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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY June 2001 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 190 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trout win hearing CHRIS GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West talks with the press Wednesday outside of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission building in Austin while Friends of Canyon Lake members Bobby Fey and Arthur Marks hold signs of a member of Trout Unlimited talks with an interested passerby Wednesday after the TNRCC meeting in GBRA permit amendment on its way to case hearing BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer AUSTIN Western Comal County and the rest of the region will have to wait at least four months for water from Canyon The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimiteds request for a contested case hearing on the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authoritys request to draw more water out of Canyon GBRA requested to amend its permit to with draw an additional acrefeet out of Canyon Lake to meet future water needs for the next 50 The river authority cur rently is permitted to take acrefeet from the An acrefoot equals Most government officials from regional city council members to elected state representatives supported the permit amendment because the water will help supply continuing popula tion growth in the rural areas between San Antonio and Austin as well as the two The trout group and The Friends of Canyon a grass roots opposed the amendment See All bets not off for other opponents BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Other groups opposed to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys plan to take more water out of Canyon Lake still might have their day in state officials The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority wants to take an additional acrefeet to come from Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe A sin gle acrefoot equals GBRA started the per mit process in On the Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission See 4B board grants money for parkland BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer In a split the Infra Board of Directors voted to approve to buy land to use as a city Despite concerns that the land is not part of the Parks Master Directors Har vey Mark Manthey and John Weber voted in favor of the purchase Wednes day Director Monroe Miller and acting president Bill Morton voted against funding the The city discussed buying the five and half acres of land at Torrey Road and Gruene Street in closed session for the past Councilman Robert Kendrick presented the councils proposal to fund the purchase through the Corporation also known as the 4B Board Wednesday City Manager Mike Shands Our plans are for a pas sive with It wont be used for sports or soccer Wednesday nights public hearing on the purchase was the first time the public heard theplan for the land pur All the other discus including the autho rization to allow Shands to sign the earnest money con tract for the were con ducted in closed sessions dur ing city council Kendrick made the presen tation for the saying that the land was in his district and would be a good match for city This land is the most beau tiful land Ive seen around he Its a pecan orchard and it has a com mercial office building already on site with facilities in terms of sewer and Director Manthey asked Kendrick if the entire council agreed that this parcel was the land it wanted to If is one of several prop erties we hope to bring to Kendrick But in our it was a unanimous decision to go for Chamber contract wins renewal BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce can now make economic development plans for the thanks to funding and contract approval from the ment Board of Direc Also known as the 4B the corporations directors voted unani mously Wednesday to renew the chambers con tract to provide economic development services and marketing to the The chamber requested for the 2002 fiscal year and for the 2003 fiscal After a presentation by chamber official Rusty the board also heard from Roger with Great Ameri can said his com pany was wooed to New Braunfels by Chamber President Michael See ward with Shands said that if the board approved the next step would be for council to take a final vote on purchas ing the The city signed a contract for the property and paid earnest mdney for it from the general The Wimberley family owns it and is bound by the con tract not to sell it or raise the If the council does not now formally approve the the contract is Kendrick noted that he has been discussing the possibili ty of extending hike and bike trails through the park onto the adjacent The trails could connect to the See Group gathering funds for Lindheimer statue CHRIS Artist Linda Sioux Reeves Henley displays a clay model of a statue of BY JACLYN STEELE Staff Writer The New Braunfels Conservation Society hopes to memorialize Ferdinand the father of Texas with a statue at his home in New Artist Linda Sioux Reeves Henley presented a clay model of a statue during Lindheimers 200th birthday celebration in Conservation Plaza on May Lindheimer was the first Texas among many other The Conservation Society is collecting donations for a lifesize version of the stat Marie a mem ber of the local Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Conservation approached Henley about a statue of Offerman was hesitant to estimate a time frame for the Hopefully it can be accomplished within six Offerman Itll take a couple of months after we raise the funds to send it to the foundry and get it Henley is responsible for several famous such as the Folklorico Dancer at Fiesta Texas and the Texas Pioneer Womens Statue that stands on the Capitol grounds in The lat ter is the only tribute to Texas pioneer and it took 10 years for its spon the Daughters of the Republic of to get it See Mother jailed in connection with deaths of her five children BY MARK BABINECK Associated Press Writer I HOUSTON AP A woman who said to be on medication for was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drowning her five chil ages 6 months to 7 in the The 36yearold whose jname was not immediately had called police to hey home and jwas wet when she answered the police When pur responding he was met at the door by the who was breathing and you could tell she was police spokesman John Cannon At that time she said to the I killed my Cannon said the officer asked where the children were and was led on a grisly Found under a sheet on a bed were Mary 6 and three of her 2 3 and The fiftb was in the It is just rather to deal with when you are talking about five little kids who were probably Authorities believe the children died from being drowned one by though the cause of death would not formally be known until after autop sies were Police gave no motive for the but the womans husband told police she had been on medication to treat postpar tum depression for the past two since the birth of their fourth Judy a spokeswoman for Chil drens said records indicate the woman attempted sui cide two years on June Five days GPS was called because mental health officials wor ried the children didnt have proper We found them at their grandpar ents with their Hay It was never assigned because there was no abuse or Cannon said the woman called her husband home Wednesday morning shortly after calling He arrived about the same time police officers did but was kept out of the INSIDE Key Code 76
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