Wednesday, May 22, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas I Unicorns graduate a class of scholarathlotos See Sports Page fU New Braunfels i i w 18 pages in two sections Wednesday May 22 1996 oo t p i Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of AftMIH DUNCAN Marketplace Editorial Stammtisch Birthday wishes from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Amber Duncan 16 Cheryl Koepp Jason Wade 19 John Bevfl Yvonne Marie Moreno and Lyla Cor nelius 83 Happy anniversary to Weldon and Dolly Nance 51 and and Lyla Cornelius To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Grass 44 Poton measured Iri parts per cubic meter of air Rowings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 9 tram yesterday Edwaids Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from yesterday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Burn ban back in Cpunty Judge Carter Casteel Has declared a state of disas ter for Comal County based on the threat of wildfire and has instituted an emergency order to ban outdoor burning This burn ban remains in effect until Viplation of this order may be prosecuted as a misde rmeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed or a jail term not to exceed 180 days Cancer support group to meet The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday in the North Build ing of Victoria Bank v and trust 1000 N Walnut Ave Call 6291763 for information Public Safety Fair planned Saturday New Braunfels Emergency Services will present a Public Safety Fair from 10 to 4 Saturday on the Main Plaza in front of New Braunfels Utilities Fun and games for the kids Learn about water safety Free blood pressure checks dunking booth face painting food and refreshments Chamber mixer The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will have a mixer from 5 to 7 Thursday at the Country Village Plaza in Saltier on FM 2673 Fair Queens contest Comal County Fair Associa tion is looking for girls who will be juniors at CISD or NBISD this poming school year to par ticipate in the Fair Queens Contest Contact Flo weekdays during business hours at 606 Diapers needed The Comal County Womens Center needs large and extra large size diapers If you can help bring them to the shelter at 1547 Common St This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint City plans to beef up water rules By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City officials are turning up the heat on the existing water ordinance Mike Shands New Braunfels city manager is draft ing a new water conservation ordinance that could restrict everything from watering lawns to serving water at local restaurants during serious drought con ditions The measure which will be presented to city coun cil at its Tuesday meeting is considered an emergency item requiring only one reading for approval Shands said the proposal is in response to the wors ening drought and anonymous complaints about car washes and the impact of nearby metorpolitan water policies on New Braunfels Although the proposal would cut water use Shands said that since New Braunfels uses mainly surface water from Canyon Lake the city does not need water use policies as strict as other area cities which rely soley on the aquifer for their water supply The fact of the matter is that no matter what we do since were such a minimum user of Edwards its probably not going to do a whole Shands said Shands said Canyon Lake is fed mainly from rain water and various tributaries Shands said the proposal bases its restrictions on spring flow and average daily water use which for New Braunfels is eight million gallons The existing ordinance is also based on the average daily use and the water level of the J17 well Antonio Under the existing ordinance if the level of the well is below 630 feet the city manager or mayor is instructed to implement more severe water restric tions Jn effect the Highway wreck HeraaZellungfUmto by MICHAEL OARNALL Tiffany Lewis 23 of San Antonio was still in surgery for multiple injuries at press time after an accident near the Ruekle Road exit of Interstate 35 at about midnight She was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital because no AirLife Helicopter was available at the time The Geo Prism she was driving veered off Interstate 35 accross the median and broadsided a tractortrailer driven by Vernon Summers 42 of Nashville Tenn Lewis passenger Cassie Hoak 21 of San Antonio was treated and released from McKenna Hospital the well was at 637 feet as of Wednesday morning a drop of about two feet since last Friday The proposals restrictions include adding an extra hour to sprinkler limits limiting the days that sprinklers can be used turning off public fountains no longer serving water at area restaurants and prohibiting runoff into streets from a residence during such activities as washing a car or driveway The proposal calls for stages to phase in the restrictions but would not change the yearround water restrictions for sprinkler usage which are from to 4 ADL recommends avoiding Klan rally Writer Marion joins list of cities with tougher drought rules By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION As of Tuesday the City of Marion went under Stage III water conservation measures as mandated by the Edwards Underground Water District With action taken at Mondays meeting the Marion City Council adopted Stage III water con servation restrictions for the city The restrictions went into effect Tuesday We are doing our part in trying to keep the springs Comal Mayor Glenn Hild said Along with many other cities and entities within the Edwards Aquifer area Marion had to go before the EUWD board earlier this month and explain why it did not meet mandatory requirements set by the EUWD under its Demand Management Plan Under Stage II restrictions Marion had cut its water use by 15 percent Now under Stage III restrictions that figure will go to 20 percent When the Stage III water restrictions are enact ed landscape watering will be permitted with an irrigation system or sprinkler on an approximately once every five days schedule Irrigation water ing will be allowed between 8 and 8 on designated days Homes that can do landscape watering will be determined by whether they have an even or odd numbered address Watering with a handheld hose a bucket of five gallons or less or drip irrigation sys tem is permitted at any time In other business The city council accepted the resignation of police officer Anthony Slaughter who has taken a position with the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department Councilman Clarence Jackson said he has been notified that the Baptist Memorial Hospital System has shown interest in using the old post office building near city hall for a medical clinic A meet ing will be set up for Hild and Jackson and hospi tal representatives in the near future HemldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL HeralaZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNA Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells directs traffic through the construction on the Interstate 35 access road yesterday Access road work moves south This is one day New Braunfels doesnt want tourists June 1 the day the Ku Klux Klan stages a rally on the Comal County Courthouse steps is much anticipated by local officials not so much for whats going to happen but for the relief of when its over Tuesday night two mem bers of the AntiDefamation Leagues Houston head quarters briefed about 1 1 city and county officials and community leaders on how to prepare for the coming rally Jonathan Bernstein the regional director of the ADL whose visit was put The Klans influence today is nothing more than Bernstein AntiDefamation League By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Except for traffic delays everything is going as planned for work crews con verting the Interstate 35 frontage roads into oneway systems It seems everything is working smoothly it is just that they have to work around a lot of Texas Depart ment of Transportation Area Engineer David Kopp said Everything is func tioning Yesterday TxDOT work crews fin ished work on the frontage roads north of the Guadalupe River which included the Highway intersection Work is scheduled to be finished by the Memori al Day weekend Everything north of the river js now functioning as one Kopp said Today TxDOT will start working on all frontage roads south of the river to Loop 337 This will include the intersections of FM 725 and Walnut Avenue We are shooting to finish it by but at this point realisti cally we want to get to Walnut today and finish it on Kopp said Sgt John McEachern of the New Braunfels Police Department said no acci dents or problems have reported due to the construction Bomb threat empties DHS building By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A bomb threat Tuesday morning stopped workers at the Texas Department of Human Services and forced them to evacuate the building for about 20 minutes DHS officials said At abut Don Landrum an eligibility specialist with the department said he received an anonymous phone call from what sounded like a male teenager The caller said there was a bomb about to explode in the building at 1607 E Com mon St I was in shock at Landrum 43 said My first instinct was that its a prank call I took it to the office manager and decided to treat it as a real Most of the roughly 30 workers had evacuated by the time police arrived Lloyd Kunkel office manager said Sgt Kevin Clayton said two police offi cers checked the building for suspicious materials after the workers had evacuated The incident was fowarded to the crim inal investigation unit but Clayton said finding the suspect will be highly unlike ly since theres no way to trace the call The bomb threat was the first for the department which processes eligibility for medicaid food stamps and other wel fare programs in Comal County and near by areas The New Braunfels fire department was near the scene for about 15 minutes in position for support fire department offi cials Landrum said the phone call may have been from a welfare applicant who did not meet eligibility standards With all the welfare reform theres people who used to get benefits and so theres always the potential that youd get disgruntled Landrum said on by the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County began about 80 years ago to combat the outbreak of white supremist groups such as the KKK The rally is slated for to on the courthouse steps and will be led by state Klan director Michael Lowe Bernstein warned officials to expect a media blitz from around the state but said the rally should draw only eight to 10 Klan members The Klans influence today is nothing more than pathet Bernstein said Nevertheless the Klan can be dan Maintaining a consistent public message of avoiding the rally was the primary ADL recommendation which local officials said they have stressed from the beginning Comal County Judge Carter Casteel told the ADL the New Braunfels community hopes the Klans rally fires blanks but admitted the outcome is anyones guess community thinks the whole idea stinks Weve spoken at every club we can think of Weve tried to do Casteel said I think we have covered the bases Were holding our hands and saying a The event Bernstein said promises to be a test of nerves for some To combat a possible outbreak of vio lence about 60 police officers will line the downtown area and station themselves around the courthouse Casteel said Police Chief Ray Douglas said he plans to videotape the Klan rally with one camera on the crowd and one on the Klansmen He added that he would rent the videos to interested parties Douglas told the ADL that local businesses had received faxes from the Klan advertising the rally Although the Klans rally is protected by the First Amendment Bernstein said the groups leader is low on charisma a factor that weakens his attempts to recruit Bernstein cautioned that if a counterdemonstration is inevitable it should be held at a different location and time Local leaders are planning a June 2 Day of Unity and which will include morning church ser vices publication of a Unity Proclamation on the Church page of the Friday and a city wide worship service at Unicorn Stadium in the evening I think the most important thing is to demonstrate the communitys rejection of his message and not his right to free Bernstein said Abstinencebased sex education programs work best See Opinion Page 4A