Friday, May 16, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Blitz wins state championship See Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeitt ru 20 pages in three sections Friday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Haskell Adams Vol 145 No 132 Inside Stammtiseh Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeif ung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Haskell Adams Terry Buck Cecilia Cavazos Enriqueta Diaz Pat Elbel Noland Koepp Stacy Mueller 16 years Shawn Clennan 18 years old Avis Mittwede Rick Thompson 40 years Laurence Weber Darrell Jentsch Kerry Falan Vanessa Marie Gonzales Happy anniversary wishes go and Doris Westervelt 55 Carl and Connie Hand 22 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold River Information Comal River 274 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 728 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Leave early if youre going to San Antonio Traffic delays on Interstate 35 will make getting to San Antonio more difficult than get ting back from the Alamo city Work crews are still erebting barriers on southbound I35 from Solms Road to FM 2252 reducing traffic to one lane The barriers should be in place by next Thursday and traffic will return to two lanes All northbound lanes from San Antonio to New Braunfels will remain open during the con struction Heavy humid air in the forecast today Clouds rain and their close relative humidity will be visitors to our fair city today and Satur day Skies will vary from partly to mostly Cloudy through Sat urday andthose clouds carry with them a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through this evening The likeli hood of precipitation falls to 40 percent overnight and Satur day morning The high today will reach the mid 80s and fall to the mid 60s tonight Saturdays tempera tures should range from the upper 80s to the upper 60s Celebrat4 gardening with Texas ollest nursery The oldest nursery in Texas will celebrate the spring gar dening season with Garten Tag German for garden day from 10 to 4 Saturday with seminars on plants and water conservation The Otto M Locke Nursery 2515 W San Antonio was founded by German immigrant Johann Joseph Locke in 1856 Locke started the nursery to produce fruit shade and orna mental trees for settlers in New Braunfels and the surrounding area Judge orders fine in hazing incident By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Municipal Court Judge David Perkins ordered a Canyon High School junior to pay a total of in fines and court costs after accepting a no contest plea Thursday afternoon for simple assault of a 15yearold fresh man in a January hazing ritual Court officials said a plea of no con test which neither admits guilt nor dis putes the courts charges would result in a conviction if no appeal were filed within 10 days The defendant an 18yearold var sity football player appeared in court with his mother for the arraignment and was given a onemonth deadline to complete payments The defendant and his mother had no comment after the proceeding The original complaint named two From what Ive seen in the reports no This doesnt fit the definition for a high offense What you have to look at is if there was injury or Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer defendants but Municipal Court Pros ecutor Bruce Boyer said parents of the alleged victim requested Thursday morning that one defendant be dis missed That request was granted later that afternoon Boyer said because the crux of his ability to prosecute hinged on whether citizens wanted to pursue charges These are citizens he said If a citizen does not want to pur sue it I wont force Neither the victim nor his parents attended the arraignment Thursday and did not return the HeraldZeitungs phone calls The defendant faced a class C mis demeanor charge that carries a maxi mum fine of S500 and no jail time Reports of hazing spawned a Comal Independent School District investi gation about two months ago and resulted in the disciplining of nine stu dents and the suspension with pay for three days of Larry Nowotny head football coach and athletic director CISD officials hired an outside investigator to conduct a districtwide study of hazing and launched an anti hazing campaign to include staff brief ings and student curriculum During the 10minute proceeding Boyer reminded the judge that the case should be considered more serious than other school fighting cases brought before the court Those cases involved willing par ticipants while Thursdays case includ ed a clear victim and a defendant he said When asked whether the district attorney or the county attorney should have prosecuted Thursdays case as a higher degree of assault Boyer said From what Ive seen in the reports no This doesnt fit the definition for a high offense What you have to look at is if there was injury or penetration Just because you have part of the body Openair classroom HeraldZeityng photo by David DeKunder Canyon Intermediate School students perform tests on Honey Creek water at the Honey Creek State Natural Area from left Daniel Toney Oliver Pfost Juan Vargas and Jospeh Gomez Mother Nature teaches at Honey Creek By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK Class was in session for several Canyon Intermediate sixth graders Wednesday morning as they anxiously opened their water testing kits The students were learning about their environment and nature in a classroom with no doors windows or blackboards The classroom was located about 30 miles west of Canyon Intermedi ate at the environmentally sensitive Honey Creek State Natural Area near Guadalupe River State Park The school children huddled and sat on picnic tables in groups of five or six with their water monitoring test kits alongside the shaded Honey Creek The students were from the more than 700 Comal Independent School District sixthgraders who are par ticipating in an outdoor education outreach program sponsored by the Friends of Guadalupe River State Creek State Natural Area The sessions started May 5 and will continue until Wednesday Ed Gunter volunteer instructor guided the children as they tested the creek water They really enjoy it because it is Gunter said We are try ing to tiein to their daytoday life and to teach them how water is important It is veiy rewarding know ing we are teaching something the next generation is excited The pilot program was made pos sible through a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment For a full day students leam about different subjects at four stations along the Honey Creek nature trail They learn about watersheds tree measuring and compasses They go on nature walks and perform water testing and biomonitoring Gunter said students test for air temperature water temperature acid ity dissolved solids and relative humidity The students observed bugs such as stoneflys Dobsenflies snipeflies and mayflies that live in the pristine waters of Honey Creek You find out what kind of bugs are in student Joseph Gomez said There so very small you dont see how they look like but when you have a magnifying glass you get to see what they look Gomezs classmate Kimberly Yarbrough also did not mind spend ing most of the day outdoors It is she said I think it is beautiful I learned about things I did not know The children learn more than just measurements Campsey said We talk about the importance of water quality soils in watershed and vegetation in Terry Urbanczyk education out reach coordinator said so far the program has been getting rave reviews from students teachers and volunteers She said the Friends hope to expand the program year round Schlitterbahn offers water safety for area children By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer If parents want their children to swim like fish or be as knowledgeable as lifeguards by the end of the summer Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers the per fect means toward that end Schlitterbahn Public Relations Direc tor Sherrie Brammall said because of excellent participation by local resi dents in last years swimming classes and lifeguard camps park officials decided to hold them again this sum mer She said if interest remains high the programs could become regular events We did it on an introductory level last summer and saw a good response so we decided it was something we wanted to see Brammall said She said the idea to conduct swim ming and lifeguard classes came from the lifeguard supervisory staff Staff members wanted to offer classes to the community so workbooks were obtained and the classes began In a community where water activi ties top the list of pastimes Brammall said the classes benefitted a large num ber of people We feel like the more we can do in the community to promote water safe ty the better it is for she said Schlitterbahn will offer swimming classes designed for children ages 4 to 10 The classes will teach basic swim ming skills They are cosponsored by the National Safety Council and the Ellis Group which specializes in safe ty practices Brammall said whether a child would leave the session as a good swimmer would depend on the age and skill level of the child Its really geared toward the indi vidual and what theyre ready to she said Theyre not all going to be at the same The lifeguard camp is for children between the ages of 11 and 15 who already know how to swim Brammall said the camp would teach the same Turn to Classes Page 2A and a coat hanger doesnt mean a higher degree of Boyer said the January incident was less severe than a second complaint filed by an alleged victim of an Oct 18 hazing report Three defendants were named in that case and at least two of them have offered pleas of not guilty already and hired local attorney Atanacio Campos to represent them Boyer said Campos said he was not at liberty to discuss the The case is expected to go to trial the first week in June court officials said and also involves three Canyon football players ages 16 17 and 18 Police the district attorney and coun ty attorney reviewed the two hazing reports and concluded that only a sim ple assault had taken place although initially they said they thought sexual assault was involved Fiesta No 25 arrives Saturday By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Dancing and a coronation will fill Wursthalle this weekend as a local charitable group celebratesthe past years fundraising efforts The Comal Independent Mens Association will hold its 25th Annual Fiesta Mexicana tonight and Saturday night Each nights celebration will include a the event culmi nates with the crowning of the Fiesta Queen on Saturday night This years Fiesta will include a new feature Since it is the 25th anniver sary we invited all the girls from the past to participate this said Christine Camareno chairwoman of the coronation committee Camareno said the queen and her court work to raise money during the year through such programs as a raffle and a car wash The money raised goes to a college scholarship program and food baskets for needy families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas sea sons She said CIMA expects to give ten college scholarships to local high school graduates this year Javier Hernandez CIMA vice pres ident said he expects a crowd of more than for Fridays dance We hope to get the support of the community for those who have helped us raise money this Hernandez said He said the CIMA scholarship fund is its most visible program but the organization provides community sup port in less visible ways If someones house burns down or someone gets sick and falls behind on their bills we try to be there to help he said IF YOURE GOING 25th Annual Fiesta Mexicana Where Wursthalle in Landa Park Friday Dance features La Tropa F Gates open Dance 8 to midnight Admission in advance at the door Saturday Dance features Monica y Grupo Fuerte Gates open Dance 8 to midnight Coronation Admission Free For information call 6094015 Source Comal Independent Mens Association American Cancer Society Lubeathon all day Saturday See Page 8A