New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Administration ponders semiautomatic registration
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ARLINGTON (AP) — Nolan Ryan holds 41 major league pitching records in his 21 years of baffling hitters with his fastball, yet he is scheduled to make still another debut today when the Texas Rangers play host to the Detroit Tigers.See Page 12
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AUSTIN (AP) — Members of the Texas Racing Commission say conflicting opinions from legal advisers have hamstrung their power to deny parimutuel horse racing applications.
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200 voice opinions on area water plan
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
More than 200 people, including representatives of New Braunfels and Comal County, converged on lite Capitol Wednesday afternoon as pros and cons of a regional water plan were presented to the House Natural Resources Committee.
Reps. Terrall Smith, R-Austin; Libby Linebargcr, D-San Marcos; and Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, introduced House Bill 2771 March IO. The bill attempts to place limits on groundwater withdrawal from the Edwards Aquifer and allow the Texas Water Commission to allocate the withdrawals.
Supporters of the plan arc Edwards Underground Water District, Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority, tho cities of New Braunfels, San Marcos and San Antonio, San Antonio River Authority, and numerous other City of San Antonio boards and organizations.
Ardent opposition to legislation to limit pumpagc from
the aquifer has come from farmers and ranchers in Medina and Uvalde counties. The opponents of the legislation spoke to the House and the packed gallery of their fear of losing traditional rights to capture aquifer water for irrigation and of their mistrust of San Antonio interests. Both counties withdrew from the Edwards Underground Water District in January because of their dissatisfaction of the regional water plan.
“The bill will conserve and protect not only the aquifer itself but also the springflow from the Comal and San Marcos Springs,” said Comal County resident Dr. Kenneth lkcls, chairman of the Edwards Underground Water District, during the hearing. “The level of spring flow depends on whatever aquifer water remains after pumping by the cities and the irrigators in the Edwards Aquifer region.”
“This legislation is extremely important to all citizens.
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Council adopts policy to allow political signs
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Garden Ridge citizens will be able to put up political signs for upcoming elections since city council adopted a policy Wednesday night after an executive session.
Action came after Garden Ridge resident and mayorial candidate Richard “Dick” Igou claimed his First Amendment rights were violated
because the city’s sign ordinance prohibited him from erecting political signs.
“A lot of people moved out here because they don’t like political signs and they don’t like street lights,” said Mayor Walter Yohcy after the meeting. “We have elections in this city every year. Every year there arc three people elected to this city council, lf you wanted to, you could have a polit
ical sign up iti your yard virtually year round.”
Igou sent a letter Monday to city council members and the mayor stating, “I strongly urge you to repeal the present sign ordinance immediately and work to develop a new ordinance which will be enforceable and will pass a test for constitutionality.”
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Congress writing S&L bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House Banking Committee today began the tortuous process of writing legislation to bail out the troubled savings and loan industry, voting on the first several of 165 proposed amendments.
The House Banking subcommittee on financial institutions, which includes all but four members of the full committee, voted 35-12 to adopt an amendment that would leave the S&L regulatory agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank System, with even less authority than proposed by President Bush.
The amendment, offered by Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, gives the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., rather than the bank system, primary authority to regulate state-chartered S&Ls.
The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Frank Annunzio, D-HL, also adopted by voice vote an amendment providing fixed four-year terms, to the chairman and vice chairman of the FDIC, which now insures deposits in commercial banks and would also become responsible for insuring S&L accounts. The Bush administration had proposed making the chairman of the FPIC serve at the pleasure of the
A third amendment, offered by Rep. Stephen Neal, D-N.C., encourages state housing authorities to buy repossessed S&L properties from the federal government.
Tile subcommittee planned to meet all day today and for two days next week.
In a further indication that the legislation may face slow going, the full committee’s chairman, Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, D-Tcxas, earlier said he doubted the subcommittee has set
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April 6, 1989 25 Cents
Southwest Texas State University senior Jim Tout, left, supervises
Lone Star Elementary student Luke Jensen during the After-School Program at Eikel Park, sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with New Braunfels ISD and SWTSU. After school and until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the program entertains youngsters whose parents are not at home and children who live in neighborhoods where there is nobody to play with. After-school supervisors are SWTSU recreation administration majors and this counts as field-work credit for them. Supervisors pick up the children at Lone Star and take them to the playground for organization activities. Organizers hope this pilot program will expand next year to include other NBISD schools. The program is not funded and needs community sponsorship. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Volunteers ready for annual cleanup
Friends for Rivers will have its annual Rendezvous with Rubbish on River Road Saturday beginning ai 8 a.m.
The event usually is held in conjunction with the Texas Trashoff was delayed a week because of the Gruene Run and numerous events last weekend.
People wishing to help should meet at Molly’s Tube Rental on River Road. Transportation from Molly’s to the cleanup site will be provided. Volunteers
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Nice spring weather is forecast to continue through the weekend. The high today is expected to reach 85. The low tonight will be 60. Friday will be another nice day with sunny skies and a high of 85. The overnight low will be 64. Sunshine will continue Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be near 87 and the lows should remain in the mid 60s.
The Ferdinand Lindhcimcr Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday al the Church in the Valley at Canyon Lake. Agnes Grimm will present the program on Texas history. For more information, call Joyce Moore at 899-7515 or Marie Offerman at 629-6668....
Comal County Sheriff’s Posse is hosting a Youth Rodeo Saturday beginning at ll a.m. at the Posse Are .a Grounds on Interstate 35 South (take the Solms exit). Admission is free and a snack bar will be open....
Members of the New Braunfels Harley Davidson Owners Association invite all motorcycle riders to join them Sunday for a state helmet law protest run to the state Capitol. Riders interested in keeping a mandatory helmet law off the books should meet at the Welcome Stop on Texas 46 at 9:30 a.m. to head to Austin. For more information, call Dave Clark at 629-4601....
The Democratic Women will meet at 7 p.m. April ll at New Braunfels Smokehouse to listen to a program by Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc about consolidation of tax collection services. Members invite,?the public to the meeting, where specific questions will be asked about the financial aspects of the proposal for which a petition is being circulated. Patty Yznaga-Kmg, director of Comal County
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Officials discuss qualifications
Guadalupe River rescues along River Road should be performed by certified, qualified people to ensure the safety of victims, say city and county officials.
New Braunfels Fire Department, Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, and Water Oriented Recreation District officials discussed Monday the qualifications of New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club volunteer members who have performed rescues along River Road.
The discussion was conducted during a Comal County Commissioners Court workshop meeting.
“lf you are out there with some equipment that looks like you’re even ready to rescue someone and you fail, or you contact a person who is in trouble and lose them, you are liable for that person," said New Braunfels Fire Department Chief Phil Baker Ernie Hassold, president of Emergency Communications Club, said members of the club are trained and are capable of performing rescues.
“As far as search and rescue, we have been doing that for the past 15 years,” Hassold said. “lf you drive by and somebody stops you and says somebody is out there bleeding to death or they arc trapped under a canoe or they are almost ready to drown ... You, mc, or anybody else would go and assist diem and that’s what we have been doing. We haven’t just been going and looking for trouble."
The club has a contract with Comal County to provide traffic control on River Road during the summer months.
“As far as we’re concerned, the fire department doesn't have a problem with what they do," Baker said Tuesday. “They furnish a good service. The problem that I’ve got with it is I just don’t want them to assume more than they can handle."
The New Braunfels Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service provide emergency services, by con-
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Geese waddling into trouble at park
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Some geese in Landa Park are waddling on shaky ground and could be forced to leave if they don’t clean up their act after nipping a 2-year-old girl.
“We’re not going to remove the geese, but we made a determination that if one of them is exhibiting unacceptable aggressive behavior — they will be removed," said Administrative Sgl. John McEach-em of New Braunfels Police Department.
Three temperamental, webfooted, long-necked rascals got aggressive recently and bit little Rachel Smallwood.
"We were feeding the birds in the water, Rachel stepped away from me a couple of feet and three while geese came up from behind her and the next thing I knew she was saying, ‘Mommy help,’ and three birds were around her nipping at her," Sharon Smallwood said.
“She took another step and fell down and they started biting at ha clothes all over. Ste had shorts on and before I could pick her up, one
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Three temperamental geese are among those who have made Landa Park their home (Photo by Deryl Clark)