New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Junior Team beats Canyon Lake 13-3. See Page 5.
Lamar Smith’s immigration bill gains momentum
WASHINGTON. D C. — Statements Thursday by House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s top lawyer added significant momentum to the “Immigration in the National Interest Act” sponsored by Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee.
Speaker Gingnch, refemng to Smith’s bill during a news conference to announce the recommendations of the Speaker’s Illegal Immigration Task Force, said he hoped “to move the (Smith) bill this year with the President’s support.”
Alexander Aleinikoff, General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, endorsed the Smith bill Thursday. “We share in very large measure the goals that you expressed as well as many of the details,” Aleinikoff told Smith.
“From the very beginning this has been a bipartisan effort to do what’s in the best interest of Amenca regarding immigration reform,” Smith said as he opened the hearing. “The system is broken and does not serve the national interest."
No one injured in fiery motorcycle crash on Plaza
Two individuals avoided injuries when the motorcycle they were on skidded out of control and caught on fire Sunday night.
Ricky Koenig, of 720 Albert, and his passenger Merideth McGlamery were riding on a Kawasaki 5S0 GPZ around the Plaza at 9 p.m. Sunday. Koenig lost control of the motorcycle and skidded into the island by Texas Commerce Bank.
The motorcycle caught on fire and was a total loss. Neither passenger was injured severely, although both did suffer road rash
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Four bitten by rottweiler in melee on river
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Shannon Espinoza (6 years), Allan Spinney, Louise England and Ruby England
Public school reform o be topic of talk
Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop with guest speaker Carol Robison, chief of the Juvenile Probation for the county. Topic will be the Public Schools Reform Act of 1995. Meeting will be held at the NBNB Center, next to Victoria Bank, Monday July 10 at 7 p.m. Puolic invited. Call Sylvia at 625-9213 or 606-6257 for information.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A rottweiler took a bite out of a drunken Guadalupe River outing Monday afternoon when it jumped into a fight between two groups of people on die river, Comal County Sheriff's Lieutenant Sumner Bowen said.
“It was a large dog — he definitely had our attention,” Bowen said.
Before it was all over four people had been bitten, including the owner and Water Safety Specialist Rocky Alba.
Comal County Animal Control Officer Steve McKin got the dog under control and picked it up. “The dog is being held without bond by animal control,” Bowen said.
The bites weren’t serious. “Everybody will be OK,” he said.
Two groups, including the dog s owner, were fighting on the river
around 4 p.m. yesterday, Bowen said. The dog was not on a leash. It became frightened and agitated and joined the free-for-all, Bowen said. “The situation would have been easily handled, but the dog was a variable factor,” he said.
“We’ve had people get bitten in the campsites before, but never on the water,” he said.
Bowen blamed the owner, not the dog, for the incident. A possibly vicious dog should have been at least leashed, but probably not on a crowded river at all. The incident happened at the most potentially violent time on the river, late in the day on a holiday, Bowen said. “When it’s late in the afternoon, we get down to the really hard core drunks,” he said.
All in all, this holiday weekend has been a good one on the river, Bowen said. “It’s been a good Fourth. Not a single major incident,” he said.
EUWD members pledge to watch catfish farm closely
By DENISE DZIUK
The Edwards Underground Water District was put on notice at a board of directors meeting on Wednesday that the catfish farm in San Antonio is preparing to reopen and resume pumping.
Living Waters Artesian Springs, Ltd. filed a 90-day notice of intent to resume its catfish farm operations on June 23. The notice was in compliance with the 1993 settlement of a lawsuit filed by the EUWD and the San Antonio River Authority in 1991.
The EUWD board of directors were unhappy with the notice and said they will be watching the
business very carefully to guarantee ail laws arc fbi- * lowed.
“The Edwards District will be keeping careful watch, making sure the catfish farm complies with all requirements set forth in the Texas Water Code and in the settlement,” said EUWD General Manager Rick lllgner.
Comal County board member Craig Hollmig said part of the careful watch will be done through the use of four monitoring wells on adjacent property. The wells will be used to measure water levels and pressure, lf the aquifer levels drop, the spring and river levels will also drop. Another action will be to check the quality of water at the discharge location and in the Medina River, said Hollmig.
"We’re going to go down fighting. We’ll keep try
ing to stop him until they kick us out of the building and lock the doors,” he said.
“lf he continues to pollute the water and waste it, we’ll use every mechanism possible to stop him,” said Carolyn Eagle, Public Information Officer for EUWD.
Eagle said there is large concern about the amount of water the firnn will be allowed to pump. She said the business' primary well can pump up to 55.3 million gallons per day. This is almost one-quarter the amount pumped by the city of San Antonio in dry years. Jerri Martin, EUWD Board Chair, said the board will prevent the business from resuming pumping of such a large quantity of water.
“Citizens using water from the aquifer can be assured that we will not allow the owners of the Catfish Farm to resume their unconscionable waste of of water,” she said.
Ronnie Pucek Jr., owner of the fish farm, said the board’s stance against his reopening is premature. He said he is looking for economically feasible ways to save and recirculate the water. He also added that the Water Commission is already responsible for monitoring for pollution.
“I don’t know why they’re trying to shoot me out of the saddle before I even get started. They don’t even know what I’m going to do,” he said.
He also said that if the Edwards Aquifer Authority replaces the present board, a new set of guidelines will be established. He said he will be given a right to pump a certain amount of water. In dry
'We're going to go down fighting. We’ll keep trying to stop him until they kick us out of the building and lock the doors.’
— Craig Hollmig
periods, he will have the option to cut back operations, find a way to conserve water or find a new water source.
“With the new law, I’ll be looking for ways to save water just like everyone else. ITI find a way to conserve it or ITI have to shut down,” Pucek said.
In other business Wednesday night, the board agreed to implement compromise emergency withdrawal reduction measures as set out by a panel of attorneys appointed by Federal Court Judge Lucious Bunton. The plan would only be in effect this year, and would temporarily change the Distnct’s current Demand Management Plan until January I, 19%.
The plan is designed to protect the aquifer and spring levels from excessive pumping in the event of a drought. The plan affects water suppliers, municipalities and other non-industrial and nonagricultural water users in Bexar, Comal, and Hays counties. Public hearings regarding the plan will be held in each county beginning July 17, 1995.
New policy will save money for rural NBU hook-ups
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal River — Not available. Edwards Aquifer — Not available Guadalupe River — 400 cfs
Circle Arts performance to help music club
New Braunfels Music Club members and other interested parties may pick up tickets for the Circle Arts I heatre’s July 13 performance of Hello, Dolly, at Johnson’s Furniture Store. Tickets are $10. Profits from this performance will benefit the club's Music Scholarship Fund.
)og training course starts next week
The city is offering a course in basic dog obedience taught by Stephanie Heinrich. The class will meet for eight weeks beginning July 11. Classes will meet Tuesday evening from 6 30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Landa Recreation Center. Fee is $40. For information, call 608-2167.
American Legion meets
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets Thursday, July 6 at 410 W. Coll St. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting begins at 8 p m Unit #179 auxiliary holds its meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Lioness Club to gather at Ryan’s
New Braunfels Lioness Club will meet at Ryan’s on Monday, July 10 at 11 am.
Eagles Auxiliary meets Monday
The Past Presidents of the Eagles Auxiliary will meet at Ryan's Monday, July 10 at 6 p.m. The members are requested to go to the party room upon arrival
A mistake was made in transcribing the winning Texas Lotto numbers from the Saturday night drawing. The correct numbers follow
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tubers crowd the Guadalupe River near Canyon Dam Sunday. Outfitters say the river flow of 40Q-cubic-feet-per-second is perfect for tubing or rafting, and other than one incident in which four people were bitten by a dog, law enforcement officials reported a quiet weekend on the river.
School board may fire ag teacher
Kelly Slover in hot water over alleged actions in livestock deal
New Braunfels Utilities gave a sizable break to new rural customers at its Thursday night meeting. “We made some changes in the connection policy that will be positive steps for the customer,” NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said.
NBU will now give 500 feet of free line to new residential customers hooking up to NBU electric lines. Before the new policy only IOO feet of line came free, DiFonzo said.
Customers who have to pay for line extensions above and beyond the 500 feet will also come out better under the new policy, DiFonzo said. They will still have to pay $2.50 per foot for extensions, but if another new customer ties into that extension, the original customer will get a credit. “That’ll help people in the county,” DiFonzo said.
The results of a GBRA (Guadalupe/Blanco River Authority) study on regional waste water sludge disposal was presented to the NBU Board of Directors. Land application of sludge was studied, where sludge is cut into land and used as fertilizer It would be a joint effort between NBl^. GBRA, San Marcos, Lockhart ani&LulA, DiFonzo said.
NBliViiMew commercial customer. Rip Grinin’s Truck Travel Center on Inter-state-35, are working to develop the water and sewer extensions they need to operate, DiFonzo said
There will be a public meeting July 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss NBU’s budget workbook.
River and aquifer information
By DENISE DZIUK
A Smithson Valley vocational agriculture teacher is on leave with pay pending a hearing with the school board, in which he stands to lose his job and his reputation.
Judy Holbrook, a SVHS parent, said Kelly Slover was the type of teacher who took a sincere interest in his students. Many of his students were preparing to purchase steers for the upcoming year of shows.
Holbrook said a parent approached Slover and asked him to help them locate a steer to purchase. A rancher from the Panhandle was coming to the San Antonio Livestock Show and brought some of his livestock with him for the parent to look at, said Holbrook.
Holbrook said the family bought the calf for $1,500. The rancher said the only other thing was that the family had to take the animal to the rancher’s veterinarian to be branded. He said there was no rush. Slover was going to visit relatives in the area over spring break. The buyer asked Slover to take the steer to get branded and he agreed to do it, continued Holbrook.
Several days after the steer was returned, the owners called the school and said there was something wrong with the calf.
The rancher was called and he said
‘He had no real incentive to commit this act and I’m hoping they’ll see this,’
— Paul Jordan, attorney
to bring the calf back and the buyers could get their money back. The buyers decided to just exchange it for another calf, said Holbrook.
Slover is now being accused of injecting the animal with air to enhance the look and size of it, according to people familiar with the situation.
Air can be injected between the muscle and hide and make the animal appear larger. He is also being accused of taking the animal out of the state and having it illegally branded, Holbrook said.
“But in all this, Kelly was just trying to be helpful and was just doing what they told him to do,” she said.
The family went to the school officials and Slover was placed on paid leave until a hearing can be held sometime in July.
Slover’s attorney, Paul Jordan, said the hearing will be to determine if Slover’s contract with the school will be terminated, which will be the recommendation
“I have no idea why they think Mr.
Slover would be involved in this. He had no real incentive to commit this act and I’m hoping they’ll see this," said Jordan.
Holbrook said several representatives from the San Antonio, Houston, and Comal Livestock Shows have already paid visits to the administrative office and in a letter to board members, she warned about the damages these allegations would cause.
“Because Mr. Slover is a professional certified agriculture teacher, his reputation in the field may be irreparably damaged,” she said.
“It certainly hasn’t bolstered it in any way," said Jordan.
She also quoted a letter Slover received from another parent, which said, “Mr. Slover has lost the respect and trust of both his professional peers and his students.”
Holbrook said this damage to his reputation is over false allegations and urged the district in her letter to look at the facts carefully and reject the recommendation.
Don Clark, Public Information Officer for Comal Independent School District, said the district could not discuss the issue since it is a pending personnel matter.
Clark said it is up to the individual if the hearing is public or not. Slover has requested it be public. This means the public will be allowed to address the board before a decision is made.