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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYSpurs host 76ers at New Braunfels Night tomorrow. See Sports, Page 5. 50 CENTS Inside Comics................................ 3 Editorial............................... .............4 Sports.................................. .............5 Market Place...................... 8-13 | Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herakl-Zeituitg! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bernice Knight, Joslyn Nol-lkamper, Patrick Max Wei bom, Kern Th wing, Felix Velez Jr., Chrissy Hernandez, Bradley Hill, Jane Ryals, Bradley Offerman, Frances Dominguez, and Grace Juarez (tomorrow). Pollen Count Mold —780 Elm —0 Cedar — 0    Ash — 0 Mulberry — 0 Hackberry — 0 (Rotten measured In parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 238 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.15 feet above sea level, up .05. Women’s Center needs a bed The Comal County Women's Center has an immediate need for one full-size bed (mattress, box spring and frame). The center's store of cleaning items and supplies has also dwindled, and it has a destitute family in need of products to clean its home. Even a small donation would be of great assistance, lf you can help, call 620-7520. Transportation director to speak James Garcia, transportation program director for the Community Council of South Central Texas, will speak at * the Interagency Council meeting at noon, March 6 at the Comal County Senior Center. Bambi Simpson, social service and parent involvement coordinator for Head Start, will also speak. For information, call 629-8181. Classic Car Show Riley's Tavern and Ice House, 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter will hold a Classic Car Show, featuring music by the Stretch Williams Band, Saturday, March 2. Registration at noon, judging at 3 p.m. Prizes will be given. Event benefits San Marcos Area Youth Shelter. For information, call (512) 392-3132. Artistic Outreach Ifs time to experiment with art again as the New Braunfels Art League holds another Artistic Outreach Saturday, March 9 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery — and ifs free. Leading the three mini workshops will be Mary Beth Gibson, pastel; Annette LeBouef, drasing; and Elaine Felder, stained glass. Members of the community from 12 to 99 years are invited to try their hand in one of three art media at no expense. The Art League provides the teachers and the supplies free of charge as a gift back to the community. And those participating can take home their creations. The hands-on workshops begin at 9 a.m. and end about 12:30 p.m. at the NBAL Gallery, 239, W. San Antonio. This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint New Braunfels Water district, catfish farmer can’t make deal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Plaza Bandstand Herald C1if ^ 14 pages in one section ■ Friday, March 1,1996    Serving    Comal    County    and    surrounding    areas    for    more    than    144    yes    EJ-    r    '    ANIGHT    Vol.    144,    No.    79 Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNAl L A car makes a big splash on Seguin Street near the Plaza. Although temperatures dipped to freezing in parts of the Hill Country overnight, the ground stayed warm enough that streets did not freeze. Rain brings little relief By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor That wet stuff that fell from the sky yesterday is called “rain.” After 60 straight days with none of it, some people might have forgotten. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, a half-inch of rain had fallen at the National Weather Service station in New Braunfels, and the rain was tapering off. “We may see some lingering showers Friday morning, but this is about all the rain we are going to get out of this system," said Meteorologist Jeff Orrock. “We will probably have six-tenths of an inch by the time it’s done. San Antonio has had seven-tenths of an inch.” He said some areas, including northern Comal County, reported sleet. While the steady rain yesterday was helpful, it was just a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed, Orrock said. “The steady rain is good, it doesn’t just run off into the sewers, it actually soaks in ... We need this for a couple of days to get the soil moisture up. Most of this got soaked up in the first few inches of the soil,” he said. “The humidity will be low and the temperatures will be up for the next few days, so the soil will dry right out again.” He said the soil was so dry, very little of the rain will make it to the aquifer. Carl Englerth, distnct conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, was also glad to see the rain, but said it was not enough to be much help to area farmers. “Every little bit helps. It will probably wet the area down to about maybe three inches, which is not going to be far enough. We are going to have to receive more rainfall,” he said. “You could go out right now and go down three inches and hit dry soil.” He said the soil in the area is dry down at least IO inches deep, and it will take another four inches or so of rain before fields are ready for com and grain sorghum to be planted. He said yesterday’s rain will provide a small growth spurt for grasses, oats and winter wheat. ‘You could go out right now and go down three inches and hit dry soil.’ — Carl Englerth, Natural Resources Conservation Service so cattle will have improved grazing, but that will only last a couple of days unless more rain comes. New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Fnesenhahn warned area residents that the county bum ban is still in effect. He said the little rain that fell yesterday is not enough to relieve the threat of brush fires and people should remain cautious. “We’ll evaluate the situation in a day or two, but the bum ban is still in effect. This is not a green light to go bum, obviously not,” he said. Another cold front should come through the area next week, and could bring more rain, Orrock said. He said the forecast calls for a cool, partly cloudy, dry weekend with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. Hispanic Chamber sees opportunities for city during Mexico trip By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels finally has a place on the map and the Internet — in the eyes of Mexican industry. Ron Gonzalez and Mano Castafteda of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Congress of Comal County (GHCC) spread the word about New Braunfels to Mexican business owners during a trade mission to Monterrey, Mexico in February. “A handful of dignitaries made reference to visiting New Braunfels because of Schlitterbahn,” said Gonzalez, GHCC chair. “Most were unfamiliar that we even had other things to offer than Schlitterbahn.” The Mexican secretary of tourism was among those who had enjoyed Schlitterbahn with his family, Gonzalez said. “He and the secretary of commerce said they are looking at various distribution centers and would like to add New Braunfels to the list.” All 27 Texas Hispanic chambers sent representatives to the four-day conference. More than nine governors of the 31 Mexican states attended, as well as many Mexican industrial leaders. Mexico is ready and able to participate in commerce with its neighbor to the north, said Socrates Rizzo Garcia, governor of Nuevo Leon. “It was a tremendous success,” said Joe Monn, president of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). “I know for a fact that our members made contacts with business people m Mexico and that these contracts will facilitate the free trade that our association so greatly supports.” Gonzalez and Castaneda talked to industrial leaders, letting them know that New Braunfels now has a Hispanic chamber, Gonzalez said. “Their point of contact is the Hispanic Chamber when they’re visiting the U.S.,” he said. “I think we gave New Braunfels a big boost when we were down there.” The trade delegates let Mexican officials tour TAM ACC’s Internet menu. Mexican business can have a direct link to the GHCC through the TAM ACC home page. Mexican industry ha$ also stepped up its Internet presence, Gonzalez said. “They have a huge data base of the industries around Monterrey,” he said. “Access to that coming to our organization via the state office.” Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fish will be fed Jim Inman gives Phil Durocher, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a check for $2,000 for fish food. The TP&WD is raising rainbow trout, which will stocked in the Guadalupe River this spring. First your shots, then your fun “The majonty of people we treated (last year) were from Comal County,” * Brammall said. “So, we thought it was a good public service. Our goal is to make free immunizations available to everyone who needs it ” Just like last year, each child who is immunized during the clinic will receive a free admission to the water-park for that day or a certificate good for a free admission any time until June 30. An adult who brings a child under three years of age for an immunization shot will receive a free admission to Schlitterbahn. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the clinic and must present their immunization record. It is advised that the child eat breakfast before getting immunized. By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Because of the success it had with it last year, Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a free immunization clinic Saturday, April 27. “We are doing it again because it went over well last year,” Schlitterbahn public relations director Sheme Brammall said. “We treated 500 people last year, mainly children.” The free clinic will be held at the Rapids Pavilion in the Surfenberg Section from IO a.m.-1 p.m. The free immunization clinic is being helped by the Texas Department of Health’s immunization program called Shots Across Texas and area health departments. The owner of the controversial catfish farm in Bexar County presented a proposal to the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District to keep his business open yesterday. However, the board voted unanimously to have legal counsel begin the process of shutting him down. Comal County representative Craig Hollmig said catfish farmer Ronnie Pucek presented a proposal to the district at a special meeting Thursday night. He said the proposal was an attempt to remain open and pump 500 gallons per minute to raise 1,800 fish. “We thought he was using too much water and we thought he was wasting it,” said Hollmig. The board rejected the offer, saying Pucek violated a court injunction when he reportedly opened his well without notifying the district and without getting a discharge permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. Hollmig said the board also instructed its legal counsel to “begin the process to shut his operation down.” “It’s an excessive use of water. It’s not acceptable during a rainy period or during a dry one. Ifs not acceptable in any weather condition,” he said. Hollmig said it is hopeful that the district will be able to present its case to a judge within a few days, and get an injunction against the catfish farm. Hollmig also said that what he found interesting was that the motion to take Pucek to court passed unanimously. “Some of the same board members that voted to shut Pucek down for wasting water are the ones also saying we don’t need any kind of pumping limits on the aquifer,” Hollmig said. NBU kicks in $5,000 for hydrilla fight By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities customers filled the NBU Board room to watch and participate in last night’s NBU Board of Trustees meeting. “Thank you for coming,” said Board President Guadalupe Castillo. “I invite you to come back next time. We have orderly meetings, but we encourage your input.” Trustee Robert Orr cautioned that a city ordinance prohibits posting campaign signs on utility poles. “It’s a safety issue for the repair people,” he said. “The ordinance includes any signs — garage sales or anything,” said Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. “People should be aware of this.” Preserve Lake Dunlap Association members pled with the NBU board to help combat the hydnlla problem. “The single biggest user of the Guadalupe is NBU,” said Kyle McAlister. “It puts more effluent into the nver than anyone else.” The Lake Dunlap group asked the NBU board kick in as much money as possible to help pay for herbicides and • grass carp to control the hydnlla problem in the lake. Orr moved to kick in $5,000 to help with the problem. “I think we have some responsibility for water quality .” “I think we should tie the $5,000 to asking the Guadalupe Valley River Authonty to give much more than the $6,000 they’re contnbuting,” Trustee James Goodbread said. “GBRA doesn’t care about use of the lake — just whether the water flows enough for their power production,” McAlister said. The Board of Trustees voted to contnbute $5,000 and send a pointed resolution to GBRA asking for more support. Voting in favor were Castillo, Orr and Goodbread. Fraser and Vice-President E C Momhinweg voted against the measure. “I think it’s a good idea to help, and I think we should start turning the screws on the GBRA,” Castillo said. In other action: ■ The board approved an earnest money contract with JGC Tennis (Newk’s Tennis Ranch) to put an elevated water tank on the ranch’s property without buying the land, in exchange for JGC Tennis being allowed to put the Newk’s logo on the tank Fraser opposed, explaining that the project would be funded by bonds, which have not been approved yet. ■ The board approved to go out for bids on the Rio (sewer) Lift Station. "I consider it the most important project in the plan," said Roger Biggers, Assistant General Manager for Technical Operations. “That is a bond funded project, but if we don’t get bonds we will have to redo the budget to include it,” said General Manager Paula DiFonzo The project is budgeted at $850,000. ■ The board approved to go out for bids on the Highway 46 North Extension. Currently a single 14 inch water main serves the OakRun area, Biggers said. The area is developing fast, and if a break happens in that one main, service will be cut off beyond the break The project is budgeted at a total of $800,000. ■ The Katy Sewer Relief Project was approved unanimously.Government regulations are just hidden taxes. See Opinion, Page 4, ;