Lake Travis - Westlake

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1:20 PM Jul 13, 2022 CDT

ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy for second time in 3 days

Texans successfully reduced their energy use by nearly 500 megawatts at the beginning of ERCOT's previous conservation appeal, which was issued July 11.


Monkeypox considered community spread by Austin Public Health

Travis County now has six confirmed cases and seven presumptive cases.


Austin ISD weighs two bond proposals for the November election

AISD proposed two bonds that would improve schools in the district that would be voted on by the public in the November election. The final proposal will be taken to the board at their meeting later this month.



Travis County officials to host expo July 23 to clear records from 260 residents

Volunteers from the Travis County Law Library will help residents expunge their records.


Service-minded Texans to be honored with 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

The 39th annual awards will highlight Texans who have given back to their communities. Nominations are due August 10.


Southwestern Travis County groundwater officials declare extreme drought

As of June 11, the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District officials declared the area is experiencing extreme drought and has laid out guidelines for water usage.


Austin nonprofits, housing groups push to add $300M-plus housing bond to November ballot

Austin voters last considered a housing bond in 2018, when a $250 million package passed with nearly 73% support.



Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers walkup TSA PreCheck enrollment

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers walkup TSA PreCheck Enrollment.


STAAR results show statewide recovery after COVID-19 undermines education

Texas students improved from 2021 in all STAAR subjects but are still regaining ground lost due to the pandemic in math.


Solar energy specialist answers common questions about solar panels

Gage Mueller, a solar energy specialist at ADT Solar, has experience in the solar industry as both a customer and a service provider.


Austin, Travis County cooling centers open amid excessive heat warning

Resources are available for residents in need, while the state grid manager is asking for reduced power usage amid dangerously high temperatures.



ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy July 11 amid extreme heat

No statewide power outages are expected, but ERCOT has asked Texans to voluntarily conserve energy from 2-8 p.m. on July 11.


Austin Community College distributes over $1 million in aid to students for summer classes

Around $1 million has been distributed to help students pay for summer classes, with an additional $75,000 allocated for student debt relief.


Report: Austin remains area hub, but Williamson County sees significant growth

The northern edge of the region is seeing its population and workforce expand, in part thanks to Austin's growth and the arrival of new semiconductor facilities.


Austin Community College proposes raising employee pay

The proposal, presented at a special meeting with the ACC board of trustees July 6, would increase ACC’s compensation package by $5 million.



Gov. Abbott declares drought disaster for over 150 counties

The Texas A&M Forest Service said that 195 counties are under burn bans, which is the highest number of active burn bans in Texas since November 2011.


Taco Flats to open in Lakeway in August

The Austin-based restaurant sells tacos, tortas and more, plus tequila cocktails and beer.


Longtime lakeside eatery Ski Shores Cafe reopens in Westlake

Originally opened in 1954, the Lake Austin restaurant closed for renovations in 2021 after being acquired by McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality. 


Gov. Abbott orders authorities to return undocumented migrants to U.S.-Mexico border

Texas has recently seen a record number of illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The new executive order allows state authorities to return immigrants to the border if they are in the U.S. illegally.



Texas launches recovery grant program for tourism businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19

Tourism, travel and hospitality businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $20,000 grant through the new Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program.


Austin's development fees continue to outpace other Texas cities

The cost of homebuilding in Austin can be several times higher than in other municipalities both regionally and statewide.


Lakeway City Manager Julie Oakley announces resignation in September 

Oakley has spent 12 years with the city in various capacities and will be moving on to a position at a top national accounting firm, she said.