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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS lll III HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 1 24 pages in 2 sections November 19 1999 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Canyon Cougarettes power The Canyon Cougarettes trav el to Austin today for a match with Conroe Oakridge in the Burger Center in the Class 4A state semifinals See Page 1B WAI FRIDAY Archer tapped for Texan of Year SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG Congressman Bill Archer of Hous ton has been chosen as the Texan of the Year Texas Legislature Conference Advi sory Committee Chair Ray Ferryman announced Thursday The 34th Annual Texas Legislative Con ference is scheduled for March 2324 in the New Braunfels Civic Center according to Ted Cook chair of the Arrangements Com mittee for the Conference Archer will be present to receive the award at the Texan of the Year reception on Thursday evening March 23 and will par ticipate in the 34th Annual Conference on March 24 The 34th Annual Conference boasts six major cosponsors this year Cook said The co sponsors include Enron Guadalupe Valley ARCHER Telephone CoOp Lower Colorado RiVef Authority PacifiCare of Texas Reliant Energy Entex and Southwestern Bell Archer has served in Congress since 1971 In January 1995 he became the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee He serves in that capacity today and is also chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation Archer was a key player in getting the The importance of a football game pales in comparison to this tragedy Our only concern right now is for those students their families and friends All in our Aggie family are in a state of football coach Slocum Students die in bonfire fall 11 students dead 28 injured when stack of logs falls COLLEGE STATION Texas AP A towering 40foot pyramid of logs erected for Texas traditional football bonfire trembled and then came roaring down early Thursday crushing 11 students to death and injuring 28 others Two people had been seen trapped in the rubble day afternoon but officials said late Thursday that both had been confirmed dead Workers hoped to get to the bodies of those two students one male and one female by dawn said Kem Bennett an engineer with Texas Task Force One At least four of the injured were in critical con dition Rescuers earlier in the day used sensitive sound detection equipment to listen for moaning or tapping from the enormous pile of collapsed logs and heard scratching noises But several hours later officials said the noises were no longer being heard A wave of grief settled over the campus of some 90 miles northwest of Houston Thousands turned out for a memorial service Thursday night including former President George Bush whose presidential library is at Texas For the Texas Aggie family and the world this has been a day of unspeakable grief and president Ray Bowen said Were all trying to cope with this tremendous loss of life and the pain and Top levels of the structure which is tiered like a wedding cake fell off to one side The painstaking work was expected to continue into the night as rescuers tried to reach the two people seen in the debris We take it one log at a Bennett said Theyre wired three together in stacks so we have to cut the wire and move them one at a time So its a lengthy WAI Comal County Club members get together on Thursday night at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch to support each other pray for all of the students families administration and emergency personnel at Texas University and discuss how the club can help the stu dents and families affected by the tragedy Local residents honor lives lost BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer As thousands of Texas University students mourned the deaths of those involved in Thursdays bonfire accident a group of New Braunfels resi dents gathered to remember the students who died and honor the families and rescue personnel affected by the accident The Comal County Aggie Club had originally planned a small bonfire and yell practice in honor of the of Texas game next week Due to Thursdays accident the cer emony was cancelled The bond that brought the alumni to the meeting pulled them closer together in the wake of this tragic accident Updated information was given to those in attendance and a prayer was dedicated to the students The bonfire is Katie Sibbernsen a 1996 grad uate said You dont really understand it until you see it Its a 90year tradition Those students were out there doing what they needed to Its a time for students to bond no matter what class youre Sibbernsen was a friend to an Austin student who died in the accident City councilwoman Jan Koty lo agreed that the bonfire unites students as well as alumni Its hard to she said The bond is something that continues even after you leave When you see that ring on someones finger its an instant Jon Tillman president of the Comal County Aggie Club said all proceeds from Thursdays event would go towards the acci dent Thats why were meeting to help support the families and Tillman a 1990 grad uate said Everything this club does is to benefit the students County picks first water district board BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners appointed temporary board members to the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Thursday The five community members chosen own land over the Trinity Aquifer and were handpicked by commisj sioners to protect and conserve the aquifer The temporary board members are Christian Dullnig of the Bulverde area appointed by Commissioner Jay Millikin Ernie Lee of the Canyon Lake area appointed by Commissioner Jack Dawson Larry Hull of the Spring Branch area appointed by County Judge Danny Scheel Sondeen who lives near 1863 appointed by Commissioner Cristina Zamora and Starr Carey who lives on the north side of Guadalupe River appointed by Commissioner Moe Schwab The board members will serve until the next legislative session and will work with the public to protect and conserve the aquifer Dullnig said a retired geologist and appointed temporary chairman of the district We need to communicate to the people the importance of protecting the property owners water Dullnig said Our meetings will be a public forum to listen to the needs of the Sondeen a physiologist said as a property owner near the Bulverde area she was sensitive to the water availability concerns of residents I have really studied the aquifer and communicated with my neighbors about how to make sure the aquifer is Sondeen said Originally county officials sought to create a multi county groundwater conservation district that would include other areas that rely on the Trinity Aquifer such as Blanco Hays Kendall and northern Bexar counties When most of the counties denied to support the dis tricts formation commissioners pursued a single coun ty district to protect the valuable natural resource the aquifer provides However the request was lumped with 22 other water district proposals in a bill sponsored by state Sen Buster Brown The resulting legislation allowed coun ties to create temporary districts with limited authority The groundwater conservation district will not be allowed to conduct elections have eminent domain make longterm management plans assess taxes issue bonds or annex and consolidate districts Although the groundwater conservation district will have limited authority temporary board member Ernie Lee said he was optimistic about what the district would be able to accomplish There are some opportunities there to do what a water conservation district should Lee said I am very pleased the county has taken this Wildfire threatens county BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer An extreme wildfire threat most of Texas and Comal County is no exception In fact the New Braunfels area made a list of the top four driest places to live in the entire state according to recent reports from the Texas Forest Service With no recorded rainfall in New Braunfels for the past three weeks tie in for a long dry winter National Weather Service said NWS has predicted Central Tex ans will not see any significant relief from the drought until spring time Meanwhile residents should take the fire threat seriously and strict ly abide by the burn ban that has been in place in the county since Aug 9 Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said We had three grass fires in the 90unty last week and three the week human Manford said The majority of fires are caused by a controlled burn that got out of Because of the dryness of the vegetation fires are caused by unusual sources such as a welding spark the catalytic converter of an automobile or a cigarette To put the wildfire danger into perspective the Texas Forest Ser vice relies on the KeetchByram Drought Index which measures the moisture of the living INSIDE 13A Key code 76 Moscow Boys Choir WAJUAteraldZeitung City councilwoman Jan Kotylo welcomes the Moscows Boys Choir before their 7 concert Thursday at the Tree of Life Fellowship Church 652 N Loop 337
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