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Friday, August 14, 2015
Food banks struggle to meet surprising demand
public awareness of food banks,
which helped increase dona-
tions but also may account for
more people seeking assistance.
lisa Hamler-Fugitt, execu-
tive director of the Ohio Associa-
tion of Food Banks, who has
been working in food charities
since the 1980s, said that when
earlier economic downturns
ended, food demand declined,
but not this time.
“People keep coming earlier
and earlier, they’re standing in
line, hoping they’re get there be-
fore the food runs out,” Hamler-
In Iowa, two years of 20 per-
cent increases in demand forced
the Des Moines Area Religious
Council Food Pantry Network
on Aug. 1 to reduce the food giv-
en out at its 12 pantries from a
four-day supply to three.
The council’s executive direc-
tor, the Rev. Sarai Schnucker
Rice, said Iowa’s low unemploy-
ment rate, at 3.7 percent, hasn’t
made a difference.
“The economy is really not
getting better for low-income
people,” Rice said.
That includes Peggy Bragg,
56, of Des Moines, who has been
out of work for months. Bragg,
who lives with her daughter, says
the pantry bridges the gap for
four or five days a month when
no money is left for food.
“I know what people go
through,” she said. ‘You have to
choose between food and bills.”
In Fort Smith, Arkansas, the
monthly food giveaways at a lo-
cal park by the River Valley Re-
gional Food Bank draw about
“When people are willing to
stand in 100 degree weather for
hours, that tells you something,”
said Ken Kupchick, the food
bank’s marketing director.
Demand is growing even in
areas with booming economies,
such as Austin.
Hank Perrett, president and
chief executive officer of the
Capital Area Food Bank of Tex-
as, said the influx of new resi-
dents has been part of the prob-
lem, pushing up housing prices.
Low-skill jobs often pay $10 an
hour or less.
“It’s impossible to live that
way in Austin, Texas,” said Per-
rett, whose group has doubled
the size of its operation to meet
the surging demand.
Gloucester, Massachusetts, The
Open Door food pantry has giv-
en away 7.6 percent more food
this summer than last, said the
organization’s executive direc-
tor, Julie LaFontaine.
“There’s always a real hustle
and bustle,” she said. “People
coming and going.”
James Ziliak, who founded
the Center for Poverty Research
at the University of Kentucky,
said the increased demand is
surprising since the economy is
growing and unemployment
has dropped from 10 percent
during the recession to 5.3 per-
cent last month.
However, many people who
have found jobs are working on-
ly part-time or for low wages,
and others have stopped looking
“People who have low-wage
jobs, who aren’t receiving regu-
lar raises, are finding those earn-
ings stretched thin,” Ziliak said.
The drop in food stamp rolls
by nearly 2.5 million people
from recession levels could be
contributing to the food bank
demand, he said, because people
who no longer qualify for the
government aid may still not
By Scott McFetridge
DES MOINES, Iowa - Food
banks across the country are
seeing a rising demand for free
groceries despite the growing
economy, leading some charities
to reduce the amount of food
they offer each family.
U.S. food banks are expected
to give away about 4 billion
pounds of food this year, more
than double the amount provid-
ed a decade ago, according to
Feeding America, the nation’s
primary food bank network.
The group gave away 3.8 billion
While reliance on food banks
exploded when the economy
tanked in 2008, groups said de-
mand continues to rise year after
year, leaving them scrambling to
find more food.
“We get lines of people every
day, starting at 6:30 in the
morning,” said Sheila Moore,
who oversees food distribution
at The Storehouse, the largest
pantry in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, and one where food dis-
tribution has climbed 15 percent
in the past year.
Across the country in
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Volunteer Peggy Bragg, of Des Moines, Iowa, unloads donat-
ed baked goods July 29 at the Des Moines Area Religious
Council food pantry in Des Moines.
for 199 food banks nationwide,
has seen donations of food and
money to the Chicago-based or-
ganization climb from $598
million in 2008 to $2.1 billion in
earn enough to pay their bills.
According to the U.S. Labor
Department, wages and salaries
rose only 0.2 percent in the sec-
ond quarter of the year.
Feeding America spokesman
Ross Fraser said a recent study
by his organization estimated
that 46 million people sought
food assistance at least once in
The group coordinates dona-
tions from larger retailers, like
Wal-Mart, while local food
banks also seek food from small-
er businesses and buy groceries
with donated money.
The recession helped boost
Feeding America, which co-
ordinates large food donations
Managing, but not removing
wastewater could take years
State inmates now can grow
beards for religious reasons
By Matthew Brown,
and P. Solomon Banda
SILVERTON, Colorado - It
will take many years and many
millions of dollars simply to
manage, and not even remove,
the toxic wastewater from an
abandoned mine that unleashed
a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy
metals into Western rivers, ex-
perts said Thursday.
Plugging Colorado’s Gold
King Mine simply could lead to
an eventual explosion of poison-
ous water elsewhere, so the saf-
est solution, they say, would be
to install a treatment plant that
would indefinitely clean the wa-
ter from Gold King and three
other nearby mines. It would
cost millions of dollars, and do
nothing to contain the thou-
sands of other toxic streams that
are a permanent legacy of min-
ing across the nation.
Federal authorities first sug-
gested a treatment plant for
Gold King more than a decade
ago, but local officials and own-
ers of a nearby mine were reluc-
tant to embrace a federally-
“They have been not pursu-
ing the obvious solution,” said
Rob Robinson, a retired aban-
doned mines cleanup coordina-
tor for the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management. “My hope is this
has embarrassed the hell out of
them and they’re going to finally
take it seriously.”
There are about 500,000
abandoned mines nationwide,
and only a fraction have been
dealt with, despite decades of ef-
fort. EPA has estimated the cost
of cleaning up abandoned mines
nationwide, not including coal
mines, at between $20 billion
and $54 billion.
Many of the abandoned
mines were developed after an
1872 federal mining law encour-
AUSTIN (AP) - Texas in-
mates can now grow their
beards to a half-inch in length
following January’s U.S. Su-
preme Court ruling that deter-
mined they have the right to
grow facial hair for religious
State prison officials previ-
ously banned the facial hair, as
a security precaution, for in-
mates, The Dallas Morning
A change in Texas Depart-
ment of Criminal Justice rules
took effect this month, making
Texas among more than 40
other states and the Federal
Bureau of Prisons to allow the
Jason Clark said anyone can
seek permission to grow a
beard for religious reasons, but
permission will be denied to
inmates who have escaped in
the past or attempted to.
Among prison officials’ con-
cerns are that inmates could
use the facial hair to disguise
themselves and avoid being
caught if they escaped.
The inmates also will have
to shave each year for a photo
to ensure that prison officials
can identify anyone who
might try to change his ap-
pearance for an escape.
Some inmates say the new
policy satisfies their religious
devotion, but the rule doesn’t
settle one case over prison
beards in Texas.
Beard length does matter
for one Muslim inmate, who
sued the state in 2009, seeking
permission to grow a 4-inch
beard and to wear a brimless
cap. His lawsuit argues that his
faith requires him to maintain
a “fist-length” beard and to
wear his white knit kufi cap
not just in his cell, as allowed
by the department, but
throughout the prison.
Prison officials contend the
beard and cap pose security
risks, including hiding weap-
ons or contraband.
“There’s absolutely a differ-
ence between a 4-inch beard
... [and] a half-inch beard,”
said Clark, the spokesman.
The case is pending before
the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals. The Texas attorney
general’s office, representing
the prison system, declined to
comment on the case.
- ■ — -
Shaun Stanley, The Durango Herald/AP
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper drinks water straight from
the Animas River on Tuesday in Durango, Colo., to get an up-
date about the blowout from Gold King Mine.
aged development and allowed
people to lay claim to minerals
beneath public lands.
They’ve since become lega-
cies of the industry’s boom-bust
cycles, in which companies fold
up operations when metals pric-
es fall, leaving behind sources of
toxic wastewater that chronical-
ly leave rivers barren and taint
drinking water supplies.
Of the abandoned mines in
the U.S., more than 48,000 had
been inventoried through the
BLM’s Abandoned Mine Lands
program, which began after new
federal laws focused on environ-
mental protection in the 1960s,
1970s and early 1980s.
But only about one in five of
the inventoried mines is being
cleaned up or requires no more
action. More than 38,000 await
further analysis or work, accord-
ing to the bureau.
Under the federal Clean Water
Act, the mine owner is supposed
to control discharges, but Gold
King’s landowner, Todd Hennis,
is not considered legally responsi-
ble for the cleanup because the
mine stopped operating in 1923.
“A lot of these are Mom and
Pops, they’ve inherited the prop-
erty or they bought it years ago
before the environmental laws
were passed, and they just don’t
have the resources,” said Doug
Jamison, with the hazardous
materials division at Colorado’s
state health department.
In Colorado, there are hun-
dreds, possibly thousands of
abandoned mines discharging ac-
id rock drainage, Jamison said.
The potent stew of dangerous
heavy metals — including lead,
arsenic and cadmium — accumu-
lates as chemical reactions brew
up sulfuric acid at concentrations
high enough to dissolve steel, and
leach poisons down mountain-
sides and into groundwater de-
cades after mines dose.
The EPA announced Thurs-
day surface-water testing in Col-
orado revealed high levels of
lead, arsenic, cadmium and oth-
er heavy metals in the middle of
the sickly yellow plume released
on Aug. 5. These metals far ex-
ceeded government exposure
limits for aquatic life and hu-
mans in the hours after the spill.
The EPA said its analysis
shows the heavy metals quickly
returned to “pre-event levels”
once the plume passed through
the area on the Animas River
between Silverton and the mu-
nicipal water intake for Duran-
go, a downstream city of16,000.
Questions remain after autopsy
reports in biker shootout released
Matthew Clendennen, one of
the 177 people arrested and
jailed following the May 17
shootout on allegations of en-
gaging in organized criminal ac-
tivity. All but two of the 177 have
been released, and no one has
been formally charged.
“I can’t make heads or tails of
these, but it’s not surprising that
Waco authorities are less than
forthcoming,” Clendennen’s at-
torney, Clint Broden, said of the
Authorities say the May 17
shootout outside the Twin Peaks
restaurant stemmed from an ap-
parent confrontation between
the Bandidos, classified as a gang
by the Texas Department of Pub-
lic Safety, and the Cossacks.
The autopsies showed that at
least four of the nine victims had
illegal drugs in their system when
they died, but offer no indication
about whether the nine were
killed by other bikers or by police.
Federal officials are also still con-
ducting a ballistics investigation.
A firearms examiner would
need physical evidence, includ-
ing bullets and bullet casings, to
make a determination about the
firearms used, said Ramit
Plushnick-Masti, a spokeswom-
an for the Houston Forensic Sci-
ence Center, whose office was
not involved in the case.
The autopsies were per-
formed by the Southwestern In-
stitute of Forensic Science in
Dallas. Several of the bikers ar-
rested have evidentiary hearings
scheduled for next week.
By Emily Schmall
WACO — Autopsy reports
for nine people killed in a shoot-
out involving bikers and police
in Waco were released Thurs-
day, nearly three months after
the confrontation outside the
Twin Peaks restaurant—but au-
thorities still have not said who
The autopsies, released by
McLennan County Justice of the
Peace Pete Peterson, showed
that all nine were killed by gun-
shots, mirroring the results of
preliminary reports released in
May. Eighteen people were in-
jured in the shootout.
Waco Sgt. Patrick Swanton
declined to comment, citing a
gag order in the criminal case of
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Year 2015-16 Annual Program of Services (Budget), on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 215 East McKinney
Street in Denton, Texas, 76201. The meeting will be held for the purpose of receiving
community input on the Budget.
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