Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA Nature Preserve) is opening a new walking trail on Saturday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at 201 E. Jones Street.
The Blackjack Trail is a 1.5-mile trail that gives visitors access to a Cross Timbers forest remnant. Blackjack oaks, post oaks, hickories and a variety of other plant species not seen elsewhere at LLELA Nature Preserve give this trail a different feel. The dirt-surfaced path winds through both the forest and open prairie glades on the far west side of the preserve. Volunteers have worked for the past year to build bridges and benches along the trail, and an Eagle Scout has constructed a kiosk and directional signs along the trail.
Hikers can meet at the trailhead to participate in one of three guided hikes on the new trail at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. No RSVP is needed for the hikes. Fifteen hikers can be accommodated per session; if a hike fills, those attending may be asked to catch the next one instead. Hikers should bring a water bottle, wear comfortable walking shoes and use sunscreen. There is no additional cost for the guided tours beyond the regular LLELA gate fee of $5 per person (free for children age 5 and younger). Contact 972.219.3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, and Lewisville ISD. For more information, visit llela.org.
Lewisville Citizen’s Fire Academy, the closest civilians can come to being a firefighter short of joining the department, is accepting applications for its 2015 class. The free 10-week program starts March 10 and will include instruction and training experiences in the classroom and in the field.
The academy, which is open to Lewisville residents age 21 or older, is designed for people who have a genuine interest in fire department operations and fire and life safety awareness. Classes meet every Tuesday evening, 6:30-9 p.m., plus two Saturday morning classes. All sessions are taught by fire department personnel at Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Parkway.
Filing closed Friday in the race for Lewisville City Council, Place 2. The incumbent, Neil Ferguson faces a challenge from Osman Paracha in the May 9th election. Here is more about each candidate:
Neil Ferguson - Deputy Mayor Pro Tem R. Neil Ferguson, 62, was elected to Place 2 in 2011 to fill the remaining term of David Thornhill, who died unexpectedly while in office. Ferguson was re-elected for a full three-year term in 2012, and has filed for re-election this year.
Prior to his service on City Council, Ferguson was a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, with ex-officio service on the Lewisville Transportation Board, Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, and Brownfields Advisory Committee. He also served on the Oil and Gas Ordinance stakeholder’s committee. He served as President of Lewisville Neighbors for Responsible Urban Drilling, and was a Chairman of the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance, and Chairman of the Lewisville Lake Symphony. Ferguson also served on the Lewisville Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Review Committee as the chairman and as a grant reviewer.
Ferguson has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington with a dual major in psychology and computer science. He did postgraduate studies in computer science, and had some college courses in real estate law.
A former executive for Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), which has long since been acquired by BP, he brought a perspective to the discussion when Lewisville was first facing urban gas drilling back in 2009. His position was that gas drilling could be done safely in some parts of the city, but that it had no place in the middle of neighborhoods, in close proximity to homes and other protected uses. He also held that in some cases these wells were not the highest and best uses of the land. He was instrumental in helping to revise the city’s oil and gas ordinance to extend the minimum distance from gas wells and equipment to homes. Ferguson said of his time dealing with gas drilling issues that he tried to focus on win-win-win for mineral rights holders, drillers, and neighborhoods. He has held a real estate license, and is a past member of the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors.
A Flower Mound woman is hospitalized after being shot Friday night by her husband, who then took his own life.
Flower Mound Police say that approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday, they received a call about a domestic disturbance where someone had a gun. Upon arrival, the officers located a woman outside the home who had been shot. She was taken to Denton Regional Hospital and appeared to be stable at the time of transport.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the couple's residence and found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Flower Mound Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Update - 2/26 - 9:50 a.m.: Highland Village Police say the child has been located in Carrollton.
Original: Via Highland Village Police Department: Missing Runaway - 16 Year Old
Highland Village Police are looking for a 16 year old runaway teen who was last seen at the Lewisville Wal-Mart on Main Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2/24/15 at about 3:00pm. The runaway, William Durham, got into an argument with his parents and fled, on foot, without shoes.
Runaway: William Vincent Durham W/M, 16 years of age Brown Hair, Brown Eyes Olive skin tone, Height 5'0" Weight 95
Last Seen Wearing: Black hoodie with "Las Vegas" in neon lettering on the front, sleeves and hood. Black sweat pants and white socks (no shoes, only socks)
- Attends Marcus High School - Looks younger than his real age - Due to lack of footwear and weather conditions there is a welfare concern.
Contact: If found please call 911, if you have any information please contact Highland Village Police at 972-317-6551.
We had a few folks ask about how the lake level is doing with all this recent precipitation, and it's been awhile since we posted an update about drought. Lewisville residents are interested in lake levels especially because it is a huge recreation draw, and most of our municipal drinking water comes through the lake. Lewisville's water treatment plant processes water directly from the lake, and Lewisville purchases treated water from Dallas Water Utilities, the majority of which comes down the Elm Fork from Lewisville Dam.
Lake Level First, the lake level: Lewisville Lake currently sits at 515.29 feet, or 6.71 feet below conservation pool, which is at 522 feet above sea level. At this elevation, the lake is considered to be 71% full. We haven't been over conservation pool since early 2012.
Conservation pool is the measure of water that is stored in a lake intentionally for water supply and recreational purposes. Lewisville Lake's flood pool is at 532 feet. This flood pool is used to catch runoff for the purpose of preventing floods. Water caught in the lake between conservation pool and flood pool is released in a controlled manner through the outlet works by the Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding along the Trinity River. Above 532 feet, water flows uncontrolled over the top of Lewisville Dam's floodway.
Ideally, our lake would be much closer to conservation pool at this time of year, so that summer water usage and evaporation do not take us down to critical levels.
The chart above (click to enlarge) shows a plot of lake levels since January 1st, 2015. As you can see, the lake is now at its highest level this year. Just before the recent ice and snow, the level had gone down to about 514.89. So, the recent precipitation has raised the level by 0.4 feet, or about 4.8 inches. We would need close to 17 more precipitation events* like we just had in order to catch up.
Lewisville Morning Rotary is now accepting flag program subscriptions for the 2015 year. Flags will be placed in your front yard (or location of your choice) on six holidays:
- Memorial Day - Flag Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Patriots Day - Veterans Day
The subscription fee is $42 for the year. If you are a new subscriber they will drill a hole in your yard and insert a sleeve to make it easy for the volunteers to place the flag in the ground the evening before or morning of the holiday. The same volunteers will then pick the flag up after the holiday.
Your subscription fee helps support Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, whose volunteers place the flags, in addition to the local and international charities that the club supports.
With Severe Weather Awareness Week on March 1-7, the City of Lewisville, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have joined together to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies.
Each year brings the potential for violent weather to Texas, and large portions of the state can be devastated by flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight line winds and other severe emergencies. North Texans know how serious and threatening severe weather can be. The good news is that most weather can be predicted, but the bad news is that many weather-related injuries still occur each year despite advance warning. The first step to being prepared is realizing that severe weather can happen at any time.
Here are some helpful steps in being informed and prepared for the upcoming severe weather season:
The 35Express team will hold a general construction update meeting and a question-and-answer session to provide updates on the $1.4 billion highway project. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to get up-to-speed on the work that has been completed on the project and learn about upcoming construction.
The meeting for the middle segment of the project in Lewisville, Highland Village, Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek will be held Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
As the 35Express Project construction continues, motorists should be aware of the following traffic changes in the upcoming weeks:
Detours for this project will take eastbound SH 121 Business traffic south on the access road to Corporate Drive and back, and will take westbound SH 121 Business traffic north on the access road to Fox Avenue.
- Various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road between Fox Avenue in Lewisville and Frankford Road in Carrollton will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic will remain open.
- Various lanes of north- and southbound I-35E near FM 3040/Round Grove Road, will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic each direction will remain open.
- The pedestrian walkway on the Fox Avenue overpass at I-35E will be demolished in early March. A new pedestrian walkway being will be separated from traffic by a barrier instead of the current cage enclosure. Scheduled detour of the I-35E main lanes is overnight Friday, March 6, and overnight Saturday, March 7.
The 35Express project extends approximately 30 miles, through eight cities and two counties, from US 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. The Design-Build project is expected to relieve traffic congestion in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the North Texas region. For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for automated notifications, visit 35Express.org, or call 214.483.7777.
The Lewisville Texan Journal wants our readers to be prepared in the event of weather-related emergencies. Here are a few tips:
Prepare for Power Outages The power grid in Lewisville seems to be susceptible to outages in just about any weather, but freezing precipitation can be damaging to power lines. Lewisville residents should make preparations in case of prolonged power outages:
- Have firewood handy if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Make sure the flue is clean and serviceable.
- Have flashlights and batteries available. It is not safe to use candles for emergency lighting.
- Have a battery or crank-powered weather radio.
- Do not use heat-producing appliances like barbecue grills for indoor heat. These can start fires or expose you to carbon monoxide and kill you.
- Add the electric outage reporting number to your cell phone right now: Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP): 888-866-7456. CoServ: 800-274-4014
These are the outage reporting numbers where you can report an outage or get status on restoration.
Be Prepared in Your Car - Have a full tank of gas in the car - Carry sand or cat litter with you in the car in case you get stuck and need traction. - Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle, if you must travel: blankets, water, jumper cables, tow rope, flashlight, etc. - Get your scraper and snow brush out of the trunk, and have it handy. - Have a pair of gloves
Other preparations: - Keep your cell phone charged - Ensure before the event that you have plenty of any prescription medicines you might need. - When temperatures are freezing, let your inside faucets drip to keep the pipes from freezing. Wrap outside faucets with insulation and plastic. Crumpled newspaper, trash bags, and duct tape will work in a pinch. - Make sure your pets have adequate shelter and warmth. - Pre-treat sidewalks and driveways with rock salt, brine, or even nitrogen fertilizer (urea) to reduce or prevent ice from forming or sticking. - Stay tuned to local news outlets for weather updates and timely information about road conditions.
Do you like to make other preparations for winter weather emergencies? If so, and we missed it, leave a comment below.