New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,2004
CHS 07 vs. Seguin OO; NBHS 14 vs. Connelly 13; SVHS 17 vs. Pflugerville 23. Page 5A
FORUM CHARLEY REESE
Syndicated columnist says the focus of the presidential race should be on new wars, not old ones. Page 4A
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■ To register a well, call 1-888-363-6037. English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available 24 hours.
■ Log onto www.edwards aquifer.org to fill out the form.
■ For information, call (210) 222-2204.
EAA wants to register small wells
By Ron Maloney
The Edwards Aquifer Authority is asking property owners over the aquifer with nonpermitted wells to register them.
The authority will use the information in an effort to map
all wells into the aquifer, to chart flows and to protect it against contamination.
Director of Groundwater Management Strategies Rick 111-gner said wells capable of pumping more than 25,000 gallons of water per day required
permits. Those wells are documented.
The authority now hopes to create a database of all of the smaller, non-permitted wells, which include windmill wells, livestock and household wells — even wells that might be
capped and no longer used.
In the early 1990s, the former Edwards underground district attempted to catalog wells, but the data is incomplete, and officials said even if a well were registered then, it needs to be registered again.
To that end, the authority is offering an incentive to those who voluntarily register their wells between now and December 2005, Illgner said. The registration fee will be forgiven and the first 500 well
See WELLS, Page 3A
Group counters Perrys rail plan
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Cody Pendergraft, a first-grader at Hoffman Elementary, decides which ice cream he'd like to have for his Passport Reading Program reward. (Below) Hoffman Elementary first-grader Jordan Walzem eats the ice cream she earned by meeting the reading program's requirements over the summer. Hoffmann had the most students successfully complete the reading goals.
Summer Passport reading program participation
R Comal Elementary
H Carl Schurz
■ Canyon Intermediate
■ Lone Star
R Memorial Elementary
H Memorial Intermediate
■ Mountain Valley
H Memorial Primary
R Seele Elementary
Schools net $4,250 from reading program; kids treated to ice cream
By Leigh Jones
Young readers earned area schools $4,250 this summer for participating in the Passport Reading Program sponsored by the Marketplace, Texas Cinema, the I ierald-Zeitung and Herald and Friends.
A total of 13 schools in the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts participated.
At the end of the school last year, area elementary and intermediate school librarians handed out 6,000 14-page “passports." Every time the students read a book, they got one page of the booklet stamped.
When all pages were full, the passport was complete and ready to turn in to the school librarian when classes began in August.
The schools received $10 for each
completed passport, and the children were invited to an ice cream party.
At Hoffmann Lane Elementary, 124 students took a welcome break from class to enjoy their reward.
Before sitting down on the cafeteria floor, die students rushed the table piled high with door prizes.
The boys were mainly attracted to a Dallas Cowboys T-shirt signed by former player Bob Lilly. The girls gathered around a movie poster from “The I Tin ce and Me.”
While die students scarfed down their vanilla ice cream, librarian Stacie Wilkie told them to give themselves a pat on the back. They cheered when she told them they had the most students participate in the program.
Principal Bonnie Patrick stood at the edge of the crowd and clapped for each
See READING, Page 3A
Despite high gas prices, more travel expected
By TA. Badger
Associated Press Writer
SAN ANTONIO — For the final fling of summer, Texans will top their gas tanks and hit the road for the Alamo and the coast, according to the state's travel watchers.
San Antonio, Galveston and South Padre Island — ever among the state’s top tourist
draws — are listed by AAA Texas as the top destinations for the three-day l.abor Day weekend.
Although gasoline prices are much higher than last Labor Day, AAA Texas expects a slight increase in the number of Texans packing up the car for a weekend getaway.
“The higher gas prices don’t appear to have any affect on
travelers’ decisions to take one last summer getaway,” said Rose Rougeau, a AAA Texas spokeswoman.
Friday’s average statewide price for a gallon of self-serve regular gas was $1.77, down two cents from a week earlier, AAA said. At this time in 2003, the average price was $1.59.
AAA Texas, which conducted a holiday travel survey,
estimates that 2.6 million Texans will travel to a vacation spot this weekend, up more than 2 percent from the same time last year. Of that number, some 90 percent will get there by driving.
Roughly 130,000 people will go by air this weekend, with Las Vegas, New York and
See GAB, Page 3A
| B State average for regular unleaded gas: $1.77
I B Amarillo: $1.76
I B Austin: $1.74
i B Beaumont: $1.74
I B Corpus Christi: $1.70
I ■ Dallas: $1.79
I m El Paso: $1.80
| B Fort Worth: $1.77
j B Houston: $1.75
j B San Antonio: $1.71
j B Texarkana: $1.77
By Scott Mahon
A Dallas transportation consulting finn will give an update to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on the status of high-speed rail systems in Texas.
Dean International, which consults for the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC), will meet with the chamber’s transportation committee Wednesday at Honors Hall.
THSRTC is a nonprofit organization that supports a high-speed rail plan known as the “Texas T-Bone," which proposes a rail system from Houston to Killeen and from Dallas to San Antonio.
The plan varies from Gov. Rick Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor plan, which proposes a high-speed rail system connecting Dallas, Houston and San Antonio along 1-35 and I-IO.
David Dean, CEO of Dean International, said the Trans-Texas Corridor alignment was not conducive for a high-speed rail system.
“A high-speed rail system won t work in rural areas,” he said. “It makes more sense to connect Houston, Dallas and San Antonio by two straight lines that intersect at Killeen or Fort I lood. The Trans-Texas Corridor alignment would take 764 miles of rail, but our proposal would only take 440 miles of rail. But still, our proposal would be a realization of the Trans-Texas Corridor plan."
Perry unveiled the Trans-Texas Corridor in January 2002.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, roadways in the corridor would include six separate passenger vehicle lanes, four dedicated commercial truck lanes, two high-speed passenger rail lines, two freight rail lines and two commuter rail lines.
The TTC proposal would be a 4,000 mile system incorporating toll and non-toll roads, and would pass through 143 counties. It is estimated to cost $145 billion to $ 183 billion.
“If we don’t look ahead in terms of transportation, by the year 2040, we’ll be just like California,” Dean said.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said a high speed rail system from San Antonio to Dallas would be an alternative to 1-35.
“Theres a growing momentum for a rail system adjacent to 1-35," he said. “Mr. Dean will give us an update on what is happening with the proposals."