Safeguards for night skies contemplated in Bandera

Safeguards for night skies contemplated in Bandera

  • July 27, 2017
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The beauty of the region’s nighttime skies was the featured attraction of a presentation sponsored by Bandera City Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson last week in preparation for the development of controls designed to keep light pollution from possibly taking that celestial treasure away. Gibson pulled together about 15 representatives of governing bodies and civic organizations to hear a presentation about the importance of preserving the night skies on Thursday, July 20, by the program manager for the Hill Country Alliance, Cliff…

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Best rivers in Texas: Llano River

Best rivers in Texas: Llano River

  • July 25, 2017
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Checking into our Junction motel, we asked the desk clerk about fun things to do in town. She quipped, “When you find out, let me know.”True, for a student at Texas Tech University-Junction like her, this old Edwards Plateau ranching town offers little social life. Yet for buddy Joe Starr of Houston and me, it served as an ideal base camp for our 13th river tracing. (Our goal: Trace 50 Texas rivers from source to mouth.) Of all the constant-flow Hill Country rivers, the Llano remains the least altered.…

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The Most Overvalued Housing Markets In America Are In Texas

The Most Overvalued Housing Markets In America Are In Texas

  • July 23, 2017
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In a city with rising incomes and declining unemployment, it stands to reason that home prices would go up as well. Such is the case in San Antonio. Incomes in the Texas city grew 4.5% between the first quarters of 2016 and 2017, nearly a percentage point more than the national average. The problem is home prices were even hotter. The CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index for San Antonio gained 7.8% year-over-year, compared to a 3.7% gain nationally. As a…

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The Wall (of Reeds) that the Border Patrol Would Like to Tear Down

The Wall (of Reeds) that the Border Patrol Would Like to Tear Down

  • July 17, 2017
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Someone wandering along the banks of the Rio Grande, on the American side, in the summer of 2009 might have been startled by a small cardboard box plummeting to the ground. Neatly sealed with blue packing tape, its paper wrapping crisp and clean, the box would have felt light, even empty. But then, on further inspection, an observer would have noticed the platoon of tiny black insects exiting a slit on one end. Slightly larger than a gnat, the insects…

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Collapse Feature on Cypress Creek in the Wimberley Valley Causes Water Quality Concerns in Immediate Area

Collapse Feature on Cypress Creek in the Wimberley Valley Causes Water Quality Concerns in Immediate Area

  • July 17, 2017
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Read an update from hydrologists at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment about a collapse feature that has developed along Cypress Creek in the Woodcreek Subdivision. A dye test conducted by the Meadows Center shows the extent of the connectivity between the collapse feature and downstream areas along the creek. Updated Technical Note on Cypress Creek Collapse Feature: July 17th, 2017 Jeffery Watson, Doug Wierman, Michael Jones On July 6th, 2017 Jeffery Watson (Hydrogeologist, HTGCD), Doug Wierman (P.G.,…

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Volunteers Work to Protect Native Trees Along South Llano River

Volunteers Work to Protect Native Trees Along South Llano River

On Sunday, July 9th, volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist Program joined staff from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Llano River Watershed Alliance, Hill Country Alliance, and Texas Tech University Field Station at the South Llano River State Park in Junction. The team worked together to identify native tree saplings and install caging around them, to protect them from deer and other browsing animals. Native trees provide important values for humans, wildlife, and livestock. Scientists, land managers and river…

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Gregg Ranch First Corporate Supporter of Hill Country Beautification Project

Gregg Ranch First Corporate Supporter of Hill Country Beautification Project

The Gregg Ranch development leads the way as the first major corporate sponsor of the Gateway to the Hill Country Beautification Project. Located at US Highway 281 and Texas Highway 71, the Project will feature native Texas wildflowers on 56 acres of grassy median, easements and clover leaf sections of the highway right-of-way. The Hill Country beautification project is being spearheaded by Citizens of Scenic Texas Highways, Central Texas (CSTH), a non-profit organization of volunteers. “We are very excited to add Gregg Ranch to the…

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Johnson City Library Program Teaches Residents How They Can Protect Rivers and Streams

Johnson City Library Program Teaches Residents How They Can Protect Rivers and Streams

  • July 13, 2017
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Residents can do their part to protect local rivers and streams with simple tasks, even if they don’t live near water. That’s the message Daniel Oppenheimer, land manager of the Hill Country Alliance, will be presenting during his talk “Restoring Creekside Habitat by Controlling Invasive Species; Invasive Plants of the Pedernales River Basin” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the Johnson City Library, 501 Nugent Ave. Refreshments will be served during the free program. Oppenheimer said he’ll emphasize planting…

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July 2017 Director’s Notes: Hill Country Summers

July 2017 Director’s Notes: Hill Country Summers

  • July 12, 2017
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Last weekend I had the privilege of attending a ranch wedding along the Nueces River in Uvalde. Nothing says ‘Hill Country’ like looking out across a pasture to watch the full moon rise over a distant hill, just as a band strikes up the first lines of a classic two-step, and the smell of smoked brisket wafts along the evening breeze. Sitting between a Texas legislator and a rodeo cowboy at dinner that night, listening to stories of the ranches,…

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Hill Country Dark Skies

Hill Country Dark Skies

  • July 10, 2017
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“You don’t have to tell me about it.” This was the start of a conversation with a prominent Fredericksburg resident. “My neighbor has two floodlights on his garage that light up my windows all night.” Another well-established Fredericksburg businessman said it this way: “If I wanted to light up my house all night I would have done it myself.” His house, where he raised his children and lives in his retirement years, is next to a convenience store on Main Street with…

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