New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Garden RidgeLewis says new taxes likely possibility
AUSTIN (AP) — House Speaker Gib Lewis says Texans probably will be paying new taxes when the Legislature winds up its session this year.
Asked directly if he expects that this session, which faces a near 16 billion budget deficit, would be forced to raise taxes, Lewis on Thursday replied with what he called “a qualified yes.”
“It’s going to be very difficult to get out of this session without some type of revenue formula,” Lewis said.
In Texas, all tax bills must originate in the House of Representatives. However, the speaker said he doesn’t yet know what type of tax increase might be approved.
Last summer, the Legislature met in special session and approved temporary sales and gasoline tax hikes
that pushed the state sales tax rate to 5'/4 percent and the motor fuel tax to 15 cents a gallon.
Those temporary levies were set to expire Aug. 31, but Lewis said they might be extended. Or some other type of tax overhaul may be enacted to raise money for essential state services, he said.
‘‘No one likes taxes, and certainly I don’t,” the Fort Worth Democrat insisted.
But Lewis said lawmakers would have to have additional revenues in order to maintain current state services and improve the state prison system, which is under a federal court mandate for reform.
‘‘I don’t see any way we can get out of this session without some type of taxes. ”
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year-old, who admittedly fell asleep and woke up several times during the ordeal, told police she had the feeling she was at the ocean.
‘‘We are asking for public appeal,” Sgt. Paul Buske of SAPD said Thursday. ‘‘We have nothing to go on and Ray isn’t telling us anything. We really don’t know where we are going to search next.”
Friends of the Moberg family and volunteers gathered again this morning at Wolfe Nursery on Perrin-Beitel in San Antonio as they studied maps and discussed strategies preparing to split into groups to comb various areas of the county. Searchers planned today to concentrate on an area north of Loop 1604 near FM 78 in the northeast as well as sections off Culebra Road near where the suspect worked.
‘‘We are searching areas that he was familiar with,” Racheal Reynosa, a personal friend of the girl’s mother, Janie Moberg, said after organizing and familiarizing
searchers with details of the kidnapping and hunt.
‘‘We hope people in Comal County who have ponds or lakes similar to the description given will look. We don’t expect help from authorities there yet, but we would like for them to,” she said.
Reynosa added that they have not ruled out Canyon Lake as a possibility. ‘‘(Ray) loved to fish and we know he had a friend who has property around Canyon Lake. We are sure he has taken her to a place he is familiar with.”
She told volunteers the mother has given up hope that the girl is going to be found alive. ‘‘We don’t know where to look or what we’re looking for,” Reynosa said. ‘‘Only (Ray) knows the answers and he’s not talking." When asked about the possibility that the long time EMS technician weighted the girl before dropping her into water the family friend said, “He’s no dummy A couple of lakes have been dragged but we don’t know if we’re looking for a shallow grave, under brush or in water. We are go
ing now only on what the eight-year-old girl has told as and their concepts of time or places are not like ours.” Searchers were instructed to take off Jewelry items and poke brushy areas around lakes and ponds with sticks to avoid being bitten by rodents nesting. Yesterday’s search concentrated on areas around Windcrest and Camelot subdivisions in the northeast section of the county and in parts of Selma.
Comal County Sheriff Investigator Danny Ybarra said he called on a friend with a boat to search some of the shorelines around Canyon Lake Tuesday but turned up nothing. ‘‘Of course you have to remember that cold water will keep a body down,” Ybarra said, adding ‘if she’s at the lake a fisherman or someone is going find her.”
Sheriff authorities in Comal or Guadalupe counties have not been officially asked to search for the girl Investigator Floyd Schlichting of the Guadalupe sheriff’s office said Thursday, ‘if we hear of any developments in our portions we will start a search immediately ”
Texas Water Commission solicits ideas to protect Edwards Aquifer
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
The Texas Water Commission is looking for a few brights ideas to help them protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. TWC officials said Thursday that Comal County residents are encouraged to participate in a hearing to be held Feb 19 concerning aquifer protection.
“The Edwards Aquifer is something a lot of people in your area are pretty vitally interested in and there is a lot of discussion relative to it,” said Tom Bohl. TWC staff attorney. He added that the February hearing will be the second of its type The hearing will be from IO a m to 2 p.m at the Hondo City Hall.
Comments at the 1906 hearing led to the creation of a transition area south of the aquifer recharge zone. The transition area is protected by state regulations similar to those regulating land use on the recharge zone.
‘‘Someof (those regulations) came out of dialogue at the hearing.” Bohl said.
“Basically, what we want to hear is if someone says, ‘Hey, I'm concerned about this and I think you ought to do something about it.’ or, ‘Hey. I think
you’re doing a good Job.’ That’s what we want to hear.” Bohl said
State regulations require the water commission to host a public hearing in the aquifer area The purpose is to determine whether regulations are working and to receive suggestions from residents. Five counties — Comal, Hays. Bexar. Medina and Uvalde — make up the Edwards Underground Water District. Bohl said residents from Kinney. Kendall and Williamson counties also are invited to attend the hearings Last year's hearing was held in San Marcos.
Bohl said the water commission is not proposing any changes in regulations and has not received any public comments concerning the hearing yet. He said residents are allowed to submit written statements which will be read at the hearing if those residents are unable to attend
The water commission is in charge of protecting the aquifer from pollution that might enter through caves, sinkholes and crevices, Bohl said “The regulations that are designed here are to protect the aquifer from runoff that might contaminate it.” he said, explaining that the commission tries to regulate pesticide use in agricultural areas. Runoff from
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fields sprayed with pesticides can cause damage to the water supply in the aquifer, he said.
“We're definitely interested in input from the agricultural interest in the area," the attorney said Although agricultural use poses little threat to the aquifer. Bohl said the commission regulates some forms of agriculture, namely pesticides use and feed lots Bohl said the commission also regulates storage of gasoline and hydrocarbons over the recharge area. “There is a chance that pollution could enter the aquifer through sinkholes. ' he said The aquifer's recharge zone runs in an arch through the five counties included in the underground water district. The zones passes through the northwestern side of New Braunfels and includes much of Comal County The commission regulates development on the recharge area by reviewing and approving construction designs and regulating industrial discharge The transmission area runs just south of the recharge zone. Bohl said "The protection in the transmission zone is a little bit different The regulations are not as strict as in the recharge zone.” he said
By EDDA BUCHNER
If there are any drawbacks to Community Education, they must be negligible for the benefits gained by participating in a course are tremendous. As human beings, we have the gift to learn through observation and actions, and given the chance, we can learn to do many things, especially those that interest us.
Age is no barrier in this context. On the contrary, an adult who develops a new skill feeds the inner springs of rejuvenation and provides his/her mind with invigorating mental exercise and the body with physical dexterity.
Anyone can take advantage of the community education program which provides a stimulating forum for a wide array of interests.
In the greater Garden Ridge area — including Solms, Natural Bridge Caverns and Bracken — the CEC was started by Dr Arlen Tieken in 1978. The money from the school district carries the greater burden of CEC salaries for teachers and coordinator, whereas the federal subventions are nominal and are threatened to be cut off entirely
But again, as in so many other instances, the stalwart volunteer reserve keeps the varigated learning program intact
The Bracken Volunteer Fire Department furnishes the community hall for the classes and the members of the Community Education Council meet the first Thursday of each month at the Bracken Methodist Church to discuss future plans. The current volunteers are Carolyn Bindseil. Bernice Dunlap. Bernice Feidler. Enid Hartley.
Ixjuis Herrick. Tom Handle. Johan na Schulze and Fat Welty
Joline Phipps, the director and coordinator, has been involved with the CEC for the past seven years When asked what course had the best response she answered with an amused chuckle “The rabbit raising class given by the Guadalupe Valley Club of New Braunfels It started out with 27 participants and 'ncreased in number to 43 Everyone bringing a friend to come and learn about these delightful furry creatures "
Rocklaying is another class that attracts people in droves Under the instruction of Wallis Howard, outside projects were tackled, like the circular benches for which tile Methodist Church provided the materials Also a consistent favorite for years is the gourmet cooking class, scheduled for the last Tues day of each month except during the summer
But the classes can also work with a sort of reverse psychology. The lawnmower repair class Jo Phipps attended, made her realize that she did not care to comprehend the abstract workings of an engine; but her appreciation for the mechanics who do the work increased. Another lady who enjoyed quilting a pillow in class forthwith abandoned the idea of buying an expensive kit for a larger quilting project. In both cases, the insights won in the class created an appreciation for the crafts and prevented some disappointing investments
The Community Education Calendar has already been published and registrations are being accepted The teachers for the spring semester in Garden Ridge are Dr. Tews from Schertz. He is a professional counselor and advisor who speaks about assertive skills, time management, etc.
Mrs Maxine Miller-Scott has been instructing couples in ballroom dancing for the past 15 years Her students recommend her classes to friends and acquaintances Eddie Fuchs of Garden Ridge is a district representative for a mutual funds company. Either he or his son Larry , will explain the intricacies of the new tax law Mrs O’Mahoney of ‘Gourmet Food by Eva’ catering service will resume her cooking classes
Mr McElroy, the P E. teacher at Comal Elementary School, recognized the need to teach children gym
nastics from kindergarden on to fifth grade. Malcolm Beck is the local celebrity and authority on organic gardening. He will present an excellent slide show on garden insects and persuade you that natural gardening can really work Investment strategies are explored by Mr. Howel Jones of Garden Ridge. He is a financial advisor for a New Braunfels-based company.
Jean Craigmile, a former registered nurse, will demonstrate the life-saving procedures of CPR. Mr. Spencer belongs to the National Safety Council and will teach defensive driving tactics, especially to the over-55 crowd. Judith Kovacs-Lang is a psychologist who teaches at SAC and maintains counseling clinics in San Antonio and New Braunfels She will give workshops in relationship and self image.
The martial art of karate is demonstrated by Mr. Smith for 15 weeks at the Comal Elementary School. Judy Garwood of ‘Judy’s Studio’ on FM 2252 promises to help her students create lovely trinkets in stained glass and lead
Anyone in the community who would like to share his/her skills is invited to contact the CEC coordinator Jo Phipps. Anyone wishing to participate in the spring classes, please register by calling 651-6918.
It is quite an adventure to learn to look closely at the most ordinary things and procedures, and the interchange between people can be both relaxing and sustaining.
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