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SEATTLE -- While Dustin Ackley was drawing raves for his outstanding get that robbed the Mets' Travis d'Arnaud of your home run in Seattle's 5-2 win on Teemu Selanne Jersey, the Mariners still left fielder has been coming through more regularly at the plate as well in new days.

Ackley's 3-for-4 game in the line opener was his 3rd three-hit game this month following totaling just two three-hit video games in the season's first three months.

The 2009 first-round Draft pick features hit .360 (18-for-50) in July to raise his average by .214 to .239 going into Tuesday's game. Ackley a similar midseason surge last year while he batted .390 in August and also hiked his average from .Two hundred to .253 over the closing 66 games of the season.

'The final five, six, seven games, I've felt pretty good,In Ackley said. 'And the results have been there, too, so that always helps build the confidence for sure.

'I'm just remaining on balls better. Just lately I've been working up the middle and pitches away I have been hitting to left subject. I think that's really important. Particularly when you're getting pitched doing this, that's really the key.'

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he's not certain if there's a design to Ackley's back-to-back slow starts.

I'm learning the player, said the actual first-year skipper. 'I don't know if he's a notoriously slow starter and when he gets hot, he or she gets hot. I don't know. However i do know he's playing superior, he's swinging well, he has been aggressive. We'll see.

The Royals opened up Day Only two of the Draft with their final pitcher in five selects -- and third lefty -- selecting School of Central Florida left-hander Eric Skoglund in the third round on Fri.

Skoglund, the Sami Vatanen Jersey 92nd pick overall, started 33 games over several years with the Knights.

He flourished within this, his junior season, publishing a 2.54 ERA within a career-high 15 starts. Opponents batted simply just .217 against Skoglund, and he struck available 94 batters in 100 innings.

Tall and lanky, Skoglund, at 6-foot-6 and Scott Niedermayer Jersey 170 pounds, throws three pitch effectively. His fastball sits close to 90 mph, and his changeup and slider profile as average pitch.

'He pitches off deception and also fastball command,' Royals overseer of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. 'Starting pitching is at a premium, the Draft is full of depth in bullying, we tried to attack that early.'

Skoglund bounced back after having a rough sophomore year, in which he'd a 5.08 Time in 10 starts. One of the reasons for his ascension this year had been his improved control. Skoglund, who walked 29 batters with 56 2/3 innings last season, issued just 27 free passes this year, while nearly doubling his innings (110).

The Pirates picked out Skoglund in the 16th round of the 2011 Draft out of Texas (Fla.) High School, but this individual opted to attend UCF, and enhanced his Draft position 390 spots in the process.

The Draft wraps up on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 starting point on in noon CT.

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July 24, 2013

Hays County Commissioners Court Votes to Implement Habitat Conservation Plan to Protect Endangered Species, Aid Development

July 11, 2013 - Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX ?The Hays County Commissioners Court, on July 9, 2013, took the next step in protecting sensitive habitat while streamlining development by unanimously voting to implement its federally approved Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP).

The RHCP provides a locally controlled approach for compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allowing the County to offer mitigation credits for otherwise lawful development on land where there could be ncidental takings?of protected species. In Hays County, the ESA applies to two endangered songbirds, the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, but the RHCP could protect as many as 56 additional species considered rare or threatened.

The six-plus years Hays County has spent developing and getting approval for the RHCP will pay off greatly over the next 30 years?said Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, who helped spearhead the RHCP. We will see an immediate benefit to our local economy by providing a predictable, streamlined and locally controlled process for obtaining compliance with federal regulations while continuing our tradition of conservation in the county./p>

An approved RHCP allows landowners who have qualifying habitat acreage and want to preserve it as open space to voluntarily donate or sell it to the County. In turn, the County can help streamline public projects and private development in areas where the ESA applies by providing redits?that offset the takings?of land where protected species might be impacted. The County initially plans to offer the credits for development at $7,500 per credit acre.

The County Development Services Department expects the application for landowners interested in providing habitat acreage to be available by the end of the year. In the meantime, questions can be directed to Clint Garza, Development Services Director, at 512.393.2150. For more information about the Hays County RHCP, visit and choose Plans, Policies & Reports from the Government tab.

Final Documents

The Final Hays County RHCP and Environmental Impact Statement are posted on the DOCUMENTS page.


Located in the heart of central Texas and the Balcones Canyonlands region of the Edwards Plateau, Hays County is home to a diverse native wildlife and plant community. Dense woodlands and open savannas of live oak, Ashe juniper, and honey mesquite in the limestone hills and valleys of the area provide habitat for federally endangered golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) and black-capped vireos (Vireo atricapilla). Spring-fed waterways dissect the hills helping recharge the Edwards Aquifer. A wide variety of aquatic species depend on the water quality and quantity these drainages collect.

Midway between the City of Austin and the City of San Antonio, Hays County has experienced rapid population growth overflowing from these two major metropolitan areas during the past decade. Land development has and will continue to accompany population growth. The rural character of the county is already competing with new subdivisions, commercial property, and other types of urban development. Residential subdivision construction is quickly fragmenting the large and contiguous patches of juniper-oak woodland habitat that is valuable habitat for endangered wildlife.

Hays County has created a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan to help balance the needs of its growing constituency with responsible economic development and good public infrastructure, while also creating open space recreational opportunities. Implementation of this RHCP will conserve habitat for endangered species and provide an streamlined process for individuals to comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Hays County RHCP was prepared with the assistance of a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hays County also sought the input of advisory committees and environmental, economic, and legal consultants to help prepare the HCP and other documents needed to obtain an Endangered Species Act incidental take permit.