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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ELS HERALDZ Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce emissions by carpoollng today T NG Vol 149 No 113 22 pages in 2 sections April 26 2QOO WEDNESDAY Serving V v 52 50 cents Rodriguez Bush tax cut doesnt work QlIT fOtlds Bv ROM MAI nWPV Pntnal in ttiio fall wno itivitpH to tn niir if tn BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Congressman Giro Rodriguez warned Tuesday night that Texas Governor George W Bush will decimate healthcare edu cation and social programs at the same time returning the United States to deficit spending with an impossible tax cut hes elected president in November If you run the numbers on the Bush tax cut it just doesnt Rodriguez told about 50 members of the Comal County Democ rats One of the realities is if the governor has a proposal for a trillion tax cut on the table there will be RODRIGUEZ nothing tie can offer for healthcare or Social Secu Rodriguez DSan who will be seeking his second full term in Congress this fall was invited to the political clubs April meeting to speak to issues of health care and national policy Texas State Rep Henry Cuellar DLaredo will address the May meeting of the CCD on the federal Childrens Health Insurance Program At Tuesdays meeting Rodriguez called for increased federal spending on Medicare Medicaid education and Veterans programs among oth We have to keep our promises to our veterans if we want to continue to lead the world we have to educate our we need to restore billions in funding to were among themes touched on as Rodriguez blamed Republican majorities in both leg islative houses for blocking Demo cratic initiatives in those and other areas The former social worker said that if Democrats can retain control of the White House the federal deficit See Bomb hoax disrupts classes BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY A small myste riously decorated box found early Tuesday morning at Smithson Valley High School did not contain a bomb a note found Monday afternoon in a school restroom had promised However the hoax still managed to disrupt the campus by delaying the arrival of about students and faculty No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday but the latest bomb threat to plague Comal Independent School District left school officials finning and the majority of students frustrated Were troubled by this and quite frankly sick of students disrupting our classes and classes across the CISD superintendent Jerry Major said We have leads on students who might nave done mis and we are going to try very hard to find A written bomb threat was found about Monday in a boys restroom by a school employee CISD public information officer Kari Hutchison said The bomb threat was specific to something that would happen Hutchison said Classes were not interrupted Monday but school officials and maintenance searched the School officials sent a letter home with stu dents Monday afternoon that informed parents about the threat and the safety precautions SVHS would take School officials searched the campus Monday evening but no explosive devices were found Hutchison said Comal County Sheriffs Office detectives and bomb sniffing dogs began searching the SVHS campus early Tuesday for explosive devices One of the dogs alerted about to a box about six inches squared in a grate near the schools main entrance that allows air to flow under the building Major said You would have really had to be looking hard for the box to see Major said Detectives alerted a military bomb squad from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and access to the campus was blocked off before faculty and students arrived Hutchison said Students were transported to nearby Smithson Valley Middle School where they waited with school employees for the high school to be secured The bomb squad arrived at the high school about 9 and opened the box which report edly was empty The box had an eyeball painted on one end See RON Smithson Valley High School students file out of the Smithson Valley Middle School stadium shortly after 9 Tuesday after another bomb threat at the high school Real old really quick BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Brent Lowak Brian Nowotny and several of their friends missed more than an hour of school Tuesday They were among several hundred students standing in the sun behind a chain link fence at the Smithson Valley Middle School shortly after 9 Tuesday They were there because of another bomb threat at Smithson Valley High School Offi cials were checking out a suspicious box that turned out to be empty The students were unhappy frustrated and in no mood to be polite This really sucks they exclaimed in a chorus while waiting for buses to take stu dents back to the high school They were among those whose personal vehicles were See Traffic pokes along Interstate 35 File photo State earmarks 6m for 135 improvements BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Department of Transportation announced Tuesday evening that local commuters will benefit from more than million in Interstate 35 improvements in the next four years TxDOT engineers made public a laundry list of Comal County projects that will be includ ed for 2000 and in its 20012004 Rural Transportation Improve ment Program at a 7 meeting at the TxDOT district office 4615 W Loop 410 The transportation improve ment projects are designed to focus on 11 rural counties in the TxDOT district including Comal Guadalupe Kendall and Kerr counties The 135 improvements which include widening the freeway up to eight lanes in several areas have been lobbied for by frus trated residents and city and coun ty officials for the past several years As usual 135 is the biggest deal in Comal said county engineer Tom Hornseth who attended the meeting Also included in the projects was the installation of a traffic light in front of New Braunfels High School on Loop 337 and improvements to Texas 46 and Business 46 Projects slated were the result of a nearly yearlong selection process which included input from residents in the TxDOT dis trict Projects not slated for the next four years included major improvements to the intersection of 28 land Texas 46 Hornseth said these improve ments should be a priority in future years because of rapid development in the area WHATS UP 20012004 TxDOT Rural Transportation Improvement Projects for Comal County include estimated pro ject cost is Interstate to an eight lane freeway from just north of 725 to just South of Texas 46 Estimated cost Interstate to an eight lane freeway from just north of Walnut Avenue to just north of 725 Estimated cost Loop traffic light at New Braunfels High School driveway Estimated cost S Texas traf fic light at Oak Run Parkway Estimated cost Business ing of road from San Antonio St to Hampe St Estimated cost Business ing of road from Walnut Avenue to San Antonio St Estimated cost estimated pro ject cost is and widen narrow pavement and shoulder from W Texas 46 to about 4 KM north of Mission Valley Road Estimated cost Business railroad overpass and widen to four lanes undivided from Kessler St in New Braunfels to Hampe St at Union Pacific Railroad Estimated cost Gruene bridge and approaches at the Guadalupe River Estimated cost See EARLY VOTING Early voting for the Bulverde Northwest Incorporation In Bulverde takes place Thursday at the Bulverde Community Center 1747 E Ammann Rd from 7 to 7 In New Braunfels early voting is taking place in the Comal County Courthouse Annex Room 101 from 8 to 5 days through May 2 Special hours will be offered Saturday April 29 from 0un to 2pm Bulverde NW voters to decide incorporation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVIRDE Voters who live in what once was the City of Bulverde Northwest can make cityhood happen again in the May 6 they choose to The area which encompasses Texas 46 from roughly Blanco Road to Sun Valley Drive was incorporated in the May elec tion this past year The incorporation was dis solved a few months later in an outofcourt settlement with Ingram Readymix which now has a plant in the area Terms of the mayor Mai McClinchie said First was to try to check San Antoniofc northward expan sion into Comal County The second goal McCUncbie said was to try to establish some sort of reasonable plan for the Texas 46 third was to consolidate with the rest of Bulverde We have the same goals we had McClinchie said The election comes against a backdrop in which any day a decision could come in a Kendall County court that either upholds or nullifies the socalled Boerne Wall A group of proporttffi in the disputed Boerne Road are blocking San northern expansion The two communities have been locked in a yearslong court fight over the ETJ issue The Bulverde Northwest incorporation McClinchie said becomes even more impor tant if that court decision reportedly against Boerne Its of more than casual interest I dont think the Boerne Wall will collapse But I guess if Ive learned anything Ive learned not too count too many chickens before they he said Bulverde Northwest and its ETJ could provide a sort of fallback position if the Boeroe Wall falls McClinchie said All that INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds 812B Comics 2B Crossword 2B Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television SB Kay
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