New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, August 6,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Rotor! Plowman
Birthday wishos from th* H*raM-Z*itung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sofia Campos, Robert Newman (40 years), Dean Jackson, Scan Preus8 and Erie Norris (14 years)
Happy anniversary wishes to:
Conic Lea and Kenneth Fey
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 3,908 Grass—4 Pigweed — trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.96 feet above sea level, down .03 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,068 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.46 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pod.) Mew Braunfels UtWMea N8U reports pumping 7207 miion gator* of surface water Tuesday, and 3.832 million gallons of wet water were used.
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Tonight ~r partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday — partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Friday through tahr day — partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s. Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s.
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The National Weather Service reported today that New Braunfels reached a high of 99 degrees Tuesday. An increase in the cloud cover over the next few days will keep temperatures from reaching the century mark, they said.
Cut amissions —»
Ifs pions action day
Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner, including avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by carpooling.
Avoid using small gas engines such as lawnmowers and small generators.
lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 p.m. so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone.
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Friends For Rivers has announced plans to conduct its annual cleanup of the Guadalupe River Sept. 13. The group will provide transportation along the river and supplies for the event in exchange for a free T-shirt and dinner. People are encouraged to call 1-800-44-RIVER to register or for more information. The event is scheduled to last about four hours beginning in the morning.Getting too much sugar? — Page 9A; Crime Stoppers offers reward in Kivlin shooting — Page 2AManley leaves NBHS for Texas Lutheran
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Residents turn out
for National Night Out
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Kathy Faulkner, Janet Yogee, Vickie Brown and Amy Bridgoa abow off their “Don’t mess with Texas Avenue” T-shirta made for a neighborhood party calibrating National Night Out Tuesday.
By ABE LEVY
They are the fantastic four.
Compelled to take action to prevent crime in their neighborhood, Frances Valenzuela, Gloria De La Cerda, Mary Anne Peinemann and Annabelle Acker helped to form a neighborhood crime watch five years ago.
With dnve-by shootings and vandalism occurring then at an alarming rate in their area around Nacogdoches Street and McQueeney Road, the four banded together.
Their weapons have been simple but effective: They watch out for each other and they report crime.
’’We used to wake up in the middle of the night and hear shots fired,'' said De La Cerda, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years. “We all ganged up on them. We reported (crime) and spread fliers.”
So on Tuesday night, when the four matrons, along with family and other neighbors, staged a block party as part of the National Night Out celebration, it was like a reunion.
The four ladies led one of 37 citywide block parties staged Tuesday night in connection with the National Night Out campaign to fight neighborhood crime.
A record-setting 3,000 residents were estimated to take part rn the block parties, city officials said, which is the most ever for the nine-year-old event in New Braunfels.
“It was phenomenal,” said Don Fer-
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Bob WMeon feede his son Matthew at a National Night Out party on Gruana Cova Tuesday.
guson, assistant to the city manager. “It was the biggest we’ve had and it shows there is tremendous community support in crime prevention and neighbors helping neighbors to build a safer community.”
The parties were designed to encourage people to turn on their porch lights, step outside and meet their neighbors.
Uniformed police, detectives. Emergency Medical Service personnel and city officials visited each one of the parties to support the effort and learn the technique of vigilance.
“Every time I leave, I let (the other
ladies) know,” said Acker, who has lived in the neighborhood for 43 years. “I feel better knowing that I let someone know where I’ll be and how to reach me. If someone is torching my house, they can let me know.”
The mood was festive at the Nacogdoches Street block party. Children played games as the adults sat in lawn chairs and chatted about local politics. The more than 25 residents who showed up for the event enjoyed a variety of food and drinks each of them
Turn to Block Partes, Page 3A
CISD: Book will remain on reading list
Trustees fail to overturn campus committee decision
By DENISE DZIUK
Language in a book used in an honors English class was not offensive, the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees decided Tuesday after failing to pass three motions, effectively upholding the ruling made by a campus-level committee.
Warren and Jeanette Shropshire, parents of a student in Martha Rouse’s 11th grade English honors class at Smithson Valley High School, said the book. “Montana 1948” was “filled with filth,” and the district should be setting a better example for its students.
They pointed out that the students caught using the same graphic or “objectionable” language would be severely disciplined.
“Yet, we’re giving them a book and telling diem it’s OK to read,” said Warren. ‘I don’t think so. That’s a double standard ... I don’t think you’re sending a clear message”
Tuesday’s hearing was the final step in the grievance process, after two previous hearings regarding reconsideration of the book resulted in decisions to keep the book on the reading list.
Rouse said she chose the book because of the cultural issues it addressed and because it depicted the struggle between justice and loyalty. The book examines the culture of the Sioux Indians and the experiences of w hite settlers.
“It doesn’t say one side is nght and one is wrong.” Rouse said. “It presents a very clear picture of both sides.”
She added that students had the option of reading suitable alternatives if a book was objectionable, but no one expressed concern about that book.
SVHS parent Vicki Pursch served on the committee that considered the request to have the book removed from the reading list.
She said the book addressed cultural issues that could be found today. She said literature should show all viewpoints, and shielding children from issues such as racism, murder, suicide and molestation did not prepare students to face them later.
■ warren anc Jeanette Shropshire, parents of a student in Martha Rouse’s lift grade English honors etna, said the book, ‘Montane 1948” was “filled with filth *
■ Rouse said she chose the book because of tie cultural issues it addressed end because it depicted the struggle between justice and loyalty-
B SVHS parent Vicki Pursch said Nterature should show ad viewpoints, and shielding children from issues such as racism, murder, suicide and molestation did not prepare students to face them later.
■ CISD trustees failed to approve three different motions regarding the book and effectively upheld a previous committee ruling that the book was not offensive and would remain on the reading
“They’re going out into the world, and there is language like that out there and there’s subject matter like that out there. There’s cruelty and bigotry ,” she said.
A student who served on the committee said she and other students who read the book w ere not offended by the content or language.
Trustee Scott Watson said he agreed that the book was good at pointing out cultural issues; however he said it could have been written without the abusive language.
Trustee John Clay agreed.
“I’m sorry, but I think in this case the author destroyed this book with the language,” he said. “This book is just filled w ith trash.”
Other trustees said they found the book to be well wmtten and a way to prepare and educate students about cultural issues. They said an I lth-grade honors class should be able to read the book within the context it was intended. They also added that the book was based on perception.
“I thought it was well written,” said trustee Dora Gonzales. “As a parent, I wouldn't have a problem with my son or daughter reading it in high school. I think it just comes down to perspective.”
The first motion was made to uphold the ruling of the reconsid-
Tum to Book, Page 2A
Corps of Engineers cleans up Canyon Lake park facilities
By DA VK) DCKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel and hired contractors are busy cleaning up the six parks at Canyon Lake devastated by June’s near-record floods.
Reservoir manager Jerry Brite said the Corps hoped to have three of those parks cleared of debris and open before the Labor Day weekend.
“Our first priority is Comal Park, North Park
and Jacobs Creek Park,” Brite said. “We will try to reopen those before the Labor Day weekend.”
All six parks — Cohial Park, North Park, Jacobs Creek Park, Cranes Mill Park, Potters Creek Park and Canyon Park were flooded June 21 and 22 when as much as 152,000 cubic feet of water per second flowed from the Guadalupe River.
Canyon Lake rose to 937 feet above mean sea level, only 6 feet short of going across the spillway and 25 feet above the conservation pool lev
el of 910 feet above mean sea level.
Brite said it took 46 days to drop the lake level to 910 feet above mean sea level. He said since Canyon Lake was at that level, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority would now regulate the releases.
Since the flooding, campgrounds, facilities and picnic tables have been closed to the public at all six parks. Work crews have started to clean picnic tables, restrooms, parking lots, debris and signs in each of the parks.
“We have a lot of ground debris floating in, such as tree limbs, tree trunks and man-made trash which started to deposit in the parks from upstream," Brite said.
Crew s in Comal Park have already finished, he said.
“Every man-made feature — restrooms, signs, playgrounds, drinking fountains, picnic sites — we cleaned with a high pressure spray," Brite Turn to Corps, Page 2A
Early voting sees record numbers
By DENISE DZIUK
Early voting in two races that could shape the future of education in New Braunfels and Comal County ended Tuesday with record high turnouts.
In a statewide election, voters have the opportunity to determine how large an exemption they get when figuring school taxes. A tingk vole will cover three basic changes to school property tax
• The fift change would increase residents’ homestead exemption from $5,000 to $15,000.
• The second port of the amendment would allow residents 63 andoidor totrarMJertfa
freeze to a new house when they move. Currently, residents pay regular taxes the first year, and then the rate is frozen at the new values.
• The third portion would allow residents 65 and older to reduce taxes based on a new formula.
Comal County elections coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said that when early voting ended Tuesday, 2,608 of the county’s roughly 46,000 registered voters had cast ballots. She said Tuesday saw the highest volume at 458, and lines of voters were waiting to make their mark at the 4:30 p.m. closing time.
“They just don’t want lo wait until Saturday,” Turn to Early Voting, Papa 2A
Tha Drum Road bridge finally opened for traffic Tuesday after several weeks of being dosed because of nigh water on the Guadalupe River.
Hereto-Zettung photo by Michael Der nail