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Kellar: “When you’re back here, you’d think you were in the Hill Country.” Jeff Prince

Home, Home on the Landfill

Thirty years of trash later, a Westside hill welcomes back wildlife.
JEFF PRINCE
Westbound motorists on I-30 enjoy a lovely view near the Linkcrest Drive exit in far west Fort Worth. No, not the honkytonks, boarded-up liquor store, and adult video store whose big yellow “XXX” sign is missing half an X. ...


Local youth get an introduction to a prairie. Jeff Prince

Persevering for Prairie

Part of the long-sought park is now protected.
JEFF PRINCE
Teenagers from a Fort Worth homeless shelter climbed out of a van and looked across what seemed a vast prairie to their urban eyes. They were at the Fort Worth Prairie Park to get some fresh air and a change of scenery. Leading...



Operators of Red River Motorcycle Trails, an off-road park, are challenging EOG Resources’ request for a sand mining permit. Courtesy Red River

Sand in the Wind

A citizens group fears damage to human and aquifer health from a proposed mine.
PETER GORMAN
A proposal by oil and gas giant EOG Resources to open a sand mine in North Texas’ Cooke County has a small group of nearby families and businesses worried that their health will be put at risk and their water supply seriously...


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Fort Worth Way Out

Vasquez says power brokers are going after Hispanic school trustees. Murrin says they’re just going after everybody.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Considering the Fort Worth school board’s penchant for melodrama, it’s no surprise that the race for the District 1 seat, representing the North Side, would ratchet up to near soap opera levels. Incumbent Carlos Vasquez cla...



Water activist Layla Caraway is among those wanting new leadership on the Tarrant Regional Water District board. Jeff Prince

Liquid Power

In the water district election, there are three seats at stake, four challengers, and murky rules.
JEFF PRINCE
On May 11, three of the five directors’ positions are up for election on the board of the Tarrant Regional Water District, one of the most powerful public agencies in North Texas. How powerful? Water district officials in rec...


Eleanor Fairchild stands inside the new gulley in her land — courtesy of the Keystone XL pipeline. Kathy Da Silva

A Thorn for Trans-Canada

Damage to her creek has only hardened one woman’s opposition to the tar sands pipeline.
PETER GORMAN
TransCanada, the giant energy firm building a pipeline from Oklahoma to the Texas coast as part of a project that would carry tar sands bitumen all the way from Canada, is finding more fight in some Texas landowners than the co...



Vera: “I live here by myself, and I’m handicapped, so I can’t get in there and make meals.” Jeff Prince

No Sequester on Hunger

Meals on Wheels clients are feeling the bite of federal funding cuts.
JEFF PRINCE
Automatic federal funding cuts known as sequestrations are trickling down and coming dangerously close to the stomachs of poor, elderly, and disabled Tarrant County residents who receive home-delivered meals. The measure that t...


The Dillow house was donated to TWU, but the university hasn’t used it for more than five years. Jeff Prince

Classy House?

TWU wants to ditch its home work.
JEFF PRINCE
Historic Fort Worth Inc. filed a lawsuit after the city paved the way for demolition of a historic house, and the suit was set to determine whether the preservation ordinance has teeth. Hmmm. Maybe it should be called the Gummy...



Hensarling: “The days of the mom-and-pop liquor store are gone.” Lee Chastain

Liquor by the Big Box

The booze business is getting chained up in North Texas.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Just a few weeks ago, empty shelves at the Majestic Liquor on Camp Bowie Boulevard gave the long-standing retailer the look of a sad, picked-apart grocery store just before a natural disaster. Now a design crew is hard at work ...


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Special Treatment

Arlington Heights staffers are furious about the lack of attention to some students’ needs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The toilet sat for years behind a thin privacy screen at the back of a special education classroom at Arlington Heights High School. It’s finally gone, but faculty members say it still symbolizes the serious problems they see...