New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday. January 16. 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Laurel Patter low Vol 145 No 46
Applications claim nearly double EAA limit
By ABE LEVY
•Edwards Aquifer wcll-owners are claiming water nghts that arc almost two times more than the state-mandated limit that the Edwards Aquifer Authority is in the process of enforcing, agency officials reported Wednesday.
The EAA set Dec. 30 as the deadline for major wcll-owners to turn in applications for permits to pump from the aquifer based on their historical use between June I, 1972 and May 31, 1993.
Never before have permits been
requested of well owners who arc forced to comply with state legislation for the first time that places a cap on aquifer withdrawals.
The agency reports that 978 applications were turned in, claiming a total of 792,900 acre feet of aquifer water nghts.
According to the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act of 1993, which created the state's first regional aquifer agency, all withdrawals must meet a limit of 450,000 acre feet of water in the first year and 400,000 acre feet by 2008.
The EAA Board of Directors must reduce the declared water rights to
comply with the limit during the next few months.
Household and livestock wells that use less than 25,000 gallons a day arc exempt from the permit process. Farmers who imgatc their crops arc allowed two-acre feet of water per acre.
The majonty of applications came from Medina County with 2%, Uvalde with 291 and Bexar with 287.
However, Bexar County, which includes the San Antonio Water System, the largest municipal user of the aquifer, had a total of 430.8(H) acre
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The Edwards Aquifer Authority accepted applications until Dec. 30 for permits to pump from the 175-mile long underground reservoir in an effort to regulate its withdrawals to 450,000 ac re-feet per year in accordance with the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act of 1993.
The following is a list of the total average amount of water that well owners are claiming they've pumped between June I, 1972 and May 31, 1993.
Source: Edwards Aquifer Authority'
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Mvthdiy wishes from th# Herald Zsttiwiql
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Blanche Pope, Erin Ixirillard 13 years old), laurel Patterson (ll yean old), Terr! Dieter!, Michele Taylor (18 yean old), Barbara Wilson, Connie Young.
To have a birthday' or anniversary listed here, call 625-VI44.
Mold-539 Mountain Cedar — 376
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Comal River — 206 cubic feet per second. down Siree (rom Wednesday Edward* Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 623.59 (eat above sea level, down 03 Canyon Dem discharge —179 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —230 ct*
Canyon Lake level — 906 IS feet above tea level (Above conservation pool.)
NBU report* pumping 2 453 melon gallons of surfed water Wednessday. and 4306 freon guAon* al wa! water ware used
Chamber banquet tickets on sale
Tickets for the 78th Annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet set for Jan. 24 at the Civic Center remain on sale until Friday.
The theme for ttie banquet is Invest Wsefy... Ifs Your Business Highlights will include multiple audiovisuals and award presentations Including the Besserung Award winner This citizen of the year" award is kept secret until the time of the presentation and is awarded each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the community The event is usually a sell-out so get your tickets early Call the Chamber office at 625-2385 for more Information
Tbxm Tomorrow Fund
The Comptroller s Office is offer mg brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas families to provide for their children’s future college education at a current fixed cost.
The currenj enrollment period ends Feb. 18. 1997 For more information or an appfc cation, contact the Texas Tomor row Fund at (BOO) 445-GRAD (4723), or Rep Edmund Kuem pel’s office at (512) 4630602
national Jayeo# Wools under way
The New Braunfels Jaycees are celebrating Jaycee Week through Saturday
Make a world of difference right here at home by pining the Jaycees
For more information join us at 8 p m. Jan 25 at the Coma County Fairgrounds, music by the Texas Knights, or call 606-4747 There is a $5 cover charge
••nlom havt 'Battle
Banca* on tap
The Comal County Senior Center is having a "Battle Dance from 7 to 11.30 p m. Friday at the Civic Center Music by the Seven Dutchmen and the Little Fishermen.
Tickets are $10, at the Senior Center in advance or at the door The winner of the "Car For Al Seasons' drawing will be announced at 11 p m Raffle tickets for the Car For Al Seasons are $1 each or six for $5 at Red McCombs Universe Motors and China-n-Things For more information call Susan Phillips at 609-5030
CISD tackles plan for growth
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District is once again forming a committee to help tile district determine how to get a handle on the extensive growth in enrollment.
Superintendent Jerry Major said enrollment in CISD schools is surpassing previous expectations CISD is the eighth fastest growing school dinted in the state with enrollment of more than 5.0(H). Major said the growth may slow down, hut enrollment will still increase steadily. Ile said a demographics study was conducted in the spring of 1993, arui current enrollment is two years ahead of those projections.
“We were anticipated to go over
10.000 students in the year 2000," said Major. “Now we expect to go over
10.000 next year “
To help the district get a handle on the growth, Major said a Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee is being put together A similar committee was formed in 1993 and 1994. Both committees provided information to the board of trustees and administrators The committee’* recommendations were the basis for bond elections
“It lets parents and taxpayers have a say so in what’s happening in the district," said Major. “Different people have different perspectives and ideas You can get different ideas from the committee.”
Major said 120 invitations to join the committee have gone out to parents, taxpayers and former committee members. Major said anyone else wanting to serve on the committee is welcome, and there is no si/c limit on the committee “We’ll have a lot of people on the committee, but some will be able to give more time than others," said Major. “We may have a large number, but they’ll never all be there "
Once the committee is formed, Major said it will he given all die informal urn the district currently lias regarding facilities and enrollment He said the committee will discuss a wide range of issues surrounding a long-range plan, including enrollment.
growth, expansion, renovations, portables ami bond issues. Major said the committee will then Iv asked to come up with a recommendation tor the administration.
“T hey will take a look at where we want the district to head iii the next five or six years," said Major ‘They should he able to formulate a plan for the district to handle the growth ’’
The committee's firs! meeting will be held at 6:30 p m. Feb. 4 in the Arlon Seay Intermediate School cafeteria.
Anyone wanting lo serve on the 1997 Long-Range facilities Planning (’ommittee should contact (TSI) jrub-lic information officer Don Clark al 625-8081 or 885-7674, ext 203.
AIDS activist attending education, awareness summit
By DENISE DZIUK
A local AIDS activist will attend a conference this weekend on how to educate adolescents about the dangers of HIV and AIDS, so they can pass the information on to their peers Robert Konkel said the number of HIV/AIDS cases is increasing fastest among adolescents, followed by women and people of color.
Konkel said die best way to teach adolescents about the HIV virus is through others their age.
“The children have more of a tendency to listen to each other than they do adults,” said Konkel. “This whole conference is nothing hut youth and ways to educate them."
Konkel said he. along with a representative from the San Antonio area, will attend the Youth HJV Summit today through Sunday rn Albuquerque, N.M.
Herald Zeitunu photo by Mich**! Darnait
Local AIDS activist and patient Robert Konkal readys Ma ap—ch for a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for a conference about AIDS education training end st—renees.
The summit is for southwestern states and Mexico, since a large number of infected people are crossing the border.
While there, Konkel will attend workshops on peer education.
“We’re having a summit lo learn how lo educate adolescents,’’ said Konkel ‘Til he laking workshops where I can come hack and work with teens about how to he peer educators I’m hoping I can bring hack some really good information on it"
Iii March, Konkel will attend the Ninth Annual National HIV/AIDS Update ( (inference.
At the conference, Konkel said lie will speak about prevention methods in rural communities, which he said he has seen first-hand. He attended the conference two years ago, but was not a speaker.
“I’m of only a handful of non-profetsionai who have invited to speak at the conference,” said Konkel. “I feel very privileged this year to be asked back as a speaker.’*
The national conference will he held March 17 through 22 in San f rancisco.
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County's extension agent for family and consumer sciences was recognized last week as the state’s top agent in that specialty.
Pat Rasor went to an awards ceremony at Texas AAM on Jan 7 to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for a County Extension Agent in family and Consumer Sciences T he award is presented through the agricultural program at Texas AAM, and honors the top agent iii the various fields, including agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-11 Rasor said agents upply for the award, and one is ehoscnagcnl Iron throughout the stale.
“My district extension director submitted my name,’’ said Rasor. "I didn’t even know I had been nominated ’’ Rasor said the district director nominated her and various local individuals wrote letters of recommendations She said she found out her name had been submitted when the district director visited the Comal County office with the notification letter.
“He scared me to death,’’ said Ras*x. “Ile walked in and said he had to talk to us about something. He sal everybody d» wii, and then he read the letter notifying mc. I was very surprised ’’ Rasor said she had heard about the
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H-Z names Bogman news editor
From staff reports
Steve Bogman. 42, lias been named 1 vws editor at (Iv New Hruun/ei.s Her-ald-Zritung, acceding lo an announce-men! Wednesday by Micaii Boyd, managing editor
“We are very pleased to have Steve on board," Boyd said. "Ile brings with him a great deal ol potential to complement our newsroom operations "
Steve Braman Brigman was
transferred from the Paris News, owned by Southern Newspapers Inc., which also own* tlv Hcrald-Zcitung After a May 1996 graduation from lax!Texas Stale I Jniversity, Iv wen! lo work for the Sulphur Springs News-lelegram as a general assignment reporter He joined (he Paris news iii August wtvrc his work ttvluded sports reporting and page layout Before embarking (Mi his new career the one he says Iv always wanted Brigman spent 18-plus year* as a
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