Archive for September, 2009

The UH Cougars Win By One!
September 28, 2009

What a night in college football! A soldout game…over 32,000 fans packed Robertson Stadium to watch the showdown between U of H and Texas Tech. I must say, Case and his team really delivered. I think most fans thought it was ALL over when he threw an interception in the 4th quarter. But with about 5 minutes left, U of H scored and its defense held TT from scoring a field goal…which is all they would have needed to win the game. Talk about anxiety!! All I could think about was, “please don’t let TT score with only 45 seconds left in the game. THAT would be an embarrassment.” Glad the Cougars held on.  

About thirty minutes before the UH/TT game.

About thirty minutes before the UH/TT game.

Enjoying the band and half-time.

Enjoying the band and half-time.

Rushing the field after the UH win.

Rushing the field after the UH win.

What possessed me to jump over a rail in 4inch platforms to be nearly trampled by thousands of estatic fans??!! Energy. Yes, I had to. Upon exiting the field…I was less adventuresome, using the stairs. (No pictures of the downward climb.) Side note: I want to say hello to the Deer Park Police, EMS and others who were sitting in my section who said ‘hello.’  – Jen

What’s Happening On The North Loop?
September 17, 2009

I was JUST as surpised as you were to see construction barrels up on the 610 North Loop  blocking 2 right lanes this morning (Thurs. 17th).  I made a call to TxDOT and the answer is a bit long (read below).  -Jen

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We have closed one right lane on the IH 610 North Loop mainlanes, westbound from IH 45 to Ella.  Workers will change the right shoulder into a through lane.  This will take approximately one week.  After that is complete, the westbound traffic will be shifted to the improved shoulder with three lanes open so the contractor can work in the middle of the freeway.  There were four through lanes out there originally and we are dropping one lane to three lanes.  It may look like two lanes in some areas since there are auxilliary lanes for entrance and exit ramps.

After the westbound side is complete, the contractor will begin work on the eastbound side using the same process.

This is a stimulus project and the cost is $28.8 million.  The contractor is Texas Sterling Construction Co.  It is expected to take 7 months (April 2010); this could change due to inclement weather.   – TxDot

290 Northwest Frwy: Expansion
September 17, 2009

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Everyone is wondering, right?! When will officials expand 290 and help with the congestion?? CHECK OUT http://www.my290.com ; VERY neat site.

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 16, 2009

I’m looking forward to participating in several events this month…all to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sept 16th: Attending the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards

Oct 2nd: Hosting the HELC Gala

Oct 9th: Speaking at the Hispanic Employment Program (Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center)

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

“September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively.”   – Wikipedia

Viewer Mail: Paul Revere MS
September 11, 2009

From Paul Revere Middle School and the RMS Liberty Belles

From Paul Revere Middle School and the RMS Liberty Belles

THANK YOU TO: Paul Revere Middle School and the RMS Liberty Belles for posting the ‘morning team’ in your school hallway.

Here was their message to us: Once again the RMS Liberty Belles have chosen you as their favorite “Morning News Team”. We will be honoring the KPRC Morning Team at our football game on October 28, 2009 (7pm) at Butler Stadium as we take on our rivals the West Briar Grizzlies.

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Making The List
September 2, 2009

Houston….we’ve made “the list.” Well, not the one we’d want to be on though. The No. 1 road for traffic congestion in the entire state is the stretch of Interstate 45 between the North Loop and Beltway 8 in North Houston.

The congestion is measured by comparing how much longer the trip takes during rush hour, than when the road flows freely. The stretch on I-45 got the top spot by causing more than 4.2 million hours of annual driving delays. That’s 450,000 delayed hours per mile.