Fort Clark Days Festival
Mar. 2-3
Historic Fort Clark Springs
Brackettville, TX

Sahawe Indian Dancers Ceremonials
Mar. 2-3
First United Methodist Church
301 N. High St.
Uvalde, TX

2012 Geological Society of America South Central Annual Meeting
Mar. 7-9
Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX

St. Patrick's Day Motorcycle Run
Mar. 16-19
Del Rio, TX

Paddy's Fun Run
Saturday, March 17
9:00 pm

Marfa, TX

Wild Hog Explosion
Saturday, March 17
Mansfield Park
Bandera, TX

Big Bend Sector MWR Chili Cook-Off and Softball Tournament
Saturday, March 24
Kokernut Park
Alpine, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
March 2012 - Message from Carlos
Long a mainstay of the West Texas economy, the energy industry is now experiencing a boom in San Antonio's backyard. The Eagle Ford Shale formation is producing jobs, generating other economic activity for the South Texas region and helping supply an energy-hungry nation.

This week, oil and gas producers, economic development agencies, and community leaders gathered in San Antonio for the inaugural Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference, and like the formation itself, there was plenty of ground to cover.

This conference not only helped us put the Eagle Ford play in perspective, with experts evaluating its size and potential production, it also looked at the environmental challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing and the technological innovations that will make oil and gas production cleaner and more efficient as we move forward.

The Eagle Ford Shale is already having a significant impact on the regional economy, and state coffers are benefiting as well. January sales tax collections exceeded $2 billion for the second time in three months, thanks in part to the energy sector.

Oil and gas don't just power our cars and heat and cool our homes. Revenues from energy production help fund public schools and vital government programs. For thousands of working Texans, this industry pays the mortgage, keeps the lights on and puts food on the table.

It is vital that we take full advantage of the opportunity that Mother Nature has provided and that we continue to reap the benefits of this resource in the years to come. I was delighted to play a role in the Eagle Ford Shale conference, which took a long, hard look at the formation's promise and how it can be sustained.

Semper Fi!

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TAPA names Uresti Legislator of the Year

The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants gave Sen. Uresti its Legislator of the Year award at the organization's Feb. 25 conference in Dallas.

TAPA honored the senator for his legislative achievements in the 82nd Texas Legislature. He sponsored House Bill 2098, which authorizes physician assistants to form corporations, partnerships, professional associations or limited liability companies ; and House Bill 2080, which expanded the authority of PAs to issue disabled parking placards.

Both measures were designed to give PAs greater economic and professional freedom.

Presidio students meet President Obama

Don't ever tell Janet and Ana Karen Nieto of Presidio that an easy task "isn't rocket science." It wouldn't matter to them if it was.

The two sisters, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, are members of the rocketry team at Presidio High School, a national finalist in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Their work at designing rockets got Janet, Ana Karen, and Gwynelle Condino an invitation to the White House Science Fair, where they met President Obama.

The girls showed the president four rockets they had built, including one wrapped in yellow paper with cherry blossoms. "It's beautiful, you just don't usually see rockets this pretty," Obama told the Big Bend Sentinel.

Presidio ISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire said the girls' visit filled the community with pride and accomplishment.

More than 100 teenagers from 45 states were at the White House Science Fair to present their research and findings in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.

Lytle ISD recognized by H-E-B

The Lytle Independent School District has been recognized by H-E-B as a top school district and named as a finalist for the grocery chain's Excellence in Education Awards.

Lytle, in the small district category, received $2,500 for being a finalist and now has a chance to win $50,000 in May.

With a student enrollment of some 1,700 students, Lytle has an academically acceptable state accountability rating and recently was recognized by Texas School Business magazine for its innovative use of technology.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio to host exhibit of grand masters

Texas A&M University-San Antonio has announced a once in a lifetime experience for the city’s South Side — a unique art exhibit featuring many works that have never been seen outside of Spain.

The sixty-day exhibit will be housed at the university's main campus from March 17-May 20, and the public will be able to visit free of charge. Tours for school groups will also be available.

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