New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
IN SPORTS DAY
SI VMM I ISCHTraffic stop leads to big drug haulDPS officer discovers $300,000 worth of marijuana during stop
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Justice Department rules against EAA
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Local officials were devastated by the Justice Department's ruling Friday that the appointed Edwards Aquifer Authority board was in violation of the Voting Rights Act “I’m disappointed that the Justice Department has treated a natural resource as though it could be divided up by one man, one vote,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. ‘‘It can’t. Ihey‘re ignoring that if that’s true San Antonio axild have 24 votes and we would have one. That’s wrong Our water supply would be controlled by San Antonio and we know how they have handled it in the past."
Casteel said she had no problem with the board being elected if the current representation remained to balance the San Antonio delegation.
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division notified the Texas Secretary of State Election Division Friday, Nov. 19, that the dissolution of the EUWD with an elected governing body, and its replacement by the EAA, with an
appointed board continues to be legally unenforceable.
According to Doug Miller, who has been Comal County’s appointed board member, die ruling has significant consequences. He said the entire area could be forced into a position of federal control or if a special session is called to revise the legislation that created the EAA, the opportunity for changes that would erode protection for the Comal Springs could occur.
“I’m disappointed,” said Miller. “I understand People’s concerns with voting rights, but all along that was a San Antonio/Bexar County issue. I’m only concerned abtxit the one man/one vote issue. If that’s what happens, we’ve lost. The East, downstream and the West have lost. It really affects the people of the Guadalupe basin and especially the San Marcos and Comal Springs.”
Edward Underground Water District board member Kenneth Ikels also expressed disappointment at the ruling. Ikels said although the EUWD would continue until the EAA board issue was resolved, it only has jurisdiction over Bexar, Comal and Hays counties not over the
entire aquifer and its recharge areas. The EUWD also has no authority to restrict pumping which could severely affect local springs.
Locals who have been involved in the fight to protect the springs will meet on Monday to discuss the situation and determine what can be done to insure that the efforts and progress made will not be completely undone due to the Justice Department’s ruling.
The EUWD includes a population of 1,261,098 according to the 1990 census — 48.7 percent of which arc Hispanic. The Hispanic share of the voting age population is 44.5 percent. Ninety-four percent of the total population is located in Bexar County.
Although the EAA would have jurisdiction over a larger area than the EUWD, including Uvalde, Medina and portions of other counties, the population would not be significantly altered since nearly 87 percent of the population would still be in Bexar County. Because none of bodies responsible for making the appointments have a Hispanic majority and only the appointing bodies within Bexar County have any substantial His
panic representation, the Justice Department said it appeared Hispanic voters would have considerably less influence over the selection of board members than they do currently.
Because it has not been suggested that the EAA method of selecting the board was necessary to ensure that it would have appropriate powers and the mandate to manage the use of the aquifer and in spite of some attempt to assure minority representation on the Bexar County delegation, Turner said in his letter to Hannah, that under federal law the state’s efforts were not an adequate substitute for existing electoral rights.
The state does have the right to seek a declaratory judgement from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the proposed change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect. The state may also request that the Attorney General reconsider the objection.
Until the objection is withdrawn or a judgment from the District of Columbia court is obtained the EUWD cannot be dissolved and replaced by the EAA.
The New Braudels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes; Rhapsody Quintero, Amie Nelson, Ruby Schwab, Robert Flores, Jr., Virginia Tamweher, Oscar Scheider, Sr., Sinbod V. Torres, Michael Bro tee, Tina Rosales, Lope Dominquez, Sr., Rumakto Aguirre, Jr., Eve Marie Riven (belated), Holey Usey (2 years!). Happy Anniversary to Sandra A Carlos Martinez (21 years.!)
Herald-Zeitung Cheer fund donations sought
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy families is continuing with much success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money.
The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year.
To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.
Today's donations were from; ■ Lee & Martha Rahe - $20 ■ La Mujer Tejana- $25
I Today's Total - $3,308.02
Mountain Valley needs trees
Moutain Valley Elementary School is in need of artificial Christmas trees for the classrooms. Please call 964-3755 daytime, or 899-7963 evenings for any donations.
Plaza tree lighting ceremony slated
The annual Plaza tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivi-tiesx will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 5:45 p.m. This year's program, sponsored by the Downtown Association, includes Lone Star Elementary Choir, Hospice bee, Community Band, Mariachis and photos with Santa, who will arrive in town by firetruck. Call 620-5683 or 608-2100 for more information.
Jingle Bell Run
The First Annual Downtown Jingle Bell Run will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 before the Plaza bee lighting. Wear a costume and join the fun! Regisba-tion is $12 (children $8) through Nov. 23, $16 after that date. ail 625-3778 or 629-4832 for information.
Comal Democrats meeting Nov. 23
The Comal County Chapter of Texas Democratic Women will meet 6:30 p.m., Nov. 23 at Comal Bowl, 1205 Huisache. The Comal County Democrats will meet at 7:30 p.m. that day following the TDW at Comal Bowl. For more information, call 620-0864 or 629-0441.
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46 Pages in three sections ■ Nov. 21,1993 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of RUMALDO AGUIRRE
Vol. 142, No. 7
City ready to move with block grant
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The city of New Braunfels is moving ahead in taking the necessary steps to receive fonds from the Community Development Block Grant program.
The city has been approved to receive $425,000 ' from the Department of Housing and Urban Development To receive the fonds, the Sty was asked to meet certain requirements including developing a Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy.
The CHAS has been available for public review for several weeks. The deadline for submitting comments on the CHAS was Nov 20; however, dry officials said they will take written comments on Monday.
"When reading the CHAS, the main thing people should remember is that we’re extremely limited by the way of content and format because of HUD regulations." said Main Street Director Penelope Church.
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■ The Canyon Cougarettes, district 28-4A champions, dominated the Now Braunfels Herakt-Zettung's All Comal County Team, featured In todays edition on Pages 12A.14A. Sara Tyler was named Player of the Year while coach Donna Boehle was named Coach of the Year. See Page ISA
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Tho United Way of Comal County Friday went over the top of their 1993 campaign goal of $260,000. Shown pitting th# splash over the top of the United Way campaign thermometer Is Doug Miller, campaign chairman. From left ere Rusty Brockman, David Sanalng, Betty Wort, Ken Peters, Carol Gravis, Dennis Clarkson, Mike Fttsko, John Payne, Jack Farris, Pam Kraft, Joe Wort, David Sultana, Bob Schlma, Dennis Heltkamp and Nail Cralgmlle.
Three hundred and six pounds of marijuana, valued at $300,000 were seized Saturday when Trooper IV Scott Haag of the New Braunfels office of the Department of Public Safety made a routine traffic stop.
“I stopped a GMO pickup with Texas license plates on it for a traffic violation,” said Haag. “The driver did not have a driver’s license. His name was Thomas Mendoza Fcgundo and he was 31 years old. His arrest and the subsequent search of the vehicle led to the location of the marijuana found in the tool box of the vehicle and also under the hood The driver said he was going from Laredo to Austin.’’
The stop was made in the Whataburger parking lot just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The suspect had been traveling northbound on Interstate 35 just before the Guadalupe River when Haag intercepted him.
The vehicle's right turn signal was not working and the right brake light was not working according to Haag. Also, the vehicle had a farm truck registration, but did not look like a farm truck to the officer. The driver did not have any identification on him and Haag said the suspect may be a Mexican national.
The vehicle was registered in Washington state and the toolbox had a Washington address on it. The Texas license plates did not match the truck and were traced back to a different vehicle out of Laredo. Fcgundo was arrested and placed in the Comal County Jail. Arraignment is expected this morning.
Chamber to present C&VB budget to city council again Monday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Blaff Writer
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The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will once again present its 1994 Convention and Visitors Bureau budget to members of the city council on Monday.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Meeting Room D of the New Braunfels Municipal Build-ing.
IT* chamber brought the budget to ti* axmcil at the last meeting on Nov. 8. However, the council opted to delay approving the budget until additional information could be provided and until the Chamber Board of Directors approved the budget.
The board of directors approved the budget Nov. 15. Also, additional information concerning employee compensation has been provided
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Santa arrives at Mill Store Plaza!
Frad & Vanay Lopez of Now Braunfels, along with thair twins Brittany (loft) and Justin (right) mot Santo it Friday's Now Braunfels Mill Store Plaza Chrlatmaa Tres Lighting ceremony, which helped kicked off Wolnachomarkt.
COUGARS TAKE AREA ROUND PLAYOFF MN OVER WACO UNIVERSITY, 20-12
Regional showdown Texas A&M........59 Cougars taka first win
■ Canyon is scheduled to TOU.............3 g With five seconds left in
meet the Corpus Christi Texas 38 overtime, Canyon's Bernard
Calallen Wildcats for the Baylor ! .7.7.7 !'. .17 Hildebrand sank two free
Region ll championship at throws to put the Cougars out
3 p.m. Saturday in Victoria. Michigan.........28 0f touch in a 58 55 win over
See story, Page 12A. OWo ............ Gonzales. See page 15A.
■ Canyon's Eddie Elizondo (right) runs for tough yards against Waco University.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 29 - 8 - 39 - 23 - 12 - 44 Jackpot $3 million