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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Senior League baseball championship could be decided tonight Page 6 50 CENTS The Lwida Park tmln1 New Braunfels I Herald f 2 Pages in one section Thursday June Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MARIA A TREJO MH AlUllg Vol 143 No 159 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Westervelt Nicholas Ruhl six Joseph Antho ny Luna one Rudy Guerrero Jr 18 Alex Acevedo and Maria A Trejo River and aquifer Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet down 02 Guadalupe River 692 cfs c Monty Guitar1 Tyler at the park tonight 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 ParkSeries contin ues The show starts at No glass containers allowed Rained out shows may not be rescheduled Bring lawn chairs Canyon Class of 1980 to gather The Canyon High School Class of 1980 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 er 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 post marked 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 raises the most cans The collection drive runs from Sept 1 to Oct 31 The winning numbers Lotto Texas million jackpot TEX OS LOTTERY HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAU Accident in Sattler Deborah Stark 30 overturned her 1994 Suburban yesterday at about 3 She was driving west on Highway 2673 In Sattler across from Dinosaur Rats when she moved to the slow lane to let another vehicle pass She said the passing vehicle swerved toward her truck and she lost control causing the Suburban to roll over She was unhurt First meeting on NBU water plans brings out citizens and their ideas By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It was billed as a public meeting but it was more like an executive brainstorming session New Braunfels Utilities got some of the public input it sought on proposed applications for water permits at last nights public meeting held in the NBU BoardRoom About 30 people showed up Proposed changes stem from recommendations of the Water 2000 Committee comprised of New Braunfels citi zens that met throughout stated a brochure available for participants A sixpage briefing was also distributed to the par ticipating citizens It outlined the reasoning behind the proposed permits and included a map illustration A threepoint projected water strategy was outlined by Paul Thornhill of consulting firm CH2M Hill hired by NBU to study the water rights issue What were pursuing here is sim ply a permit going to the state of Texas to ask for the sur face water that wed possibly need in the next 40 Thornhill said Although the Water 2000 Committee had to make detailed projections of New Braunfels future water needs and how to meet those needs This process that were beginning tonight is only to acquire additional water NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said Thornhill outlined a threepoint plan to get water rights to meet possible New Braunfels water needs for at least the next 40 years 1 Protect existing rights on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers 2 Seek more Guadalupe River water a Change rights through the Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission b Contract for more water from Canyon Lake 3 Cut down on Edwards Aquifer use possibly by 60 percent in the future Possibly abandoning old rights to water from the Comal Riv er unused for many years caine under fire There are many of us in this town who would say Why are we giving up any water rights Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr said Lets leave rights where they are and drink our own good clean aquifer Another possible strategy was questioned moving the intake for the Gruene Water Treatment Plantdowwstrearn to below the confluence of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers What are the costs associated with running pipeline from below the confluence resident Leonard A Meyer said Theres bound to be a psychological effect from our effluent going into drinking he said These and other concerns were written down on a bulletin board by CH2M Hill facilitator Elaine Jones to be studied along with topics already required by the TNRCC The schedule for getting new and amended water rights from public hearings to TNRCC action could take until Sept 1996 Thornhill said Implementation would happen over the next 40plus years from 1997 to he said No one knows how many people will be living in New Braunfels 50 years from now and how much water theyll be drinking Jones said I want to nail down one statement by NBU that it all depends on resident Jim Mooney said We will always build and construct as there is need we will not just build to build DiFonzo said Two more public meetings are scheduled The content of the meetings will be the same as the first DiFonzo said NBU included a meeting in Gonzales because GBRA rights down stream are important in this Thornhill said Meeting 2 Thursday June 22 7 District Court Room Gonzales County Courthouse 1709 Sarah Dewitt Drive US98 Bypass Gonzalez Texas Meeting 3 Thursday July 6 New Braunfels Utilities Board Room 263 Main Plaza New Braunfels Texas NBU will also accept written questions and concerns Call or write NBU by July 7 care of Ms Paula DiFonzo General Manager New Braunfels Utilities Box 310289 New Braunfels Texas 781310289 telephone 210 6298400 Feds give thumbs down to protecting salamander By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The Fish and Wildlife Ser vice has rejected a petition to list the Comal Springs salamander as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act The Service which announced its decision in the Federal Reg ister last week found that the petition did not present enough before more evidence is presented that the Comal Springs salamander is endangered Arsuffi gathered the information on the three inverte brate species in Landa Lake being considered for inclusion on the Endangered Species list and is famil iar with studies on the salamander conducted by University of Texas The Comal Springs salamander information to back up listing it as endangered The Comal Springs salamander is known to occur in Comal Springs However additional information is needed to determine the full extent of its distribution and whether or not it represents a distinct species or a distinct population of a more wide spread according to a FWS press release The Comal Springs salamander is a member of a large diverse group of spring and cave salaman ders known as the Texas salaman der which ranges along the Bal cones Escarpment of the Edwards Plateau from Hays County to Val Verde County and northward The FWS has listed the Comal Springs salamander in category 2 since 1982 meaning that additional information is needed to support listing as threatened or endangered The Services finding on the peti tion states that because no new infor mation was presented the FWS believes the salamander should retain its category 2 status If additional information becomes available in the future the Fish and Wildlife Service will reassess the need for listing the Comal Springs said Nancy Kaufman director of the Ser vices Southwest Region headquar tered in New Mexico As part of our continuing review of category 2 species we would appreciate any additional information concerning the status of the Comal Springs sala mander particularly its scientific classification and distribution According to Tom Arsuffi assis tant professor of biology at South west Texas State University it is probably only a matter of time Professor David Hillis and former graduate student Paul Chippindale Hillis and Chippindale were not available for comment However Arsuffi said Chippin dale has found that the salamander is in fact a distinct species He said Chippindale will have to have his findings published in a scientific journal and then reviewed by other scientists before the species is for mally accepted as distinct Part of the problem with all the salamanders associated with Cen tral Texas springs is they all look an awful lot Arsuffi said The species that occurs at Comal Springs people assumed was the same as the one at the San Marcos Springs but it turns out to be genet ically quite It will be a new Interviewed fora July 1994 sto ry in the HeraldZeitung Chippin dale described the salamander This salamander grows to two or three inches long They do not transform into a landdwelling adult Most salamanders lose their gills and go on land It is like if a tadpole did not turn into a he said Chippindale said thfe known habi tat of the salamander is just a 100 yards or so stretch of the Comal River immediately downstream from Comal Springs Comal Springs and Landa Lake are home to the fountain darter an endangered fish species and three invertebrate species are being con sidered for inclusion on the Endan gered Species list so having the salamander added would probably not give the springs and lake any more protection than they already have Water plan questions listed New Braunfels citizens added their concerns at test rtighfs pub lic meetingto the issues New Braunfels Utilities is required to study before it seeks changes In water rights Those concerns are listed here under headings defined by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation mission Population and Water Pemand accuracy of population pro jections NBUs track record on pre lections Conservation and Water Recycling utility rates during droughts M conservations effect on NBUs revenue Downstream Water Rights GBRAs use of 1 300 cubic r second for electrical gen i historical uses contract issues Water Quality 1 Edwards Aquifer quality m septic tank pollution of Canyon Lake f discharge grandfathered dumping rights Edwards Aquifer aquifer pumping effects on springs wheres the data to prove effect of drought on springs relative impact of New Braunfels change in pumping versus San Antonios massive pumping Jnstreanr Recreation economic impact on tubing and related industry Bays and Estuaries changes over the long term smalt changes Other Issues cost ol Intake pfceline discharge pipeline why not reinstate old existing right rattier than pursue new M exchanging up batter quality Comal Springs water and getting worse quality Guadalupe River water New NBISD discipline rules give teachers more power By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Teachers in the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District will have more power to remove troublesome students from their classrooms and students caught for the first time in possession of drugs will no longer be expelled The New Braunfels Independent School District approved changes in the discipline man agement plan Tuesday The biggest debate came over whether to leave a previously proposed sexual harassment section as it is The current section defines what sexu al harassment is and gives specific exam ples of it It then explains the penalties for committing such acts It is our responsibility to educate our student body and their parents about what is acceptable and what isnt We need to let them know that kind of behavior will not be said Karen Simpson Executive Director of Education Services Leo Chafin Board of Trustees Vice President said he was concerned about the wording of the section The biggest prob lem was that he felt the section does not adequately explain how a harassment charge will be handled and who it will be reported to For anyone to have a sexual harass ment charge against them guilty or not guilty said Chafin He said he feared a student may falsely accuse another and the charge will then stay on the students record for the remain der of his education John Turman New Braunfels High School Principal said the incident would be handled as a discipline matter unless it involved an employee and a student New Braunfels High School Assistant Superintendent Judy Seifert said she would handle the cases the same way she currently handles drug possession cases I dont go to John and say we have to expel this person because someone told she said An investigation through the princi pals office is done to determine if the charges are true before any action is taken she said The board voted to leave the section as it is except to add a clause saying the examples for sexual harassment are not all inclusive The board also approved changes to be made to the plan to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 1 Among those changes is one giving teachers more power to remove students from the classroom These students will then have an opportunity to appear before a review board to determine if they should be allowed back in Another change is that students cannot be expelled for possession of drugs if it is the first offense The student can be placed in the alternative school and be expelled for future violations The board also voted to leave their reg ulations on paging devices in school as it is The policy says the school can destroy them or return them to the student for a charge Simpson said she felt the charge would not deter students from car rying them and requested that the NBISD be allowed to confiscated them The main reason for this is theyve been linked to drug trafficking in many said NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry Find out how to get in touch with your elected officials See Page 4
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