New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 17, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYWho’s    in, who’s out of volleyball playoffs? See Page 5. New Braunfels water use restrictions The city’s normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time. New Braunfels •PBP    ^    ^ Herald By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A committee looking at the grade weight policy 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 value 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 public hearing will be about grade weighting with an IHHHH update on the progress of the HHH committee reviewing accel-crated block scheduling. "I'm going to read the same report I read about BHHH (Tuesday night)," Simpson sa>d “That's going to be our update." Simpson said that will be the extent of the discussion Karan Simpson on block scheduling, because “we feel like we heard everything (Tuesday) night.” Another public hearing on the schedule will be held when the committee has a recommendation ready to take to the school board, Simpson said. The remaining portion of tonight's 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 an update on accelerated block scheduling, is at 7 tonight at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium. Carl Hall, the committee's chair, parents will have time to speak on the proposal, Simpson said. Time will be limited and tile evening will be structured to prevent another marathon meeting, Simpson said. Inside Editorial.............................. 4A Sports................................ 1-2B Comics.............................. 3B Market Place..................... 5-1 OB Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Francisco Ortiz, Sarah J. Lopez, Jessica M. Carver, Jeremiah Lawrence (8 years), Muriel Mooney, Jackie Cloud, Tyson Edwards, Cookie Campbell, Ray Medrano, Tarryn Dean (I year). Mary Herevia (belated), Adeline Schmidt and Carol Edens. Anniversary wishes are extended to: Kristin and Keith Butler, Mae and Jack Emerson, Lori and Kristopher Kuntz (9 years), David and Catherine Caballero (2 years belated) and Ila and El Vian Achterberg (50 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold —1,690 Cedar Elm —12 Pigweed —20 Ragweed —61 (Pollen measured in parts per cube meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.97 feet above sea level, down .01 from Wednesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 97 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 61 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.48 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) NSU reports pumping 7 589 minion gallons of surface water, and no well water was used Wednesday LWV hosts another forum tonight The League of Women Voters will host a public forum for local candidates in the November election at 7 p.m. 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 Darlene Hicks at 629-5167. Republican Women welcome senator The New Braunfels Republican 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 Referendum." Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Guests, including men, are welcome to come hear Sen. Nelson. rf. Friends of library to meet tonight The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library will meet at 7 p.m. today in the library meeting room, 373 Magazine Ave. German band holds concert at 7 p.m. The Kreismusikjugend Rhein-Hunsruck from Germany will perform classical and traditional German music from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Bavarian Gardens Restaurant, under the sponsorship of the Bavarian Village and the German Heritage Club. CE To Face 12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, October 17, 1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of SARAH J. LOPEZ Vol. 144, No. 243 Now Braunfels High School students (from left) Ssrah Ritchie, Jeffrey Schultz, Mireya ara joined by lAUL~ai -a aaa-' ^ -a1 a . a . -_^u...    ,    ,    - wednesday wiwsi^BBrai dosto inenieer ut. wa nos wsvnpos. * « ^>V.Nv i . • ^    |    * Campos lends ear to student group By OAVD DEKUNDER Staff Writer Hoping to get their point of view across about whet is happening at their school, New Braunfels High School students met with school board Vice President Dr. Carlos Campos after school Wednesday. For more than an hour, members of the Student Board talked with Campos about block scheduling and the recent reassignment of former principal John Turman and former assistant principal Chuck Engler, Board member Steve Weaver was • invited to the meeting, but die students were told he had a conflict. Superintendent Charles Bradberry also attended the meeting. Some students were glad to get Campos’ ear, but said he did not fully discuss their concerns. “We asked a lot of questions, and he gave a lot of good feedback, but not the feedback on the questions we asked,” Nathaniel Woolls said. “It was a step forward but a small step.” Brittney Beeson said at times it seemed Campos did not take the students seriously. “He wasn’t respectful of us,” Beeson said. “It is haiti to respect anyone Ito (Campos) was very bravi for doing thit I think ho koot Monon mind and Ile- wBHppgnpw oapsp arara araeaerara serape tonod to everybody.’ erarawarararara rasra ap vera veperavsv — Megan Reed NBHS student who doesn't respect us.” Campos said he believes the meeting was a positive thing for both the students and himself. “I think it was wonderful,” Campos said. “It was real good to meet with each other and ask each other questions.” Campos said he talked about the two philosophies of education — progressive education, which he said includes block scheduling, and traditional education, which includes the six- to eight-period days. Campos has reservations about block scheduling, while most students at the high school support it. Differences on the board ovet block scheduling were reasons Turman and Engler gave for their requests fen* reassignment. “Our challenge as educators, stu dents and parents is to find the good things about the progressive philosophy and the traditional philosophy and pull them together," Campos said. ”1 am hoping the committee working on block scheduling will look at a way to bring it together.” Campos said he told the students he would like to meet with them once a month, but Bradberry reminded the students that they needed to go up the chain of command from their teachers to the principals to the superintendent and then the school board “I think this is a great start,” Campos said. “I want the students to know what they think is important.” Jeffrey Schultz said the students should have the best knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages of block scheduling. “When it comes to our education, we know what is the best for us,” Schultz said. Megan Reed, a student who has concerns about block scheduling, said she was glad Campos met with the students. “He was very, very fair,” Reed said. “He was very brave for doing that. I think he kept an open mind and listened to everybody .” Grade value of NBHS classes on table tonight By ABE LEVY Staff Writer AUSTIN — Lawyers in the Sierra Club's class-action lawsuit to limit pumping from the Edwards Aquifer on Wednesday urged Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton III not to create a class of defendants representing all the aquifer's well owners They claimed such a class w ould 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 Species Aet.    — The hearings were held Tuesday ‘They’re playing and Wednesday in Austin instead loafll ClflfflGS ill of Pecos, where Bunion's federal TjT *    .    .    f court is located, to decrease travel    OUI    OI time for the numerous parties m responsibility of lim* the suit    Kina numnlna.’ The purpose of the hearings was    ^ , a .    i.    *i i /    —    Stuart    Henry to determine whether lh maior    0    . , , Kl u e,    Sierra Club lead attorney, pumpers, including New Brauntels    .    ,    t    0    *    .    • Utilities and San Antonio Water Sbeakin9 about AHn,°ni° an,d c .    i    . i    .    other    defendants 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 Club’s suit is successful, the judge could impose pumping limits and tines. 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 answer.” The judge asked the attorneys to pray for w inter rain to avoid “serious problems" in the spring and summer. NBU is supporting the Sierra C lub's effort to certify a class of pumpers, but the utility is asking for special consideration because it favors aquifer reductions and depends primarily on non-Edwards water sources. NBU lawyer Bert Hooper told the judge the utility could not join other defendants in the suit, with the exception of San Marcos, because they do not share the same philosophy on protecting the aquifer and spnngs. “We were try ing to distinguish ourselves," Hooper said. “We believe there would be an irreconcilable conflict.” In granting the Sierra Club’s request for a temporary injunction on aquifer pumping this summer, the judge credited NBU for creating a surface-water system in 1991 while limiting other municipal users to a conservative limit of 1.2 times their winter-base usage. San Antonio appealed the injunction to the 5th U S. 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 owners in Comal County should be credited for wanting to protect the spnngs and aquifer in the judge’s final ruling. However, I lenry said San Antonio and other defendants should be the class representative tor most other well owners in the aquifer region. “I think their arguments were enough to certify all of them," Henry said atter the hearing. "... They’re playing legal games in order to get out of responsibility of limiting pumping.” Most of the defendants at Wednesday’s hearing sought individual representation, claiming each well vanes in size, hydrology, geology, location and purpose when compared to other wells across the region. These factors, they said, complicate their ability to venfy each well’s impact on Turn to Aquifer. Page 2 Compromise reached on trout fishing regulations aquifer suit Judge urged not to alter Comal builders group meets today The next meeting of the Comal County Builders Association will be at 7 p.m. today at Treetops Riverside Grille. Members and visitors should make dinner reservations by calling Shelly at 625-6939 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Fishennen, 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 TP&W official said. All parties have reached a reasonable compromise seven months after the department shelved a proposal banning the use of natural bait along a 9.5-mile stretch of the river, running from the easternmost bridge on FM 306 to the second bridge crossing, said Ken Kurzaws- Public meeting on trout rules TP&W will hold a public meeting on the amended proposal at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the old Commissioners Courtroom of the old Comal County courthouse. ki, a TP&W senior start'support specialist. ‘The alternative we have come up with is an 18-inch minimum length, one trout per day bag; the harvesting of trout would be restricted to artificial lures; and natural baits could be used to catch catfish, perch and other fish except trout,” Kurzawski said Wednesday. TP&W proposed regulations last spnng to protect 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 concern at a public hearing in April. Opponents of the proposals were concerned that the rules would prevent children along the aver from fishing and would infringe on the rights of natural bait fisherman who had been fishing that way for years. TP&W officials shelved the proposals after the April hearing and said they would work with concerned citizens to come up with a solution that would satisfy each side. TP&W said it came up with the ban on natural baits because the mortality rate was higher among trout released from natural bait than from artificial lures. TP&W 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 aver and was introduced to it in the early 1970’s. TP&W said the Guadalupe River’s year-round cool temperature of 70 degrees makes it ideal Turn to Trout, Page 2 J IVoters have friend in Comal Area League of Women Voters. See Opinion, Page 4. { ;

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