New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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V rCr TX 75245 DALLAS ■» ' *//re/s to succeed Haas on Edwards board
By DANA 8TELL Staff writ ar
A 56-year-old research chemist was appointed Tuesday to the Edwards Underground Water District board to complete the term left vacant by the late Oliver Haas.
Kenneth O. Heels, a New Braunfels native, said today his philosophy about the Edwards Aquifer and its use mirrors closely that of Haas.
"I hope that’s true,” Heels said. “I spent many hours talking with Mr. Haas and spent many hours with him at the Panther Canyon well.
“I hoped someday that I could get on the board and
serve with him.”
Ikels, a research chemist at Brooks Air Force Base school of aerospace medicine, said he has been looking forward to joining the board for a long time.
“One (reason) would be my interest in the Edwards water,” Heels said. “And, of course, in my estimation, the personality of New Braunfels and Comal County is water and if you took that away, it Just wouldn’t be New Braunfels.”
Heels said his scientific background will be useful especially now as the Edwards Aquifer board is “getting to the point that it is concerned about water contamination, bad water coming from the south.
“With my background, I have been very much involved with contaminants and I would say I am very interested in contaminants and maintaining the quality of water in the Edwards Aquifer.”
Ikels said he also would like to see the establishment of a user fee for exportation of water out of the Edwards district to help pay for surface water reservoirs. The user would be treated as an Edwards district taxpayer and would be helping to maintain the water supply.
Haas was also an advocate of establishing a user fee and often called for development of alternate sources of water.
Haas, who was one of the three Comal County
directors, died Jan. 5. Four years remain in his six-year term. He had been re-elected in 1963.
Remaining Comal directors, Craig Hollmig and Carroll Hoffmann reviewed about 15 people interested in serving. “We felt like he was the most qualified and he’s had a long-time interest in the aquifer and serving on the board,” Hollmig said.
Ikels has a PhD in physical chemistry and taught chemistry and physics at New Braunfels High School from 1951 through 1959. He is president of the New Braunfels Unicorn Booster Glib and has served on various study committees for both the city and the county.
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Mattox jury being chosen
AUSTIN (AP) — Selection of 12 jurors to sit in the commercial bribery trial of state Attorney General Jim Mattox began shortly after 10 a.m. today.
Four persons were immediately excused because of juror exemptions.
“They look pretty good to me,” Mattox said as he looked over the Jury panel before court opening.
The first state witness will be heard Friday with an unusual Saturday session a possibility.
State District Judge Mace Thurman selected a panel of 92 possible jurors Monday with one of the qualifications being that each could serve at least three weeks if they were among the 12 selected for the trial.
“I’d like to have a jury mack up of working people,” Mattox told reporters after pleading innocent at the opening of the trial Monday. “I just want people that will be fair.”
The trial was in recess Tuesday and will be in recess Thursday.
Mattox says it will be “a long, complicated trial” that may cost Texas taxpayers as much as $500,000.
Mattox was indicted in September 1983 on charges that he threatened to put the Houston law firm of Fulbright k Jaworski out of the municipal bond business unless one of its partners, Tom McDade, dropped efforts to question Mattox’s sister in connection with the lawsuit involving the
state, South Texas rancher Clinton Manges and Mobil Oil.
Fulbright k Jaworski represented Mobil in the case, which was settled last year.
McDade will be the first state witness presented Friday.
Mattox said he planned to take the witness stand later.
Roy Minton, Mattox’s top attorney, said an agreement was made Monday with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and his assistants on a defense request to examine the partnership agreement between Fulbright k Jaworski and the Dallas bond firm of Dumas, Huguenin, Boothman k Morrow, which handled most of the bonds involved. Later the law firm bought out the bond firm. Details of the agreement were sealed by the court, Minton said.
Commercial bribery is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of IO years in prison.
Mattox said state law provides that if he is finally convicted of the charge he could not run for re-election. However, he would not have to resign until the final appeal was exhausted, which might take several years.
Mattox said he turned down an offer from the district attorney’s office about a year ago for a reduced sentence, probably just a fine, if he would plead guilty.
Korean exile gains ground
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -Opposition leader Kim Dae-jung, who returned home from two years of self-exile less than a week ago, today called his new party’s surprising gains in the National Assembly elections a “great victory for democratic forces.”
Faced with the challenge to its authority, the ruling party of President Chun Doo-hwan said it will work with its opponents but declared stability in South Korea will be
Tuesday’s National Assembly balloting saw the hastily formed New Korea Democratic Party emerge as the country's second strongest party, exceeding even its own expectations.
With final results in at midafternoon today for the 92 two-seat districts, Korean media networks and headquarters of various parties gave the government’s Democratic Justice Party 87 seats and the New Korea Democratic Party 50.
Comal River 238 eta (tarnal
Canyon inflow 247 eft (down 12)
Canyon Oam outflow ......37S eta (tarnal
Edwards Aqutfar ....... 623 82 (up OI I
Canyon laka laval ....... 902 04 (tarnal
Comal County forecast calls for sunny today, mostly dear and cold tonight, and mostly sunny on Thursday. Winds will be southerly near IO mph today, becoming northerly near 15 mph later this afternoon, then shifting to the northeast near IO mph on Thursday. The high today will be in the mid 60s, with a low tonight near 32 and a high Thursday in the upper 80s. This morning’s low was 32, and yesterday’s high was 62.
New Braunfels clinched first place in the District 13-4A basketball race with an impressive 71-59 win over Lockhart Tuesday night. The Unicorns own an 8-1 record in district play. Sports, page SA.
3ADownstream water rights explain why water was flowing over this River Road waterfall at 800 cfs until Monday, a GBRA official says
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By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials say they have a good reason for allowing the level of Canyon Lake to fall over two feet in the last month.
GBRA Director of Planning and Development David Welsch told the HeraldZeitung that changes in climatic conditions are the reason for, the vast fluctuations in the lake level, and that the GBRA and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers are using the same operational procedure they have used since the first waters flowed through the gates of Canyon Dam in 1964
“People have become concerned about the fluctuations,” Welsch said “But we've been operating the same way for the past 20 years.”
He explained that while the lake level had stayed fairly constant for many years, the Guadalupe River has not provided the strong inflows during the past three or four years that have been occunng in the past.
“The truth is that the lake is subject to fluctuation, because its primary purpose is to store water that is in excess of downstream water rights,” Welsch added.
Welsch said the daily inflow figure is based on the daily change in the reservoir elevation, and that the reading at the Spring Branch gauge is simply an indicator of the inflow at the moment it is read.
To determine the amount of water released from the dam, the GBRA official must meet a long-time commitment of furnishing 1,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) of nonconsumptive water to i^ake Dunlap, if the water is available All other downstream water rights are covered if the I^ke Dunlap rights can he honored, Welsch explained.
To determine the flow into I.ake Dunlap, the GBRA also takes into consideration the amount flowing from Comal Springs. If that amount, plus the amount flowing down the
See LAKE, Page 12A
Three candidates seeking two NBISD at-large posts
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Three people have already filed for the two at-large positions that are up for election in the New Braunfels ISD school board race.
They are Peter Olsen, minister of education at First Protestant Church of Christ, and incumbents Bob Self, hoard president, and Dr, Don Bedford, board teasurer.
Besides the two at-large positions, Rudy Reimer’s place which will become the District I (West End! position has also come open. So far no filings for that position have been made.
This is the second election since the redistricting plan went into effect in February, 1983 The plan called for five of the trustee positions to be elected by district and two at-large positions.
The “5-2" plan was a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court by the late Ezequiel (Cheque) Torres, Aguinaldo and Christina Zamora and Jose Valdemar Espinoza against the school district. The group defended by the Mexican American i^gal Defense Fund claimed that minority candidates do not have a fair chance under tlx? old system of all members being elected at-large.
Last April Garland Lloyd was reelected as the District 3 trustee, and Margy Waldnp was re-elcted as the District 5 board trustee Though Bedford and Self both live in Uoyd’s district, their terms didn’t expire until this year,
Self, a sales manager for Tezel and Cotter in San Antonio, is in his eighth year on the school board
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Lawmen question suspect in rape case
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Sheriff’s investigators have questioned a 24-year-old San Antonio man in connection with last Saturday’s stabbing and rape of a 20-year-old New Braunfels woman near Encino Park. However, no arrest had
been made, as of presstime today.
"We talked to the suspect Tuesday morning, and we talked to his brother because we had information they were together that night,” Investigator Rudy Rubio said. "All indications are there was only one man involved, but we are doing an extensive investigation on the
suspect’s brother, too "
The victim was released from Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio late Saturday following treatment for a stab wound to her chest. Her car was recovered Sunday morning in the parking lot of Best Products off San Pedro.
"The suspect’s brother lives in
some apartments within walking distance of Best Products,” Rubio said “When we questioned the suspect, he said his truck was stolen from those apartments sometime Friday night. He also said he stayed with his brother that night, and the
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