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Humid and rainy over the weekend, fall-like and sunny come Monday

Humid and rainy over the weekend, fall-like and sunny come Monday

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After a few cool, dry days in the Highland Lakes, higher temperatures and humidity are returning along with possible rain chances over the weekend. (more…)

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Fall temperatures coming after warm weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While the calendar says it’s fall, the temperatures haven’t quite reflected the season, but that’s about to change. (more…)

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Temperatures to dip overnight with lows in the 50s, winds

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While temperatures could hit a very un-autumn like 92 degrees Monday, Oct. 9, you might want to pull out your jacket as a cool front pushes through the Highland Lakes overnight into Tuesday. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes Clean Air group lined U.S. 281 in southern Burnet County on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to protest the air quality permit application for a rock crushing operation. The group has invited the public to a second weekend of protests from 9 -5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403. Courtesy photo

Mining influx pits environmental concerns against economic impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — A mining industry representative has blasted environmental concerns by opponents of rock crusher permits, citing the economic benefits of aggregate materials tied to infrastructure and jobs. (more…)

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Republic Services employees sort through recycling. Marble Falls residents can now recycle even more items through an agreement between the city and Republic Services. Photo from Republic Services Facebook page

Marble Falls recycling service expands with bigger bins, more items

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Recycling just got easier in Marble Falls. On Oct. 2, Marble Falls residents started using bigger, 95-gallon recycling bins, but it wasn’t just the size of the bin that expanded thanks to a June agreement between the city and Republic Services, the local waste management provider. An amendment to […]

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Cooler, drier weather follows rainy, humid days

Cooler, drier weather follows rainy, humid days

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After rain soaked the Highland Lakes a couple of days this week, forecasters say residents should expect cooler, drier temperatures in the coming days. (more…)

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Opponents of a proposed rock crusher facility (pictured here Sept. 30) on U.S. 281 just south of Marble Falls are planning a second weekend of protests Oct. 7-8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403 to express concerns about what they believe is an air quality issue should the operation move forward. Courtesy photo

Rock crusher opponents, advocates clash on danger of crystalline silica

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of two rock crusher permits in Burnet County have raised concerns about air quality connected to a substance called crystalline silica, but industry advocates scoff at their claims, saying the science does not support fears about pollution. (more…)

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A group of protesters stand at the entryway of a planned rock crushing facility at the intersection of U.S. 281 and CR 403 intersection this past weekend. They expressed their concerns about a pending Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air-quality permit for Asphalt Inc., which would operate the rock crusher. Photo courtesy of Highland Lakes Clean Air organization

TCEQ unveils public meeting process on rock crusher air quality permits

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — As the potential approval of air quality permits for two planned rock crushing operations looms, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering insight into the public meeting process prior to decisions on the permits. (more…)

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Burn bans lifted as Highland Lakes experiences wet, cooler weather

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Recent wet weather and fall-like conditions prompted Llano County officials to lift a ban on outdoor burning, allowing residents a chance to rid their property of landscaping materials, cut brush, and household garbage. (more…)

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Burnet collecting brush, junk, tires, and more at three cleanup events

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As a part of a community-wide cleanup effort, residents have a few options when it comes to cleaning out their garages, storage sheds, and backyards, which might be overflowing with yard waste, brush, hazardous items, or old furniture and some appliances. (more…)

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Collier Materials rock crusher air permit goes to public meeting

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An upcoming public meeting will address questions about a pending air quality permit for Collier Materials, a longtime quarry company that is seeking to expand its operations in Burnet County to include a rock crushing operation. (more…)

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State rep pushes for public meeting on rock crusher; protest planned

State rep pushes for public meeting on rock crusher; protest planned

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Opponents of a proposed rock crushing facility have found a friend in higher office to offer concerns and demand a public meeting about the latest project’s pending air quality permit. (more…)

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MFISD bonfire canceled due to weather

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Wet weather and muddy conditions forced Marble Falls Independent School District officials to cancel the homecoming bonfire that was set for Thursday, Sept. 28. (more…)

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A proposed rock crushing plant (highlighted in red) in the southwest corner of U.S. 281 and Texas 71. Courtesy map

Burnet County commissioners join fight against proposed rock crusher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Burnet County commissioners have joined the fight against a proposed rock crusher operation just south of the U.S. 281-Texas 71 intersection. (more…)

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The LCRA WaterSmart rebate program was recently expanded to include rainwater harvesting equipment.

Highland Lakes residents eligible for LCRA rebates in conservation effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents could get up to a $600 rebate from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help conserve water. (more…)

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Storms bring muggy weather followed by sunny skies and cooler temps

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Showers and possible thunderstorms could douse the Highland Lakes with as much as 2-4 inches of rain from Sept. 26-27 as well as bring humid conditions, meteorologists forecasted. (more…)

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Pecan weevils are on the move, experts say. Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Bill Ree

Pecan weevils’ range is growing, warns AgriLife Extension expert

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM COLLEGE STATION — Homeowners and pecan orchard operators are being urged to watch for pecan weevils, which can decimate a crop right up to harvest. “This is not a new pest, but what is new is that it’s being sighted in areas where it’s never been found,” said Bill Ree, a Texas A&M […]

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One of the first steps in emergency preparedness is knowing there is an emergency. The Capital Area Council of Governments offers emergency alerts through WarnCentralTexas.org. Highland Lakes residents can sign up any number of phones and/or email addresses, and even at different locations, to keep abreast of emergencies. The website also provides links to other emergency preparedness sites such as Ready.go, where people can learn how to get prepared. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Step one in an emergency: Be prepared by signing up for alerts

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The value of emergency preparedness hits home during an emergency similar to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While they didn’t directly impact the Highland Lakes, Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander hopes people take note of how quickly an emergency — weather or otherwise — can affect a community […]

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A proposed rock crushing plant (highlighted in red) in the southwest corner of U.S. 281 and Texas 71. Courtesy map

Residents stall rock crusher plans citing traffic and environmental fears

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — An effort to derail a rock crushing plant near the U.S. 281 and Texas 71 intersection has gained steam as resistance to the project resulted in an extended public commenting period, a newly formed opposition committee, and an onslaught of complaints against a pending air-quality control permit. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative has joined the effort to restore power Florida residents after Hurricane Irma by sending nearly two dozen employees to the state. Courtesy image

PEC sends staff to help restore Florida power in wake of Hurricane Irma

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative sent staff and resources to Hurricane Irma-ravaged Florida on Sept. 11 to help restore electricity to homes and businesses. (more…)

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A view of Lake LBJ in Kingsland.

‘Water 101’ and how to conserve precious Highland Lakes resource

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KINGSLAND — To Charlie Flatten, there’s never a bad time to talk about conserving water, especially in the Highland Lakes. The Hill Country Alliance water policy program manager will present “Water 101: Water Conservation in the Texas Hill Country” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 […]

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Hurricane Harvey damage on the Texas Gulf Coast. Courtesy photo

Here’s how to help in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

As Highland Lakes residents look for ways to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed, several area organizations, businesses, and groups are offering those opportunities. (more…)

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Dozens of firefighters, including four from Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Fire Rescue, were deployed from College Station on Aug. 29 to an area north of Houston to assist with rescue efforts connected to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Courtesy photo

Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls fire crews assist with Harvey rescues

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — State officials deployed a strike team Aug. 29 that includes Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay firefighters to assist with rescue operations in the Houston area in the wake of the catastrophic effects related to Hurricane Harvey. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County is one of several state parks open for free to Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Staff photo by Jared Fields

State parks open for free to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Texas state parks, including those in the Highland Lakes, are open for free to evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Parks open to evacuees in the Highland Lakes are Colorado Bend State Park, Inks Lake State Park, and Pedernales Falls State Park. (more…)

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Four members of the Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Darryl Miller and firefighters Joey Wittenburg, Josh Fry, and Cody Young, are headed to the Houston area to help with rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey caused catastropic flooding over the weekend. The Kingsland VFD Auxiliary is collecting items for flood and hurricane victims. Photo courtesy of Kingsland VFD and Auxiliary

Highland Lakes mobilizes for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO FOR A MORE COMPLETE LIST OF HOW TO HELP HARVEY VICTIMS, CLICK HERE.   KINGSLAND — As Amanda Barnett looked at images of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of the Texas coast, her heart sank. “I’ve been watching all of this, and my heart is broken,” Barnett said. “My favorite place on Earth […]

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Hurricane Harvey's path

PEC on standby as Harvey could bring bad weather, outages

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Gulf Coast residents aren’t the only Texans paying attention to Hurricane Harvey. Meteorologists are predicting Harvey will bring severe weather to parts of Central Texas. In response, Pedernales Electric Cooperative crews are prepared to be called in case members lose power. (more…)

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