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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Smithson Valley star wants to be a Kansas Jayhawk Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels the Landa Park train HeraldZe 16 Pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of JASON ARNO FELTNER Vol 143 No 158 Inside Sports 8A Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Bockholt Melanie Oakes Sandy Orona Alisia Ybarra Anthony Edward Ale man and Deleyce Saur Happy anniversary to Jim and Janet Williams and happy 20th anniversary to Steve and Nancy Foster River and aquifer information Comal River 304 cubic feet per second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet down 02 Guadaluoe River 692 cfs Monty Guitar1 Tyler at the park Thursday Rock performer Monty Gui tar Tyler will play Thursday June 22 at the dance slab in Landa Park as the free Con certs in the Park Series contin ues The show starts at No glass containers allowed Rained out shows may not be rescheduled Bring lawn chairs Light to demonstrate use of light Carol Light of the George town area will demonstrate color shapes and light when she paints in watercolors tonight at 7 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery 239 W San Antonio St The public is invited Canyon Class of 1980 to gather The Canyon High School Class of will hold its 15 year reunion at 6 Friday night at Freiheit Country Store The gathering will continue Saturday at Cypress Bend Park Help CASA build its flag The Comal County Child Advocacy Inc Build a Flag Help a Child annual fundrais is getting ready to start Your contribution of for a square or for a star will help children in the tricounty area who are victims of abuse or neglect Donations may be mailed to CASA of Central Texas PO Box 311832 New Braunfels TX 78131 Or call 6205536 for information Scholarships available for Aggies The Comal County Texas Mothers Club has two scholarships available to qualifying seniors To receive an application call 6093088 and one will be mailed to you Applications must be postmarked no later than July 1 An applicants mother need not be a member of the Mothers Club Save your cans The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks all residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national aluminum can recycling pro gram for animal shelters The local chapter wants you to start saving your cans now so it has a better chance of win ning The grand prize is for the shelter that rais es the most cans The collec tion drive runs from Sept 1 to Oct 31 Burglary ring that used children is busted Comal County Sheriffs investigators caught up with suspected car burglar Ruben Montoya Jr at 3 Monday after a detailed investigation and a high speed chase Montoya allegedly used two chil dren six and eight years old to help him with up to 19 local car burglaries a SherifFs Department press release said The use of children to support the criminal lifestyle of the parents is dis Sheriff Jack Bremer said The pattern of vehicle burglaries started April 14 mainly at Natural Bridge Caverns and the lower section of River Road Personal property such as wallets cash cameras and jewelry were taken the press release said Comal County Detectives Whitson Limmer and Cardenas dug into the case interviewing witnesses and vic tims They came up with a profile of a man woman and two children working burglaries out of different vehicles More clues came as the burglaries continued a license plate number from a bank surveillance camera and another clue from an observant outfit ter employee Detectives identified a San Antonio family as possible suspects the release said Lieutenant Sumner Bowen Sher iffs Office executive officer spotted a vehicle that matched one of the suspect cars Sunday June 18 at about 5 The license plate was expired so Bowen pulled the vehicle over at Riv er Road and Loop 337 the release said After getting out of his car the sus pect ran and got back in and a high speed chase began reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour the release said Witnesses told officers that the suspect had abandoned the vehicle at the Taco Hut drive through on Loop 337 and the suspects had run toward Molly Joes Restaurant and the Old Townc Inn the release said The suspects escaped to San Anto nio but officers found burglary tools and property from car burglaries in the abandoned vehicle Bowen got war rants for Montoyas arrest for putting children in his vehicle in imminent danger the release said Comal County Investigators arrested Montoya Monday without incident I am proud that our department has made this arrest not only for the people who lost the property but for the sixand eightyearold children who were involved in the Bremer said NBU ready to pitch water plan Series of public meetings starts tonight at 7 By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels Utilities is seeking public input on a plan to pursue a major increase in the amount of water it has the right to pump from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake The plan was developed by the Water 2000 Committee which submitted its recommenda tions to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Directors last September It calls for reducing pumping from the Edwards Aquifer by about 60 percent from an annual maximum of about acrefeet per year down to acre feet abandoning the citys right to pump acrefeet per year of water from the Comal Riv er and pursuing rights to acrefeet per year of additional water from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake NBU already has the right to pump acrefeet per year from the river Water is going to become critical in its allot ments it already said Paula DiFonzo NBU general manager I think New Braunfels has been very progressive and has looked ahead This continues that The most water the city has ever used in a sin gle year was 1986 when New Braunfels used acrefeet of water DiFonzo said the city wants to acquire the rights to acrefeet of water per year to ensure an adequate water ply well into the future The Water 2000 Com mittee recommended the acrefeet per year number by projecting the demand for water to the year 2040 The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission would have to grant the city at least one new permit and amend at least one oth er permit for the city to secure the water supply it wants DiFonzo said it will take at least 18 months to get the permits in order This is the very beginning of the process Right now we are just seeking public partici pation which is not required We want to get the information put and hear any concerns that peo ple have so they wont be overlooked when we begin the DiFonzo said Eighteen months to two years would be a very optimistic Three public hearings have been set to get public input on the plan The first is tonight at 7 at the NBU board room The second is tomorrow at 7 in the Gonzales County Courthouse The final hearing will be at 7 July 6 at the NBU board room After those hearings are completed NBU will begin studies needed to submit the permit applications The TNRCC will require studies on future population and water demand projec tions conservation and reuse planning potential effects on downstream water rights and poten tial impacts on water quality bays and estuaries riparian ecology terrestrial ecology recreation cultural resources endangered species and the Edwards Aquifer Preliminary estimates show the plan would be very expensive Cost estimates include mil lion to acquire the recommended supplies a year initially in annual storage costs for holding water in Canyon Lake million to expand the water treatment plant and more than million a year to expand the water dis tribution system DiFonzo was quick to point out that the population would have to grow quite a lot to require all the proposed changes so the cost would be spread out among a lot more peo NBU has already identified some of the potential impacts the plan would have Comal Springs would have greater spring flows because the city would pump less from the aquifer Existing water rights on the Comal River owned by NBU and the city of New Braun fels would be moved from the Comal River to the Guadalupe River thus eliminating the threat of possible future diversions from the Comal Releases from Canyon Dam would be increased over time as NBUs demands increase This would result in slightly lower elevations in Canyon Lake The Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and the points where NBU would draw water from the river would experience the same or higher flows than those historically experi enced due to the increased releases from Canyon Dam NBU predicts the plan would maintain or increase river flows downstream from New Braunfels DiFonzo did not want to speculate on what kinds of concerns people may air during the public meetings that begin tonight Were wait ing to see what happens We are hoping for some good she said Golf course to stop using aquifer water By DENISE DZHJK Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer will receive another boost Friday when the aquifer will be relieved of the responsibility to supply millions of gallons a year for one local golf course The Randolph Air Force Base will begin irri gating the Randolph Golf Course with treated waste water Friday The change is expected to save more than 77 million gallons of water per year We want to conserve water and preserve the said Master Sgt Jewell Superintendent of Public Affairs The plans for the project began in 1990 and were designed to conserve the aquifer water while also providing an economical source for irrigation water Jewell said he is unaware of any plans for the use of the water other than on the golf course The waste water from the entire air force base has been pumped to the Cibolo Creek Municipal HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL UJS Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald R Fogleman accepts the flag representing the command of the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base from General Henry Viccellio Jr He then passed the flag to General Billy J Boles CHANGE OF COMMAND General Billy Boles takes charge of Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB at moving ceremony By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Authority where it is treated and released into Cibolo Creek Now the waterwill be pumped back to the golf course at Randolph for storage in seven ponds located on the interi or of the course Jewell said the ponds were already on the course and only required lining to prevent seepage to meet the Texas Natural Resources and Conservation Commission requirements Theyll be sending the water back to us and the golf course personnel will be responsible for irrigating whenever it is said Jewell The project cost nearly million which included the construction of a pumping facility and pipeline to move the water to Randolph and the lining of the ponds The pumping system and pipeline were completed in January and will be operated and maintained by the CCMA The ponds will be cared for by Randolph Air Force Base and to date are 78 percent complete Funding for the project came from a nonappro priated fund grant from the Air Force The Air Force was out in full color and in perfect formation to pay tribute to an outgoing general and welcome in a new one in a centuries old tra Randolph Air Force base had a change in com mand ceremony Tuesday in which General Hen ry Viccellio Jr relinquished his duties as com mander of Air Education and Training Command and General Billy J Boles assumed that duty Viccellio took the flag representative of the AETC and handed it over to United States Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald R Fogle man Viccellio then stepped aside and Boles stepped forward to take the flag and all the respon sibilities of the position Its a great day for the Air Force and a great day for AETC It signifies transferring the reign of command from one great leader to said Fogleman This command must have the very best in lead ership and Butch Viccellio has provided he said Together Kay and Bill will ensure that the Air Force is ready to defend in the next Viccellio said much of the credit for the past two years of success for the AETC belongs to the ener gy and vision of everyone involved in it It is their drive that keeps it moving forward Our bright and creative people are beginning to possibilities never before said Vic cellio It all starts here at the AETC building air force personnel out of the first Viccellio said he will miss San Antonio and all the warm people who live there He and his wife have come to call this home and they will never for get their time here We leave you with one thought Viva San Antonio he said Farewell may God bless you and this command and this great Viccellio will be going to the WrightPatterson Air Force Base in Ohio to become the commander of Air Force Materiel Command Boles said each commander before him at the AETC has left a great legacy behind for the next commander to pick up and continue and he looks forward to continuing that legacy It is the AETC that shapes the future of the Air Force and under his command they will probably commission the offi cer that will one day be the chief of staff said Boles He said he is pleased with the current status of the program and does not believe any major changes will need to be made has this aircraft on the right track going at the right speed at the right angle to the right said Boles Thanks for all your support and assistance in making this transition and thanks for leaving the command in such great The AETC is responsible for recruiting and pro vides them with military technical and flying training as well as providing precommissioning professional military and continuing education The AETC is known as the first command because virtually all Air Force members begin their service in one of the commands programs Why pursue surf ace water when the aquifer is sitting right under us See 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