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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS MO 09 MICROPUBLISHING 71 fl7 p YRNDtLL UK HERALDZEH DIN G Vol 148 No 80 22 pages in 2 sections March FRIDAY Serving Carnal County since 1852 SO cents Fire threat leads to Bush emergency declaration Twothirds of state urged to conserve water reduce wildfire risk FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS AUSTIN Gov George W Bush declared a state of emergency Thursday in Comal and 166 other Texas counties because of fire dangers caused by a per sistent drought that has extended through an abnormally dry winter Bush said Texans needed to act now to Much of Texas has had a very dry winter forecasters predict a dry spring and we know our summers are dry in Texas Gov George W Bush conserve water reduce fire risks and posi tion firefighting equipment and personnel in areas of danger The drought has a head start on most of Texas this year and we must be prepared to conserve water and prevent fires Bush said Much of Texas has had a very dry winter forecasters predict a dry spring and we know our summers are dry in Texas All this adds up to a drought that could be as bad or worse than the devastation we experienced last Comal County Commissioner Jack Daw son said the county officially had not been notified of the governors proclamation but he agreed action was needed He said The 1998 drought parched cropland and the county imposed a ban on outdoor burn sparked hundreds of wildfires around die ing on March 1 state He said the county had no ordinance Carl Anderson agricultural extension making power to order water conservation economist at Texas University The only thing we can do is recom reported two weeks ago that this past yeart mend that residents be as frugal as possible drought reduced farm and ranch production with water resources Dawson said values by more man billion front 1997 More than 100 firefighters worked for Anderson said Thursday that dry weather five days to snuff out a brush fire near Fis this year had gotten an even earlier start cher earlier this month The fire scorched Bush said he was asking President Clin more than acres in Comal and Hays ton for an emergency declaration to help the counties state ready firefighting teams and gear Grace under fire ROBIN Grace Preiss is showing goats Socks and Smokey at the 31st Annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale The live stock show and sale continue through Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds TODAYS EVENTS The 31st annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show continues today SHEEP Judging today at 9 CATTLE Judging today at RABBITS Judging today at 8 BROILERS Judging today at TURKEYS Judging today at The sale and auction is set for 1 Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds SVHS student learning the ropes of showing goats BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer They range in age from 9 to 18 years old but they all come for the same purpose to prove their animals have the right stuff Grace Preiss is just one of several hundred area youth who have spent the past three days at Comal County Fairgrounds trying to win big at the 31st Annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale Only in her second year with stock shows the Smithson Valley High School sophomore has demonstrated grace under fire Socks and Smokey the two billies Grace entered in the stock show placed sev enth and fifth respectively so named for his white forelegs in contrast to his dark brown coloring earned a white ribbon and garnered the honor of reserve senior champion showmanship named for his bluegray color ing earned a red ribbon Grace also raises rabbits five of which are waiting for their chance at fame during todays judging CISD votes for teacher pay raises Trustees approve cut in minimum graduation credits BY HEATHER TODD Stuff Wrijer Comal Independent School District board of trustees per formed serious number crunch ing Thursday night CISD trustees unanimously approved a acrossthe board pay raise for teachers librarians and nurses in the 1999 2000 school year in a 60 vote Board president Dan K Krueger was not present The salary increases will cost the district about million The board also approved reducing the required number of credits from 24 to 22 for mini mum graduation plan The deci sion would affect incoming ninthgrade students in 1999 2000 The reduced credits will save the district in addi tional teaching staff The dis trict is expecting an increase in high school students next year and currently is sitting at the state maximum rate per 100 valuation for maintenance and operations A deficit of about is reflected in the districts proposed 19992000 budget The decision to increase teacher salaries answered the pleas of teachers students and parents who continually have asked the board to provide more financial support to personnel Under the 199899 salary schedule CISD teacher salaries were among the lowest in sur rounding counties Under the approved changes the minimum salary for a teacher with a bachelors degree will be and the maximum for a teacher with 31 or more years of experience will be The degree will be and me maximum will be Trustee Scott Watson made a motion to change the adminis trative proposal to reflect a pay difference between teachers with bachelors degrees and teachers with masters degrees Superintendent Jerry Major said the salary adjustment would cost an additional The new minimum graduation plan adopted by the board will fall in line with the stateman dated minimum plan The plan cuts out credits including one fine arts credit two foreign lan guage credits one credit each of social studies and science and onehalf credit of study skills The half credit of study skills also would be dropped from the recommended and distinguished plans for incoming freshmen Students can graduate under three graduation plans mini mum recommended and distin guished Only 18 to 25 percent of high school students opt for the minimum plan Discussion on the proposed minimum graduation plan was stalled by trustees who were con cerned about dropping two for eign language credit but requir ing Individual and Family Life and Preparation for Parenting A motion by Watson to make these courses electives failed The board approved the rec ommended changes in a 42 vote with Watson and Robert Loop opposed to the changes House OKs oil bill AUSTIN AP The Texas House gave final approval to a million tax break for struggling oil producers Thursday send the measure to Gov George W Bush to be signed into law The passage by a vote of 1288 hands his first major piece of legislation of the year He is expected to sign the bill immediately break is essential to saving jobs that otherwise would be lost due to slumping oil prices The measure will keep marginal wells that pro vide millions in property tax revenue to local school being shut down the bills supporters INSIDE OB Milton files for CISD post in District 4 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A third Canyon Lake resident joined the race for a seat on the Comal Inde pendent School District board of trustees Wednesday William BUI Milton a 12year res ident of Comal County filed for a place on the single member district four ballot Positions on the board of trustees for single member districts three and f our are up fox grabs in a May 1 trustee election Milton is the fifth candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the two CISD board seats Doug Nail the current representative for district four cannot run for reelec tion because he moved out of his dis trict Nail ran against Canyon Lake resident Thomas Bruce in 1996 Single member district four includes areas east and south of Canyon Lake Milton is running against John Welch and John Bertelsen for the dis trict four seat Milton said growth in district stu ent enrollment and facility needs were key issues for the future of CISD Ive been here 12 years and watched he said As a trustee Id like to help monitor the amount of taxes patrons pay and student growth in the district and make sure there are facilities to support Milton said he also was interested in
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