Tribpedia: General Land Office

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The General Land Office is the state agency responsible for managing land and natural resources in the state’s public domain, which totals 20.3 million acres of land and mineral-rights properties. It includes beaches, bays, estuaries and other "submerged" lands out to 10.3 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as grazing lands in West Texas, timberlands ...

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State lawmakers, including Reps. Debbie Riddle, David Simpson and Stephanie Klick listen to a local landowner explain how he lost his land in Clay County to the Bureau of Land Management.
State lawmakers, including Reps. Debbie Riddle, David Simpson and Stephanie Klick listen to a local landowner explain how he lost his land in Clay County to the Bureau of Land Management.

State Officials, Lawmakers Take Aim at BLM Dispute

After a presentation in Clay County on Red River land that's the subject of a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Texas officials and lawmakers on Monday sought to reassure Texans who have managed some of the land for decades.

Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.
Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.

Blurred Lines: Texas-BLM Spat Has Complicated History

Amid a federal agency's looming decision about what to do with a ribbon of land along the Red River it claims, Texas officials are speaking out on the issue. This is how we got here. 

A view of the Red River looking east, north of Bonham, Texas. Texas is to the right, and Oklahoma is on the left. The border between the two states runs along the south (right) bank of the river.
A view of the Red River looking east, north of Bonham, Texas. Texas is to the right, and Oklahoma is on the left. The border between the two states runs along the south (right) bank of the river.

AG Seeks Details on Federal Plans for Land by Red River

Texas officials are seeking more information on the federal government's plans to potentially take control of 90,000 acres of land long managed by North Texans. 

George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, delivers keynote address at 4th Annual State Legislative Conference
George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, delivers keynote address at 4th Annual State Legislative Conference

Bush's Run Adds to Debate on Hispanics and GOP

Many Republican officials have pointed to George P. Bush, the odds-on favorite in the 2014 land commissioner's race, as an example that Hispanic candidates are able to win statewide GOP primaries. But several political observers do not see a trend starting.

George P. Bush at the state Capitol on Jan. 7, 2013, the day before the beginning of the 83rd session.
George P. Bush at the state Capitol on Jan. 7, 2013, the day before the beginning of the 83rd session.

So Far, George P. Bush Running at Arm's Length

At the Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels on Friday, newbie political candidate George P. Bush was smooth, cautious and unremarkable. His aim was to get used to the spotlight without making a bad impression, and he got the job done.

Video: George P. Bush Keynotes Legislative Conference

George P. Bush, Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, told a crowd at the Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels on Friday that he's interested in education issues, in cutting regulations and taxes, and in helping the 1.7 million veterans expected to live in or return to the state over the next few years. 

Bill and Gail Mullinax's 720-square-foot Laguna Madre cabin is accessible only by boat. It is about a 10-minute ride from the nearest marina in Corpus Christi, where the couple lives.
Bill and Gail Mullinax's 720-square-foot Laguna Madre cabin is accessible only by boat. It is about a 10-minute ride from the nearest marina in Corpus Christi, where the couple lives.

Coastal Cabins Are Paradise for Permit Holders

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Through a nearly 40-year-old program run by the Texas General Land Office, several people hold permits to use cabins on remote, state-owned islands near the Intracoastal Waterway. Permit holders love the isolation — and the fishing.

Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner (left) and Karen Thompson, president general, Daughters of the Republic
Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner (left) and Karen Thompson, president general, Daughters of the Republic

Decision to Allow Booze at Alamo Draws Criticism

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which controlled the site until a year ago, has called the decision disrespectful to the memory of the Alamo.

Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner (left) and Karen Thompson, president general, Daughters of the Republic
Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner (left) and Karen Thompson, president general, Daughters of the Republic

Control of Alamo Begins to Shift Away From DRT

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are gradually being relieved of sole responsibility for one of the Lone Star state's most important icons after years of controversy over their management of the Alamo.