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You’re 40 — why not enlist?

Are you tired? Poor? Among the huddled masses? In your early 40s? Uncle Sam wants you. A new program authorized by Congress under the National Defense Authorization Act raises the recruitment age limit from 35 to 42. The Army is also offering $1,000 “finders fees” for current soldiers who refer anyone except immediate family (sorry, dad) for enlistment. The Army has been in a six-year recruiting deficit; in 2005, it failed to meet its goal of 80,000 by more than 5,000 soldiers.

SARA opts out of Guadalupe project

The San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors has voted to end participation in the Lower Guadalupe Water Supply Project, a controversial $971 million plan that called for pumping water more than 100 miles uphill from the Lower Guadalupe River near Victoria. SAWS bailed out of the project last summer, citing project costs and potential environmental damage. SARA’s revised funding plan will include studies of the San Antonio Bay ecosystem and habitat for the endangered whooping crane.

The season of giving

Many City Councilmembers had a busy fund-raising season in the last half of 2005, according to on-line campaign reports filed with the City Clerk’s office. Mayor Phil Hardberger’s cash register rung up nearly $158,000, while District 1’s Roger Flores, in his final term, received a mere $500 from RK Catering. First-termer Roland Gutierrez of District 3 generated roughly $33,000 from contributors as wide-ranging as Elisa Chan of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce to lobbyist David Earl. Meanwhile, District 4’s Richard Perez raked in $41,000, including $250 from former Mayor Henry Cisneros.

District 6 rookie Delicia Herrera raked in nearly $22,000, including $250 from Rabbi Barry Block and $500 from former State Senator and County Judge Cyndi Krier.

Other tallies include: Elena Guajardo (District 7), $18,717 `The amount for Guajardo was previously reported as $7,137, which is incorrect`; Art Hall (District 8), $4,850; Kevin Wolff (District 9), $28,320; and Chip Haass (District 10,) $22,780. On-line reports for Sheila McNeal of District 2 and Patti Radle of District 5 weren’t available.

By Francesca Camillo and Lisa Sorg


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