Briscoe appointed friend instead of Bracher to water rights commission_1973

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Briscoe appointed friend instead of Bracher to water rights commission_1973 - Boston's fire. Briscoe Replaces Ayers Bishop...
Boston's fire. Briscoe Replaces Ayers Bishop Returns to Adjutant General's Post AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Dolph Briscoe Tuesday r e p l a c e d Maj. Gen. Ross Ayers as adjutant adjutant general of Texas with Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Bishop, who had served in the same position under Govs. Price Daniel and John Connally. Ayers was an appointee of former Gov. Preston Smith. Briscoe also re-appointed Joe ,D. Carter of Austin as a member and chairman of the Texas Water Rights Commission. Commission. Carter, who also served on the commission by appointments appointments from Daniel and C o n n a l l y / replaces former state Sen. Dorsey Hardeman Hardeman of San Angelo as chair- m a n, an appointment by Smith. Hardeman, a long time Smith friend and political associate, associate, was appointed to the Water Rights Commission in 1971 after Smith was forced to withdraw Hardeman's appointment appointment in 1969 to the State Insurance Insurance Board. Hardeman, whom S m i t h made commission chairman just before Smith left office Jan. 16, will remain on the commission as a member until until his term ends in 1975. Briscoe said that Bishop would work with National Guard matters until his appointment appointment is acted upon by the Senate. He has been in the Army reserve but was recalled recalled to active N a t i o n a l Guard duty by Tuesday's appointment. appointment. Recently Bishop has been assistant administrator of the office of Traffic Safety Administration. Administration. Carter was first named to the Water Rights Commission by Daniel in 1961. From 1958 to 1961 he was executive secretary secretary of the Texas Water Development Development Board. Briscoe announced that he would recommend s e v e r a l measures to the legislature "to close loopholes in the present present law governing municipal water districts ... This is a priority item on my program and I welcome the cooperation of all members of the legislature legislature in getting a water district code that will protect home buyers in new districts from e x c e s s i v e costs for their homes and excessive costs for GEN. ROSS AYERS . . . Smith appointee their utilities." Briscoe said these measures would include one that the net deb; of a disrrct may not ex- cetd 10 per cent of the maximum maximum assessed value of the property within the district, GEN. THOMAS BISHOP . . . served under Connally that all districts created must h u v e independent certified public: accountants audits annually, annually, that all districts shall employ an independent tax assessor-collector assessor-collector who is not related related in any way to any prop- erty owners, and that all bonds shall be sold at public sale. Reps. Bill Blythe, R-Hous- lon, and Lane Dennton, D- Waco. criticized the Carter appointment appointment late Tuesday, calling calling him "responsible for the creation and financing of (water) (water) districts all over Texas." "Why this 'reform-minded' governor could not see his way clear to appoint someone other than his old-time friend to this powerful commission is something only a full investigation investigation of the use of water districts will disclose," the two legislators said in a written written statement. The Harris County legislative legislative delegation had earlier asked Briscoe to appoint retired retired Houston real estate developer developer Victor Bracher to the commission. They said Bracher would fight to end use of the districts to help finance finance land development at the expense of taxpayers, a practice practice they said is' prevalent in Harris County. Train, Bus Collide; 7 Children Killed LITTLEFIELD, Tex. (AP) -- Four children and three t e e n a g e r s , including two brother-sister sets, died Tuesday Tuesday afternoon when their school bus ride home came to a tragic end in a crash with a Santa Fe freight train. Seventeen others were injured, injured, some critically, including including the bus driver, identified as Artis Johnson. Police said 29 persons were on the bus. Most of the victims were from the small farming community community of Fieldton a few miles north of this Texas Panhandle Panhandle agricultural town. The victims were identified as 'Edward Ortiz, 17; Aurora Ortiz, , Diana Frausto, 9; David Frausto, 18; Mary Medina, Medina, 10; Anita Martinez, 18, and Julie Davis, 9. "They' were killed instantly," SITE OF CRASH . . . at least 7 dead nurse Barbara Symington said that one of the nurses "had to be given something to calm her down. She was terribly upset." son, 65, reported in "deep shock." Some of the others were .taken .taken to the Medical Arts Hos'pi- tal, another 40-bed facility. One of the- critically injured was Debbie Lynn Fausto, 7, whose brother and sister died in the accident. She was transferred transferred Tuesday night to the Methodist Hospital at Lubbock 40 miles southeast of here. Cox said most of the children children in the bus were from ranching families and families of farm workers in the Fieldton Fieldton and Littlefield area. C. 0. Heinricfi, an employe of the Santa Fe Railroad, said the red warning lights at the rail crossing were working and all signs were visible when the accident occurred. "It is my information lhat

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 07 Feb 1973, Wed,
  3. Page 47

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