugs with free samples for a few days. Once they are hooked, the dealers say the females must perform sex acts for more meth.
     Barrera and Rogers stressed that help from the public is critical to success in catching meth users and in stopping meth labs. If a person sees something they think is suspicious, the officers said, they should call the LCSO at 352-486-5111 and report it.
     When cars drive up to a residence all night long and into the wee hours of the morning, those people may be buying methamphetamine.
     Barrera explained how today’s “shake and bake” meth labs are a set of chemicals and ether that are put into a bottle, shaken, and then later the syrup is baked. This is different from the earlier version of meth labs that had more equipment.
     The one-bottle method, calls for a mix of toxic chemicals that are strained through coffee filters and baked in Pyrex cookware. The remaining solid residue is scraped from the bottom of the pans.
     People either smoke that form of the drug in glass pipes or they inject it into their bloodstream using syringes and hypodermic needles.
     Barrera said the wear and tear that methamphetamine puts on a human body results in a 20-year-old person looking like they are 40 to 60 years old. Of course, some 60-year-old individuals look relatively handsome, but Barrera is just saying the drug ages a person in a bad way.
     The homemade drug causes a problem during its manufacture. The procedure is toxic and full of danger. Mixing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), lye (Drano), anhydrous ammonia, lithium from batteries, ether and some other forms of acids and bases creates a potential fire hazard.
     Heat and flammable fumes can present a problem.
     The toxic fumes from the manufacturing process are harmful to humans and pets. Some children are exposed to the poison by being in a home where an adult is making the methamphetamine.
     Meth labs are so toxic that special training and equipment is required to deactivate them. Barrera, Rogers and two other members of the LCSO have certification to safely render a meth lab inactive.
IN OTHER NEWS
     While the presentation by Barrera and Rogers was informative, there was other news from the Thursday afternoon meeting of the Levy County Prevention Coalition (LCPC).
     LCPC Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Lewis said the group plans to take measures to show young people information about the dangers of methamphetamine use and manufacturing.
     Another project named “No One’s House” is continuing to grow. In this venture, parents list their homes as a place where no underage person is going to be allowed to drink alcohol. Lewis said as more and more parents become aware of it, they will look to see if their child is visiting a house where that is the rule.
     Friday Night Done Right is a program that has seen strong success in Dixie County, and the LCPC is working to have more of these events in Levy County too.
     Vendor training procedures are in the works again. The LCPC has seen success in helping owners, clerks and others know when to no longer serve an intoxicated person, as well as to remember to check for valid identification when selling alcohol or tobacco.
     Another program the LCPC is continuing to build is “You’re Not Alone.” This is in conjunction with Hernando County Coalition to help students in middle and high school with mental health issues.
     The Know The Law course is scheduled to be provided to students at Levy Learning Academy, Yankeetown School and Whispering Winds Charter School. The curriculum has been taught to fifth graders at Chiefland Elementary School and seventh graders at Chiefland Middle School.
     Representatives from Unity Family Community Center spoke about mentoring programs, an upcoming golf tournament and other opportunities where it is helping the LCPC.
     The Unity Family Community Center Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 6 at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, 8300 N.W. 31st. Lane, in Ocala.
     There are sponsorship levels at $7,000; $5,000; $3,000; $2,000; $1,500; $1,000; and a team sponsorship is at $500. An individual golfer is listed at $150.
     The deadline for entries is July 25. Tori Jackson is the tournament chairperson. She can be reached at 352-789-0385 or ufccktm@gmail.com. The tournament co-sponsor is Kisha Thomas. She can be reached at 352-281-3295 or lstufcc@gmail.com.
     The mission of the Unity Family Community Center (UFCC) is to improve the quality of life of families and individuals by providing services and opportunities designed to create change through economic development, social services and health initiatives.
     The UFCC Summer Camp is from June 20 to July 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Registration has begun. This summer camp will include skating, movies, bowling and swimming. It is at 20030 N.E. 23rd Place, Williston.
     For more information or to register for summer camp, call Director Lararsha Jones at 352-529-2030 or email to lararsha.ufcc@gmail.com. Camp is funded by UFCC, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Office of Prevention and Victim Services.

Safe boating saves lives;
Sturgeon viewed

FWC Wildlife Officer Luke Davenport and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Public Information Supervisor Karen Parker start the morning trip on Tuesday to promote safe boating.

Story, Photos and Videos
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2016 @ 10:27 a.m., All Rights Reserved
     SANDY POINT –
A boat ride Tuesday morning (May 17) starting from the banks off of Suwannee County along the Santa Fe River to that river’s confluence with the Suwannee River, and then downstream heading toward the Gulf of Mexico provided a chance for reminders about boating safety and an opportunity to view jumping sturgeons, an alligator and some birds.



In this video, a few successful video captures of jumping sturgeon are seen near the U.S. Highway 19 bridge between Dixie and Levy counties in July of 2015. Then the clips show some of the time watching for sturgeon to jump in the Suwannee River near Rock Bluff Springs, between Dixie and Gilchrist counties. The later clips also are from Tuesday morning (May 17). The clips end with a boat going by the FWC vessel.


     Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Public Information Supervisor Karen Parker of the Lake City regional office and FWC Officer Luke Davenport provided river transportation and insight about boating safety and sturgeon.
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A pileated woodpecker flies from a tree on the riverbank.
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A great blue heron stands in the water near a big cypress knee.
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A common egret travels in the air near the river.
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This splash is from a big sturgeon hitting the water. The fish in the air photo was just missed. This is one of the many that got away.
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A banded water snake makes its way across the river. This is not a venomous snake.
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     The FWC wants everyone to enjoy the waterways, Parker said, including during the Memorial Weekend. Using safe boating practices will let everyone go home after an adventure on the water, she added.
     First – wear a life vest, Parker said. Many people know how to swim, she continued, however if a person falls off a boat and is knocked unconscious, they cannot swim.
     Second – Be aware of what is going on around you while you are in a boat. Develop a 360-degrees sense of what is about you, because sometimes other boaters are inexperienced or do not take care while they are on the water.
     A press release from the FWC urging boating safety was provided on Tuesday (May 17) too.
     “Florida is a great place to enjoy boating year-round,” Maj. Richard Moore, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section, said in the recent press release. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Both the holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 21­27, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.
      “FWC officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Moore continued. “We want to reach out to as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”
     Other safety tips are to designate a sober boat operator, pay attention and keep a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, file a float plan, and take a boating safety class.
     According to the recently released FWC 2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report, there were 737 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year.
     Many of those accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone had been wearing a life jacket.
     More than 64 percent of the 55 boating-related deaths confirmed in 2015 were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.
     “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” said Moore. “However with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. Our officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”
     For a copy of the 2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report, visit MyFWC.com/Boating and select “Safety and Education” and “Boating Accidents.”
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http://myfwc.com/boating/safety-education/accidents/
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THE BOAT TRIP
    The boat trip with Davenport and Parker on Tuesday morning unveiled a number of other boaters on that stretch of those rivers. Most of them were fishermen with boats that hugged the shoreline as they sought bream and other fish.
     Only one boat operator needed to be reminded about running at a certain speed in certain areas.
     Sturgeon were the fish being sought for photo opportunities.
     Sturgeon in the Suwannee River are more abundant than they are in the Santa Fe River, however this species of fish are on both rivers. There was one occasion Tuesday where a sturgeon jumped from the Suwannee River about one minute before a boat crossed that very area at a relatively fast speed.
     Like most wildlife photography, it takes patience and attention to capture a sturgeon on film or digitally. Another key is to find a good hunting area for the wildlife to be photographed.
     The sturgeons on Tuesday were wily. They jumped only when cameras were pointing away from them. A method to cue the fish to jump on command had not been determined by the photographers at that time.
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Cypress trees at Sand Slough create a pretty picture on the Santa Fe River.


     Even what can be a relatively easy shot of an alligator on the banks of a river proved to be a tricky action. The long reptile may have sensed danger when the boat turned around to return for that photo opportunity, because he or she slid under the dark waters of the river – out of view.
     Sturgeons are giant prehistoric fish that swim into the Suwannee River and Santa Fe River from the Gulf of Mexico each year in March or April, Parker said. They enter the rivers to spawn, Davenport mentioned.
     They return to the Gulf between September and November, when the weather starts getting colder. They don’t eat much while they are in the rivers, and so when they get to the Gulf of Mexico, they chow down.
     Fished commercially until 1984, the Gulf Sturgeon population had to be protected or they would have become extinct. That population now numbers only about 10,000, according to recent figures from biologists.
     Wildlife Officer Davenport captained the 19-foot, 2003 Pathfinder with its 150-hosrsepower, four-stroke Mercury engine during the morning review of a 10-mile to 15-mile stretch of the rivers.
     Launching from the Suwannee County side of the Santa Fe River at Sandy Point, the party of sturgeon-searchers began idling downstream along the body of water that separates Gilchrist and Suwannee counties.
     The FWC sturgeon exploratory mission eventually passed through the area where the Santa Fe River and Suwannee River meet. Parker said this area is among the eight most high traffic areas for seeing sturgeon jump.
     There is a sign posted to warn boaters about the fish.
     Continuing downstream to Rock Bluff, next to the Suwannee River relatively near the southwest side of Gilchrist County Road 340, the group floated and watched for sturgeon.
     This is a high traffic area for jumping sturgeon. Yet another place to see these fish jump is near the U.S. Highway 19 bridge over the Suwannee River between Dixie and the Levy-Gilchrist counties’ area of Fanning Springs.
     And the sturgeon may jump anywhere in the river.
     The first jumping sturgeon seen on Tuesday was about seven feet long. It was the biggest noticed by the trio that morning. Approximately a half dozen other sturgeon launched into the air during the few hours’ review of the rivers.
     At one point as the boat gently floated downstream, a baby sturgeon stuck its face out of the water just enough to “laugh” at a journalist-photographer who was not quick enough on the camera’s trigger to capture its little fish face poking above the surface of the river.
     This beautiful stretch of river is even more fun for some fishermen and boaters when it is not full of other boaters and fishermen. The weekends show more boat traffic than on weekdays.
     While there was a forecast of possible showers happening that Tuesday afternoon, the morning turned out to be picture perfect for a nice jaunt down and up the two rivers.
      In 2006, FWC officials began working on a public awareness campaign to alert boaters to the risks of jumping sturgeon.
     There are signs posted at many boat ramps along the Suwannee River to explain the risk from impacts with these fish. And there are some signs in the rivers at some places.
     Other signs boaters must notice are those that advise to slow to idle speed and to make as little wake as possible.
     Part of safe boating includes conducting some research on the areas where a boating trip is planned.
     Look for signs. Any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as "Idle Speed - No Wake" must operate at the minimum speed that allows the vessel to maintain headway and steerageway.
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     Any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as "Slow Down - Minimum Wake" must operate fully off plane and completely settled in the water.
     The vessel's wake must not be excessive nor create a hazard to other vessels.
     As for the fish of the day, the Suwannee River appears to support the largest viable population of Gulf sturgeon.
     Biologists are unsure why sturgeons jump. One theory is that the fish jump to communicate. Another idea is that they jump to provide photographers with targets.
     They do not jump to hurt boaters, Parker said.
     “I have seen these collisions referred to as ‘attacks,’" Parker said "These fish are in no way attacking when they jump. They are simply doing what they have been doing for millions of years -- jumping. They aren’t targeting boaters.”
     Parker said she has spoken with researchers who believe they jump to communicate with each other. Biologists have told her that the sound of a boat motor is not something that causes the fish to jump.
     She has noticed that when the river water is high, the sturgeon jump less. Some individuals may say the correlation of less sturgeon collisions results from fewer boats being on the rivers when the water is so high that they must idle.
     When the river level is low, the sturgeon congregate in the deeper pockets of the river, she said, and it is from there that they jump.
     Gulf sturgeon can grow to become very big, exceeding eight feet in length and weighing 200 pounds.
     They have five rows of rock-hard scutes along their sides, back and belly. When sturgeon and boaters collide, the results can be devastating. They are a prehistoric fish, and they look and feel like it with their armor-like covering that can cut human skin.
     State and federal laws protect sturgeon, just like bald eagles, panthers and sea turtles. They were harvested for meat until they became in danger of extinction. Sturgeon eggs, or row, are caviar. Parker said she believes the Gulf Sturgeon caviar is not of the same quality of Russian caviar, and it is protected too.
     Wildlife Officer Davenport is 29. He has been an FWC officer for more than six years. He wanted to be a wildlife officer ever since he was in eighth grade, he said.
     During hunting season, he is on the land more. During peak boating season, he enforces fishing and boating laws. One prime directive he expresses is his desire to help people.
     When he is performing FWC law enforcement duties on the water, he enforces all state laws. Like other FWC wildlife officers, he is a state law enforcement officer with jurisdiction throughout the state.
     When he is focusing on boater safety, he will approach a vessel or signal the person operating that boat to approach the FWC boat. He checks boat registrations. He looks at fishing licenses if the people are fishing. He checks for safety equipment like personal floatation devices (life vests), a horn or whistle.
     If there are fish in the bait well, then those fish are inspected for size and to see if the fishermen have exceeded bag limits.
    On occasion, some hunters or fishermen have be arrested or given citations for violating state laws.
    A couple of fishermen were exceeding the rules for speed along one stretch of water Tuesday morning, and Davenport reminded them about that.
     While he could have issued a citation, he said “Education goes a long way,” and the boaters were educated without having to pay a fine or contest the citation in court.
     Tuesday provided another great morning to cruise downstream and upstream for a couple of hours. Davenport piloted the boat extremely well from launch to landing, and through the point of placing it back on the FWC trailer.
     Parker made learning about the FWC an enjoyable adventure, as she always does. A good time was had by all.
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The confluence of the Santa Fe River and the Suwannee River creates a large area of open water.
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Two old United States Navy boats find a place to rest on the river. Every boat has a number of stories.
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Looking at the Rock Bluff Bridge from an upstream vantage point. From this view, of the bridge that carries traffic on Gilchrist County Road 340, Gilchrist County is on the left and Dixie County is on the right.
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The bridge, which appears to be getting a fresh coat of paint, is seen here from the downstream point of view and Gilchrist County is on the right and Dixie County is on the left. This view shows a tanker truck is crossing.

 


 

Seventy-Second Jingle Singer;
Four More Lined Up


The newest singer to perform the HardisonInk.com jingle is Jessica White, a member of the Williston High School Gaduating Class of 2011 and an employee at B4 Signs & Advertising. Here she sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016. Each performer or set of performers brings their own special something to the jingle. If you see Jeff Hardison and you want to sing the jingle, just let him know or send an email to hardisonink@gmail.com. He asks people to sing it, too, and some of them agree to sing it. (Thanks people!) There are four more videos completed and scheduled for playing as video singers. They will go in this order – Patrick Williams, Derrick Wise, Matt Brooks and Chase Fowler.
Published May 24, 2016 @4:37 p.m.
-- Video by Jeff M. Hardison © 2016 All Rights Reserved
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