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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Little league playoffs get under way See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas I ana iyra Schroeder ing Vol 145 No 154 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jennifer Laffery Pam Koer lin Tim Harris Esmerelda DeLeon Joshua Velasquez 5 Amanda White 4 Tara and Tyra Schroeder twins 4 Larry W Mueller Nancy Kneupper Sharon Bar tels Betty Munie Chad Everett Kennemer 18 Kathryn Reeves Rito Robert Vallejo Jr 11 Brandan Cribill 17 Oscar Barboza Jr 17 Ernie Silva Happy anniversary wishes go out to Donna and William Har wood 8 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Mold Grass Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 293 cubic feet per sec ond down 1 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation Area under flash flood watch today Any chance for showers will end tonight but until then res idents need to be aware of the threat of rising water The National Weather Ser vice is forecasting mostly cloudy skies today with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms The threat of additional rain has the area under a flash flood watch until this evening Todays high is expected to be in the low 90s and a south wind at near 10 mph will be blowing Tonight any rain the area sees will end early leaving skies partly cloudy according to the NWS The low will be in the mid 70s with a south wind at 5 to 10 mph I Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 90s and a south wind at near 10 mph Beat the heat Its the time of year again that all of us who are going to be outside need to worry about the heat and humidity of South Texas Here are a few tips about beating the heat down reduce your activities dry out drink lots of liquids for heat wear loose lightweight light clothing out of the heat get into an air conditioned environ ment for awhile Lamar Smith hosts town hall meeting Congressman Lamar Smith invites his constituents to meet with him Saturday in New Braunfels The congressman will con duct a public town hall meet ing at 11 at Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St I look forward to this oppor tunity to hear directly from the residents of Comal County on issues that are of concern to Smith said Troopers arrest Republic of Texas member in Bulverde Woman accused of contempt attempted capital murder From staff reports State police arrested a Republic of Texas woman Friday evening on charges of contempt of court and attempted capital murder after she allegedly pointed a handgun at a state trooper Carolyn Carney 54 of Bulverde was arrested at Friday at her residence in Oak Village North by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Office She remains in the Comal County Jail without bond for the contempt charge and for the charge of attempted capital murder of a peace officer Officials identified Carney as the secretary of the cabinet for the reformist group the Republic of Texas They said she was affiliated with Richard McLaren the groups leader who staged a standoff with state police in April near Ft Davis The Bulverde incident began when the DPS Special Crimes Service attempted to serve a Travis County warrant on Carney for failure to appear in court for a December hearing She is a one of 25 defendants in a lawsuit that the attorney generals office filed against members of the group In the suit the AGs office alleges that liens against state and private property own ers that the group had filed were invalid Police said they had tried to arrest Carney ear lier that afternoon but her husband Dave Carney informed them that she was not present Police said they then obtained a search warrant to enter the house later that evening because they believed she was inside They said they returned to the scene where Turn to Republic Page 3A What hap S June 1996Attorney 25 members o R against Carolyn Ca April 1997 other members stage police near ft O W 7 June 13 1997 State deputies arrest Carney lit Her BoP residence whjte servinga cdrftelp court warrant out of i Lending a hand New Braunfels volunteers paint neighbors home HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Megg Chalupa and several of her neighbors painted a home at 724 W Bridge St Saturday By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer According to the Babs Streisand song from Funny people who need people are the luckiest people Roy Jones thinks he is one of them Ive got fantastic neighbors I cant give them enough said Jones Jones comments were said in reflection of this past Saturday when a group of about 25 friends and neighbors gathered at his Bridge Street home for an allday house painting party Megg Chalupa one of thenprga nizers of the event called the vol unteer gettogether a The camaraderie was really Ive got fantastic neighbors I cant give them enough resident Roy Jones Chalupa said adding that she was still scraping paint off of her forearms Chalupa said the gathering which lasted from a pancake breakfast at 7 through a hot dog supper at about 8 was spurred by a com mon interest in preserving older homes and neighborhoods You buy and invest in old homes because you love old homes you love their charm and you even love the work you have to put into Chalupa said Its such a goal to restore an old home and an old Phillip Barber manager of the local SherwinWilliams store which donated the paint for the project praised the hard work and commu nity spirit of the group Our store has been very suc cessful here this is just one small way we can give back to the com Barber said New Braunfels resident Linda Shores said driving through the neighborhood Saturday offered a pleasant scene I loved the idea of all the people walking around the neighborhood with paint all over Shores said They looked so Voters will decide on exemption By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Voters across Texas will go to the polls in August to vote on a constitu tional amendment that is aimed at putting dollars in their wallets rather than representatives in office Comal County elections coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said there would be only one proposition on the Aug 9 election That proposition calls for a constitutional amendment to lighten the burden of school property taxes According to the sample ballot vot ers will have one box to mark either for or against That vote will cover three basic changes to school property tax calculations The first change increases residents homestead exemption from to The second would allow res idents 65 and older to transfer their tax freeze to a new house when they move Currently residents pay regular taxes the first year and then the rate is frozen at the new values The third change would allow resi dents 65 and older to reduce taxes based on a new formula Officials from the two local school districts said the proposed amendment could result in a drastic cut in revenue and result in a high tax rate Comal Independent School District Director of Finance Abel Campos told the CISD Board of Trustees last week that the money lost by the increased exemption would have to be made up by someone whether it was agriculture or business property He also told them the added exemption on top of the state and CISD exemptions currently offered would inflate the tax rate more How to register The last chance to register to vote in the Aug 9 election is July 10 As long as voter regis tration forms are in the tax office or postmarked by July 10 voters will be eligible to par ticipate in the election To obtain a voter registration form call or go by the Comal County Tax Office 150 N Seguin 6205521 Campos said the appraisal district was trying to figure out exactly how much taxable value could be lost Until then were sitting on our hands in the bud get he said New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis already has numbers to consider He said the increase in exemptions could mean a loss in taxable value for NBISD of S44 million for residents younger than 65 years Curtis said there was a potential for the district to lose an additional million from its tax base because of exemptions for those older than 65 years How ever tax freezes could change that amount so the appraisal district was running a test to determine the actual impact Hinojosa said early voting for the constitutional amendment would run from July 21 through Aug 5 She said she was anticipating a medium turnout You usually have a lower turnout in the summer because people are on vacation but then again it impacts their said Hinojosa Corps increases flow rate to swift cfs From staff reports The Gruene Bridge has been covered with the flowing waters of the Guadalupe River since Monday afternoon and offi cials expect the bridge to remain closed through the end of the week The Army Corps of Engineers increased the discharge rate from Canyon Dam from cubic feet per second Monday morning to cfs at Monday afternoon The rate of cfs is the maximum amount of water that can be discharged at the dam The discharge rate was increased to reduce the level of Canyon Reservoir which is more than two feet above flood control level Local river outfitters said the ideal flow rate for tubing and other recreational activ ities is about 700 cfs A flow rate of cfs is considered extremely hazardous and river activity should be avoided except for raft trips with professional guides A Corps of Engineers spokesman said the discharge rate will be reviewed later in the week Dachshund show HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Dachshund owner Steve Garza parades his dog around the makeshift dog arena at New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday during the Mission City Dachshund show WORD wants to slow down personal watercraft By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE People who race in the Guadalupe River on personal watercraft might have to slow down a bit if the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District has its way Jim Inman WORD manager said the recre ation district was considering an ordinance that would restrict the use of gasolinepowered per sonal watercraft better known by the trade mark moniker of jet skis on the Guadalupe River from Guadalupe River State Park to Rebeccas Crossing and on the lower portion from the FarmtoMarket 306 crossing to the district limits near Gruene The district also may consider a no wake zone that would apply to the same areas Inman said not many people rode the river on personal watercraft at high speed but he want ed the WORD board to address jet skis Occasionally we get folks on the river who go roaring around and thats Inman said Neither things that are contained in the proposed ordinance may not be the right solu tion but I want the board to start a discussion of this issue and see if we cant find a The board will meet at Wednesday at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler Inman said he wanted to make sure any ordi nances that were initiated wouldnt hurt property owners along the river I am not eager to prevent someone from taking their small boat and going Inman said That is not the intention at all The intention is what do we do about folks who want to roar around the river just for the Inman said he called officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to see if any laws were on the books that cover the use of personal watercraft on the river If we have adequate laws and we just enforce them then that is great for Inman said Lt David Ott of the Comal County Sher iffs Office said his office recently had to deal with two people on personal watercrafts who were going too fast Ott said people on personal watercraft must be 50 feet from tubere and rafters The problem he said was that the Guadalupe River is only 40 feet from shore to shore in some areas There are only so many places you can go Turn to Watercraft Page 3A Wimberley residents say thanks for flood assistance See Page 4   

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