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Conley To Resign From CAMPO

Conley to resign from CAMPO

Will Conley, the current chair of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO),announced he plans to resign. According to CAMPO, Conley will stay on as chair until the group can find his replacement. Conley was appointed to the CAMPO board by the Hays County Commissioners Court in 2008 and has served as the group’s chair for the past six years. He was the first person outside of Travis County to be elected to lead the 43-year old regional transportation board. Conley,…

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Dem stuns GOP for top county seat

An underdog Democratic candidate stunned a former 14-year commissioner Tuesday to take the highest elected office in Hays County.  Ruben Becerra, a San Marcos business owner, defeated Will Conley by 2,649 votes, according to unofficial, final results. All results will be canvassed by the Hays County Commissioners Court at a later date.  Becerra, who unsuccessfully ran for the San Marcos CISD board of trustees and Mayor of San Marcos in previous years, won his first elected position. It also marks the first time…

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Private Well Water Screening Set For Nov. 6 In Llano

Private well water screening set for Nov. 6 in Llano

LLANO —The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening Nov. 6 in Llano to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. The screening will be from 8:30–10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Llano County, 1447 E. State Highway 71, Unit E. It is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with the AgriLife Extension office in Llano County. A meeting explaining screening results and…

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Natural Gas Pipeline Will Cross County

Natural gas pipeline will cross county

One of North America’s largest pipeline companies is looking to cross Gillespie County with a natural gas pipeline stretching from the Permian Basin to near the Gulf of Mexico. Kinder Morgan officials told the Standard-Radio Post on Tuesday it is or will soon be in contact with landowners of 233 parcels in southern Gillespie County who may be affected. “We own the pipe, someone else owns the gas,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan vice president of public affairs. “We’re in the initial…

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Sand Is Choking Lake LBJ, But A Battle Looms Over Its Removal

Sand is choking Lake LBJ, but a battle looms over its removal

In early 2017, homeowners in Sandy Harbor, a waterfront community in the Highland Lakes chain where Lake Lyndon B. Johnson meets the mouth of Sandy Creek, called Kevin Collier about a problem: sand. There was so much of it that it was preventing some of them from getting their boats in the water. Could he help? Collier co-owns Collier Materials, a Marble Falls–based company that collects and sells sand, soil, and rock, generally for construction. His most notable project at the time was…

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Pape: State ‘betrays’ Bastrop County By Allowing Cedar Creek Waste Site

Pape: State ‘betrays’ Bastrop County by allowing Cedar Creek waste site

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved a permit for a waste transfer station proposed in Cedar Creek despite strong opposition from residents, the Capital Area Council of Governments and Bastrop County and state officials. “We have been betrayed by TCEQ on this in two ways,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape wrote in an email, obtained by the Bastrop Advertiser, to state Sen. Kirk Watson’s office. “First, they issued the registration before the applicant applied for and receive a local…

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From The Banks Of Sandy Creek

From the Banks of Sandy Creek

It's called Sandy Creek for a reason. It's fairly long and, coming up to its mouth, pretty wide, and like many Hill Country creeks, when it's not flooding, it usually has a little bit of water and quite a bit of sand. It's pretty, though, largely unspoiled as it runs through farm and ranch land in Llano County before it empties into Lake LBJ, between Sunrise Beach and Horseshoe Bay. The farmers and ranchers, several of whom have owned their land for…

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Will Austin Stores Restock Single-use Plastic Bags Now That The City’s Ban Is Lifted?

Will Austin stores restock single-use plastic bags now that the city’s ban is lifted?

Austin is ending its ban on free single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants after a state Supreme Court ruling against a similar ban in Laredo. But repealing the ordinance, commonly known as the “bag ban,” doesn't mean every store will start handing them out again. “In Austin, where people shop their environmental values, I think large retailers are going to continue the policy of not giving away single-use plastic bags for free,” says Rick Cofer, one of the people who spearheaded the bag…

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The Fight For Comal County

The Fight for Comal County

"We're literally loving the Hill Country to death." These words of warning did not fall on deaf ears at a packed public forum, “Local Control Options for Hill Country Counties,” on June 5 at GVTC Auditorium. Attendees learned the only real chance they have of gaining local control over infrastructure projects that encourage growth is to bug their legislators to change Texas law so that it gives counties more zoning authority over development... Read more at  

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Comal County Conservation Alliance Moving Forward With Preservation Efforts

Comal County Conservation Alliance moving forward with preservation efforts

Late last year, a group of concerned citizens began a conversation about land conservation in Comal County. As a result, a domestic nonprofit has been formed centered around conserving open spaces and other natural resources in the nation’s second-fastest growing county. On May 8, the Comal County Conservation Alliance received its official domestic nonprofit certification from the Secretary of State. Consistent participation from 30-35 landowners in the county helped move efforts along to forming the nonprofit group, said Katherine Romans, executive director…

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