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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicorn baseball team wins season finale See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herak M009 MICROPUBLI8H1NQ DR 10 pages in one section Tuesday April EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of David Lamon mg Vol 145 No 119 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to David Lamon Cynthia Perez Victor Ruiz Ricky Car rillo Mary Day Diannc Conover Crystal Dean 17 years Ann Huey Hilda Krackau 90 years Virginia Fuentes 10 years old Happy anniversary wishes go to Dan and Carol Steve and Yolanda Saldivar To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Oak Pecan Mulberry Elm none Grass River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon Dam discharge 535 cfs increasing to cfs by 5 Canyon Lake inflow no reading Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water Bridge at Gmene closed again today The Canyon Lake release rate will be increased to cubic feet per second by 5 according to the Army Corps of Engineers Because of the increased Guadalupe River level the bridge at Gruene will be closed this afternoon Bridge closure will be deter mined on a daytoday basis Kindermasken Parade on Saturday Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of the Kindermasken Parade This years costume theme is How the West Was Par ticipants line up at 9 behind the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill Judging will begin at with the parade head ing toward the Plaza at 10 Festivities will continue at Folk fest set for Saturday and Sunday at Conservation Plaza Call 629 2943 for information Nominations sought for lawman of the year The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 Ed Murphy Memorial Award Lawman of the Residents wishing to nomi nate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up nom ination applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Completed nomina tions must be returned to the law office by 5 Wednes day Emergency utility assistance Financial assistance is avail able to pay past due utility bills through a new program offered by the New Braunfels Housing Authority To qualify one can rent or own must live inside the city limits be lowincome and in an emergency situation To apply come by the main office of the Housing Authority at 300 Laurel Lane Call 6256909 for information Area Republic commander defends hostage taking By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A local Republic of Texas Militia leader said selfproclaimed ambassador Richard McLaren had no choice but to take a couple hostage near the Republic of Texas embassy in the Davis Mountains in West Texas on Sunday Melvin Kriewald Comal County commander for the Republic of Texas Militia said the members of the group are tired of being harassed by state and local authorities We had to stop the harassment of our Republic of Texas Kriewald said They have no author ity to arrest and give us traffic cita tions Until that is stopped we will have to somehow convey to them that their government has On Sunday McLaren and Republic of Texas defense forces seized the home of retired oil man Joe Rowe and his wife in the Davis Mountains Resort near Fort Davis Republic of Texas leaders said the action was taken in retaliation for the arrests of members Jo Ann Canady Turner on April 22 and Robert Schei dt a member of the Republic of Texas defense forces Turner was arrested by Travis Coun ty authorities for contempt charges and Scheidt was arrested by Jeff Davis County sheriffs deputies after a report edly routine stop turned up two assault rifles in his van Sunday morning We had to stop the harassment of our Republic of Texas citizens Until that is stopped we will have to somehow convey to them that their government has Melvin Kriewald Comal County commander Republic of Texas militia authorities said The Republic of Texas is a group of separatists who believe Texas was illegally annexed by the United States in 1845 and it is still a sovereign nation The group has set up its own councils courts and government and does not recognize the authority of either the state or federal government Kriewald said there was a good rea son the Rowes were taken hostage by the socalled Republic of Texas defense forces Mr McLaren said he Joe Rowe was there to spy on Kriewald said He is the man we know called the sheriff in Fort Davis and told him that this captain Scheidt left the embassy and told him about the van and had them stop and search Kriewald claimed that McLaren was a retired government agent Unwanted visitor s Photo submitted A1987 Ford Taurus rests inside a residense on the 700 block of Rosemary Drive Noone was seriously injured when the car crashed into the house Saturday morning No charges expected in carhouse collision By ABE LEVY Staff Writer An 87yearold woman lost control of her car Saturday morning and ran into a house on the 700 block of Rosemary Drive police said Clara Doeppenschmidt was traveling east down hill in her 1987 Ford Taurus on Starcrest Drive and crashed into the back of the house but did not cause any major injuries to the occupants or herself police said The collision which reportedly occured at caused an estimated in damage to the house and was the result of the driver failing to maintain the posted speed limit of 30 mph police said A visitor at the house sustained minor injuries from flying debris police said Mike Ybarra owner of the house declined to comment Police said they do not plan to press charges and said the vehicle was left inside the house on the suggestion of engineers who feared the top story of the house would fall The car traveled about 110 feet and crashed through a fence before stopping in the middle of the second floor police said Photo submitted Police say that the driver of this 1987 Ford Taurus lost control of her car before running into this house Suit against city for drowning may be reopened Attorney not satisfied with river safety plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The attorney for the parents of a drowning victim on the Guadalupe River said he was disappointed with the recommendations of the citys Riv er Safety Commission that fall short of a settlement made with the city in November Jack London the attorney for the parents of Michelle Black said he hoped the City Council would enact stronger measures than what the com missions report included Its more than just recommenda tions and signing off on he said current recommendations are like raising the speed limits in a school He said that the commissions rec ommendations were good steps but that they still place the burden on tourists and the public to know what they were getting into when engaging in river recreations Specifically he said the recommen dation to allow tubing at the flow of cubic feet per second was 300 cfs more than flows during the year when the most deaths occurred He said the recommendations should have included a video safety presenta Turn to Suit Page 2 PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS A city ordinance would be impractical to enforce A standardized set of rules would be needed throughout the river Additional statistical infor mation would be needed to make specific recommendations Keep the commission ongo ing for another year to study addi tional information and help to implement recommendations The city should negotiate an interlocal agreement with Comal County and the Water Oriented Recreation District to make the policy uniform throughout the river Children under 12 must wear a life jacket at all times Flow above 750 cubic feet per second requires people of all ages to wear a life jacket An education campaign pro moting safety that would include uniform maps and brochures Signs along the river should show the daily river flows and should be placed at critical points where flows have become dan gerous Source City of New Braunfels On Monday night McLaren released Rowe Rowe head of the homeowners association and McLaren have had a long feud over homeowner associa tion fees McLaren has laid claim to the land which he said does not have any legal owners Department of Public Safety offi cers Texas Rangers Jeff Davis Coun ty Sheriffs Department FBI agents and a DPS SWAT team have gathered at the site A road block has been set up near the dirt road that leads to the resort and the Republic of Texas which is a oneroom trailer attached to a wooden shack Republic of Texas defense forces have also sealed off the area around the Turn to Republic Page 2 NBISD leader selection nears Trustees expected to pick superintendent as early as next week By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Sat urday night completed the second round of interviews to fill the super intendent position and a decision is expected as early as next week McGuire Simpson leaving dis trict for Keller 2A The board began the second round by interviewing Pine Tree ISO super intendent Dr Marc Williamson on Thursday Williamson said returning to this area where he began his teach ing career in 1975 is always He said the dinner and interview were but said he could not really say how it went I dont know how to assess that so I guess well just have to wait and he said On Friday evening the board had dinner and an interview with Fort Stockton ISO superintendent Dr Dale Pitts Pitts said he always thought he did well during interviews He said Fridays interview was very relaxed and a learning experience for everyone involved He said he was particularly pleased with the way the board inter acted throughout the evening Considering the problems theyve had Friday night they all seemed to be on the same page and seemed like they were really enjoying Pitts said The board concluded the second round of interviews Saturday night with Port NechesGroves ISD superinten dent Dr Ronald Reaves Reaves said the evening was warm and He said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce provided a thorough tour of the community and was a cheer leader for the town as a whole Reaves said spending the evening in a social event and an interview was helpful to both him and the board I just think it helps as a group to meet especially when try ing to work as a he said I thought it went very well Now well just have to wait and see what happens down the The board will now choose its lead candidate for the districts top admin istrator position Trustees will visit the home district of that candidate Monday and May 6 visiting various groups in that community The board is expected to vote on a new superin tendent May 7 The NBISD position became avail able in January when Charles Brad berry left after 14 years to become superintendent of Keller ISD Tom Moseley has been serving as interim superintendent since that time Always buckle children up See Page 4
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