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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Pilot under investigation before crash into ocean FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two days before Thomas Root’s mysterious 800-mile flight, a federal task force began investigating him on suspicion of running guns and drugs, a newspaper reported today. See Page 9A Rangers out-Witt the Red Sox, 8-1 ARLINGTON (AP) — Bobby Witt grew up in the Boston area and rooted for the Red Sox as a kid but he’d never beaten Boston in eight career starts. That streak ended Tuesday night when the Texas Rangers right-hander threw his First career two-hitter. See Page 10A 41 o so-wBsT Spicy summer salads with tongue-tingling tastes Spicy-hot salads with cool, crispy crunch are just about perfect for warm-weather meals. Chock-full of bright vegetables and bursting with tongue-tingling MO o v    rn a sure-fire cure for wilting appetites. mTrn^f:■    see    Page    1B New Braunfels /IV _ ■"‘-OI    "er,-f/Oo ??0 l Cnnr-    POpnJST    t t SVTTF *°0f(HOU nu'ISHT APIrL^O L' toro*, Tx 6 0 0 6 OC Vol. 137, No. 178 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 wev.esday July 19, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 22 PagesCity facing mandatory conservation By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer New Braunfels residents need to be aware of when they water lawns and gardens this week because the Edwards Aquifer is continuing to fall at an alarming rate and the City of New Braunfels could be in Stage III of the conservation plan by tomorrow morning. The Edwards Aquifer measured at 621.02 feet above mean sea level at the Panther Canyon test well, only 2/100ths of an inch away from the 621 feet above mean sea level mark that designates Stage III of the conser vation plan. The aquifer has fallen 0.11 feet since Tuesday. In Stage III, residents and businesses at even-numbered addresses can water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Lawns at odd-numbered residences and businesses can be watered only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. ‘‘Residents need to know that they can be fined up to $200 for water in the street or watering on the wrong day,” Mayor Doug Miller said. Violations of the water conservation ordi nance passed by City Council in June can result in fines up to $200. Also included in Stage III activities are the voluntary conservation measures of Stage II such as careful use of all residential, commer-ical and industrial water, installation of water reduction devices, watering the lawn only between 6 and IO a.m. or 7 and 11 p.m., and restaurants not serving water except upon request. Residents are urged not to let water run onto the streets or pavement. Stage I activities include education programs, coordination of activities among vari ous groups, development of special water use provisions for recreation areas and tourist attractions, and general efforts to discourage waste and improve efficiency in the use of water. Residents also are asked to keep an eye out for any possible water waste. The number to call of water waste is observed is 629-8492. Stage IV of the conservation plan will be implemented when the aquifer reaches 620 feet amsl. At that level, serious depletions in the Comal Springs will be observed. At this point, the city manager and the mayor will implement these measures at their discretion. Added measures to the ones already in place will include prohibiting: • irrigation except for limited commcrical use to preserve plant stock. • washing cars, trucks, trailers, etc. • watering golf courses, except for the early morning irrigation of greens. • non-fire fighting use of fire hydrants and lines. • use of water for fountains. See WATER, Page 2A Good day Offlrisls look It’s another scorcher 'today, but    MMM    M    M    A \ J    Mm, a cool front tonight will bring a welcome change. The high today    a will reach 103 degrees with an A. mm    A    ¥TT/W%^ overnight low of 75 degrees. The    I ■ ■    LA    I    I    I I I    f cool front will bring increasing M JU kJ jL ML ▼ ▼    MMM U A A clouds and a chance for thunder- oriole    n............,    ,    , storms tonight and Thursday.    Sheriffs iVmrimrnt -md tho 11 s    Jvomcn lnctl lo sw,m to the boat, but Under cloudv skies Thursday the    Shcnff s Department and the U.S.    Elyas went underwater approximately high will reach 96 tkerces On Army Corps °f Engi"CCrS ContinuC 8:45 p.m. and never resurfaced. high wi I reach V6 degrees. On    their search today for the body of a    c . n . n • * Friday, Ole will reach 94    ^ Amonio wom,an who prcsl/med|y    Sgl. ive Dennis Kocpp said degrees.    drowned    Saturday    in    Canyon    Lake. '    Elyas probably became cxhausMd and •"•W*    Aurora    Elyas,    22,    of San Amonio    couldno1 swim lo lhe boat- CLASSIFIED............................6-9B    was boating with two other women    Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz COMICS.......................................4B    0ff ^ norlh shorc of Canyon Lake    reported Wednesday that the dcpart- CROSSWORD.............................3A    Saturday evening when they decided    mcni and the Corps of Engineers were DEAR ABBY...............................3B    {0 go swimming. As they swam, the    doing surface checks today to try and ENTERTAINMENT.......................6B    boat began to drift away. The three    recover the body. HOROSCOPE..............................4B KALEIDOSCOPE ...........  1-3B Hays County WEATHER...................................2A    %J    «J Stammtisch With the stan of school just around the comer, the Comal County Health Nurse encourages parents to start immunizing their children. Now is an excellent time for parents in all areas of the county to be sure their children’s immunizations arc up to date, said Shel McWilliams. Those who need immunizations before school resumes in August and who wait until then to obtain them will face long lines at the health department. Adults also need a booster shot for tetanus/diphtheria every IO years. Immunization clinics for the public arc every Wednesday at the health department located on the second floor of the Comal County Courthouse from 9 to 11 a.m. and I to 4 p.m. No appointments are made for this clinic. Appointments for immunization of babies, 2 to 12 months of age, can be made by contacting the department approximately one month in advance of the needed shot. Residents of the Canyon Lake and Bulverde areas can schedule appointments for the special clinics in their areas by contacting the health department. These clinics arc on the third Firday of even-numbered months at the justice of the peace office in Sattler and the third Friday of odd-numbered months at die Community Service Center in Bulverde. Tile next sattclite clinic will be in Bulverde July 21. Parents of children enrolling in school for the first time are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain the necessary booster shots for their children. Appointments are necessary for these services. Fees for immunizations are: children less than 4 years of age — $3 total fee per visit; all older children and adults — $6 total fee per visit; TB testing — $2.... When you’re a volunteer, there is always something for you to do. And the things you do can give you a feeling of satisfaction you may have never experienced before. “Our need is everincreasing for volunteers who are willing to answer a phone, bake a cake, go on an outing with the 8m STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A joins lawsuit Hays County has officially announced its role as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority seeking regulation of pumping from the Edwards Aquifer by the Texas Water Commission. In a petition filed in Hays County, commissioner’s court stated it was supponing the declaratory judgement filed by GBR A June 15. “This is strictly a verbal support of petition in that we support their actions,” said Patsy Greiner, public information officer for Hays County. In the petition, the Hays County commissioners court states the county has a ‘‘justifiable interest’’ in the lawsuit for several reasons. One such reason is the Edwards Aquifer is ‘‘being intercepted by massive, unregulated diversions from the wells before the water reaches the San Marcos Springs.” Another reason cited by Hays County officials is these well withdrawals have increased during die last 25 years. In 1984, well withdrawals came to approximately 530,(HK) acre feet. In 1900, well withdrawals equalled only about 30,(XX) acre feet. Environmental protection also is a concern in the petition. “Continuous flows from the springs arc needed for environmental reasons as well as for water supply reasons at and downstream of the springs in the river system, in the adjacent coastal basin, and in the San Antonio Bay and Estuary which receive freshwater flows from See LAWSUIT, Page 2A Edwards directors to consider lawsuit The Edwards Underground Water District board of directors will consider taking action today on a lawsuit filed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Hie board will meet at 4 p.m. in the distrist’s office at 1615 N. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio to discuss possible action in the lawsuit which seeks to give the Texas Water Commission control over pumping rights from lite Edwards Aquifer. GBRA filed the lawsuit June 15 in Hays County after the 71 st Legislature failed to work out differences between the two opposing sides of a proposed mangcmcni plan. River authority officials maintain that the desired result of the lawsuit will be the same as if the legislation had In the lawsuit, GBRA states the aquifer is an underground river and a tributary of the Guadalupe River. Because TWC has control over surface water and die Guadalupe, GBRA believes TWC should have control over die aquifer. GBRA General Manager John Specht said anyone who owns a well or pumps water from the aquifer can be named a party in the lawsuit. Plaintiffs will support the idea that die aquifer should be monitored by TWC See EDWARDS, Page 2A Board to decide rangers’ contract Hie Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors will meet tonight to discuss renewing the river rangers’ contracts and law enforcement for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The WORD board will conduct its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Justice of the Peace office in Sattler. Also on the agenda are a budget report and a report from the public relations committee. Assembling picnic packets filled with utensils and napkins at the Developmental Training Center are, with center Director Tom Carr, second from left, clients Mark Wise, Louis Gill, staff member Amzie Miller, and Fred Saenz. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Local center planning dance to raise funds It’s a service that isn’t needed until it’s needed and because of that, the Comal County Menial Health Mental Retardation Center often has a tough time raising additional money to operate. Funded by the Texas Department of Menial Health Mental Retardation, the local center also receives money from the United Way of Comal County (formerly Community Fund). Those funds pay for items such as staff salaries and the medications used at the Mental Health Clinic. In 1988, the local clinic spent SI5,(XX) on medications alone, said Director Susie Battle-Lcdford. “What is expected of the community is to provide operating expenses,” Battle-Ledford said. “Money for the programs and a place lo have an office. We need that money, ll takes a lot to run this program.” The caseload al the local Mental Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic of the San Antonio State Hospital, currently is 165. It has been as high as 211. Each month, the six staff members deal with at least 30 phone calls from area residents needing help. Persons served at the clinic must fit one of the four priority groups to be seen there. The priorities include persons leaving a psychiatric hospital, persons who have been hospitalized sometime in the past, persons who have not been hospitalized but have been diag- See MHMR, Page 2A School board approves plan for helping ‘at-risk’ students The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees approved the implementation of the Helping One Student to Succeed program for Carl Schurz Elementary School during a regular meeting Tuesday. HOSTS is basal on three strategies to help “at-risk” students succeed: mentoring, early intervention and parent involvement. Iii a report to the NBISD board. Elementary Education Director Linda Schlater stated that reading is an early “stepping stone to success” and that individualized attention has been proven to raise confidence and academic performance. HOSTS involves community volunteers working one-to-one with at-risk students to improve their reading shills and their chances for success. The intervention program takes advantage of proven mentoring strategies and training and a continuously updated and comprehensive database of more than 3,400 instructional materials, Schlater said. The program also includes instructional methods linked to lite motiva tional level and learning styles of the students. “We foresee this being very helpful across the broad spectrum,” Superintendent Charles Bradberry said. The HOSTS program consists of a database and software with more titan 4,000 screened supplemental reading titles and copyrighted programs which link material references to reading objectives. Personnel from the HOSTS program tour the school and make a list of all available resources. ‘“Our staff could ask the HOSTS corporation to do an analysis of a certain new instructional material,” Schlater wrote in her report. “If it meets the criteria, the material could be placed in the database.” When the teacher is ready to prepare the lesson plans for die student’s individual sessions, the teacher can go to the database and obtain suggested approaches to help the student achieve die desired goals. Another factor of the program is installation, which includes a three-day workshop in which teachers are trained in mastery learning strategies, organization and management and software utilization. Teachers also are taught how to recruit and train volunteers who tutor the students. “People make the difference with kids,” Bradberry said. “You can’t get any closer than one-to-one.” The HOSTS corporation also provides a needs assessment of current resources the school has available, and HOSTS personnel make recommendations of multisensory materials SM HOSTS, Rag* 2A ;