Thursday, February 3, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS r villHi I I iV Mi i HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 55 16 pgs in 2 sections February 3 2000 THURSDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD calendar in draft process BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Parents teachers and commu nity members in New Braunfels Independent School District con tinue working on a 20002001 school calendar that should go before the board Feb 15 School officials said the Dis trictwide Education Improvement Council which has representa tives from all facets of the com munity would meet Monday to develop a calendar draft or several calendar drafts to present to trustees for approval DEIC members are expected to contact their constituents or mem bers of their respective groups to receive input on the proposed cal endar draft before recommending it to trustees School officials said the DEIC was looking at a calendar similar to the current school calendar which had an Aug 25 start date NBISD received statewide attention this year for being one of a few districts starting school lat er in On Jan 27 Comal Independent School District trustees approved a 20002001 school calendar with an Aug 16 start date which was the same day CISD students start ed school this year Since 1992 CISD students had an earlier start date in the fall in order to end the first semester before the Christmas break NBISD school officials said there was a similar push among some parents in NBISD At a board meeting Tuesday night NBISD trustee Jim Calla han said he felt it was important for the first semester to end before students returned in January After talking to teachers and See Back in the saddle Trail riders make stop on way to San Antonio BY JESSIE K SLATEN Staff Photographer Dressed inlong Johns rain slickers they saddled up their horses and prepared for the long route around New Braunfels In the cold wet morning some 20 trail riders tried to make an departure from the Comal County Fairgrounds Theyre a little late much to the ire of Trail Boss Kevin Bigenho With plastic linings for saddles and hats hot chocolate and coffee was the order of the morn ing to warm the insides of these horse lovers headed out for one more leg of their annual jour ney to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Like 12 spokes of a wagon wheel groups of riders come in to San Antonio from a 200mile radius on separate trail rides as part of a cele bration of the history and legend that belongs to the area and the show See Top Kirkwood Manor director Norm Custer waves goodbye as the Greater Randolph Area Trajl Riders leave for their last leg of the day along Loop 337 Left Mina Chappell seat ed was thrilled to see all the horses and rid ers saunter up to the main drive of Eden Home Activities Director Karen Preiss stand ing helped Chappell and others as they reached out to each horse and rider Concern for trout could delay water project BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A sport fishing conservation groups concerns about GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authoritys request to divert more water from Canyon Reservoir could result in the delay of a million treat ed water supply project Since filing Sept 15 to contest GBRAs amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited has been on a mission to ensure the survival of a local trout fish ery GRTU flow committee chairman David Schroeder said The water rights amendment would allow GBRA to increase its authorized diversion from Canyon Reservoir from acrefeet per year to acrefeet per increase GRTU is concerned would result in an unstable flow of water from Canyon Dam during the critical period of May through Octo ber a time when GRTU relies on the flow of the Guadalupe River to cre ate temperatures low enough for the trout to survive Schroeder said GBRA and attorneys representing GRTU have been negotiating since December but GRTU has yet to accept any of GBRAs proposals for a settle ment Schroeder said GBRA general manager Bill West said reaching an agreement with GRTU was a top priority We are certainly anxious to get this West said We are optimistic that we are close to reaching an agree GBRAs interest in expediting a set tlement has much to do with their plans to complete its Western Comal Treated Water Supply Project a proposed 43mile pipeline that will deliver treat ed surface water from Canyon Reser voir outofdistrict and to portions of Comal and Kendall counties The project is contingent upon TNR CCs approval of the amendment appli cation and thus settlement with GRTU West said The project includes the construc Burn ban lifted until Friday BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Because Mother Nature blessed the New Braunfels area with about two inches of a good soaking rainfall Comal County Commissioners temporarily lifted the ban on outdoor burning until 5 Friday Commissioners removed the ban which has been lift ed only once since Aug 9 on the recommendation of Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford Wednesday morning We temporarily lifted the ban because the substantial amount of rainfall the county received the past few days was enough to lower the fire Manford said Residents can take advantage of the small reprieve from the drought and burn brush stored since summer but Manford said they should do so with extreme caution Residents need to be very careful when they are burn Manford said It only takes a few hours of sun and wind for the grass to dry out on top and that is the fuel to the fire even though the ground might still be Manford said keep controlled burns controlled residents should follow a few simple tips Make sure the fire does not get too big to handle Clear the area surrounding the burn of brush or oth er combustibles and Have water nearby and available in case the fire spreads The Texas Forest Service and the National Weather Service have predicated dry conditions will continue until spring so the next few days might be the only opportunity residents have to burn for several months Manford said Residents planning to burn today or Friday are required to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatch at 6203408 and provide it with the location of the bum Man arrested in convenience store robbery BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 27yearold Marion man was arrested Tuesday for robbing the E Z Mart convenience store 2760 N Interstate 35 and FarmtoMarket Road 306 on Super Bowl Sunday No one was injured and no property was damaged in the robbery but the man left the store with about in cash from the register New Braunfels Police Depart ment Detective Sean Gabbard said The man allegedly entered the convenience store about and told a female clerk he had a weapon but never displayed it and demanded cash from the regis ter Gabbard said As the man fled the store with the cash an employee wrote down the license plate number of the mans vehi cle Gabbard said The man was arrested after a Seguin Police Department officer provided Gabbard with a photograph of the Mar ion man who was a suspect in a similar robbery that recently occurred in Seguin The E Z Mart clerk identified the Marion man from the photograph and the man was arrested after being detained at the Seguin Police Department He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond Bulverde officials Highway 281 overpass lightens traffic million overpass brings customers back to businesses BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent BULVERDE Frank Harris said things are looking up for his business at the inter section of Highway 281 and FarmtoMarket Road 1863 in Bulverde He hasnt extended his hours at Lukes Chevron added more services or increased his advertising But his convenience store has become more convenient thanks to a million over pass at FarmtoMarket Road 1863 the first of several overpasses proposed north of Loop 1604 The overpasses are being added to pro vide grade separation for Highway 281 as it crosses area secondary roads The FM Road 1863 overpass opened about a month ago For locals who can remember waiting 15 minutes or longer to get through the inter section and the accidents there it is wel come It helped business no doubt about Harris said Its safer out here and people can get to the store Warren Alston a member of Bulverdes road commission said he was glad the two yearlong project was finished Were mighty proud of Alston said It is wonderful It makes things so much nicer Now theyve got the lights up its lit theyve got the fourway stop in its really Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton agrees I feel greatly Barton said Its like we got a new lease on Barton and Alston said Texas Department of Public Safety officials told Bulverde aldermen there had been 44 accidents at the intersection during the twoyearlong con struction But the intersection had been prob lematic long before that Barton said In the past when Ive had to cross over and try to go up Bulverde Road it was always an anxious moment for me to look up to the right because the visibility was so poor and the traffic was so Barton explained If you missed it just by a little you had a real problem You pull up mere now and you just have a stop sign then you can pull It was worst Barton said during morning and afternoon drives In the mornings when the school buses were there traffic could be stacked up a See INSIDE Key Code 76