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May 21, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Cisneros settles Medlar suit LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and his former mistress settled their lawsuit today, with Linda Medlar receiving $49,000, her attorney said. “We did the deal this morning,” Medlar’s attorney, Floyd Holder, said. Holder and.Cisneros’ attorney, Seagal Wheatley, filed the papers together in Lubbock to dismiss the case. Ms. Medlar filed a $256,000 lawsuit last July, accusing Cisneros of reneging on an agreement to pay her $4,000 a month for leaking word of their relationship while he was mayor of San Antonio. She contends he agreed to help make up for her humiliation when the adulterous affair became front-page news in 1988. Cisneros denied a contract existed. He has said he was sending money to Ms. Medlar as recently as 1993 because he felt sorry for her. The lawsuit prompted an investigation by the Justice Department, which concluded that Cisneros lied about the amount of money involved when the FBI interviewed him during his background check to join President Clinton’s Cabinet. Attorney General Janet Reno recommended March 14 that a special prosecutor investigate. Holder acknowledged that the settlement “was not as much as she wanted but probably more than Henry wanted to pay.” Holder said Wheatley was returning to San Antonio from Lubbock this morning. Wheatley did not immediately return a telephone call left for him at the Lubbock Airport. Ms. Medlar told The Associated Press last week that the lawsuit was not a personal vendetta. But the publicity wrecked her marriage, got her fired from jobs and made her the target of death threats, she said. “It has nothing to do with a failed love affair,” she said. “It has to do with a contract.” Both attorneys said they had been considering settlement offers for several months. Holder said today that both Cisneros and Ms. Medlar had tired of the emotional and financial drain of the lawsuit. “It’s not a lot of money unless you’re homeless and afoot,” Holder said. “The question is what is a bird in the hand worth compared to how many in the bush? And that depends on your circumstances.” The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Winner of five 1994 Associated Press Managing Editor Awards, more than any other newspaper in its class. Winner of Highest Honors from the Texas Press Association 1994 Better Newspapers Contest. Start Your Program Today Mexico farmers hit hard by drought NO HASSLES MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A wide canal runs through the sun-cracked grain fields of the Las Rusias communal farm, but the farmers here can only watch as the brown water flows slowly by. With no end in sight to a drought in northern Mexico, the government has stopped farmers in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas from irrigating with Rio Grande water. Authorities say the week-old ban is needed to conserve critically low water reserves for city dwellers. “lf they say there’s not sufficient water, we respect it. We won’t take any water,” said Ramon Vargas, who’s worked 48 of his 67 years in dusty Las Rusias on the western edge of Matamoras. “If it doesn’t rain, we will be stuck here with nothing.” Some younger farmers, like 38-year-old Arturo Ornelas Duran, say they probably will cross illegally into the United States to make ends meet this summer. “With these economic problems, I’m going to go,” said Ornelas, who’ll seek work as a carpenter or welder to support his wife and five children, ages I through 16. The irrigation ban caught hundreds of communal farms, called “ejidos,” during the second of three irrigation cycles for com and sorghum crops along the border. It also comes just as the hottest, driest months are arriving. In recent days, the National Water Commission has forced farmers to remove unauthorized pumps that, according to Texas officials, were sucking Texas-owned water from the Rio Grande. Virgilio Ruiz, technical secretary for the Tamaulipas agriculture agency, expects a reduction of 25 to 30 percent in com and sorghum crops for an estimated 618,000 acres planted along the border. But many individual farmers face total losses. Lazaro Saenz said 70 percent of his 61-acre Las Rusias parcel already is destroyed. “If the drought continues, it will be I (X) percent,” he said. The drought, new deep into a second year, is hitting huge sections of north-central and northeastern Mexico with agricultural disaster. At the same time, an economic crisis has pushed the value of the peso down by 40 percent against the dollar, and interest rates (lave soared to as high as IOO percent. J Parts of West and South Texas also are dry, and inflows have been below normal for four straight years into two international reservoirs along the Rio Grande. Tropical-influenced rains typically fall over the region in late summer, but some forecasters are predicting another year of drought. “This is not in human hands. It’s in the hands of God,” Ruiz said. As of Thursday, Mexico had drained down to only 3.86 percent of its entire allotment of Rio Grande water reserves in Falcon Lake and Amistad Reservoir, both shared with Texas under a 1944 water treaty. That same day, Mexico learned that the U.S. State Department had declined Mexico’s request for a loan of 81,000 acre feet of Texas-owned water reserves to allow Tamaulipas farmers a final irrigation cycle. Citing the potential for huge agricultural losses in his state, Texas Gov. George W. Bush opposed any water loan. Texas, which has used about half of the water it can store in Falcon and Amistad, is projected to have sufficient supplies to bring crops to harvest this year. But experts say next year’s irrigation supplies will be in doubt for Texans, too, unless heavy rains hit in the drainage basin of the reservoirs. As they offered soft drinks and ears of com to a visiting reporter, farmers at Las Rusias expressed more bitterness toward the Mexican government and bankers than toward Texas’ refusal to lend water. “There’s no emergency program that helps. There’s nothing,” Saenz said. Noe Longoria Falcon said this drought is one of the worst in memory; he arrived here in 1931. President Emesto Zedillo recently announced a $ 120 million plan to hire idle farmers and ranchers to dig wells and repair water systems in drought-stricken states. But Longoria and others are skeptical. “All this time, we have been very patient. But who knows now?” the 70-year-old Longoria asked. “Who knows now if they don’t fulfil tfceir promise, because the people are very upset. Not only here but in the interior of the republic.” Farmers need to reschedule debt payment plans with drastic reductions in interest rates, he said. “How can we pay if there’s no harvest?” Longoria said. Meanwhile, Matamoros Mayor Tomas Yanington Rubalcava is urging his citizens and upstream cities to conserve water so domestic users don’t come up dry like the farmers. MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES: Lilecyle/Step Machine f/Q CONTRACTS, Swimming Pool (in season) Personalized Weight Training Nutrition/We^ht Programs Nautilus/Free Weights Aerobics/Step Classes Hot Tub Wallyball Basketball Racquetball THE W ATHLETIC A CLUB IH-35 IH15 Service Flood Ie i * r — 5| Kl Iii* AIMC dub 625-3459 943 King Arthur Dr. Judith A. 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