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Becerra wins Democratic Primary BY MOSES LEOS III


The race for Hays County Judge is now set after Ruben Becerra claimed a lopsided victory over Abel Velasquez in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. With the win, Becerra, a

San Marcos small business owner, advances to face former Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley for the County Judge seat in November. Conley, who stepped down as the Pct. 3 Commissioner to run for County Judge, was unop-

posed in the Republican primary. Becerra, a San Marcos business owner, won the seat by consistently holding nearly 70-percent of the 10,488 ballots cast in the race. Meanwhile, a vitriolic

Republican primary for the County Court-at-Law No. 2 seat ended with challenger Chris Johnson claiming victory over incumbent judge David Glickler.





Life-changing moments at Shattered Dreams Lehman High student Kimberley Gutierrez is led in handcuffs by a pair of Kyle Police Department officers to a patrol vehicle during the March 1 Shattered Dreams program. Gutierrez played the role of a person arrested in a reenacted fatal drinking and driving incident. Learn more about the Shattered Dreams program and how it aims to teach students the consquences of drinking and distracted driving on 3B.

HOT under the collar?

P&Z tackles short-term rental discussion in Kyle BY KATERINA BARTON Regulating shortterm rentals (STRs) in Kyle continued Feb. 27 as the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission continued an ongoing conversation on the topic. P&Z commission members discussed the STR definition, history, potential issues, and possible regulations. One regulation

discussed was the implementation of a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT). The state of Texas charges STRs six percent of the price of a room, and the city of Kyle would be able to charge an additional one percent. P&Z commissioners also felt regulations of noise, parking and safety issues might already be addressed in current city ordinances. The

Kyle City Council originally addressed STRs in February due to neighbor complaints. Ruth England, a Kyle resident who spoke in favor of STRs, said she has rented out her house in Kyle for the past year-and-a-half when she goes out of town. England said people come to Kyle to stay in STRs for big Austin events like South-by-

COMING UP Martín Espada, reading and signing

Author and poet Martín Espada will be giving a reading and doing a book signing at the Witliff Collections on March 22, 3:30 p.m. at the Alkek Library at Texas State University. He will also have a book signing and reading March 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. Espada has published nearly 20 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza, and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen.

Art Squared is a local, open-air art market that meets on the old Hays County Courthouse lawn the second Saturday of each month from March to December from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The awardwinning art market features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, live music and more. Families with children can enjoy a free interactive craft table. Each market features a different local nonprofit organization that serves the community, and an adjacent Farmers Market adds to the festivities.

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Southwest, local weddings, or for Texas State graduation ceremonies. She also tries to promote local businesses to renters and also provides a list of local restaurants. P&Z members agreed that an outright ban of STRs would open up the city to litigation. However, the approach on regulation and enforce-


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BY MOSES LEOS III A tow truck operator suffered serious injuries Feb. 24 after he was struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by an intoxicated man along Highway 21 in Hays County. Freddy Martinez, 31, of Kyle, was arrested on intoxication assault with a vehicle, as well as accident involving serious bodily injury. Both charges are third-degree felonies. According to an arrest affidavit, a Texas Highway Patrol trooper was dispatched to investigate a hit-and-run, vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 21 near mile marker 539. According to witnesses, a white pickup truck

Suspension upheld in former police officer complaint An indefinite suspension ruling against a former Kyle Police officer was upheld March 2 after a hearing examiner determined he violated numerous city rules, codes and ESPINOZA policies. As a result, former Kyle police officer Jesse Espinoza has until March 12 to file an appeal, according to a city of Kyle press release. The ruling, passed down by Hearing Examiner Dr. Paula Ann Hughes, was the result of a second hearing conducted on Espinoza’s indefinite suspension. The first hearing was conducted in 2015 but ended when M.B. Reynolds, the lead hearing examiner, passed away before rendering a decision. Espinoza, who had served as a sergeant in the Kyle Police Department, was indefinitely suspended on May 15, 2015 by interim police chief Chuck Edge. The action was based on an investigation by an outside firm regarding complaints against

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Primary election brings big spending BY MOSES LEOS III Close to $40,000 in combined political expenses were expended in the past month by two candidates vying for the Republican nomination in Hays County’s Pct. 4 Commissioner’s race. As a result, both Jimmy Skipton and Walt Smith dipped deep into their war chests as the March 6 primaries draw near. Smith, the creator of the Mallard Group, LLC, a lobbying firm, spent $23,355 on his campaign from Feb. 5 to Feb. 26, according to a campaign finance report filed a week before Election Day. The majority of the expenses, roughly $23,100, went toward consulting, advertising and printing purchases from Patterson and Company in Dripping Springs. Smith also brought in more than $9,800 in political contributions, with $2,500 coming from Ross Gunnels of College Station and $2,500 from Dick Scott of Wimberley. Smith has $5,742.90 remaining in his war chest. Not to be outdone, Skipton, a Dripping Springs native who is a wedding venue manager and water district board member, spent just over $15,500 on his campaign from Jan. 26 to Feb. 24, according to campaign


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Zoning changes on Sledge despite complaints BY EXSAR ARGUELLO

After three weeks of deliberation and an approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Kyle city leaders voted 4-2 to change the zoning at 1001 Sledge Street from Agriculture (AG) to Single Family Residential (R-1-3). The decision, however, didn’t come without discussion from local residents of Bradford Meadows and differences of opinion within the city council. Councilmembers Daphne Tenorio and Alex Villalobos were against the zoning change, citing the city has a responsibility to grow in a way that protects the surrounding neighbors. “As a concerned citizen we do not want R-1-3 development across from our homes,” said Annette Berry, a resident of Bradford Meadows. “We have enough densely populat-

“As a concerned citizen we do not want R-1-3 development across from our homes. We have enough densely populated single family homes in the area.”

for me is the density,” Ellison said. “I struggle to see why we would vote against this zoning change. I understand that this is not favorable to the residents but looking at all the information that has been presented, I am in favor of this zoning change.” Mitchell said Bradford Meadows was built to a standard that is not reflective of the city’s vision for growth. The mayor cited that the neighborhood has little flood prevention and is built 100 percent lotto-lot and not conducive to how the city would see future developments. “Development is the only way to increase the value of properties all, around including sidewalks, wastewater,” Mitchell said. “If you want sidewalks on Sledge Street, either Bradford Meadows can pay for it or they can share the cost with ad-

ditional development around. You have to look at things from a 30,000 foot perspective.” Tenorio said the zoning should have been changed to an R-1-2 and not an R-1-3 to allow for a less densely populated development. She was completely against the zoning change altogether. “I cannot bring myself to be in favor of this zoning change,” Villalobos said. “And clearly the issue is that it’s still dense. I’m not against growth, but I’m for it in an all-inclusive way. Now that the decision was passed by council, developer Bowen will submit site plans and permits to the city for review. Bowen said his goal is to build housing for young millennials who are looking for smaller, intimate spaces to live all while following city and state compliances.

The ruling, passed down by Hearing Examiner Dr. Paula Ann Hughes, was the result of a second hearing conducted on Espinoza’s indefinite suspension.

According to the report, Hughes said if Espinoza believed his interpretation of the confidential memo was correct, there were “more appropriate ways to address his concerns. Hughes also said Espinoza was “caught in a web of Hurlston’s anger and desire” to bring down Barnett, which led him to make “some poor choices and decisions.” “For some reason, Espinoza felt he had rights and privileges he did not have,” Hughes said. “The City Council runs the city, not 1 policeman.”

–Anette Berry, a resident of Bradford Meadows

ed single family homes in the area.” Berry said the city should be working to grow Kyle in a way that promotes growth while preserving open spaces and encouraging community collaboration. Michael Bowen, the developer and owner of 1001 Sledge Street, said he plans to build 66 fifty-foot lots on 15 acres. Currently, Bradford Meadows is more densely populated than the developer’s plans for 1001 Sledge Street. Councilmember Dex Ellison and Mayor Travis

Mitchell both agreed that the zoning change follows a direction that fosters growth for the city of Kyle, as outlined in the city’s master plan. Councilmember Shane Arabie voted for the zoning change, but clarified that this does not mean the developer has the power to start building immediately. Site development plans and city engineering studies will be conducted before council can approve the development, which could take months. “The biggest thing

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Espinoza of “insubordination and untruthfulness” regarding his relationship with Glen Hurlston, a doctor from Louisiana. Hughes upheld the suspension based on a “preponderance of evidence from the city. She upheld the insubordination charge based on Espinoza’s “failure to obey direct orders” to produce various documents and failure to give complete responses to questions in the investigation. According to the examiner’s report, Espinoza had “diatribes” regarding getting Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police Chief, fired, which had “no place in his responses.” Espinoza appealed the indefinite suspension based on the fact the punishment was excessive. Espinoza claimed Barnett was untruthful in an official investigating of his misconduct, which had taken place after the city learned of his alleged affair with Hurlston’s wife, Suzanne. Espinoza claimed an investigation should have been centered on Barnett, but the city chose to investigate him instead. Espinoza also claimed he complied with city officials regarding providing contact with Hurlston; the city claims he did not. However, the city’s position was Espinoza aligned with Hurlston because he did not want Barnett to be the police chief. The city believed Espinoza wanted Joe Munoz, a longtime friend of his, to be the chief. According to the report, the “assumed failure” of the city to follow up on Espinoza’s request to in-

vestigate the chief was not the subject of questions in the investigation. “That may be the way he felt and feels, but the investigation was directed to him and not the chief,” according to the report. Additionally, the report upheld insubordination charges as Hughes felt Espinoza’s claim he couldn’t provide documents for $5,000 received from Hurlston was false. Those monies went toward medical expenses for Espinoza’s son, according to the report. However, Hughes said in the report Espinoza justified not providing the documents as he “did not trust the city.” Hughes said continued “patterns” of evasive answers in the investigation led her to uphold the charge of untruthfulness. Espinoza said several of the incidents brought up during the investigation occurred 180 days before his suspension. However, the city’s position was that while certain events occurred 180 days prior to the suspension, it showed a “pattern of inappropriate behavior on the part of Espinoza.” Hughes said witnesses who testified for the investigation gave credible and concise testimony, which was not the case for Espinoza. “He was not being suspended because of the events prior to the 180day rule, but he was being suspended because he

did not answer questions completely and truthfully in the investigation,” Hughes said in her report. Hughes said Espinoza violated the city’s Code of Ethics because he acted “officiously” and allowed his personal feelings and animosities to influence his decisions. That included allegations by the city regarding Espinoza spreading

rumors with private citizens of an affair between former Kyle City Council member Samantha Bellows-LeMense and former Mayor Todd Webster. Hughes said Espinoza was also in the wrong by providing a confidential memo to the media to be published, which held private and personal information of Barnett regarding the alleged affair.


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Talk of the day


he other day, I was out playing with my grandkids in the yard,

pushing The them on a tire Crow’s swing. I told Nest them to by Clint Younts “hang on tight or you’ll break your razoo”, and they both asked, “What’s a razoo?” I explained the difference between a razoo and a noggin, so now they’ve added both words to their ever-expanding vocabulary. Then I began thinking of other words and phrases I heard as a kid that children today may never hear, or if they do, won’t understand a bit of it. Who recalls walking up to the TV and hearing your dad say, “Don’t touch that dial”? And if you did change the channel, you had to do some fine-tuning to get a clear picture. Tell your grandchild that, as a kid, you had rabbit ears on your TV and see her cringe at the thought of Peter Rabbit’s severed head lying on a television set. When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, we kids played games outside like Red Rover, Mother May I, Freeze Tag and Kick the Can. I wonder how many kids today play those games out on the playground. I can still recollect the sweet smell of mimeograph paper and getting a carbon copy of a credit card purchase of Ethyl gasoline. No kid today will experience this. I recall being asked by my mother to “bring in the laundry” and “go see if the milkman has come”. I suppose some homes could have a clothesline today, but I doubt you can find a milkman. I remember my grandfather would say, “Can’t see through muddy water” if you stood between him and the TV. I frequently heard “Were you raised in a barn?” when my mother entered a messy room. My grandmother would ask us boys if we wanted a Yankee dime. Ten cents was good money back then, so we’d accept her offer, only to find out a Yankee dime was a kiss. And then there was an uncle who would always come up to me and say, “Pull my finger.” This is one phrase that I hope never resurfaces in my home. Remember rotary phones? And can you even place a collect call these days? I don’t even know if you can talk to a human operator anymore. What happens now if you press O on your phone? I’ll ask Alexa. Due to inflation over the past few decades, Five & Dime stores have now been replaced by Dollar General. Also due to rising costs, you can no longer pay a “penny for your thoughts.” When I was a young whippersnapper, we had lots of sayings that are now obsolete, like “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle” and “Close but no cigar.” Who recalls trying to get your little brother to do something dangerous by saying “I double-dog dare you?” If you kept nagging someone, they might’ve said, “You sound like a broken record.” Since kids today have never owned a record player, I reckon they say, “Your ipod is on repeat mode.” Back in the day, a lady might exclaim, “Well, fiddlesticks,” where some women today use a different F-word. We had statements concerning fashion faux pas. Pants that were a bit too short, something that I was well accustomed to during my frequent growth spurts, were called “high-waters”. And if you forgot to zip up, someone might say “your barn door is open” or “your cows are getting out.” Something else that was commonly said back in the ‘60s was “Yes, Sir” and “Thank you, Ma’am”. I kinda miss hearing this from today’s youth. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m all tuckered out from our stroll down Memory Lane. I think I’ll rest my dogs and catch some z’s. So, see ya later, alligator, or as we say in this business, I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Never time for Daylight Saving I ’m already dreading it. On Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time, the practice of moving our clocks forward one hour in the spring and backward one hour in the fall, will commence. When I wake on March 11 at my regular time – which will depend on the pub I was drowning my DST sorrows at the night before – I will be short by one hour. I will be in a stupor, for the most part, until November, when I must set my clocks back one hour – at which time I will officially resume my perpetual confusion about what the heck time it is. Come Sunday, half the clocks in my house – those that have been off by an hour since November – will display the correct time. The other half, which have displayed the correct time since November, will be wrong. Thus, when I have business meetings or social engagements to attend, I’ll be one hour late or one hour early, but hardly ever on time. Daylight saving time was first implemented in Thun-

Guest Column

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der Bay, Canada, in 1908. The goal was to squeeze an extra hour of daylight out of a typical day. The United States adopted the concept in 1918, but, reports, without uniform rules across all states, it resulted in widespread chaos in commerce and transportation. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 addressed that challenge by synchronizing the switch dates across the country. In an effort to save energy following the 1973 oil embargo, Congress changed DST dates again – then changed them again in 1976. From 1987 to 2006, the country observed yet another set of DST dates – which changed one more time in 2007, to our current March-and-November cycle. Millions of Americans have been befuddled ever since. I think a grand conspir-

acy is under way in which clear-headed “morning people” are attempting to use DST to swindle us “nighttime people” and swipe our girlfriends while we are in a continuous state of fogginess. I also think Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are in collusion to fatten profits. Starbucks coffee has always been ridiculously expensive, but et tu, Dunkin’? I got a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee recently that was just shy of Starbucks’ exorbitant iced-coffee cost. I suspect price-fixing. I suspect federal officials are being bribed to keep adjusting DST rules, so that we are forever groggy and grumpy, conditions that allow Big Coffee to fleece us. Where is Special Counsel Robert Mueller when you need him? In any event, an endless DST debate continues. Proponents of DST say it gives us more daylight in spring and summer, which gets us out of the house and makes us happier. Opponents say it makes spring and summer mornings darker, which makes us less productive at work most

of the year. They also say it causes us to consume more energy. I’m unable to participate in the conversation, however, because I haven’t finished my first pot of coffee. As I see it, if DST is going to keep us forever disoriented, why adjust our clocks forward and backward by only one hour? Why not move them forward to 2030 so I can begin collecting Social Security – or backward to 1984, when I had a 29-inch waist and was still able to date really good-looking ladies? Whatever the case, my mother is especially worried about my difficulty adjusting to DST changes. She jokes that I’ll be late for my own funeral. Or an hour early. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,” a humorous memoir available at, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc.

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Aquifer district seeks new general manager BY EXSAR ARGUELLO John Dupnik, the former general manager for the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) has accepted a new position at the Texas Water Development Board. Dupnik, who has worked with the conservation district since 2005, announced his resignation at the Jan. 11 board meeting after more than a decade of service. Initially, Dupnik was not looking to apply for the position of Deputy Executive Administrator of the Office of Water, Science and Conservation. The posting for the position was open for over a month before Dupnik applied. “My colleagues warmed me up to the idea of applying,” Dupnik said. “I was extremely

“John and the entire district team under his management have been invaluable at furthering the scientific understanding of our local aquifers and implementing policies that protect our shared resource. I am pleased that John will be able to put his exceptional talent and skills to work for the State of Texas.” –Blayne Stansberry, BSEACD Board President

happy where I was and it was an amazing job. This was the only position that could have enticed me to move elsewhere.” Dupnik was hired as a Regulatory Compliance Team member at the BSEACD in 2005 before accepting the general manager position in 2013. The BSEACD was created in 1987 with a directive to conserve, protect, and enhance the groundwater resources in its jurisdictional area.

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Johnson, a Hays County misdemeanor and felony court attorney, won by securing 60 percent of the 6,306 total votes. Johnson claims the seat as no challenger filed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Lon Shell won the right to fight for his seat in November by holding off challenger Colin McFerrin in the Republican primary. Shell earned roughly 57 percent of the vote and won by 556 votes. Shell advances to take on Jimmy Alan Hall, who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary. The stage is also now set for the Pct. 4 Commissioner race as Walt Smith defeated Jimmy Skipton to secure Tuesday’s Republican primary. Smith, a Dripping Springs resident and lobbyist, moves on to face Omar Baca, who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary, in November. While the majority of local races are looking toward November, a

its website. The position of GM is responsible for managing operations in the areas of Travis, Hays and Caldwell counties. The primary areas of responsibility include: programmatic planning and administration; stakeholder relations and regional planning; staff management and development; and financial administration, according to the website. “John and the entire district team under his management have been invaluable at furthering the scientific understanding of our local aquifers and implementing policies that protect our shared resource,” said Board President Blayne Stansberry. “I am pleased that John will be able to put his exceptional talent and skills to work for the State of Texas.”

local state representative primary is seemingly heading toward a May runoff. Rebecca BellMetereau, a Texas State University professor, will face off against Erin Zwiener, a Driftwoodbased educator, in a runoff for the State Rep. 45 Democratic nomination. Metereau held an eight percent lead over Zwiener after Hays County early voting results were released, which later expanded to a 16-percent gap at the end of the night. Les Carnes finished in third place with 23 percent of the vote. The winner of the State Rep. 45 Democratic primary will square off against Ken Strange, a Wimberley ISD board trustee, in November. Strange rolled past four other candidates in the Republican primary. Roughly nine percent of the 121,446 registered Hays County voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary. Ten percent of Hays County voters took part in the Republican primary.

Dupnik was part of the district during the unprecedented growth of Hays County and its surrounding areas and helped maintain the district for the last 13 years. One major event during his tenure took place in 2015, when the Texas Legislature signed House Bill 3235, also known as the “Save Our Wells” bill, which expanded the jurisdiction of the BSEACD. According to the bill, the BSEACD gained con-

trol over “white zones,” or previously unregulated areas of western Hays County that contribute to the recharge of the middle Trinity Aquifer. Dupnik and the BSEACD were two major players in the water war against Electro Purification, a Houston-based water entity which aimed to obtain water from the Middle Trinity. “It was an amazing job and we worked through a lot challenges in the fastest growing county in

the state,” Dupnik said. “This district has great people and I know they’ll continue to uphold the reputation.” The transition from the BSEACD to the Texas Water Development Board has been smooth and Dupnik is working to acclimate himself in the new position during the boarding process. As of press time, the BSEACD has not filled Dupnik’s position. As of March 1, the district has posted the new listing on

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struck a tow-truck operator, failed to stop and then left the scene. According to the affidavit, the tow truck operator, identified as Jerry Rodriguez, was transported to an Austin-area hospital with serious injuries. The trooper was later informed Rodriguez suffered a broken neck and several spinal injuries as a result of the incident, according to the affidavit. Rodriguez’s current condition is unknown at this time. Another witness chased the pickup truck until Hays County Sheriff’s Office Deputies stopped the vehicle in a neighborhood. The driver, later identified as Martinez, was then brought to a gas station in Maxwell by Hays County deputies for further questioning. According to the affidavit, Trooper said Martinez had the “odor of metabolized alcohol emitting from his breath and bloodshot eyes.” Martinez also allegedly admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages. Based on signs of intoxication, Martinez was arrested for intoxication

Total result (early voting)

HAYS COUNTY JUDGE Democrat  Ruben Becerra – 7,175 – 68% (4,212 – 69%)
 Abel Velasquez – 3,313 – 32% (1,908 – 31%)

COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2 Republican  Chris Johnson – 6,306 – 60% (3,715 – 62%)
 David Glickler –4,128 – 40% (2,316 – 38%)

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 3 Republican Lon Shell – 2,240 – 57% (1,511 – 58%)
 Colin McFerrin – 1,684 – 43% (1,091 – 42%)

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4 Republican Walt Smith – 2,169 – 59% (1,172 – 58%
) Jimmy Skipton – 1,535 – 41% (736 – 42%)

COUNTY CHAIR Democrat  Donna Haschke – 6,274 – 62% (3,773 – 63%)
 Rodrigo Amaya – 3,924- 38% (2,197 – 37%) Republican  Russell Hayter – 5,387 – 57% (3,151 – 58%)
 Griffin Spell – 4,116 – 43% (2,281 – 42%)

assault. However, Martinez refused to provide a blood specimen, even after the trooper played a recording of state law requiring a blood draw or breathalyzer test, according to the affidavit. A search warrant was issued to obtain a blood specimen from Martinez, who later refused to have his blood taken at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. According to the affidavit, two law enforcement officers “physically restrained Martinez” to obtain a blood sample. According to criminal history records provided to the Hays Free Press, Martinez has twice been convicted for DWI on two separate occasions. Martinez’s first DWI arrest was in August 2006 in Travis County, for which he was later convicted in May 2007. He was then arrested for DWI in January 2008 in Hays County, and was later convicted in May 2008. Martinez was booked in to the Hays County Jail Feb. 25 and was released that day on $70,000 bond.

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ment remains unknown at this time. Over the past few months, Kyle city leaders and officials have taken up the topic of STRs and whether or not they’re prohibited under city ordinance. While STRs are not explicitly stated in city ordinance, city officials took the position they are not allowed. Currently, the city restricts STRs in areas zoned residential, while STRs can operate in areas zoned commercial. Online rental sites such

as Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) and Airbnb allow minimally regulated home and room rentals. A search on Airbnb’s website showed 300 rentals available in Hays County, and around 25 just in the downtown Kyle area. After sending out a newsletter in January to residents that STR are not allowed in residential areas, city council directed the P&Z commission to study the issue in more depth. It was originally thought that STRs would fall under commercial zoning because renters make money off of

their property. In 2017, however, the Third Texas Court of Appeals decided that an STR does not turn a property into commercial use. Obtaining public opinion on the issue is the next step for Kyle’s P&Z, which will involve conducting community outreach with town hall meetings and sending out a survey. After survey results from community outreach are received, P&Z will present their results, and potentially a recommendation, to city council on STRs

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received $1,000 from Scott Roberts, of Driftwood, who is the owner of the Salt Lick. Shell also received a $650 in-kind contribution from Conley. Colin McFerrin, a Wimberley resident and an attorney based in Kyle, totaled $9,125 in political expenses, the majority going to consulting and printing costs. But McFerrin pulled in $7,992 in contributions for his campaign during the reporting period, including a $1,000 contribution from Lone Star Gun Rights, an Austin-based group lobbying for constitutional carry legislation. McFerrin also received a $1,000 in-kind contribution from Fuschak’s in San Marcos and $750 from Wimberley Valley Winery.



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Rebel bats come alive in 14-3 route over Chaps BY SHANE SCHOLWINSKI

Hays scored nine of their 14 runs in the first two innings with a dominate performance from all three phases in a 14-3 victory over the Westlake Chaparrals Tuesday night. “Its a good win for us, huge win,” said Hays head coach Lisa Cone. “Especially with our cross town rival game coming up Friday against Lehman. So hopefully we just keep our bats going.” The Lady Rebels came out slugging in the first inning scoring three runs. Junior Bri Rodriguez got it started by reaching second base on a throwing error by the Chaparral

defense, which gave Kari Louk the opportunity to cross home plate to give Hays the early lead. The Lady Rebel bats turned it up another notch in the second inning, tallying six total runs, including a two-run home run over the left field wall by senior Illyanna Cisneros. “Yesterday at practice we did a lot of hitting,” Cone mentioned. “You know the last few games we haven’t had our hits that we are used to having. Our bats haven’t been as lively as we are used to. So we just really focused on letting the ball get deep, because we were early on a lot of pitches and hitting the ball right to somebody.”

The runs kept coming for the Lady Rebels as they scored five more across the third and fourth innings. Outside of hitting, Hays did a superb job running the bases and capitalizing on Westlake’s mistakes. Hays as a team had five total stolen bases on the night, including two from Louk herself. Louk used her speed agains’t the Chapparals, baiting them to make throws that resulted in errors. Louk actually scored an inside the park home run off a throwing error early in the second inning, sparking the Lady Rebels big inning.



Members of the Hays Rebel softball team readies to greet Illyanna Cisneros (5) as she approaches home plate after hitting a home run in Tuesday’s district game against Westlake.

Lady Rebel soccer shows grit in season finale

LIFTING UP A NATION Lobo girls powerlifting looks ahead to state meet


BY MOSES LEOS III The clang and clatter of weighted barbells slamming to the ground is music to the ears of the Lehman Lobo girls powerlifting team. With each echoed thud comes the gratification of another deadlift repetition in the books. The motivation that comes from that sound goes far beyond the driving heavy metal music blasting through speakers in the Lobos’ weight room. Such noises aren’t uncommon for the Lobo girls powerlifting team, which seemingly makes it an annual ritual to prepare for the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Associa-


Lehman High junior Mia Palomarez arcs her body to complete a repetition of 255-pounds on the deadlift March 6. Palomarez and nine other Lehman Lobo girls powerlifters are preparing for a trip to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association (THSWPA) state meet in Waco on March 15.

tion state meet in Waco. Nine Lobos are currently readying for the 2018 meet, which will be held March 17. Even amid a season filled with tumult and heartbreak, the Lady Lobo program has never waivered. Instead, group members have turned to each other for support as they look to collect more accolades and success for the program. “It’s a big thing for us (to reach state), especially with everything that’s gone on,” said senior Mia Dolin, who is readying

“Recently, we were talking about how powerlifting has kicked the football guys out of the trophy case because we have so much. It’s definitely amazing.” –Mia Dolin, senior weightlifter

for her third straight state meet. “It keeps our heads up and keeps us going and keeps us together and to push each other.”

Lehman junior Mia Palomarez, who is also preparing for her third straight trip to state, said reaching Corpus

Christi is an amazing accomplishment for the program. But competing at the state meet is also an eye opening experience. While the Lobos are used to dominating meets they take part in during the course of the year, they discover it takes a little more effort to excel at state. Nerves can play a factor for the athletes, but team members push themselves to perform at their highest level, Palo-


Lobos shut out 4-0 against the Chaps BY LISETTE LOPEZ In their last home soccer game of the regular season, the Lehman Lady Lobos were shut out Friday by the Westlake Chaparrals 4-0. Lehman fell to 0-10-1 in district with one final game played against Leander Tuesday, with Westlake still at the top of their division. The Chaparrals took full advantage of Lehman’s lack of coverage in the midfield with through-balls to the strikers to get the goal. After numerous through-ball attempts, the Chaparrals got one past the Lobo defense roughly seven minutes into the first half. Westlake earned the first goal of the match by drilling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box. Westlake continued to put pressure on the

Lobo defense, looking for another dent in the line. Despite several failed chances at goal, Westlake kept up the pace and tallied another goal in the back of the net before halftime. The Lobos began to take more chances and passed the ball more to start the second half, in order to get through the Westlake midfield. Despite the push from the Lobos, the Chaparrals put in another goal in the seventh minute of the second half to take a 3-0 lead. The Chaps later took advantage of an aggressive Lobo defense and scored a penalty late in the second half. Westlake booted in the final goal of the game to cap off the shutout. Head coach Michael



Lehman High freshman Lily Torres kicks the ball downfield in the team’s home finale on March 2.

In what would be their final match of the 2017-18 season, the 4-6-4 Hays Lady Rebel soccer team hosted the 9-4-4 Vandegrift Lady Vipers. An intriguing matchup in the game was going to be between Hays defender Chasity Haas, and Vandegrift forward Paige Crossman. Both girls are Texas State signees and will be teammates come next fall. This game would also be the last time the 2018 Hays Lady Rebels and their seniors would play together in Bob Shelton Stadium, as they were already eliminated from post-season play. Vandegrift got off to a flaming hot start, getting off three shots in the first three minutes, and scoring the games first goal only two minutes into the game. This early adversity would be a test for the Lady Rebels, as they were playing a lineup they had not seen much of, as Head Coach Brent Holcomb was getting his seniors playing time, due to their post-season hopes already being obsolete. “I got ten seniors on the field. That hasn’t happened yet this season.” The senior led Rebels responded well to the early Viper attack, not allowing the visitors to maintain their steady attack, and the Lady Rebels began launching attacks of their own. Hays forward Gillian McCready had a fantastic game for the Rebels, as she was at the head of almost every Rebel attack throughout the match. Her breakaway opportunity at the eighteen-minute mark was the home team’s first real scoring opportunity, and the run kicked off a series of relentless Rebel offensive attacks. The Rebels would remain on the offensive for the next 15 minutes of play, firing off four consecutive shots. On the fourth shot, McCready finally found the net, hitting the ball down the middle of the net and high enough to where the Vandegrift keeper was unable to reach it. The goal gave the Lady Rebels some momentum and tied the game at a



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Give these little doggies their time to shine S omewhere within the next few weeks or so, Hays CISD leaders are going to have the tough decision of selecting a new mascot and colors for Moe and Gene Johnson High. The process, which has already gone through a name submission phase and is now going through a student and parent vote, aims to give the public input on what will inevitably go on cheapo T-shirts sold at Wal-Mart in the new few years. My money was on the Jackalopes because why not? The creature is akin to the Chupacabra, albe-

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it with much less blood sucking and more fuzzy ears, imposing antlers and cuteness. Sadly, the Johnson Jackalopes didn’t make the cut. Neither did the Jackals, Jeeps and, thankfully, Jackasses. Though I’m sure there were a few of those who submitted the latter mascot idea in. One possible option still on the table

is the Broncos, which makes some sense given Johnson’s likely feeder schools – Carpenter Hill and Dahlstrom – both have equine nicknames. What matters most, however, is the dark blue and orange color scheme akin to what the Denver Broncos have. Turn the blue a shade lighter and the orange more of the Tennessee variety and then we’ll talk. It’s also easy to see how the Jaguar mascot fits as well. It’s alliterative and imposing. But with so many teams with the Jaguar name (Austin LBJ, San

Antonio Johnson), it just doesn’t seem original or unique. The same goes for the Cardinals (Del Valle, San Antonio Southside), though the background behind the submission, which extends to Gene Johnson’s fondness for them, does offer a nice, local touch. Sadly, the Nighthawks name seems just too corporate for my tastes. No, the real winner here is the Dachshunds. Before the scoffing starts, know that the diminutive dachshund is one of the more unique animals out there. Don’t let those floppy

Lady Rebel Soccer: Shows grit in season finale

High is the Hot Dogs. But that kind of counts, right? Perhaps what makes the dachshund name more meaningful is its symbolic association with the city the school will serve. Thousands of people pack into downtown Buda for the annual Wiener Dog Races. While there’s always the concern of being called the Johnson Wieners, I feel it’s a risk worth taking. After all, every dog has its day, so why not the dachshund? Let’s give these little doggies their time to shine.

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goal apiece. Unfortunately for them, Vandegrift was able to swiftly respond, scoring their second goal with eight minutes left in the half. The goal gave the Vipers a 2-1 lead going into the half. The visiting Lady Vipers dominated the second half. They scored two more goals, with the last one coming in the final seconds of the game. While there was no more scoring for them, the Lady Rebels never quit, and showed real determination and fight all throughout the half. McCready finished with 7 total shots, and her teams only goal. Mariah Gonzales also took two shots of her own. Goalkeeper Rachel Pugh recorded 7 total saves and allowed four goals. This was a pretty solid stat line

ears, short legs and long bodies fool you. Behind that goofy exterior is a fearless creature that doesn’t back down from a fight. Are they fearless to a fault? Yes. Are they at times annoying? Debatable. But would it mean the school could have one of the more unique mascot names in the country? Absolutely. In fact, a quick search on the ol’ Googlematron shows only one school, Frankfort High in Indiana, as having the dachshund as a mascot. Though, the technical nickname for Frankfort

Continued from pg. 1B considering Vandegrift got off 18 shots. Hays Head Coach Brent Holcomb was not discouraged by the score, and instead focused on the commitment he got from his seniors and their squad. He spoke highly of his team, saying “We’re not always the most skilled team, and we’re definitely not always the best coached team. But a lot of times, we are the team with the bigger heart.” Holcomb also felt the word “desire” best described his team this year, saying “Desire. That’s the word I would use. The girls did not want to lay down to this team or in their last game, and they didn’t.” Holcomb’s 2018 Hays Lady Rebels finished 4-7-4 overall, and 3-6-3 in district play.


Hays Rebel Cianne Talamo (left, 11) battles with a Leander Lion defender during a district game played in February at Shelton Stadium.

Banning said he wanted his team to pressure the midfield, and that’s exactly what they did. “We wanted to slow their attack down a little bit,” Banning said. “We knew we had to slow them down as much as possible, so our big thing was once the ball got into the midfield we really needed to compress the space and pressure.” It was the last home game of the season for the Lobos, and the last home game for the class of 2018 seniors as well. Senior Melissa Navarro said the team can improve on a few things for next season, but overall, they will do big things. “We need to open

the field, put the ball in the net and have more control, but next year they will be awesome,” Navarro said. With such a young team, Banning said freshmen are having to step up and bring more energy to the field. Banning said his freshmen are going to do well next season as they look into the new district season hopeful. “We played a lot of freshmen at the end of the year, and that in itself is going to help in the long run,” Banning said. “I feel that if a freshman is going to get some time on the field then they need to be up. They definitely pulled their weight and they are doing really well.”

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marez said. How the team prepares for the state meet also changes. Palomarez said the goal is gradually to work harder as the season wears on, to the point where you peak at the state meet. A little levity also goes a long way, too, especially for the veterans who know what to expect. “We joke around about it,” Palomarez said. “We bring up past memories of state and it makes us better and makes us happy.” Consistency, however, does have its challenges. Dolin said she tries to keep up with other powerlifters in order to find out what she needs to succeed. But the reward is the ability to set new personal bests and, if possible, bring home some hardware. “Personally for me, it’s cool to see each year at state to see my totals improve,” Dolin said. “It’s awesome to see how much I improve each year.” An additional aspect of team camaraderie is pass-

ing down lessons learned to the next generation. Ashley Villanueva, a freshman at Lehman High, is preparing for her firstever trip to the state meet. Villanueva, who had never participated in powerlifting prior to the 2018 campaign, will compete in the 95-pound weight class. Villanueva said she never really envisioned herself competing in the sport. The perception of power lifters is “meaty people” with muscles, Villanueva said. Despite her nervous disposition before her first meet, Villanueva realized it “wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” “(My teammates) helped me out and gave me good tips,” Villanueva said. That sisterhood within the Lobo girls powerlifting program extends far past the weight room. It was tested Feb. 14 when the team learned Jonathan Proud, who had served as the team’s powerlifting coach for the past two seasons, had been arrested

for possession of child pornography. The event shook the team, and the campus, to the core. While there was time to grieve and a time to process, the Lobos also had to ready themselves for the San Marcos powerlifting meet that weekend. Amid the sadness and confusion, the Lobos exited the weekend with a first-place finish and a handful of personal achievements. Without the help from teammates, who provided a shoulder to cry on that weekend, Palomarez said she would have “bombed out” from the meet. “It was us trying to prove that we just went through something very difficult, and that we could make it through and we’re strong enough to push through it,” Palomarez said. Armed with an unbreakable bond, Dolin, Palomarez and Villanueva hope they, and their team, can maintain the success that’s made the program one of the best on campus.


Lehman Lobo senior Mia Dolin takes her stance as she easily lifts 255-pounds during a training session at the team’s weight room.

“There are not many things that Lehman talks about,” Dolin said. “Recently, we were talking about how powerlifting has kicked the football guys out of the trophy case because we have so much. It’s definitely amazing.”

Rebel Softball: Comes alive in 14-3 route over Chaps

Was she safe or out? Hays Rebel baserunner Kaylin Davis waits for a call on a play at third base in the district match against Westlake March 6. Photo by Nathan Latsha

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“We want to be aggressive and not run into outs,” said Cone. “So we did a better job on the bases as far as confusing the defense.” The winning pitcher on the night for Hays was junior Maxine Valdez. Valdez recorded nine strikeouts, while only giving up three runs and two walks through four innings pitched. Other than a rough third inning where she gave up all three runs, Valdez controlled the strike zone and had Westlake’s batters second guessing themselves. So whats next for the Lady Rebels? A home game versus cross town rival Lehman on Friday night, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. “I know that they’ve been playing great softball so far, so we need to anticipate it being a good game.” Cone said about


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Shattered Dreams

Gory display meant to teach life lessons BY EXSAR ARGUELLO

Amid the carnage of two severely wrecked vehicles is Lehman High student Evey Ramirez, whose limp body lies on the asphalt with her eye gouged out from the collision. Located in the same vehicle is Lehman High senior Hannah Starnez’s lifeless body. It doesn’t take long for emergency personnel to rush Starnez into a helicopter for trans-

port to a hospital. In the other vehicle, Lehman High senior Belicia Espinoza sits unconscious in the passenger seat with blood streaming down her face and into a pool on her body. The driver of that vehicle, Lehman High student Kimberley Gutierrez, is injured, but conscious. By the time Gutierrez comes to terms with what happened, Kyle Police have arrived at the scene. After a failed sobriety test,

Gutierrez is placed into handcuffs and is transported to jail. As the grisly scene unfolded, over 200 Lehman High students watched in awe as their peers reenacted the price paid from the actions of one person’s bad decision. All of it was part of Shattered Dreams, a program that reenacts a fatal drunk driving accident, which was held March 1 in the Lehman High parking lot.

Shattered Dreams was first brought to Hays CISD schools in 2001 and has since been a long lasting city initiative to keep students safe during the upcoming spring and summer holidays. The project involves the Kyle Police and Fire departments, EMS, Seton Hays, and a number of student volunteers and organizations that help bring to life a real time vehicular drunk driving accident. Students who

took part in the reenactment were selected to participate. Applicants had to submit an essay highlighting why they wanted to be involved with the event. For Starnez and Espinoza, the opportunity to act in this morbid scene had a more personal meaning. Both have lost family members to drunk driving accidents. Both have also experienced the program in the past as well. They observed a Shattered

Dreams reenactment during their freshman year. “My uncle was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident when he was 19 and he died in September,” Starnez said. “It is personal for me and that’s why I wanted to get involved.” Both Espinoza and Starnez played the role of severely injured students in the accident. Once EMS and law enforcement


23 Rebels head to state choir Members of the Jack C. Hays High Choral Program participated in UIL Solo and Ensemble at McCallum High last weekend. Twentyone students and two ensembles earned superior ratings and advanced to the state solo and ensemble contest in May.

Melinda Hurtado, 
Zoe Johnson, 
Bryhana Lara
, Summer Lopez, 
Lily Miller
, Ashley Nguyen, 
Paolina Sada
, Koryn Siddiqui
, Casper Smith
, Victoria Sosa
, Christina Thies
, Ben Smith (piano)

5 Superior Ratings (Class II Solo)


Hannah Cook
, Andrea Diaz
, Graham Walker, 
Eden Martinez
, Ben Smith (piano)

Superior Ratings (Class I Solo)

6 Excellent Ratings (Class I Solo)

Sophie Anderson
, Alaynna Bedwell
, Zoe Burr
, Bodhi Chae, 
 Emma Cole, 
Taylor Cooper
, Sean Corbett
, Dawson Derrick, 
M akaela

Sarah Gianotti
, Dallin Bedwell
, Savannah Elkins
, Bianca Ramirez
, Brittany Scott
, Julianna Smith


2 Excellent Ratings (Class II Solos)

Jacob Hebert
, Amy Wood

Ensembles earning Superior Ratings (Class I) 1. Ally Blazi, Julianna Smith, Alaynna Bedwell,

Victoria Sosa 2. Bodhi Chae, Emma Cole, Taylor Cooper, Sean Corbett, Joel Ferguson, Clay Gable, Makaela Gotchey, Ben Miller, Elijah Saenz

Ensemble earning Superior Rating (Class II) Slade Appleby, Maricella Duran, Macy Milligan, Gabriella Ojeda, Dominique Rodriguez, Madison Sandoval, Riley Stumpf, Gray Vegera

Qualified for State

21 Soloists and 2 Ensembles qualified for Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May.

Lobo choir reels in the honors STAFF REPORT

Lehman High School’s Lobo Choir rolled up a number of honors in this year’s UIL Solo and Ensemble contest held at McCallum High. The Lobos came away with seven soloists and one ensemble qualifying for the State solo and ensemble competition in May. Among soloists earning

The Lobos’ “1” (Superior) in Ensemble included senior members Brianna Boone, Christiana Scheibmeir, Christian Pena, and Jenny Rowe; juniors David Suarez and Cayden Raymond; and freshman Jared Brown.

a “1” (Superior) rating on either a Class I or II Solo were seniors Brianna Boone, Christian Pena, and Mikaela Rentz; juniors Carly Charlton, David Suarez, Cayden Raymond, and Stefan Rodriguez, freshmen Jules Budd and Alexandra Dorantes. Sophomore Kayla Loupe earned a “2” (Excellent) rating.



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HHS Computer Science takes 3rd

A trio of Hays High students took home third place at the Westwood UIL Invitational in the Computer Science competition. Over 40 teams competed in the event. Students who were a part of the Hays computer science team are (L-R) Zach McManus, Kevin Champagne, Josh Skadberg.


Lobos strut to victory A plethora of awards were garnered by the Lehman High Star Strutters dance team, which appeared at the Crowd pleaser Dance at Canyon, Showmakers of America State Contest at Texas State, and Vista Ridge Dance Competition this season. The Strutters performed three officer routines, three team routines, two ensembles, and three solos, earning 90 or above on all routines. Top awards included Officer and Team Super Sweepstakes at Canyon and Officer and Team Sweepstakes at Texas State.


Officer Hip Hop 1st (Canyon) Team Contemporary 1st (Canyon, Vista Ridge) Team Military 1st (Canyon, Texas State) 1st runner-up overall large team division (Canyon) Choreography and Performance awards: Team Contemporary, Team Hip Hop, Officer Hip Hop (Canyon) • Showmanship and Choreography awards for Officer Contemporary, Team Military, and Team Hip Hop (Texas State) • 1st large ensembles, 1st Team Hip Hop, 1st JV Pom (all Vista Ridge).


Board honors Buda Lions

On Feb. 26, the Buda Lions Club presented Hays High, Lehman High and Dahlstrom Middle Schools with checks totaling close to $20,000. The Lions Club assists the district with concession stands at all Hays CISD varsity football games.

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arrived at the scene, the students where transported to Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle, where doctors performed a training session on how to treat the victims in the case of an accident. Espinoza said her brother is the only member of her family who was not made aware of the staged accident. “I hope this opens his eyes,” Espinoza said. “I want him to know that if

he makes these decisions, as his only sister, I could be gone. Just like anyone else, I am someone’s daughter, friend, cousin, and that can be taken away.” While the scene lasted around 30 minutes, this event itself takes months of preparation. Crystal Dixon, Shattered Dreams co-chairperson, said the organization has been coordinating with the district and the city since September.

Although the scene is completely staged, law enforcement, EMS and fire department personnel involved in the scene are current first responders. They reenact the scene with all the steps and procedures they would take in the event of a real crash. The program and staged scene alternates from Lehman High to Hays High every other year, with a break after the second year.

When Moe and Gene Johnson High in Buda opens, the program will run three years straight, alternating among the three high schools. While the “injured” students are taken to the hospital, Gutierrez, who plays the role of the “drunk driver,” is taken into custody. Gutierrez is transferred to a jail cell, and then makes a phone call to her parents about the acci-

dent. She then speaks to a Hays County Judge who will address her crimes. Once the reenactment is complete, all participants are then taken on a retreat at a secret location in Hays County. While at the retreat, the student volunteers write letters to their parents about what they learned through the process. Back at Lehman, a board with pictures of the victims is hung in a

hallway with the victims’ obituaries. Students are encouraged to write notes and letters on the board to their “fallen” peers. Obituaries are read aloud during class, and teachers discuss with students the damage drunk driving can do to a community. “We always just want to make an impact with these students,” Dixon said. “If we can save one person’s life we’ve done our job,

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A group of about 120 volunteers gathered at Waterleaf Park Saturday. The city’s inaugural cleanup was in conjunction with the 33rd annual Great Texas River Cleanup.

Staying green in Kyle

Community pitches in for River Clean Up BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle Stormwater Administrator Kathy Roecker discovered Saturday sometimes it’s the little things that matter most. While leading a group helping to clean up a part of Plum Creek in Waterleaf Park, Roecker noticed a small turtle whose habitat was blocked by various pieces of trash. It would have been easy for Roecker or anyone else to look past the fledgling creature.

“Our community wants to be able to enjoy nature, but the only way to do that is with clean nature, and not just walking through the trails and seeing trash. That’s not very pleasant.” –Tracy Sheel, Kyle City Council member and Waterleaf resident

Instead, Roecker decided to do something about it. “The poor little guy, he was no bigger than a silver dollar and at the end of his habitat, trash was there,” Roecker said. “We then cleaned it

up. That was cool to do that.” The moment, small as it was, solidified the efforts of about 120-plus people who participated in the city’s inaugural event in conjunction with the 33rd an-

nual Great Texas River Cleanup. The initiative, held March 3, focused on cleaning litter and debris from creeks and tributaries that flow into the San Marcos and Blanco rivers. Roecker

said city leaders took part in the event as Plum Creek converges with the San Marcos River. The first location for the city’s inaugural effort was a part of Plum Creek in Waterleaf Park. “We worked with them because we wanted to bring forward storm water awareness and make people aware that what gets thrown in ditches and what gets thrown in parking lots can go into the creek,” Roecker said.


That’s all Brother

Historic aircrafts touches down in San Marcos BY MOSES LEOS III Another chapter of American history officially touched down at the San Marcos Airport March 6. While it may not look historic on the outside, what lies within the nuts and bolts of “That’s All Brother,” a refurbished C-47 aircraft, can tell a tale or two. The aircraft, which reached its permanent home at the Commemorate Air Force Central Texas Wing hangar, led more than 800 C-47s in dropping paratroopers over Normandy, France during D-Day on June 6, 1944. While there is still much work to be done, members of the CAF CenTex Wing celebrated the culmination of a two-year restoration process to bring the craft to its former glory. “We are honored and humbled to be entrusted in the care of this iconic aircraft,” said Joe Enzminger, CAF CenTex Wing leader. “Over the coming months, we hope thousands will come visit That’s All, Brother and help us by playing a part in returning the aircraft to Normandy, France for


“That’s All Brother,” a refurbished C-47 aircraft that flew into San Marcos Tuesday, led more than 800 C-47s in dropping paratroopers over Normandy, France during D-Day on June 6, 1944. The Commemorative Air Force will house the plane and continue restoration efforts.

the 75th anniversary of D-Day.” The journey to restore “That’s All Brother” almost didn’t happen. Prior to 2015, the airplane had been in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin with other derelict air-

craft for a decade. According to the CAF, the plane, which had survived World War II, was used in a variety of post-war civilian roles, hauling people and cargo across the country. Richard B. “Doc”

Heckert, maintenance officer of “That’s All Brother,” said the C-47 was the state-of-the-art airliner in the world in 1935 and 1936. Heckert said the plane was so popular, Russian and Japanese armies flew

the American-made aircraft. “In World War II, these were the state of the art Mack Trucks for the military,” Heckert


here’s a universal appeal to the idea of wandering into a garden in the evening, and picking a fresh lime, orange or lemon from a tree as the sun sets. While it is possible to fulfil this dream here in Hays county, in truth it can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help your citrus dreams come true. Growing citrus from seed may be easy but it is not the right way to go, unless you’re a very patient gardener. It can take up to 10 years for a seedling reach a mature age to blossom and fruit. I always suggest choosing a grafted tree as the starter plant. These trees have mature scions (blooming wood) grafted to hardy rootstock. This eliminates 10 years of waiting. Should you grow your citrus tree in a container or plant it in the ground? Since most citrus is hardy to the low twenties, container planting allows us to bring our trees inside when the weather drops below 25. Inside should be kept to a minimum and outside locations with a least 6 hours of sunlight is best. If you decide to plant your tree in the ground, a protected south wall with lots of sun is best. Plant as close to the wall as possible. A south wall gets the most sun and is protected from the cold north wind. This location is the warmest around the house. In case of extreme low temps, lean a couple of two-by-fours against the wall and above the plants to provide a temporary structure for a thermal blanket. The addition of old fashioned Christmas lights wrapped around the branches can add enough heat to protect the tree. The next time you pass the Santa Cruz Catholic Church on Loop 4 in Buda (1100 Main Street), check out the 15 foot citrus tree which is thriving on their south wall. Some of the best varieties of citrus for central Texas are Meyer lemons, Mexican Key Limes, Changshou Kumquats, Persian limes, Palestinian Sweet Limes, Navel oranges, Mandarin oranges and Thai (Kaffir) Limes. Of these my two favorites are Meyer lemons and Thai limes. Meyer is super-sweet and seems to be everyone’s favorite. (It is a cross between a lemon and an orange.) Thai Lime is popular for its leaves and fruit. Known in Thai as Magrood, the leaves are an essential ingredient in many Thai dishes such as Tom Ka, a traditional coconut soup served over rice. Good luck, and happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo. com. Or mail a postcard to It’s About Thyme11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748


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OBITUARIES ALFARO On Thursday morning, March 1, 2018, Santiago Alfaro Jr, the spiritual rock of his family, entered the presence of the Lord at the age of 56 in the most peaceful way possible. Born in Prosser, Washington to Santiago and Berta (Martinez) Alfaro. He met his future wife, Irma Esparza, while attending junior high school in Eagle Pass, TX. They remained sweethearts throughout high school, college and careers, marrying in Eagle Pass in 1984. Together they established a new place to call home in Austin (later moving to Kyle) and raised their children through life’s many ups and downs. He was an extraordinary, unfailing provider to his family. Santiago was a warrior in his faith. He volunteered at the Promiseland Church of San Marcos for a number of years before being awarded his position as an elder. He was loving and dedicated to his family and friends, dropping whatever task he was on to lend a hand. He enjoyed keeping himself busy and productive; never being one to simply sit around. He loved to be outside, do yardwork, work on cars, and take care of any maintenance around his house. His challenges with Parkinson’s Disease rarely slowed him down. It was his doctor who said “Whoa,” and strongly cautioned him to take a more leisurely pace, one which never settled well with Santiago. Many of his close family and friends can testify he battled Parkinson’s with such grace; proclaiming God would one day heal him. He was a Computer Specialist at the Austin IRS office for over 35 years and was known for his ability to fix anything. Santiago was also a grilling aficionado. He loved to BBQ fajitas for all family gatherings. Even if it meant being out under the hot sun for several hours, as long as everyone else had enough to eat and was happy, so was he. When Santiago was in his 40s, he learned to play the accordion. He would dedicate hours on end, practicing his skills and singing praises of God. He always loved to sing. He was a jokester who delighted in old western movies, especially John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films. He was a dedicated Dallas Cowboy fan and followed the Atlanta Braves through spring and summer. He was young at heart, forever claimed to be 29 years old, and despite his battles of health, he never once grew a single grey hair on his head. Santiago will be remembered for his easy going demeanor, unfailing helping hand, selfless, giving spirit, dedication to family and friends, and his unbreakable trust in God. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Irma Alfaro, daughter Rosela, son Santiago III, daughter Suzette, puppy Chloe, granddaughter Mia Rose, five siblings: Arturo Alfaro, Elva Gonzalez, Juanita Martinez, Jose Luis Alfaro, Alfredo Alfaro, and a countless number of friends. The family celebrated Santiago’s life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 with a visitation at Harrell Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7 at Promiseland Church San Marcos in San Marcos. Interment followed at the Kyle Cemetery in Kyle. Edited by Suzette

Alfaro. Visit to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Santiago’s family on his online memorial site. Funeral assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle.

HALE She never intended to live so long, but Tennie Louise Hickox Hale celebrated her 104th birthday in May. She died Friday, March 2, in Dayton, Texas, where she lived the final part of her life being cared for by her granddaughter Susan Addington and her family. Born on the family farm in Bosque County, near the town of Morgan, May 26, 1913, she was a real school girl. Tennie loved school as a student and as a teacher and was a lifelong learner. In retirement she read several books a week until her failing eyesight limited her to fewer. Her parents were Charley R. and Daisy Moseley Hickox. She is also predeceased by her sister Leone Bynum, her husband Joe Hale, her son Charles Hale, and her daughter Katherine Hale Dittrich as well as a great granddaughter. After two years at Clifton College, Tennie began her teaching career at the Locust Grove School in Odds, teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grades and secondary English in a three-room school. She met her husband at an ice cream social at the school where his younger brother was a student. (They were married March 31, 1934, in Marlin.) The next two years she taught in LaSalle and then returned to Odds. As people moved away from Limestone County during WWII, Locust Grove became a one-room school, where her three oldest children were among her students. She also taught in Falls County at Criswell, a one-room school with four of her five children in the room. When her husband Joe died in 1953, Tennie moved her family to San Marcos to finish her degree at Southwest Texas State Teachers College. While she taught at Navarro, she completed her Bachelor’s degree and began her Master’s. They moved to Pasadena for higher pay but returned to San Marcos two summers for Tennie to finish her Master’s and to become certified to teach special education. Tennie retired from teaching in the Pasadena school district in 1978, ending a 33-year career. She continued to substitute in Pasadena and then in the Hays school district when she moved to Kyle. She was a member of the San Marcos Area Retired Teachers, Kyle Garden Club and the First Methodist Church of Kyle. She was an avid reader who used and appreciated the Kyle Community Library. She volunteered at the library thrift shop. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Dorethea and Bill Norville of Pasadena, Martha and Norman Brown of Dayton, and Mary and Eddy Etheredge of Kyle as well as her daughterin-law Barbara Hale of Huntsville and son-inlaw Bernd Dittrich and his wife Terry of Rockport. Also surviving her are 13 grandchildren: Nancy Brown Baker of Liberty, Dale Brown and Jo Brown Riley of Dayton, Robin Hale Moore of Magnolia, Susan Brown Addington of

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That’s All Brother: Historic plane visits San Marcos Continued from pg. 1C Dayton, Lee Norville of Pasadena, Sarah Norville Ludeke of Deer Park, Laura Etheredge Sobczak of Rapid City, SD, Jeff Etheredge of Austin, Charla Hale Cobel of Magnolia, Charles Hale Jr. (Chuck) of Huntsville, Robert Dittrich of Hurst and Richard Dittrich of Kyle. The family includes 34 great grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren. A service was held in Meridian on Wednesday, March 7, before burial in the Morgan cemetery, with the Rev. Holly Dittrich officiating. Tennie’s six grandsons served as pallbearers. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Kyle Community Library, P.O. Box 2349, Kyle, TX 78640.

said. “They flew it all over the world with many nationalities.” But it wasn’t until 2015 when Matt Scales, a U.S. Air Force historian, discovered a disintegrating aircraft in the boneyard that was “That’s All Brother.” The process involved researching the tail number on the back of the aircraft. Once the CAF discovered the significance of the find, the organization known for restoring military aircraft, launched its effort to restore the C-47. To do so, the CAF relied on donations to help fund the refurbishment. The CAF ran a Kickstarter campaign online that raised just under $400,000, Enzminger said. Several owner-

ships and foundations stepped in and soon began making “significant” monetary contributions. All told, roughly $3.5 million in donations and contributions have gone to get the plane in working condition, Enzminger said. “It was a Herculean effort,” Enzminger said. “We did it to honor the men who flew this plane and the women who helped build it.” Restoring the craft didn’t come without its challenges and intricacies. Enzminger said enough C-47s were built so that individual parts and pieces can still be found. The commercial airline version of the C-47 is the DC-3. While finding some parts is a challenge, others cannot be purchased

or bought. “When you can’t find them or buy them, you have to build them,” Enzminger said. For Tim Black, Wing Commander of CAF CenTex, the opportunity to house the aircraft is “amazing.” The CAF plans to continue restoration efforts when they fly the plane to Tulsa later this year. They hope to complete the process when they head to Waco to paint the exterior of the plane similar to when it flew over Normandy 74 years ago. “It’s a shame we don’t keep our historic aircraft restored, so today’s generation and future generations can see what our forefathers did in World War II,” Black said. “Planes with this kind of history are classic.”


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210-pound Morgan had the strength to keep him at bay. The Texan reached for the intercom to call for help only to discover that it too had been knocked out of commission. Morgan had two decisions to make and he had to make them fast. First, should he go on with the mission or turn back to England? He chose to fly onto the target. Second, should he subdue Campbell by removing his oxygen mask, a probable death sentence at 26,000 feet, or wait for the crew to come to his aid? He chose to continue the one-arm struggle. After the bombs were dropped on Hanover and “Ruthie II” was headed for home, the navigator finally entered the cockpit. Lt. Keith Koske could not believe his eyes. “Morgan was flying the plane with one hand, holding the half-dead pilot off with the other hand and he had been doing it for over two

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“Ruthie II” into a flying piece of Swiss cheese. The oxygen system in the rear of the craft was disabled causing five crewmen to lose consciousness. A split-second after a cannon shell shattered the cockpit windshield, a machine-gun bullet hit the pilot, Lt. Robert Campbell, in the head splitting his skull wide-open. Still awake but totally disoriented, Campbell slumped forward with a death-grip on the controls. Morgan realized that if the B-17 fell out of formation it would be a sitting duck for the Luftwaffe swarm. So with his left hand he wrestled the crazed pilot into an upright position and with his right hand pulled the bomber out of the dive. Out of his mind with pain, Campbell fought like a demon for the controls. He punched the co-pilot again and again in the face, loosening several teeth and blackening both eyes, but the six-foot-two,

prise. A thinly fictionalized version of his heroics on-board “Ruthie II” and the freefall into German captivity appear in the novel Twelve O’Clock High and the movie of the same name.


the U.S. in 1938 and found a job as a roughneck in Oklahoma. The broken neck he suffered in an oilfield accident and his sub-par college transcripts proved to be a double whammy, when he tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps. To add insult to injury, he was reclassified 4-F by Selective Service. The Canadians, already at war as part of the British Empire, could not afford to be so choosy. Morgan was accepted by the Royal Canadian Air Force, trained to fly and shipped off to England in 1942. The next March, he changed uniforms. The Texan once deemed unfit for duty was welcomed by the Air Corps with a lieutenant’s commission and the grade of flight officer. On his fifth mission in July 1943, Morgan was the co-pilot of a B-17 nicknamed “Ruthie II” on a 600-plane bombing run over Hanover, Germany. The Dutch coast was coming into sight, when the Luftwaffe met the airborne armada over the North Sea. German fighters turned

hours!” “Red” Morgan returned the battered B-17 safely to base with the loss of only one life, the mortally wounded pilot. “Ruthie II” never flew again, but the heroic pilot did over the objections of his superiors. The general, who presented the lieutenant with the Medal of Honor on Dec. 17, 1943, told him future combat missions were out of the question. But the stubborn Texan was not about to miss the first raid on Berlin on Mar. 7, 1944. “We had just reached the target area when we were hit by flak,” Morgan recounted decades later. “The aircraft tumbled out of control and subsequently exploded.” Morgan’s parachute was under his arm rather than on his chest harness, when he was blown clear by the force of the explosion. He fell 20,000 feet before snapping the chute into place with only 500 feet to spare. Landing almost on top of an artillery battery, Morgan surrendered to the startled Germans. The first Medal of Honor winner take prisoner by the enemy spent the rest of World War II in a POW camp. If the incredible story of “Red” Morgan sounds familiar, that is no sur-




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Still awake but totally disoriented, Campbell slumped forward with a death-grip on the controls. Morgan realized that if the B-17 fell out of formation it would be a sitting duck for the Luftwaffe swarm.

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wo months after surviving a mid-air ordeal that earned him the Medal of Honor, Lt. “Red” Morgan flew the lead B-17 in the first bombing raid on Berlin on Mar. 7, 1944. Born in 1914 at Vernon a stone’s throw south of the Red River, John Cary Morgan did most of his growing up in Amarillo. But he finished finish high school at New Mexico Military Institute at the insistence of his father, a prominent attorney. Late in life after his hair had turned white, Morgan remembered it had been “flaming red during my flaming youth.” This reference to his wild and wooly days was supported by his poor performance in the classroom. He changed colleges at least once a year attending Amarillo College, Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, West Texas State Teachers College in Canyon and the University of Texas all by the age of 20. In 1934 the head of the family sent his problem child to live with an uncle in the Fiji Islands, where he worked on a pineapple plantation. Despite the fact there were only two automobiles on the small island, reckless “Red” collided head-on with the other vehicle. Morgan came back to




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Art Squared is a local, open-air art market that meets on the old Hays County Courthouse lawn the second Saturday of each month from March to December from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The award-winning art market features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, live music and more. Families with children can enjoy a free interactive craft table. Each market features a different local nonprofit organization that serves the community, and an adjacent Farmers Market adds to the festivities. The hea rt of the watch

Author and poet Martín Espada will be giving a reading and doing a book signing at the Witliff Collections on March 22, 3:30 p.m. at the Alkek Library at Texas State University. He will also have a book signing and reading March 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. Espada has published nearly 20 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza, and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen. His honors include the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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kept beating lonEVO-ENTERTAINMENT.COM g after Films. Lanes. Games. my father’s heart stopped beating. Somewhere, the son of the man who sto le my father’s wristwatch in the Air Force holds the watch to his ear and listens to the heart of the watch bea ting. He keeps the watch in a sacred place where no one else will hear it. So the son tries to resurrect the father. The Bible tells the story wrong. We try to resurrect the father. We listen for the heartbeat and hear the howling.

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ater bills, now from Mountain City Water Utility, did not hit mailboxes before the first of the month, when some pay bills. It’s taking a while to get everything straight with the city’s new billing software. The bills went out on March 2. By March 5, most (but not everyone) had their bill in hand. And, more change is around the corner. New automatic water meters are in the “two week” installation process. The new meters have low profile antennas that will self report readings to the computer at City Hall. These contraptions look like two huge white eyes on the black covers. Can you imagine how our city will look from aerial and satellite images? It will not take much imagination to see hundreds of smiley faces. It was not a teenage prank that hit the McClendon’s stone mailbox. No, it was a neighbor swerving to miss a skunk. According to defunct, when it was active the last time this column included the recipe, “Skunk spray contains mercaptans. Mercaptans are sulfur containing compounds that are in a low oxidation state. Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes the sulfur compounds in skunk spray while baking soda reduces the acidity of the mixture. Soap helps to wash out the greasy skunk spray residue. Do not get the mixture in or around the eyes.

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New automatic water meters are in the “two week” installation process. The new meters have low profile antennas that will self report readings to the computer at City Hall. A tomato juice bath will not neutralize the chemical.” A cool wildlife encounter came my way when we visited The Woodlands last week for a memorial service. As we departed, we noticed photographers on a boulevard’s sidewalk, with cameras aimed high into the pines. In my experience, it’s a good idea to circle back around when cameras or binoc or scopes are aimed. The sight to be seen was visible with the naked eye, when the photographers showed me where to look. Very high in a pine tree, Bald Eagles were feeding two youngsters in a gigantic nest. As my conversation with photographer Donna Bryson turned to bluebirds, one eagle flew from the nest. Flap, flap, flap. It perched high in a pine tree even closer to us. Such a gorgeous image with pine tree greens and browns and sky blues and cloud whites. Donna got a burst of photos. She

shared one, and I hope it gets shared with you. Now’s a good time for a heads up. Not everything I write gets printed. Sometimes, text hits the cutting room floor. If it seems something is missing (as in last week’s), contact me if you want details. Contact me, to get details or give tidbits, through ptom5678@ (subject: Tidbit) or 512-268-5678. Thanks!

ficials didn’t know were there. The sites held construction and demolition debris waste. Roecker said it was shocking to see “lot of stuff” entered the city’s storm water system based on the amount of trash at the outfalls. Jacob Guerrero, a Kyle Parks and Recreation Department employee, said his group found playground slides, washing machines and even old toilets in the creek.

“It’s not good to see. It’s stuff that needs to be cleaned up,” Guerrero said. “It’s nice to get people to help clean this stuff up.” For Guerrero, obtaining the help of the community and city leaders in cleanup efforts went a long way. “Overall, it’s nice to have help like that. It’s not everyday we have 20 to 30 people out there,” Guerrero said. “We got a lot of stuff done.”

Should you or your dog come in contact with a skunk, here’s a recipe to neutralize the odor:

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1 bottle (one pint) of 3% hydrogen peroxide; 1/8 cup baking soda; and 1/2-teaspoon liquid hand soap or Dawn dishwashing liquid. Mix well in very large bowl. It will bubble up. This mix gives off oxygen and needs to mixed fresh as needed. Pour over affected area. Let it sit several minutes, and rinse with tap water.

River Cleanup Continued from pg. 1C

Tracy Sheel, Kyle City Council District 4 and Waterleaf resident, said helping to clean the creek was important to the city’s renewed focus on its parks and trails. She cited the city’s plan to create a trail along Plum Creek on the east side of town that could eventually connect to the proposed Emerald Crown Trail. That project could create a trail system connecting Kyle and Buda to south Austin. “Our community wants to be able to enjoy nature, but the only way to do that is with clean nature, and not just walking through the trails and seeing trash,” Sheel said. “That’s not very pleasant.” What was found during the course of Saturday’s creek cleanup surprised many who were there. Roecker said her group found a gutted television, along with several illegal dump sites that city of-




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Buda pushes for tech campus BY MOSES LEOS III

The desire to bring a corporate technology campus to north Buda is leading city officials to a conference in Reno, Nevada to learn more about them. Ann Miller, Buda Economic Development Corporation executive director, said gathering information on what tech campuses look for in a city could give Buda a boost in the eyes of tech companies. Miller said the city is watching several tracts of land that were part of the Heep Ranch for a possible tech campus push. One parcel is located in the Sunfield Municipal Utility District, while another three tracts of land are owned by HFH Investments. Miller said those areas would make an “ideal” corporate campus or secondary headquarter site for a technology company. “These parcels are not only ideal for a tech campus due to proximity to utilities and amenities, but they would also allow a tech campus to be

Buda Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ann Miller said Buda could support a corporate campus, based on the city’s current workforce, many of whom currently work in the technology industry or in other white-collar jobs.

constructed along scenic Onion Creek,” Miller said. The discussion ramped up after Buda submitted its proposal to the Austin Chamber of Commerce for the Amazon HQ2 project. The bid for Amazon’s HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and an economic boon for any city that’s selected. During and after the submission of the bid, Miller said the city worked with nearby property owners on the possibility of bringing a corporate campus to the area. Buda was also approached by Venture

Beat, which is hosting an invitation-only conference that assists cities attract tech companies. Miller said Buda is one of four Texas cities attending the conference; only 50 communities or economic development entities are attending. Miller said the conference will focus on how cities can work with tech companies and what they require. The conference centers on the boom experienced by Reno, which capitalized on the development of corporate campuses after the 2008 recession. “We’re going to learn

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The city is watching several tracts of land that were part of the Heep Ranch for a possibly tech campus push. One parcel is located in the Sunfield Municipal Utility District, while another three tracts of land are owned by HFH Investments. Miller said those areas would make an “ideal” corporate campus or secondary headquarter site for a technology company.

about the workforce and the city of Reno, how they went through a bad time with the economic recession and bounced back because they focused on economic development

toward technology companies,” Miller said. Miller said Buda could support a corporate campus, based on the city’s current workforce, many of whom currently work

in the technology industry or in other whitecollar jobs. Potential for mixed-use office space – retail and


Will Texans see sky-high electric bills this summer?

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For years, the state’s main power grid operator has warned of high electricity prices and even power outages during the hot summer months. It’s rarely been as bad as feared. But experts say the latest startling forecast from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) looks to be more accurate, although they downplayed the potential impact to residential customers. ERCOT on Thursday said it expects to see record-breaking prices and demand for power this summer that could require it to take emergency measures to maintain supply – and force customers to curb power

“I sure hope we can dodge a bullet this time. But the odds are stacked against us, and not many Texans see this bullet coming. –Dan Cohan, Rice University professor

usage. It identified a variety of factors expected to put a strain on the grid on top of record-breaking demand, including delayed power supply projects and the closure of three major coal-fired power plants. That will result in “tight operating reserves” – numbers released Thursday show ERCOT expects to have barely enough power to meet demand from June through Sep-

tember, which will result in sky-high power prices at certain times. “The ERCOT market has experienced a series of new peak demand records over the last few years as Texas’ economy continues to grow at record pace,” ERCOT President and CEO Bill Mag-



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Kyle Parkway Self- Storage, located at 5141 Cromwell Dr. Kyle, TX 78640 will hold a Public Auction of Property being sold for CASH to satisfy a landlord’s lien. The sale will be held on March 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM. The contents in the space of Richard E. Ekhaguere contains: motorcycle helmets and water dispenser. The contents in the space of Richard Hejduk contains: luggage, back pack, sheering wheel cover, bags. The contents in the space of John Hopkins: tools, air compressor, generator, mobile water tanks, safe and furniture.


Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #18021805CM Fence Installation Services. Proposals will be accepted until 03-29-2018 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-268-2141 ext. 46035) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Proposal responses must be returned to the HCISD Purchasing Office, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, by the date and time indicated above. Late Proposals will be returned unopened. The HCISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids and waive all formalities in the bid process.


Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #06031802VL Intervention Software. Proposals will be accepted until 03-3018 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-268-2141 ext. 45092) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Proposal responses must be returned to the HCISD Purchasing Office, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, by the date and time indicated above. Late Bids will be returned unopened. The HCISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids and waive all formalities in the bid process.


Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #25-031801VL Specialized Tutoring (Live Instruction). Proposals will be accepted until 04-02-18 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-2682141 ext. 45092) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Proposal responses must be returned to the HCISD Purchasing Office, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, by the date and time indicated above. Late Bids will be returned unopened. The HCISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids and waive all formalities in the bid process.

PUBLIC NOTICES, 4D CITY OF BUDA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS A citizen’s point of view provides valuable insight into the operations of the City’s and Council’s decision-making process. The job of Board and Commission members is crucial to the success of Buda’s representative government. The City of Buda is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the various Boards and Commissions. A list of Boards and Commissions and their related duties and qualifications are available on the website at Application forms may be picked up at City Hall, 121 S. Main St., during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Applications are also available on the website at Applications may be submitted via mail to the City Clerk, P. O. Box 1380, Buda, TX 78610, email to aramirez@, or fax to 512-312-1889. The deadline to submit a completed application is March 26, 2018 to consider the April 2018 appointments. For additional information, contact the City Clerk at 512-312-0084.

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Hays CISD Notificación Pública de Non-Discriminación en Programas Vocacionales El distrito escolar de Hays CISD ofrece programas vocacionales en agricultura, manejo de negocios, tecnología de automóviles, electrónicos, tecnología de ciencias de salud, educación de mercadotecnia, justicia criminal y servicios familiares y comunitarios; comercialización or marketing; Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas, Transporte; distribución y logística. La entrada a estos programas se basa en interés, aptitud, edad apropiada y espacio en el salón de clase. Es la poliza del distrito escolar de Hays CISD de no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren en Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972 y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. Es la poliza del del distrito escolar de Hays CISD de no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. El distrito escolar de Hays CISD tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, James Baker, en 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, 512-2682141, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, John Fuerst, en 421 N. Meyer, Kyle, TX 78640, 512-268-8250.

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residential together – can be developed as part of a corporate campus. However, Miller said all three properties are far enough away from downtown Buda to keep the city’s “small town feel.” Having water and wastewater available on all the parcels works in Buda’s favor, too, Miller said. The recent announcement of Baylor Scott and White building a full-service hospital in town also plays a significant factor. “Having a hospital will help us because one thing tech companies look for is amenities available to employees,” Miller said. “The immediate aspect of having a hospital here, instead of having to go to one seven miles down the road, makes Buda more attractive.” All of the parcels of land also have access to State Highway 45 and Interstate 35. The lack of a masstransit system, though, is one item working against Buda, Miller said. The city is working on a plan for a mass-transit system that could potentially connect the area with south Austin and San Antonio. A corporate campus is an enticing proposition for the city. Miller said if a corporate campus locates in Buda proper, the city would generate a “tremendous” amount of

“These parcels are not only ideal for a tech campus due to proximity to utilities and amenties, but they would also allow a tech campus to be constructed along scenic Onion Creek.” –Ann Miller, Buda Economic Development Corporation executive director

property tax revenue. Even if a campus is built outside of the city limits, its development could have a “spin-off impact” for the city, extending to workers infusing dollars into the city’s economy. “Retail comes in that could generate sales tax for the community, but there would be so much interest in Buda from other retailers and businesses nearby,” Miller said. “The spin-off impact would be impactful on the property and sales tax.”

Summer Electric Bills Continued from pg. 1D

ness said in a statement. “We expect high peak demand will continue this summer.” A hot, dry summer – which is expected – and any unplanned outages of power plants would compound the problem, said Rice University associate professor Dan Cohan. “I sure hope we can dodge a bullet this time,” he said. “But the odds are stacked against us, and not many Texans see this bullet coming. This summer could be the wake-up call that drives major efforts for conservation and new build-outs of natural gas, solar, and storage to prepare for the next one.” But, he said, “Markets are tough to predict, especially since weather will play a big role, so we don’t know exactly what will happen.” Bill Peacock, vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, said the market is working exactly like it’s supposed to, but it’s been unfairly manipulated by renewable energy subsidies that he blames for reliability problems and the premature closure of coal plants – a notion many dispute. It’s important that ERCOT and the state’s Public Utility Commission allow prices to go high this summer, Peacock said. That’s because it will spur investment in “peaking” power plants – those that run when there is high demand. “We have more than enough baseline to take care of us,” he said. Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, said ERCOT has been predicting some version of summertime doom and gloom for at least the past decade so it’s easy to shrug off this warning. While there is certainly cause for concern, he said, a variety of factors will have to coalesce to result in extreme impacts like widespread power outages. And he said residential customers,

who mostly pay fixed prices, aren’t likely to see a big change in their bills. Price spikes are more likely to affect large-scale commercial power purchasers and utility companies that sell power, he said. That would eventually trickle down to consumers, but it’s hard to say when and by how much. (Texas’ electric prices are also generally lower than other states’ to begin with, he said.) Webber said the risk of vulnerable populations losing power during a time when air conditioning is all but a requirement is always a concern and that “we need to watch that.” “But I think generally we’ll be fine,” he said. Disclosure: The Texas Public Policy Foundation, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.


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above. Dated at Kyle, Hays County, Texas, January 30, 2018. Michael Torres Constable, Pct. 2 Hays County, Texas 5458 FM 2770 Kyle, Texas 78640by Robert L. Eller, Deputy Notice to Bidders: You are buying whatever interest, if any, the Debtor has in the property. Purchase of the Debtor's interest in the property may not extinguish any liens or security interests held by other persons. There are no warranties, express or implied, regarding the property being sold, including but not limited to warranties of title, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Notice to Judgment Debtor: If there is any property, real or personal, you want to point out for levy in lieu of the above described property, you must contact this office immediately.


Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for CSP #18021804EMA 2018 HVAC and Fire Alarm Replacements. Proposals will be accepted until 03-23-18 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-2682141 ext. 45092) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Proposal responses must be returned to the HCISD Purchasing Office, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, by the date and time indicated above. Late Bids will be returned unopened. The HCISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids and waive all formalities in the bid process.


Tom Thumb mini storage LLC pursuant to the revised civil statutes of Texas 5238B, shall conduct a public sale of the contents of the Storage Rooms listed below in San Marcos, Texas. Telephone (512)396-3434 on the date shown to satisfy a landlord’s lien. All successful bidders shall take possession and remove the contents of the room immediately. Tom Thumb mini storage LLC reserves the right to reject any bids and to withdraw any items from such sale. Date: April 7th, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. LOCATION: 1006 Hwy 80, San Marcos, TX. HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO BE SOLD 1-205 Cynthia Leos Household Goods 1-209 Lawrence Al-Anzi Household Goods 1-319 Reyna Emilio Rene Household Goods 1-409 Joseph Martinez Household Goods 2-126 Melissa Dempsey Household Goods 2-127 Elizabeth Campos Household Goods 2-161 Carson, Robert Lloyd Household Goods 2-166 Gutierrez, Maria Otila Household Goods

2-167 Bobby Driver Household Goods 3-147 Covert Kimberli Lackey Household Goods 3-59A Richard Brown Tools 4-037 Jasmin Bender Household Goods 5-35B Joseph Lucero Household Goods 5-22B Ben Seifert Household Goods


1995 Evinrude 115 hp outboard motor, serial # G03901145 to be sold at public sale. Unknown condition no lower unit and sold as is, no warranty. 100 Rodriguez Lane - Buda Tx 78610 3/16/18 at 6 am.


Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Kyle, Hays County, Texas, Case No. 17-06-4216P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of

having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at www. bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).


The City of Buda is seeking bid for RFP 18-007 San Antonio Street and Garrison Road Drainage Improvements the project includes pavement widening and reconstruction, curb & gutter, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, grading, culverts, utility adjustments, traffic control, signing and pavement markings, erosion and sediment control, and site restoration. Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis. Please submit four (4) copies of the proposal [one (1) CD or flash drive and three (3) hard copies, signed in ink in a sealed envelope to: City of Buda Attention: Purchasing Manager RE: RFP 18-007 121 Main Street Buda, Texas 78610 The deadline for submission of proposals is 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2017. The City of Buda reserves the right to negotiate with any and all persons or firms submitting proposals, per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act and the Uniform Grant and Contract Management Standards. The City of Buda is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to attain goals for Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u), as amended.


Notice is hereby given in accordance with the terms of the provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that Ben&Mor LLC d/b/a Supermercado Del Sol has filed application for a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Off-Premise Permit. Said business to be conducted at 2790 Goforth Road, Kyle, Hays County, Texas 78640. OWNERS: Angel I. Benitez, Managing Member; and Maria C. Moran, Managing Member LEGAL NOTICE APPLICATION IS BEING MADE WITH THE TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION FOR A WHOLESALER’S PERMIT WITH A PRIVATE CARRIER’S PERMIT AND A GENERAL DISTRIBUTOR’S LICENSE BY FULLCLIP CRAFT DISTRIBUTORS LLC D/B/A FULLCLIP CRAFT DISTRIBUTORS LLC, LOCATED AT 924 BUGG LANE, SAN MARCOS, HAYS COUNTY, TX 78666. MANAGERS AND OFFICERS OF SAID LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ARE CATHERINE R. DEMARCO, PRESIDENT/MANAGER AND JOHN J. DEMARCO, VICE-PRESIDENT/MANAGER.

March 7, 2018 Hays Free Press  
March 7, 2018 Hays Free Press