New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
By DANA STELL Staff writor
Growth and its impact on the Edwards Aquifer is foremost in the minds of those running for a seat on the Edwards Underground Water District board this month.
At least two candidates are concerned about demand on the Edwards Aquifer. With more and more people moving into the Edwards region, they said, the demand for water will balloon. Edwards board members already are faced with seeking alternate sources of water — such as the development of a surface water reservoir — and will continue to be asked for permits to export water out of the Edwards Region.
In Comal County, New Braunfels resident W.E. Lowry is challenging incumbent director S. Craig Hollmig
in Saturday’s EUWD election.
One director will be elected Saturday in each of the District's five counties of Comal, Bexar, Hays, Uvalde, and Medina for a six-year term.
The district was created in 1959 by the Texas Legislature to develop plans for the use and protection of Edwards Aquifer water.
The 15-member board aims to plan for and protect the aquifer for the best use of surface and ground water.
Hollmig, 34, has been on the board for three years. He was appointed to that position in the middle of Bill Brown’s term when Brown was named to the board of New Braunfels Utilities.
A lifelong resident of New Braunfels, Hollmig has a wife and two children and surveys for the city of New Braunfels and for his in
dependent company here.
Lowry, 58, came to New Braunfels in 1972. He is married and has four children. During the week, Lowry is an industrial engineer at Fort Sam Houston, and on weekends, he works on his ranch near Cotulla.
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Hollmig said he wants to keep his seat on the Edwards board because, “I feel like we’re on the verge of finally getting something done.”
Growth, both in and around the aquifer region, concerns Hollmig. ‘‘I feel what we need to do is be the catalyst in the preservation and conservation of surface water facilities to serve the whole Edwards region,” Hollmig said. “And supplement the ground water we do have in order to maintain the spring flow.
“Growth is fine, but do it using a source of water other than the Edwards Aquifer,” the surveyor continued. “I do not feel San Antonio has the right to pump so much water (out of the aquifer) that it results in the Comal Springs going dry. We have the rights to the spring flow, although no legislature grants us that right. Don’t jeopardize our spring flow.” Hollmig said he would like to see the legislature someday allow the Edwards district to charge a pumping fee for exporting Edwards water out of the district.
That fee and money from within the region could go toward development of surface water projects, Hollmig said. “Mr. (Oliver) Haas always talked about a user fee for the Edwards water with that
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Coaches espouse the doctrines of Paul Brown
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Edwards District incumbent challenger outline their views; election Saturday
Grand Jury indicts 11
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Two New Braunfels men charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child were among ll individuals indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday.
The indictments against brothers David Ned Smith, 36, and Sidney Franklin Smith, 38 both of 230 Cadded I .ane, involved the same pre-school age girl. The offense date on David Smith’s indictment was listed as Oct 3, 1984. whd* the date on Sidney Smith’s was Dec. IO, 1984 The child is now under the custody and control of the Department of Human Resources. New Braunfels Police Detective Juan Gusme said.
James Ray and Benita Hansmann Hornbuckle. both of 4015 Enchanted Sun. Kirby, were each indicted for burglary of a non-habitation That offense took place at Unit No. 30 of William’s Storage. 935 Interstate 35 West, on Oct. 14.1984 Troy Franklin Adamson of I «>t 37 Wickford Way.
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Reimer warns of paving scam
If someone offers to pave your driveway with inexpensive, leftover asphalt, don’t do it, says County Attorney Bill Reimer Several elderly persons, both in the cit> and in the county, hive been victims of flim-flam” operations since last month The latest case reported to Renner happened Jan. IO
‘They come up and say they’ve just finished a paving job down the road and they have leftover asphalt,” Reimer explained The con artists then ask the homeowner if he would like to have his driveway paved “for a really good price, like $900,” the county attorney said “They pave half of it and say, That’s all we have for that price, do you want us to go ahead and finish the job?’
“Then that person’s sitting there with a halfpaved driveway and all of a sudden, the price jacks up to like $2,080 ”
Reimer recommends calling the sheriff or police departments immediately Don’t say yes’ or give them a check,” he said Reimer said the group usually has one man iii work clothes go up to the door and the work crew consists of four or five men in work clothes The group uses a different company name each tune “It’s usually senior citizens" who are approached, Renner said “People just need to In* especially watchful.’’
DANA STELLReagan wants more than paper on arms talks
WASHINGTON IAP) - President Reagan, saying he wants more than a “piece of paper” from new arms talks with the Soviets, is calling for a verifiable agreement guaranteeing deep cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both superpowers.
Reagan cautioned his senior arms control advisers Wednesday that they should have “no euphoria” about the U.S.-Soviet decision to resume negotiations that lapsed more than a year ago.
In a 20-minute meeting with members of the delegation that returned from Geneva with the promise of renewed U.S.-Soviet arms talks, Reagan said, “We can’t rest on our laurels. This is the beginning of a
White House deputy press secretary Larry Speakes, who quoted Reagan’s comments for the benefit of reporters, said the president told the group that although the United States wants an arms agreement, “lf it isn’t a good agreement, if it won’t work, we just don’t seek a piece of paper.” Secretary of State George P. Shultz, who led the U.S. delegation, said the negotiators were able to nail down an agreement and “get what we wanted in Geneva” because of their advance preparations and Reagan’s instructions, Speakes said. “We did not have to come back and
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Constable outlines his needs
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Fidel Tamez, new constable for precinct 4, has gone public with his request for more facilities and equipment for his job.
Approximately 50 people attended a meeting Wednesday afternoon of the Canyon I,ake Republican Women’s Hub, at which Tamez explained his predicament.
Tamez is asking for office space at Canyon I-ake, a business telephone at his residence, a full-time secretary to be shared with Peace Justice Howard Smith, meeting expense allowance, a newer vehicle, and a gas pump at the lake.
“I have told the commissioners what I want and they haven’t said yes or no. I’d like to know so I can keep
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Framed by two trees, a fisherman tries his luck in the Guadalupe River north of New Braunfels. The Guadalupe, which wasn't even ankle deep this summer during the drought, is back to a more normal flow
I FSI lf * RIF WALDT HF R At D ZED UNG
thanks to recent rains The current release rate from Canyon Dam is 800 cubic feet per second; that rate was as low as 5 this summer
Comal Alvar ., i........ 264 cf* (down ll
Canyon inflow 646 cf* (up 1441
Canyon Dam outflow ..... SOO cf* (aam#)
Edward* Aquifer ...... 623 66 (up Oft
Canyon Lafca (aval ...... 904 21 (up 01)
Today is expected to be sunny and cool with the high in the hights and the low near freezing tonight. Friday’s temperatures should Improve under partly
cloudy skies with the high
reaching the mid-60s nesday’s high was 52.
Night of fear
Skillern execution shakes Texas Death Row inmates
HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Billy G Hughes said he and other Death Row inmates felt “a little bit of despair” after hearing of Doyle Skillern’s execution.
Hughes, who was convicted in the 1976 shooting death of a state trooper, said Wednesday most of the inmates awaiting execution were quiet and somewhat fearful after Skillern was put to death.
Skillern, 48, was executed early Wednesday for the 1974 killing of Patrick Randel, an undercover narcotics agent who worked for the Department of Public N P Trial
testimony showed Skillern and Charles Sanne, 51, were trying to sell Randel $1,000 worth of Quaaludes when Sanne fired six shots that killed the officer.
Although Skillern was sentenced to die, Sanne was sentenced to life in prison and could be paroled soon “There’s a little bit of despair in the air,’’ Hughes told reporters, “lf they can execute someone who didn’t commit the crime, then what about men who know they did commit the crime’’ And what about men who are innocent’’ You have to wonder ” Skiilern as convicted under
Texas’ “law of parties,” which states that an accomplice to a killing is as guilty as the killer. He became the fifth inmate put to death in Texas and the 36th nationally since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Hughes said other Death Row inmates were quiet after Skillern’s execution, “but you can read their faces There is a little fear and a lot of concern. They are also wondering about the status of their own cases, “He was one of us Now he’s gone,” Hughes said.
Rut Wur.da Rancid Hogg, the widow of the off icer slain by Skillern,
said she was relieved by the execution “It was a great relief when it was all over.” said Ms Hogg, who lives in Odessa She said she believes Sanne should die for his part in the killing, but added, “I have no control over that.”
An autopsy was performed on Skillern in Houston early Wednesday, Harris County medical examiner’s assistant Santos Vitela said The results were expected within three weeks.
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