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Dripping Springs Re-con
Tasty new things are happening at the gateway to the Hill Country.
DAILY Food  September 19, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...We recently took a drive through Dripping Springs on the way to the 5th annual Dripping With Taste Festival and made some very interesting discoveries long the road. Our Saturday morning departure time was just right for hitting the new WoodPile BBQ on 290 West but the new brew pub and wine bar weren't open before it was time to come home..."

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?
Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits
Food Story  June 8, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...There were about 80 people in my graduating class at Dripping Springs High School in 1990. Back then, about 1,000 people lived in Dripping, and the landscape between it and Austin along Highway 290 was a whole lot of nothing..."

Clouds Over Dripping Springs
As the pressure for growth continues, Dripping Springs residents question the role of city government insiders
News Story  February 22, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The Dripping Springs City Hall, just off 290 West, is not easy to find. But if you look for the Dairy Queen on the north side of the highway and then squint to the south, you can track it down -- tucked well off the road, down a narrow, dusty trail, past a tumbledown shed and a herd of goats..."

Shining Star: Dripping Springs Conquers Light Pollution
Ranch town awarded for outdoor lighting ordinance
News Story  February 14, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...The IDA is hoping that the city of Dripping Springs can provide an example of how to do things better. On Feb..."

Would Dripping Springs End Up Penalized?
Postmarks  October 19, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, “His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him” (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 13]. Of course we urge other jurisdictions to adopt the plan's higher water-quality standards, but how could tougher water-quality regulations possibly put Dripping Springs at a disadvantage when it is already overwhelmed with new development and has more knocking on the door? Dripping Springs has a huge ETJ covering about 25% or more of Hays County that is greatly desired by developers, and having strong water-quality regulations can only enhance property values and help to maintain the quality of life that draws so many people to its ETJ..."

Dripping Springs Wastewater Update
The EPA will allow the town to discharge treated wastewater into Onion Creek
News Story  July 20, 2017, by Michael King
"...On July 10, Dripping Springs environmental group Protect Our Water announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will lift its interim objections to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's draft permit to allow the city of Dripping Springs to discharge treated wastewater (effluent) into Onion Creek. The EPA lifted its objections subject to a nitrogen limit of 6 milligrams per liter of discharge and dechlorination of the effluent, requirements not part of the initial draft permit..."

Day Trips: Magic’s Theater, Dripping Springs
Old-fashioned magician thrills with timeless illusions and tricks
Columns  October 12, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod


EPA Raises Questions About Dripping Springs Wastewater
Opinions differ on Onion Creek water standards
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Michael King
"...Onion Creek may yet dodge the bullet – more precisely, the treated wastewater discharge requested by the city of Dripping Springs as an alternative to the current practice of spraying the effluent on land, where it is less likely to pollute nearby creeks. The U.S..."

Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival
The Dripping With Taste Festival finds a new home at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company
Food Story  September 7, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Texas Hill Country Olive Company (2530 W. Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs) www.texashillcountryoliveco.com Saturday, Sept..."

The Texas Hammer: Save Our Springs (If They’ll Let Us)
Austin's environmental values are in perennial conflict with the legislators
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Michael King
"...The relations between the "People's Repub­lic of Austin" and state government are fractious on many subjects. But the decades-long battle has been defined by environmental issues – most centrally, by Austin's determination to preserve the water quality of its iconic Barton Springs versus the Legislat­ure's desire to undermine any regulations that limit property rights or property development...."

No Dripping Sewage!
Postmarks  February 6, 2018
"...Dear Editor, Dripping Springs' mayor says he doesn't want to put treated sewage into Onion Creek – but still seeks permission to dump nearly a million gallons a day directly into the creek!! ["Is Your Water Running … Pink?” News, Feb. 2.] The dye test – conducted by scientists affiliated with two groundwater districts, a university research center and City of Austin – showed how any effluent released into Onion Creek can affect nearby wells..."

Barton Springs Mill Is Changing Austin's Relationship With Grain
Time to start thinking about where your bread came from
Food Story  August 31, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Barton Springs Mill owner James Brown has his heart set on reminding people where their bread comes from. "I think heirloom grains are sort of the last frontier in this movement toward better taste, better nutrition, sustainability, all those things..."

The Battle for the Springs: A Chronology
News Story  August 9, 2002
"...Okay, let's accept, for the sake of argument, that everyone in Austin wants to save Barton Springs. But what exactly does that mean? Below, and in a series of maps and aerial and historical photos on the following pages, we've tried to lay out a non-scientific, visual primer on the ecosystem and the development pressure it's been under for the past couple of decades, along with a timeline detailing Barton Springs development and the SOS movement...."

The Battle for Barton Springs: A Brief Timeline
Twenty years of progress
News Story  August 3, 2012, by Michael King
"...1974-1980: Burgeoning highway construction and unregulated development in the Barton Creek watershed and the recharge zones of the Edwards Aquifer begin to threaten the Central Texas water that nourishes Barton Springs...."

Matter Over Mind
The proposed Cypress Realty Development in Dripping Springs
News Story  September 21, 2001, by Rob Curran and Amy Smith
"...Meditators and non-meditators alike must have felt an odd karmic shift in the universe the day they learned that the Dripping Springs City Council had brokered a secret deal with Cypress Realty, a private investment and development company that has designs on 2,724 acres of property next door, part of the former Rutherford Ranch. Neighbors say they had no clue the deal was even being negotiated, nor were they aware, in the weeks before the document was officially sealed on April 24, that the wheels had already been greased..."

High and Dry
LCRA Approves Controversial Pipeline to Dripping Springs
News Story  June 2, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) continues to proclaim that it is fulfilling its mission as an environmental steward by offering an innovative aquifer protection plan to accompany its water pipeline to Dripping Springs. But LCRA officials and the authority's board offered a slap in the face to their newfound environmental allies last week, by deciding to forge ahead with the project before completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)..."

Trench Warfare
Federal judge rules for LCRA on the Dripping Springs pipeline project, but the SOS lawsuit proceeds
News Story  May 11, 2001, by Rob Curran
"...The mound frames a sandy channel cut through the trees along the southern verge of Highway 290 by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Thirty feet wide, the channel runs 14 miles, from Southwest Parkway Storage Tank on the outskirts of Austin to Dripping Springs, the biggest town in northern Hays County..."

You Don’t Miss Your Water … ’Til It Turns Green
Council hears Onion Creek wastewater future … and El Gato Negro
DAILY News  November 7, 2016, by Michael King
"...The best news was a lilting medley from Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution at live music time. The worst was a staff briefing on the future of Onion Creek, if Dripping Springs succeeds in its plan for wastewater disposal...."

Naked City
The Hays Co. suburb takes a two-month break to get its land-use act together
News Story  March 19, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...It may be two years too late, but the city of Dripping Springs is putting the brakes on development to give the booming Hays Co. suburb time to fine-tune its land-use ordinances..."

Review: Proof & Cooper
Simple done right in Dripping Springs
Food Story  February 18, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...About halfway into a trip to Proof & Cooper in Dripping Springs, I thought, "Why the hell am I reviewing this place?" I had heard some good things, and enjoyed their bite at Big Reds & Bubbles, but the online menu of homestyle classics like deviled eggs and fried chicken wasn't exactly breaking news, and the only places 1886 Management owned were a couple of bars (Twenty Two Eleven and the Blackheart to be exact). Plus I'm a terrible driver on familiar ground, much less the winding roads of the Hill Country..."

Day Trips
Fresh Tex-Mex beer at Twisted X Brewery in Dripping Springs
Columns  January 31, 2014, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Twisted X Brewery's new tasting room on the outskirts of Dripping Springs is a nice place to drink in the country sunshine...."

Naked City
Dripping Springs Gets Sued
News Story  November 8, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The Friendship Alliance -- the voice of neighborhoods in northern Hays Co. -- has filed a lawsuit against the city of Dripping Springs, challenging the legality of two major development agreements..."

Naked City
The Secrets of Dripping Springs
News Story  June 7, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Four months ago, the Dripping Springs City Council solicited an outside legal opinion on a controversial development deal the city inked with Cypress Realty. But the results of that opinion, rendered by Austin lawyer David Brooks, might never be known -- that is, if the city has its way...."

Council: From Trash to Treasure
Dripping Springs wants to dump its wastewater where?
News Story  November 3, 2016, by Michael King
"...Before we get to that celebratory moment, of course, there will be the usual furrow-browed consideration of the 79-Item agenda, perhaps not quite as heavy as it looks due to related Items, public hearing notices, and the like. On the other end of the spectrum, the lowlight might well be the morning briefing on the application by the city of Dripping Springs to the Texas Commis­sion on Environmental Quality for a permit to discharge treated wastewater (just short of 1 million gallons per day) into Onion Creek..."

Day Trips
Carved stone in Dripping Springs rocks the world of gifts
Columns  December 6, 2013, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Carved Stone rocks. The company, housed in a tin barn and a cabinlike shop deep in the woods on the southern edge of Dripping Springs is known for its native Texas stone awards...."

Some Say the World Will End … in Ice
City Council dodges the ice storm, and much of its agenda
DAILY News  December 11, 2017, by Michael King
"...With last Thursday’s potential ice storm looming, the City Council meeting had a hurry-up vibe that produced some postponements and truncated testimony. But Council managed to take another step toward appointing a city manager, postponed a reckoning with Dripping Springs wastewater, and extended Austin Pets Alive’s leasehold on lakeside property...."

International Week Results; Champions League Action to Come; Bonus High School Playoff Coverage
DAILY Sports  March 29, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...Both games are being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. In high school bi-district playoffs, the Travis High boys were the lone Austin winner, 4-2 in OT over San Antonio Burbank. But the suburban schools did well; Westlake and Dripping Springs each got wins by both boys and girls..."

Naked City
Blue Creek Neighbors Stop Dripping Springs Deal
News Story  June 20, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...Chalk one up for the Blue Creek Property Owners Association in Dripping Springs. The group won its first development battle last week when a residential builder yanked its plans for the proposed Estancia subdivision -- even after winning the City Council's preliminary blessing...."

Mr. Rose Goes to Washington
Dripping Springs state rep to give Congressional testimony on Pedernales Electric Cooperative
DAILY News  June 25, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Someone will be getting their nice tie out: Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, will be having a trip to the Capitol tomorrow..."

Seasons Coming to a Climax
DAILY Sports  April 9, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...Parmer. There are two local entries in the 4A bracket – the Dripping Springs girls (playing at 11am Friday, against Wichita Falls Rider), and Cedar Park Vista Ridge boys (6pm Friday, against El Paso Del Valle)..."

Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Grease ...
The Fish & Wildlife Service faults the EPA for failing to protect the Barton Springs Watershed.
News Story  August 3, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...Last December, environmentalists and developers each claimed victory after reaching a settlement on separate lawsuits the two sides had filed against the federal government -- for diametrically opposed reasons: The Save Our Springs Alliance sought stiffer development regulations in the Barton Springs watershed, while the Texas Capital Area Builders Association wanted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to loosen its regulatory grip...."

True Love and Lawsuits in the Wedding Capital of Texas
'Til death do us party
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...All Gregory George wanted was some peace and quiet. In 2013, the 41-year-old former Texas General Land Office agent and his wife Staci bought a 10.8-acre plot just outside of Dripping Springs, in a development protected by residential-only deed restrictions..."

The Backroom Is Open
News Story  June 13, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...So what else is new, you ask? For residents living in Dripping Springs' sprawling ETJ southwest of Austin, the legislation -- HB 1197 -- simply legitimizes what the city has been doing all along. Now, thanks to the bill's GOP sponsors, Round Rock Rep..."

War of Words
Hays County planning battle turns into a war of words.
News Story  July 7, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...Such is the case with Powers and local loudmouth Erin Foster, a northern county resident who has led the charge against the Lower Colorado River Authority's water pipeline to Dripping Springs, as well as the county's transportation plan...."

Zeroing in on No Tolerance
Texas Schools Target Drugs and Violence
News Story  May 12, 1995, by Andrea Barnett
"...At these schools, Mitch Ingram would probably still be attending classes and getting ready for graduation. But last February, Dripping Springs High School officials found the remains of a joint in the back of his pickup truck..."

Naked City
Hays County environmentalists and other area residents applaud a recent LCRA decision to delay building a water pipeline to Dripping Springs until an Environmental Impact Statement can be completed.
News Story  January 7, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...Area environmentalists were happily surprised by a recent decision to put a water pipeline to Dripping Springs on hold, but they wonder how the move will affect the Hays County development picture as a whole...."

Anthem of the Sun
Non-commercial frequency Sun Radio broadens its solar-powered Americana throughout Central Texas
Music Story  January 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Up on the second-story rooftop of Sun Radio, one looks east to the antenna farm near Loop 360 in West Lake Hills, and southwest at the Hill Country gateway of Dripping Springs. From where Denver O'Neal stands, eight rows of solar panels lay out along the north side of our perch...."

Hold That Wastewater!
Effluent flows could cripple three local endangered species
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Michael King
"...Despite a pending application by the City of Drip­ping Springs to the Texas Commission on Environ­mental Quality for a permit to discharge as much as 995,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater into currently pristine Onion Creek, the local fight against the permit continues. The City of Austin officially opposes the permit, and Dripping Springs continues to insist that it would be used only as a last resort – a tentative settlement agreement with Austin promises enough land-for-discharge to make the permit only an emergency alternative..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 27, 2006
"...Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, "His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him" (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) ["Naked City," News, Oct. 13]...."

A Rural Riddle
Hays County Water Planning Partnership forms to try and stop unmitigated growth
News Story  October 15, 1999, by Rob D'Amico
"...So it may seem a bit strange that Foster is the stone in the shoe for the Lower Colorado River Authority's plans to run a water pipeline into Hays County. The $17.5 million pipeline, which is scheduled for construction in January, would run from just south of the Village of Bee Cave on Highway 71 to Dripping Springs along U.S..."

Hill Country Food and Wine Guide
Food Story  April 5, 2002
"...Cedar Valley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, WimberleyCristo's Comidas Mexicanas (61)..."

Hill Country Food & Wine Guide
by Virginia B. Wood & the Cuisines staff
Food Story  April 13, 2001
"...Cedar Valley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, WimberleyBella Vista Ranch (56)..."

Day Trips
San Luis Spirits invites visitors to their Dripping Springs stills
Columns  September 4, 2014, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...San Luis Spirits makes its Dripping Springs vodka and gin in 50-gallon copper pot stills that look like rocket ships. The small-batch distillery began hosting small-bunch tours this September...."

The Spirits of Texas
Texas spirits to keep your spirits up
Food Story  July 29, 2011, by Wes Marshall
"...Dripping Springs Vodka ($19) is the brainchild of brothers Gary and Kevin Kelleher, who made the daring decision to sink their life savings into creating a distillery. Gary designed his own proprietary still (described on their website) which he claims provides the equivalent effect of distilling the vodka 20 times, but without removing its distinctive flavors..."

Texas Gets Spirited Away
Taste-testing Texas liquors against the world
Food Story  December 28, 2007, by Wes Marshall
"...The next local license went to San Luis Spirits in Dripping Springs, makers of Dripping Springs Texas Vodka. The Kelleher brothers, Gary and Kevin, are the owners, distillers, and sales force..."

Baker and the Benney Tract
Dripping Springs economic development, the city attorney, and the Benney Tract
News Story  February 22, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...One rainy evening in November, only a handful of residents turned out for the second meeting of the Dripping Springs Economic Development Corp. (EDC), a voter-approved business assistance program designed to nurture the little city's financial vitality..."

Water Pipe
Water Line = Growth?
News Column  June 24, 1999, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...Current evidence of this, Bunch says, is LCRA's plan to build a 14-mile water line to Dripping Springs from an LCRA water station near the Village of Bee Cave. That infrastructure, Bunch insists, will spur undesirable growth in these environmentally crucial areas..."

Event Menu
Eating and drinking, drinking and eating, all the while helping others
Food Column  September 10, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Barbeques Galore (12918 Shops Pkwy. #500, 512/263-0794, Bee Cave) hosts a grilling demonstration: recipes prepared with Dripping Springs Vodka..."

Naked City
Rick Green and Ken Armbrister push a flurry of bills creating special water and development districts -- including the reviled, though much-revised, "Bradley bill" -- through their respective chambers at the Legislature.
News Story  May 4, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Dripping Springs Rep. Rick Green has worked himself into a veritable lather over the last month, filing not one, not two, but six bills to create special water, road, and development districts in his Hays County legislative district..."

Naked City
Hays County development continues apace, squeezing out rural residents and exacerbating water-use problems.
News Story  August 4, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...The rush for suburban "Hill Country living" is adding new development near Austin, San Marcos, and Wimberley. And though much of the Dripping Springs area on the west, and land surrounding Buda and Kyle on the east, are already immersed in a development boom, it's obvious that the rush is pushing from all sides into the largely uninhabited areas in the center of the county...."

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