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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Rangers Triesch Grindle accept scholarships Page 6 New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 50 CENTS F rx 12 pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Harold and Jean Ward Vol 145 No 144 Inside Stamrnhscn Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lacey Moore Happy anniversary wishes go to Harold and Jean Ward 50 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Mold Grass 56 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 278 cubic feet per sec ond down 16 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Rate was increased to cfs at Canyon Lake inflow cfs 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 Look for sunny skies today The National Weather Ser vice says today will be sunny with a high of 90 degrees and a south wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour Tonight will be fair with a low in the upper 60s and a southeast wind Take steps today for ozone action day Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has notified the San Antonio met ropolitan area which includes Comal County that today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner Elliot Fry natural resources specialist for the Alamo Area Council of Governments said people should avoid exces sive driving and find ways to reduce driving such as car pooling If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so that emissions from the gas will not go up into the ozone Other tips to cut down on emissions Take mass transportation to work or school Share a ride to work or school Take your lunch to work or school Combine errands in one trip Avoid drivethrough lanes Dont top off your gas tank when refueling Keep your vehicle proper ly tuned to keep exhaust low Watch for those bikers Its summer and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways riders are known to travel in both lanes of traffic some times against traffic You can still help victims of tornado Grand Cypress Apartment Homes is taking donations through Wednesday for vic tims of the tornado that struck Jarrell For information call Diane Grimrn at 6436400 Jurors now decide McVeighs fate Victims relatives celebrate Mondays guilty verdict DENVER AP Before he the worst terrorist in the Unit ed Timothy McVeigh was a son of divorced par ents an Army sergeant who served honorably in the Gulf War and a misguided patriot Jurors will have to decide in a hearing slated to begin Wednesday whether the life Timothy McVeigh McVeigh led before he detonated a truck bomb in Oklahoma City killing 168 people is a reason to spare his life now In making that decision jurors may get to hear from 29yearold McVeigh himself who never took the stand at the trial that ended in his conviction Mon day They will certainly hear from friends and relatives of those killed in the April 19 1995 blast many of whom are expected to demand retribution for the loss of loved ones Yet revenge is not the same as jus tice say lawyers involved in death penalty cases The government will make an argu ment that justice requires the death of Tim Denver defense lawyer David Lane said Youre going to see thunder brimstone blood and The challenge for McVeighs lawyers is to convince just one person that a prison term not execution would be just punishment Can they hit some button on one of these jurors to cause a life sentence Lane said Lawyers were scheduled to return to the federal courthouse today to deter mine what evidence will be admitted during the penalty phase which is expected to take about 1 weeks The verdict reached shortly after noon after 23 hours of delibera tions over four days elicited both cheers and tears from bombing victims and family members in Denver and Okla homa City New Braunfels reacts to verdict If I was on the jury and had voted to convict him I would give him what he justly deserves and that would be Vance Gilbreath This is the most tragic terroristic activity ever com mitted on American I favor the death penalty You want to discourage everyone from try ing something like this One person was found guilty of stuj pidness and hate This doesnt pro vide a ban dage to cover every thing Hang Raymond Gates I agree with the verdict 100 percent think that he had help I think there is more to this and the government hasnt told us Marian Aubrey Marvin Craft From what Ive heard about him renting the van and his sisters testimony I guess hes I dont believe in the death penalty so I would choose life imprisonment for Caroline Wersterfer Gruene bridge reopens Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Denise and Jason Nagel play on the Gruene River Bridge Monday afternoon when the bridge was closed and the release from Canyon Dam was still at cubic feet per second The bridge is open today and the flow is down to cubic feet per second Dam release lowered to cfs By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A reduction in Guadalupe River flow from Canyon Dam allowed for the re opening of Gruene Bridge Monday and gave local river outfitters hope of a return to business as normal The Army Corps of Engineers decreased the discharge rate at the dam Monday afternoon from cubic feet per second to cfs the normal release rate when Canyon Lake is below flood level At today the rate increased to cfs The release rate had been elevated to cfs a level hazardous for most recreational activities in order to low If we dont have any precipitation in the coming week it looks like we will be able to reduce the flow rate to 700 cfs for the GBRA general manager Bill West er the water level at the reservoir The discharge rate was expected to be lowered to 700 cfs for the week end a level local outfitters said was ideal for most river activities If we dont have any precipitation in the coming week it looks like we will be able to reduce the flow rate to 700 cfs for the said Bill West general manager for GuadalupeBlan co River Authority Despite dangerous conditions local law enforcement and emergency med ical service officials reported no major incidents on the river over the weekend Sundays news regarding activity on the San Marcos River was again tragic The body of 13yearold Harlan Hebee was pulled from the river near the Texas 90 crossing in Luling San Marcos Police Chief Larry Kendrick drowned on May 29 Postmen take umbrage with new system Carriers say understating overtime problems By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Local post office carriers said understaffing and unneeded over time were reasons for recent delays in service not a oneweekold restructuring plan endorsed by the interim postmaster Ken Robinson officer in charge of the New Braunfels post office helped to create the plan to elimi nate overlapping of service regions that he said were causing exces sive fuel and labor costs Robinson came to New Braun fels in August from San Antonio and is filling the vacant postmaster position until administrators name a permanent replacement by the end of this month officials said The new plan was designed to take full advantage of an automat ed sorting system implemented locally one year ago officials said According to the recent restructur ing plan carriers are delivering commercial mail first and then res idential officials said But local carriers have blasted the new system citing that mail for people who have moved to another address is not detected by the com puter and is causing extensive delays They also said that management had opted to pay excessive over time instead of using more carri ers to expedite delivery which Robinson said would solve the cur rent problems If people knew the tension here at our post office theyd be afraid of seeing that Jeep coming down the said Doug Newell pres ident of the 28member New Braunfels branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers After youve worked in the hot sun for 10 hours they want us to go out for another three Newell who has worked for the postal service since 1978 said he recently worked 20 hours of over time at timeandahalf and then another eight hours at double time Robinson and San Antonio dis trict officials said the overtime was expected and would decline once the carriers learned the new sys tem Thats their opinion Im not going to justify what others said Robinson who has applied for the postmaster position The employees must do what theyre expected to do As long as I get the mail delivered expeditious ly thats whats important Its not as bad as theyre making it out to Larry Owens manager of post office operations for the San Antonio district said the new plan had been implemented in other districts throughout Texas with successful results and that it would be a matter of two to three weeks before the earners learned the new routes Its similar to Christmas he said Our system requires a car rier learning curve Sometimes old habits are hard to break Its not unusual to have overtime during Bush signs Comal County consolidation legislation Reimer plans to file resignation By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In 90 days County Attorney Bill Reimer will be out of a job Effective Sept 1 Comal County will go from having district and coun ty attorney offices to having a Crimi nal District Attorneys Office Reimer said he would tender his resignation to the commissioners court to be effective the date the new office is formed After several meetings to discuss and debate the benefits of consolida tion Comal County Commissioners sent a resolution earlier this year to the Texas Legislature requesting the con solidation On Saturday Governor George Bush signed the bill into law effective Sept 1 We had anticipated it would pass and were ready to move said County Judge Carter Casteel Although he does not have plans beyond his resignation Reimer called the approval I think its he said Its what Mr District Attorney Dib Waldrip and I have been working on for two years Waldrip said although the consoli dation effort got off to a rocky start with the Comal County Commission ers Court its approval at the state lev el did not surprise him A change is always going to bring a little bit of concern but it will be Waldrip said Waldrip said the first step in com bining the two offices into a criminal district attorneys office would be to establish a budget to complete the year He said the offices had already com bined operations as far as the law would allow and the final combination would be fairly easy two offices have always been maintained but there has been a high degree of cooperation between the two Waldrip said Reimer and Waldrip said the consol idation would icsiilt in slower budget growth for the two offices increased efficiency and effectiveness and consis tent prosecution at all levels Reimer said resources could be better allocated under the new office mid the same office would handle offenders at every level Casteel said the two separate offices were quite good and very However based on the elections in which consolidation was the platform it was what the majority of the public wanted she said Casteel added that although the financial benefits remain to be seen services should remain con stant or improve should not change at all unless it Casteel said Its probably a better way to man age Enjoy Concerts in the Park series in Landa Park Page 4
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