Rachel Rice

Reporter, Lake Travis View & Westlake Picayune

Rachel has been with Austin Community Newspapers since 2012. As a reporter for the Lake Travis View, Rachel covers the communities of Bee Cave and Lakeway and the Lake Travis school district. She enjoys writing features on the interesting folks in her coverage areas as well as covering hard news on the lake and transportation matters. A native of Dallas, Rachel attended the University of Missouri to study multimedia journalism. Rachel has previously worked for publications in Dallas and Chicago but moved to Austin for the extremely convenient taco trailers. 

Latest from Rachel Rice

Austin’s outdoor workers tough out the cold
 As record lows gripped the Austin area Wednesday morning — falling to 15 degrees at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — not everyone was able to huddle inside. Construction workers, city public works employees, airport tarmac workers, and heating and air conditioning technicians were among those out in the kind of cold...

Posted: a day ago

As record lows gripped the Austin area Wednesday morning — falling to 15 degrees at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — not everyone was able to huddle inside. Construction workers, city public works employees, airport tarmac workers, and heating and air conditioning technicians were among those out in the kind of cold...
Former councilwoman Sandy Cox running for mayor of Lakeway
 Sandy Cox filed an application to run for mayor of Lakeway on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the first day applicants can file for candidacy in the local May election. Mayor Joe Bain has not confirmed whether or not he will run for another term as mayor. Cox stepped onto the Lakeway City Council in 2014 unopposed. Cox previously served as the chair...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sandy Cox filed an application to run for mayor of Lakeway on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the first day applicants can file for candidacy in the local May election. Mayor Joe Bain has not confirmed whether or not he will run for another term as mayor. Cox stepped onto the Lakeway City Council in 2014 unopposed. Cox previously served as the chair...
Councilman Monty Parker announces his run for Bee Cave mayor
 Update Jan. 18: Jon Cobb has also filed to run for Bee Cave City Council. Cobb, a four-year resident of Bee Cave, ran for state Senate District 24 in 2016. “I’m very interested in growth in Bee Cave,” Cobb said, “[and] I think there needs to be new blood injected into the leadership of the city. Transportation, water...

Posted: 2 days ago

Update Jan. 18: Jon Cobb has also filed to run for Bee Cave City Council. Cobb, a four-year resident of Bee Cave, ran for state Senate District 24 in 2016. “I’m very interested in growth in Bee Cave,” Cobb said, “[and] I think there needs to be new blood injected into the leadership of the city. Transportation, water...
Westlake senior challenges perceptions of Muslim women
 Westlake senior Naira Ikram, as a Muslim, doesn’t wear a hijab. She would like to, she said, but several of her friends have sometimes experienced threatening responses when wearing one. “One of (my family’s) really good friends told us about this truck driver who chased her down, or times she felt kind of verbally attacked...

Posted: 2 days ago

Westlake senior Naira Ikram, as a Muslim, doesn’t wear a hijab. She would like to, she said, but several of her friends have sometimes experienced threatening responses when wearing one. “One of (my family’s) really good friends told us about this truck driver who chased her down, or times she felt kind of verbally attacked...
$23 million in state-funded vests to raise police safety to new level
 Texas plans to spend $23 million to equip law enforcement officers across the state with rifle-resistant vests that will provide officers with a level of security that most have never had. The law enforcement agencies that are receiving state grants to purchase the vests are big and small. Some have fewer than a dozen officers; others have...

Posted: 2 days ago

Texas plans to spend $23 million to equip law enforcement officers across the state with rifle-resistant vests that will provide officers with a level of security that most have never had. The law enforcement agencies that are receiving state grants to purchase the vests are big and small. Some have fewer than a dozen officers; others have...
West Lake Hills, Eanes accept candidate applications

Posted: 2 days ago

Anyone thinking about running for West Lake Hills City Council or Eanes school board had better act soon – council and board candidate packets are available for pickup at City Hall and district administrative offices, respectively. Both offices began accepting applicants as of Jan. 17. The deadline to file to run in the May 5 city and...
Rollingwood volunteers ready to deliver soup if electricity goes out
 So far, Rollingwood Police Chief Max Westbrook said, the cold, icy weather hasn’t created too many hazards for drivers. “The streets are OK,” Westbrook said. “There’s a little bridge at the bottom of Rollingwood Drive close to Zilker with a little ice on it, but it’s still fine so far.” Three Rollingwood...

Posted: 3 days ago

So far, Rollingwood Police Chief Max Westbrook said, the cold, icy weather hasn’t created too many hazards for drivers. “The streets are OK,” Westbrook said. “There’s a little bridge at the bottom of Rollingwood Drive close to Zilker with a little ice on it, but it’s still fine so far.” Three Rollingwood...
WEATHER: Bee Cave police stay in hotel overnight to avoid travel
 Local law enforcement were prepared for nasty weather and dangerous icy roads, but so far, officials say, the foreboding forecast has turned out to be a weather non-event in the Lake Travis area. “Right now, traffic is very light, and we’re not having any issues,” Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller said. “We’re...

Posted: 3 days ago

Local law enforcement were prepared for nasty weather and dangerous icy roads, but so far, officials say, the foreboding forecast has turned out to be a weather non-event in the Lake Travis area. “Right now, traffic is very light, and we’re not having any issues,” Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller said. “We’re...
Eanes ISD cancels classes due to inclement weather
 Eanes school district cancelled classes on all campuses for Tuesday, as well as closing all offices and Child Development Centers in anticipation of inclement weather. “Staff should not report,” an emailed notice read. “Custodial and maintenance workers will receive additional information from their supervisors. For information...

Posted: 3 days ago

Eanes school district cancelled classes on all campuses for Tuesday, as well as closing all offices and Child Development Centers in anticipation of inclement weather. “Staff should not report,” an emailed notice read. “Custodial and maintenance workers will receive additional information from their supervisors. For information...
Lake Travis ISD cancels Jan. 16 classes due to inclement weather
 Lake Travis school district officials announced Monday that classes on all campuses will be cancelled Tuesday in anticipation of hazardous weather conditions. “In anticipation of inclement weather and out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, all Lake Travis ISD classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, Janary 16,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Lake Travis school district officials announced Monday that classes on all campuses will be cancelled Tuesday in anticipation of hazardous weather conditions. “In anticipation of inclement weather and out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, all Lake Travis ISD classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, Janary 16,&rdquo...
Winter storm watch issued for Austin area on Tuesday; icy roads likely
 A cold front is expected to sweep over much of the Central Texas area Monday night and linger through Tuesday, bringing with it a chance of sleet, freezing rain and possible light snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday night through Tuesday, advising residents to protect...

Posted: 5 days ago

A cold front is expected to sweep over much of the Central Texas area Monday night and linger through Tuesday, bringing with it a chance of sleet, freezing rain and possible light snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday night through Tuesday, advising residents to protect...