New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
I Count the Opas
HerakJ-Muw New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, October 18, 1991
Canyon Lake outflow....
Canyon Lake Inflow......
Canyon Lake levsl.........
...............215 eft (sama)
.... 623.59 eta (down .04)
...............322 eta (same)
..................129 (down 4)
... 603.09 taal (down .05)
South Taxas forecast*
TODAY-SATURDAY: Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s. Southeast winds IO
mph shifting to north IO to 20 mph after midnight. Saturday, partly cloudy with a high in the upper 60s. North wind IO to 20 mph.
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and goblins, plus appearances by . the New Braunfels Unicorn, Canyon Cougar, Natural Bridge .Caverns Dinosaur, Sparky the Fire .Dog, EMS Ready Teddy and Jo Jo the Clown.
The New Braunfels Paries and *''Recreation Department has begun X» new fall tennis program at the Solm's Park HEB Courts. The new . schedule is: Children 12-16, Thursdays at 4 pjn.; Ladies group .lessons, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Seniors over 50, Tuesdays at 10:15 . a.m.; and private lessons by appointment. Cost is $5 per lesson. Call 620-PLAY for more informa-. don.
A benefit for Susan Hughes, .'who has been diagnosed with "cancer, will be Sunday, Oct. 20 > from 4-10 p.m. at Eagles Hall in Saltier. A fish fry and barbecue ; will kick off the evening of music,
I ' dancing and an auction.
The New Braunfels High School I '.Band Boosters Club will meet ; ^Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 'the band hall. All interested '"parents and friends are invited to 'attend.
• October Fest
The Smithson Valley High School Junior Class will be sponsoring an October Fest on Satur-j day, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Smithson Valley High , School. Any organization wishing . to reserve booth space, please con-
• tact Nell Craighead at (512) 980-9700 after 6 p.m. Cost of booth space is $25. Any funds
. made are those of the individual y organization.
• Business counseling
*; The business counselor from the ^University of Texas at San Amorino School of Business will be at Xthe Greater New Braunfels Cham-^ ber of Commerce Tuesday, Oct 22 Xfor his regular monthly business ^counseling. Since the first of the year, the Chamber’s Small Business Council has cooperated with UTSA to provide business counseling to individuals consider-i ing going into business aid for I persons already in business. To [ make an appointment for counsel-; ing, which is free and confidential,
| call the Chamber ai 625-2385.
• Volunteer training
I , A training and appreciation
• • meeting for volunteers of the Cora-I a1 County Children’s Shelter is I slated for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7
pm. at the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. This meeting is for experienced volunteers and for persons | interested in becoming a volunteer.
• For more information call Ninfa ! .Cordero, volunteer coordinator, at £629-0659.
£ Klnderchor practice
X Kinderchor practice is sche-£ duled for Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 £p.m. at the new Senior Citizens '^Center, 655 Landa St. The group is 1 ‘looking for children between the ages of 4 and 12 to sing German folksongs. For more information call David C. Smith at 629-1785.
Jim Oaddy, Democratic candidate for the 21 st Congressional District, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, meeting of the Comal County Democrats at Molly Joe’s Restaurant at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend.
In an effort to increase communication and understanding between school and parents, member of the Canyon Middle School faculty and staff will go into the Solms community Monday, Oct. 21 to meet with patrons, parents and students. The neighborhood block party and meeting will be held in the Dry Creek parking lot at 6:30 pm. For more information call Principal Rusty Brockman at 625-7355.
Marion’s Octoberfest Fair and Auction runs from 4 to 9 pm. Saturday at Bulldog Stadium in Marion. Events, to benefit Krueger Elementary and Marion Middle schools, include games, an auction, dance and food booths.
Bible Baptist Church will host a relocation sale from IO a.rn. to 5 p.m. daily, Thursday through Saturday. Items for sale include pews, office furniture and a variety of items including lighting fixtures, craft supplies, seasonal decor and household items placed by member families. Proceeds from the sale of church goods will be used to defray moving expenses.
The church is located at 1235 Ervendburg Ave., off Greene Road.
Canyon High School FFA Boosters Club will meet Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm. in the Agriculture Science Building.
Canyon High School students will kick off a week of homecoming activities with their third annual candlelight pep rally to be at Cougar Stadium on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. Admission is 50 cents to defray the cost of candles.
The Comal County Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Arlen Tieken, will present a free, outdoor coneen Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. at Coyote Flats in Saltier. For molt information call Tom or Susie at (512)964-3472.
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will present Casino Night Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 pm. at Woodlands Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets $25; $35 at the door. Door prizes md Las Vegas style games are planned for the evening. Babysitting will be provided. Tickets are available at a number of locations including the Times Guardian and New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
To have an item listed in Siam-mi isc h, contact J ani ne Green or Stephanie Ferguson ai 625-9144. Submissions should be of community interest but not commercial in nature.
Officials catfish farm suit
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Local officials support this week's legal action by the Edwards Underground Water District and the San Antonio River Authority against a south Bexar County oafish farm using huge amounts of water from the Edwards Aquifer.
EUWD and SARA on Wednesday filed legal action in San Antonio district court to stop the Living Water Artesian Springs catfish farm, located near the rural community of Von Ormy, from wasting water or to implement plans to recycle the water.
Bob Sohit, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities, said the EUWD is justified in taking legal action to protect the aquifer. Technology to recirculate and more efficiently use water pumped from the aquifer exists and is used at other fish farms across the country, he said.
“In today’s world when natural resources are so valuable, I don’t think anyone has the luxury of misusing anything like that,” Soto said.
“Everyone is trying to do everything we can to preserve it, and we have someone just blatantly disregard all these efforts, saying the law’s on my side,” he said.
“I think you can argue the legalities of it all day long, but I think he needs to have a moral commitment to do what’s right for the people,” Sohn said.
Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo said he believes the farm wastes valuable aquifer water the whole region depends on and poses a danger to the Comal Springs.
“There’s no doubt that the catfish farm is affecting the aquifer,” Tamayo said. "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but it will have an effect if something isn't done. If we get a cou
ple of years of little or no rain, it definitely will help deplete the aquifer.”
New Braunfels Parks Director David Whatley has said the catfish farm’s pumping may be one reason that flows from the Comal Springs continue to be below behind average despite above average rainfall in the region depending on the aquifer.
On Oct. 8, the EUWD board of directors voted to take catfish farm operator and pan owner Ron Pucek Jr. to court if he continues to pump up to 45 million gallons of aquifer water per day. One of the two wells at the farm is said to be the largest in the world, capable of producing 30,000 gallons per minute, according to information from the district.
EUWD officials seek to force Pucek to obtain a permit and comply with Texas Water Commission rules concerning discharge of waste water and with water district rules requiring a permit to transport by natural and artificial facilities water produced in the district.
Living Waters uses a production system with a total capacity of about I million pounds of catfish in which water flows once over 40 concrete tanks, each containing 26,000 pounds of fish. Three million pounds of fish will be raised a year.
EUWD officials also say 94 percent of the aquifer water — pumped out at a constant 89.6 degrees which allows year-round production — is contaminated as it is discharged onto the owner’s land and flows into the Medina River.
The catfish farm's design is faulty, EUWD officials say, because it doesn’t include a water-rccirculating system. Pucek denies he is wasting water and said he has proposed a $4 million water-recirculation plan.
Presenting a prize package in the ongoing Count the Opas contest to Evelyn Villenueve of New Braunfels, left, is Opa Joe Kuehler. Mrs. Villenueve successfully counted 13 Opa figures with newspapers in the promotion, sponsored by the Wurstfest Association and the Alew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenricder)
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Pair held for assault released
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two New Braunfels men have been released on bond from the Comal County Jail following their arrest on charges of assault with bodily injury, said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department.
Charles B. Empett Jr., 29, of the 300 block of Lockencr Avenue and Mark J. See I hammer, 25, of the 500 block of W. Mill Street each paid a $500 pre-set bond after they were allegedly involved in a fighting incident near Canyon Lake, Hoherz said.
They were arrested in the Astral Hills Subdivision of Canyon Lake at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, he said.
The case will be assigned to the Comal County Court-Al-Law.
Deputies were called to Canyon
Jury considers tampering charge
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A Hidalgo County grand jury is looking into allegations of possible witness tampering in the case of a police officer charged with raping a woman after picking her up outside a nightclub, a special prosecutor says.
Mark Alexander, a McAllen lawyer, said Thursday the jury began hearing evidence in the case Wednesday and will meet again next week.
“ Because of the secrecy I can’t tell you anything that happens," Alexander said. “We're looking at an allegation of witness tampering and that's all I can say."
Donna police Sgt. Eugenio Ayala was charged in August with sexually assaulting a 23-year-old barmaid. Ayala has been suspended from the force with pay pending the outcome of the case.
Lawyers representing the officer have filed a grievance in the case against Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra.
Middle School on Oct. IO for a report of carrying a weapon on school property. Deputy Tim Kolbe said that Principal Robert Rambo reported a 14-year-old female student had been displaying a knife to other students in gym class. The girl surrendered a lock-blade knife that she had in her locker to the principal when he asked her about it.
No arrests were made.
ase any firearm, although a purchaser must sign an affidavit saying they are not under indictment for a felony or have been convicted of a felony.
“You must be 21 to buy a handgun,” Cantu-Withoff said. “And federal regulation requires that you be a resident of the state (where you make the purchase).”
Buyers from out of state can buy rifles but the sale must conform to laws of the purchaser’s home state. A digest of laws around the country is kept at the store to refer to the different laws, he said.
Buyers also must attest that they are not a controlled substance abuser, a fugitive from justice, dishonorably discharged from the armed forces, an alien illegally in the United States, a
former patient of a mental facility or an American who has renounced citizenship.
It is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony that involves violence to cany any gun outside his or her home, according to the Texas Penal Code.
It is a third-degree felony to cany a firearm at a licensed distributor of alcohol. It is a Class A misdemeanor if a firearm is carried onto a school-ground or educational institution or a polling place on the day of an election, the code says.
The Associated Press contributed lo this report
In celebration of the 31st Anniversary of Wurstfest Nov. 1-10 We Will Publish Our Annual
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benefits until Grohman finds new employment.
* Details of the agreement will be made public following the expected Council approval, but can’t be released before the meeting because of the ongoing negotiations involving Ken Brazle, Grohman‘s New Braunfels attorney, said City Attorney Barry Moore.
After an executive session discussion with interim City Manager Hector Tamayo, council members also are scheduled to consider compensation for the longtime assistant city manager in accordance with his added duties.
* The council also is scheduled to reconsider nominating a candidas for membership on the Comal Appraisal District board of directors for a term beginning Jan. I, 1992, and ending pee. 31. 1993. The council split 3-3 on a nominee on Monday.
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