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English owe LA millions for oil s year. An estimated 4.1 million recreational saltwater fishing trips are initiated from marinas in the impacted area annually. Preliminary indications based on license sales and data from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) indicate that approximately 6,127 commercial fisherman, 4,238 vessel owners, 645 whole- sale/retail dealers, 420 char- ter captains, 107 marinas and 1,200 oyster lease holders man- aging 358,740 acres of leased water bottoms and 1,047,074 acres of state managed public seed grounds will directly impacted. When combined with other economic outputs, these indus- tries generate a total economic effect of nearly $4 billion annu- ally. With oil contaminating the Gulfs coastal marshes and es- tuaries, LDWF, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH), has been forced to close recre- ational and commercial fishing in most of the area east of the Mississippi River since Friday, April 30, 2010. As a result, the fishing industry in the parishes of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Tammany have begun to feel severe impacts. This area produces roughly 20 percent of Louisiana's annual seafood harvest, which is valued in the millions of dollars. With the continued migration of large volumes of oil across the Loui- siana coast, other parishes are feeling the effects as well. Com- mercial fishermen, vessel own- ers, wholesale/retail seafood dealers and related commer- cial establishments across the coastal parishes are already suffering decreased re? venues due to area closures necessitat- ed by the spill. Economic forecasts currently predict that possible job losses related to this incident will be in the thousands; more than 12,000 jobs might be lost. Given the uncertainties and the po- tentially devastating impact on an already weakened job mar- ket, it is vital that the state pre- pare for reasonably anticipated scenarios. In order to provide a swift and ameliorative response for the individuals and businesses greatly impacted by this disas- ter, as well as to address the long-term impacts, the State of Louisiana is formally requesting that BP establish a fund to ad- dress a variety of specific needs regarding business and com- munity impact mitigation. The State requests that in this first phase, BP make available an initial $300 million in the fund. This fund will provide critical resources to mitigate the im- mediate, short- and long-term impacts on affected businesses and individuals by including ROM PAGE .4,-6 financial assistance and techni- cal support to businesses and workers in our affected parishes and public health and behavior- al health resouTces for our resi- dents, as well as a mechanism to analyze the short- and long- term impacts of the event. Below is an overview of the first phase of critical programs. Phase I Phase I focuses on the urgent need for immediate assistance to the impacted businesses and communities, recognizing sig- nificant uncertainty about the future impacts of the spill. 1. Provide Businesses and Workforce Financial and Tech- nical Assistance BP individual and business claims process (ongoing). BP should proactively administer its claims process for individu- al loss of income and business interruption losses and dam- ages (and make improvements where necessary, including making process details and claims activity more transpar- ent to State agencies) to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid quickly and consistently over time. Given the magnitude of po- tential impacts, it is likely that many individuals and busi- nesses will experience losses for multiple years, particularly in the fisheries and tourism sec- tors. "No ulno, I Corn e To:You" Photographer- Derick Hingle Y{} i l:t S P{ I'S++ i)I)t N ( S+ P(} I R l & /IN S l R ;'X N (;: I: l>;t/I P{)S t/IS I; i;&2 t * .................. I t + A:SI t:i I.ii. Nt.iN[ Bt:::I( iI !t! Y + www.ailyourneed:s.photoreflect.com CALL (985) 507-8380 for nfo/scheduling Robert Girl Scout earns Highest award in Girl Scouting, Girl Scout Gold Award BATON ROUGE - Girl Scout Senior Jennifer Roques of Rob- ert has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. Roques is a mem- ber of Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 31131 in Robert. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a girl must demon- strate her leadership ability by designing and implementing a plan of activities that includes completing five requirements, all of which promote com- munity service, personal and spiritual growth, positive val- ues, and leadership skills. She is also responsible for creating and implementing a sustain- able and ongoing community service project. Only 5.4% of Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 ever earn the award, which has been described as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. In developing her commu- nity service project, Roques partnered with the Tangi Food Pantry to supply fresh produce like tomatoes, beans, and shal- lots from a garden that she THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JUNE 3, 2010 PAGE 3-B planted and maintained behind the food pantry's building last fall, and held a fresh produce food drive at her high school. She solicited support from the Master Gardeners of Tan- gipahoa whose member, Da- vid Bowman, donated 11 fruit trees producing figs, lemons, navel oranges, kumquats and plums that were planted at Girl Scout Camp Covington. Local media publicity for her project garnered a donation of another 12 trees including satsuma and pear trees that were planted at Camp Covington on Arbor Day. While the members of her Girl Scout troop pledged to continue the care and harvesting of fruit from these trees for the Tangi Food Pantry, Roques continues her commitment to the pantry and has begun a spring garden which she will maintain until she starts college this fall. "I've learned so much through Girl Scouting, like what can be accomplished when friends work together and the importance of volunteerism," said Roques. "Just as I worked to make the lives of others better through my garden, I hope to inspire others to work toward making the world a better place." During her seven years in Girl Scouting, Roques also earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the third highest award a reg- istered Girl Scout can achieve. She was actively involved in the Beta Club, Key Club, Hammond High School Robotics, and the National Honor Society. Roques is a graduating senior at Ham- mond High School who plans to attend college this fall with a major in biology. Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls 5-to-17 in 23 parish- es throughout southeast Louisi- ana, including Tangipahoei Par- ish. For more information about Girl Scouting or adult volunteer opportunities in southeast Lou- isiana, call the council office in New Orleans at (504) 733-8220 or (800) 644-7571, or visit its website at www.gsle.org. Loud music leads to dru PPD Report Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the recent arrest for pos- session with intent to distribute marijuana which resulted from a traffic stop. Officers patrol- ling North First Street detected a vehicle playing loud music. Sergeant Melvin McGary con- ducted a traffic stop and identi- fied the driver as Leo Dickens Jr. A computer check revealed that he was driving under sus- pension. The passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, Kenshawnry Berry, was asked to step out and identify himself, Layris- son stated. During a search of Berry, officers found 13 small plastic bags containing a green leafy material and one large bag containing a green leafy mate- rial, believed to be marijuana, in Berry's left shoe. Both Berry and Dickens were transported to the police department. Dickens was charged with driving under suspension and disturbing the peace. Dickens has been previously arrested 18 times on numerous violent felonies. He has served time in prison for armed robbery, possession of cocaine and aggravated bat- tery with dangerous weapons, according to Layrisson. Dickens is currently on pro- bation for attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery until June 20, 2012. Berry was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics and transported to the parish jail. 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