Category Archives: Grandview Hills

Discourage vaping now, local doctor urges

It looks like an ink pen but it is a vaping device.
Photo courtesy of American Academy of Pediatrics

By DEBORAH COUNTIE, Pediatrician

On Aug. 30th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health advisory urging people to avoid e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The CDC states there has been an outbreak of severe lung disease related to vaping resulting in severe illness and death in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the CDC in its efforts to get the word out and reminds parents that e-cigarette use is never safe for youth or young adults.

We don’t have time to wait for lawmakers and public health officials to regulate or investigate e-cigarettes. Kids will continue getting injured. They will continue to die as a result of vaping. 

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Hot temps, billing cycle, excessive watering contribute to high WCID 17 water bills

Jason Homan, general manager of Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 17, explains how a water meter operates in a  le photo from a previous Leslee Bassman report.

UPDATED Oct. 10, 2019

Follow up questions to WCID 17 general manager Jason Homan

Q: How do high temperatures correlate with more water usage? Most irrigation systems are set at the same amount so in an average situation without a leak or wrong setting, the homeowner would use the same amount of water each time regardless of the high temps?

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Paddle & Surf Jam raises nearly $25,000 for first responders

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

The 6th annual Get Out Girl Surf & Paddle Jam was last weekend on Lake Austin and approximately 150 women participating in the wake surf and paddle events. Spanning two days, the event raised nearly $25,000 for female first responder mental wellness. 

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Why, Council Member Flannigan, why are you knowingly placing River Place residents at risk

Editor’s note: Randall Jamieson, River Place Firewise Coordinator, sent the following letter on Oct. 3 to Jimmy Flannigan, District 6 city council member, Mayor Steve Adler and Alison Atler, District 10 council member. This involves the proposed Milestone Community Builders project at the end of Milky Way Drive. No vote was taken at the Oct. 3 meeting and council members continues to work on understanding the rules and laws as it applies to this case.

Dear Council Member Flannigan,

As someone who has spent much of my career working in the field of safety and has worked closely with the remarkable men and women at the Austin Fire Department (AFD), including the AFD Wildfire Division, to keep River Place and surrounding Travis County communities safe from the very real threat of wildfire, I feel compelled to write this open letter to ask why you are putting the interests of outside developers above the safety of your constituents residing in River Place?

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