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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Thursday is the last day to register to vote in the May 14  elections in New Braunfels and Comal County.  For information, visit  www.co.comal.tx.us/Tax_Office  /voter_registration.htm or in person at the elections office, 150 N Seguin Ave No. 201, New Braunfels. Call (830) 221-1231.  ■THETEX-MEX TRADITION, 6  Three recipes show that Border flavor  mm    4MP  ■THE STATE, 3  ■ SPORTS, 7   ^ ^  w w m   Federal budget deal ! Local tracksters brave heat with cuts Doggett strings | district tourney in full swing  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    50C  Mayor: Stage 1 drought restrictions for NB  Boyer cites lack of rain, plummeting aquifer level as reason for restraint  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  Declining aquifer levels and continuing drought have resulted in New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer declaring Stage I drought restrictions effective today.  During Stage I, landscape  watering using a sprinkler or irrigation system will be permitted only two days per week at each residence and must be within designated watering hours, which are before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.  "With the area in extreme drought status and under  going a shortage of rainfall that we haven't seen since the winter drought of the 1960s, we all need to do what we can to make the most efficient use of our water resources,” Boyer said Tuesday.  According to New Braunfels Utilities, the trigger for  Stage I was hit on Monday, when San Antonio’s J-17 test well for Edwards Aquifer levels dropped below the 660-feet mark.  Mayor Boyer on Tuesday declared that Stage I drought restrictions would go into  See WATER, Page 5  WHAT STAGE 1 MEANS FOR YOU  • Using a sprinkler or irrigation system permitted only two days per week before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.  • If your address ends in 0,2,4,6 or  8, irrigation days are Monday and Thursday.  • If your address ends in 1,3,5,7 or  9, irrigation days are Tuesday and Friday.  • Hand watering and drip irrigation  allowed any time.  • Vehicles may be washed at home on assigned days and times using a handheld hose with automatic shut-off nozzle or 5-gallon bucket. Wash at a commercial facility any time, any day. Vehicle-wash fundraisers are allowed, but only at commercial car wash facilities.  • Outdoor water features are prohibited.  THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HEALTHY  THETOP 20  1. Williamson County  2. Collin  3. Denton  4. Gillespie  5. Rockwall  6. Travis  7. Brazos  8. COMAL  9. Kendall  10. Hays  11. Fort Bend  12. Franklin  13. Lavaca  14. Brewster  15. Ellis  16. Erath  17. Midland  18. DeWitt  19. GUADALUPE  20. Burnet  THE BOTTOM 20  204. Crosby  205. Jefferson  206. Potter  207. San Augustine  208. Sabine  209. Houston  210. San Jacinto  211. Harrison  212. Brooks  213. Winkler  214. Liberty  215. Nolan  216. Morris  217. Wheeler  218. Red River  219. Orange  220. Newton  221. Trinity  222. Polk  223. Marion  Data from  www.county  healthrankings.org  ► FUEL SALE FLAP  NB Aero, city strike agreement  Pilots, others may sample, test fuel at center of conflict  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  An agreement was being hammered out Tuesday between the City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Aero Service in the legal flap that arose over the disputed contents of a fuel tanker.  "The agreement takes care of the city’s concerns about the product being at the airport and being sold,” City Attorney Alan Wayland said Tuesday.  The agreement also keeps under wraps for a while longer the results of an analysis of  See FUEL, Page 5  Comal ranked among 10 healthiest Texas counties  »..    ,    LAURA McKENHE/Herald-Zeitun  whi     ew p    ?    ^ e i     ye 5 r    old     Pomeranian    "Bear"    around    Landa    Park    on    Thursday. Matthews,  keep her more active     3    m ° r6    3    year    as °' said their daily morn ing walks also hel|  THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE  HOME  County climbs two spots in annual assessment  By Marilyn Kuehler  The Herald-Zeitung  It’s official: Comal County really is a healthy place to live.  Comal passed its annual health check-up by ranking No. 8 in the top 10 healthiest counties in Texas, according to the 2011 County Health Rankings.  “Last year, we were No. 10,” said Gwen Mills, R.N., director of Comal County Office of Public Health. She said the upgrade confirms that “we are fortunate to live in such a wonderful place.”  County health rankings for each state are compiled annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a pri  vate health and health care philanthropy in Princeton, N.J. The intent of the rankings is to urge state and local health departments to find ways to keep all residents healthy.  Ranked No. 1 this year as the healthiest county in Texas was Williamson County, with its county seat in Georgetown. Other top 10 Texas counties were: Collin (2), Denton (3), Gillespie (4), Rockwall (5), Travis (6), Brazos (7), Kendall (9) and Hays (10).  The rankings, which were released in late March, also listed the 10 least-healthiest counties in Texas: Liberty (214), Nolan (215), Morris (216), Wheeler (217),  See HEALTH, Page 5  Male sycamore trees can cause problems for individuals prone to allergies.  LAURA  mckenzie  Herald-Zeitung  Tree pollen results in rise in allergy cases  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  Local allergists say they’re sure spring has sprung.  “How do we know? Well, from an allergist's perspective, a big clue is the greenish-yellow powder that has been covering roads, driveways, and cars recently,” said Dr. Priyanka Gupta, an allergist with New Braunfels' Central Texas Allergy and Asthma.  “Another clue has been the increase in patient phone  MeüÉÉ.  calls for medical advice during this time.”  Gupta said spring is the time trees begin pollinating, producing billions of tiny pollen spores that can travel for hundreds of miles and form that powder you see everywhere.  The Hill Country has a variety of trees, she said, but the most dominant is oak.  “Oak starts to pollinate in early March and can last until May. Oak pollen recently has reached higher levels of  pollen count than other spring trees such as elm, sycamore, hackberry, pecan and mulberry,” said Gupta.  The dominant symptoms, the allergist said, are sneezing, red itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sinus pain, coughing and headaches.  “Some allergy sufferers end up with sinus infections, asthma attacks and eczema flare-ups because of their allergy symptoms,” she said.  See ALLERGY, Page 5  Vol. 158, No. 131 12 pages, 1 section  Inside  CLASSIFIEDS  COMICS  CROSSWORD  pMMMI  OBITUARIES  PLANNER  SPORTS  TVGRIO  CL  h  10  10  4  3  9  6  8  ät  Ptrtly sunny  High Low  85 68  Details    9  a""56825 00001  herald-zeitung.com 50 cents  tha guaranteed return of a CD and th*   

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