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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY New Braunfels AllStars just one game away from state tourney Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The old LCRA building 8 Pages in one section Tuesday July HeraldZ Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of RAYANNE TIMMERMANN EL P Vol 143 No 182 Inside Sports Market Place Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitnng extends birthday wishes Timmcrmann 15 Tammy Braune and Tim Kingsbury River and aquifer information Comal River 278 cubicfeetper second down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 08 Guadalupe River 280 cfs Chamber After Hours mixer tonight The Greater New Braunfe Chamber of Commerce Busi ness After Hours membership mixer will be at Don Maxwell 725 IH35 S tonight from 5 to 7 The mixer is an opportunity for chamber members to make new contacts and exchange ideas with other members of the business community Cancer support group to meet The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday July 27 in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Wal nut Dr Sylvia Schell will speak on Radiation Part II For infor mation call the ACS informa tion line at 6295717 or Marian Hicks at 6291763 Only five months until Christmas Start your preparations this Saturday at the Christmas in July bazaar at First Protestant Church Family Life Center Coll and Seguin from 9 to 5 Unique gifts from quilts to cake plus a delicious lunch for all the family and wonderful food to buy and take home Proceeds go towards Mission Projects Guadalupe Valley School reunion The annual reunion of the former students of the old Guadalupe Valley School will be held at the Charlie Weidner Picnic Grounds at Spring Branch Sunday July 30 at 2 Bring sandwiches or sweets drinks will be furnished Also bring lawn chairs This year former students of the old Rebecca Creek School Cranes Mill School Spring Branch School Smith son Valley School Fischer Store School and Sorrell Creek School are also invited For information call 904 4526 Pitch in for the Womens Center Sundance Golf Course is hosting a golf contest to bene fit the Comal County Womens Center Every Saturday in July from 5 to 8 golfers who successfully pitch their ball into a barrel at 85 yards will qualify for a drawing for a weekend vacation at a luxury resort at the beach Chances are for five balls and all contestants will qualify for drawings for door prizes For more information call Sun dance at 6293817 Gruene landowner withdraws request for business permit HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL This shower is all wet Ginger Roberts had a unique wedding shower Saturday Her party floated down the Comal River She will marry Miles Buttery on Aug 12 Fireworks show stopped as grass fires break out By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer No one was hurt nothing was dam aged but many were disappointed when the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment had to shut down Targets fire works display Saturday night Fire officials called a halt to the fireworks because they were causing grass fires said NBFD Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn There were numerous spot fires along the freeway and in the field behind the discharge Friesen hahn said It was very disappointing and upsetting to a lot of Friesen hahn said Only onethird of the fire works had been set off when the dis play was stopped he said Fireworks are calculated to bum out before fragments hit the ground he said but the freeway is 30 to 40 feet higher than the ground around charge area With the wind we had they were being blown over the freeway and they didnt have time to bum he said Safety came first said Target Team Leader Leigh Ann Thompson We recognized and acknowledged the impact and that it was not safe for the community so we shut it she said Emergency Medical Service trucks at the site were there for added man power EMS officers are cross trained for firefighting Friesenhahn said No one suffered any injuries Once we got the units there it was very simple to put out since the grass had been he said Eight units and 115 firefighting personnel responded to the call Friesenhahn said Target had to follow a stringent pro cedure to get the state permit for the fireworks display Friesenhahn said They also complied with local pre liminaries There was a question at the per mitting Friesenhahn said about the possibility of an occurrence like Saturdays Target is left with thousands of dol lars of fireworks possibly wasted I wasnt even concerned about Thompson said We got the problem resolved but it was kind of touch and go for a little while because of the Friesenhahn said We were lucky it might have been By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Gruene residents turned out in force to protest a special use permit for a piece of land near the Gruene Water Treatment Plant at Tuesdays city coun cil meeting Owner Clarence Bueche wants to put a business on the property that might include a parking lot tube rental rest rooms and possibly recreational vehicle and camping sites Residents feared the business would create more traffic and noise problems for the neighborhood Our tranquility is gone and whats going down the river we dont want any more a resident said Well eliminate anything thats objectionable well eliminate said Ed Cravey representing Bueche who was ill Cravey decided to withdraw the request so that he and Bueche could meet with area residents and come up with a business proposition acceptable to both In other business the city council members split hairs over details Mon day night but seemed to agree in prin ciple that the Texas Election Code needs to be changed Mayor Paul E Fraser introduced a resolution which would let cities intervene in legal cas es where the integrity of the citys election process is threatened I feel like theres a real void in the Texas Election Code on this Fraser said If passed by the Texas Legislature this change would allow the city of New Braunfels to help pay Ed Nolan Nolan led Frasers defense when Gary Kahlig filed suit against him claiming irregularities in the city council election he lost to Fraser Nolan originally agreed to take the case free of charge but later approached the city council requesting payment Kahlig alleged in the suit that Fras er had won the May 1994 Dist 4 city council seat because of election irreg ularities The suit alleged wrongdoing by city employees and election offi Our tranquility is gone and whats going down the river we dont want any more Gruene resident objecting to plans for a new business there cials City council members tried to walk a fine line between protecting the elec tion process and protecting the rights of individuals who have a legitimate rea son to sue in cases of election fraud If a citizen sees something that he knows is fraudulent and he knows hes going up against the treasury he might not come Councilman C Ray Schoch said Where the city is accused on a vote there should be some mechanism where the city should be involved the city shouldnt be turned away Councilman and Attorney Tim Walker said The city council tabled the resolution after examining its wording in minute detail City Attorney Jacqueline Cul lom will come up with new wording to be approved by city council later I will tell you that I have not had enough sleep to rewrite this said Councilwoman Brenda Freeman also an attorney The site of the old Seele elm will be marked right in the middle of Coll Street with a plaque set flush with the street The first school classes taught in New Braunfels are said to have been under the old tree back in 1845 Baron Schlameus a member of the New Braunfels Retired Teachers told council members that the city had agreed 40 years ago to place a marker in the spot where the tree had stood This apparently was a civic agree ment made but unfortunately not real ized some 40 years he said The city council voted to accept placement of the plaque It will be dedicated Aug 11 at 10 Kelly Garza racks up political experience during trip to Boys9 Nation By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Damond Kelly Garza 18 is going to be a senior at New Braunfels High School and has already experienced a successful political career Garza has been elected to President Pro Tempore at the 49th annual Amer ican Legion Boys Nation in Washing ton He was one of two Texas boys cho sen to advance from American Legion Boys State to Boys Nation Cecil Konkel Boys State chairman for American Legion Post 35 said he was elected to the position by cam paigning just as any politician would in real life Once the campaigning is done the boys present chose their leaders This is the first time I ever had a boy go this far I was extremely proud when he was elected to chairman of his party at Boys State and I was tickled to death death when he was chosen to go to Boys said Konkel He got up there and started campaigning all over again He was elected by his peers He was able to sell The duties of his elected position include appointing a Chief Clerk Par liamentarian Chaplain and a Sergeant Garza atArms Garza will also be responsible for running all Senate sessions until the Vice President is elected and inau gurated because the President Pro Tempore is the presiding officer of the Boys Nation Senate in the absence of the Vice President At the time of his election none of the higher offices had been filled so Garza was the highest ranking officer at the time Each year the highest ranking office makes a presentation to either the Pres ident or the Vice President of the Unit ed States at the end of the week How ever both were going to be out of town The Boys Nation decided to make the presentation on Monday Garza was the one that made the presentation American Legion is the best kept secret there is but it bene fits a lot of Leon Helmke Konkel said Its supposed to be on CSPAN Ive been watching for it but I havent seen it yet Im going to call and find out what time it will be shown so 1 can let everyone he said The American Legion created Boys Nation in 1946 to introduce students to the structure and function of the federal government through a weeklong pro gram in the nations capital Past dele gates include President Bill Clinton former Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander Senator Richard Lugar Tom Brokaw of NBC News and astro naut Neil Armstrong Garza is very active is his high school and community He a varsity athlete in four sports and is extremely active in student government and his church Garza is the son of Peter and Joannie Garza The American Legion Post 35 was the sponsoring post The Optimist Club provided the funding for the trip to Boys State The American Legion funded the second trip said Leon Helmke of American Legion Post 35 American Legion is the best kept secret there is but it benefits a lot of Helmke said Lightly attended public hearing moves three species closer to endangered list By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Three aquatic invertebrate species known to live only in Comal and Hays counties are another step closer to being added to the Endangered Species List The United States Fish and Wildlife Service held a public hearing on the proposed listing of the Pecks cave amphipod the Comal Springs riffle beetle and the Comal Springs dryopid beetle as endangered species I would say that as long as theres water in the habitat the population is stable The threat of that water disappearing is whats endangering said ecologist Ruth Stanford Out of the approximately 15 people present only one made a public comment for the record Carol Patterson a San Antonio resident heavily involved in water issues said she was opposed to the listing She said her opposition was based on whether an adequate search for the species was made She also questioned the economic impact of the listing Patterson said the listing of the animals will require a limit on pumping and this will limit growth She said studies have shown that no pumping will be acceptable and alternate sources will need to be found Then the question is where does the population get an alternate source of water that is acceptable It may be a hardship beyond what citizens can cope she said Alisa Shull Fish and Wildlife Biologist said the economic impact is not considered during The threat of that water disappearing is whats endangering ecologist Ruth Stanford the listing process She said the process is for the sole purpose of determining whether or not the species is endangered She said the proposal also does not have a recovery plan In a recovery plan a possible solution is developed However in the proposal the only thing that is deter mined is what will happen without any form of intervention The proposal to list the species as endangered is currently in the comment period Comments from all interested parties can still be submitted to the state However the comments must be post marked by August 4 After the comment period the proposal will be analyzed again However a moratorium on list ings enacted by Congress this year prohibits final I listings and designations of critical habitat If the Fish and Wildlife Service decides listing is war ranted the comments and data received pertain ing to the Comal invertebrates will be archived Once the moratorium is lifted on September 30 1995 the species would be officially designated as endangered Individuals wishing to submit comments or material can send them to the State Administrator Fish and Wildlife Service 10711 Bumct Road Suite 200 Austin Texas 78758 NIMBYs take on Hole and however it ends it wont be fair See Page 4
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