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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A -Herald-Zeitung-Wednesday, January 10, 2007 ROOTS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Local program begins tonight increase awareness of the environment by starting a local Roots and Shoots program. Goodali, a world renowned primatologist and humanitarian most recognized for her 25 years of research with chimpanzees in Tanzania, began Roots and Shoots, an environmental program designed to empower youth to make positive changes in their communities, more than 15 years ago. "I have followed her (Goodall's) career since 1 was a child," said Pebsworth, a primatologist who studied the way primates select plants to medicate and heal themselves. "1 share my passion for chimps with her and I had the privilege of meeting her last June in Uganda." Goodali, who maintains a strong interest in preserving culture, began Roots and Shoots in 1991 after nineTan-zanian girls came to her to ask what they could do to make a difference in their community. Goodali encouraged them to speak with community elders and shaman to find out about traditional medicine in their culture. More than 15 years later, Roots and Shoots has spread to more than 9,000 groups in 95 countries worldwide. "I have modeled my life after Jane Goodali, and 1 have realized this is something I can do now while I am not in the field to make a positive impact in my own community," Pebsworth said. Several chapters already had been established in San Antonio and Austin when Pebsworth and her family moved to the area last summer. "But none were accepting new members, so I took it as a sign that it was a time to step up to the plate and become a force for change in whatever amount of time we are here," said Pebsworth, who might be returning to Africa to continue her field work in less than two years. Roots and Shoots' first local informational meeting will take place at 7:30 tonight at Faith United Church of Clirist. "The first meeting will be to gauge the interest of the community and tell people about Roots and Shoots," Pebsworth said. "Roots and Shoots can be whatever this community wants it to be." SPEAKER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Pitts said he withdrew to protect supporters "If in some way I fall short of your expectations and needs, please tell me, and I will do my best to correct that shortcoming," he told lawmakers. Democrats were doubtful. "I will be convinced when I see a change," said Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-I-Iouston. "I have not seen a change. All I've heard is words and as you know talk is cheap." hi her nominating speech, Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, a Craddick backer told the chamber that Craddick has been relentless in his stewardship of the House and has helped build the state's $14.3 billion budget surplus. "Tom Craddick has proven his leadership in good times and difficult times," Morrison said, citing his guidance when the state faced a $10 billion budget shortfall three years ago. "He is the right person for the job." Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, anotherCraddicksupporter, saidhe looks forward to one day casting his vote for a Democratic speaker. "But today is not that day." "We've been through four tough years and we've made difficult decisions," Rose said. "I believe that the House has learned and grown over the last four years. I believe that Speaker Craddick has learned and grown over these last four years." But some lingering bitterness was evi- dent among those who had mounted the effort to topple Craddick. Democratic Rep. Richard Raymond, who favored Pitts, spoke against Crad-' dick and challenged him to mend his ways during the coming session. "The process and the people of the state of Texas and the God that we swear an oath to matter more than any one person having a tremendous amount of power," Raymond said. "Mr. Speaker, prove me wrong and let's make this a better place and a better process." After his election, Craddick, flanked by , family, supporters and Republican Gov. * Rick Perry, went to the front of the House chamber and took the oath of office for his third term as speaker. House members empted into applause.' BUST CONTINUED FROM Page 1A 17 similar raids conducted in 2006 "We believe she was selling cocaine," he said. "She also had a smaller amount of marijuana." Farias was booked into Comal County Jail on one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Koepp said he did not know if Farias had a previous record of drug arrests. She remained in Comal County Jail on Tuesday evening in lieu of a $77,000 bond. The narcotics task force, founded in 1997, includes officers from both the Comal County sheriff's office and the New Braunfels Police Department. The task force's officers use a range of sources when conducting investigations, Koepp said. "We get tips all different ways," he said. "From Crime Stoppers, citizens, officers, offense reports and disgruntled relatives - any way we can." The task force conducted. 17 drug raids on Comal County homes last year,' including raids on residences near elementary school campuses. "We're hoping to start 2007 by trying to do more than last year," he said. "We're hoping for a big year." 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