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By ROSEMARIE EASH Hsrntd-Zettung
Comal County represen* tatty** eenfered with VS,
Bob Krueger and Inti* Secretary Bruce:|jpM bitt at Krueger’s Comal River home Friday on the Comal Springs and Edwards Aquifer,
Among those attending were Sam Hamilton, state administrator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; ISM M
Clinton durn, president of the Greater Hew Braunfels Chamber of Commerce: Bob Sohn, general manager of Hew Braunfels Utilities; Doug Miller, New Braunfels and NBU*s representative on water issues; and Kenneth Heals, Comal County's representative on the Edwards Underground Water District board.
“We tried to emphasise how the Endangered Spa* des Act is protecting the people here iqpomal ty and downstream,1* said linier.
ive the right iii Austin and sn, right now. “All of them pie very eon* scious of environmental issues and will be taking a good look altho issues concerning" the Edwards
said the opportunity to talk to Babbitt directly was invaluable to New Braun* fels and Comal County.
“We had an opportunity to tell the secretary our side of the story," said Perdum. “He was very receptive “He got a very good overview of what the situation is with the aquifer," Ikels said. “It was a very worthwhile visit since the Department of the Interior will be involved with this type of “water war" in the future.
“I think he got a good understanding of how the people of New Braunfels feel about conserving the springs.” s County Judge Carter Casteel said,*He was especially interested that this was a people versus people issue—the economic inter-ests of New Braunfels, Comal County and the downstream interests and the economic interests of San Antonio.
“I was appreciati ve of his coming here, hopefully it
will help us.*
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt appears with U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger at a Landa Park press conference Friday. Babbitt promoted aquifer management during the visit. Photo by John Huseth.
Secretary visits springs
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zettung
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt pushed water management and conservation during a tour of the Comal Springs Friday with Sen. Bob Krueger.
The Landa Pirk tour was part
of a fact-finding effort relating
to amendments being propos for the Endangered Species Act and its use in accelerating the creation of a water management System for the Edwards Aquifer.
Babbitt, who came to Texas at Krueger's request, said the
Krueger wins endorsement
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt was asked Friday if he would have come to New Braunfels if U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger were not in the middle of a campaign.
“I make no bones about the fact that Tye known Bob Krueger for a long, long time,” Babbitt said. “We've been friends, we’ve worked on problems relating to Mexico in the Carter administration, we’ve worked on oil and gas problems, all kinds of different things. If you’re asking if I endorse and support Bob Krueger, the answer is I sure dc, he's my friend.”
But Babbitt said his main purpose in Texas was a fact finding mission — and to attend his mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party in Austin.
aquifer situation is an issue for Texans work out “on fine basis
of a local management plan with the help of the Texas legislature."*
Comparing the water resources in Texas with those in his home state of Arizona, Babbitt said the vast resources of this state had delayed attention to this problem.
“There’s a lot of water in Texas,” Babbitt said. ‘There are plenty of precedents in other parts of the country where these kinds of problems have been worked out Water marketing is a new concept — ifs gaining a lot of credence. It's being used in California, it’s now underway in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada."
“The Bureau of Reclamation was a major party in the design of a water marketing scheme,” Babbitt said. “Perhaps that’s one way to offer some assistance, to draw on the experience of other parts of the West”
Texas is nicely endowed with an awful lot of water resources,” he said. “I suspect that’s the reason historically that there hasn't been much attention paid to water management and conservation.
“The time is at hand now, it seems to me, for a local plan for just an elementary thing like conservation."
Conservation opponents say the needs of the fountain darter are taking precedence over human needs, but Babbitt said the ESA is helping protect humans in San Marcos, New Braunfels and downstream.
“From what I've seen and learned today, it’s apparent to me there's a large enough resource to take care of San Antonio, to take cere of New Braunfels, to take care of all the people along the Guadalupe River downstream all the wav down to Corpus Christi and the bay area."
Babbitt said he thought there were enough water resources available without making changes to the Endangered Species Act in order to provide additional water.
“I don't think the Endangered Species Act is the problem,” said Babbitt. “What you need is to work cooperatively, get some conservation, get a management plan."
Krueger said he was interested in the local development of a fair solution for everyone.
“It’s important... to see to it that the resources of an area are used for the benefit of all its people,” Krueger said. “I have felt for years, as I know others have, that we should constantly try bring to accord the various peo pie who draw upon the waters of the Edwards Aquifer.”
He supported the considers tion of the water marketing sys tem suggested by Babbitt as a possible solution.
By ROSE MARIE EA8H Herald-ZeHung
New Braunfels official will protest a New Orleans federal appeals courts Friday decision to stay a judge's ruling imposing a May 31 deadline for the state to come up with a management plan for the Edwards Aquifer.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans postponed enforcement of the ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton of Midland and set March 23 as the date for the Sierra Club to respond.
“We will probably file a joint complaint about the stay,” said Doug Miller, the New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities water representative. “Past experience has shown that the 5th circuit court has not been friendly to the Endangered Species Act, however."
Miller said the stay of Judge Lucius Bunton'* order was not completely unexpected and would not change the efforts being made to encourage the Texas legisla
ture to develop a water management system.
“We have always wanted local rule — Bunton'* ruling just helped us move more quickly toward a local solution,” Miller said. “The best solution if we are going to have local control is to solve this ourselves."
The Sierra Club had won the initial order in January in its lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The environmental group argued that unlimited pumping from the aquifer, a natural underground water reservoir that flows for 176 miles, threatened endangered species living in aquifer-fed springs in New Braunfels and San Marcos.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Ride Pony hailed the stay, which was sought by the state Agriculture Department, city of San Antonio, Texas Farm Bureau and a coalition of industrial water users.
The aquifer is the city of San Antonio’s sole source of drinking water.
Kuempel sponsors law protecting elderly
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zettung
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel R-Seguin has introduced an act in the House of Representatives that would allow attorneys to freeze the assets of criminals who have taken advantage of the elderly.
Kuempel is proposing an amendment to Chapter 59 of the State Code of Criminal Procedure that would allow attorneys representing the state to obtain a search warrant for stolen funds and freeze the bank accounts of criminals.
The law would also allow victims to recoup losses for use in their own legal efforts against the criminal. The state’s attorney must show probable cause that some or all of the defendant’s funds are composed of contraband.
Comal County District Attorney Bill Reinter said the law is needed to prevent criminals from reaping the benefits of crime.
“These criminals are getting the best legal representation money can buy all the way down the line all at the expense of the person they scammed," Reimer said.
Reimer said that criminals not only use the funds to provide for their legal representation, but they also use the fact that the money has been spent as a bargaining tool.
Criminals prosecuted for the “con games" in which they spend the money on their representation petition the court for their release so they can pay back their
The older people are especially vulnerable to these types of crimes."
victims, Reimer said.
“As a criminal, you do not have a right to go out there and use the products of your wrong-doing as a way to avoid answering for your crime,” Reimer said.
The proposed law, House Bill 2112, would apply only to citizens over the age of 65 who have been the victims of con artists or scams Reimer said the age qualification is because the older citizens art more susceptible to the confidence crimes.
“The older people are especially vulnerable to these types of crimes,” Reimer said.
Reimer said older people art targets becaust they are lest likely to report the crimes and they are less likely to pursue prosecutors! procedures
If passed, the law would allow prosecutors to file for an evidentiary search warrant to try and locate funds taken from the elderly, he said.
If it were discovered that the funds in the defendant*• account were stolen or illegally obtained, Reimer said a freeze could be placed on the account, and funds could be returned to the victims.
The bill is scheduled to go to committee sometime this week.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Eric Pils, Kim Davis, Travis Lee Ryals, Justin Lickert, Monty Crumrine, Cleburne Caddell, Argelia Chaps, Christi Ann Perez, Linda Hoffmann, Bernardino Sanches.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Roy Ragsdale, Joan Neauman, Joanne Espinoza and Diane Montanez. Monday Birthday wishes go to Earleen Hill and Carlos Molina.
Anniversary wishes go to Dennis and Cherry Key Templeton.
a.m. Tuesday, March 16 at the New Braunfels Christian Church.
All recipients will be required to complete an application for eligibly and must bring proof of residency, identity and income.
The Community Council of South Central Texas will be issuing W8DA Commodities to income eligible households beginning at 9
Noon Lions Club Whit* Cane Weekend
The New Braunfels Noon Lions Club and local businesses will be participating in White Cane Weekend Sat. and Sun. March* 13 and 14 to raise money for the blind and to ftind sight preservation programs such as sight screening for children. Lions will be asking for your contributions of money and also will accept donations of used eyeglasses at several sites around New Braunfels including H.E.B., Wal Mart and K-Mart.
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