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Preserving the Dark


Austin-based photographer Rob Greebon captured the Milky Way in this time-lapse photograph from his vantage point on Enchanted Rock. © Rob Greebon, www.ImagesFromTexas.com.

Enchanted Rock named 'Dark Sky Park' for efforts

 

By Ken Esten Cooke

The stars at night are, indeed, big and bright and will remain that way at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Enchanted Rock, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, was one of two Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks. Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle was the other.

Named for its giant pink granite dome rising from the Llano Uplift, Enchanted Rock park staffers reduced manmade glare, benefiting star parties introduced to park visitors in 2011.

Park Superintendent Doug Cochran said 90 percent of Enchanted Rock’s lighting now complies with International Dark-Sky Alliance (IDA) lighting requirements, “not only saving energy, but also assuring that visitors from the city experience a night sky uninterrupted by bright lights and skyscrapers.”

Wed
13
Aug

TTU education expert picked as interim leader

Kelly Fox, director of Texas Tech University’s “Tech Teach” program at its Hill Country sites, has been named interim director of Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg.

The appointment was made last week and Fox will oversee TTU-Fredericksburg’s fall classes, which begin Aug. 25.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as interim director of the Texas Tech campuses in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls,” Fox said. “I look forward to expanding our programs and increasing enrollment by offering course studies that are of interest to the Fredericksburg community.”

Fox said she looks forward to meeting more people in the community.

“Texas Tech University wants to be a good partner to the community it serves,” she said. “I will have an open-door policy to anyone in the community who would like to give suggestions or learn more about our mission in Fredericksburg.”

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13
Aug

'Peter Pan JR.'


Captain Hook, played by Eric Koennecke, is flanked by his fellow pirates Kanyon Swift (left) and (Jacob Lees) as they aim a canon at an incoming threat. Students enrolled in Fredericksburg Independent School District Community Education’s Theater Arts Camp performed the play from Friday-Sunday after rehearsing the play for a month. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
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13
Aug

Weekend race meet draws bettors to Class III track


Jose Montoya rode My Mighty Sam to victory Saturday in the third race of the Gillespie County Race Meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Only two more days of live pari-mutuel horse racing remains on the 2014 season following last weekend’s Gillespie County Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The 2014 racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds wraps up on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, during the 126th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 21-24.

(More information on the 126th Gillespie County Fair can be found in a separate article.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday drew 2,812 racing fans who wagered $291,496 on 24 races.

The total payout to betters was $228,023.

On Saturday, 1,607 fans wagered $169,633 while on Sunday, 1,205 fans wagered $121,860.

The payout on Saturday was $133,149 and on Sunday totaled $94,874.

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13
Aug

Coming up...the county fair


The Gillespie County Fair is fast approaching. Set for Aug. 21-24, those interested in the livestock and exhibition shows, rules and regulations should pick up a copy of our Blue Ribbon Summer magazine, still available at the Standard-Radio Post offices, 712 W. Main, or at the fair grounds. Read all about it, and we’ll see you at the fair!
Wed
13
Aug

County denies architects' request for more funds

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners denied a request by an architectural firm for work on the new county jail.

WHJ Architects of Plano sought to increase allowable expenses of their contract by $4,500.

“It’s not because they performed extra services or something,” Judge Mark Stroeher said at the county commissioners’ regular meeting held Monday, Aug. 11. “I don’t see why we need to pay them.”

WHJ had requested an increase of $8,500 earlier in the jail construction process, but county officials only approved $4,000.

“I feel like they should at least have a reason,” commissioner Calvin Ransleben said.

In the contract with the architects, there was a specified maximum amount of payment, and the increase would push the total over that amount.

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126th Gillespie County Fair ready to open

In just over a week, the 126th Gillespie County Fair will once offer four days of events for the entire family, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” features live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.

And with the 126th celebration just around the corner, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at www.gillespiefair.com.

The 126th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, with free admission to the grounds. The gates will open at 5 p.m.

There is a charge for the Moore’s Greater Shows carnival and midway, which also opens Thursday and continues throughout the weekend.

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13
Aug

CTEC's membership meeting Aug. 19 at FHS

All members of Central Texas Electric Cooperative are invited to attend their annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium.

Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Three directors will be elected to the board during the business session.

Conducting the business portion of the meeting will be Board President Gerald Kaspar of Llano County, Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Loth III of Fredericksburg and Board Secretary W.C. (Dub) Stewart of Llano County.

Loth and four members of the board of directors will narrate a video presentation on CTEC activities for the past year, and give the members insight on issues affecting the cooperative in the future.

CTEC members are urged to attend the meeting.

Those attending are reminded to bring the registration card included on the inside-back cover of the August issue of “Texas Co-op Power” magazine. 

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07
Aug

Enchanted Rock achieves International ‘Dark Sky’ status


A star trail is recorded in this time-release photo by Chase Fountain for Texas Parks & Wildlife 2014.

The stars at night are, indeed, big and bright and will remain that way at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Enchanted Rock, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, was one of two Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association. (Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle was the other.)

“Texas is rapidly becoming a national leader in the dark sky movement,” said John Barentine, manager of the IDA Dark Sky Places Program. “There are some really dedicated folks in Texas’ parks and communities taking significant steps to protect the night skies and educate policymakers and the public about the importance of preserving one of the state’s most precious natural resources.”

 Big Bend National Park and the City of Dripping Springs are the only locations in Texas to have earned the Dark Sky Places recognition.

Wed
06
Aug

Annexation questions fielded by council, staff

By Matt Ward —

Landowners whose property could be moved inside Fredericksburg’s city limits had more questions than concern during a public hearing Monday.

A second public hearing is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 — also in conjunction with the Fredericksburg City Council meeting planned that date at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.

Considering input from both hearings, the council is expected to officially start annexation proceedings the first week of September to kick off a 90-day wait period toward completion.

Residents and business owners of property stretching approximately 145 acres along the southeastern corridor of U.S. 290 East wanted assurances that they could maintain well service, as well as agriculture exemptions related to property taxes.

Several property owners south of 290 asked why the proposed annexation is drawn with the majority of annexed property south of the highway.

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