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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYNew Braunfels girls top Gonzales in basketball. See Page 1B. so CENTS $335,000 Donations so far— $226,093 ■ To contribute to the United Way, cal) 620-7760 New Braunfels 20 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, November 28,1996 Herald- ne nhDr OQ 1QQ£    Q^r\/inn    Pnmol    Pru    mt\/    anH    et    irrrvi    inHinn    oroao    frvr    nv\ro    than    1    AA    \/oorc    ■    Wnmo    rvf    llatalirlflofl    /larva tv ""9V1 I yf* \\\I    '    ? Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of NatahrMad Garza Vol 144. No 273 inside I County moves to limit ^===^ breeding of exotic animals Market Race...........................5B-8B    ' iy on the highway Birthday wishas from {tho HsrakWZsltungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Bracks, Jo Jones, Jacalyn Brown, Rick Surprenant, Josh Graham (18 years old), Tim Pearson (18 years old), Garrett Bonnema (17 years old), Kyndal Leigh Fend-ley (I year old), James Parker Sr., Tammy Koepp, Lucille Fishbeck, Lillian Kramer, Freddy Fischer (85 years old). Anniversary wishes are extended to: Nell and Bill Morton (44 years). Doris and Norman Stephens (44 years), Shirley and Jim Hayes (43 years) and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Esquibel (46 years). Through an error, the wrong birthdays and anniversaries were listed in Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung. Happy belated birthdays go to: Lindsey Bracks, Patrick Woods, Blake Williams, Amos Pettis, Christopher Wells, Juliana Franks (9 years old), Natividad Garza, Leigh Ann Downey (14 years old), Brandon Acevedo, Raul Rosales Jr. (6 years old), Mrs. Raymond Abel, Monica Marie Martinez (16 years old), Antonia Hernandez, Vicente (Chente) Saenz (9 years old) and Julisa Tristan. A belated happy anniversary goes to: John and Melody Hanley (I year). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. CHMT Fund donation* lought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to provide food for local needy families on Nov. 17. The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County. To donate to the Cheer Fund, call 625-9144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery. ■ Today's total —$1,412.48 Pap^ioHlcM closed for holiday The Herald-Zeitung 's offices will be closed today in celebration of Thanksgiving. Regular office hours will resume Friday. Veterans for Christ collecting doming The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men's and women’s) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach for homeless veterans and others in need in San Antonio. Call 625-6375 for details. Cookbooks on sal* to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for $6.50 apiece at Carl Schurz elementary School. For more information, call Linda Bingham, the New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS coordinator. Children's Museum to open now exhibit The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit, “Growing Up in New Braunfels,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the museum. By DENISE DZHJK Staff Writer Comal County commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday asking the Legislature for mote power to regulate how and where animals, including potentially deadly ones, are raised in the county. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said last week that the county is experiencing problems with residents in subdivisions raising exotic animals. Rheinlander said current law did not empower the county to regulate these types of activities. Rheinlander said he considered asking the Legislature to expand the population requirements on the Health and Safety Code as it pertains to animal shelters, but he said that would only cover unwanted or impounded animals. ‘‘So, that being the case, we’d have to go to some other source (of legislation) for situations where it is a breeding facility or commercial venture,” Rheinlander said. In order to address both types of situations, Rheinlander asked the court to approve a resolution asking for the population cap to be removed from the Health and Safety code and for a “kennel law” to be sought. The resolution, which was unanimously approved by the court, will be sent to the Texas Association of Counties and the Conference of Urban Counties to include in their 1997 legislative package. Rheinlander said kennel laws were sought about four years ago without much luck. “Generally speaking though, the Legislature has been less than generous with the regulatory power it has allowed the counties in many areas,” Rheinlander said. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Traffic began dogging up Interstate 35 near the Rueklo Road interchange, about 3 p.m. Wedneeday, getting the Thanksgiving weekend off to a slow start. Hartfd-ZMtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rudy Ybarra sorts through thosslaclton of turkeys Wednesday at the H-E-fl Food Store in search of the proper bird for hie Thanksgiving dinner. Customers flood stores with aim of gobbling their turkey dinners 9y JOI DEMERY Staff Writer It might be s little early for jingle bdls, but cash registers were ringing steadily Wednesday st grocery stores in New Braunfels. Rusty Alston, the store director of die H-E-B Food Store on Walnut Avenue, couldn't say how many people he rnmmA to rte go through his doors Wednesday, hut he said there was a mixture of laat-minute shoppers who were there strictly for _ holiday items and others who were doing routine shopping or stocking up on items before a long weekend. “It’s an exciting time,” Alston said. The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year in the grocery industry, said Steve Day, the store manager at the Wuest’s Supermarket on Landa Street and a 30-year veteran in the business. “Everybody seems to be in good spirits,” said Day, who took over the store about a week ago. “It’s real pleasant to deal with.” “The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, around 3 o’clock, is when people traditionally do their last-minute shopping,” Day said Wednesday afternoon. The typical holiday items — turkeys, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pies md sweet potatoes — passed by his registers in large numbers Wednesday, Day said. “They’ll eat it all weekend,” Day said, referring to the holiday fare. Study: Pipeline will raise rates for Comal water By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer If a proposed transmission line and surface water treatment plant are constructed at Canyon Lake, customers living near the lake could pay more for their water than consumers in San Antonio using the same water. That is the conclusion of an analysis done by the Trans-Texas Policy Management Committee oft he West Central Study Area. The analysis is part of a report issued by the committee. The Trans-Texas Water Program is a statewide study funded by the Texas Water Development Board. The ongoing study is being done in five phases in three study areas across the state. Comal County and San Antonio are in the West Central Study Area. Steve Raabe, project manager for the Trans-Texas Water Program, said the cost analysis was based on proposed plans by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to build an 8 million gallon per day water treatment plant at Canyon Lake, a 15-mile transmission line connecting the lake to Bulverde and eventually Bexar County. The proposed plan would provide 8,CKK) acre feet per year of Canyon [.ake water to potential water suppliers, such as the Canyon lutke Water Supply Corp., the Bexar Metro Water District, the San Antonio River Authority, the San Antonio Water System, the city of Fair Oaks, the city of Boerne and about 15,000 Comal County households. Based on the proposal, Raabe said the projected unit costs for delivering water to the CLWSC treatment plant at Triple Peak Estates would be $2.36 per 1,000 gallons in the year 2000. That same year, Canyon Lake water piped more than 25 miles away to the SAWS Marshall Reservoir would cost $1.26 Based on the proposal, Steve Raabe of the Trans-Texas Water Program said the projected unit costs for delivering water to the CLWSC treatment plant at Triple Peak Estates would be $2.36 per 1,000 gallons in the year 2000. That same year, Canyon Lake water piped more than 25 miles away to the SAWS Marshall Reservoir would cost $1.26 per 1,000 gallons. per 1,000 gallons. That would be an annual cost of $769 per acre feet for C l W SC and $412 per acre feet for SAW S. At one connection point, located on the southwest side of the Like. ( I W SC would spend more than $5 per 1.000 gallons, an annual acre feet cost of $1,628. In Bulverde, residents may have to pay $7.56 per I .(MU) gallons, a yearly cost of $2,463 an acre feet. Raabe, who is SAR A’s engineering division chief, said the projected costs take into account other factors that deal with the proposed transmission line. * That is not the total cost of bringing Turn to Pipeline, Page 2A Tree lighting to give city its Christmas look By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or at least it will after the New Braunfels Downtown Association turns the Main Plaza into a winter wonderland of lights at its annual tree lighting and parade Friday evening. Pam Brandt, chairwoman for the tree lighting, said Friday’s festivities would begin at 5:30 p.m. with the ringing of the courthouse bells, followed by a choir performance, brief remarks from officials and the lighting of the Hospice tree. There will then be a parade that will include the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves. “That’s when Santa comes,” said Brandt. “Santa and Mayor (Jan) Ken- nady then turn the fights on together.” Arter the lighting, refreshments will In.* available and children can give Santa their wish list, and have their picture taken with him. “All the money we raise (from the refreshments and the photographs) goes back into the lighting, and is used to buy more lights,” Brandt said “We’ll have entertainment arter the parade so people eau stick around and enjoy the music and the lights." Brandt said. Brandt said the event, which would be conducted rain or shine, typically draws a large crowd. “The plaza is usually pretty packed, and we’re expecting over 2,000 people this year. We would like even more though,” Brandt said.It’s smooth sailing for Republicans. See Opinion, Page 4A, ;