Tuesday, December 17, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Stnithson Valley boys and girls top Canyon See Page 5 50 CENTS Donations M tar To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of Trevor Martin Vol 144 No 286 Inside Market Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Trevor Martin Jennifer Michelle Koepp 4 years Raymond Lee Dietett Marvin Stringer Bill Morton Jeanette Kam Robert Baker Geneva Boyd Michael Collini Rita Parker Christine Noel Martinez John Daniel Zavala 17 years Shana Mendez Kaitlyn Justine Platt 2 years Raquel Pulido 14 years David Lee Paiz Eric Woodchek Monday and Hazel Knopp Happy anniversary wishes go to Virginia and Howard Pinnell 46 Rita and Rory Parker 20 years and Gayla and Tony Gonza lez 2 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold485 Mountain Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 328 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface waterMonday and no well water was used Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families Satur day The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County but this years fund is about short of meeting that goal Donations need to be turned in by Thursday to pay for the food William and Fonda Wetsel Troy Sr and Dolores Burch nEdnaRichter Kathryn and Ted Wood Anonymous Anonymous Todays total New total Blood drive set for Wednesday The South Texas Blood Tis sue Center is conducting a blood drive from noon Wednesday in the parking lot of the Norwest Bank in New Braunfels Donors are eligible to give blood every eight weeks Caroling on Plaza planned for Thursday The 15th annuaj Caroling on the Plaza sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts council will begin at 6 Thursday at the Main Plaza Wally Black director of music at First Baptist Church will lead members of the community in singing Rosie Gallegos and the Hill Country Chorus will perform special numbers The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and flashlights to read the song sheets Mercury expected to take another dip By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Cathy Papa feeds ducks at Hinman Island In this mornings chilly weather Despite near freezing temperatures rain sleet and snow the past couple of mornings the mercury will drop even lower this afternoon and tempera tures are expected to reach record lows later this week JeffOrrock a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said a second front with colder air is still making its way into the area and could hit New Braunfels by late this morning or early afternoon Orrock said a chance of snow exists for this evening and temperatures will dip again Temperatures will be in the mid20s and the wind chill will be near zero degrees The winds going to make it feel pretty cold out said Orrock Weather tips A local nursery offered the following advice to pro tect landscape from cold temperatures Keep the landscape and potted plants outside well watered making sure they are watered deep Make sure mulch is applied thickly Do not trim plants trees or bushes Tropical plants already should be moved Indoors Plants on the north side of a building will require more protection from wind and should be moved closer to the building or to another location Wednesday the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a chance of sleet and snow in the mom ing The highs should be in the 40s Thursdays temperatures are expected to reach a high of near 40 degrees but Orrock said that by late Thursday the second push of cold air from the front will come in Fridays forecast calls for lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s Were looking at breaking some record tem peratures at the end of the Orrock said Its just going to feel very cold and its going to stay that way for a Orrock said the weather conditions should not cause major problems with roads and highways but the light precipitation combined with freezing temperatures will cause ic9 in some places He said drivers just need to be aware of the potential and use caution Bridges and overpasses could become a prob lem because theyre exposed and dont have the ground to keep them said Orrock People really need to be careful on HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL la avorlglnfl 92 oneway fares a week according to an eightmonth status report bandwagon short on riders By ABE LEVY Staff Writer An eightmonth status report indicates the citys bus system has not met ridership projections In January the City Council will con sider the future of the system which is scheduled to end March 10 The city received an grant from the Alamo Area Coun cil of Governments to conduct a oneyear test of public trans portation through the service The status report indicates the program is not meeting expect ed ridership but that New Braunfels needs some type of public tran sit system Another status report is expected by January which will include ridership figures for November and December The Alamo council has state arid federal funds to give to Braunfels should the citys transit program be extend ed V The council can extend the contract directly for the or enter into subcontracts for transportation With other providers This is really a community said Lynn Fountain Main Street director who is overseeing the system Thats the critical element My position is to recommend that die coun cil look closely at it and they want now and in five Ridership averaged 92 oneway fares per week in the first eight months of operation the report showed In cities comparable to New Braunfels 98 oneway fares per week is considered a rea sonable average for the beginning months Fountain said City officials said that the average fell short of the original projection of several hundred per week which came from a trans portation feasibility study conducted a few years ago That study which cost the city was based on nofare service that Would eventually increase ridership to a thousand per day on weekends Fountain said the studys projections did not take into consid eration the culture of the community Had they the times it wpwld not have been s6 she said They looked purely at numbers Theyre really only valid when you add flesh and NBus directors revised the routes after six months of operation to facilitate travel time reduce passenger wait and include more Task force discusses opening natural area By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK A task force studying the idea of more public access for the Honey Creek State Natural Area met for the first time Monday after noon at Guadalupe River State Park The task force was created to study whether to allow horseback riding mountain biking hiking and Volksmarch activities in the environmentally sensitive area The state natural area was bought by the parks and wildlife department from the Nature Conservancy in 1985 The Nature Conservancy still has a agreement with for the land Honey Creek State Natural Area is adjacent to the park Currently public access is allowed only through guided tours and educational activities The task force was appointed by Laird Fowler Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regional director The six member task force is being chaired by Duncan Muckelroy park manager Park Ranger Deirdre Hisler reviewed the goals for the task force and to the audience of four people Those goals were to look at outdoor classroom activities Guadalupe River State Park and Friends of the Guadalupe River and Honey Creek recreational day uses and recreational overnight activities The task force is to forward its findings to Fowler by Feb 4 Fowler is then supposed to forward the report to parks and wildlife department planners Both Fowler and the planners will then decide on the public access issue Richard Solis Friends president and task force member said his organization had overwhelming support for its sci ence camps for local elementary school children in the Honey River State Park area The spring camps have been conducted for the past three years by the Friends of Inc and have been fund ed through various agencies and private donations Solis said the Friends organization applied for a grant from for next springs science camps If fundings approved Solis said the Friends would conduct a science camp pilot project that would include schools from Turn to Trails Page 2 Alternative school plans initial graduation ceremony By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Its been open for a little more than a year and for the first time ever the Comal Independent School Districts alternative school will hold its own graduation cere mony Weve been graduating stu dents but they were graduating from their respective high said Chad Hall principal of the Comal Leadership Institute Now they will graduate from the leader ship Hall said the CLI opened its dpors as an alternative school last September He said the goal of the school js to reclaim dropouts and help students who are at risk or behind their classmates Hall said the leadership institute students woujld not earn their high school diplomas They woujd be dropouts Hall said They wouldnt have any place else to go so theyd just fall through the Hall said 43 students earned enough credits for graduation through the alternative school since it opened These students were giv en diplomas from their original high schools during Board of Trustees meetings However the board recently approved a diplo ma for the school and tonight it will hold a ceremony for its first 10 graduates The kids said they wanted a ceremony so we said we would give them said Hall Were real proud of them They worked really hard to get where they are today Hall said the ceremony will Turn tp Graduation Page 2 NBISD board to hold further talks with potential school chief By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will interview the second candidate for the interim superintendent position and possibly select who it wants tonight The meeting is schedviled for 6 tonight at the Education Center board room 430 W Mill St Superintendent Charles Bradberry has taken the superintendent position with the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth and leaves his current position effective Dec 31 The NBISD board already has begun looking for someone to fill the position on a shortterm basis The trustees interviewed retired superintendents Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley last week for the interim position Moseley who currently lives in San Antonio retired in June after 41 years Gonzalo Garza in education including 16 years as the superintendent of Fort Sam Hous ton ISD in San Antonio Garza was born in New Braunfels and currently resides in Austin Garza retired three years ago after 39 years in education During that time he has served as superintendent associate superinten dent and interim superintendent in a variety of school systems He was appointed by the Texas Education Agency to oversee the Eagle Pass Inde School District because of internal problems Garza describes as micro Moseley returned on Saturday for a second interview and the public had an opportunity to meet him Garza who was unable to attend Saturdays meeting will attend tonights meeting The board will go into executive session at 6 to continue discus sions with Garza and the public then will be given the chance to speak with him informally Jaime Padilla the boards president said one of Garzas concerns about taking a job in the distinct is the current seating arrangment which has the superintendent sitting at a table below the board Padilla said the board would discuss that with Garza at tonights closed ses sion Board members will reconvene in open session where they will discuss and possibly act on the employment of an interim superintendent They also will discuss the boards goals which will be used in the search for a replacement for Bradberry The EAA has an important job to do and doesnt need interference See Opinion Page 4

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