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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 5, 1892, Brownsville, Texas Vol. 107, No. 63 Sept einher 5, 1 ( J ( J8 jSaturday 50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday Born o n 01997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved T H E 4th O F mmw/jit „ai v j ULY 189 2 Ms. Fitness USA challeges students Page A2 MmSm football TODAY Falcons rally past Vikings PageAÍÍ Water buys time But farmers are still in critical need By BILL HETHCOCK Valley Morning Star Higher water levels in the Valley's reservoirs will buy time for farmers making crucial planting decisions, but the region remains in critical need of water, agriculture officials said Friday. Growers will probably plant more acres of onions than they would have without the influx of water from Tropical Storm Charley, and citrus crops still in the fields will benefit, said Ray Prewett, executive vice president of Texas Citrus Mutual and the Texas Vegetable Association. But farmers remain in a precarious situation, said Prewett, who offered this analogy: "These rains were like a lifeboat," he said. "We got the lifeboat back to the mother ship, but whether the mother ship will make it to shore, we really don't know." The water supply in Falcon and Amistad reservoirs has risen from a „upo ' (i'" wSj & 1 Cindy BrowtVThe Monitor Sigifredo Montemayor, of Zapata, fished for minnows in an inlet of Falcon Lake Friday. Montemayor said the water's edge used to be about 100 feet from where he nourishes. The Rio Grande Valley's reservoirs got a 10 percent boost with the recent floodwaters. summer low of 19 percent of capacity to about 33 percent since the tropical storm dumped heavy rain in the Rio Grande watershed. The reservoirs stand at their highest levels since April 1997, said Clifford Regensberg, an International Boundary and Water Commission hydrologist. On Friday, Amistad held 1,161,542 acre-feet, which is about one-third of its capacity. Falcon held 509,174 acre-feet, about one-fifth of normal capacity. Rod Santa Ana, a spokesman for the Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, said the combined water supply needs to rise to 36 percent of capacity for sugar cane growers to have enough water for another season. Sugar cane requires heavy irrigation. (See WATER, Page 9) Complete weather SAi Mexico, U.S. talk trucking, issues MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) • New U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Davidow said Friday he believes negotiations can end two cross-border tnicking disputes arising front the North American Free TVade Agreement. ' Davidow told a press conference in this northern industrial city that U.S. officials would like to see package delivery firms such as Federal Express or United Parcel Service be allowed to operate within Mexico. At the same time, he said, Mexico wants its truckers to be allowed to haul cargo into the U.S. "One hopes there will be a resolution to those two very important problems," Davidow said, adding that the two issues are being linked in negotiations. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. and Mexican trucks were to be allowed to circulate in each other's border states after Dec. 18,1995. However, the Clinton Administration indefinitely delayed that provision of the treaty, citing safety concerns about vehicles from Mexico. This has resulted in long delays for trucks at border checkpoints as commerce between the two nations has increased dramatically since the NAFTA's implementation in 1994. "I see a possibility that negotiations will resolve the two problems," Davidow said. Friday night lights Albert Villegas/The Brownsville Herald Girls in the Pace High School drill team cheered for the school's football team Friday night. The first full schedule of high school football opened with a victory from Rivera. Pace, Porter and Hanna all lost their openers. See Sports Page A11 TSC considers doubling tax rate By TIM LOPES The Brownsville Herald The Texas Southmost College board of trustees will consider nearly doubling the tax rate for next year. The new proposal would boost the rate almost 4 cents per $100 valuation to .126, up from .087. The new rate is expected to bring in almost $2 million in additional tax revenue. Texas Southmost College board chairwoman Mary Rose Cardenas said if the proposed rate is approved it would bring the rate in line with the 1990 rate. "We've been reducing the tax rate since 1990. We felt like we had the income coming in and we could maintain the buildings. We didn't need the money," Cardenas said. "What we're trying to do is bring it back to what we had before." She said the tax rate in 1990 was 11 cents per $100 valuation. She said TSC had been receiving rent money from the University of Texas system. The University of Texas has an operating agreement with Texas Southmost College. While UT sets academic standards and pays teacher salaries, TSC owns and maintains the 'We've been reducing the tax rate since 1990... We didn't need the money. What we're trying to do is bring it back to what we had before.' Mary Rose Cardenas TSC chairwoman campus. The rental revenue has been declining, however, due to more buildings, like the $30 million Science and Technology building, being built by the University of Texas system. Cardenas said the higher tax rate will generate additional funds needed to maintain the buildings and build a technical training center that would prepare students to take jobs at maquiladoras. The average taxable value of homes in the taxing district, which includes all of Cameron County, is $48,831. That average is up. from $44,496. Based on those calculations a homeowner's tax bill would go from $39.15 to $61.57. The extra money is needed to carry on operations without putting a strain on TSC's fund balance which should be at least $3 million, Cardenas said. "We have to deal with our maintenance issues. We need to move forward with the technical training center. We just need to be able to continue to' address the growth issues," she said. "(And) we can not raise student tuition. The students already have been so generous to build the student center and tax themselves." Students in February approved paying an extras $35, starting in 1999, to build a new student center. A public hearing will be held on the proposed tax rate Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the boardroom at Gorgas Hall at Texas Southmost College. "I think there is concern. If (taxpayers) have a concern, I hope they do come. This is a hear^ ing and we will listen to them," Cardenas said* Facing Democratic criticism, Clinton says he's sorry By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ireland - President Clinton said for the first time Friday "I'm sorry" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, describing the episode as indefensible as he sought to calm the growing storm that has shaken his presidency. Less than 24 hours after a Democratic ally took to the Senate floor to denounce Clinton's conduct as immoral and urge a public rebuke, the president said, "I can't disagree with anyone else who wants to be critical of what I have already acknowledged was indefensible." Clearly uncomfortable addressing the mat ter on an international stage, Clinton would not discuss the possibility of a congressional censure, saying, "I don't want to get into that." A senior presidential adviser said White House aides had come to the conclusion that the situation was so bad that a censure was probably the best outcome they could hope for. White House press secretary Mike McCurry said there had been no discussion of resignation in Clinton's conversations with Democratic leaders and others. Clinton said Feb. 6 he would never resign and McCurry commented, "I am confident his attitude has not changed on that." Clinton has been grappling to satisfy demands for a sincere apology for having an affair with a 21-year-old intern and lying about it. Friday's statement was the president's third attempt to address the matter since his Aug. 17 address to the nation and he used new wording - even as he insisted he had said much the same before. "I've already said that I made a bad mistake, it was indefensible and I'm sorry about it," Clinton said, questioned at a photo opportunity with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahem. It was the first time he had used the word "sorry." Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, Democratic Party chairman, said Clinton's direct statement about being sorry was "helpful." "I think he's been saying that with other words. He's had difficulty getting it out," Romer said. The president desperately needs Democratic support to combat the accumulated evidence in Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report to Congress on Clinton's behavior. But even senior Democrats are distancing themselves from the president, unsure what Starr's report will say and fearing Clinton will pull the party down in November's mid-term elections. (See CLINTON, Page 10) President Bill Clinton aHMCnsttlHIHiMQBntt^fiM 38153 00001 INDEX! 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