Karnes Co. TX - NEWS - June 2007
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June 01, 2007
Advocate needs info about valedictorians, salutatorians
The names and photos of high school valedictorians and salutatorians
in Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca,
Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton counties, as well as
Schulenburg, Flatonia and La Grange in Fayette County, and Weimar,
Columbus and Eagle Lake in Colorado County, will be published in June
in the Victoria Advocate.
School counselors or officials should submit the following
information by June 8:
Each student's full name, age and parents' names.
Each student's top four academic achievements and final grade-point
Each student's immediate plans, such as attending college and
pursuing a degree (include type), joining the military, attending
technical or trade school, etc.
A wallet-sized photo of each student that clearly shows the
student's face. No photos of students lying or sitting down, with
their heads turned away from the camera or with an object such as a
hand, flower, or teddy bear blocking the face will be accepted.
Please clearly print the student's name and school's name on the back
of the photo. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to
have your photos returned. Photos sent without an envelope will be
kept on file in the Advocate library for future pickup.
Information must be received by June 8 and will be published the
Information will be accepted from school officials only. Please
include a daytime contact name and phone number, as well as any days
you will not be in the office.
Send information and photographs to Karla Woodward via e-mail to
OurSchools@vicad.com (subject: valedictorian information for name of
school) or mail to Woodward's attention in care of the Victoria
Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, Texas 77902.
For more information, call Woodward at 361-580-6303 or 1-800-456-
6696, Ext. 6303.
June 2, 2007
Chung: Few know story about the other internments
EUROPEANS WERE HELD IN U.S. CAMPS IN W.W. II
By L.A. Chung
Mercury News Columnist
Is the past simply past? What is memory once those who lived it pass
Heidi Donald's octogenarian mother wept each time the San Jose woman
was coaxed into telling her daughter about what happened during World
War II. Their family, like 10,000 other Germans and German-Americans,
were held in U.S. internment camps.
Unlike the Japanese-American internment, few know about this. Donald
has hoped a congressional commission could take testimony from
internees and government officials to acknowledge the little-known
wartime program - and learn from it.
After watching their bill to create such a commission languish year
after year, a dwindling number of German-Americans and other European-
Americans who were interned during World War II may finally get a
fighting chance at having the truth come out, before they all die off.
"Do I hope? I swing, back and forth," said Donald, who was a toddler
in 1942, when she arrived at the family internment camp in Crystal
City, Texas. "Next week is going to be very interesting."
The Wartime Treatment Studies Act, a bipartisan bill that cleared
the Senate Judiciary Committee, was presented as an amendment to the
massive - and controversial - immigration reform bill last week, in a
strategic attempt to capture legislators' attention.
In practice, amendments get tacked onto larger bills in Washington
even when there is no relationship. Sometimes it's because they stand
a better chance of getting through in a crowded legislative session
that can only muster so much attention before the August recess.
Advocates are hoping that if it fails to pass with the immigration
bill that at least more members of Congress will understand the
proposal for next time.
Uncovering the truth
The story of how 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were put
into 10 internment camps in America's interior during World War II
has now been widely covered. Few know of separate Department of
Justice programs that rounded up 31,280 "enemy aliens" and their
American-born children - 11,000 Germans, 3,200 Italians, more than
10,000 Japanese, and scores of Hungarians, Bulgarians and others. One
of the programs, which affected Donald's family, worked with Latin
American countries to detain and hand over these foreign nationals,
often merchants and their families, to the United States.
The amendment would create two fact-finding commissions to take
testimony. The first would review the government treatment of
Germans, Italians and Europeans in the United States and those
shipped from Latin America. They would explore the camps in Crystal
City, Kenedy and Segoville, Texas, Missoula, Mont., and Bismarck,
N.D. They would ask about whole families who were exchanged for
prisoners, dumped in the middle of hostile countries as war raged in
the skies. They would hear the impact of being rendered destitute,
bank accounts frozen, financial holdings simply taken away. They
would hear how some were held three years after the war was over in
The second commission would review the treatment of Jewish refugees,
such as those aboard the infamous S.S. St. Louis. Known as "the
Voyage of the Damned" in 1939, the St. Louis went from Cuba to
Florida and Canada unable to unload its 937 asylum-seeking passengers.
Neither commission wants reparations. Advocates, however, want to
document what happened, why actions were taken, and make findings in
the hope that future challenges better balance national security with
"Looking back, I can see why the government should have the ability
to do this," said San Josean Brad Houser, whose grandfather was held
in Fort Lincoln, Neb. He understands the need for national security.
But what is the process and how long does it last?
"Wrongs can be done," he said. "That's the part I'm struggling with.
The idea of the study says let's find out what happened. How do we
learn from this?"
In April, a two-day conference in San Mateo brought together people
whose families had been affected by the internment program which
incarcerated "enemy aliens" by virtue of nationality, and often
questionable evidence, such as hearsay and neighbors' mere suspicions.
Houser, who described himself as a Republican, has mixed feelings
about their bill being an amendment to an immigration reform proposal
whose current form he does not support. But he understands the
immigration bill will change with amendments. If it does not pass,
Congress will be more familiar with their proposal for the next
session. He wonders, however, how long will it take?
"We don't have a lot of time - for the people who were there, who
can testify. Many are in their 90s now."
It was the recent death of Max Ebel that apparently galvanized Sen.
Russ Feingold, D-Wis., sponsor of the bill, to offer it as an
amendment. Ebel, whose daughter Karen, has worked six years on the
bill, was only 17 when he fled Germany after being assaulted for
refusing to join the Hitler Youth. He was registered for the draft
when he was arrested and interned in Nebraska. He died in May at age
87, a few days after his daughter returned from the San Mateo
"Losing Max Ebel does more than bring me sadness; it also makes me a
bit angry," Feingold said when he introduced the amendment.
"Americans must learn from these tragedies now, before there is no
Donald has pensively been thinking of Natasha Trethewey, who won the
Pulitzer Prize for poetry about black Civil War soldiers. She'd said
she wrote "The Native Guard" because she did not want them forgotten,
to counter "historical erasure."
"I thought of that ... with the German-Americans who went through
this being erased from history," Donald said. "We're not in the
textbooks, we're not in the social studies classes. We're also going
to be erased."
It's time to act. You can tell your senator that this amendment
should be accepted next week. The past cannot simply be past.
June 4, 2007
Uranium One Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Energy Metals
South Texas Mining Venture
The South Texas Mining Venture ("STMV") holds EMC's interests in the
Hobson ISR processing facility and the La Palangana property located
on the South Texas Uranium Belt. EMC owns 99% of STMV and 1% is held
by Everest Exploration Inc. The La Palangana wellfield is being
prepared as a projected satellite ISR deposit to the Hobson Plant.
The Hobson plant is currently being refurbished to make use of modern
processing technology, as well as doubling annual throughput capacity
to approximately 1 million pounds U(3)O(8).
The Hobson plant is located in Karnes County in southern Texas,
approximately 80 kilometres southeast of San Antonio. The plant was
constructed by Everest Exploration in 1978 and commenced commercial
production of U(3)O(8) in 1979 at a rate of 250,000 pounds per year
from the adjacent Moczygemba ISR deposit. As production from
Moczygemba decreased, the Hobson facility was modified to enable it
to accept feed in the form of loaded ion exchange resin from
satellite deposits. Nameplate capacity was increased to 500,000
pounds U(3)O(8) in 1984, with peak production of 600,000 pounds of
U(3)O(8) achieved in 1986. The Hobson facility was placed on care and
maintenance from 1988 due to depressed uranium prices at that time.
The La Palangana deposit is located approximately 160 kilometres
south of the Hobson processing facility and consists of two leases
covering a total of 2,500 hectares. An inferred resource of 1.9
million tons grading 0.15% U(3)O(8) containing 5.7 million pounds has
been estimated at La Palangana with the potential to increase this
resource base through additional drilling at the property (a
technical report on the Palangana and Hobson Uranium In-Situ Leach
Project located in Duval and Karnes Counties, Texas was prepared for
Standard Uranium Inc, by Robert E. Blackstone, P.G. on November 10,
2005). A confirmatory drill program is underway with six drill rigs
at the project. As of April 2, 2007 a total of 474 holes have been
drilled since July 2006 totalling 188,619 feet.
CCC Group Inc. of San Antonio has been awarded the construction
contract for new and renovated facilities at Hobson. Mobilization and
site specific safety training for their crews has commenced. All
baseline water quality wells are now installed at La Palangana and
water quality sampling of these wells is ongoing.
June 5, 2007
Texas State Board of Education Elects Freshman Member From District
3 to Serve as an Officer
SAN ANTONIO, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas State Board of
Education (SBOE) elected freshman member Rick Agosto, District 3, to
serve as an officer.
San Antonio businessman and new member of the SBOE, Agosto was
elected to an officer position by his fellow members and is one of
the first freshmen from District 3 to hold office on the Board.
Agosto, a local democrat, joined the SBOE during the November 2006
elections and was officially sworn in February 2007. He holds the
District 3 State Board of Education seat, which stretches from
southern Bexar County to the Texas border and includes Atascosa, Bee,
Bexar, Brooks, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak,
McMullen, Medina, and Wilson counties.
Agosto, President and CEO of the institutional investing firm Aureus
Partners, is currently seated on the board committee working
principally with the School Finance/ Permanent School Fund. This fund
acts as the second largest education endowment in the country and
recently reached an important milestone as it topped the $25 billion
mark and brought its current worth to $27 billion.
"In July 2006, our board approved the revised Strategic Long Term
Asset Allocation Policy for the Permanent School Fund, a $27 billion
endowment. The basis for the approval is simple - we intend to
diversify our portfolio across dissimilar markets, reducing the risk
of the portfolio losing money while trying to increase overall return
of the portfolio," said Agosto.
Agosto will continue to uphold the ideals and goals set forth by the
SBOE. By focusing on the SBOE's two primary concerns of establishing
policy and providing leadership for the public school system, Agosto
will work to ensure positive education initiatives for future Texans.
"The Permanent School Fund is a perpetual endowment and is
intergenerational. The money we provide for our children's education
today should continue to grow and will be there for our children's
children in the future," Agosto said.
For more information, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/sboehttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe.