New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 108
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Mold—710 Grass—12 Pecan —16 Oak—1,455 Mutoeny—30 Ash—trace Hackberry—20 (Polen measured In pails per cubic meter of air. Readhgs tatoo yesterday. Information prouftfrd by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comd rover—234 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet —624.10 feet above sea level, down .04 from yesterday.
LCVU to hold mooting on futuro of old powor plant
The old Comal Power Plant building, which has recently seen renewed public interest, will be the subject of a public meeting by the Lower Colorado River Authority on April 13 in New Braunfels.
The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The LORA is considering potential options for the building, and will use the meeting to receive input from the public.
Ployhouso proviow party
CASA of Central Texas will host a playhouse preview party today at Honors Hall to kick off its Casas for CASA fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Executive Director Cindy Stauffer and members of the Comal advisory council and board of directors will be available to discuss CASA's plans for 1996 and the fundraiser. Stauffer will also publicly recognize those who have supported this fundraising effort. Former State Representative Libby Linebarger will also be present.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) works with trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court.
For information, call Cindy Stauffer at 620-5536.
The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for New Braunfels City Council elections Thursday at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Education Building on Mill Street. Candidates for mayor and Districts 5 and 6 have been invited.
The newly-renovated Jacob Schmidt Building, at 193 W. San Antonio Street, is complete and an open house will be held today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Proposed rules would put stricter limits on trout fishermen on a 9.5-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River.
Trout rules hearing packs courthouse
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Hundreds of concerned fishermen and property owners packed the Comal County Courthouse on Wednesday night to speak out on regulations proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department concerning trout fishing on the Guadalupe River.
The public hearing was held in the old Commissioners Courtroom and had people lining up outside the doors. TP&W officials, State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, TP&W commissioners and county officials, including Judge Carter Casteel attended die public hearings.
TT&W is proposing regulations it hopes will develop a trout fishery on the Guadalupe River year round. Since rainbow and brown trout are not natural fish to the Guadalupe River, TP&W has been stocking the river with rainbow trout for several years. Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) stocked the river with brown trout this past year.
The proposed regulations set aside 9.5 miles of the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Dam from the easternmost bridge on FM 306 downstream to the second bridge crossing on River Road. The fishing regulations would be changed from a no minimum length limit on trout and a five fish per day bag limit to a 16-inch minimum length to a three fish daily bag limit. In addition, artificial lures could be used only, natural baits would be banned on the 9.5 mile stretch for all fish.
The rule banning natural baits caused the most controversy among fishermen and property owners during the public hearing.
“My biggest concern is the live bait issue," property owner and WORD vice-president Paul Rich said. “I have two small children who fish with a cane pole. It would be kind of foreign for them not to fish
with live bait on our property.”
Some felt the regulation was an intrusion on the way they have been used to fishing on die river for many years.
TP&W biologist Steve Magnelia said studies show the mortality rate is 41 percent for trout released after being caught on live bait compared to five to ten percent mortality for trout caught on lures.
“I would appreciate it if you would allow children to fish," Casteel said. "At least consider excluding children from this rule, if you do that, you would make a lot people happy."
Alan Bray, GRTU president, favored the new rules, saying TP&W is trying to establish something that would be beneficial for everyone.
"We are for enhancing and establishing a quality trout fishery," Bray said. "We are not for fishing limits that don’t enhance trout fishing.
Before die comment section of die hearing began, Magnelia did a presentation in which he named die economic benefits of a trout fishery on the Guadalupe River. He said that the river's year round temperature of 65 degrees give the trout a good chance of surviving year round and that they have a good chance to reproduce in that habitat.
The TP&W goals within the next two years are to produce more trout within the 13-16 inch length range, Magnelia said.
"We don’t want to cause undue hardship," Magnelia said, "lf it doesn’t work we will modify it or take it off the books."
The proposed regulations will be voted on by the TP&W commissioners at their meeting on May 9 in Austin.
TP&W Inland Fisheries Divsion Director Philip Durocher said a compromise could be worked out for the best interests of fishermen, property owners and children along die river.
Walking group to hold annual event Saturday
The Hill Country Hikers will hold their annual Spring Walk April 13.
This year’s I (Mc Volksmarch, sanctioned by the AVA, will start and finish at the Guadalupe River Ranch, located cm FM 474, approximately 8 miles east of Boerne.
Trails are mostly on unpaved surfaces through natural areas of fields
and canyons. Because of rugged inclines and some steep stairs the route is rated a 3 and is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. No pets will be allowed.
You may start your walk any time between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to be off the trail by 2:30 pm
This will be a "B” medal event. It is not necessary to be a member of a club to participate, however all walkers must carry a start card and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You may walk free, for IVV credit ($2), or IVV credit and “B” medal ($3).
For more information cal) Mary Bone at (210) 698-2076.
Two assistance prograi
s opened to local formers, ranchers
By DENISE DZIUK
Local fanners and ranchers attempting to deal with the recent drought, and fires resulting from it, are now eligible for assistance through two government programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Comal County as eligible to apply for the Emergency Feed Program. Richard Brandes, County Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency, said Bexar County was approved, and Comal County is eligible because it touches Bexar County.
“We we’re in the process of apply
ing, but so were a lot of other counties. Wien they approved Bexar, they also approved us,” said Brandes. "The program is designed to assist producers in a crisis period such as a drought, in order to stay in business."
Brandes said livestock producers who have suffered a "substantial low,” which is at least IO percent of their gross income, due to the drought, can apply for assistance. He said producers will be qualified for a specific amount, and will bring in the bills spent on feeding livestock.
"They will buy whatever type of feed is necessary for their operation,
and we’ll provide cost-share assistance up to the amount they’re eligible for," he said.
Brandes said producers need to apply early. He said the president recently signed a farm bill that eliminates this program, but they will continue to take applications and offer it. However, he said May 31 is the end of the program.
"You can apply any time between now and then, but the sooner, the better,” Brandes said. "Eligibility is calculated from the day they apply.”
Applications are available from the Farm Service Agency office, located in the Executive Plaza Office Building,
555 IH 35, Suite210,625-61 ll.
Another program allows farmers to apply for Emergency Farm Loans. James Price, Farm Credit Manager, said the loans were made available on Feb. 23, and fanners have until Oct. 23 to apply for one. However, he said, farmers are only eligible for a loan if they lost at least 30 percent of a normal year’s production due to a fire. The fanner may then be eligible for up to 80 percent of actual losses or $500,000, whichever is less.
"If this were a designation for drought assistance, it would get a lot more activity generated,” said Price.
"But, it’s for people who had a loss due to fire." Price said 21 counties were approved, which means an additional 86 contiguous or joining counties were also approved, including Guadalupe, Hays, and Comal. He said farmers apply for the loan if they suffered a loss and cannot receive funding from any other source.
The money is then used to restore property, pay production costs, pay delinquent debts, pay living expenses, repair buildings, buy equipment and refinance debts. Applications can be picked up and submitted at your local Farm Service Agency office.
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By DAVID DEKUNDER
Commissioners for theTexas Natural Resource Conservation Commission denied Ingram Readymix’s motion for a rehearing yesterday, upholding a decision they made in February when they denied Ingram the standard exemption it needed to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
TNRCC spokesman Terry Hadley said Ingram would probably have to him to the courts in order to get a rehearing, if Ingram decided to go that route. No one from Ingram Readymix was available to comment on the company's plans.
"They have exhausted all options within the TNRCC,” Hadley said.
Since last spring, Ingram had wanted to build the concrete batch plant in Bulverde at a 4.2 acre site at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863. However, 1,600 local residents petitioned the TNRCC and demanded that hearings be held.
In February the commission voted 2-1 to reject Ingram’s application.
Hadley said the commissioners felt like yesterday's decision would give Ingram an opportunity to appeal its decision in court, if it chooses to do that.
Herald-Zeitung photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL
Do you really want to do that?
Jordan Seibert tries to kiss a calf at Memorial Primary School yesterday. A dairy farmer from Sulpher Springs brought a milking cow and a young calf to the school to show the students when milk comes from.
Smith plugs immigration reform at town meeting
By MELANIE GERIK
Immigration reform legislation will become law, and President Clinton will try to take credit for it, the House bill’s sponsor told a full house at die Comal County Senior Center Wednesday morning.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) spoke to more than IOO of his constituents, mostly senior citizens, at a town hall meeting Wednesday.
The House passed the immigration reform bill sponsored by Smith last month by a vote of333 to 87. The bill would reduce illegal immigration by 50 percent during the next five years ami reform the legal immigration system, according to a prepared statement from Smith’s office.
Audience member Sarah Knox Butler asked if President Clinton would veto the bill.
"Since it is an election year, won’t the president have a lot of pressure to veto the immigration bill?" Butler asked.
Smith responded, “ifhe does, he can write off Texas and California for starters."
The White House has not decided whether to sign or veto die bill, said White House spokeswoman Julie Green. According to a prepared statement of administrative policy on the bill, the White House does support many of the basic strategies and goals of the bill. But the White House has qualms endorsing some provisions, such as denying illegal immigrants welfare in certain cases.
The HU would double die number of border patrol agents and prevent illegal aliens from obtaining welfare.
"That is not right, that has never been right, and we are going to stop it," Smith said.
But some of the bill’s amendments, including one which would allow states the opportunity to deny public education to children of illegal immigrants, have come under attack by religious, police and educational leaders.
Smith questioned the constitutionality of forcing states to deny public
education to children of illegal immigrants.
He said he hopes "to push it out in the conference committee” after similar legislation passes in the Senate.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush said last month if the amendment does become law, Texas will continue to educate children of illegal immigrants.
"We agree totaUySmith said. "The children are the innocents in illegal immigration. ... It’s better to be in school than on die streets."
The Senate is scheduled to vote on similar legislation
Smith also said he supports a fiat tax, which would charge people making more than $34,000 each year 17 percent of their income.
Although the biU proposed by U.S. Rep. Dick Armey, R-LewisviUe, would not allow any deductions, Smith said he would want deductions for mortgage payments and donations to charities.
“Those two things foster community development and are good for families," Smith said.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.