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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, January ll, 2003Local/State Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222 Dispatch- ►Marijuana arrest A 20-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested Thursday night for alleged possession of marijuana. A New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said officers went to the 300 block of Bobolink Drive at 9 p.m. to investigate a report that a person was smoking marijuana. When they arrived, they found Javier Leal. The officers smelled what their report described as a strong odor of marijuana. They investigated and found a small amount of the illegal weed. Leal was booked for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, which is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. ►Machines damaged Someone who attempted to break into two soft drink vending machines at Canyon High School over the holiday vacation caused $200 in damage, but apparently didn’t manage to steal anything. The attempted burglaries are believed to have occurred around 2 a.m. on Jan. 2. Locks on both machines were damaged. The incidents were reported after school reopened. ►Vandals at SVHS SMITHSON VALLEY — During December, vandals who damaged property on at least two separate occasions have plagued the Smithson Valley High School campus. The first incident occurred overnight Dec. 13, 2002. A district employee discovered that signs around the campus roadways had been pushed over and otherwise mangled. At about 1:40 a.m. Dec. 19, 2002, a Comal County patrol deputy discovered a large amount of gniffiti on campus buildings and fixtures, in addition to damage to a vending machine. It appears that the vandalism might have occurred between 9 p.m. the previous evening and the time of discovery. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for mformation leading to the armit and grand jury indictment of the persons responsible for the commission of these crimes. All calls are confidential and the caller will remain anonymous. Call 620-TIPS. Meetings- CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, council chambers, Municipal Bldg., 424 S. Casten Ave. EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY — regular board meeting, 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Braden Keller Community Center, 1410 Amelia St., Castroville. CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS DEVELOPMENT CODE STEERING COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Conference Room A, Municipal Bldg., 424 S. Casten Ave. CITY OF SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL — special workshop session, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Complex Conference Room 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza. SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dobie Junior High Scimoi new addition, 395 W. Borgfeld Road, Cibolo. State comptroller says Legislature must tackle school finance issues AUSTIN (AP) — The Legislature must change the state’s share-the-wealth school finance system right away, state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Friday. Her comments came two days after Gov. Rick Perry, a fellow Republican, said public school funding probably wouldn’t be tackled in the legislative session that begins Tuesday. Perry said he hasn’t ruled out a special session to deal with school finance sometime after the 140-day regular session. Presumptive House Speaker Ibm Crad-dick, R-Midland, has put forth that suggestion. ‘I don’t think anybody has the magic formula yet, but this is an issue that must be addressed by this Legislature, and cannot wait,” the comptroller said Friday after unveiling her e-Tbxas recommendations, a biennial cost-savings report. On Wednesday, Perry said its unlikely school finance will be overhauled in a legislative session with so many newly elected lawmakers. “I think to put those newly elected individuals and say we’re going to go fix something that has been broken or substantially bent for some period of time is a bit unreasonable, and I don’t think the people of the state of Texas expect that,” he said. “What they do expect is get through this legislative session with available revenue and no new taxes.” The school finance system known as Robin Hood takes money from property rich districts and gives it to poorer schools. Wealthy schools say they can’t afford to give away funding while poorer schools say they continue to lag behind. Strayhorn called the school finance system a serious problem that needs to be addressed soon. “The state has got to pick up more of the share of public education. We have got to give some relief to local property taxpayers. And we’ve got to have equity, and that is not an easy task,” Strayhorn said. She declined to comment on Perry’s remarks, other than to say, “I know he cares deeply and passionately about educating our young people.” Mexico agrees to meet water treaty obligations WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico will release at least 114 billion gallons of water from the Rio Grande to U.S. farmers this year, which would meet the first year of a five-year obligation under a 1944 water treaty between the countries, the State Department said Friday. Spokesman Richard Boucher said Mexico has made a firm commitment to provide the water, which is measured as 350,000 acre-feet, and possibly another 50,000 acre-feet if weather conditions permit by Sept. 30. The agency said 200,000 acre-feet of that water would be available by the end of January, in time for the current growing season. Under the treaty, Mexico is supposed to release an annual average of 350,000 acre-feet in cycles of five years, said Sally Spener, International Boundary and Water Commission spokeswoman. The announcement that Mexico had reached the “understanding” to release the water angered officials in Tbxas, where farmers blame crop damage on Mexico’s failure to comply with the treaty over the past decade. They questioned why any negotiation was needed when a treaty exists. , “It is as though we have abandoned the treaty and we are going to be renegotiating every single year, which is absurd,” said Tbxas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs. In a statement, Boucher said U.S. and Mexican experts will meet in late January to “discuss how the commitments contained in our 1944 Water Treat will be treated within the framework of Mexico’s emerging domestic water allocation plan." Texas farmers and state and federal government officials say Mexico owes 1.5 million acre-feet of water, more than 500 billion gallons. The water to be released this year will not be used to reduce the lingering water debt, which will be discussed in the January meeting. An acre-foot is the amount of irrigation water it takes to cover one acre to a depth of one foot. It equals 43,560 cubic feet and about 326,000 gallons. “The bottom line is people want water.” Boucher said. “The water’s coming at a time when it’s very useful for the United States. Its coming in quantities that’ll be new water that is over and above what has been provided and might otherwise be expected.” A spokesman for the Mexican embassy did not return a phone message. Mexico’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a news release that the agreement with the United States is a continuation of its compliance with the treaty. Mexico disagrees that it is in arrears on water releases and believes under the treaty it still has time to provide the owed water. The 1944 treaty also requires the United States to release 1.5 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River. “Like clockwork, we give 1.5 million acre-feet off the Colorado without any renegotiation. We comply. We follow the legal requirements of the treaty. Mexico clearly is not prepared to do likewise,” Combs said. Mexico has argued that it has been unable to release the water because of drought conditions during some years. But Combs says documents filed by the Mexican section of the International Boundary and Water Commission shows Mexico has available 3.169 million acre-feet of water, enough to begin paying its debt and to meet this year’s obligation. Bush-appointed river authority directors elected to officer positions From Staff Reports SEGUIN — The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority Board of Directors has elected new officers for the 2003 calendar year. John P. Schneider Jr. of Lockhart will chair the board; Dr. Stephen F. Wilson of Port Lavaca will serve as vice chair; and Kathleen A. Devine of New Braunfels will serve as secretary/treasurer. Former Gov. George W. Bush appointed each of the three to a directorship in 1999. Schneider represents Caldwell County and lives in Lockhart. He is president of Schneider & Associates Inc. Real Estate Company and assists in managing the fam-Uy cattle operation. Schneider received a BBA degree from Texas A&M Uni- DEVINE versity and is a member of the Texas Society of Range Management, the Austin Real Estate Council, the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals, the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, past chairman of the Tbxas Real Estate Center Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Texas Agriculture Summit. Schneider also served as past chairman of the A&M College of Agriculture Development Council, the Association of Former Students and is currently a board member SCHNEIDER of the Twelfth Man Foundation. He is a former member of the State Executive Committee and former Austin Chapter President of the Coastal Conservation Association. Wilson represents Calhoun County and resides in Port Lavaca. Wilson owns and operates the Calhoun County Animal Hospital. Wilson received B.S. degrees in biomedical science, veterinary science and a Doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American WILSON Veterinary Medical Assoc i a -tion, the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Calhoun County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Golden Crescent Veterinary Medical Association. Wilson received the 1996 Texas Game Warden Association’s award as Conservationist of the Year for wildlife rehabilitation in Calhoun County. He belongs to the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Port Lavaca Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Golden Crescent Region al Planning Commission. Devine represents Comal County and lives in New Braunfels. Devine is vice president, Litigation/Labor Counsel for USAA in San Antonio, and is certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Devine currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Employment Law Council, is a member and past director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and chairs the Texas Legislative Conference Arrangements Committee. Devine is also a member of the American Bar Association, the San Antonio Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Section of the Texas Bar Association. Want to stop smoking for ({ \ / GOOD? ^ We have the program to help you { stop successfully. The SmokeStoppers program is a 21 day multi dimensional program instructed by an ex-smoker with a proven track record of assisting people to be EX-smokers. Come to our information sessions on January 13th or January 14th at 7:00p.m. to find out what the program entails and if it is right for you. All classes are held at McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center 750 Landff^^r For more information, contact Sharon Kinney at i mc (830)606-2829 Lennaxjftuo films, recreation. 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