First Friday Art Walk
Friday, Sept. 6
Del Rio, TX

Taste of the River Walk
Sept. 10-12
6-8:30 pm

San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

Four Square Friday
Friday, Sept. 13
6-9 pm

Downtown Uvalde
Uvalde, TX

Second Saturday Artwalk
Saturday, Sept. 14
10 am - 4 pm

Art On Main Gallery
217-B N. Main St.
Pleasanton, TX

16 de September Fiestas and Parade
Friday, Sept. 13
Santa Rosa Church and Event Grounds
620 E. Fourth St.
Pecos, TX

Market Trail Day
Saturday, Sept. 14
8 am - 4 pm

Houston Park
Castroville, TX

"Diez y Seis de Septiembre" Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 15
6-11 pm

Plaza San Juan
Eagle Pass, TX

Medina County Fair
Sept. 21-22
Medina County Fair Grounds
F.M. 462 North
Hondo, TX

Desert Bighorn Lecture
Thursday, Sept. 26
Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX

Elephant Mountain Field Trip
Saturday, Sept. 28
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
Alpine, TX

Saturday, Sept. 28
6-11 pm

Whitehead Memorial Museum
1308 Main St.
Del Rio, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
September 2013 - Message from Carlos
The new school year is underway, and many students across Senate District 19 are better prepared for it because of the generosity of those who helped sponsor this year's round of Back-to-School Events.

Some 4,000 kids and parents showed up for our largest fair, at San Antonio's Palo Alto College on Aug. 9. The San Antonio Food Bank arranged a free meal for everyone who attended, and each child received a backpack with school supplies. Health screenings, immunizations, and valuable information on community resources were also available.

Across the district, we gave away about 10,000 backpacks at events in Brackettville, Camp Wood, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Rocksprings, San Antonio, and Uvalde. The kids who showed up provided the smiles!

There are numerous groups and individuals to acknowledge for the events' success — the Food Bank, AT&T, Silver Eagle, Palo Alto College, Toyota, USAA, Walmart, Port San Antonio, Coca-Cola, Lake Truck Lines, Culligan Water, and Zachry Construction.

Over the last six years, these and other corporate donors have made Back-to-School Events possible with contributions of more than $150,000, allowing the distribution of some 70,000 backpacks.

These companies and the people who work there know the value of community service, and I am very proud to have them as partners in this annual initiative. They do it because they know education is the key to success, vital to each individual family and the wider community as well.

I want to thank all of them for their support, and also thank every student who attended one of our events. Now, go hit the books!

Semper Fi!

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TIPRO honors Sen. Uresti for session leadership

The Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association presented Sen. Uresti its newly renamed "George P. Mitchell - Tip of the Hat" Award for his leadership in the 83rd Texas Legislature.

Uresti was recognized for his authorship of Senate Bill 1747, which created a $225 million Transportation Infrastructure Fund to help maintain county roads in high-impact oil and gas producing regions of Texas, including the Eagle Ford Shale counties in Senate District 19.

Uresti was the first legislator to receive the "Tip of the Hat" Award since TIPRO renamed it for Texas wildcatter and fracking pioneer George Mitchell, who passed away on July 26.

"George Mitchell was the son of immigrants, and his accomplishments show not only the value of hard work but the blessing of opportunity," Uresti said. "He embodied the American dream and shared it with others through his spirit of great generosity. I am deeply honored to be recognized with an award carrying his name."

Uresti was presented with the award Aug. 9 in San Antonio, where some 180 oil and gas professionals gathered for TIPRO's 2013 Summer Conference.

Uresti helps negotiate a reprieve for roads slated for gravel conversion

Following a round of talks with Sen. Uresti, other legislators, and county officials, the Texas Department of Transportation has agreed to a conditional 60-day moratorium on converting paved roads to gravel in West and South Texas.

Lacking adequate road maintenance funds, TxDOT recently announced that it would convert some 83 miles of paved highways in West and South Texas into gravel roads, beginning with a portion of FM 1916 in Dimmit County, which has been heavily affected by Eagle Ford Shale production.

But under the agreement negotiated with TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson, a county may submit a written request for a 60-day moratorium, giving officials time to seek alternatives to gravel conversions.

Uresti applauded TxDOT's willingness to work with the Legislature and local communities, and urged the agency to keep the lines of communications open in an effort to craft more suitable solutions other than tearing up roads.

The next step, he said, is getting legislative leaders more involved, holding town hall meetings in affected counties to get more local input, and widen the number of stakeholders, including the energy industry.

DPS boosts patrols for Labor Day period

Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer. Have fun but be smart, and don't let it mark the end of your life.

Drunken driving, speeding, and driver distractions make the Labor Day weekend a particularly dangerous time for Texas drivers. In an effort to make roads safer, the Department of Public Safety will be out in force. Increased DWI patrols will be in effect from Aug. 19 through Sept. 9, which includes the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The enhanced patrols that target impaired drivers are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“Keeping Texas roadways safe for all travelers is a vital concern for DPS, and these increased patrols are designed to save lives by getting intoxicated drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The Department urges drivers to mark the Labor Day holiday responsibly by utilizing safe driving practices and not drinking and driving.”

During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,879 DWI arrests, and approximately 503 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols. They also issued 24,779 speeding citations, 3,890 seat belt/child safety seat citations, and 4,062 no insurance tickets.

New laws effective Sept. 1

The DPS is reminding Texas drivers that several new traffic safety laws become effect on Sept. 1, including an expansion of the limitations on cell phone use in an active school crossing zone to include the property of a public elementary, middle, or junior high school. The new law will not apply to vehicles that are stopped, or drivers using a hands-free device or making an emergency call.

Motorists should also be aware that the minimum fine for passing a school bus loading or unloading children has increased from $200 to $500, with the maximum fine increasing from $1,000 to $1,250; and that drivers must move over or slow down when approaching a stationary Texas Department of Transportation vehicle.

Be safe out there!
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