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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Tennis duo ready for state See Page 7 EN 50 CENTS New Braunfels 12 pages in one section Thursday May H OK EL PASO IX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Sam and Molly Chollco Vol 145 No 121 Inside Stammtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to John Kuck Julio Madero in Tina Triesch Happy anniversary wishes go to Sam and Molly Cholico 21 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Oak r50 Pecan 40 Mulberry Elm Grass River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Bridge at Gruene open today The Canyon Lake release rate will be reduced to 800 cubic fee per second by 11 today according to the Army Corps of Engineers The Guadalupe River bridge at Galena will be open today Outstanding small business person Small Business Week is observed nationally this year June 1 through June 6 The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce has desig nated that time to honor our communitys small businesses arid to give special honor to the business person who is select ed as the Small Business Per son of the Year During the week posters will be displayed in businesses public service announcements will run on TCI Cable and KGNBKNBT and a special tabloid calling attention to small business will be published by the HeraldZietung Any business with 50 or less employees qualifies as a small business in New Braunfels and the Chamber takes this opportu nity to call attention to the impact they have on the local economy Nominations will be taken for the Small Business Person of the Year through May 2 and nomination forms are available at the Chamber office Individ uals are encouraged to nomi nate a small business owner or manager Call the Chamber at 6252385 for information Emergency utility assistance available Financial assistance is avail able to pay past due utility bills through a new program offered by the New Braunfels Housing Authority To qualify one can rent or own must live inside the city limits be lowincome and in an emergency situation To apply come by the Housing Authority office at 300 Laurel Lane Call 6256909 for information Keep saving those Campbells labels Thanks to the great commu nity response the Community Council of South Texas Head Start program has decided to conduct the Campbells Labels for Education drive through the 199798 school year Head Start can receive items such as microscopes globes and activity books in exchange for the coupons For a complete list of eligible prod ucts or for information call 210 Appeals court overturns aquifer restrictions By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the states regional authority of the Edwards Aquifer was better suited to manage the under ground resource than a court order made late last summer A panel of three judges from the 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III made a mis take in ordering an injunction on aquifer pumpers such as New Braun fels Utilities and the city of San Anto nio The ruling said the injunction side stepped the work of the 10monthold Edwards Aquifer Authority that was created in late June to oversee aquifer pumping Wednesdays ruling which was a 21 decision came in response to a lawsuit filed in June by the environ mental group Sierra Club who sought aquifer pumping restrictions during last summers drought under the Endangered Species Act The Sierra Club claimed the Act provided restrictions to protect five endangered animals dependent on the aquifer and Comal and San Marcos springs that were reaching dangerous levels last summer The appeals court blocked Buntons injunction temporarily before its effec tive date a move that kept last years drought from being declared an emer gency That injunction sought voluntary compliance and would have brought pumping restrictions close to levels that the EAAs current aquifer pump Games celebrate gift of life By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer As Pat Parks takes his medication each day he is reminded of the family who gave him the gift of a healthy life Parks was diagnosed as suffering from kidney failure in February of 1989 At the time his daughter was only 9 years old After several years of medications tests and dialysis Parks was placed on the organ transplant waiting list He was on the list 10 days and in July 1990 he received a kid ney He said that without the trans plant he would be hooked up to dial ysis at least three days a week or dead I Transplant champ set to defend title 7 Im sorry for their loss but Ive gotten to see my daughter grow Parks said It makes me thankful mat there are people out theje who are willing to do Since his transplant seven years ago Parks has been able to resume his nor mal lifestyle He said most patients do and to prove that to the world and themselves about 55 recipients from across the state will converge on New Braunfels this weekend for the 1996 Texas Transplant Games My objective is to get to know all the transplants I Parks said We just like to get together once a year to see whats happening Weve gotten friendship out of In honor of the event the New Braunfels City Council and the Comal County Commissioners Court have proclaimed April 28 through May 4 Organ Donor Awareness Week in Comal County and New Braunfels The games begin at 9 Friday and end at 2 Sunday During that time the athletes will participate in golf bowling 5K run racquetball weightlifting and track and field to name a few We want people to be aware of the organ transplantation and that we are able to go back to our regular lives after it Its also to show ourselves that we dont have to sit at home We can prove to ourselves we can get out and be Parks said Parks said the games also help heighten awareness of the possibility of being an organ donor He said there are people on the waiting list for an organ transplant and according to the United Network of Organ Sharing people died last year waiting for a transplant If the games get publicity and just one person signs a card thats one per son more than Parks said Its a HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Kidney transplant patient Pat Parks practices his putting at Landa Park Golf Course on Tuesday after noon preparing himself for the Texas Transplant games this weekend in New Braunfels 1997 TEXAS TRANSPLANT GAMES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday 9 Golf at Landa Park Saturday 5K run and 1 mile walk at Hinman Island Bowling at Comal Bowl Lunch at the Ath letic Club Provided by McDon alds Table Tennis at the Athletic Club Tables donat ed by The Sports Authority of San Antonio 2 Racquetball at the Ath letic Club Weightlifting at the Athletic Club Skeet Shooting at Dietz Gun Range Dinner at the New Braunfels High School Cafeteria Donated by HEB and Pizza Hut Tennis at New Braunfels High School tennis courts Sunday 15K Bike Race at New Braunfels High School Bikes furnished by Bikes and Boards in New Braunfels 9 Track and Field at New Braunfels High School Swimming at Lan da Park swimming pool 2 Lunch and awards ceremony at Pinto Ranch Grill in New Braunfels The events are for those transplant recipients already registered However the public is invited to attend the events as spectators Source Pat Parks organizer of the 1997 Texas Transplant Games Safety key to enjoying water activities By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer With summer and the big Memorial Day weekend just around the corner floods of boaters jet skiers and people in wave runners will descend on Canyon Lake With thousands of people expected over the Memorial Day weekend law enforcement and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials will be on the lookout for unsafe intoxicated and reckless boaters Lt David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Department said deputies will have a boat patrolling the lake during the major weekends Memorial Day July 4th and Labor Day He said the departments lone patrol boat will be available 24 hours a day in cass of emergency and it will patrol on other weekends when needed Ott said two deputies will man the boat They will look to help stranded jet skiers and issue tickets for any water violations such as having glass con tainers and styrofoam on the lake Hav ing these things violates a Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District ordinance Ott said deputies will also be on the lookout for people who are boating while intoxicated and for those peo ple violating no wake zones whether they are riding on boats or personal watercraft Ott had simple advice for those who plan to go boating on Memorial Day weekend Just respect everybodys property and use common sense when you are Turn to Water Page 2 ing rules contain State Director of the Sierra Club Ken Kramer said the ruling was dis appointing especially since its unde termined whether the Edwards author ity has provided sufficient manage ment of the aquifer and protection of the endangered species He said Winter and Spring rains have helped the aquifer level but the Turn to Aquifer Page 2 Good idea bad hill GBRA cautious about proposed aquatic herbicide legislation By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GuadalupeBlanco River Authority officials are not jumping on the band wagon of a bill which would restrict who could use aquatic herbicides in Texas lakes and rivers GBRA General Manager Bill West said he had a few qualms about House Bill 1582 the Aquatic Pesticide Per mitting Bill passed by the House Environmental Regulation Commit tee and now on its way to the House floor The concept we support but the way it has come out we West said House Bill 1582 is being sponsored by state Rep John Hirschi DWichi ta Falls The bill would require that a commercial and noncornmercial applicator of any aquatic pesticide in a public body of water be licensed by a state agency such as the Texas Department of Agriculture In addition the bill requires that property owners adjacent to a treated body of water be notified before the date of application Signs warning people about the area being treated would need to be posted 30 days after application of the herbicide West said he feared the bill would allow agencies such as GBRA to be vulnerable to potential lawsuits The committee substitute has a requirement that requires the appli cant to decide absolute security of a which renders liability to any applicant whether its Texas Parks and Wildlife or anybody West said Last year GBRA along with the Friends of Lake McQueeney and Texas Parks and Wildlife applied the herbicide Sonar on 102 acres of Lake McQueeney around Treasure Island Sonar was put in the lake to reduce the effects of hydrilla a nonnative aquat ic plant The plant covered most of the lake and choked the main water ways of the lake hindering boating and other recreational activities combination of Sonar and Aquathol K and the release of triploid grass carp into Lake McQueeney has been credited with eliminating most of the hydrilla on the lake During the treatment GBRA post ed notices prohibiting swimming boating fishing and watering for domestic uses during a period of a week to about 30 days on the lake But in the fall a group of residents began to express concerns that a chem Turn to Bill Page 2 Saturday elections too important for apathy See Page 4
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