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Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  May 28, 2004
"...Save Our Springs Alliance..."

Naked City
Breaking news from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  January 23, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Cypress Realty's efforts to develop the old Rutherford Ranch in Hays Co. hit an unexpected roadblock last week with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's decision to delay a hearing and possible action on a requested well-drilling permit..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  July 18, 2003, by Michael King
"...The gross or so of items on today's (Thursday) agenda includes: delaying enactment of the smoking ordinance until Jan. 2, 2004; creating an interlocal water-quality planning agreement between the cities of Austin and Dripping Springs, Travis and Hays counties, and the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer and Hays/Trinity conservation districts; a utility bill check-off for a Library and Parks Enhancement Fund; $100,000 in child-friendly improvements in the Holly Street neighborhood; whether to join other Texas city managers in opposing proposed TXU Gas Company rate hikes; a proposal to kill the council's Wednesday work sessions; an ordinance transferring 11 parcels of land to the Urban Renewal Agency for East 11th Street and 12th Street redevelopment; appointing newbie Council Member Brewster McCracken and reappointing Mayor Will Wynn and council members Raul Alvarez and Danny Thomas to the Austin Housing Finance Corporation's board of directors..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  January 24, 2003
"...At press time Wednesday, attorneys for the Save Our Springs Alliance, Stratus Properties, and the city of Austin were headed to court for a hearing on a lawsuit stemming from last year's controversial development deal between the city and Stratus. SOS sued both parties, claiming the city's water-quality ordinance supersedes Stratus' "grandfather" status under HB 1704, a state law allowing developers to build under pre-existing rules..."

Postmarks
Hey, who put a vegetarian in my aquifer?
Columns  December 17, 1999
"...Barton Springs Alert..."

Food
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Fire ripped through the Green Mesquite's Barton Springs restaurant recently, forcing them to close their doors for massive remodeling. They promise they will rise again from the ashes sometime in October..."

Council Says Goodbye to 2018
After tackling one last mammoth agenda, members take a powder
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Members finally approved Item 21, an agreement giving 33 acres of extraterritorial jurisdiction land, which sits in the Barton Springs zone, to the city of Dripping Springs. Another zoning case regarding ETJ, Item 20, passed on consent, and Lazy Nine Municipal Utility District can now annex and serve 124 acres of Austin's ETJ, also within the Barton Springs zone..."

Gay Place
Sundays are the new Saturdays
Columns  April 7, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Rum, vodka, whiskey – oh my! Sun., April 10, noon-4pm. Dripping Springs..."

In Wake of Flooding, Hays Water Victory Bittersweet
Last-minute reversal revives groundwater protection bill
News Story  June 11, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...Surviving attacks from outside the region, Hays County water advocates were victorious in the last hours of the legislative session: House Bill 3405, the bill that gives Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District the authority to regulate the currently unregulated "white zone" of the Trinity Aquifer, passed both the House and Senate. Unless Gov..."

Hays Water Fight Continues
While Senate approves water protections, another battle is on the horizon
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...Then May's real thunderstorms hit, and Hays County citizens were thrown into a crisis as raging floods left devastation along the Blanco River. The Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association, in an email to Hays County citizens, noted the bad timing of SB 2075..."

Hays Water War Update
Pending reg bill sparks hope for Hays County water advocates
News Story  May 14, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...House Bill 3405, one of three bills by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, passed the House..."

SXSW Music Pro Tips
Prepare thy self
DAILY Music  March 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Dip: There’s nothing more Austin-centric than going for a swim at the Barton Springs Pool. The three-acre spring-fed pool is centrally located at 2201 Barton Springs Road and it’s only $3 to get in..."

The Good Eye: Misadventure Book Launch
February 20, 2014. 21 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  February 20, 2014
"...Dripping Springs vodka provided the open bar, because Dripping Oh-My-God-It’s-Still-Winter vodka was busy. Just kidding! Also, check out the print on that skirt.Back to column...."

Staff Photographer Jana Birchum's Favorite Photos of 2013
January 6, 2014. 12 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  January 6, 2014
"...The 20th anniversary celebration of the Save Our Springs (SOS) Water Quality Ordinance brought out the real heart of soul of living in Austin—a day at the springs...."

Prop. 6: Strange Bedfellows on Both Sides
Boondoggle or necessary step? Odd alliances form on both sides of state water proposal.
News Story  October 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, argued there was historical and environmental precedent for investment..."

What EVOO Can Do for You
Texas olive oil companies strive to educate consumers
Food Story  September 7, 2012, by Kate Thornberry
"...At the present time there are around 12 commercial olive growers in Texas, the largest of which is Texas Olive Ranch out of Carrizo Springs. With an estimated 40,000 olive trees, Texas Olive Ranch is the olive oil you're most likely to find at your grocery store or farmers market..."

TCEQ Paves the Way for Shit Creek(s)
State environmental agency rejects science in favor of allowing sewage in creeks
News Story  December 5, 2008, by Jacob Cottingham
"...For a local example of the great "global warming debate," just look at the controversy over discharge of treated effluent – sewage in laymen's terms – in the Edwards Aquifer Watershed. On one side are the familiar government entities and environmental groups, such as the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the city of Austin, Hays County, and the Save Our Springs Alliance..."

Curious Development Afoot Over Aquifer
Proposed development in sensitive recharge zone prompts requests for contested case hearing with commission charged with reviewing developer's land application permit
News Story  March 28, 2008, by Jacob Cottingham
"...In a letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, wrote, "Constituents that reside near the proposed [wastewater treatment] facility have contacted my office and expressed concerns about the possible impact to water quality." His request triggered an automatic hearing, with a date yet to be scheduled, and extended the comment period until that time..."

Naked City
News Story  October 13, 2006
"...• In other development news, a year after the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan was unveiled – a plan intended to cover all jurisdictions within the Barton Springs Contributing Zone of the Edwards Aquifer – only the city of Dripping Springs has begun to implement significant policy changes. At a meeting last week of the core committee of the RWQPP – the first meeting in well more than a year – Mayor Todd Purcell said his city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him..."

Election 2006
The latest from the campaign trail
News Story  September 29, 2006
"...Few people were shocked to see the names of Democratic Reps. Mark Strama of Austin and Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs on the list..."

On the Road to the Right Recipe
Austin chefs tour area farms
Food Story  July 15, 2005, by MM Pack
"...David Byrne of Texas A&M, a specialist in peach, nectarine, plum, and apricot research, talked about his work in Texas, Brazil, Spain, France, Australia, and Uruguay, where he helps adapt varietals for each area. Darrell Joseph of Bella Verdi Farms was there to chat about the microgreens and herbs he grows in greenhouses near Dripping Springs...."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  March 25, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...The project, initiated by Hays Co. Judge Jim Powers and Austin Council Member Daryl Slusher at a regional water summit in 2002, is intended to protect water quality on the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer and its contributing zone – a swath of land that includes Bee Cave, Kyle, Buda, and everywhere in between, some of the highest-growth areas in the Central Texas region..."

Summit for the Aquifer
News Story  December 13, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Slusher and Hays Co. Judge Jim Powers -- who has for years faced local opposition to his road-building agenda -- organized the event and invited representatives from several entities, including Dripping Springs, Buda, the Austin-San Antonio Regional Conference, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, and the Lower Colorado River Authority (which needs a plan in place in order to expand its water pipeline activities in high-growth areas of northwest Hays Co.)..."

The Name of the Game
Raising deer, oryx, antelope, and more on central texas ranches
Food Story  June 7, 2002, by MM Pack
"...(Adrenalin triggers lactic acid production in muscles, resulting in that undesirable gamey taste.) Deer by nature are easily disturbed, and while approaches differ, a major part of raising and harvesting them has to do with keeping them as stress-free as possible. J-ONE-S Ranch, Driftwood, Texas Standing in the middle of the idyllic J-ONE-S Ranch, 435 rolling acres located between Driftwood and Dripping Springs, it's hard to believe that you're a mere half-hour from downtown Austin..."

Council Watch
City inks 50-year water deal with LCRA
News Column  October 15, 1999, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...More or less on the spot, City Manager Jesus Garza presented LCRA General Manager Mark Rose with two checks for a total of $100 million, in return for a fixed water supply of 325,000 acre-feet per year until 2050, with an optional extension to 2100. Austin will receive a continuation of the terms of the city's 1987 contract with the LCRA, and LCRA will get money with which to pay off its purchase of the Garwood water rights on the Texas coast, as well as certainty regarding the future of the bulk of its water supply. In the end, neither the questions raised by Save Our Springs Alliance attorney Bill Bunch, nor the uncertainty of several city boards and commissions, nor the warnings of water/wastewater rate advocate Birny Birnbaum, could dissuade council members from securing the water they believe Austin needs, at a price they believe isn't going to dip any lower...."

Postmarks
Columns  September 4, 1998
"...If you want to play with the "facts," let's dance. Oppression has moved many Austinites, moved them between here and San Marcos, Dripping Springs..."

Chronicle Recommends: The Best of Austin
Our recommendations of the finest movies from and about the ATX
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2018, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...reality, Waking Life didn’t just employ Austin’s creative class (virtually every working artist in town was enlisted to rotoscope the digital footage into dazzling moving images); it also made a whole movie about them. Given the city’s ruinous rent hikes, if you wanted to make a movie about Austin’s creative class today, you’re better off moving production to Lockhart, Dripping Springs, or Manor..."

Election Ticker: The Final Countdown
Vote-pocalypse now!
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Nina Hernandez, Chase Hoffberger, Michael King and Sarah Marloff
"...As for cash, the "eight-day" finance reports (the last before E-Day) show candidates raising a little and spending a lot in the last month (you're seeing the results in your mailbox). The push for the Prop A affordable housing bond has already passed the $500,000 mark, and Prop E – the bond to build a health center in Dove Springs – now has its very own political action committee..."

Drinking Local: A Cocktail’s Footprint
Where in the world are these cocktail ingredients from?
Food Story  July 12, 2018, by R.T. Frank
"...Kooper Family Rye Founded in 2012, the upstart whiskey company blends their three- and five-year whiskeys together for their rye offering. Made of 100% rye grain grown in Kansas, distilled in Chicago, and barrel-aged in Dripping Springs, Texas...."

Guide to Central Texas Breweries
Our comprehensive list of places to grab a craft beer in and around Austin
Food Story  July 12, 2018
"...Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 78704, www.unclebillys.com..."

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup
Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey
DAILY Travel  June 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...During the annual cleaning, workmen found damage to the concrete apron under the diving board. Built in the 1930s, it is the largest spring-fed pool in the world with 15 million gallons of water flowing through the 1.3-acre, V-shaped pool daily from San Solomon Springs...."

Headlines
News Story  January 25, 2018
"...IndyAustin organizer Linda Curtis told The Austin Bulldog last week that the effort to obtain enough signatures to force a referendum on the rewrite's language has stalled, leaving the possibility open for a revival come November. Curtis cited the increased November turnout, and the $800,000 the city would need to put up to hold a special May election, but also noted her group's trouble gathering signatures, particularly at Barton Springs on New Year's Day, when it was too cold to hold a pen...."

Headlines
News Story  November 30, 2017
"...Richard Hyde, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has released a letter concerning the City of Dripping Springs' permit application to release treated effluent into Onion Creek, saying the application "meets the requirements of applicable law." The permit still faces a contested case hearing, and this week the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District joined Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer district, the City of Austin, and the environmental group Protect Our Water in opposing the permit...."

Headlines
News Story  November 10, 2016
"...Save the Onion: If you're ready to jump back into post-election activism – Thursday night also features a public hearing on the city of Drip­ping Springs' request to the TCEQ for a treated wastewater permit for discharge into Onion Creek. Add your two cents at Dripping Springs Ranch Park: 7pm, Thu., Nov..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  March 12, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...• Kris Tyrpak was the Aztex' top scorer in 2012 and 2013, and the PDL national player of the year in 2013. The Dripping Springs native spent last year in MLS with the now-defunct Chivas USA, and was picked up by San Jose in the dispersal draft...."

Public Notice: Endorsements (Ouch)
How could we be so stupid?
News Column  October 23, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Hill Country Alliance 2014 Rain­water Revival promises a festive day, filled with entertaining presentations, water conservation-related vendor booths, rainwater system displays, plus food, shopping, live music, plus much more! Saturday, Oct. 25, 10am-4pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Park..."

Wimberley Water Wars
Community activists protest Needmore Ranch development
News Story  May 3, 2013, by Rusty Middleton
"...They vented their wrath on both state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, and Sen..."

Gay Place
Volleyballin' it, on the court and on the big screen
Columns  April 26, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Sundays, 11am. Dougherty Arts, 1110 Barton Springs Rd..."

Playback
Austin's version of 'Bad Santa' at a bar near you
Music Column  December 7, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...› The Old Settler's Music Festival, the Americana-focused music festival that happens every April in Dripping Springs, has announced a partial lineup for next year. Performers include Leftover Salmon, Son Volt, Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Del McCoury Band, and Justin Townes Earle..."

A GOP Sampler: Primary Highlights
The Republican primary in a nuthouse ... er, nutshell
News Story  May 18, 2012, by Michael King
"...Rick Per­ry  – who first appointed him to the Court in 2004 – Medina is seeking his second full term. He pushes a conservative-hip image – onetime underwater swimmer at Aquarena Springs, likes to spend his free time playing drums to Led Zeppelin – but readers may best remember him as the jurist who was indicted on arson charges (subsequently dismissed) in connection with a fire at his home in Spring..."

Food Events
This week's collection of culinary events
Food Column  May 11, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› Barefoot Wines and the Central Texas chapter of the Surfrider Foundation invite volunteers to participate in a beach cleanup at the Expedition School at Festival Beach (34 Robert T. Martinez) followed by a celebration at Aussies (306 Bar­ton Springs)..."

Event Menu
Foodie events for April 8-13
Food Column  April 8, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Drippings Springs Vodka distiller Gary Kelleher will give out samples of his vodka and sign bottles at both Austin Costco outlets on Saturday, April 9. 10401 Research, noon-3pm; 4301 W..."

Wish List
Here's your chance to give back to the areas of our community that need it the most
News Story  December 10, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 342-4700..."

When Good Things Happen to Bad Bills – and Vice Versa
Bad bills fly, while good bills die
News Column  May 22, 2009, by the News Staff
"...HB 1508: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality currently bans waste discharges into the Barton Springs Recharge Zone of the Edwards Aquifer but not into the contributing zone that feeds the recharge. It would seem a no-brainer to place some limits there as well, but Austin Rep..."

SchoolJam Daze
Teen bands take home awards
DAILY Music  March 2, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Bassist Martin Akers also won Best Bassist. The trio hails from Dripping Springs and Austin and here’s the word: these guys are here to stay and play..."

Hays County Turns Blue – and Green
New county leadership is keen on environmental stewardship
News Story  August 1, 2008, by Jacob Cottingham
"...The court has allocated roughly half of the $30 million approved by voters and has earmarked a minimum of $11.5 million of the remaining sum to be specifically directed toward open-space projects. The county has funded parks at Blue Hole in Wimberley, Stagecoach Park in Buda, a park in Dripping Springs along Little Barton Creek, the North East Regional Park in Kyle, and the development of a habitat conservation in San Marcos..."

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
News Story  October 26, 2007
"...Brighton Gardens, 4401 Spicewood Springs Rd., 2-5pm..."

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
News Story  October 19, 2007
"...Brighton Gardens, 4401 Spicewood Springs Rd., 2-5pm..."

Naked City
News Story  May 25, 2007
"...Quote of the Week "I respect the Speaker and his family, but I believe the House has to be governed from the middle." – Rep. Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs, announcing that he will no longer be one of the few Democrats supporting Tom Craddick as speaker of the House..."

SOS – Responsibility Does Not Stop at the Environment
Postmarks  April 17, 2007
"...Dear Editor, I fully support organizations such as Save Our Springs Alliance that are advocates of environmental responsibility. However, in addition to environmental concerns, there are other forms of moral and ethical responsibility to which I would expect such an organization to adhere..."

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