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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Vol 149 No 84 14 pages in 2 sections March 23 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Legislative conference reception honors Archer BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The 34th Annual Texas Leg islative Conference kicks off tonight at 7 with a reception hon oring Texan of the Year Congressman Bill Archer Fridays events include several panel discussions on topics such as health care reform the cen sus and the upcoming Novem ber election Tickets are available for the event and can be bought at the door for per day The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc sponsors the conference to famil The 34th Annual Texas Legislature Conference iarize residents with their elected officials About 500 people are expected to attend the event at the New Braunfels Civic Center Special guests include Lt Gov ernor Rick Perry Texas Comp troller Carole Keeton Rylander Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney State Senator Buster Brown State Senator Jeff Wentworth State Senator Judith Zaffirini State Represen tative Edmund Kuempel and more The event is cosponsored by Enron Guadalupe Valley Telephone CoOp Lower Colorado River Authority Paci fiCare of Texas Reliant Energy Entex and Southwestern Bell Committee chair Ray Ferry man said the caliber of speakers at the event typically attracts community leaders city and county officials business leaders and legislators from throughout the state This conference has become a very prestigious event in the state and at the national he said Seco ent A wellregulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be Under the gun Docs Guns owner Mike CantuWithoff demonstrates how a thin nailsize key inserted in the back of the gun unlocks this revolver CantuWithoff says he offers simple basic safety instructions with each gun he sells K JESSIE Zeitung Store owners question Smith Wesson agreement BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Smarter safer guns of the future courtesy of Smith Wesson and the federal govern ment might be available to consumers but many local retailers are saying the agree ment is heavy on political warm fuzzies and light on sweeping social reform Smith Wesson the nations highest pro duction handgun manufacturer signed an unprecedented agreement Friday with the Clinton administration The company promised along with other stipulations to make its handguns more childproof by includ ing safety locks and contributing to the devel opment of smart gun technology in exchange for protection against pending and future lawsuits Many local gun retailers question whether the agreement is just a smoke screen or a glimmer of hope on the horizon for guncon trol advocates Its more feelgood public bologna than said Matt Bettersworth General Manager of Hill Country Rifle Company 5726 Morningside Drive It may reduce the amount of lawsuits against Smith Wes son but its not going to have an impact one way or another other One problem with the agreement is that the new more childproof safety locks could defeat the ability of an individuals right to defend themselves said Mike CantuWithoff owner of Docs Guns 1111 N Walnut Avenue The downside is the safety features make it difficult to operate a gun in an CantuWithoff said A safe gun is not always a shooting See Candidates set for May 6 city school elections Local Elections BY HEATHER TODD AND PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writers Comal County residents are vying for several city council seats in Bulverde Gar den Ridge and New Braunfels for the upcoming May 6 election Wednesday was the last day for local candidates to file in three city elections and one school district race Comal County residents will elect two new representatives to the New Braunfels City Council a mayor and five aldermen to the Bulverde City Council and three mem bers to the Garden Ridge City Council Comal Independent School District patrons in singlemember districts and 5 also will elect representatives to the board Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2 New Braunfels City Council Residents in New Braunfels will elect two new representatives for districts 3 and 4 currently represented by Randy Vansto ry and Jan Kotylo respectively While both are eligible to run again nei ther plan to In the District 4 race candidates are Mary Cameron Wall director of managed care at Alamo City Medical Group retired architect Robert Kendrick and life insur ance agent Dave Pryor Debbie Flume a selfemployed busi nesswoman Don Talley a special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Gale OHara Pospisil a resi dential real estate appraiser have filed in the District 3 race A candidate must receive more than 51 percent of the vote to win the election if not the top two candidates will face off in a runoff election Comal Independent School District Three seats are up for election on the Comal Independent School Districts board of trustees in May The school district is divided into seven singlemember districts each represented by a member of the board of trustees Two PACs file treasurer reports BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Let the campaigning begin Two groups of residents have filed campaign treasurer reports for political action committees with the city allow ing them to collect and spend more than for political purposes A political action committee a group of two or more people accepting political contributions or making polit ical expenditures must file a cam paign treasury report before it accepts or spends more than Residents can file the reports any time before the election Taxpayers for and 6 a group supporting the sports complex and activity center bond propositions filed Wednesday and have plans to spend on local newspaper advertis ing We just want to inform the people explain whats all New See For 2000 only patrons in singlemember districts and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election As of Monday District 2 trustee Dan Krueger District 1 trustee Dora Gonzales and District 5 trustee Lester W Jonas have filed to run for reelection CISD patron and former board member Carl Derald LaRue and Spring Branch res ident Rose Cervin filed to run against Jonas for the district 5 seat No one has filed against Krueger or GoiV zales Bulverde City Council Mayoral candidate Donald Weidow is challenging Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton in See Cervin runs for CISD position BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Spring Branch resident Rose Cervin Wednesday added her to the list of candi dates seeking the district 5 seat on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees Filing for the May 6 trustee election ended Wednesday Five people are seeking three places on the board in May Three have filed for the district 5 seat including incumbent Lester W Jonas and Comal County resident Carl Derald LaRue District 2 trustee Dan Krueger and Dis trict 1 trustee Dora Gonzales also filed for re election No one filed to run against Gonza les or Krueger If nobody files as a writein candidate by 5 March 27 the board could declare Gon zales and Krueger winners of their respective districts Early voting begins April 19 and ends May 2 The school district is divided into seven sin glemember districts each represented by a board of trustee member For 2000 only patrons in singlemember districts and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election Cervin a 16year the Comal Countyarea resident said she is running for office to continue her district involvement and to focus See Flume seeks NB council seat BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Within an hour of the deadline Wednesday a selfemployed businesswoman filed for the District 3 New Braunfels City Council seat currently represented by Randy Vansto ry Debbie Flume 39 joins Gale OHara Pospisil 54 a residential real estate apprais er and Don Talley 44 a special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the race Vanstory said he would not seek reelec tion in order to devote more time to his busi ness Filing for District 3 and 4 started Feb 22 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell and ended 5 Wednes day The election is Sat urday May 6 Voter registration cards tell each patron his singlemember dis trict Early voting begins April 19 and ends May 2 District 3 is split by North Walnut Avenue and bordered by Landa Street to the south the city limits outside Loop 337 to the west SeeCOUNCIU3A FLUME INSIDE Key Code 76   

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