Trump campaigned as disrupter, begins governing by chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter. Now he’s governing by chaos.
Trump’s temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program — the most consequential policy he’s unveiled in his presidency’s opening days — wreaked havoc at airports and sparked protests across the country. The order left Trump’s own government agencies scrambling, his Republican Party divided and allies around the world uneasy. A federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking part of the measure, setting up a legal battle ahead.

Hundreds gather and show support at scene of burned Victoria mosque

VICTORIA — One day after fire destroyed this city’s exquisite gold-domed mosque, hundreds of people of many faiths came to pray, grieve and show support, even as federal agents picked through the charred rubble.
“Love Thy Neighbor,” read one poster. “We Will Rebuild With Love,” read another. While some folks came from as far away as Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio for the morning service, most were local residents.

Capitol highlights: Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funds

Ed Sterling - Texas Press Association
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.
In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to reverse her policy directive “forbidding Travis County Sheriff’s Office employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.”

The San Marcos Police Department’s 911 Center is one area where more space is needed. PHOTOS BY DON ANDERS

Individual cubicles are cramped and noisy.


Also cramped is a room where emergency management officials headquarter.


Detectives must work out of crowded cubicles where they not only investigate crimes but interview witnesses.


Needing room to grow, city calling bond election

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

Later this year, voters in San Marcos will go to the polls and decide whether or not to approve close to $150 million in combined spending by the school district and the city. The vote will come about six months after voters approved two county bonds worth about $240 million.

The city’s Community Improvement Program Task Force identified two different areas to focus on with two separate bond proposals. Prop 1 targets public safety and Prop 2 expands and updates the library. 

County may extend park’s swim season

Anita Miller - Managing Editor

Spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20, but Hays County’s elected officials are looking ahead.

That includes thinking about Jacob’s Well, the artesian spring that has become hugely popular to locals and visitors alike.

Because of its popularity, county commissioners moved in recent years to restrict the hours of operation and to require visitors to sign up for a particular slot of swimming time. Swimming season has been traditionally been open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 


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