Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 113, No. 188, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Page: 3 of 12
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 ■ Page 3
Crews fight ng Texas
wildfi res hope for ra in
DALLAS (AP) — Firefighters are looking hopefully to
the sky on Wednesday or help in subduing the latest
wave of destructive wildfires across parts West and
The National Weather Service forecast for Southeast
Texas on Wednesday called for a 40 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms in the portions of that
region where heat, drought and wind combined for
Idfires that have destroyed dozens of homes.
Parts of West Texas between Sweetwater and San
Angelo where a dozen homes have fallen to the flames
ha a 20 percent chance of rain after seeing some scat-
tered thunderstorms and light rain Tuesday night,
That fire, along the Coke-Nolan county line, had black-
ened 42,000 acres over just two. Texas Forest Service
spokesman Rich Reuse said the fire had destroyed 12
homes and was 30 percent contained by Tuesday eve-
The Texas Forest Service wasn't counting on enough
rain to suppress the worst of the fires, however.
"It'll be spotty," spokesman Rich Reuse said of the
rain, "but not enough to put the fires out."
The agency said a federal management team is needed
to help coordinate efforts in Polk and Trinity coun-
ties, where a 20,000-acre blaze is burning. Assistance
also was sought for a 3,500-acre fire in Jasper County.
Firefighters now say they have 60 percent to 75 percent
of those blazes contained, and no one has been evacu-
They also believe they can manage a 6,100-acre fire in
Grimes County, about 60 miles northwest of Houston,
the blaze that forced Kathaleen Palermo from her
"1 grabbed my medicine. I didn't even get a hairbrush,'
said Palermo, 51, who was forced to flee as the flames of
a 6,100-acre fire raced east of Navasota about 60 miles
northwest of Houston.
Palermo was among nearly 50 people who by noon
on Tuesday reported to a Red Cross shelter set up at
the Navasota High School. At least 10 planned to stay
the night, but most hoped they would be able to return
home later in the day or Wednesday at the latest.
The forest service was fighting 22 large blazes across
the drought-stricken state. The fires have burned nearly
135,000 acres, according to agency figures.
All but 27 of the state's 254 counties had outdoor burn
bans in place Tuesday, and more than 3 million acres
had been torched since the Texas wildfire season began
in November, the forest service said.
Associated Press writers Ramit Plushnick-Masti in
Houston and Diana Heidgerd, Linda Stewart Ball and
Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed to this report.
Aransas Pass man
accused of targeting ex-wife
ARANSAS PASS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas business-
man is accused of paying $500 in a failed plot to have
someone kill his ex-wife and her husband.
Randall Lee Freeze is free on $100,000 bond on a charge
of solicitation to commit capital murder.
Freeze, who chairs the Aransas Pass Planning and
Zoning Commission, was released Tuesday night from
the San Patricio County Jail. An attorney for Freeze has
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Tuesday that
Freeze and his ex-wife have two children and they've had
custody and financial issues.
An affidavit says Freeze made the down payment June
16, to a man who did odd jobs for the targeted couple, to
have them drowned while sailing.
Capt. Roberto Gonzales told The Associated Press that
the intent was serious because money was exchanged.
probation, reckless driving
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas
mayor accused of DWI has pleaded guilty to reckless
driving and must serve two years of probation.
Ex-Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada (ah-hoo-MAH'-
duh) Jr. also must pay a $200 fine, attend Alcoholic;
Anonymous meetings for six months, do 150 hours of
community service and face random testing for alcohol.
Brownsville police in May 2010 stopped a vehicle
driven by Ahumada, when he was mayor, and detained
him on a drunken driving charge.
Prosecutor Bernard Ammerman says two witnesses
later came forward to say that the mayor only had two
drinks that night. Ahumada pleaded guilty Monday to
the lesser charge.
Ahumada, since 1987, has faced three drunken driving
investigations. One led to a misdemeanor conviction.
The o1 er count was dropped.
US diver Jones banned for
marijuana positive test
(AP) — American national
team diver Harrison Jones
has been suspended for one
year after testing positive
Swimming's world gov-
erning body FINA says
Jones failed a doping con-
trol at the U.S. Winter
held in February at Iowa
FINA says USA Diving
imposed the ban, which
took effect on April 6.
Jones, a University of
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bit there wasn't much of
a difference in the hunt
as the cameras followed
Recalling how fun it was
to be given the opportu-
nity to show others how to
hunt rattlesnakes, Sawyers
simply stated: "ft was a
According to the chan-
nel's website, "Rattlesnake
Republic" highlights the
Texas landscape where
hunting and capturing
"the continent's most dan-
gerous predator" takes
place. Four hunting teams
of rattlesnake wranglers
are followed throughout
their adventures as they
make their living.
Southern California stu-
dent^ won the 3-meter
springboard title at Iowa
The 21-year-old native of
Spring, Texas, competed in
the 2008 Olympic trials but
did not qualify to represent
the U.S. in Beijing.
Keeping bass alive
in hot weather
ATHENS—The hotter the weather, the more difficult it
is to keep bass in livewells healthy, especially during tour-
naments, when heavy limits of fish may be held for several
hours until weigh-in.
"Dissolved oxygen is the single most important factor for
keeping bass alive," said Randy Myers, Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist
from San Antonio. "It is very difficult to supply enough
oxygen to keep tournament limits of 30 pounds or more
alive. Such limits are common at Falcon, Amistad and
other Texas reservoirs."
Modern bass boats typically have two ways of main-
taining oxygen levels in livewells. One is to continuously
exchange water in the livewell with lake water. The other is
to mix air with water so that oxygen in the air can be dis-
solved into the water. For specific instructions concerning
livewell management procedures see http://assets.espn.
Keepin gBassAlive. pdf.
Unfortunately for the fish, neither method can maintain
sufficient oxygen in the water when the weight of fish in
the livewell exceeds one pound of fish for every gallon of
water and water temperatures are high. "There is only a
small buffer between the oxygen level maintained by recir-
culation systems and the oxygen level detrimental to fish
survival when a livewell contains a small to moderate limit
of fish," Myers said. "Fish displace water in the livewell,
reducing the amount of water available to hold oxygen,
and in the case of a heavy limit, there may not be enough
water in the livewell to hold sufficient oxygen to keep the
Tournaments exact a penalty for dead fish brought to
weigh-in, so anglers do what they can to keep their catch
alive, but their options are limited. "It is not advisable to
continuously exchange water during summer months,
because reservoir surface water temperatures often become
excessive later in the day and can contribute to mortal-
ity," Myers said. "Alternatively, anglers can add ice to the
livewell to slow fish's metabolism, run recirculation pumps
continuously to provide oxygen by mixing and exchange
water in livewells only two or three times a day."
Recent research by TPWD showed that during summer
months most mortality of tournament-caught fish occurs
one to three days after they are released back into the res-
ervoir. This is called delayed mortality. "Delayed mortal-
ity ranged from 18.2 percent to 43.1 percent of the fish in
tournaments held when the water temperature exceeded 79
degrees Fahrenheit," Myers said. "Adi mortality of fish
weighed in dead can result in total mortality of 50 percent.
Use of appropriate livewell management and fish-care pro-
cedures will increase the likelihood of long-term survival of
fish caught in tournaments and then released."
TPWD hatcheries routinely use oxygen injection in
hauling tanks to maintain the health of fish even when
transporting more than one pound of fish to one gallon of
water. "However, boat manufacturers do not offer oxygen
injection systems, and very few tournament anglers have
installed oxygen equipment on their boats," Myers noted.
In addition to being a fisheries biologist, Myers is a tour-
nament angler, and he has installed an oxygen injection
system in his personal boat. "The total cost of components
is less than that of many high-end fishing rods," he said.
TPWD's Inland Fisheries team in San Antonio tested
various oxygen cylinders, regulators, hoses, connectors and
diffusers and developed a simple, effective and safe system
that anglers can install in their bass boats. Equipment was
evaluated on three different bass boat makes, each having
a slightly different recirculation system. Testing revealed
that livewell oxygen concentration after one iour was
about twice as high for the oxygen injection system com-
pared to standard recirculation.
"Proper installation and operation of an oxygen injec-
tion system will ensure oxygen levels remain above the
preferred level of 7 mg/1 even when livewells contain heavy
limits," Myers said.
Myers and his team produced a PowerPoint presentation
detailing the components needed, installation procedures,
sources of components and approximate costs. It can
be viewed at http://www.slideshare.net/raminlandfish/
Demonstration oxygen injection units can also be seen
at Falcon Lake Tackle in Zapata and Angler's Lodge in Del
Rio. Anyone with questions can contact Myers at (210)
Accused mother's older
soo can't get aoswers
DOVER, N.H. (AP) -
The older son of a Texas
woman charged with kill-
ing her younger boy and
disposing of his body on a
rural Maine road says his
mother still won't explain
Ian McCrery had talked
to his mother. Julianne
McCrery, via phone, but
visited her Tuesday in the
New Hampshire jail where
she's being held without
bail on a second-degree
Prosecutors say the
42-year-old Irving, Texas
woman killed 6-year-old
Camden Hughes in New
Hampshire last month and
left his body in Maine.
Ian McCrery says they
spent most of their time
reminiscing about happier
times and comforting each
He says he asked his
mother why, but she broke
down and didn't want to
Ian McCrery says his
busy schedule in the Navy
has helped him cope.
Perry signs wrongful
convictions payment bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has signed
into law a bill authorizing $1.4 million for a man
wrongly imprisoned for nearly two decades over slay-
ings he did not commit.
Anthony Graves, 45, spent 18 years in prison,
including a dozen years on death row. A 2009 Texas
law says exonerees can receive $80,000 for every
year they were imprisoned.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 over-
turned Graves' conviction and ordered a new trial for
him in the 1992 deaths of a grandmother and five
children in Somerville. Graves, who had maintained
his innocence, was declared innocent last fall by a
In February, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
denied compensation for Graves because the order
detailing his exoneration lacked the words "actual
Perry, who signed the bill Friday, supported com-
pensation efforts for Graves, the Houston Chronicle
An internal memo released last November by the
Internal Revenue Service indicates the agency has
reinterpreted existing law so that compensation for
exonerated former prisoners is treated like money
received in a personal injury settlement and not sub-
ject to federal income taxes.
Texas does not have a state income tax.
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about science, technology, engineering or math in 30
fun, but unorthodox, classes.
"This was an amazing opportunity for our students,"
said Shana Hrbacek, Sweetwater Middle School science
teacher and robotics coach. "This was our first year
with a robotics team, and our students got to work with
experienced staff and met a select and c \ erse group of
Annaliese Espinoza agreed.
"I think this robotics class took us a long way,"
Annaliese said. "It showed us how to problem so e and
deal with challenges."
To begin, all robotics students learned about the fun-
damentals of building with LEGOS and the basics of
programming using LEGO Mindstorms software, which
en£ led students to build and program robots to do
Working in teams of two, the girls designed, built,
tested ai I revised their robots to prepare them to travel
around a curved runway, turning, stopping and spinning
for spectators. The boys worked as indiv: uals, built ar
programed robots capable of performing specific tasks,
although there was no fashion runway involved.
"The hardest thing is getting the robot to do exactly
what you want it to )," said Ethan Whittenburg,
whose class is joined by Daniel Pena, Adrian Ortega,
Marc Butler, Corbin Bradley, Tristen Adams and Dylan
Although their trip to Fort Collins was largely paid
for by a grant from Ludlum Measurements, a manufac-
turer of radiation meters and detectors headquartered
in Sweetwater, students had to jump through a few
hoops in order to qualify to go. Each student had to be
recommended by their science teacher, receive a posi-
tive evaluation by all seven of their teachers and write a
two-page essay about their skills, interests and hobbies,
along with a summary of what they could personally
contribute to the Institute.
"I like to build things," Abby Garcia said. "This was
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What Can I Do?
Most of us have gone through trails and tribulations sometime in our
life that cause us to wonder - what can be done, what can I do n order
to change circumstances. We would like to know what we can do to get
out of or at least thru the situation that caused our grief. People turn to
different sources for aid and comfort in times like these.
One such case in Lebannon, Pennsylvania inspired pastor Elisha
Hoffman to write a song most of us have sung and loved. A woman
in his congregation had been experiencing some heartaches and trials.
She sought the counsel of her pastor. Upon telling him of her cares she
asked, "Brother Hoffman, what can I do? What can I do?" After quot-
ing some of God's word to her, the pastor said, "You cannot do better
than to take all your cares to Jesus. You must tell Jesus." After a few
moments of careful thought with lighted eyes and a beaming face she
said, "Yes -1 must tell Jesus..." Upon leaving her home and picturing
her face the pastor kept hearing her saying words -1 must tell Jesus. As
soon as he could reach his study, Pastor Hoffman sat down and wrote
the words and music to one of our cherished hymns -1 must tell Jesus.
That same hymn is in most hymnals today just as he wrote it in the
early 1890's. It was first published in an edition of Pentecostal hymns
in 1894.1 MUSTTELL JESUS OF MY TRAILS, I CANNOT BEAR
THESE BURDENS ALONE, IN MY DISTRESS, HE KINDLY
WILL HELP ME, HE EVER LOVES ANDCARES FOR HIS OWN.
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