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 startup Grub Tubs builds a business model around leftover food - and bugs
 When Robert Olivier looks at a handful of squirming, fat fly larvae, or grubs, he sees the solution to two of Austin’s problems. The problem for restaurant and grocery store operators is a steady stream of food waste, and a looming deadline. The city of Austin will require all food-related businesses to have organic diversion programs...

8:58 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

When Robert Olivier looks at a handful of squirming, fat fly larvae, or grubs, he sees the solution to two of Austin’s problems. The problem for restaurant and grocery store operators is a steady stream of food waste, and a looming deadline. The city of Austin will require all food-related businesses to have organic diversion programs...
Doctor can discuss settlement with Lakeway hospital, judge rules
 Lakeway Regional Medical Center may not exist anymore, the hospital having changed hands to Baylor Scott & White, but LRMC’s legal battle with Dr. Robert Van Boven continues as the doctor claims LRMC and Baylor Scott & White Lakeway retaliated against him for his complaints of medical errors against the hospital. Van Boven recently...

5:10 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

Lakeway Regional Medical Center may not exist anymore, the hospital having changed hands to Baylor Scott & White, but LRMC’s legal battle with Dr. Robert Van Boven continues as the doctor claims LRMC and Baylor Scott & White Lakeway retaliated against him for his complaints of medical errors against the hospital. Van Boven recently...
Birds of prey
 Birdwatcher enthusiasts Laura Hopkins and Gary Cobb have been operating Wild Bird Center in Lakeway for six months now, and it’s a dream come true for them, Hopkins said. They now get to share their bird expertise with their customer base, many of whom share their love of west Travis County’s flighted wildlife. “The community...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Birdwatcher enthusiasts Laura Hopkins and Gary Cobb have been operating Wild Bird Center in Lakeway for six months now, and it’s a dream come true for them, Hopkins said. They now get to share their bird expertise with their customer base, many of whom share their love of west Travis County’s flighted wildlife. “The community...
Lake Travis school district officials investigate ‘student incident’
 Lake Travis school district parents were notified on Feb. 28. that district officials are investigating an alleged “student incident” at Lake Travis High School. “Parents of students allegedly involved in the incident have been notified, and the appropriate authorities have been contacted,” the notice sent to parents...

8:26 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

Lake Travis school district parents were notified on Feb. 28. that district officials are investigating an alleged “student incident” at Lake Travis High School. “Parents of students allegedly involved in the incident have been notified, and the appropriate authorities have been contacted,” the notice sent to parents...
Islamic Center of Lake Travis scheduled to open in mid-May
 The Islamic Center of Lake Travis is on schedule to open the doors of its mosque in Hudson Bend just in time to hold services for Ramadan, ICLT leadership said. The ICLT was in the midst of constructing a two-story mosque on Doss Road in Hudson Bend when the facility burned to the ground in the middle of the night Jan. 7, 2017. Investigators...

6:23 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

The Islamic Center of Lake Travis is on schedule to open the doors of its mosque in Hudson Bend just in time to hold services for Ramadan, ICLT leadership said. The ICLT was in the midst of constructing a two-story mosque on Doss Road in Hudson Bend when the facility burned to the ground in the middle of the night Jan. 7, 2017. Investigators...
West Lake Hills modifies ordinances pertaining to sheds, dynamite
 The West Lake Hills City Council made four code changes during their Feb. 28 council meeting, making allowances for pre-made sheds on properties and disallowing the blasting of dynamite in the city. All of the modifications were unanimously approved. City Manager Robert Wood said that decades ago, the popular method for cutting into the land...

4:14 AM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The West Lake Hills City Council made four code changes during their Feb. 28 council meeting, making allowances for pre-made sheds on properties and disallowing the blasting of dynamite in the city. All of the modifications were unanimously approved. City Manager Robert Wood said that decades ago, the popular method for cutting into the land...
County considers groundwater election
 Why is the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District election expected to cost so much? The groundwater conservation district is designed to monitor and protect the area’s supply of groundwater. The entity is brand new, with no budget and no paid staff, and according to legislation passed this previous session, its...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Why is the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District election expected to cost so much? The groundwater conservation district is designed to monitor and protect the area’s supply of groundwater. The entity is brand new, with no budget and no paid staff, and according to legislation passed this previous session, its...
Ten candidates step up for school board
 Ten residents have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election — six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigning board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. “If there is one thing I&rsquo...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Ten residents have thrown their hat in the ring for candidacy in the May 5 Lake Travis school board election — six for full terms and four for the unfinished term of recently resigning board member Alex Alexander. Running for Place 1 are incumbent candidate Guy Clayton and resident David Lovelace. “If there is one thing I&rsquo...
Paseo at Bee Cave to get small dog park
 During a very brief Bee Cave City Council meeting on Feb. 27, the council approved site plan amendments to two subdivisions that will create a dog park, landscaping improvements and an amenity park. Proposed changes for the plan for Paseo at Bee Cave apartments on Texas 71 include modifying the existing clubhouse, pool and fitness center...

2:35 AM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

During a very brief Bee Cave City Council meeting on Feb. 27, the council approved site plan amendments to two subdivisions that will create a dog park, landscaping improvements and an amenity park. Proposed changes for the plan for Paseo at Bee Cave apartments on Texas 71 include modifying the existing clubhouse, pool and fitness center...
Jeff Kent drops out of Bee Cave council race, leaving 3 candidates
 Jeff Kent, developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility and a former major league baseball player, has dropped out of the race for Bee Cave City Council, city officials confirmed today. Kent declined to comment on his reason for dropping out of the race. Incumbent council members Bill Goodwin and Tom Matzen, along with resident Jon...

10:13 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Jeff Kent, developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility and a former major league baseball player, has dropped out of the race for Bee Cave City Council, city officials confirmed today. Kent declined to comment on his reason for dropping out of the race. Incumbent council members Bill Goodwin and Tom Matzen, along with resident Jon...