New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Cougars set to host LBJ in final scrimmage. See Sports, Page 6.
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Aleesa Diane Moore, Sandy Santellan (belated 36th), Susan Henke, Elisa Bustos, Kimberly Brennan, Joannie Garza and Rose Martinez.
River and aquifer information
Comal River-254 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.53 feet above sea level, down .04. Guadalupe River —108 c.f.s.
Quarter Moon closes concert series
Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 31.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed. This is the last concert of the series this year.
Hermann Sons gather
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social Friday. Sept. 1. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs. Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat.
Polio Survivors Support Group to meet
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 2 at Landa Station restaurant, 381 Landa St. For information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 6204473 or Raymond at 625-1363.
Tejano dance at Civic Center
A Pre-Labor Day dance with three bands, featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept 3. A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning. Presale tickets available at Ruben's Jewelers or call Dora at 606-0433 or Gloria at 625-8753.
The Main Street Transportation Committee meeting set for tonight has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.
Young bowlers to register
New Braunfels Young American Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a m. to noon at Comal Bowl (1202 Huisache - behind the new HEB). Leagues bowl on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. for ages 4 - 8 and 10:30 a.m. for ages 9 - 20. Call Donald or Kim at 625-6263 for more information. Scholarships are available through these league sessions.
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Aquifer regulation at stake at hearing
By DENISE DZIUK
Friday will be a tense day for many people in the area who are concerned about protecting the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal Springs from unlimited pumping.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) was scheduled to replace the Edwards Underground Water District earlier this week. The EAA will have more regulatory powers and would be able to enforce pumping limits. However, a temporary restraining order threw off the planned change. State District Judge Mickey R. Pennington
granted the order after the Medina County Underground Water District filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the EAA. A hearing will be held on Friday, at which an injunction may be requested to block the EAA’s authority until the lawsuit can be tried.
Craig Hollmig, a Comal County representative for the Edwards District, said the reasoning for the lawsuit is that many of the large farmers in the area are against regulations and pumping limits. He said farmers that are currently irrigating will be guaranteed a set amount of water. However, he said the restrictions may limit additional land being irrigated.
Hollmig said opponents to the EAA are saying it violates property rights. However, property rights end when the action harms neighbors, and unlimited pumping hurts the water supply of neighbors, he said.
“It’s not a property rights issue. It’s an issue of protecting and preserving a limited natural resource,” said Hollmig.
Hollmig said die longer the legal fight to establish the EAA takes, the more damage is done to the aquifer. He said more wells are drilled as time passes, and that makes it harder to regulate how much water is pumped. However, Hollmig said that even if the injunction is granted, there is still a
it’s not rn property rights issue. It’s an issue off protecting and preserving a limited natural
— Craig Hollmig
federal threat because U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton DI has previously ruled that pumping too much water violates the Endangered Species Act.
Caroline Eagle, public information officer for the Edwards Underground Water District, said they are maintain
ing things “status quo” until they receive further word She said they are not starting any new programs, and are operating on a very limited budget
for now. The board does not have any direct involvement in the case, but will be affected by the ruling, and is “just kind of waiting to see what happens (Mi Friday.”
“We’ll certainly have a representative there and we’re definitely an interested party because we’ll be affected by it,” said Eagle.
The hearing to determine if die EAA can take ova, or if an injunction will be enforced, will be held on Friday at the Hondo courthouse at 9 a.m.
Early results of grass carp study looking good
Only two fish have escaped
By DENISE DZIUK
Officials with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority say it is too soon to tell how effective the stocking of grass carp is in fighting hydrilla. However, so far, if is going “pretty good.”
At the beginning of August, Lakes McQueeney, Dunlap, Placid, H-4, and H-5 (Lake Wood) were each stockeid with 25 sterile triploid grass carp.
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Susan Ball, RN, tsachss a class at tbs St. Philips Vocational Nursing School Now Braunfels Extension.
Not So Secret Any More
St. Philips nursing school moves out of the basement
containment. Now they’re starting to find a place to feed.’
— David Weisch.
GBRA director of project development
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The best kept educational secret in New Braunfels occupies an unassuming building at the comer of Houston and Garza streets—the St. Philips Vocational Nursing School New Braunfels Extension.
The school has just moved into its new building after operating for years out of McKenna Memorial Hospital’s basement, said Susan Bell, RN, coordinator and instructor for the extension. “A lot of people don’t even know that we’re here,” Bell said
“Our graduates are employed in all sorts of local occupations where Licensed Vocational Nurses are employed,” she said.
In a 12-month intensive course, the school gives students all they need to pass the state boards and become LVNs, Bell said. On many states LVNs are called Licensed Practical Nurses.)
“They go through rather rigorous training here,” Bell said. The first semester students take the equivalent of 20 college hours plus lab hours.
When students pass the year-long course, they get a diploma from the school and go on to take the state boards, Bell said. “We
have excellent pass rates on the state boards,” she said.
The St. Philips extension course is perfect for someone who wants to earn a decent living, be self-sufficient — and do it quickly, Bell said “It’s a good program for someone who wants a profession in a year’s time,” she said.
Bell estimates the median age of students at the extension is about 30 years old. “The majority of our students have families,” she said. “We also have more men entering the field — they’re welcomed in hospitals.”
LVNs arc in demand, as are many other health professionals, Bell said. “They’re an extremely important part of the health care family," she said. Job opportunities include hospitals, doctors’ offices, home health care and retirement homes.
“LVNs administer the bedside nursing care,” Bell said. “They’re the ones who see the patients the most.” LVNs serve as a vital link between the patient, the registered nurse and the doctor.
“It’s their smiling face that can make a patient’s stay a good one,” she said.
Many extension students have gone on to pursue careers as registered nurses, Bell said. “They can get their degree, then earn an
income working as an LVN while they work toward their RN,” she said.
Students at the St. Philips extension benefit from small class she. “With small classes we have time to take an interest in them personally — each of our faculty is interested in each individual student,” Bell said.
A range of financial aid is possible at the extension. “There’s lots of good financial support — student can apply for grants, and some have been granted local scholarships,” she said.
St. Philips has run the nursing school extension for IO years, Bell said. Before that, the New Braunfels Independent School District administered the program since the first class graduated in 1967, she said.
“We feel such a debt of gratitude to McKenna, to Marion “Johnny” Johnson, and to Tim Brierty,” Bell said. "Without their support we would not be able to be here.”
Those interested in enrolling in the St. Philips Vocational Nursing School should call Susan Bell at 609-6850.
“Nursing is the kind of profession that you don’t just give — you get back as much as you put in,” Bell said.
additional carp will be stocked as an alternative to using chemicals to treat the plant.
However, David Weisch,
director of project develop-_
ment for GBRA, said the
study has to span over the period of two major flood events with waters at 4,500-cubic-feet-per-second.
He said, statistically, a flood like that occurs once every two years.
Readings have been done weekly to determine if any of the carp have escaped. So far, all the fish have remained in the confined area, except for two in Lake Wood. Weisch said making a conclusion based on these two fish would be premature. A third fish was believed to have gotten out of Lake McQueeney. However, after additional readings, it turned out to be a meter error, he said.
“If we had a major flood and everything disappeared, that would be different,” he said. “It’s too early to tell.”
Weisch said the movement patterns of the carp have been similar to what was expected by Texas Parks and Wildlife. He said the fish have gone both upstream and downstream, and most are now finding beds of hydrilla to feed in.
‘They’ve explored the limits of their containment. Now they’re starting to find a place to feed,” he said.
An article in the San Antonio newspaper last week questioned the study, and its success so far.
Weisch said the article was very premature, and the only thing to do right now is wait and see if the carp remain in the area. He said there is no way to tell how long it will take for the study to be completed; however, the radio tags have a battery life of seven years.
“Our challenge is to find a solution which addresses both the management needs of the lakes while at the same time ensuring protection for the natural environment of Texas. The study now underway is designed to help find a way to do just that and I assure you that when all the conclusions are in, when everyone is consulted, we will find that solution,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Andrew Sansom, and GBRA General Manager W.E. West Jr. in a letter responding to the article.
County ready to start work on River Road crossings
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
New safety improvements to the first and second crossings on River Road will be started after the Labor Day weekend ends, County Engineer Tom Homseth said.
“Once the traffic dies down from the tourist season, our work crews (from the Comal County Road Department) will go to work on the cross
ings,” Homseth said. “It could take two weeks for each site to be finished.”
The guardrails will be placed on the approaches up to the curves before the crossings, Homseth said. Most of the accidents that have occurred at the first and second crossings have been at the approaches.
“The accidents we have experienced at the approaches are by people who cannot negotiate the turns because they
enter the crossings at a high rate of speed or because they were not paying attention,” Homseth said.
The county will chip in $60,000 to help pay for the guardrail projects. Another project on the first crossing, a pedestrian ramp, will be constructed The construction of the pedestrian ramp was paid for with the help of a $40,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. Homseth said the
Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District could chip in another $ 18,000 to help pay for the pedestrian ramp. The third and fourth crossings on River Road have guardrails on the approaches and improvements to them will be made in the near future, Homseth said.
One drawback for putting the guardrails on the crossings, Homseth said, is that more debris could get
caught on the crossings especially during floods.
"The intent of this project is to improve the safety of the motorists,” Homseth said, “lf we are to do that, we will have to maintain and clear debris from the bridges more often.”
“It will be better for an individual to hit a guardrail and be retained than to go down a steep embankment and hit the water,” Homseth said.
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