New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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October 23, 1991
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Red Ribbon Week
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Melvin W. Schwab, Ellen Simmons, Raymond “Little" Sanchez III and Oloria Ouerrero.
“Happy anniversary” today to Cecil and Sandra Neuse and Tim and Pat Mozisek.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Oive our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like lo share in the greeting!. *
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will present Casino Night Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Woodlands Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets $25; $33 at the door. Door prizes and Las Vegas style games are planned for the evening. Babysitting will be provided. Tickets are available a a number of locations including the Times Guardian and New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.
Any individual or group interested in the prevention of child abuse is invited to join a coalition of others working for this cause at the VGH Cafeteria, located at the Education Center, Mill Street, noon on Thursday. This is the annual meeting of Agencies United for the Prevention of Child Abuse and dues of $10 will be collected. Speaker will be Chris Douglas, supervisor for DHS Child Protective Services.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free Project Wild workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30 from 5-8 p.m. in the Linda Recreation Center in Lands Park. For more information call 629-PARK.
Six men needed
Needed ire six good men to work about 12 houri during the coming year to move donated hooks from the Dittlinger Memorial Library lo the Friends of Library sale site at the Municipal Building on Casted Avenue.
Persons who can work any weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are in good shape should call L Douma at 629-3048. Persona who donate lime will receive an honor ary membership in Friends of the Library, a first shot at purchase of donated books, and a book-toters* banquet.
Louies arc still being accepted for die sixth annual New Braunfels Dona Select Shot Golf Touma mem slated for Sunday, Oct. 27 at Chaparral Country Dub in Seguin from 8 a m. to noon. Entry fee is $SO per person and includes green fee, cart, food Bid drink. Contact Steve Schultz al 625-6492 for regi sealion and more information Volunteer orientation
American Rod Cross Volunteer on en tai ion will be at McKenna Memorial Hospital's second floor conference room on Saturday, Get 26 at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the ho*pi ul or at die Red Cross office or a nursing home are asked to cal 625 9764 or 625-3260.
Noontime concerts are planned once again beginning at noon Fri day, Oct. 25 on Main Plaza. Eau McDughlin and Don Forres wil perform this Friday. Other concert
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Leaders see springs as ‘leaks,’ Miller says
By MARK WARNKEN •toff Writer
Comal County representatives observing meetings of the San Antonio Citizens Committee on Water agree that management of the Edwards Aquifer requires a regional approach — perhaps even including communities along the Guadalupe River all the way to the Gulf.
Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc and former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller have sat in on die weekly meetings as non-member observers. The committee, chaired by San Antonio City Council Member Weir Labatt and Bexar County Commissioner Helen Dunner, is scheduled lo make recommendations lo the city and county by Dec. I, he said.
“In my opinion, we’re still seeing a
show by the city of San Antonio,” Miller told the Commissioners Court earlier this week. "I believe dun what we’re seeing — having been involved in the negotiations for sonic 3'/* years — is a feeble attempt on the part of San Antonio lo try lo deinonsuale lo Judge Lucius Bunton that San Antonio is attempting to address its water needs.”
lite I .one Star Chapter of the Sierra Club's federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect endangered species living in the Comal and San Marcos springs is scheduled for court Doc. 23 in Bunion’s U.S. District Court in Midland.
The suit seeks to force the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and implement plans to pro
tect four endangered species - Hic fountain darter, lite Sari Marcos g ambulia, Texas wild rice arid the Texas blind salamander — through the federal Endangered Species Act. Such plans likely would include regulation of pumping of the aquifer, San Antu nio’s sole sol rec of water.
Because die committee will study lite issue only one night a week for a few weeks, Miller said he expects to sec the citizens committee essentially rubber-stamp the recommendations of Ute San Antonio community leaders opposing aquifer regulation who lear) the committee.
These leaders sec the Comal and San Marcos springs as “leaks” rn the aquifer, a mentality continually perpetuated by the San Antonio media, Miller said
Six weeks ago, the committee was practically illiterate about the aquifer, and after a few more weekly meetings dtey arc supposed to arrive at a solution dial has alluded students of the aquifer for many years, Miller said.
“I wish diem very much luck," he said.
Craigmilc said die committee is cltargcd with developing a long-range plan to meet lite water needs of the (ireatcr San Antonio metropolitan area dtrough the year 2040, but seems to realize dial a IO- lo 20-year plan is more reasonable considering their level of expertise.
Aquifer management is not just an issue involving communities over the underground waler source, but also for downstream communities depending on the Guadalupe River, which
the Comal Springs supplement, Craigmilc said.
“Those springs provitic water not only for Comal County but for downstream users all the way to the coast,” Craigmilc said.
Craigmilc said the committee is exploring two separate approaches:
• No aquifer pumping quotas, no additional resources such as surface water supply, artificial spring augmentation and enhanced recharge.
• Pumping quotas, protection of natural spring flow, additional resources such as development of surface water, and enhanced recharge.
The committee has heard testimony by a number of experts with various opinions on different topics related lo aquifer management, conservation and protection, Craigmilc said.
Vol. 139, No. 241
busting at seam
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County commissioners’ decision this week to purchase half of the former First Federal Savings and Loan building will help alleviate the ever-increasing demand for county office space, officials agree.
J.L. “Jumbo** Evans, longtime Precinct I County Commissioner, said the county and its government have grown rapidly since the Courthouse Annex was built next to the original Courthouse in 1986. This makes the county’s planned $530,000 to $550,000 investment in buying, renovating and furnishing new office space a necessary expense, he said.
“In the long run, it’s in the county’s advantage to acquire more office space,” Evans said.
For example, commissioners previously dedicated $135,000 in the 1992 budget for office space for the overcrowded county health department now located in the annex, he said. The health department will be a likely candidate to occupy part of the added space.
Next year, the county plans to start a fire marshal’s department, which will need office space, he said. The county animal warden also has long
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Mike Taylor and Sarah Driscoll perform a scene from the New Braunfels High School production of "Seven Wives for Dracula." (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
U.S. Rep. candidate speaks to Democrats
By ROBERT STEWART
The campaign for the 21st Congressional District of Texas got off to an early start Tuesday as James M. “Jim" Gaddy spoke lo a meeting of the Comal County Democrats.
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think that my candidacy will provide you with a legitimate choice in the Spring of '92 and of course in the rail of’92.’*
Oaddy spoke Tuesday evening at a meeting of the Comal County Democrats in New Braunfels. The spring election he referred to is the Democratic primary with the general election in the fall.
I think I've been drawn to service for most of my life. 'rn a teacher — I teach political science and have quite a bit of background in the theoretical aspects of politics and I think, as a logical extension of that. that I'd like to get into the practical aspects ofpoliucB,"hesahi.
Currently a teacher at San Antonio College, Oaddy has also taught st the University of Texas at San Antonio aid Midland College. He
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graduated with a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas, Permian Basin and earned a Master’s degree from Southwest Texas Suite University.
“I do believe in the historical principles of the Democratic party and I think that we can win in 1992 against what has been Republican domination in this particular district,'' Oaddy said. “I want to get back to the vigorous representation that was provided by Bob Krueger, that was provided by O.C. Fisher from San Angelo. I think it (representation) has been woefully lacking in this district for IO years.”
Issues that Gaddy plans to bring out in the campaign are crime, education, health care and the environment.
“On occasions, law enforcement agencies are at odds with one another," he said. “Rather than working in unison or in concert with one another, they seem to bicker. I think there needs to be better integration of law enforcement agencies in the United States and in Texas."
Gaddy also proposed a more extensive system of police reserves, similar to military reserves.
“We may never call it into action but I think it may provide a deterrent," he said, “lf (criminals) knew that a police chief had ISO extra police officers available, that may provide an extra amount of security."
Red Ribbon Week in New Braun fels continues tonight with professional volunteers manning a free con -fidential counseling hotline Volunteer counselors will discuss drug, family and life matters on the “Help Line,” 620-1099, from 6-10 p.m.
On Thursday, residents are encouraged to call a New Braunfels Police
Department's hotline, 620-TIPS, to report possible drug activity on “Crack Down Night.” On Friday, area schools will exchange ribbons with visiting school* at football games.
Ibis week’s events, aimed at promoting drug-free lifestyles, were kicked off Saturday morning during a ceremony featuring city, county, and
school officials and student council representatives on the downtown plaza.
Guest speaker J. David Quilter, a supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Adm inst anion's San Antonio office who lives in Comal County, said parent and teacher involvement is the key to keeping young people drug-free
Expect a high today around 85 and an overnight low of 65. Winds will be out of the southeast today at IO to IS miles per hour. Tuesday’s high temperature in New Braunfels was 87 and the low was 70.
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Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Kolbe teaches family members to recognize drugs and drug paraphernalia during the parenting workshops Tuesday night at the Civic Center Kolbe showed them pictures of drugs and a small plastic bag of real marijuana so they can recognize and report such narcotics if they ever see them again. The workshops also featured presentations by a professional counselor and by a Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent based in San Antonio who lives in Comal County. (Photo by Mark Warnken)
Hotline features free drug counseling