Del Rio News Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Del Rio, TexasCOMMUNITY
Del Rio News Heiaid Salurday, December 18, 1999
Deal struck for protester to come down from 180-foot perch
SACRAMENTO. Calif. (AP) — A woman who has spent two years living in an ancient redwood to protest logging reached a deal Friday with a lumber company and promised to climb down from her 180-foot perch.
Details of the deal between Julia “Butterfly” Hill and the Pacific Lumber Co. were not disclosed, but they were expected to make a joint announcement — on the ground — on Saturday.
Two sources familiar with the pact said Hill and her supporters had been negotiating for her to pay $50,000 to Pacib ic Lumber to make up for lost
logging revenue, while Pacific Lumber would spare Hill’s precious tree and a surrounding 200-foot zone from logging.
Hill has been in the 600-year-old tree since Dec. 19. 1997, in the coastal hills about 200 miles north of San Francisco.
“We do have an agreement, but out of respect to the agreement we have made and to Miss Hill, we will not be making any statements at this time." said Pacific Lumber spokesman Josh Reiss.
The company would donate the $50,000 to Humboldt State University for forestry studies.
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•On Monday. Dec. 20. the group will be distributing clothes and blankets at 6 p.m.;
•Tuesday. Dec. 21, they will distribute food baskets to the needy:
•Wednesday, Dec. 22. toys for
Acuna’s children will be distributed.
All events take place at Gymnasia Jose de las Fuentes Rodriguez.
There will be music, prayer and worship for those in need.
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The indictment alleged the two men conspired to import and possess more than .50 kilograms of the illegal weed. They were arrested Nov. 24 in Maverick County. Reyna and Rios, if convicted, face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release on each count.
Also indicted this week was Eulalio Arizola, 24, of San Antonio. who is charged with importation and possession of anabolic steroids with intent to distribute.
Arizola was arrested at the Del Rio Port of Entry on Nov. 20 after a dog led inspectors to a large amount of steroids in a Ford Bronco, Sinclair .said.
“Canine Harry searched the vehicle and alerted to the rear quarter panels where inspectors discovered a number of paper bags containing a large amount of steroids. Inspectors subsequently seized a total of 1,230 milliliters of steroids.”
Officials said Arizola, if convicted, could between five and 40 years imprisonment, up to a $2 million fine and at least four years of supervised release on each count.
Jose Benito Becerra-Muñiz. 18. and Roberto Ibarra-Lara. 32, identified only as Mexican citi-
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that he has finished judge’s school, did not Hunk out and is looking forward to working with the members of the court. He said he has hired a court coordinator and is looking to fill the rest of the positions on his staff. Pendergrass told the. court that the majority of his cases, at least for a while, will be held in Fort Stockton.
The court also addressed placing individuals on the Texas Veteran’s l^nd Board. It appointed board representative Juan Miguel Mireles as a board member. The suggested Mireles contact the former board members and see if they are still interested in serving. The three former members are B^ll U'wls, (no one i% quite sure if it was Bill Lewis Sr. or Jr.), Bob Williams and Clifford Belcher.
Hyde told the court members of the board should have some knowledge of real estate so they will be able to support the rights of veterans to fair contracts when dealing with the sale or purchase
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said a company employee who asked not to Be identified.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who supported a deal to protect redwoods in the area, said she was “very pleased that this agreement has been reached. I’ve talked with all the parties involved. I believe Pacific Lumber did the right thing. 1 am now hopeful the Headwaters agreement will be carried out.”
Hill, 25. had refused to come down until she received assur anees that the tree in which she lived on a tarp-covered wood platform would be spared, along with a bulTer zone around the tree.
The tree — which Hill dubbed “Luna” — is located on a ridge above Stafford south of Pacific Lumber’s headquarters in nearby Scotia.
The region has been the site of numerous logging protests during the past decade focusing on the Headwaters Forest Complex. a 94-square-mile region that includes thousands of acres of ancient redwoods.
In March. Pacific Lumber and the state and federal governments signed an agreement to turn about 10,000 acres of the forest, including nearly 5.000 acres of redwoods, into a public preserve.
Happy birthday to my granddaughter Autumn Lynnette Torres. You are the light that lit up my life at your birth on Dec. 13, 1994. From your guela Dolores Torres; sisters, Ashley Breiann Torres and Alyssa Nicole Torres.
zens. were indicted by on federal charges of conspiracy to possess and import with intent to distribute marijuana and with importation and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The four-count indictment alleges the men conspired to pos sess and import and possessed and imported more than 100 kilograms of the drug. The two were arrested on Dec. 1 in Val Verde County.
Officials said the penally for conviction on each charge ranges from five years to life imprisonment and fines of up to a $4 million.
Also indicted on drug charges were Jose Bernardino l>eandro-Moreno, 19, Miguel Fernando Perez-Silos. 21, and Rodolfo Roger Flores-Casarez, 20, all identified as Mexican citizens.
The three men are charged with conspiracy to possess and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
According to court records, the defendants were in possession of more than 50 kilograms of marijuana when they was arrested on Dec. 9 in Maverick County
If convicted, Leandro. Perez and Flores faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine and five years of supervised release on each count. '
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on our ballot, we re givin’g the majority of Texans the opportunity to weight in on this issue,” Black said.
Officials at the 'I'exas Democratic Party did not immediately return telephone ( alls from I'he Associated Press.
Student led prayers at loot ball games became a national issue after a lawsuit challenged the practice in the Santa Fe .school district in Galveston County.
The case resulted in a federal circuit court ruling banning the practice in three stales.
The U.S. SupreiiK' Court has
said it would decide whether public seh(X)l districts can allow such prayer.
Republican presidential candidate Gov. George W. Bush and state Attorney General John Cornyn have filed briefs with the Supreme Court supporting the student led prayer.
"Gov. I3ush is a strong sup-IKirter ol voluntary student-led prayer and it is a right which is guaranteed by the Constitution.” said Bush spokesman Scott McClellan.
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Mireles said that he would contact all of the board members that he could and get back with the court.
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