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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Cowboys limp away from Washington 15 players injured P 5 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 120 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald MO 16 190 SOWES I Ill CROP1 UP I TKHTMfJ 2627 E Y AMD EL DR IX 10 pages in one section Tuesday Nov Serving Coma County for more than 142 years Home of MAURI RYAN ELBEL I Vol 142 No 269 Inside Sports The 79 S a m 111 ti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Mauri Ryan Lupe Sr Katherine Akin Lar ry Salinas Bebe Jar don Gor don Drown Jamie Dodson Eloy Jaramillo Joe Machuca Cecilia Quirino Lillie Baerwald Ruth Beets Russell Krueger Jacob Muehleisen Pete Peters Ken Reeling Jean Resny Arnold Rose Bruno Schwab Fernando Vargas Downtown Dollars to be given away again To thank the community for its business during the year the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away Downtown Dollars again this year Last year more than people registered from all over Texas and six other states The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating busi nesses each week Registration will begin Nov 18 during Down town Discovery Days and contin ues until the last drawing on Dec 20 Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza beginning Tuesday Nov 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities Winners will receive 50 or 25 Downtown Dollars Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window Business counseling available on Tuesdays The Business counselor from UTSAs School of Business is in the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business Topics cover financing person nel business planning taxes expansion and many others The service is free and confidential Appointments may be made by calling 6252385 Lotto jackpot now worth million No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twiceweekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The jackpot was worth S3 million The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were and 42 There were 126 tickets sold with five of the six numbers with each ticket worth There were tickets with four of six numbers with each winning And there were tickets sold with three of six numbers with each worth an automatic Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday nights game will be million Adobe Cafe offering free Hot meals for the Holidays he Adobe Cafe is offering a fr Hot meals for the Holidays touay at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 5 to 8 Anyone desiring a hot meal is invited to attend This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint City losing money on ambulance calls By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer The City of New Braunfels lost close to in delinquent ambulance fees during the 199394 fiscal year and continues to lose money as ambulance users refuse to pay for service ren dered by New Braunfels EMS City officials said because the city docs not have assignment responsibility to take payment from insurance companies for the ambulance service it is losing money Last year New Braunfels EMS billed resi dents a total of for services and received leaving the city with an outstanding balance of for 199394 In addition the total outstanding ambulance ser vice fee debt carried over from years past is near ly New Braunfels EMS charges residents it picks Delinquent ambulance fees totalling nearly from past years of service calls up or attends to for injuries S115 per trip and up to for trips outside the city limits City Finance Director Sharon Day said there are several different ways the city could collect the delinquent fees but if the city took assignment and dealt directly with residents insurance car riers it might get to corral in more of what is owed Currently if a person uses EMS and is covered by insurance the injured party files a claim with their insurance company and the firm sends pay ment for the ambulance service to its client not the city That leaves it up to the resident to bring the city the check from the insurance company This is the breach in the process that the city would like to close Day said the city is loosing to much money for it not to take action Its hard and we dont want to be insensi tive but we dont provide a free she said The finance director said if people serviced by EMS do not pay the city within 90 days the matter is handed over to the citys collection agency Often individual citizens find it difficult deal ing with a huge insurance and arc unintentional ly late with payment to the city said City Man ager Mike Shands I think it will be easier for a governmental agency like the city do deal with another gov ernmental agency It will certainly benefit our elderly because they dont want to be burdened with the process and it will also help the he said It may not work If we dont make any money with the new way well go Shands said if the system proves to be fruitful enough the city would consider adding a mem ber to the finance staff to deal exclusively with recovering the ambulance fees City staffers are so sure they arc not going to get a hefty portion of ambulance fees they include the loss the yearly budget It is not a lot of money when you look at the overall budget but could pay for two police officers or Although the city will try and crack down on the delinquent funds problem Shands said EMS will continue to serve the community and its cit izens Two arrested for cocaine possession From staff reports Comal County Sheriff Department personnel arrested two individuals last night and charged them with posses sion of cocaine with intent to distribute Chief Deputy El wood Hohertz said the department aided by officers from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Department of Public Safety served a search warrant at Monday night at 2091 W Michigan in New Braunfels The officers found six grams of cocaine at the location Arrestedwere Ramiro M Sotelo Jr 19 of that address and Jacqueline Tristan 21 of that same address Each was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute Library board meets but no action taken on new library By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer The Dittlinger Memorial Library Board discussed several possible loca tions for a new library Monday but took no action to act on any particular site Library officials said they would like to wait until further study is com pleted by their financial and site selec tion committee Some of the sites being scrutinized by the committee include the old store on San Antonio the Don Maxwell property on San Anto nio and the building Kroger left vacant on Highway 81 The Plaza Bank building on the Main Plaza has been ruled out as a possible relocation site In addition to the building possibly not being to serve the citys space needs for the future the building has been sold The library board will search for a site that will offer at least sq ft The old store has over Coming Thursday Womens Day a periodic fea ture in the HeraldZeitung by freelance writer Christabell West will take on a Thanksgiving twist in Thursdays HeraldZeitung West examines the true mean ing behind the Thanksgiving holiday and what it is like to experience ypyr first such holi day in the United States New weather station HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jimmy Ward explains the Doppler Radar system to a crowd of visitors at Saturdays open house festivities at the new weather station National Weather Service officially opens headquarters in New Braunfels By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer New Braunfels has become the capital of the region for weather watchers The National Weather Service recently moved its headquarters from San Antonio to New Braunfels and opened a new office near the New Braunfels Airport Weather data collected at the new site will provide ser vice to a region stretching from the border to Austin and including the cities of San Antonio and Austin This past Saturday officials opened the facility for pub lic viewing The facility run by the NWS under the offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin istration NOAA and Department of Commerce includes multimillion dollar equipment some brand new and others moved from Hondo and San Antonio locations The staff will include from 30 to 34 people There will be at least three people here all the said William Runyon one of several meteorologists Everybodys on call 24 Esther McKay deputy meteorologistincharge said the office provides services in areas such as aviation pub lic forecasting and radio reports One of the newest pieces of equipment the office will use is the Nexrad radar or Next Generation Radar known by the NWS as the Doppler 88 and commonly referred to as the Doppler Radar The large ballshaped radar easily seen at the location can better track storms and tornadoes using by measur ing the frequency of Doppler waves created by these Jimmy Ward a meteorologist who works with the radar said this radar had a range of 125 miles when measuring wind has a higher resolution more detail in storms and rainfall he said Pictures from this radar are commonly seen on many television weathercasts Color codes indicate the strength of the winds and movement By measuring wind speeds this radar can often predict major tornadoes before they hit the ground On such HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The new Doppler Radar desk showing Texas weather The circle represents the area that the local station covers radar in North Texas predicated a major tornado near Lan caster this spring and alerted residents saving many lives Another new area of technology is provided by the Automated Service Observance System McK ay said it could measure wind temperature pressure cloud types and visibility from a machine at the airport providing up to the minute details Were moving away from observers going out every hour Were moving toward technology providing infor mation on a minutetominute she said One main purposes of the station is to provide weather forecaband warnings for the region including marine and agricultural reports The office provides dai ly reports via NOAA Weather Radio If youre trying to plant or builders for instance are particularly she said The NWS office also provides weather date for pilots in the area With 17 different terminals they measure and plot cloud and wind conditions at different atmospheric levels You need If youre a pilot you need to she said Although the office includes the latest in technology such as the Doppler Radar and ASOS McKay said they would like to update many of their computer terminals some of which are 20 years old Bullock named Texan of the Year From staff reports Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock has been named as recipient of the Texan of the according to Allan Shivers chairman of the Advisory Com mittee for the Bob Bullock 29th annual Texas Legislative Con ference The conference and Texan of the Year reception will be held in New Braunfels on Thursday and Fri day March 23 and In January Bullock will begin his fifth year as the 38th Lieutenant Gov ernor and President of the Senate of the State of Texas He was born in Hillsboro Texas and received a degree from Texas Tech University and a from Baylor Law School Bullock is married to the former Jan Felts Teague of Austin and they have three children and one grandchild Conference Arrangements Com mittee Chair Bennie Brock II noted We are pleased that Bullock will be present for the Texan of the Year reception and we will have legisla tors and other state and national lead ers at the conference to address the current issues such as welfare reform health care crime and According to Shivers the award criteria refers to any living person who has performed an outstanding service or services in the field of pub lic affairs for the benefit of the State of Texas Last year the recipient was Herb Kelleher President and CEO of Southwest Airlines Previous recipi ents have included then Vice President George Bush Senators Phil Gramm Lloyd Bentsen and John Tower Other notables that have received the award include Ambas sador Robert S Strauss Barbara Bush Treasury Secretary James Baker Gov ernor Dolph Briscoc John Connally and Lieutenant Governor William P Hobby Buttock has served as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts 197590 Secretary of State 197172 Aide to the Governor 196971 Assis tant Attorney General 196768 Texas Historical Commission 196365 and as a member of the Texas House of Representatives 195759 Bullock has served his state effec tively and honorably for many years and it is appropriate we recognize his contributions in the field of public affairs for the benefit of said Shivers For subscription news or advertising information call Metro 6060846   

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