State - TX (Texas)



Texas A&M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

June 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As Texans from around the state make plans for the Nation’s Independence Day holiday, Texas A&M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires and fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the m

George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum honored with Bronze Smokey Bear Award

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, was honored with a national Bronze Smokey Bear Award today during the Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in Rogers, Arkansas. Throughout 2015, the Bush Library and Museum hos

Texas A&M Forest Service to host Wildfire Preparedness workshop

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Texas Panhandle landowners are invited to attend a workshop designed to better prepare them for wildfires. The one-day Wildfire Preparedness workshop, hosted by Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will focus

Counting on Houston’s trees

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

The largest city in the largest continental state in America has an urban forest to match. And now, for the first time, information about Houston’s trees is available online. The My City’s Trees web application is a free tool that makes community tree data easily accessible to the public.

Attention Rio Grande Valley Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?

Texas A&M Forest Service leads the restoration of the Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Texas A&M Forest Service is helping restore the threatened, iconic Ponderosa Pine forests of West Texas. After a myriad of environmental stresses destroyed nearly 75 percent of the majestic Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine population in the Davis Mountains it became evident that reforestation efforts were needed. 

 

2017 Texas Arbor Day host city announced

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

April 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November. Today, on National Arbor Day, Texas A&M Forest Service revealed that this year’s state celebration will be hosted in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

Attention Central Texas Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together? 

Western Gulf Forest Health Conference to focus on forest and tree issues

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Landowners, homeowners and forestry professionals are invited to attend the first Western Gulf Forest Health Conference. This two-day conference will focus on issues affecting both rural forestlands and individual trees within urban and suburban areas. These forests and tr

Critical fire weather conditions present over Western Texas

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Critical fire weather conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle beginning today and continuing through Friday. 

Lone Star State Incident Management Team Deployed to North West Texas

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

Lone Star State Incident Management Team Deployed to North West Texas Mar. 13, 2017—MERKEL, Texas—The Lone Star State Incident Management Team from Texas A&M Forest Service has set up an incident coordination center in Merkel, Texas to support wildfire response in the western half of Texas. 

Texas and Great Plains wildfires spurred by dry, windy conditions

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

March 7, 2017 — AMARILLO, Texas — Multiple wildfires are still burning across the Texas Panhandle following yesterday’s elevated fire conditions across the Southern Plains. Texas A&M Forest Service responded to three large fires for 325,680 acres. 

Governor Abbott Reappoints Stubblefield Presiding Judge Of The Third Administrative Judicial Region

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 09:45
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Billy Ray Stubblefield as presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Billy Ray Stubblefield as presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

Billy Ray Stubblefield of Georgetown has served as the presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region since February 2010, and previously served as judge of the 26th Judicial District Court for 22 years. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Williamson County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the United States Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a past judicial member of the American Probation and Parole Association and a founding and former board member of the Williamson County Crisis Center. He is a current member and past president of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, a founding board member and past president of the Georgetown Project, and a past board member of the Georgetown Palace Theatre and Wesleyan Homes. Stubblefield received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from Southwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/9/2018 8:27:49 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:31
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, LA SALLE, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PRESIDIO, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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ACL Music Festival Theft Safety Tips

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 14:59

During the first weekend of ACL 2018, the Austin Police Department (APD) received over twenty reports of thefts at the festival. A majority of these were handled as “thefts from person” cases, commonly referred to as pick pocketing. In almost all of the cases, the item stolen was a cell phone.
 
The Austin Police Department encourages festivalgoers to do the following: 

  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds
  • Keep your phone and ID/credit cards/cash in separate places on your person
  • Phones sticking out of back pockets or backpacks are not secure
  • Keep property in a defensible location (front pocket, stylish fanny pack) or leave it at home (yeah, right!)
  • Record serial number information for your device and keep it separate
  • Notify on-site security/APD immediately for assistance
  • Utilize APD’s online reporting site, http://austintexas.gov/department/ireportaustincom  or 311 (non-emergency to report a theft
  • If you see something, say something

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call Region IV Detectives at 512-974-8100. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storm System Moves Across Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:28
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week. The SOC will increase its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning at 12 p.m. today. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local leaders in the impacted communities.

“The potential dangers and disastrous effects of flooding cannot be overstated, and Texas is taking action to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Governor Abbott. “I continue to urge all Texans to heed all emergency warnings from local officials and stay alert to changing weather and road conditions. I’d also like to offer my thanks to the brave first responders protecting Texans when disasters strike, and I want those in affected communities to know that we stand ready to provide any necessary resources to respond to these threats.”

State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, ESF-9 (TX-TF 1)
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • American Red Cross
  • State Mass Care

Current forecasts indicate heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and a potential for river flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes across the state this week. Rising and moving water can threaten not only drivers on the roadways, but people on foot as well as those outdoors near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall.

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/).
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.

 For additional safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, see: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Treviño To Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:34
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judy Treviño to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judy Treviño to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. The board oversees the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan.

Judy Treviño of San Antonio is executive director of CCVI Ministries, Inc. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latina Leadership Institute Steering Committee. She is a board member of the Southwest Outreach for Older People, Texas A&M-San Antonio Board Foundation, City of San Antonio Audit Committee, and the Make a Wish Foundation. She mentors for the Cardinal Latina Mentoring Program, which was recognized for Educational Excellence for Hispanics by the White House Initiative. Additionally, she serves as the second vice chair for the Centro Med Board of Governors and is an honorary life member of the North East Independent School District Council of PTAs. She is a former president of the Institute of Internal Auditors San Antonio Chapter, former vice president of the Alamo Area Association of School Business, and a former member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials. Treviño received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University. 

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/8/2018 8:44:59 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 09:31
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, LA SALLE, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PRESIDIO, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In October For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 14:03
Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.  However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 5th day of October, 2018. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

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Traffic Fatality #54

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:57

Case:            18-2760038

Date:             Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

Time:             12:27 a.m.

Location:       2500 N IH-35 Southbound

Deceased:     Michael Duron Green, Black male (D.O.B. 5-21-78)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2009 Freightliner truck and attached trailer was stopped in traffic in the 2500 block of N IH-35, in the left lane, when a 2001 Toyota Avalon struck the back side of the trailer, at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Toyota Avalon was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s fifty-fourth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-five fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-nine fatal traffic crashes and fifty-one traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

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