New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYCanyon lifters prepare for state. See Page 1B
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20 pages 'n two sect texts ■ Wednesday, March 12, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas trx more than 145 years ■ I kxne of VMM Mm
Vol 145, No 85
Editorial 4ATCI seeks approval of rate Increase
WHO TO CONTACT
TCI has filed for a rate increase before the Federal Communica tions Commission Its service area in New Braunfels includes about 8,900 customers and will increase to $10 98 for basic service and $13 41 for expanded As of Jan 1, TCI dropped aor vice of WGN, Intro TV and Sneak Preview and added Animal Plan et, Cartoon Network and Encore Rex, In addition, the Discovery channel and WTBS wore added to the basic service TCI also dropped the Lifetime
channel and replaced it with a Fox news network earlier ttxs pas! year
To voice concerns, contact:
■ TCI at 625-3408 for the New Braunfels service area, which connects to the San Marcos headquarters; in Canyon Lake at 964 3960
■ City of New Braunfels at 608-2100 The city can accept complaints in writing and attempt to resolve tfiem with the cabio company lf not, the city can fill out a form with your complaint to send to the FCC.
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The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitunx extend* birthday wishes to; ENane Burkhart, Ana (aru*. Pebble Sc hill tbcr. Verna Mat
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Marina Michele Ortegen (I year old), Lydia Katie, Kip Anderson (SO years old). Mary Belle (irreal/, Ronnie Smith Jr. Kathie Melanin, Dudley Ives, Ramona McNutt.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Victor and Melinda Rodriguez (3 years), I .Ism and Ken Brucks, Peter B. Kosales and Stephanie D. Konales, Jesus and Klvlra Hernandez (50 years, belated).
To have a birt lulus or annlver Mary listed here, t all 425 9/ 44
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Comet River — 236 cubic (aet (arr second, seme es Tuesday Kdward* Aquifer Hanlhrr Canyon Well — 624.16 feel ehrrve tee level, up IM Canyon Dam (Demerge tm cfs Canyon Lake inflow - 660 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910 66 leaf strove •aa level (Above conservation pool.)
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NOU reports pumping 4 boo mason unions al surface water Tuesday, and 216,400 pMtana of wsi water ware used
Fair on tap Friday
The Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair will begin at noon Friday at the Comal County Fairgrounds Agriculture Building Sale of judged entries, except for grand and reserve champion winners will take place from 3 to 5 p m The grand champion and reserve champion auction will begin at 6 p m in the food mall,
This is an excellent opportunity for the business community to support the youth of Comal County
Bay Scout* evenest* for odd Jobs
Boy Scouts will clean out your garage, room, closet, etc , to earn funds to attend immer camp They will haul off unwant ’ ed items Call 629-3811.
lophiinbuTQ celebration today
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives will celebrate anniversaries and honor volunteers 6 30 p m. today. Door j prizes will be given Call 629 1572 for information
■asenee of art lecture today
The Unitarian Universalists will have Elizabeth Elliott, executive director of the Circle Arts The atre and Herald/eitung coium nist on the arts and humanities, speak on "The Arts The Essence of All-Thai Is," at 7 30 p m. today at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N Loop 337
AmorkMMi Q.l. Forum I mooting
Chapter 1014 American G I I Forum will meet at 7 p m Thursday at the American Legion Hall on Coll Street Members and non-members are welcome
By ABE LEVY
Citing the expcnne* for recent programing change* and compony realignment, the only cable company in the New Braunfels area filed this peat week for rate increase* with federal officials.
Dennis Moore, general manager of Tele-C’ommunication* Inc, said Tuesday corporate officials exercised their annual option to file a 71 cent increase for basic service and SI JI for expanded before the Federal Communication* Commission.
If approved, the rate* would become effective June I and affect about 8,900 customers in the New Braunfels service area.
**l think it’s a lcgitamatc request for an adjustment,” Moore said. ”1 think it’s warranted We try to be responsive to our customers. Those of us who
By DOMM DZIUK
Representatives from businesses impacted by the Guadalupe River and the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District met T uesday night with officials horn the two agencies controlling releases from Canyon lake to ask for a seasonal recreation level.
The meeting was held in response
our live* to this We have a very highly visible product.”
Moore said “similar adjustments in other systems” are planned for other
to a meeting earlier this month where community members determined the key factors in a successful summer Water, and the availability of it throughout the entire summer, was the top issue. l ite main issue as ol I ut clay's meeting was whether releases from Canyon (.ake could he managed in an alternative way during the summer Currently, when tile level of ( anyon
whose hcatkjoartcr* are in San Marcos and includes Seguin, (ion/ales, Yoakum. ( ucro and Stockdale late last year. TCI restructured its
I ake is VOX feet above mean sea level or below, tile lake is considered iii tile conservation (ssii, anti the water releases are based on downstream water rights Anything alcove 909 feet above nisi is considered pert of die flood pool level, and releases aa* increased to bring tile level back down to (lie conservant*) (itMil. Business ami community leaden want to see a '‘seasonal rec real it hi
service arca to include Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Bandera, Lake Hills anti I xx in Springs to bring it* fetal number of customers to 54,(HK).
City officials said they plan to finish a review of the proposal in about two weeks and place the final decision of whether to support it before the City Council.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said city staff is verifying the information to ensure it is allowed by law.
‘There arc limits on what can be adjusted and we’re exploring to see wha her those limits have been met or excoded,” he said. “We’re l<Hiking to sec what can he done to ensure that the customer is satificd. We’re interested in hearing from the ctti/ens,”
In response to the proposal, the city council can vole for approval, disap proval or do nothing, city officials said,
level” inserted between die two levels lo maintain flows during dry summer month!.
Tf Mother Nature provides the water , we can use it when we need it, and right now, Motlier Nature is providing the water,” (Jaunty ( dmnnssioncr Jaik Du WSI hi said WGRI) board member Paul Rich Turn to Lake, Paye3A
adding that no action would send a message of displeasure to the cable company.
lf the city opts to challenge the proposal, the FCC would make the final decision.
TCI was successful in gaining a 9 percent increase in basic anti 21 percent in expanded service this past June that council t(Mik no action on “I’m actually concerned about any increase until we get betta service,” Mayor Jan Kcnnudy said “All we can do is plead with the cable company to do everything they can.”
Kennady said she has considered forming a committee to review concerns with the cable service, a measure that other towns have used with some success, she said.
Moore* said that according to FCC regulations the cable company can Turn to TCI, Page 3A
Deadline for CISD
By DENISE DZIUK
(hic week remains in the filing pcn-«kJ for ifirec seals on the ( omal Independent District board of trustees, and in one district no one has filed.
I fie ( TSI) board of trustees consists of one representative fnnn each of the seven geographical smcte-mamber districts within the school district The three seals dial will he filled are districts I, 2 and 5 Currently, Lee Ikels represents district I, Dan Krueger represents district 2 and Deraid tuiKuc represents district 5.
CISD bookkeeper Jo Schwab said candidates have until 5 p m March 19 file. As of noon Tuesday, Dan Krueger had filed for re-election in district 2 and William Hurnam had filed fin district 5. No one had filed for district I. One other individual has picked up the filing packet, but has rn* returned it yet “It's burd to predict the number thai will file,” Schwab said. ‘‘Sometimes there's a It* of interest ami trifler times there's not that much interest at all,” Ikels said lie tues served (Hi the board for 12 years, and it is unlikely he will seek am rifler term “My mind is made up 99.99 percent of the way, bul there’s still a .OI percent cf lance it could change,” Ikels said “Right now, I don't plan to run again, bul my mind could still (.flange ’’
I uRue, wfio will liavc been im the Is Mid tin cc years iii May, said lie would not nm brr re-election Me said obligations to wink and family take up a great deal of his time, and fie could not dedicate adequate energy lo die fstaid Individuals interested iii filing for a seat <tr voting iii lite ii|n «tining electkhi can dctennine then district by larking at their voter registration card T he card will have‘“( IS” followed by a number on the right hand side The number represents lite single member ilistiid iii which tfiey live.
I ally voting bs tile board of trustees electa hi will run In mu A|hiI 14 through Apr ii 29 at the ( omal ( ounty Court-house.
WANT TO RUN?
Ready for the show
Herald-Zwtunu ghetto tty Michael Dan mn
•Uh Stanford anre ieee Ma goal ‘Roto’ on Tuaaday lo proporo Mm for tho Comal County Jr. Livestock Show. Ha and Ma titter Brittany cart for tholr goats ail yonr long to prepare for tMo avant*
Jr. Livestock Show going to the goats
By ABC LIVY
Eleven-year-old Brittany Stanford can’t wait to show her goat. Tabasco, a Boer crossbreed at the 29th annual C omal County Junior Livestock Show that begins today.
Brittany wakes up almost every day at 6:40 u rn to take care of the goat.
Ha 9-year-old brotha Seth also helps out with walking the goats, pulling than with a tractor for exacise, cleaning Malls and grooming the animals “I'm feeling excited and ready for the show,” said Brittany, who goes to bed each night at 8:40 pm “Ifs been really bin. I think I have a good chance because a lot of people have brid inc ” Showing goats lias become increasingly popular since show organizer* created the category last year .
Entries to show goats went from 40 the first year bi 114 in this year's unite*!, a large portion of the overall 600 entries in this year’s slurw, orga-n i/cr s said.
(Tie show's asaociation member* said this year’*
SCHtDUlE Of i VENTS
The following is a schedule for th© 29th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show that begins today at Bio Comal Cam ty Fairgrounds on Commem Street For morn Information, call 609 PIRK)
Today 1 30 p rn to 7:30 p rn , twine arrival and weighing Thursday noon to 7 p rn , goats arrival. weighing, market hogs and showmanship judging, sheep, cattle, rabbits, broilers and turkeys to arrive and be weighed Friday 8 a rn., judging to begin for goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, broilers and turkeys
Saturday 1 pm., sale of market animals to begin
show would provide youth with un opportunity to demonstrate the hard work they’ve put forth in raising their animals.
“Tbe wliolc goal is to show kid* liow to he resp* rn
mille by nutting their utnmal* day in and day (sit,” saki Li/ Muncy, secretary bn the livestock sImiw association, which includes 138 families. “They can show diem and win ribbons bn (liar work.”
Hic mood of the four-day event will be a mixture of nervousness and cxcttancnt, organizers said.
“Some of (the youth) dread the end frecause they have to let their animal go,” Mooney said “The kids get real attached but they’re excited because it’s the end of the year's work “
M(HH»cy said last year’s sale raised $402,<XX), which would spread out to the various youth who entered, fen percent of the donations is retained fry lilt* organizer* to help pay fin administration Organizer* of tins year’s event will assign points acusdmg bi tile iiNhhi a youth wins. I lie more lite (Hunt total, the greater the amount of money a youth will receive, Minnicy said Donations are* accefried and a party will fie given for people who make a purchase of 150 or more, Mooney said
I fie mum event* will he Friday when (lie sltowing begins aud then Saturday will) if ic (while auction
Business owners seek recreation level for lake
■ Candidates mutt be a reg Mitered voter and must have liver) in the singlemember din (not for at least six months.
■ Candidates must turn in a completed and notarized pack et to the CISD central office, 1421 N Business 35 that includes the individual's name, address, telephone number, occupation and date of birth Ital campaign treasurer will also need to be named on the form
■ I limy deadline is March 19 at 5 pmCanyon Lake recreation level pros and cons, Page 4A