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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Lew Carpenter on the hunt for new NFL coaching job See 150 CENTS COUNTDOWNi 40 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Thursday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MAURICE WARD Inside Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Ben Schneider Leonard Hummel Happy Larlssa Lynn Morales Vlnce Velez Maurice Ward Mary Ellen Cabello Juanita Hernandez Hatto M Berg James Bredewater Happy Anniversary to Robert Mary Ann Saenz 9 yearsl HeraldZeitung seeks Citizen of the Year nominations The HeraldZeitung is current ly accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards Deadline for submitting nomi nations is Wednesday Feb 15 Nominations can be mailed or brought by the HeraldZeititng office located at 707 Landa St Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the commu nity and members of the commu nity during the past year Unsung Heroes are members of the com munity who regularly do things to help others but do not normal ly receive much credit for it For more information contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 6259144 Festival of the Armed Forces set at RAFB Performances by the Thunder birds the Air Force aerial demonstration team and the Golden Knights the Armys parachute team will highlight the 1995 Festival of the Armed Forces at Randolph Air Force Base May 13 The gates will open at 9 and close at 5 The theme for this years festi val is Remembering the Defending the The festi val will feature demonstrations flybys static display aircraft entertainment games and food AARP tax help continues AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to Thurs day from 10 to 1 and Saturday from 10 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Satur day from 9 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 and Saturday from 9 to noon The winning numbers Lotto Texas million jackpot TEXBS LOTTERV This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint Douglas named new police chief By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels has a new police chief Veteran Ray Douglas interim chief since late last year was named police chief yesterday said City Manager Mike Shands the man who promoted him to the position Only three candidates were inter viewed for the job all local according to city charter which says the city must first look at qualified local candidates and if hot finding any City manager chooses homegrown candidate should then look elsewhere Those interviewed were Douglas Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friescnhahn and Police Lt Felix Roquc The bottom line was that all three would have been an excellent said Shands Ray Douglas was the one who had the Shands cited factors including Dou glas tenure with the department he began as a patrol officer in 1978 He has served as a detective and com mander of the Criminal Investigations Unit and was topranking assistant to the police chief Hes one of our own home said Shands It shows some one can work his way The previous chief Dick Headen resigned under pressure last year Dou glas has been interim chief since that time Shands said his performance dur ing that period was also a factor One of Douglas goals is to return officers to a greater familiarity with the people and the streets they patrol Id really like the officers to get back to knowing the people in the he said come full circle from the days of the beat cop Ray Douglas Society is a more mobile police officers have become more Douglas has served under only two chiefs in his 17 years on the force Bemic Beck and Hcadcn He says that is unusual because the position often involves high turnover especially in smaller towns near larger cities with higher paying jobs Our average tenure here is 10 years Thats pretty good for a small town next to a larger he said Douglas added he would like to increase the presence of specialized patrols with higher surveillance in areas of greater need or problems REAL DOLLARS FOR A REAL PROBLEM TxDOT officials to hear comments on 9698 TIP tonight By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The intersection of Hwy 281 and FarmtoMarket Road 1863 continues to a be a problem for many county residents as rush hour traffic backs up for miles and accidents occur That intersection weve had a lot of public said David Kopp local engineer for the Texas Department of Transpqrtation I receive a minimum of two letters each Within three years that pile might go down TxDOT officials will provide informa tion and hear comments on the 199698 Transporation Improvement Plan TIP at 7 tonight at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Room D The 2811863 grade separation or over pass is included on the threeyear TIP plan Projects in the TIP are guaranteed funding by the state so construction can start Its actually scheduled for June of 1998 We would go out and bid construction would start probably two months said Kopp Last spring county and highway officials urged the project be moved up in the 10year plan toward the threeyear or TIP Once its in that threeyear plan it has real dollars and can be built at any time during that threeyear he said This particular project which would look like the intersection at Hwy 281 and State Hwy 46 would could cost nearly million The Intersection of Hwy 281 and FM 1863 and take up to a year to complete It is one example of how projects can be moved for ward is public need demands Repairs of railroad underpasses on Seguin and Landa streets were also moved up in con struction plans due to special funding pro jects and a critical need as deemed by the state said Kopp City leaders have wanted Interstate35 widened for some time The district did HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL receive million extra dollars for an 135 project north to Solms but still not into the city Conversion of the twoway access roads to oneway here in town however could start by this fall or sooner said Kopp Unemployment rate sees significant decline shows growth in local economy By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer 1994 unemployment figures are out for Comal County and the news is good The number of unemployment claims in Comal County dropped percent from December 1993 to December 1994 according to the Texas Employment Commission The dollars spent on paying those claims in Comal County dropped from in December 1993 to Thats percent a con siderable improvement The fact that less people are unem ployed indicates that the economy is said Comal County TEC direc tor Bob Bluhm The average rate of unemployment for Comal County in 1994 was percent Thats down percentage points comparing Dec 1994 to Dec 1993 Total employment in Comal Coun ty was up by 494 while the number of those filing unemployment claims was down by 459 according to TEC fig ures The 1994 employment figures for Guadalupe County are also good The Guadalupe County unemployment rate for Dec 1994 was percent down from the previous year This growth of the local economy can be linked to growth in the manu facturing sector of the economy said Chamber of Commerce Vice Presi dent Michael Meek The reason that we emphasize industrial development is that it creates jobs both directly and With new jobs created in industry more are spun off in other sectors of the economy to support the new work ers The expansion the new Target WalMart expansion are all spinoffs of a good healthy industrial said Meek Thats the reason the chamber emphasizes industrial growth to spur growth of the whole local economy said Meek You dont just divvy up the same pie you grow the he said Corps of Engineers indicate willingness to consider faster Guadalupe flow rates By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Officials with the Water Oriented Recreation District are working toward a more constant river flow Members of the WORD Governmental Affairs Committee met with officials of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers last night at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium to discuss flow and report on other issues WORD is addressing A representative of the Corps indicated they might be willing to work with those concerned about low flow during the peak dry summer months If were in late spring or summer there are no hurri canes or something like that we might be able to accom modate a different release said Jimmy Baggett of the Corps Civil Design Branch When the level of Canyon Lake rises above 909 feet conservation pool the Corps takes over flood prevention Their concerns are not letting the level rise above the 942 spillway which it nearly did in 1987 or flooding down stream communities But Baggett mentioned a term called deviation which allows the Corps to either release more or less water for certain periods when the level is between 909 and 911 The Corps did so last year for the July 4 week end when they cut back what were higher flows Both the Corps and GBRA however asked that WORD present an organized request for flow devia tions and that WORD give them some sort of ideal flow conditions during different points of the season Im certain we can do said Paul Rich chairman of the committee and also a campground operator and out fitter This setting helps because were starting to work together and I think WORD can help with GBRA controls water levels below the water conser vation pool Most of that water is intended for customers who have statecontrolled ageold water rights reflect ed by the term First in time first in GBRA General Manager Bill West said having 10 counties in their territory was like having 10 kids each with different needs West did speak of the importance of what he termed ecotourism in this area just as areas downstream have their own industries West did say the policy of state water rights some giv en in the early 1900s was questionable when com pared to the changing face of Texas He said others have mentioned the possibility of a free market control Whoever has got the money gets the said West Although the state gave GBRA its authority GBRA draws its income by selling water and utilities But WORD or Comal County could not afford enough water to increase river flow in the dry months West said any downstream customer that can buy the water such as a large municipality wouldonly help the flow because that water would have to flow downstream from Canyon Lake The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week   

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