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New Braunfels, TexasWater task force decides to go to work
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
After spending a year and a half trying to decide if they really had a» problem, the Citizens Task Force on Water decided last night at Smithson Valley High School to get organized.
Betty Baker, who has spearheaded the project, appealed to those present to become actively involved. “All we’re trying to do is get organized,” she said. ‘We’ll take five to IO years to get another water source.” The group has had a hard time getting any interest from the Canyon Lake area.
“This is not a popular subject,” Baker added. “No one wants to think they won’t have water. The ramifications are just staggering, and the growth is going to occur.”
The task force passed out a newly prepared brochure showing a map of the area involved and information which has been obtained on the problem.
The purpose of the Citizens Task Force is to objectively define, research, document and inform the public on its findings concerning the quality and quantity of the ground water supply of the Glen Rose and Cow
Creek water formations in Comal County, the possible supplemental ground and surface water sources, and possible means of obtaining supplemental sources.
The Glen Rose and Cow Creek water formations are relatively, thin, porous limestone formations whose quality of water is good, but whose quantity is limited and always will be. Limited water formations such as they are depleted by two major factors: population growth and drought.
Several supplemental sources and theories not considered feasible are the fault block theory (that Canyon Lake is
re-charging the Glen Rose and Cow Creek formations), drilling deeper wells, damming up the Cibolo, drilling the Cibolo for another aquifer, and hooking up to the Edwards Aquifer.
These conclusions have been drawn after talking with experts such as Dick Reeves of the U.S. Geological Survey, Herbert Grubb of the Texas Department of Water Resources and Leroy Goodson of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.
The group has concluded that the most feasible and viable supplemental source is Canyon Lake. Its next step is to investigate the many different en
tities that can be formed for the purpose of obtaining a supplemental supply. There are districts, co-ops, taxing entities, and non-taxing entities to consider.
To conduct this investigation, the group formed three committees—means, education, and publicity. One observer last night said, “time is on our back—ifs not only drought, it’s politics.”
The Means Committee will be chaired by Cameron Wiley. Members serving are Erie Moerbe, Randy Watson, Beth Sherfy, Chuck Knibbe, Bill Frobese and Raymond Armstrong.
Publicity Committee includes JoAnn Owens, Sue Clark, and Sybil Lightfoot. The Education Committee consists of Betty Baker, Chuck Knibbe, Raymond Armstrong, Ed Sheffler and Ray Webe.
“We’ve cried all we can cry. We’ve got to get to work. We’ve been ineffective because we couldn’t get to all the areas. We need help,” appealed Baker.
The group will hold its fourth town meeting on water on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Smithson Valley High School to discuss all the means available and give the public the opportunity to ask questions.
Moorman honors buddy, all who died in Vietnam
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
An unusual memorial to Sgt. Amo Voigt, a New Braunfelser who died in Vietnam IO years ago, has been established at Boysville, a San Antonio center for homeless boys.
Bill Moorman, a lifelong friend of Voigt’s who also served in Vietnam, recently made a memorial donation to be used to purchase animals for Boysville’s 4-H program.
In a letter to Voigt’s mother, Mrs. Natalia Sanders, Boysville Executive Director Nathan Charlton said the gift would be used to buy an animal, have it raised and shown by one of the boys, and then auctioned, with the money used to buy another animal.
“In this manner the memorial gift will go on for many years and help innumerable boys,” he wrote.
“We will try to be worthy of the confidence that Bill has placed in us ... Your son obviously meant a great deal to Bill, and he has taken this opportunity to express some of the things they shared,” the letter read.
Moorman, in a telephone interview, said the donation was something he had wanted to do for IO years.
“It’s for all who died in Vietnam —
ifs something to remember them by. I really didn’t want any publicity on this, but maybe other people will think about those kids. I’m very impressed by Boysville; there are some very good programs there — more people should know about it,” Moorman said.
Voigt and Moorman were buddies at New Braunfels High School, and both served in the U.S. Army after graduating in 1958.
“We were in the 101st Airborne Division in 1962 and 1963. Then Amo joined the Green Berets. I was in the Air Commandos serving Green Beret bases. I didn’t see him while in Vietnam, though,” Moorman said.
Voigt was killed in action in June 1970.
Charlton said the donation would be used to buy two show pigs, and the boy who raised them would show them in the Bexar County Junior Livestock Show.
“The actual cost of the animal will be deducted after auction, and he’ll be entitled to keep the profit,” Charlton said.
“I had a long talk with Mr. Moorman. He’s a heck of a nice guy, and this gift means a great deal to him,” Charlton added.
Lawyer testifies on Brilab figure link
Aleyo Hernandez, top, rakes leaves in preparation for the Comal County Fair Sept. 24-28 while Andy Ortiz takes Divi Cricket for a gallop and Ronnie Spain, right, works on a door.
After the Brilab probe, Hauser was given two years on the guilty plea, but this was to run concurrently with the previous sentence.
Kelton also testified that this meant Hauser wouldn’t have to serve a single extra day in jail.
The justice department lawyer also said Hauser was paid over $50,000 for his assistance, including $1,500 a month for apartment rent.
Clayton, Wood and Ray were indicted June 12 by a federal grand jury on charges of extortion, racketeering, fraud and conspiracy in an alleged insurance kickback scheme.
Also charged was L.G. Moore of Deer Park, regional director of the International Operating Engineers Union. He will be tried later.
In answer to another question, Kelton said the government estimated Hauser may have taken in as much as $5 million in his various operations, and that he had been involved in a Swiss bank account, although not under the name of Hauser.
Earlier, in opening arguments, Roy Minton, Clayton’s attorney, said the FBI used “lies, put together a sham, and misrepresented things” in an effort to get an indictment against Clayton.
He said the “government actually attempted to create a crime where there is no crime. I am personally offended by the action of my government.
“No one in the FBI ever heard anything bad about Speaker Clayton. He had never even cheated at marbles.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Woods said the secret Brilab tapes “will let you hear this crime unfold. You will get an insight into Texas politics.”
HOUSTON (AP) - A U.S. Justice Department lawyer has testified that an FBI informant in the Brilab investigation could be considered “a central figure in insurance fraud in the United States,”
Bruce Kelton, the first witness Wednesday in the federal court trial of Texas House Speaker Billy Clayton and Austin attorneys Randall Wood and Donald Ray, was subjected to a sharp cross-examination on the part played by informant Joseph Hauser.
The defense made it clear it would attempt to prove that Hauser was “trying to land a big fish in the investigation” so he would get a short prison term on his second conviction involving insurance schemes.
Kelton said Hauser had received a 30-month sentence on the first conviction, but on the second charge — filed in Phoenix, Ariz. — had pleaded guilty and agreed to work with the FBI Brilab, so-called for “Bribery-Labor.”