The city of Austin announced it would close both Barton Springs and Deep Eddy temporarily as of Tuesday and that all city parks will shut down from July 3 to July 5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
All City of Austin parks and park facilities will be closed over the July 4th weekend. Additionally, Barton Springs… https://t.co/BieAxoA5Mg— Austin Parks & Rec (@Austin Parks & Rec) 1593473085.0
Chlorinated pools will remain open for the time being, the parks department said.
The closures include the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.
The announcement follows warnings yesterday from public health officials that they are "on the verge" of recommending another shutdown due to a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
Travis County Parks will close all parks in its system starting Thur, July 2, 2020 at 8 p.m. and re-open on Tue, Ju… https://t.co/T0JUeKbTDO— Travis County Parks (@Travis County Parks) 1593455358.0
Travis County announced Monday that its parks will close between Thursday and Tuesday for the same reason.
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New filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show Tesla plans to finish construction on its first phase of its new Gigafactory in southeast Travis County by year's end.
Tesla's filings, first reported by Electrek this week, match the electric vehicle company's plans to start production by the end of the year. A timeline on the other phases, which include the production of the cybertruck, have not been revealed yet.
So far the project totals at least $1.06 billion in costs. The budget includes the following facilities:
- Body-in-white: $182 million
- General assembly: $493 million
- Paint: $126 million
- Casting: $109 million
- Stamping: $150 million
The factory, which Tesla has received a minimum of $14.7 million in tax breaks for, will start off with production of the Model Y, a mid-size SUV that has increased in price eight times this year. Up to 500,000 Model Y SUVs are expected each year from Austin's Gigafactory that will reportedly employ thousands of workers.
Later, the Model 3, Cybertruck, and Tesla Semi will be produced at the roughly 1,700-acre site near the Colorado River.
Tesla is also growing its Austin presence by moving its headquarters to the area. More details on whether the HQ will be on site of the Gigafactory have not been revealed.
Austin was honored with a surprise feature in Time's Top 100 Photos of 2021, but like many of the photos in the collection, it wasn't for capturing a feel-good moment.
The photo, featured at No. 30 on the list, depicts a telling scene during February's winter storm, when a man took to his car to warm up and charge his phone. His face, lit up by the phone screen in the dark vehicle, is the only source of light at the apartment complex, which had been out of power since early the day before, according to the caption. In the backdrop of the snowy scene sits a fully lit city skyline, an issue faced by Austin Energy during the deep freeze.
"Huge winter storms plunged large parts of the central and southern United States into an energy crisis as frigid blasts of Arctic weather crippled electric grids and left millions of Americans without power amid dangerously cold temperatures," the Time caption reads.
The picture was taken by Austin-based visual journalist Tamir Kalifa for the New York Times. Kalifa, whose works have been featured in the NYT, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and elsewhere, has taken photos for key Texas events including Hurricane Harvey, pandemic life and the Beto O'Rourke vs. Ted Cruz campaigns as well as multiple projects in Israel.
Time's 2021 rendition of the list depicts harrowing and historic moments—from family members losing their loved ones to COVID while divided by glass to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. "Seeing is still believing," the piece's intro reads, emphasizing the importance of images.
"Remember when people thought it was the year? That 2020 was uniquely cursed, the worst year ever, that all would be resolved by January. Instead, 2021 has proved to be a fraught annum of unfinished transitions, half-kept promises, all torque and in-betweens," TIME's Karl Vick writes. "If the reality we all still share is the one captured in pixels, that consensus is precious, and worth guarding while we figure out how to talk to one another again... because what would we believe if we couldn't believe our own eyes? What we want to believe, of course. And look where that's got us."
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Be prepared for a wet and chilly Thanksgiving as overnight storms bring rain into the morning across Central Texas.
Thunderstorms are expected to occur just before midnight tonight with the thick of the storm passing through Austin between midnight and 3 a.m. Showers will last until around noon on Thanksgiving, bringing less than an inch of rain in total, according to the National Weather Service.
Here is a look at one forecast model's timing and coverage of showers and a few storms tonight into Thanksgiving morning. pic.twitter.com/hSfDlvc3SM
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) November 24, 2021
After a sunny afternoon, temperatures are forecast to drop into Thursday evening, reaching a low of 42 degrees.
Friday will remain partly sunny before a cloudy weekend could bring a chance of showers for Saturday and Sunday.