New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,2009
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Vol. 156, No. 268 18 pages, 2 sections
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS 3BDrought relief funds come with catch
Ranchen who have su£fered through this year's historic drought can apply for federal disaster relief.
But there's a catch: Government aid will only go to livestock producers who previ
ously bought insurance.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that money would be made available for drought-suffering farmers and ranchers throu^ the federal Livestock Forage Disaster Program created by the 2008 Farm Bill. Applications are being accepted this week
at federal Farm Service Agency offices throughout the state.
But it's only for eligible producers and Texas FSA Executive Director luan Garcia said the drought doesn't automatically make one eligible.
Disaster funding for this year is only available for ranchers who purchased a
$100 insurance policy on their pastureland through the FSA or a risk management agency before Dec. 1, 2008, Garcia said.
"There's a lot of people who think they could get some of that money that could be very disappointed," said Wesley Davis, a New Braunfels resident who runs cattle on a fann
in (lon/ales County "If they haven't bought into it. they're ni)t going to get a penny "
I he ISA does not yet know what to do for those residents that failed to buy insurance before disaster struck.
Gart'ia siiid they could apply with F SA for an 'equitable relief provision." to try and recover some losses, althougli
he said thi* I SA has not vcl made a dec ision on how lo process those applit alioiis. oi what funding liiight he tnadc available.
"We may not be able to help everyone, but \vr might be able to help sofiie people," Garc ia said.
See RELIEF, Page 8APOW/MIA RECOGNITION DAT'THEY'VE GOT MY DNA IN CASE THEY FIND ANYTHING'
Gloria Cardenas holds a portrait of her brother, Gilberto Sanchez, who was declared missing in action in 1950 while serving in the Korean War. Soldiers who went missing or were prisoners of war will be recognized at a ceremony today.
By Eric J.VIMIlMclMr
Each of Gloria Cardenas' eight brothers served in the U.S. Armed Forces, but one never came home.
Gilbert Lopez Sandiez went missing in action in December 1950 during the Chosin Reservoir engagement in North Korea. He was a sergeant in the Army and trained as a medic at Fbrt Sam Houston. Nothing was ever found of his remains.
After the war he was declared missing in action/presumed deceased, and posthumously received the Purple Heart for injuries incurred in a previous engagement, an accident in an ambulance.
"They've got my DNA," Gloria said, "in case they ever find anything."
Stories like this prompted Dan Hafe-man, Benito Guerrero and others involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 in New Braunfels to push for the city to recognize those
who went missing in action or were prisoners of war on POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is today
Their efforts were rewarded Monday when Mayor Bruce Boyer presented the organization with a certificate declaring the holiday at the New Braunfels City Council meeting.
Beginning at 9:45 a.m. today in Prince Solms Park, a ceremony and military display program will begin,
See MIA, Page 3A
Whan: 9:45 a.m. today
Whtn: Prince Solms Park What Recognition of POWs and MIAs with honor table ceremony, a color guard and former POW speaker Information: (830)625-9961
Volunteers hit rivers for annual cleanup
lx)cal organiziUions are glaring up for the 2009 Friends tor Rivers Antui al Cleanup.
On Siitiirday. mor(> than H(M) people will descend on the ( iuadalupc and Comal rivers, combing the banks, water and riverbeds for trash of all shapes and sizes.
Pre-registration. recjiiired to par ticipate in the (leanup. ended last week.
"We've probably got in the neigh borhood of 850 to 900 people signed up," said Nathan Pt'iKc, river ;i( tivi ties manager for New Hraunlels.
Of that number, approxiniately.)()() Boy Scouts, and some (iirl Scouts, will participate.
Local businesses, high schools and community organizations will also join in.
The event begins Friday tiight with camping at Cypress Bend P;irk. I he cleanup kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. and lasts all day A barheque (or the participants will be held in the alter noon, followed by another night of camping in the park.
Volunteers will canvass the entire Comal River and the Ciuadalupe River from the "horseshw," near ('anyon Lake, to Cypress Bend Park.
"It's an intense one-da\ (llort, plus we provide a couple ol nights of camping and fun for the kiiklos," said Pence, who has helped coordinate the event for the past five years.
The cleanup was cancelleil in 2007 because of dangerously high water levels, and in 2008 as Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast. In 2006, the last year the cleanup was held, volunteers gathered almost 25,000 gallons of trash, Pence said.
Along with the usual items such as
See RIVER, Page SAClassified U.N. document says Iran has what it needs to make nuclear weapon
By Q«org« Jahn
Associated Press Writer
VIENNA — Iran experts at the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead, according to a confidential report
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seen by The Associated Press.
The document drafted by senior ofBcials at the International Atomic Energy Agency Is the clearest indication yet that those officials share
Washington's views on Iran's weapon-making capabilities and missile technology — even if they have not made those views public.
The document, tided "Possible Military Dimension of Iran's Nuclear Program," appeared to be the so-called IAEA "secret annex" on Iran's alleged nuclear arms program that the U.S., France, Israel and other
L\EA members say is being withheld by agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei — claims the nuclear watchdog denies.
It is a record of IAEA findings since the agency began probing Iran's nuclear program in 2007 and has been continuously updated.
The information in the document that is either new, more detailed or
represents a more forthright conclusion than found in published lALA reports includes:
• The L\EA's assessment that Iran worked on developing a chamber inside a ballistic missile capable of housing a warhead payload "that is quite likely to be nuclear."
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