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Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Commissioners approve Nicholson Ranch purchase for bird habitat

Hays County Commissioners approved the purchase of 1,000 Nicholson Ranch acres for habitat conservation this week, even though opponents of the purchase wanted commissioners to wait until the court swings back to a Republican majority when newly-elected members take office.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Nicholson Ranch picked by county for bird habitat

The 3,300-acre Nicholson Ranch is the choice of Hays County commissioners for endangered bird habitat under their regional habitat conservation plan. The $5 million purchase would leave the county with $3.4 million remaining out of $30 million...

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

TPW to assess property as county shooting range

A state agency is assessing a 563-acre site along the San Marcos River to determine its feasibility as a county shooting range and public park. After the assessment, the Hays County Commissioners Court may decide to spend...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Shooting task force brings new plan to county court

The Hays County Shooting Sports Task Force wants Hays County to use $5.5 million of its remaining $8.5 million in parks and open space bonds to build a shooting sports complex on 563 acres fronting the San...

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Shooting task force throws gauntlet at court

A county-appointed task force charged with locating a parcel for a shooting sports complex has put forth an open records request to learn of the parcels under consideration for wildlife conservation habitat. The shooting sports task force...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Citizens committees tangle over parks funds

Two Hays County citizens committees -- the Parks and Open Space Advisory Board (POSAB) and the Shooting Sports Task Force (SSTF) -- are at odds about how the county should spend the remaining $8.4 million out of...

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Residents roused by range candidate

About 1,400 acres of land adjacent to the San Marcos Baptist Academy is among the 15 parcels being assessed by Hays County for suitability as a publicly-owned endangered bird habitat and shooting range, according to three insiders.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

County still looking at shooting/habitat combo

Despite a cool reception from a federal agency and a local citizens parks advisory board, Hays County commissioners are considering using some or all of the remaining approximately $8.4 million in parks bond money to buy at...

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