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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                v NEW PELS hunt I YnHHl II ISHTMO HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 36 18 pages in 2 sections January 17 O TPl A V since 1852 50 cents Senate trial begins local reaction mixed FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS With Chief Justice William H Rehn qulst presiding the Senate somberly placed William Jefferson Clinton on trial Thursday on charges of high crimes and misde meanors in the first presidential impeach ment in 131 years The White House promised a com pelling case for acquittal The nations 42nd only the second to face a trial was at the White House when all 100 senators stood at their desks in the Capi tol raised their hands and swore to render impartial justice in his case Area residents fol lowed the event as impeachment proceed ings began Thursday Im glad mat theyre doing whats right I hope things turn out for the said New Braunfels resident Robyn Coleman CLINTON The momentous events unfolded as Sen ate leaders struggled for an elusive accord on guidelines for the trial setting an extra ordinary closeddoor meeting of all senators for today I think there is some common said the Democratic leader Sen Tom Daschle of South Dakota although he and Majority Leader Trent Lett added there had been no bipartisan accord on the thorny question of whether to permit testimony by witnesses Clinton stands accused of perjury and obstruction of justice allegations that stem from his long campaign to cover up a sex ual relationship with Monica Lewinsky The charges were brought in the name of die House of Representatives and of the people of the United States of intoned Rep Henry Hyde the Illinois Republican who led fellow GOP lawmak ers into the chamber to formally present the two articles of impeachment Some area residents expressed their dis approval of President Clinton as the his torical event began on Thursday I dont think anybody has a right to be above the law I love America but that mans made disgrace of that Septa resident Bennie Cooper said Like the rest of die nation local resi dents tuned in on television while in Wash ington lines of visitors formed at die Capi tol and a lucky few dozen people got seats in die galleries overhanging die Senate chamber for die opening of die trial I came here to show my support for me See A Good wood San Antonio Zoo horticutturalist curator Tony Poncikflipsa rope over drift wood he and Cheryl Trammell right collected Thursday mom ing The Army Corps of Engineers invit ed anyone who wants free drift wood to come to Crane Mills Park from to 2 on entrance fee will be charged however chain saws are not allowed ROBIN HeraldZeltung Wentworth sees budget as high priority BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer State legislators will be greeted next Tuesday with a full plate of issues including taxpayerfunded school vouchers and deregulation of die elec tric State Senator Jeff Wentworth Dis trict 25 representative said he believed die state budget however would con tinue to be a top priority during die upcoming legislative session The state legislature meets only 140 days every other year and the most important thing we do is adopt a state bud get for die next two Wentworth said WENTWORTH of the TjudgerTr even more so this year because we have a budget sur plus for die first time in my With a projected million surplus in die state budget legislators in this years session will not be preoccupied with usual federal court orders to make necessary changes to state programs such as prisons and public education Wentworth said We have high employment and a robust econdffly but I think diefocus Iffis year will oiiltow wettecide to allocate that he said State legislators also will face off on public education and school choice as several taxpayerfunded school voucher bills will be introduced in die legislative session Wentworth said he supported a school voucher pilot program to see if competition among schools improved public education in Texas I support a school voucher system on a pilot basis That way we can see if vouchers cap prove or disprove them selves he said Wentworth said he was not prepared to give support or opposition to pro posals of deregulating electric utilities in Texas I havent looked at die proposals County hears first report on floodwater retention dams BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Comal County officials got a report on locations for possible floodwater retention dams in the Guadalupe River watershed Thursday but die new dams are not likely to come quickly or inexpensively A countyappointed committee to study floodwateXcontrol heard from representa tives of die Nwtural Resources Conservation Service at its Krst meeting Thursday after noon The an update of a project calledHhe Guadalupe Laterals sites on tributaries of die Guadalupe Officials said five dams were completed on the Dry Comal between 1957 and 1981 but die Guadalupe Laterals project was never completed because it lacked die necessary local support Possible dam sites identified were Devils Backbone Heiser Hollow Cordova Hollow Mountain Creek Bear Creek Isaac Creek Elm Creek and Jacobs Creek James Hailey watershed planning staff leader for the NRCS updated die 1974 finan cial projection for die eight dams into 1998 numbers If die supporting group provides die mon ey for land acquisition die federal govern ment will provide 100 percent of die con struction Hailey said Hailey updated projections indicated if die county or combined would spend about million on land right acquisition die federal government would provide die million necessary for construction of die dams He said die county passed a bond issue in die 1960s to provide for land rights acquisition for die Krause Schuetz and Blei ders Creek dams on die Dry Comal Land rights for die Vogel Dam and the EikelBlank dams were donated to die county However it might be many years before See Proposed dam sites The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service has identified eight watersheds on Guadalupe River tribu taries as sites for floodwater retention dams LDevlls Backbone acres 2 Helter Hollow acres 3 Cordova Hollow acres 4 Mountain Crttk acres acres acres 7 Elm Crttk acres 8 Jacoba acres Bexar Metro talks water with court Resource manager discusses misconceptions about district BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Representatives of die Bexar Metropolitan Water Dis trict told Comal County commissioners they were not n shipping Comal water to customers outside die county ChuckAhrens water resource man ager for Bexar Met said many i about dwdistrictand their4ntentions We are not interested in using die water from Comal County for our cus tomers living outside the Ahrens said cruppi Ahrens said Bexar Met was formed SUnccL 33 a pUbijc company by die legislature in 1945 and was governed by a sevenmember board of directors elected by die districts customers The company was formed to provide a water supply to unincorporated areas south of San Antonio It had expand ed as private water companies offered their businesses to diem for purchase Ahrens said He said the company had die authority to levy taxes but that had never been done in die history He also said Bexar Met had no legal affiliation with die munici pally owned San Antonio Water System Rick Vasquez development planner for Bexar Met said die company expected to conclude negotiations to buy Bulverde Water System by Jan 14 The company will then operate water systems in Bulverde Hills Oakland Estates Ind The Wooirof Spring Branch He said the company had no other expansion plans in die VaSquez saidresidents will see advantages of being part of a public water system Residents have little sayso in private water systems but Party planned for Casteel FROM STAFF REPORTS Former County Judge Carter Casteel will be the featured guest at a party in her honor Saturday night About 400 of her closest friends were expected to attend INSIDE   

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