Elected officials share their thoughts on  upcoming Legislature

Elected officials share their thoughts on upcoming Legislature

Jennifer Reiley | Kerrville Daily Times | A new Texas legislative session launches Tuesday, and Kerr County will have new and returning representation in the 85th Legislature. Dawn Buckingham, an opthamologist from Lakeway, is the newly elected senator representing District 24, which includes Kerr County. She will be sworn in for the first time Tuesday. “I am so excited,” she said. “Really, for the first time, it seems real — that it’s actually going to happen.” Buckingham said her general…

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Stuck Behind The Wheel: Amtrak Studying San Antonio-Austin Commuter Service

Stuck Behind The Wheel: Amtrak Studying San Antonio-Austin Commuter Service

  • January 8, 2017
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When the Lone Star Rail project fell apart last year, communities along I-35 were left looking for a new plan that would reduce travel time between San Antonio and Austin.  Now, they think they’ve found one. It’s still about rail, but the vision is bigger than San Antonio to Austin.  And drivers who are “Stuck Behind the Wheel” hope it works. There are a lot of strong words that could describe the 80 mile trip along I-35 between San Antonio…

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For Millennials, Hays County Is One of the Priciest Places to Rent

For Millennials, Hays County Is One of the Priciest Places to Rent

  • January 8, 2017
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You’ve probably heard many reports on how expensive it is to live in Austin, but a new report finds that Hays County is one of the country’s least affordable rental markets for millennials. Hays County follows the trend playing out in most major U.S. markets – it’s still more affordable to buy a home than it is to rent. That’s one of the findings of a report out today from ATTOM Data Solutions. Researchers looked at the rental affordability of…

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Stargazing under Texas’ Dark Skies

Stargazing under Texas’ Dark Skies

  • January 4, 2017
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In fall 2015, Hill Country Alliance asked the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture to conduct a study and offer recommendations to keep the stars in the Lone Star sky truly big and bright. At the time, the population of the Hill Country was 3.4 million, which represented a 25 percent increase from 2000-10. By 2050, the population is estimated to double and then some. Those relocating to the 17-county Hill Country region look forward to such countrified…

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Texas Winegrowers Fear New Herbicides Will Wipe Out Industry

Texas Winegrowers Fear New Herbicides Will Wipe Out Industry

As Paul Bonarrigo watched his grapevines dwindle, he was confident that heavy-duty herbicides, probably sprayed on crops by a nearby farmer, were drifting into his vineyards. For the past two years, his 44 acres in Hale County – once sprawling vineyards providing fruit for Bonarrigo’s Messina Hof Winery – have not produced any grapes as they wither from chemical damage. Other Texas winegrowers have seen similar damage, and they blame it on dicamba and 2,4-D, two high-volatility herbicides commonly used…

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