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FORECAST: ‘Critical’ fire danger in Hill Country, ‘elevated’ danger in Austin this afternoon



Asher Price

Environment, state agencies reporter

Asher Price has covered energy and the environment for the American-Statesman since 2006. Three times the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award, most recently in 2015. Asher is the co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power (UT Press, 2013), and author of Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity (Random House, 2015), about his efforts to dunk a basketball, for the very first time, in his mid-30s. He studied English at Yale and has graduate degrees in public policy and journalism from Oxford and Columbia, where he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow studying business and journalism. He lives in the South Congress neighborhood with his wife and dog.

Latest from Asher Price

Texas House may reverse course on LCRA sunset review
 Two years after passing a measure calling for the region’s largest provider of wholesale water and electricity to open itself to further scrutiny by the Legislature, lawmakers appear set to reverse direction. The House could vote Wednesday on a measure that would repeal a law subjecting the Lower Colorado River Authority and a host...

Posted: a minute ago

Two years after passing a measure calling for the region’s largest provider of wholesale water and electricity to open itself to further scrutiny by the Legislature, lawmakers appear set to reverse direction. The House could vote Wednesday on a measure that would repeal a law subjecting the Lower Colorado River Authority and a host...
Plastic bag ban protection wins hearing at Texas Capitol
 In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus, both 11-years-old, piled into a car in Houston with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags. The two kids, who started an organization called Bag-free Bayous, arrived at the Capitol to discourage lawmakers from...

Posted: 8 hours ago

In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus, both 11-years-old, piled into a car in Houston with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags. The two kids, who started an organization called Bag-free Bayous, arrived at the Capitol to discourage lawmakers from...
As controversy swirls, feral hog bait manufacturer pulls out of Texas
 A grand experiment by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to hasten “the feral hog apocalypse” is on hold after the company producing a bait meant to kill the destructive animals has asked the Texas Agriculture Department to withdraw its approval of the product. The rollout of the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, had faced...

Posted: 16 hours ago

A grand experiment by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to hasten “the feral hog apocalypse” is on hold after the company producing a bait meant to kill the destructive animals has asked the Texas Agriculture Department to withdraw its approval of the product. The rollout of the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, had faced...
See what a cow has to say about plastic bag pollution in Texas
 11:30 a.m. update: In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, 11 year-old friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus piled into a car in their Houston neighborhood with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags. The two kids, part of an organization called Bag-free Bayous, were at the Capitol on Tuesday...

Posted: 20 hours ago

11:30 a.m. update: In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, 11 year-old friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus piled into a car in their Houston neighborhood with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags. The two kids, part of an organization called Bag-free Bayous, were at the Capitol on Tuesday...
LBJ could be subject of new Ken Burns documentary
 Lyndon Baines Johnson could soon be getting the Ken Burns treatment, the famed documentary filmmaker told the American-Statesman on Monday. Burns, who will visit Austin on Thursday to accept the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award and to screen a portion of his forthcoming Vietnam War documentary, said a future film could be “less...

Posted: a day ago

Lyndon Baines Johnson could soon be getting the Ken Burns treatment, the famed documentary filmmaker told the American-Statesman on Monday. Burns, who will visit Austin on Thursday to accept the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award and to screen a portion of his forthcoming Vietnam War documentary, said a future film could be “less...
A Texas Republican congressman holds town halls, and finds no dissent
 Pastor Steve Belote, who runs the Hallelujah Trail Cowboy Church, opened a town hall meeting in a storefront civic space near the geographic center of Texas this by asking God to give U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, “the nerve and knowledge to answer our questions.” The atmosphere here, a few hours’ drive northwest of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Pastor Steve Belote, who runs the Hallelujah Trail Cowboy Church, opened a town hall meeting in a storefront civic space near the geographic center of Texas this by asking God to give U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, “the nerve and knowledge to answer our questions.” The atmosphere here, a few hours’ drive northwest of...
A Texas Republican congressman holds town halls, and finds no dissent
 Pastor Steve Belote, who runs the Hallelujah Trail Cowboy Church, opened a town hall meeting in a storefront civic space near the geographic center of Texas this week by asking God to give U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, “the nerve and knowledge to answer our questions.” The atmosphere here, a few hours’ drive northwest...

Posted: 4 days ago

Pastor Steve Belote, who runs the Hallelujah Trail Cowboy Church, opened a town hall meeting in a storefront civic space near the geographic center of Texas this week by asking God to give U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, “the nerve and knowledge to answer our questions.” The atmosphere here, a few hours’ drive northwest...
Texas AG Ken Paxton sides with ExxonMobil in climate change case
 Coming to the aid of a powerful Texas oil and gas company in a case involving climate change science, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday filed a brief in federal court in New York supporting ExxonMobil’s efforts to stave off an investigation by attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts. Paxton’s friend-of-the-court...

Posted: 5 days ago

Coming to the aid of a powerful Texas oil and gas company in a case involving climate change science, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday filed a brief in federal court in New York supporting ExxonMobil’s efforts to stave off an investigation by attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts. Paxton’s friend-of-the-court...
Pipeline mogul wins state parks board approval from Senate panel
 A pipeline executive who oversees some of the country’s most contentious oil and gas projects moved a step closer Thursday to winning Senate approval for a seat on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The Texas Senate Nominations Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to pass the nomination of pipeline executive Kelcy Warren, whose...

Posted: 5 days ago

A pipeline executive who oversees some of the country’s most contentious oil and gas projects moved a step closer Thursday to winning Senate approval for a seat on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The Texas Senate Nominations Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to pass the nomination of pipeline executive Kelcy Warren, whose...
Plans for West Texas high-level radioactive waste site halted
 An effort to collect and store high-level radioactive waste from around the country in West Texas has been suspended by a Texas company because of apparent money troubles. Waste Control Specialists on Tuesday asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend its license review for the facility. In a letter to federal regulators, company...

Posted: 6 days ago

An effort to collect and store high-level radioactive waste from around the country in West Texas has been suspended by a Texas company because of apparent money troubles. Waste Control Specialists on Tuesday asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend its license review for the facility. In a letter to federal regulators, company...
NEW POLL: Voters divided on Cruz, O’Rourke for U.S. Senate seat
 In a U.S. Senate seat matchup between GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, most Texans haven’t decided how to vote, according to a political poll released Wednesday. The poll also said a majority of Texas adults approve of the job Gov. Greg Abbott is doing; and that Texans are polarized...

Posted: 6 days ago

In a U.S. Senate seat matchup between GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, most Texans haven’t decided how to vote, according to a political poll released Wednesday. The poll also said a majority of Texas adults approve of the job Gov. Greg Abbott is doing; and that Texans are polarized...