Texas Parks and Wildlife http://ketr.org en Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes http://ketr.org/post/boat-draining-now-mandatory-all-texas-lakes <p>Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.</p><p>The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.</p><p>Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:39:46 +0000 Mark Haslett 55711 at http://ketr.org Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes Cooper Lake center closes http://ketr.org/post/cooper-lake-center-closes <p>Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.</span></p><p>The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.</p><p>The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:51:02 +0000 Cindy Roller 48447 at http://ketr.org Cooper Lake center closes Cooper Lake State Park open; spillway road closed http://ketr.org/post/cooper-lake-state-park-open-spillway-road-closed <p>Cooper Lake State Park remains open. But, the road to the spillway - which is not within the park boundaries - has been closed.</p><p>Two days into the federal government shutdown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been emphasizing to the public that state parks remain open.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:56:26 +0000 Mark Haslett 43702 at http://ketr.org Cooper Lake State Park open; spillway road closed Operation Game Thief stops poachers http://ketr.org/post/operation-game-thief-stops-poachers <p>This week, Luke visits with Bob Harper, a director with Texas' highly successful Operation Game Thief.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:14:46 +0000 Kevin Jefferies & Luke Clayton 40152 at http://ketr.org Operation Game Thief stops poachers City of Cooper Reopens Tennis Courts http://ketr.org/post/city-cooper-reopens-tennis-courts <p>COOPER - City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall announced Monday the tennis courts at the City Park were finished with renovations.&nbsp; Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:30:47 +0000 Cindy Roller 30340 at http://ketr.org City of Cooper Reopens Tennis Courts