"...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..."
"...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 may live in Philadelphia, but he's never far from Llano..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
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"...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..."
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"...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...."
"...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!"..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The Dabbs Railroad Hotel bed & breakfast in Llano has seen its fortunes rise and fall and rise again over the last 102 years. The period accommodations aren't for everybody, but for those who share a sense of history and camaraderie, the hotel is an oasis along the banks of the Llano River in the Hill Country...."