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The Clarendon Enterprise of Clarendon, Texas

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Catching up from the late 1960s

December 19,1 received a card in the mail from an organization with the name of EMPOWER TEXSAS. They show an address in Austin

I did a little research and found that the organization has ties to the Midland man running against Kel Seliger.

This card uses a lot of adjectives, like abuse, financial malfeasance, payola schemes and calls for the house to investigate. There is no way to pass a law against this junk mail because the constitution calls for freedom of speech. Politics has been called a blood sport. This mail card is a good example.

We know Kel in Donley County, since he has been here to keep us up to date on what is going on in the Texas Legislature. Any one of our Citizens who has a concern can call Kel to visit in person, to discuss an issue. If you want more information call Cindy Cock-erham, who works for Kel, bet she will respond directly, like her mom and dad would.

Tom Stauder, Clarendon

In the late 1960s, after discovering a large fresh ground-water supply for Houston and investigation water resources in the Texas Permian Basin through the USGS, I lived and worked in Clarendon. From Clarendon, I conducted geology and ground-water resources studies in Donley, Hall and Briscoe Counties, and manage stream-gaging stations in the panhandle for the USGS. I also taught a few sessions of physical geology and geography with many field trips at Clarendon College, and took some geology and geography classes at West Texas State.

I also wrote a weekly column in the local newspaper on Panhandle water issues and assisted Will Chamberlain in collecting dinosaur fossils for the Museum of Natural History where I worked earlier while an undergraduate at NYU. My Clarendon office was in an otherwise abandoned cabin which I shared with a USDA/SCS extension worker, Ronald Gooch. In those days, we used slide rules, log tables, ball-point pens and India ink, analogue compasses, visual transits, steel chain tape and chalk, wire-weights, and acetate and paper maps.

After leaving Clarendon in '69 for a USGS DC assignment to computerize water records which delayed publication by over a year, I went on to the University of Arizona for an MS in Hydrology and PhD in Soil & Water Science. Since then, I've worked in water supply exploration and development, water and wastewater treatment and reuse, pollution prevention, solid and hazardous waste, and environmental engineering, management and training throughout the U.S. and much of Asia and the Middle East and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Mexico and Haiti. I continue to consult on ADB- and USAID- funded projects.

Barney Popkin, San Francisco, Calif.



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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014



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