New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Antique tractors were just a few of the sights to see at the Comal County Fair Parade. Page 11 A.
County Fair winners!
Check out some of the winners from the fair contests on pages 11-13A!
Cougars edge Reagan 15-7, move to 3-1.
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-ZeStung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Judy Akers (Saturday), Epi-menia Gutierrez, Jordon Milligan (1 year), Reatha Gooden (Monday), Ruby Koehler and Ruben Reininger (both Saturday), Lynn Knight (Monday), and Travis Weifhear (2 years Monday).
Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Sigfried Swenson (45 years).
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County Fair schedule
The 102nd Comal County Fair runs through today at the County Fairgrounds on Common Street. Events include:
Children’s best western dress contest 4 to 6:30 p m
Jazz Cowboys 1 to 3 p.m.
Ed Kadlecek & the Village Band 3 to 5 p.m.
Carlene Walker 7 to 11 p.m.
Livestock, poultry, baked goods, canning, preserving, clothing, arts and crafts, and photography will be on display and judged during the fair.
There is a carnival, games, food and drinks available.
Gorman choral groups to gather hero
More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 p.m. today at the Saengerhalle
The Gemischter Chor Harmonic of New Braunfels welcomes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event.
Homnann Sons Lodge to moot
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will have its meeting Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the lodge hall.
Meat furnished Members bring a covered dish.
Spring Branch Lodgo gathors today
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty nee with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more.
The event will benefit the ACS and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala Reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.
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44 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, October 1,1995 Serving Comal County and the surrounding area ■ Home of JUDY AKERS
EAA delays lead to Sierra Club action
Vol. 143, No. 231
By DENISE DZIUK
The Sierra Club is asking a U.S. district judge to order the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take steps to protect endangered species until the legal disputes facing the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) have been resolved.
Ken Kramer, Sierra Club state director, said that in 1993, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club in 1991, the Texas Legislature adopted a statute creating the EAA, which would have the authority to regulate withdrawals from the aquifer. However, there was a dispute over how this board would be selected. In 1995, the legislature revised the original bill, and it was signed into law.
The EAA was supposed to begin operations on Aug. 28. However, the Medina Underground Water District sued, and the state district court in Hondo delayed the implementation of the board. An appeal is pending in the Texas Supreme Court.
“It’s been two and a half years after the ongi-
Group seeks to protect endangered species threatened by aquifer pumping
nal court order ... It’s all key to the lack of a regional regulatory board,” said Kramer. “The Sierra Club has always preferred that the state manage the aquifer, and die state has taken steps to do so through passage of legislation. Unfortunately, recent lawsuits seeking to prevent implementation of the state law leave us no option but to seek intervention by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at least during the interim while those lawsuits arc thwarting state action.”
Kramer said it is believed that although an October court date has been set, it could be much longer before appeals are completed and a conclusion is reached. Thursday, the Sierra Club requested that U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton, who heard their first suit, order the Fish and Wildlife to implement a plan limiting the withdrawal of water from the aquifer. The club wants
steps to be taken to complete an adequate recovery plan for endangered species so they are not threatened, and implement that plan by Jan. 15, 1996, to prevent springflows at Comal and San Marcos Springs from dropping too low- The Sierra Club also wants the Fish and Wildlife Service to propose rules to protect threatened species and sue those who are over pumping.
Kramer said the club is requesting the order now because it needs to be in place by mid-January because of the cycle areas go through in water use. He said many of the large irrigators, primarily in the west, use large amounts of water for irrigating during the planting season, which ends in May or June. He said this is followed by hot summer months when levels begin to drop, and residents in San Antonio and other metropolitan areas are forced “to burden the brunt” of conser
“Until there is some entity with the power to manage pumping from the aquifer, we face the threat that water levels in the aquifer will drop dangerously low next summer,” said Andy Balin-sky, chair of the Alamo Regional Group of the Sierra Club. “We have been waiting for almost three years since the January 1993 court order for a state management plan for the aquifer to be developed and implemented. We can’t continue to wait until we have another emergency situation. We have to act now to be prepared for next summer.”
Kramer said if a recovery plan is implemented, it will probably be gradually faded out once the EAA is operational. He said the plan is mainly needed to help protect water levels until the board becomes effective.
Water levels in the Edwards Aquifer have dropped dangerously iow in 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995. Current rainfall patterns indicate that the levels in the Edwards could drop low again in the summer of 1996.
Rows of virtuosos
The Cougar band from Canyon High School waa
Herald-Zeituna photo by MU
a featured participant In Friday's Fair
Fair contests come in all types
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Livestock, a rodeo and midway rides — there’s much more to the Comal County Fair than that.
Whatever someone can craft, stitch, preserve, cook, grow or catch can probably be entered in competition at the fair. People will take home ribbons this year for antiques and house plants. Judges picked winners in foods from tortillas to cantaloupe pickles.
“I’ve been helping with the wildlife booth for several years,” said Richard Smith. Mounted pnze deer, fish and more exotic wildlife are displayed and judged there
Hunters and anglers can enter a wide range of categories, even "best snake,” Smith said. “There’s even a category for best story about it,” he quipped.
“Last year they had a 12-foot alligator here,” Smith said.
Lines on the midway look tame compared to the crush of crowds in the chick booth. Children scramble at the chance to hold real-live fluffy chicks in their hands.
“I’ve done this for ten years and I’ve never tired of it,” said Becky Voges, who supervises the booth. “I could sit and take pictures of the looks on children’s faces,” she said.
Donated by Tyson, the chicks are “bred to eat.” They’ll be sold at 75 cents this afternoon. They make a good first livestock project for youngsters, Voges said.
“The kids will come with their box and we’ll give them some feed with the chicks,” she said.
Children of all ages can enjoy baby animals, chicks and even emus behind the livestock area.
“I’ve been quilting for 12 years," Rhonda Gabriel said. The practice has paid off. Gabriel’s quilt won the Tri-Color Award pitted against many high quality entnes.
Gabriel is a veteran of hand work competition, as are many who enter their work at the fair. “That’s the first time I won Best of Show,” she said.
A member of the New Braunfels Quilt Guild, Gabriel estimates she spends an average of six to IO hours a week on her hand work. “When I’m working on a special project it can go all night,” she said.
Bulverde publisher faces drug charges after arrest
By DOUG LOVEDAY
A Bulverde newspaper publisher was arrested on drug charges last week, according to a news release from the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
Doyle Leroy (Pat) Patton III, 33, publisher of the Bulverde Standard, was detained by deputies on Saturday. He was magistrated on Sunday, and he posted $ 15,000 bail and was released, according to Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez.
After receiving a news tip, a Herald-Zeitung reporter contacted Sheriff Jack Bremer Thursday and asked about the alleged incident.
Bremer told the reporter that "Pat Patton was in a bad spot... Pat’s on a lot of medications — he mixed a bunch of medications and got messed up.” He also said,
“Pat Patton is no drug dealer."
The news release received Friday, though, said Patton was “arrested by officers of the Comal County Sheriff s Office for delivery of a controlled substance (prescription drug) under 28 grams and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) under one gram.”
Bremer was contacted Friday after the news release was received by the Herald-Zeitung.
He disputed an assertion by a Herald-Zeitung reporter that he had said Thursday no charges were pending or probable against Patton.
The newspaper ran no story in Friday’s edition about Patton’s arrest after conducting the interv iew with Bremer Thursday.
“I talked to the narcotics people last night ... The investigation is ongoing,” he said Fnday.
Grant will put police officer on Marion streets very soon
By DAVID DE KUNDER
There will be another officer patrolling the streets of Marion soon, thanks to a federal COPS Fast grant awarded to the City of Marion this summer.
“The additional officer will enhance our department," Marion Police Chief Max Wommack said. “This shows we care about the concerns of our citizens. The citizens have been asking for an officer for the late-night shifts. The new officer will be good for both the citizens and the city.”
The three-year COPS Fast grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is part of President Bill Clinton’s program to add 100,000 new officers to the streets of Amen ca. Cities wanting additional police officers applied for the grant and were awarded the grants based on their needs Manon was awarded $18,389. The cod of the grant will cover the salary of the officer plus part of the officer’s insurance benefits, Manon Mayor Glenn Hild said.
The Manon Police Department has two full-time officers: Wommack and Patrolman Tony Slaughter. The department is helped by IO non-paid reserve officers Wommack said his department has grown in numbers since he became police chief "When I came here two and a half years ago, I was the only full-time paid officer here,” Wommack said. "The city and the school distnct (Manon Independent School District) are now funding a police officer together through an interlocal agreement
Wommack said the school distnct decided to do this because it wanted an officer who could help them when a senous problem developed at one of the schools. The funds allocated by the city and the school distnct were used to hire Slaughter, who was a reserve officer with the Manon police
‘Having a full-time officer here... will be a big deterrent to crime.’
force at the time he was hired. .
Wommack said the department wants to hire the new officer by mid-October The hinng of a new officer, Wommack said, will not decrease the involvement of the non-paid officers.
“Occasionally, we have non-paid officers who will work the night shift (midnight to 6 a.m.),” Wommack said. “But it is awfully hard to get a guy who works from 8 to 5 at a regular job to work from midnight to 6 am as a reserve officer.
“Having a full-tm** officer here and making him visible to the community will be a big deterrent to crime It will also relieve the Guadalupe County ShenfFs Department from having to make calls dunng the late night hours (in Manon).”
Wommack said he hope* to keep the officer after the three-year grant expires But funding for the officer after three years will depend on how much the City of Marion has in its coffersO. J. Simpson verdict — you make the call. See The Survey Says, Page 4A.