New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Oct. 18,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ANNA PFEIL
■ Vol. 142, No. 244
Guadalupe River 106 cfs
Comal River.......................322 cfs
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This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Water officials say snails aren’t the answer
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following * birthday wishes to; Keith Kohlenberg, September Baker, Doris Westervelt, Elizabeth Weisman, Miguel Aguirre IV, Nydia Giselle Villanueva, Elsie Carpenter, Warren Elbe!, Kathryn O'Malley, Leah Queen, Melba Roth, Barnard Wells, Ada Wharton, June Wiese, Floyd W. Hutson, Jerry Noble, Deola Wilson (Monday), Virginia Brooks, Rene Lira.
Historical tour of Landa Park scheduled
Wilkommen! It’s Wurstfest time once again. The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a ‘‘Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park.”
Three tours will be given on Nov. 4,1994. Tours will begin at 9 a m., 11 a m., and 2 p.m. and |, will last approximately one-and-a-half hours. Each tour is a hike through Landa Park covering historical markers in the park. Also covered is much of the history of New Braunfels and Landa Park, including the Landa family and Wurstfest. Each tour will begin at the New Gazebo behind the Landa Park office.
The fee is SI per person. Everyone is encouraged to participate; however, children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended and will be taken at the parks office Monday-Friday at 110 Golf Course Road.
For information call (210) 608-2160 or come by the parks office.
NB Interact Club plans food drive for Oct. 31
The Interact Club of New Braunfels High School is planning a food drive to take place Halloween evening Oct. 31. Collected items will be delivered to needy families for Thanksgiving according to Dora Lisa Alvarado, club president.
Interact is a worldwide organization for youths interested in service and international understanding. Locally, the Interact Club is sponsored by the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
New for this year along with the Halloween Food Drive is constructing Christmas decorations for the newly installed downtown lampposts.
‘‘We hope this gives an alternative meaning to Trick-or-Treat in New Braunfels by helping our fellow neighbors who have not been as fortunate, especially at the Thanksgiving season,” said Alvarado.
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By MARK LYON
The latest of several theories to solve San Antonio’s water problems, this one dealing with the control of snails in Landa Lake, have some local water officials scratching their heads.
A meeting held Friday in San Antonio, which consisted of a new water panel and court-appointed water monitor Joe Moore, saw discussion on the giant ramshorn snail, now found in Comal and San Marcos springs after being introduced there by aquarium hobbyists in the early 1980s. The snails experienced a population explosion in 1989 when the spring flows dropped to alarming rates. At that time, snails were able to reach more vegetation and food without having to work against strong spring flows which normally keep them from it.
Discussion centered around the control of the snails could allow for lower spring flows at Comal Springs, as low as 150 and 60 cubic feet per second. The theory indicates that controlling the snail population in Landa Lake would open the door for more available water for San Amo-
Theory on controlling to free up more water
‘Those are only temporary solutions,” said Doug Miller, water negotiator for Comal County and New Braunfels Utilities. “Instead of working together to come up with ways to solve these (aquifer) problems, we’re trying to circumvent Judge Bunton’s mling by looking at ways to take down Comal Springs. It boggles my mind that Rick Illgner (Edwards Underground Water District manager) is supporting it.”
Comal County’s representative on the water panel is New Braunfels Utilities general manager Paula DiFonzo.
DiFonzo said the snails, and ways to enable lower spring flows were discussed Friday, but also said that no one could offer ideas on control measures.
“I’m not sure anyone knows how to control them (snails),” she said. “But that would only be for a short period of time anyway. What we
snails at Landa Lake for S.A. draws fire
have concerns about is the issue of take permits. It could delay the ability to put a plan in place. Hopefully, we’ll get assurances. We must count on Judge Bunton’s direction for that.”
“Some people in San Antonio are calling these meetings section 10(a) meetings and that is not what they are at all,” said Miller. “These are meetings are to discuss surface water and ways to which we can abide by Judge Lucious Bunton’s orders.”
Section 10(a) is the term used for an exemption in the federal Endangered Species Aa where under certain conditions, the spring flows at Comal and San Marcos springs will be allowed to dip under restricted levels with a recovery plan in place.
Illgner, general manager for the Edwards Underground Water Distria, has said that snail control could be “San Antonio’s cheapest water. He has said that successful management of the
snails could yield an extra 3,000-acre-feet of water every month.
“Any time you hear ‘cheap water and how it will save San Antonio,' that is a problem and we’ve been fighting it from day-one. San Antonio is trying to circumvent Judge Bunton’s order and Senate Bill 1477.”
Removing the snails from Landa Lake and Comal Springs would be no small task, according to David Whately, Director of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.
“It has been suggested that we put 500 divers in Landa Lake and let them physically take the snails out. But according to the Fish & Wildlife Department, that could do more harm than good by throwing the ecological system out of balance.”
Other members of the water panel include Larry Gilley, city manager at San Marcos, Bill West of Guadalupe/Blanco River Authority, Rick Illgner of EUWD, at least two representatives from San Antonio and also one representative from Uvalde and Medina Counties.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. in the RLRN building in San Antonio..;
City attorney says she’ll stay out of local political arena
By TECLO J. GARCIA
New City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said Monday she hopes to stay out of local politics while using her governmental law experience to accept the challenge of her new job.
The San Marcos resident and Waco native was unanimously chosen by the city council Friday to succeed former City Attorney Barry Moore.
“I was a little shocked because I don’t have a relationship with anyone in New Braunfels and that could have worked to my advantage,” Cullom said. “I am an outsider and when I first submitted my proposal, I did not think I had much of a chance.”
Cullom, 34, currently is Special Counsel to the Public Utility Commission of Texas and has worked for the Texas Supreme Court as a briefing attorney assigned to Justice Lloyd Doggett.
Cullom was also employed by the Senate State Affairs Committee as a staff attorney.
“What I want to do is come in and review what’s going on and I think I have some skills that should be advantageous to them (city personnel),” said Cullom. “I am a government lawyer, that is my background. I know there will be a lot of challenges.
“I love government. I enjoy the democratic process I understand that I am a public servant..”
The city named Cullom a full-time city attorney, the first time New Braunfels has ever had a full-time lawyer.
Cullom will receive a base salary $40,000 a year, plus benefits that total $7,500.
The move to keep an attorney at city hall full time helped the city save close to $10,000, said City Manager Mike Shantis.
In the past New Braunfels had employed its lawyer on a part-time
Young Careerist of the Year
Herald Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL (Top photo, from left) Kristy Davis, msmbsrship chairman, Kristins El tars, named Young Careerist of the Year by the New Braunfels Business A Professional Women s Club, and Ruby Badlng, president of the New Braunfels chapter at ceremonies this morning where Ellers was presented with her award. The dub named Terry Burto (not present for picture) as Woman of the Year. (Right photo) City coundl member Brenda Freeman (left) preaents Badlng with a proclamation declaring Od. 16-22 as National Business Women's Week.
Voter’s guide I to be published in tomorrow’s i Herald-Zeitung
By ROGER CROTEAU
Voters who want to find out more about the local candidates who will appere on the Nov. Shallot will have two chances to do so this week.
The Comal County Provisional League of Women Voters will publish a two-page voters’ guide in tomorrow’s Herald-Zeitung. The league will also sponsor a candidates’ forum Thursday evening at the New Braunfels Independent School Distria Education Center on West Mill Street.
The voter’s guide will contain ap6gc of questions and answers with the candidates in the six local contested races: Precina 4 County Commissioner, County Treasurer, County Clerk, Precina 4 Justice of the Peace and the two distria judge races. The second page will contain a list of all the unopposed candidates, descriptions of the county precincts and other voter information such as polling times and locations, said Rose Marie Eash, community relations vice-president for the Comal County Provisional League of Women Voters.
The voters’ guide will also be published this week in the Canyon Lake Times-Guardian and a newspaper in Bulverde.
“Voter education is one of the main issues for the League of Women Voters and it will be one of our main focuses in upcoming years.” Eash said The candidates’forum will shut with a reception where people can mingle with the candidates at 6 p.m. at the Education Center.
Battle of messages waged by anti-drug program and hemp store in San Marcos
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The attorney earned a base salary of $1,500 a month for no more than 25 hours a month and $85 for every hour over the 25 allotted. The city previously budgeted $50,000 for the position.
“This woman understands that someone in this position does not wok an eight to five job,” he said. “There will be times where management does not walk out re five o’clock.”
The ideological battle between the Partnership for a Drug Free San Marcos and a store, Sativa Station, could soon become a legal battle. Saturday lawyers for the store were discussing the store’s legal rights with a U.S. attorney.
Sativa Station, open in San Marcos since January 1994, includes among its merchandise items made from legally imported hemp. In addition to having available literature supporting the legalization of marijuana, store owners David Schofield and Rose Phillips stamp $1 and $2 bills with a red cartoon balloon issuing from George Washington’s mouth containing the words “I grew hemp.”
Schofield says they use the gimmick because they want to see hemp reintroduced as a legal agricultural resource. “Our first goal is to educate people. When they find out hemp’s potential and history they usually agree that it should be reintroduced,” said Schofield, “George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, several of our founding fathers grew hemp.
We’ve had people bring in $100 bills for us to stamp.”
However the Partnership for a Drug Free San Marcos (DFSM) sees the bills and the shop as a threat to the well-being of area youth. DFSM Director Nina Wright became alarmed when a local mother displayed one of the stamped bills received in change by her daughter. “We decided that this, along with a dramatic increase in marijuana use in San Marcos, was a call to aaion,” said Wright.
Wright came up with the idea of a “Money Laundering” campaign to combat the stamped bills. “We’re taking money tainted with pro-drug message to exchange for clean bills, and will donate them to a program to help youth who are in need of treatment,” said Wright. The bills collected during DFSM’s Red Ribbon Week will be exchanged at the U.S. Treasury Department in San Antonio.
Sativa Station’s Rose Phillips sees the campaign as not much more than a fund-raising scheme for the DFSM. “They’re not reimbursing the people for the stamped bills. They’re just aking them to the Treasury Department in San Antonio.”
Braunfels, Germany celebrating 750th
In 1996 the City of Braunfels, Germany, New Braunfels’ sister city, will celebrate the 750th anniversary of its founding. In order to crc«e a festive atmosphere, the citizens of Braunfels will transform the center of downtown into a medieval site which-will include artisans, jugglers, musicians, strolling bands and concessionaires.
“We would like all of New Braunfels club*; and organizations, entertainers and concessionaires to help us celebrate our birthday on July 15 and 16,1996,” said Ferdinand Betzenbcrger, Representative of the Partnership from Braunfels, Germany.
"We are trying to finalize our program at the end of this year, so it is very important that you Ictus know if your organization is interested,” he continued.
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