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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Big Dogs, Big Deals All October at Irving Animal Services

Big Dogs Big Deals All October at Irving Animal Services

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the IACC is offering all large dogs (40 pounds and larger) for the reduced adoption fee of only $25.

This October in celebration of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to An...

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Posted on: September 27, 2015

One Book, One Irving Kick-off Weekend


Welcome to our One Book, One Irving 10th annual community read month!

Community Reads work fairly simple: You are invited to read a wonderful work of literature, talk about it with a friend and attend fun and engaging programs related to the book.


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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Irving Police Will Tee Off for Make•A•Wish North Texas

Irving Police Association Benefit Golf Classic

Join members of the Irving Police Department for a day of golf, benefiting Make•A•Wish North Texas at the Bear Creek Golf Club. The first 240 paid golfers will enjoy some friendly four-man best ball format golfing, along with a lunch provid...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2015

Flu Season Is Here

Flu Season Is Here

Flu season is here and the Irving Fire Department asks everyone to stay informed about influenza, get vaccinated and stop the spread. 

Flu is unpredictable and can happen at any time, so get ahead of the flu by getting a flu shot.
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Posted on: September 21, 2015

Summer Water Bill Information

Summer Water Bill Information

The City of Irving has had several inquiries recently regarding high water usage. Some customers are concerned that meter reads are much higher than what is typically seen on their bills and that there may be some cause other than increased irrigation and...Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2015

Campión Trail's Canoe Launch Now Open

canoe launch

The City of Irving is opening the canoe launch at T.W. Richardson Park on Sept. 26 for residents and visitors to use. The launch suffered some damage from the flooding in May, which the city plans to repair. In the meantime, the city has placed temporary ...Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2015

Residents Can Travel Easily to State Fair via Public Transportation

DART Orange Line - Las Colinas Station

Irving residents heading to the 2015 Texas State Fair can travel easily to and from the festival with convenient transportation options on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Passengers on either line, e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

SMU Releases Updated Map of Earthquake Swarm

Earthquake Info

Dallas County Earthquakes, Jan 1 to July 9 2015

Southern Methodist University (SMU) released its preliminary earthquake catalog for the Irving-Dallas earthquake swarm based on the seismic monitoring equipment deployed by the university. Earthquake symbol size is scaled by magnitude and color-coded by date of occurrence, and earthquakes with high location uncertainties have been removed.

The location of current seismic sensors recording the sequence are shown as gray triangles; note that some sensors are outside of the map boundaries. The map is provided as part of the ongoing collaboration between SMU and the cities of Irving, Dallas and neighboring cities. The preliminary earthquake locations have not been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and are subject to change.

For more information, view SMU’s preliminary report released Feb. 6, 2015.

Legislative Efforts
Following a series of earthquakes in North Texas, the City of Irving traveled to Austin this legislative session to request the state fund and study increased seismic activity in the area and helped to successfully secure $2 million to be used for that study.

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Oct. 1, 2015, 4:28 p.m. - M2.7
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Legislators originally had identified $2.5 million in the state budget to purchase equipment, but no money had been allocated to study the data collected. State Rep. Rafael Anchia and his office worked with Irving officials, including Mayor Beth Van Duyne, to press for and secure additional state assistance to fund a study. Van Duyne traveled to Austin in early May to testify before the Energy Resources Committee.

The supplemental budget approved by the Legislature included the initial $2.5 million for equipment and an additional $2 million for the study of seismic activity. The legislature designated the funding for the Bureau of Economic Geology, a research component of the University of Texas at Austin.

The legislation also includes a requirement to produce a report by December of 2016 and appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott of a technical oversight committee.

“The city feels the study and analysis of the North Texas earthquakes is a state issue, and we appreciate the state legislature concurring with that assessment and providing direction and funding to do so,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman. “Irving residents, along with all North Texas residents, look forward to the results of the analysis.”

Funding for the equipment and hiring of people to conduct the study is available as soon as the bill becomes law. The bill has not been signed by the governor yet. Unless it is vetoed or the governor takes action to sign the bill, it will become law on June 20.

More Resources
Residents are highly encouraged to learn more about earthquakes. Below are helpful resources:
Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) preliminary report released Feb. 6, 2015.
SMU's report on the Azle tremors, released April 21, 2015.
U.S. Geological Survey – U.S. agency that monitors seismic activity.
Texas Railroad Commission – State agency that oversees drilling.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – U.S. disaster preparedness agency.

The City of Irving understands that residents have questions and concerns related to the earthquakes and has gathered the information to share with the community. All of these resources and more can be found online at on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Irving Police Teach Self-Defense Course for Girls, Women

Girls Safety Conference Set for June

This October, females age 10 and older can learn — at no cost — life-saving self-defense techniques during a Girls’ Safety Conference hosted by the Irving Police Athletic League. The class is open to all females residing in the DFW area.

Statistics show that one in every four girls will be sexually abused by the time she is an adult. The Irving Police wants girls to learn how to defend themselves, so it’s hosting a four-day rape aggression defense (RAD) class from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m., Oct. 5 through 8 at the Irving Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road.

Open only to females age 10 and older living in the DFW area, the focus of the RAD class is realistic self-defense techniques. The course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and then progresses to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. RAD is designed to engage participants in a series of hands-on, realistic, self-defense tactics and reinforce the power of the voice.

The course is taught by Irving police officers who are nationally certified RAD instructors. RAD Instructor Krista Meyer explains one main goal for the girls is learning to be vigilant.

“Eventually when they’re on their own, the techniques ingrained in them will be a natural reaction,” said Meyer. Girls will learn good communication skills, healthy self-esteem, dating safety, boundaries and more. The class is open to girls of all fitness levels and skill sets. Participants will work at their own pace. Girls who complete the program can return at any time to practice skills.

A parent/legal guardian must be present the first day of class to sign waivers, unless prior arrangements are made. Participants should bring their own snacks and drinks during the class. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To reserve a seat, email Officer Jill Smith or call (972) 721-2746. For more information visit the Irving Police Athletic League (PAL) website.

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