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Llano Springs Ranch
The Vandivier family wins the Leopold Conservation Award for their restoration of an Edwards Co. ranch
News Story  May 30, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...When someone in real estate buys an abandoned ranch, the general wisdom is that you'll soon see a planned community in its place – not so with Austin-based real estate lawyer Tom Vandivier. He and his family have been awarded the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award for using sustainable land-management practices to turn the ruined Llano Springs Ranch in Edwards County, about 140 miles west of Austin, into a viable business and an environmental gem..."

Day Trips: Llano River Slab, Kingsland
Dip into this not-so-secret swimming hole, but save the cooking for the professionals
Columns  July 14, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Llano River Slab just west of Kingsland is the kind of semi-secret swimming hole that you can't resist telling your friends about. It's a two-mile stretch of public access where the river spreads out over a pink granite outcropping...."

J. Scott Brownlee's Requiem for Used Ignition Cap
J. Scott Brownlee's first full-length poetry collection brings him back to Llano, powerfully
Arts Story  December 23, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...J. Scott Brownlee may live in Philadelphia, but he's never far from Llano..."

Day Trips
Llano's Fain's Honey Company and Fredericksburg's Pedernales Brewing Company meet in a bar, and the results will surprise you
Columns  October 2, 2014, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Fain's Honey Company outside of Llano knows beeswax. For 88 years, the third-generation, family-owned business has harvested the golden nectar of honeybees working around the upper Highland Lakes..."

The Floods Hit Sandy Creek
Sustained rains bring trouble to Llano County site
News Story  October 25, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."Sandy Creek peaked at over 40,000 cubic feet per second," says Llano County rancher and activist Fermín Ortiz, who's leading opposition to a planned sand and gravel mine on and in the creek, adjoining his family's property. ("From the Banks of Sandy Creek," July 13.) The ongoing Central Texas flooding has hit the area hard and created new wrinkles for the controversial Collier Materials project...."

UIL Girls Basketball State Championships at the Erwin Center
DAILY Sports  March 1, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Right now class 3A's Texarkana's Liberty-Eylau and Crockett are squaring off East Texas style. Action continues with Canyon and Llano, joining 4A's Marble Falls as the only Central Texas squads in the tourney, at 3:30pm and a 4A double bill of Dickinson-Frisco (go Gators!) and Fort Worth Dunbar-Marble Falls at 7 and 8:30pm..."

The People vs. Mike Sheffield
The new APD oversight agreement is a first for Austin -- but will it do what it's supposed to do?
News Story  March 30, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But when you hear some of the stories behind those complaints, it's hard to dispute that something ain't working at APD. The Sunshine Project's Ann del Llano -- Sheffield's sparring partner on the Focus Group -- is a criminal defense attorney..."

Day Trips
The South Llano River State Park has something for just about everybody
Columns  April 11, 2008, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...South Llano River State Park, outside of Junction, Texas, has something for just about everybody. This public oasis deep on the western edge of the Edwards Plateau offers the cool waters of the South Llano River, miles of trails, and a list as long as your arm of birds who flock to the feeders...."

Day Trips
Enchanted Rocks & Jewelry sits near the center of one of the richest geological areas in Texas
Columns  March 20, 2009, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Enchanted Rocks & Jewelry in Llano sits near the center of one of the richest geological areas in Texas, and there couldn't be a better guide for rock hounds...."

Hill Country Food and Wine Guide
Food Story  April 5, 2002
"...LlanoThe Badu House Bed & Breakfast (18)..."

Naked City
Two Bad Apples
News Story  November 16, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...The police monitor will be charged with coordinating and overseeing the city's new citizen review board. But according to ACLU attorney Ann Del Llano, who helped design the new oversight system as a member of the Police Oversight Focus Group, the choice of finalists is a "slap in the face" to the entire process..."

Hill Country Food & Wine Guide
by Virginia B. Wood & the Cuisines staff
Food Story  April 13, 2001
"...LlanoThe Badu House Bed & Breakfast (17)..."

Choose Your Monitor: The Four Finalists
Candidates to be Austin's next police monitor speak out
DAILY News  December 8, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...Ann del Llano:..."

From the Banks of Sandy Creek
A material plant moves in?
News Story  July 12, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...It's fairly long and, coming up to its mouth, pretty wide, and like many Hill Country creeks, when it's not flooding, it usually has a little bit of water and quite a bit of sand. It's pretty, though, largely unspoiled as it runs through farm and ranch land in Llano County before it empties into Lake LBJ, between Sunrise Beach and Horseshoe Bay...."

Beside the Point
Attempts to debate Props. 1 and 2 produce only polarized statements and crowd heckling
News Column  April 21, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...Edward's University. Former Mayor Gus Garcia, speaking against, read Black's indictment of the props as "sloppy piece[s] of legislation, in which intention, enforcement, actual implementation, and focus are way too vague." To which the ACLU's Ann del Llano scoffed, "I like Louis Black saying something is poorly drafted." Garcia was quick to respond over the laughter: "But his [language] does not get into the charter!"..."

Naked City
More controversy over the selection of the city's police monitor
News Story  January 11, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...Two weeks into the New Year, there's still no word on which of the two finalists -- Iris Jones or Chris Wittmayer -- will get the job. Meanwhile, attorney Ann del Llano and other police accountability activists continue to express vehement opposition to Jones...."

Monitoring the Monitors
News Story  December 7, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...But ACLU attorney Ann del Llano, who was also a member of the POFG, expresses reservations about both finalists -- particularly Jones. Although the former city attorney "seems nice and professional," del Llano wrote in an e-mail, she is "severely biased" in favor of the APD..."

Run Out on a Rail
Capital Metro fires its freight rail carrier, Longhorn Railway, and its litigious owner, Don Cheatham, and finds a temporary replacement.
News Story  March 17, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...John Henry may have died with a hammer in his hand, but Longhorn Railway general manager Don Cheatham appears poised to expire -- figuratively speaking -- with a lawsuit in his fist. Or at least he will if Capital Metro has its way; after months of heated conflict between the transit authority and its freight rail vendor, Cap Met has officially fired Longhorn, found a replacement rail carrier, and given Cheatham two weeks to get out of the way. In a nutshell: Capital Metro has since 1998 owned outright -- and for years before that managed on behalf of the previous owner, the city of Austin -- 162 miles of rail line running from Llano to Giddings and through the central city in between..."

Smoke Gets in Your Mouth
Food Story  May 20, 1999
"...Inmann's got its start back in the late Fifties when Lester Inmann started making the famous Smoked Turkey Sausage that has become the benchmark against which all sausages -- smoked or otherwise -- should be measured. He started selling it on a street corner in Llano during deer hunting season..."

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Stack rocks, meet the Hulk, and celebrate the Lone Star State
DAILY Travel  March 3, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...In Grenwelge Park, below the dam on the Llano River, the river reverts to its native rocky channels. It is the perfect place to hold the World Rock Stacking Championship in conjunction with the Llano Earth Art Fest, March 9-12..."

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