Trump moves ahead with executive order on border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration policies Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.”
“We’ve been talking about this right from the beginning,” Trump said during a brief signing ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security.

Man commits suicide in friend's car near shopping center

What began as a request for help getting a vehicle back to its original owner ended with a man dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon.

The San Marcos Police department responded to a call around noon from a woman requesting help to get her vehicle back from a friend who borrowed it in November 2016.  She told police she contacted her friend numerous times via text message, but he failed to return the car.  

Five months in, Amazon exceeds expectations

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Observers, including those at the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), knew from the outset that the Amazon Fulfillment Center would represent a sea change concerning opportunities available to the local workforce.
They’re still trying to determine the extent of that change, as the facility, which opened its doors last summer, has taken off beyond anyone’s expectations.
In fact, the San Marcos facility, GSMP President Adriana Cruz said, is in the rarified atmosphere of having shipped 1 million packages in a single day.

Chris Levac, 49, waves a Texas flag and shouts encouragement as marchers demonstrate down Congress Avenue during the Women’s March on Austin Saturday. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Rose Brooks, 83, who continued her 50 years of activism by attending the march, waits with others in the parking lot of the First Lutheran Church Saturday morning to board a bus to Austin.

Marchers from Hays and surrounding counties board a bus at the First Lutheran Church parking lot to travel to Austin.

Marcher June Hankins, 72, shouts out ‘Yes we can’ during a Women’s March themed rendition of ‘Wheels on the Bus” as marchers from Hays and surrounding counties ride together on a bus to demonstrate.

Above, Crissy Ketchum, 29, holds her sign aloft as she marches down Congress Ave. with fellow demonstrators. Ketchum drove up from San Antonio to participate.

Austin Latin folk singer-songwriter Gina Chavez sings “Todo Cambia” to the gathered crowds alongside her band at the Texas Capitol.

Women take to the streets in Austin

Denise Cathey - Staff Reporter
Just one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, in cities across the country, women and men came together to march in solidarity for the equal rights among genders and in protest of the policies of Trump’s administration. The Texas Capitol Building was the site of the Women’s March on Austin, where nearly 50,000 people converged to march together and attend speeches and performances in support of human rights, safety and health care access for all.

Removal delayed by mill race questions

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
When the flow in the San Marcos River drops below 140 cubic feet per second (cfs), the waterfall that comes off the concrete mill race goes away. That’s how it has always been and how it will be in the future, if engineers can figure out a way.
San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller said on Monday the city has hired an outside engineering firm to study how keeping water in the mill race might be accomplished once the crumbling Cape’s Dam has been removed.

City council still struggling with regulations for STRs

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
The San Marcos City Council has taken its first steps towards regulating the rental of homes and apartments to people on a short-term basis but the ordinance initially approved will likely be much different when they vote again on Feb. 7.
Ordinances in the city are generally approved after being considered twice by the council. During the short-term rental (STR) ordinance’s first reading on Tuesday, several amendments and changes were made and more likely be made on the second reading.

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