Bandera Electric Co-op Monitoring Weather

This morning, ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) issued an Advisory due to the potential for temperatures below freezing across most of the state.  Although they do not anticipate such events, ERCOT has asked utilities to be prepared for load shed events (or rolling outages) as they could happen quickly.

The State Operations Center has alerted the PUC (Public Utility Commission) that Texas is facing another round of winter weather this week, particularly Tuesday and Wednesday.

Conservation is critical.  We continue to ask members to use as little electricity as possible and to take the following conservation steps:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights. Use lights only in the room you are in.  If you have outdoor lights or any other unnecessary lights, turn those off.
  • Minimize appliance usage. If it isn’t a necessity, don’t use it.  For example, save your wash for the weekend.  Try to avoid using the dishwasher.  If you do have to use an appliance, use it in the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 6.  This is when demand is at its lowest.
  • Turn things off. The TV, your computer, your radio – unless you are using them, turn them off.  Don’t run errands and leave these things on.
  • Unplug things around the house. All your gadgets with digital displays should be unplugged.  Although it is very little, these do use electricity when plugged in.  By unplugging them you are saving electricity without having to give up much.

We ask that you continue to check our website,, for the latest news.  Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available to us.

Thank you,

Katie K Haby

Communications Specialist

Bandera Electric Cooperative, Inc.

3172 State Hwy 16 N

Bandera, Texas  78003


Fax 830-460-3030

registered to VOTE!!!

Did you know that only 76% of Texas REALTORS® are registered to VOTE? That means that roughly 1 in 4 Texas REALTORS® is NOT registered to vote. This is where I need your help. Please take the initiative to make sure as many REALTORS® in your local Association is registered to VOTE. In order to vote in the November 2nd election, you have until OCTOBER 4TH to get registered. I have also attached the link to the TAR Voter Guide. Please share this with your membership.

Support real estate-friendly candidates this November—download the 2010 Texas Association of REALTORS® voter guide.

Native Texas plants for sale from the Texas Forestry Service

Seedlings for sale

Each year, West Texas Nursery grows roughly 30 different hardwood and evergreen seedling species, though exact numbers vary based on seed availability, weather and other factors.

Customers can begin placing orders for seedlings each September. Sales continue while supplies last through the fall and winter. Seedlings are shipped the following February.

For more information, call West Texas Nursery at 806-892-3572. Orders can be placed online, over the phone or by fax at 806-892-3585.

Return to West Texas Nursery.

Bandera County Board of Realtors is holding its annual BBQ – Free BBQ Brisket

It is that time a year again, The Bandera County Board of Realtors is holding its annual BBQ – Free BBQ Brisket

Where: Bandera County/City River Park

When: Tuesday July 13, 5:30 to 9pm

What to bring: lawn chair and a dish

Why: To Network!!!!

BYOB! No Glass!!!!

Admission: Free

So please come and join us for a great evening!

BTW. we have a new BLOG! Check it out! feedback and info to add to it would be great!.

IF you wish to let me know what you are bringing that is great, or just surprise us!!  Also if you wish to let me know if you are coming that would be good too. We plan on having aprox 75 people!!! Be one!

Flood insurance and Tax Credit processing extension!

Finally, you may resume closing loans with flood insurance. It is indeed retroactive to June 1.
Tax deadline has been extended to September 30th and
USDA unfortunately has not been.

Please see comments below

The Congress has passed the following:

·         Tax credit processing extension

The Congress has passed  H.R. 5623, the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act, which extends the tax credit closing deadline until September 30th.  There will also be no gap between June 30th and the date the President signs the bill into law.  The extension only applies to transactions in which the purchase contract was signed by April 30th.

·         Flood insurance extension

The Senate has passed H.R. 5569 which extends the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2010.  The bill is retroactive from June 1, 2010 to the date the President also signs this bill.


There is still no decision on the USDA extension.   Since the Senate adjoined until July 12th, the House must decide whether to accept the supplemental appropriations bill passed by the Senate or it will be necessary to delay final action on the USDA extension until after the July 4th recess.

Protect your home and land from abusive eminant domain

Dear Fellow Texans,

In Texas, a family’s home is their castle and there was a time when we protected our home and property with our lives. In 1836, Texans stood together in defiance of an oppressive government, one that was attempting to trample their rights as citizens. Unfortunately, rural and urban Texans today face a very similar problem in the form of eminent domain.

Last November, Texans took the first step toward strengthening private property rights against abusive eminent domain by passing Proposition 11 with an overwhelming 81% of the vote. While passage of Proposition 11 was a good first step, true eminent domain reform will only happen when additional protections are passed into law.

Now the legislature needs to complete eminent domain reform by also passing additional reforms that establish stricter penalties for not negotiating in good faith; demand adequate compensation for loss of access; provide a 10-year buy back provision for land that isn’t used; and clarify that eminent domain must only be exercised for public use.

The 14th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution says in part: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” This is one of the founding principles our country was built on, and I need your help to ensure the Texas Legislature finishes the job.

A fair and equitable solution exists to this problem, and it begins with you. Will you exercise your rights and help protect Texas? Please click here to read and sign my petition and send the message: “In Texas, a family’s home is their castle” and it will be protected from injustice of any kind.

May God Bless Texas,

P.S. Every Texas homeowner, neighborhood association and landowner needs to unite against abusive eminent domain.