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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Photo submitted A1987 Ford Taurus rests insids a rssldsnss on the 700 block of Rosemary Drive. Noons was seriously injured when the car crashed Into the Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................5 Comics.........................................6 Market Race.............................7-10 Dear Abby......................................3 Birthday wishes from the HerakUeltuvig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: David Lamon, Cynthia Perez, Victor Ruiz, Ricky Carrillo, Mary Day, Dianne Conover, Crystal Dean (17 years old), Ann Huey, Hilda Krackau (90 years old), Virginia Fuentes (IO years old, belated.) Happy anniversary wishes go to: Dan and Carol Ward,, Steve and Yolanda Saldivar. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold —754 Oak —22 Pecan —18 Mutoerry —16 Elm — none Grass —16 River Information Comal River — 282 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.17 feet above sea level, same. Canyon Dam discharge — 535 cfs. increasing to 3,000 cfs by 5 p.m. Canyon Lake inflow — no reading Canyon Lake level — 911.47 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.026 million gallons of surtax water Monday, and 512.400 gaNons of weN water. Bridge ut Orutnt oioMd again today The Canyon Lake release rate will be increased to 3,000 cubic feet per second, by 5 p.m. according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Because of the increased Guadalupe River level, the bridge at Gruene will be closed this afternoon. Bridge closure will be determined on a day-to-day basis. Kindarmaskan Parade on Saturday 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 will continue at Folk-fest, set for Saturday and Sunday 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. Wednes day. Bntsrgsncy utility assistance Financial assistance is avail able to pay past due utility bills through a new program offered by the New Braunfels Housing Authority. To qualify, one can rent or own, must live inside the city limits, be low-income and in an emergency situation. To apply come by the main office of the Housing Authority at 300 Laurel Lane. Call 625-6909 for informationArea Republic commander defends hostage taking By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A local Republic of Texas Militia leader said self-proclaimed ambassador Richard McLaren had no choice but to take a couple hostage near the Republic of Texas “embassy” in the Davis Mountains in West Texas on Sunday. Melvin Kriewald, Comal County commander for the Republic of Texas Militia, said the members of the group are tired of being harassed by state and local authorities. “We had to stop the harassment of our (Republic of Texas) citizens,” Kriewald said. “They have no authority to arrest and give us traffic citations. Until that is stopped we will have to somehow convey to them that their government has ended.” On Sunday, McLaren and Republic of Texas defense forces seized fee hone of retired oil man Joe Rowe and his wife, M.A., in the Davis Mountains Resort near Fort Davis. Republic of Texas leaders said the action was taken in retaliation for the arrests of members Jo Ann Canady Turner on April 22 and Robert Scheldt, a member of the Republic of Texas defense forces. Turner was arrested by Travis County authorities for contempt charges and Scheidt was arrested by Jeff Davis County sheriffs deputies after a reportedly routine stop turned up two assault rifles in his van Sunday morning, *We had to stop the harassment of our (Republic of Texas) citizens. Until that is stopped we will have to somehow convey to them that their government has ended.’ — Melvin Kriewald Comal County commander, Republic of Texas militia authorities said. The Republic of Texas is a group of separatists who believe Texas was illegally annexed by the United States in 1845 and it is still a sovereign nation. The group has set up its own councils, courts and government and does not recognize the authority of either the state or federal government. Kriewald said there was a good reason the Rowes were taken hostage by fee so-called Republic of Texas defense forces. “Mr. McLaren said he (Joe Rowe) was there to spy on us,” Kriewald said. “He is the man we know called the sheriff in Fort Davis and told him that this captain (Scheidt) left the embassy and told him about fee van ... and had them stop and search it.” Kriewald claimed that McLaren was a retired government agent. Unwanted visitor house Saturday morning. No charges expected in car-house collision By ABE LEVY Staff Writer An 87-year-old woman lost control of her car Saturday morning and ran into a house on fee 700 block of Rosemary Drive, police said. Clara Doeppensehmidt was traveling east, downhill, in her 1987 Ford Taurus on Staidest Drive and crashed into the back of the house but did not cause any major injures to the occupants or herself, police said. The collision, which reportedly occured at 10:05 a.m., caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the house and was the result of the driver failing to maintain the posted speed limit of 30 mph, police said. A visitor at the house sustained minor injuries from flying debris, police said. Mike Ybarra, owner of the house, declined to comment. Police said they do not plan to press charges and said the vehicle was left inside the house on the suggestion of engineers who feared the top story of the house would fall. The car traveled about I IO feet and crashed through a fence before stopping in the middle of the second floor, police said. Photo submitted Police say that the driver of this 1987 Ford Taurus lost control of her car before running into this house. Suit against city for drowning may be reopened Attorney not satisfied with river safety plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The attorney for the parents of a drowning victim on the Guadalupe River said he was disappointed with the recommendations of the city’s River Safety Commission that fall short of a settlement made with the city in November. Jack London, the attorney for the parents of Michelle Black, said he hoped the City Council would enact stronger measures than what the com mission’s report included. “It’s more than just recommendations and signing off on them,” he said. “(The current recommendations) are like raising the speed limits in a school zone.” He said that the commission’s recommendations were good steps but that they still place the burden on tourists and the public to know what they were getting into when engaging in river recreations. Specifically, lie said the recommendation to allow tubing at the flow of 1,300 cubic feet per second was 300 cfs more than flows during the year when the most deaths occurred. He said fee recommendations should have included a video safety presenta- Tum to Suit, Page 2 PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS B A city ordinance would be impractical to enforce ■ A standardized set of rules would be needed throughout the river. ■ Additional statistical information would be needed to make specific recommendations ■ Keep the commission ongoing for another year to study additional information and help to implement recommendations. ■ The city should negotiate an interlocal agreement with Comal County and the Water Oriented Recreation District to make the policy uniform throughout the river ■ Children under 12 must wear a life jacket at all times. ■ Flow above 750 cubic feet per second requires people of all ages to wear a life jacket. ■ An education campaign promoting safety that would include uniform maps and brochures. ■ Signs along the river should show the daily river flows and should be placed at critical points where flows have become dangerous. Source: City of New Braunfels On Monday night, McLaren released Rowe. Rowe, head of fee homeowners association, and McLaren have had a long feud over homeowner association fees. McLaren has laid claim to the land which he said does not have any legal owners. Department of Public Safety officers, Texas Rangers, Jeff Davis County Sheriffs Department, FBI agents and a DPS SWAT team have gathered at the site. A road block has been set iq> near the dirt road that leads to the resort and the Republic of Texas “embassy,” which is a one-room trailer attached to a wooden shack. Republic of Texas defense forces have also sealed off fee area around the “embassy.” Turn to Republic, Page 2 NBISD leader selection nears Trustees expected to pick superintendent as early as next week By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Saturday night completed the second round of interviews to fill the superintendent position, and a decision is expected as early as next week. ■ McGuire, Simpson leaving district for Keller I SD/ 2 A The board began the second round by interv iewing Pine Tree ISO superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson on Thursday. Williamson said returning to this area, where he began his teaching career in 1975, is “always nice.” He said the dinner and interview were (Tenjoyable,” but said he could not really say how it went. “I don’t know how to assess that, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said. On Friday evening, the board had dinner and an interv iew with Fort Stockton ISI) superintendent Dr. Dale Pitts. Pitts said he always thought he did well during interviews. He said Friday's interview was very relaxed and a learning experience for everyone involved. He said he was particularly pleased with the way the board interacted throughout the evening. “Considering the problems they’ve had, (Friday) night they all seemed to be on the same page and seemed like they were really enjoying themselves,” Pitts said. The board concluded the second round of interviews Saturday night wife Port Neches-Groves ISD superintendent Dr. Ronald Reaves. Reaves said the evening was “warm” and “gracious.” He said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce provided a thorough tour of the community and was “a cheerleader” for the town as a whole. Reaves said spending the evening in a social event and an interview was helpful to both him and the board. “I just think it helps as a group (to meet socially), especially when trying to work as a team,” he said. “I thought it went very well. Now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens down the road.” The board will now choose its lead candidate for the district’s top administrator position. Trustees will visit the home district of that candidate Monday and May 6, visiting various groups in that community. The board is expected to vote on a new superintendent May 7. Ila; NBISD position became available in January when Charles Birdberry left after 14 years to become superintendent of Keller ISD. Tom Moseley has been serving as interim superintendent since that time. TUESDAY Unicorn baseball team wins season finale. See Page 5 New Braunfels Herak 20332 MOO? 10/22/9?    80 SO-WEST niCROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 29,1997 EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of David LamonAlways buckle children up. See Page 4 ;