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Agenda for City of Glen Rose Town Council Meeting for August 23 2010 (salon) Thank you, Peggy Busch! **** NOTICE OF MEETING CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLEN ROSE AUGUST 23, 2010 - 5:30 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS – TOWN HALL   THE CITY COUNCIL.....- 8/17/2010 10:16:39 AM
Cute-Video *The Green Carpet* for the Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival Coming Up Next Weekend (salon) - 8/17/2010 5:43:24 AM
Is Oakdale Park ADA Complaint? If No Paper Inspections or Certificate of Occupation, How Does One Know? (salon) Suppose someone in a wheel chair comes to Glen Rose to enjoy all our tourist attractions, including staying at Oakdale. Suppose that person has been able to stay in a cabin before, and could get in.....- 8/17/2010 5:39:30 AM
Texas Lawmaker Double-billed for Travel (humanbeing) ...but he thought this was OK. From Washington Post, "AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state representative who rails against the evils of runaway government spending admitted Monday that he has p.....- 8/16/2010 8:40:52 PM
Somervell County Appraisal District Approved Budget for 2011 (salon) Thank you, Wes R ************* LINK to pdf Incidentally, at some point in the near future, the SCAD will be putting notices of meetings, minutes, etc on their website. We look forward t.....- 8/16/2010 6:29:46 PM
It's Time the Wealthiest Americans Paid Their Share (humanbeing) I will never understand the support given to the Republican Party here in Texas by so many citizens from the lower and middle class who apparently believe the wealthiest Americans need their tax br.....- 8/16/2010 6:03:12 PM
20 Million Homeless and Displaced by Devastating Floods (humanbeing) These people need our help. Here are links to just a few of the many organizations that are working to do just that. Even a small donation can help make a difference. http://www.americares.org/.....- 8/15/2010 11:50:10 PM
Bwahahah- Parodies of Social Network movie (salon) - 8/15/2010 2:01:16 PM
Summer Mulch Post- Busy the next few days.... (salon) I always remember that I ought to be heavily mulching the trees and bushes AFTER they look completely stressed and start losing leaves. I spent this morning putting hay around most of these, and to.....- 8/15/2010 1:30:34 PM
Top Ten Posts For Week on Somervell County Salon - August 14 2010 (salon) 1  Video-Glen Rose City Administrator Position ON DEATH WATCH!!! (August 2010) 8/10/2010  2  Video-More on those Golf Carts the City of Glen Rose is Considering for Oa.....- 8/14/2010 1:25:20 PM
Energy Independence-If Fort Bliss Can Try to Do it, Why Can't EVERYONE? (salon) El Paso Times  paper. Current plans call for a variety of solutions, including use of solar energy and a proposed geothermal power plant that would be placed on McGregor Range. Pittar.....- 8/14/2010 1:09:10 PM
Supposed to be REALLY HOT tomorrow (Sunday-August 15 2010) STAY INSIDE (salon) and make sure you stay cool. There are always a lot of stories in the summer of children who are left in cars and died. Here's another from Wylie. 8 Fort Hood Soldiers suffer heat pro.....- 8/14/2010 1:19:18 PM
Democrats SMACK DOWN Brian Birdwell's Response to Residency Lawsuit (Texas Senate District 22) (salon) Birdwell on Thursday gave an answer to the court filing about whether he has been a legal resident of Texas. Yesterday, the Dems gave an answer to HIS answer. I love it. The court filing by.....- 8/14/2010 11:15:36 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 14 2010 (salon) I like this. A woman living in NY who is moving to Florida has been ordered to use SKYPE for her kids to stay in contact 3 times a week with dad. What a great idea. We've been testing out Skype.....- 8/14/2010 12:03:56 PM
How Much Money Have the 501A Doctors Requested from Somervell County Hospital Authority dba GRMC? (salon) from the time period at beginning of this year 2010 through June 2010. Here's the document, via open records request. For some background, see here. Basically, Somervell County Commiss.....- 8/13/2010 1:14:12 PM
Friends of the Brazos Having Fall Fundraiser Oct 23 2010 - Nemo (salon) - 8/13/2010 10:46:33 AM
Brian Birdwell Replies to Suit Against Him Challenging His Residency in Texas (August 13 2010) (salon) Grab the popcorn!  From the Waco Trib State Sen. Brian Birdwell defended himself against an eligibility challenge Thursday, claiming his Virginia voting records and other public record.....- 8/13/2010 10:26:19 AM
Agenda for Somervell County Commissioners Court Special Session August 16, 2010 (salon) Thank you, Mary Ann Million ************* COMMISSIONER’S COURT MEETING SPECIAL SESSION OF SOMERVELL COUNTY   TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS OPE.....- 8/13/2010 9:38:19 AM
And one more hand Clap for Somervell County Commissioners Court-The Minutes are Now Online (August 2010) (salon) Here's the direct link- in navigating the site, it's under County Offices/County Commissioners and then Court Minutes. The mintues for July and August in PDF format are there. Real.....- 8/12/2010 4:56:11 PM
The Proposed Budget for Somervell County (2011) Is NOW ON THEIR WEBSITE! (salon) Judy Nawrocki, as usual, deserves all the plaudits anyone wants to throw her way. Bryan is the one, though, that  got it into web format (PDF) and put it up on the site. Thank you, Judy and Br.....- 8/12/2010 4:16:25 PM
Yuh-huh O Day- No Connection Between Cash Flow Problems and Director of Texas Emergency Technologies Resignation (salon) - 8/12/2010 12:49:03 PM
Brian Birdwell Doesn't Want to Cough Up His Virginia Tax Returns Where He Lived Before and VOTED (salon) Gee, he was sure quick to come out and talk about whether he double voted (which I always thought was a litlte ridic) but he can't show his tax returns. Why the heck not? Waco Trib Bird.....- 8/12/2010 12:41:41 PM
Here We Go Again! TXDOT wants authority to do toll roads and lexus lanes with private partners (August 2010) (salon) from the DMN When lawmakers return to Austin in January, they can count on a fight over whether to give TxDOT authority to partner with private toll firms to build roads and paid HOV lanes......- 8/12/2010 12:34:29 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 12 1010 (salon) Are you like me? Have you been trying to water your dang trees in the yard? Another few weeks before all the plants, exhausted from the baking heat, can fully revive. Went out at 4 in the morni.....- 8/12/2010 12:32:29 PM
Why Is Oakdale Open to the Public? NO Certificate of Occupancy (August 2010) (salon) Yesterday I found out that not only are there no written inspection reports for Oakdale, but, because Oakdale has not met all the code requirements, it has not been granted a Certificate of Occupan.....- 8/12/2010 11:51:52 AM
As School Starts-Don't Forget to OPT OUT of Making Your Child's Information Public (salon) Do you realize that your children's information, if you elect on the form that will be sent home during registration, will be available to anyone through open records requests UNLESS YOU SPECIF.....- 8/12/2010 10:20:04 AM
Misinformed Views of Americans and Mid-Eastern People by Americans and Mid-Eastern People (pstern) Our perceptions are controlled and clouded by various obstructionist media and other forces   by Peter Stern     I truly believe that we Americ.....- 8/12/2010 7:26:44 AM
*Visual* Inspection Rather Than Written Reports for Oakdale Park? (Glen Rose) (salon) I'll write some more about this later, but right now I'm sort of scratching my head wondering why. I asked to see inspection reports and/or code enforcement documents since January of t.....- 8/11/2010 3:32:21 PM
Transparency and Check Registers in Texas at the local Levels- How About Somervell County? (salon) The State of Texas is all for local government entities, like counties, cities, school districts, etc posting information online, including check book registers. I saw this via the Dallas Morning N.....- 8/11/2010 2:11:24 PM
More on Brian Birdwell's Residency Court Case - And Chet Edwards, Too! (salon) Texas Trib has an interesting article today about what constitutes residency in the State of Texas. As we know, there' a lawsuit pending re: the status of Brian Birdwell's residency in Texa.....- 8/11/2010 1:27:27 PM
Somervell County Water District Check Register for July 2010 (salon) - 8/11/2010 12:17:00 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 11 2010 (salon) Any chance that Texas will get high speed rail? But Texas leaders must still work through their vision for a high-speed-rail system. For example, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes is.....- 8/11/2010 2:38:25 PM
Audio from Somervell County Water District Board Meeting August 9 2010 (salon) From the SCWD.US site. Quick note that it is completely great to be able to go up to the water district site and find the audio. Kathy Brown always puts up minutes to add to that at some point-you .....- 8/11/2010 10:56:48 AM
Check Registers for City of Glen Rose/Oakdale Park/CVB for July 2010 (salon) - 8/11/2010 9:40:26 AM
Check Register for Somervell County July 2010 (salon) - 8/11/2010 9:20:56 AM
Audio City of Glen Rose Town Council Meeting August 9 2010 (salon) Agenda here Either listen here or right click to download-in 2 parts-the second part is mainly budgeting info, including putting a hold on merit pay. Also going to be a hearing on the tax rate......- 8/11/2010 9:17:20 AM
Video-What's the 50,000 for Special Events in Billy Huckaby's Budget For? (salon) From Glen Rose Town Council meeting of August 9 2010 I found this unintentionally hilarious, with some pathos. Billy Huckaby put $50,000 in his budget for special events but there was nothing a.....- 8/11/2010 8:03:33 AM
Video-City of Glen Rose Stops Vacation Buy Back (salon) I actually had never heard of such a thing before last night. At the companies I worked for before, you got so much vacation time and you were told to Use it Or Lose It. At the city, money was put .....- 8/11/2010 7:34:11 AM
Video-City of Glen Rose Tables Decision about Preservation Architect for Oakdale Park Till Next Meeting (salon) from August 9 2010 City of Glen Rose Town Council meeting. Basically, it's because Mr Brode, who submitted a proposal, was not there to answer questions. One main question was about whether.....- 8/10/2010 10:54:48 PM
Video-More on those Golf Carts the City of Glen Rose is Considering for Oakdale Park-UPDATED (salon) Wrote about this before here. At the City of Glen Rose Town Council meeting yesterday (August 9 2010), one of the agenda items was about spending a chunk of money for 2 golf carts. Moose aka D.....- 8/10/2010 7:47:35 PM
Chet Edwards Gets Endorsed by the NRA (salon) Texas Tribune P.S. This was amusing Texas Rep. Chet Edwards may be the only Democrat running for office this year to tie his opponent to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and tie himself to Geo.....- 8/10/2010 5:10:25 PM
Senator Ted Stevens Died Today- In Honor, My Favorite Remix of *Tubes* (salon) - 8/10/2010 4:56:43 PM
How's Quest for Transparency and Information With Local Government Entities? (Somervell County/Glen Rose) (salon) Regular readers know that we here are Somervell County Salon have been wanting to see all taxpayer funded government entities put some types of information on their websites. We personally would li.....- 8/10/2010 4:39:57 PM
Department of Energy Being SUED Over Corporate Welfare Loan Guarantees for Georgia Nuclear Reactors (salon) Since this is a press release, I"m putting this in its entirety here. Illustrating the Validity of GAO Report Criticisms, U.S. Energy Department Stonewalls FOIA Request For Months Afte.....- 8/10/2010 2:12:21 PM
Spectacular August Meteor Shower This Week- And There's Supposed to be no moon (salon) - 8/10/2010 1:11:06 PM
Video-Glen Rose City Administrator Position ON DEATH WATCH!!! (August 2010) (salon) Well, you knew this was coming, right? Let's put it this way. If There Is No Money Or Only Half STill Budgeted AnyMore for a City Administrator, Is There Still a Position In the Works? From.....- 8/10/2010 1:48:17 PM
Two Musings About Budget Items at Glen Rose Town Council (August 2010) (salon) Was just reminded about this in a conversation and, when I get a chance to look for the video, will update this. Why, if the city is using summer crews to mow lawns and do general landscaping work,.....- 8/10/2010 11:44:24 AM
The Myth (humanbeing) From the LA Times by Michael Hiltzik, http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/08/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20100808 "The annual report of the Social Security Trustees is the sort of rich compend.....- 8/10/2010 11:43:55 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 10 2010 (salon) It actually seemed cooler this morning. Need to spend some quality time out in the yard in a bit watering everything again. I put the new chicks and ducklings out in the chicken coop but with a lar.....- 8/10/2010 10:34:38 AM
What a TREAT!!! Barbara Mitchell, Acting as Mayor Pro-Tem, Ran a Very Professional City of Glen Rose Meeting (Aug 2010) (salon) I'll be putting up audio and video clips of this meeting over the next couple of days, wanted to say in the meantime that I was delighted to see Barbara Mitchell, town council person, in charge.....- 8/10/2010 8:44:16 AM
Audio and Minutes from Somervell County Commissioners Court August 10 2010 (salon) Thank you, Judy Nawrocki, who is super professional! *************************** Link to the agenda. Audio -Listen here or right click to download And Minutes Commissioners.....- 8/10/2010 8:27:49 AM
Video-Somervell County Commissioners Vote for Resolution Asking PUC To Make Lone Star Transmissions Go Away (salon) Here's PDF of the resolution. I like the last part Now therefore be it resolved that the Somervell County Commissioners Court respectfully requests that the PUC reject the selectio.....- 8/10/2010 12:06:07 AM
NRC Says No Environmental Impact Problems With Issuing COLO for Comanche Peak 3 & 4 (salon) - 8/10/2010 12:01:13 AM
Fed-Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit (humanbeing) "It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title. The hours are long. Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies. Babies scream. Se.....- 8/9/2010 11:50:55 PM
The Proposed Toll Road for the Information Superhighway (humanbeing) WASHINGTON -- In response to Google and Verizon’s “policy framework” unveiled today, MoveOn.Org Civic Action, Credo Action, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, ColorofChang.....- 8/9/2010 5:20:57 PM
Agenda for Somervell County Commissioners Court - August 9 2010 (salon) Thank you, Mary Ann Million **************** COMMISSIONERS’ COURT   MEETING OF REGULAR SESSION   OF SOMERVELL COUNTY     TO WHOM IT MAY.....- 8/9/2010 8:22:15 AM
Changes are Good/Changes are Bad- (Glen Rose) (salon) from Charley Thomas ********************************** CHANGES ARE GOOD/CHANGES ARE BAD   When you feel like things are bad---wait awhile--- they will change! If you feel like .....- 8/9/2010 12:21:09 AM
*Putting Our Brains on Hold* by Bob Herbert, NY Times (humanbeing) "The world leadership qualities of the United States, once so prevalent, are fading faster than the polar ice caps. We once set the standard for industrial might, for the advanced state of.....- 8/8/2010 11:15:08 PM
Hey! Solar Panel People- Come Test Out OUR House with Free Solar! (salon) We live in *Under the Shadow of Comanche Peak* nuclear power plant and we get a LOT of sun here. AND, you'd think that Luminant would be supplying energy TO Somervell County, right? Nope. The e.....- 8/8/2010 11:01:31 AM
Nuclear Power Plant News and Notes for August 8 2010 (salon) Why did Davis Besse wait to report an explosion and fire in their plant? How much does it cost to do repairs to a nuclear power plant? Crystal River example. Because ratepayers need to pay more.....- 8/8/2010 10:51:32 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 8 2010 (salon) You're a Central Texas farmer-what can you use your farm for besides crops? TOURISM! and here's an interesting farm retreat in west Dallas. This car runs on poop Heh. Lindsey G.....- 8/8/2010 10:35:04 AM
Wah! Wah! Rick Perry Whining O Day - About the Federal Education Money (salon) Remember how Rick Perry said he Was Not Going to Take Federal Stimulus Money. ... (but then he did ..... quietly) -DMN All states must pledge that their share of the $787 billion package wi.....- 8/8/2010 8:57:54 AM
How Easy IS it to look at Drill Down Financial Information? Check Registers Explained (Glen Rose) (salon) I've been posting check registers on Somervell County Salon for some time and try to keep up for every month. I'd like to see each government entity post the check registers online on their.....- 8/7/2010 10:26:01 AM
City Superintendent Reports -Why Aren't Those Part of the Presentations Before Town Council? (salon) The local government entities generally have reports from their employees that hopefully are more than sort of a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" but include real financial numbers. Billy.....- 8/7/2010 10:00:05 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for August 7 2010-Home Sweet Home Edition (salon) It RAINED last evening. And it's overcast this morning so perhaps it will rain again today. LOVE this time of year, even though it's hot, there are hints every once in a while that the weat.....- 8/7/2010 9:16:29 AM
What the Fool! *Temporary City Administrator*??? -Glen Rose Town Council Meeting August 9 2010 (salon) Was looking at the agenda for this upcoming Monday and noticed that there's an item on it to talk about hiring a *temporary* city administrator. What the heck is this? Is this an attempt to sho.....- 8/7/2010 8:42:28 AM
Somervell County Democrats Are Having a Pot Luck Supper on August 9th at 6:30 pm (salon) - 8/6/2010 5:29:02 PM
But Where's His Dog? (salon) - 8/6/2010 4:50:10 PM
Democrats Have Filed a Lawsuit Over Brian Birdwell's Eligibility to be Senator in SD 22 (salon) Good.  From the A-AS. In the latest skirmish over a contested Waco-area state Senate seat, Texas Democrats filed a lawsuit today to challenge new GOP state Sen. Brian Birdwell’s .....- 8/6/2010 1:54:51 PM
Video-4b/GREDC Will Ask City Council To Approve Outside Auditor for 4b Monies (salon) - 8/6/2010 1:31:07 PM
Meeting Notice for Somervell County Water District August 9 2010 (salon) Thank you, Kathy Brown! ************** Somervell County Water District Notice of Meeting of Board of Directors NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Board of Directors of So.....- 8/6/2010 12:33:18 PM
Get Up Off the Couch! Stuff To Do this weekend in Glen Rose (August 6-8 2010) (salon) Wheeler Branch Reservoir opens on Saturday, 9-8 pm every day. $5 per person. "The Blind Side" is the movie playing on the side of the Chamber building this Friday (tonight!) Zorro at .....- 8/6/2010 11:35:17 AM
Agenda for City of Glen Rose Town Council Meeting August 9 2010 (salon) Thank you, Peggy B! ******************* NOTICE OF MEETING CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLEN ROSE AUGUST 9, 2010 - 5:30 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS – TOWN HALL   THE CI.....- 8/6/2010 11:01:57 AM
John Graves, Writer (humanbeing) Many of us who are old enough and Texan enough, in the old way, know the writings of John Graves, a fifty-year resident of Somervell County. He lives here on a piece of 'hard scrabble' land.....- 8/5/2010 9:04:05 PM
How Would Texas Schools be this year (2010) WITHOUT the Texas Projection Measure? (salon) from Houston Chron quoting the Texas Tribune. The Tribune compared school ratings in 2008 with what they are in 2010 without the TPM: Instead of skyrocketing from 1,000 to 2,624, the .....- 8/5/2010 4:48:10 PM
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