Wednesday, July 25, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY July 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pUgCS in 2 SCCtll HERALDZEITUNG 219 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Train cars go nuts JESSIE Union Pacific employees work to restore the tracks in Bracken before they can start clearing the overturned cars and debris from Mondays Although 21 cars left the a tanker filled with peanut oil was the only thing to leak into the surrounding Peanut oil only thing spilled in train derailment BY BON MALQNEY Writer BRACKEN Lights and sirens invaded the small town of Bracken late Mon day after 21 railroad cars forcing the evacu ation of homes and busi nesses in the area amid fears of a hazardous chemi cal Turns out the chemical was hazardous only to those who are allergic to peanuts gallons of peanut oil leaked onto the Even though its an oil you use in food you have to clean it Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis Itll be vacuumed up or dug out of the Officials still do not know what caused the which occurred on Union Pacific railroad tracks behind Bracken off Train Derailment gallons of peanut oil spill in a 21car train derailment near Bracken Nobody was The 110car train was traveling from Worth to San Antonio when the acci dent Davis Ten of the cars contained peanut two of which leaked their contents onto the One was filled with another scrap paper and the other nine were Davis The wreck caused mini mal damage to an adjacent side Davis so the 25 trains each day that go through the site were able to proceed after 10 Tues day albeit About 125 workers on Tuesday were replacing feet of he Theyre hoping to be fin ished by 8 Davis Cause of the he was still under inves Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Bill Anz said 18 firefighters and 21 members of eight area pub lic safety agencies responded to the incident a little before 9 Comal County dispatched an initial disaster response as deputies and a Department of Public Safe ty trooper surveyed the We approached cautious ly with the wind to our backs in case there was any thing hazardous Anz said Tuesday There was some kind of It smelled a lot like cre osote or railroad Firefighters didnt know what they were dealing so they took every pre caution they Anz We were we could see stuff on the ground and we knew there had been a We started evacuat ing he Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the first job for Bracken Fire Chief and incident Don was to determine what the situation County Fire Mar shal Lin County Judge Danny the Garden Ridge Police Depart ment and other agencies were When Edgett Zipp was setting up his command post at the Bracken fire sta tion on Goll a few yards from the A DPS trooper got a copy of the and deter mined that the train had been hauling peanut oil and scrap There were no hazardous chemi cals By dawn the UP See DERAILMENTS Board votes for plan favoring Republicans BY KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Three of the states highestranking Republicans voted together Tuesday as the Legislative Redistricting Board approved redistricting plans heavily favoring the GOP in the House and The panel adopted Land Commissioner David Dewhursts Senate plan on a 32 with Republicans state Comptrol ler Carole Keeton Rylander and Attorney General John Cornyn voting in The same Republican bloc pushed through Cornyns House plan Acting Bill also a and House Speaker Pete the lone Democrat on the voted against the leg islative plans that were who presides over the had favored his own Republicanleaning plan for that Dewhurst said he felt his Senate plan was better than one by Rylander that would have meant a massive dis location of City redistricting plan aims to keep numbers in line BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil got its first look Monday night at a proposal for redrawing the political map of New Council also found out that annexation plans would affect the way local political precincts and city council dis tricts will look next Mike Baylor Uni versity law professor and con sultant with the Waco firm of Guinn and pre sented council with prelimi nary report on Included was a computer generated map of New Braunfels and six proposed new city council districts that closely follow the existing The new map meets all legal requirements by equal izing populations in the dis tricts and protecting minori ty voting Morrison All political redistricting goes to the Justice Department for Each district must have as close to the same number of people as he This plan does District Two council mem ber Larry Alexanders district would see the biggest popu lation change under the Guinn and Morrison Alexanders which now includes of voting will have to be shrunk the most to reach a target population of Under the preliminary as shown Monday after Alexanders district would have residents of voting His now 72 percent Anglo and about 25 percent His would become 77 per cent Anglo and 20 percent In Debbie Flumes District the population will grow from to under the Her dis trict will drop from 87 per cent Anglo to 84 and the Hispanic population will increase from 10 percent to See Residents plead with city to stop annexation CHRIS Roger president of the T Bar M property owners speaks with Councilmen Robert Kendrick and Lee Rodriguez after Tuesday nights annexation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Four deer grazed less than 100 feet behind the garage in Mission Valley Estates where members of the city council listened to about 75 people explain why they dont want to become part of the City of New City Council conducted a pair of pub lic hearings Tuesday night to listen to reasons residents in Mission Valley T Bar M Ranch Estates and Preiss Heights dont want to be annexed and to answer questions about The hearings were held in these areas specifically as required by law after those residents filed petitions to stop the annexation of their About 200 residents attended and were invited by the city to enter into negotiations to determine the terms under which they will ultimately join New The questions centered on city ser the rural natures of the neigh the feeling that the city was running roughshod over the neighbor hoods and on taxes who pays what to whom and what they get or dont get in return for At Mission Valley resident John Vogt asked council members to do what is moral and right to vote then just as though it were they who lived in Mission Valley You guys go to you go to Albertsons just like we do and you raise kids here like we Vote your hearts and Vogt Mayor Stoney Williams said his belief was the city council had to consider all See ANNEXATIONS Lawmakers criticize granting amnesty to illegal immigrants BY JESSE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP A Bush administration plan to eventually give permanent legal status to many of the 3 million illegal immigrants from Mexico drew fire on Capitol A study group headed by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft has recom mended that the United States grant guestworker status and possibly legal residency to some undocu mented Mexican The sent to the White House would be part of our continued effort to work with the Mexican government toward our shared goal of a more more legal and safe spokesman Scott McClellan Some conservatives have opposed anything beyond allowing Mexicans here illegally to stay as temporary INSIDE Key Code 76 Parents tip leads to mans arrest on child indecency charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE from par ents led to the arrest of a 41year old Canyon Lake man accused of coercing teenage girls to expose themselves and giving them mari Brett of the 300 block of Kings Drive in the Emerald Valley was arrested at his home at Deputies arrested him on warrants alleging delivery of marijuana to a encouraging a sexual performance and indecency with a child by expo Comal County Sheriffs detective Tommy Ward said parents alleged someone was providing their 13and 14yearolds with Ward said investigation revealed that some girls were exposing