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October 29, 2018 In The News

Mitchell Lake served for decades as a big, stinky holding pond for San Antonio’s sewage, but now it is considered a hidden gem on the South Side as a refuge for hundreds of bird species.

Owls, roadrunners, sandpipers, herons, hawks, pelicans and even whooping cranes, an endangered species, live at the 1,200-acre natural area or have been spotted there as they migrate.

Soon, the area will be the site of a yearlong pilot program to find out whether restoration of wetlands at the lake could improve its water quality.

October 29, 2018 In The News

A former sewage treatment facility repurposed as a bird-watching destination is poised to become bigger with $1.5 million in federal funds awarded to help add wetlands to the property.

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, helped secured the funding to pay for a study Mitchell Lake's water quality and add wetlands to a 1,200-acre property off Pleasanton Road.

October 26, 2018 In The News

VIA Metropolitan Transit is rolling out several smart transit initiatives designed to make riding the bus easier for San Antonio residents and visitors. 

VIA on Thursday demonstrated new cellphone capabilities and digital kiosks that it will deploy at 30 locations.

October 25, 2018 In The News

VIA Metropolitan Transit demonstrated a new app Thursday to promote multimodal transit, unveiled plans to roll out 24/7 customer service via a chatbot, and announced sales of its day passes have gone up 500 percent since launching a mobile payment system.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Helotes) and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff were on hand for the event as VIA officials ran through a list of what they touted as smart transit initiatives the transit agency has introduced in the past few years.

October 23, 2018 In The News

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's recent visit to San Antonio to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Eagle Ford Shale discovery also put a spotlight on cybersecurity in the energy sector.

October 23, 2018 In The News

The city of Presidio is rebuilding its international bridge to reinvigorate trade at the Mexican border.

This bridge can make all the difference for this small town.

Local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for a new Presidio-Ojinada international rail bridge.

 

For Presidio, a small town of only 12,000 people, this rail line can make them a major player in the Texas economy.

October 23, 2018 In The News

La línea de ferrocarril South Orient se extiende en 391 millas, desde la frontera de Texas-México en Presidio a través de San Angelo hasta el sur de Coleman.

Este lunes se llevó a cabo el inicio de su renovación, el proyecto está financiado por una subvención denominada FASTLINE que Will Hurd, representante en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos por el Distrito 75, ayudó a obtener el año pasado.

October 23, 2018 In The News

An old West Texas rail line is one step closer to re-opening.

This week, county and state officials broke ground in Presidio on a $35-million project to reconstruct the South Orient Rail Line.

 

The 391-mile rail stretches from Mexico up to the Permian Basin. For years, sections of the line have been abandoned. And in 2008 a fire burned the rail bridge that connected Presidio to its sister city, Ojinaga.

October 19, 2018 In The News

(Oct. 19, 2018) -- Government, university and industry leaders gathered at the UTSA Downtown Campus today to advance the partnerships that position San Antonio as a test bed for energy cybersecurity preparedness. The 2018 South Texas Energy Cybersecurity Forum brought together top leaders from across San Antonio, Texas, the military and intelligence communities, and the private sector.

October 9, 2018 In The News

Three Texas congressmen are asking President Donald Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts to sign the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in San Antonio — the same place where its 25-year-old predecessor was inked.