New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Although judging concludes at 9:15 a.m., owners and pets still can participate in the parade itself. There is also a contest to determine the parade’s best-decorated bicycles and owners.
The week has been relatively quiet for County Judge Danny Scheel, who has been a fixture in coordinating the event for three decades.
“I would normally spend entire week sending out parade confirmations, con-
MOTION/From 1AWorkers behind the scenes take center stage
By design or not, there was strikingly little talk of military action from the administration during the day, and an evident easing in the near-warlike atmosphere that took hold 15 days earlier when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon.
Bush bantered with reporters at one point, and the second-in-command at the Pentagon went so far as to say that military strikes against the al-Qaida network in Afghanistan may be well into the future.
“I think it can’t be stressed enough that everybody who’s waiting for military action ... needs to rethink this thing,” Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told reporters in Brussels, Belgium, where he appealed to the NATO a hies for intelligence-gathering assistance.
“We don’t believe in just demonstrating that our military is capable of bombing. The whole world knows that,” he said.
At the same time, a Pakistani official, wrapping up two days of talks with an American military delegation, said there was “complete unanimity” on military preparations for combating terrorists inside Afghanistan. Gen. Rashid Qureshi, spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf, said there was “no difference of opinion between Pakistan and America on the issue of combating terrorism.”
Underscoring the delicacy of Pakistan’s position, Qureshi also said his country had no involvement “in any action plan against Afghanistan.” Pakistan is the only nation in the world with diplomatic ties to the Taliban government of Afghanistan, and is home to a large Muslim population that has held anti-American rallies in recent days.
The diplomatic and military maneuvering unfolded as Delta chairman Leo Mullin said his company was joining the roster of carriers to lay off workers and cut ser-vice in the wake of the attacks.
“War was declared on the United States of America, using aviation as the instrument of destruction,” he said in Atlanta. “As a result, the operational and financial outlook for airlines has changed precipitously, and drastic measures are required if we are to avoid being among the first economic casualties of the war.” He said Delta would cut up to 13,000 employees by the end of the year, an unspecified number through layoffs.
Previous cutbacks in the industry totaled more than 100,000, including steps taken by aircraft maker Boeing to slash its costs.
Bush did some modest jawboning on the subject of airline safety during the day, with more to come.
Meeting with Muslim leaders at the White House, he told reporters some of his guests had traveled to the nation’s capital by plane and arrived safely. “One of the keys to economic recovery is going be the vitality of the airline industry,” he said, and he said he would be unveiling “confidence building measures” as well as “concrete steps” on Thursday when he travels to Chicago.
Officials have said previously the president would
‘We don’t believe in just demonstrating that our military is capable of bombing. The whole world knows that. ”
— Paul Wolfowitz Deputy Defense Secretary
propose new steps to make cockpit doors more secure and to place armed marshals aboard most planes as a deterrent to hijackers.
He was also expected to propose a great federal involvement in the screening of passengers and baggage at airports.
Bush also made a midday trip to the CIA, where Director George Tenet has been criticized by some in Congress for the agency’s failure to warn of the attacks. Bush made clear his view is different. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in him and I’ve got a lot of confidence in the CIA, and so should America,” he said as Tenet looked on from a nearby seat on the stage.
Bush and his spokesman also struck a new tone in talking about Chechnya, the breakaway region of Russia. One day after Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke warmly about the administration’s war on terrorism, spokesman Ari Fleischer cited ties between the Chechen rebels and bin Laden’s network.
He called on Chechen leaders to “immediately and unconditionally cut all contacts with international terrorist groups such as Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida organization.”
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Tommy and Mary Jo Zipp have worked behind the scenes at the Comal County Fair for more than 40 years.
Tommy helped design the show ring and pour concrete at the new county livestock barn in 1959. Mary Jo sewed dresses for the parade royalty for more than two years.
“We’ve worked in just about every department for the fair from the admission gates to the dance gates," he said. “We’ve never worked with chickens, because we don’t like chickens
At this year’s fair, the couple will be in front of the crowd, serving as honorary marshals for the Comal County Fair on Friday.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Tommy Zipp said. “When you watch the parade, you get to see the floats. When you are in the parade, you get to watch the people; and since we’re iii the front, we get to see the floats too.”
The Zipps first became involved with the fair in 1959, when Tommy was an agricultural teacher at then-new Canyon High School. He started working solely
with livestock and gradually became more involved.
“As time went on, we became directors and later president of the master plan commission,” he said.
The couple volunteered every year. They flipped hamburgers for a booth; Mary Jo co-chaired the clothing department for five years.
“We supported our daughters when they were showing sheep and cattle at the fair,” Tommy said. “Our daughter, Jill, was fair queen in 1978, and Jane was duchess in 1980. We sat down and talked about it, and we’ve been involved with the fair parade for every year from 1961 to 1986.”
To thank them for their years of service, the fair association named them this year’s parade marshals.
“We’re very happy, very pleases and appreciative,” he said. ‘We’re so honored.”
Zipp, now retired from teaching and from working as a Realtor, said he worked for the fair because it served the county’s youth so well.
“It’s a great organization,” he said. “The children who participate in the livestock show are still the ‘ma’am and sir’ type. People enjoy working with them.”
Tommy and Mary Jo Zipp will serve as honoraiy marshals at the Comal County Fair Parade on Friday.
Parade is set for 8:30 a.m., Friday, at the Handy Andy parking lot on San Antonio Street.
Judging categories include largest and smallest pets, best-dressed pets, best decorated pets and owner and the most unusu-
tacting people and taking phone calls," Scheel said.
“It was pretty wild right up until the night before parade. This is the first year in nearly 30 years that FII actually ride in the parade, and I’m looking forward to it.”
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They enforce the criteria under which wells must be permitted.
In Comal County, which is a Priority Groundwater Management Area (PGMA) that threshold is the capability to pump 10,000 gallons or more of water per day.
Private residences or domestic users on lots larger than IO acres will not need well permits, hydrologic tests or be required to pay pumping fees. Private wells also would not be metered — if their capacity does not exceed 10,000 gpd.
Wells with pumps capable of running above the 10,000 gpd level will require permits, tests, have set pumping limits, pay fees (currently 17 cents per 1,000 gallons) and be metered.
All Comal County wells would be registered, as they now are with the state.
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STGCD board member Cal Perrine discussed why the county needs a GCD — and its role in protecting a dwindling water resource for everyone.
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At the recognized state level, the Trinity can serve the needs of about 10,000 people.
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Last year, Bulverde and Blanco subdivisions had to have water hauled in by trucks when the Trinity fell below wells in those subdivisions.
Perrine warned farmers
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