New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sunday, May 9,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Patrick R. Goode
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Vol. 141, No. 123
Lara nominated for GBRA slot
By DAVID SULLENS Hora Id-ZtKung
Olga Lara has been nominated for a seat on the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority board. She was recommended, she said last week, by Christina Zamora, and subsequently nominated by Gov. Ann Richards.
Lara said she is a fourth-generation native of the county and has an appreciation for the importance of its rivers.
That appreciation is not only intellectual, she said, but also very personal and emotional.
“During the depression my family lived by fishing from the river.” Lara said. “My father's grandfather was bom on the banks of the river."
Lara said Herb Schneider Sr., who currently holds the GBRA seat for which she has been nominated, has been very gracious in talking with lier about GBRA and the hoard’s responsibilities.
The charge of the GBRA, Lara said, is to “conserve, protect and develop the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers and their tributaries."
Lara was bom and grew up in Comal County, graduating in 1977 from Canyon High School.
She attended Princeton University — the first member of her family ever to attend col lege — on a full scholarship.
She majored in sociology and philosophy and returnee to New Braunfels in 1981 following her graduation.
She worked for a time with the Mexican American Lega Defense and Education Fund where she dealt with statis tics and demographics for county redistricting plans.
She accepted a three-year appointment to the Joint Com mittee for the Review of the California Master Plan for Higher Education with an agreement that she could pur sue her graduate studies.
Her work with that com mittee, she says, began a shift in her interest from the law to education.
She later formed the Westchester Individualizec Educational Experiences Ser vices that “formed partner ships" between schools, busi nesses and other entities.
Now that she and her hus band have returned to New Braunfels, she said she hopes to implement that program which she says was very sue cessful in other communities
District consolidation, pairing discussed
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hsrald-Zeitung
After six years of seeking an equitable solution to the Texas school finance system, the Texas Legislature will finally have a bill to consider early this week.
They are scrambling to come up with a reform plan by a June I court deadline. If they don’t, Texas faces a court order to halt state aid to schools, which rely on such aid and local property taxes.
‘There will probably be a bill presented on Monday or Tuesday," said Charles Brad-
berry, New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent. “What’s being talked about most is consolidating districts county-wide or pairing up rich and poor districts."
Bradberry said there was some attention being paid to a proposal by some to tax corporations on a state-wide level instead of locally.
The proposal was made by corporations for a possibility of more tax revenue being available if they were taxed in that way.
He said there was some suspicion as to
the motives corporations might have for proposing something that would apparently cost them more in tax dollars.
The only other 3 Jution Bradberry spoke of was a cap on the amount a district could spend on each student.
However, according to Bradberry, that solution has the potential of creating other problems since richer districts would have lower-tax rates encouraging more economic development and lower and lower tax rates, while poorer districts would see less development and higher and higher tax rates,
according to Bradberry.
Also Friday, two opponents of the ballot proposal called the committee hearing “nothing but a sham and a farce.” Republicans Tom Pauken of Dallas and Van Archer of San Antonio said legislative supporters of the measure just wanted to get even with those who led the opposition.
They support a plan that includes dedicating lottery money to property-poor school districts. Others have said such a plan wouldn’t do enough to even out disparities in funding available to districts.
Aquifer bill faces opposition in Senate
Compromise still expected to pass
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zsltung
The Senate bill proposed by the Natural Resources Committee did not make it to the Senate floor as was expected for its second reading this week, but officials say it will probably pass through the Senate next week.
“There was some stonewalling yesterday,” said Doug Miller, Comal County area water representative. “The farmers in Uvalde and Medina, the Farm Bureau and the anti-Applewhite people came out against it.”
Miller said eventually committee members grew discouraged after listening to stall tactics and left until there was no quorum, and no action could take place.
There were about 18 amendments to the bill — mostly grammatical that would be made prior to its second reading on the Senate floor which is now expected early next week.
Miller said he still expects the bill to pass in the Senate with the real fight taking place in the House.
“The House Bill will be subject to a lot of change,” said Miller.
“The bills will probably go to a joint-conference committee, and they'll try to compromise and then present something back to the House and Senate which will pass. I‘d hate to get this close and not get it.”
Although somewhat impatient, local officials agree that the Senate bill is workable and will probably pass in some form.
“I think that it’s a commendable effort and has potential for serving the purpose of a state regulatory authority that will comply with Judge (Lucious) Bunton’s order," said John Specht, Guad alupe Blanco River Authority general manager. “I think there are a few things that we’d like to see modified."
Specht said he was most concerned about a provision for fee charges to downstream water rights holders which would be used to retire aquifer rights.
He said those fees could be substantial for water right holders like New Braunfels Utilities, and he would like to see a limit on those annual charges to pumpers and downstream water-rights holders.
The Senate bill must go through three readings on the Senate floor, and should pass out of committee for a second reading early next week.
The House bill should be on the House floor around Thursday, according to Miller.
The second Annual New Braunfels Walk For Life was held Saturday in Landa Park Area 11. Pledges were accepted for the activity sponsored by the Comal County Christian Pro-Life Foundation, and walkers were encouraged to carry Pro-Life signs.
Committee optimistic following voting-consolidation meeting
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hsrald-Zsltung
Voting Consolidation Committee members were optimistic Friday as they discussed ways to facilitate voting for Comal County citizens.
“It will never be perfect because some things can’t be easily consolidated, but we are going to try something like using the schools and stick with it,” said Gloria Clen-nan, committee member.
“We made a great deal of progress on a number of issues,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “Well wait to implement them until after the June election so we won’t change anything from this last election and cause confusion."
Casteel said some of the issues discussed included consolidation of the early voting polling places, more consolidation of city, county and school polling places and wider use of the optical scanning system.
“Everybody was glad we had the meeting and everything we talked about will be helpful to the voters," said Casteel. “I am going to draft a letter to everyone documenting our conclusions to see if everyone is comfortable with our plans and then we’ll make a public announcement."
Casteel said voter turnout for the May I election was “great.”
She said it was higher than had been anticipated and where there was consoli
dation of voting places, the percentage of voters was higher.
According to Casteel, the committee also discussed cross-training of election judges and holding cooperative meetings 90 days prior to elections for all election officials for planning purposes.
The committee is made of representatives from the county, the cities of New Braunfels and Garden Ridge and both school districts.
Carlton slated to keynote Christian Business meeting
Gen. Paul Carlton Jr., Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker at the meeting of the New Braunfels Christian Business Men’s Committee May ll.
The luncheon meeting will get under way at noon at the Holiday Inn, according to a CBMC spokesman. The cost of the meal will be $7 and reservations are not required.
More information is available with Gus Dugger at 625-4780 or Charley Pooler at 629-5725.
Carlton, bom in Roswell, N.M., was a 1969 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and completed medical school at the University of Colorado in 1973.
He was a resident in surgery at Wilford Hall USAP Medical Center from 1973-78.
He also has served in England, Arizona, Germany, Spain. Illinois and as Commander of the 1702nd Air Refueling Wing Contingency Hospital in Oman during Operation Desert Storm.
Gen. Carlton currently is deputy chief of staff, medical services and training, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base.
He is certified by the American Board of
Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He holds a commercial, instrument, multi-engine, glider and instrument rating from the Federal Aviation Administration and, during Operation Desert Storm, completed 32 combat support missions and 140 hours of combat flying time.
Carlton and his wife, Janice, are the parents of four children.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Ruby Sasse, Debbie Haynes and Patrick R Goode. Monday Birthday wishes go to Maria Montanez, Toni Cameron, Kristin Farmer, Rory Hughes and Hilda Hassmann Bohne. Belated Birthday wishes go to Priscilla D. Kastner. Anniversary wishes go to AJ. and Annie
Caddell. Belated anniversary wishes go to Emil and Alzaa Helm-cainp, Pat and Lucille Osborn, and Leslie and Anna Lane.Pops Concert
The Mid-Texas Symphony will present its Pops Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. The concert will feature Lee Bates and Pat Barton-Kames, the two winners of the Young Artist Competition this year.
The concert is sponsored by Rhoads Interiors and tickets ar $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and $3 for children through high school age. Tickets are available at Rhoads Interiors and First Choice.
More information is available at 629-0336.Winning numbers
AUSTIN — Here are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by the Texas Lottery23-25-30-37-46-48
Estimated Lotto Texas jackpot: $10 million
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