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Health, Wealth, and Happiness on E-Night
Hospital district backers top the list of happy people
News Story  May 21, 2004, by Amy Smith

Hops, Barley, and ... Rainwater?
The Bitter End's Environmental Pale Ale is ready just in time for the Teas Craft Brewers Festival
Food Story  May 14, 2004, by Wes Marshall
"...It is the new Environmental Pale Ale from the Bitter End, brainchild of Tim Schwartz, award-winning brewer, and Richard Heinichen, purveyor of all things rainwater. They can't claim any medicinal powers for the beer, but I watched them make it, and I can attest they used only the finest natural ingredients – organic hops and barley along with rainwater collected near Dripping Springs, Texas..."

Trail Mix
Paul Stekler on 'Last Man Standing' and the 10 essential ingredients of political documentary
Screens Story  March 12, 2004, by Anne S. Lewis
"...In the end, Last Man Standing closes in on a little-known race for state representative in Dripping Springs, which, to the filmmaker's delight, turned out to be a cliffhanger, right down to the last precinct box. "Of the zillions of races we could have picked, we picked this one for good reasons -- it wasn't just luck..."

The Rest of the Races
News Story  February 27, 2004
"...With two Republican candidates vying to reclaim the GOP grip on House District 45, Democratic incumbent Patrick Rose – whose narrow victory sent the ethically challenged Rick Green packing in 2002 – isn't taking anything for granted in this heavily Republican district. Rose, whose votes in favor of tort reform and other GOP-driven issues very nearly earned him a Democratic opponent, will kick off his re-election campaign from 2-4pm Saturday at the Dripping Springs old high school gym, 510 W..."

Alamo: Day, Time, and Month
Postmarks  February 24, 2004
"...Dear Editor, According to KC, Alamo movie director, as we, Mexican soldiers, climbed the Alamo walls to kill the Texian defenders (in Dripping Springs, Texas), the 167th anniversary, exactly to the day, month, and time, occurred...."

Naked City
Who'll be shooting whom between now and March 9?
News Story  January 9, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison and Michael King
"...To the west, in District 46 -- including Hays and Caldwell counties -- Republicans Alan Askew and Martin Harry will vie for the right to face freshman Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, in November..."

Naked City
Three high-profile contenders for an open seat on the Travis Co. bench
News Story  December 5, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...His campaign is headed up by Mark Littlefield, who previously worked on the campaigns of Council Member Brewster McCracken and state Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs...."

Texas in the Title
Music Story  November 28, 2003, by Greg Beets
"...He sure missed Texas, though, so utilizing map imagery to illustrate his longing, Gimble wrote this sprightly song. Now 76, Gimble resides in Dripping Springs and still plays regularly...."

A World Slowly Liquefying
Rocky Schenck comes home for celebrations of his dreamlike art photography.
Arts Story  November 7, 2003, by Katherine Catmull
"...The photographer says, "My approach is rather simple: I record on film what I see and what I feel as I travel through life." Whether this claim is disingenuous or alarming is for you to decide when Dripping Springs native Rocky Schenck returns home this week for two area exhibitions of his work -- at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery in Austin and the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography in San Marcos -- and the release of Rocky Schenck: Photographs by University of Texas Press...."

The 'Chronicle' Sells Out, Again; Go Ahead, Lament Us; Table of Contents Not Useful on Page 4; Envision a Correct Map; Fair Reporting on Police
Columns  November 7, 2003
"...Uh, how can I trust anyone who is trying to "Envision Central Texas" when they label Oak Hill as Dripping Springs and Blanco as Johnson City? Get out a map, kids...."

Envision a Correct Map
Postmarks  October 31, 2003
"...Uh, how can I trust anyone who is trying to "Envision Central Texas" when they label Oak Hill as Dripping Springs and Blanco as Johnson City? Get out a map, kids...."

Where the Wild Things Star
'Secondhand Lions' is only the latest production in which Bobbi Colorado-trained beasts play a part.
Screens Story  September 19, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Like the lion, the film's canine stars came from Los Angeles, but once on set they were trained by local animal wrangler Bobbi Colorado of Bobbi Colorado and the Wild Bunch. Colorado, who stations herself out of Dripping Springs' Sunrise Exotic Ranch, has spent the past three decades working with animals in film and television with husband and business partner Ken Beggs, and specializes in everything from her trained macaws and parrots to her gibbon Lolly, seen briefly in Secondhand Lions' Arabic bazaar scene, and border collie Seamus..."

Day Trips
Columns  August 1, 2003, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Fisherman's Corner catfish ponds and tackle shop is about an hour south of Austin at the junction of FM 306 and FM 484. The best route is to take FM 12 either from Dripping Springs or San Marcos and then FM 32 to FM 484..."

Endangered Species?
The remaining rural Democrats in the Legislature consider their options -- and fight back.
News Story  July 18, 2003, by Michael King
"...The term is at best imprecise and depending on whom you ask, may include as few as nine or as many as 13 reps -- call it a baker's dozen. Several more-or-less rural white Dems are not quite 40 -- John Mabry (Waco) is 34, Jim Dunnam (Waco) and David Farabee (Wichita Falls) are 39, and Patrick Rose (Dripping Springs) is only 25..."

Naked City
News Story  June 20, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
News Story  June 13, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
GOP Swats Killer-D Rose
News Story  May 23, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...Texas Republicans last week attacked Rep. Patrick Rose in a series of radio ads, claiming the Dripping Springs Democrat "failed to execute his responsibilities on legislative business" while holed up in Oklahoma with 50 other House reps...."

Liquid Assets
The 'Chronicle' food and wine update: spring, 2003
Food Column  May 9, 2003, by Wes Marshall
"...Driftwood wines are only available at the winery, but it's worth the short trip, between Dripping Springs and Wimberley on Highway 12...."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  May 9, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The bill, authored by Democratic Reps. Vilma Luna of Corpus Christi and Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs (whose district includes SWT), was introduced over the objections of SWT leaders who'd decided to take a go-slow approach on the long-running name-change controversy..."

Into Town
Will Austin shoppers support a Downtown farmers' market?
Food Story  May 2, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...and produce from longtime favorites Willie McKemie, Cora Lamar, and the Rowlands of Hairston Creek Farm. They took home award-winning goat cheese from Pure Luck Organics in Dripping Springs, empanadas from Empanadas la Boca, and tomatoes from a hothouse grower near San Antonio..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  April 25, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...As predicted, Farmers Insurance has taken its ongoing battle with "Mold Queen" Melinda Ballard to the Texas Supreme Court. Farmers' brief, filed on April 22, challenges the 3rd Court of Appeals' award of $4 million in damages to Ballard, even though the appeals court had dramatically cut Ballard's original $32 million judgment in her suit alleging Farmers mishandled water-damage claims for her now-decaying Dripping Springs mansion..."

A Texas Flair
A few reasons why the Old Settler's Music Festival is 16 this weekend.
Music Story  April 18, 2003, by Jim Caligiuri
"...The 16th annual Old Settler's Music Festival begins tonight, Thursday, with its prefestival "settle-in" and campground jamming, and continues through Easter Sunday with kiddie fare and more music. Like last year's event, it returns to the Salt Lick Pavillion and Fort Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, where it's found a home after bouncing around from Round Rock to Dripping Springs over the past few years..."

2003 Award Winners, 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
Food Story  April 11, 2003
"...Sara Sweetser Bolton, founder and cheesemaker, Pure Luck Dairy and Farm (Dripping Springs)..."

Naked City
News Story  April 11, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison

Capitol Chronicle
Tort Deform gives business the gold mine, the rest of us the shaft.
News Column  April 4, 2003, by Michael King
"...A surprising local newcomer to the ruckus was freshman Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, who carried the amendment promising lower malpractice insurance rates upon passage of HJR 3 -- unless, of course, the insurance company explains to the state commissioner that it needs an exemption. Now there's an ironclad provision -- and apparently Rose wasn't even invited to the meetings down at Mike Hull's place..."

The Entertainment Economy
As the Austin film, music, and gaming scenes become a "cluster," civic leaders are looking for industrial-strength creativity
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Attention to the bottom line of the entertainment economy grows among the bottom-line crowd with every new threshold set by the local industry. When an Austin-recorded album sells 4.9 million copies (the Dixie Chicks' Home) or a film production comes to town with a $75 million budget (Disney's Alamo project, now shooting in Dripping Springs) or a local digital studio wins 35 "Game of the Year" awards around the globe (Ion Storm's Deus Ex), people naturally want to get in on the action..."

Lawyers, Drugs, and Money: The Latest on Metabolife
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Michael King
"...Wentworth and former Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, were working the TDH commissioners and staff, while former Sen..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  March 7, 2003
"...Texas' 3rd Court of Appeals last week refused a request for a rehearing in "mold queen" Melinda Ballard's lawsuit against Farmers Insurance Group. Last fall the appellate court slashed the $32 million judgment Ballard won against Farmers in 2001, leaving just more than $4 million in awards for actual damages to her family's Dripping Springs mansion..."

Naked City
Ken Oden Says Adieu
News Story  February 21, 2003, by Michael King and Jordan Smith
"...Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and former Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, illegally lobbied the Texas Dept..."

On the Lege: Bombshells and Budget Officers
The Legislature begins to get down to business.
News Story  February 7, 2003, by Michael King
"...Perhaps most surprising is Pete Laney loyalist Elliott Naishtat's appointment as vice-chair of Human Services and membership on Public Health -- Naishtat lost his chair, but these appointments could mean that even Craddick knows that without experienced Democratic input, health care legislation could end in gridlock. Rookie Dem Eddie Rodriguez didn't quite make Appropriations with Jack Stick, but will sit on Economic Development and also Judicial Affairs; his Dripping Springs counterpart Patrick Rose has three committees: Civil Practices, Local and Consent Calendars, and Pension and Investments...."

Wentworth Grabs Rose's Tail
News Story  January 31, 2003, by Michael King
"...Freshman state Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, got a taste of being a rookie last week when he called a press conference to announce new legislation and was promptly upstaged by Sen..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  November 29, 2002
"..."If we're going to affect federal policy, we have to have access." Local nonprofits with similar interests have slimmer pickings, but one GOP loser stands out: ousted state Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs..."

Dream on, Dream Team
Democrats Fail to Convince Texas
News Story  November 8, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...Suburban Democrats may be a dying breed, but enough of them -- 360, to be exact -- roused themselves to unseat House Dist. 45 incumbent Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs..."

Capitol Chronicle
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Rep. Rick Green are accused of improper lobbying for "legal speed" maker Metabolife.
News Column  October 25, 2002, by Michael King
"...Loeffler et al., including Wentworth and his House colleague Rick ("Focus Factor") Green, R-Dripping Springs, officially failed in their quest. The TDH persisted, the Attorney General's office (responding to a request from state Sen..."

The Cheese Stands Alone
Cheese, in all of its artisanal, aromatic glory, takes its rightful place at Austin's tables.
Food Story  October 18, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...However, the Austin dining public is indeed warming to the power of cheese. Just recently, a local caterer bemoaned losing a bid because of a cheese selection that "wasn't sophisticated enough," and Pure Luck goat cheese maker Sarah Bolton of Dripping Springs has diversified her product line to include a blue cheese (see "Pure Luck in Armenia," p.48) and the brie-like Del Cielo in the hopes of attracting more business from restaurant chefs..."

Pure Luck in Armenia
Sarah Bolton lost her luggage on a cheesemaking trip to Armenia, but she gained some priceless knowledge and relationships.
Food Story  October 18, 2002, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Dripping Springs' own Sara Bolton, owner and co-founder of the Pure Luck Dairy and Farm, spent four weeks during the months of June and July in Armenia. Bolton was sent across the ocean to teach cheesemaking techniques and principles by the U.S..."

Naked City
News Story  October 18, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Hundreds of Central Texans played regional planning bingo at six Envision Central Texas workshops in Austin, Bastrop, Georgetown, Lockhart, and Dripping Springs (see "Austin Stories")...."

Naked City
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Planning workshops will be held at Bastrop High and Georgetown High Monday, Oct. 14; at Dripping Springs High and at the Travis Co..."

Virginia B. Wood catches up on culinary news in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  October 4, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...290 W. to Sunset Canyon Pottery (894-0938) near Dripping Springs for the annual Empty Bowl Project fundraiser in support of the Capital Area Food Bank..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The Envision Central Texas project is an opportunity for the citizens to plan our own destiny.
News Column  September 27, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...That's the kind of buildout -- big infill -- that is so controversial within the Austin city limits, and that developers say they can't do here because the neighbors object, the city burdens them with red tape, and the land is so expensive. Well, I imagine the neighbors in Cedar Park or Dripping Springs or Lockhart will also object, but there are fewer of them and fewer lawyers and architects among those..."

Naked City
Mission: Grow Smart
News Story  September 20, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...14; at the Travis Co. Expo Center and in Dripping Springs Oct..."

Naked City
News Story  September 13, 2002
"...14, insurance industry nemesis Melinda Ballard will discuss her efforts to hold companies accountable for their anti-consumer efforts and actions related to homeowners' mold claims. Ballard, who has founded a national consumers group called Policy Holders of America, won a $32 million settlement related to the destruction of her Dripping Springs home and medical problems suffered by her husband and son..."

Riding the Vision Bus
News Story  August 30, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Hardy souls among ECT's 65-member board of directors boarded a blissfully air-conditioned bus at dawn for a clockwise tour of Metro Austin, with stops in Round Rock, Taylor, Elgin, Bastrop, Lockhart (featuring the de rigueur barbecue lunch), San Marcos, and Dripping Springs, before wrapping up at Auditorium Shores in blistering heat with the CSC complex as their backdrop. While you couldn't call this a fact-finding mission, board members -- who represent community groups, business, and government -- were not displeased by the response..."

Insuring a Clash
News Story  August 30, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Organizing efforts are underway on both sides of the insurance reform debate, an issue destined for serious battle in the upcoming Legislature. The newest addition to the lineup is Homeowners of Texas, formed under the leadership of insurance industry nemesis Melinda Ballard, a Dripping Springs resident and former New York PR executive..."

Short Cuts
Ron Howard helms The Alamo no mo'.
Screens Column  July 12, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Last Sunday's Daily Variety reported that director Ron Howard is exiting the production due to lengthy production delays and a desire to strike while his A Beautiful Mind Oscar-laden iron is still glowing. Pre-production is reported to be moving at roughly the speed of dirt, with various production design teams working in and around the Dripping Springs area to ensure that everything from the plant life to the Alamo itself will be able to pass muster..."

Short Cuts
Writer / director Tim McCanlies enthuses about his upcoming film, Secondhand Lions; plus, The Alamo gets a new scribe.
Screens Column  July 5, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...No specific cause for the rewrites was given, although it's not unusual for a project this size to have multiple writers attached. Originally slated to begin shooting this coming September in and around Dripping Springs (set construction is already under way), the film looks to have been pushed back to winter as various high-end deals in the star-studded production (including Russell Crowe and Ethan Hawke) are finalized..."

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood plates up the news that's good for you in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  June 28, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...290 W. in Dripping Springs, 894-0861) reports that his delightful bottled Rainwater was so popular with the Bush family while they were in the Governor's Mansion that they now have it stocked at their ranch home in Crawford, otherwise known as the Western White House..."

Green's Special "Focus'
News Story  June 7, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Talk about déjà vu. Last year, Green landed in hot water for promoting the same product on TV infomercials, which featured the Dripping Springs Republican being "interviewed" at his state Capitol office..."

I Before E
A career retrospective on one of the lost cosmic cowboys, Rusty Wier
Music Story  May 31, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...I left L.A., driving home. By the time I got outside Dripping Springs, I'd been gone for so long, it just came to me ....."

Amusing Ways of Life
Three Central Texas traditions continue to make fun a destination.
Features Story  May 10, 2002, by Anne Harris, Ken Lieck and Gerald E. McLeod
"...Thomas Carnivals It's a flawless spring twilight at the Founders Day carnival in Dripping Springs, but tonight the stars will compete with 25,000 light bulbs and the expectant faces of local teenagers who, squealing and shuffling together in tight groups, are determined to chew every bit of sugar out of this Saturday night. Pausing to consider how they keep the ice cream out of each others' hair, and determined to exhume our inner-Peter Pan, or at least Tinker Bell, we brave the sticky toddlers, gobble corn dogs and cotton candy, and ride the most nauseating, grinding metal they've got (the dreaded Kamikaze)...."

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