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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Red eliminates College Stat 50 CENTS NewBraunfels XX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X MXn SAN ANTONIO TX 780 x x TEXAS MIXED x x PINK A x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 18 pages in two sections Wednesday July aldZeit MOO 9 77 3 0 W E 8 T IIIC R 0 PI IS H f N13 2A27 F YANnm UK1 EL PASO TX 7990S Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Vol 145 No 175 Inside Birthday wishes from the HejraldZettung The Neti Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Beth Brortk Lola Murphy Desiree Velasquez 14 Brett Nelson Delia Rahe 80 Laura Lynne Anderson Analisa Garcia 13 Jim my Matamoros Johnnie Mondin 68 Cecily Tris tan 4 Marvin Gooden 26 years and Oscar Diaz Sr Happy anniversary wishes to Rey and Lucy Resales To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal Rivier 318 cubic feet per sec ond down 2 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 897 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Highs in the 90s little chance for rain Today Mostly cloudy morning becoming partly cloudy by afternoon High in the mid to upper 90s South wind 5 to 10 mph Tonight Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy after midnight Low in the mid 70s Thursday Mostly cloudy morning becoming sunny by afternoon High in the upper 90s NBISD candidates to attend forum The nine candidates run ning for school board seats in New Braunfels Independent School District will be at the League of Women Voters forum1 at 7 Thursday at the Education Center For more information call Mary Hitch at 6093275 Some 135 southbound exits still are closed Motorists traveling on Inter state 35 between New Braun fels and San Antonio need to keep in mind that some exits and entrance ramps are closed The only entrance and exit ramps open are Solms Road in Southeast New Braunfels and FarmtoMarket in west Schertz The FarmtoMarket 3009 exit is also closed However all lanes of traffic will be open Also Rebecca Creek Road and Qruene Bridge are closed because of the high flowing Guadalupe River Get bacMoschool immunizations early School will be starting in less than a month and chil dren will need to be immu nized prior to the first day of school The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county public health department so get a jump start on this For more infor mation call the county health department at 6205595 NBISD candidates speak at forum By CHRIS CREWS Staff Wrjter If Tuesdays voter forum proves a true indica tor the local district is headed toward a kinder gentler school board Insight and passion shared the podium with platitudes and cliches Tuesday night when all nine candidates for New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees met at a voter forum to present their ideas for improving edu cation in the district About 100 teachers and other interested citizens turned out for the forum sponsored by the local chapters of the Texas State Teachers Associa tion and Association of Texas Professional Edu cators In contrast to the rancor evident at many board meetings last year Tuesdays meeting was char acterized by civility and polite behavior Unity in the district discipline policy stan dardized test scores bilingual education parental responsibility and the quality of the faculty were topics that drew the greatest and most passionate responsefrom the candidates After opening remarks by the candidates each responded to questions submitted in writing by the audience Christine Barney who has three children in New Braunfels schools said the forum was a good way to compare all candidates I was openminded when I came here tonight Turn to Forum Page 2A The voting process Early voting in the Aug 9 constitutional amendment election and the NBISD trustee election is taking place from 8 to at Comal County Courthouse annex third 150 N Seguin and from 8 to 5 at NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill St A total of 360 people have voted so far in the NBISD election and 353 people have voted in the special election See related editorial Page 4A Plane crashes Pilot suffers broken legs in southwest Comal accident HpraldZeitung photo Michael Darnall Carl Lewis Savino of San Antonio suffered two broken legs Tuesday afternoon when his ultralight aircraft hit a railroad track thrusting it forward onto its nose By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A San Antonio man suffered two bro ken legs and an injury to his eye when the ultralight plane he was flying crashed into a railroad track in southwest Coma County Tuesday afternoon officials said Carl Lewis Savino of San Antonio was taken by AirLife to Brooke Army Medical Center at about 5 after his Challenger ultralight plane stalled as he was attempting to land police and witnesses said He was conscious and breathing after the crash Savino 52 was the pilot and owner of the twoseat plane he had recently bought offi cials said He was flying the plane solo for the first time when he crashed into the Union Pacif ic Railroad track next to the Kitty Hawk Flight Park 20180 FarmtoMarket 2252 It wasnt pretty He bled off too much air said Ken Albin a flight instructor who was the first to the accident scene Everything would have been all right but he hit the track It wouldnt have happened had he had a little more train Albin said Savino was practicing to become an ultralight plane instructor Ultralight pilots are not required to have a license or register their planes with the Federal Aviation Administration officials said Department of Public Safety officials and Comal County Sheriffs deputies filed inci dent reports but said they did not plan to investigate further A witness who asked not to be identi fied said Savino was practicing earlier that morning in another plane Savino was headed for Zuehl Airport a few miles southeast of the field across Inter State 35 when he circled back to land the Witness said was about 30 to 40 feet in the air when he approached the runway and then hit the railroad track with the nose of his plane the witness said He turned and came back he said I noticed he was getting real slow He had a nice approach but he was getting too slow He didnt make it so we hurried over Savino was listed in serious condition at BAMC at press time Emergency personnel who responded were the Comal County Sheriffs Office Department of Public Safety Garden Ridge Police Department Schertz Police Depart ment Randolph Region EMS and Bracken Volunteer Fire Department AG City controls NBU land purchases By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels has ultimate control of land that New Braunfels Utilities purchases according to a muchantic ipated Texas attorney generals opinion handed down this past week The decision ends a sixmonth wait for the opinion and addresses a longstanding dispute between the city and NBU who have disagreed on topics such as water rights transfer of profits personnel policies and property ownership City officials said they believed the opinion outlined NBUs role as a cityowned utility subject to the city councils dis cretion NBU is somewhat unique and has broader powers but sometimes it has acted independently as if council were not said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy who initiated the effort to request the opinion almost one year ago I think it is a great step forward It resolves a lot of issues and opens the door to But NBU officials said they believed the opinion did not address a key element that would bring the question of land ownership to a close While city officials say the attorney generals opinion sup ports their claim that they could sell NBU land utility official said the AGs opinion didnt specify who has final say whet bond covenants are involved NBU land that is purchased with NBU revenues is subject t bond covenants In many cases that gives the final decision c using the land to the NBU board of trustees not the city coun cil said John Dierksen NBUs attorney Land cant be sold until the NBU board of trustees removes the land from its lists of properties that are needed for the util itys efficient operation Dierksen said 1 dont disagree I think NBU land is legally owned by the Turn to NBU Page 2A Decision could affect fate of east NB property By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A recent attorney generals opinion could have an impact on the use of about acres of land that the cityowned utility bought 28 years ago New Braunfels Utilities bought Comal Park in east New Braunfels with revenue bonds in 1969 for from the City of San Antonio Public Service Board The land was bought in the name of the city of New Braun fels and earmarked for possible expansion of the North and South Kuehler sewer treatment plants which are adjacent to the park NBU trustees also said it could be traded at a future time Turn to Decision Page 2A Comal ISD weighs growth suggestions By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School Dis tricts longrange planning committee has laid out its plan for dealing with future growth in the school district to the C1SD board of trustees Trustees now must weigh the rec ommendations against the dollars needed to fund the plan The committee which metabout a dozen times since it was formed in February recommended a plan to address growth into the 20022003 school year The plan would eliminate interme Uate campuses breaking grade lev els into elementary middle school and high school campuses It called for renovations and expansions at existing campuses and construction of a new high school and two new elementary schools It also called for an upgrade in technology Under the proposal Goodwin Pri mary would be converted to an alter native school The new grade alignment would also reduce the number of times a stu dent would have to change schools and would aim to maintain neighbor hood schools by minimizing the chance of split peer groups between campuses The projected cost of the recom mendation was million While thatdollar amount over whelming we understand we might not get all of said committee mem ber Charles felt we needed to let the board see all of it The com Tum to Growth Page 2A CLWSC develops emergency plans By DAVID OEKUNOER Staff Writer SATTLER Hoping to avoid a repeat performance of the potable water shortage after flooding in June Canyon Lake Water Supply Corpo ration officials want to revamp its emergency information procedures CtWSC board member Larry Ratliff said the corporation would add a separate phone line to keep customers up to date during emer gencies Thai way they wont both er the office Ratliff sift ft is a cost effective way to disseminate RattilFsaid when residents in four Canyon Lake subdivisions were with out water impatient customers got a variety of answers from office per sonnel about when water pwld be available The biggest problem dis The speculation needs to be stopped From now on we need to tell them simply that there is a problem the crews are working on It and it will be fixed as quickly as board member Larry Ratliff semination of information was that it was not Rsthff said The speculation needs to be stopped From now on we need to tell them simply that there is a problem the crews are working on it and it will be fixed as quickly as A pipe leading from the lake to the corporations water treatment plant on Triple Peak Drive broke on June 23 when the ground it was sitting on shifted under 15 feet of flood water Divers were sent to fix the leak People in four southside Canyon Lake subdivisions Triple Peak Ranch Estates Canyon Lake Village Canyon Lake Village West and Vil lage Shores were without water for as many as three days Customers complained that they were not told immediately when the pipeline broke and that CLWSC did not give consistent times when service would be reinstated On the third day of the outage CLWSC trucked in bottled water for residents of the affected subdivisions General Manager Dale Yates said Canyon Lake property owners asso ciations also would get involved in the Turn to Emergency Page 2A School registration information county gets look at attorney budget Page 3A
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