New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas (or more than 145 years ■ Home of Kathy
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The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extend* birthday wishes to: Janice Gandy, (nnrvkve Nome (Saturday), Ron Sommer (Saturday), Cindy Wilkins Saturday), BUI Morklm, Harry Montague, lAiey Meek, Teresa Dettwyler, Ky Slone (6 years old), Martha Walker (Saturday), Theresa Wesley (Saturday), Tom Cook (Saturday), Marlin Dettwyler (Saturday), Jessica I dickey (7 yean old Saturday), larry lehr, Kathy Mom (SO years old Saturday), Brenda M. (Brat) Trejo (Saturday), Eyndl Moon, Ernest Srhrauh, Terry Burin, Joe Villarreal,
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Dorothy and Boh Taylor (34 years).
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Pollen Count Mold — 836
Mountain Cader —1000
(Pecan maaaurad in pans par aim. matai of av Intormaeon provided by Or Frank "pal)
Comal River — 211 cubic IMI per second. up Swea tom Thursday.
Edwards Aquia Panther Canyon Wa! — fl23 Sheet abova aaa level, same, Canyon Dun tfecharpe 177 oh Canyon use mao* —im oh Canyon Laie level — Mi. 14 lee! above eee level (Above conservation pool)
NVJ rsporh pumping 3567 melon gh line of hihoe eater Wednesday, and 2 640 mfton galoot of wsfl water wereJuycd#s Qflte ilittdfor Saturday night
New Braunfels Jaycees Gala Celebration will be from 9 p m to I a rn Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds Music will be provided by the Texas Knights with a $5 cover charge Come learn how you can make a difference In the community For more informa bon call 606-4747Taxaa Tomorrow rtid program
The Comptroller's Office is offer mg brochure# and applications for bio Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas families to provide for their chil dren’s future college education at a current fixed coef
The current enrollment period endsFeb 18,1997 For more * Jorrnatmn or an app*-cation, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund af (800) 445-(iHA(J (4723), or Hep Edmund Kuem-pef’s office at (512) 4634002CHS to hold Spaghetti
The Canyon High School Spaghetti Dinner and Auction scheduled for Jan 14 has been rescheduled tor tonight CHS cheerleaders are spon Boring this event to earn funds for their trip to the national cheerleading championshipDane# with th# Aristocats tonight
All participants are invited to perform with Die Canyon High School Anstocats during halftime of the Canyon Cougar bas ketball game tonight Call Gayna Wornmack at 606-0353 or Denise Holster at 625-5263 to reserve a place for your child Awards will be given to ail participants Funds raised dur this clinic wiD be used to help send the Anstocats to competition rn Santa Fe, N M , in March.
Proposed btu to overhaul water code
By DA VK) DERUDDER
Ixxal officials are hoping a biti introduced Wednesday in the state Senate to overhaul the state’s water code will do the job in addressing water-related concerns within the Edwards Aquifer region.
J E. “Buster” Brown. R-Lakc Jackson, is sponsor of Senate Bill I, which would change the state’s water law for the first time in 40 years if it is passed.
The bill addresses six concerns relating to Texas water policy: drought response management; water management, marketing, and transfers; surface water and ground water supplies; financial assistance to local governments; small communities assistance; and water data collection and dissem
Brown, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, said he filed the bill because a review of the state’s water needs has king been overdue.
“We haven't had a serious look at our water problems since 1983, and that is 12 years ago," Brown said. “We just experienced a serious (bought this summer which cost the agriculture industry $2 billion, and cost the Texas economy S5 billion. The Texas Water Development Board did a study which showed by the year 2010, our urban water needs will he 15 percent short if we continue the current practices, and that amt Hints to $40 billion a year in the economic loss to the state."
Drought management plans and the creation of (pound water districts would
he decided on the local level, Brown said.
“It does establish a mechanism for the creation of ground waler districts on a local basis which could, if they chose, to put limits on pumpage, especially during emergency situations," Brown said.
Senate Bill I attempts to establish a system in which regional and local drought plans would he put under one state framework. Funding, incentives and assistance from the state would he included.
Brown’s bill was drawn up from a state water plan dratted by the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Natural Resources Conservation (’ommission and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The hill would cml between $40 to
$50 million to cover the additional employees in cat h of the three agencies who would review reports and assist the entities in planning and helping coordinate regional planning in those areas.
Edwards Aquifer Authority representative Doug Miller said he hopes Senate Bill I will support what the EAA plans to do .
"I am hoping the bill in some form or fashion will support our efforts to manage our resources through well permitting, critical period management and long range planning,” Miller said The legislation provides interim funding for the EAA to continue, which Miller said he is glad to see.
“I understand it addresses water from the aspect of local control," hePea soup
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Jaycees to hold annual gala Saturday
By DAVID DEKUNOER
The New Braunfels Jaycees wilt usher in a new year of fellowship and community involvement with their annual gala on Saturday night at the Coma! County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
t he gala will begin with a social flour from K to 9 p m. A dance will be held from 9 p m to I a rn Die band "Texas Knights" will provide the music and entertainment. Door prizes will he given away.
I he charge is $3 per person
The New Braunfels Jaycees recog
nized Jaycee Week on Jan 12-17. The focus of Jaycee Week was to bring awareness to what the Jaycees do for the community.
The New Braunfels Jaycees have been in existence since the 1930*. The Jaycees are members of the New Braunfels Junior Chamber of Commerce and are between the ages of 21 and 39.
Jaycee President Charles Mot/ V said the organization gets many young people involved in the community.
“They arc a leadership development organization," Motz said. “T hrough involvement in the community, mem hers gain valuable too!*, or life skills, through business relationships, public
speaking and managerial skills ’’
The Jaycees are involved in numerous projects and give to several chantable organizations in the community.
In April, the Jaycees plan to sponsor Film Fest at the Walnut 6 I lieutcr I lie whole theater will he set up to allow children to see children’s movies Film Fest is made possible by businesses and individuals who buy the tickets ha tile children who can’t afford to buy their own movie tickets. I he businesses ami individuals then give the tickets to the Jaycees who in (urn give the tickets to tin: Women's ( enter, schools and daycares
A Magic SIkiw is another big Jaycee event which was held two months ago
"We had two shows for 4(10 kids al the Civic Center,” Motz said “We raised $5,(XX) for the Senior ( cuter by soliciting businesses in the community."
Businesses and individuals also bought tickets lur children to attend the Magic Show.
I he Jaycees liavc been instrument*! iii setting up an ctMlowmenl scholarship al Southwest Texas Stale University for any ( om.il ( minty giuduating high school senior I lie scholarship is now up to $30,000
Motz said community involvement is very important to die Jaycees “(hir creed is ‘Service to humanity is lite best work of life," Mol/ said
Garza to make voting reform a priority
By DAVID DE KUNDER
I exas Secretary of State Antonio (tar/* told the New Braunfels Republican Women Thursday that electoral reform during this year's state legislative session will he one of his top priorities He spoke to the group at its meeting Thursday afternoon at First United Methodist Church.
Garza, 37, said through these reforms he hopes to make the voting process easter and more efficient for millions of Texans. The Secretary of State’s Office helps with the administration of elections in the state.
"There are a couple of things I want to do," Garza said after his speech. "I don't think names should
he released on local (mail) ballots (until aller the early voting period) " Garza said by not releasing the names and addresses of these voters, they will not he bothered by cam paign workers before they vote Garza is supporting legislation which would make it a requirement for people who have a drivers license to put their license number on their voter registration card when they register.
By requiring drivers license numbers on voter registration cards, it will make the system more efficient, Garza Mid.
"It was very embarrassing to have 989,000 people registered twice (iii Texas)," Garza said, referring to the last election. "This will keep our rolls cleaner"
The secretary of state favors an idea which would raise the eligibility ago of people who can receive a mail in ballot from 65 to 70 Garza said he supported this change because most people in their 60’» arc still mobile “One would continue to be eligible at any age if they are disabled," (iar/a said.
During his speech, Garza said Republicans on the national and slate level will address (he issues most people are concerned about.
“We must govern not (Hit of a sense of arrogance, but from a sense of goodness," he said.
Garza stressed local control, personal responsibility, juvenile justice and welfare reform as issues Republicans have tackled and been suc
cessful in addressing on (lie* state level.
Garza said every citizen should lie involved iii their government “We need to he responsible for everyone being iii the ptoccss,’’ (<arza said
Since tile 1997 legislative session is undei way, Garza said reform of the state's property lax system will be the big issue (iar/a said he believes Gov Bush will be able to get a properly tax cut ’ for properly owners in one form or another.
“It is very important to local governments ,’’ (iar/a said “The state should be the primary funder of schools I here is only so far you can go before you have a tax revolt.”
said. "Senator Brown and Lt. Gov. (Boh) Bullock want to get control down to the lowest local level so that you don’t have a state entity telling people in East Texas and West Texas, which have different needs, what to do,"
Ciuadalupc-Blanco River Authority General Manager Bill West said he believes Senate Bill I is the start of something new in terms of I cxas water management
"I dunk it is an excellent start," West said. “I think there will he enhancements suggested during the hearing process in the legislature, specifically regarding (lie financing of water infrastructure It is identified, I think it ncexl* to be specific and defined "
By DAVID WINDER
Sports Editor ■
It looks like Comal County may he finally pooling together Thirty years after E E. “Bud" Dall-man made a recommendation to have an indoor-swimming pool built in the area, the wheels were sri in motion thursday to sec if it is a feasible idea ( 'ounty Judge f arter ('listed asked Parks Manager of Comal County Tom Hornscth to check into the matter at Commissioners Court Thursday morning “We’ve got two parks opening up, muyhc we could, use one of them," Casteel said. “Also, we’re looking for more land to build a park Or maybe we ask the city for unipcra-tion "
lionised! said asking dx* city would he his first order of business,
“It appears that enclosing I anda Park ((ii h >1) would be a possible solution hut dial would involve lite city of New Braunfels," Hornscth said “I'm going to make some contacts with the city to sec ll thai could be accomplished " New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said
Dailman, who started the New Braunfels Aquatic (Tub 35 years ago and still (caches swimming today, said an indoor pool would be a welcome addition to the county.
“Swimming is not a seasonal sport," Dailman said "It is a year-round sport Baseball is iii the summer. basketball is in the wintel and I not bal! is iii dx* tall Swimming is not like thai.
“We have swim learns at Canyon, New Braunfels aud Smithson Valley (high schools) and those kids have lo go to San Marcos to train I hey go over there every day. Just from that standpoint, getting a covered pool would Ik* worth ii Here we sit with youth and high school swim learns, arid no facility lor them."
Dailman said an indoor pool would also put more money into the area's economy “It would In* a great tourist attraction for our hotels," Dailman said "When we stage meets iii tho «umrner we fill up New Braunfels, and people spill oui to Seguin and San Antonio " Casteel said ii is (us! a question ot (he county not using all o! its natural resources.
"I bean! Bud talking about how Ix* had been hired to he a consultant by some surrounding communities,” ( astre I said "I thought ‘we've got dx* tcachci right here ’ Why don’t we have it iii oui community?"
Dailman said he is excited about the idea of finally getting an indoor pix>1 iii the arca.
“I've been praying for it long enough," Dailman said “lf Carter is hacking this, it is a quantum step in the right direction "I Visitors center on Interstate 35 makes sense. Page 4.