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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in c scent HERALDZEITUNG 154 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Starved girPs parents get two years in prison BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Joseph and Yevette Heiser will spend two years in jail for failing to care for their daughter who nearly starved to Comal County jurors decided The jury which took nine hours to convict the Williamson County couple of the minimum charge pos sible took half an hour to give them the stiffest penalty The Reisers will serve two years in a state jail and each pay a fine for criminal negligence resulting in serious bodily injury or bodily injury to their oldest District 26 Judge Billy Ray Stub blefield said he would sentence the Heisers formally on Monday in Williamson They then can be remanded to the Texas Depart ment of Corrections to begin serving 24month terms in a state Under Texas no commuta tion or good conduct time is autho rized for defendants sentenced to a state The Heisers will serve their entire sentences without The sentence clouds the possible outcome of a hearing to come in Williamson now set for June to determine whether to termi nate the Heisers parental rights over their two now in foster In the civil the Heisers were looking to regain supervised custody of their now ages 9 and The children were taken from the Heisers on after their oldest then age was hospitalized for treatment of mal nourishment and On March the Heisers were indicted on charges of injur ing their oldest daughter by failing to properly feed her or find her med ical care and of endangering her through the same Had the jury convicted them of injury to a they could have been sentenced to as many as 99 years in state Defense attorneys Roy Randy Leavitt and Ed Walsh argued See Trout hook permit process Whats next No chance for negotiation FROM STAFF REPORTS Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority have about six weeks to reach a compromise over a permit amendment to take more water from Canyon By June the two groups must reach a or the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission will again consider granting GRTUs request for a con tested case The commissioners also can decide to grant the permit GBRA wants to take acrefeet from Canyon regulations allow GBRA to take acre Of the GBRA wants to sell acrefeet out of including acrefeet to Bexar An acrefoot equals roughly On the TNRCC asked both groups to use the state agencys Administrative Dispute Resolution office to help negotiate a However the trout associ ations Stuart Hen said the group was unwill ing to negotiate with the They dont negotiate in good Henry And we have no leverage we werent granted party stand Henry said the TNRCC should have given the con servation organization party standing as it would if a contested case hearing had been That the group would be on equal footing with the He said the trout group had tried repeatedly during the past 18 months to reach an agreement with the See MING ON GOD BLE AND GO CANYO CHRIS Sue and Jeani Richie hold up signs Wednesday protesting the idea of taking more water from Canyon Lake during a TNRCC meeting in a Canyon Lake resident checks in at the last minute to ride a charter bus that took a full load of people to Austin to attend the TNRCC Shunned homeowners angry at process BY AMY CLARKSON AND MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writers Conservative optimism to anger prevailed Wednesday at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Hundreds gathered at the TNR CC but only a few were allowed to The rest left disappointed in their quest to express their opinion about an amendment to increase the amount of frater taken from Canyon Lake to The GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys permit currently allows GBRA to take acrefeet annu ally for recreation and agricultural cus A single acrefoot roughly equals Guadalupe River Trout Unlimit a conservation organization fight ing to protect brown and rainbow trout on the Guadalupe appeared to get the attention of the The trout group was the only one of 17 requests for contested case hearings considered by the TNRCC Theyre trying to avoid the bul said Stuart GRTUs We wont negotiate with the We plan to fight for a contested case Ask the GBRA if they ever agreed to sign an agreement with the GBRA General Manager Bill West was guardedly optimistic after com missioners asked the river authority to negotiate with the trout conser vation Were not West We have every confidence well be able to work something Their unwillingness to negotiate right now is just another challenge in front of A Canyon Lake group was com pletely shut out of the Commissioners refused to allow homeowners and residents to and any petition for the contested case hearing was Despite the one Canyon Lake resident was determined to have his He asked the commissioners to deny the before the TNRCC board chairman asked him to sit See Conservation group only one to get TNRCCs ear BY MARTIN MALACARA AND AMY CLARKSON Staff Writers The one party that got the attention of the Texas Natural Resource Conserva tion Commission Wednesday did not have to say a Hundreds of Comal County residents went to Austin Wednesday to oppose a request by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to take more water out of Canyon Many hoped to plead state agency to save the the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission did not appear interested in what they had to Commissioners instead turned their attention to the brown and rainbow trout in the Guadalupe The commission delayed approval of the permit amendment to encourage a compromise between GBRA and the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Asso The conservation group is seek ing assurances that plenty of water will be flowing from Canyon Dam to pre serve the which are stocked into the lower Guadalupe Crowds packed the TNRCC meeting room and two overflow rooms to listen to requests for a contested case hearing in the GBRA permit If the case hearing could push back permit approval by as much as two The commission dismissed hearing requests from a number of Guadalupe River property the owner of Small Hydroelectric and northern Bexar County residents saying the other groups were not affected by the permit The commissioners gave GBRA and the GRTU until June 20 to reach a set according to commissioners We are not going to negotiate with the said Stuart attorney for the trout Weve tried for a year and a The GBRA will not negotiate in good faith they never The GBRA permit amendment would allow the river authority to draw an additional acrefeet from Canyon increasing its contracted amount See INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics 3B 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries Sports 2A Key Code Preliminary parks plan suggests million of improvements BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Hiking a recreation neighborhood playgrounds and an indoor pool all are included in a preliminary master plan given to the Parks and Recreation Board for approval The board plans to consider approval of a final version as soon as it is available from Carter and said Iris director of the parks and recreation depart The company was hfre4 W May 2000 to study the recreation needs for the In the plan recommends new facilities and improvements to exist ing facilities worth more than million during the next seven We are very close to presenting it to city Neffendorf They gave us the preliminary report and the board had a few if they get the changes made well have a special meeting to approve If the parks board will approve it in The master plan lists the current and future needs of the parks depart Information gathered from public hearings and a telephone sur vey of New Braunfels residents is included in the The Parks and Recreation office in Landa Park has a copy of the preliminary Neffendorf She hopes to pre sent it to the New Braunfels City Council at one of its June Weve worked on this for quite some Neffendorf Basi cally it projects the growth that we need for the next seven Once the plan is copies will be available to the Nef fendorf The goals of the master plan include upgrading existing parks and facilities providing a geographic dis tribution of parks throughout the city providing park facilities using alternative source of funding and developing new parks while protect ing green The plan also lists the top 10 sug gested rated according to how often people said they were Those needs include See
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