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Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  July 29, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...• With surprisingly little fanfare, Rex Baker III – a real estate lawyer/investor, title company owner, and Hays Co. justice of the peace – resigned from his position as Dripping Springs city attorney earlier this month..."

Naked City
Headlines and happening from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 11, 2005, by Lee Nichols
"...Shauna Jacobson and her husband, retired Detective Malcolm "Kurt" Jacobson. According to the report, prepared by Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Campos, Kurt Jacobson headed out to Lockhart to join a benefit poker run on his bike shortly before noon and made two stops before picking up Shauna at their Dripping Springs home shortly before 3pm..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 26, 2004
"...Several members of the Hays County Commissioners' Court have gotten themselves into a terrible and embarrassing political and legal bind this past year over the Heatherwood subdivision near Dripping Springs. And they're trying desperately to maneuver out of the quagmire they created by supporting this scandalous development..."

Day Trips
Lavender might some day join wildflowers, peaches, and wine as a signature product of the Texas Hill Country
Columns  May 21, 2004, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Other participants in the Hill Country Lavender Trail offering cut-your-own lavender include Tank Town, west of Dripping Springs on U.S. 290; Triple L Farms and Trading Post, at 9229 Old San Antonio Rd..."

Capital Idea!
On the phone, on the Web, on the farm, or in the store: giving a little Austin to the foodies on your gift list
Food Story  December 5, 2003
"...101 Twin Oaks Trail, Dripping Springs, 512/858-7034..."

Tom Delay Faces Judgment Day (O'Connor)
News Column  October 17, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Yes, the Balkanization of Austin may be unprecedented not only in Texas but the nation, but forget about that for now. Instead, pretend you're Sandra Day O'Connor and contemplate why Dripping Springs, San Marcos, Lockhart, Bastrop, and Elgin are each in a different congressional district..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  February 21, 2003
"...The Dripping Springs City Council has appointed a committee to explore a temporary development moratorium in and around the burgeoning Hays Co. suburb..."

Naked City
Ethically Confused?
News Story  February 7, 2003, by Michael King
"...Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and former Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, remains ongoing..."

Pssst. Rick Green Has Some Moldy Little Secrets
News Story  November 1, 2002, by Michael King
"...District 46 state Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, may have pissed off the wrong constituent: Melinda Ballard, winner of the $32 million homeowners' insurance mold claim lawsuit against Farmers Insurance Co..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  September 20, 2002
"...Dripping Springs residents will be able to order some hooch with their hushpuppies, thanks to the big victory at the polls Saturday for some Hays Co. folks..."

Biz Buzz
Texas Production News
Screens Story  May 24, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...The other 500-pound gorilla sitting outside our door is Ron Howard's Disney/Imagine film about the Alamo (scripted by indie writer/director John Sayles). Although nothing has been signed yet, set construction has already begun in Dripping Springs, with the whole of Alamo-era San Antonio being re-created right down to the vegetation and presumably Santa Ana's five o'clock shadow..."

Ya Gotta Have Friends
News Story  April 19, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...But the group (whose membership, for the record, is a cross-section of conservatives, liberals, and Libertarians) turned out to be a pretty well-oiled machine that now wields influence in planning and development issues in this growth-weary county. Recently, for example, Alliance member Mike Kelly secured a strategic appointment to the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission (in real life, Kelly is an engineer with the city of Austin's watershed protection division)..."

Rock Creek Rolls Forward
Cypress' Rock Creek project moves along after Fish & Wildlife approves its permit.
News Story  March 29, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...But that leaves open the question of where Rock Creek will get its water. Developer Stephen Clark said he will likely ask the Lower Colorado River Authority for permission to tap into its new water pipeline built to serve the city of Dripping Springs..."

Living by the Line
People who live by the Longhorn Pipeline fight to keep the gas turned off.
News Story  February 15, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Keeping the Longhorn Pipeline out of Central Texans' back yards may seem a losing battle, but legal setbacks aren't reason enough to silence those who live within shouting distance of the line. Hill Country property owner Gary Simanton says that for the past year, he and his neighbor have lodged complaints and queries with Longhorn about an uncovered portion of the pipeline on Simanton's property, located off County Road 187 a few miles north of Dripping Springs..."

An Alliance of Friends
An Alliance of Dripping Springs residents forms to defend itself against unregulated development.
News Story  September 21, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...The call to action grew out of their dismay over a nearby development deal that was quietly approved without their knowledge. The residents didn't learn of plans to build 2,700 homes, some commercial space, and a golf course on adjacent Rutherford Ranch property until several weeks after the Dripping Springs City Council and Cypress Realty had sealed the deal..."

Phases and Stages
News Story  May 11, 2001
"...It runs south along Hwy. 71 from a tank near the LCRA water treatment plant at Bee Cave, cuts southwest across open land two miles from the junction of 71 and 290, then borders 290 heading west into Dripping Springs...."

Lines in the Sand
Austin Legislators Prepare to Redraw Their Own Districts -- While Doing Business as Usual
News Story  January 19, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping SpringsHouse District 46 (Dripping Springs)..."

Roadblock
News Story  June 2, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...As the land development battles continue to rage in Hays County, two new thorny issues may complicate matters further. The Hays County Water Planning Partnership, an organization that formed around the battle to stop the LCRA pipeline to Dripping Springs, has sued the county over violation of the Open Meetings Act after accusing officials of illegally changing a transportation plan...."

Day Trips
The Old Settler's Music Festival has a new Dripping Springs home.
Columns  April 7, 2000, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Old Settler's Music Festival isn't in Round Rock anymore. The popular, 13-year-old, family-oriented, bluegrass and folk music festival has packed its bags and moved to the Stone Mountain Event Center west of Dripping Springs...."

Naked City
Austin-area Schools on Newsweek's List
News Story  March 24, 2000
"...116, Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs..."

Naked City
Larry Speck resigns his dean's post at the UTSchool of Architecture; Mandy Dealey weighs whether to run for Sherri Greenberg's seat; rumors circulate that Eric Mitchell may jump into the race; the honeymoon between Chief Stan Knee and the Austin Police Association is fading fast, and Rep. Rick Green raises a ton of cash at his fundraiser.
News Story  November 26, 1999, by Amy Smith
"...Rick Green, the freshman legislator from Dripping Springs who ran for office on an Austin-bashing platform, is the talk of the local Republican Party these days. Green raked in a cool $110,000 at a recent fundraiser at the Stone Mountain Event Center west of Dripping Springs..."

Dueling Missions
News Story  October 15, 1999, by Rob D'Amico
"...The pipeline is intended for existing homes in the Dripping Springs area, they say, pointing out that that's where the pipeline is headed directly and that numerous residents and city officials have requested the water. The authority has entered into negotiations with the Dripping Springs Water Supply Company, which would retail the water directly to customers...."

Producers of Piquant Pods of Perfection
Food Story  August 26, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...Onion Creek Farms, Dripping Springs..."

Food-O-File
Pure Luck's Pure Skill
Food Column  September 4, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Hill Country cheesemaker extraordinaire Sara Bolton, co-owner of Pure Luck Grade A Goat Dairy in Dripping Springs, won a slew of ribbons at the American Cheese Society competition in Madison, Wisconsin August 6. The annual event, which recognizes the best American-made cheeses, is the largest, most prestigious competition for specialty cow, goat, and sheep's milk cheeses from North, Central, and South America..."

Live Shots
Music Story  April 24, 1998
"...Recreation Plantation, Dripping Springs, April 18..."

Day Trips
Columns  April 10, 1998, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...New Braunfels' Clear Springs Restaurant has no trouble filling up to its 325-person capacity. photograph by Gerald E..."

Day Trips
Columns  October 3, 1997, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The couple took over the production and wholesale portion of the studio 10 years later. Last November they had a wall-raising for their studio and gallery on US290 between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs...."

Food-O-File
Food Column  June 13, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Onion Creek Farm -- Saturdays, 9am-1pm. 1611 Creek Road, off 290W past Dripping Springs, 512/858-1090 for directions..."

Daytrips
Columns  December 13, 1996, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Hill Country Christmas Trees, between Wimberley and Dripping Springs off RR12, has some potted trees. 512/858-4886...."

Lessons in the Dust
What I Learned on My Summer Drought
News Story  September 6, 1996, by Suzy Banks
"...Marianne Sprinkel, owner of Craftsman Farms, an organic farm on CR 190 in Dripping Springs:..."

Food-O-File
Food Column  July 19, 1996
"...The most familiar is Larsen Farms Texas Chevre, available for several years in local markets such as Whole Foods, Randall's, Central Market, etc. The newest contender is Pure Luck Organics Farmstead Goat Cheese produced by Denny and Sarah Bolton at their farm near Dripping Springs..."

Food-O-File
Food Column  July 19, 1996
"...The most familiar is Larsen Farms Texas Chevre, available for several years in local markets such as Whole Foods, Randall's, Central Market, etc. The newest contender is Pure Luck Organics Farmstead Goat Cheese produced by Denny and Sarah Bolton at their farm near Dripping Springs..."

Day Trips
Columns  December 8, 1995, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...To get to Hill Country Christmas Trees take US290 to Dripping Springs, turn south on RR12 toward Wimberley (5 miles), turn right on CR191 (3.1 miles), and turn right at the tee (.7 miles). The farm is open 10am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday through Dec.17..."

food-o-file
Arts Story  September 15, 1995
"...Hwy290 W in Dripping Springs, 858-1090..."

Postmarks
Puzzled by Oppel
Columns  August 26, 1999
"...Dripping Springs..."

Hays County Water War Continues
Lawsuits and legislation address water regulation
News Story  April 30, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...The lawsuit, filed by Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association, argues that the Hays Trinity Groundwater Con­ser­vation District should have authority over the area. And HB 3405 – one of the bills Rep..."

Austin's Water Prospectors
New city rules have slowed the demand, but urban wells remain a hot commodity in wealthy neighborhoods
News Story  November 15, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...Bee Cave Drilling of Dripping Springs, until recently one of the most active drillers on the west side, has seen much of its urban business dry up in the last year. "For a long time we were really focused on Pemberton Heights and Tarrytown neighborhoods," project manager Kevin Langford said..."

Food-O-File
As the weather cools down, the food event calendar heats up
Food Column  October 4, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...A couple of weeks back, we made it out to the Dripping With Taste Wine, Food, & Arts Festival in its new venue at Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. The new spot should be a good home for the fast-growing event, especially once the parking lot and exteriors are finished..."

Outdoors & Recreation
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...Best SnorkelingBarton Springs Pool..."

Fun in the Sun: Outdoor Activities in Austin
Where to hike, bike, and wade into cool water
Features Story  August 24, 2017, by Ashley Moreno
"...Start with the entrance near Zilker. With a bike, you could easily pair it with a swim in Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Rd.)..."

Hays County Water War
Private drilling threatens local water supplies
News Story  April 2, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...It was standing room only March 25 at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on bills filed by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, to stop the project..."

Controversial Sewage Case in State's Hands
TCEQ will decide proposal to dump treated effluent in creek
News Story  July 25, 2008, by Jacob Cottingham
"...A contested case hearing between representatives of a Hays County subdivision and stakeholder opponents, including the city of Austin, ended on Friday after a week of testimony before two administrative law judges. At issue is a proposal by the Belterra subdivision to discharge up to roughly 350,000 gallons of treated effluent into Bear Creek, which ultimately feeds Barton Springs..."

Give Them Hell, Bill!
Postmarks  April 27, 2006
"...Dear Editor The Chronicle became my window on Austin after my wife and I moved from Falls Church, Va., to Hays County in 1999. I came to trust your reporting and then your judgment because I believed "you got it." Having grown up on a Dallas County farm during the Forties and Fifties drought, my memories of Austin were certainly idyllic of when it was a "sleepy college town." Sometimes SOS Bill Bunch is his own worst enemy, but I shudder to think what Austin would be like today without this unique organization and its single-minded focus on protecting all aspects of Barton Springs. Recent "Page Two" comments by Louis Black [April 7], and Michael King's "Point Austin" [April 21], bring to mind how "Establishment" the Chronicle has become in just six years when it comes to Barton Springs and what it takes to preserve that Edwards Aquifer canary. Isn't anyone at the Chronicle listening anymore? Twelve thousand plus citizens created an Envision Central Texas paradigm that includes preserving the Aquifer, its watershed, and a lot more of what we need to retain that special quality of life that attracts so many of us..."

The LCRA Moves to Turn on the Tap
Future of Hill Country waits on Authority's decisions on water plan
News Story  December 3, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...But is the LCRA headed in the right direction? Not when weighed against the "plan first, build second" mantra of stakeholders involved in three regional and county planning efforts (made possible, as it happens, through more than $200,000 in funding from the LCRA; see "We Had a Little Plan," p.35). Within that context, community and environmental participants would like to promote a primarily eastward growth trend, relatively limited density on the western front, and stricter water quality measures – all intended to ensure the longevity of the Hill Country landscape, its network of lakes and creeks, and, of course, Barton Springs..."

God Loves Ya When You Swim
Behind the scenes of this week's Billy Joe Shaver cover shoot
Music Story  August 17, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."We just dunked a 72-year-old man in Barton Springs."..."

Naked City
News Story  July 11, 2008
"...It's the theory of neighbors and commissioners that such a decision will give neighborhood associations more input into any future development of a master plan, although just how much input is still in doubt. At least one major landowner has announced plans for a massive town center project, sparking concerns about traffic congestion and potential environmental impact (the site is in the Barton Springs Watershed)..."

Hill Country Militia
Grassroots homesteaders tighten ranks to fight urban encroachment
News Story  June 27, 2008, by Greg Harman
"...The mobilization of what might best be called the "Hill Country Militia" is an event with water at its heart – the protection of local creeks, streams, and wells, to be sure, but also the extremely vulnerable Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer is best known on its northern end, in Austin, as the fount of Barton Springs, but at its southern extent, it provides the primary water source for San Antonio's 1.3 million residents...."

The Centex Brigade
From San Antonio to Austin and back again
News Story  June 27, 2008, by Greg Harman
"...Five years ago, the staff at Austin's Save Our Springs Alliance was scrambling not only to maintain clarity at Barton Springs but to assist a handful of budding nonprofits setting their sites on conservation action. SOS Executive Director Bill Bunch, now a member of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance board, assisted on the white paper that developed into the guiding principles of San Antonio's Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance..."

Preserving What's Left
A 2,400-acre spot south of Buda could be the latest conservation easement purchased to maintain the health of the Edwards Aquifer
News Story  February 1, 2008, by Jacob Cottingham
"...After years of rapid growth that brought dozens of new subdivisions to the Hill Country, Hays County officials are looking for ways to preserve the few large tracts of land that remain for open space. The Dahlstrom Ranch, a 2,400-acre spot south of Buda, could be the latest conservation easement purchased to maintain the health of the Barton Springs Zone of the Edwards Aquifer..."

Day Trips
Is there anything better on a lazy summer day than lounging around in a cool pool watching the world go by?
Columns  June 18, 2004, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Krause Springs, west of Austin off TX 71 in Spicewood, makes almost every Top 10 list of swimming holes in the state and for good reason. Beginning in the 1950s, Elton and Jane Krause began turning a former hog farm into a tropical oasis...."

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