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Pipeline work halts as groups threaten legal action BY ANITA MILLER

Work on Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) is halted near where the project will cross the Blanco River, the company says, as it continues to review the next steps “with our consultants, the water district and regulatory agencies.”

The exact location is Work was stopped after a crew near Chimney Rock Road in Blanco County. drilling a pilot bore under the river hit Work was stopped after a karst feature March 28, sending an a crew drilling a pilot bore under the river March 28 undetermined amount of drilling mud hit a karst feature, sending and fluid into the Trinity Aquifer. an undetermined amount of drilling mud and fluid The situation ratcheted into the Trinity Aquifer. ed murky brown or tan Within days, owners of water coming from hoses up earlier this week when the Wimberley Valley nearby water wells report- and faucets.

Watershed Association (WVWA) and the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) issued a notice of intent to sue over the contamination, citing four specific laws it says construction of the natural gas pipeline has violated. Tests of samples from those wells revealed the

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PHOTO BY CAMELIA JUAREZ The Inspired Minds Art Center, which opened in January at 121 Main Street in Buda, features classes for youth and adults in a variety of media including ceramics, wood burning, photography and stained glass. The venue was scheduled to host locally-based galleries and local theatrical productions that have been put on hold during the pandemic.

Inspiration taking hold

How the coronavirus changed Inspired Mind’s business model BY SAHAR CHMAIS When businesses open up, it’s expected they will endure financial losses in the first year. But what happens when the new business is forced to close down after two months of opening? Inspired Minds Arts Center in Buda has taken that hit, yet is finding new ways to persevere. “When we closed our doors, I think that Susan and I were feeling lost and upset and like this might be the end,” said Sinéad Whiteside, co-owner of Inspired Minds. “But you can’t give up, we had to pivot like a lot of businesses were doing.”

“When we closed our doors, I think that Susan and I were feeling lost and upset and like this might be the end. But you can’t give up, we had to pivot like a lot of businesses were doing.” –Sinéad Whiteside, co-owner of Inspired Minds

This brand-new business, located at Buda’s old city hall, opened its doors in January to teach and share art with the community. And although the owners had to close 6 weeks after the grand opening, they found two new methods to support their work so they can survive the economic havoc of the

coronavirus. Susan Guerra and Whiteside, co-owners of Inspired Minds, asked that the city of Buda defer their rent payment. “It’s our biggest expense,” Guerra said. “We told the city that this was unprecedented and that we felt we already brought so much to the community and

we respectfully need a suspension of rent.” On April 7, the city council voted to waive the art center’s rent fee for two months, forgiving a total of $8,000. Guerra said the city’s response “further solidifies their support for the arts. It shows us that they see we’re an important part of downtown.” Waiving the rental fee will not keep the two afloat; they decided to continue providing their service and, in a way, their work has even grown in new ways. Whiteside brought the art experience to the virtual world, where other

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Dripping Springs store robbed early April 8 BY ANITA MILLER

Store, at the intersection of U.S. 290 and Sawyer Hays County authorities Ranch Road, around 3 a.m are seeking a man who on April 8 and demanded entered a Dripping Springs money. The HCSO did not convenience store twice say whether he displayed within a span of hours, or indicated if he had a robbing it on his second weapon. visit. He is described as a Both times, the suspect’s white male in his early 20s image was captured on with a husky build and store security camera, as “dirty blonde” hair. was a dark-colored sedan The first time he enhe had apparently parked tered the store he wore a at a gasoline pump. blue Hawaiian shirt. The The Hays County second time, a dark longSheriff’s Office said the suspect robbed the Corner STORE ROBBERY, 11

POLICE BLOTTER See what crimes are being committed where.

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ANTIQUITIES THEFT, 6

PIPELINE HALTED, 10

Hays County sees 1st COVID-19 death

Three arrested for stealing artifacts Three people were arrested in Hays County last month for illegally digging up Native American artifacts and at least one is thought to be part of an investi- CHOVANEC gation by the Bureau of Land Management into antiquities theft and sale. Native American remains CHOVANEC and “sacred burial beads” were among artifacts stolen from a San Marcos-area burial site and later HAERLE sold. A married couple from San Marcos, Joshua and Amy Chovanec, were arrested March 13 at the site and charged with trespassing and violation of the Antiquities Code. Joshua Chovanec was also charged with harassing a public servant as well as drug possession and evidence tampering. The couple was found

presence of AMC Gel, a substance classified as a Class 1A carcinogen, the notice says, on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). “Investigation is ongoing by the TESPA legal team to evaluate the risks posed by the carcinogen in the water supply,

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Hays County experienced its first death from the COVID-19 virus on Monday, April 13. The county said a woman in her 80s who was staying with a relative in Buda succumbed to the disease. Her death came roughly one month after the county’s first recorded “presumptive” positive case. Along with that announcement came an additional 19 positive tests Monday, bringing the total number of people in the county who have tested positive to 93. The addition of 10 cases on Tuesday brought the total number to 103. 59 of those cases are considered active, while 43 people have recovered. There have been 604 negative tests. 10 people have been hospitalized in Austin or San Antonio and 2 are currently in a hospital. Testing is available only to health care workers, first responders and residents who have symptoms including a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. Anyone tested in Hays County needs to have a doctor’s order and that can come through a “virtual” or tele-medicine visit. The city with the highest number of positive cases is Kyle with 43, followed by San Marcos with 31, Buda with 18, Dripping Springs with 4, Wimberley with 3 cases, Driftwod with one and four cases occurred among Hays County residents with Austin addresses. County authorities say one reason Kyle has the greatest number of positives is because there are more drive-through testing locations there than elsewhere. Based on the latest numbers, Hays County has an infection rate of 14.5 percent. County Judge Ruben Becerra reiterated his

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Old Stagecoach Road oak to be removed

Wood to be used for public art BY ANITA MILLER

In what was an admittedly hard decision, the Kyle City Council voted to remove a 51-inch live oak known as the Old Stagecoach Road Tree at its April 8 meeting, but they say their thinking was swayed by the fact its wood will go to good use. Prior to the vote during the council’s online meeting, Mayor Travis Mitchell added an amendment that the harvested wood be used for art projects to be displayed in public parks including Heroes Park. Mitchell named council members Tracy Scheel, Michael Tobias and Robert Rizo to a task force charged with making the initiative a reality. When the historic old tree will be cut down is the decision of engineering crews involved in widening Old Stagecoach Road. Arborist David Vaughn, hired by the city to evaluate the health of the old tree, called it a “poor candidate for preservation,” citing damage the existing road has done to its root

Council member Robert Rizo pointed out it would cost around $150,000 to move a tree of that size. He also expressed concern for public safety should the tree remain.

system. “Even though it looks really, really nice, trees are very good at disguising the stresses they are dealing with,” he told the council. At the present time, Vaughn said the tree is at “moderate risk” but that if the construction proceeded around it and further damaged the root system it could become at “high” or “extreme” risk of, for example, getting blown down in a thunderstorm. Several suggestions for preserving the tree were discussed, including having it moved, for example to the Heroes Memorial Park. “Any chance (to save it) is better than none,” council member Tracy Scheel said. Despite the arborist’s poor prognosis, she said, “you never know. Mother Nature plays weird games on us. If she made

the decision to save it, we should give it the opportunity.” After more discussion, Scheel was the first to suggest using the wood if the tree were removed. Council member Robert Rizo pointed out it would cost around $150,000 to move a tree of that size. He also expressed concern for public safety should the tree remain. “I worry about traffic up and down that roadway,”

he said, adding that after the improvements are done, traffic will increase, as will speeding. “My concern is in public safety — somebody wrapping a car around that tree. It’s already been hit several times.” “It’s not the tree’s fault (for being hit),” Council member Michael Tobias said. While he spoke of the

tree’s historical significance to the community, he agreed with Scheel in wanting to use the wood. “The old oak tree along Old Stagecoach Road is historic for its associations with a historic road and the early community of Mountain City, as well as for its size,” said Kate Johnson, chair of the Hays Count Historical Commis-

sion. “Heritage or landmark oak trees are a living native oak tree several hundred years old and at least 40 to 50 inches in diameter (or larger). As trees this old are not numerous, they are considered to be of greater value. There are very few oak trees of this size that have survived along the Old Stagecoach Road.”

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Kyle puts landlords on notice over evictions BY ANITA MILLER

problem, “landlords giving people three days to “Reprehensible and vacate the premises.” shameful.” An unknown number Kyle Mayor Travis of notices to vacate in Mitchell didn’t mince three days, dated April 5, words when it came to 2020, were posted on the what he thinks about the doors of residents at the actions of landlords who Vista Plum Creek Apartput eviction notices on ments. doorways in the middle One of them went to of a statewide shelter in Lindsay Ehsai, who has place order. a compromised immune Mitchell spoke from his system because of lupus, home during the counand is a caregiver for her cil’s online meeting April elderly grandfather. “The 7 prior to a unanimous minute this stuff started vote to prevent landlords I had to stop working.” from posting or filing Ehsai said she’s working eviction notices until May from home now and 8. That mirrors language has been slowly trying of the Texas Supreme to pay back the rent she Court, which on April 6 owes. Even when she had instructed justices was receiving unemof the peace to postpone ployment benefits last civil proceedings includsummer, every time she ing evictions because of got a payment, “they got the COVID-19 pandemic. something.” Mitchell described the Soon after the notices ordinance as “not incred- told them to vacate, Ehsai ibly powerful” but said it was to address a specific EVICTIONS ON HOLD, 12

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Working from home has come a long way Guest Column by Tom Purcell

COVID-19 has millions working from home. As a longtime teleworker, let me offer some advice. Working from home has many upsides: no traffic jams, office politics or need for business attire. But a month-plus into this pandemic, many are realizing teleworking’s downsides. My morning commute goes from my bedroom to the kitchen (for coffee) to a small den in the back of my house. Every morning, though, one rubbernecker (me) blocks my commute by looking longingly at his unmade bed – and frequently climbing back into it. Maintaining focus on work is challenging at home. Snacks in the fridge, Netflix on the tube, funny videos on Facebook all compete for attention. I’ve been an adult for a while now, but send me a video of talking dogs and I’d hang up on the company CEO to watch it. Another challenge is hardly ever seeing other real humans during the day. Sure, we see clients and colleagues on monitors, but, being social animals, we long for small talk. That regrettable need is straining my relationship with my postal carrier. Me (head covered by a green wool sock with eye holes cut out): “I hear it’s going to rain tomorrow.” Postal carrier (sitting in his vehicle by my mailbox): “You’re wearing a sock for a mask?” Me: “How about a cup of coffee?” Postal carrier: “But you look like Gumby.” I used to hang up on telemarketers. Now I look forward to their calls. Extended-car-warranty guy: “It’s only $2,000 for three years’ coverage.” Me: “My truck’s still under the manufacturer’s warranty. How’s the weather where you are?” Those of us able to work from home – able to maintain income while much of the country’s shuttered – are incredibly lucky. Thanks to innovation, we have powerful smartphones and laptops, plus super-fast fiber optic lines at home. We can collaborate with colleagues all over the globe, share large files and run complex financial reports – as if we’re in the office. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the 1918 Spanish Flu killed 50 million people around the world and 675,000 in America, when our population was a third of what it is now. Working from home wasn’t an option for most back then. Though the telephone had been invented four decades earlier, only about a third of U.S. homes had one, FastCompany reports. Still, the telephone offered some hope. People were beginning to order groceries by phone. Newspapers and magazines remained the primary forms of mass communication – the first radio news broadcast wasn’t until 1920 – but phones offered opportunities to share news. However, phone calls required operators to manually make connections – operators who couldn’t practice social distancing. They “sat at banks of switchboards in tight quarters, elbow to elbow with any infected coworkers,” FastCompany says. Many operators became sick and phone systems couldn’t keep up with demand – making the 1918 pandemic all the worse. Despite many unpleasant setbacks, lots of positive storylines are arising from the current pandemic. One incredible silver lining is that millions of Americans can still work productively as it unfolds. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news: When all of this is over and the sock comes off my head, my postal carrier isn’t likely to accept that cup of coffee. Maybe I’ll give the FedEx driver a try. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,” a humorous memoir available at amazon.com, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Tom@TomPurcell.com

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I’m holed up here alone on my place with only my animals to talk to because this Coronovirus scares the hell out of me. It’s not the only time I have been scared, however, and I will persevere. My mother told me about the Spanish Flu of 1918 when she lost twin siblings to that disease. The whole world suffered fear during that time. But America persevered! I was born during the Great Depression and, although I was too young to realize it, I’m sure my parents, along with nearly every American, were scared. I do remember eating quail and prairie chickens my dad trapped on an oil lease where he worked. At least he had a job. Many Americans didn’t and were fearful. But America persevered! I was old enough during World War II to realize the fear my father and grandparents underwent when my uncle was fighting in Germany. Many things were rationed: tires, gasoline, and some food. Nearly everyone in the country suffered fear during that war. But America persevered! In the late 40s and early 50s, polio was what kept us scared. For a short while I didn’t see a friend who lived down the block from us and with whom I played some sand lot baseball. So I went to his house, knocked on his door and asked his mother if he could play. She informed me he had passed away from polio. My cousin and I played together one day; the next day he was in the hospital with polio. He spent time at Gonzales Hot Springs and walked with braces the rest of his life. I was lucky,

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but so many Americans weren’t. But America persevered! In the 1950s a nutcase U.S. Senator named Joseph McCarthy put a scare into all Americans who read newspapers, listened to the radio or watched TV news with accusations about many citizens being Communists. I was old enough at that time to be a newspaper reader. The crap McCarthy was putting out even caused me to suspect our neighbors the Pelfreys. Old man Pelfrey ran the lumberyard and could count nails very well, but I doubt he could spell Communism. I’m sure others across the country were more scared than this West Texas teenager. But America persevered! There also was a great amount of fear across the U.S.A. during the Korean and Vietnam wars. We lost nearly 50,000 Americans in Vietnam alone. Talk about fear. But America persevered! Also, during the late 60s and early 70s we had riots in many of our cities including L.A., Detroit and some eastern states. Businesses were burned and people were killed. But America persevered! Bombings across the U.S. took hundreds of lives including children in Oklahoma City, Marathon observers in Boston and Olympic fans in Atlanta. A hermit called the Unibomber put the fear of God in many. But America perse-

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vered! Then, what scared us was nuts driving around shooting innocent people off the streets for no reason at all. But America persevered! When we lost more than 3,000 Americans because a bunch of crazy religious zealots flew planes into New York towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. How could we not fear at that time? But America persevered! Since then, we have faced conflicts in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries as well as on the African and Asian continents. We have

faced threats by such despots as Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam Hussein and that crazy little bastard in North Korea. But America persevered! The country has suffered such calamities as devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, floods, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and even toxic foods. But America persevered! The history of our nation, from its inception until today, has marked one challenge after another from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War I and WWII and on and on. But America will persevere!

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Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch • April 15, 2020

Buda helps out hotels during pandemic BY SAHAR CHMAIS

still waiting for unemployment and haven’t gotten The months of spring it,” said Pablo Palomino, bring a rush of weddings to the general manager at the Buda, where guests enjoy Hampton Inn. “I’m seeing the wildflower-studded that those institutions are open fields, rustic buildso overburdened and it’s ings and sunny weather. creating a huge crisis.” But when COVID-19 hit, Since COVID-19 created it stopped the wedding a large decrease in hotel industry in its tracks and guests, the city of Buda hotels followed. Besides stepped in to create some the essential employees relief. These finances may coming to lodge in hotels, grant some assistance, but there are no other guests. ultimately, the money can The Hampton Inn in only go so far when hotels Buda, once thriving in the are behind hundreds of months of March and April, thousands of dollars. The is barely able to stay open at city has opened up $85,000 a maximum occupancy of to aid the industry; $45,000 19 percent, maybe 22 perfor Hotel Occupancy Tax cent. It once employed 20 Emergency Deferral in people, but now it has been response to the coronastripped down to a skeleton virus and $40,000 which crew of eight. has been allotted as part The other 12 employees of a hotelier incentive have been furloughed, and program, existing before even the general manager the virus. at the Hampton’s sister On April 7, the city location in Buda, the Com- council agreed to defer the fort Inn, has been tempohotel occupancy tax payrarily put out of work. ments, which were March “I have a lot of worry 20 and again on April 20, about employees who were forgiving 60 days of taxes furloughed and they are for up to $5,000 per hotel.

The city has opened up $85,000 to aid the industry; $45,000 for Hotel Occupancy Tax Emergency Deferral in response to the coronavirus and $40,000 which have been allotted as part of a hotelier incentive program, existent before the virus.

responders. When travel was severely reduced, the Hampton Inn also saw a drop-off in its clients. Usually, pilots and stewards stay at this location, which is about 15 minutes away from the airport and cheaper than closer alternatives. Cancellation of SXSW and weddings, both of which If the hotel’s taxes exceed may utilize the money for happen in the spring, dev$5,000, the hotel will be advertisements. astated the hotel’s income. responsible to pay the Whether the hotels are Palomino said that in difference. part of a big chain or not, March, they were behind “We definitely feel like they are all feeling the hit. last year’s income by the city of Buda is doing Lysa Gonzalez, director of $156,000 and so far in April what they can to help,” Pal- tourism for Buda, said that they are behind $183,000. omino told the Hays Free many franchised hotels are The Comfort Inn has Press. “Perhaps there will still owned and operated lost half of its business and be inevitable closures but, by individuals. is doing better because of as of now, we are looking The Hampton Inn, often its clientele base. Essenstrong.” booked for business and tial workers such as truck The hotelier incentive leisure, has reduced its drivers, contractors, landprogram usually helps rates. A room that cost scapers and more, tend to hotels give group deals and about $120 is now $88. choose this hotel. money for advertisements. Palomino said that they The tourism and travel It is around wedding can no longer provide industry has been heavily season that hotels use the the amenities like before, affected by the outbreak. incentive program, which such as breakfast, gym and Gonzalez quoted numbers helps the establishments pool, so they have to make from her industry, that naand also boosts city toursome financial changes on tionwide, hotels and travel ism. But because there are the rooms. They are also could lose 4 million jobs. no group travels, hotels offering $50 rooms for first While some people

Kyle to take stock of city finances BY ANITA MILLER

encourage the purchase of gift cards for restaurants and clothing stores to provide some income during the crisis, Gonzalez said there isn’t much that can be done to help the hotels. “Group travel has gone down to zero percent and we’re not seeing any leisure travel,” Gonzalez said. “We don’t know how long it’s going to last and not sure how long it will take to recover.” Among all the darkness, Palomino sees a glimmer of hope. Because everyone shares these financial impacts, the hotel community is working together, he said. Some competitors have come together and some employees have even volunteered homemade masks. Despite the heavy impact on travel and leisure, Gonzalez wants to remind everyone that safety is the most important factor. “It’s still important that we stay home and stay safe,” she said. “When this is lifted, we’re still here and still beautiful.”

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“I expect a few funded capital projects and planned expenses will be defunded. I also expect we will start working on new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of the community.”

at this point,” Mitchell told the Hays Free Press on SatThere’s nothing schedurday. “Our intention is to uled yet, but the Kyle City scrub through the analysis Council will soon be calling provided by staff and repria workshop in order to oritize resources based on a gauge how the city’s financdramatically changed list of es are holding up during council priorities.” the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitchell said the first –Travis Mitchell, Kyle mayor Near the end of the part of that process will council’s marathon (nearly be taking a hard look at and “non essential” retail projected revenue and seven hours) meeting April city of Kyle saw a February allocation that was outlets being ordered 7, members and Mayor tweaking the economic 17.48 percent larger than to close to help prevent Travis Mitchell began forecast accordingly. the spread of the virus, discussing the situation to the amount they were “I expect a few fundthe city has discretion in see, as he said, what’s com- rebated in February 2019. ed capital projects and Kyle’s April rebate was four what pending projects to ing in and what’s not. planned expenses will percent smaller than that pursue and which to post- be defunded,” he said. “I It is clear already the pone until the economy city has seen a huge loss in received a year ago. also expect we will start While that’s an unstarts to rebound. sales tax allocations sent working on new initiatives avoidable consequence of “It’s difficult to state what aimed at meeting the monthly from the State bars, restaurants, offices projects we are focusing on needs of the community.” Comptroller’s Office. The

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Sexual assault hospital calls drop during pandemic BY CAMELIA JUAREZ An unintended consequence of a stay-at-home order is an increase of family violence when existing stressors like job loss become more frequent. However, the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center has seen a dramatic drop in victims reaching out for hospital service calls for the month of March. In February of this year, HCWC received 23 calls and that number dropped to four calls in March. HCWC Director of Community Partnerships Melissa Rodriguez said calls for help were steadily rising, compared to 2019, until the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. The rise in calls, Rodriguez said, is a sign that people are

more knowledgeable and willing to take advantage of the resources available. Records show about 93 percent increase in calls compared to March 2019. “We were receiving a high number of calls and it suddenly came to a screeching halt in March. It exhibits what people are experiencing. People might be feeling more isolated with their abuser and less willing to seek help. Or people are scared to get a forensic exam or stay at our emergency shelter in fear of getting sick,” Rodriguez said. The current health and economic crisis will change how emergency services are handled, but Rodriguez said that the HCWC is adapting to keep people safe. Now the 10-bedroom

“We were receiving a high number of calls and it suddenly came to a screeching halt in March. It exhibits what people are experiencing. People might be feeling more isolated with their abuser and less willing to seek help. Or people are scared to get a forensic exam or stay at our emergency shelter in fear of getting sick.”

Victim advocate services during a forensic exam are still available, but via phone now. When a victim is sexually assaulted they have the option to be referred to a HCWC advocate, who will provide comfort and resources such as counseling. “Call us. We’re still here 24/7 and ready to help with the new challenges. Victims often go back to their abuser because a lack of options and that –Melissa Rodriguez, is more exacerbated now, HCWC Director of Community Partnerships but we’re here to work emergency shelter is effort to reduce exposure through it all with you,” cleaned more frequently to COVID-19 and to spare Rodriguez said. and other serious precau- medical resources. Victims Soon iPads will be tions are being taken to are now referred to the provided to give victims prevent illness. Eloise House in Austin. a face-to-face interaction Some hospitals, like AsThe Central Texas with their advocate. cension Seton in Kyle, are Medical Center continues As everyone continues no longer providing sexual to provide forensic sexual to stay indoors, child assault forensic exams in assault exams in its facility. abuse and domestic

violence is now behind closed doors, so Rodriguez is asking the community to keep an eye on neighbors and people who have experienced family violence before. “Usually, teachers and people in the community report signs of violence, but that’s hard to do now. So now, neighbors and family members need to take the time to call people or drop off groceries to get eyes on someone who could be in danger,” Rodriguez said. For more education on how to help victims of violence go to stopthehurt.org. If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, do not hesitate to go online and find services at hcwc.org.

Kyle opens trails for public, while social distancing The city of Kyle recently opened the 3.5 mile Plum Creek Trail to the public, while urging that “social distancing” be observed by all who get out to enjoy the outdoors. The Plum Creek trail connects Waterleaf Park to Lake Kyle Park and is part of the proposed Emerald Crown Trail intended to connect Austin, Kyle and other Central Texas communities. Among other activities, the trail provides great opportunities for bird watching. “With our parks and public green spaces mattering more now than ever, we are excited to provide our citizens with another opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy

nature on an all-natural trail,” said Mariana Espinoza, Kyle’s director of Parks and Recreation. “This trail portion is part of a much bigger project that citizens will be able to enjoy for years to come.” In addition, an agreement was reached with the Plum Creek Homeowners Association to allow residents access to 8 miles of paths and trails during the disaster period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, these trails can be accessed by residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. from the Plum Creek Clubhouse located at 4301 Benner Road. “Plum Creek Golf Course is pleased to work

with the city of Kyle and our residents in this effort,” said Ed Miller, chief operating officer for Foresight Golf. “Our golfers get to enjoy the beautiful green grass, topography, fresh air and open space of the golf course when playing golf. This will enable our non-golfing community members to also enjoy the great views, fresh air and open space too.”  Kyle is also envisioning new parks and trails as part of the Uptown TIRZ project, Central Park, Cultural Trails and Heroes Memorial. A recent donation of $750,00 from Texas Disposal System will be dedicated toward that effort.

THE CITY OFFERED THE FOLLOWING TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE NEWLYOPENED TRAILS:

• Get into a Good Headspace – Exercise and fresh air are great ways to maintain good mental health. • Maintain Your Space – maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and people of other households. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer and practice social distancing. • Leave No Trace – Use designated paths and remove any trash or debri left by you or your pet. (Note pets are not allowed on golf course paths and trails)

ABOUT THE TRAILS Plum Creek Trail • Access and parking located at Lake Kyle (700 Lehman Road) and Waterleaf Park (628 Abundance Lane) • Pets must be on leash • Public restrooms are available at Lake

Kyle and Waterleaf Park • No alcohol is allowed • No motorized vehicles • For a listing of all city parks, visit https:// www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/cityparks Plum Creek Homeowners Association Walking Paths and Golf Cart Paths • Access and parking located at Plum Creek Clubhouse (4301 Benner Rd) • Golf Course access is only for the Front 9 holes. Access is restricted on the Back 9. • Pets are not allowed • Bikes are allowed on the walking trails and golf cart paths only. • Golfing, fishing and access to the putting green complexes are not available to the general public and restricted to use only by Plum Creek Golf Course customers and/or residents of the Plum Creek neighborhood.

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the stay-at-home orders so they and their chilMarisa Renteria, dren can overcome these mother of a 3-year-old problems. and a newborn, recently “All students may have saw her son’s vocabulary regression, especially in drop from 50 words to an unprecedented time 10; he was diagnosed like this,” said Debbie with speech delay. After Moore, Special Education attending school, her son’s Resource and Coteach/ vocabulary sprang back Inclusion teacher at Kyle to 60 words. But since Elementary School. schools have closed with Moore added that no end in sight, Renteria teachers have been worries that her son may working virtually to keep regress and has seen hints children from regressing. of it. If parents feel worried, “School really helped they should ask for a conwith progressing his ference with their child’s speech,” Renteria said, general education teacher “even his social interacand the special education tions. He doesn’t have case manager. She emcousins or kids his age to phasized that getting in interact with. That was touch with the educators one of the things he was is a key component. looking forward to about Sabrina Jordan, a school.” mother of a 9-year-old This mother is not alone and 5-year-old, both with in her experience, and special needs, said that other Hays CISD mothers kids with special needs expressed concern about demand more one-on-one what may come for their time, but she is not trying children’s education. to stress about not having Many of these worries that privilege. She believes are shared by parents, the situation will correct regardless if their child has itself later. Jordan has a special needs or not, but strong faith in the school these parents may face system and its ability to added difficulties. They make up for the lost time. are dealing with issues of She talked about some skill regression, socializaadvice her teacher friends tion and keeping children gave her. “Don’t put so in a healthy routine. Two much pressure on yourexperts shared their views self, just teach them the on how parents can battle basic life skills you don’t

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Sabrina Jordan talked about some advice her teacher friends gave her. “Don’t put so much pressure on yourself, just teach them the basic life skills you don’t usually have time for.”

eria has tried battling the nutrition problem. Children learn differently, so Burke suggested allowing them to naturally gravitate to their methods. For example, if the teacher asks that they read a story, it is okay to let them listen usually have time for.” triggered by our previous to it instead. She took that advice experiences and influence Independent learning and decided to help her our response to current is another component to 9-year-old learn how to events. We can be mindful boost their knowledge. bake a cake. Her daughter of this and create a dif“It is okay to walk away made a cake from a mix ferent experience for our and let them struggle with as Jordan watched over children.” the content a little bit,” her shoulder in case she She suggests that parBurke said. “It is okay to needed help. Baking a ents set realistic experinot have all the answers. cake from a mix may seem ences for their kids and The best educators say, simple, but Jordan said themselves by not trying ‘I don't have the answer this will teach her daughto overachieve. to that. Let's see if we can ter self-sufficiency. This is a time when figure it out together’.” Many parents expressed children’s routines have This method will teach an understanding that the been overcome by new children how to research school district is working bedtimes, mealtimes, answers. as best it can with the situ- meal choices and activiSometimes when a kid ation that has been hand- ties. Burke suggests that does not have the laned to them. They do not parents set a routine and guage or communication feel anger and, instead, create a visual schedule as skills to ask for help, their they believe teachers are they would have in school. behavior may be commudoing the best job they Parents should also allow nicating that a task is too can, given these circumtheir children to pick the hard. If things become stances. topic they want to work on difficult, Burke said parBut because access to first and learn in chunks ents should be flexible by school and teachers is of 20 to 30 minutes. making accommodations limited, Elizabeth Burke, Between the breaks, they and modifications. Special Education coordi- should include preferred Parents should not nator, wants to give advice activities. stress about grades; on how parents can help Renteria found it diffiinstead they should try their special needs kids. cult to get her son to eat at to create a calm environ“What really matters home, so she got creative ment around education are the experiences we and constructed a school that will help the child create for our children,” cafeteria ambience for understand. This is not a Burke said. “As an adult, him. Every child differs, time to worry about how our anxieties are being but this is one way Rentmuch kids are learning, it

is that they are learning, Burke said. “Honestly, educators do not know how we are going to grade at this time,” Burke added. “We have to think about equity for our kiddos. Some families are dealing with a health crisis, financial crisis and/ or a combination. A grade cannot be a measure of student success during this time.” Still, it may not be easy to unwind in these situations. Renteria has tried to keep her anxiety hidden from her child and lets it out when she is alone. One parent, Alexandra Gilhooly, has been trying to make the best of a bad situation. She has found some comedic relief in memes, renewed her love for playdough and building blocks. Renteria and Jordan have also enjoyed the extra time they get to spend with their families. “The positive is my family,” Renteria said. “We are staying with my parents, we’re all together and he at least has us. [My husband] is getting to see our son and the family seems way more involved than anything. It’s had a positive effect on [our son], especially when he wakes up and sees dad here.”

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One jury Deacon Jim could not charm “Deacon Jim” Miller, the prime suspect in the ambush of Pat Garrett and many other murders-forhire, was lynched in Ada, Oklahoma on Apr. 19, 1909. A diabolical genius who never depended upon mere luck, Jim Miller was not just another fast gun. Besides being a professional killer, perhaps the first of his kind, he was a master at manipulating public opinion to suit his own evil ends. The grisly double homicide of an elderly couple in Coryell County in 1874 proved to be an open-and-shut case for the appalled authorities. An eight-year-old boy had murdered his grandparents. No one knew what to do with little Jim until his grown sister and her husband came forward to request custody. The youth stayed out of serious trouble until a summer night in 1884, when he shotgunned his brother-in-law to death in his sleep.

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This time the wheels of justice shifted into high gear, and the teenager was found guilty of the heinous crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. But in the first of an uncanny series of legal reversals, the conviction was overturned on appeal. Seven years and several killings later, Miller wandered into the West Texas town of Pecos. He immediately got on the good side of the local sheriff by putting a notorious rowdy in his place, and a grateful Bud Frazer promptly pinned a badge on the mysterious stranger. In those live-and-letlive days, to poke around in a man’s past was an unpardonable breach of frontier etiquette because just about everybody had a skeleton or two in his

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prize. Within days the peaceful oasis was overrun by Miller’s cronies, who had a criminal field day at the expense of the cowed citizens. To safeguard their nefarious empire, Miller and his clique of cutthroats plotted to remove Sheriff Frazer from the picture. A tip from the loyal county clerk alerted the target in the nick of time, but the informant paid with his life. Pushed over the edge by the cold-blooded act of revenge, Frazer confronted his archenemy on a Pecos street on Apr. 12, 1894. “Jim, you’re a thief and a murderer!” he shouted a split second before emptying his six-shooter into Miller at point-blank range. Leaving his ex-deputy for dead, Frazer strolled back to his office a happy man unaware that a steel breastplate hidden beneath the omnipresent black coat had prevented a fatal wound. Learning Miller had somehow survived, the sheriff could

only surmise that he had missed the mark. Voted out of office at the next election, Frazer moved to New Mexico but returned over Christmas to tidy up his affairs. Either by accident or design, the two antagonists tangled again. Miller took a bullet in the right arm, another in a leg and two more in the chest. Once more Frazer walked away the apparent victor oblivious to the fact that the iron undershirt had saved his opponent’s life a second time. Figuring he might not be so fortunate the third go-round, Miller carefully staged the final act of the marathon melodrama. In September 1896, he tracked down Frazer in nearby Toyah and caught him by surprise in the local saloon. The roar of a double-barreled shotgun rudely interrupted a friendly game of poker and left the ex-sheriff a headless corpse. Frazer’s brother-in-law, a tough character in his own right,

avenged the bushwhacking by slaying Miller’s two top guns, but by then Jim was out of reach in the Pecos jail. When the case finally came to trial in Eastland on a change of venue, Miller had succeeded in swaying the sentiments of prospective jurors with his patented imitation of a God-fearing family man. An easy acquittal freed the cunning killer to resume his vicious career, and for the next ten years he left a bloody trail across the Southwest. Three Oklahoma cattlemen paid Jim Miller to kill a rival rancher in 1909. Extradited from Fort Worth to stand trial in the town of Ada, the scene of the crime, the assassin and his employers were seized by 200 citizens and hanged in a livery stable. A lynch mob was one jury “Deacon Jim” could not charm. All five of Bartee’s books are available for purchase on his web site barteehaile@gmail.com.

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The couple was found to be in possession of an unspecified number and type of artifacts. A game warden at the scene said both people were “in a large hole previously dug by trespassers.” Police also seized a Baby Yoda glass pipe containing residue thought to be methamphetamine. unearthed in Hays County. The first reburial, of a 24-year-old man who died 1,200 years ago, took place in May 2017. On March 14, 2020, six additional sets of remains that had been in the custody of Texas State University were reburied. Maria Rocha, ICI executive director, said the Miakan-Garza tribe is still seeking more than 3,500 remains unearthed in Texas, including more than 2,400 held by the University of Texas at Austin. Archaeological studies in and around Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River, indicate that humans have lived continuously in the area for 12,000 to 14,000 years. Among Texas’ major spring systems, only the San Marcos Springs have never failed.

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closet. As a result, Sheriff Frazer attached little importance to his new deputy’s chilling juvenile record much less his odd habit of wearing a heavy black coat year-round. Perfect attendance at a Pecos church so impressed pious members of the community that they bestowed upon Miller the reverent nickname “Deacon Jim.” When a sudden increase in cattle disappearances aroused suspicion about the newcomer, the indignant congregation rushed to his defense. Frazer stuck by Miller until a prisoner in his care died under questionable circumstances. The talk around town was that the lawman silenced the victim before he could expose him as the brains behind the rustling ring. Having heard enough, the sheriff fired his right-hand man. Miller lost a bid to replace his former boss as county sheriff but accepted the post of Pecos town marshal as a consolation

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Kyle delays hiring key summer positions BY ANITA MILLER

Most years, the city of Kyle would be around this time hiring key summer personnel like the main lifeguard for the city’s swimming pool and head counselor for the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camps for youth and teens. We all know, however, that this is not most years. Summer activities and their scheduling are not exempt from the far-reaching accommo-

dations municipalities are having to make because of the COVID-19 virus and Gov. Greg Abbott’s “stay at home” order. Correspondingly, the Kyle City Council has agreed to postpone the two key positions, even though there are ready candidates for each job. Traditionally, Kyle’s public swimming pool opens for the Memorial Day Weekend and the summer camp schedule not long after that. Week One of Kyle Summer

“We need to get closer to the end of April. It’s not wise to start making those decisions. We don’t know where we’re going to be at that point in time.” –Travis Mitchell, Kyle mayor

Camp was scheduled to begin June 1 and the allday “hooked on fishing” clinic slated for June 6. None of those dates are certain given the current pandemic. Mariana Espinoza,

the city’s PARD director, told the council on April 7 that “if we were to hire anyone now it would be” for those two top positions. We plan each summer to bring in the head lifeguard at

specified that a woman interviewed for a story on KVUE received a refund within 12 hours. The press release also said that the testing kits would be available through H-E-B online, something the company denies. In his remarks to the court, Villalobos noted that there is currently not enough testing “to shape public policy” on how to move forward. Commissioners also addressed setting an amount the county is comfortable with spending to increase the availability of tests. Along with more testing will be the need for more personal protective equipment (PPE). The nasal swab tests for the COVID-19 virus often triggers the person being tested to cough or sneeze, meaning the health care

provider administering it will need new PPE before testing the next person. Commissioners also discussed moving forward in the weeks ahead with possibly allowing some businesses to reopen. “Since last week I’ve been working on what a turn looks like,” Becerra said, including “easing of isolation, recalibration of essential businesses and applying more testing.” Some of those additional resources may be forthcoming, as commissioners also approved the execution of a grant contract with the Department of State Health Services in the amount of $150,839 for PPE, testing supplies and associated needs.

the beginning of May to start cleaning the pool, cleaning equipment and getting the pool ready.” Mayor Travis Mitchell suggested that interviews for the positions continue, “couched with we’re not sure yet when the pool will open … We need to get closer to the end of April. It’s not wise to start making those decisions. We don’t know where we’re going to be at that point in time.” Mitchell said he would “encourage flexibility. I think most folks will be

understanding. They’ll have to be patient with us until we make that decision.” Council member Robert Rizo agreed. “I’m thinking everything will be pushed back a month for sure. It could be two months. It’s just my opinion from what I see going on. I think everything is going to be delayed.” City Manager Scott Sellers closed out the discussion. “We will postpone hiring those two positions until we have more information.”

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prediction in Tuesday’s meeting of the Commissioners Court that 50 percent of the county would eventually contract the novel coronavirus, but that only 20 percent of those people are potentially vulnerable — a category that includes the elderly and those with underlying conditions that might dampen their immune system. Becerra and the county’s Emergency Operations Manager Alex Villalobos pointed out that currently less than one percent of Hays County residents have been tested for the airborne virus. Much of Tuesday’s meeting centered on the procedures and protocols for testing and who is actually allowed to be tested. Among items front and center were inconsistencies associated

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Missing Person................................... 1 Runaway............................................. 1 Public Assist....................................... 7 Community Contact......................... 74 Disabled Vehicle............................... 14 Foot Patrol........................................ 12 Close Patrol.................................... 642 Parental Discipline Assist................... 2 Flagged Down.................................... 2 Welfare Concern............................... 39 Robbery.............................................. 1 Suicidal Person................................... 6 Investigation....................................... 4 Supplement...................................... 53 Suspicious Circumstances.............. 24 Suspicious Person............................ 23 Suspicious Vehicle........................... 37 Wanted Person................................... 5 Identity Theft....................................... 3 Theft.................................................. 19 Vehicle Theft....................................... 4 Accident Minor................................. 11 Accident Hit and Run......................... 6 Accident Major/Injury....................... 14 Accident Unknown............................. 1 Abandoned/Stored Vehicle................ 5 Traffic Control/Direction..................... 1 Directed/Area Enforcement............. 37 Traffic Hazard.................................... 21 Attempt to Locate............................ 51 Pedestrian Stop.................................. 2 Parking Enforcement.......................... 6 Traffic Stop...................................... 213 Trespassing/Unwanted.................... 21 911 Abandoned/Open.................... 221 911 Aban/Misdial/Open..................... 1 Deadly Conduct.................................. 1 Discharge Firearm............................ 24 Sick Person......................................... 1 Motor Vehicle Collision....................... 1 Private Tow/Repo............................... 1

Below is a sample of events reported by law enforcement from April 5 through April 12, 2020. The location is where the event was reported or responded to and may not necessarily be where the event occured. Agency Activity HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Accident - Major/Injury BPD Vehicle Theft HCSO Vehicle Theft HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO \ Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Suicidal Person HCSO SWAT/CNT HCSO Sexual Assault - Child HCSO Inj to Child/Eld/Disabled HCSO Inj to Child/Eld/Disabled HCSO Suicidal Person HCSO Suicidal Person HCSO Assault - Aggravated HCSO Vehicle Theft BPD Indecency w Child BPD Assault HCSO Sexual Assault HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight BPD Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Assault BPD Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Suicidal Person BPD Burglary - Building HCSO Burglary - Building HCSO Burglary - Habitation HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight BPD Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Vehicle Theft HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Deadly Conduct HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Accident - Major/Injury HCSO Burglary - Habitation HCSO Assault - Aggravated HCSO Death Investigation HCSO Disturbance - Phys/Fight HCSO Accident - Major/Injury BPD Burglary - Vehicle BPD Indecency w Child BPD Suicidal Person HCSO Suicidal Person

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DSHS Tech Theatre students are State qualifiers For the first time ever, Dripping Springs High School Technical Theatre students entered the UIL Theatrical Design Competition and several have qualified for state. Designs

were submitted in February for the competition, with the theme "Life is a Dream.” DSISD students competed in Division 1, which included schools from the three largest divisions: 4A, 5A and 6A.

QUALIFYING FOR STATE-LEVEL COMPETITION ARE: Individual Design Maddie Wade - Costume Design Ayden Luther - Scenic Design Group Design (Top 10 in Division 1) Grace Maddux - Group Scenic Design Markus Meinecke - Group Publicity Design Lily Stone - Group Costume Design Arwen Kubickek - Group Hair/Makeup Design

DSISD music program honored SUBMITTED

Dripping Springs ISD has been honored with the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. DSISD is one of five Central Texas districts to receive this designation for 2020. Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Dripping Springs ISD music educators answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs. Responses were verified

with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. "We are proud of the outstanding music program that has been developed in Dripping Springs ISD, including the addition of orchestra in the past few years," said Superintendent Todd Washburn. "We want all of our students to have a variety of opportunities available during their educational journeys, including performing arts. We know that when students pursue interests they are passionate about, they will be more engaged in their learning." This award recognizes that Dripping Springs ISD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

Face Shields – from virtual to reality

A Dripping Springs High School engineering teacher and some students are poised to begin producing face shields. Through the use of 3-D printers, teacher Had Jadeja has been working in the school’s Fab Lab to develop a prototype, and some students with 3-D printers at home have offered to produce some, district spokesperson Dale Whitaker said. Jadeja ran tests the week of April 6, and the team is now ready to print working units. The shields will be offered to first responders and frontline healthcare workers in order to give them an extra level of protection against the airborne COVID-19 virus.

DSISD amends online pre-K and kindergarten registration SUBMITTED Changes have been made in the Dripping Springs ISD pre-K and kindergarten registration process including an extension of the deadline. Registration deadline is now May 1. Documents (excluding proof of residence) need to be dropped off by Aug. 4. Although online kindergarten registration will remain open until school starts, the district recommends that be completed by Aug. 4 as well.

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However, proof of residency must be received by the registrar at the student’s designated campus by May 1 for the student to be included in the lottery for campus placement.

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Pipeline Halted: Groups threaten lawsuit after drilling crew hits karst feature Continued from pg. 1

as well as in the air.” In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it is “aware” of the notice and is continuing “to work directly with concerned landowners to address their needs by offering food, clean water and other accommodations.” The company also reiterated what it had said previously, that the drilling fluid is “water mixed primarily” with bentonite clay and sand.” “Bentonite is a naturally occurring, non-hazardous, non-toxic clay. The drilling fluid is not classified as being harmful if ingested and poses no known risks to drinking water. It is also used to drill drinking water wells.”

But Kinder Morgan’s explanation does not satisfy opposing groups which itemized what they see as violations by the pipeline company. The groups accuse Kinder Morgan of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act “by injecting fluids into an underground source of drinking water,” of “creating an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, of “discharging pollutants in violation of the nationwide permit #12 issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and of “discharging pollutants into waters of the United States without a permit.” As he has stated pre-

viously, WVWA President David Baker charged that the spill was exactly what he had warned would likely happen when the pipeline encountered any of the karst features along its route. “When Kinder Morgan announced the Permian Highway Pipeline back in 2018, I said it was the worst thing to ever happen to the Texas Hill Country and that even the construction would cause harm to our fragile karst aquifers,” he said. “But this recent event and the discovery of cancer-causing products flowing into drinking water is beyond what I feared most.” TESPA Executive Director Patrick Cox added,

“All of us who depend on groundwater for our drinking water supply have been alarmed by the pipeline for almost two years now, but for this contamination incident to happen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and affect the only water we have to drink and bathe in — it is inconscionable. If there ever was a good time and reason to take action against a toxic polluter, it is now. And we have just the team to do it.” Jim Blackburn, one of the attorneys who filed the notice of intent, summed up the case. “Kinder Morgan was granted permission to construct the pipeline, and they have violated the

trust of the agencies and of the people. What we have witnessed is a worstcase scenario for the people of Blanco and all Hill Country landowners and well owners in the path of Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline. It is unsafe and unwise to continue this project through our karst region, given this huge failure, and we will work to secure a resolution either through discussions or through litigation.” The statement went on to note that testing by the Blanco Groundwater Conservation District is continuing to test samples and that “there are initial indications that the impacted wells are begin-

ning to clear.” Cox said once the notice of intent to sue reaches Kinder Morgan, the company has 60 days to respond. “However, we are hopeful that given the gravity of this case it’s going to move forward much more quickly.” Central Texas residents first began to hear of plans for the 430-mile, 42 inch pipeline in the fall of 2018. Because pipelines are considered infrastructure, Kinder Morgan had the power of eminent domain to acquire easements through private property. Construction along other parts of the pipeline’s route have continued unabated.

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to accept or reject any and all Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Notice is hereby given that proposals or to waive techniMs. Spencer can be reached original Letters Testamentary Information concernby telephone at the following Thecalities. City of Kyle shall hold a public hearing on a for the Estate of Michael Garza ing this request for proposals number, (512) 262-3901, or via Silguero, Deceased, were is available Kristiana at kspencer@cityofkyle. by from Jacob Campbellemail (703 S. Sledge Street) issued on January 6, 2020 in request Spencer, HR Manager/Civcom. Cause No. 19-0397-P, pending for a variance to Sec. 41-136(b) Lots & Ord. No. in County Court at Law Sitting in Matters Probate of Hays 92, Sec. VI, Supplementary District Regulations Public Notice County, Texas, to: Jeremiah (6.3.) of the City of Code of Ordinances. Notice of Kyle Public Hearing Silguero. Board of Adjustment All persons having claims (VR-20-0002) against this Estate which is Notice is hereby Given to all interested persons, that: currently being administered are required to present them The public The City of Kyle shallwill hold abe public hearing hearing held by on thea Board of to the undersigned within request by Jacob Campbell (703 S. Sledge Street) for a Monday, May& 4, 2020, 6:30 the time and in the manner Adjustment variance toon Sec. 41-136(b) Lots Ord. No. 92,atSec. VI, P.M. prescribed by law. Supplementary District Regulations (6.3.) of the City of c/o: Jeremiah Silguero Kyle Code ofpersons Ordinances. 102 Suttles Ave. All interested are(VR-20-0002) encouraged to attend the San Marcos, Texas 78666 Thepublic public hearing will beand held by the Boardtheir of Adjustvirtual hearing express opinions DATED the 15th day of April ment on Monday, May 4, 2020, at 6:30 P.M. 2020. on theAllvariance request. interested persons are encouraged to attend the LAW OFFICES OF MARI GARZA AND LYNN PEACH, virtual public hearing and express their opinions on the PLLC variance request. https://www.cityofkyle.com/kyletv/kyle-10-live 102 Suttles Ave. https://www.cityofkyle.com/kyletv/kyle-10-live OR San Marcos, Texas 78666 OR Spectrum10 Call In: US:+1(800)3368975 Spectrum10 OROR Call In: US:+1(800)3368975 Meeting Tel: (512) 667-7274 Fax: (512) 727-7374 ID: 743 645 1934 Meeting ID: 743 645 1934 Ana Marilín "Mari" Garza Attorney for Applicant, Jeremiah Silguero SBN: 24084385 mari@garzapeachlaw.com

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

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Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, Construction Manager-at-Risk, for: Dripping Springs Elementary School #5, is requesting competitive proposals from subcontractors and suppliers. Subcontractor and supplier proposals will be received via email to bidaus@ bartlettcocke.com or via Fax to (512) 326-3990 no later than 2:00:00 PM on 4/15/2020-BP1 and 4/23/2020-BP2. Any proposals received after this time will not be accepted. Electronic copies of the proposal documents may be obtained from Bartlett Cocke or viewed at local and online planrooms. Contact Stefan Doerr via email Sdoerr@bartlettcocke.com or phone (512) 326-4223 to make arrangements. Small, Woman Owned, Disadvantaged, HUB, HUBZone, 8(a), Minority, and all similar firms are encouraged to submit proposals on this project. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer.

PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS & PRICING PROPOSAL FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF PROFESSIONAL POLICE ASSESSMENT CENTER FOR POLICE RANKS SERGEANT AND ABOVE COK HR-2020-1

The City of Kyle (“City”) and the City of Kyle Police Civil Service Commission is requesting proposals from qualified Contractors to provide comprehensive and professional testing for Police Promotional Testing. The successful Contractor will have the proven ability to develop, validate, administer, and score assessment centers for the police ranks of Sergeant and above as well as acting as a resource in the hiring of key leadership positions in the City of Kyle’s Police Department. Qualification specifications may be secured from the City’s website at www. cityofkyle.com/rfps. The City will receive proposals at the Civil Service/Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at 100 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (local time) May 4, 2020. Contractors responding to this Request for Qualifications and Price Proposal must submit three (3) copies of their proposals in sealed envelopes and must conform to the format specified below. No fax submissions will be accepted. No late submissions will be accepted. All submissions received after the deadline will be returned unopened.

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sleeved shirt. The vehicle was described as an “early model black Honda Accord.” Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. A. McLeod, adam. mccleod@co.hays.tx.us. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can

contact Crime Stoppers at 800-324-8477 (TIPS) or through Tip Line at p3tips. com. The same store was robbed early on Christmas Day, 2019. Less than two weeks later, John Robert Garrison, 39, of Wimberley was apprehended without

incident at a North Austin hotel by Austin Police and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Garrison had been released from Hays County Jail Dec. 17 on a charge of driving with an invalid license brought by the Kyle Police Department.

! Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals This is to give notice that the City of Kyle has determined that the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program Contract # 19-280-000-B779 is located in the 100-year floodplain wetland, and the City of Kyle will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain/wetland and the potential impacts on the floodplain/wetland from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. The City of Kyle shall reconstruct a portion of Windy Hill Road by removing and replacing existing culverts, the roadway, and approaches; widen the roadway pavement and structure to add turn lane capacity, install railing and end treatments that meet TxDOT standards; and improve associated appurtenances. Improvements total approximately two thousand one hundred (2100) linear feet. The proposed project(s) limits are approximately from 500 ft W. of Cherrywood to 500 ft East of Purple Martin Ave in Kyle, TX. According to FEMA flood panel 48209C029F, the project is located within .87 acres of a 100-year floodplain. According to the National Wetlands Inventory, the project is impacting approximately 0.20 acres. Wetland R4SBC – Riverine and Freshwater Emergent. The wetland and floodplain provide important drainage management in the area. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains/ wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain/wetland, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains/ wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains/wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by City of Kyle at the following address on or before May 1, 2020: The City of Kyle, 100 W. Center Street, Kyle TX and 512-2623949 Attention: Jo Ann Garcia, P.E., Project Manager. A full description of the project may also be reviewed electronically or via US Mail or by visiting the City of Kyle’s website address https://www.cityofkyle.com/ cityengineer/kyle-receives-18-m-federal-award-urgentimprovements-windy-hill-rd. Please submit your request by US mail to 100 W. Center Street, 100 W. Center Street, Kyle TX. Comments may also be submitted via email at jgarcia@cityofkyle.com. Date: April 15, 2020

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204

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79 £ ¤

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43

322

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81

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279

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67 £ ¤

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112

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78

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385

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78

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283

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128

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Lakeside City

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207

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FLOOD PLANNING REGIONS

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MAP & DATA DISCLAIMER This data was generated by the Texas Water Development Board using GIS (Geographical Information System) software. No claims are made to the accuracy or completeness of the information shown herein nor to its suitability for a particular use. The scale and location of all mapped data are approximate. Map published on: 03/25/2020

DATA SOURCES & CREDITS Flood Planning Regions: Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Boundaries & Roadways: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Hydrography: TWDB & The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Adjacent States & Mexico: U.S. Census Bureau and INEGI All data are in the public domain.

The map was produced as part of water planning initiatives in the wake of an amendment to the Texas Constitution that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last November. Major Reservoirs and Lakes

City, Town, and Village Boundaries Coastal and Gulf Waters

Texas Water Development Board - 1700 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 - www.twdb.texas.gov

Water development agency rolls out watershed map BY ANITA MILLER

One glance at the Texas Water Development Board’s map delineating 15 flood planning regions spread out over the vastness of the state and it becomes clear: Region 11, the Guadalupe River Basin, is a very small slice. The regions are based on watersheds, and the Guadalupe basin contains only 10 counties from Kerr County to Calhoun County on the coast. Only the southern portions of Hays and Blanco counties are included – and the whole thing is dwarfed by the Colorado/Lavaca region to the north and east, and is visibly smaller than Region 12, the San Antonio River Basin. It’s indicative of just how much water is produced by the state’s two largest springs systems, Comal and San Marcos.

TWDB WEBINAR ON FLOOD INFRASTRUCTURE FUND April 16, 10 a.m. Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/ register/5864922971989208076).

The map was produced as part of water planning initiatives in the wake of an amendment to the Texas Constitution that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last November. Proposition 8 provided for the “creation of a flood infrastructure fund” to be tapped to fund regional infrastructure like drainage improvements, flood mitigation and flood control. In the past, city and county governments and water planning regions were based more on political subdivisions than where the water is going to flow. The question of flooding is not if but when.

Central Texas has experienced three 100-year floods within the past decade and Hurricanes Harvey (2017) and Imelda (2019) dumped many feet of water across southeast part of the state. Planners say some of those events, like the May 2015 flood in Central Texas and the drenching rains of Harvey (rainfall measured 60.58 inches in Nederland), cannot be mitigated or engineered. However, they say rainfalls of 10 to 12 inches can and should be. “The water will go where water wants to go,” Rep. Dale Phelan (R-Orange) said during a presentation in San Marcos last fall that was

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evictions proceedings are on hold for the time being, once they resume the process will be essentially unchanged. Landlords would again be able to evict for non-payment of rent or violation of a lease, and they can be posted the day after the rent is due. Smith said that “99 percent of the time,” those notices say residents must be out in three days. However, that’s not the end of things. After the three days has passed, Smith said landlords can come to her court and file an eviction. At that point it goes to a constable’s office, who will serve the person addressed. Smith said she would then hear the case in 10 to 21 days. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can still be evicted on the basis of criminal activity occurring in the building, or if someone is threatened or in imminent danger due to the tenant. Those cases would be heard prior to May 8. Mitchell said before the vote that his message to landlords was this: “Please stop this behavior. We’re going to put a

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part of a “speaking tour” to encourage Texans to approve Proposition 8. “Floodwaters do not respect political boundaries,” Phelan said, calling Harvey a wake-call to planners that they need to set political differences aside and cooperate. On April 16 at 10 a.m. the TWDB will host a web-based overview on the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) and some intended uses. (register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/ register/ 5864922971989208076). The FIF is a one-time transfer of $793 million from the state’s “rainy day fund.”

Evictions on Hold said she and others got texts and emails asking them to come to the office to sign a promise to pay due rent and late fees, which have continued to accrue. Ehsai can’t go, she says, for the same reason she can’t go anywhere else. “If I get sick I’m gonna die. I’m not going to that office.” A person in the complex’s office who identified himself only by his first name told the Hays Free Press on April 8 he could not officially speak, but would refer the newspaper’s contact information to “corporate.” He would not say where the corporate offices were located. In fact, the apartments are a property of GVA Property Management, with an office in Austin, which has not responded to a Hays Free Press email. Whether or not the notices tacked on doors April 5 are affected by the city or state Supreme Court’s actions, none of the cases could proceed in court at the present time. Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith said even though

sculpting, intuitive art journaling and more. Providing online classes may also be an idea that is here to stay after business shutdowns are over. When the coronavirus regulations are lifted, the two hope to stay in business. They have been working with the city to develop art in public places to strengthen the presence of art. Guerra said if they cannot survive this hiccup, then they cannot fulfill their mission of bringing the city together through art. Inspired Minds has already brought joy to many who participate in their classes. One woman told them she has not interacted with an adult since the quarantine, so having them around has relieved her. Community members have reached out showing gratitude for this business and all the inspiration they bring along. “I appreciate your heroic efforts in protecting all,” wrote a 75-yearold senior citizen. “I know when all this dies down you’ll be bombarded with new artists and participants who are excited to belong with your new Inspired Minds Art Center. I know I am.”

law in place that compels you not to put people in the street starting three days from now.” “We’re not asking for stuff for free,” Ehsai said. “We know they have bills just like we have bills. All we’re asking for is time.”

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