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Common Ground on the Colorado
The new Eastside Colorado River Park begins to take shape.
News Story  April 26, 2002, by Dan Oko
"...But as they did so, kayakers demanded a paddling course, local Little League coaches complained that the neighborhood was still owed ballfields, bicycle advocates argued for expanding the Town Lake hike-and-bike trail, and environmentalists and a host of NIMBY-minded neighbors urged the foundation and Austin Parks and Recreation officials to leave the riverfront alone. Even today, Karin Ascot of the local Sierra Club chapter maintains, "If you're looking at the amount of space being used and the amount of time it's available, these natural areas hold a higher value."Balancing Needs and Resources Within the next week or two, the local landscape architecture firm Richardson-Verdoorn, which designed the city of Georgetown's open space plan as well as community parks in Cedar Park and Dripping Springs, takes over the reins from the San Francisco-based Hargreaves and Associates..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 19, 2002
"...As for Texas' famed Hill Country, I found a beautiful Nature Conservancy Preserve near Dripping Springs. It was great, except another new development next to it called the "Preserve" threatens to destroy it..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 12, 2002
"...As for Texas' famed Hill Country, I found a beautiful Nature Conservancy Preserve near Dripping Springs. It was great, except another new development next to it called the "Preserve" threatens to destroy it..."

King of the Swing Fiddle
Honoring country music's second most famous fiddle player, Johnny Gimble
Music Story  April 5, 2002, by Jim Caligiuri
"...He greets me in the driveway of his modest Dripping Springs home with a smile and a warm handshake, and invites me into his den. A violin and a mandolin are set up; both plugged into a small amp..."

Welcome to the Primaries
A roundup of primary races important to the Austin area
News Story  March 1, 2002
"...On the south side, Republican Rick Green of Dripping Springs, the former representative of the old District 46, is now vying for the new District 45, which removed Travis County entirely from his constituency and comprises Hays, Blanco, and Caldwell counties. He has the dubious honor of drawing a serious primary challenger, Randy Robinson -- a testament to the performance that has made Green one of the least respected members of the House..."

Naked City
News Story  February 8, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Bowing to growth and planning concerns of area residents, the Dripping Springs City Council is retaining outside legal help for second opinions on three development agreements, and on issues relating to water/wastewater matters. At a special City Council meeting on Monday, the city set aside funds to hire Austin lawyer David Brooks to review three development agreements with Cypress Realty's Rutherford Ranch project, the Foster Ranch, and the Barsana Dahm temple..."

Naked City
Water Torture
News Story  February 1, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The Dripping Springs City Council last week stunned some local residents with its unanimous approval of a controversial road project that its members had rejected just two weeks earlier. The preliminary plat approval allows Cypress Realty to proceed on its final plat (which also requires council approval) for a road that would run from RR 967 to FM 1826 -- the first step in a 2,700-acre development on the former Rutherford Ranch in Northwest Hays County...."

Naked City
News Story  November 23, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...Citing her young son's toxic mold-related health problems, $32 million woman Melinda Ballard has withdrawn from a proposed run for the seat currently held by Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) next year..."

Citizen McCall
Kinky Friedman once remarked that the line between fiction and reality is the one he snorted back in 1978. More than two decades later, he's still getting things mixed up. Chronicle writer Sidney Moody investigates why he puts his friend John McCall, the multimillionaire shampoo magnate and owner of the beauty supply firm Armstrong McCall, in his new detective novel Steppin' on a Rainbow without even bothering to change his name.
Books Story  November 2, 2001, by Sidney Moody
"...Austin Chronicle: You're described as the Shampoo King from Dripping Springs. Would you explain what you do and how you earned that moniker?..."

Naked City
News Short
News Story  November 2, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...On Tuesday, state District Judge John Dietz formally ruled to uphold a jury decision that awarded a Dripping Springs couple $32 million against Farmers Insurance. Melinda Ballard and Ron Allison got the judgment this summer after proving to a jury that Farmers mishandled a water damage claim that resulted in their Hays Co..."

You Can't Go Home Again
Chronicle writer Jesse Sublett on why James Crumley, whose mystery The Final Country has recently been published, is the best writer from Texas to disown the state.
Books Story  October 26, 2001, by Jesse Sublett
"..."My grandparents had a farm in Dripping Springs until my grandfather lost it," says Crumley. "After that he went to work for the state school for the mentally, ah, you know, intellectually challenged, out on Webberville Road..."

It Grows on You
News Story  October 12, 2001, by Emily Pyle
"...In June, a Travis County District Court jury awarded a Dripping Springs family $32 million from Farmer's Insurance Group after finding that the company's neglect of a water damage claim caused potentially toxic strachybotrys atra to spread in their home. The jury also found that the company committed fraud in the handling of the claim..."

Day Trips
By the books: two new tomes to whet your traveler's appetite for adventure
Columns  August 3, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...What is remarkable about the book is the amount of research that Capito put into the three-year project. Who would have guessed that places like Dripping Springs, Grapetown, and Stonewall had enough real estate, let alone history, to make an interesting tour? But they do...."

Day Trips
There's drupelets a-plenty at the Bella Vista Ranch pick-your-own fruit farm.
Columns  July 13, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...And what a beautiful drive the chefs of Austin will have getting there. From Dripping Springs the route takes RR 12 south 10.6 miles to Jacob's Well Road (turn right at the VFW rodeo grounds on CR 182) and then the next right onto Mount Sharp Road...."

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
Thirty Years of Music History Through the Lens of Burton Wilson
Music Story  May 18, 2001
"...7John Prine, not Slaid Cleaves, at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July picnic, Dripping Springs, 1973..."

Feeling the Heat
A profile of the new Texas ACLU and Executive Director Will Harrell
News Story  April 27, 2001, by Michael Erard
"...But thus far the working atmosphere has been surprisingly good, so that even people who would seem to have a robust, natural antipathy to the ACLU have acquired unlikely enthusiasm. "A year ago, I never thought I'd be saying that I like working with the ACLU so closely," says Dripping Springs Republican Rick Green, who sits on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee..."

Naked City
Bills that would create a special taxing and development district for Gary Bradley's Spillar Tract land move forward at the Lege, despite Bradley's apparent violation of his agreement with the city.
News Story  April 20, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Will all of Gary Bradley's wheeling and dealing be to no avail? Will Kirk Watson win back the hearts and minds of Austin's eco-conscious? Will Rick Green sprout his first gray hair before the reviled Bradley bill gets another go-round at the Lege? All this and more will be revealed in the next few weeks, as a solidly opposed Austin City Council takes on the Dripping Springs whippersnapper, whose legislation (by all accounts still moving forward in the House) would create a special taxing district for the Bradley-owned Spillar tract in Hays County, where a luxury hotel developer wants to build a hotel and golf course resort...."

Day Trips
Houston's bibliophiliac dream: The Detering Book Gallery.
Columns  April 6, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Old Settler's Music Festival at the Stone Mountain Event Center west of Dripping Springs fills three stages with the likes of Charlie Daniels, John Hartford, and local favorite Peter Rowan. Music begins at 4pm on Friday, noon on Saturday, and 8:30am on Sunday, April 6-8..."

Naked City
Developer Gary Bradley pulls back on legislation that would create a special development district for his Spillar Ranch property southwest of Austin, but the development could move forward anyway.
News Story  April 6, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...With the Austin City Council lined up 7-0 against his proposal, Gary Bradley told council members on Tuesday that he would ask Dripping Springs Rep. Rick Green to withdraw legislation that would have created a special development district for Bradley's Spillar Ranch property southwest of Austin..."

Naked City
Local news this week in Austin.
News Story  February 23, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...A Monday press conference at the Capitol brought together liberal Austin Democratic Reps. Ann Kitchen, Glen Maxey, and their Houston counterpart Sylvester Turner in an unlikely coalition with conservative Republicans Rick Green of Dripping Springs and Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville (who could not attend)..."

Naked City
AISD hosts a conference of public and higher education leaders to determine and discuss priorities for public education in Texas.
News Story  February 16, 2001, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Urban districts fear that a state health insurance plan may wind up costing them more and delivering less than the coverage districts already offer, says AISD superintendent Pat Forgione. At least one teacher health insurance bill, Harryette Ehrhardt's HB 12, does propose that the state pay 100% of the premiums, but other bills call for local districts to kick in as much as 65% of the cost or get no state aid at all (the latter idea courtesy of Dripping Springs wunderkind Rick Green)..."

Naked City
The City Council adopts a legislative agenda focused on protecting the city’s right to govern itself.
News Story  February 2, 2001, by Emily Pyle
"...Rep. Rick Green's HB 573 would require cities to pay taxes on public property they owns in counties where less than 20% of the city is located, a measure which Hrncir speculates is aimed specifically at Austin and preserves the city owns in Hays County, where much of the Dripping Springs Republican's district is located..."

Lines in the Sand
A preview of the Austin delegation agenda for the 77th Legislature
News Story  January 19, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Tension is not likely to be so high in the clubby Senate, where the ideological distance between Democrat Gonzalo Barrientos and Republican Jeff Wentworth is not that great. But the urban-suburban split in the House delegation is wide, with Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, Terry Keel, R-Austin, and Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock, defining the right (in Green's case, the extreme ideological right) of the Republican Party, while Glen Maxey, Elliott Naishtat, and Dawnna Dukes -- all Austin Democrats -- define the left of a conservative Texas Democratic Party..."

Day Trips
Columns  November 24, 2000, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Regional Christmas Lighting Tour includes the Hill Country towns of Fredericksburg, Llano, Dripping Springs, Burnet, Marble Falls, Round Mountain, Bulverde, Blanco, Canyon Lake, Mason, and Johnson City, all lit with holiday decorations, Nov. 24-Jan..."

Southern Exposure
The 'Renaissance' of Far South Austin Pushes Upscale Development South of Stassney
News Story  September 8, 2000, by Amy Smith
"...290 near West Gate, adding a trendy façade and specialty shops. The venture turned out to be a huge hit, drawing weekend crowds from as far as Dripping Springs and Marble Falls...."

Naked City
Applications for the state's tax-credit housing allocations are in, and once again, Austin will have to compete with surrounding bedroom communities for affordable housing tax credits.
News Story  May 19, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Rural and border regions have been the biggest losers, but Austin, too, has suffered from neglect. Last year, only one new development, located on East William Cannon, was approved in Austin while three others landed in Georgetown, Dripping Springs, and Wimberley ("House of Cards," Oct..."

In Full Bloom
The Old Settler's Music Festival: A Photo Essay
Music Story  April 7, 2000, by John Carrico
"...Featuring headliners Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Leftover Salmon, and Claire Lynch & the Front Porch String Band on Friday, Willis Alan Ramsey, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Fred Eaglesmith, and Jim Lauderdale Saturday, and finally the South Austin Gospel Choir, Two High String Band, and Good News Band on Sunday, this three-day campout remains the perfect encore for South by Southwest revelers: outdoors, all day, and made for the entire family. Relocating this year from Round Rock to Dripping Springs' Stone Mountain Event Center (on Highway 290), the Old Settler's Fest has provided locals many personal music highlights -- say, Rick Danko singing like an angel during a twilight set several years ago -- so to commemorate years past, as well as advance this year's strong lineup, Chronicle photographer John Carrico collected archival shots all taken on the grounds of this musical convergence..."

Dancing About Architecture
Dynamite Hack goes prime-time; Atomic Cafe hangs in there; the Old Settler's Music Festival is upon us.
Music Column  April 7, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...You can definitely expect that info to start filling up more and more of each week's "Dancing," but for this week, I'll just point out that the Old Settler's Music Festival (see "In Full Bloom" on p. 70) is this Friday through Sunday at its new location at the Stone Mountain Event Center in Dripping Springs -- where you can choose from four stages' worth of bluegrass, blues, children's, Christian, folk, and jazz music, with performers including Bela Fleck, Leftover Salmon, and a passel of locals (not to mention the fiddling contest!)..."

Dancing About Architecture
The usual suspects return: Miles Zuniga, Daniel Johnston, Sandra Bullock, Bob Schneider, and the Asylum Street Spankers; also, Patti Smith returns to Austin for SXSW, as do a bunch of other people.
Music Column  March 10, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Just kidding, Neil -- Human Highway kicks ass!... With the Old Settlers Music Festival set for less than a month off (April 7-9) at its new location at the Stone Mountain Event Center in Dripping Springs and featuring Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Leftover Salmon, Peter Rowan, Willis Alan Ramsey, Jim Lauderdale, and Slaid Cleaves, the Fest's volunteer organizer Randy Collier found a unique way to stir up publicity..."

How the WTO touches our readers' lives; and other hot-button issues like film reviews, bikes, and Kevin Fullerton.
Columns  December 10, 1999
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Day Trips
Country Christmas tree farms and other holi-day trips.
Columns  December 10, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Hill Country Lighting Trail lights up 11 picturesque communities through New Year's Day. Blanco, Bulverde, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, and Mason will have special displays and events during the season..."

Electronic Edibles
Virginia B. Wood and Barbara Chisholm have spent some time going through a mountain of catalogs to cull some very interesting suggestions for the food lovers on folks' Christmas lists.
Food Story  December 10, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Nearby Dripping Springs is home to New Canaan Farms, or the Jelly Ranch, as we've come to think of it. Their whimsically illustrated brochures and Web site promote their complete line of jams, sauces, salsas, dips, and mixes, available for purchase individually or in gift assortments..."

New Canaan Farms
Food Story  December 10, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Nearby Dripping Springs is home to New Canaan Farms, or the Jelly Ranch, as we've come to think of it. Their whimsically illustrated brochures and Web site promote their complete line of jams, sauces, salsas, dips, and mixes, available for purchase individually or in gift assortments..."

Tasty Twosomes
Wes Marshall lays out the laws of pairing food with wine at Thanksgiving and provides some recipe ideas.
Food Story  November 19, 1999, by Wes Marshall
"..."This is a simple beginner," she says. "I tried to come up with something that could be assembled fairly quickly and easily, yet still look elegant on the table, and represent the flavors of fall." Sue recommends buying her favorite fresh goat cheese, Pure Luck (from Dripping Springs, carried at Central Market)..."

Dancing About Architecture
Life and death on the live music club scene; Dale Watson escapes, Huey Meaux doesn't; and more tantalizing tidbits of Terpsichore...
Music Column  November 12, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...In fact, he's looking for a new gig, and presumably, the band is looking for a new stand-up bassist... "We ate it, it sucked, and now we're picking up the pieces," sighs Devon Farr, aka Bosco, whose ambitious Hill Country Hoedown, held in Dripping Springs in late September, drew more woes than it did people (about 50 of the latter), leaving him in debt and a lot of unpaid musicians unhappy..."

Day Trips
River Inn Resort near Hunt is a perfect fall getaway.
Columns  November 5, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Raku To Go at Sunset Canyon Pottery on U.S. 290 between Dripping Springs and Austin raises funds for little Jesse Dale's medical expenses with demonstrations, sale and vases to glaze, noon-6pm, Nov..."

Naked City
Hays County residents protest new road plan
News Story  October 29, 1999, by Rob D'Amico
"...However, Burnett says he has heard the will of the people and will object to the inclusion of the MoPac extension from Hilliard Road (just northwest of San Marcos) to County Road 150, which connects Dripping Springs to Driftwood near FM 1826."It is my belief that we don't need it," he says...."

Dancing About Architecture
Is the new Sir Douglas Quintet collection is from the original masters? Doug Sahm makes the final call. Also, Michael Nesmith, Junior and Tanya Rae Brown, and Clifford Antone updates.
Music Column  October 22, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...Acts include Tripping Daisy, Yeti, Pong, Mandarin, Jetscreamer, ...Trail of Dead, the Ditch Kids, Klak, Ohm, Naked Apes, Lo Fi Chorus, and more... Closer in space, but farther in time, it's been announced that next spring's Old Settlers Music Festival will move from Round Rock to Dripping Springs....."

Day Trips
Meet the Muellers, one of the most enduring barbecue dynasties in Texas.
Columns  October 1, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Empty Bowl Project at Sunset Canyon Pottery on US 290 toward Dripping Springs sells beautiful handmade bowls and fills them with a hearty soup. Proceeds benefit Helping Hands, Oct..."

Day Trips
The 150-year-old Landmark Inn in Castroville was designed to not distract from the natural beauty surrounding it.
Columns  September 17, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Pound House Museum Fall Fest and Art Show in Dripping Springs revives pioneer crafts at the home of the town's founder in Founder's Park, 1/3 mile north of US 290 on RR12. 512/858-4659...."

Day Trips
The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.
Columns  September 3, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Cajun Shrimp Boil in Dripping Springs offers all-you-can-eat shrimp cooked by the chamber of commerce, Sept. 4, 11:30am-3pm at the Triangle..."

Frenzied Rush
Big Water Deal
News Column  August 26, 1999, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...SOS argues that the water purchase, which will cost more than $1 billion over 50 years, will subsidize LCRA policies that are antithetical to the Alliance's -- and the city's -- Smart Growth goals. One such example is the proposed LCRA water line to Dripping Springs, over which SOS and the Hays County Water Planning Partnership say they are planning to sue the LCRA..."

The Spirit of 76th
The Presidential Card
News Column  June 17, 1999, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Then there was the reactionary, ill-timed gun law by Dripping Springs freshman Rep. Rick Green and Houston Republican Sen..."

Links in a Chain
Food Story  May 20, 1999
"...In 1970, he made barbecue his day job, opening the first Bert's on MLK. Today you can cop a mean Frito Pie ($3.75 regular/$5.25 large; extra Fritos $.30) from one of three Austin locations or at Bert's in Dripping Springs..."

On the Lege
Christian Sabotage?
News Column  February 25, 1999
"...Envisioning a spate of lawsuits against gun manufacturers similar to those filed in New Orleans and New York City, 27-year-old Rep. Rick Green, R-Dripping Springs, has proposed HB 1561 to prohibit Texas from suing gun manufacturers for damages caused by firearm-related crimes..."

Day Trips
Coming up this weekend ...
Columns  February 11, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Austin filmmakers converge on Houston for a showing of their videos sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts. Ellen Spiro, award-winning video artist and faculty member at UT, will show her film on growing old, Roam Sweet Home, and give a sneak preview of her work in progress, The Shampoo King from Dripping Springs, Feb..."

Rural Kraut
Food Story  January 14, 1999, by Pableaux Johnson
"...And these not-so-impromptu daytrips usually include a hearty meal or other culinary adventure as an integral part of the plan. Most of us have schlepped visiting relatives out to Lockhart or Dripping Springs for smokehouse binges or slowly cruised to Johnson City in search of summertime peach vendors..."

Day Trips
Coming up this weekend ...
Columns  November 27, 1998, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Hill Country Christmas Lighting Trail turns on millions of colorful lights to sparkle across water, shine from the hills, and beckon to travelers in Blanco, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Goldthwaite, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, and Round Mountain through Jan. 1..."

It's a Family Affair
A Helping Hand
Arts Story  November 6, 1998, by John Walch
"...The all-inclusive nature of the festival has attracted com-panies from all over the region. The Gateway Players and Destiny's Destiny come from Dripping Springs, and Script and Wine and Viva La Vulva hail from Southwestern University in Georgetown..."

Election Results
News Story  November 6, 1998
"...That would leave the Dems with a slim 79-71 edge in the lower house -- and it could get worse. Two more incumbents could face recounts: Ken Yarbrough of Houston and local boy Alec Rhodes, who won his race in Dripping Springs by just 20 votes...."

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