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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page4A Saturday January Contact Features Editor Brian Grant 6259144 ext 222 Dispatch Marijuana arrest A 20yearold New Braunfels man was arrested Thursday night for alleged possession of marijuana A New Braurifels Police Department spokesman said officers went to the 300 block of Bobolink Drive at 9 to investigate a report that a person was smoking mari juana When they arrived they found Javier Leal The offi cers smelled what their report described as a strong odor of marijuana They investigated and found a small amount of the illegal weed Leal was booked for pos session of less than two ounces of marijuana which is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to Machines damaged Someone who attempted to break into two soft drink vending machines at Canyon High School over the holiday vacation caused in damage but apparently did nt manage to steal anything The attempted burglaries are believed to have occurred around 2 on Jan 2 Locks on both machines were damaged The inci dents were reported after school reopened Vandals at SVHS SMITHSON VALLEY During December vandals who damaged property on at least two separate occasions have plagued the Smithson Valley High School campus The first incident occurred overnight Dec 13 2002 A district employee discov ered that signs around the campus roadways had been pushed over and otherwise mangled At about Dec 19 2002 a Comal County patrol deputy discovered a large amount of graffiti on campus buildings and fixtures in addition to damage to a vending machine It appears that the vandalism might have occurred between 9 the previous evening and the time of discovery Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the persons responsible for the commis sion of these crimes All calls are confidential and the caller will remain anony mous Call 620TIPS Meetings CITY OF NEW BRAUN FELS CITY COUNCIL reg ular meeting Monday council chambers Municipal 424 S Castell Ave EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY regular board meeting 3 Tuesday the Braden Keller Community Center 1410 Amelia Castroville CITY OF NEW BRAUN FELS DEVELOPMENT CODE STEERING COMMIT TEE regular meeting Wednesday Conference Room A Municipal 424 S Castell Ave CITY OF SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL special work shop session 7 Wednesday Municipal Complex Conference Room 1400 Schertz Parkway Schertz COMAL COUNTY COM regular meeting Thursday commissioners courtroom Commissioners1 Court Building 199 Main Plaza SCHERTZCIBOLOUNI VERSAL CITY INDEPEN DENT SCHOOL DISTRICT board of trustees 7 Thursday Dobie Junior High School new addition 395 W Borgfeld Road Ciboto State comptroller says Legislature must tackle school finance issues AUSTIN AP The Legislature must change the states sharethewealth school finance system right away state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Friday Her continents came two days after Gov Rick Perry a fellow Republican said pub lic school funding probably wouldnt be tackled in the legislative session that begins Tuesday Perry said he hasnt ruled out a special session to deal with school finance some time after the 140day reg ular session Presumptive House Speaker Tom Crad dick RMidland has put forth that suggestion I dont think anybody has the magic formula yet but this is an issue that must be addressed by this Legis lature and cannot the comptroller said Friday after unveiling her eTexas recommendations a bienni al costsavings report On Wednesday Perry said its unlikely school finance will be overhauled in a leg islative session with so many newly elected law makers I think to put those new ly elected individuals and say were going to go fix something that has been broken or substantially bent for some period of time is a bit unreasonable and I dont think the people of the state of Texas expect he said What they do expect is get through this legislative session with available revenue and no new The school finance sys tem known as Robin Hood takes money from proper ty rich districts and gives it to poorer schools Wealthy schools say they cant afford to give away funding while poorer schools say they con tinue to lag behind Strayhorn called the school finance system a serious problem that needs to be addressed soon The state has got to pick up more of the share of pub lic education We have got to give some relief to local property taxpayers And weve got to have equity and that is not an easy Strayhorn said She declined to comment on Perrys remarks other than to say I know he cares deeply and passion ately about educating our young Mexico agrees to meet water treaty obligations WASHINGTON AP Mexico will release at least 114 billion gallons of water from the Rio Grande to farmers this year which would meet the first year of a fiveyear obligation under a 1944 water treaty between the countries the State Department said Friday Spokesman Richard Boucher said Mexico has made a firm commitment to provide the water which is measured as acre feet and possibly another acrefeet if weather conditions permit by Sept 30 The agency said acrefeet of that water would be available by the end of January in time for the cur rent growing season Under the treaty Mexico is supposed to release an annual average of acrefeet in cycles of five years said Sally Spener International Boundary and Water Commission spokes woman The announcement that Mexico had reached the understanding to release the water angered officials in Texas where farmers blame crop damage on Mexicos fail ure to comply with the treaty over the past decade They questioned why any negotia tion was needed when a treaty exists It is as though we have abandoned the treaty and we are going to be renegotiating every single year which is said Texas Agricul ture Commissioner Susan Combs In a statement Boucher said and Mexican experts will meet in late Jan uary to discuss how the com mitments contained in our 1944 Water Treat will be treated within the framework of Mexicos emerging domes tic water allocation Texas farmers and state and federal government offi cials say Mexico owes mil lion acrefeet of water more than 500 billion gallons The water to be released this year will not be used to reduce the lingering water debt which will be discussed in the Jan uary meeting An acrefoot is the amount of irrigation water it takes to cover one acre to a depth of one foot It equals cubic feet and about gallons The bottom line is people want Boucher said The waters coming at a time when its very useful for the United States Its coming in quantities thatll be new water that is over and above what has been provided and might otherwise be expect A spokesman for the Mexi can embassy did not return a phone message Mexicos ministry of foreign affairs said in a news release that the agreement with the Unit ed States is a continuation of its compliance with the treaty Mexico disagrees that it is in arrears on water releases and believes under the treaty it still has time to provide the owed water The 1944 treaty also requires the United States to release million acrefeet of water from the Colorado Riv er Like clockwork we give million acrefeet off the Colorado without any rene gotiation We comply We fol low the legal requirements of the treaty Mexico clearly is not prepared to do Combs said Mexico has argued that it has been unable to release the water because of drought conditions during some years But Combs says documents filed by the Mexican section of the International Bound ary and Water Commission shows Mexico has available million acrefeet of water enough to begin pay ing its debt and to meet this years obligation Bushappointed river authority directors elected to officer positions FROM STAFF REPORTS SEGUIN The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Board of Directors has elected new officers for the 2003 calendar year John P Schneider Jr of Lockhart will chair the board Dr Stephen F Wilson of Port Lavaca will serve as vice chair and Kathleen A Devine of New Braunfels will serve as Former Gov George W Bush appointed each of the three to a directorship in 1999 Schneider represents Cald well County and lives in Lockhart He is president of Schneider Associates Inc Real Estate Company and assists in managing the fam ily cattle operation Schneider received a BBA degree from Texas Uni DEVINE versity and is a mem ber of the Texas Soci ety of Range Manage ment the Austin Real Estate Council the Society of Texas Real Estate Professionals the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association past chairman of the Texas Real Estate Cen ter Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Texas Agriculture Sum mit Schneider also served as past chairman of the College of Agriculture Devel opment Council the Associa tion of Former Students and is currently a board member SCHNEIDER of the Twelfth Man Foun dation He is a former member of the State Executive Committee and former Austin Chapter President of the Coastal Con servation Association Wilson represents Calhoun County and resides in Port Lavaca Wilson owns and operates the Calhoun County Animal Hospital Wilson received degrees in bio medical science veterinary science and a Doctor of vet erinary medicine from Texas University He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association the American WILSON Veterinary Medical Associa tion the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice the Texas Veterinary Medical Association the Calhoun County Veteri nary Medical Association and the Golden Crescent Vet erinary Medical Association Wilson received the 1996 Texas Game Warden Asso ciations award as Conser vationist of the Year for wildlife rehabilitation in Calhoun County He belongs to the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce the Port Lavaca Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Golden Crescent Region al Planning Commission Devine represents Comal County and lives in New Braunfels Devine is vice president Counsel for USAA in San Antonio and is certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Devine currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Employment Law Council is a member and past director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Texas Legislative Confer ence Arrangements Com mittee Devine is also a member of the American Bar Asso ciation the San Antonio Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Section of the Texas Bar Association Shelby Paula Austin New Galveston TX Want to smoking for si a the program to help you stop successfully The SjnokeStoppci s program is a 2J day muiti dimensional program instructed by an exsmoker with ft proven track record af acting EXsmokers Come to our information sessions on Januan or January 14th to find out whj program entails and if it is right for you All classes are held at McKenna Sports Fitness and Center 750 Lanjjr For more informattou 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