New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Cougar boys reach Lockhart baseball tournament finals. See Page
Children take charge at Civic Center garage sale.
See Page Bl for more details.
Junior Miss roundup
Winners earn valuable prizes through Junior Miss Scholarship Program. See Page 13A.
Canyon girls play state-ranked Marshall tough. See Page 6A.
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Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ashley Williams (Saturday), Barbara Long (Monday), John Williams (Monday), Susie Boatwright (Monday), Josh Randall Sanchez, Paul Ryan Castilleja (Thursday), Alysia Jimenez, Gary Gaston (Monday) Stella Hansmann, Ruben rejo (belated), Kimberly Greenlees (Monday) and Christopher Zamarripa.
Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Felix Velez Sr. (34 years).
Saturday niglifs winning numbers
15,23, 35,42, 43,46
Est $8 million jackpot
Comal County Junior Livestock Show
The Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association will meet on Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smithson Valley High School Ag Barn Last meeting before show time!
Now Braunfels Kind orc hor beginners’ practice
New Braunfels Kinderchor will have a practice for beginners only on Thursday, March 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on Landa St. For more information, please call David C. Smith at 629-1785
Auditions for choir
Auditions are now being scheduled for The Central Texas Allegro Girls Choir (ages 9 to 12), The Central Texas con Brio Boys Choir (ages 9 to 12) and The Central Texas con Spirito Singers (ages 12 to 19). Call (512) 396-3486 (weekdays) or 357-2174 (evenings & weekends) for information, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Central Texas Choirs, 285 Cheatham #3, San Marcos, TX 78666
Transportation director to speak
James Garcia, transportation program director for the Com mumty Council of South Centra Texas, will speak at the Intera gency 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.
TLC choir performing at Peace Lutheran
The Texas Lutheran College Concert Choir is performing at Peace Lutheran Church today at 3 p.m. The public is invited.
Rummage Sale funds go to NBH8 Band
The NBHS Band and Band Boosters will hold a Rummage Sale from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 outside the band hall. Money collected will benefit band members trying to earn money to travel to Winter Park, Colo. Please call Beth Bronk at 625-3800 for info.
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42 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, March 3, 1996 Serving Comal County and the surrounding area ■Home of JOHN WILLIAMS
Guadalupe another victim of drought
Vol. 144, No. 80
By DENISE DZIUK
As spring flow decreases, river level drops
Despite Thursday’s rains, the Edwards Aquifer remains at a critically low point where mandatory reductions are being enforced. However, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is working to make the public aware that the endangered species and the San Antonio water supply are not the only ones being hurt.
When the aquifer is low, the Guadalupe River is also affected adversely.
Bill West, general manager for GBRA. said the level of the aquifer directly affects spring flow at the Comal and San Marcos springs. He said these springs contribute 30 to 70 percent of the Guadalupe River's “base flow.” This means that during a normal year, when rains are adding to the
river, spring flow accounts for 30 percent of the river's (low. During a drought, that number jumps to 70 percent.
“The springs contribute enough so that if they dried up, you would have a trickle of a river," he said.
West said this point is better illustrated by looking at the river flow in Victoria. The general public tends to believe the further away you get from the source of the water, the smaller its impact.
Ile said the total flow at Victoria is a third of what it normally is. As of Wednesday, 86 percent of that flow comes from the Canyon Reservoir
Release and Comal and San Marcos springs.
“That shows you how much the springs impact it, even that far away,” West said. “If it has that much impact at the end of the river, it’s just as significant, if not more, higher up where we're at.”
West said the aquifer is important to endangered species. He said they start to die when the flow gets to about 200 cubic feet per second, which is not very far away.
However, he said that as levels continue to drop, the river also drops, and threatens the basic water supply for many people dependent on the river.
“People have the perception that protecting
the aquifer is just about protecting the endangered species,” West said. “It’s also about people's livelihood, and the public needs to be made aware of that.”
Due to artificial damming of the river at several points, it is hard to tell how low the river really is. However, West said, when you get out of town, the impact of the drought and the springs is more evident.
He said if the springs do go dry, it will be much more evident because the river will be “a trickle.”
“In the 1950s, the Comal (Springs) went dry. There is a better than 50/50 chance that the Comal (Springs) will go dry by the end of summer,” said West. “The public needs to understand what that would mean.”
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Will Jones slides down an ice-covered high jump cushion at Friday night's soccer game against Ksrrville Tivey. CHS walked away with the win despite temperatures that dropped into the 30s.
Raid nets 30 grams of methamphetamine
A 43-year-old Canyon Lake housewife. Christine Cole, and a 44-year-old man. Nathan Morris, have been arrested by Comal County narcotics and patrol officers, after they were served with an arrest and search warrant at their home on Island View in Canyon Lake. Officers found approximately 30 grams of alleged methamphetamine during the midnight Friday raid.
Measuring scales, packaging materials, syringes and other narcotic paraphernalia w ere discovered, according to a report from tile Comal County Sheriffs Office. Because
of the quantity of alleged drugs and the packaging materials, officers have charged the man and woman with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Sufficient amounts of the alleged drugs were found to elevate the charge to a first degree felony, punishable by a prison term of five to 99 years, and a fine of up to SI0,000. Both have pnor convictions for the same types of drug offense, and Mr. Morris is currently on parole for drug charges. Bond has been set at S50.000 each by New Braunfels Municipal Judge David Perkins.
Marion cable service upgraded
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION A “social contract” with the federal government will mean better cable service for Marion residents, a Paragon Cable spokesw oman told the City Council on Monday night.
"On March IS, we will start upgrading and marketing our fiber optic system to our customers," Gena Nivens said. “This will mean more channels, a better system and less outages (for the customers).” Nivens briefed the council on the latest developments at Paragon Cable in regards to a contract Paragon’s sister company, Time-Wamer, signed with the Federal Communications Commission recently.
Nivens said the contract has to do with settling claims about rates in other Time-Wamer systems, not Paragon’s. The contract, w hich is for five years, lias to do with a settlement Time-Wamer had with the FCC concerning the Cable Act of 1992. Under the agreement, Nivens said.
Paragon will make major improvements to its fiber optic system.
"Betw een all of our 29 franchise cities we serve, we will make SI20 million in improvements to our fiber optic system," Nivens said. "As part of the social contract, we will put free cable hookups to all schools by 2001 and we will develop a computer modem system, which w ill be available to all schools.”
Mayor Glenn Hild said Paragon Cable has prov ided good serv ice for Marion, citing few problems with the company.
In other business, the council considered action regarding the fate of the former 1,200 square foot post office building next to city hall. The city had leased the building to the U.S. Postal Serv ice until they moved to their new building on FM 78 a week and a half ago.
“We could utilize the buildings ourselves or we could look into leasing it again,” Hild said. "It might make a nice site for a physician’s office or medical clinic for the community.”
Houses set up to sell themselves
By DENISE DZIUK
A local realty company has decided to let their houses “talk for themselves."
Starting immediately, house hunters will be able to find out about a house by simply driving through the neighborhood and tuning in their radio.
“Prospective buyers will be able to tune in from the comfort of their automobile, gaining an insight into the personality of the property,” said Toya Ohlnch-Lindsey, owner/broker of Jack Chinch Realty, Inc.
Small transmitters are being placed in selective homes. T hese transmitters, which are the size of a telephone answering machine, will have a computer chip programmed with a one to two minute message on them highlighting the property. The message will repeat continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It’s like having an on-site sales person at all times,” said Lindsey.
The transmitters are not new to bigger cities such as
San Antonio and Austin, but are new to New Braunfels. Lindsey said 43 percent of buyers find their homes by driving around neighborhoods.
She said typically a sign is put in the yard of the property stating the name of the Realtor and the phone number. Prospective buyers then have to write down the number, wait until working hours, and set up an appointment just to get any information on the property.
Lindsey said with the transmitters, all the prospective buyer has to do is tune into 1610 on the AM radio dial.
“lf they want more information, they literally have it at their finger tips on the AM on their radio,” said Lindsey. “I think it’s an opportunity to strike when the iron s hot.” Lindsey said it took the company about a month to gather the information, decide to pursue it, and install the transmitters. She said they w ill he the only one in New Braunfels offering this service, and does not expect others to follow in their steps.
“It’s a point of difference,” she said. “I don’t think other companies will want to be seen as a copycat ”
(See Page SB for more information.)
Herald-Zeitiina photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jack Ohlrtch Realty's new “talking houses will allow boma boyars to learn about properties while driving through the city's neighborhoods.Community could breathe new life into old LCRA building. See Opinion, Page 4A.