Thursday, March 4, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 20332 WEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YflNDELL DR EL TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 74 16 pages in 1 March HPOT TD A V County since 1852 50 cents Brush fire continues to flare up in Fischer CHRIS Chuck Hathaway left and Jeff Murray of the Canyon Lake rest at the Red Cross station on BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer More than 100 fire fighters and law enforcement offi cials from 21 agencies settled in for a long fight Wednesday against the brush fire that has bedeviled north ern Comal and southern Hays coun ties since Sunday afternoon This is going to be a war of attri tion until we get a good said Comal County Sheriffs Deputy TimKolbe Deputy Terry Roberts who has helped coordinate firefighting efforts said the elements were not cooperating The weather is the factor The low humidity and high winds are working against Roberts said As of Wednesday afternoon the fire had scorched almost acres along the county line and mostly was contained but a number of flare ups kept firefighters busy Scouts on fourwheelers and in a Depart ment of Public Safety helicopter scoured the area No injuries were reported but a small barn burned on Wednesday The barn was the first structure lost although the fire had been diverted from several homes Three Blackhawk helicopters from the Army National Guard in Austin made 12 strikes against the flare ups dumping 680 gallons of water with each pass Air support is doing the majority of the work right Roberts said Paula Morikami said her home was on the county line about two miles from the edge of the fire She moved to the area from Hawaii two years ago We didnt have droughts or fires in Hawaii so this is a new experi ence for Morikami said Many firefighters had been on the scene since Sunday with little rest Many took naps on cots provided by the American Red Cross I never lost my faith Holocaust survivor shares story with OakRun students BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Fellow inmates at Auschwitz didnt give Sam Rosenzweig much of a chance of survival Two weeks ten days at the most they said Standing at 5 feet tall Rosenzweig was one of only four mem bers of his extended family which once totaled 300 to escape Nazi concentration camps during World War n Now 79 years old he not only survived Auschwitz but lived to tell his story to others in the hope that what happened nearly 60 years ago would never be forgotten Rosenzweig spoke to about ISO sixthgrade students at OakRun School on Wednesday about his experiences in concen OakRunsiudehts recently completed a social stucfies unit focusing on World War n antiSemitism bigotry and hatred OakRun principal Mike Fitsko said The reason I am talking to you today is because its only been 50 or 60 years since this has happened and its already been for Rosenzweig said History can be hidden and falsified and what is going to happen in 10 years when all the survivors are gone Unfortunately history can repeat itself And you should be aware of this because the things that happened could happen Although Rosenzweig is small in stature his determination and religion were big keys to his survival I never lost my faith From the beginning I was sure that God would save he said In a voice still heavily accented by his native German Rosen zweig recounted vivid memories of his time at Auschwitz a place that would eventually claim the lives of his father mother and brother Only Rosenzweigs sister and two cousins lived to see the end of World War H Students listened in respectful silence and awe as Rosenzweig gave a firsthand account of conditions in the concentration camps something they had only read about in history books I have a message for the future and for all of you When you fall flat on your face dont stay there You have to get up and never give he said In 1943 Rosenzweig had been living with his family and studying to become a rabbi in the city of Zawircie Poland when all Jewish residents were rounded up and loaded onto box trains headed for Auschwitz Rosenzweig told students he and his brother were chosen to work a detail to load dead bodies onto the box trains Afterward jan armed Nazi soldier asked his superior officer if he should sfibot the men or transport them to Auschwitz heard the most beautiful music when he said the words that were to be transported That might not make sense but with theres he said ftHe described to students his forced march from Auschwitz to during the infamous Death March which began Jan 1945 six weeks we walked and if you couldnt walk you were See ROBIN Sam Rosenzweig displays the tattoo on his forearm bearing the number was used Instead of his name at a Nazi concentration camp In the frame are photographs of him just after his release from the concentration camp left and a year later Rosenzweig spoke to students at OakRun School on Wednesday AC company getting heat rom city local attorney BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer A local attorney and the city of New Braun fels have accused a San Antonio air condi tioning company of price gouging and shoddy workmanship City attorney Floyd Akers confirmed Wednesday the state attorney generals office was notified this past year that Hispanic Air Conditioning sold and installed central air conditioning units at several homes in New Braunfels at nearly triple the cost of industry v Repeated calls to Hispanic Air Conditioning were not returned If theyre price gouging thats going to be between them and the attorney generals Akers said New Braunfels city officials stopped grant ing permits to Hispanic Air Conditioning this past year but did not revoke permits that had already been issued Akers said the company was allowed to keep permits it previously acquired so work at residents homes could be completed Officials reportedly decided not to take the company to municipal court for substandard work in the city Akers said the accusations of price gouging if prosecuted by the state attorney general could carry penalties far greater than the maximum fine the city could impose in the local court system Price gouging is a serious violation Wed rather have die attorney office handle Akers said I An attorney representing one local resident who complained about Hispanic Air Condi tioning has threatened legal action against the company for what he called deceptive trade practices Barron Casteel said his client New Braun fels resident Jose Mandujano signed an contract with the company in October 1998 The contract was for the purchase and instal lation of a central air conditioning system in Mandujanos home at the 800 block of Holly Street Casteel said a recent estimate of the work done at Mandujanos residence indicated the central air unit was worth less than half of what was charged by the company Casteel said he believed Mandujano was not the only person in New Braunfels to hire Hispanic Air Conditioning and overpay for See INSIDE Canyon Lake reeling from loss of 30watt radio station PROM STAFF REPORTS CANYON Huff cant understand why the Federal Communications Commission wanted his radio station off the air Huff who operated Canyon Lake Radio FM out of his home said FCC officials along with US Marshals and two Comal County Sheriffs deputies came calling around oo Tuesday They were here to arrest my Huff said I walked out and and looked around I saw two shenifffe cars and a white Bron co I went into the house and was greeted by the and US Huff said the officers let selves in as there was no one else home and he was on the air Canyon Lake Radio operated at 30 watts and was named one of the best sjnalltown stations in the state by Texas Monthly magazine As the officers entered the studio Huff said he got back on the air to tell listeners what was going on but authorities killed the micro Huff said the men took all of his equipment before leaving When they couldnt figure out it meaning it was exempt from FCC restrictions Attempts to reach the FCC were unsuccessful on Wednesday Members of the community are outraged about what has happened Huff said John D Butler chief deputy US threw it over the railing from the third he said Huff claimed the station was operating under the Urn office knew nothing about the FCC1 objectives We are the Butler said Our position is to assist the FCC which routinely has special agents go put and find bootleg and pirate radio stations which oper ate outside of FCC Butler said he assumed the FCC had a judicial order We have the authority to do these types of he said Thats what we did We had aimseizure meeting on Monday and did the seizure on Tuesday Correspondent Dana Jones con tributed information to this