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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cue 9 vytth addresses i lor 2 can water 7 Well use rjdlngin2or can water today after 8 Vol 149 No 142 14 pages in I sections June 6 2000 A Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Court overturns death sentence Eight other Texas cases in question HOUSTON AP The Texas death sen itence of an Argentine man was set aside iMonday casting doubt on the fates of eight other condemned inmates because a psy chologist might have improperly cited the defendants race or ethnicity as juries con sidered punishment The Supreme Court ordered a new Justices throw out Davidian sentencing hearing for Victor Hugo Salddno convicted of murder in suburban Dallas four years ago The appeal did not dispute Saldanos guilt During the punishment phase of Saldanos trial psychologist Walter Quijano served as a prosecution witness and testified about Saldanos future an aggra vating factor that allows Texas courts to administer die death penalty instead of life in prison Quijano listed 24 factors in making such a prediction includingrSaldanos ethnicity He testified that blacks and Hispanics are over represented in prison and the fact that Sal dano is Hispanic was a factor weighing in favor of future Similar testimony by Quijano in the trials of eight other death row inmates has prompt See Texas storms Summer break gets soggy start National Weather Service We needed it badly BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County youth started out with a wet sum mer vacation this past weekend as thunderstorms drenched the area Sunday night and continued into Monday morning The National Weather Ser vice office in New Braunfels reported inches of rain fell ii the New Braunfels area as of Monday morning with about a half inch reported Sunday Mark Brundrett a forecaster with the NWS New Braunfels office said an upper level disturbance coupled with a cold front moved into the area this weekend and was moving slowly in a southwest direction This was a pretty good little rain for us And we needed it he said The wet conditions contributed to several car accidents Monday morning including one that sent a 19year old woman to a San Antonio area hospi tal Capt Stuart Rhodes with Canyon Lake said a 19year old woman had to be cut from her car after a onevehicle accident on FarmtoMarket 32 about Monday The woman who was not identified was taken by AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in guard ed condition Rhodes said the woman apparently lost control of her vehicle at a curve in the road and left the road way Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatch reported three other accidents about the same time Monday morning throughout the county Late Monday morning drizzling rain and overcast clouds threatened to turn family vacations into dis asters at such places as Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Guadalupe River But many families braved the wet conditions and tried to make the best of it San Antonio resident Nancy Neundorf her 12year old son and several of their friends from Houston made the trek to Schlitterbahn Monday morning despite the lessthanideal conditions Were meeting friends from Houston here and if K JESSIE Although most equipment was on higher ground these Caterpillars were entrenched in muddy water near Seguin Avenue and Interstate 35 after rains fell in the area Sunday and Monday we didnt come they wouldnt come I just hope it doesnt rain on Neundorf said It hasnt rained in a while and today it rains Were just going to try to make lemonade out of said Kathleen Carlson from Houston who came to Schlitterbahn with her 12year son Austin Austin who said it was his second trip to Schlitterbahn just got out of school for the summer this past Wednesday But he didnt seem too fazed by the weather If it rains it he said Neundorf said This is a chance for us to meet up with some of our girlfriends Were See The need for speed Kelly Vinson 14 already is in the dri vers seat and loving every minute of it Find out about his sport on Page 1B Trustees ponder lake high school site BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMTTHSON VALLEY Comal Independent School District will build a million high school beginning in 2002 that it will open two years later near Canyon Lake And CISD superintendent Jerry Major says the school will be the nicest school in central Texas The first seems certain the latter seems likely What might be much less certain is just where that new school will be built Proposition 2 of this past years million bond issue called for a new high school to be built north of Canyon Lake FarmtoMarket Road 306 and FM484 Now the district is grappling with demographics geographical and trans portation realities that suggest that area isnt the best place for the school and what to do about it CLAY Monday night CISD trustees and administrators debated alternatives and exchanged plenty of ideas with district taxpayers in a long range planning workshop As of yet no land has been bought for the new school Major said the district hoped to have a site chosen by about this time next year so preliminary planning and site work can begin As the meeting progressed Monday night a possible site for the new high school was creeping south and eastward along FM 306 in the direction of Sattler Most of Mondays public comment centered on issues of fairness and parity between district schools In years past CISD officials say theres been a perception that the Canyon Lake area has been shortchanged in improvements and amenities District officials say that perception can be attributed largely to the explosive population growth in the more southerly areas of the 589squaremile district Canyon Lake parent Jack Shinn asked whether the new high school would be equal in size spending and pro grams to the districts two current high schools Canyon and Smithson Valley Then he asked where it would be built Ive heard discussions over where this high school will be built that run from one end of Canyon Lake to the oth er from the north side of the lake to the south side and all the way over to Highway Shinn noted Where will it be See i Luncheon to celebrate CIS i FROM STAFF REPORTS i I Local residents are invited to eel ebrate the success of Communities in Schools one of the nations largest stayinschool networks at Thursday at New Braun fels High School 2551N Loop 337 Communities in Schools of Coma County is sponsoring its fifth annu al luncheon in celebration of its I ongoing effort to keep area youth in school During the 19992000 school year CIS served local students in casemanaged services said Chris Douglas CIS director The 2ation also has served at least in as tutoring job readiness programs and counseling Douglas said We want to be able to celebrate the success of the program but also we want to be able to tell those in the community about die program who dont already know about the ser vices we Douglas said Residents interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP by log 6204247 The event is open to the public and includes a donation The luncheon will feature keynote speak er Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott as well aa guests Sen Jeff Wentworth and Rep Edmund INSIDE Rosedale residents get 60 more days Building board grants extension to vacate order BYHBATHBRTOOO Staff Writer Residents at Rosedale Apart vacate the complex and find places to live afte they pleaded Monday for more time Seven residents living at the Roiedale on Roaedale Avenue and South the citys Building Standards Commission Monday night they could not find affordable housing in New Braunfels in one month Nadine Mardock director of the New Braunfels Housing Authority also said it would take time to find affordable housing for residents because rent was high in New Braunfels and low income housing units bad no vacancies There is no place for them to she said On May 1 the commission vot ed uoantrooiuly to older all resi dents of the apartment complex to vacate in 30 days The proper wire ordered to secure the grounds and remove any debris within the same time period The action came after city inspectors found more than 150 violations of building fire health and safety codes during an inspec tion of the complex on April 7 Serious structural problems in the apartments including improper wiring no twowqy file walls sagging floors collapsing roors and rotting foundation piers serious health and safe ty risks to residents inspectors said Were just asking for more Sftt   

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