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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press February 17,2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWSTIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7882 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyte, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DF..ADUNF.S The deadline fOr display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than lo0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. help Backus, Rose face off at forum b r a d @Yh :y sRAfDreReOLsNS, c o m  ! - lihn./o'tnn. :Wt:!dun:t hanaalthee In one of their few face-to- face debates, State Rep. Patrick M. Rose called challenger An- drew H. Backus a single-issue candidate in their battle for the Democratic Party's nomi- nation. Backus did his best to reinforce the charge. Backus, a Driftwood resi- dent, is running for Rose's seat after the representative did not sponsor legislation expanding the funding and authority of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, whose board Backus once chaired. He returned to the subject repeatedly during his remarks at the Sara. Marcos Area League of Women Voters last week in seeking to brand Rose as a career politician and opportunist. "I have attempted to work with him for years to represent his constitutents on a particu- lar issue and have continuous- ly run into a brick wall. That is what has motivated my run- ning," Backus said. But Backus apparently was COURTESY PHOTO Political newcomer Andrew Backus of Driftwood and incumbent State Representative Patrick Rose discuss their agendas at last week's League of Women Voters political forum. caught off-guard with ques- tions about fundamental is- sues the Legislature routinely addresses. Asked his philosophy on so- ciai service spending, Backus repeated the question and then sat looking puzzled for most of his alloted time. "I'm sorry. I'm just frozen," he said. Rose, meanwhile, breezed through a list of issues taken up by the House's Human Services committee, which he chairs. He drew applause when The tone of the exchange was repeated later when Back- us managed a general answer about his views for secondary and primary school education while Rose rattled off a num- ber of endorsements and leg- islative votes. The incumbent picked up steam when answer- ing a pointed question about legendary fundraising prowess and million-dollar campaigns. Rose said, "The fact that I have broad support from Democrats and Republicans across this district and across Texas is a testament to my abil- ity to bring people together to find difficult solutions to the problems facing us." Backus reminded voters that Rose accepted contributions from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, who was one of the chief financiers of Swfftboat Veterans for Truth's attacks on presidential nominee John Kerry in 2O04. But Backus conceded, "I'm clearly swimming upstream here. Representative Rose has a great deal of support." Shooting Sports Task Force has sights on range BY BRAD ROLLINS About ayear ago, most mem- bers of what was then called the Citizens Parks Advisory Team threatened to quit if Hays County Commissioners did not accept a range of non-negotia- ble "recommendations." Now another commission- ers court-appointed commit- tee, the Shooting Sports Task Force, is threatening to revolt ff the court does not grant it ac- cess to information it needs to recommend a site for a shoot- ing range. "There's allthese secret meet- ings going on, handshakes and pats on the back. I'm confused. Why did you even go through the motions of appointing us ff you don't want us to do our work?" said ].B. Kolo,dze, the shooting range group's vice chair. At issue is about $8.4 mil- lion in uncommitted funds from a $30 million parks and open space bond package Hays County voters approved in 2007. For months, the parks panel, now called the Hays County Parks and Open Space Board, has been reviewing 15 projects submitted in response to an open call for properties either for sale or for which conserva- tion easements are being of. fered. The commissioners court for the first time received the board's recommendations in executive session on Tuesday but that information has been released neither to the general public nor the shooting sports taskforce, which hopes the county finds a property that can accommodate both the habitat conservation it seeks and a 350- acre shooting range complex. Pet. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford assured Kolodzey that commissioners court members have not been party to "secret meetings" about the property proposal Kolodzey said, "I'm not ac- cusing anyone of anything." ,Pet. 3 Commissioner W, II Conle who along with Pet. 2 Commissioner left Barton have pressed to make the property proposals public, said he has more than once heard from landowners who have property on the market that they were told by Parks and Open Space board members that their pro- posals did not make the cut of six properties being recommended for further consideration. "I'm hearing an awful lot of information from what I call the street about what has been de- cided when nothing has been decided by this court," Conley said. "I feel like something is happening here where people are being given the impression that a foregone conclusion has been made." Hays County District Attor- ney Civil Division Chief Mark Kenned the court's lawyer, reiterated the the Parks and Open Space board is an advi- sorybody. CRIME BRIEF Buda man arrested on drug charges near elementary STAFF REPORTS A 20-year-old Buda man was arrested on three drug charges after he was pulled over along Old Go- forth Road next to Tom Green El- ementary on Sat- urday night, police say. Alberto Saldivar was arrested on two counts of pos- session of a con- SALDIVAR trolled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. During the search, Hays County Sheriff's Office deputies discovelred less than tvo ounces of marijjuana; less than 281 grams of Xanax, an anti-de- pressanlt; and less than 281 grams of Codeine, a pain- killer. On Ttnesday, Sal- divar was released on borads adding up to a total of $41,500. To benefit commercial and residential members, PEC offers the Commercial Lighting rebate and the Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) rebate. These programs provide cash incentives to members who install energy-etlfcient products. More information is available on our Web site. Peclernates Electric 1-888-554-4732 Sign thieves target Hays _ Commissioner candidate BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.corn Almost 50 political signs for Mark ]ones, a candidate in the Precinct 2 Hays County Commissioner race, were sto- len over the weekend in Kyle and Buda subdivisions. Security cameras at one of the subdivisions capturedthe license plate of the vehicle used in the thefts, as well as video footage of the men pulling out the signs, Jones said. As of Tuesday after- noon, local investigators had not yet made any arrests in the case. "You work so hard to get those signs up and for some- one to steal them, it's just frustrating," ]ones said on Tuesday. Now, he has to spend time replacing the missing signs, worth around $300, when he should be making campaign calls, he said. ]ones, a Hays CISD Trustee, is unsure why his signs are being targeted or if it's part of someone's political strategy. "I don't know," he said. "I just can't imagine why they would take my signs and not take any others." The Hays County Sheriff's Office has been mum about the situation, only saying that it's under investigation. On a lighter note, the first license plate number reported to investigators matched the vehicle of an unlikely suspect - Donn Brooks, one of]ones' close friends and staunch political supporters. However, a closer look at the video foot- age showed a slightly different license plate number than the one originally reported, clear- ing Brooks. "Out of all the license plates in Texas, what are the odds of that happening," Jones said with a laugh. _ Program terms are subject to chae without notice. Loans are subject to credit approval. 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