New casino brings nugget of Vegas to Lake Charles

Tilman Fertitta celebrates the opening of the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

Las Vegas just got a little bit closer to Southeast Texas. The Golden Nugget casino, known throughout Sin City for its saucy shows, five-star lodging, top-notch table games, the best in entertainment, and the hottest slot action in town, has finally made its long-awaited Lake Charles debut. The 290-acre casino and resort is owner Tilman Fertitta’s fifth. He purchased the Las Vegas Golden Nugget in 2005.

Entergy supervisors give recruiting pitch to technology students

Representatives from Entergy’s Sabine Power Plant in Bridge City were looking for a few good men and women during visit to campus this week.

Charles Eaves and James Landry, the production superintendent and control operations supervisor, respectively, at the natural gas-fueled power station on the east end of the Rainbow Bridge, invited Instrumentation Technology and Process Technology students at Lamar State College-Port Arthur to apply for full-time employment and part-time internships currently available at their plant.

Lamar softball team to play on campus

photo by Brandi Haskett


By Tyler Sumrall
Special to the Business Journal

In March 2015, the Lamar Softball program will get something it has nev­er had before – a brand new on-campus softball facility to call home.

The team, which returned in 2013 after a 25-year absence, has played all of its home games at Ford Fields, lo­cated six miles away on the outskirts of Beaumont.

Head coach Holly Bruder has been campaigning for years to get approval for a facility that was more convenient.

EPA proposes stricter methane emissions reporting standards

Pumpjacks extract oil from a well in Orangefield.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed two actions Friday, Nov. 14, amending subpart W of the greenhouse-gas reporting program and revising annual methane emissions reporting requirements by oil and gas companies.

One rule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, eliminates certain moni­toring methods currently used by oil and gas companies to report methane emissions and was finalized Nov. 14. A sec­ond rule was proposed that would require new methane emissions data to be reported. This rule is expected to take ef­fect in 2016.