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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Track teams ready for district competition See Sports Pfiqe 5 to dough boy 12 in mie section Thursday April Herald 189 pqT MTCROPUBLIBHINO I I w i 2627 E YAMDbLL Dh EL Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for mbre than 144 years Home of CATHWIM1 ANN WILIOMN No 108 Inside Birthday wishes from the HmraldZeltung TteNewBtottnfelsHerald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Catherine Anne Welborn Victoria VUIanueva three years Gale Schwartz belat Maria R Garcia Louisa Gomez Lori Gallion and Libby Carney To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Pollen measured tn parts per cubfc meter of air taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal 234 cubte feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from yesterday LCRAtohold meeting on future of old power plant The old Comal Power Plant building which has recently seen renewed public interest will be the subject of a public meeting by the Lower Col orado River Authority on April 13 in New Braunfels The meeting will be from pirn to 8 at the New ThtlCRAisi options for the build i ing and will use the meeting to receive input from the pub lic Playhouse preview party CASA of Central Texas will host a playhouse preview par ty today at Honors Hall to kick off its Casas for CASA fundraiser from 6 to 8 pirn today Executive Director Cindy Stauffer and members of the Gomal advisory council and board of directors will be available to discuss CASAs plans for 1996 and the fund raiser Stauffer will also pub licly recognize those who have supported this fundrais ing effort Former State Repre sentative Libby Linebarger will also be present CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates works With trained community volun teers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court For information call Cindy Stauffer at 6205536 Candidates forum The League of Women Vot ers willhost a candidate forum for New Braunfels City Council elections Thursday at 7 at the NBISD Education Build ing on Mil Street Candidates for mayor and Districts 5 and 6 have been invited Open house The newlyrenovated Jacob Schmidt 193 W San Antonio Street is com plete and an open house will be held today from 5 to The winning numbers Lotto Est million jackpot LOTTERV 0 HemldZeltungphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL Proposed rules would put stricter limits on trout fishermen on a mlle stretch of the Guadalupe River Trout rules hearing packs courthouse By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer Hundreds of concerned fishermen and property owners packed the Comal County Courthouse on Wednesday night to speak out on regulations proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department con Jtrout fishing on the with live bait on our Some felt the regulation was an intrusion on the way they have been used to fishing on the river for many years biologist Steve Magnelia said studies show the mortality rate is 41 percent for trout released after being caughton to The public hearing was held in the old Commissioners Courtroom and had people lining up outside the doors officials State Rep Edmund Kuempel commis sioners and county officials includ ing Judge Carter Casteel attended the public hearings is proposing regulations it hopes will develop a trout fishery on the Guadalupe River year round Since rainbow and brown trout are not natural fish to the Guadalupe River has been stocking the river with rainbow trout for several years Guadalupe River Trout Unlim ited GRTU stocked the river with brown trout this past year The proposed regulations set aside miles of the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Dam from the easternmost bridge on FM 306 downstream to the second bridge crossing on River Road The fish ing regulations would be changed from a no minimum length limit on trout and a five fish per day bag lim it to a 16inch minimum length to a three fish daily bag limit In addi tion artificial lures could be used only natural baits would be banned on the mile stretch for all fish The rule banning natural baits caused the most controversy among fishermen and property owners dur ing the public hearing My biggest concern is the live bait property owner and WORD vicepresident Paul Rich said I have two small children who fish with a cane pole It would be kind of foreign for them not to fish caughtpn lures I would appreciate it if you would allow children to Casteel said At least consider excluding chil dren from this rule if you do that you would make a lot people Alan Bray GRTU president favored the new rules saying is trying to establish something that would be beneficial for everyone We are for enhancing and estab lishing a quality trout Bray said We are not for fishing limits that dont enhance trout fishing Before the comment section of the hearing began Magnelia did a pre sentation in which he named the eco nomic benefits of a trout fishery on the Guadalupe River He said that the rivers year round temperature of 65 degrees give the trout a good chance of surviving year round and that they have a good chance to reproduce in that habitat The goals within the next two years are to produce mbre trout within the 1316 inch length range Magnelia said We dont want to cause undue Magnelia said If it doesnt work we will modify it or take it off the The proposed regulations will be voted on by the commis sioners at their meeting on May 9 in Austin Inland Fisheries Divsion Director Philip Durocher said a com promise could be worked out for the best interests of fishermen property owners and children along the river Smith plugs immigration at town meeting ByMELANIEQERIK Staff Writer Immigration reform legislation will become law and President Clinton will try to take credit for it the House bills sponsor told a full house at the Comal County Senior Center Wednes day morning Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio spoke to more than 100 of his constituents mostly senior citizens at a town hail meeting Wednesday The House passed the immigration reform bill sponsored by Smith last month by a vote of 333 to 87 The bill would reduce illegal immigration by 50 percent during the next five years and reform the legal immigration system according to a prepared statement from Smiths office Audience member Sarah Knox But ler asked if President Clinton would veto the bill Since it is an election year wont the president have a lot of pressure to veto the immigration bill Butler asked Smith responded if he does he can write off Texas and California for The White House has not decided whether to sign or veto the bill said White House spokeswoman Julie Green According to a prepared state ment of administrative policy on the bill the White House does support many of the basic strategies and goals of the bill But the White House has qualms endorsing some provisions such as denying illegal immigrants welfare in certain cases The bill would double the number of border patrol agents and prevent illegal aliens from obtaining welfare That is not right that has never been right and we are going to stop Smith said But some of the bills amendments including one which would allow states the opportunity to deny public educa tion to children of illegal immigrants have come under attack by religious police and educational leaders Smith questioned the constitution ality of forcing states to deny public education to children of illegal immi grants He said he hopes to push it out in the conference committee after simi lar legislation passes in the Senate Texas Gov George W Bush said last month if the amendment does become law Texas will continue to educate children of illegal immigrants We agree Smith said The children are the innocents in illegal immigration Its better to be in school than on the The Senate is scheduled to vote on similar legislation Smith also said he supports a flat tax which would charge people mak ing more than each year 17 percent of their income Although the bill proposed by Rep Dick Armey RLewisville would not allow any deductions Smith said he would want deductions for mort gage payments and donations to char ities Those two things foster communi ty development and are good for fam Smith said ITVRCC rebuffs Staff Writer Commissioners for theTexas Natural Resource Conservation Commission denied Ingram Readyrnixs motion for a rehearing yesterday upholding a decision they made in February when they denied Ingram the stan dard exemption it needed to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde TNRCC spokesman Terry Hadley said Ingram would probably have to turn to the courts in order to get a rehearing if Ingram decided to go that route No one from Ingram Readymix was available to comment on the companys plans They have exhausted all options within the Hadley said Since last spring Ingram had wanted to build the concrete batch plant in Bulverde at a acre site at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 However local residents petitioned the TNRCC and demanded that hearings be held hi February the commission voted 21 to reject Ingrams application Hadley said the commissioners felt like yesterdays decision would give Ingram an opportunity to appeal its decision in court if it chooses to do that HemldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Do you really want to do that Jordan Seibert tries to kiss a calf at Memorial Primary School yes terday A dairy farmer from Sulpher Springs brought a milking cow and a young calf to the school to show the students where milk comes from Walking group to hold annual event Saturday The Hill Country Hikers will hold their annual Spring Walk April 13 This years 10k Volksmarch sanc tioned by the AVA will start and fin ish at the Guadalupe River Ranch located on FM 474 approximately 8 miles east of Boeme Trails are mostly on unpaved sur faces through natural areas of fields and canyons Because of rugged inclines and some steep stairs the route is rated a 3 and is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers No pets will be allowed You may start your walk any time between and Walkers are encouraged to be off the trail by This will be a B medal event It is not necessary to be a member of a club to participate however all walkers must carry a start card and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult You may walk free for IW credit or IVV credit and B medal For more information call Mary Bone at 210 6982076 Two assistance By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Local farmers and ranchers attempt ing to deal with the recent drought and fires resulting from it are now eli gible for assistance through two gov emment programs The Department of Agriculture has designated Comal County as eli gible to apply for the Emergency Feed Program Richard Brandes County Executive Director for the Farm Ser vice Agency said Bexar County was approved and Comal County is eligi ble because jt touches Bexar County We were in the process of apply ing but so were a lot of other counties When they approved Bexar they also approved said Brandes The pro gram is designed to assist producers in a crisis period such as a drought in order to stay in Brandes said livestock producers who have suffered a substantial which is at least 10 percent of their gross income due to the drought can apply for assistance He said producers will be qualified for a specific amount and will bring in the bills spent on feeding livestock They will buy whatever type of feed is necessary for their operation grams opened to local farmers ranchers and well provide costshare assistance up to the amount theyre eligible he said Brandes said producers need to apply early He said the president recently signed a farm bill that eliminates this program but they wilj continue to take applications and offer it However he said May 31 is the end of the program You can apply any time between now and then but the sooner the bet Brandes said Eligibility is cal culated from the day they Applications are available from the Farm Service Agency office located in the Executive Plaza Office Building 555 IH 35 Suite Another program allows farmers to apply for Emergency Farm Loans James Price Farm Credit Manager said the loans were made available on Feb 23 and farmers have until Oct 23 to apply for one However he said farmers are only eligible for a loan if they lost at least 30 percent of a normal years production due to a fire The farmer may then be eligible for up to 80 percent of actual losses or whichever is less If this were a designation for drought assistance it would get a lot more activity said Price But its for people who had a loss due to Price said 21 counties were approved which means an addi tional 86 contiguous or joining counties were also approved including Guadalupe Hays and Comal He said farmers apply for the loan if they suf fered a loss and cannot receive funding from any other source The money is then used to restore property pay production costs pay delinquent debts pay living expenses repair buildings buy equipment and refinance debts Applications can be picked up and submitted at your local Farm Service Agency office For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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