Wednesday, January 29, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Canyon upsets Del Valle See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Her a IdZeit 1 iAnn ix 16 pages in two sections Wednesday January Serving Comal County and surrounding areas lor more than 145 years Home of Sandy Morales Vol 145 No 55 Inside SLimmtisch Birthday from the HeraldZettung The New firaunfelx Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Troy Goodwin Dolly Btescr Ashlte Pagcls 11 years Theresa Collins Alonzo Morales August Gus Gaines 1 year Elva Hofcr Brian Hofer Karen Stangc Sandy Cayetano Morales Dezcrcy Rodriguez 10 years Frances Lopez Happy anniversary wishes go to Roscann and Donald W Tol Icy Donna And Larry Lehr 25 Dean and Nancy Jackson 14 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Mountain Cedar Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 208 cubic teet per sec ond samo as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities N8U reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Texas Tomorrow Fund program TheComptrdfersOffice Is offer ing brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas families to provide for their chil drens future college education at a current fixed current enrollment period ends Feb 18 For more information or an appli cation contact the Texas Tomor row Fund at 800 445GRAD or Rep Edmund Kuem pels office at 512 4630602 Girl Scout Cookies on sale through Feb 14 Its Girl Scout Cookie time The sale will run through Feb 14 Girls will be selling the ever popular thin mints and seven other varieties at several local businesses and door to door Proceeds support local Girl Scouts Fof information call Karen McDonald at 6259548 or Tanya Caldwell at 6291901 Help with tax returns for senior citizens volunteers will pro vide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Saturday This is a free service Please bring supporting paperwork W2 and 1099s and last years tax return Times and sites are 10 to 2 Wednesdays and Satur days at the Dittlinger Memorial Library 1 to 5 Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 1 Saturdays at the Senior Center and 1 to 4 Wednesdays and 9 to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center Young Artist Competition The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday afternoon as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Music students compete for a first place purse and a contract for one performance with the Mid Texas Symphony in May with renowned conductor David Mairs Vocalists will perform two selections of contrasting style selected from standard opera oratorio cantata or songs with orchestral accompaniment For information contact Caroline Weston at 6060462 Property tax plan likely to just shift burden By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Local Icfidcrs school officials and residents are pondering the effects Gov George W Bushs school property lax reform plans will have on school dis tricts property owners and businesses Bush has made property tax reform the top priority during the 1997 leg islative session Bush presented his proposals to the Legislature on Tuesday during his State of the State address The governors proposal calls for the reduction of approximately billion raised yearly in school proper ty taxes The cuts would slash proper ty taxes in half That would give property owners a break As schools have had to deal with growth and mandates from the state and pay for both property owners have had to foot the bill Abel Campos business manager for the Comal Independent School Dis trict said property owners in the district have paid a huge share of the taxes through the years Comal Independent School District property taxpayers carry more than their fair share of funding in the local Campos said CISD has been identified by the state as a rich district Taxpayers carry more than their fair share than the average taxpayers in the state of Campos said he hopes the state will make up the loss in the reduced proper ty tax revenues by providing the funds IBush hopes to reverse tax trend 5A If you go to a system based on state funding probably taxpayers in the CISD would benefit from Cam pos said Me said CISD gets per stu dent from the state He said an addi tional to per student comes from local funds The changes in the school property tax could result in a billion tax cut for property owners The proposed tax Cuts would be sub sidized in three different areas through the states current cash sur plus a sales tax hike from cent to cent and a new business activity tax The new tax would be levied on a companys gross receipts minus the cost of goods and materials and equip ment investments Even though the business activity tax would supplant the current fran chise tax and exempt businesses with gross1 revenues less than some have criticized this clement of Bushs plan I think it is local attor ney Ralph Beard said We lawyers employ a lot of people and we con tribute to the economy of the The proposal would tax lawyers doctors architects and others orga nized as professional associations or partnerships Beard said lawyers already have to Catching calves not that easy Area youth prepare for upcoming rodeo scrambles ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Writer When the major livestock shows and rodeof begin in February at least eight local students will chase and jalves in an effort to earn prize ages 14 to 19 apply for the at the various rodeos San Antonio andAustin The committees iii charge Of the Various rodeos then 4randomly pick roughly 20 students to in Jhe Vl afounl th0 end of October f or the beginning of November we get Jt a list of Who gets to said Havlak CdijwlCounty stu dents will the San Ante and five will be in the Hous Havlak said he has not received word yet on arty local f will take part in the scramble at the Austin livestock show and rodeo Havlak said afteir they are ratified students will practice while oth just wait for the day of the scrarh tfrherejs some they can do on their said that depends access to a large enough and a calf s Dietert an agricultural teacher at Smithson Valley High School participated in a scramble when he was in school He said the calved weigh in the neighborhood of 17520Q pounds and are big enough to drag you He added that catching a calf is no easy task with 20 suioents chasing 10 animals pijly half the kids catch an ani i Dietert Then you have to pMt a halter on it and drag it across a JfaWd Mprris a sophomore at New School participated i law years San Anto caught a sort of trap it Every Turn to Calvw Page 2A v i s r I M t f i L B HoraiaZellung photo by Michael Patnall During trw off afMon Ampff work out to prtpart htfMlf for tht calf wramble Hwe the pay payroll taxes and a professional occupation tax Adding more taxes would only increase the burden he said If you tack on the costs lo the doc tors and lawyers you have to pass it on to the Beard said We need less taxes not Pat Patton executive officer for the New BraunfclsCanyon Lake Area Association of Realtors said a lax on realtors would really hurt The situation is our brokers are in a cost Palton said Their costs have been going up they have added computers fax machines and they have to carry more forms for regulations and insurance The costs have been Turn to Tax Page 2A Hospital feels need for space McKenna Memorial reaches capacity twice in last two weeks By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital was full Friday illustrating the need for hc hospitals expansion plans for 1997 tmid McKenna senior vicepresident of operations Tim Brierty We were at capacity a couple of days the last two Bricrty said Friday was our highest census It shows why we arc expanding The community is growing and we have to keep The hospital plans to complete its ambulatory unit in April Future plans call for the expand ing the nursery units and intensive care units Bricrty said McKenna is licensed to operate 116 beds but the hospital usu ally operates with 80 to 88 beds per day Friday the hospital used 91 beds We have the ability to have 116 patients hut we have to use a lot of those rooms for other purposes such as for operations for the Brier ty said There were a lot of sick patients Overall they were there for a lot of different reasons It hit us at the same Whenever McKenna readies capac ity Brierty said the hospital does its best to work its away around it There are times when you have a surgery Brierty said We have to make sure we have a bed avail able for a patient when they come out of surgery If there is a point where none of the beds were available we would postpone the surgeries until the following If an emergency situation arises and the hospital is full Brierty said the hos pital has lo icier patients lo other facilities If we did not have the ability lo take them in we would then transfer them lo another Brierty said That would mean transferring patients lo either Ciuadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos or a facility in San Antonio NASA military still not sure where metal sphere came from By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Air Force officials are still scratching their heads trying to determine the ori gin of a 28inch diameter metal sphere found in a ranchers field near Seguin Technical Sgt Steve Smith Ran dolph Air Force Base public affairs officer said the Air Force is doing its best to determine exactly what the met al sphere is What we are hoping to do is to send photos taken of it to the Space Command and see if they can help us identify what the sphere Smith said The Space Command is located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs Ed Longscope found the metal sphere embedded in a field on his ranch near York Creek Longscope was feeding his cattle when he noticed the unusual object and called the Guadalupe County Sher iffs Department Deputies Stephen Moore and Todd Fricsenhahn took the mysterious object to the National Weather Service office near New Braunfels When the NWS could not identify it the sheriffs department called NASA NASA then called the Space Command which in turn called Ran dolph Military officials from Randolph took possession of the metal sphere Friday evening Walter Andrus Jr of the Mutual UFO Network in Seguin believes the object is a fuel or oxygen tank from a satellite The object appeared to have been scorched and pitted on one side and appeared to have the remains of some kind of valve Smith said the Air Force is sure that the metal sphere docs not belong to it The reason we know that because most military items like aircraft are stamped with an NSN number a national stock Smith said There is no evidence of thai on this item If we cant identify the owners or we can identify them but they dont want it back then we plan on returning it lo the iuadalupe County Sheriffs Department We are hoping lo do that by the end of this week or Smith sajd NASA and the SpaceCommand have not been able lo identify the object as space based or City wise to pull out of trail Page 44