Saturday, September 4, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY SEPTEMBER ZEITUNG CHS 07 vs Seguin 00 NBHS14vs Connally 13 SVHS17vs Pflugerville 23 Page SA CHARLEY REESE Syndicated columnist says the focus of the presidential race should be on new wars not old ones Page 4A and Comal County since 1852 14 pages 2 sections CLICK SOt 10 rain chance High Low MlBftVoWi i 7 IB DEAR ABBY 3B COMICS 28 FORUM 4A PLANNER 1B SPORTS S6A 3B WELL WELL WELL To register a well call 1888 3636037 Englishand Spanishspeak ing operators are available 24 hours Log onto to fill out the form For information call 210 222 2204 EAA wants to register small wells By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The Edwards Aquifer Author ity is asking property owners over the aquifer with nonper mitted wells to register them The authority will use the information in an effort to map all wells into the aquifer to chart flows and to protect it against contamination Director of Groundwater Management Strategies Rick 111 gner said wells capable of pumping more than gal lons of water per day required permits Those wells are docu mented The authority now hopes to create a database of all of the smaller nonpermitted wells which include windmill wells livestock and household wells even wells that might be capped and no longer used In the early 1990s the former Edwards underground district attempted to catalog wells but the data is incomplete and offi cials said even if a well were reg istered then it needs to be regis tered again To that end the authority is offering an incentive to those who voluntarily register their wells between now and December 2005 Illgner said The registration fee will be for given and the first 500 well See WELLS Page 3A SWEET SUCCESS Photos by MANDY Cody Pendergraft a firstgrader at Hoffman Elementary decides which ice cream hed like to have for his Passport Reading Below Hoffman Elementary firstgrader Jordan Walzem eats the ice cream she earned by meeting the reading programs requirements over the summer Hoffmann had the most students successfully complete the reading goals Schools net from reading program kids treated to ice cream PASSPORT CHECKED Summer Passport reading program participation CISD 67 35 I Comal Elementary I Canyon Intermediate I Frazier 22 I Goodwin 5 I Hoffmann 124 I Mountain Valley 33 NBISD Carl Schurz 23 Lamar 7 Lone Star 18 Memorial Elementary 36 Memorial Intermediate 18 Memorial Primary 19 Seele Elementary 20 By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Young readers earned area schools this summer for participating in the Passport Reading Program spon sored by the Marketplace Texas Cine ma the HeraldZeitung and Herald and Friends A total of 13 schools in the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts participated At the end of the school last year area elementary and intermediate school librarians handed out 14page Every time the students read a book they got one page of the booklet stamped When all pages were full the pass port was complete and ready to turn in to the school librarian when classes began in August The schools received for each completed passport and the children were invited to an ice cream party At Hoffmann Lane Elementary 124 students took a welcome break from class to enjoy their reward Before sitting down on the cafeteria floor the students rushed the table piled high with door prizes The boys were mainly attracted to a Dallas Cowboys Tshirt signed by for mer player Bob Lilly The girls gathered around a movie poster from The Prince and While the students scarfed down their vanilla ice cream librarian Stacie Wilkie told them to give themselves a pat on the back They cheered when she told them they had the most students partic ipate in the program Principal Bonnie Patrick stood at the edge of the crowd and clapped for each See READING Page 3A Despite high gas prices more travel expected Badger Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO For the final fling of summer Texans will top their gas tanks and hit the road for the Alamo and the coast according to the states travel watchers San Antonio Calves ton and South Padre Island ever among the states top tourist draws are listed by AAA Texas as the top destinations for the threeday Labor Day weekend Although gasoline prices are much higher than last Labor Day AAA Texas expects a slight increase in the num ber of Texans packing up the car for a weekend getaway The higher gas prices dont appear to have any affect on travelers decisions to take one last summer said Rose Rougeau a AAA Texas spokeswoman Fridays average statewide price for a gallon of selfserve regular gas was down two cents from a week earlier AAA said At this time in 2003 the average price was AAA Texas which conduct ed a holiday travel survey estimates that million Tex ans will travel to a vacation spot this weekend up more than 2 percent from the same time last year Of mat num ber some 90 percent will get there by driving Roughly people will go by air this weekend with Las Vegas New York and PUMP PAIN State average for regular unleaded gas Amanllo Austin Beaumont Corpus Christi Dallas El Paso Fort Worth Houston San Antonio See GAS Page 3A i Texarkana Group counters Perrys rail plan By Scott Mahon StaffWriter A Dallas transportation consulting firm will give an update to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on the status of highspeed rail systems in Texas Dean International which consults for the Texas High Speed Rail and Trans portation Corporation will meet with the chambers transportation committee Wednesday at Honors Hall THSRTC is a nonprofit organization that supports a highspeed rail plan known as the Texas which pro poses a rail system from Houston to Killeen and from Dallas to San Antonio The plan varies from Gov Rick Perrys TransTexas Corridor plan which pro poses a highspeed rail system connect ing Dallas Houston and San Antonio along 135 and I10 David Dean CEO of Dean Internation al said the TransTexas Corridor align ment was not conducive for a highspeed rail system A highspeed rail system wont work in rural he said It makes more sense to connect Houston Dallas and San Antonio by two straight lines that inter sect at Killeen or Fort Hood The Trans Texas Corridor alignment would take 764 miles of rail but our proposal would only take 440 miles of rail But still our propos al would be a realization of the Trans Texas Corridor Perry unveiled the TransTexas Corridor in January 2002 According to the Texas Department of Transportation roadways in the corri dor would include six separate passenger vehicle lanes four dedicated commer cial truck lanes two highspeed passen ger rail lines two freight rail lines and two commuter rail lines The TTC proposal would be a mile system incorporating toll and non toll roads and would pass through 143 counties It is estimated to cost bil lion to billion If we dont look ahead in terms of transportation by the year 2040 well be just like Dean said Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said a high speed rail system from San Antonio to Dallas would be an alternative to 135 Theres a growing momentum for a rail system adjacent to he said Mr Dean will give us an update on what is happening with the