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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas MA BM    dlNew Braunfels CANDIDATES AT A GLANCE Siam mtisch HOW TO APPLY ■ Dr. Dale Pitts, superintendent of schools for Ft. Stockton ISD (approximate district enrollment of 3,000) ■ Dr. Ronald Reaves, superintendent of schools at Port Neches-Groves ISD (approximate district enrollment of 5,400) ■ Dr. Marc Williamson, superintendent of schools for Pine Tree ISD (approximate district enrollment of 5,000) Source: New Braunfels Independent School District Skrobarcek advances to regional tennis semifinals. See Page 5And then there were three candidatesFive injured Herald- Zeituna photo by Michael Oamail A car accident at approximately 10 p.m. Tueoday near the Longhorn Grill on Highway 81 left several injured and two cars damaged. Nora Lochstedt of Seguin was traveling north on Highway 81 when Daniel Weber of New Braunfels, who was traveling south, made a left turn in front of Lochstedt causing them to collide, according to New Braunfels Police Sergeant John McEachem. Weber was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital, and his four passengers were sent to McKenna Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Lochstedt was extracted from her vehicle and taken by New Braunfels EMS to McKenna. According to police reports Weber was chad for failure to yield right of way. 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 22,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of T. J. Caballero ..... Vol. 145, No. 114 Inside Birthday wish** from the HarakMMtung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: den Bryson, Carrie Stimson, Francisco Munoz (14 years old), Andrew Cannon (6 years old), Ella Haas (87 years old), T. J. Caballero (19 years old), Andrea Schmidt (belated), Justin Schmidt (belated), Kaylin Schmidt, Wayne Kraft (18 years old). Happy anniversary wishes go to: Mttte and Mary Lou Peterson (25 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold —1,806 Oak —124 Pecan —40 Mutoerry —112 Elm —16 Grass —trace River Information Comal River — 270 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.03 feet above sea level, down o4. Canyon Dam discharge — 1,450 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 784 cfs Canyon Lake level — 911.23 feet above Mi level. (Above conservation pool.) The gates to the reservoir were opened at 9 a.m. and the outflow will gradually increase to 3,000 cfs by 1 p.m. today. New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.561 rraion gallons of surface waler Monday, and 1.424 motor gefons of wen water Bridge at Omena to close later today The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will gradually increase the outflow from the Canyon Reservoir to 3,000 cubic feet per second by 1 p.m today. City officials said due to the increased flow, the Guadalupe River bridge at Gruene will close to traffic late this afternoon or early this evening. KMormaskon Parade on May 3 Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of the Kindermasken Parade. This year's costume theme is "How the West Was Won." Participants line up at 9 a.m. behind the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill Judging will begin at 9:30 a m. with the parade heading toward the Plaza at 10 a.m. Festivities wit continue at Folkfest, set for May 3 and 4 at Conservation Plaza Call 629-2943 for information. Nominations sought for lawman of tho year The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 "Ed Murphy Memorial Award — Lawman of the Year Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up nomination applications from 8 a m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp, 384 Landa St Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 p.m. April 30. Sserstariss* Day on tap Wednesday Wednesday is Secretaries Day. Offices across New Braun fels would grind to a halt if not for these tireless and essential workers. There is still time to honor secretaries with flowers, meal or a surprise. They deserve it, and more. The superintendent position became vacant in January when Charles Birdberry, who had been NBISD superintendent for 14 years, left to become the superintendent of Keller ISD.Delgado representshimself By ABE LEVY Staff Writer More than three weeks after being sentenced to life in pnson for a robbery conviction. Robert Delgado of Converse represented himself in the first day of a trial for another robbery charge this morning. The charge stems from the same Dec. 20 incident in which Delgado was convicted for posing as a parcel deliverer, who wore a ski mask and brandished a BB handgun to commit the robbery, prosecutors said. In opening remarks, Delgado told the jury that the state's evidence will try to paint a false picture. “If it was like the (district attorney) just put it, I would have pleaded guilty,” he said. “Evidence w ill show that evidence of innocence was not presented.” While his previous conviction was for stealing money from the credit store, today’s mal involves a purse prosecutors say he stole from a clerk during the store robbery. In his opening statement. Assistant District Attorney Jim Noble summarized similar details brought out in the previous trial and called the same police officers Tuesday morning to testify. Noble said witnesses testified that Delgado was the man who entered Family Credit Store, 273 W. San Antonio St. and threatened to shoot three employees. Witnesses said they recognized Delgado’s voice as he shouted for them to put money in a box he had carried into the building. At Delgado’s girlfriend’s house later that day, police found a BB gun, back support, ski mask and sweat shirt w itnesses said matched the description of the robber Delgado still has charges of theft and attempted escape pending from indictments handed down in January. District Judge Chuck Miller of Austin instructed Delgado’s former, court-appointed attorney Vicki Lang-ham to assist the defendant but Delgado will represent himself. “It’s not whether it’s smart or not but he wants to be sure he can bring some things in front of the jury,” Miller said. “There will be a lot of surprises coming up.” Langham said Delgado w as trained as a paralegal and was expected to argue that he w as a victim of discrimination because he is Hispanic. He is also expected to call his brother, James, a Houston attorney, to the stand, Langham said. His brother was the husband of one of the clerks who w as held at gunpoint in the December robbery. Langham questioned why the prosecution did not try the second aggravated robbery charge during the previous trial, since it stems from the same incident District Attorney Dib Waldnp said the stolen purse represents a completely different offense and does not represent double jeopardy. With the life sentence from the previous trial, Delgado faces up to 30 years in pnson before becoming eligible for parole. St,®09 10/22,992627 * y^uZ EL PASO tv v, -—    1 >' /9903- Editorial........ Sports.......... Comics......... Market Place Dear Abby..... NBISD board of trustees choose finalists for superintendent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District decided Monday which three candidates would return for a second round of interviews later this week. Last week the board chose six of 41 candidates to interview for the superintendent position that opened in January. The board interviewed those six candidates last week, and based on the meetings, narrowed the field to three. “(The search consultant) said the board was very pleased with the interviews, and they had six outstanding candidates that made the selection process difficult,” NBISD Public Information Officer Leslie Kriewaldt said. Dr. Dale Pitts, of Ft. Stockton ISD, Dr. Ronald Reaves, of Port Neches-Groves, and Dr. Marc Williamson, of Pine Tree ISD, were the three candidates who made the cut for the top administrative position. The consultants also prepared the board at Monday’s meeting for the next round of interviews. Kriewaldt said the second round of interviews will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each night, the board will have dinner with one candidate. Each meal will be followed by an interview. “This is the more informal interview,” Kriewaldt said. “This way, they get to see them in a social setting and then in another interview.” The board is expected to choose a Master Plan to touch every aspect of local life By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Mike McAnelly, recently selected as the city’s lead consultant for the Master Plan project, held a microphone in his hand and looked over the audience of concerned real estate agents, business owners and residents. It was his first public address before New Braunfels citizens who had packed the Holiday Inn meeting room Fnday in anticipation of hearing firsthand about the city’s effort to rewrite its 20-year-old Master Plan. With a growth rate estimated at 4.3 percent in New Braunfels and a population expected to double in about 20 years, the topic weighed heavily on the minds of the more than 200 people. But soon the audience discovered that the speaker had come to ask questions of them. “lf you don’t take ownership, (the eventual plan) is going to sit on the shelf,” said McAnelly, whose firm is Wilbur Smith Associates of Houston. “As a consultant, I assist the city with the process, but it’s your plan. It’s your city. What do you want? It’s got to start with you.” It was a challenge to the citizenly of New Braunfels, Comal County and any other interested parties to take part in an 18-month, decision-making process that will shape the future of almost every aspect of New Braunfels and bordering areas. The closest McAnelly came to providing answers of his own was to prepare the audience for the potential changes in coming years: Interstate 35 will have eight lanes, more of the population will be retired seniors yvho w ill draw additional retail and commercial stores and the tourism industry could attract two times the number of visitors, he said. Applications to serve on one of the estimated 19 subcommittees for the writing of the city’s Master Plan will be available at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. Subcommittee members will be responsible for attending three to six meetings during the next 18 months. The deadline for submitting applications is May 2. For more information, call City Planning Director Harry Bennett at 608-2100 Source City of New Braunfels “I think the big gorilla will be the growth in tourism,” he said. “How w ill it be in 20 years? How do we manage if? The alternat!\ e to planning is costs management. We don’t want to be in a position not to meet the needs of growth.” Using his day of!' from work as a fire department battalion chief, audience member John Herber attended the two-hour meeting. Liking notes and preparing himself for the upcoming process. A New1 Braunfels resident for 37 years, Herber said he came to preserve the quality of life for himself, his w ife and four boys, ranging in age from 5 to ll. "With all the development in my part of the country, I like to know what my kids are going to be seeing," said Herber, 39, who lives near York Creek on Interstate 35. “I want to make sure it’s still the way we want it to be. (My boys) like their outdoors and I don’t want them to wake up one day to a smoke stack.” Toward that end, Herber applied to Turn to Plan, Page 2A Canyon Lake businesses are tooling up for tourism By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — How do Canyon Lake businesses intend to ittract more visitors and keep their loy-il customer base at the same time? By being friendly, of course. The Canyon Lake Chamber ol C’om-nerce and the Canyon Lake Eeonom-c Development Council have joined brees to sponsor the Canyon Lake friendly Campaign. The campaign kicks oft’at 6:30 p.m. oday at the American Legion Hall on rnplc Peak Drive in Canyon Lake. Ola Armstrong, chairwoman for the Canyon Lake Friendly Campaign com-Tiittee, said the basis of the campaign is to help lake businesses get more tourists and customers. “There will be free customer service workshops offered by Texas A&M for businesses and employees focusing on offering quality service to our guests who come in and our local customers,” Armstrong said. Beverly Pledger, chamber executive director, said the four Texas Hospitality workshops will be offered until Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of the summer tounst season at the lake. Pledger said each workshop will last three hours and will cover situations such as dealing with rude customers and increasing the quality of customer service. The idea for the Canyon Lake Friendly Campaign came at a chamber board meeting earlier this year. Pledger said. “It w as a joint thing during a brainstorming session from the tourism study we had done last year,” Pledger said. Dr. Peter Tarlow, a tourism consultant from College Station, conducted the study. “The study was done to make improvements for the community,” Pledger said. “It was a critical study which pointed out things which needed to be worked on. It was his response to the businesses he visited.” Pat Ward, a Canyon Lake businesswoman, said tourism is key to Canyon Lake business success. “It is very important for Canyon Lake businesses to get people in the community turned on to tourism,” Ward said. “They will be reminded how important that is.” Wanda Truchsess, consultant and instructor for the w orkshops, said the joint effort between the chamber and the economic development council showed members w ant the campaign to succeed. "We want people to understand that Canyon Lake is serious about attracting tourists,” Truchsess said. The four workshops will be held 9 a m. to noon Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m. April 29; 6 to 9 p.m. May 7 and 6 to 9 p.m. May 14 at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler top candidate from the three finalists, and trustees will visit that individual’s home district May 5 and 6. The board plans to make a final selection for the position May 7. Pause this Earth Day to reflect on what legacy we leave behind. See Page 4. L. ;