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Posts published in “Day: March 3, 2022

Trail Rides, BBQ, Parade open Rodeo Houston

The SPANISH TRAIL RIDE went through Aldine and North Houston. It started in Shepherd, Texas traveling 109 miles. It has 125 riders and 9 wagons. This year is was mourning the loss of its popular trail boss, Joe Cantrell to a tragic accident at home a few days ago.

NORTH HARRIS COUNTY – The Rodeo was in town starting this week, and the evidence was wagon teams and horse riders throughout our city streets. They were headed to Memorial Park, where on Friday night they camped prior to the big Rodeo Parade Saturday morning in downtown Houston. And then on to the Rodeo, which officially starts with events and entertainment on Feb. 28. Another tradition everyone was looking forward to was the BBQ cook-off, since it was not held last year due to the pandemic which canceled the whole Rodeo.

There are 10 Trail Rides that participate in the event, with over 2000 riders, wagons, and horses. They start in small towns around Houston, and proceed to NRG stadium and the Rodeo grounds. The tradition started in 1952 in Brenham. A unique feature of the rides are the stops they make along the way, making friends, sharing western lore, and usually introducing school children to horses and wagons.

The NORTHEASTERN TRAIL RIDE has 150 Riders and 7 wagons. Starting in Cheeks, Texas they stopped in Crosby and Sheldon, camping along the way. They also paid a visit to Sheldon Elementary School on Old Beaumont Highway to visit.

Local woman to head March of Dimes drive

A native of Highlands, and the North Channel area, Jeanna Bamburg is the CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Formerly she headed the HCA East Houston Hospital on the East Freeway. She will head the “March for Babies: A Mother of a Moverment™” drive of the Houston March of Dimes organization.

Houston, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare and March of Dimes (MOD) Houston announces the appointment of Jeanna Bamburg as chair of the 2022 Houston March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™.

“Jeanna is a longtime supporter of March for Babies and will focus her efforts to raise awareness and critical funds for March of Dimes,” said Jen Torres, MOD senior executive director. “We are thrilled that she has accepted this opportunity to lead our local movement to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.”

Bamburg is CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, located in Pasadena, well known for its obstetrics and midwifery services. She is asking local businesses and community members to join her and HCA Houston Healthcare in supporting March for Babies.

“The number of babies born preterm here in Texas and nationwide is staggering,” said Bamburg. “By joining this movement, individuals and groups can take action to help ensure March of Dimes can continue the vital research, programs and advocacy that allow moms and babies to get the best possible start.”

County moves COVID threat to Level 2 ORANGE

Harris County Judge Lowers COVID Threat Level to Orange

Harris County, Texas — February 24, 2022 — Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced that she is lowering the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level Indicator from Level 1: Red to Level 2: Orange. The move comes as positive cases and COVID-19 ICU populations are decreasing.

“The omicron wave hit Harris County very, very hard,” said Judge Hidalgo. “In fact, only now have our hospitalization rates dropped to levels that don’t immediately threaten the capacity of our healthcare system. While we’re moving in the right direction, there are no guarantees we won’t see another wave in the future. My hope is that the on-demand availability of vaccines and treatments will help us to avoid another dangerous spike. I continue to urge folks to get vaccinated. Doing so will allow us to deal with COVID-19 as a manageable risk rather than an emergency that unnecessarily threatens lives and the capacity of our entire healthcare system.”

Level 2: signifies a significant and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning that there is ongoing transmission of the virus. At this level, unvaccinated residents should continue to mask, physically distance, and avoid all medium and large gatherings. Vaccinated individuals should follow the latest local public health guidance on whether to also wear a mask while indoors in public places, in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

Cornyn Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

AUSTIN – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

“America stands with Ukraine, and we will do everything we can to help them defend themselves against the Russian Federation.”

“The United States has played no part in creating this crisis, but we have a responsibility to support the Ukrainian people as they fight to defend their own sovereignty.”

“Putin has tried to get away with as much as he can, and it would be naive to think that he will stop at Ukraine. Ukraine is on the front line of a crisis, but the security of Europe is also in question.”

“This is not just about Ukraine. This is not just about Europe. This is about America’s credibility and that of our friends and allies around the world and our willingness to stand up for our values and defend our freedoms.