More than avocados, tequila at risk

MEXICO CITY (AP) — If the United States imposes a border tax on Mexican imports, it’s not just tequila, beer and avocados that would jump in price.
Mexico is the world’s leading exporter of refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. Cars and trucks such as the Ram 1500 crew cab, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Trax fill U.S. dealer lots. Mexican berries, vegetables and beef born south of the border abound at American supermarkets.

‘Sanctuary city’ bill draws ire, support

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans eager to reinforce President Donald Trump’s call for a crackdown on illegal immigration pushed Thursday to deny state money for local jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate, an issue Gov. Greg Abbott has declared to be an “emergency” facing the state.
The Republican-controlled state Senate held its first hearing on a bill targeting so-called “sanctuary cities,” a meeting that was disrupted several times by demonstrators singing songs or directing jeers at Abbott.

Texas civil rights talk Saturday

A book talk for Texas civil rights scholar Dr. Max Krochmal will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Calaboose African American History Museum.
His book — titled “Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era”— explores our state during the mid-twentieth-century as a hotbed of community organizing and civil rights activism.

‘Two Streams — One River’ poetry reading Sunday at Centro

On Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos will host the fourth of a series of bi-monthly poetry and short story readings titled “Two Streams ~ One River: Readings from Our Lives” featuring authors from both north and south of the border, reading in both English and Spanish. On this occasion authors Norma Cantú and Ramiro Rodríguez will be reading selections from their own works.

 Members of the AFJROTC “Diamondbacks” CyberTeam are shown from left to right: Jennifer Torres, Jocelyn Gregorio, Larissa Del Bosque, Michelle Torres, Alyce Parra, Lizzette Del Bosque. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY WILLIAMS

SMHS ‘CyberPatriot’ team does well at national meet

A team of high school students from San Marcos High School Air Force JROTC  recently completed an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

Freshman Gabe Ortiz named to All-State Band on trumpet

San Marcos High School freshman trumpet player Gabe Ortiz made the All-State Band on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Area Competition held at the University of Texas in Austin.
He had progressed through making All District Band, All Region Band, All Regional Orchestra and Area to qualify for All State.
Rattler Band Director Damon Knight said, “Of the eight trumpets that advanced to the competition from our area, there were only two freshmen. The rest were all seniors. Gabe also made the TMEA Regional Orchestra and Regional Jazz Band this year.”

Student housing, like the Capstone Cottages, is one of the types of housing regulated by CodeSMTX. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Code a future for San Marcos

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

When San Marcos Planning Manager Abby Gillfillan addressed a joint meeting of the city council and the planning and zoning commission this week she asked a question.

“What have we seen in terms of new development in San Marcos over the past years?” she asked. “We have seen either single-family detached houses or big multifamily development. We haven’t seen apartments, and we haven’t seen anything in between.”

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