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Patrick Beach

Patrick Beach is a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman.

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ARCHIVE: Where is Rachel Cooke?
 Tuesday will mark the 10th year since 19-year-old Rachel Cooke went for a run near her Georgetown home and never returned. Her parents' hearts still pound when the phone rings. When their daughter, who ran cross country and hoped to someday start her own fashion line, first disappeared, that ringing phone kindled hope. Now, it provokes dread...

Posted: 17 days ago

Tuesday will mark the 10th year since 19-year-old Rachel Cooke went for a run near her Georgetown home and never returned. Her parents' hearts still pound when the phone rings. When their daughter, who ran cross country and hoped to someday start her own fashion line, first disappeared, that ringing phone kindled hope. Now, it provokes dread...
Saddling the Colorado: How LCRA brought Central Texas into modern era
 Days after a fourth special legislative session in 1934, Texas Gov. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson delivered the Lower Colorado River Authority into existence with her signature on a bill authorizing its creation. The following February, 81 years ago, the agency that transformed much of Texas from the Hill Country to the coast opened for...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2016

Days after a fourth special legislative session in 1934, Texas Gov. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson delivered the Lower Colorado River Authority into existence with her signature on a bill authorizing its creation. The following February, 81 years ago, the agency that transformed much of Texas from the Hill Country to the coast opened for...
Bat conservation group founder Tuttle still has passion for bats
 Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...
Eastside Memorial’s Guckian in line for Grammy Foundation honor
 Strictly speaking, Eastside Memorial High School band director Alan Guckian is not up for a Grammy. More like Grammy-ish. He is one of 25 semifinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. But still, a hardworking band director — is there another kind? — takes what he can get...

8:32 PM Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Strictly speaking, Eastside Memorial High School band director Alan Guckian is not up for a Grammy. More like Grammy-ish. He is one of 25 semifinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. But still, a hardworking band director — is there another kind? — takes what he can get...
Wildfire weather threat persists; rain in the forecast for F1 weekend
 Monday forecast for Austin: Dry air across Central Texas and dry fuels in the form of parched vegetation will result in an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires again on Monday, the National Weather Service says.   The primary area under fire threat will be north of Interstate 10, including the Austin and San Antonio metro...

9:53 AM Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Monday forecast for Austin: Dry air across Central Texas and dry fuels in the form of parched vegetation will result in an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires again on Monday, the National Weather Service says.   The primary area under fire threat will be north of Interstate 10, including the Austin and San Antonio metro...
Four killed in Sunday crash in Cedar Park

4:58 PM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Four people died and a fifth was injured when a vehicle struck a pole in Cedar Park early Sunday, police said. The accident was reported at 4:17 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Bell Boulevard., a police spokeswoman said. Four victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was reportedly responsive at the scene and was taken to a Round...
Three Austin firefighters hurt Sunday in condo blaze
 Three Austin firefighters barreled into a burning condominium Sunday morning when they heard reports that a resident was trapped inside. The resident was out of town, but the firefighters did not realize that before the second floor collapsed beneath their feet and they fell to the first floor, according to Austin Fire Department Battalion...

3:53 PM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Three Austin firefighters barreled into a burning condominium Sunday morning when they heard reports that a resident was trapped inside. The resident was out of town, but the firefighters did not realize that before the second floor collapsed beneath their feet and they fell to the first floor, according to Austin Fire Department Battalion...
Four dead in Cedar Park crash

12:53 AM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Cedar Park police are investigating a crash overnight along U.S. 183 that left four people said. The vehicle is believed to have hit a pole in the 1700 block of North Bell Blvd. about 4:17 a.m., police said. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene; the driver was injured but isn’t believed to have life-threatening injuries. Police...
7 years since MoPac birth, girl at center of deaf school’s homecoming
 Amelie Egbert was born into Austin traffic. Literally. On a Thursday morning in October 1998, her parents Denise and Clyde Egbert, were on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) when Denise realized the baby wasn’t going to wait and told Clyde to pull the van into the breakdown lane. Three Austin police officers got to the van just as Amelie...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Amelie Egbert was born into Austin traffic. Literally. On a Thursday morning in October 1998, her parents Denise and Clyde Egbert, were on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) when Denise realized the baby wasn’t going to wait and told Clyde to pull the van into the breakdown lane. Three Austin police officers got to the van just as Amelie...
Show review: Drive-By Truckers at the Scoot Inn Thursday
   Just this once let’s not be tentative: The Drive-By Truckers are the best band in America, have been since at least 2001’s “Southern Rock Opera” and will be as long as principals Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have access to pens, paper and guitars. It’s not just the Skynyrd-meets-Nirvana musical aesthetic...

2:57 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

  Just this once let’s not be tentative: The Drive-By Truckers are the best band in America, have been since at least 2001’s “Southern Rock Opera” and will be as long as principals Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have access to pens, paper and guitars. It’s not just the Skynyrd-meets-Nirvana musical aesthetic...