New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 21, 1995, Page 3

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 21, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday May HeraldZeitung 3 A Cisneros settles Medlar suit LUBBOCK Texas AP Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and his former mistress settled their lawsuit today with Linda Medlar receiving her attorney said We did the deal this Medlars attorney Floyd Holder said Holder attorney Seagal Wheatley filed the papers together in Lubbock to dismiss the case Ms Medlar filed a lawsuit last July accusing Cisneros of reneging on an agreement to pay her a month for leaking word of their rela tionship while he was mayor of San Antonio She contends he agreed to help make up for her humili ation when the adulterous affair became frontpage 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 1 The lawsuit prompted an investigation by the Jus tice Department which concluded that Cisneros lied about the amount of money involved when the FBI interviewed him during his background check to join President Clintons 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 Holder said Wheatley was returning to San Anto nio 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 she said It has to do with a 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 Its not a lot of money unless youre homeless and 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 The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES Machine N0 CONTRACTS Swimming Pool in season rn cc c Personalized Weight Training NU nAMLM Programs Weights Classes Hot Tub Wallyball Basketball Racquetball IH35 tin AHMc Club 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 weekold ban is needed to con serve critically low water reserves for city dwellers If they say theres not sufficient water we respect it We wont take any said Ramon Vargas whos worked 48 of his 67 years in dusty Las Rnsias on the western edge of Mata moros If it doesnt rain we will be stuck here with Some younger farmers like 38year old Arturo Omelas Duran say they probably will cross illegally into the United States to make ends meet this summer With these economic problems Im going to said Omelas wholl seek work as a carpenter or welder to support his wife and five children ages 1 through 16 The irrigation ban caught hundreds of communal farms called 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 suck ing Texasowned water from the Rio Grande Virgilio Ruiz technical secretary for the Tamaulipas agriculture agency expects a reduction of 25 to 30 percent in corn and sorghum crops for an esti mated acres planted along the border But many individual farmers face total losses Lazaro Saenz said 70 per cent of his 61acre Las Rusias parcel already is destroyed If the drought continues it will be 100 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 val ue of the peso down by 40 percent against the dollar and interest rates have soared to as high as 100 percent 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 Tropicalinfluenced rains typically fall over the region in late summer but some forecasters are predicting another year of drought This is not in human hands Its in the hands of Ruiz said As of Thursday Mexico had drained down to only percent of its entire allotment of Rio Grande water reserves in Falcon Lake and Amistad Reser voir both shared with Texas under a 1944 water treaty That same day Mexico learned that the State Department had declined Mexicos request for a loan of acre feet of Texasowned water reserves to allow Tamaulipas farmers a final irrigation cycle Citing the potential for huge agri cultural 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 suffi cient supplies to bring crops to har vest this year But experts say next years 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 Theres no emergency program that helps Theres Saenz said Noc Longoria Falcon said this drought is one of the worst in memory he arrived here in 1931 President Ernesto 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 skepti cal All this time we have been very patient But who knows now the 70 yearold Longoria asked Who knows now if they dont fulfil their promise because the people are very upset Not only here but in the interior of the Farmers need to reschedule debt pay ment plans with drastic reductions in interest rates he said How can we pay if theres no har vest Longoria said Meanwhile Matamoros Mayor Tomas Yarrington Rubalcava is urging his citizens and upstream cities to con serve water so domestic users dont come up dry like the farmers THE ATHLETIC A CLUB 6253459 943 King Arthur Dr Judith A Jonke Podiatrist Medicine Surgery of the Foot Diplomate Board Certified American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric 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