White Nose Syndrome is a ‘looming disaster’ for bats in Texas

White Nose Syndrome is a ‘looming disaster’ for bats in Texas

  • April 4, 2019
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In the eastern United States, millions of bats have died over the past few years from a disease called white nose syndrome. Biologists across the country are racing to find a cure, or at least slow it down. So far there’s no evidence of white nose syndrome infecting bats in Texas, but the fungus that causes it is here. The question now is how much it’s spread. Cypress Creek is a clear stream that runs through Wimberley in central Texas.…

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In suit filed by state, judge rules for newly incorporated city of Double Horn

In suit filed by state, judge rules for newly incorporated city of Double Horn

BURNET — With a stern admonishment to the Texas attorney general’s office, state District Judge Evan Stubbs ruled Wednesday for the newly incorporated city of Double Horn in a lawsuit that challenged the validity of the city’s status. “Your motion for summary judgment, discovery and all of those things will ultimately cause these defendants a huge expense at the cost of taxpayer dollars,” Stubbs said to Ken Richardson, who was representing Paxton’s office. “So you’re asking me to authorize a…

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Hill Country Alliance 2019 Photo Contest – “The Hill Country: Capturing the Color and Character of the Heart of Texas”

Hill Country Alliance 2019 Photo Contest – “The Hill Country: Capturing the Color and Character of the Heart of Texas”

  • April 2, 2019
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The Hill Country Alliance 2019 Photo Contest is under way! The Texas Hill Country is a unique region of pristine springs, sprawling landscapes, diverse wildlife, star-filled skies, multi-generational land stewards, historic towns, and hidden oases. With a rapidly growing population and increasing development coming into the region, many of these special qualities are at risk of being lost forever. For the 13th annual photography contest, HCA asks photographers to take out their cameras and focus on The Hill Country: Capturing the Color and…

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Eminent domain works in Texas — for the takers [Opinion]

Eminent domain works in Texas — for the takers [Opinion]

Corporate entities that use eminent domain authority to take property often claim the system is working. It does — but only for them. Corporations with this powerful, often abused tool do not have to respect the same rules of transparency that government agencies must observe. They are not required to have public meetings, and eminent domain actions in general do not mandate a good faith offer. At least 1,271 non-governmental entities have a power of eminent domain, but nobody tracks…

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Travis Audubon announces 2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Hero Chris Harte

Travis Audubon announces 2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Hero Chris Harte

AUSTIN, Texas– Travis Audubon announces the selection of the 2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Hero. Every year Travis Audubon honors an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to promoting environmental conservation, education, or advocacy. These heroes are recognized at our annual Conservation Award Luncheon, named after legendary birder and conservationist Victor Emanuel. The honorees are influential leaders who have inspired us to greater community involvement and environmental awareness through their work. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Travis…

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Biedermann introduces two quarry bills

Biedermann introduces two quarry bills

Two bills introduced to the Texas legislature earlier this month by Canyon Lake’s House Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-73) could strengthen the state’s regulatory authority over mining operations like Vulcan Materials’ proposed rock quarry at Highway 46 and FM 3009. One of the bills might even halt development of the controversial 1500-acre open-pit limestone quarry in a high-density residential area of central Comal County, between Bulverde, Spring Branch, Garden Ridge, and New Braunfels. Larry Bailey, Biedermann’s policy analyst, led the effort…

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Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

Landowners Steve Nash and Fermin Ortiz agree on one thing. There is a sand and silt issue in Sandy Creek and Lake LBJ; however they disagree adamantly on what to do about it. “The problem is in the lake. Get it out of the lake,” said Ortiz, whose family owns thousands of acres adjacent to Sandy Creek upstream of Lake LBJ in Llano County. Nash, a developer also owns land about two-and-a-half miles upstream of the confluence of where the…

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Truck crash spills 42,000 pounds of avocados into South Llano River

Truck crash spills 42,000 pounds of avocados into South Llano River

  • March 31, 2019
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If you are spending the weekend at the South Llano River State Park you may have noticed 42,000 pounds of avocados have hit “guac” bottom. Texas Parks and Wildlife posted on social media sites Friday afternoon that park employees had collected bags of avocados littering the river near Junction after a crash caused the tasty fruit to spill into the river. But park officials still need your help, they report. “Here’s a great opportunity to grab some kayaks, trash bags…

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Hays County commissioners authorize defense agreement with intent to join or file a suit against Kinder Morgan

Hays County commissioners authorize defense agreement with intent to join or file a suit against Kinder Morgan

  • March 29, 2019
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Hays County Commissioners Court on March 26 unanimously authorized the county’s general counsel to execute a joint defense agreement related to Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline project with the intent of joining or filing suit against the company. The vote, which was taken following executive session, comes after commissioners joined a mounting regional movement of opposition against the Permian Highway Pipeline’s proposed route. Hays County, San Marcos and Kyle are among a growing number of local governments in the Hill…

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Algae infestation is causing an upset among residents along the Blanco River

Algae infestation is causing an upset among residents along the Blanco River

  • March 26, 2019
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BLANCO, Texas — Homeowners near the Blanco River say there’s an algae problem that’s damaging the quality of the river, and it’s gotten a lot worse in just a few weeks. “It makes me sick,” said Joe Theriot, owner of The Blanco Settlement Riverfront Lodging. “Once a river or stream is failed in Texas, it’s hard to get it back.” Theriot’s business consists of 20 RV sites and about 10 cabins. He said it’s upsetting to see the water turn…

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