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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Cougars set to host LBJ in final scrimmage See Sports Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Salute to the dough boy 16 Pages in one section Thursday August OLIO MO 16 4oWEST MICROPUBLISHIW6 E Y A IMPEL DR 189 PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ALEESA DIANE MOORE Vol 143 No 209 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Aleesa Diane Moore Sandy Santellan belated Susan Henke Elisa Bustos Kimberly Brennan Joannie Garza and Rose Martinez River and aquifer information Comal fliver254 aifaicfeMpef sea down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer 62453 feet above sea level down 04 Guacfaiupe 108 Quarter Moon closes concert series Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday Aug 31 The concert starts at at the dance slab in Landa Park Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers allowed This is the last concert of the series this year Hermann Sons gather Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge are reminded of the meeting and social Friday Sept 1 The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat Polio Survivors Support Group to meet The New Braunfels Polio Sur vivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 Sat urday Sept 2 at Landa Station restaurant 381 Landa St For information call Debbie at 606 5556 Rena at 6204473 or Ray mond at 6251363 Tejano dance at Civic Center A PreLabor Day dance with three bands featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept 3 A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning Pre sale tickets available at Rubens Jewelers or call Dora at 606 0433 or Gloria at 6258753 Meeting cancelled The Main Street Transporta tion Committee meeting set for tonight has been cancelled It will be rescheduled Young bowlers to register New Braunfels Young Ameri can Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday Sept 2 from 10 to noon at Comal Bowl 1202 Huisache behind the new Leagues bowl on Saturdays at for ages 4 8 and for ages 9 20 Call Donald or Kim at 6256263 for more infor mation Scholarships are avail able through these league ses sions The winning numbers Lotto Texas j 40 I nTTcnU jackpot liUTTlHT This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Aquifer regulation at stake at hearing By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Friday will be a tense day for many people in the area who are concerned about protecting the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal Springs from unlimited pumping The Edwards Aquifer Authority EAA was scheduled to replace the Edwards Underground Water District earlier this week The EAA will have more regulatory powers and would be able to enforce pumping limits How ever a temporary restraining order threw off the planned change State District Judge Mickey R Pennington granted the order after the Medina County Underground Water District filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the EAA A hearing will be held on Friday at which an injunction may be requested to block the EAAs authority until the lawsuit can be tried Craig Hollmig a Comal County rep resentative for the Edwards District said the reasoning for the lawsuit is that many of the large farmers in the area are against regulations and pump ing limits He said farmers that are cur rently irrigating will be guaranteed a set amount of water However he said the restrictions may limit additional land being irrigated Hollmig said opponents to the EAA are saying it violates property rights However property rights end when the action harms neighbors and unlim ited pumping hurts the water supply of neighbors he said Its not a property rights issue Its an issue of protecting and preserving a limited natural said Hollmig Hollmig said the longer the legal fight to establish the EAA takes the more damage is done to the aquifer He said more wells are drilled as time passes and that makes it harder to reg ulate how much water is pumped However Hollmig said that even if the injunction is granted there is still a Its not a property rights issue Its an issue of protecting and preserving a limited natural Craig Hollmig federal threat because District Judge Lucius D Bunton HI has previ ously ruled that pumping too much water violates the Endangered Species Act Caroline Eagle public information officer for the Edwards Underground Water District said they are maintain ing things status quo until they receive further word She said they are not starting any new programs and are operating on a very limited budget for now The board does not have any direct involvement in the case but will be affected by the ruling and is just kind of waiting to see what happens on Well certainly have a representa tive there and were definitely an inter ested party because well be affected by said Eagle The hearing to determine if the EAA can take over or if an injunction will be enforced will be held on Friday at lijjhe Hondo courthouse at 9 Early results of grass carp study looking good Only two fish have escaped By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Officials with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority say it is too soon to tell how effective the stocking of grass carp is in fight ing hydrilla However so far if is going pretty At the beginning of August Lakes McQueeney Dunlap Placid H4 and H5 Lake Wood were each stocked with 25 sterile triploid grass carp The carp feed on the aquatic plant hydrilla which i grows rapidly and quickly Theyve explored blocks water areas The carp the limits 6f their HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Susan Bell RN teaches a class at the St Philips Vocational Nursing School New Braunfels Extension NOT So SECRET ANY MORE St Philips nursing school moves out of the basement containment Now theyre starting to find a place to David Welsch GBRA director of project development By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The best kept educational secret in New Braunfels occupies an unassuming build ing at the corner of Houston and Garza St Philips Vocational Nursing School New Braunfels Extension The school has just moved into its new building after operating for years out of McKenna Memorial Hospitals basement said Susan Bell RN coordinator and instructor for the extension A lot of people dont even know that were Bell said Our graduates are employed in all sorts of local occupations where Licensed Voca tional Nurses are she said In a 12month intensive course the school gives students all they need to pass the state boards and become LVNs Bell said In many states LVNs are called Licensed Prac tical They go through rather rigorous training Bell said The first semester students take the equivalent of 20 college hours plus lab hours When students pass the yearlong course they get a diploma from the school and go on to take the state boards Bell said We have excellent pass rates on the state she said The St Philips extension course is perfect for someone who wants to earn a decent living be selfsufficient and do it quick ly Bell said Its a good program for some one who wants a profession in a years she said Bell estimates the median age of students at the extension is about 30 years old The majority of our students have she said We also have more men entering the field theyre welcomed in LVNs are in demand as are many other health professionals Bell said Theyre an extremely important part of the health care she said Job opportunities include hospitals doctors offices home health care and retirement homes LVNs administer the bedside nursing Bell said Theyre the ones who see the patients the LVNs serve as a vital link between the patient the registered nurse and the doctor Its their smiling face that can make a patients stay a good she said Many extension students have gone on to pursue careers as registered nurses Bell said They can get their degree then earn an income working as an LVN while they work toward their she said Students at the St Philips extension ben efit from small class size With small class es we have time to take an interest in them personally each of our faculty is inter ested in each individual Bell said A range of financial aid is possible at the extension Theres lots of good financial can apply for grants and some have been granted local she said St Philips has run the nursing school extension for 10 years Bell said Before that the New Braunfels Independent School District administered the program since the first class graduated in 1967 she said We feel such a debt of gratitude to McKenna to Marion Johnny Johnson and to Tim Bell said Without their support we would not be able to be Those interested in enrolling in the St Philips Vocational Nursing School should call Susan Bell at 6096850 Nursing is the kind of profession that you dont just get back as much as you put Bell said were implanted with radio tags to allow biologists to track their movements If the fish remain within the lakes additional carp will be stocked as an alternative to using chemicals to treat the plant However David Welsch director of project develop ment for GBRA said the study has to span over the period of two major flood events with waters at He said statistically a flood like that occurs once every two years Readings have been done weekly to determine if any of the carp have escaped So far all the fish have remained in the confined area except for two in Lake Wood Welsch said mak ing a conclusion based on these two fish would be premature A third fish was believed to have gotten out of Lake McQueeney However after additional readings it turned out to be a meter error he said If we had a major flood and everything disappeared that would be he said Its too early to Welsch said the movement patterns of the carp have been sim ilar to what was expected by Texas Parks and Wildlife He said the fish have gone both upstream and downstream and most are now finding beds of hydrilla to feed in Theyve explored the limits of their containment Now theyre starting to find a place to he said An article in the San Antonio newspaper last week ques tioned the study and its success so far Welsch said the article was very premature and the only thing to do right now is wait and see if the carp remain in the area He said there is no way to tell how long it will take for the study to be completed however the radio tags have a battery life of seven years Our challenge is to find a solution which addresses both the management needs of the lakes while at the same time ensuring protection for the natural environment of Texas The study now underway is designed to help find a way to do just that and I assure you that when all the conclusions are in when everyone is consulted we will find that said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Andrew Sansom and GBRA General Manager West Jr in a letter responding to the article County ready to start work on River Road crossings BY DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer New safety improvements to the first and second crossings on River Road will be started after the Labor Day weekend ends County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Once the traffic dies down from the tourist season our work crews from the Comal County Road Depart ment will go to work on the cross Homseth said It could take two weeks for each site to be The guardrails will be placed on the approaches up to the curves before the crossings Homseth said Most of the accidents that have occurred at the first and second crossings have been at the approaches The accidents we have experienced at the approaches are by people who cannot negotiate the turns because they enter the crossings at a high rate of speed or because they were not paying Homseth said The county will chip in to help pay for the guardrail projects Another project on the first crossing a pedestrian ramp will be constructed The construction of the pedestrian ramp was paid for with the help of a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation Hornseth said the Comal County Water Oriented Recre ation District could chip in another to help pay for the pedestrian ramp The third and fourth crossings on River Road have guardrails on the approaches and improvements to them will be made in the near future Homseth said One drawback for putting the guardrails on the crossings Homseth said is that more debris could get caught on the crossings especially dur ing floods The intent of this project is to improve the safety of the Homseth said If we are to do that we will have to maintain and clear debris from the bridges more It will be better for an individual to hit a guardrail and be retained than to go down a steep embankment and hit the Homseth said Clean Texas 2000 campaign gives you the chance to help Texas environment See Page 4
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