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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas                                 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3,2009  Zeitung  FEATURES Plan your day  Find clubs and events around town in our Dally Planner. P«g« IB  Piras raging  Report shows scheduled controlled burns were not completed. Pttg« 8A  Serving N^^ and Comal County since 1852.  Vol. 156, No. 255 16 pages, 2 sections  so«  herald-zeitung •COfn : 8 nuo^a uuuu i 1  o  Hot  High Low  99 71  Details____ 1B  DEAR ABBY 3S CLASSIFIEDS 4t COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2t FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS Sa  RED, BLUE OR... PURPLE  WHAT'S YOUR COLOR?  AQUIFER AUTHORITY  LAURA McKBUZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Canyon High School teacher Kathy Simmons gets a hug Wednesday from her son, John, a quarterbadc for New Braunfels High Sdiool.  Even families are torn by Wurst Bowl allegiances  By Chris Cobb  The Herald-Zeitung  Television crews will be rolling into town and tickets could be hard to come by tonight, as archrivals New Braimfels and New Braunfels Canyon gear up for their annual gridiron showdown underneath the lights at  both Cougar Stadi-8IDE8 um.  Previews of But before the tonioWsbig city's 28th Wurst game.PagtaA Bowl kicks off, many in New Braunfels have to pick a side.  Kathy Simmons has taught at Canyon for 30 years and seen her share of Cougars vs. Unicorns games.  "If it's any other game on the schedule, I'm wearing red and I'm all about the Cougars," said Simmons.  The problem this year is that her son, John, will be starting quarterback for the cross-town rival New Braunfels Unicorns.  See BOWL. Page 9A  Water-rights sales could be banned  Rules would he^ the environment and preserve the Edwards Aquifer  By Chris Cobb  The Herald-Zeitung  The Hdwards Aquifer Authority might permanently ban certain sales of water rights in order to protect endan- PUBLIC gered species and pre- MEETING serve the regions under- What Edwards ground water supply. Aquifer Authority  The EAA board is pro- Whwi: 6 p.m. posing a set of rules that would take affect by the end of this year, which Convention Center, tran^^ft'rs and itu reased would bar landowners 375 castell Ave. pumping would eventu-from selling water from ally effect everything that  west to east across Cibolo Creek, depends on a robust water sup\)ly  east of the creek and cut short flows from the Conial aiul San Marcos springs.  'This would be a nicasure to effectively manage the aniount of water that feeds into those areas," Huiz said. "The idea is that after continued future pump ing. we could begin to see a detrimental effet t on those two springs." West-to-east water  which flows 100 miles north to south from Boerne to La Vernia.  Such sales, according to EAA Spokesman Roland Ruiz, would eventually sap the water supply  to survive east of the creek. Huiz said, including humans and the numerous endangered plants and  See AQUIFER, Page 9A  New law says: Steal a cow, get locked up  By Eric J.WeilbaGher  The Herald-Zeitung  A new amendment to the Texas Penal Code went into effect 1\ies-day, elevating the penalty for theft of cattle and other livestock, such as horses, exotic livestock or exotic fowl, to third-degree felony status with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The elevated penalty also applies to theft of 10 or more sheep, swine or goats.  Previously, the penalty for the larger livestock was a state-jail felony of up to two years in prison  if one incident constituted 10 or more animals. Now the law does not specify a certain quantity of large livestock stolen in order to constitute a felony.  The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association sees this as a huge victory. They report that in 2007 over 2,400 head of cattle were stolen throughout Texas.  In 2008, the number tripled, to 6,404. According to ('arnien I en-ton, director of public affairs for  See CATTLE, Page 2A  County nominates five residents to Courthouse Preservation Committee  Rattlesnake bites on the rise during drought  By Scott Bticksr  The Herald-Zeitung  Conial County Commissioners today are expected to appoint five county residents to a conunittee dedicated to restoring the old courdiouse to its original 1898 condition.  The Courthouse Preservation Committee is gathering for the second time to ask the state for up to $9 million in restoration funds. The county was denied the funding from the Texas His-torical Commission in 2008 after aliiMDSt five years of planning and anticipation.  If approved, adding citizens to the niix would ^ officials a fi«8h view on the process, said Pet. 4 Commissioner  Jan Kennady, who is also on the committee.  "We'll be meeting once after they are hopefully voted on and then we'll go into the application procéss/' Kennady said. "The extensive application is due Dec.!."  The five people nominated to the conunittee—Kathy Bock, Carl Caton, Joe TBtys, Carol Johnson and Jay Brewer —all have relevant backgrounds, Kennady said.  "TTiey each have a historic perspec-th^ or a structural kiKiwledge," she said "We've got someone from the New Braunfels Downtown Association and Jay Brewer has restored a house. Carl Caton has a background in construction and real estate."  Photo provided  The western diamondback is striking more often.  mate to NIE  iii0rt ÌM^ÌTMÌ^ C^ii^ ^^  ByThoron Brittain  The Herald-Zeitung  New Braunfels residents suffering from the various effects of record drought in south central Texas now have one more thing to worry about: rattiesnakes.  Rattiesnake bites are on the rise throughout Texas. In June, Hays County treated five people for rattiesnake bites during a span of a few weeks, and Travis County reported 11 bites in the past three months.  Chrisms Santa Rosa Hospital -New Braunfels reported three bites from mid-July to early August.  ^erts say the drought is driv  ERALD EITUNG  (»NllilNIDATMmSi  ing the westem diamondback rattiesnake, the most common venomous snake in the area, into urban areas in search of water and food sources.  "Snakes have been moving a lot this year," said Andy Glue-senkamp, a herpetologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. "They are looking for three things — water, reftige, and prey which are in short supply in their more natural habitat. It has been so hot and so dry that snakes and the animals they prey on are moving out of their normal range. "  Gluesenkamp confirmed the number of rattiesnake bites was  See SNAKES. Page 9A   

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