Bill to help state historic sites making progress

AUSTIN ‘ Texas has 120 attractive and interesting state parks and historic sites. But anyone who has visited a park lately would agree that they could be better. Parks have had to make do with skimpy maintenance budgets, and the results are showing. But Senate Bill 305, approved April 17, will mandate a sweeping analysis of the state’s land and water conservation needs and a plan to improve things. Also required under the bill is that Parks and Wildlife Department place more emphasis on its historical holdings, referring to them in the future as historic sites, not parks. The bill also prohibits the agency from using alcohol or tobacco advertising in its publications. Bullock Museum open After what’s known as a ‘soft opening’ last week, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum officially opens to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday. The grand opening will feature live music, historical reenactments and educational activities. Located at 1800 N. Congress Ave. in Austin, the cost for admission to the museum exhibits is $5 for adults but is free for children younger than 18. Tickets to the IMAX Theater, the Texas Spirit Theater and the Journey into Amazing Caves are extra. To learn more about the new museum, check out its website at www.TheStoryofTexas.com. Job hunting’ High tech companies are still laying off Texans right and left, but on large employer based in Austin is seeking qualified applicants. The job comes with a high performance car and a pistol, shotgun and rifle. Knowing that it’s going to be hit hard in the next few years with a wave of Baby Boomer retirements, the Department of Public Safety is planning six new recruit schools in the next two years’

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