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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 /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 mFederal budget deal ! Local tracksters brave heat with cuts Doggett strings | district tourney in full swing WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    50CMayor: Stage 1 drought restrictions for NBBoyer 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 ► 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    ewp    ?    ^ei    ye5r    old    Pomeranian    "Bear"    around    Landa    Park    on    Thursday. Matthews, keep her more active    3    m°r6    3    year    as°'said their daily morning 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 50 cents tha guaranteed return of a CD and th* ;