New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Frustration mounts as legislation fizzles
By Melissa Johnson
Less than a month before school is scheduled to start, frustration is mounting as the Legislature continues to debate how to pay for education.
Teachers and administrators, who
have waited for months to learn how public schools will be funded, said they had no choice but to wait, but admitted they were frustrated with the continued delay.
“I think it’s driving every school district in the state of Texas nuts,”
■ Governors risk a lot when they call for special sessions, page 3A
said Dan Krueger, president of the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. “We went ahead and took action on pay
raises because we got tired of waiting, but the overall funding formula — what they may or may not come up with — is driving us crazy. A lot of planning goes around that.”
After failing to fix school-finance woes during the regular session and
a special session, a second special legislative session began Thursday.
The continued delay is causing more complications in budget planning for area districts.
See FRUSTRATION Page 3A
Region water plan makes some boil
By Bryan Kirk
■ Public comment and written responses to the plan for Region L will be accepted through Sept. 20.
■ They can be sent to Project Manager Ronald G. Hernandez, San Antonio River Authority, RO. Box 839980, San Antonio, 78283-9980. Hernandez can also be reached by calling (210) 227-1373 or faxing (210) 227-4323.
SEGUIN —A presentation by the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group led to protests from farmers and ranchers from Wilson and Gonzales counties who were concerned about the depletion of water from the Carrizo Aquifer.
Close to IOO people attended the second meeting in Seguin on Tuesday night at the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s River Annex Building.
Many of them were farmers and ranchers concerned about the efforts of water entities, such as the San Antonio Water System and die San Antonio River Authority, to remove water from outside sources to supplement the Inwards Aquifer and meet the needs of a growing San Antonio.
According to census figures presented by the planning group, the Region L population will more than double from 2.04 million in 2000 to 4.3 million in 2060, with nearly 70 percent of the population living in the San Antonio River basin.
With that increased population projection also came a dire forecast for water shortages throughout the region. Planners predicted a shortage of more than 460.000 acre feet of water by the year 2060.
Much of the shortage would occur in San
See WATER, Page 3A
City Council will decide whether to make changes to the drainage ordinance.UPDATES
Tracking the newsFinalist near
LAST WE KNEW: The Comal ISD Board ofTrustees had dinner interviews with the final two superintendent candidates.
LATEST: Trustees met in executive session Friday without picking a finalist.
NEXT: Trustees will discuss the position and choose a finalist during their regular board meeting Tuesday.
■ For full coverage of the board's decision, see Wednesdays Her-ald-Zeitung
Donations help build much-needed homes in tsunami-ravaged India
By Leigh Jones
The red, brick houses under construction in Kerala, India, are nothing compared to the comfortable and spacious homes most American families enjoy.
But the new structures are luxury mansions compared to what the devastated tsunami victims in the southern Indian state have inhabited since lanuary.
In a few months, 20 families will move from makeshift tent shelters in a refugee camp into the new homes — a transition made possible in part by donations from New Braunfels.
The local tsunami relief campaign, organized by Freedom Fellowship Church
Pastor Dennis Gallaher, raised $75,0(H) for India Gospel Outreach, a ministry group with teams on the ground ready to get aid to victims without going through layers of governmental bureaucracy.
Some of the money funded relief efforts in refugee camps, providing food and clothing to families who lost everything.
The remaining funds were added to donations from all over the world to build three new neighborhoods — long-term aid that will benefit families long after meals from most international aid organizations have run out.
Gallalier inspected the first construction
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A TOUGH YEAR FOR CROPS
Farmers not optimistic as harvest begins
By Ron Maloney
For local farmers, this weeks rain was a case of too little, too late.
Instead of helping the corn and sorghum crops, it has only managed to hinder the harvesting of grain begun last week.
Friday, farmer Clinton Dietert went into the field to test his milo to see if he could fire up the combines.
“Just before we got the rain, wed started har-
After a hot, dry summer, farmers are prepar-i
Today — How
the weather has impacted farming in Comal County.
Sunday — Farmers start bringing in the crops.
Dietert said. “We’re so humid, it takes a little while to get all the moisture out of the plants.”
The rain could have been used earlier this spring when the Dieterts, who like this area’s other farmers don’t irrigate, went nearly two months without any appreciable precipitation.
“This rain didn’t help
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Clinton Dietert prepares to haul off some of the freshly-harvested sorghum grain from this year's crops Friday afternoon. Below, grain pours into a truck after being harvested.
■ Com for grain
2002:11 farms, 1,179 acres, 64,018 bushels. Estimated value of crop: $1,284,000
■ Sorghum for grain
2002: 8 farms, 1,090 acres, 51,736 bushels. Estimated value of crop: $949,900
Farmers can find a season’s worth of work wiped out by wind, rain or hail. And if they don’t get a few fortuitously spaced rain events, dry conditions stunt or kill plants — or open
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going to combine for grain,” Dietert said. “We’re past the stage for help. But it ll help the grass for cows and stuff, and hopefully, it ll help the hay.”
Anyone who feels farming is an easy way to make a good living hasn t been in the business. In South Texas — particularly in places like Comal County where few can irrigate — it’s downright tough and always has been.
Texas Cooperative Extension Service Plant Pathologist Mark Black with Texas A&M University in Uvalde said this summer looks pretty good when it comes to plant diseases affecting this county’s two main summer crops, corn and sorghum.
“The dry weather that prevailed was favorable to cotton, peanuts,
See CROPS, Page 7A