New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 97
ICourt puts dispute over aquifer ‘back on track’
By ROSE MARIE EASH HarakJ-Zaltung
A federal appeals court granted a motion for an expedited appeal in a lawsuit over the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act in the Edwards Aquifer.
The move gives the Texas Legislature breathing space in its efforts to resolve the dispute over pumping limits on the aquifer.
Although San Antonio officials are calling the latest court ruling on pumping limitations for the Edwards Aquifer a victory, a New Braunfels official says “it has not been a good week for San Antonio.”
According to Doug Miller, a represen
Miller: Ruling not good for San Antonio
tative for Comal County and New Braunfels, the action taken by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday took the issue out of limbo and put it back on track.
He said the latest action set specific deadlines and means a ruling on the appeal itself may come as early as June 15.
“By April 15, San Antonio and the defendants of the suit have to respond to the lifting of the stay. Then we have until April 25 to come back and make our response to it,” he said. “That’s a pretty quick time line there — only about 13
days for San Antonio to prepare for that”
U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton III ruled the state must have a plan to protect the Comal Springs in place by June I.
San Antonio and the other defendants had appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and obtained an indefinite stay of Bunton’s ruling.
The latest ruling by the 5th Circuit Court sets limits on that stay and delays the June I deadline to June 16. It also mandates that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service complete its study of what it will take to protect the endangered species in
the Comal Springs so the Legislature can act.
“If they have it completed before June 16, they’re suppose to release it early,” Miller said. “Basically, my impression of what this does for us is it puts everything back on track to get something done in the Legislature.”
Miller said the original stay took a lot of pressure off the Legislature. He also said he had not been optimistic about anything being done until the stay was lifted.
The latest ruling and some bad publicity for San Antonio in Washington this
week puts the plaintiffs on top.
Miller was very pleased with the new ruling.
“Apparently our lawyers did a good job of convincing them that we were right,” Miller said. “(San Antonio) is taking it as a victory, too. That may be a sign that they’re feeling some of the pressure of Austin and what just happened this week in Congress.”
According to Miller Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and several others in Washington, the move “really gave San Antonio a black eye in their planning process and the leadership San Antonio’s had in the past.”
’That’s the first time publicly that it’s really come to light what we’ve been saying all along,” Miller said.Action on district put on hold
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harakl-Zaitung
Further action on the proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation District will not be taken until there is a consensus about the best solution to the water problems facing the western portion of Comal County, according to County Judge Carter Casteel.
Casteel appointed what she said was “a good mix of people” to the Canyon Lake Water Study Group to provide a forum for evaluation of the problems and to provide advice to the county commissioners on possible solutions.
She said the group had asked for presentations from the Texas Water Development Board concerning wells and contamination, as well as information from the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and information on the possibility of grants and funding for studies.
“As well as hearing from these various organizations, I think the group has agreed, at least in principle, by requesting this information that there is a need for long range water planning,” Casteel said. “I think there’s some question on study task group as to how it should be financed.”
“I believe there is unanimous agreement that no property owner should be taxed without receiving benefits," said Ernest Lambert, the temporary chair of the Canyon Lake Water Study Group. “It is premature to speculate on possible solutions if any that this group may recommend.”
According to Lambert, the Texas Water Commission has identified this part of Comal County as part of a larger area designated as having a potentially critical water problem.
“Because the Texas Water Commission has indicated to the Comal Commissioners Court that if a local solution is not adopted the Texas Water Commission will impose its own solution, therefore the Commissioners Court is seeking a local solution,” said Lambert.
The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on April 13 at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Settler, according to Lambert.
Annual services set for Good Friday
Participants race from the starling line Saturday morning at the opening of the Ninth Annual Grune Texas 10,000. Randy Reina won the race for the third time with a time of 31:38 More than 900 runners participated in the event. Proceeds from the race go to Friends For Rivers For a complete story, see Sports, Page 15A. Race results are on 16A.
By ROSE MARIE EASH
New Braunfels residents will observe tradition and celebrate unity this week with the third annual Community Good Friday Service.
The service will begin Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
“It’s been at noon the last couple of years and what we’ve discovered is a lot of people get off work at noon, so we decided to give people about 15 minutes to get here,” said Pastor Judi Miller of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Previously held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the First United Methodist Church, the observation rekindles an old tradition of observing Good Friday with services consisting of readings, hymns and prayers in the afternoon.
“In all of our churches, (the noon services) have grown smaller over the years, especially in a place like New Braunfels, where a lot of people work in San Antonio or Austin — people aren’t available,” she said.
Holy Week begins today with Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches with a procession.
Thursday is the anniversary of the Lord’s Supper, which was held the evening before the Crucifixion. It is called Maundy Thursday from the Latin “man-datum,” meaning command — referring to ihe foot washing cer
emony at the Last Supper when Jesus spoke of the “new commandment” to love one another.
Friday is the anniversary of the Crucifixion. Since the 16th Century, it has been traditional to observe the holiday with a service of readings, hymns and prayers centered on Christ’s last seven words on the cross, “Into your hands I commit my spirit."
“Monday — Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday — that stretch in there really is the center of Christianity," Miller said. “That’s where what makes Christianity unique takes place."
Miller said the community service will consist of scripture readings and prayers by the different pastors from the participating churches based on the last seven words of Christ on the cross.
“(It’s) a wonderful time to share our unity as the body of Christ coming together on that day when we remember Christ’s crucifixion,” Miller said. “It really says something in a way that nothing else does about what it means to be part of one community that worships in diverse ways ... and yet it is the death and resurrection of Christ that unites us all."
Sts. Peter and Paul, First United Methodist, First Protestant, First Presbyterian, Faith United and Peace Lutheran churches are participating in the service.
Offerings received at the service will be donated to the New Braunfels Habitat for Humanity Housing Project.
Further information on the service can be obtained by contacting the St. Paul Lutheran Church at, 625-9191.
Former judge dies from accident injuries
Judge Alvin Welsch
Former County Judge Alvin B. Welsch died at McKenna Memorial Hospital Thursday, one week after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident.
Services for the 87-year-old Welsch will be at I p.m. Monday at First Protestant Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Comal Cemetery.
Born on June 9, 1905, Welsch grew up in New Braunfels and was a member of the first New Braunfels High School football team.
In addition to serving as county judge, Welsch served as a justice of the peace for six years and as chairman of the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
He also served on the board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District and the Historic Landmark Commission for the city of New Braunfels.
During his service as a county judge from 1965 to 1969, Welsch helped start a county senior citizens group and brought about the equalization of the county tax
assessment system, according to family members.
Welsch served in the military during World War ll and the Korean Conflict, seeing combat action in seven campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Normandy.
He was wounded once and decorated four times. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Members of the Welsch family said the judge was the in the first U.S. Army group to be dispatched
to England in 1942 — and was among the first of U.S forces to encounter Nazi atrocities in German concentration camps.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy W. Johnson of New Braunfels; one son, C. Neil Welsch Sr. of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Irma Julia Schlueter of New Braunfels; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Hamilton, in 1981.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the Gentian community, “Stammtisch ” represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. More Stammtisch is featured on page 5B.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Daniel Tristan, Andy Hartman and Wesley Hill. Belated Birthday wishes go to Esther Melissa Mesa, Elvia Oreuna and Karen L. Gorton. Monday Birthday wishes go to Richard Field, Lisa White and Nolan Turner Sr.
Guild Home Tour
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild has announced its Spring Home Tour and raffle. Raffle tickets are on sale from Guild members. First prize two round trip American Airlines tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. Other prizes are a five hour plus “Ultimate Pampering” at Retreat Salon; a floral watercolor by Pat Deltz; and a Ben Hogan “Special Edition” putter. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. Drawing will be held Saturday, April 17 at the conclusion of tile Home Tour (winners need not be present).
The Home Tour which will feature five outstanding New Braunfels homes will be held from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour.Winning numbers
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