Part 1 Ode to the Tanker Holster, contains photos from history and film of the 1942 tanker holster. Here are a few more photos found online from series Terra Nova. Check out this tanker holster!!!
Here is the custom tanker holster Mr. Tomkins made for my 1911. His website http://frontierleatherworks.com is an online archive of holster history.
by JIM BERGAMO/KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL
Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM
Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 10:38 PM
SAN MARCOS — A ban on alcohol in San Marcos parks, as well as bridges or dams crossing the San Marcos River; a ban on styrofoam products on the water; a ban on tobacco use near playgrounds and practice fields; and tubers can only bring containers with lids or covers on the river: Those are just a few of the issues discussed by council members Tuesday night as they voted on whether to amend the San Marcos ordinance pertaining to public facilities and parks.
With just some minor adjustments, the San Marcos city council voted 4-2 Tuesday evening in favor of all of the bans it had laid out in previous meetings. Among the amendments, violators will be given one warning before they are issued a citation. The rules will now go into effect on Jan. 1.
“I am for the ordinance,” said Ollie Giles, a San Marcos resident. “I don’t want liquor served in the parks because there is enough mess downtown as it is without having liquor at the parks.”
“If we are going to borrow from the model from New Braunfels, then lets take it for a vote,” said Lisa Marie Coppoletta, a San Marcos resident who opposes the ban. “Let’s let the residents of San Marcos vote on the ballot and not workshops with 10 days notice.”
During Tuesday’s citizen comment period, some residents expressed concern and confusion over perceived changes in the ordinance from its first reading.
“Visitors are going to come, and even citizens are going to have to try to figure out what is the new rule,” said Melissa Derrick, a San Marcos resident. “Am I going to have to hide in a bush to drink my Busch? Do I have to wrap my beer in a coozie so no one can tell it is a beer? Then am I safe? So this seems like the coozie code.”
Other residents say they see both sides of the argument. They say bad behavior is the real problem, and they are not sure bans, no matter how extensive, can change that.
“I have had people at church and other places say they have gone down there, and they are not going back,” said Jaimy Breihan, a San Marcos resident. “They are not going to get on the river and deal with that again.”
Also included in Tuesday night’s vote are new limits on all terrain vehicle use, and the fine for littering has been doubled.
Daniel Rodriguez Scales remembers a time when his family had to sit in a separate section at the Ritz movie theater because of the color of their skin.
Now, as a San Marcos resident, he claims he is seeing race become a major issue again.
“I innately know racism,” Scales said. “I taste it. I smell it. I see it. I hear it and I feel it.”
Scales and his wife, Lisa Coppoletta, are alleging the new city council ordinance regulating consumption of alcohol and the use of barbecue grills unfairly targets Hispanics in the area.
The couple claims the local Hispanic population uses the parks the most. According to Coppoletta, the high volume is because of limited options for those living in poverty in San Marcos.
“They can’t go shop at the outlets. So, their form of entertainment is to go out and barbecue,” Coppoletta said. “Taking those barbecues away would take away that entertainment.”
Howard Williams, San Marcos Police Chief, disagrees that there is anything racist about the ordinance.
“It’s kind of a ridiculous proposition if you ask me,” Williams said. “Race has nothing to do with this. Excessive alcohol consumption is causing the problems in the parks, and the race of the person (drinking) has nothing to do with it.”
However, Coppoletta and Scales said there is little truth to the claim that the new regulations actually target a real problem. Scales said he visits Rio Vista occasionally and has never witnessed the behavior the alcohol ban would attempt to prohibit.
“My understanding is that there are certain families that engage in behavior that can be perceived by some citizens as troublesome,” Coppoletta said. “But it’s very clear what kinds of families are going out to the park.”
According to Williams, the ordinance is not an outright ban on either alcohol or grills.
“Perhaps they should do some homework as to what it’s trying to accomplish,” Williams said.
The solutions are in current laws being more actively enforced, to Coppoletta and Scales.
“They’re not getting to the root of the problem,” Coppoletta said. “They need to enforce existing laws, because they are deferring citizens from their birthrights. Since the ordinance has been presented, all different groups have come forward wanting the beer and the barbecue, but no one wants to pick it up.”
Coppoletta suggests better alcohol education would help prevent many problems in the park, as well as provide more jobs for the working poor to help keep areas clean.
Williams assures there is nothing racist about the ordinance.
“I don’t know the proportions of different races going to the park, but it doesn’t matter,” Williams said. “It’s the behavior that is being prohibited.”