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in Obamacare Slams the City of San Angelo Budget
You call yourselves journalist, yet you keep referring to it as "Obamacare"? The proper name is "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)". Is it possible for you to say that?
in Fancy Foreign Furniture at Zada San Angelo
I'm glad you all covered this! I have shopped here since they opened and Eddie and Lisa are great people. I enjoy finding items here you don't get the feeling that it was made at a factory like some other places that claim to be from exotic locations.
in Cunning Criminals Caught: Stash Found in Open Container
GOOD, MORE TRASH OFF THE STREET.
in Ken Landon and San Angelo's Famous Water Lily Collection
I've loved that park since I was a child.
in A Water Pipe to San Angelo Will Make Del Rio Howl
Why will Del Rio portect it's water supply?? Four words--Laughlin Air Force Base. Without water Laughlin A.F.B.is toast and Del Rio is a goast town without Laughlin. Laughlin gets every drop of it's water fron San Felipe Springs. Laughlin is the largest Air Training Command Base the Air Force has and is the heart beat of Del Rio. So how much is Del Rio willing to gamble on the goose that layes the golden egg for her by not protecting it's water supply--NONE
Thanks Joe for taking an interest in this issue which could have a devastating effect on Del Rio and surrounding land owners that depend on ground water . Today there are several wells, springs and streams that have gone dry in Val Verde County as well as Kinney County. San Felipe Springs and Ft. Clark Springs water flow is very low and Lake Amistad was at low record levels.
During Del Rio's several legal battles to keep our water from being contaminated with hazardous and nuclar waste. The most important point that stood out during all the legal fighting was no one could prove where our water comes from. If anyone says they know the source of water or aquifer for San Felipe Springs they have had too much cool aid. Chemical Waste Management, the US Nuclar Defence Agency and Tex Core could not provide where our water comes from. These are the ones Del Rio took on to protect San Felipe Springs in the late 80's and early 90'. Del Rio has a long history of protecting it's water supply. I belive they will do it again so I suggest if any one messes with Del Rio's water supply they have their boots on. It would be interesting to know who the land owners are who have sold or leased their water rights in Val Vel Verde Country!
Look at the amount of water the city would be required to buy and compare that to the current usage rates. We would be signing on to buy significantly more than we are currently using. And read the resolution that was put before council. It wasn't about putting favorable members on the CRMWD board, it was about abandoning the CRMWD and forcing the sale of the assets to VV Water for their use and management. VV Water would be selling the water that the CRMWD currently sells for "industrial uses" and the CRMWD would be no more. San Angelo isn't a member of CRMWD, only a customer. Any changes to the CRMWD or its board would have to come from the member communities and they aren't interested.
This proposal smells of snake oil and we don't need to have a private monopoly controlling regional water. I also don't trust his "facts and research" on what the impact of taking between 50,000 and 100,000 acre feet of water out of that aquifer would have on water availability in Val Verde county and around Lake Amistad. Look at what has happened to the Ogallala Aquifer. They have drained several eons of collected water in less than a hundred years. Aquifers don't manufacture water. They are, in effect, giant natural rain barrels. Pump it out faster than the rain refills it and pretty soon the barrel is dry.
great story Cheyenne they are a must see in our city
I didn't get the impression that the city will have to abandon Hickory to go with this plan. Littlejohn needs the CRMWD infrastructure to distribute the water to Midland/Odessa, Big Spring, Snyder and San Angelo. The CRMWD hasn't been cooperative, so Littlejohn's only option is to try to seat folks favorable to his proposal on the board. His presentation to the Tea Party was identical to the city council presentation, but at the Tea Party meeting, he showed an additional slide on how to overthrow the CRMWD board. The mayor wasn't buying this at all. Only Farmer and Wardlaw were ready to sign up right away. The thing died and council said they'd investigate on their own and bring it up again if it appears viable.
in San Angelo's River Fest 2013
Actually the Eco Fair was originally scheduled for October 12. They did move it to the 19th to be a part of the River Fest. I think it's a great idea. I can't wait to check out both the Eco Fair and all of the fun activities at the River Fest!
Littlejohn is a money hungry creep. Leave Del Rio alone. I hope the powers that be continue to see the huge error of his proposal. Water is already the next "oil". As citizens, we need to learn the art of water harvesting and conserve every ounce of water as much as we can.
Glad to see you published the story from the perspective of the people that live in Val Verde county. There is a third part of the proposal that gets very little play in the media. Part of what the proposal from VV water required was that San Angelo, and the rest of the cities that sign on the project, officially register a vote of no confidence in the CRMWD (the water district that manages Ivey and Spence), sell or turn over all the CRMWD assets to VV water for "management and sales", and effectively abandon any other water source, including Hickory for us and any other water projects other communities might have in the works. If their project is so good, why do they need to force their customers to use them as their only source of water?
There is a meme going around that water is the next oil and that future wars are going to be fought over water. This is one of the opening skirmishes.
in The Inside Scoop on Dunkin' Donuts in San Angelo
These guys are definitely filling a void....there was a severe lack of deep fried fat in this town. Thank goodness for something different coming our way!
in Mayor: San Angelo's Future in West Texas Water Partnership Uncertain
We all understand the need for good clean water here is West Texas, but since the interlocal water agreement has been shrouded in secrecy and deceit, I don't think its the best way to go about securing our water needs. Does Abilene and Midland really care about lil-ole San Angelo? If this project hand been handled differently from the beginning maybe it would be worth supporting but at this point I cannot support it.
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