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MARCH 2, 2011 LOBOS TAKE LEAD Lobo boys win home track meet, Lady Rebs come in second. - Page 1B BYGONE ERA Tradition of Lemings' honor garden in Buda comes to an end. - Page lC oO re3 ....... I Illl J + . .......   @Barton Publications, Inc. i ii Serving ....... Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Q Drought bound 'it's not so great, but it's not so bad' experts predict BY WES FERGUSON Only two years removed from one of the worst droughts in half a century, might the parched landscape of Central Texas be inching toward yet another ex- tended dry spell? Weather experts seem to be hedging their bets. "The outlook is not bad," said Bob Fogar, a NationalWeather Service fore- caster in New Braunfels. "It's not great, but it's not bad." This sprmg the weather service is pre- dicting fewer showers than usual, Foga- rty said. John Nielson-Gammon, the Texas state climatologist and a professor at Texas A&M Universi conctLrred with that forecast. The problem, Nielson-Ganunon said, is that Central Texas is already too dry after receiving little rain in the fall and early winter. "Usually in the wintertime the aquifers get recharged and the soil gets saturated to a decent depth, but fight now it's not," he said."Ifwe get afew soaking rains, then well be back to normal. But ffwe don't, it's gorma m like the middle of summer awfully early this year." Without significant rainfall this month and next, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is predict- ing "alarm stage" drought conditions by See DROUGHT BOUND, pg. 3A PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Kyle area rancher Rudy Cisneros says he doesn't know whether to expect drought after suffering the worst one in at least 50 years. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District expects alarm-stage drought by April if the area doesn't see significant rainfall. Praying for rain Rancher resolute despite weather BY WES FERGUSON rIe rain win either fall or won't. Nothing Rudy isneros can do about that. "Some say drought, others say flood," said Cisneros, a lo- cal rancher. "You can't predict it. We'll still do what we always dof' What he always does is run cattle, grow hay, mend fences, tend horses, battle mesquite and keep up with everything else that goes into ranch life in the Kyle area. Two or three inches of rain would help a lot, he said. "Right now, you go look at the pastures, and there ain't no grass," he said. 'ks far as pre- dicting the weather," he added, "I have no idea.We'll plant the seed in the ground and pray for rain. That's all you can do." After letting out his horses to graze on Monday moming Cisnems sat down to talk for a few minutes in a folding chair behind his bam. He wore a cowboy hat, black sunglasses and a thick goatee. The Cisneros spread is a few miles east of town, at the end of a gravel road just off Ranch Road 150. He's been nmning cavae since 1975, and his family owns around 50 acres and leases an additional 1,000 acres. 'Nt one time, we had 2,000, but I've seen a lot of it go up in houses," he said, pointing out a new subdivision that is visible to the northwest of his home place. Another 400 acres to his east sold not too long ago. As Kyle's population has swelled and pushed out into the sur- rounding countryside, prime ranch land is being swallowed up every year. See CISNEROS RANCH, pg. 3A PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Rudy Cisneros runs cattle and horses on about 1,000 acres he leases east of Kyle in addition to 50 acres his family owns. With the prospect of another drought looming, Cisneros says there's no use worrying about it. "There ain't nothing we can do about it. It's just part of it," he said. PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Hindu leader Prakashanand Saraswati returns to the Hays County Justice Center Tuesday during a trial break. Saraswati is charged with 20 counts of indecen- cy with a child by sexual contact. Hindu guru on trial BY SEAN KIMMONS Almost three years follow- ing his indictment, Hindu guru Prakashanand Saraswati is now in court facingO coun ofin-, decency with a Child by sexual contact that allegedly took place at a Hays County ashram in the mid-1990s. See GURU ON TRIAL, pg. 6A Buda mayor files to seek re-elecbon BY JENNIFER BIUNDO The city of Buda is set to see a contested race for the mayor's seat in the May 14 elections, af- ter incumbent Bobby Lane filed to seek reelection this week Lane faces a challenge from former municipal finance di- rector Sarah Mangham, who worked for the city from 2004- 2009. Lane had previously said that he was leaning against a run, but noted that he made the de- cision to seek another term after talking with friends and family. BUDA MAYOR'S RACE, pg. 3A Sub.rer as > Happy Texas Independence Dayl On this day in 1836, the Republic of Texas became independent of Mexico. First Thursday in Buda ,..d Join the Buda Downtown Merchants Group for some Country/Western fun as they encourage everyone to visit and wander = r the unique antique and specialty shops, =,/ from 5 to 9 p.m. COMING UP Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil Let the good times roll at Milt's BBQ in Kyle with live music by The Mad Cowboys. Bring your own chair and your own libations. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. Live music in downtown Buda Robert Watts and Hilary Kaufmann-Smith . perform at , Nonna Gina's ]__ . beginning llVtl at 6:30 p.m. i, vllp" Miss Firecracker Contest In this Lehman High School production, Carnelle Williams, played by Kelsey Grimes tries to mend her tarnished reputation by | _1 competing in the town beauty pageant. Lehman High School, 7 p.m. I=llllllll Look for more calendar listings on page 4C or at BETTER ODDS The state's dire budget outlook has lawmakers considering legalized gambling. -Page 19 Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ 1 &2 B Education ................... 3&4B Community ..................... 1-2C i Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendar. .......................... 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ..................... 2D Public Notices ............. 2&4D +