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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Feds offer $10K reward for tips on hundreds of missing salamanders

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to arrests in the mysterious disappearance on Thanksgiving of 363 endangered and threatened salamanders from the National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center in San Marcos.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Texas State awarded $2.3M grant to study freshwater mussels

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced funding for a $2.3 million research proposal by Texas State University to study five Central Texas species of freshwater mussels.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Explore this panoramic fish’s-eye view of Spring Lake

A Seattle-based tech startup has stitched together high-resolution surface-level and underwater photographs of Spring Lake to create a panoramic model of the San Marcos River’s spring-fed headwaters.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Audio: Two Central Texas salamanders make endangered species list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added to its list of endangered species two types of Central Texas salamanders that local wildlife officials say play key roles in the region's ecosystem and water supply. Read the...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Q&A: Katharine Hayhoe on the trials of being a Christian climatologist

Evangelical and global warming prophet KATHARINE HAYHOE on conflicts between faith and science, Texas droughts and water woes.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

EAA to hold hearings on ‘significant,’ ‘likely’ fee increase

Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) officials have announced public meetings to present information and receive public comment regarding what they say is a likely, significant increase in the aquifer management fees for fiscal year (FY) 2012.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

County to state: Stop dragging on road projects

Hays County commissioners are calling on state and federal agencies to streamline the review process for road projects. For example, the county still hasn't received approval for improvements to FM 1626, which the county submitted to the...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

County funds four parks projects, taps 2007 bond

Hays County commissioners awarded $1,697,256 to four parks and open space projects Tuesday, all but drying up what remained of a $30 million parks and open space bond passed by the same court in May 2007. Among...

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...

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Park, wetlands back in shooting sports request

Proponents of a shooting sports complex project on the San Marcos River have put land for wetlands and a riverfront park back in their request to the county, saying the property owner is willing to negotiate. The...

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