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Severe storms expected Saturday before sunny Sunday

Severe storms expected Saturday before sunny Sunday

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Showers and thunderstorms are likely Saturday, May 18, and rainfall totals Friday night into Saturday could top an inch. (more…)

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Keeping Highland Lakes night skies dark and stars bright

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Tex Toler knows what it’s like when the stars at night are so bright they cast a shadow. On a highway somewhere between Ozona and Fort Stockton, he stood in the West Texas desert with his father and brother to marvel at the naturally lit landscape. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners and staff look at a map provided by county surveyor John Ables showing discrepancies between high-water marks from the October 2018 flood and proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps. Commissioners approved a resolution to send to FEMA during the May 6 workshop demanding the federal agency consider all new flood data before beginning the final appeal process. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County questions accuracy of FEMA flood maps

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patty Pfister not only has high-water marks from the October 2018 flood on her family land in Castell but also from the historic flood of 1935. (more…)

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FORECAST: Expect warm, wet weather for the next two weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS Except for a possible reprieve Sunday, May 5, the forecast calls for a very wet two weeks. (more…)

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Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists conducted fish surveys during a multi-day sampling trip on the South Llano and Llano rivers. The study was done with the Llano River Watershed Alliance in March to see how fish populations were recovering from the October 2018 flood. Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State parks department sees life rebuilding in Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are more optimistic about fish populations in the Llano River after a recent multi-day sampling trip with the Llano River Watershed Alliance. (more…)

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Severe thunderstorms coming before sunny weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS Make sure to have your raincoat and umbrella handy this afternoon and especially Wednesday throughout the day. (more…)

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An aerial photo of Sandy Creek between Sandy Harbor and Sunrise Beach Village show how much sand has taken over the riverbed. Residents cut channels on the edges of the riverbed so they can get their boats and other watercraft to deeper water. At one time, the water in this area was about 15 feet deep, Sandy Harbor residents say, and people would waterski and sail boats on it. Courtesy photo

Sandy Harbor sand pile a mountainous problem

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sandy Harbor residents Soc Gonzalez and Keith Woody stood on the historic bank and looked out at Sandy Creek. The problem was a pile of sand was all there was to look at. (more…)

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Front could bring hail, strong winds, and possible tornadoes

FROM STAFF REPORTS A severe thunderstorm that could include large, damaging hail appears to have the Highland Lakes in its path. (more…)

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No April foolin’: Front to drop temperatures into the 40s

FROM STAFF REPORTS Don’t put away those jackets and sweaters just yet. An early spring cold front will send highs on Sunday and Monday down into the mid- to upper 50s and lows into the 40s. And that’s not an April Fools’ Day forecast. (more…)

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The Llano County Democratic Party is hosting a forum Tuesday, March 26, at Quail Point Lodge regarding a proposed sand mine on Sandy Creek. The event is open to those on both sides of issue to discuss their reasons for or against it. The meeting starts at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo

Sandy Creek mine discussion to weigh pros and cons

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Horseshoe Bay Democrats are hosting a discussion on the pros and cons of a proposed sand-mining operation on Sandy Creek at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane in Horseshoe Bay. (more…)

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Steve Nelle, a natural resource specialist, explained to volunteers gathered March 2 on private property along Sandy Creek how riparian plants can stabilize creek banks and trap sediment. About 25 people attended the Hill Country Alliance’s Sandy Creek Riparian Field Day to learn about restoring riparian zones. Courtesy photo by Tyson Broad

Landowners, volunteers wade into riparian restoration effort

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the cooler temperatures March 2 were enough to send some people inside, a number of folks rolled up their sleeves, and pants legs, sowed seeds, and planted vegetation along a stretch of Sandy Creek. (more…)

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Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

FROM STAFF REPORTS U.S. Small Business Administration officials announced they are closing the Disaster Loan Outreach Offices in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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Flooding on Oct. 16 caused water from Lake Marble Falls to rush over the top of Max Starcke Dam. The Lower Colorado River Authority said that, at the flood’s peak, the amount of water flowing through Lake Marble Falls was about 350,000 cubic-feet per second. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

$100K donation to Highland Lakes Crisis Network rebuilding two flood-damaged homes

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Highland Lakes Crisis Network had identified two houses — one in Burnet County and the other in Llano County — that, due to damage from the October 2018 flood and current flood plain, would have to be torn down and rebuilt. (more…)

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The final obstructions left in the wake of the destruction of the old RM 2900 bridge are being removed from the path of the replacement bridge. Old bridge debris has caused delays in the drilling process. The new bridge is now expected to open to traffic in May. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Obstructions slow 2900 bridge progress; opening moves to May

FROM STAFF REPORTS Obstructions from the collapsed RM 2900 bridge have delayed construction on the new one and pushed the opening to May, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Volunteer Robert Cook helped clean out a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls in October after historic flooding. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration; low-interest loans available

FROM STAFF REPORTS Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses and damages due to the October 2018 flood now could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

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Sweet Berry Farm workers begin covering 6 acres of strawberry plants March 3 in anticipation of freezing weather expected to continue through overnight into Wednesday, March 6. Courtesy photo

How are wildflowers and fruit trees faring in the freeze?

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Highland Lakes has been hit with an Easter freeze — an unexpected cold snap that happens after planting season begins. While the extended, extreme drop in temperature is not expected to hurt wildflowers, it could prove a detriment to fruit trees, including peaches, a Hill Country favorite. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes is part of Flash Flood Alley, an area of Central Texas prone to extreme floods such as the one in October 2018. The National Weather Service and the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management are hosting a SkyWarn and FloodAware training program from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Train to be ‘eyes’ in the field for National Weather Service

FROM STAFF REPORTS With winter eventually giving way to spring and summer, the Highland Lakes could find itself in the crosshairs of Mother Nature’s power when it comes to storms and flooding. (more…)

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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This sandbar appeared on Lake LBJ after the October flood and before the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered the lake for scheduled maintenance and flood debris removal. When the lake is raised to its normal operating range beginning Feb. 24, navigational hazards could remain. The LCRA announced a number of actions Feb. 14 to address public safety on the lake, including marking and removing navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA is ‘stepping up to the plate’ on Lake LBJ cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The most significant flood since the dams were built on the Colorado River hit the Highland Lakes in October 2018. In that month alone, inflows of 1.3 million acre-feet of water were measured in the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Travis, when full, holds just more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water. […]

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Though small individually, the invasive zebra mussels can amass into colonies that take over a shoreline, clog water intakes, damage lakeside structures, and disrupt the natural environment. The best way to protect the upper Highland Lakes is through preventing the spread of the creature. Authorities say ‘clean, drain, and dry’ your boat every time you take it out of the water. Go to texasinvasives.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Share these tips to keep lakes free of invasive zebra mussels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks, and Marble Falls are zebra mussel-free, and city and county officials want to keep it that. (more…)

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Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

FROM STAFF REPORTS After Highland Lakes residents were dressing in shorts and T-shirts the past few days, Mother Nature will send a reminder that February is still, technically, winter. (more…)

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Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS Enjoy a mild Friday while you can because a cold front this evening will drop weekend highs into the 50s, according to the National Weather Service. (more…)

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Matthew Rienstra (standing, left), first assistant county attorney, reviewed wording in an amendment to the county’s emergency declaration with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss during the commissioner’s court meeting Jan. 14. Next to Moss is Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke then Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Commissioners: No more flood debris pickup in Llano County

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners voted during the Jan. 14 regular meeting to cease all debris removal in the county from the October flood. (more…)

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With new leader, Highland Lakes Crisis Network focuses on helping flood victims

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The formation of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network was underway just before the Oct. 16, 2018, flood hit the area. (more…)

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New year to bring freezing temperatures, possible icy roads

FROM STAFF REPORTS A mix of rain and possible freezing temperatures could cause icy road conditions late Jan. 1 into early Jan. 2. (more…)

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