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Brett Parker
Brett Parker wrangles a snake during his June 6 class at Tye Preston Memorial Library. The event was standing room only.
Valeria Chavez and Chris Armstrong
Valeria Chavez and Canyon Lake's Chris Armstrong travel the world together, diving amidst some of the world's most spectacular underwater realms -- including Canyon Lake.
Boat Ramp #1
Facebook image by KENS 5 photographer Jeffrery Johnsey.
Comal County tax office
Comal County's Tax Office mailed statements on behalf of 19 taxing entities in October, with reminders in March and May. Penalties and interest began applying to unpaid balances after Jan. 31.
New Gate for Canyon Lake Dam
Get a closer look at Canyon Lake High School's Ag Mechanics team's welding work on the new gate for Canyon Lake dam's service road. Several students are expected to attend.
Operation Float a Soldier Route
Do you see the "wave here" arrow? Bring your flags and enthusiam, too.
Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library membership chair
Hilda Schreckeis-Munch, Friends of TPML Membership Chair, was busy signing up new members at the library on Saturday.
Leave her alone! Wildlife experts say this fawn is probably not orphaned. A fawn who is still being cared for by her mother will usually be calm and lying down. Image by Canyon Lake's preeminent deer photograher Jane Sharp.
Comal County Courthouse image courtesy of Comal County.
Vulcan Quarry hearing
State Office of Administrative Hearings' Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith, left, will preside over next week's hearing about Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's controversial air-quality permit for Vulcan Quarry. Here, she listens to arguments for and against the quarry project at a March 6 hearing in Comal County Commissioners Court.
FOCM Benefit
Enjoy all-day family fun at Fraternal Order of Canyon Men's benefit for a family that lost everything to a fire on March 20.
Canyon Lake Rotary Club
Canyon Lake Rotary’s community projects have included reading with first graders, building bookcases for elementary schoolchildren, building little lending libraries, erecting the flagpoles at the library, hosting Pints for Polio, and raising money for Canyon Lake High School seniors to continue their studies at Texas colleges.
radar trailer
Residents can request a radar trailer to place on county streets to make drivers aware of their speeds.
Javier Perez Ortiz, park manager of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Canyon Lake office, said a temporary water-filled barrier will be installed below the stilling basin on Friday, and water will be pumped out.
tubing on the guadalupe
Tubing the Horseshoe on the lower Guadalupe River. Stock image by local photographer Mark Robinson of MJR Photography, mjrphotog.com.
Lake McQueeney
GBRA has expanded restriction zones above and below Lake McQueeney Dam. Image courtesy of Barbara's Real Estate Blog.
league of women voters Comal area board
The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area, which serves Comal and Guadalupe counties, elected its 2019-2020 board of directors at their annual meeting May 20 in New Braunfels. Top left to right are President Roxanna Deane, Vice President for Program Kathie Jinks, Secretary Sandi Parks, Vice President for Voter Services Ada Conlan, Treasurer Gloria Suarez Sasser, Membership Director Jenny Ayala. Bottom, left to right: Vice President for Organization Dawn Medeiros, Youth Empowerment Director Janyth Frederickson and Publicity Director Jerrie Champlin.
canyon lake dam service road
"The small but mighty" grassroots Dam Community Alliance (DCA), working with stakeholders like USACE and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), raised enough money to restore public access to one of the most beautiful spots in Canyon Lake. Late Tuesday afternoon, workers began preparing for the installation of a new gate.
water snake with tuber
Snakes that swim are a big obsession for residents and visitors alike -- but Brett Parker, who's teaching a snake safety course next month, says there's really nothing to worry about. He's only seen one, once, in all his years of kayaking. (Image courtesy of "Swimming with Snakes" by Bratayley on YouTube.)
particulate matter
According to Stop3009Vulcan Quarry, Comal County needs at least six official air-quality monitors because the county historically has exceeded the safe limits for particulate matter (PM) emissions. At a minimum, they say all new air-quality monitors should measure PM 2.5 dust and PM 10 dust.
Abigail Redin and PTA
Texas Student Hero award recipient Abigail Redin, fourth from left, was recognized for a Parent Teacher Student Association project. From left, Smithson Valley High School PTSA President Jennifer Backlund, Texas Parent Teacher Association President Sheri Doss, Comal ISD Council of PTAs Reflections Chair Jessica McAnally, Redin, Council Vice President Tracy Molina, Comal Independent School Board Member Michelle Ross, and Council President Shirley Koop.
clwsc water treatment plant
The Canyon Lake Shores Surface Water Treatment Plant features two ClariCone® clarifiers, each with the capacity to treat 3 million gallons of water a day. Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Water Service Company.
Chase Anderson started as a catcher and ended as a pitcher in the battle against Canyon Middle School. (image courtesy of J.C. McConnell)
household hazardous waste
Bring a photo ID to verify residency and items like paint, gasoline, insecticide and bleach to Saturday's event.
water release
There are 135 students in Canyon Lake High School's Junior ROTC program. Recently, they competed in the grueling Island Challenge in Corpus Christi.
CLHS FFA State Champs Marketing
Canyon Lake High School's 2019 Texas FFA Marketing Plan state championship team seniors (l-r) Kenzy Hoffmann, Mackenzie Knipe and Mia Smith.
Cheer Coach Nikki Duggan is leaving Canyon Lake High School for Hays High School in Buda. In January, Canyon Lake High School cheerleaders became 4A UIL Spirit State Champions under her direction.
Carmen Willey
One hundred and one-year-old local artist Carmen Willey will be honored at the Canyon Lake Art Guild's Lasting Impressions Art Show May 17-18. Here she shows student Adette Irish a painting she finished a month ago in anticipation of the art show.
Quarried limestone on a property in Shackelford County. Image courtesy of landsoftexas.com.
Image of Arundo courtesy of Hill Country Alliance.
Comal Special Education Program
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education will visit Comal ISD this week to review its special-education program.
jbsa rv park
JBSA Recreation Park at Canyon Lake features six types of lodging as well as RV spaces. Image courtesy of JBSA.com.
Guadalupe river
Guadalupe River just downstream from the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant. last October. Image courtesy of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA).
Comal River after hevy rains
Last night's heavy rains forced officials with the City of New Braunfels to close the river to recreational activities.
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Greg Reese
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Gregg Reese explains the advantages of a career with the Sheriff's Office to students enrolled in Canyon Lake High School's criminal-justice class.
old powerhouse by Canyon Dam
Image by Jane Sharp.
baby deer nursing
The most commonly referred animals are baby birds and deer fawns. While most of these animals are picked up by well-meaning persons, it is important to realize that many such human-animal encounters are unnecessary and can even be detrimental to the wildlife concerned. Image by Canyon Lake wildlife photographer Jane Sharp.
Accessory Sale
Hundreds of accessories go on sale next weekend at Tye Preston Memorial Library. Funds raised by the Friends of TPML go directly to the library.
Precinct 108
County Commissioners created a new voting precinct for Canyon Lake after area growth pushed Precinct 105 out of compliance with Texas' elections code.
baby being immunized
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that routine childhood immunization prevented more than 26 million hospitalizations and 963,000 early deaths between 1994 and 2018.
birders at big sit
See how many birds you can spot from within a 17-foot circle on Saturday at the Big Sit at Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch.
Comal PTA President Shirley Koop with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Council of PTAs President Shirley Koop, far left, and Comal ISD Supt. Dr. Andrew Kim, far right, say H.B. 281 would seriously harm programs and events that benefit all students.
Comal County Chief Appraiser Rufino Lozano
Rufino Lozano, chief appraiser for Comal Appraisal District, says appraised values on Comal County properties have increased because sales prices are up.