Pioneers Youth Leadership Students Receive $24,000 in Scholarships and Cash Awards

  • February 24, 2015
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  Ten high school students in Pioneers Youth Leadership were awarded $24,000 in scholarships and cash awards last week at the Capital Farm Credit Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Competition at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Jessica Dong from Knippa (rainwater collection business) and Steeley Smith from Mason (local meat processing business) each received a $10,000 scholarship. “Participating in this competition has given me confidence that I can successfully start and run a business in my hometown,” said Steeley Smith.…

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Get your birding on

  • February 23, 2015
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Learn the Basics at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm BOERNE, Texas – Birding is on the top 15 list of America’s favorite outdoor activities, and why not? It’s all about getting healthy outdoors, and it’s an inexpensive sport that spans the interests of older Baby Boomers to younger Millennials. Maybe it’s time to start calling long-time birders the new birdsters. The nonprofit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Boerne, which is open to the public, has become bird central…

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Environment Texas looks at the best and worst project in the State Water Plan

  • February 21, 2015
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Environment Texas Research and Policy Center has launched a new website – www.OurTexasWater.org highlighting some of the best and worst projects in the State Water Plan. The website features an interactive map where Texans can find projects in their communities that get either a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down for their impact to our rivers, aquifers and natural resources. The website currently gives a thumbs down to the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in northeast Texas, pumping of the Carrizo Wilcox…

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Provide Water Supply Tools to Counties

  • February 20, 2015
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Op-ed by Tom Hegemier With supplies depleted by drought, the population growing daily and few large water projects in our immediate future, new development must minimize their water demands to protect the lakes, aquifers, and rivers. The counties surrounding the rapidly growing major cities will play a huge role in how we wisely use or diminish our water supplies and in the end determine the State’s economic attractiveness to the nation. Many developers chose to build in county jurisdictions to…

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A Tribute to what has been lost to the Pilot Truck Stop in Junction

  • February 19, 2015
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Many hill country people have been following the Flying J story in Junction; a poster child for ongoing threats to Hill Country rivers due to a lack of rules and oversight. View this video, read final testimony to the City of Junction below.   City Main St. Truck Stop Annexation, Shifted? February 19, 2015 by Bill Neiman Only two – 10 minute Public Hearings are required; giving citizens voice before accepting responsibility to provide perpetual City Services. City taxes will…

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Friends of Enchanted Rock to host Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival Feb 21

  • February 19, 2015
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Celebrates “dark sky” status with activities, music, stargazing The Friends of Enchanted Rock (FOER) and the staff of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (ERSNA) are inviting the public to the first Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival on Saturday, Feb 21. The event will take place at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg, TX. Regular park admission applies and includes access to all activities, which run the entire day and into the evening.…

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PEC Board votes in support of groundwater legislation

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of legislation on groundwater production. The vote is a show of the Board’s stance on this issue, which is an important one for communities within the Co-op’s service area. The Texas Water Code recognizes that a landowner owns the groundwater beneath the land. It also allows for the creation of groundwater conservation districts in order to protect natural reservoirs against “wasteful or malicious drainage.”…

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We need smart growth

Op-Ed by Ron Walton Printed in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung I am writing as a private citizen as I do a monthly solicited letter to editor as a public official as the Comal/Guadalupe County elected volunteer for the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) board of Directors, District 9, having served since election in 2010 and re-election in 2014, to serve through 2018. It continues to be a privilege to serve you and to be a licensed real estate broker with my…

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