In our editorial meeting this morning, Schutze offered a book report concerning his holiday reading: Paddling the Wild Neches by Richard Donovan, which was published by the Texas A&M University Press in May 2006. Says Jim about the book documenting one man's canoe trip through East Texas, it's engaging and inspirational stuff -- which is clear even from this 2007 history-of Donovan wrote for the Lufkin paper.
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The Neches River, of course, runs through a lawsuit between the City of Dallas, which has long hoped to turn the river into the Fastrill Reservoir, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has designated the Neches as a national wildlife refuge. The city believes the Neches will provide Dallas with its water supply for the next several decades. And as I mentioned Monday, the legal battle's very much alive and kicking: Yesterday, attorneys for all involved were in New Orleans offering their oral arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which are worth a listen. --Robert Wilonsky