Guest Editorial: Developer, groundwater producer Stoecker explains Conroe City Council political contributions

Mike Stoecker, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer I’ve been a Conroe resident for nearly 50 years and have a long history of making political contributions. Recently, I’ve come under attack for making higher than usual political contributions through the creation of a Specific-Purpose Political Action Committee (SPAC) with Quadvest owner Simon Sequeira called the Conroe […]

Water Wars, Part 2 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money (surface water versus groundwater)

Water Wars, Part 2 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money (surface water versus groundwater)

Image: When government gets so big that its primary interest is in protecting itself, government seeks to ignore its citizens while keeping their complaints at bay as “interference.” The San Jacinto River Authority and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District are examples. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 22 – Montgomery County has two […]

Water Wars, Part 1 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Montgomery County, March 21 – Politicians and businesspeople currently are at war over water in Montgomery County, Texas. High water prices, expensive “bet the company” litigation, and immense political power and interests all contribute to massive water prices, while the innocent casualties suffering on the sidelines, as in […]

Governor asks Californians to voluntarily cut water use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation’s most populous state to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15% as the Western United States weathers a drought that is rapidly emptying reservoirs relied on for agriculture, drinking water and fish habitat. The water conservation […]

Guest writer Harry Hardman, “What are Desired Future Conditions? Understanding the LSGCD’s Plan for Managing Groundwater”

Harry Hardman, Guest Writer, The Golden Hammer Montgomery County, April 19 – 2021 is a big year for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). Not just because it is our 20th anniversary but because this year, we are charged by the state to look ahead, plan for what we want the aquifers to look like in […]

Representative King seeks to protect river authorities, such as SJRA, in dark shadows, with House Bill 3933

Austin, March 22 – State Representative Tracy King, an environmentalist who is one of the most grave enemies of private property rights in Texas, introduced House Bill 3933 on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The legislation would remove all river authorities, including the scofflaw San Jacinto River  Authority (SJRA), from all “sunset” review by the Texas […]

Guest Editorial, Simon Sequeira: Norton’s guest epistle deep with half-truths and lies about water, subsidence issues

Simon Sequeira, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer Laura Norton’s recent guest epistle (“Why is Your Home More Vulnerable to Flooding? It’s Sinking,” The Golden Hammer, March 8, 2021 somehow found its way into the editorial section of this news source.  It would have been more appropriately placed in a fiction section, if the Golden Hammer […]

In Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril

DALLAS (AP) — The seam that split in a pipe under Nora Espinoza’s sink during the frigid cold that gripped Texas was narrower than the edge of a dime. Her kitchen appeared mostly undamaged, but the plumber that cut into Espinoza’s wall found water had been pouring in underneath the floor. She expects the repairs […]

Some electricity restored in Texas, but water woes grow

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Power was restored to more homes and businesses Thursday in states hit by a deadly blast of winter that overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold this week. But the crisis was far from over in parts of the South, where many people still lacked safe drinking […]