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Sharpening up Indian Point

October 24, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Work to protect hundreds of acres of valuable wetlands near Corpus Christi Bay is under way on Indian Point.  Workers are busy smashing up concrete rip-rap that has protected the peninsula between Portland and Corpus Christi for many years but has made access to the shore for fishermen tri...more


U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum draws record crowds

October 16, 2014
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office’s 21st Border Energy Forum opened in Monterrey today to a standing-room only crowd.  “There’s a lot of excitement about Mexican energy reform right now,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “Texas oil...more


143 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

September 30, 2014
(AUSTIN)— A total of 9,318 volunteers picked up more than 143 tons of trash off Texas Beaches Saturday, making the 28th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup — the biggest beach cleanup in the nation — a smashing success.  “This cleanup makes me proud to be a Texan,&#8...more


GLO deposits in last 10 year exceed prior total deposits since 1874

September 17, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Fiscal year 2014 is in the books and for the first time ever the Texas General Land Office deposited more than $1 billion into the state’s Permanent School Fund, crushing all previous records.  “Our top job here at the General Land Office is to earn money for the school...more


‘We might be speaking French today instead of English'

September 15, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Putting pieces of the past together: it’s what historians do. And that’s precisely what happened when a million-plus fragments were recovered from a 300-year-old shipwreck along the Texas Coast and reassembled – the subject of a session at this year’s Save Te...more


Ferguson, like Perry, charged with misapplying veto power

September 02, 2014
(AUSTIN)—The governor of Texas faces charges for misapplying his veto power and makes national headlines. Though that may sound like recent news, it’s not. It’s front page material from nearly a hundred years ago. Like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. James E. “Pa” Ferguso...more


Texas’ biggest beach cleanup Saturday, Sept. 27

August 25, 2014
(AUSTIN)—As many as 10,000 Texans are expected to hit the beach Saturday, Sept. 27 for the biggest beach cleanup in the Lone Star State, the Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup.  The all-volunteer cleanup will take place 30 of the state’s most popular tourist ...more


Oldest building at The Alamo to get new roof

August 18, 2014
(THE ALAMO)—A roof replacement project at the oldest building at The Alamo will begin soon. The Long Barrack, located just northwest of the Alamo sanctuary and the only building on the complex which hosts a museum, will be closed starting Monday, Aug. 18. Work is expected to continue through mid-October. Const...more


Phil Collins donates massive collection to the Alamo

Phil Collins donates massive collection to the Alamo

June 26, 2014
((Austin, Texas) )—THE ALAMO, Texas – The largest known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo has come home. Today, former Genesis drummer, Oscar winner, multiple Grammy Award winner and Texana collector Phil Collins joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patter...more


Phil Collins Alamo event can now be seen worldwide

June 25, 2014
(THE ALAMO, Texas)—An entertainment icon known around the world for his music will appear tomorrow in a webcast for a different kind of event than one may expect: announcing the donation of his massive Alamo artifact collection to the Cradle of Texas Liberty. Former Genesis drummer, Oscar winner, multiple Grammy Awar...more


Phil Collins Alamo event can now be seen worldwide

June 25, 2014
(THE ALAMO, Texas)—An entertainment icon known around the world for his music will appear tomorrow in a webcast for a different kind of event than one may expect: announcing the donation of his massive Alamo artifact collection to the Cradle of Texas Liberty. Former Genesis drummer, Oscar winner, multiple Grammy Awar...more


Phil Collins’ extensive Alamo collection coming home

June 24, 2014
(THE ALAMO, Texas)—The largest-known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo will soon be coming home. Former Genesis drummer, OscarTM winner, multiple Grammy AwardTM winner and Texana collector Phil Collins will join Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to announce th...more


Bonham veterans to commemorate Flag Day

June 13, 2014
(BONHAM, Texas)—A couple of stars have been added since several local veterans signed up to fight for Old Glory. A Flag Day ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in the dining room of the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home, 1300 Seven Oaks Road, in Bonham. Members of the American Legion Post 231 ...more


Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home earns Bronze National Quality Award

June 11, 2014
((Austin, Texas) )—The high-quality care at Bonham’s Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home has been recognized with the 2014 Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.   The award is the first of three di...more


Take action before the storm to secure your coastal property

June 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane forecasters predict a slow storm season this summer, but Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is urging coastal homeowners to take the time now and get prepared for the next big one.  “Anyone who lives on the Texas coast knows it’s not if, but when the next...more


5 Tyler-area D-Day vets to be honored at Texas State Veterans Home

June 02, 2014
(TYLER, Texas)—On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler will honor the veterans who turned the tide during World War II. Four residents of the home – Austeen V. Bice, Richard D. Carter, Homer C. Garrett, and Robert M. Moore – and speci...more


D-Day veterans to speak at 70th anniversary film

June 02, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Two of the men who fought in history’s biggest amphibious invasion will commemorate its 70th anniversary in front of the largest movie screen in Texas. D-Day veterans Robert Bearden, author and former POW, and John Marino will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of the...more


Texas State Veterans Cemeteries to celebrate Memorial Day with meaning

May 22, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Keeping with the true meaning of the holiday, the four Texas State Veterans Cemeteries will host Memorial Day programs on Monday, May 26. The events, all of which are open to the public, will feature several veterans organizations from the area and elected officials, as w...more


Veterans kick off Memorial Day weekend with a roar

May 22, 2014
(FLORESVILLE, Texas)—Three hundred motorcyclists are revved up for a Memorial Day salute to some of our nation’s greatest heroes. The Basics for the Best Memorial Day Run will culminate at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, 200 Veterans Drive, in Floresville. The run, ...more


Bonham to kick off Memorial Day weekend early

May 22, 2014
(BONHAM, Texas )—Some may argue that going to the lake on Memorial Day weekend is a distraction from the true meaning of the holiday. But this Friday, the residents and staff of the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home have found a way to both honor our veterans and work in an afternoon of fishing. A Pre-Memor...more


Coastal Management Program grant workshops

May 08, 2014
(AUSTIN)— Up to $1.8 million in coastal grants are available and staff members from the General Land Office are touring the Texas coast explaining how to apply.  Find out how to get a local project funded by attending one of five grant workshops. The meetings will be May 14 in Port Isabel, May 20 i...more


121 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

April 30, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas) )—A total of 7,334 volunteers hauled more than 121 tons of trash off Texas beaches Saturday for the 28th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup.    “That’s more than 22,002 hours of labor — all volunteer — working to kee...more


Artwork wins Honey Grove fifth-grader Caribbean cruise

April 02, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Jordan Gerling, a fifth-grader from Honey Grove Elementary in Honey Grove is the grand prize winner of the 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. Jordan’s playful treasure map captures many elements that make the Texas c...more


Show your love for the Texas coast Saturday, April 26

April 02, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 26. The 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at 31 of Texas’ most popular tourist beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at www.texasadoptabeach.org to...more


Oil spill response crews in Matagorda ahead of potential impact

March 26, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Manpower and equipment are already in place to protect Matagorda Bay from any oil spilled by a barge at Texas City, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Wednesday.  As a sheen of oil drifted south along the Texas coast Wednesday, protective boom and other types of equipment were pr...more


Texas taxpayers won’t foot the bill for Texas City Dike cleanup

March 25, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced the aggressive response to clean up the oil spill off the Texas City Dike won’t affect the state’s $20 million fund to clean up oil spills. The party ultimately found responsible for the spill will pay all the bills. That $...more


Barry Corbin new voice for Texas VLB

March 17, 2014
(AUSTIN)—As the new spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas born and bred actor Barry Corbin has a face most everyone will recognize, even if they may not know his name.  With more than 100 TV and film credits and several Emmy nominations to his name, Corbin’s success as a Holl...more


39 Central Texans complete dementia training certification program

February 20, 2014
(TEMPLE, Texas)—Some reinforcements have arrived for the 1,300 Texans who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Thirty-nine graduates of the CARES dementia certification program will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Activity Room of the William R. Cour...more


Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo

February 19, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Due largely to popular culture from a bygone era, the Battle of the Alamo is often depicted as a racial conflict between Anglos and Hispanics.  But, of course, the truth is more revealing.  This spring the story of the Alamo siege and battle is cast in a new light.  For t...more


Winter Texans clean a ton of trash off South Padre beaches

February 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Thirty-eight of the most hardcore beach cleanup volunteers ever braved a brutally cold, wet and windy day at South Padre Island Cameron County beaches Friday, hauling off a ton of trash in the process for the Texas General Land Office’s Winter Texan Cleanup.  The wind chill was...more


Saturday’s Adopt-A-Beach Winter Beach Cleanup a success despite weather

February 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Saturday’s chilly wind failed to deter 404 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach volunteers from picking up nearly five and a half tons of trash form Coastal Bend shorelines.  The volunteers cleared 21 miles of Gulf Coast beaches from Aransas Pass to the Padre Island National S...more


Rio Grande State Veterans Cemetery to double columbaria capacity

February 05, 2014
(MISSION, Texas)—A $464,101 grant to the Texas Veterans Land Board couldn’t have come any sooner. The funding will be used to build two new columbaria (small buildings where ashes and remains are kept, including urns) at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, in addition to landscape im...more


2013

Veterans Cemetery announces $4.9 million renovation project

December 23, 2013
(KILLEEN, Texas )—Honoring the men and women who served in our nation’s military is the focus of the most ambitious renovation project in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery’s 10-year history. Scheduled to begin in February, a $4.9 million expansion project will involve the installation of ...more


Holiday map sales Save Texas History

November 20, 2013
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas is so big that even Santa needs a map – or three.  Historical maps posted on the Texas General Land Office website make quick, easy gifts for anyone who loves the Lone Star State and its colorful past. But best of all, proceeds from the sales preserve historic documents and...more


'Treasures of the Texas Coast' Children’s Art Contest opens

November 14, 2013
(AUSTIN)—AUSTIN — Calling all artists! All young Texans between the ages of 5 and 12 have a chance to win free vacations, a class party at a water park, and have their artwork appear in a popular calendar. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries to the 18th annual Adopt-A-Be...more


Patterson to keynote Veterans Day events

November 05, 2013
(AUSTIN, Texas)—The Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office will pay homage to all veterans — including five generations of his family — at three upcoming Veterans Day events across Texas. “Veterans Day is important for all Americans to take part in, not only veterans and their ...more


Patterson welcomes Vietnam Memorial Wall to Texas

November 05, 2013
(AUSTIN, Texas)—A 6-foot-tall, three-fifths-scale version of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. is on its way to South Texas. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will speak at the opening ceremony of the Magnolia stop of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Magnolia Apo...more


GLO to kick off Veterans Day by honoring oldest living WWII vet

November 05, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The oldest living U.S. veteran will be the guest of honor at a pre-Veterans Day ceremony this week for Texas General Land Office and Veterans Land Board employees. Richard Overton, 107, will be honored with a box of choice cigars and some hearty applause at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stephen F. Austin ...more


Cash for Trash at the National Seashore

November 04, 2013
(CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS)—The Adopt-A-Beach Expedition — a first-ever, competitive beach cleanup — drew contestants from as far as Alaska to the National Seashore Saturday in a race to see who could collect the most trash for valuable prizes.  Teams of four people each paid $80 for the chance to...more


Alamo will not go under UN control

October 30, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Despite spectacular and erroneous reports to the contrary, the Alamo is not being turned over to the United Nations — or anyone else for that matter. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today attempted once again to let Texans know that if the Alamo and the other Spanish missions in S...more


Veterans home 'pays it forward' with patriotic float

October 22, 2013
(FLORESVILLE, Texas )—FLORESVILLE, Texas – A team comprised of some of South Texas’ most patriotic people took home top honors in a festival that draws large crowds to a small town near San Antonio. The residents and staff of the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville were awarded t...more


Patterson: Seashore land sale on hold

October 19, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Negotiations to sell 3,680 acres of Permanent School Fund land north of Padre Island National Seashore will be put on hold until public concerns about future access can be addressed by officials with the National Parks Service, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said today.  &#822...more


Patterson keynote speaker at Alamo open carry event

October 15, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will make a stand at the Alamo in defense of the Second Amendment. Patterson is the keynote speaker for an open carry demonstration at Alamo Plaza – expected to draw scores of men and women bearing long rifles – at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1...more


Land rush offers vets chance to buy a piece of Texas

October 11, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A new Texas land rush is on! But this time it’s on the electronic frontier. Conducted entirely on the Internet for the first time, Texas veterans get first dibs on 28 properties for sale at or around the appraised value through this month’s Texas veterans Land Board Forfeited La...more


Federal shutdown doesn’t affect the Alamo

October 03, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Despite a slapdash and erroneous online news report, the Alamo remains open for business during the partial shutdown of the federal government.  “This is a good example of why things that matter most to Texans — like the Alamo — remain Texan, just like the Chr...more


Jerry Patterson promotes ‘Voices of Veterans’ coordinator to Major in Marine Reserves

Jerry Patterson promotes ‘Voices of Veterans’ coordinator to Major in Marine Reserves

October 02, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas General Land Office employee James Crabtree was given a promotion by Commissioner Jerry Patterson today – but not for his meritorious service with the Land Office. Crabtree, a Leander-area resident and the coordinator of GLO’s Veterans Land Board “Voices of Veter...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers shatter expectations for Fall Cleanup

October 01, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The results for Saturday’s 27th annual Fall Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup by the Texas General Land Office are in, and the number of volunteers exceeded all expectations. On Galveston Island, an all-time record 4,748 volunteers hit the beaches, hauling off an astounding 119 tons of trash that cou...more


Compete for treasure while cleaning the beach

September 18, 2013
(CORPUS CHRISTI)—One person’s trash really can be another’s treasure at an upcoming four-wheel drive beach cleaning competition. Sign-up for the inaugural Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Expedition is taking place now at http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/cleanups/special-cleanup.html. This first-of-i...more


Waco man to be honored for Fort Hood survivor idea

Waco man to be honored for Fort Hood survivor idea

September 13, 2013
(DALLAS)—A plan which drew nationwide applause to help the surviving spouses of the Fort Hood shooting came from humble beginnings. A Facebook post by a Waco nurse inspired Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to treat the spouses of those killed in the Fort Hood shooting rampage as if they were survivor...more


WWII veteran to be promoted from private to admiral in one day

September 13, 2013
(HOUSTON)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson decided seven decades is too long for one of the state’s foremost advocates of nursing home residents to go without a bump in military rank. Sam Perlin, 94, was eligible for a promotion to Private First Class while with the Army Signal Corps during ...more


CHL author stripped of rights at gun panel

September 11, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Concealed-carry law author Jerry Patterson will join other state leaders on the University of Texas campus for a panel on the future of gun laws. Known for carrying a gun in his boot, Patterson’s trademark holster will be empty for this event. Texans are still deprived of their Second Ame...more


Military antiques display to honor veterans

September 09, 2013
(TEMPLE)—The William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple will honor its resident heroes on Patriot Day with a display of military artifacts. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a presentation from veteran Ed Thomas, manager of Major Dad’s Military Antiques. Thom...more


Patterson sends reinforcements to the Alamo

September 04, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Two years after lawmakers turned the Alamo over to the Texas General Land Office, big changes at the state’s top tourist attraction have reinforced the Shrine of Texas Liberty, both financially and culturally. The state’s oldest agency took over stewardship of the Alamo on Sept....more


Labor Day concert and cookout to honor local Vets

August 30, 2013
(EL PASO)—Veterans, their families and staff at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home will be treated to a free cookout and concert on Labor Day. The invitation-only celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2. Carl Robinson, District Four city representative, is sponsoring the event. Navy ...more


Patterson: Wind keeps Texas an economic powerhouse

August 27, 2013
(HOUSTON)—Low-priced and plentiful natural gas may have taken a starring role in the Texas renewable energy market. But wind power still has its best chance to flourish in Texas. According to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Texas churns out the most wind power of any U.S. state, with 40 wind generat...more


Patterson: Desal key to Texas water supply future

August 27, 2013
(SAN MARCOS)—This year’s Texas Groundwater Summit will be held not far from where the Texas General Land Office launched a major effort to convert brackish water to drinkable water last year. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will keynote the Thursday morning session of the Texas Groundwater Sum...more


Dedicated servant, humble warrior ready again to take up fight for Texas veterans

August 27, 2013
(AUSTIN)—An old warrior will resume his battles for Texas veterans on September 1 as Bill McLemore, a retired Army Lt. Colonel, Airborne, aviator, and Green Beret takes over the top spot at the Texas Veterans Land Board.  “Texas veterans couldn’t ask for a better advocate to fig...more


New Alamo exhibit details birth of Spanish Texas

New Alamo exhibit details birth of Spanish Texas

August 26, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—Today, the Alamo and the Texas General Land Office announced the long-awaited follow-up to the highly successful Travis Letter exhibit with an exhibition of rare, original Spanish documents dating back to the foundation of the Alamo, and the mission system in San Antonio, in the 1700s.&#160...more


Fort Hood victims’ families to receive Texas veterans benefits

August 23, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Rejecting the notion the soldiers killed by a Jihadist mass murderer in Fort Hood were victims of workplace violence, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced Texas will treat their spouses as if they were killed in combat.  “This wasn’t workplace violence...more


Local veterans, state disaster recovery team rebuild World War II veteran’s home destroyed by fire

August 20, 2013
(AUSTIN)—World War II veteran Raul Vera, 89, will soon have a new home built on the site where lightening burned down his home and took the life of his wife, Martha, thanks to the volunteer efforts of local veterans and the generous donation of time and materials by local contractor J.W. Turner.  T...more


Voices of Veterans brings home Hermes award

August 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Thanks to last year’s popular “Every Veteran Has a Story to Tell” exhibit, thousands from around the world became more aware of the contributions of Texas veterans to our country’s freedom.   And now the feature video for the exhibit has been honored...more


Travis Letter TV ad takes two Telly Awards

Travis Letter TV ad takes two Telly Awards

August 12, 2013
(AUSTIN)—William Barret Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter drew record crowds to the Alamo this spring, and a Texas General Land Office public service announcement heralding its return just won two Telly Awards — the premiere honor for outstanding local, regional and c...more


10,000 volunteers to descend on Texas shoreline

August 09, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Every year, beachgoers leave tons of trash on Texas beaches. And even more washes up from the Gulf of Mexico. That’s why Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is issuing the call for an army of volunteers of all ages to help keep our beaches naturally pristine and safe for all to enjoy ...more


Watch 'The Alamo' at the Alamo

July 24, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—A free outdoor screening of the major film release “The Alamo” is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Alamo in San Antonio. No, not at the dine-in movie house of the same name, but at the Alamo itself – specifically, on the lawn behind the mission. The public i...more


Texas schoolchildren reel in easy money

July 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Two serious fishermen today won exclusive rights to a couple of the hottest fishing spots along the Texas coast, earning the school children of Texas an easy $68,651 in the process.  The School Land Board voted to accept the top two bids for two General Land Office fishing cabin sites alon...more


Texas schoolchildren profit from sale of Rock Creek Ranch

July 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The School Land Board voted today to unanimously approve the sale of Rock Creek Ranch, a 1,756-acre tract of land south of Benbrook Lake. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said the property will be sold at a profit, as intended when it was purchased between 2005 and 2006 on behalf of the stat...more


Spend a Saturday myth-busting at the Alamo

July 10, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—Contrary to Texas folklore, the battle of the Alamo was not fought on the coldest winter on record. Nor was the army comprised of all non-conscripted, civilian volunteers. And did you know that there were over 20 survivors of the siege — not zero as commonly reported? These and other myth...more


Patterson opposes boxing promotion at Alamo Plaza

July 01, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A planned boxing promotion at Alamo Plaza Monday desecrates the Shrine of Texas Liberty, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said.  “This would not happen at Gettysburg. No one would even imagine holding such an event at the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor,” Patterson s...more


Time to end 14-year Juneteenth delay

June 19, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Today, 148 years after African-Americans in Texas learned of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson once again called on state leaders to finally honor the Juneteenth anniversary at the seat of government. As a state Senator in 1997, Patterson was...more


Take steps now to not be a victim this storm season

June 13, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today urged coastal home owners to take responsibility for their property and prepare for the next storm.  “Texans who own property on the coast need to take steps now to prepare for the inevitable,” Patterson said. "A little prep...more


Memorial Day speech family matter for state official

May 22, 2013
(HOUSTON)—It’s a great honor for anyone fortunate enough to address one of the nation’s largest veterans’ cemeteries on Memorial Day. But for Monday’s guest speaker it’s a family matter, as five generations of Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson&#8217...more


Land Commissioner debunks energy rumors at Congressional hearing

April 26, 2013
(WASHINGTON)—Tap water catching on fire due to so-called “fracking-contaminated groundwater” were among several wild tales the Texas Land Commissioner rebutted last week before a Congressional committee. Commissioner Jerry Patterson dispelled several urban myths and laid out the facts about ...more


87 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

April 24, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Volunteers removed more than 87 tons of trash from Texas beaches Saturday during the 27th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup. Despite a frigid north wind, nearly 6,000 Texans spent the morning combing 28 popular beaches along the coast to bring in this potentially deadly ...more


Patterson advances on Washington

April 17, 2013
(WASHINGTON)—Instead of hearing yet another complaint about what is going wrong, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will tell a Congressional committee on Wednesday what the Lone Star State is doing right to raise revenue, foster job creation, and keep tax rates affordable. “In Texas, we say...more


Land Commissioner ‘well matched’ by Austin third graders

April 17, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A statewide elected official was impressed by the level of political knowledge expressed by an Austin third grade class on Monday. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson visited the third graders of Grandview Hills Elementary School in West Austin on Monday to discuss the differences between monar...more


Turning Gulf waters into drinking water focus of effort

April 15, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Turning the Gulf of Mexico into a long-term source for fresh drinking water is the focus of an unprecedented study Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) agreed to begin today.  The $2 million effort will investigate the feasibility of build...more


Artwork wins Brownsville fifth-grader Caribbean cruise

April 12, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Nia-Isabella Garza, a fifth grader from Ortiz Elementary in Brownsville, is the grand prize winner for the Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest.   Garza’s watercolor shows a child with a recycling bag pi...more


Oil and gas lease sale earns $9.2 million for Texas schools

April 02, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Oil and gas exploration on state lands earned Texas schools more than $9.2 million today at the quarterly Permanent School Fund lease sale.  Private oil companies competitively bid more than $11.5 million to explore for oil and gas on land owned by the state. Permanent School Fund tracts o...more


Patterson promotes Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup with shocking PSA

March 26, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The annual Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 20 and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is getting the word out with a creative -- and revolting -- new public service announcement.  "Fresh from the sea, enjoy these special dishes prepared just for you, like used cigarette...more


Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery grows to serve Texas veterans

March 11, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Central Texas veterans' advocates joined Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, Congressman John Carter and top officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to break ground on an expansion to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.   A new columba...more


THE TRAVIS LETTER LEAVES THE ALAMO

March 07, 2013
(THE ALAMO)—Once again, the William B. Travis "Victory or Death" letter is leaving the Alamo.  Unlike its first journey 177 years ago when the letter was meant to reach all Texans, the letter is now leaving public view for the confines of a guarded vault.  As it is placed on the big blue truc...more


Travis “Victory or Death” letter returns Friday

February 21, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced viewers across the world will be able to witness the return of the iconic William Barret Travis "Victory or Death" letter to the Alamo starting Friday.  The arrival ceremony and exhibit at the Alamo will be carried live on the World W...more


Travis’ letter returns to Alamo with plenty of support

February 20, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Col. William Travis' plea for help at the Alamo may have been too late for him, but his "Victory or Death" letter's historic return Friday has marshaled broad support for the Alamo today.  "It is not surprising, but still fulfilling to see everyone fall in like this to celebrate the histor...more


Winter Texans clean 2.7 tons of trash off South Padre beaches

February 13, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans from as far away as Canada showed up Friday to clean 5,400 pounds of trash - more than 2.7 tons - off South Padre Island beaches at the Texas General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Cleanup.  A total of 135 volunteers from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin joined ...more


Saturday’s Adopt-A-Beach Winter Beach Cleanup was biggest ever

February 12, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A record number of volunteers showed up at Saturday's Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup, taking seven tons of trash with them.  A total of 468 volunteers cleaned 25 miles of Gulf Coast beaches from Rockport to the Padre Island National Seashore. Adopt-A-Beach coordinat...more


Remember the Alamo — with a gift you can’t get anywhere else

February 05, 2013
(THE ALAMO, SAN ANTONIO)—The reimagined Alamo Gift Shop reopens at 9 a.m. Friday with dramatic flare, as a William Barret Travis reenactor slashes through the ceremonial ribbon with his sword.  Members of the media can get a sneak peak of the new store and its one-of-a-kind-Alamo merchandise Thursday afternoon...more


Texas Coastal Management Program awards $1.75 million in grants

January 28, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced $1,740,000 in coastal grants awarded through the Texas Coastal Management Program will go to 21 projects.  "These grants are targeted to restore vital wildlife habitat, advance our knowledge of the Texas coast and help fund local effo...more


“See the Letter” Facebook photo contest now open

January 24, 2013
(AUSTIN)—When the brash, 26-year-old commander of the Alamo wrote his plea for help on February 24, 1836, he was clear about his chances for surviving the siege by Mexican troops under Santa Anna. But Col. William Barret Travis knew the power of his words. He chose them carefully and crafted a message that ...more


Effort to open up Cedar Bayou gets $200,000 boost

January 18, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced a $200,000 grant to help re-open Cedar Bayou, a natural pass between the Gulf of Mexico and the Aransas Bay complex.  "This is good news for the whooping cranes, as well as everything else that depends on a healthy bay system," Patter...more


Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter returns Feb. 22

January 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—William Barret Travis' famous "Victory or Death" letter will make its return to the Alamo at 4 p.m. Friday, February 22 for a grand celebration at Alamo Plaza.  This will be the first time it has been at the Alamo since it left with a courier on horseback under the cover of darkness during...more


School Land Board votes to release $300 million to fund schools

January 08, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The School Land Board voted today to release an additional $300 million to public schools during its 2013 fiscal year after review of the Permanent School Fund's projected royalty income, cash flows, and investment capital requirements indicated the fund would not be hurt by lawmakers' demands for ...more


2012

Texas General Land Office statement on Alamo Mission Chapter use of state property

December 28, 2012
(AUSTIN)—This week the Texas General Land Office and the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) concluded discussions regarding the private entity's use of state property at the historic Alamo complex in San Antonio.  Granted authority over the Alamo in 2011, the Texa...more


Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest opens

December 06, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 17th annual Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest.  The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, March 4.  Winning artwork will appear together in the 2014 Adopt-A-Beach calendar, which ...more


Christmas map sales Save Texas History

November 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Archives staff members at the Texas General Land Office are as busy as elves this time of year, stuffing tubes with historic map reproductions and sending them off to good Texans all over the globe.  "Online sales in December earn more for Save Texas History than any other time of the year...more


Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter to return to the Alamo for first time

October 24, 2012
(AUSTIN)— The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted today to allow the return of Col. Travis' "Victory or Death" letter to the Alamo in March for the 177th Anniversary of its writing. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, custodian of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, made the request for the hist...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers cleanup 153 tons of trash

September 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)— More than 9,316 volunteers pitched in Saturday for the 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The volunteers removed 153 tons of trash from 29 sites along 186 miles of Texas coast.  "The turnout this year was amazing," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterso...more


Change is coming to world-famous Alamo Gift Shop

September 26, 2012
(SAN ANTONIO)—After sitting in the shadow of the historic Alamo church for 76 years, the Alamo Gift Shop will finally be getting some long-awaited attention of its own.  On October 1, for the first time in history, a private company will begin operating the gift shop for the Cradle of Texas Liberty unde...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers win national award

September 11, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach program does more than any other volunteer program in the nation to take care of public lands, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Adopt-A-Beach will be recognized with the Take Pride in America Award for top corporate-sponsored event Oct. 11 ...more


Home rehab and construction aid available for Bastrop fire victims

September 05, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Victims of the 2011 Bastrop fires may now apply for federal aid to help rehabilitate or rebuild their homes. Applications for the aid are due by Sept. 28.  Bastrop fire victims wishing to apply for grant money to rebuild may get an application from the Texas General Land Office website or ...more


Voices of Veterans™ exhibit ends Sept. 3

August 27, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Take the time to listen to an old veterans story while you still can, urges Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board.  The Voices of Veterans "Every Veteran has a Story to Tell" exhibit is in its final week at the Capitol Visitor's Center. The interactive, multi-media exh...more


Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 22

August 27, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is urging all Texans to take advantage of their right to access the public beach Saturday, Sept. 22 for the 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Fall Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup. The cleanup will take place at 29 sites along the Texas coast. "A right not exercise...more


Patterson takes aim at Progress Texas form letter campaign

August 22, 2012
(AUSTIN)—After receiving more than 3,000 auto-generated e-mails from a recent Progress Texas online campaign about school finance, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today went on the offensive against the organization, blasting them for their support of what he calls a "slacktivist"  campaign...more


Texas veterans land rush set with 6.75 percent interest rate

July 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board voted today to drop interest rates on land loans to a record low - just 6.75 percent.  "I hope every veteran in Texas hears about these record low rates," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of the VLB. "This is a great benefit they have earned and should take adva...more


Tyler’s Texas State Veterans Home renamed

July 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously today to rename Tyler's Texas State Veterans Home the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home. The board voted on the change - dropping one of the previous namesakes, Tyler resident Samuel M. Garrison - after learning accounts of his military record h...more


Plans for Yankee invasion revealed!

July 12, 2012
(AUSTIN)—By land and by sea, Federal troops invaded Texas four times during the War Between the States. They never once succeeded. Why and how Texas became one of just two southern states to succeed at fending off northern aggression is just one of the topics sure to fire debates and imaginations at the Thi...more


Patterson drilling down for answer to Texas water crisis

Patterson drilling down for answer to Texas water crisis

July 09, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Along Interstate 35, between Austin and San Antonio, the Texas Economic Miracle is thirsting for water. Tight restrictions on the Edwards Aquifer and the high costs of pipelines are choking off the potential growth of homes and businesses.  But on one 2,000-acre tract of land north of New ...more


Friendswood 7th grader wins Texas Travels essay contest

June 25, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Westbrook Intermediate School's Kelly Sang, 12, is the Seventh Grade Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Texas Travels essay contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office's Save Texas History Program.  Kelly's action-packed essay tells the bloody story of how Bandera County got its name, ...more


Tyler 4th grader wins Texas Travels essay contest

June 25, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Caldwell Arts Academy's Quinn Boozer, 9, is the Fourth Grade Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Texas Travels essay contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office's Save Texas History Program.  Quinn's entry, an imagined journal, tells the story of Coronado's ill-fated quest for gold from...more


Patterson calls for changes to Endangered Species Act

June 19, 2012
(WASHINGTON)—Testifying today before the House Natural Resources Committee, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson described abuse of the Endangered Species Act by federal authorities who propose adding species to the endangered list based not on sound science, but in response to lawsuits filed by federally fu...more


Patterson takes the lizard fight to Congress

June 18, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will testify before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at 9 a.m. (Central) Tuesday, June 19, about recently discovered abuse of the Endangered Species Act by lawyers funded with taxpayer dollars.  "Species - like the dunes sagebrush lizard in...more


108th birthday party planned at Bonham veterans home

June 14, 2012
(AUSTIN)—In 1904, the United States began work on the Panama Canal, the first subway line in New York City opened and Ruth Moore Waterman was born in Minco, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.  At 11 a.m. Friday, staff and residents at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham will throw Wate...more


Federal reptile dysfunction defeated

June 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—-  Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today claimed victory in an initial battle after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced federal bureaucrats will not list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.  "Texans stood up and were heard," Patterson said...more


Texas General Land Office Names State Alamo Director

May 16, 2012
(SAN ANTONIO)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today announced San Antonio resident Stephen Oswald has been named the first-ever State Director of the Alamo. In this position, Oswald will oversee daily operation and management of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas ...more


State unveils plan to rebuild Bastrop homes

May 16, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office is asking for public comment on its plan to spend about $20 million to rebuild homes destroyed in last fall's Bastrop area wildfires.  A public hearing will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at the Bastrop County Commissioners' Court, 804 Pec...more


Texas Coastal Expo returns to Moody Gardens

May 15, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Celebrate World Oceans Day when the Texas Coastal Expo returns to Galveston's Moody Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9. This free and family-friendly celebration of the Texas Coast - brought to you by the Texas General Land Office - is the biggest coastal expo in Texas. "Bring the kids...more


More than 7,300 volunteers haul 137 tons of trash off Texas beaches

May 01, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas beaches may just be getting cleaner, according to reports from Adopt-A-Beach coordinators across the coast.   The 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup drew 7,369 volunteers to the Texas coast Saturday. But the good weather and the strong turnout...more


Bryce Seifert wins Trash Travels High School PSA contest

April 30, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Dripping Springs High School junior Bryce Seifert's slapstick approach to delivering the message "trash travels" earned him top honors in the Trash Travels High School PSA contest.  "Bryce's video is funny, but still effectively delivers a serious message that litter in Central Texas can w...more


VLB now offering $417,000 for home purchases, $100,000 for land

April 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans can now take advantage of the VLB's low-interest rate loans to borrow as much as $417,000 to buy a home and $100,000 to buy land.  The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously today to increase the home and land loan limits in the latest expansion of benefits under the le...more


Artwork wins Dallas fifth-grader Caribbean cruise

April 17, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A sea turtle curiously approaches as mysterious hands pull a soda can and a six-pack ring from the surf. Colorful fish circle a tableau of trash left by beachgoers as a horseshoe crab scoots past, oblivious. Look closer and words appear on bracelets adorning the disembodied wrists, and the message ...more


Patterson Purples Up for Military Kids

April 09, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The website more than 1.7 million veterans living in Texas rely on for information about their benefits -  www.texasveterans.com - will go purple Friday, April 13 in a show of support for Texas Operation Military Kids.  "The VLB will Purple Up! For Military Kids and we hope you wi...more


Supreme Court kills Texas tradition of open beaches on West Galveston

April 04, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas tradition of guaranteed public access to the beach died today for Galveston's West End with the Supreme Court reaffirming its prior ruling in favor of a California divorce attorney who bought rental properties on the beach.   "It seems that the Open Beaches Act - at leas...more


More than 60,000 Easter eggs at Big Spring Veterans Home

April 04, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The 9th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home 9th Annual is set for 11 a.m. on Good Friday and kids of all ages are invited to join the fun.   This week residents at the Big Spring home have stuffed more than 60,000 plastic eggs with cand...more


Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup set for April 28

March 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Thousands of volunteers across the state are making plans now to take part in the Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 28.    Texas - home to the nation's first all-volunteer beach cleanup in 1986 - boasts one of the biggest all-volunteer beach cleanups in the wor...more


Adopt-A-Beach lesson plans now available for grades K-8

March 20, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas educators know crafting a lesson plan both that is interesting and still covers the required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills is no day at the beach.  But a new set of lesson plans on the dangers of marine debris by the Adopt-A-Beach Program at the Texas General Land Office is su...more


Treasures of Texas liberty on rare display at Alamo Friday

February 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—An authentic Texas treasure will be put on rare public display Friday at the Alamo in celebration of Texas Independence Day.  Samuel Maverick's personal copy of the 1836 Declaration of Texas Independence - one of just 13 original copies - will be put on public display from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p...more


Alamo armed for Texas Independence Day

February 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A replica of the 18-pound cannon William Barret Travis answered Santa Anna's demand for surrender with makes a defiant return to the Alamo Friday in celebration of Texas Independence Day and the 176th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.  "This cannon is the very symbol of the Texians' ...more


TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER AND CEMEX RESOLVE EL PASO MINERAL RIGHTS DISPUTE

February 28, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the Texas General Land Office and CEMEX are pleased to announce a resolution of recent litigation that provides income to the Texas Permanent School Fund from CEMEX's future mining operations at McKelligon Canyon quarry.  Current operations...more


High school students compete to create anti-litter PSA

February 16, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A 30-second video depicting how litter can make its way to the Texas coast might just be the big break for some Central Texas high school film maker.  Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries to the Trash Travels High School PSA contest. All entries must be exactly 30...more


Adopt-A-Beach cleanup nets more than three tons of trash

February 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Cigarette butts, beer cans, dirty diapers and more - volunteers at Saturday's Winter Beach Cleanup picked up more than three tons of trash from Coastal Bend beaches.   A total of 261 volunteers focused their efforts on Corpus Christi Beach at the Texas State Aquarium, Port Aransas beaches ...more


Winter Texans join forces for Adopt-A-Beach cleanup

February 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans from all over the United States and Canada pitched in Saturday to haul 6,875 pounds of trash - more than 3.4 tons - from South Padre Island's Edwin Atwood Park.  A total of 63 volunteers checked in for the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Cleanup, removing...more


Coastal Bend beach lovers take out the trash

January 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texans who love Coastal Bend beaches but hate the beer cans, diapers and cigarette butts that too often adorn them will join forces at four locations Saturday, Feb. 11 for the Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup.    "Trash on Texas beaches is a growing problem," said Texas Land Commissio...more


Winter Texans take on trash, need your help

January 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans who love Texas beaches but hate seeing them trashed will join forces Friday, Feb. 10 at Edwin Atwood Park for the Adopt-A-Beach South Padre Island Winter Texan Cleanup.   "Winter Texans come to South Padre Island because they love our beaches, not our trash," said Texas Land ...more


El Paso’s Texas State Veterans Home hosts top veterans advocates

January 19, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home will host a meet and greet for El Paso's top veterans advocates at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.  Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Reps. Joe Pickett and Dee Margo, Mayor John Cook and City Councilman Carl Robinson will join El Paso's VA D...more


Western States petition Congress to fix Endangered Species Act

January 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is leading an effort to unite 23 western states to oppose the federal government's process for adding birds, bugs, lizards and other critters to the list of protected endangered species.   The Western States Land Commissioners Association, w...more


Public trust land managers from across the West come to Austin

January 05, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Western States Land Commissioners Association will meet at the Hyatt Regency Austin Jan. 8-12 to swap ideas on managing millions of acres of public trust land.  "Vast resources and abundant land have always been the hallmark of the American West," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Pat...more


2011

Adopt-A-Beach Marine Debris Summit targets trash on beaches

December 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Diapers, beer cans and cigarette butts - trash on Texas beaches is a growing problem.  Be part of the solution by attending the first-ever Adopt-A-Beach Marine Debris Summit from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 13 at Moody Gardens Convention Center on Galveston Island. The conference ...more


Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest opens

December 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 16th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest.  The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, March 5.  "The goal of this art contest is to drive home the message that trashing Texa...more


Post-Rollover pier plan presented for public comment

December 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today released his proposed plan to build a pier on Bolivar Peninsula for public comment as the closure of Rollover Pass nears.  The Texas Legislature authorized $5.85 million in 2009 to close the popular fishing pass following Hurricane Ike's devast...more


More than 1,000 gather to dedicate Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery

December 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans turned the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor into a celebration Wednesday as hundreds gathered to dedicate the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.  "We are here today to consecrate this land for our Texas veterans," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas ...more


Texas Veterans to get a Lone Star Final Salute

December 02, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, today thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Texas for their gracious donation of 1,000 Texas flags to be used in the Final Salute Program. "These flags will be presented to the family of any Texas veteran who, at the time of ...more


Federal reptile dysfunction delayed

December 01, 2011
(AUSTIN )—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today commended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to call for more data before making any decision to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.  Listing the lizard could threaten continued exploration and production of one...more


Help Santa Save Texas History this Christmas

December 01, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Santa Claus isn't widely known for his important role in Texas history, but no one else is doing more than him to help save it. Christmas map sales are now the biggest annual fundraiser for the conservation of historic maps and documents in the archives of the Texas General Land Office.  "...more


Patterson: Combs exceeded her authority to reach F1 deal

November 23, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to investigate the legality of Comptroller Susan Combs' $250 million taxpayer gift to bring Formula One racing to Texas.  "This deal to give away a quarter of a billion in taxpayer dollars is a real turkey - New...more


One-of-a-kind Texas State Veterans Home open for business

November 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Generations of veterans gathered today in Tyler to dedicate the newest and most down-home state veterans’ home in Texas. “Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home is a one-of-a-kind facility,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Vetera...more


Voices of Veterans™ exhibit opens on Veterans Day

October 31, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board and chairman Jerry Patterson, will celebrate Veterans Day with the opening of a Voices of VeteransTM program exhibit at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center called "Every Veteran has a Story to Tell." The interactive, multimedia exhibit will open on Nov. 11 (11.11.11) at ...more


Land Office helps turn Eagle Otome spill into better parks for Port Arthur

October 27, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Port Arthur parks will soon get upgrades worth more than $313,000 as part of a settlement the General Land Office has reached over the Eagle Otome spill, which put nearly 397,000 gallons of crude oil into the Port Arthur Ship Channel.   Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson anno...more


Keynote speakers set for U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum in El Paso

October 24, 2011
(Austin)—Keynote speakers at this week’s U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum will include distinguished business and government leaders from both sides of the border. All 10 U.S. and Mexican states along the border are represented at the forum, which takes place Oct. 27-28 at the El Paso Convention Ce...more


Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery dedication Dec. 7

October 17, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans and those who support them are invited to a December 7 dedication of the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. The dedication will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the 54-acre site, located at 9974 Interstate 37 Access Road, Corpus Christi.   Retired Army Lieutenant General Ma...more


Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home dedication Nov. 9

October 05, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today invited veterans and those who support them to the Nov. 9 dedication of Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler.  A ceremony to dedicate this one-of-a-kind long-term care facility will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at ...more


Texas history draws national audience

September 27, 2011
(AUSTIN)—One-hundred-seventy-five years after Texas' fight for independence from Mexico, the revolution will be televised. Today, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced C-SPAN, the national public affairs network, will broadcast the second annual Save Texas History Symposium to be held this Satur...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers find the coast is pretty clear

September 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)—More volunteers picked up less trash at the 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Saturday, prompting speculation that - after 25 years - Texans are starting to get the message.  "Despite an amazing turnout, we picked up 20-percent less trash than last fall," sai...more


Patterson welcomes VA settlement in Houston

September 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that Texas veterans and their families will once again be free to worship as they choose at the Houston National Cemetery. According to reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to settle a lawsuit over allegations of rel...more


Historical artwork honors 175th anniversary of Texas

September 22, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office has turned to art to help preserve the history of Texas.  The oldest state agency commissioned notable Texana artist Gary Zaboly to create a special work of art to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Texas Revolution. His vivid depiction of Texians at the...more


Christmas Mountains to become open-air classroom

September 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall today announced the transfer of the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University System. The rugged and remote 9,269-acre tract of land in Brewster County will become an outdoor classroom, open to...more


Major announcement Thursday on Christmas Mountains

Major announcement Thursday on Christmas Mountains

September 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will make a major announcement about the Christmas Mountains at a 9 a.m. press conference Thursday, Sept. 15. The press conference will be on the ninth floor of the Stephen F. Austin Building, at 17th and North Congress Avenue.  The Christmas Mountai...more


Patterson wins huge lawsuit against CEMEX

September 02, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The schoolchildren of Texas today a won huge appeal against CEMEX over the ownership of building materials mined from Permanent School Fund lands. Damages in the case could be worth more than half a billion dollars.   Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson took CEMEX to court in ...more


State and corporate leaders to meet in El Paso for U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum

August 24, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Top business leaders will meet with government officials from all ten border states to plan for the future during the U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum at the El Paso Convention Center Oct. 27-28.  This year's forum - the 18th annual - will be bigger than ever, coinciding with the Re-Energiz...more


25th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 24

August 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 29 sites along the Texas coast.  Adopt-A-Beach volunteers can register at any of 28 check-in sites all along the Texas coast between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sept. 24. Volunteers must pre-regist...more


Oil spill prevention efforts in Texas lauded by EPA

August 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A state and local effort that's kept boaters from pumping more than 1.3 million gallons of oily bilge water into Texas coastal waters earned national recognition this week.  The General Land Office's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program and the Matagorda County Navigation District No....more


9-year-old from The Woodlands wins Save Texas History essay contest

August 04, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Alonso de Pineda's 1517 expedition to Texas comes to life in 9-year-old Madeleine Smith's winning fourth-grade entry in the 2011 Save Texas History Texas Travels Essay Contest.  "I jumped into the surf, drew out my sword, and slashed the waves with my sword and claimed the land for the Kin...more


Save Texas History essay contest won by Moldavian

August 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The winning seventh-grade entry in the 2011 Save Texas History Texas Travels Essay Contest proves you don't need to be born in Texas to love its history.   Elena Ivanova, 12, took top honors with her vivid retelling of how 18 Texians stood down an army of 100 Mexican soldiers at t...more


One-of-a-kind Texas State Veterans Home gets a name

July 28, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A one-of-a-kind long-term care facility being built in Tyler got its name today: the Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home.The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously to honor three local heroes — two Medal of Honor recipients and a Tuskegee airman — in naming the...more


Patterson meets with Alamo caretakers

Patterson meets with Alamo caretakers

July 25, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, met Monday with the leader of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to discuss the future of the Alamo -  the "Cradle of Texas Liberty."  Karen R. Thompson, president general of the 8,000-member Daughters of the Repu...more


Texas school kids earn more than ever from oil and gas in 2011

July 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Oil and gas exploration from West Texas' Permanent School Fund lands is earning the school kids of Texas more than ever in 2011.  Private oil and gas companies today paid $9.3 million just for the right to explore on land owned by the state's Permanent School Fund, which helps pay for the ...more


Wal-Mart buys leased Baytown facility from Permanent School Fund

July 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Wal-Mart Corp. recently repurchased the 4 million-square-foot distribution center in Baytown that the retail giant had been leasing from the state's Permanent School Fund since 2005.  "With this deal, the Permanent School Fund earned more than $40 million for Texas schools without raising ...more


General Land Office expands disaster recovery role

July 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane disaster recovery in Texas will be put on the fast track as the Texas General Land Office expands its rebuilding role following Dolly and Ike.  The Land Office is now the lead state agency managing disaster recovery grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developm...more


Buy land, help Texas veterans

July 05, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today slashed prices on all tracts of forfeited land in the VLB's Type II inventory by 25 percent.  The sale is open to the public and offered on a "first come, first serve" basis. "We may be late for all the Fourth of July sales, but what better way...more


Round Rock Express, VLB team up for Texas veterans

Round Rock Express, VLB team up for Texas veterans

June 27, 2011
(ROUND ROCK)—The Round Rock Express and the VLB have teamed up to help Texas veterans with a Military and Veterans Appreciation Night on June 27. Ken Wallingford, a former POW, will throw out the first pitch in a night dedicated to letting Texas veterans know about the VLB benefits they've earned through their ...more


107th birthday party planned at Bonham veterans home

June 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)— In 1904, the United States began work on the Panama Canal, the first subway line in New York City opened and Ruth Moore Waterman was born in Minco, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.  At 10 a.m. Thursday, staff and residents at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham will throw W...more


Texas Coastal Expo comes to Moody Gardens

June 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Coastal Expo is coming to Galveston's Moody Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. This free and family-friendly celebration of the Texas Coast - brought to you by the Texas General Land Office - is the biggest coastal expo in Texas.  "Bring the kids, we'll have touch ...more


62nd Army Band honors former band member, about to turn 99

May 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 62nd Army Band will perform a special tribute concert for Russell Peloquin at 2 p.m. Friday, at El Paso's Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home.  Peloquin, a resident at the veterans' home and former trumpeter with the band, will be honored for his lifetime of service to our natio...more


Horse Cavalry Detachment, 1st Cavalry Division visits Temple's state veterans home

May 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Residents at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple are set to witness a precision, military drill usually performed only for soldiers returning from Iraq.  Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment will perform at the Texas State Veterans Home at 1...more


More than 7,000 volunteers haul 123 tons of trash off Texas beaches

May 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup drew more than 7,000 volunteers to the Texas coast Saturday.  "No one can top our Adopt-A-Beach volunteers," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the General Land Office. "In one day, they swarmed over 150 miles of bea...more


Harker Heights chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart makes generous donation to William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home

May 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Harker Heights chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will present a generous donation of $943 to the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, 1424 Martin Luther King Jr. Lane in Temple at noon, Wednesday, May 4. Jack Palmer, commander of Chapter 1876, and his wife of 41 years,...more


Patterson defends open beaches Tuesday

April 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A California attorney's assault on the Texas Open Beaches Act will face a stiff defense Tuesday from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.  In a rare rehearing, the Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the Texas tradition of public beach access at 9 a.m. Following the...more


Gabrielle Wenske, of Victoria, takes top honors at Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

Gabrielle Wenske, of Victoria, takes top honors at Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

April 12, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Victoria 11-year-old Gabrielle Wenske's image of a surf shack on a Texas beach won grand prize in the General Land Office's 2011 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest.  "The colors in Gabrielle's art really jumped out, and the message ‘Trashing Texas Beaches Isn't C...more


Oil and gas lease sale shatters previous Permanent School Fund record

April 05, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Competition for oil and gas leases on Permanent School Fund lands in West Texas earned more than $108 million Tuesday for the Permanent School Fund, a total that’s more than twice the previous record set in 1979. “This is an all-time record, $108 million just for the right to ex...more


Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup set for April 30

March 28, 2011
(AUSTIN)—  The 25th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30th at 30 sites along the Texas coast.  "Bring the family and let's go clean the beach," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. "The Adopt-A-Beac...more


Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to be dedicated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22

March 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are proud to announce the grand opening of the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.  The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Texas...more


Surfside Beach is back, just in time for Spring Break

March 14, 2011
(SURFSIDE, Texas)—Spring Break revelers hit the new-and-improved Surfside Beach Monday, where the General Land Office just finished work on a $4.7 million effort to restore this iconic Texas surf spot to its former glory.  Surfside Mayor Larry Davidson and Larry Laine, chief clerk at the General Land Office...more


Surfside Beach restored to former glory

March 11, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Just in time for Spring Break, work to restore Surfside Beach to its former glory is complete.  A rededication of this iconic Texas surf spot will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14 on Surfside Beach, near the intersection of Texas Street and Beach Drive. Larry Laine, former Surfside resi...more


Texas Open Beaches Act gets second chance

March 11, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that the Supreme Court will rehear arguments in a case brought forward by a California resident that some say has gutted the Texas Open Beaches Act.  "This is nothing less than a second chance for the Texas Open Beaches Act," Patt...more


Long-lost letters shed new light on Texas Navy

March 01, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Navy was pressed into service in January 1836 - just months before the newborn Republic declared independence from Mexico. By August 1837 all four ships were lost, as was the reputation of the ragtag flotilla of privateers and U.S. Navy veterans.  But correspondence recently cull...more


San Angelo benefits fair April 9 for Texas veterans

San Angelo benefits fair April 9 for Texas veterans

March 01, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the San Angelo Coliseum, 50 East 43rd St, San Angelo.   The fair, targeting all Big Country veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officials from the Texas Ve...more


Texas City pipeline leak contained, Moses Lake protected

February 24, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A pipeline leak near Texas City's Bayou Pierre is contained, and local, state and federal authorities are overseeing the cleanup of an unknown amount of gasoline.  At 3:30 a.m. today Magellan Pipeline reported that an 18-inch gasoline pipeline near State Highway 146 and Loop 197 in Texas C...more


“Held in Trust” 10 a.m. Saturday at El Paso Veterans Home

February 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Bob Sneed will perform excerpts from his one-man play, "Held in Trust," 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy Street, El Paso. The public is invited to this free performance.  The play tells the life story of West Point's first black gr...more


Adopt-A-Beach Celebrates 25th Anniversary

February 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Ronald Reagan was president, Top Gun was the top draw at the box office and 2,800 Texans volunteered for the inaugural General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup in 1986.  Since then, the General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Program has grown into one of the most successful all-volunteer eff...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers pickup more than 5.7 tons of trash

February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Volunteers at Saturday's Winter Beach Cleanup picked up more than 5.7 tons of trash from Coastal Bend beaches.  Volunteers focused their efforts on Corpus Christi Beach at the Texas State Aquarium, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Bayside and the Padre Island National Seashore. &#1...more


Winter Texans brave cold for Adopt-A-Beach cleanup

February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans who can't stand to see trash on Texas beaches did more than just complain Friday - 36 volunteers removed more than 1,650 pounds of the stuff from Edwin Atwood Park.   The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup drew volunteers from...more


Long-lost letters shed new light on Texas Navy

February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Navy was pressed into service in January 1836 - just months before the newborn Republic declared independence from Mexico. By August 1837 all four ships were lost, as was the reputation of the ragtag flotilla of privateers and U.S. Navy veterans.  But correspondence recently cull...more


Patterson announces $1.7 million in grants for Texas coast

February 07, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today announced grants for 16 projects worth $1.7 million to protect and preserve the Texas coast.  "These projects will get a lot of bang for the buck, restoring vital marshlands, improving public access to the beach and even...more


Pasadena benefits fair March 26 for Texas veterans

January 25, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Pasadena Civic Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, 77507.   The fair, targeting all area veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officials f...more


Seventh annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Clean up Feb. 12

Seventh annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Clean up Feb. 12

January 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Seventh Annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Cleanup will be held Saturday, February 12 announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanups will take place at five locations along the Coastal Bend shoreline. "The volunteers who help out with the Adopt-A-Beach Wint...more


Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Clean up Feb. 11

Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Clean up Feb. 11

January 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup will be Friday, Feb. 11 at Edwin Atwood Park, announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanup begins with volunteer registration at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until noon.  "Winter Texans h...more


Save Texas History essay contest open to 4th and 7th graders

January 13, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Exploring the rich history of the Lone Star State is its own reward, but the Texas General Land Office's Save Texas History program is also offering fourth-and seventh-grade students a chance to win a fun-filled weekend in San Antonio - including round-trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines...more


Dallas benefits fair Feb. 26 for Texas veterans

January 10, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Market Center, 7050 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas.  The fair, targeting all Dallas area veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Offici...more


Patterson takes oath of office as Texas Land Commissioner

January 04, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson took his third oath of office today as Commissioner of the General Land Office in a ceremony marked by both humor and humility.  "It has been my greatest honor to lead the General Land Office," Patterson said. "Texans have allowed me to provide the continuity of leadership ...more


2010

VLB organizes airlift of more than 80 wounded Warriors to Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

December 28, 2010
(AUSTIN)—More than 80 wounded warriors will watch SMU faceoff against Army at the 2010 Bell  Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Thursday, thanks to an airlift organized by the Texas Veterans Land Board.  This is the fifth year the VLB has brought soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan...more


All who served and live in Texas now Texas veterans

December 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The 1.7 million veterans living in Texas - regardless of when they moved here - will qualify for benefits from the Texas Veterans Land Board as of Dec. 21. "A veteran is a veteran, and this change opens up VLB programs to all who served and now call Texas home," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of th...more


Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast art contest opens

December 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, is calling on Texas students to participate in the 15th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest.  The deadline to submit artwork is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  "Trashing Texas Beaches i...more


Give the gift of Texas history for the holidays

December 03, 2010
(AUSTIN)—With the holiday gift-giving season upon us, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is once again urging Texans to give the gift of history.  Historic map reproductions from the archives of the Texas General Land Office are available for as little as $20. The colorful maps are rich with h...more


Patterson sends Pearl Harbor survivors back for anniversary memorial

December 01, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Two Texans who fought back the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago will soon be headed back for special memorial services, thanks to the Texas State Veterans Home in Temple where the old heroes live.  Once shipmates aboard the USS Phoenix, Albert Kamenicky and Ben Russell each wat...more


West Galveston Island beach project is cancelled

November 15, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Work on a vital West Galveston Island beach renourishment project (CEPRA 1391) has stopped and the project is cancelled, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today.  The $40 million effort to restore and nourish six miles of beach - from the west end of the Galveston Seawall t...more


Veterans Land Board undergoes corporate rebranding

October 27, 2010
(AUSTIN)—After 64 years of faithful service, the Veterans Land Board - or VLB - has a new look to spread the word that veterans benefits in Texas aren't just limited to land anymore.  "The VLB offers Texas veterans more than just a land loan nowadays," said VLB Chairman Jerry Patterson. "From low-c...more


McAllen Texas State Veterans Home celebrates five years serving the Valley

October 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen celebrates five years of serving Rio Grande Valley veterans at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.  Dolia Gonzalez, mother of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez, will be the featured guest at a luncheon honor...more


Patterson hosts seminar exploring Texas’ Spanish, Mexican roots

October 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Join the Texas General Land Office as it hosts the first ever Save Texas History Symposium Saturday, November 6 at the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building in Austin. This inaugural symposium, Discovering Spanish and Mexican Texas, will focus on the settlement of Texas before 1836.  "It...more


Patterson to help rededicate monument to Hood’s Texas Brigade

October 12, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson - flanked by the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mounted Color Guard - will help rededicate the Hood's Brigade Monument at the Texas Capitol at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.  The centennial celebration of the monument and the hard-fighti...more


Patterson welcomes President Obama’s offshore wind start

October 08, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson drew attention to the Obama Administration's belated entry into the offshore wind race today after U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the nation's ninth lease for the development of offshore wind power with much fanfare.  Patterson signed the...more


New interest in old west Texas fields keeps bids high

New interest in old west Texas fields keeps bids high

October 05, 2010
(AUSTIN)—A continued surge of interest in West Texas exploration kept the average per acre bid high today at a regular Permanent School Fund oil and gas lease sale, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today.  "The average bids today were the second highest we've ever seen for oil and...more


State’s oldest agency unveils cutting-edge website: www.glo.texas.gov

October 01, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office today unveiled a website - www.glo.texas.gov  - with a sleek, corporate feel that reflects the professional evolution of the state's oldest agency.  "The Texas General Land Office operates more like a business than any other state agency, and this new...more


Legendary land surveying papers donated to Texas General Land Office

September 29, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Beginning more than 120 years ago, Willis Day Twichell surveyed tens of millions of acres of public and private lands in West Texas. He laid out more than 40 towns and provided surveying work in 165 of 254 counties in Texas. The lands he surveyed included the boundary between Texas and New Mexico, ...more


Texas State Veterans Homes open to all Gold Star parents

September 29, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the VLB, today welcomed news that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Mac Thornberry expanding access to Texas State Veterans Homes for all Gold Star parents.  A Gold Star parent is someone whose son or daughter died while s...more


17th Annual Border Energy Forum to be held in Chihuahua, Chih.

September 29, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Government and private sector leaders from the U.S.-Mexico border region will gather in Chihuahua, capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, for the 17th annual Border Energy Forum on September 30 and October 1.   This year's forum - always held in a border state - will focus on ...more


Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home celebrates five years in El Paso

September 28, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, will join veterans at El Paso’s Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, to celebrate five years of serving those who have served our nation. “The El Paso veterans’ community h...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers cleanup 172.7 tons of trash

September 27, 2010
(AUSTIN)—More than 8,815 volunteers joined forces Saturday for the 24th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The volunteers removed nearly 172.7 tons of trash off more than 167 miles of Texas coast.  "The turnout this year was great," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patte...more


El Paso veterans home hosts annual Wii bowling tournament

September 23, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Residents from nursing homes and assisted living centers all around El Paso will converge on the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, for the Third Annual Wii Bowling Tournament. Residents from 13 area facilities are expected to join Texas veterans in a fun-f...more


Patterson: Record lease sale good for Texas education

September 22, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Permanent University Fund's Board for Lease of University Lands, announced the results of a record oil and gas lease sale in Midland today: $207 million.  "Today's lease sale was a jaw-dropper," Patterson said. "The $207 million brought in today for the Per...more


Patterson hears widow’s plight, changes policy overnight

August 30, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, today announced a change in policy that allows the surviving spouse of any Texas veteran killed in action an additional full 50 basis point discount on a home loan.  The benefit - which allows Texas veterans to borrow up to $325,...more


24th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 25

August 26, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The 24th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at 28 sites along the Texas coast.  "Any day is a good day to go the beach, but Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are something special," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. "Come on down for a fun...more


17th Annual Border Energy Forum to be held in Chihuahua, Chih.

August 18, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Government and private sector leaders from the U.S.-Mexico border region will gather in Chihuahua, capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, for the 17th annual Border Energy Forum on September 30 and October 1.   This year's forum - always held in a border state - will focus on ...more


Home loans for Texas veterans hit an all-time low: 4.3%

August 17, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Home loans for Texas veterans hit a record low rate today of just 4.3 percent for a 30-year, fixed rate, announced Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “This is great news for Texas veterans,” Patterson said. “Rates this low help those who served buy homes now and ...more


Valley benefits fair Oct. 16 for Texas veterans

August 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen.  The fair, targeting all Rio Grande Valley veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officia...more


Corpus Christi benefits fair Oct. 30 for Texas veterans

August 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center's Corpus Christi Room, 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi. The fair, targeting all Coastal Bend veterans, is one of several throughout t...more


Coppell seventh-grader’s essay to be published in Texas Historian

August 12, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Coppell Middle School student Ashley Dark already won a weekend get away for her family - including airline tickets and hotel accommodations - with her winning entry into the 2010 Save Texas History Texas Travels Essay Contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office.  Now, her essay ab...more


Work begins on Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery

July 23, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Work began today on turning 54 acres of donated land into hallowed ground as hundreds of veterans joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and numerous state, federal and local elected officials to break ground for the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.  Now an open field off Inte...more