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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEWdJtidtiNFELSHerald-Zef ?G332 HO09 10/22/99    OH SO--WE ST MICROPUPI... '.I SHING 262 7 E YON DF. LL OR EL PASO, TX 79903- A UnVJ Vol. 148, No, 115    18    pages    in    2    sections    April    29,    1999Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centscandidateHolbrook says move will prevent split vote for the bond package By Heather Toro Staff Writer A candidate in the race for the District 4 seat on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees has withdrawn from Commuter rail issue discussed By Peri Stone Staff Writer SAN MARCOS — Transportation officials ought to think twice about reactivating a train station in downtown New Braunfels — and about how to fund a commuter rail system. Thaft what two New Braunfels residents attending a public hearing said Wednesday. More than 30 people heard the results of a commuter train feasibility study. The commuter train proposal is one of many ways being considered to address traffic congestion. A 110-mile line that would run from Georgetown to south San Antonio would offer an alternative to the “nightmare” of Interstate 35, San Marcos Mayor Bill Moore said. The train would stop at 12 stations, including one near the fire station in downtown New Braunfels. “That would disable the fire department,” objected New Braunfels resident Ralph Metz, adding that the property there was owned by Union Pacific Railroad. The proposed line would parallel Union Pacifiers tracks in New Braunfels, but a definitive route has not been approved and Union Pacific has not agreed to share its right of way. Even if it had, issues like parking would need to be addressed for a downtown train station, Metz said. “Parking is virtually impossible in downtown New Braunfels,” he said. Peter Hackley, senior project director for Carter-Burgess, which conducted the study for the state transportation department, said the details still needed to be examined. New Braunfels resident Dean Word said taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill. “If only 8,000 or 11,000 people are going to ride it, they should pay for it,” he said. According to the study, 8,000 people a day are expected to use the train, while 11,000 are expected in 2020.. Input from the meeting, as well as a meeting Tuesday in Austin and one today in San Antonio, will be included in a final report sent to cities and counties along the proposed lines. Copies of the feasibility report can be found on the World Wide Web at Saturday’s election. Judy A. Holbrook, an 18-year resident of the district and the only female candidate, is no longer running for trustee Doug NallTs seat as of Monday. The move left four candidates. John Bertelsen, John C. Welch, Bill Milton and Jim Higdon are vying for NallTs seat Holbrook, an assistant in running a transportation office in San Antonio, said she bowed out of the race to prevent a split vote between three candidates who did not support the district^ bond package. Holbrook, along with Milton and Higdon, are against the $141 million, two proposition bond package developed by CISD to handle the district^ student overpopulation for the next IO years. The fate of the bond also will be decided in Saturday’s election. Holbrook said she did not have time to campaign as strongly as other candidates. “It's been a quiet campaign, and now we’re down to the wire,” she said. “Sometimes you have to do things to better the chances of what Is best for the district.” Welch, upon hearing of Holbrook^ withdrawal, said, “I’m sorry to hear that, but it’s certainly her choice to drop out if she wants.” Milton said he did not know if Holbrook Is withdrawal would affect his chances. Bertelsen said, “Being elected to the board is a major commitment on behalf of the candidate, probably more than 1,000 hours over the next three years, so if someone wants to pull out, iii better now than after they get elected.” Higdon said, ’’Something had to be done for the district and the patrons, because a split vote is unfair.” CISD patrons failed to approve a 1997 bond issue to build and remodel schools. Aftermath -iv. lei- ' *'    X UK a4 J I,'*". . X lJ •§* rn - Teen in trenchcoat shoots two at Canadian high school, kills one RO—i GOnNETT/Heratt-Zertung Above, New Braunfels High School sophomores (from left) Shane Knudeon, Kristin Koepp, Tanya Taylor and Chrissy Laubach await Instructions from school officials Wodneoday after a note saying a bomb had been placed in the school was found. Below, Smithson Valley High School students planted a tree Wednesday in memory of those kitted in Littleton, Colo. School violence still troubling area students By Hum—Toro Staff Writer Area students continue to struggle with the reality of school violence in the wake of a shooting spree at a Littleton, Colo., high school and a foiled terrorist attack at a junior high school in nearby Wimberley. As school officials beef up security at campuses and explore more security options, students at Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools are responding to the Colorado tragedy as a “wake up” call for heightened awareness. Comal ISO The Smithson Valley High School Student Council planted a tree in the school^ front lawn Wednesday in memory of See VIOLENCES TABER, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian teen wearing a blue trenchcoat who former classmates identified as a high school dropout returned to the campus Wednesday and shot two boys, killing one. A 14-year-old boy shot two 17-year-olds at W.R. Myers High School, police said. Hie suspect was taken into custody by the school resource officer, who also is a member of the Taber Police Service. One of the victims died and the other was in surgery Wednesday, said Mark Gregory, a spokesman with the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. The shooting came eight days after two students, wearing black trench coats and belonging to a group that called itself the “Trenchcoat Mafia,” terrorized a school in Littleton, Colo., fatally shooting 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves. The victims Wednesday were lith grade students, students said. Students on the scene, quoted by the Lethbridge Herald newspaper, said the shooter wore a blue trench coat and they identified him as a ninth grade student who dropped out and was being taught at home. Taber is a farming community of 8,000. Bulverde says yes to H-E-B By Chrs Crews Staff Writer ANO RON MALONEY Herald-Zeitung Correspondent BULVERDE — After two years of rumors and unrewarded amateur detective work, the official word is out — H-E-B will build a 45,000-square-foot store in Bulverde. H-E-B officials and interested parties took up nearly half the seats in an unusually crowded Bulverde City Hall Tuesday night, seeking a variance to the municipal tree ordinance and official acknowledgement of the project by Bulverde with the acknowledgement that officials had no problems or issues with the concept Bulverde South City Council unanimously approved the project which will include a drive-through pharmacy and gas station. The store and 58,000 square feet of retail shops will be built on a 29-acre tract bordered by Texas 46 and Old Boerne Road. The project is within the Bulverde extraterritorial jurisdiction in an area that is expected to be incorporated in the Saturday election for Bulverde Northwest. “We’ve looked at a lot of different sites in the last two years ... We’ve determined this is the best place for us,” said Dick McCaleb, a partner in RMF Commercial, the company developing the property. The next nearest supermarkets are several miles south on U.S. 281, including an Albertsons at Evans Road and an H-E-B at Loop 1604. The H-E-B proposed for Bulverde would be about half the size of the one at Loop 1604, McCaleb said. H-E-B needed a variance to the tree ordinance to permit cutting of more than the 20 percent of native hardwood trees allowed under the ordinance. In the part of the project located within Bulverde city limits (within about 200 feet of Texas 46), there will be no construction and 52 percent of existing hardwoods with more than 6 inches diameter will be protected. In the area outside the city limits, which includes the supermarket, parking areas and forested buffer zones to See H-E-B/5A Annual A-T benefit expands, now includes charity river float By Heather Toro Staff Writer Local residents will set out to prove on land and in the water Saturday that hope floats in Texas in the face of devastating odds. The fust charitable river float in Texas will take place 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Cypress Bend Park as part of an annual fight for a cure to a debilitating childhood disease. The third annual A-T Walk/Float for a Cure, appropriately named “Hope Floats in Texas,” has expanded to include a river float to benefit A-T Children’s Project, a public charity funding specific research on ataxia-telangiectasia. A-T is a rare, progressive, neu-r^degenerative disease that combines symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, cancer and cerebral palsy. A-T children are unable to walk by age IO and usually do not live past their teens. See BENEFITS Members of the “Madison Five," Braun, 18, mother Amy, Jamie, 16, and Robert, 12, are preparing for Saturday’s third annual A-T Walk/Float for a Cure. The event has expanded to include a benefit for A-T Children s Project, a charity funding research on ataxia-telangiectasia. ROBIN CORNETT/ Herald-Zertung Inside Abby............................. Classifieds................... 7A 5-8B Comics......................... .....8A Crossword.................... .....7A Forum........................... .....6A Local/Metro.................. .....4A Movies.......................... .....7A Obituaries..................... .....SA Sports........................... ..1-4B Today........................... ....2A Television...................... .....SA Key cod* 76 ;