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Energy conservation emergency declared amidst record high temperatures

Energy conservation emergency declared amidst record high temperatures

Christopher Green, News Reporter

August 17, 2019

Due to record-high temperatures that have swept over Texas and other parts of the country, the operator of the electric grid for the majority of Texas has declared an energy conservation emergency for the state. The Energy Reliability Council of Texas, issued an Emergency Alert (EEA) for the first...

Sink Creek project awarded U.S. Forest Service grant

Sink Creek project awarded U.S. Forest Service grant

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor in Chief

August 1, 2019

The City of San Marcos will receive a $423,500 grant from the United States Forest Service to fund the land purchase of the Sink Creek Community Forest Tract, according to city officials who announced the grant funding in a press release June 30. This marks the first Community Forest and Open Space Program g...

Hays County Commissioners vote to register new local film locations

Hays County Commissioners vote to register new local film locations

Mayela Ramirez, News Reporter

July 30, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners voted to move forward with the 50 Locations in 50 days Challenge, which aims to register 50 new properties in the Texas Film Commission’s (TFC) portfolio in the next 50 days. The proposal was passed July 17 with hopes that, by making more properties publicly available...

Hays County Commissioners vote to continue legal action against Permian Highway Pipeline

Hays County Commissioners vote to continue legal action against Permian Highway Pipeline

Christopher Green, News Reporter

July 18, 2019

Hays County Commissioners voted July 16 to join Travis Audubon Society and three private plaintiffs in filing a notice of intent to sue Kinder Morgan, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in connection with the proposed 42-inch Permian Highway Pipeline. According...

Hays County District Attorney’s office responds to House Bill 1325

Hays County District Attorney’s office responds to House Bill 1325

Christopher Green, Reporter

July 16, 2019

Wes Mau, Hays County district attorney, released a statement in regard to House Bill 1325, a bill that legalizes cultivation of hemp by licensed producers, which prompted responses from locals in the community. “House Bill 1325, the Hemp Regulation law, did not legalize possession or distribution...

Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit gets dismissed

Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit gets dismissed

Christopher Green

July 10, 2019

SAN MARCOS – After several weeks of deliberation, Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st District Court in Travis County dismissed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Inc., brought on by several landowners along with Hays County and the City of Kyle. According to Livingston’s letter to counsel, the suit...

Remembering the fallen: San Marcos Memorial Day ceremony honors local veterans

Remembering the fallen: San Marcos Memorial Day ceremony honors local veterans

Jacqueline Ziebis, News Reporter

May 27, 2019

The City of San Marcos hosted a ceremony to honor its local veterans at the Hays County Veterans Memorial Monday morning. The ceremony started with a silent prayer, the National Anthem and the pledge of allegiance. After which, retired Colonel Charles Walts, who served in the U.S Army, was the guest...

Animal shelter finds homes for seized animals, looks for volunteers

Animal shelter finds homes for seized animals, looks for volunteers

Astri Smith, News Reporter

May 14, 2019

This past November, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter took custody of 161 cats and 15 dogs, summing up a total of 175 animals seized as part of a local rescue mission. Hays County seizing agency received a call and found there were multiple mistreated animals on the outskirts of Buda. Initiating...

Hays County approves voting precinct changes

Hays County approves voting precinct changes

Jacqueline Ziebis, News Reporter

May 14, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners splits up precincts under state statue, but changes will not affect university precincts for now. On April 2, it was voted precincts 113, 120, 127, 129, 221, 224, 228, 336, 337, 443 and 444 will be in addition to 19 new voting polling places. Hays County’s Elections...

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Mia Estrada

May 7, 2019

Toads are on the brink of extinction, but Texas State is attempting to save the Houston toad found in neighboring cities. Texas Park and Wildlife has teamed up with Texas State to begin the process of encouraging landowners living in the Houston toad range to comply with safe harbor agreements i...

Hays County Commissioners Court takes action against pipeline

Hays County Commissioners Court takes action against pipeline

Christopher Green

May 1, 2019

Hays County Commissioners Court has voted to move forward with a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Inc. The Hays County Commissioners Court voted on April 16 to engage with the law firms of Richards Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP and the Law Office of Max Renea Hicks to bring suit against Kinder Morgan to...

Float Fest is back on, following venue change

Float Fest is back on, following venue change

Sonia Garcia

April 25, 2019

After months of little to no information on the annual Float Fest, it is back on in a new location. Previously, it had sparred with the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court and has its permit denied, prompting the search for another venue. This year, Float Fest will move to Gonzales, Texas, about an hour ...

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