"...Dear Editor, Along with wildlife advocates across the country, I’m cheering Travis County’s recent decision to stop contracting with Texas Wildlife Services [“County Kills Coyote Contract,” News, Dec. 8]. That wildlife-killing program is responsible for the cruel deaths of more than 435,000 bobcats, foxes, coyotes, beavers, and other native animals in Texas just last year. These animals suffer and die by painful leg-hold traps, strangulation snares, and indiscriminate poisons..."
"...Visitors to San Marcos can still enjoy the cold spring-fed waters of the river at a series of city parks that line 150 acres along the banks nearly to the city limits. The Lions Club rents tubes and offers shuttle services for an hourlong leisurely float from City Park behind Strahan Coliseum to Rio Vista Park..."
"...At a city hall press conference last week, Beth McDonald, president of Texans for State Parks, said annual cutbacks to the Texas parks budget, such as the $2 million slashed last legislative session, have led to Texas' rank as 49th in the nation on park spending per capita and are causing the department to permanently lose staff (39 so far) and severely cut hours of operation and services at many locations, including historic sites. The coalition supported repeated legislative attempts to raise or eliminate the $32 million cap on the main source of funding for Texas parks, a state sporting goods sales tax, which last year generated $100 million..."
"...The Daughters of Charity are continuing her mission by making quality health care for the working poor a reality. They provide primary health care for adults and children, immunizations, parenting classes, diabetes education, counseling, and more for those lacking the safety net of government-sponsored services..."
"...Within the city and county, coyote-related calls to authorities get directed to 311. Austin's Animal Services responds within the city..."
"...Travis County Commissioners had anticipated voting Tuesday on whether to renew an annual contract with the controversial Texas Wildlife Services for managing nuisance wildlife outside Austin's city limits, but instead opted for a temporary 90-day extension so that the city, which ended its agreement with TWS last year, can submit an alternative proposal for providing countywide services that address wild animals, particularly coyotes. Members of the Animal Advisory Commission believe the city's program to be more humane, effective, and transparent than the methods employed by TWS, while the state branch of this federal agency touted its own accountability and success handling coyotes and other animals that may harm livestock, pets, and private businesses..."
"...Beginning in 2005, Travis County outsourced its coyote and "nuisance" wildlife management to Texas Wildlife Services, a state office of a highly criticized federal government program that uses taxpayer dollars to kill millions of animals annually. But that agreement ran into trouble last September when county commissioners fielded complaints about the transparency and practices of TWS, and began deliberating whether or not to renew its contract...."
"...Commissioners decided on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to stop contracting with Texas Wildlife Services, opting instead to use the city of Austin's Animal Services Office to respond to wildlife issues countywide...."
"...What makes better sense is changing our behavior to keep coyotes in their appropriate place, according to Dorinda Pulliam, director of animal services for the city of Austin. For the past three years, the city has operated a coyote management program in cooperation with Travis County and Texas Wildlife Services..."
"...The morning debate concerned what seemed to be a minor, $10,000 proposed contract between the Animal Services Department and the Texas Wildlife Services for potential assistance in controlling coyotes, an occasional nuisance in northwestern suburbs. Department heads normally have full discretion for contracts $50,000 or less, so it was a puzzle that this one even landed on Council’s agenda..."
"...I wanted to learn about the corps and how they fit into the Bastrop disaster scenario. I ended up also learning about how they now fit in to the national scheme of disaster services...."
"...We would like to say for the record that the Sustainable Food Center appreciates the important role ACG has played in spearheading the community gardening movement in Austin. SFC and ACG staff enjoy cordial relations and members of the two staffs meet three times during the spring to discuss how the organizations could enhance their services by working together..."
"...Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures offers a number of services and cruises out of the Fulton Harbor. Tours to see the whooping cranes go to the Wildlife Refuge from November to April..."
"...LEGAL CLINIC FOR VETERANS provides legal services for low-income veterans and service members. 9am..."
"...Whittington, the genteel chairman of the Texas Funeral Services Commission, is an independent-minded Republican who doesn't always tout the party line. He is largely credited with restoring consumer confidence in the TFSC, a scandal-ridden agency when former Gov..."
"...In this case, however, the feds had the good sense to keep a low profile. But the state of Texas, entering the worst budget crisis anyone can remember, spent tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to test a rich man's horse herd for venereal diseases and refused his offer to pay for the services -- a process that, in the end, reaffirmed the reputation of equine morals, and unsurprisingly, helped to remind us who really runs Texas...."
"...The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) applauds the Representative Lloyd Doggett for his recent vote to save $10 million of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars and to protect wildlife in the West. Specifically, he supported the Bass-DeFazio amendment to an annual appropriations bill to cut the budget of a federal predator control program, known by the euphemistic name of Wildlife Services (WS), formerly called Animal Damage Control...."
"...Health care is another critically important issue for Sanchez. Having lost his father to leukemia and his younger sister to ovarian cancer, Sanchez would very likely be an advocate of increased funding for medical services and research..."
"...In an affidavit, Jorge Ortega, vice president of shelter services at the Houston SPCA, recalls visiting PPI in August, where he immediately became concerned about Oliver's living conditions, which he called "cruel." "His enclosure is filthy, too small," and without "meaningful enrichment materials to occupy him" except "an old cardboard paper towel roll," Ortega wrote. The enclosure "has no bowl or bucket for food..."
"...The Salvation Army: The organization is mobilizing its Emergency Disaster Services to provide “physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers.” Even after the storm passes, SA will assist with long-term disaster recovery efforts and community assistance. Financial assistance is most useful..."