bastrop county en Bastrop Sheriff's Deputy Avoids Charges in High School Taser Case <p>A Bastrop County Sheriff's deputy who <a href="">Tased a 17-year-old</a> in the hallway of Cedar Creek High School last year will not face any charges.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The teenager, </span>Noe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Niño<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> De Rivera, spent almost two months in a medically induced coma and is now in a residential rehabilitation center in the Hill Country. He is believed to have suffered a permanent brain injury.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:13:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10412 at Bastrop Sheriff's Deputy Avoids Charges in High School Taser Case Bastrop Student in Coma Days After Being Tased by Sheriff's Deputies <p>Some Cedar Creek High School students walked out of class today in protest of the&nbsp;tasing&nbsp;of a fellow student on Wednesday. That student, 17-year-old&nbsp;Noe&nbsp;Nino de Rivera, has been in a coma ever since the incident.</p><p>Officials and Rivera’s family members are far apart in their descriptions of the incident.</p><p>Bastrop&nbsp;County Sheriff’s Deputies Randy McMillan and Timothy&nbsp;Stalcup, who work as school resource officers for the&nbsp;Bastrop&nbsp;school district, were called Wednesday morning to a fight between two female students.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:59:38 +0000 Mark Gwin 9250 at Bastrop Student in Coma Days After Being Tased by Sheriff's Deputies Transportation Group Seeks Input on Changes to CAMPO 2035 Plan <p></p><p>Starting tomorrow, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – better known as CAMPO – begins<a href="">&nbsp;asking for the public’s ideas</a>&nbsp;on a series of projects.</p><p></p><p>Some projects are being dropped, while others are being picked up for consideration.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:26:30 +0000 Joy Diaz 7716 at Transportation Group Seeks Input on Changes to CAMPO 2035 Plan Bastrop County Fire’s Growth Slows <p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m.: </strong>Bastrop County&#39;s Office of Emergency Management reports on their <a href="">Facebook</a> page that the Old Potato Road fire apparently hasn&#39;t burned as much land as earlier thought.</p><p>County officials quote the Texas Forest Service, saying the fire has only consumed 315 acres.&nbsp; Earlier estimates had the fire consuming 1,000 acres.</p><p>The fire is now listed as 50 percent contained.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:54:33 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2669 at Bastrop County Fire’s Growth Slows Central Texas Wildfire Updates September 7, 2011 <p><strong>Update Thursday, September 8:</strong></p><p>You can find the latest fire updates <a href="">on today&#39;s post. </a></p><p><strong>Update at 6:50 p.m.</strong></p><p>Here&#39;s where we stand this evening:</p><p>Public safety officials have released the name of one of the victims of the Bastrop fire. His name was Michael Troy Farr and he was 48 years old. The identity of the second victim has not been released.</p><p>Farr was a City of Austin employee. Mayor Lee Leffingwell has issued is condolences.</p><p>&quot;I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a City of Austin employee. Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Troy Farr,&quot; Leffingwell said in a statement. &quot;As a member of the City of Austin family since 2003, Troy will be greatly missed.&quot;</p><p>Some Bastrop residents learned whether their homes has been destroyed after the county released<a href=""> a partial list of addresses</a> of burned out structures.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The list says our house has structural loss so, we don&rsquo;t know what that means, but at least it&rsquo;s better than not knowing I guess &ndash; hopefully we&rsquo;ll be able to get up there soon and find out what&rsquo;s still there,&quot; Jenna Munion told KUT News.</p><p>Fire officials have not provided any update on the degree to which the Bastrop Complex fire under control since this morning. At that point, they had said it was 30 percent contained.</p><p>Evacuated Spicewood residents are back home and evaluating the damage. Between 65 and 75 homes were touched by the flames. Some people lost everything. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p>President Obama called Governor Perry to talk about the Texas wildfires today. According to <a href="">a statement from the White House</a>, Obama extended his condolences and said the federal government was here to help. Governor Perry is scheduled to debate GOP presidential contenders tonight in Simi Valley, California. One of the core themes of Perry&#39;s campaign is that the size and scope of federal power needs to be reduced.</p><p>NPR&#39;s John Burnett reports on how Texas&#39; historic drought and record-breaking wildfires have not affected Perry&#39;s skepticism of climate change, potentially an important issue if Perry seeks to win a general election. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p><strong>Update at 4:54 p.m.</strong></p><p>Texas is requesting a major disaster declaration from the United States government, which would allow access to federal disaster relief funds. (<a href="">Story</a>)</p><p> is compiling <a href="">a list of disaster relief benefits</a> and asking people to submit any events not already on the list.</p><p><strong>Update at 4:34 p.m.</strong></p><p>Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said he expects the count of destroyed homes to &quot;double&quot; when people are allowed back into the burn zone.&nbsp; Bastrop County officials currently count 576 structures destroyed. The Texas Forest Service says the number is <a href="">closer to 800.&nbsp; </a></p><p>McDonald said last night was the first night that no additional structures were lost. He says additional resources are helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze.</p><p>The superintendent of Bastrop ISD says schools are still tentatively scheduled to open Monday.</p><p>The Union Chapel fire, which started in the Cedar Creek area, is now 90 percent contained.</p><p>Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric has been surveying the damage to electrical lines and will begin restoration work Thursday morning. It aims to post estimated restoration times on <a href="">its website</a>. This is only for the top part of the disaster area. Bluebonnet crews are not allowed into the burn zone between highways 21 and 71. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:54:12 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News & Nathan Bernier 2437 at Central Texas Wildfire Updates September 7, 2011 Bastrop Residents Look for Hope Amid Flames <p>A lot of people in Bastrop County were looking for signs of hope Labor Day, in the face of a 25,000 acre wildfire that tore through brush, trees, homes and anything else in its way.</p><p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 01:51:28 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 2415 at Bastrop Residents Look for Hope Amid Flames Steiner Ranch Evacuations Expected to Last Till Noon <p>Austin city officials issued a statement early this morning, updating evacuation conditions around Steiner Ranch.</p><blockquote><p>Travis County evacuees, including those from Steiner Ranch, can receive the latest evacuation information by calling (512) 974-6199.</p><p>Residents who have evacuated their homes in the Steiner Ranch area will not be allowed to return until notified. Officials estimate this will not occur until at least noon on Monday, Sept. 5.</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 07:43:32 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2402 at Steiner Ranch Evacuations Expected to Last Till Noon Evacuation Information for Bastrop, Steiner Ranch Fires <p>Several shelters have opened up throughout Central Texas for people forced to evacuate their homes becuase of the wildfires in Bastrop County and near Steiner Ranch, west of Austin.</p><p>The fire is burning between Smithville and the City of Bastrop,&nbsp; in and around Tahitian Village, The Colony, Colavista, Pine Forest and Circle D subdivisions, K-C Estates, La Riata, Pine Valley Estates and Pine Loop subdivisions.</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 05:44:51 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2401 at Evacuation Information for Bastrop, Steiner Ranch Fires