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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (more…)

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It’s about to get a lot colder and wetter in the Highland Lakes

It’s about to get a lot colder and wetter in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — You can put the shorts away for a day or two and grab your sweaters and coats thanks to a particularly brisk cold front coming to the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like ... summer? In November?

It’s beginning to look a lot like … summer? In November?

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Meteorologists are calling it a “heat wave” in the month of November due to some unusually warmer temperatures expected to continue through the weekend of Nov. 4-5 and into the beginning of next week. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to lower Inks Lake for repairs, nuisance plant mitigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Lake shoreline property owners will have a chance to maintain and repair docks and retaining walls as well as curb the growth of aquatic nuisance plants during an upcoming waterway drawdown, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority news release. (more…)

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Possible ghoulish weather forecast for Halloween; bring an umbrella

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As you get your ghouls and goblins ready for trick-or-treating on Halloween, you might want to bring an umbrella or raincoat because it looks as if Mother Nature has a trick of her own in the form of a little rain, and possibly some thunder, on this night of fright. […]

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Collier Materials in Burnet County has applied for a air quality permit with the state to construct a rock crusher at one of its quarry sites in the Tobyville area. Photo Courtesy http://colliermaterials.com/

Tobyville residents, quarry owner at odds over rock crusher impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TOBYVILLE — Opponents of a proposed rock crusher on a quarry property in the Tobyville area have cited concerns about groundwater quality, truck traffic and dust, while the owner contends he’s a “good neighbor” in a growing industry. Collier Materials is seeking approval of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air […]

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Several hundred people with a number in support of the Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition were asked to minimize spoken discontent at a TCEQ air quality permit public meeting Oct. 26, so the audience used  signs to communicate their opinion towards speakers at the event. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Output estimate, quarry plans unveiled for proposed rock crusher site

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — From healthcare officials to city leaders, hundreds of people attended a public meeting Oct. 26 hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to answer questions about a controversial air quality permit connected to a proposed rock crushing operation. (more…)

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Bring a jacket if you're headed to the Llano River Pumpkin Float from 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the 60s with lows in the 30s. Photo by Lou Quallenberg

Expect crisp fall weather this weekend as you enjoy outdoor activities

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — If you’re headed out to Friday night football games, you might want to grab your jacket because the Highland Lakes could be feeling the coolest temperatures of fall so far. (more…)

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Members of the Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition, who have staged protests in August and September against a proposed rock crusher, announced a rally Oct. 26 prior to a TCEQ air quality permit meeting at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls rally Oct. 26 against proposed rock crusher permit

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition has organized a rally Oct. 26 in advance of a public meeting being held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in connection to a pending air quality permit for a proposed rock crusher plant. (more…)

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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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