Wednesday, October 8, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Unicorns sweep Lee move into first place Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 18 pages in two sections Wednesday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Crissy James Vol 145 No 235 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Crissy James Susan Buch Lau ren Kirkham Dayna Miller Sil verio J Gonzales 75 Caleb Smith Mike Engel Camie Car denas 30 Santiaga Aguirre and Lupe Dominguez Jr 21 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 54 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 299 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feot above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Mostly cloudy skies to prevail with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Low near 70 Southeast wind 510 mph Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers High in the upper 80s East wind 510 mph Friday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thun derstorms Highs in the lower and mid 80s Saturday and Sunday Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunder storms Lows in the 60s Highs in the 80s Road construction Texas Department of Trans portation crews are expanding Interstate 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 No lanes will be closed but southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed All northbound lanes are open Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Once pavement work begins traffic likely will be reduced to one lane In addition to routine repairs county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The road will remain open to i traffic but temporary lane clo sures could occur City of New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Friday Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road Morningside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Friday Overlay of those streets will begin next week NBHS sets candlelight pep rally Thursday Alumni of New Braunfels High School are invited to a candle light pep rally at Unicorn Stadium Thursday night in preparation for Homecoming The event will start at 7 The rally will end at about with the extin guishing of lights and the playing of the fight song and alma mater Hummel Museum taps Schaeffer as executive director By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer After two years without an executive director the Hummel Museum Board of Directors named Doreen Schaeffer to the post Tuesday at its gen eral membership meeting Board president Tom Purdum made the announcement and said Schaeffer 44 was appointed to the position because of her experience as the museums business man ager for the last two years She came to the museum when it opened five years ago as the office manager She is very familiar with the museum and its opera Doreen Schaeffer Purdum said This Hummel World is complex the copyrights and the licensing per mits Furthermore she demonstrates she wants this museum to succeed and thats what we Schaeffer said she would try to get more expo sure for the Hummel Museum I would like to see more school Scha effer said Id like to try to get educational pro grams for the children developed something for them to do when they come here maybe handson painting and The new executive director also wants to boost attendance for the museum which attracts about visitors a year I would like to have more activities have oth er artists and other traveling exhibits she said Turn to Hummel Page 3A Republic of Texas member arraigned By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer A Republic of Texas member lost her second battle in less than a week against a system she believes is illegal Carolyn Carney whose motion to have a judge removed from her case failed last week was arraigned Tues day for the first degree felony charge of aggravated assault against a public servant after District Judge Charles Ramsay denied a hearing on a motion to dismiss the charge The charge stemmed from a June incident in which Camey allegedly pointed a handgun at a lawman exe cuting an arrest warrant at her home in Bulverde for failure to appear in court Carney who is secretary of council for the Republic of Texas said she was notready to she still was gathering information in the case but District Judge Charles Ramsay entered a plea of not guilty for her He also advised her to hire an attorney I know you probably want to rep resent yourself and that is but I strongly advise you to get an attor Ramsay told Carney Carney who said she has not decid ed whether to represent herself said Ramsay was prejudiced against her because she sued him for violation of her constitutional rights She added that she had been denied access to her file and had not been able to prepare a defense so she was not ready to enter a plea She said Ramsay should not have entered a plea for her Hes practicing law from the she said Criminal District Attorney Dib Turn to Arraigned Page 3A Inline in the rain HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Angel Vargas and Adrian Barbosa carry their umbrellas and inline skate in the rain along Golf Course Road Tuesday afternoon The city received inches of rain Tuesday and 08 inch Monday Cable panel airs complaints By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Teen Connection helps abused youths Cable television in New Braunfels could be improving in the future but like too many wires entanglements exist every step of the way Concerns and complaints from local members of a cable television committee were voiced in a Tuesday meeting at New Braunfels municipal building Members identified an assortment of problems and discussed them with a repre sentative from TCI Cablevision of Texas Inc Lack of quality programming poor transmission of some channels and a disregard for customerfriendly service were among frustrations vented during the session Committee members Glen Pool Harry Preston David Carol Rehfeld Vincent Sampiere Mava Hillje and Ray Bizer explored the chance for community input into a cable companys system plagued by contractual obligations and big business and occupied with marketing its own prod ucts TCI actually owns part of certain programming companies as CNN TNT CSPAN and FOX Sports Southwest What is included in a programming package for a commu nity like New Braunfels can be based on large corporations and what programming is owned by or affiliated with them according to TCI representative Dennis Moore The city of New Braunfels applied for rights to regulate cable rates when a cable contract with TCI was signed sev eral years ago With these rights the city should be able to regulate basic municipal reg ulation is really a moot said Moore who explained that the Federal Communications Commission does all the regulating Supposedly an open door exists for local cable users to give their input on basic service but basic rates and other issues are rarely negotiable according to Moore who listened and responded to concerns and said he would be wlling to speak to management officials at TCI and pursue changes that New Braunfels cable users desired A bright point came at the end of the meeting when Moore announced that additional channels might be available through new technology called digital compression Digital compression allows 12 channels to fit into the same band length one channel normally occupies The dig ital signal was immune to many transmission interferences he said and would be compatible with the same cable sys tem wiring currently in use in New Braunfels Turn to Cable Page 3A By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Facing domestic violence as a teen can be especially trying because the adults looked to for advice may be the ones doing the abusing October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Teens and children are part of the 386 reported domestic violence incidents in New Braunfels and 245 reported incidents in Comal County during 1996 Help is available through the Teen Con nection in New Braunfels a refuge for girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 17 who are abused battered or experiencing some kind of family violence within their homes Established in 1983 Teen Connection served young females in crisis situations and Problems at home Third of a fourpart series added the same provisions for boys in 1989 The center has a capacity to provide shelter for 13 of each gender said Kyle Barrington executive director Teen Connections mission is to provide quality and effective programs and services to assist each individual client in developing resiliency and self sufficiency Barrington said During 1994 Teen Connection provided shelter and counseling for more than 100 Turn to Teens Page 3A TCI Cable Rate Comparison Monthly Rates New San Braunfels Marcos 20 additional channels basic service expanded service Train wash HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Leslie Boone gives the Landa Park Train a nice bath Tuesday afternoon The train has been running on the weekends and on special occasions during the week Lewis Creek cleanup progressing By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Inmate workers are cleaning up Lewis Creek ahead of schedule County Commissioner Danny Scheel told Commissioners Court Thursday Scheel said inmates participating in the countys inmate workrelease program are expected to get the first portion of Lewis Creek done within days I think we will finish the south side of FarmtoMarket 1863 within 10 days and start doing the north side of Scheel said The inmate work crews have been cleaning the creeks embankments of debris and small cedar trees since early September The county decided to help clean up Lewis Creek after early June floods forced people to evacuate their homes mostly on Circle Oak Drive in Oak Village North Debris and small cedar trees in Lewis Creek may have worsened the flood by not allowing water to drain into the Cibolo Creek home owners have said The eight inmates assigned to the cleanup have been working on Lewis Creek from the Cibolo Creek to FM 1863 Once that portion is done they will continue to work along Lewis Creek north of FM 1863 through Oak Village North to Smithson Valley Road Scheel said when the project began he thought it would take two months to clean the southern part of Lewis Creek The job will probably be complete within a month He said the pace would accelerate with the next section of creek bed I feel like that section will move quicker even though it is longer because we dont have the big trees and it is not as dense in growth as we had on the south side of Lewis Scheel said Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said the eight inmates assigned to the cleanup have been working very hard The inmates have certainly made inroads and strides out Mid dleton said The inmates in the work release program have been working six days 46 hours a week The Sheriff Bob Holder has made sure that we get the job done prop erly before we get heavy rains that cause property and road Getting ready for Gruehe Music Fest Page 8A