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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                i 1 1 t 1 V NEW 20332 M009 74 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 ITUNG Vol 148 No 225 14 pgs in 2 sections September rPot TTJ QfA Ay Comal Gountsince 1852 50 cents Area leaders working to air out pollution problem San Antonio mayor says action days arent enough BY PERI STONBPALMQUOT Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Ozone Action Days just arent cutting it area government offi cials said Wednesday Never heard of that designation Couldnt define it Thats the point San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak said I dont think some people ever figured out what an ozone action day he said For those in the dark its the designa tion rnade by Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission when weather con ditions are ideal fix the formation of ozone a reactive gas mat forms when pollutants react in the presence of sunlight and heat High unhealthy levels of ozone often are triggered by hot dry weather and heavy traffic The Greater San Antonio area which includes Comal County experienced high lewis of ozone too many times this a violation that could result in various penalties such as increased gas prices MILLIKIN In an effort to prevent these penalties and keep air clean for health reasons Peak and other local government officials including Comal County Com missioner Jay Millildn formed a committee to develop strategies for reducing air pollution The 10member Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee is orga nized through Alamo Area Council of Gov emments a voluntary association of 94 governmental entities in 12 counties The executive committee has been meet ing since April along with an advisory committee At their meeting Wednesday committee members agreed to launch a yearround educational campaign They also said a different approach was needed We need lifestyle Millikin said People need to get in the habit of car pooling and using electricpowered lawn mowers he said Currently residents are told to make changes only on Ozone Action Days Millikin said he also wanted to see more of an emphasis on public health Ozone can inflame lung tissue and spark breathing problems And that message hasnt gotten out This all relates to individual he said Instead of an emphasis on health the focus had been on penalties such as increased gas prices or increased vehicle inspection fees Millikin said See Walnut woes WAI UHeraldZeitung Above cars and trucks form a long line Wednesday as traffic is forced into a single lane at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 Traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions as road construction crews perform expansion work on the 135 bridge Texas Department of Transportation resident engineer Greg Malatek said he encouraged those shopping at Wal Mart 1209 Interstate 35 South to use the driveway nearest Taco Bell to alleviate congestion at the inter section But Tex Morton left of New Braunfels had a different plan Morton said he parked his car at the H EB shopping center 651 S Walnut and walked to WalMart to do his shopping then walked back He said the exercise was good and it helped avoid the traffic jam on Walnut Early voting brisk for NBISD bond Closing time nears at Dittlinger Library FROM STAFF REPORTS Dittlinger Memorial Library 373 Magazine closes for good at 6 Friday Mayor Stoney Williams will check out the last book No items are due during the time the library is closed but library users can continue to return library materials in the book drop at the Dittlinger until the new library opens No books can be checked out during the closing period Library employees will spend the next two weeks packing and moving to the New Braun fels Public Library 700 E Common St The new library is scheduled to open Oct 16 Williams will check out the first book The new library will feature more meeting room space two study rooms a Friends of the Library bookstore additional parking and additional computer workstations The Dit tlinger Library opened on Oct Fate of million package will be decided Saturday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels independent School District officials said they didnt know what to expect Saturday when voters decide the fate of a million bond package But one things for sure more voters are going to the polls than did in the districts 1994 bond elec tion Early voting results already have surpassed the total number of ballots cast during the districts million bond election in 1994 Polling counts released by the dis trict indicated NBISD voters participated in early and branch vot ing Sept 1528 Thats more than the voters who turned out in 1994 Five years ago 487 voters went to the polls during early voting and 785 voted on election day During early voting this year 794 voters cast their ballots at the Edu cation Center 430 West Mill and 801 voters turned out at early voting branch locations This was the first time the district used early voting branch locations during a bond election David Rastellini NBISD elections administrator said the addition of branch voting locations played a part in the higher turnout Its a lot more convenient for the he said But Rastellini also said voters seemed to be showing more interest in the current bond election This bond election has been very wellpublicized and I think people POLLING PLACES New Braunfels ISO patrons can vote from 7 to 7 Saturday at the following locations Vl District 1 Lone Star Primary 2343 W San Antonio St District 2 Memorial Elementary 1900 S Walnut Ave District 3 Seele Elementary 540 Howard St District 4 Lamar Primary 240 N Central District 5 New Braunfels High School 2551 Loop 337 have expressed a lot of interest in the he said Despite the higher turnout a large percentage of registered voters in NBISD have not gone to the polls There are registered voters which means only percent cast ed their ballots early Rastellini said he did know if high voter turnout would continue Polls will be open 7 to 7 at the following locations District 1 Lone Star Primary 2343 W San Antonio St District 2 Memorial Elemen tary 1900 S Walnut Ave District 3 Seele Elementary 540 Howard St District 4 Lamar Primary 240 N Central District 5 New Braunfels High School 2551 Loop 337 School officials said the bond pro jects were necessary to renovate See EARLY Annual Moving Waters Pow Wow begins Saturday at Canyon Lake BY ERIN MAORUDER Staff Writer Native Americans from across the nation will celebrate their unique heritage this weekend at the fourth annual Moving Waters Paw Wow The Pow Wow provides a natural setting for generations of Native American fara the history of Native Americans We wanted to dispel the Hollywood myths about what American Indians are said Pow Wow coordinator John Guenzel The Pow Wow lets people dee the true in full authcn art and traditions of their culture The event was founded by the Moving Waters Foundation a group of local citi Ouenzel said be expected at least 30 Native American tribes to attend It will be a very diverse zel said We nave people from Kansas Colorado Mexico Florida and Oklahoma INSIDE SA Book sale begins today Joseph Hinojosa left flips through childrens books Wednesday with his mother Susan at a sneak preview for the annual Friends for the Library book sale at the New Braunfels Civic Center The sale will run from 9 to 7 today and 9 to 5 on Friday Proceeds ben efit the public library i   

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