New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, March 3,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KENNETH ELLEBRACHT
Vol 143, No.80
Texas briefs .............................2
Justice Dept objects to *94 EUWD vote
Birthday wishes from th# H#rald-Z#itung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following ‘birthday wishes to; Kenneth Ellebracht, Josh Randall Sanchez (5 years!), John Williams (Saturday), Suzie Boatwright (Saturday), Christopher Zamarripa, Tad Lsagut (belated), Janie Ryals (belated), Nick Lelteste, Karen Barganier.
Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mrs. Felix Velez, Sr., Raymond A Sylvia Zamarripa (22 years).
Tonight, cloudy. Low in the upper 40s. Southeast wind near 10 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High near 70. Southeast wind 10 mph.
FU MAC hosting annual pone oleo supper
The First United Methodist # Church of New Braunfels will be hostingrtheir annual pancake supper on Monday, March 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be an “all you can eat* affair.
The church is located at 572 W. San Antonio St.
All proceeds will be donated to ’local community service agencies and projects
Lorton lunchoons to bogbt Friday
The First United Methodist Church will present the Lenten Community Luncheons from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p m. The luncheons will continue each Friday during Lent.
The community is invited.
The luncheons will be held in the Wesley Hall, located in the back of the church near Mill St Friday's speaker will be Rev. Ben Clayton of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church. Soloist for the service will be Cathy Talcott Everyone is asked to bring a sack Junch.
* Beverages will be provided.
For more information, call 625-4513.
Founders’ Day Pray or Breakfast tickets on sale
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Founders1 Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a rn at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21.
The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city-wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21,1845.
Internationally known author-pastor Dr. Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale at the Chamber, Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385
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Collision at FM 725 A 1-35 service road
(Top photo) This 1978 blue Buick Skylark, driven by Gins Locklear and a 1990 Honda, driven by Mong Nguyen, collided yesterday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. near the intersection of FM 725 and I-35 service road. According to reports, both cars were driving in opposite directions on the east side service road when Locklear attempted a left turn onto Seguin Ave at which point the vehicles collided.
(Right photo) A New Braunfels paramedic holds a fire helmet over Mong Nguyen's head after she was extracted from her 1990 Honda shortly after an accident near the intersection of FM 725 and I-35 yesterday.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Pre-clearing EUWD’s election for two Bexar posts draws fire
From staff reports
In a letter dated March 2, 1995, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) objected to pre-clearing the Edwards Underground Water District (EUWD) Nov. 8, 1994 election for two director positions in Bexar County
The basis for DOJ’s objection was the temporary use of punch card ballots and related procedures.
The Bexar County Elections Department was contracted by the EUWD to conduct election services for the Nov. 8 election. The county insisted on using separate punch card ballots. In the letter, DOJ noted that the county represented it would implement training programs and provide publicity to ensure that voters were aware of the EUWD election. The letter further states that “...out investigation reveals that the county does not appear to have taken even the most basic steps to prevent confusion among poll officials and ensure voter participation in the Edwards election ”
Last Friday, the EUWD Board voted not to seat the two new Bexar County members, and to hold over the existing directors in anticipation of this decision from DOJ. Waiter G. Barfield, elected from precinct three, and Susan Hughes, elected from precinct 5, were to have been sworn in as new directors at a special board meeting on March I, 1995. Dr. Kenneth G. Ikels, Comal County, and Ms. Kaylene Ray, Hays County, were sworn in as scheduled (March I) as DOJ had previously pre-cleared the EUWD’s Nov. 1994 director elections in these two counties.
Ms. Jem W. Martin, Chair, EUWD Board of Directors, stated that the board must now meet to consider all available options.
“We will schedule a special meeting of the board next week to discuss our options, and a possible course of action in response to DOJ’s letter."
If you would like a complete copy of the March 2 DOJ letter, please contact Velma R. Danielson, at 210-222-2204.
Development may be threating aquifer recharge
New pill will help control pets’ flea problems
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Those infernal fleas, they just can’t be stopped — until now. It’s not available just yet, but a drug will soon be on the market that will revolutionize flea control for pets.
Named "Program,” the drug was developed by Ciba Animal Health and recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
“They tell me I should get it the first week of March,” said Dr. Kent Fischer of the Fischer Veterinary Clinic. The cat version of Program won’t be available until May or later. “I’ve just heard it’s coming for the cat later,”
said Fischer. “Cat people are just going to have to be a little patient.”
"I can tell you it works,” said Dr. Gary Brotze of the Creekview Veterinary Clinic. Creekview has been a part of a study of Program combined with another pet medicine, said Brotze. Fleas on the test animals were counted periodically and in a few months the flea count dropped from hundreds to almost zero.
"This has to be the best thing Eve seen in 14 years of practice,” said Fischer.
The active ingredient in the new drug is a chemical called lunfenuron. It’s not an insecticide, but a growth inhibitor, said Fischer Program pre
vents flea eggs from developing. “Eggs and larvae make up 92 percent of the flea population," said Fischer.
The only drawback to Program is that it doesn’t kill adult fleas, said Fischer. “Pet owners will still have to spray occasionally to keep the adults oft,” he said, "but by giving the tablet the need for washing dips down your drain will drop dramatically.”
Program works by keeping a chemical called chitin from forming in the flea eggs. Insects need chitin to develop But "dogs don’t have chitin; cats don’t have chitin,” said Brotze, "so it doesn’t hurt them.”
"This is not a toxic insecticide;” said Fischer, “All dogs over six weeks of
age are safe — nursing dogs, pregnant dogs.”
Program has been used in Europe since 1990 with no ill effects, said Brotze. "There are no contraindications or side effects on the label," he said.
Program will come in pill form for dogs and in liquid form for cats. It would cost about $100 a year to use.
That’s a cost similar to heart worm control, said Brotze.
A dose is required once a month, said Brotze. "In this area we’ll have to keep it going year round," he said. The pills come in packages of six, said Fis-
building over the Edwards, but not the Glen Rose and Trinity formations.
"The TNRCC rules do not prohibit closure of sinkholes or caves,” he said.
Albach said on occasion, the TNRCC will not allow a subdivision plan to pass. He said they tend, however, to concentrate more on water quality when reviewing building specifications than water quantity lost by covering up a sinkhole or cave. The EUWD would like water quality and quantity to have equal importance
Albach did say a relatively small amount of recharge is gained through these surface sinkholes and caves. Creeks supply most of the recharge and most of this, at least for the Edwards, lies in the Nueces Basin. About 40 percent lies in the San Antomo-Guadalupe River Basin.
He did say the Trinity Aquifer, which covers much of western Comal County, has little if any regulation over building or recharge.
"All the notoriety is always on the Edwards Aquifer," Wiley said. “...We have no authority. The next best thing is education ”
Bulverde resident says new water district can help protect recharge
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Staff Writer •
BULVERDE - Is the increase in building activity endangering the availability of water in the western parts of Comal County?
It is if builders cover up recharge holes, says one resident.
Cameron Wiley of Bulverde just happens to be a proponent of an underground water district set for election this spring. Wiley thinks a district can help with what he calls the key component to stop the covering of recharge holes- education.
"That’s the whole idea, maybe we can educate people," he said. “...lf you’re closing it (aquifer holes) off, you’re cutting your own throat."
Wiley said he has seen no specific activities where developers are closing in or filling these holes but said he has heard of such activity and other misuse among landowners.
The recharge holes cover both the Edwards and Trinity aquifer regions.
In the porous limestone formations of the Hill Country, rainwater filters into the aquifers through these holes.
Presently, no laws prevent people from tilling these holes in.
"Some developers are filling these in because they don’t look nice,” he said. "...They ought to have enough community spirit not to.”
County Engineer Tom Homseth said the county has no authority over subdivision building regarding sinkholes. He did mention one case where a developer was forced to build a different road to avoid pollution near a hole. Also, another development near U S. Hwy 281 and the Guadalupe River changed road plans in order to avoid any future conflict with a cave opening.
Michael Albach is an environmental scientist with the Edwards Underground Water District, whose recharge area covers that in Comal County not included in the proposed water distnct. Albach said the EUWD will look at subdivision
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A recharge hole on the property of Cameron Wiley is believed to feed the Trinity Aquifer.
specifics and recommend to the hon Commission for approval. The
Texas Natural Resource Conserva- TNRCC approves all subdivision
Brotze cautions that viable fleas can still be introduced into yards by untreated animals. Once treatment starts, he recommends that only animals treated with Program be let in the house.