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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAYSmithson Valley star wants to be a Kansas Jayhawk — Page 7. 50 CENTSinside i Burglary ring that used children is busted Stammtisch Editorial S.....................................4A    I    Comal County Sheriffs investigators Letters    ’”" sa'    caught up with suspected car burglar Sports Day.............................7A.8A    Ruben Montoya Jr. at 3 p.m. Monday Comics........................................2B    |    —after a detailed investigation and a high speed chase. Montoya allegedly used two children, six and eight years old, to help Birthday wishes from I Wlt^ up to 19 local car burglaries, the Herald-Zeitung! a sherifFs Department press release said. The New Braunfels Herald-    “The    use of children to support the y wishes    criminal lifestyle of the parents is dis to:Matt Bockholt, Melanie    gusting,”    Sheriff    Jack Bremer said. Oakes, Sandy Orona, Alisia 1 6 Ybarra, Anthony Edward Aleman, and Deleyce Saur. Happy anniversary to Jim and Janet Williams, and happy 20th anniversary to Steve and Nancy Foster. The pattern of vehicle burglaries started April 14, mainly at Natural Bridge Caverns and the lower section of River Road. Personal property such as wallets, cash, cameras and jewelry were taken, the press release said. Comal County Detectives Whitson, Limmer and Cardenas dug into the case, interviewing witnesses and victims. They came up with a profile of a man, woman and two children working burglaries out of different vehicles. More clues came as the burglaries continued — a license plate number from a bank surveillance camera and another clue from an observant outfitter employee.    • Detectives identified a San Antonio family as possible suspects, the release said. Lieutenant Sumner Bowen, Sheriffs Office executive officer, spotted a vehicle that matched one of the suspect cars Sunday, June 18 at about 5 p.m. The license plate was expired, so Bowen pulled the vehicle over at Riv er Road and Loop 337, the release said. After getting out of his car, the suspect ran and got back in and a high speed chase began, reaching speeds over IOO miles per hour, the release said. Witnesses told officers that the suspect had abandoned the vehicle at the Taco Hut drive through on Loop 337, and the suspects had run toward Molly Joe’s Restaurant and the Old Townc Inn, the release said. The suspects escaped to San Antonio, but officers found burglary tools and property from car burglaries in the abandoned vehicle. Bowen got warrants for Montoya's arrest for putting children in his vehicle in imminent danger, the release said. Comal County Investigators arrested Montoya Monday without incident. ‘‘I am proud that our department has made this arrest not only for the people who lost the property, but for the six- and eight-year-old children who were involved in the burglaries,” Bremer said. Rlvor and aquifer information Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.95 feet, down .02 Guadaluoe River — 692 cfs Monty ‘Guitar9 Tyler at the park Thursday Rock performer Monty ‘Guitar’ Tyler will play Thursday, June 22, at the dance slab in Landa Park, as the free Concerts in the Park Series continues. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. No glass containers allowed. Rained out shows may not be rescheduled. Bring lawn chairs. Light to demonstrate use of light Carol Light, of the Georgetown area, will demonstrate color, shapes and light when she paints in watercolors tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St. The public is invited. Canyon Class of 1980 to gather The Canyon High School Class of 198Q will hold its 15-year reunion at 6 p.m. Friday night at Freiheit Country Store. The gathering will continue Saturday at Cypress Bend Park. Help CASA build Its flag The Comal County Child Advocacy Inc. Build a Flag -Help a Child annual fund-raiser is getting ready to start. Your contribution of $10 for a square or $25 for a star will help children in the tri-county area who are victims of abuse or neglect. Donations may be mailed to CASA of Central Texas, PO Box 311832, New Braunfels, TX 78131. Or call 620-5536 for information.- Scholarships available for Aggies The Comal County Texas A&M Mothers Club has two $500 scholarships available to qualifying A&M seniors. To receive an application, call 609-3088 and one will be mailed to you. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 1. An applicant’s mother need not be a member of the A&M Mothers Club. Save your cans The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks al! residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national aluminum can recycling program for animal shelters. The local chapter wants you to start saving your cans now, so it has a better chance of winning The grand prize is $3,000 for the shelter that raises the most cans. The collection drive runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. NEU ready to pitch water plan Series of public meetings starts tonight at 7 p.m. By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels Utilities is seeking public input on a plan to pursue a major increase in the amount of water it has the right to pump from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake. The plan was developed by the Water 2000 Committee, which submitted its recommendations to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Directors last September. It calls for reducing pumping from the Edwards Aquifer by about 60 percent, from an annual maximum of about 10,000 acre-feet per year down to 4,000 acre-feet; abandoning the city’s right to pump 4,700 acre-feet per year of water from the Comal River; and pursuing rights to 28,750 acre-feet per year of additional water from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake. NBU already has the right to pump 2,240 acre-feet per year from the river. “Water is going to become critical in its allotments — it already is,” said Paula DiFonzo, NBU general manager. “I think New Braunfels has been very progressive and has looked ahead. This continues that process." The most water the city has ever used in a single year was 1986, when New Braunfels used 10,014 acre-feet of water. DiFonzo said the city wants to acquire the rights to 35,000 acre-feet of water per year to ensure an adequate water supply well into the future. The Water 2000 Committee recommended the 35,000 acre-feet per year number by projecting the demand for water to the year 2040. The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission would have to grant the city at least one new permit and amend at least one other permit for the city to secure the water supply it wants. DiFonzo said it will take at least 18 months to get the permits in order. “This is the very beginning of the process. Right now we are just seeking public participation, which is not required. We want to get the information out and hear any concerns that people have, so they won’t be overlooked when we begin the study,” DiFonzo said. “Eighteen months to two years would be a very optimistic timetable.” Three public hearings have been set to get public input on the plan. The first is tonight at 7 p.m. at the NBU board room. The second is tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Gonzales County Courthouse. The final hearing will be at 7 p.m. July 6 at the NBU board room. After those hearings are completed, NBU will begin studies needed to submit the permit applications. The TNRCC will require studies on future population and water demand projections; conservation and reuse planning; potential effects on downstream water rights; and potential impacts on water quality, bays and estuaries, riparian ecology, terrestrial ecology, recreation, cultural resources, endangered species and the Edwards Aquifer. Preliminary estimates show the plan would be very expensive. Cost estimates include $1 million to acquire the recommended supplies; $822,000 a year initially rn annual storage costs for holding water in Canyon Lake; $11.5 million to expand the water treatment plant; and more than $1 million a year to expand the water distribution system. DiFonzo was quick to point out that “the population would have to grow quite a lot to require all the proposed changes, so the cost would be spread out among a lot more people.” NBU has already identified some of the potential impacts the plan would have. ■ Comal Springs would have greater spring flows because the city would pump less from the aquifer. ■ Existing water rights on the Comal River, owned by NBU and the city of New Braunfels, would be moved from the Comal River to the Guadalupe River, thus eliminating the threat of possible future diversions from the Comal. ■ Releases from Canyon Dam would be increased over time as NBU’s demands increase. This would result in slightly lower elevations in Canyon Lake. ■ The Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and the points where NBU would draw water from the river would experience the same or higher flows than those historically experienced, due to the increased releases from Canyon Dam. ■ NBU predicts the plan would maintain or increase river flows downstream from New Braunfels. DiFonzo did not want to speculate on what kinds of concerns people may air during the public meetings that begin tonight. “We’re waiting to see what happens. We are hoping for some good input,” she said. The Edwards Aquifer will receive another boost Friday when the aquifer will be relieved of the responsibility to supply millions of gallons a year for one local golf course. The Randolph Air Force Base will begin irrigating the Randolph Golf Course with treated waste water Friday. The change is expected to save more than ll million gallons of water per year. “We want to conserve water and preserve the aquifer,” said Master Sgt. Jewell, Superintendent of Public Affairs. The plans for the project began in 1990 and were designed to conserve the aquifer water while also providing an economical source for irrigation water. Jewell said he is unaware of any plans for the use of the water, other than on the golf course. The waste water from the entire air force base has been pumped to the Cibolo Creek Municipal HerakJ-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL UJS. Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald R. Fogleman accepts the flag representing the command of the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base from General Henry Viccellio Jr. He then passed the flag to General Billy J. Boles Change Of Command General Billy Boles takes charge of Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB at moving ceremony By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Golf course to stop using aquifer water By DENISE DZIUK    Authority (CCMA), where it is treated and Staff Writer    released into Cibolo Creek. Now the waterwill be pumped back to the golf course at Randolph for storage in seven ponds located on the intenor of the course. Jewell said the ponds were already on the course and only required lining to prevent seepage to meet the Texas Natural Resources and Conservation Commission reauirements. “They’ll be sending the water back to us and’ the golf course personnel will be responsible for irrigating whenever it is necessary,” said Jewell. The project cost nearly $1 million, which included the construction of a pumping facility and pipeline to move the water to Randolph, and the lining of the ponds. The pumping system and pipeline were completed in January and will be operated and maintained by the CCMA. The ponds will be cared for by Randolph Air Force Base and, to date, are 78 percent complete. Funding for the project came from a non-appro-priated fund grant from the Air Force. The Air Force was out in full color and in perfect formation to pay tnbute to an outgoing general and welcome in a new one in a “centuries old tradition.” Randolph Air Force base had a change in command ceremony Tuesday, in which General Henry Viccellio, Jr. relinquished his duties as commander of Air Education and Framing Command and General Billy J. Boles assumed that duty. Viccellio took the flag representative of the AETC and handed it over to United States Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald R. Fogleman. Viccellio then stepped aside and Boles stepped forward to take the flag and all the responsibilities of the position. “It’s a great day for the Air Force and a great day for AETC. It signifies transferring the reign of command from one great leader to another,” said Fogleman. “This command must have the very best in leadership and Butch Viccellio has provided that,” he said. “Together, Kay and Bill will ensure that the (Air Force) is ready to defend in the next crisis.” Viccellio said much of the credit for the past two years of success for the AETC belongs to the energy and vision of everyone involved in it. It is their drive that keeps it moving forward. “Our bright and creative people arc beginning to see possibilities never before imagined,” said Viccellio. “It all starts here at the AETC, building air force personnel out of the first command.” Viccellio said he will miss San Antonio and all the warm people who live there. He and his wife have come to call tliis home and they will never forget their time here. “We leave you with one thought. Viva San Antonio!” he said. “Farewell, may God bless you and this command and this great community .” Viccellio will be going to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to become the commander of Air Force Matenel Command. Boles said each commander before him at the AETC has left a great legacy behind for the next commander to pick up and continue and he looks forward to continuing that legacy. It is the AETC that shapes the future of the Air Force and under his command, they will probably commission the officer that will one day be the chief of staff, said Boles. He said he is pleased with the current status of the program and does not believe any major changes will need to be made. “(Viccellio) has this aircraft on the nght track going at the right speed at the nght angle to the nght target,” said Boles. “Thanks for all your support and assistance in making this transition and thanks for leaving the command in such great condition.” The AETC is responsible for recruiting and provides them with military, technical, and flying training, as well as providing precommissioning, professional military and continuing education. The AETC is known as the “First command” because virtually all Air Force members begin their service in one of the command’s programs.Why pursue surface water when the aquifer is sitting right under us? See PageNew Braunfels. .-I J. ■    !    —    _      410    MO    16    10/22/99    18? « ■■■p I    M    ..    ■■    JPNP    micropublishing    aHvraiu v 16 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 21,1995    Serving    Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JASON ARNO FELTNER    '    Vo1-143, No. 158 _ ;