New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: John Klick, Julio Madera III (Belated), Tina Triesch (Belated).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Sam and Molly Cholico (21 years.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 1,428 Oak —50 Pecan — 40 Mulberry —108 Elm —6 Grass —18
Comal River — 282 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.15 feet above sea level, down .
Canyon Dam discharge — 3,040 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.74 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL) reports pumping 4.905 milton gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 1.0205 milton gallons of well water were used.
Bridge at Gruene open today
The Canyon Lake release rate will be reduced to 800 cubic fee per second by 11 a m. today, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Guadalupe River bridge at Gruene will be open today.
Outstanding small business person
Small Business Week is observed nationally this year June 1 through June 6. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has desig nated that time to honor our community's small businesses and to give special honor to the business person who is selected as the Small Business Person of the Year.
During the week, posters will be displayed in businesses; public service announcements will run on TCI Cable and KGNB-KNBT and a specia tabloid calling attention to smal business will be published by the Herald-Zietung.
Any business with 50 or less employees qualifies as a smal business in New Braunfels, and the Chamber takes this opportunity to call attention to the impact they have on the local economy.
Nominations will be taken for the Small Business Person O' the Year through May 2 and nomination forms are available at the Chamber office. Individuals are encouraged to nominate a small business owner or manager Call the Chamber at 625-2385 for information.
Emergency utility assistance available
Financial assistance is available to pay past due utility bills through a new program offered by the New Braunfels Housing Authority To qualify, one can rent or own, must live inside the city limits, be low-income and in an emergency situation. To apply come by the Housing Authority office at 300 Laurel Lane. Call 625-6909 for information.
Keep saving those Campbell’s labels
Thanks to the great commu nity response, the Community Council of South Texas' Heac Start program has decided to conduct the “Campbell's Labels for Education drive through the 1997-98 schoo year. Head Start can receive items such as microscopes, globes and activity books in exchange for the coupons. For a complete list of eligible products or for information call (210'
Appeals court overturns aquifer restrictions
By ABE LEVY
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the state’s regional authority of the Edwards Aquifer was better suited to manage the underground resource than a court order made late last summer.
A panel of three judges from the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued
an opinion that Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton III made a mistake in ordering an injunction on aquifer pumpers such as New Braunfels Utilities and the city of San Antonio.
The ruling said the injunction sidestepped the work of the 10-month-old Edwards Aquifer Authority that was created in late June to oversee aquifer pumping.
Wednesday’s ruling, which was a 2-1 decision, came in response to a lawsuit filed in June by the environmental group, Sierra Club, who sought aquifer pumping restrictions during last summer’s drought under the Endangered Species Act.
The Sierra Club claimed the Act provided restrictions to protect five endangered animals dependent on the aquifer and Comal and San Marcos
springs that were reaching dangerous levels last summer.
The appeals court blocked Bunton’s injunction temporarily before its effective date - a move that kept last year’s drought from being declared an emergency.
That injunction sought voluntary compliance and would have brought pumping restrictions close to levels that die EAA’s current aquifer pump-
Games celebrate gift of life
By DENISE DZIUK
As Pat Parks takes his medication each day, he is reminded of the family who gave him the gift of a healthy life.
Parks was diagnosed as suffering from kidney failure in February of 1989. At the time, his daughter was only 9 years old. After several years of medications, tests and dialysis, Parks was placed on the organ transplant waiting list. He was on the list IO days, and in July 1990 he received a kidney. He said that without the transplant, he would be hooked up to dialysis at least three days a week or dead.
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“I’m sorry for their loss, but I’ve gotten to see my daughter grow up,” Parks said. “It makes me thankful that there are people out there who are willing to do that.”
Since his transplant seven years ago, Parks has been able to resume his normal lifestyle. He said most patients do, and to prove that to the world and themselves, about 55 recipients from across the state will converge on New Braunfels this weekend for the 19% Texas Transplant Games.
“My objective is to get to know all the transplants I can,” Parks said. “We just like to get together (nice a year to see what's happening. We’ve gotten friendship out of it.”
In honor of the event, the New Braunfels City Council and the Comal County Commissioners Court have proclaimed April 28 through May 4 Organ Donor Awareness Week in Comal County and New Braunfels.
The games begin at 9 a.m. Friday and end at 2 p.m. Sunday. During that time, the athletes will participate in golf, bowling, 5-K run, racquetball, weightlifting and track and field, to name a few.
“We want people to be aware of the organ transplantation and that we arc able to go back to our regular lives after it. It’s also to show ourselves that we don’t have to sit at home. We can prove to ourselves we can get out and be active,” Parks said.
Parks said the games also help heighten awareness of the possibility of being an organ donor. He said there are 50,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant, and according to the United Network of Organ Sharing, 3,900 people died last year waiting for a transplant.
'If (the games) get publicity and just one person signs a card, that’s one person more than yesterday,” Parks said. “It’s a start.”
MarakJ-Zwtung photo by Michael Darnel!
Kidney transplant patent Pat Parka praeteaa Ma putting at Lamia Park Golf Couraa on Tuesday afternoon preparing himself for the Texas Transplant games this weekend In New Braunfels.
1997 TEXAS TRANSPLANT GAMES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m. Golf at Landa Park
7:30 a.m. 5-K run and 1 mile walk at Hinman Island
9:15 a.m. Bowling at Comal Bowl
11:30 a.m. Lunch at the Athletic Club (Provided by McDonald's)
12.30 p.m. Table Tennis at the Athletic Club (Tables donated by The Sports Authority of San Antonio)
2 p.m. Racquetball at the Athletic Club
2:30 p.m. Weightlifting at the Athletic Club 4:15 p.m. Skeet Shooting at Dietz Gun Range 5:30 p.m. Dinner at the New Braunfels High School Cafeteria (Donated by H-E-B and Pizza Hut)
8:30 p.m. Tennis at New Braunfels High School tennis courts
7.30 a.m. 15K Bike Race at New Braunfels High School (Bikes furnished by Bikes and Boards in New Braunfels)
9 a m. Track and Field at New Braunfels High School 11:30 a.m. Swimming at Landa Park swimming pool 2 p.m. Lunch and awards ceremony at Pinto Ranch Grill in New Braunfels.
The events are for those transplant recipients already registered However, the public is invited to attend the events as spectators.
Source: Pat Parks, organizer of the 1997 Texas Transplant Games
Safety key to enjoying water activities
By DAVID DEKUNDER
With summer and the big Memorial Day weekend just around the comer, floods of boaters, jet skiers and people in wave runners will descend on Canyon Lake.
With thousands of people expected over the Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement and Texas Parks and
Wildlife officials will be on the lookout for unsafe, intoxicated and reckless boaters
Lt. David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Department said deputies will have a boat patrolling the lake during the mqjor weekends — Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. He said the department’s lone patrol boat will be available 24 hours a day in case of emergency and it will patrol on other
weekends when needed.
Ott said two deputies will man the boat. They will look to help stranded jet skiers and issue tickets for any water violations such as having glass containers and styrofoam on the lake. Having these things violates a Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District ordinance.
Ott said deputies will also be on the lookout for people who are boating
ing rules contain.
State Director of the Sierra Club, Ken Kramer, said the ruling was disappointing especially since it’s undetermined whether the Edwards authority has provided sufficient management of the aquifer and protection of the endangered species.
He said Winter and Spring rains have helped the aquifer level but the Turn to Aquifer, Page 2
while intoxicated and for those people violating no wake zones, whether they are nding on boats or personal watercraft.
Ott had simple advice for those who plan to go boating on Memonal Day weekend.
“Just respect everybody’s property and use common sense when you are
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GBRA cautious about proposed aquatic herbicide legislation
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials are not jumping on the bandwagon of a bill which would restrict who could use aquatic herbicides in Texas lakes and rivers.
GBRA General Manager Bill West said he had a few qualms about House Bill 1582, the Aquatic Pesticide Permitting Bill, passed by the House Environmental Regulation Committee and now on its way to the House floor.
“The concept we support, but the way it has come out, we don’t,” West said.
House Bill 1582 is being sponsored by state Rep. John Hirschi, D-Wichita Falls. The bill would require that a commercial and non-commercial applicator of any aquatic pesticide in a public body of water be licensed by a state agency such as the Texas Department of Agriculture.
In addition, the bill requires that property ow ners adjacent to a treated body of water be notified before the date of application. Signs warning people about the area being treated would need to be posted 30 days after application of the herbicide.
West said he feared the bill would allow agencies such as GBRA to be vulnerable to potential lawsuits.
“The committee substitute has a requirement that requires the applicant to decide absolute security (of a herbicide), which renders liability to any applicant whether its (Texas) Parks and Wildlife or anybody else,” West said.
Last year, GBRA, along with the Friends of Lake McQueeney and Texas Parks and Wildlife, applied the herbicide Sonar on 102 acres of Lake McQueeney around Treasure Island. Sonar was put in the lake to reduce the effects of hydnlla, a non-native aquatic plant. The plant covered most of the lake and choked the main waterways of the lake, hindering boating and other recreational activities.
•A combination of Sonar and Aquathol K and the release of 5,000 triploid grass carp into Lake McQueeney has been credited with eliminating most of the hydrilla on the lake.
During the treatment, GBRA posted notices prohibiting swimming, boating, fishing and watering for domestic uses dunng a penod of a week to about 30 days on the lake.
But in the fall a group of residents began to express concerns that a chern-
Tum to Bill, Page 2Saturday elections too important for apathy. See Page 4.