New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Keith Klabunde, John Orazen (belated), Ryan Kocian, Alleson Alvarez, Sarah Fest (98 years). Happy anniversary to Hanno and Helen Kanz (55 years). Happy 49th anniversary (Monday) to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weidner.
Class of 1943 to meet
NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Spring Restaurant Sept 16 at noon. For more information, call Rudy at 625-
Guada Coma Garden Club gathers
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Sept. 12 at 11:30 a m. at the Gruene Mansion Inn, 1275 Gruene Road. Lunch at the Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant later.
Project Graduation planning session
The parents of Canyon High School seniors are invited to attend an important meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in room 51, CHS to talk about Project Graduation. For information, call Terry Wiemers at 625-6251 or JoAnn Schumann at 609-0099.
Retired Eagles meet
The Retired Eagles Activities Club will meet Sept. 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Eagles Hall. Members bring sandwiches. Those with a birthday or anniversary this month bring cake or cookies.
About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion Squeeze-Off from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten, 212 W. Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available. The event is sponsored by the Central Texas Accordion Associa tion and the San Antonio Accor dionaires For information, call Barron Schlameus at 625-3615.
River cleanup needs volunteers
The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 629-9999 Party and meal at Cypress Bend Park afterwards Door prizes and giveaways at the party.
‘Wait Until Dark1
The New Braunfels Art League will benefit from the Sept 17 performance of Wait Until Dark’ at Circle Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W.
An Antonio St., between 10 a m. and 5 p m. Monday through Saturday. Performance at 7 p.m.
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Friday night lights are back
The most complete coverage of local high school football action starts on Page 7 A.
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Vol. 143, No. 216
Edwards Aquifer Authority gets down to business
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Meteorologist Mark Brundrett mans the Doppler radar at the New Braunfels National weather Service
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Doppler radar system working like a charm
By DAVID DE KUNDER
It has been over a year since the National Weather Services's NEXRAD Doppler radar system came into operation and already it has paid dividends, a New Braunfels National Weather Service official said.
“It has been beautiful,” National Weather Service Area Manager and Meteorologist Alcides Dreumont said. “The system has worked excellently.”
NEXRAD, which stands for Next Generation Weather Radar, came into operation in Apnl 1994 a week after the National Weather Service (NWS) office near New Braunfels opened. The NWS office is located IO miles east of New Braunfels on Farm to Market 758 near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Dreumont said the Doppler radar system has performed well in recent bad weather emergencies, enabling the meteorologists at the New Braunfels office to issue accurate and speedy forecasts.
“On March 7, we had a squall line coming from the Hill Country going from west to east,” Dreumont said. “Because the Doppler radar picked it up, we were able to determine that the force of the winds w ere 50 miles per hour. We were able to give people a 15 minute warning.”
This Thursday, a strong storm, which packed w inds up to 50-60 mph and caused heavy lightning, came through Central Texas and the New Braunfels area. Again, Doppler radar came through and enabled meteorologists to issue warnings about the oncoming storm.
“We knew the seventy of the storm when it entered Williamson County (north of Austin),” Dreumont said. “We were able to issue warnings 20 minutes before it struck Austin and a one hour warning before it came through Comal County.”
The New Braunfels NWS office is responsible for an area that includes Del Rio to the west, Georgetown to the north, Atascosa C ounty to the south and east tow ards Lavaca County. The coverage area includes two metropolitan areas: San Antonio and Austin.
The NEXRAD Doppler radar system can do many amazing things for the NWS meteorologists, Dreumont said. NEXRAD can tell whether or not a storm has a potential for a tornado 30 minutes before it touches
down. NEXRAD has an effective range of 124 nautical miles and a reflective range of 248 nautical miles. The reflective range is the range outside of the New Braunfels coverage area. Dreumont said that the sensitivity of the NEXRAD radar system allows meteorologists the opportunity to see what is
going on inside a storm. ■“^"*
-This system ‘We were able
(NEXRAD) is 1000 per- to jss||e wam. cent more sensitive than
ings 20 minutes before it struck Austin.’
— Alcides Dreumont
previous radar systems,”
Dreumont said. "This increased sensitivity allows us to investigate
distant thunderstorms with_
more accuracy. The radar
goes into the atmosphere, inputs data into our computers and makes the numerical model of the atmosphere, which w e use for our forecasts.”
The NEXRAD radar is a 28-foot antenna dish which is placed inside a 40-foot globe. The globe is placed on top of a 100-foot steel tower. On top of the globe is a nine-foot spike, which is used in the radar system for tracking in the atmosphere. The radar system is mainly computer controlled. Dreumont said.
The New Braunfels NEXRAD system is part of $4.5 billion in improvements for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal agency which oversees the NWS. The NOAA, in turn, is under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Dreumont said it took $1 million to build the NWS complex and $4 million to install the NEXRAD Doppler system.
The NEXRAD system can access atmospheric data from all across Texas and the nation. The New Braunfels NWS office is part of a network which includes radars in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, a Department of Defense radar in Granger, a radar iii San Angelo and the Laughlin Air Force Base radar at Brackettville. Each radar can go into and see w hat is going on their sister radars.
Dreumont said the NEXRAD has affected the lives of many people who depend on the NWS to issue accurate weather forecasts. "My main concern is to save lives,” Dreumont said. “lf we save property, that is great — but saving lives is the most important business for us.”
Although a judge's order bars the board from conducting much of the business it was designed to do, the Edwards Aquifer Authority got down to business Friday.
A judge ruled earlier this month that the Edwards Aquifer Authority could swear in its hoard members and hire legal counsel. The members were sworn in during the week, and the first EAA meeting was held Friday night.
The meeting's agenda included basic details, such as adopting bylaws, selecting officers, setting times and dates for future meetings, and hiring a legal counsel. The hoard also voted 12 to I to pass a resolution asking the attorney general to publicly support the EAA, and rule that the EAA is no longer under the temporary injuction because they appealed it to the state Supreme Court.
The sole vote against the resolution was by Bruce Gilleland, from Uvalde, who has aligned himself with the plaintiffs in the pending legal suit against the EAA. Comal County representative Doug Miller said the resolution also asks the attorney general to say the EAA has jurisdiction from the Texas Supreme Court.
“The passing of the resolution with almost everyone iii favor shows a unified board. It's clear that everyone wants this matter resolved, so we can deal with the real problem” said Miller.
Miller said several of the votes were split seven to six, and he would like to see more
of a consensus among the board members. He said there is a possibility that the debating could persist, but he did not believe it would. He said he “will give it every effort” to make the board successful. Comal County representative Paula Difonzo said there are “a lot of issues and emotions on the table right now,” and the board will be able to work together when a specific issue is presented.
“Once we get a plan and have a set of issues to deal with, I think we’ll develop that consensus and become even more unified,” she said.
The board elected Mike Beldon, from Bexar County, chair. Vice-Chair is Jane Hughson, of Hays County. Rosa Maria Gonzalez, of Bexar County is secretary, and Miller is Treasurer. Votes for both the chair and the vice chair were seven to six.
“Although we come together with individuality, we all have a mutual concern for our water,” said Beldon.
The board also voted to conduct meetings on the second Saturday of the month, beginning with October
The EAA has the authority to enforce pumping limits on users of the Edwards Aquifer. The Medina County Groundwater Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the law which created the EAA. A judge ruled that members could be sworn in and legal counsel could be hired. However, the ruling said the board could not conduct any other business. An Oct. 12 trial date has been set for the legal challenge.
Here come the pavers
Doug Harrison of the New Braunfels Rotary Club prepares the ground at the Plaza for the Court of Honor pavers Saturday morning. The pavers will be installed beginning Monday.
Justice of the Peace Stewart looking forward to new building
By DAVID DE KUNDER
County workers are laying the groundwork in Bulverde for the new Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 office, which is expected to he completed in a few months.
Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart is looking forward to moving into the new facility when it is completed.
"I am looking forward to ... having room to operate, the clerks are especially looking forward to this,” Stewart said.
’The present building is inadequate for our needs because the precinct is growing.’
— JP Fred Stewart
The new 50X50 pre-fab steel building w ill be located behind the present 31X20 office, which is right by the Bulverde Bakery on Bulverde Road in downtown Bulverde. The present office has been at that location since 1979, Stewart said.
“The first part of the building was
built in 1969,” Stewart said. "It was located on the county road yard on Highway 46 west of Highway 281. The county moved the building here in 1979, built an addition for it and added a front porch to it.”
Stewart, who is serving in his 21st year as justice of the peace, and his clerks, Donna Allen and Kay Byrd, are cramped iii their offices because of the increasing demand for service in Bulverde.
There is not enough room to store files or enough work space for his clerks and himself, Stewart said.
The present office has a judge’s bench, but no july box or witness stand. The jury has to listen to cases sitting in folding chairs. When the jury has to deliberate, they have to go into the clerks' office, forcing the clerks to stop their work. The new office will solve this problem by having a jury room, a jury box, a witness stand, clerks’ office, two restrooms, a front porch and a judge’s bench.
“The present building is inadequate for our needs because the precinct is growing,” Stewart said, referring to the growth in the Bulverde area. “We
need a new building as a matter c necessity.”
Stew art said that an average of 20 misdemeanor and 15 civil cases ai filed each month in his office. He sui these figures have doubled since h became justice of the peace in 1975.
Stewart said he does not know wh; will happen to the old justice of th peace office once the new one is con pleted. Stew art said the county bougl the land for the new office froi Charles Wood and as part of the de; Wood got the land where the presei office is located.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144