Stories by Jerry Quijano

Friday, November 20, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin area moves to Stage 4 Covid-19 risk guidelines

Lee esta historia en español. Austin is now under Stage 4 coronavirus risk guidelines, interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott announced Thursday, following an increase in hospitalizations and cases. Under these guidelines, the public is urged to avoid…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin’s top doctor warns November Covid surge could be worse and last longer than the first

There is a 100 percent probability that the coronavirus epidemic is growing in the Austin metro area, according to modeling from the University of Texas Modeling Consortium. As other areas across Texas – most notably El Paso – experience new…

Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Travis County judge won’t let bars reopen at 50 percent capacity

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said he’s not going to allow bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity Wednesday, citing a memo from the county’s top doctor saying Covid-19 “continues to be a threat.” “In the past ten days, Travis…

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Health official says governor relaxed capacity rules too soon

Lee esta historia en español. Austin Public Health’s interim health authority says he would have rather waited a few more weeks before easing capacity restrictions for businesses in the area. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that many businesses, including…

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin-area Covid-19 hospitalizations hit one-day record, seven-day average now tops 20

A record of 30 new Covid-19 hospital admissions was reported in the Austin area Sunday evening. The seven-day moving average of new admissions increased to 20.6. Austin Public Health has been warning that the average – which has been rising…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Tower Girl, UT’s resident falcon, has laid eggs again. Will one hatch this year?

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who has made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday. This is the fifth time the falcon has laid eggs in the tower, but…

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

As contract negotiations drag, Cap Metro bus drivers symbolically protest

Some Capital Metro bus drivers wore black makeup or a black sticker under their eyes Wednesday in a symbolic “Black Eye” protest of drawn-out labor negotiations between their union and a Capital Metro contractor. Capital Metro awarded a $1.4 billion…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Library is checking out whether to stop charging for overdue materials

The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system. The Austin Public Library stopped charging fees on overdue materials checked out for kids in 2018. Now the commission has created…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Got guns or ammo you don’t want anymore? Austin police will take them, ‘No questions asked’

Residents with unwanted firearms and ammunition can turn them over to the Austin Police Department on Tuesday at the first of a series of no-questions-asked gun surrender programs. The point of the program is to prevent weapons from ending up…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

Proposed partnership with ECHO would convert more motels to temporarily house Austin’s homeless

ECHO, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, says the addition of 200-300 short-term motel units would substantially impact the community of Austinites living without shelter. In a memo sent Tuesday to the mayor and City Council, city staff said they agree.…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

The cost of metered street parking in Austin is going up

The cost of parking in a metered, on-street space in Austin is going up. Beginning next Monday, the standard meter rate around Austin will be $2 per hour. The current metered rate is $1.20 inside the city’s downtown core, from…

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