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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                10 pages in one section Tuesday March Niew Braunfels girls continue winning ways See Page 5 unfels N009 7V 9 C U E S T Il IC R 0 P BI IS HI hi G 2627 E YANDELL DK EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Lydta Rake 50 CENTS Vol 145 No 84 inside Market Pear Birthday wlshos front ttw HwaldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lydla Rake Anne Miller Sue Wittenborn Courtney Parks 16 years Egon A Jarisch 93 years Oralia C Del Los Santos belated Mon Happy anniversary wishes go to Jennifer and Chris Martinez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold unavailable Elm Hackbenyunavailable Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Above conservation NiwBrauntotsUtlttttw NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of weD water were used Special education support the Special Education Par ent Support Meeting of the SchertzCiboloUniversal Cooperative will be held from to 8 today at the Dobie Intermediate School Library How to Get What Your Child an Call 210 9456015 for information 7 Cancair Society Starlight Gala klckofff Planning for the American Cancer Spciety Starlight Gala kicks off ar 6 today at Gruene Mansion Inn flestau rant Appetizers and drinks are provided Put on your volunteer hat and join the fun The Starlight Gala is the only local ACS fundraiser every year ben efiting Comal County cancer victims and their families Call Gala Chairman Kathy McLeod at 60641 15 for more details Toastmastors offers Spoochcraft course The New Braunfels Toast masters Club will offer an eight session Speechcraft course from 7 to 9 on four con secutive Tuesdays beginning today and from 8 to 1 April 5 The sesslonswill be held at the Senior Citizens Cen ter The cost is Call 6257 6680 daytime or 6252217 evenings for information Quada Coma Garden Club meeting The Quada Coma Garden Club will meet at 2 today at the home of Frances Tays Lila Schoenfeld of Four Seasons Garden Club will speak on The Joy of Feathered Members are to bring a horti culture specimen aVinlibftitituMi colebfatlon on tup The Spphienburg Museum and Archives will celebrate annivfraariea and hongr volun teers 630 Wednesday Door prizes will be given Call for information Council takes first step to enacting hunting policy City leaders give unanimous OK to 1st reading of ordinance By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In a unanimous vote Monday the New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit game hunting on 10 acres or less inside the city I dont think there will be any con troversy over the said May or Jan Kennady Its for the health and safety of this The topic arose in January amid dis cussions about managing an over abundance of deer that reportedly were causing traffic accidents and eating landscape vegetation The City Council established an ad hoc deer management committee to study the deer problem but prohibited it from considering hunting with bows or firearms as a possible solution The proposed ordinance would pro hibit the use of firearms bows cross bows or any other dangerous weapon in game hunting but allow archery and bow hunting on more than 10 acres of land The proposed ordinance would be consistent with Comal Countys policy of barring game hunting on land with 10 acres or less and would assign a misdemeanor penalty with possible fines not to exceed Currently an ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms within city limits but does not restrict the use of bows and arrows In addition state hunting laws restrict game hunting only to daytime hours not to exceed 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset HUNTING ORDINANCE TIME LINE 1988 The City Council con sidered a proposal that would have included archery as a pro hibited firearm inside the city lim its Archery eventually was omit ted from the proposal 1992 The council consid ered banning bow hunting with the exception of larger tracts of land or distance from certain property The first reading died for lack of a motion Jan 13 The council estab lished an ad hoc deer manage ment committee with the charge that it not consider bow hunting as an option Jan 23 The council asked the city attorney to study the issue of bow hunting and come up with a draft ordinance March 10 The council approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting game hunt ing on 10 acres or less Source From staff reports Animal lovers TV HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darni Norman and Agnes Kraft hold one of their many pigeons at their home The taye of animals Is the reason for they take time to feed the pigeons and squirrels In Lancia Park on Mondays Wednesdays andfmiays Couple park animals do breakfast 3 days a week By ABE LEVY The animals at Landa Park know the sound of Norman and Agnes Krafts 1989 silver Oldsmobile when it arrives at about 8 every Monday Wednesday and Friday The parks squirrels geese ducks and pigeons have been munching on com and acorns the retired couple have brought for the past four years It feels said Agnes Kraft 74 They are just begging and trying to tell me I know youre not going to hurt You have to see it to believe when theyre all around you Its just a good Other people feed the animals in the park but probably not as faithfully as the Krafts Agries who has numerous pets at her home in New Braunfels said she developed a love for ani mals while growing up on a farm in western Guadalupe County While her husband had a fondness for the geese she said her favorite was the squirrels I just Ipve animals and try to take care of them especially the Agnes said just the cutest darn things youve ever The couple buys 100pound bags of corn that last about two weeks Agnes said she began feeding the animals to keep them from starving They need to be she said They cant apply for food stamps There arent many acoms in the Agnes also said she was saddened by people who enter the park beat the animals and throw rocks at them which happens during the influx of tourists during the summer Im just dreading summer when the beatings start all she said Other people in the park recognize the Krafts too Angela Thomas watches the Krafts make their rounds in the park on her daily route to take her three children to school in the mornings Thomas said Norman Kraft draws a crowd of ducks and geese when he bangs his bucket of food Thomas said the Krafts call the animals their babies as they faithfully feed them as volun teers They do it out of the goodness of their Thomas said I just think its a neat thing that theyre doing this Its so heart warming I just sit there and watch them talk to them like they were their Vet transportation plan likely to be tabled again By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer da the Comal County Commissioners Court is expected to postpone approving the procedures and contract for trans portation of veterans to medical facilities at its regular meeting Thursday County Judge Carter Casteel said the last time the issue came before the court she tabled it for two weeks to give the staff time to work out kinks in the contract They had a few things to straighten out so well see if theyre reajly to move forward Casteel said Castes said ihjs rnoming that the item will once again be tabled because its not She said the items will be placed fin next weeks agenda at which IF YOURE GOING Whatt County commissioners meeting Wherei Commissioners Courtroom Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin third floor Wheni Thursday time the court should be ready to act The veterans have been talking about trying to get a van for more than a year van committe chairman Ray Robinson said The only thing thats holding us back now is the con tract but were still on schedule for an April startup I Under the proposed contract the ser vices would complement existing ser vices available The senior citizen van would be used on the days it goes to San AntorUo If there are five or fewer riders the existing ACT system would be used at per person On days when the senior center van is not avail able or more than five veterans need transportation an ACT van would transport them A trip to San Antonio would cost and a trip to Kerrville regardless of the number or rid ers Those veterans able to pay would be charged a ride Casteei said the ACT van would be available beginning April 1 but veter ans can already access services Veterans have said the existing sys tems were helpful but they needed transportation available five days a week at little or no cost to them They have said the current proposal is a move in the right direction The only thing Im opposed to is the charge for some veterans but at least were getting a van Robinson said Robinson said he was hopeful that the details could be worked out prior to Thursdays meeting and several veter ans will be on hand for the discussion In other business the court will receive a presentation from TexPool representatives regarding general investment information and general service information Concerns about poor pool management prompted the county to pull million out of Tex Pool in 1994 Casteel told the court last week that some of those issues may have been addressed and it might be time for the county to reconsider investing in the pool Enough Kudos to go around Page 4 Producers now have choice FSA office closing means using San Marcos other branch By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The local Farm Service Agency closed its doors last week and area producers will now have to work through the San Marcos branch or find another office to serve their needs Rick NefTendorf executive director of the new FSA office said budgetary constraints resulted in the Comal FSA office closing last week and the Comal and Hays county offices consolidation He said the new office in San Marcos would be more cost effec tive We have all the information and records here Neffcndorf said We have to pay rent on the Comal County office the restof the month but its basically Producers who were previously served through the local office will now have a choice to make Neffendorfsaid his office had all the records on the various operations and could continue to serve the pro ducers However producers will also have the option of selecting an office in an adjacent county if it is more conve nient for the producer They can have their farm records Neffendorf said Producers wishing to have their farms managed out of au alternative office will have until Nov 1 to make the request The request which should include an explanation of why it will be more convenient will be presented to a coun ty committee for approval This is a onetime choice for producers affected by the consolidation Neffendorf said the closure of the local office should not have any impact on the services the agency provides to local producers He said his staff will continue to provide the same services and will strive to minimize any inconvenience the consolidation may cause There should be no change in any thing other than where were Neffendorf said NEW FSA OFFICE Location 501 Broadway San Marcos Texas 78666 Telephone number 512 392 3202 Staff Executive Director Rick Neffendorf and program assis tants Gretchen Schnautz and Ann Molk Deadline for affected to for an alternative FSA Nov 1 How to apply for trans fer Contact the San Marcos office   

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