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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEXJaBKafcJNFELS otc 2DQO HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 31 50 cents 16 pages in 2 sections December 16 2000 O A rpy TTJ Serving Comal County since 1852 Lawmakers to tackle school calendar control CHRIS Mike Crownover recently received an award from the State Department for his help during the Sierra Leone coup in 1997 Helping hams is his speciality BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When Mike Crownover was a boy he lis tened to a shortwave radio in his room hear ing the bells of Big Ben announcing broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation and dreaming of places far far away What grew in adulthood into a ham radio hobby one day put him the middle of a reallife adventure in a place far far away When Crownover met Henry Kenealy three years ago while monitoring his ham radio Kenealy was in a bit of a jam in a little place many of us had never heard of Kenealy worked for the State Depart ment and was assigned to the Embassy in Sierra Leone Things were getting a little exciting at his duty station on the Atlantic coast of Central Africa The tiny nation of Sierra Leone went through a military coup in 1997 And Crownover a New Braunfels ham radio operator played a role in the State Depart ment evacuating 500 people during the crisis This happened when I had my radio on monitoring Crownover said He was living in the Houston area at the time I heard this guy come on kind of a weak signal By his call sign I knew where he was he said But in talking a little bit quite a story began to emerge Kenealy was in the Embassy in Sierra Leone and a stray missile had knocked out the embassys communications equipment and its air conditioning Outside participants in a coup unfriendly to US interests were trying to break down the doors He had no communication except for the radio with the ham bands and a small antenna His signal wasnt very Crownover said Henry needed us to help him get in contact with the Department of Crownover took Kenealys information and relayed a set of telephone numbers through See HAM BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The77th Texas Legislature could take on a nightmare that plagues school dis tricts every year the school calendar One of the hundreds of proposals coursing through the legislative net works would limit local control over deciding when a school year begins and ends REAVES The calendar is always a very contro versial said Ron Reaves superin tendent of New Braunfels Independent School District Supporters say some school districts are starting classes so MAJUH early in August that students have little time to spend with their families and to work They also say the earlier school starts the hotter the temper ature is and conse quently the higher the utility bills August is a hot month and theres no question that youve got to open those air conditioners Comal Independent School District superinten dent Jerry Major said It seems like right after Labor Day things get Deciding when school starts and ends is not as easy as picking dates on a cal endar Districts have many special inter See Fond farewell After lifetime of service pair says goodbye to law enforcement K JESSIE The Comal County Sheriffs Department celebrated the careers of retiring law enforcement officers Chief Deputy Bill Collins facing center and Capt Rudy Rodriguez right on Friday Below From left Chief Deputy Richard Bennie Sheriff Bob Holder Rodriguez and Collins BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It was a time for good times remembered by good friends On Friday the Comal County Sheriffs Department celebrated the careers of two officers whose com bined service in law enforcement totaled more than 70 years Deputy Chief Bill Collins and Capt Rudy Rodriguez will hang up their stars and their guns at the end of this month and try something new retirement Collins plans to fire up his recre ational vehicle when the weather warms up In the meantime his wife Casey has some cedar woodworking projects lined up for him Rodriguez said he would play with his grandchildren But Friday afternoon at Ryans Family Steakhouse both men remembered the old times with about 40 fellow deputies county employees and some of their hus bands and wives Were here today to honor two guys for their time with Comal County and the sacrifices theyve made for their families and for the fine service theyve Sheriff Bob Holder said The sheriff said hed known both men particularly Rodriguez a former Texas Ranger who followed Holder to the sheriffs department a long time The first word that comes to my mind when I think of these two men is Nobody has more Another word is Both are honest as the day is Holder said The third is Some of us are good at some things some of us are good at others and not many of us in our business are gentlemen These two men are Its been a pleasure working with Waterwise Danel sends sack rules BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys water study committee is sending proposed subdivision rules essen tially unchanged back to commissioners court The Comal County Waterwise Growth Study Committee reconsidered the proposed rules Friday Some commissioners said the rules might not go far enough in forcing a developer to certify that water exists to serve a proposed project County Engineer Tom Homseth said the rules going back to commis sioners court would include the same guidelines as before in terms of testing and monitoring wells Commission ers Court sent us back to discuss certain Hornseth said We revisited the issues and were coming back with the same Commissioners sent the proposed subdivi sion rules back to the committee more than a week ago On Friday the committee determined that the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission guidelines allow a certifying engineer some flexibility in determining how best to meet the rules Meeting the requirements to prove enough water exists for a subdivision would cost between and That would pay for a hydrogeologist and a professional engineer as well as drilling a pair of wells The geology of the Trinity Aquifer is so complex that no single solution will work in all situations said a pair of hydrogeologists and the president of the Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District Theres no one size fits all said Chris Dullnig president of the STGCD board Its a very unique and diverse aquifer One of the things you get into in Comal County is the difference between east west and north are so great you cant put out a blanket require Hydrogeologists Bob Stein and Ed Miller agreed Its not a homogeneous isotropic Stein said See WHATS NEXT Comal County commissioners will vote Thursday on new subdivision reg ulations that will require developers to prove enough water is available to serve their projects INSIDE Coming Sunday Tis better to give than to receive and New Braunfels has plenty of ways you can give this holiday seasonJiyestyle iC Airport board reviewing hangar proposal BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer One company responded to New Braunfels request for proposals to build new Thangars at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport The airport advisory board probably will interview ErectATube of Harvard in January and decide how to proceed Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said The airport already has 30 Thangars which are for small individual aircraft However the hangars have been full since they were built and have a long waiting list The airport board approached council with the need for new hangars and council instructed the board to seek proposals from private investors The company that put the proposal together and sent it to us is the same company that we bought our hangars Phillips said They build a real nice hangar What they sent us looks PHILLIPS pretty good It may be something we can work After interviewing ErectATube the airport board could decide to forward the proposal to council for considera tion ErectATubes proposal is to build 60 hangars in three phases including some which would be for larger corporate air craft Phillips said the citys leases of airport land to private investors require that what they develop revert back to the city after 20 or 30 years Phillips said See