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Highland Lakes flirts with 100 before summer ‘cold’ front

Highland Lakes flirts with 100 before summer ‘cold’ front

Weekend high temperatures will flirt with triple digits with Friday possibly reaching 100 degrees. If you can hold on until Tuesday, a summer “cold” front should ease the heat. According to the National Weather Service, after Friday swelters near the century mark, the mercury should drop a degree or two through Monday. So plan accordingly, […]

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Inks Lake 2018 wildfire

Protect your home from wildfire with help of free workshop

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After Bertram Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Huffstuttler and community volunteer Jane Scheidler attended a recent symposium on wildland urban interface fire protection in Austin, the two couldn’t keep it to themselves. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We need to bring something like this to Bertram,’” Scheidler said. And they […]

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LCRA adding solar power for wholesale electricity customers

LCRA adding solar power for wholesale electricity customers

The Lower Colorado River Authority is turning to the biggest energy source in the solar system to augment its electricity generation portfolio. The LCRA announced July 11 it has signed a contract to add 141 megawatts of solar power to its lineup. Under the contract, the LCRA will purchase the renewable energy from a solar […]

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Heat advisory in effect for Burnet and Llano counties

Heat advisory in effect for Burnet and Llano counties

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Llano and Burnet counties for July 9. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s with high humidity levels from the afternoon late into the evening. According to the NWS, the heat index — what the temperature feels like due to humidity — could […]

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Wildfires forced a number of evacuations across the Highland Lakes last summer. Preparing for disasters - whether natural or manmade - is something all Highland Lakes residents should consider. Texas Department of State Health Services officials are asking all Texans to get ready by being informed, making a plan, and building a kit. Whether the situation calls for sheltering in place, or evacuating, emergency preparedness can help keep you and your family safe and secure.

Don’t wait for natural disaster to strike to be Texas Ready

FROM STAFF REPORTS The hurricane season began in June, and while the coast is several hundred miles from the Highland Lakes, it’s a perfect opportunity to remind residents to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging everyone to “get ahead of what’s ahead” by being Texas […]

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Lake LBJ

Some sun, milder temps, but chance of rain this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS You should be able to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, but plan for a pop-up thunderstorm just in case. (more…)

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Central Texas heat advisory issued through Friday

Central Texas heat advisory issued through Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet and Llano counties are under a heat advisory from June 19-21, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced. Hot and humid conditions will lead to peak heat index values of 108-111 degrees Wednesday and 102-110 on Thursday. The advisory covers the entire Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas. (more…)

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A display metal building in Llano crashed into a pole supporting a Pizza Hut sign due to high winds during a storm June 9. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Bennett

Storm strands tour boat, causes damage across Highland Lakes

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS About 80 people waited out a storm June 9 in a tour boat beached on a Lake Buchanan island. The private charter group was at Shaw Island when Vanishing Texas River Cruise Captain Shawn Devaney noticed storm clouds quickly building that evening. (more…)

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Inks Dam

LCRA moving water downstream from full Lake Buchanan

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority began moving water downstream from a very full Lake Buchanan early June 5. (more…)

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Asian tiger mosquito

Mosquito season is here; know the rule of Ds to fight the bite

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON You can slap them, zap them, and cuss them, but mosquitoes are here to stay. And with the abundance of rain in the Highland Lakes this spring, you can almost guarantee it will be a banner year for the pesky biters. (more…)

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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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South Llano River State Park

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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Weather

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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Kingsland debris removal

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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Weather

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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Weather

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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