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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicom tennis team wins four matches over the weekend See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza Bandstand HeraldZ 184 MICROPUBLI3HINB DR EL PASO TX 79903 8 Pages in one section Tuesday Sept Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of OR AN KOEPP Vol 143 No 222 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Oran Koepp Joseph Word Janet Reeves Ryan Gonzales Marcus Sanchez and Julisa Diaz River and aquifer information Comal River242 cubicfeetper down 8 Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 04 Guadalupe Fair Queen contest Sunday The Comal County Fair Queens contest will be held Sunday Sept 24 at Canyon High School Commons The event begins at There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year The cost is per per son with preschool children free Art demonstration tonight Anita Diebel will paint a nature subject in acrylic on rice paper this evening at 7 in the New Braunfels Art League Gallery 239 W San Antonio St She has won many awards in regional art shows The meeting is open to the public Kinderchor practice tonight The New Braunfels Kinder chor will have a beginners only practice tonight at at the Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street For information call David Smith at 6291785 Rodeo tickets on sale The contestants of the Comal County Fair Association Rodeo Queens contest are now selling tickets for the PRCA Rodeo to be held Sept 2730 You may contact the fair office at 625 1505 for more information on how to purchase tickets from these young ladies Canyon Music Boosters to meet Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday evening Sept 19 at in the CHS band hall All Comal CMS and CHS band choir and drill team par ents are invited to attend Par ents will meet with their childs music group director Lecture on stroke prevention A free lecture on Stroke Pre vention What Everyone Should will be given by neurol ogist Dr Bill Davis tonight at 7 at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin Street It is open to the public Call 6257526 for infor mation Bond election subject of forum The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Inde pendent School District Bond Election Panelists include Superintendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the Long Range Planning Committee The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valey Telephone Coop on Sept 21 at 7 Call Rose Marie Eash at 980 3188 for information Childrens Museum eyes impact of new museum in S A By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Children Muse um is conducting a study to help deter mine the impact the recent opening of a similar museum in San Antonio will have on business However the board of directors believes it will have a positive impact in the future Susan Williams executive director of the local museum said the board of directors is studying what the new San Antonio Childrens Museum will do to business at the muse um which attracts many school groups from San Antonio and surrounding school districts Williams said the impact of the new opening cannot be determined yet because it is still too early However she said over the long haul it should help the New Braunfels museum because more people will learn what childrens museums are and will want to visit more Williams said the com petition is not with other museums Instead it is with all the other activi ties such as indoor playscapes that parents can take their children to Our concern as always is educat ing the public on what its about and what we have to said Williams We really do look at it as an oppor tunity for the future to get people inter ested in childrens museums and want to visit Williams said the museum does draw a lot of its attendance from San Antonio schools However she said these patrons will not be completely lost She said the two museums differ in the types of experiences they offer and children will have a unique expe rience at both Certainly its a concern Now theres just one more choice to decide Susan Williams executive director of the New Braunfels Childrens Museum Certainly its a concern Now theres just one more choice to decide said Williams But its not like going to one playground and then going to another one where you just duplicate Williams said the two museums may even work together on projects promoting each other She said it is not unusual for two separate museums to work with each other on a project and it is actually helpful Its a really positive thing for chil drens museums when you can work together So thats not out of the realm of she said Williams said the possibility of peo ple not going to the local museum because they can go to a larger one is not a concern She said the museums in Houston and San Antonio operate on a mil lion budget and Austins has a million budget She said the New Braunfels muse um has about a budget and still gets praise from visitors from the larger cities No one walks out and says This is peanuts compared to They say Man this place was said Williams HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon High School collision A Ford Bronco left lnterstate35 and rolled into the ditch beside the freeway in front of Canyon High School about today following a collision on the freeway according to preliminary New Braunfels Police Department reports The Bronco was traveling north in the inside lane slightly ahead of a black Chevy Blazer traveling in the outside lane NBPD reports said Another driver cut off the Bronco which veered toward the median then back to the right in front of the Blazer which hit it and drove into the ditch The Bronco rolled over into the ditch The NBPD has not yet released the names of those involved New Braunfels EMS transport ed the woman who was driving the Bronco to McKenna Memorial Hospital Smith tries to strip birds of protection By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Congressman Lamar Smith R San Antonio is try ing to get three species removed from the endangered and threatened list in what he calls an effort to protect proper ty values Smith along with 14 other members of Congress wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt petitioning him to remove the goldencheeked warbler the redcockaded woodpecker and the blackcapped vireo from the listing The warbler and the woodpecker are common in Central Texas and the vireo is located in Eastern Texas and into Louisiana and North Carolina The Endangered Species Act makes it a federal crime to kill harass or destroy the habitat of the birds which has blocked some plans for development We want very much to protect these and other species but unfortunately these listings fail to do said Smith who represents most of Comal County These listings have discouraged private conservation and violate Con gress intent for protecting Allen Kay spokesman for Smith said the listings are hurt ing properly owners He said property owners who own land inhabited by an endangered or threatened species are hav ing restrictions placed on them concerning what they can do with the land Our laws should ensure that birds and other wildlife are assets for property Smith said Something is seriously wrong when ruinous burdens are placed on prop erty owners who discover they have a haven for Kay said a clear example of a landowner hurt by the listings is a Texas rancher who had land valued at Once the land was determined a habitat its value dropped to Thats not fair to come in after the fact and tell people what they can and cant do with their said Kay Jay Slack Chief Branch of Western Ecosystems said the law requires that measures must be taken to minimize the impact of development on the species We do have a mechanism to allow people to develop on their land if an endangered species is located on said Slack The Fish and Wildlife Service which enforces the ESA can grant permits to build on endangered species habitats if the property owner takes steps to minimize the impact on the species Kay said that rather than listing species as endangered the public should be educated He said the public should learn which ones are in danger and what they can do to help pro tect them People have a tie to their land Its important to them Itll work because they want to do it and not because they have to do said Kay Rylander fills in for noshow Perry at Gruene Hall speech By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Photo by ROBERT STEWART Sunday crash Two Honda Accords were severely damaged when they collided on Highway 46 South near the Guadalupe County line shortly before 7 Sunday night A1986 Accord driven by Francis Bolin of New Braunfels pulled out of a driveway into the path of another Accord traveling on Highway 46 driven by Lamar Sutton of Seguin when they hit according to New Braunfels Police reports Sutton was carrying four passengers Two were uninjured one sustained minor injuries and the fourth sustained incapacitating injuries Neither driver was injured seriously All six were wear ing seat belts according to the police report Charges of failing to yield right of way were filed against Bolin Charges of driving without insurance were filed against both drivers said the NBPD report CISD approves million construction contract By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved bids for construction and cafe teria equipment for the three new intermediate schools at a special meeting Monday night Tccom Construction Inc of Austin whose bid was million was chosen as the general con tractor by a 41 vote BFW Construction Inc of Temple submitted a bid for million and BFW combined with Williams Industries Inc of Houston and Pack Brothers Construction had a bid of more than 14 million The bids were based on a Nov 1 1996 comple tion date for the schools Board members expressed concern about the date which is three months later than the previously scheduled completion date We all knew that the Aug 1 date although its possible its said Jay Barnes 111 archi tect for the schools Tecom may begin construction on the schools as early as this week said Roy Linnartz CISD direc tor of operations and maintenance Canyon and Smithson Valley will be equipped to teach 800 fifthand sixthgraders and Mountain Valley can teach 400 students with the capacity to expand to 800 The board also awarded the contract for cafe teria equipment to Top of the Table whose bid was less than the closest vendors Texas Railroad Commissioner Carole Kee ton Rylander told the New Braunfels Repub lican Women on Monday night that the Repub lican Party is the party of change the party of reform and the party of Rylander who was elected last November to fill the unexpired tenn of New Braunfels native Bob Krueger spoke at a barbecue dinner at Gruene Hall sponsored by the Republican women Rylander took the place of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry who had to cancel because of another commitment Perry sent his top aide Mark Ellison to rep resent him at the event In her speech Rylander espoused the Repub lican ideals of free enterprise less government regulation and less bureaucracy She said that she and the Republican majority on the Rail road Commission are deregulating the trucking industry making it affordable for Texans to ship their goods across the state This state and this nation have been built by the private Rylander said Texans want unlimited opportunities not unlimited government We want to be free from the good ole boy and good ole girl mentality of Presi dent Bill Clinton and Hillary We want our decisions to be made in Canyon Lake Schcrtz New Braunfels and Rylander praised the work of Republican Governor George W Bush and Perry Rylan der said that Bush helped support a bill in the Legislature which helped deregulate the truck ing industry on Sept I Competition is the better regulator than governmental Rylander said The Railroad Commission Rylander said has cut positions in Austin and is now adding positions at their area offices around the state Rylander Rylander credit ed Perry with his stand on the Endangered Species Act Last summer the Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict designating land in Central Texas and the Hill Country as a habi tat for the golden cheeked warbler The edict drew an outcry from ranch ers and local state and federal politicians The later withdrew the edict Rick Perry opposed the federal govern ment telling us what we could do with our Rylander said I strongly support the rewrite of the Endangered Species Act 1 think the paychecks and jobs of people should havp priority over the prairie Atwater Rylander said We need to fight environ mental extremism and government overrcgu Rylander said she also supported a state law that went into effect on Sept 1 which says property owners can sue the state government if they feel a regulation has reduced the own ers property values by 20 percent This law established governmental respon sibility for the Rylander said The event at Gruene Hull attracted state and local area Republican officials State Senator Jeff Wcntworth State Representative Ifdmund Kuempel state Supreme Court Justice John Cornyn Sheriff Jack Brcmer County Judge Carter Casteel Precinct Commissioner Moc Schwab Precinct 112 Commissioner Danny Scheel and Justice of the Peace Precinct Howard Smith Caving in to Unabomber is a dangerous Mistake See Page 4
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