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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Whos in whos out of volleyball playoffs See Page 5 50 CENTS Braunfols watmr UM restrictions The citys normal yearround water restrictions have been institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used Jrom 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering at any time New Braunfels Herald 12 pages In one section Thursday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of SARAH J LOPEZ Vol 144 No 243 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Francisco Ortiz Sarah J Lopez Jessica M Carver Jeremi ah Lawrence 8 Muriel Mooney Jackie Cloud Tyson Edwards Cookie Campbell Ray Medrano Tarryn Dean 1 Mary Herevia Adeline Schmidt and Carol Edens Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Kristin and Keith Butler Mae and Jack Emerson Lori and Kristopher Kuntz 9 David and Catherine Caballero 2 years belated and Ila and Elvian Achterberg 50 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Cedar Elm 12 Pigweed Ragweed 61 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank rtiver Information Comal River 171 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 97 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 61 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Bf NftfO million gal lons of surface water and no well water was used Wednesday LWV hosts another forum tonight The League of Women Vot ers will host a public forum for local candidates in the Novem ber election at 7 today in the NBISD Board Room 430 W Mill The candidates remarks will be followed by a question and answer session For more information call Dar lene Hicks at 6295167 Republican Women welcome senator The New Braunfels Republi can Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Monday at the Comal County Republican Headquarters 204 W San Antonio St The guest speaker will be state Sen Jane Nelson who will discuss Initiative and Ref Members are asked to bring a covered dish Guests including men are welcome to come hear Sen Nelson Friends of library to meet tonight The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library will meet at 7 today in the library meeting room 373 Magazine Ave German band holds concert at 7 The Kreismusikjugend Rhein Hunsruck from Germany will perform classical and traditional German music from 7 to 8 today at the Bavarian Gardens Restaurant under the sponsor ship of the Bavarian Village and the German Heritage Club Comal builders group meets today The next meeting of the Comal County Builders Associ ation will be at 7 today at Treetops Riverside Grille Mem bers and visitors should make dinner reservations by calling Shelly at 6256939 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Grade value of NBHS classes on table tonight DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A committee looking at the grade weight pol icy at New Braunfels High School will go over proposed changes with parents tonight and the parents will have an opportunity to respond Grade weighting is the amount of weight or val ue a grade carries and it varies depending on the class Karen Simpson interim principal at the high school said the notice sent to parents says the pub lic hearing will be about grade weighting with an update on the progress of the committee reviewing accel erated block scheduling Im going to read the same report I read about it Tuesday Simpson said Thats going to be our Simpson said that will be the extent of the discussion on block scheduling because we feel like we heard every thing Tuesday Karen Simpson Another public hearing on the schedule will be held when the committee has a recommenda tion ready to take to the school board Simpson said The remaining portion of tonights meeting will be discussion of grade weighting She said a committee has been looking at the current policy of honor classes getting five weights and accelerated classes getting three But the committee is considering an increase in value for advanced placement classes and dual enrollment classes Following a presentation by Assistant Principal Grade weighting meeting The meeting on grade weighting with art update on accelerated block schedul ing is at 7 tonight at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium Carl Hall the committees chair parents will have time to speak on the proposal Simpson said Time will be limited and the evening will be structured to prevent another marathon meet ing Simpson said Sarah Ritchie Jeffrey Schultz Mireya I Woods and Brittney Beeson are joined by toft and teacher Gall Engler after the students met Carlos Campos 1 i 1 i to studint group pojtat pf yiew ij brave fbf doing and parents is to find the good the progressive philoso pulljihem Campos I ping the committee working on F I ff mmtmUm I WMIMlf MA n across what is happeningat amwping the committee working on school New Braunfels High School jMMlt HlllMl and llS block scheduling will look at a way to students met with school board to mrarvhodv together after d said he told the students he IVICyal ilwCU moAt a Q IBMQ H would like to meet with them once a NBtib siuaeru but Bradberry reminded the students that they needed to go up the about block scheduling and the recent who doesnt respect cnain of command from their teachers school Wenesay 1 For more thah ah hour members of the Student Board talked vyith Campos ChuckEnglefc students and himself I think this is a great Campos I think it Campos said I want the students to know invited to the toeeltyK but the said 1It was real good to meet with what they think is were told he V ejch and ask each omer 1ues Jeffrey Schultz said the students Superintendent Charles should have the best knowledge on the also attendee the meeting Campos said he talked about the two advantages and disadvantages of block Soslrte students were glad to get philosophies of education progres scheduling Cjimpos1 ear but said he did not fully sive education which he said includes it comes to our education t blwk scheduling and traditional edu we know what is the best for tv W of questions and cation which includes the sixto Schultz said gave a jot of feedback buf not eightrperiod days Megan Reed a student who has con the feedback on the questions we Cajnpps has reservations about cerns about block scheduling said she Nathaniel Woolls said It was block scheduling while most students giati Campos met with the stu a step forward but a small at high school support it dents BrittneyBeeson said at times it Differences on the board over block He was very very Reed said seemed Compos did riot take the scheduling were reasons Turman and was vejy brave for doing that 1 dents seriously Engler gave for their requests for reas op9n wj wasnt respectful of Bee signnient tened to spji said ft if hanjtti respect anyone Our challenge as educators Judge urged not to alter aquifer suit By ABE LEVY Staff Writer AUSTIN Lawyers in the Sierra Clubs classaction lawsuit to lim it pumping from the Edwards Aquifer on Wednesday urged Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III not to create a class of defendants rep resenting all the aquifers well owners They claimed such a class would pose political conflicts of interest and unfairly group wells from across the region that are distinctly different The Sierra Club is seeking the pumping limits under the Endangered Theyre playing legal games in order to get out of responsibility of lim iting Stuart Henry Sierra Club lead attorney speaking about San Antonio and other defendants Species Act The hearings were held Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin instead of Pecos where Bunions federal court is located to decrease travel time for the numerous parties in the suit The purpose of the hearings was to determine whether 16 major pumpers including New Braunfels Utilities and San Antonio Water System can adequately represent all aquifer well owners as one class of defendants The environmental group sent out notices in regional newspapers over the past few months declaring its intentions and is seeking pumping restrictions conceivably on every well served by the aquifer If the Sierra Clubs suit is successful the judge could impose pumping limits and fines Besides setting Monday as the deadline for submitting final legal briefs the judge did not indicate when he would rule on the suit except to say I will do it as quickly as I can I know you need an The judge asked the attorneys to pray for winter rain to avoid serious problems in the spring and summer NBU is supporting the Sierra Clubs effort to certify a class of pumpers but the utility is asking for special consideration because it favors aquifer reductions and depends primarily on nonEdwards water sources NBU lawyer Bert Hooper told the judge the utility could not join oth er defendants in the suit with the exception of San Marcos because they do not share the same philosophy on protecting the aquifer and springs We were trying to distinguish Hooper said We believe there would be an irreconcilable In granting the Sierra Clubs request for a temporary injunction on aquifer pumping this summer the judge credited NBU for creating a surfacewater system in 1991 while limiting other municipal users to a con servative limit of times their winterbase usage San Antonio appealed the injunction to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which blocked the injunction and scheduled hearings for oral arguments on the matter before early December Sierra Club lead attorney Stuart Henry said NBU and the other well own ers in Comal County should be credited for wanting to protect the springs and aquifer in the judges final ruling However Henry said San Antonio and other defendants should be the class representative for most other well owners in the aquifer region 1 think their arguments were enough to certify all of Henry said after the hearing Theyre playing legal games in order to get out of responsibility of limiting Most of the defendants at Wednesdays hearing sought individual rep resentation claiming each well varies in size hydrology geology loca tion and purpose when compared to other wells across the region These factors they said complicate their ability to verify each wells impact on Turn to Aquifer Page 2 Compromise reached on trout fishing regulations By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Public meeting on trout rules Fishermen Trout Unlimited members River Road property owners and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have reached a preliminary agreement on trout fishery regulations along the Guadalupe River a official said All parties have reached a reasonable com promise seven months after the department shelved a proposal banning the use of natural bait along a stretch of the river run ning from the easternmost bridge on FM 306 to the second bridge crossing said Ken Kurzaws on the amended proposal at 7 28 of ki a senior staff support specialist The alternative we have come up with is an 18inch minimum length one trout per day bag the harvesting of trout would be restricted to arti ficial lures and natural baits could be used to catch catfish perch and other fish except Kurzawski said Wednesday proposed regulations last spring to pro tect rainbow and brown trout in the Guadalupe River by allowing only the use of artificial lures limiting fishermen to only three trout per day and setting a minimum length of 16 inches Members of the local Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited supported the plan The ban on natural baits caused the most con cern at a public hearing in April Opponents of the proposals were concerned that the rules would prevent children along the riv er from fishing and would infringe on the rights of natural bait fisherman who had been fishing that way for years officials shelved the proposals after the April hearing and said they would work with concerned to come up with a solution that would satisfy each side said it came up with the ban on natur al baits because the mortality rate was higher among trout released from natural bait than from aitificial lures plans to develop a trout fishery in the river seeing it as an economic benefit to the area Trout is not a native fish species to the river and was introduced to it in the early 1970s said the Guadalupe Rivers yearround cool temperature of 70 degrees makes it ideal Turn to Trout Page 2 Voters have Mend in Cpmal Area League of Women Voter See Opinion Page 4   

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