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Mountain lions spotted locally, how to prepare

Mountain lions spotted locally, how to prepare

Tyler Hernandez

May 3, 2018

The San Marcos Police Department reported two sightings of mountain lions in the Purgatory Creek area in the past month. City officials are urging citizens to avoid culverts and drainage areas where they suspect the mountain lions of patrolling. The sightings have occurred at dusk, around the time...

In brief: City Council clarifies Code SMTX

In brief: City Council clarifies Code SMTX

Tyler Hernandez

May 3, 2018

City Council cleared up confusion regarding Code SMTX and discussed the Storm Water Master Plan at its May 1 meeting. Concerning Code SMTX, the council clarified the language and definition of some parts of the code found to be confusing at prior meetings. Code SMTX seeks to modernize and future-proof...

City Council makes decisions for Code SMTX

City Council makes decisions for Code SMTX

Tyler Hernandez

April 18, 2018

City council decided action about funding and contracting structural developments and utilities, and approved Code SMTX, a new development code that the city has long been working to adopt. During the meeting, the room was so full that the spectators in the lobby has to watch it on a mounted T.V....

Restaurant closed due to fire, expected to reopen soon

Restaurant closed due to fire, expected to reopen soon

Tyler Hernandez

April 6, 2018

Correction: The Star has discussed issues with multiple reported employees of Taqueria El Charro Tapatio and apologizes if there has been misinformation about the reataurant’s closure. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm an owner and sources cannot provide a name for the owner so we have decided to edi...

Flooding solutions fill City Council meeting

Flooding solutions fill City Council meeting

Tyler Hernandez

April 4, 2018

The city council met 6 p.m. April 3 to discuss the city’s budget and appointments to committees and utility positions. The meeting began with a staff presentation to the council reviewing quarterly investment and financial reports regarding the final quarter of 2017. The presentation demonstrated...

Austin-area commuters stuck with large bus fees

Austin-area commuters stuck with large bus fees

Tyler Hernandez

March 22, 2018

Extra bus fees and difficult bus schedules have affected Texas State student in the Austin area since 2012. While all students pay a bus fee each semester, these commuters must pay extra each month to get to class using CARTS. As the university population grows, commuting students continuously rely...

City council announces award at meeting

City council announces award at meeting

Tyler Hernandez

March 21, 2018

City council met for approximately 40 minutes to acknowledge an award, review an aduit and discuss several agenda items. The award was given to the city of San Marcos’ engineering team, who received a commendation for their effort in managing the floodplains in San Marcos. They received recognition...

SXSW panel: Decentralized networks may be the future, prize set for contributors

SXSW panel: Decentralized networks may be the future, prize set for contributors

Tyler Hernandez

March 16, 2018

SXSW panel "Singularity is here: Future of Data Mining" discussed ideas of virtual reality and the future of data mining March 15 at the JW Marriott salon. The panel ended with a call to action in which Samantha Mathew, CEO, and co-founder of Venn.Agency in Los Angeles put $10 million up as a prize...

SXSW panel: mixed reality competes with VR

SXSW panel: mixed reality competes with VR

Tyler Hernandez

March 16, 2018

An SXSW panel "The Next Phase of VR: Moving to MR"discussed the evolution of virtual reality and the integration of mixed reality into future tech and entertainment. The panel took place at the JW Marriott March 15. While virtual reality has been increasingly normal as headset devices become more...

Police chiefs to engage community in decision making

Police chiefs to engage community in decision making

Tyler Hernandez

March 1, 2018

The Chiefs of Police for the San Marcos Police Department and the University Police Department will establish advisory boards to increase transparency and communication within the communities. The board for the university will consist of 12 individuals from outside of the department and will have...

Students illegally parking on the Square could see rise in tickets

Students illegally parking on the Square could see rise in tickets

Tyler Hernandez

February 22, 2018

The city of San Marcos will introduce a new system on police vehicles to improve the efficiency of parking monitoring that could impact students who choose to park while attending class. The License Plate Recognition system, set to roll out March 5, will serve to help police officers monitor how long...

City Council passes CodeSMTX on first reading

City Council passes CodeSMTX on first reading

Tyler Hernandez

February 21, 2018

City Council voted 5-0 for the implementation of CodeSMTX, a development code update for construction in San Marcos that could affect businesses, neighborhoods and student housing development. The council passed several proposals, including funding island beautification and maintenance on Craddock Ave. The proposal to install standardized newspaper ra...

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