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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

City plans $3M nature center at Purgatory Creek

The City of San Marcos is planning to build a new multi-million dollar nature center in the Purgatory Creek Natural Area, near the Wonder World Drive extension. City officials said the present nature center at Riverside Drive and Interstate-35 will remain open.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Two on council want policy to scratch KBR

San Marcos City Councilmembers Jude Prather and Chris Jones want to adjust the city's ethics policy for awarding contracts so that it would apply to KBR and others. The city passed an ethics policy in September disqualifying...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

City council tries to pass building height ordinance

The San Marcos City Council couldn't pass an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that would immediately restrict building heights downtown to 45 feet or four stories. When a temporary ordinance calling for those limits expired in 2008, no...

Monday, December 13th, 2010

San Marcos expects to begin railroad quiet zone project, finally, in 2011

San Marcos city officials say a railroad quiet zone project should get started in 2010. The project has been on the city's to do list since 2006, when the city set aside $700,000.

Friday, December 10th, 2010

City council approves recycling for apartments

Beginning in February, most San Marcos residents will receive recycling services for the first time ever, while most single-family residences will see a reduction in trash collection and recycling fees. The San Marcos City Council approved a...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

San Marcos, Hays County reach sales tax records

Based on sales tax collection figures for December, San Marcos and Hays County are back on track after suffering collections declines in the last six months of 2009. The city and county both set new sales tax...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

City council approves Time Warner agreement

The San Marcos City Council approved a settlement agreement Tuesday night with Time Warner Cable to digitize Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

City studies new regs for residential wind, solar

San Marcos city officials are attempting to encourage the installation of private solar panels and wind turbines with new regulations. People who install such devices could sell surplus power back to the city and other electricity providers.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Santa sees pretty view as Sights and Sounds opens

Santa Claus arrived by helecopter to Sights and Sounds of Christmas Wednesday night, seeing a nice panorama of the festivities. The annual holiday festival in San Marcos will run through Saturday evening.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Sights and Sounds of Christmas begins four-day run Wednesday night

The sparkling Sights and Sounds of Christmas, a harbinger of the holiday season, begins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. This year's festival features four days instead of the traditional three.

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