New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, August 13,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas ta more than 145 years ■ Home of Clarence
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Rebeccs Martin, Ami Moore, Tony Perez, Clarence Biteche, Connie Brumfield, Carrie Steak, larbara Mathieu (belated), Lucy V. God! and Rose Mary
Happy anniversary wishes to: Tudy and Dee Caballero (21 years).
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Molds — 1,240 Pigweed—6 Ragweed— 2
(Rotan measured in parts par cubic motor cl air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 625.94 feet above sea level, down .05 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,463 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.92 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels UtHlttea NSU reports pumping 7.207 miKon gallons of surface waler Tuesday, and 3.832 million galons of well water were used.
- Partly cloudy, belated evening thunderstorms, chance of rain less than 20 percent. Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday — Partly cloudy and hot. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind 10-15 mph.
Friday through Sunday
— Mostly sunny and continued hot days, generally fair skies at night. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s .
Road work taking placa around town
lf you’re running errands in New Braunfels, you may want to keep in mind some road projects.
Ervendberg Avenue has loose gravel on it, and crews will begin overlaying the roadway on Monday.
On Landa Street between Walnut and Loop 337, utilities are being expanded for a new grocery store and medical clinic, so traffic is being diverted to one lane both way.
Expect delays when driving between Loop 337 and Wood Road on Walnut Avenue.
Work crews are installing a one-and-a-half-inch overlay that will take until Thursday, state transportation officials said.
Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local businessman Michael Kivlin Aug. 2.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward, the maximum the agency can offer.
The Herald-Zeitung and Norwest Bank, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased To participate, send donations to the “Michael Kivlin Reward Fund" at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa. Anyone with information should call 620-TIPS or (800)640-8422.
members Cheve Strtemenn and Carol Bellon hold up the pro-
Braunfels city flag.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Demall
Committee hopes flag will fly
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels' Historic Landmark Commission has recommended a design for a flag that would stand as an official symbol for the city.
It is something this 152-year-old city has never had but an idea that commis
sion members say could capture the heritage of the community.
New Braunfels City Council has seen the proposed design and is expected to consider approving it in two to four weeks. Members said the proposed flag would have the following features:
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New NBISD board
Spain elected president; Bedford fills seat of vice president
By CHRIS CREWS
New Braunfels Independent School district installed a new board of trustees Tuesday and elected officers to steward the district through the coming year.
Bette Spain was unanimously elected board president. Former board vice president Carlos Campos declined a nomination for president, clearing the way for Spain's election by acclamation.
“I think the sky is clear and the sun is out,” Campos said, referring to a unified direction for the board. “The unity of this board is very important, so I thereby withdraw my name from consideration.”
Newly elected trustee Don Bedford was the unanimous choice for vice president, again after Campos declined nomination for the office. Bedford was a member of the board during the 1980s.
Anne Miller was unanimously elected as the group's secretary. Sylvia Sanchez, re-elected as board representative from District I in Saturday's election, declined a nomination for the office.
Bill Biggadike, elected to fill the one-year unexpired term of former board president Jaime Padilla rn District 4, declined nomination for both secretary and treasurer of the board. Biggadike cited his newness to the board and his wishes to concentrate on the issues as reasons for declining the nominations.
Spain, Bedford and Sanchez each will serve three years.
In the only apparent sign of dissension at Tuesday's meeting, Steve Weaver was returned to his office as board treasurer. Bedford cast the lone vote against Weaver, despite the fact that no one was running against Weaver for the office.
Bedf ord said his vote should not be interpreted as a personal action against Weaver, but a manifestation of his campaign pledge to oppose the current leadership.
“Two thousand five hundred people voted for me, and I won by almost a two-to-one margin,” Bedford said. ”1 think I had a mandate.”
Weaver said he was probably the most qualified candidate for the office of treasurer, citing his status as a Certified Public Accountant. He said he harbored no grudge against Bedford as a result of the vote and added he would be able to work with
Herakl-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Nwdy dtctsd N§w Braunfels Independent School District board members Don Bedford, Sylvia Sanchez, Balls Spain and BR BiggadHa talcs their oaths of office Tuesday evening at the NBtSO board room.
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Bedford on the board.
Spain said her goals as president were to bring unity and stability to the board.
“I will encourage communication between every single board member.” Spain said. “I will encourage them to listen to understand where (a person with an opposing view) is coming from. It may not change your mind, birt it will make everyone feel worthwhile.”
Previous attempts to reorganize the board after Padilla's resignation in April failed in 3-3 votes, with trustees split between Campos and Spam.
Spain also commended Campos on his actions.
”1 thought (his actions) showed a willingness to work together and a great deal of civility,” she said.
Trustees bid Chafin farewell
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to one who was stepping down.
Leo Chafin, an at-large member of the board for the past five years, received a plaque and a heartfelt thanks from the district at Tuesday’s meeong. Chafin responded with a combination of humorous anecdotes, a challenge to the new board and a tear-filled fist of thanks to employees and students of the district.
The standmg-room-only crowd at
the NBISD board room responded to Chafin's words with smiles, laughs and a few tears.
“The last 365 days have not been much fun,” Chafin said addressing the board which has often been accused of pettiness and acrimonious behav ior in the past year. “I don’t want you to just forget the past... I want you to remember the past and don’t make the same mistakes.”
Chafin challenged the members of the new board to “stand here one year from today and say ‘I am proud of the job I’ve done in the past year.’”
Chafin did not run for re-election during the recent campaign.
Board member Carlos Campos lauded Chafin.
“One thing you learn from working with Leo is that he has a great love of this district and the children of this district” Campos said.
Miller Grant from the Republic of Texas several hundred miles northwest of New Braunfels. That grant led to the Prince Carl Solms’ purchase of land that includes Comal Springs, where German immigrants settled and founded the city of New Braunfels.
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DA won’t seek death penalty in Naef trial
By ABE LEVY
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Tuesday he decided not to seek the death penalty in the upcoming capital murder trial of John Charles Naef of San Antonio.
Naef, 55, was indicted almost a year ago on charges of murdering two Spring Branch residents. Patrick Lamb, 44. and Kelly Dougherty , 33.
Naef pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last year. If convicted at his Aug. 25 trial, Naef faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Waldnp said he would be satisfied with a possible sentence of life in prison because it would require a minimum of 35 years before being eligible for parole.
After reviewing the evidence, Waldrip said it would be difficult to prove that Naef w ould continue to be a threat to society if conv icted - the key component to obtaining a death sentence.
“The facts of the case don’t lend themselves to a capital-murder type of mal,” he said. “When you look at it together, yes it’s a traumatic type of a double homicide, but I have to find evidence that shows he will be a continual threat to society .”
Because of the decision, Waldnp said the jury selection should take about one day as. opposed to two to three weeks, which is typically how long it takes to pick a jury in a capital murder mal.
Waldnp said he could not comment on any motive for the crimes..
Naef s defense attorney, James Pape of San Marcos, said that a life sentence was preferable to execution.
“Certainly it’s preferable to the death penalty,” he said. “We continue to maintain his innocence. He has always maintained that.”
While Naef stated to police that he witnessed the shootings, Pape said he could not comment as to w hether his client could identity another suspect.
Naet'was arrested initially for unlawful possession of two firearms and possession of marijuana and metham-phetammes after he drove to the scene on March 28 when sheriff s deputies discovered the two bodies.
Court records indicate a friend of the victims led deputies to the Lamb’s
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CISD accepts school size suggestionsBy DENISE DZIUK
Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved Tuesday the long range planning committee’s report on school size and how to address future growth in the district.
The decision came after two hours of discussion about what is the best learning environment for education and what can be afforded.
The plan, which would address growth for the next six years, called for realignment of campuses, major additions and renovations at existing campuses and building three new schools.
The price tag for the entire plan is about $105 million. The plan calls for a return to elementary, middle school
and high school campuses eliminating the intermediate schools. It also calls for a high school student population of 1,500 and lower-grade campuses of 800.
“One thing that drives everything else is what size you want schools to be,” said trustee Scott Watson, who said smaller campuses provide a better atmosphere for students.
Trustees agreed with the recommendation of 800 students for lower grade campuses but split on the 1,500 -student recommendation for high school campuses.
A motion to approve both school size limitations faded on a 3-3 vote, with trustee John Clay absent.
Trustee Doug Nail said a 1,500-student high school would be ideal, but
CISD could not a fiord to build a new school to achieve that number.
He said voters would not support it, and it could force the entire boral package to fail. He said taxpayers might accept expanding Smithson Valley High School or building a ninth-grade center on that campus.
“We are no longer a rural school district. We are part of San Antonio,” said Nail. “I would like to see us maximize our facilities, especially if we’re going to build new ones.”
Two people who addressed the board said smaller schools had fewer discipline problems and that when actual programs are compered, the financial difference between school sizes was not large..Turn to School, Page 2AWalnut work
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DamallTaxes Department of Transportation workers spent moat of the day Tuesday repaving the area on Walnut Street between Lends Street and Loop 337. A member of the road crew flattens some of theNBISD bus routes listed. Pages 8-10find hot, spicy recipes — Page 5A