Picturing pirates

Picturing pirates


Posing pretty for a pirate picture are Kevin Fry (holding a little pirate) and Angie Fry of Port Aransas. Janet...

Bag ban is suspended

Bag ban is suspended

Some merchants will move back to plastic

Port Aransas merchants provided a mixed bag of responses when asked whether they’ll resume giving plastic shopping bags to customers...

Fired up

Fired up


A big crowd of revelers enjoy themselves at a beach party that was part of ‘Wings Over Port A, A...

McKinney: Special-ed kids get good care

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Trump: Obama born in the U.S. . . . somewhere


Donald Trump, a candidate of change, finally publicly admitted Friday, Sept. 16, that he’d changed his mind: Barack Obama was born in the United States....

Choose to skip the plastic


Plastic bag ban or no plastic bag ban, I’m keeping and using my reusable grocery bags. While I don’t believe a photometric survey was done...

Questions Holt should ask at debate


Next week’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could determine the outcome of the election. As polls show Trump leading in some swing...

Island Agenda


Daily • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 ClarkParkway: Open swim: Tue.- Sun. 1-5 p.m.; Lap swim: Tue.-Fri. 8a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Monday. Call 361-749-2416...

Coach optimistic as regionals approach

Coach optimistic as regionals approach


The performance of Port Aransas High School runners at the Saturday, Sept. 17, meet at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi left Coach Steve Reaves thinking there could be a chance for...

Brundrett runners race to top 20 finishes


Several runners with Brundrett Middle School’s cross country team finished in the top 20 in competition Thursday, Sept. 15, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “I’m very proud of how hard...


Picturing pirates

Picturing pirates


Posing pretty for a pirate picture are Kevin Fry (holding a little pirate) and Angie Fry of Port Aransas. Janet Calvert shot the photo at the Pirate Parade that coursed...

Bag ban is suspended

Bag ban is suspended

Some merchants will move back to plastic

Port Aransas merchants provided a mixed bag of responses when asked whether they’ll resume giving plastic shopping bags to customers now that the city council has suspended an ordinance banning...

Fired up

Fired up


A big crowd of revelers enjoy themselves at a beach party that was part of ‘Wings Over Port A, A License to Chill,’ held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16...

McKinney: Special-ed kids get good care
Jetty cleanup

Jetty cleanup


The University of Texas Marine Science Institute sponsored a trash pickup session as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17. Fifteen volunteers collected litter from the south jetty in 21 bags, and they sorted nine of the bags for recycling. They also reportedly saved a lost...

Estuaries Day

Activities, speakers to fill afternoon at the Marine Science Education Center

Help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and National Estuaries Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. An afternoon full of hands- on activities and speakers will be held at the Marine Science Education Center at 855 E. Cotter Ave. “Come over and enjoy some...

Fall Adopt-a-Beach cleanup set Saturday, rain or shine


Enjoy a fall morning on the beach while doing something great for the environment at the 30th annual Texas General Land Office (GLO) Adopt-ABeach fall cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 24. Volunteers should report to Avenue G at the beach around 8:30 a.m. to check in and be assigned an area...

Stuff to do and see

Parks and Rec Roundup

The following are upcoming events and activities sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. For more information or to register for events, call 749-4158. See the Island Agenda for weekly events. Activities This Week Beach Walk Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. Join Eliesha Barr on a guided...

TxDOT explains priority boarding


Work has begun to create a priority boarding system, and it’s expected to be implemented at the Port Aransas ferries after Labor Day next year, according to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials. Chris Caron, the district engineer for TxDOT’s Corpus Christi region, addressed the Port Aransas City Council on...

City stings mosquitoes


With mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus making headlines lately, you might be wondering what the City of Port Aransas is doing to keep the biters’ population down. On Thursday, Sept. 15, the city council heard a report on mosquito control “due to concerns expressed by council members and citizens...

Bioblitz is at preserve on Saturday


Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Estuaries Day and the folks at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture will recognize the day with a special event. Nature preserve manager Colleen Simpson is seeking volunteers to help record as many species of plants and animals found at the preserve as...

Boat, kayak tourney set for Sept. 29, 30


Individual anglers and teams are invited to enter the eighth annual Casting for a Cause Tournament on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30. Anglers may register for one of two divisions, a boat division with an entry fee of $125 per person and a kayak division with an entry...

This will be a 61-shirt salute

This will be a 61-shirt salute

Island observer

This may seem a bit odd, but in considering my position in the future, a number of routine aspects of living stand out rather than slide through unnoticed during the day. Some people have the so-called “ bucket list.” I do not have one and have done a few “bucket-y”...

NOAA workshop offered by Mission-Aransas NERR


Folks who work in coastal municipalities are invited to a free workshop offered by the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) on Thursday, Sept. 22. The workshop is an indepth look at some of the tools on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Digital Coast website. The workshop is...

Pirates on parade

Pirates on parade

Event benefits Toy Roundup

Who knew raising money could be so much fun? The folks in the fourth annual Pirate Parade on Saturday, Sept. 17, that’s who. The parade was a benefit for the Emergency Services Toy Roundup.

Trustees will appoint successor to Rick Adams

Trustees will appoint successor to Rick Adams


The successor to just-resigned school Trustee Rick Adams will be appointed rather than elected. The Port Aransas ISD school board voted to fill the seat via appointment at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14. “In my opinion, (appointment is) the way we should go,” board president Alfredo Gonzalez said before...

Seeking the perfect test

Seeking the perfect test

Education notes

As District Testing Coordinator, I suppose I am to address testing in this article. But, I realize that testing has become a “dirty” word to most students, parents, and educators. Testing has been around forever. I remember taking all sorts of “achievement tests” when I was in school … Testing...

‘Boots and Bling’

‘Boots and Bling’

PAEF dinner, fundraiser slated

A night of entertainment, food and drinks, silent and live auctions and raffle drawings awaits at the Port Aransas Education Foundation “Boots and Bling,” on Friday, Oct 7. PAEF celebrates its 10th anniversary this year of supporting academic excellence in the Port Aransas School District. Tables have been sold out...

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