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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Spurs hose 76ers at New Braunfels Night tomorrow See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Plaza Bandstand HeraldZ 14 pages in one section Friday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than ivNIGHT Vol 144 No 79 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bernice Knight Joslyn Nol Ikamper Patrick Max Welborn Kern Thwing Felix Velez Chrissy Hernandez Bradley Hill Jane Ryals Bradley Offer man Frances Dominguez and Grace Juarez Pollen Count Mold Elm Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 Womens Center needs a bed The Comal County Wom ens Center has an immediate need for one fullsize bed mattress box spring and The centers store of clean ing items and supplies has also dwindled and it has a destitute family in need of products to clean its home Even a small donation would be of great assistance If you can help call 6207520 Transportation director to speak James Garcia transporta tion program director for the Community Council of South Central Texas will speak at the Interagency Council meet ing at noon March 6 at the Comal County Senior Center Bambi Simpson social service and parent involvement coor dinator for Head Start will also speak For information call 6298181 Classic Car Show Rileys Tavern and Ice House 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter will hold a Classic Car Show featuring music by the Stretch Williams Band Satur day March 2 Registration at noon judg ing at 3 Prizes will be giv en Event benefits San Marcos Area Youth Shelter For infor mation call 512 3923132 Artistic Outreach Its time to experiment with art again as the New Braunfels Art League holds another Artistic Outreach Saturday March 9 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and its free Leading the three mini work shops will be Mary Beth Gib son pastel Annette LeBouef drasing and Elaine Felder stained glass Members of the community from 12 to 99 years are invited to try their hand in one of three art media at no expense The Art League provides the teach ers and the supplies free of charge as a gift back to the community And those partici pating can take home their creations The handson workshops begin at 9 and end about at the NBAL Gallery 239 W San Antonio This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint A car makes a big splash on Seguin Street near the Plaza Although temperatures dipped to oMheHH Country NAlL overnight the ground stayed warm enough that streets did not freeze Rain brings little relief By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor That wet stuff that fell from the sky yester day is called After 60 straight days with none of it some people might have for gotten As of 4 Thursday a halfinch of rain had fallen at the National Weather Service in New Braunfels and the rain was tapering off We maysee some lingering showers Friday morning but this is about all the rain we are going to get out of this said Meteorologist Jeff Orrock We will prob ably have sixtenths of an inch by the time its done San Antonio has had seventenths of an He said some areas including northern Comal County reported sleet While the steady rain yesterday was helpful it was just a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed Orrock said The steady rain is good it doesnt just run off into the sewers it actually soaks in We need this for a couple of days to get the soil moisture up Most of this got soaked up in the first few inches of the he said The humidity will be low and the temperatures will be up for the next few days so the soil will dry right out He said the soil was so dry very little of the rain will make it to the aquifer Carl Englerth district conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service was also glad to see the rain but said it wasnot enough to be much help to area farmers Every little bit helps It will probably wet the area down to about maybe three inches which is not going to be far enough We are going to have to receive more he said You could go out right now and go down three inches and hit dry He said the soil in the area is dry down at least 10 inches deep and it will take another four inches or so of rain before fields are ready for com and grain sorghum to be planted He said yesterdays rain will provide a small growth spurt for grasses oats and winter wheat You could go out right now and go down three inches and hit dry Carl Englerth Natural Resources Conservation Service so cattle will have improved grazing but that will only last a couple of days unless more rain comes Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn warned area residents that the county bum ban is still in effect He said the lit tle rain that fell yesterday is not enough to relieve the threat of brush fires and people should remain cautious Well evaluate the sit uation in a day or two but the bum ban is still in effect This is not a green light to go bum obviously he said Another cold front should come through the area next week and could bring more rain Orrock said He said the forecast calls for a cool partly cloudy dry weekend with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s Hispanic Chamber sees opportunities for city during Mexico trip By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels finally has a place on the map and the Internet in the eyes of Mexican industry Ron Gonzalez and Mario Castaneda of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Congress of Comal County GHCC spread the word about New Braunfels to Mexican business owners during a trade mission to Monter rey Mexico in February A handful of dignitaries made reference to visiting New Braunfels because of said Gonzalez GHCC chair Most were unfamiliar that we even had other things to offer than The Mexican secretary of tourism was among those who had enjoyed Schlitterbahn with his family Gonzalez said He and the secretary of commerce said they are looking at various dis tribution centers and would like to add New Braunfels to the All 27 Texas Hispanic chambers sent representatives to the fourday conference More than nine governors of the 31 Mex ican states attended as well as many Mexican industrial leaders Mexico is ready and able to participate in commerce with its neighbor to the north said Socrates Rizzo Garcia governor of Nuevo Leon It was a tremendous said Joe Morin president of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Com merce I know for a fact that our members made contacts with business people in Mexico and that these contracts will facilitate the free trade that our association so greatly sup Gonzalez and Castaneda talked to industrial leaders letting them know that New Braunfels now has a Hispanic chamber Gonzalez said Their point of contact is the Hispanic Chamber when theyre visiting the he said I think we gave New Braunfels a big boost when we were down The trade delegates let Mexican officials tour TAMACCs Internet menu Mexican business can have a direct link to the GHCC through the TAMACC home page Mexican industry has also stepped up its Internet presence Gonzalez said They have a huge data base of the industries around he said Access to that coming to our organization via the state HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fish will be fed Jim Inman gives Phil Durocher of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a check for for fish food The is rajsing rainbow trout which will stocked in the Guadalupe River this spring First your shots then your fun By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Because of the success it had with it last year Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a free immunization clinic Saturday April 27 We are doing it again because it went over well last Schlitter bahn public relations director Sherrie Brammall said We treated 500 peo ple last year mainly The free clinic will be held at the Rapids Pavilion in the Surfenberg Section from 10 The free immunization clinic is being helped by the Texas Depart ment of Healths immunization pro gram called Shots Across Texas and area health departments The majority of peoplq we treated last year were from Cornel Brammall said So we thought it was a good public service Our goal is to make free immunizations available to everyone who needs Just like last year each child who is immunized during the clinic will receive a free admission tp the water park for that day or a certificate good for a free admission any time until June 30 An adult who brings a child under three years of age for an immu nization shot will receive q free admis sion to Schlitterbahn A parent or guardian must accom pany the child to the clinic and must present their immunizatipn record It is advised that the child eat breakfast before getting immunized Water district catfish farmer cant make deal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The owner of the controversial catfish farm in Bexar County presented a proposal to the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District to keep his business open yesterday However the board voted unan imously to have legal counsel begin the process of shut ting him down Comal County representative Craig Hollmig said catfish farmer Ronnie Pucek presented a proposal to the district at a special meeting Thursday night He said the propos al was an attempt to remain open and pump 500 gallons per minute to raise fish We thought he was using too much water and we thought he was wasting said Hollmig The board rejected the offer saying Pucek violated a court injunction when he reportedly opened his well with out notifying the district and without getting a discharge permit from the Environmental Protection Agency Hollmig said the board also instructed its legal counsel to begin the process to shut his operation Its an excessive use of water Its not acceptable dur ing a rainy period or during a dry one Its not acceptable in any weather he said Hollmig said it is hopeful that the district will be able to present its case to a judge within a few days and get an injunction against the catfish farm Hollmig also said that what he found interesting was that the motion to take Pucek to court passed unanimously Some of the same board members that voted to shut Pucek down for wasting water are the ones also saying we dont need any kind of pumping limits on the Hollmig said NBU kicks in for hydrilla fight By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities customers filled the NBU Board room to watch and participate in last nights NBU Board of Trustees meeting Thank you for said Board President Guadalupe Castillo I invite you to come back next time We have orderly meetings but we encourage your Trustee Robert Orr cautioned that a city ordinance prohibits posting campaign signs on utility poles Its a safety issue for the repair he said The ordinance includes any signs garage sales or said Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr People should be aware of Preserve Lake Dunlap Association members pled with the NBU board to help combat the hydrilla problem The single biggest user of the Guadalupe is said Kyle McAlister It puts more effluent into the river than anyone The Lake Dunlap group asked the NBU board kick in as much money as possible to help pay for herbicides and grass carp to control the hydrilla problem in the lake Orr moved to kick in to help with the problem I think we have some responsibility for water I think we should tie the to asking the Guadalupe Valley River Authority to give much more than the theyre Trustee James Goodbread said GBRA doesnt care about use of the lake whether the water flows enough for their power produc McAlister said The Board of Trustees voted to contribute and send a pointed resolution to GBRA asking for more sup port Voting in favor were Castillo Orr and Goodbread Fraser and VicePresident Momhinweg voted against the measure 1 think its a good idea to help and I think we should start turning the screws on the Castillo said In other action The board approved an earnest money contract with JGC Tennis Newks Tennis Ranch to put an elevated water tank on the ranchs property without buying the land in exchange for JGC Tennis being allowed to put the Newks logo on the tank Fraser opposed explaining that the project would be funded by bonds which have not been approved yet The board approved to go out for bids on the Rio sewer Lift Station I consider it the most important pro ject in the said Roger Biggers Assistant General Manager for Technical Operations That is a bond fund ed project but if we dont get bonds we will have to re do the budget to include said General Manager Paula DiFonzo The project is budgeted at The board approved to go out for bids on the High way 46 North Extension Currently a single 14 inch water main serves the OakRun area Biggers said The area is developing fast and if a break happens in that one main service will be cut off beyond the break The pro ject is budgeted at a total of The Katy Sewer Relief Project was approved unan imously Government regulations are just hidden taxes See Opinion Page 4   

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