VHS to offer new AP Capstone courses

vandegrift logoBy KIM ESTES, Four Points News

A new College Board program offered in a non-content specific, interdisciplinary format will be available next fall at Vandegrift High School.

Called AP Capstone, the addition is part of the College Board’s Advanced Placement series and is designed to complement all other areas of study.

Students do not have to be in other AP classes to enroll in AP Capstone. “Capstone classes can complement anything for secondary success,” said Lisa Brittain, Leander ISD director of College and Career Readiness.

ap-capstone-logoThe program helps students develop the ability to do inquiry, learn about gathering information, find out what information to trust or how to put that information in context, how to form an argument based on data, evidence and information and, finally, how to communicate it.   Continue reading

Lake Travis full, LCRA opens floodgate, Central Texas out of drought

 

By SARAH DOOLITTLE, Four Points News

Thanks to recent rains, all six lakes along the Highland Lakes chain managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority are now at 100 percent of capacity after a prolonged drought from late 2010 to early 2015.

On Thursday, hydroelectric operations began at Mansfield Dam to produce electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. And on Monday, LCRA opened one floodgate in the dam.

“The rain in the Highland Lakes watershed has been more than lakes Buchanan and Travis can safely hold without allowing levels to rise significantly higher in the flood pool on Lake Travis,” said Clara Tuma, LCRA spokesperson.

The opening of the floodgate at 8 a.m. on Apr. 25 attracted a crowd of nearly two hundred, according to LCRA security officers stationed at a platform the base of the dam. LCRA temporarily opened the platform to allow public viewing of the opened spillway, and hundreds visited throughout the day on Monday to view and photograph this rare event.

LCRA general manager Phil Wilson speaks with media at Mansfield Dam on Monday, when one of the floodgates was opened. Hundreds of people came out to watch the event. Wilson, a local Four Points resident, was encouraged to see so many kids watching the event and seeing first hand how a dam works.

LCRA general manager Phil Wilson speaks with media at Mansfield Dam on Monday, when one of the floodgates was opened. Hundreds of people came out to watch the event. Wilson, a local Four Points resident, was encouraged to see so many kids watching the event and seeing first hand how a dam works.

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Oasis Texas Brewing wins the rights for ‘Slow Ride’ in Texas

 

slowride canBy KIM ESTES, Four Points News

A local craft brewery took name-calling to heart and defended itself against a big Colorado brewery to win exclusive rights in Texas to a contested moniker, said Max Schleder, president of Oasis Texas Brewing Company.

The tale of two ales began when New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins claimed the trademark, Slow Ride, the name of a beer made by both it and Oasis Texas Brewing.

Just this past month, however, the two breweries reached an agreement giving Oasis Texas Brewing exclusive rights in Texas to sell its American Pale Ale under the Slow Ride label. Continue reading