Crime stoppers is searching for Felicia Salinas

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Felicia Salinas also known as Felicia Kirby, 37, white, female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 170 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was on U.S. 27 in South Bay. Salinas is wanted on a warrant for […]

Water Utilities Department announces temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to […]

Anglers encourage all to attend FWC meeting

STUART — Use of chemical herbicides to control harmful aquatic plants on Florida’s waterways is not on the agenda for the July meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, but the subject is expected to come up during the public comments period. “I need everyone who cares about Florida’s future to join me at […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues algae warning

Based on information provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises the public, marinas and those operating commercial and recreational vessels through the Okeechobee Waterway that there is the potential of encountering blue green algae. The Okeechobee Waterway is the coast-to-coast waterway […]

Corps accepts comment on Lake O Watershed Project

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is accepting public comment on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) revised draft Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement (PIR/EIS). Public comment will be accepted through Aug. 19. The corps plan proposes a shallow (with water up to about 4 feet deep) Wetland […]

Researchers want to prevent HABs

ALVA – Can scientists find a way to prevent harmful algae blooms (HABs)? “We’re looking for a kink in the armor,” Dr. Barry Rosen, of the U.S. Geological Survey, explained Monday as researchers set up an experiment on the Caloosahatchee River. “Once you have an algae bloom, it’s almost too late,” he said. By then, […]

Veteran LaRose did it for his country

BELLE GLADE — John F. Kennedy said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” That speech was the inspiration for Veteran Nicholas S. LaRose’s decision to join the Air Force when he was 18 years old. Born in Syracuse, […]

FDEP tracks toxic algae

OKEECHOBEE — Low water levels in Lake Okeechobee combined with the summer heat set the stage for cyanobacteria (blue green algae) blooms in the Big O this summer. The lake is still recovering from the massive inflow of nutrients in 2017 from Hurricane Irma. Over the past week, the algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee at […]

Wildfire draws attention to need for fire safety

A wildfire in the Everglades spread to more than 32,000 acres in one day last week, causing a brief closure of Alligator Alley due to heavy smoke. A rainstorm helped Florida Forest Service firefighters get the blaze under control. Wildfires from lightning strikes are common in Florida. Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires […]

Man dies from injuries sustained during shooting in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE — On Thursday, July 4, just before 4 a.m., deputies responded to a shooting in the 500 block of Southwest Ninth Street. Upon arrival deputies located a Clarence Robinson suffering from gunshot wound(s). The adult male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A motive and suspect information […]