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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY January 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 57 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents GBRA making deal to sell Guadalupe water to San Antonio FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS SAN ANTONIO In a deal that has been half a century in the male San Antonio may soon be able to tap into billion gallons of Guadalupe River water annually enabling it for the first time to have a source of water other than the Edwards This is a major and its the lynchpin of the Senate Bill 1 plan for this said GuadalupeBlanco River Authori ty General Manager Bill West from his home Tuesday It will allow us to help San Anto nio reduce dependence on the Edwards Aquifer and will help them by diverting to water that will WEST save the Comal and San Marcos West said The water sold to SAWS and SARA would come from the mouth of the Guadalupe River just before the saltwater The San Anto nio Water System board took no action on the deal following a long executive session West The GBRA is entering into the agreement with SAWS and the San Antonio River and its board of directors is expected to sign the document at its meeting at 10 today in The SAWS board considered a number of items in executive ses West When they came they took no action on agenda but the chairman made a public statement they were in total support of the contract West said SAWS would reconsid er the agreement at its next board See Texas pioneers Lawmakers honor NBs other Hall of Famers BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer AUSTIN Former astronaut Charles Moss Duke of New Braunfels spent Tuesday taking a bow alongside 11 colleagues and fel low Texans whose resumes read like a whos who in Twelve of the 16 charter members of the Texas Science Hall of Fame met in Austin so that the appointee Bill Ratliff and Rick Perry could recognize them for their contribu tions to science and In clusters of offices throughout the the pockets and briefcas es and the stories of space signs of some of the Hall of Fame members contributions were evi Without charter member Glair former assistant vice president of Texas Instruments computers would have no He coinvented the integrated circuit piv otal in computer He also invented the handheld Staff members and other Hall of Famers could not help but ask Duke the milliondollar question what was it like on the moon a NASA astronaut from 1966 to was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 13 He was the lunar module pilot of Apollo the fifth manned lunar landing It was the first expedition to survey and sample materials in the Descartes region of the lunar high He moved to New Braunfels after he left the space Both of his children graduated from New Braunfels High Im just pleased and honored and humbled to have been Duke We want to do what we can to be an example for kids in and we might be a good example and encouragement for them to study hard and set your goals and reach for the They wanted to honor men and women in science and technology in Texas that would encourage kids to study math and science and technol ogy because thats the In his inaugural Perry lauded former Texas First Lady Laura Bush for her attempts to improve literacy in he said that it was time to focus the same attention on the critical fields of math and Duke said the climate for pushing JESSIE Above Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Charles Duke visit with State Representative Frank Corte of San Antonio from left at a reception at the Texas Capitol Below Former astronaut Charles Duke and other members of the Texas Science Hall of Fame were honored Tuesday in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas and a lot of university participation that can only be good for Anyway we can be were just delighted to be a part Allen another New Braunfels resident who helped engi neer the Texas Science Hall of said science must be a climate is not only its a Seelhammer If we do not open those were going to have major problems down the He said the Hall of Fame would set up shop in the Texan Institute of Cultural Its going to be very much state Its going to be interac Seelhammer Kids at school are going to be able to go into a Web site and take a look at what Charlie Duke saw when he was landing on the See science to the forefront of the American mind was took a lot of from Duke said of Perrys first address as Texas is becoming a hightech home for high tech and we need to attract It creates a lot of a lot of a lot of industry New Braunfels residents Not in my Dry Comal BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer About 10 people attended an informational meeting Tuesday night about a pro posal to renew a permit that could allow the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to pipe treated wastewater into Dry Comal Representatives of the Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority met Tuesday evening in the New Braun fels City Council Chamber to talk about the renewal appli cation that could allow anoth er sewage treatment plant to be built near the Northcliffe They heard comments from five area including Bob representing both himself and his daugh New Braunfels City Councilwoman Juliet Wat who called for the meet ing but was unable to The message to GBRA and the TNRCC was a succinct one not in our Dry Comal If ever the plants permit as it now exists would allow it to dump treated wastewater up to gallons per day into Dry Comal That would only happen during very wet periods when the water at a flow level of about half a cubic foot per second couldnt be pumped onto the Northcliffe golf The water would eventu ally reach the Comal River near Landa Wastewater that has been is cleaner than storm runoff water that now feeds into the Dry said Jim Arnst of the I think our effluent will be a benefit and not a detri Arnst But others who spoke See WATSON Spring Branch man pleads guilty to sexual assault FROM STAFF REPORTS SPRING BRANCH A 24yearold Spring Branch man accused of sexually assaulting a 13yearold girl pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Comal County district court Michael who was arrested July 7 by Comal County Sheriffs Office detec had four charges filed against him for sexual assault of a Under terms of the plea agreement reached Tuesday in the 274th Judicial District prosecutor Ed Springer agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 20 years in prison on the single District Judge Gary Steel dismissed the three remain ing counts of sexual assault on a The four allegations of sex ual assault all involved the same 13yearold Spring Branch In exchange for the plea to one the state has agreed to cap the sentence at 20 Springer In well not have to go to trial and put the victim on the Had he been convicted at Maurer could have faced possible sentences of five to 99 years or life in prison on each count with a fine of up to After his July he posted bail and was released from On who is a college was released again on Steel ordered a presen tence investigation and set a punishment hearing on Maurers Kimbel said he would pre sent witnesses at that hear ing and would ask that any sentence imposed on his client be delayed until June 1 so he can graduate from col INSIDE Key Code 76 FBI agent Aldrich offers glimpse of Clinton White House FROM STAFF REPORTS The retired FBI agent who wrote a controversial book about alleged goingson in the Clinton White House will address the New Braunfels Republican Women Gary whose Unlimited Access An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House rocked the administration of President Bill Clinton in will speak at 7 at the New Braunfels Civic The affair begins with a social at 6 with dinner served at Tickets for the dinner and talk are Tickets for Aldrichs speech only are In Aldrichs first he exposed what he called questionable behayjpr arid the breaches of security he said he wit ALDRICH nessed while conducting back ground checks of White House per Aldrich is a 26year FBI veteran who worked in the White House during the first Bush administra tion and the first term of the Clinton He conducted more than interviews and background checks on behalf of the White He retired from the FBI before publishing Unlimited In the wake of its publication as scandals dogged the Clinton Aldrich made appearances on many nationwide news and talk shows on television and including This Meet the Press and Advance purchase of tickets is recommended for Monday nights but some tickets still might be available at the Tickets can be bought at The Collection and ChinaNThings in New Braunfels The River Breeze Collection in Gruene and First State Bank at Canyon   

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