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Tue May 19, 2015

Red River Waterway Commission engineer: 'This is a pretty amazing flood'

Capt. Sandy Jackson has operated a one-hour tour of the Red River for 18 years.

The Red River is expected to crest later this week just shy of flood stage in Shreveport and Alexandria. But it’s flooding at points between, including Coushatta and Grand Ecore, according to Colin Brown, engineering supervisor for the Natchitoches-based Red River Waterway Commission. He said Monday river conditions are deteriorating.

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Tue May 5, 2015

History Matters: What happened to Chalk Level Plantation?

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner traces the ownership of a valuable tract of land next to the Red River -- from cotton fields to sprawling military air base.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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Tue February 10, 2015

Federal funds flow into dredging the Red River

Credit J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Commission

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $2.4 million on top of congressional spending this year for dredging the Red River. The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Navigation Project received the additional funds for operation and maintenance. The head of the Red River Waterway Commission, Ken Guidry, says the funding is critical to keep industries based at the Port of Caddo-Bossier and the Alexandria Port.

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Tue September 2, 2014

History Matters: A 'devil's elbow' had deadly consequences on Red River

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner digs deep into a river navigation term -- devil’s elbow -- and offers his definition with an historical bent.

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Tue May 13, 2014