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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Landa Park Dolphins continue gold rush Page 1B 50 CENTS 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 X MXD 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 X 20 pages in two sections Wednesday August aldZeii Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jared Fallen ilrs Vol 145 No 200 Inside Dear S ta m mti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Steve Vanlandingham Nathan Klabunde Charles Gillis Jared Fellers Don Thomas Milton Erben Airman Becky Moos 20 Pedro Sparza Rosa Mar tinez Vincent Resales 18 years and Travis Lawrence 13 Happy anniversary wishes to Mr and Mrs Leon Dietert 50 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here cull 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Cedar Elm 6 trace Grass 14 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used of the same Tonight Fair this evening becoming mostly cloudy after midnight Low in the mid 70s South wind 51 Omph Thursday Morning cloudiness then mostly sunny High in the upper 90s to near 100 Southeast wind near 10 mph Friday Partly cloudy Highs in the 90s Saturday and Sunday Partly cloudy with chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Rodriguez hosts town meeting Congressman Giro D Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 Thurs day at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria 2343 W San Antonio St Fireflies Division II set soccer tryouts Tryouts for the Fireflies Divi sion II soccer team will be con ducted at the HEB soccer fields at 6 tonight All girls are encouraged to attend Lake Dunlap levels to drop Beginning Monday the water level in Lake Dunlap will be about 18 inches below nor mal so the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority crews can con duct a washout and inspec tion of one of the three spill gates Work will be completed by Aug 29 and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend People using the lake during this week are advised to exercise cau tion Beating the heat Its the time of year again that all of us who are going to be outside need to worry about the heat Here are a few tips about beating the heat Slow down reduce your activities Dont dry out drink lots of liquids Police continue search for pawn shop robber By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Police have turned up tew clues to make an arrest in the shooting and robbery of a local pawn shop owner more than two weeks ago Michael Kivlin owner of the Hunting Camp Pawn Shop on South Business 35 survived the Aug 2 inci dent in which a man shot him once in the head He now is recovering at home The robber who was looking at electronic equipment in the store shot Kivlin from behind as Kivlin was walking to the counter police said The man then tried to openthe cash register but was unsuccessful police said He broke open a glass case and took numerous firearms The suspect left physical evidence that police said could help tie the crime to a suspect once enough information surfaced So far police said a mediumbuilt Hispanic man in his midto late20s committed the crime and they have been trying to piece together what little evidence they have to make an arrest But that may take a while they said Police have sent out information through the Depart ment of Public Safetys communication network and have telephoned local law enforcement agencies such as Boeme and Seguin police in search of leads Police said they eliminated an estimated 30 sus Turn to Robber Page 2A Robbers description Hispanic man Midto late20s 5foot7 to 5foot9 Medium build Short black hair Persons with information about the suspect should call Crime Stoppers at 620TIPS Callers do not have to reveal their names One cool swinger HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Chad Wescott Imitates Tarzan of the Jungle as he jumps from a rope into the Comal River Tuesday evening The new school year may have started Monday but local youngsters still are finding time to take a cool dip now and then CISD narrows facility options Trustees consider expanding MV campuses building new elementaries By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees decided Tuesday they will consider only the top priority recommendations made by a longrange planning committee putting a dent in the original SI05 million price tag Also Tuesday CISD trustees indicated they arc leaning toward building a high school as opposed to building a smaller high school or expanding Smithson Valley High School The district now is exploring two options build two new elementary schools which would bring the total package to million or expand Mountain Valley elementary and intermediate campuses which would bring the total package to S89 million The board decided to allow a subcommittee to look at the two options and make a recommen dation to the board The committee would also rec ommend possible items that could be cut from the longrange planning committees proposal The board directed three trustees and three members of the committee to serve on the sub committee An architectural firm will consult the group The group is expected to have a recom mendation for the board at its Sept 10 meeting Before narrowing the options trustees studied eight variations to the plan for facilities Those variations included building a smaller high school expanding Smithson Valley High School and expanding the Mountain Valley schools to reduce the number of new elementary schools to one Kent Niemann of Pfluger Associates told the board it needed to decide which scenario it want ed to follow because each will set a different If we could accomplish that I think we could get on to the next step and that would be to squeeze it down as much as Niemann said The board opted not to expand Smithson Valley High School or build a school to house students Trustees said that although a dent campus would cost more it would be a bet ter longterm solution The choices Option 1A New West side high school Major expansions and renovations to Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools New East and West side elementary schools Additions and only Priority 1 renovations at all campuses Develop Goodwin Elementary into an alternative school Technology upgrades at all campuses Total Cost Option 1B New West side high school Major expansions and renovations to Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools New West side elementary school convert Mountain Valley into a cam pus two 800 student elementary school Additions and only Priority 1 renovations at all campuses Develop Goodwin Elementary into an alternative school Technology upgrades at all campuses Total Cost The last thing I would want to do is build a high school that will be obsolete in three or four said trustee Doug Nail Weve made that mistake The board also readdressed the issue of a bond election stressing that the bond package should be structured in a way that gives taxpayers the final decision on whether to build a new high school I feel real strongly about this that they need to tell us what to said trustee John Clay District resident Bill Smith who served on a previous LRPC told the board CISD has an out standing educational system and overcrowding or large campuses would compromise that Make a decision to put this school district back where it should be Put it back on top and maintain the growth Plan for the said Smith who received applause for his comments Yes its expensive But I would rather pay the extra expense to keep it the best it is than see you approve something thats mediocre We dont want mediocre We want the best we can get and well pay for it But you have to show me its the best it Comal ISO gives employees 5 to 8 percent pay increases By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Employees in the Comal Indepen dent School District are getting a raise despite a budget crunch that has admin istrators looking for about 1 million in budget cuts CISD board of trustees approved the raises at its meeting Tuesday night Teachers nurses and librarians will receive an increase of to or 5 percent to 8 percent This meets the states minimum pay scale and keeps CISD employees about above the state minimum All other employees will receive an increase of about 5 percent The teacher increases added million to the budget while raises for all other employees would cost about Theres no doubt in my mind we need to do said board president Dan Krueger These people are the heart and blood of this The board approved the pay increas es so the business office could begin preparing for Septembers payroll The entire budget will not be approved until later this month Theres no doubt in my mind we need to do this These peo ple are the heart and blood of this dis board president Dan Krueger The budget presented to the board totaled about million up from in 19961997 The current tax rate of would generate mil lion leaving the district million in the red It would take a rate of about to to fund all items proposed in the budget The rollback rate at which the district would have to hold an elec tion is Several trustees said they wanted to see the rate kept at requiring a cut of about 1 mil lion A tax payer with a home valued at paid in taxes this year At a rate of with no increase in the value of the home and Turn to Pay increases Page 2A Family time HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darriall AnnMarle and Ricky Espinoza swing their children Valerie Jasmine and Cassie at Landa Park Tuesday evening CAD approves budget By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Growth and demand for services caused the Comal Appraisal District budget to increase by 4 percent from 1997 to 1998 according to Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers The board of directors approved the 1998 budget at its meeting Mon day evening The budget totaled in 1997 The budget is funded by the 15 taxing entities that lie within the appraisal district and have their property values assessed by the CAD Curtis Koehler deputy chief appraiser said another in CAD revenues comes from the sale of maps plats and copies of data and electronic data that the Turn to Budget Page 3A WORD manager wants river cleanup to continue By DAVIO DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE With the summer tourist season almost over the manager of the Comal County Water Ori ented Recreation District is asking his board to consider con tinuing river cleanup services in September The lower river cleanup services contract given to Little Ponderosa River Outfitters started during the Memorial Day weekend in May and runs through Labor Day WORD manager Jim Inman said he would ask the board to discuss the idea at its meeting today at at the Turn to WORD Page 3A County budget at a glance Page 124 local businesses spice up state show Page 10A
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