New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Lloyd Westervelt, Nicholas Ruhl (six years), Joseph Anthony Luna (one year), Rudy Guer/ero Jr. (18 years), Alex Acevedo, and Maria A. Trejo.
Rlvsr and aquifer Information
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.95 feet, down .02
Guadalupe River — 692 cfs
Monty ‘Guitar1 Tyler at the park tonight
Rock performer Monty 'Guitar* Tyler will play Thursday,
June 22, at the dance slab in Landa Park, as the free Concerts in the Park Series continues.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. No glass containers allowed. Rained out shows may not be rescheduled. Bring lawn chairs.
Canyon Class of 1980 to gather
The Canyon High School Class of 1980 will hold its 15-year reunion at 6 p.m. Friday night at Freiheit Country Store. The gathering will continue Saturday at Cypress Bend Park.
Help CASA build its flag
The Comal County Child Advocacy Inc. Build a Flag -Help a Child annual fund-raiser is getting ready to start.
Your contribution of $10 for a square or $25 for a star will help children in the tri-county area who are victims of abuse or neglect. Donations may be mailed to CASA of Central Texas, PO Box 311832, New Braunfels, TX 78131. Or call 620-5536 for information.
Scholarships available for Aggies
The Comal County Texas A&M Mothers Club has two $500 scholarships available to qualifying A&M seniors. To receive an application, call 609-3088 and one will be mailed to you.
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 1. An applicant’s mother need not be a member of the A&M Mothers Club.
Save your cans
The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks all residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national aluminum can recycling program for animal shelters. The local chapter wants you to start saving your cans now, so it has a better chance of winning.
The grand prize is $3,000 for the shelter that raises the most cans.
The collection drive runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.
The winninq numbers
9,17, 21,24, 28,45
$4 million jackpot
Accident in Saltier
Herald-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Deborah Stark, 30, overturned her 1994 Suburban yesterday at about 3 p.m. She was driving west on Highway 2673 in Settler, across from Dinosaur Flats, when she moved to the slow lane to let another vehicle pass. She said the passing vehicle swerved toward her truck and she lost control, causing the Suburban to roll over. She was unhurt.
First meeting on NBU water plans brings out citizens and their ideas
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It was billed as a public meeting but it was more like an executive brainstorming session. New Braunfels Utilities got some of the public input it sought on proposed applications for water permits at last night’s public meeting held in the NBU Board Room. About 30 people showed up
“Proposed changes stem from recommendations of the Water 2000 Committee comprised of New Braunfels citizens that met throughout 1994," stated a brochure available for participants. A six-page briefing was also distributed to the participating citizens. It outlined the reasoning behind the proposed permits and included a map illustration.
A three-point projected water strategy was outlined by Paul Thornhill of consulting firm CH2M Hill, hired by NBU to study the water rights issue. “What we’re pursuing here is simply a permit — going to the state of Texas to ask for the surface water that we’d possibly need in the next 40 years,” Thornhill said.
Although the Water 2000 Committee had to make detailed projections of New Braunfels’ future water needs and how to meet those needs, “This process that we’re beginning tonight is only to acquire additional water rights,” NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said.
Thornhill outlined a three-point plan to get water rights to meet possible New Braunfels water needs for at least the next 40 years:
1. Protect existing rights on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.
2. Seek more Guadalupe River water.
a. Change rights through the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
b. Contract for more water from Canyon Lake.
3. Cut down on Edwards Aquifer use, possibly by 60 percent in the future.
Possibly abandoning old rights to water from the Comal Riv-
Feds give thumbs down to protecting salamander
The Comal Springs salamander
er, unused for many years, came under fire. “There are many of us in this town who would say, ‘Why are we giving up any water rights7”’ Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. said. “Let’s leave nghts where they are and drink our own good clean aquifer water.”
Anqther possible strategy was questioned, moving the intake tor the Gruene Water Treatment Flant dcwustrearn to below the confluence of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. “What are the costs associated with running pipeline from below the confluence?” resident Leonard A. Meyer said. “There’s bound to be a psychological effect from our effluent going into drinking water,” he said.
These and other concerns were written down on a bulletin board by CH2M Hill facilitator Elaine Jones, to be studied along with topics already required by the TNRCC.
The schedule for getting new and amended water rights, from public hearings to TNRCC action, could take until Sept.
1996, Thornhill said. “Implementation would happen over the next 40-plus years, from 1997 to 2040,” he said.
No one knows how many people will be living in New Braunfels 50 years from now and how much water they’ll be drinking, Jones said. “I want to nail down one statement by NBU — that it all depends on growth,” resident Jim Mooney said. “We will always build and construct as there is need — we will not just build to build it,” DiFonzo said.
Two more public meetings are scheduled. The content of the meetings will be the same as the first, DiFonzo said. NBU included a meeting in Gonzales because “GBRA rights downstream are important in this study," Thornhill said.
Meeting 2: Thursday June 22, 7 p.m., District Court Room, Gonzales County Courthouse, 1709 Sarah Dewitt Drive, US98 Bypass, Gonzalez, Texas.
Meeting 3: Thursday July 6, 4:30 p.m., New Braunfels Utilities Board Room, 263 Main Plaza, New Braunfels, Texas.
NBU will also accept written questions and concerns. Call or write NBU by July 7 care of: Ms. Paula DiFonzo, General Manager, New Braunfels Utilities, P.O. Box 310289, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0289, telephone (210) 629-8400.
By ROGER CROTEAU
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a petition to list the Comal Springs salamander as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The Service, which announced its decision in the Federal Register last week, found that the petition did not present enough information to back up listing it as endangered.
"The Comal Springs salamander is known to occur in Comal Springs ... However, additional information is needed to determine the full extent of its distribution and whether or not it represents a distinct species or a distinct population of a more widespread species," according to a FWS press release.
The Comal Springs salamander is a member of a large, diverse group of spring and cave salamanders known as the Texas salamander, which ranges along the Balcones Escarpment of the Edwards Plateau from Hays County to Val Verde County and northward.
The FWS has listed the Comal Springs salamander in "category 2" since 1982, meaning that additional information is needed to support listing as threatened or endangered. The Service's finding on the petition states that because no new information was presented, the FWS believes the salamander should retain its category 2 status.
"If additional information becomes available in the future, the Fish and Wildlife Service will reassess the need for listing the Comal Springs salamander," said Nancy Kaufman, director of the Service's Southwest Region, headquartered in New Mexico. "As part of our continuing review of category 2 species, we would appreciate any additional information concerning the status of the Comal Spnngs salamander, particularly its scientific classification and distribution.
According to Tom Arsuffi, assistant professor of biology at Southwest Texas State University, it is probably only a matter of time
before more evidence is presented that the Comal Springs salamander is endangered. Arsuffi gathered the information on the three invertebrate species in Landa Lake being considered for inclusion on the Endangered Species list and is familiar with studies on the salamander conducted by University of Texas
Professor David Hillis and former graduate student Paul Chippindale. Hillis and Chippindale were not available for comment.
However, Arsuffi said Chippindale has found that the salamander is, in fact, a distinct species. He said Chippindale will have to have his findings published in a scientific journal and then reviewed by other scientists before the species is formally accepted as distinct.
"Part of the problem with all the salamanders associated with Central Texas springs is they all look an awful lot alike," Arsuffi said. "The species that occurs at Comal Springs, people assumed was the same as the one at the San Marcos Springs, but it turns out to be genetically quite different... It will be a new species."
Interviewed for a July, 1994 story in the Herald-Zeitung, Chippindale described the salamander. "This salamander grows to two or three inches long. They do not transform into a land-dwelling adult. Most salamanders lose their gills and go on land. It is like if a tadpole did not turn into a frog," he said.
Chippindale said the known habitat of the salamander is just a IOO yards or so stretch of the Comal River immediately downstream from Comal Springs.
Comal Springs and Landa Lake are home to the fountain darter, an endangered fish species, and three invertebrate species are being considered for inclusion on the Endangered Species list, so having the salamander added would probably not give the springs and lake any more protection than they already have.
Water plan questions listed
New Braunfels citizens added their concerns at last a pubic meeting to the issues New Braunfels Utilities is required to study before it seeks changes in water rights. Those concerns are feted here under heatings defined by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com* mission.
Population and Water Demand m accur icy of population projections a NBlfa track record on projections Conaarvation and Water Recycling rn utility rates during droughts a conservation’s effect on NBLfs revenue Downstream Water Rights m GBRA's use of 1,300 cubic temper second for electrical gam 9fWon a historical uses a contract issues Water duality
rn Edwards Aquifer quality — can lbs counted on or not?
a septic tank pollution of Canyon Lake a industrial discharge a grandfathered dumping rights '
Edwards Aquifer a aquifer pumping effects on springs — where's the data to prove?
a effect of drought on springs a relative impact of New Braunfels change in pumping versus San Antonio's massive pumping Instream Recreation rn economic impact on tubing and related industry Bays and Estuaries a changes over the long term ssmalohangee Other Issues a cost of Intake pipeline a effluent discharge pipeline a why not reinstate old existing right rather than pursue new a exchanging rights— giving up better qwMty Comal Springs water and getting worse quality Guadalupe Rlvsr waler
New NBISD discipline rules give teachers more power
By DENISE DZIUK
Teachers in the New Braunfels Independent School District will have more power to remove troublesome students from their classrooms, and students caught for the first time in possession of drugs will no longer be expelled. The New Braunfels Independent School Distnct approved changes in the discipline management plan Tuesday.
The biggest debate came over whether to leave a previously proposed sexual harassment section as it is.
The current section defines what sexual harassment is and gives specific examples of it. It then explains the penalties for committing such acts.
“It is our responsibility to educate our student body and their parents about what is acceptable and what isn’t. We need to let them know that kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” said Karen Simpson, Executive Director of Education Services.
Leo Chafin, Board of Trustees Vice President, said he was concerned about the wording of the section. The biggest prob
lem was that he felt the section does not adequately explain how a harassment charge will be handled and who it will be reported to.
“For anyone to have a sexual harassment charge against them, guilty or not guilty, hurts,” said Chafin.
He said he feared a student may falsely accuse another and the charge will then stay on the student’s record for the remainder of his education.
John Turman, New Braunfels High School Principal, said the incident would be handled as a discipline matter unless it involved an employee and a student.
New Braunfels High School Assistant Superintendent Judy Seifert said she would handle the cases the same way she currently handles drug possession cases.
“I don’t go to John and say we have to expel this person because someone told me,” she said.
An investigation through the principal's office is done to determine if the charges are true before any action is taken, she said.
The board voted to leave the section as it is except to add a clause saying the
examples for sexual harassment are not all inclusive. The board also approved changes to be made to the plan to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 1.
Among those changes is one giving teachers more power to remove students from the classroom. These students will then have an opportunity to appear before a review board to determine if they should be allowed back in.
Another change is that students cannot be expelled for possession of drugs if it is the first offense. The student can be placed in the alternative school and be expelled for future violations.
The board also voted to leave their regulations on paging devices in school as it is. The policy says the school can destroy them or return them to the student for a $15 charge. Simpson said she felt the charge would not deter students from carrying them and requested that the NBISD be allowed to confiscated them.
“The main reason for this is they’ve been linked to drug trafficking in many cases,” said NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradbcny.Find out how to get in touch with your elected officials. See Page 4,