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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY New Braunfels Junior Team beats Canyon Lake 133 See Page 5 50 The old LCRA building 10 Pages in one section Tuesday July New Braunfels Herald 134 2627 E YAHDELI EL PASO TX Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of SHANNON ESPINOZA Vol 143 No 167 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Shannon Espinoza 6 Allan Spinney Louise England and Ruby England River and aquifer information Comal River Not available Edwards Aquifer Not available Guadalupe River 400 cfs Circle Arts performance to help music club New Braunfels Music Club members and other interested parties may pick up tickets for the Circle Arts Theatres July 13 performance of Hello Dol ly at Johnsons Furniture Store Tickets are Profits from this performance will ben efit the clubs Music Scholar ship Fund Public school reform to be topic of talk Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop with guest speaker Carol Robison chief of the Juvenile Probation for the county Topic will be the Public Schools Reform Act of 1995 Meeting will be held at the NBNB Center next to Victoria Bank Monday July 10 at 7 Public invited Call Sylvia at 6259213 or 6066257 for information Dog training course starts next week The city is offering a course in basic dog obedience taught by Stephanie Heinrich The class will meet for eight weeks beginning July 11 Classes will meet Tuesday evening from to at the Landa Recreation Center Fee is For information call 6082167 American Legion meets American Legion Comal Post meets Thursday July 6 at 41OW Coll St The executive committee meets at 7 and the regular meet ing begins at 8 Unit auxiliary holds its meeting at Lioness Club to gather at Ryans New Braunfels Lioness Club will meet at Ryans on Monday July 10 at 11 Eagles Auxiliary meets Monday The Past Presidents of the Eagles Auxiliary will meet at Ryans Monday July 10 at 6 The members are requested to go to the party room upon arrival Correction A mistake was made in tran scribing the winning Texas Lot to numbers from the Saturday night drawing The correct numbers follow Lotto Texas 29 35 rTEXBbr LOTTERV Bad dog Four bitten by rottweiler in melee on river photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Big weekend Tubers crowd the Guadalupe River near Canyon Dam Sunday Outfitters say the river flow of 400 cubicfeetpersecond is perfect for tubing or rafting and other than one incident in which four peo ple were bitten by a dog law enforcement officials reported a quiet weekend on the river By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A rottweiler took a bite out of a drunken Guadalupe River outing Mon day afternoon when it jumped into a fight between two groups of people on the river Comal County Sheriffs Lieu tenant Sumner Bowen said It was a large dog he definitely had our Bowen said Before it was all over four people had been bitten including the owner and Water Safety Specialist Rocky Alba Comal County Animal Control Offi cer Steve McKin got the dog under control and picked it up The dog is being held without bond by animal Bowen said The bites werent serious Every body will be he said Two groups including the dogs owner were fighting on the river around 4 yesterday Bowen said The dog was not on a leash It became frightened and agitated and joined thfc freeforall Bowen said The situa tion would have been easily handled but the dog was a variable he said Weve had people get bitten in the campsites before but never on the he said Bowen blamed the owner not the dog for the incident A possibly vicious dog should have been at least leashed but probably not on a crowded river at all The incident happened at the most potentially violent time on the river late in the day on a holiday Bowen said When its late in the afternoon we get down to the really hard core he said All in all this holiday weekend has been a good one on the river Bowen said Its been a good Fourth Not a single major he said EUWD members pledge to watch catfish farm closely By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Edwards Underground Water District was put on notice at a board of directors meeting on Wednesday that the catfish farm in San Antonio is preparing to reopen and resume pumping Living Waters Artesian Springs Ltd filed a 90 day notice of intent to resume its catfish farm oper ations on June 23 The notice was in compliance with the 1993 settlement of a lawsuit filed by the EUWD and the San Antonio River Authority in 1991 The EUWD board of directors were unhappy with the notice and said they will be watching the business very carefully to guaranteeall laws are fol lowed The Edwards District will be keeping careful watch making sure the catfish farm complies with all requirements set forth in the Texas Water Code and in the said EUWD General Man ager Rick Illgner Comal County board member Craig Hollmig said part of the careful watch will be done through the use of four monitoring wells on adjacent prop erty The wells will be used to measure water lev els and pressure If the aquifer levels drop the spring and river levels will also drop Another action will be to check the quality of water at the dis charge location and in the Medina River said Hollmig Were going to go down fighting Well keep try ing to stop him until they kick us out of the building and lock the he said If he continues to pollute the water and waste it well use every mechanism possible to stop said Carolyn Eagle Public Information Officer for EUWD Eagle said there is large concern about the amount of water the farm will be allowed to pump She said the business1 primary well can pump up to million gallons per day This is almost onequarter the amount pumped by the city of San Antonio in dry years Jerri Martin EUWD Board Chair said the board will prevent the business from resuming pumping of such a large quantity of water Citizens using water from the aquifer can be fish Farm to resume their unconscionable waste of of she said Ronnie Pucek owner of the fish farm said the boards stance against his reopening is premature He said he is looking for economically feasible ways to save and recirculate the water He also added that the Water Commission is already respon sible for monitoring for pollution I dont know why theyre trying to shoot me out of the saddle before I even get started They dont even know what Im going to he said He also said that if the Edwards Aquifer Author ity replaces the present board a new set of guide lines will be established He said he will be given a right to pump a certain amount of water In dry Were going to go down fighting Well keep trying to stop him until they kick us out of the building and lock the Craig Hollmig periods he will have the option to cut back opera tions find a way to conserve water or find a new water source With the new law Ill be looking for ways to save water just like everyone else Illfind a way to conserve it or Ill have to shut Pucek said In other business Wednesday night the board agreed to implement compromise emergency with drawal reduction measures as set out by a panel of attorneys appointed by Federal Court Judge Lucious Bunton The plan would only be in effect this year and would temporarily change the Districts current Demand Management Plan until January The plan is designed to protect the aquifer and spring levels from excessive pumping in the event of a drought The plan affects water suppliers municipalities and other nonindustrial and non agricultural water users in Bexar Comal and Hays counties Public hearings regarding the plan will be held in each county beginning July School board may fire ag teacher Kelly Slover in hot water over alleged actions in livestock deal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A Smithson Valley vocational agri culture teacher is on leave with pay pending a hearing with the school board in which he stands to lose his job and his reputation Judy Holbrook a SVHS parent said Kelly Slover was the type of teacher who took a sincere interest in his stu dents Many of his students were preparing to purchase steers for the upcoming year of shows Holbrook said a parent approached Slover and asked him to help them locate a steer to purchase A rancher from the Panhandle was coming to the San Antonio Livestock Show and brought some of his livestock with him for the parent to look at said Hol brook Holbrook said the family bought the calf for The rancher said the only other thing was that the family had to take the animal to the ranchers veterinarian to be branded He said there was no rush Slover was going to visit relatives in the area over spring break The buyer asked Slover to take the steer to get branded and he agreed to do it continued Holbrook Several days after the steer was returned the owners called the school and said there was something wrong with the calf The rancher was called and he said He had no real incentive to commit this act and Im hop ing theyll see Paul Jordan attorney to bring the calf back and the buyers could get their money back The buy ers decided to just exchange it for another calf said Holbrook Slover is now being accused of injecting the animal with air to enhance the look and size of it according to people familiar with the situation Air can be injected between the muscle and hide and make the animal appear larger He is also being accused of taking the animal out of the state and having it illegally branded Holbrook said But in all this Kelly was just trying to be helpful and was just doing what they told him to she said The family went to the school offi cials and Slover was placed on paid leave until a hearing can be held some time in July Slovers attorney Paul Jordan said the hearing will be to determine if Slovers contract with the school will be terminated which will be the rec ommendation I have no idea why they think Mr Slover would be involved in this He had no real incentive to commit this act and Im hoping theyll see said Jordan Holbrook said several representa tives from the San Antonio Houston and Comal Livestock Shows have already paid visits to the administrative office and in a letter to board members she warned about the damages these allegations would cause Because Mr Slover is a profes sional certified agriculture teacher his reputation in the field may be irrepara bly she said It certainly hasnt bolstered it in any said Jordan She also quoted a letter Slover received from another parent which said Mr Slover has lost the respect and trust of both his professional peers and his Holbrook said this damage to his reputation is over false allegations and urged the district in her letter to look at the facts carefully and reject the rec ommendation Don Clark Public Information Offi cer for Comal Independent School District said the district could not dis cuss the issue since it is a pending per sonnel matter Clark said it is up to the individual if the hearing is public or not Slover has requested it be public This means the public will be allowed to address the board before a decision is made Lamar Smiths immigration bill gains momentum WASHINGTON Statements Thursday by House Speaker Newt Gin grich and the Immigration and Naturalization Services top lawyer added significant momentum to the Immigra tion in the National Interest Act sponsored by Lamar Smith chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee Speaker Gingrich referring to Smiths bill during a news conference to announce the recommendations of the Speakers Illegal Immigration Task Force said he hoped to move the Smith bill this year with the Presidents Alexander Aleinikoff Gen eral Counsel of the Immigra tion and Naturalization Ser vice endorsed the Smith bill Thursday We share in very large measure the goals that you expressed as well as many of the Aleinikoff told Smith From the very beginning this has been a bipartisan effort to do whats in the best interest of America regarding immigration Smith said as he opened the hear ing The system is broken and does not serve the nation al No one injured in fiery motorcycle crash on Plaza Two individuals avoided injuries when the motorcycle they were on skidded out of control and caught on fire Sunday night Ricky Koenig of 720 Albert and his passenger Merideth McGlamery were riding on a Kawasaki 550 GPZ around the Plaza at 9 Sunday Koenig lost control of the motorcycle and skidded into the island by Texas The rhotorcycle caught on fire and was a total loss Neither passenger Was injured severely although both did suffer road rash New policy will save money for rural NBU hookups By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities gave a sizable break to new rural customers at its Thurs day night meeting We made some changes in the connection policy that will be positive steps for the NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said NBU will now give 500 feet of free line to new residential customers hook ing up to NBU electric lines Before the new policy only 100 feet of line came free DiFonzo said Customers who have to pay for line extensions above and beyond the 500 feet will also come out better under the new policy DiFonzo said They will still have to pay per foot for extensions but if another new customer ties into that exten sion the original customer will get a cred it Thatll help people in the DiFonzo said The results of a GBRA River Authority study on regional waste water sludge disposal was presented to the NBU Board of Direc tors Land application of sludge was stud ied where sludge is cut into land and used as fertilizer It would be a joint effort between NBtiGBRA San Marcos Lock hart DiFonzo said jew commercial customer Truck Travel Center on Inter state35 are working to develop the water and sewer extensions they need to operate DiFonzo said There will be a public meeting July 18 at 7 to discuss NBUs budget work book Liberal talk radio Ho ideas and no entertainment See Caf Thomas Page 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