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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Van Noy establishes himself as a leader for Cougars See Page 5 New Braunfels WW 41 4 JP Herald 50 CENTS 10 pages in one section Thursday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years of BRANDON CISCO HERNANDEZ Vol 144 No 93 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Brandon Cisco Hernandez Clyde Scott Carmelite Pinkie Horan 80 and Jennifer Scott To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259J44 Pollen Count Mold539 Elm Mulberry Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 234 cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquilef Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as yesterday Work starts at Post Office The Postal Service has awarded a contract for a pro ject to increase the parking on the north side of the Post Office parking lot on South Seguin Street The project will include changes to the outgoing mail collection island The drive on the north side of the Post Office that con nects Seguin and Castell streets will be closed during the project be completed in about 45 days The collection boxes have been moved to the north end of the parking lot where cus tomers can deposit their mail at the exit on Seguin Street Kinderchor practice tonight There will be a Kinderchor practice Thursday March 21 from to at the Senior Citizen Center on Landa Street For information call David Smith at 6291785 Volunteer work day The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will have a volunteer work day to get the fields in shape Saturday March 23 starting at 1 Bring shovels rakes ham mers etc A coaches clinic that had also been scheduled for Saturday has been can celled Womens Center needs high chair The Comal County Womens Center needs a high chair and medium and large size dia pers Bring your donation to the Comal County Womens Cen ter at 1547 Common Street or call 6207520 Comal County Democrats to meet The Comal County Democ rats will meet March 26 at 7 at Comal bowl The guest speaker will be from the Womens Center The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot 99 W m LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Road projects on Loop 337 135 on schedule By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People driving around New Braun fels have no doubt been inconve nienced by at least one of the road construction projects underway in the area However a local official from the Texas Department of Transportation said the projects are progressing nice ly Area engineer David Kopp said the project on Loop 337 at Common Street which is estimated to cost million began in September 1995 He said the project is to expand the loop in that area to two lanes in each direction However he said the area between this project and Business 35 will remain as is He said it would cost an additional million for this sec tion due to having to expand a bridge Theres going to be a missing piece said Kopp Weve requested funding to expand that area and will expand it when we get Kopp said the reasoning behind working on this section first was that the Common Street and Loop 337 intersection is strained at times He said there was a need to improve it so it would function better and be more Kopp said work in the area is expected to be completed by Memo rial Day when tourists begin coming into town 1 was out there and I dont see why we cant be finished by that date or possibly he said Kopp also said the work being per formed on the Interstate 35 frontage roads and the exit ramps from Loop 337 to Business 35 should also be completed by Memorial Day He said this work includes straightening some of the highway exit ramps changing the frontage roads to oneway and putting in a turn around at Highway 46 He said it may not look like they are on schedule right now but the paving portion of the work will go quickly Whats helping us on all these pro jects in that we havent had a lot of rain to throw us off even though its not good for our said Kopp Two separate expansion programs on Interstate 35 south of New Braun fels are also in the beginning stages said Kopp The first which is expect ed to cost million runs from FM 3009 to FM 2252 The second pro ject runs from 2252 to half a mile south of Solms Road and will cost about million Kopp said the both projects will be expanding the interstate to three lanes However the first one will include changing the frontage roads to oneway and the second will include running IH 35 under an additional bridge He said the finished project will look similar to IH35 in Selma These projects have a longer time frame for completion said Kopp These are usually a yearand ahalf to twoyear HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNAU They can boogie Milton Meharg director of the Travel Services Division of the Texas Department of Transportation top demonstrates how even a novice can master the Boogie Bahn Meharg surprised more than 125 travel counselors from the 11 visi tor information centers run by the Texas Department of Public Safety by riding the Boogie Bahn at Schlitterbahn The travel counselors toured Schlitterbahn Landa Park downtown and Gruene yesterday City officials hope that giving the group a taste of what New Braunfels has to offer will pay off by having the counselors recommend New Braunfels to tourists In the photo on the left Keith Purvis a Schlitterbahn employee who placed third last year at the annual surfing competition held on the ride shows the crowd a few of his moves The park opens on weekends starting April 27 and opens daily starting May 18 Texas Supreme Court hears arguments in aquifer case By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Attorneys for both sides in the Edwards Aquifer debate had one last chance to pitch their side as the issue of whether or not the law creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority is consti tutional went before the Texas Supreme Court Both sides must now wait for a ruling to come down The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the debate over whether or not the law creating the EAA is unconstitutional Wednesday Steve Rogers an attorney for the EAA said things went very He said the court allowed 40 minutes each which is twice as long as ordinarily extra time was because this is a significant said Rogers Its complicated and its important and 1 think they realized Rogers said the case presented by the plaintiffs did not include many of the crazy and wild arguments made at the trial case He said one of the arguments abandoned by the plain tiffs was that the legislature did not have the power to create the law How ever he said they did maintain they felt their water was being taken away and given to downstream users There were not surprised in terms of what they said Rogers Now the court is going to look at how the different users are Rogers said there is no way to tell how soon a ruling will be made but is hopeful that it will be sooner with July being the latest He said it is difficult to say which way the justices will rule However he said they could sever out just the portions of the law that are a problem instead of throwing out the entire law Thats what they should do with the permits part if they dont agree with said Rogers The worst case scenario of throwing out the entire law should not happen Comal County EAA representative Doug Miller said all of the justices asked really good questions regarding various aspects of the case He said they also seem very knowl edgeable on the case and as an observ er it was hard to tell which way they were leaning I think it went as well as can be said Miller We just have to wait for the nine justices to sort through the The EAA which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits broker water and license wells was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer on August 28 replac ing the Edwards Underground Water District However the Medina County Underground Water Conservation Dis trict challenged its constitutionality and a district judge ordered a perma nent injunction against the EAA May 4 races set The deadline for filing for vari ous city offices as well as Comal ISO offices was 5 Wednes day Early voting will be from April 1530 and election day will be May 4 The following individ uals filed to run in the May elec tion Comal Independent School District District 3 Lois M Duggan 69 store own er Scott Watson 45 president of Continental Long Distance District 4 Doug Nail 39 attorney Thomas Bruce 47 selfemploy eed I City of New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady Cheryl K Scott District 5 Jim Hendricks Cathy Talcott District 6 Mary Lou Erben Juliet Watson Marion Three at large seats Florence Bryant 1 Jimmy Schulz I Felix Arambula I Garden Ridge Three at large seats Place 1 Dan Fordiani Place 4 Georgia Eckhardt I Place 5 Russ Sanders I HeraldZeiluna photo by MICHAEL DARN ALL Lutherans ready for sale Roland Willmann and Eugene Koenig of Cross Lutheran Church cut out sales tags for rummage sale items The churchs 14th annual garage and bake sale will be held tomorrow and Saturday from 9 to 4 A brown bag sale will be held Monday at 10 The sale Is at 172 Hickory St Department looks for clues in suspicious Bulverde fire By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department is searching for clues in a suspicious fire on Brand Road Tuesday afternoon The fire started at the edge of the road in a remote subdivision a half mile south of State Highway 46 Because of the starting point and location of the fire Bulverde fire fight ers are investigating it as suspicious said Raylon Schlueder Bulverde fire chief It had some help is what it looks Schlueder said The fire which which took two hours to extinguish and burned an acre of cedar trees several of which were hollow A hollow tree acts like a blowing up smoke and embers which can be thrown by the wind to another area Schlueder said He said no matches or gasoline were found on the scene of the fire Anyone with information about this fire should call the Bulverde fire department at 4382900 Rylander slated to replace DeLay at conference By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer One of the three Texas railroad com missioners will speak at the Texas Leg islative Conference luncheon Friday Carole Keeton Rylander the first woman to be elected to the Railroad Commission of Texas in 1994 will fill in for Rep Tom DeLay DeLay is tied up on Capital Hill with his respon sibilities as majority whip Rylander was the president of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees in the 1970s mayor of Austin from 1997 to 1983 and a member of the State Board of Insur ance She was the first woman to serve in all three positions Rylanders luncheon speech is part of the twoday Texas Legislative Confer ence Thursday and Friday James Pete Laney the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives will be honored as Texan of the Year at 7 Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center More than 500 community and state leaders will attend discussions Friday on political issues such as the presi dential election and changing the role of Congress For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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