New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 21, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

October 21, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 240 16 pgs in 2 sections October 21 1999 npTTT TI npv A V ServinS Coma County since 1852 50 cents Bulverde NW consolidation election nixed City officials say they misunderstood states requirements for petition BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer A consolidation election for Bulverde Northwest has been cancelled after city offi cials learned they did not have the required amount of signatures on a petition Bulverde Northwest residents were sched uled to vote Nov 2 on whether or not to consolidate with the city of Bulverde City officials thought they were only required to obtain 30 signatures to call the election and were recently notified by the Secretary of States office that they need 100 signatures Mayor Malcolm McClinchie said The election requirements are confus McClinchie said We thought we were doing it properly at the City officials thought they needed to obtain signatures of only 15 percent of the voters in the last election When we stopped collecting signatures we had three times the amount of what we thought was McClinchie said We thought we had what we Although city officials decided to cancel the election they still are on track to contin ue with plans for consolidation McClinchie said Another election could be scheduled as early as January 2000 he said Bulverde Northwest with a population about 600 incorporated May 1 with the intention of becoming part of Bulverde The city is centered at the intersection of 281 and Texas 46 spanning to the east and west Even if the consolidation election had pro ceeded Bulverde Northwest might have a bigger foe to worry about On Oct 6 the state filed a lawsuit against See Fall festival preview Lone Star Primary PTA members Deb Brazle right and Laura Russell promote the schools upcoming Fall Festival The public is invited to attend the fundraiser set for 5 to on Friday See page 2A for more WAI Happy anniversary Veterinary clinic marks 30 years of service BY BETTY TAYLOR Staff Writer For 30 years the staff at Creek View Veterinary Clin ic 1121 Eikel has been tending to cattle horses cats dogs reptiles even flying squirrels On Saturday the clinic will celebrate its anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 Were one of only two clinics in the city that do both small animals and large said Dr Michael A Doherty who operates the clinic with his partner Dr Gary H Brotze Creek View originally focused on large animals Since then it has seen a higher percentage of birds reptiles exotics and what Doherty referred to as pocket such as white mice hamsters and snakes Weve treated llamas iguanas and weve treated monkeys from the Snake Farm Weve worked on everything from circus bears to African lions and Doherty said Brotze said exotics were very popular among pet lovers Brotze and Doherty still treat cattle but they also take care of Sugar Gliders The flying squirrels make a high pitched chirping sound and can glide or nearly 200 feet Some pet owners even have pouches spe cially made for them the sugar gliders so they can carry them around their Brotze said They are neat little Brotze graduated with a degree in veteri nary medicine from Texas University in 1967 He grew up on a farm and said his back WAl Above Physicians and staff members at Creek View Veterinary Clinic 1121 Eikel gather at the front door The clinic which opened in 1969 will celebrate its 30th anniver sary from 2 to 5 on Saturday Right Creek View Veterinary Clinic nurse Susan Slovak kisses her pet cat after it was treated by Dr Gary Brotze one of twoyeJsrinari ans at the clinic wr ground in livestock led to his decision to pur sue his degree Doherty graduated with a degree in veteri nary medicine from Colorado State Universi ty in 1977 He also had experience working on a ranch and had been accepted into two medical schools and two veterinary schools before pursuing his present career As pet owners their experience is hard to beat Between them they have owned or now own cats dogs pygmy goats birds iguanas and other animals We also had a hedgehog at one said Brotze whose family includes two small chil dren I always say that half of my waking hours besides working are spent feeding ani Doherty said the benefits of owning a pet were numerous I think they are a great source of unde manding affection From a medical stand point they lower blood pressure relax people and calm he said Creek View Veterinary Clinic opened in 1969 by Dr Larry Waldrip who is now retired The clinic was remodeled in 1971 and again in 1986 Plans for expansion beginning this year include adding more boarding space and a bigger treatment and surgery area The clinic offers a wide range of services including ultrasounds endoscopy eye surgery and orthopedic surgery The staff attends workshops on a monthly basis to keep updat ed on new procedures and technologies Grandmother spreads word about SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has personal meaning for Gooden BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Three years ago Reatha Gooden knew very little about Sud den Infant Death Syndrome But an unexpected tragedy changed Goodens life forever and now she is dedicated to educating othi ers about this rare condition Cm spent die evening with her 4monthold niece Aman da Jane Gooden Reatha said the child appeared healthy and happy and lat er that evening she returned Amanda to the childs aunt Around 7 on May 6 Reatha got a call from the aunt reporting Aman da was found not breathing in her crib An ambulance took the child to a local hospital but Amanda could not be resus citated An autopsy was performed on the childs body and medical officials told Reatha the baby likely died of SIDS Reatha said the news came as a shock I dont remember ever hearing of SIDS before that Reatha said I didnt know anything about it and I hadnt really paid much After Amandas death Reatha was determined to find out more about the condition that took the life a child who was her only granddaughter at the time For the past three years Reatha researched infor mation and sought out SIDS support groups Now she uses her knowledge to try to edu cate parents of infants and wouldbe mothers REDUCING THE RISK Researchers say there is no way to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but suggested parents do the following to reduce the risk Put babies to sleep on their backs and inform grandparents babysitters and day care providers about positioning the baby on the back to sleep Do not smoke during pregnancy or during the criti cal first year of life and do not allow anyone else to smoke around the baby Use firm flat bedding Blankets and bumpers should be thin flat and fas tened securely to minimize the risk of covering the babys head or face Avoid overheating your baby including too much clothing heavy bedding and a warm room Maintain good prenatal care and communicate with your babys doctor about changes in your babys behavior or health TRAIN TOUR SCHEDULE Friday Depart Taylor Union Pacific depot 118 E Front St at 10 Arrive Austin Amtrak Station 250 N Lamar Blvd at Depart at 1 Arrive San Marcos Amtrak Station LBJ and MLK Drive 2 Depart at Arrive New Braunfels UP depot 302 W Garden Union Pacific safety tour rolling into town BY PERI STONEPAIMQUWT Staff Writer A train is coming to this time to promote grade crossing safety Union Pacific Railroad began a 29day fourstate Southern High Grade Crossing Safety Tour on Oct 13 and will roll through New Braunfels between 3 and on Friday grade crossing safety students law enforcement officers and com munity leaders along the route When we operate these special twins itls to reach as many people as we can about grade crossing UP spokesman Mark Davis said It draws attention to the prob In people died and 1S5 people were injured in collisions in Texas at high grade crossings About 320 collisions were reported Nationally 422 people were killed and seriously injured in highwayrail grade crossing collisions UPs safety tour does help reduce these numbers somewhat Davis said For the first five days or so after the tour train crews notice people not taking as many said But the llthday after the tour people go back to their old UP has several suggestions to avoid acci dents at crossings Never drive around lowered gates its illegal and deadly Never race a train to the crossing Even if you tie you lose Do no get trapped on a crossing Only proceed if you are sure you can cross the entire track Get out of your vehicle if it stalls on a crossing and call your local law enforce ment agency for assistance Only attempt to restart if you can post lookouts to warn of See SAFETY INSIDE Key 76 ;

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