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Hays Free Press May 12, 2010 NEWS Page3A PHOTO BY MICHAEL KAUFMANN Vendor spaces inside & out - Singles $30 weekly & up Outside & yard sate spaces - $7 per day & $15 per day Experienced vendors preferred Snakes ahve.t Warm we', Lther xs ilwltmg for the slithering sort 1 BY SEAN mme0.s Find a snake, mtolgWhaet;rmcl:Sdd 1 ;e, :oiat, i y, it ng, swe]li ..u_ g in and ...  _ snake bites rarely kill people, weakness, the Parks and Wild- {',all 1tO I1NOcale In actuality, a person has a bet- life Department says. A paralyzing fear of snakes ter chance to being killed by If bitten, the South Texas may stop Indiana Jones in his tracks from trapping wild snakes, but not this local man. Springtime has presented an influx of venomous snakes, particularly coral snakes in Mountain City, and likely oth- er nearby areas. If one slith- ers onto your property, snake enthusiast Rick Thomas, of Mountain City, may be able to relocate it for free. "IfI can get there fast enough I'd be happy to catch it," said Thomas, who suggests placing a bucket on top of the snake. He can also set up traps. Once caught, the snakes are then released into big, open fields away from human inter- action, Thomas says. 'Tm thinking more about the snakes' safety," he said. One of the recent snake re- ports included a 20" long coral snake in the backyard of left Kauffmann's home on Pin Oak Drive in Mountain City. The If a snake slithers onto your property, give Rick Thomas (393-1986) a shot and per- haps he'll be able to relocate it free of charge. ! snake apparently died after be- ing run over by a lawnmower. "We've seen a small garden sna the first time we'v, snake," KauffmaJ was right there in r which was kind of "We're glad my find it before we couple of es but that's seen a coral Ln said. "It wbackyard, surprising." dogs didn't id," he add- ed. Coral snakes lave a dis- tinctive striping pattern from similar non-venomous snakes. There's an old sayil tg that goes, "red on yellow, kill on black, venom la In Central Texa four types ofvenon including coral sm ern Diamondback: copperheads an fellow; red ck." ;, there are ions snakes, kes, West- 'attlesnakes, :1 cotton- lighming or by a venomous arthropod, such as a spider or scorpion, according to the Tex- as Department of Parks and Wildlife. The South Texas Poison Center reports that while "about 8,000 people a year re- ceive venomous snakebites in the U.S., only five to sixvictims die: On average, one to two peo- ple in Texas die each year from venomous snakebites. In 2005, former Hays CISD school- teacher Margaret White was found dead on a Wimberley- area ranch, presumably killed by a venomous snake. Roughly half of all venom- ous snakebites are "dry." That is, the snake does not inject venom into the victim, the Tex- as Department of State Health Services says. Snakebite symptoms in- clude and are not limited to blurred vision, convulsions, Poison Center advises the vic- tim to seek medical help and to stay calm, since venom passes through the bloodstream. The bite area should also be cleaned with disinfectant soap. Attempting to suck out the poison is ineffective and a tourniquet on the wound cuts off the blood flow and could lead to amputation. Prevention is key. The Parks and Wildlife Department sug- gests being cautious when walking through high grass and wooded areas. Protective clothing, such as boots and snake-proof trousers and/or leggings, should be worn in areas where snakes are sus- pected. When a snake crosses your path, stay still and allow the snake to retreat. If you must move, back slowly and care- fully away from the snake, the Parks and Wildlife Department says. Nature trail wins st I watdLship award STAFF REPORTS The city of Kyle's Plum Creek Preserve and Nature Trail is still a few months away from development, but the 350-acre parks project is receiving recognition. Envision Central Texas de- clared the project the winner of its 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award for Public Policy and Planning. "Families across Gentral Texas will share in the joy of what Kyle is accomplish- ing with this important open space initiative," said U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, whose constituency includes Hays County. Kyle Mayor Lucy lohnson said she was proud to see the project go from vision to real- ity. "This is a perfect example of how a city can work to- gether with the community and other organizations to create a real benefit for our residents," Johnson said. The Plum Creek Preserve and Nature Trail will be locat- ed east of IH-35 and will run ong the portion of the city's um Creek Watershed, ulti- mately connecting all Kyle's residential, commercial and school developments along COURTESY PHOTO (Left to rig of Communications Jerry Hendrix, Parks and Recreation Director Ilerry Urbanowicz, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Dog- get't, Mayor Lucy Johtson and Interim City Manager James Earp gather at the 2010 Envision entral Texas Community Stewardship Awards luncheon in Austin. I the watershed. ] Once the project is com- plete, it will offerlmore than 350 acres of ope n space in which to roam and play, more than six miles of nature trails to hike, two la[:e fishing lakes, wildlife viewing points, natural areas, picnic sites, wetland preserve and even a wildflower meado w. Develop- ment of the projec will begin within six months and should be open to the public within two years | ' Now that the planning and preliminary work i done, I'm ready to get actually build- ing the preserve," said Kerry Urbanowicz, Ky!e jP:rls :?d i!i+i+!iii++!iiiii/ii+i+:ii+/ii/iiiiii+i+!+iji/i/iii!+i+!iiiiq! i, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii]i]iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiii!i]ili iiiiiiiiiiiii'iii!ii!i!iii!i!i!ili!iiiiiiiiiiiii,iiii'iii 'ii:,i,i:/,';i,i',i  'i'//,'/ '/,,i,';'i'i'/,i','',',",ii' ', ,',i'i'?:i'i! ,,i  i,,i i,, (,[,,(?,v : ,i ii  iTI[iiiiii+ii;ii] Recreation Director. "This is really going to be the crown jewel for our parks system and something the entire re- gion can enjoy." Vote by Mail or Online May 7 to June 11 Pedernales Electric Co-op Board of Directors Vote for Steven Carriker For an Affordable Energy Future Uniquely Qualified & Capable Former State and Federal Official Senior Business Executive Has helped start and finance co-ops For True PEC Member Control Deliver dependable and economical power Return profits to the members! Adopt the PEC Member Bill of Rightst Cleaner energy is cheaper for the future Vote Steven Carriker for Director, District 5 Ad by Steven Carriker, PO Box 1113, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 OLD FASHION FLEA MARKET COLLECTIBLES IH-35 South 512-656-5958 Sat.-Sun4 10 a,m, to 6 p.m. Furniture Appliances Tools Toys & Dolls Gifts C's Tejano Movies Jewelry new & used Building Materials, Windows/Doors Computer Repairs Used Lawnmower Parts You pull VOTE edersen for Paid pol. adv. by the Pedersen for Pedernales Campaign, Lakeway, Texas Correction In our April 28 story on the Hays County lail study, we incorrectly identified a county constdtant with Broaddus & Associates as Brenda Stewart. Her name is actually Brenda Jenkins. Summer Horse Camp at Ragland Performanc00ses00 .Hor? 4 SUMMER SESSIONS Beginners: Learn basic horse care, nutrition, and riding skills. Riders will learn to groom, bathe and tack their horses. Intermediate: Riders have already ridden at the walk and trot and are ready for more advanced skills. Advanced: We have veteran show horses that are ready for these individual riders to help prepare them for the show ring! The rid- ers in this group are then eligible for our "Horse Show" group. Summer sessions are from: June 14-18 June 21-25 July 12-16 July 19-23 We also .offer Private or Group Lessons Full Care Boarding Training For more information call: Lori Ragland 512-295-4714 - barn 512-658-2167 - mobile Our priority is teaching our students how to be safe and still have fun with their horse. Our instructors all have years of experience with horses and youth riders. i