Friday, August 15, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon volleyball team set for season Page f B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald 20932 M009 0 SO WEfJT JSMING E DR PA BO TX 79903 24 pages in three sections Friday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Karln Jonas Vol 145 No 197 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Todd Behling Martha Park er Norval Skov Terri Hanson Philip Hunt Satur Vicky Moye Sandy Smith Karin Jonas Irene Hubble Thomas Stange Minna Mueller 97 years Satur Juan Trinidad Stephen Ray Kennemer Rebecca Higgs 1 year Jimmy Duke Amy Davis Ruben Gomez 25 Eugene Burr and Sandy Santellan Happy anniversary wishes go to James and Karen Rose 10 years and Sandy and Sandy Santellan 16 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen counts Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal Rjyer 308 cfs same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge 746 cfs Canyon Lake inflow available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and 3 358 million gallons of well water were used P No rain in sight Tonight fair evening skies becoming partly cloudy after midnight Low in the mid 70s South wind decreasing to 5 to 10 mph by midnight Saturday partly cloudy and breezy Hot with a high in the upper 90s South wind 15 20 mph Sunday through Tues day cloudy with hot days and warm nights Highs in the 90s Lows in the 70s Summer vacation comes to a close Summer is winding down for area students Both school districts will begin the 1997 1998 school year on Monday Drivers need to remember to follow posted speed limits in school zones Its also a good time to start getting your child back in the routine of waking early Take care in the heat Summer heat is dangerous for small children and pets Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat and make sure they are well protected When leaving your house for a while make sure pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool under Help find armed robber Donations are being accept ed in a reward fund to help find the man who shot local busi nessman Michael Kivlin on Aug 2 To participate send your donation to the Michael Kivlin Reward Fund at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone with information about this crime should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 New Braunfels man sues city Plaititiff claims police beat him caused damage By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A New Braunfels man filed a Vil rights law suit against the city of Lraunfels recently alleging New Braunfels police beat him and caused damages when they arrested him in two separate incidents The suit filed Aug 5 in the District Court in San Antonio will be handled by the citys insurance agency the Texas Municipal League The plaintiff Israel Rodriguez 34 a former guard with Loomis Security is represented by San Antonio lawyer Abraham Ribak TML officials did not return phone calls to their office in Austin on Thursday The city paid TML this year for law enforcement liability insurance that includes a deductible city officials said City Attorney JacqueHhe Cullom Murphy said the city had not been served with the suit yet and could not comment Rodriguez was arrested in October 1995 involving charges of driving while intoxicated and evading and resisting arresf Rodriguez claims three police officers beat him during that arrest He was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication on two of the charges but later was arrested on a charge of retaliation March 3 1996 involving police officer Stephen Hanna Hanna while working security at HEB on Walnut Avenue claimed Rodriguez threatened to hurt him because of his previous arrest According to court documents Hanna claimed that Rodriguez walked up to him in the store and said Im gonna get you when youre in civilian clothes and Im gonna hurt After calling for two patrol units the officers arrested Rodriguez and charged him with retali ation In June the case went to trial in district court A Comal County jury found Rodriguez inno cent of the retaliation charge Before the recent civil rights lawsuit was filed TML sent Ribak a letter in July that denied his claim and told him that an investigation by the Turn to Lawsuit Page 2A County denies DA staff request By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer DibWaldrip District Attorney Dib Waldrip will have to decide how to continue pro viding to the county and its residents Cadillac services after Sept 1 minus one prosecutor Comal County Commissioners voted 32 Thurs day to deny Waldrips request to add a new chief misde meanor prosecu tor posjtion to his roster of employ ees for the remainder of the year Those vot ing against the request said it was because consoli dating the prose cutors offices was not creating promised savings The two in favor of the posi tion said savings were not the issue and the Carter Casteel position was needed The district attorney and county attorney offices will merge Sept 1 creating a criminal district attorneys office At that point the elected coun ty attorney position will become defunct In a 1998 budget request Waldrip included a new position to replace the elected position However County Judge Carter Casteel cut the position in her proposed budget saying the savings promised when the consolidation issue was promoted had not taken place When there was not a 1 cut that position thats about a savings she said Casteel said she wanted to uphold her end of the promise made to vot said the public was promised savings and for that reason she moved Thursday to deny creating the new position Turn to County Page 2A Meet the teacher HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Goodwin Primary firstgrader Casey Neef met her new teacher Janet Tabler with a beautiful bouquet of flowers Thursday evening Neef and hundreds of other children got acquainted with their teachers before school starts Monday during Thursday nights Meet Your Teacher celebrations River returns to tubing levels But some outfitters say its too late for this summer season By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer State requiring more high school classes By PEGGY FIKAC Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP This years crop of high school freshmen will have to technology and more social studies or science courses to graduate under new minimum state requirements The new graduation increas es computer training for students which is going to be an important job skill and life Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Graves Ratcliffe said Thursday The course thats required in speech will also be beneficial because verbal presentations are important in virtually every job you can think of and in communicating with your fam ily and friends Giving a public pre sentation can be scary and this will help prepare these students to clearly articulate their The requirements approved last year We have found that increasingly the ability to speak well to present to interact is needed in the John Stevens executive director Texas Business and Education Coalition by the State Board of Education increase the minimum number of cred its required to graduate from 21 to 22 Some school districts may require stu dents to take more course credits to graduate Students get a half credit for each semester of course work in a particular subject Those older than freshmen must follow the graduation require ments in place when they entered high school New state minimum requirements include one credit of technology appli cation such as computer science and one half credit of speech Clearly the graduation require ments we set forth for Texas students ought to reflect the world theyre going into after high school We have found that increasingly the ability to speak well to present to interact is needed in the said John Stevens executive director of the Texas Busi ness and Education Coalition Similarly the computer proficien cies are very important Our ultimate goal is to have them integrated into every course and perhaps the sepa rate course will go away when that happens Its really important that eveiy student have some kind of basic and fundamental exposure to computers and the ability to use the he said Turn to High School Page 2A Dont put those tubes and rafts away just yet water recreation aficionados may see an extended period of ideal river conditions for the first time this year The Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam will flow at about 700 cubic feet per second today and continue through the weekend and possibly through next week Those are the current plans of the Army Corps of Engineers the agency charged with controlling the water discharge rate from Canyon Dam Local river outfitters consider a flow rate of 700 to 800 cfs ideal for tubing and other recreational activities on the river Flow rates have ranged from cfs to cfs this week Rockin R River Rides owner Zero Rivers said the decreased flow would help his weekend business but it would come too late in the year to help his weekday business Tourist season is Rivers said We may get some couples without children during the week but thats about Rivers said he expected at least five more weekends of good conditions for tubing on the river Local river outfitters said they hoped the 700 cfs flow rate would help them make up for at least part of the revenue lost during July July is normally one of the busiest times of the year for the outfitters but this year abnormally high flow rates caused hazardous conditions on the river The release rate was more than cfs from late June until early August The high release rate was due to heavy spring rains which elevated the water level at Canyon Lake to near the top of the spillway A tlow rate of cfs is considered hazardous for all recreation al activities except guided raft trips Fishing with dad Ken Berger and his son Matthew try their luck at fishing in Canyon Lake Wednesday Five minutes after this photo was taken Matthew snagged a two Inch Hsh HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall EAA gives temporary pumping exemption to some homeowners From staff reports The Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors approved a temporary solution for homeowners earlier this week ihat would allow certain residents with homes under construction to draw water from their wells The board temporarily exempted domestic well owners from regulation if their subdivision existed before Sept 1 1993 no additional source of drinking water exists in their area and if more than 25 percent of their lots within the subdivision have been sold to homeowners The provision will be in effect until the board adopts permit rules which could be as early as September The board also approved its first term permits which allow pumpers who did not apply or qualify to apply for regular permits to draw water from the Edwards Aquifer if the J17 observation well in San Antonio stays above 665 feet John Clay from Comal County who plans to operate a driving range in Garden Ridge received a temporary permit to supplement water he will be leasing from New Braunfels Utilities Good Samaritan Lodge Nursing Home iu Leon Valley received a term permit allowing pumping for tire prevention and suppression The facility gets it drinking water from the San Antonio Water System Turn to EAA Page 2A McQuoeney column debuts Page 5A get your school Pages 1011A