New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 25, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 25, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WMT**® FL PASO TX 7990? ffiitHtiitfilitf||t|,,||(JI|lf{AW I    _ THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 2S, 2004iald-Zeitung SPECIAL SECTION GIFT GUIDE Don't miss the Herald-Zeitung holiday gift guide and holiday blitz sales advertisements from area merchants. Inside COUPONS SAVE JC Penney, Bealls, Walgreens, Friedmans, Hair Station and Mr. C's Photography offer savings and bargains. Inside Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 9 16 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? 56825 00001 to* Mostly sunny High Low 63 45 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 7A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B .........     1    r., .v ■    -v    “    *    ie    '    '    -    *,v. k <"• <i    lAWUWil Police search for stabbing suspects By Ron Maloney Staff Writer As police continued their search Wednesday for two men believed involved in a weekend killing at a local apartment complex, a detective called on them to turn themselves in. Detective Sgt. Bob Parchman said officers were still working to piece together precisely what happened early Saturday in the River Park Apartments complex that led up to the stabbing death of Diego Saenz. "Theres always two sides to every story, and so far we’re only hearing one side,” Parchman said. “We’re getting phone calls and we’re following up on leads as to where these guys are. We’re hoping they’ll turn themselves in and resolve this matter. We want to hear the other side.” Parchman said officers were See STABBING, Page 4A DID YOU SEE ANYTHING? Police are looking for witnesses to the stabbing early Saturday at River Park Apartments. Call 608-2185, ext. 215. To leave information without >unty Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477), or 800-640-8422. County, group reach tentative land agreement By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County and the owners of a Krueger Canyon property eyed for the county’s next flood control dam have reached a tentative agreement for developing the property. Comal County Counsel Geoff Barr sought and received from commissioners Tuesday authority to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Detroit-based Holcim Corp. for development of a parcel of land west of New Braunfels. The county hopes to build a sixth flood control dam on the land. Approval came the day after the Dry Comal flooded over its banks, causing damage to a number of homes and other property in the Solms area. “In light of the recent rain event, I’m excited to have this item on the agenda,” Barr told commissioners. The memorandum with Holcim outlines negotiations that would allow the firm to mine the area for stone products and let the county build a flood control structure similar to others in the county. The proposal could dramatically reduce the cost of the dam, Barr said. First, the county would not have to buy the property, which its owners have been reluctant to sell. It could negotiate an easement for See CANYON, Page 3A Natural Bridge Caverns listed in register By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Natural Bridge Caverns has become the first prehistoric site in Comal County to be listed in the National Register of I listoric Places. The historic designation was given by the U.S. Department of Interior after University of Texas at San Antonio archaeologists uncovered a prehistoric cooking hearth, stone tools and projectile points dating back almost 10,000 years ago. “The samples discovered provide strong evidence of the site’s potential to inform archaeologists about several critical aspects of prehistoric occupation and use of the Texas I lill Country by its early inhabitants,” said Steve Tomka, Director of die Omer for Archaeological Research at UTSA, and principal investigator of the excavation. Located just west of Garden Ridge in Comal County on FM 3009, Natural Bridge taverns attracts almost 250,000 visitors a year, said Travis Wuest. Wuest's grandparents, I larry and Clara Wuest Heide-mann, developed the caverns after they were discovered in the 1960s when the 2,200 acre property was still a working ranch, said Joye Wuest. The Wuest family announced die historic designation Wednesday. “Our family is honored that Natural Bridge Caverns has been named in the National Register of I listoric Places and recognizes the importance of protecting the natural bridge area for future generations,” said Brad Wuest, president of Natural Bridge Caverns. Following the announcement Wednesday, Tomka demonstrated the use of a prehistoric device that was used to throw darts tipped widi stone points. Called an atlad, the prehistoric device predated the bow and arrow, and was used for thousands of years by prehistoric people to hunt with. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Steve Tomka, Director of the Center for Archaeological Research at UTSA, demonstrates how early man, who camped inside the stone arch at Natural Bridge Caverns, hunted using an adati Wednesday morning. Stone tips used with the device were found during the excavation last fall at the site of a natural stone bridge, the namesake of Natural Bridge Caverns. “The site of the natural bridge was used and inhabited by prehistoric people spanning a time frame of at least 8,(XX) years,” said Tomka. “Barly Native Americans, or prehistoric people in North America, were migratory people who used the site as temporary shelter while they hunted for food. Places like the caverns were ready-made See CAVERNS, Page 3A 6th Annual Caroling in the Caverns begins Dec. 3 Natural Bridge Caverns will host its sixth annual Caroling in the Caverns beginning Dec. 3. “Having become a family tradition, Caroling in the Caverns continues to bring holiday music and sounds to the underground chambers of Natural Bridge Caverns this December,M said Travis Wuest, director of marketing and public relations. “During these special caroling tours, area choirs perform Christmas songs throughout the caverns as guests take a walking tour through * half-mile of spectacular underground rooms and passages.” The caroling will take place on the first three Friday and Saturday evenings in December — Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. The tours leave every 20 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. Wuest said the tour takes 75 min utes and follows the route of the north cavern tour. “Area choirs are stationed throughout the different cavern rooms, making each stop a unique musical experience,” he said. “The caverns provide a wonderful acoustical environment, and set the backdrop for a peaceful and special holiday experience." See CAROLING, Page 3A ‘Cheer Fund’ to help make season bright for families NATIONAL SITE MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Jennifer Johnson, a tour guide with Natural Bridge Caverns, goes over tour information to guests at the entrance to the caverns underneath the Natural Bridge.The caverns are the first site in Comal County to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 2004 CHEER FUND To donate to the Cheer Fund — ■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130. ■ To volunteer to deliver for the Cheer Fund — Call 625-9144, ext. 203 or show up at the Herald-Zeitung printing plant on Industrial Drive at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. From Staff Reports The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung today begins its 22nd annual “Cheer Fund” effort to bring food to needy families for the Christmas holiday. Each year, the newspaper and its readers join in an effort that culminates the week before Christmas when volunteers will deliver baskets of food to 200 families. “What makes this so special is that the food is purchased by donations from Herald-Zeitung readers and employees, and its employee and reader volunteers who deliver this food to the families,” said Doug Toney, editor and publisher. The food will be delivered Dec. 18 this year. Coordinator Rosie Willingham, who is organizing the Cheer Fund for her eighth year, said donations are being accepted beginning Friday. “You can come by here to donate or mail donations in. We print the names of donors in the newspaper, unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous,” Willingham said. The newspaper also provides a receipt for tax purposes to anyone who needs one. Donations to the fund will be accepted through Dec. 17. All funds will be used to purchase food. See CHEER, Page 3A Will Rangers advance? Look for complete coverage of Friday’s playoff game. ;