New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns girls cross country team sprints for first place at Lockhart. See Page 6A.
Get a feel for underwater exploration. See Page 1B for special coverage of scuba diving classes in the area.
Check out our special preview of your favorite local prep teams inside.
Rangers tune up against Pearsall
See Page 6A for
Letters to the Editor......................5A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: David Sotelo (Monday), Rosa Sazamarripa, Kathy Hartman, Kameron Koepp (belated), Jeffrey and Katrina Garsnett (17-year-old twins), Raven Juarez (Saturday), Raymond Juarez and Daniel Rojo.
Happy anniversary to Dwayne and Cheryl Koepp, Thomas and Delta Ramirez, Jake and Anissa Villareal and Jerri and Larry Brumbelow (30 years).
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Labor Day closings
Garbage pickup will be on schedule Monday, but most other city, county, state and federal offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Collectors will start their routes at 5 a.m.
All other city offices will be closed, including the police department offices.
Emergency services still will be available.
All offices in the Comal County Courthouse and Annex will be closed on Monday. The sheriff’s office also will be closed, but a dispatcher will be on duty for emergencies.
Department of Public Safety troopers will be patrolling the highways, but the office will be closed for people who want to renew their driver’s license.
The post office, banks and state offices also will be closed, as will the IferafcF Zeitung office.
How to run for office
The League of Women Voters meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, will feature a discussion entitled “How to Run for Office." Speakers include Austin Political Public Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart The meeting will start at 7 p m. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information.
American Legion Fish Fry scheduled
The American Legion Post 179 will hold its first Early Bird Membership Drive Fish Fry on Sept 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This is open to members who have paid their 1996 dues or are life members of Post 179, its auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, or Junior Auxiliary.
The cost of your meal will be your 1996 dues. Membership cards will be checked
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50 Pages in four sections ■ Sunday, September 3,1995
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Vol. 143, No. 211
EAA members allowed to take office
By DOUG LOVEDAY
A judge’s ruling Friday that allows Edwards Aquifer Authority members to be sworn in but forbids them to conduct any business other than hiring attorneys is just another stalemate by EAA opponents, a local member said Saturday.
Doug Miller, an appointed director to the new authority, said he has mixed feelings about the judge’s action.
“I’m glad we’re able to take office — that’s a good sign. But he (Pennington) really tied our hands. The only thing we’re really allowed to do is become involved in the lawsuit,” Miller said.
Ruling prohibits authority from taking any action to regulate aquifer pumping
referring to the suit challenging the constitutionality of the law which created the EAA.
“This is just another stalemate on the part of irrigators to the west. It’s another attempt to avoid any regulation over the aquifer,” he said.
An Oct. 12 trial date has been established for the legal challenge to the EAA.
One of the leading plaintiffs is the Medina County Groundwater Conservation District.
Miller said he expects he and fellow members will contact the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday morning to complete paperwork needed before being sworn in.
“We’re probably looking at next Friday before we can have a meeting to talk about hiring an attorney,” he said.
While the EAA will remain essentially powerless to conduct business, Friday’s ruling is anoth
er step toward legitimacy for the board and future regulation of the aquifer, said Craig Hollmig, Comal County Edward’s Underground Water District representative.
“I think as the trial moves up into the higher courts, they’ll realize that it’s not taking anyone’s rights away. We’re managing a limited resource,” Hollmig said.
“Our property rights get violated in New Braunfels when the pumpers pump our springs dry. I think it’s going to take some time to get through all of the appeals, but we still have Judge (Lucius) Bunton, who ruled that pumping damages the endangered species living in Comal Springs.”
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Veterans of World War ll pourad into Fradarlckaburg Saturday to mark tha 50th annivaraary of the and of World War ll. Tha activl-tiaa, dubbad V+50, faaturad dig-nitartaa and ragular aoldiera who served in the U.S. military during tha war. Above, Gov. George Buah receivea applause and a handehake from former Filet Lady Barbara Buah and former Preeident Buah following a apaach at tha celebration. At right, veterana from New Braunfete VFW Poet 7110 wave to onlookers during tha parade.
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Deputies keep eyes on jet skis
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
Comal County Sheriffs Department deputies will be visible along Canyon Lake this holiday weekend to crackdown on jet skiers who violate safety
“We have noticed a lot of jet ski violations this year, and we want to cut down the number of those violations,” Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said.
Deputies will be out on patrol in the department’s boat to make sure that jet skiers are abiding to safety rules. Bremer said. In a press release. Bremer said there have been many recent incidents of jet skiers running over swimmers. The accidents have been caused by jet skiers running in circles around swimmers, jet skis jumping over the wakes caused by other watercrafts, excessive speed and high alcohol intake, Bremer said.
“They (the jet skiers who have caused the accidents) seem not to respect the rights of the sw immers,” Bremer said. “These jet skiers must respect the rights of the people sw imming rn the lake.”
Under the Texas Water Safety Act, jct skiers are reminded not to operate their jet skis or waverunners within fifty feet of another vehicle, platform, swimmer, object or shore. Other violations observed by the Sheriffs Department are disobedience of "no wake” buoys and zones, and disregard for the posted operational hours for jet skis and w averunners. Jet skis and waverunners must be registered and have to display their registration numbers on both sides of their craft, Bremer said.
The patrolmen on the boat w ill provide water and medical rescues w hen needed, Bremer said.
“We are making it a pnonty to focus on eliminating these serious accidents,” Bremer said.
Communities to be notified when sex offenders paroled
Law went into effect Friday
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A new Texas law will require that a community be notified when a paroled sex offender is released there. Senate Bill 267 went into effect Friday Under the new law, an offender’s age, gender, street, municipality and zip code — plus a brief description of the offense — must be publicized in the Texas community where he is released. The names of paroled sex offenders will be withheld,
"It’s a very balanced law — giving the community the information it needs without trampling the offenders’ rights,” said Megan Mills, aid to State Sen. Florence Shapiro, who sponsored the bill.
It’s important to remember the bill is not retroactive, Mills said — it applies only to cases tried Sept. I on.
The law works like this:
The entity that releases an offender contacts local law enforcement officials in the community where the offender chooses to live.
Then the law enforcement agency contacts a newspaper in the community and gives it a legal notice to publish, which contains the information about the offender, minus the name.
Newspapers — or people — can get the names of sexual offenders through an open records request, but newspapers are not allowed to publish the names.
Communities will not only get information about offenders under the new law, they will get it quickly.
According to SB 267 the offender must verify the information with a signature within seven
days of mov ing to a community.
Once the offender docs that, the local law enforcement agency has to pass the information to the newspaper w ithin eight days.
A second notice must then be sent to the newspaper for publication w ithin a week of the first one.
A Dallas case spurred Shapiro to create the bill, Mills said. A seven-year-old girl was abducted from a park while she was watching her brother play soccer.
"The man who took her and killed her was a paroled sex offender,” Mills said.Good Golly, let’s ban Miss Molly! See The Survey Says, Page