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The National Park Service has proposed that the land be donated to Big Bend National Park and managed as a backcountry area.

The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club urged the board to accept the park service plan.

The federal plan “represents the best opportunity to conserve this land and make it accessible to the public to enjoy and preserve,” said Ken Kramer, state Sierra Club director.

The Virginia-based Conservation Fund gave the land to Texas in 1991 after buying it with a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.


County to cull its voter rolls

TACOMA — Pierce County is slated to strike 230 names from its voter rolls this week after a probe that centered on registrations submitted by employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a national advocacy group for low-income people.

Prosecutors suspect ACORN workers weren’t scheming to permit illegal voting, but rather falsified names when they fell short of quotas.

From wire dispatches and staff reports