New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp refinances its outstanding debt
On June 13, the Texas Water Development Board closed a $7,105,000 loan with the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation for water system improvements and for refinancing the corporation’s outstanding bank notes. The loan is being funded through the Water Supply Account of the Water Development Fund.
Loan proceeds are being used to continue to assemble the regional water system by purchasing existing waterworks facilities from investor-owned utilities in the corporation’s service area, to make water system improvements, and to refinance the corpora
tion’s currently outstanding bank notes which carry a mortgage lien on the system’s property.
In 1994, the corporation purchased 26 independent water systems. They have begun upgrading and linking the individual systems to better furnish water service and to meet the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Committee’s water hygiene requirements.
The corporation intends to purchase more privately owned water supply systems in their planning area so that individual systems can be linked where appropriate. The corporation also is constructing a new 500,000 gallons
per day surface water treatment facility that uses water from Canyon Laker To assure a sufficient water supply to its customers, the corporation plans to expand the soon to be completed water treatment plant from 500,000 to
1.500.000 gallons per day.
Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation is a nonprofit water supply corporation incorporated on Oct. 14,1991. The corporation currently serves about
12.000 people in a service area comprised of portions of Comal, Kendall, and Blanco counties.
Tezeda praises bill to help vets hurt by radiation and Agent Orange
: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation, HR 1565, which would renew the federal government’s obligation to provide medical treatment to veterans whose medical conditions may be related to their exposure to Agent Orange or radiation. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides free medical care to veterans suffering from illnesses that are deemed to be related to exposure to ionized radiation during the occupation of Japan and in tests in Nevada and the South Pacific during and after WWII or to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War.
“America has a sacred contract with veterans of our armed forces who fought to protect our nation’s freedom,” said Tejeda. “This legislation helps fulfill part of our commitment to veterans who fought for our country in Southeast Asia and suffered from the ravaging effects of their exposure to Agent Orange and ionized radiation.”
* HR 1565 would extend through 1997 the Department of Veterans Affairs’ authority to provide veterans exposed to herbicides with priority hospital, inpatient, and nursing home care. The legislation also would permanently extend the VA’s authority to provide priority medical care to veterans who have incurred a disability presumed to be caused by exposure to ionized radiation, and would substantially expand the availability of outpatient care available to both groups of veterans.
The legislation incorporates the findings of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) regarding the health effects of herbicides used in Vietnam and identifies certain specific diseases that would be considered service-incurred for treatment purposes. The legislation provides veterans every benefit of the doubt and “grandfathers” veterans who already have received treatment for diseases, which the NAS has found no evidence of an association with herbicide exposure, or veterans who already have received treatment for diseases the VA determines there is no positive association between the disease occurrence and ionized radiation exposure.
Schlitterbahn bikini contest slated for July 16
Women from all over the state will compete in the fourth annual Schlitterbahn Texas Bikini Invitational at the park’s Wave Pool Stage at I p.m. Sunday, July 16.
The winner will be awarded the “Miss Schlitterbahn” title and will represent Schlitterbahn Waterpark at the U.S. Bikini Invitational National Finals which will be held in Orlando, Fla. this fall. Miss Schlitterbahn and eleven runners-up will receive cash and prizes valued at a total of $5,000.
“This is not like any other bikini contest,” said Terri Adams, general manager of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts. “It’s more of a pageant event where the contestants model
runway-style, and fifty percent of the score is awarded based on stage interviews,” Adams explained. The winner will receive a trip to the U.S. Bikini Invitational National Finals in Florida, plus $1,000 in cash, a swimsuit wardrobe from “Just Add Water,” and four season passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Cash and additional prizes will be awarded to the top twelve finalists.
Admission to the Schlitterbahn Texas Bikini Invitational is included with the regular price of waterpark admission. The park is now open daily from IO a.m. to 8 p.m. in New Braunfels. For information about Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts, call 210-625-2351.
Loan applications being accepted for purchase of farm and ranch
The Texas Agricultural Finance Authority, administered through the Texas Department of Agriculture, is accepting applications for a new loan program that helps individuals purchase up to $ 150,000 worth of farm or ranch land, Agriculture Commissioner Rick Peny said.
“Our Farm and Ranch Finance Program is for producers who want to buy their first place or for those who want to expand their operationsPerry said. “Applicants must have at least three years of farming or ranching experience.”
A Texas A&M University study conducted among producers and financial institutions in May 1994 found that a demand exists in Texas for almost $300 million in loans to help individuals, who are farming and ranching, buy land, Perry said.
“Many producers nowadays lease land and have been unable to save enough for a down payment,” Perry said. “Our Farm and Ranch Program will allow those who don’t have a large amount of cash on hand to buy a limited amount of acreage.”
Applicants must be Texas residents and show that they have earned at least 25 percent of their gross income from farming and ranching over the last three years.
Applicants will be required to complete a business plan demonstrating that they intend to be fiill-time agricultural producers, and they must pro-
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vide evidence that their net worth is less than $250,000. Applicants also must prove that they have finances available for necessary farming and ranching equipment and operating costs.
Applications must be completed in cooperation with a local lending institution. The maximum loan of $ 150,000 may not exceed 95 percent of the land’s appraised value or 95 percent of the purchase price. Interest rates are based on market conditions and will be adjusted over the life of the loan. The rates must be approved by the lender and the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority. As of June 5, the interest rate was 9.75 percent.
In addition to the Farm and Ranch Finance Program, changes have been made in TAFA’s Young Farmer Guarantee Program to encourage more applicants. The program was established to help those between 18 and 40 years old start their first agricultural operation. Loan guarantees may be used for purchases of feed, seed, fertilizer, livestock, poultry, farm or ranch equipment, farm or ranch buildings or to lease farm or ranch land.
To receive an application for any loan program administered by TAFA, or for more information about these loan programs and others, call TDA in Austin at 512-475-1619; fax 512-475-1762; or write the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX 78711-2847.
On-site testing for lead in drinking water is now available at the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) Regional Laboratory in Seguin at a cost of $20 per test sample.
According to laboratory director Debbie Magin, the increased testing capability is the result of GBRA’s recent purchase of a Perkin-Elmer 5100 ZL Graphite Furnace/Flame Atomic Absorption Unit.
“Today’s federal and state standards for drinking water are more stringent than they were ten years ago,” said Magin. “In 1985, test results were measured in parts per million. Today, many of the criteria specify parts per billion.
“This new equipment makes it possible for GBRA to provide the most up-to-date service to cities, industries and individuals,” said Magin. “Not only can we perform several new tests, but we can also detect much lower concentrations of heavy metals than before. For example, we can test for lead in drinking water down to 5 parts per billion.”
In addition to lead, the instrument' can also test for zinc, nickel, iron, manganese, copper, sodium, potassium, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, arsenic, selenium, silver and molyb
To test samples, a laboratory technician instructs the unit’s computer to analyze for one or more specific metals, quantify the concentration, and print the results.
Sample containers with instructions can be picked up in person from the GBRA laboratory in Seguin. Since a properly prepared sample will remain stable for six months, they can also be sent and returned by mail. For more information, contact the GBRA Regional Laboratory at 210-379-5822.
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