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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Uapids Gazelle: Wed., Jail. 9, 1971 Canoeists Complain Biggest Danger Comes from Lawmen By Robert Heard COMFORT, Texas (AP) The swift, green water of Gua- dalupe river pushed Nancy Pruitt's canoe toward the first low-water bridge below Com- fort, Texas, and the same sheriff's deputy who had hassled her party at the put-in point was standing on the bank near the bridge, arguing with those in the lead canoe. "He was a dead-ringer for the Dodge says Nancy, a green-eyed redhead. "And he had a very large pistol." The deputy had asked them at the put-in point what commune they were from and warned them against smoking mari- juana and trespassing on the banks. Had Company After the 14 canoeists goi under way, they noticed the> had company. "It was kind of says Nancy, an Austin, Texas, artist whose wildlife paintings have illustrated two children's books. "People were riding along on horseback, in pickups and a jeep. They watched us through binoculars." is the Texas hill country where a man's prop- erty is like a part of his skin don't touch unless invited. Nancy says when she saw the deputy the second time standing on the bank, "I knew it was a real emergency, but I couldn't hear what he was saying at first because of the noise of the water." As she and her husband, Jim, an electrical engineer, came alongside, the deputy told them not to land there. The current swept them toward the bridge, where the water rushed under with only a few inches of clear- ance. "Went Under" "The canoe went she says. "Jim was faster than I was. He was able to leap out, but I went under." The churning water shot her under the bridge. Luckily, she was not hurt. "He (the deputy) wouldn't let people get out on the grav- el bar on the other side to help me she says. "He was laughing and making cracks about hippies and mur- derers and rapists, about peo- ple not being safe in their homes, about old ladies being raped and having their hands cut off, about junkies and dopers and oil and on and on. It was incredible." Finally, the deputy allowed the others to take their canoes out and carry them around the bridge. "He said by law he was al- lowed to shoot because it was says Nancy. Beautiful Stretch Five months earlier, in Au- gust, 1971, the Texas parks anc wildlife department published a booklet entitled "Pathways with maps show ing campgrounds and rest stops along this beautiful stretch of the Guadalupe. Unfortunately, the maps failed to make clear these were sites of a proposed state water way. Hundreds of canoeists were drawn to the river, some of them so new to the sport thej badly misjudged time and dis- tances between road crossings and ended up knocking on a rancher's backdoor after sun- down. Often, they got help. But many times they scared the neighborliness out of property owners unaccustomed to fig- ures moving around on their land after dark. Some ranchers assumed in- correctly that they owned to the middle of the river, that it was their river. They still are hostile to any canoeing, and they have important people on their side. "I'm 100 percent behind the says Kendall county Sheriff Lee D'Spain. 'Canoeists have no business getting in the river." Harassment Dozens of canoeists have re- )orted harassment by sheriff's officers, particularly when they jeach their canoes to scout ahead or to portage around low-water bridges. "I'm sure that all states have similar programs to some de- says parks and wildlife n F Oity oners Commissioner Bob Burleson of Temple. Burleson has canoed in Ar- kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and old Mexico as well as Texas. "My wife was in the party that was shot at on the Cossatot river in he said. Many Texas canoeists also have reported hearing rifle bul- lets whine across the water in front of their canoes. That sort of thing can diminish the en- joyment of a Sunday outing. All navigable streams in Texas are public property, and that usually includes, depending on the height of the water at the time, a portion of the banks. Lowest Bank The boundary is halfway up the lowest bank that separates the riverbed from the adjacent upland, the bank that serves to confine the waters within the bed and preserve the course ol the river. A line drawn from that point across the river lo- cates the boundary on the othei side. Determining this "gradient boundary" is complicated anc expensive. Only surveyors can do it. Texas Land Commissionei Bob Armstrong says, "There and bad canoeists just as there are bad landowners." Armstrong, an avid canoeist, thinks the sport needs to be regulated, but he believes that requires legislation. Paddled Naked Game Warden Milburn Dear- ing of Boerne says canoeists aave shot livestock, littered pri- vate property, sunbathed on :ridges and paddled naked in 'ront of family groups in private camping areas. The landowners organized the uadalupe River Assn., whose president, Frank Brady of San Antonio, says the big con- roversy is not canoeists but jollution by the city of Kerrvil- e. Many leading canoeists say he situation is more volatile .oday than ever before. "If we had a says farold Belisle, a member of the )arks and wildlife staff, "this vhole thing would be solved. 'eople would get up in arms. Uy question is do we have to lave that Alaska Pipeline Dispute Settled JUNEAU Alaska and the federal government have worked out an agreement in their dispute about land control along the trans-Alaska pipeline corridor that will allow (he- project to get under way soon, state officials say. Charles Herbert, commis- sioner of natural resources, said Tuesday that the agree- ment deals primarily with sur- veillance of construction work and opens the way for issuance of a project permit by the in- terior department, possibly by next week. SACRAMENTO. Calif. (AP) He was given up as a "vegeta- ble" last fall after a mugging in Man Defies Doctors' Predictions; Comes Back from 'Vegetable Life haltingly but clearly in an inter- view Monday. Stocks' first effort toward the :hicago. But now Gary Stocks, Ph.D. ended Sept. 7, 1973, when 2G, has learned to walk for the he was mugged by four or five eighth lime and vows he will youths in front of his Chicago renew life studies. apartment. He hadn't even at- His goal is to earn a Ph.D. in tendecUiis first classy jiopsychology at the University of Chicago, and he wants to His doctors said if he lived, he would never be more than "a that is, a heartbeat jin a mentally blacked-out body. They telephoned his mother, "I don't just plan to go Lee Rush Stocks, to say 1 will go Slocks said that he was going fast and she start again in September. Will Go Back" should hurry to Chicago if she wanted to see him alive. "When I got to Chicago, all I could think of was that 1 wanted him to Mrs. Slocks said 'i later. He was in a coma six weeks, and then began to defy the doctors' predictions. Came Slowly A speech therapist taught him to swallow. Then one or two words. Slowly, he came around mentally. "Tlie first thing 1 told Gary was: 'You arc going to have to learn to walk one more said Mrs. Stocks. It was his eighth lime. The earlier limes followed a series of childhood illnesses, she said. Last week, Mrs. Stocks brought Gary home to Sacra- mento. I "His walk is not normal, but [he's more concerned about his she said. "He's so used 'to using long, technical terms 'that he gets twisted around." Gary says he has "retrograde meaning he doesn't remember much about the at- tack. He describes himself as, "26, going on nine." "That's his type of his mother explains. Hiawatha Opti-Mrs. Meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Leon and Jerry's. Best Rental Open 7-9 Week- days, 8-5 Sundays. Adv. Hospitalized Donald Wright, jr., 1542 Sixteenth ave- nue SE, is a patient at Veterans hospital, Iowa City. Visitors wel- come. Field Assessors county field assessors will be in Fair- fax for signing up for home- stead and military property tax exemptions through Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to p.m. week- days and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. 1973-S Proof Eisenhower Sil- ver Dollar, S18.00. Jerome's Rare Ready To Blow, .21" Toro Sno- pup snowblowers, free delivery. Hardi Gardens, 366-1567. Parking Meiers Four park- ing meters from the 500 and 600 blocks of Seventh street SE were reported missing Tuesday. The meters are valued at The- Giftrec January Sale. Save up to 700 7th St SE. -Adv. Chinchilla Breeders Eastern Iowa Chinchilla Breeders will meet Saturday at p.m. in the REC building in Marion. Meeting is open to interested persons. Deadline for Sunday Want Ads is a.m. Salurday morning. for Classified department closed at noon Sat- urdays. Dial 398-8231.-Adv. Saddle Taken Carson Veach, 1570 Third avenue SE, reported to police Tuesday that a saddle, bridle and bit worth were taken from his ear after it was towed from the scene of an accident last No- vember. Johnny's Parkway. Corner El- lis and F Avc. NW. Thursday Special: Salisbury Sleak, served up '111 p.m. Menu dining from 10 a.m. 'til 1 a.m. Carry out orders Breakin Reported Walter Becicka, 2627 Thompson drive SE, reported the back door of his home was forced open and was taken. Story Hour Weekly story hour for preschoolers will be given Thursday at a.m. at Kenwood branch, 3223 First ave- nue SE. Unusual Hanging Terrariums and Baskets. Pierson's Florists, 366-1826.-Adv. Quality Paints-Varnishes, Dia- mond Vogel Paint Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Rd. SE. 365-6901- Adv. Engaged? Come to a party for engaged girls at The Long- branch. January 16. Details, 377- 4530.-Adv. SME of chapter 71 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers will meet Thursday evening at Sir- loin 'N' Brew. Dinner will begin at with the program on "Coolant Feeding Drilling" by W. David Merkel, jr., of Cleve- land Twist Drill Co., at Court Unsnarls Midnight Mess HARTFORD (AP) The stale supreme court has ruled that midnight is not a time unto its own but the property of the old and the new day. "Midnight is a point in time and not a period of ruled Associate Justice Joseph W. Bogdanski, who wrote Monday's opinion declaring midnight a proper designation for the can- cellation of a contract. The decision settled a dispute over a contract between Avis Rent-A-Car System, Inc., and its former New London area agency, Crown High Corp. The cancellation was effec- tive at midnight, Dec. 31, 1965. 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