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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Volleyball playoff picture to become clear See Page 5 50 CENTS to ttw United 6207760 iiinfels HeraWZeit 20332 M009 73 SOWEST MICROPUBLI8HINQ 2627 E YAMDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 12 pages in one section Thursday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas or more than 144 years Home of DOC MILLER Vol 144 No 248 Inside The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Timothy Grinley Darline Moos Dee Oliver Bill Rudd Raymond McLeoird Karen Lewis Chance Weaver Denver Schaake 6 years Doc Miller Drew Campbell Toni Hansmann 7 Reed Newell 12 years and Evan and Evelyn Powell 10 Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Jennifer and Blake Simpson To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Polltn Count Cedar Grass PoHeo measured In parts of air Infocmatkm provided by Dr Frank Rrvtr Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation NmvBraunMsUtllHlM NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and no well water was used Wednesday Richard Kouri president of trie Texas Asso ciation V Braunfels Educators and the Pomal Educators associations arid guests at 7 today at OakRun School He will speak about the role ofTSTA in promoting public education A question and answer period will follow The public is invited Barbecue lunch to benefit United Way A barbecue lunch from 1 1 30 aim to 1 Friday at TXI Park will benefit the local United Way Plates are each Call the United Way at 6207760 for more ticket Community Chorale concert on Sunday The New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale will present a con cert of familiar songs of Gersh win Berlin Carmichael and others at 4 on Sunday at First Baptist Church Drug abuse public forum at 7 Today is Pledge Thursday of Red Ribbon Week Drugfree pledge cards will be distributed at local schools today for stu dents to sign A public forum on the cqmmunitys drug prob lem will be at 7 today at the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill St Local State and federal law enforcement repre sentatives will be on hand for the event Haunted house and A haunted house and game booths will be open from 6 to 10 Saturday and 6 to 9 Sunday at St Andrew Lutheran Church 7420 FM 2722 in Startzville per per son if with group of six or more Conservation group meets at Store The New Braunfels Conser vation Society meets at today In the Forke Store The Canyon Choir Balladeers will provide entertainment New members and visitors invited Ullrich testifies he feared for his life during fight By ABE LEVY Staff Writer SAN MARCOS Lawyers huddled with Stkte District Judge Jack Robison this morn ing delaying the resumption of the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich It is likely both defense and prosecution teams will conclude their cases Friday which could delay any jury judgement until next week Ullrich charged with the stabbing death of a Comal County deputy constable earlier this year took the stand at his trial Wednesday and tearfully testified he stabbed the victim because he feared for his own life The victim was 34yearold Ben Kiesling a carpenter and deputy constable for Precinct 1 who had married Ullrichs exwife Sandy Kiesling less than a month before his death on Jan 22 Defendant continues testimony today Ullrich said he confronted Kiesling that day to ask about a temporary restraining order he was served three days earlier banning him from the proximity of the Kiesling residence The exchange escalated into a fist fight dur ing which Ullrich said he thought Kiesling appeared to reach for a firearm near his waist A medical examiner who performed Kieslings autopsy confirmed that the knife pierced Kies lings heart causing him to bleed to death Ullrich pleaded innocent to the charge at his arraignment Monday If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine I never hit Ullrich 39 said I didnt have a chance After I was hit I cowered down and fended off blows with my left arm He stopped and his hand reached back and went to his waist area I panicked pulled my knife and stabbed David Ikels a friend Kiesling was picking up for work at about 7 the day of the slay ing testified that Ullrich shoved Kiesling first and the two exchanged equal blows The inci dent allegedly took place in front of Ikels trailer house off of Highway 46 in east New Braunfels Ullrich continued his testimony by saying he followed Kiesling down the road and then turned back to his parked truck and noticed his daughter was in Kieslings truck He said she got out of Kieslings truck and Ullrich then led her to his truck and took her to nearby Fra zier Elementary School Ullrich said he then went to his fathers house at 840 Rosemary Drive where he asked the older Ullrich to escort him to the police sta tion to report the incident as an assault on him Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip asked Ullrich in crossexamination to reenact the fight with a mannequin handing him the alleged murder weapon a lockblade knife that Ullrich said he led police to on a section of the Interstate 35 frontage road Ullrich said he threw the knife from his truck after he realized his daughter whom he took to school that morning was looking at it I was carrying her books and she got Ullrich said I drove my daughter to school I noticed I was still holding the knife and I noticed my daughter was looking at it So I threw it out When I dropped her off I told her I loved her and she told me she loved Turn to Ullrich Page 2 pipbratudanta had to maka pin touch and a I and city offlc and taka a tour of the They Conflict question studied by NBISD Padillas job with appraisal district focus of discussion By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A member of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees has asked the superintendent to look into whether a board members job and his seat on the board represent a conflict of interest Board President Jaime Padilla is an appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District The boundI normally abstain the district voting and Im in which Padilla sets property values overlap with NBISD boundaries As an appraiser Padilla sets the val it out to Jaime Padilla NBISD board president EAAs dry year option plan to be revised By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Its back to the draw ing board for the development of a dry year option program for suppliers and customers of the Edwards Aquifer An adhoc committee of the Edwards Aquifer Authority recommended Wednes day afternoon to pursue other means of devel oping the pilot project of the dry year option program after considering what the benefits See related story page 2 would be to potential buyers such as utilities municipalities water supply corporations and Others in the region who would pay to make it work The dry year option program is being con sideredby the EAA as a way to conserve and pump less water during times of severe drought The proposed program involves agreements between buyers and irrigation fanners that would stop farmers from pumping ground water during a set period in exchange for a predetermined payment Dry year option supporter San Antonio Water Systems is the only supplier to offer to participate in a dry year option program SAWS has offered to the EAA Clarification In the Oct 10 edition of the Herald Zeitung a story about Paul Glenn Win sett 45 who pled no contest to charges of sexual assault and tampering with evi dence should have indicated the case will be dismissed as long as Winsett com pletes 10 years of probation after which he would not receive a conviction The buyers in the dry year option program would be municipal and industrial water users Michael Albach EAA division manager said three options were being considered to benefit buyers participating in the dry year option as part of the critical management plan The first option to buyers Albach said would be to relax specific restrictions on the critical management plan for the water sup plier or users They could achieve maximum allowable usage and still meet the Albach said The second option would allow the buyers to go into specific stages later than nonbuy ers For example under the proposed plan a buyer would enter into Stage I restrictions when Comal Springs are flowing at 190 cubic feet per second instead of the current standard of 200 cfs The third option would allow a buyer to use part of the water he paid farmers not to use for irrigation For example Albach said a buyer who purchased acre feet of water under the dry year option program could possibly use a half a third or fourth of that But Albach said the EAA would have to have a clearly defined critical management plan before any dry year option could possi bly be implemented because triggering levels have not been agreed upon There is disagreement on the board on the various triggering Albach said It is hard to say what benefits would be pro San Antonio Water Systems is the only supplier to offer to participate in dry year option program SAWS has offered to the EAA Comal County EAA representative and New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo like the rest of her EAA board counterparts believes the dry year option program proposal only benefits the buyers not the rest of the aquifers water users It would do little to conserve water DiFonzo said I dont think we would be able to get this project through by the leasing or transfer of water DiFonzo said after the com mittee meeting concluded It would be very difficult If you give credit to purchasers or buyers it is no longer a dry year GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West told the committee it should consider getting funds for the dry year option program from the Texas Water Devel opment Board or the federal government I think the Texas water development board should fund a little bit of West said If you get the feds to fund the program the benefits would go to all the users We would then just try and see whether or not through the mechanics it meets its West said he will meet with TWDB repre sentatives to discuss the dry year option pro posal ue of the property that he then taxes in his role as a school board member The board at its meeting Monday considered approval of an interlocal contract between the school district and the appraisal district that would require the NBISD to pay for CAD services As board president Padilla would normally sign the contract Trustee Bette Spain interrupted the discussion on the contract as soon as it started asking Padilla to step down due to a conflict of interest Padilla agreed and did so leaving his seat with the other board members Spain said she felt compelled to make the request Since he made no move to do it I requested he step Spain said Im not trying to run his life and I assume its something he has checked out Following the approval of the contract Trustee Leo Chafm asked Superintendent Charles Bradberry to ask the districts attorney for a clarification on the issue Chafm said he wants it in I dont really know if there is a conflict of interest or Chafm said If there is theres certainly state laws regard ing Padilla said there are a few items that are related to the appraisal district that could be considered a conflict of interest including the CAD budget and nominations for the CAD board of directors Thats why he usually abstains from voting on those matters Padilla said I normally abstain from voting and Im glad Spain pointed it out to Padilla said This year is Padillas fifth year on the board and in that time no one has questioned the possibility of a conflict of interest he said Padilla does not consider it a conflict of interest as long as he abstains from voting on issues relating to the two districts In fact when I first got on the board Lynn Rodgers CAD chief appraiser and I discussed it and at that time we found no legal reason for me not to take my seat other than people may be perceiving Padilla said I wouldnt have gotten involved in it if 1 knew somebody would later say Thats illegal You cant Rodgers said he is not aware of any problems in the past Rodgers said he has no problem with Padillas position on the board and he expects the board president to recuse himself from any discussions pertaining to the CAD It is something 1 have personally spoken with Mr Padil la about and I urged him to use extreme caution to not even Turn to Padilla Page 2 Red Ribbon Week activities proof local battle against drug abuse still being waged See Page 4   

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