Daniel Reese http://kut.org en Cold Jobs: Ice Resurfacer http://kut.org/post/cold-jobs-ice-resurfacer <object height="269" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iz1vq0Mzeuo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="269" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iz1vq0Mzeuo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>With Austin <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/austin-breaks-record-number-triple-digit-days">shattering the record for triple digit days</a> in a single year, we wondered what it was like to work in some of the coldest jobs in Austin. KUT photography intern <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/people/daniel-reese">Daniel Reese</a> produced this video on ice resurfacer&nbsp;Brandon Brewer with Chaparral Ice. <a href="http://www.amazingicedesign.com/"> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:09:50 +0000 Daniel Reese & Nathan Bernier 2309 at http://kut.org Cold Jobs: Ice Scuplting http://kut.org/post/cold-jobs-ice-scuplting <p><object height="269" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8x8-70gTHg4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="269" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8x8-70gTHg4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>With Austin <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/austin-breaks-record-number-triple-digit-days">shattering the record for triple digit days</a> in a single year, we wondered what it was like to work in some of the coldest jobs in Austin. KUT photography intern <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/people/daniel-reese">Daniel Reese</a> produced this video on ice sculptor Doug Christy of <a href="http://www.amazingicedesign.com/">Amazing Ice Designs. </a> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:02:20 +0000 Daniel Reese & Nathan Bernier 2308 at http://kut.org Leander Fire Victims Allowed To Return http://kut.org/post/leander-fire-victims-allowed-return <p>Leander residents whose homes were destroyed by a <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/fire-leander-destroys-15-homes">30 acre wild fire yesterday </a>have been allowed back into the area.&nbsp; Fifteen mobile homes in the Horseshoe Trailer Park were consumed by flames. Michael Smolenski lived in one of them with his teenage daughter.</p><p>&ldquo;This all we can afford. Now it was a decent place to live, but it&rsquo;s gone now. Nothing left,&quot; he said. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:08:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Daniel Reese 2244 at http://kut.org Leander Fire Victims Allowed To Return Urban Rail Prototype Displayed http://kut.org/post/urban-rail-prototype-displayed <object height="319" width="425"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627410849056%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627410849056%2F&amp;set_id=72157627410849056&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627410849056%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627410849056%2F&amp;set_id=72157627410849056&amp;jump_to=" height="319" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>People got a chance to climb aboard the possible future of Austin&#39;s mass transit system on Thursday. <a href="http://www.kinkisharyo.com/">Kinkisharyo</a>, a Japanese-based streetcar manufacturer, is taking its new prototype on an American tour.</p><p>The streetcar runs on a combination of power from batteries and overhead wires, storing energy when the train brakes and eliminating the need for overhead wires in parts of the route, Kinkisharyo project manager Bill Kleppinger said. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:23:44 +0000 Katrina Tollin, Kelsey Sheridan & Daniel Reese 2203 at http://kut.org East 7th Street Business Owners Hope For Better Days Ahead http://kut.org/post/east-7th-street-business-owners-hope-better-days-ahead <p><object height="319" width="425"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627286403223%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627286403223%2F&amp;set_id=72157627286403223&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627286403223%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627286403223%2F&amp;set_id=72157627286403223&amp;jump_to=" height="319" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>For the past sixteen months, a project to beautify East 7th Street has plagued local businesses. &nbsp;Construction to improve safety and utilities limited access to restaurants, tax consultants, and convenience stores.&nbsp; Now that the streets look nicer with fresh paint and new plants, some business owners are wondering if it was all worth it. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:53:09 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan & Daniel Reese 2197 at http://kut.org Kangaroo Makes Austin Zoo Debut http://kut.org/post/kangaroo-makes-austin-zoo-debut <object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IouHey-OIK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IouHey-OIK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinzoo.org/" target="_blank">Austin Zoo</a> has a new addition. His name is Jason, and he&rsquo;s learning to box.</p><p>The one-and-a-half-year-old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Kangaroo" target="_blank">red kangaroo</a>, made his zoo debut this week. Georgetown animal control confiscated him from a man who bought the marsupial illegally. Head zookeeper Sara King says zoo staff are helping him adjust to his new home. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:30:50 +0000 Audrey White & Daniel Reese 2144 at http://kut.org Cows on Parade: More Public Art for Austin http://kut.org/post/cows-parade-more-public-art-austin <p>There are <a href="http://cowparadeaustin.com/">CowParade </a>exhibits in 75 cities in 30 countries on 6 continents. And now, in Austin. Forty-seven cow sculptures were installed all over town last night to the surprise of Austinites this morning. Before the exhibit&#39;s finished there will be 100-150 cows all over Austin. The cows were all created by <a href="http://cowparadeaustin.com/artists">local artists</a> and will be auctioned off to raise money for the <a href="http://www.dellchildrens.net/">Dell Children&#39;s Medical Center</a> in the fall.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:54:59 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan & Daniel Reese 2067 at http://kut.org Cows on Parade: More Public Art for Austin Artist Revisits Iconic Mural on the Drag http://kut.org/post/artist-revisits-iconic-mural-drag <p><object height="319" width="425"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627257386572%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627257386572%2F&amp;set_id=72157627257386572&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627257386572%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157627257386572%2F&amp;set_id=72157627257386572&amp;jump_to=" height="319" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The former Tower Records building on The Drag is undergoing a renovation to house three new eateries, and owners are preserving the building&#39;s artwork, which has become a landmark for University of Texas students and Austinites.</p><p>Local artist<a href="http://www.graffitiwestern.com/bio.htm"> Federico Archuleta</a> created his first set of murals in 2003, at the intersection of 24<sup>th</sup> and Guadalupe. He used stencils and spray paint to portray iconic artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:24:19 +0000 Hannah Jones & Daniel Reese 2030 at http://kut.org Texas Rangers Hosts Open Tryouts in Round Rock http://kut.org/post/texas-rangers-hosts-open-tryouts-round-rock <p>It&#39;s every baseball player&#39;s dream: To be picked from the crowd at an open tryout at your hometown ball park to play for your favorite Major League team.</p><p>Scouts for the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers did just that Wednesday morning, holding&nbsp; open tryouts for all positions at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Not surprisingly, many came out for a chance to show their talents to professional baseball scouts. The Horton family came from Crawford, Texas for the opportunity.</p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:42:56 +0000 Jessie Wang, Kelsey Sheridan & Daniel Reese 2005 at http://kut.org Texas Rangers Hosts Open Tryouts in Round Rock Jumpoline Brings a Different Kind of Family Entertainment to Austin http://kut.org/post/jumpoline-brings-different-kind-family-entertainment-austin <p><object height="272" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZfFGl0U-A_o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="272" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZfFGl0U-A_o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>One of Austin&#39;s newest family attractions, Jumpoline, is taking the idea of a trampoline to the next level.&nbsp; First of all, it&#39;s indoors and air conditioned, making it an option for parents who want to take their kids out of the merciless Texas summer heat. Secondly, the trampoline is massive; it spans close to 10,000 square feet.</p><p>Jumpoline opened Saturday and is located on the corner of <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Wells+Branch+and+MoPac+&amp;z=16">Wells Branch and MoPac.</a> It&#39;s open from 10 am to 8 pm.&nbsp; General manager Lucy Kim said the hours will be extended once construction is fully complete.</p><p>Kim said she and her husband Jason Kim, president and CEO of Jumpoline, always wanted to have this kind of business. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:23:54 +0000 Jill Ament & Daniel Reese 1990 at http://kut.org New Sexting Law Praised http://kut.org/post/new-sexting-law-praised <p>A bill to hold teenage minors accountable for sending sexually explicit images of them or other minors without subjecting them to felony child pornography or trafficking charges now has Governor Rick Perry&#39;s signature.</p><p><a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=SB407">Senate Bill 407</a>, the so-called &quot;Sexting Bill,&quot; was sponsored by State Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:24:41 +0000 Daniel Reese 1762 at http://kut.org New Sexting Law Praised San Antonio to Shutter Coal Plant http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-shutter-coal-plant <p>San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro announced today that City Public Service&#39;s Deely coal-fired plant will be shut down by 2018.&nbsp; CPS Energy, San Antonio&#39;s publicly-owned utility, will turn to solar power announcing agreements with five investment partners, committing to meet 20% of its energy needs through renewable energy by 2020.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Today is the beginning of San Antonio&#39;s effort to become the &#39;new energy economy&#39; city,&quot; said Mayor Castro in a live webcast today.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:18:32 +0000 Daniel Reese 1752 at http://kut.org San Antonio to Shutter Coal Plant Texas Memorial Museum Closes for Repairs http://kut.org/post/texas-memorial-museum-closes-repairs <p>The <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/">Texas Memorial Museum</a> will be closed for about 4 months starting today. The air handling system needs to be repaired.</p><p>Margaret Fischer, the director of museum operations, told KUT that replacing the system was strongly recommended by the University of Texas&rsquo; facilities management staff to avoid unplanned closures in the future.</p><p>During the maintenance, the air conditioning will be turned off on all but one floor where the employees will continue normal hours. They will move their offices to a higher floor to avoid the heat.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:31:37 +0000 Daniel Reese 1749 at http://kut.org Texas Memorial Museum Closes for Repairs