Wednesday, March 20, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Unicorns down Austin Bowie in playoff action See Sports Page 6 The Plaza Bandstand 16 pages in one section Wednesday March New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 184 Cj I V E YAWHELL EL PASO Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of LETICIA CRUZ Vol 144 No 92 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Leticia Cruz 10 Beni ta Hernandez Herminia Mejia Marilyn Kolacek and Marcia Baumgartner Happy 29th anniversary to Jesse and Mary Ortiz Pollen Count available Elm Ash Mulberry Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Garage and bake sale planned The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church will hold its 14th annual garage and bake sale Friday and Saturday March 22 and 23 from 9 to 4 Brown bag day will be Mon day at 10 The location is 172 Hickory St Anyone who has items to donate for the sale may call 6253666 or Patty Scheel at Arrangements will be made for the pickup of items Canyon Music Boosters to meet Canyon Music Boosters will meet tonight at in the Canyon High School Band Hall There will be an election of new officers Chili CookOff Sunday American Legion Post 179 amateur chili cookoff will be held at noon Sunday March 24 at 41OW Coll St Call 625 0179 for information Deadline for entries is today National VFW commander to speak The National Commander inChief of the Veterans of For eign Wars Paul A Spera Texas State Commander Paul H Duff and other state VFW officers will visit New Braunfels VFW Post Peace Avenue from to 9 on Monday March 25 VFW members guests and local citizens are invited to attend education Texas Department of Health Region 8 Education and Prevention Planning Coalition meets 10 to 3 Tuesday March 26 at the Rock House behind Hos pice New Braunfels 613 N Walnut Public invited Open forum from 1 to For information call 6060200 Flag retirement ceremony Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post and Auxiliary will hold a flag retirement cer emony Wednesday March 27 at at Sts Peter and Paul School The public is invited to attend Unserviceable flags are still being accepted Call Joan at 6291252 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Texas Supreme Court hears EAA case today By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A Wichita Falls couple complained of minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon wreck on the Interstate 35 frontage road north of State Highway 46 Severiamo Luna 61 of Martindale was entering North Interstate 35 from the 1300 block of the frontage road when Walter Brock 74 of Wichita Falls failed to yield the right of way and struck Lunas pick up according to police reports The wheels caught on the curb of the entrance ramp and flipped the pickup said Lt John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department Luna was not injured in the accident Wommack said Luna and the Brocks were wearing seat belts Walter Brock was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way State leaders to converge on city for Texas Legislative Conference By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer More than 500 state and local lead ers will meet in New Braunfels Thurs day and Friday to honor the Texan of the Year and to discuss hot political issues at the 30th Annual Texas Leg islatiye Conference Tom Purdum program director for the conference said local and statewide business political and other community leaders will attend the conference the only one of its kind in the state James Pete Laney the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives will be honored as Texan of the Year at 7 Thursday at the New Braun fels Civic Center Laney was first elected speaker in 1993 and again in the 1995 legislative session He has been chosen twice by Texas Business Magazine as one of the 10 best legislators He also was chosen as one of the 10 best by Texas Monthly in 1993 Laney is known for the major changes he has made in House rules to smooth the flow of bills through the legislative process and to give the pub lic better access to what is happening in the Legislature according to a state ment from conference officials Purdum saidthe goal of the confer ence was to try to give a chance for anyone to meet state officials and become better informed in public We tried to establish themes that were popular issues and hot Purdurn said Joe Kilgore a former Texas legisla tor and Representative for the Rio Grande Valley is one of three speakers on changing the role of Congress I want all of us to leave with a com mitment to move the Congress away from partisanship and towards prob I want all of us to leave with a commitment to move the Congress away from partisanship and towards problem Kilgore said Kilgore who now practices law in Austin and has served on the conferences advisory commit tee for 30 years Purdum said a leader of state if not national prominence will replace Tom DeLay the majority whip of the House of Representatives as the luncheon speaker DeLay a Republican representative from Sugar Land was unable to leave Washington because of voting schedules Purdum said The argument over who will be responsible for protecting the Comal Springs is going on once again today and this time the verdict will be final The Texas Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning in the suit deciding whether or not the law creat ing the Edwards Aquifer Authority is constitutional The EAA which would have had the power to enforce pump ing limits broker water and license wells was supposed to take over reg ulation of the Edwards Aquifer on Aug 28 replacing the Edwards Under ground Water District However the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged its constitutionality and a district judge ordered a permanent injunction against the EAA Doug Miller one of the Comal County EAA representatives said the arguments which started at 9 should be completed by noon He also added that only the attorneys from the two sides will get to address the court and if the audience makes too much noise the bench will have them There wont be anyone standing up and screaming things out If they do some of the things they did in the trial at Medina County theyll probably be immediately thrown Miller said A ruling on the case will not be made immediately and Miller said he has heard it could take anywhere from 10 days to 10 weeks However he said he hopes a judgment will come fairly quickly Its totally up to the ones who wear the black said Miller One way or another we need to get this over with and move Miller said if the EAA is declared constitutional they will likely begin addressing the drought and the spring flow immediately However if the previous ruling is upheld the issue will likely go back before the State Legislature Miller said that if that hap pens it is hard to say if they will start all over or simply make changes to the current law Itll be thrown back into the Leg islature if the ruling is said Miller Its too early to tell what they might However Miller said that if it does go back to the Legislature Comal and Guadalupe counties may be anxious for action to be taken He said that by January 1997 the area may have expe rienced one severe drought and peo ple here will finally be pressing for something to be Today is the last day to file for city offices By MELANIE QERIK Staff Writer New Braunfels residents wishing to run for city council or mayor have until 5 Wednesday to file for the May 4 election For the first time the mayor will be elected by New Braunfels citizens rather than the councilmembers Seats also are open in the newly formed Districts 5 and 6 As of Tuesday Jan Kennady and Cheryl K Scott have filed to run for mayor In District 5 Jim Hendricks and Cathy Talcott will run for the seat Mary Lou Erben and Juliet Watson will run for the District 6 seat In order to run for office applicants must apply with the city secretary at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Also before any funds are collected a campaign trea surer must be named Early voting runs from April 15 to 30 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Travel counselors get a tour of the town today By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer More than 125 travel counselors will visit New Braunfels to boogie at Schlit terbahn relax in Gruene and drive through Landa Park and downtown this afternoon as part of their weeklong train ing seminar in San Antonio New Braunfels was the only town in the San Antonio area selected for a tour and thats why were really said Jim Scheele convention and visitors bureau director for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce The travel counselors work at the 11 visitor information centers on the Texas borders staffed by the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety The training seminar held annually in different cities throughout the state will educate the counselors in customer ser vice techniques and also acquaint them with the area Theyre getting a tour of New Braun fels and getting firsthand Scheele said We can make a good impression and hopefully get a lot of vis itors in The group will arrive in town around noon Wednesday and will be entertained at SchJitterbahn by a Boogie Bahn per formance from Milton Meharg the direc tor of the Texas Department of Public Safety travel division After the performance the counselors will visit the Hummel Museum and take a refreshment break in Gruene Then they will see the sites of Landa Park and downtown on a driving tour Scheele said A LESSON WELLLEARNED High School freshman uses CPR to save a life a week after learning it By DENISE DZIUK Staff A freshman at Canyon High School did not hesitate to act and helped perform CPR on a heart attack victim just a week after he had learned it Coach Tom Falan is the head trainer at Canyon High School He said he a lot of what the student trainers learn is on the job However he said he always tries to find a time to teach CPR because you never know when or where you may nejd it He taught that lesson the week prior to the winter break I want my kids to understand it and how to rec ognize the need for said Falan I said hey this is a good time for us to do that Freshman student trainer Michael Printy was in that class A week later Printy said he was at Comal Bowl He saw a everyone crowding around someone so he started to walk over Someone called out asking if anyone knew CPR Printy ran over and gave mouthtomouth while another man performed chest compressions 1 never thought 1 would need it that said Printy Most of the time you figure its something you file away in your mind and wont use for a long long Printy said people did look at him in a peculiar way when he began to help and he thinks it may have been due to the fact that he looks so young Afterwards everyone was impressed by his actions Printy said he never had a second thought about what he was doing Seconds count You dont have time to think about said Printy All of the sudden the infor mation is being pulled from the back of your mind and youre just Falan said he was impressed by Printy He said HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Coach Tom Falan watches Michael Printy practice CPR on a dummy Printy used the lessons Falan taught him to help save a life at Comal Bowl recently it is one thing to know how to perform CPR but it is entirely different from knowing when it is need ed He said Printy was able to determine this and he will use him as a role model for his future lessons He was able to recognize there was a problem and was able to said Falan 1 think that should be Falan says knowing how to perform CPR is an extremely valuable and said it is iron ic as heck that the trainers learned CPR just days before Printy was called on to put it to use Printy will be recognized for his efforts at the Crossroads Award Luncheon being held on March 25 at the Cadillac Bar and Restaurant in San Anto nio Falan said luncheon is given by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association to honor individuals who have performed similar acts Printy will be among 37 being honored and will receive a certificate How the media can improve campaign coverage See Page 4