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Saving ‘the Edge Of Night’: Starry-sky Admirers Fight Light Pollution In The Hill Country Amid Growth, Development

Saving ‘the edge of night’: Starry-sky admirers fight light pollution in the Hill Country amid growth, development

Chris Hill peered through the lens of the telescope in his backyard one cold night, looking into the sea of stars and galaxies that pepper the night sky like grains of sand. He walked to a pair of computers nearby and pressed a few buttons. A picture came into focus: a blue, transparent circle surrounded by rings of pink, red and orange popping out of a starry backdrop. It’s the Helix Nebula in the constellation Aquarius — 655 light-years away.…

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How To Be An Anti-racist Geoscience Organization

How to be an anti-racist geoscience organization

I’ve had this paper in the hopper for a while, waiting for the courage to write about it, in large part due to the controversy over Critical Race Theory but also — and perhaps primarily — because I am an old(ish), white, straight male fearful of saying (or writing) the wrong thing. But, as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi notes in his book How to be an Anti-Racist, it’s not enough to be non-racist — you have to be anti-racist. And,…

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How Cattle Ranchers Can Combat Climate Change

How cattle ranchers can combat climate change

Texas relies on the multibillion-dollar cattle industry for economic success and the conservation of our iconic landscape — the two are not mutually exclusive. Ranchers have a devotion to the land that sustains their livelihood, as it did for generations before them. This lifetime connection to the land is bringing ranchers and conservationists together to overcome the mounting challenges of climate change.   Read more from Meredith Ellis and Suzanne Scott with San Antonio Express-News here.

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Texas Innovation Corridor Future Development Project Launches

Texas Innovation Corridor future development project launches

Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) and Watershed Partners, a program of WVWA, jointly launched the Texas Innovation Corridor (TxIC) Future Development project Nov. 15, celebrating funding approval in October from GSMP’s board matched equally by WVWA. The $43,000, five-month project will be executed by Siglo Group, led by Jonathan Ogren, to create a conservation and development decision support tool.   Read more from Robin Gary with Wimberley Watershed here.

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Wimberley Trail Project Receives State Funds

Wimberley Trail project receives state funds

The Wimberley Trail Project has received approval of more than $970,000 in funds from the Texas Transportation Commission for sidewalk infrastructure. The money will fund sidewalks connecting Wimberley High School, Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley Market Days and the Wimberley Village Library along RM 2325. This is expected to improve pedestrian safety, increase connectivity and help close gaps in the sidewalk network.   Read more from Hays Free Press here.

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Lipan Apache Tribal Members Gather In Presidio To Celebrate Historic Land Transfer

Lipan Apache tribal members gather in Presidio to celebrate historic land transfer

Standing among the graves in Presidio’s Cementerio del Barrio de los Lipanes, members of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas met with Big Bend residents this weekend to mark a historic occasion. Some 200 years after Lipanes began buying their dead on what was then a peace settlement between Spanish settlers and the tribe’s Prairie Grass Band, the cemetery is now owned by the tribe.   Read more from Annie Rosenthal with Marfa Public Radio here.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing — Dripping Springs Extends Moratorium On New Development

Too much of a good thing — Dripping Springs extends moratorium on new development

The city of Dripping Springs has extended its moratorium on new development until late February amid concerns about rapid growth and insufficient infrastructure. The small Hays County town, known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” enacted the moratorium on Nov. 18. It was set to expire Nov. 27, but the city council voted last week to extend it until Feb. 20 to give city officials time to craft a comprehensive plan for the city.   Read more from Annie…

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