New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, August 15,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Karin
Vol. 145, No. 197
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Birthday wisttas from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Todd Behung, Maltha Parker, Norval Skov, Terri Hanson (Saturday), Philip Hunt (Saturday), Vicky Moye (Saturday), Sandy Smith (Saturday), Karin Jonas (Saturday), Irene Hubble (Saturday), Thomas Slangs, Minna Mueller (97 years Saturday), Juan Trinidad, Stephen Ray Kennemer Jr., Rebecca Higgs (I year Saturday), Jimmy Duke (belated), Amy Davis (belated), Ruben Gomez (25 years), Eugene Burr and Sandy Santeilan.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: James and Karen Rose (IO years) and Sandy and Sandy Santeilan (16 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured m parts per cubic meter of rn. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal Rjyer — 308 cfs. same as Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625 85 feet above sea level, down 05 from Thursday
Canyon Dam discharge — 746 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —not available Canyon Lake level — 910.44 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NSU reports pumping 7 672 milton gallons of surface water Thursday and
3 368 million gallons of well water were used.
No rain in sight
▼plight — fair evening skies becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low in the mid 70s. South wind decreasing to 5 to 10 mph by midnight.
Saturday — partly cloudy and breezy Hot with a high in the upper 90s. South wind 15-20 mph.
Sunday through Tupp-ay —partly cloudy with hot days and warm nights. Highs in the 90s Lows in the 70s.
Surangf vie stion comps to rn do—
Summer is winding down for area students Both school districts will begin the 1997-1998 school year on Monday. Drivers need to remember to follow posted speed limits in school zones. It s also a good time to start getting your child back in the routine of waking early.
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Summer heat is dangerous for small children and pets. Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat and make sure they are well protected When leaving your house for a while, make sure pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool under.
Donations are being accepted in a reward fund to help find the man who shot local businessman Michael Kivlin on Aug. 2. To participate, send your donation to the "Michael Kivlin Reward Fund” at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone with information about this crime should call 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422.
man sues city
Plaintiff claims police beat him, caused damage
By ABE LEVY
A New Braunfels man filed a«\ril rights lawsuit against the city of New Braunfels recently alleging New Braunfels police beat him and caused damages when they arrested him in two separate incidents.
The suit, filed Aug. 5 in the U.S. District Court in San Antonio, will be handled by the city’s
insurance agency, the Texas Municipal League.
The plaintiff, Israel Rodriguez, 34, a former guard with Loomis Security, is represented by San Antonio lawyer Abraham Ribak.
TML officials did not return phone calls to their office in Austin on Thursday.
The city paid TML $44,000 this year for law enforcement liability insurance that includes a $5,000 deductible, city officials said.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy said the city had not bwn served with the suit yet and could not comment.
Rodriguez was arrested in October 1995
involving charges of driving while intoxicated and evading and resisting arr^sj.
Rodriguez claims three police officers beat him during that arrest.
He was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication on two of the charges but later was arrested on a charge of retaliation March 3,19%, involving police officer Stephen Hanna.
Hanna, while working security at H-E-B on Walnut Avenue, claimed Rodriguez threatened to hurt him because of his previous arrest.
According to court documents, Hanna claimed that Rodriguez walked up to him in the store
and said, “I’m gonna get you when you’re in civilian clothes and I’m gonna hurt you.”
After calling for two patrol units, the officers arrested Rodriguez and charged him with retaliation.
In June, the case went to trial in district court. A Comal County jury found Rodriguez innocent of the retaliation charge.
Before the recent civil rights lawsuit was filed, TML sent Ribak a letter in July that denied his claim and told him that an investigation by the Turn to Lawsuit, Page 2A
County denies DA staff request
By DENISE DZIUK
District Attorney Dib Waldrip will have to decide how to continue providing to the county and its residents “Cadillac services” after Sept. I minus one prosecutor.
* Comal County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to deny Waldrip’s request to add a new chief misdemeanor prosecutor portion to his roster of employees for the
remainder of the year. Those voting against the request said it was because consolidating the prosecutors’ offices was not creating promised savings.
The two in favor of the position said savings were not the issue, and the position was needed.
The district attorney and county attorney offices will merge Sept. I, creating a criminal district attorney’s office. At that point, the elected county attorney position will become defunct.
In a 1998 budget request, Waldrip included a new position to replace the elected position. However, County Judge Carter Casteel cut the position in her proposed budget, saying the savings promised when the consolidation issue was promoted had not taken place.
“When there was not (a savings), I cut that position, that’s about a $50,000 savings now,” she said.
Casteel said she wanted to uphold her end of the promise made to voters. She said the public was promised savings, and for that reason, she moved Thursday to deny creating the new position.
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Meet the teacher
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Goodwin Primary first-grader Casey Neef met her new teacher Janet Tablet with a beautiful bouquet of flowers Thursday evening. Neef and hundreds of other children got acquainted with their teachers before school starts Monday during Thursday night’s “Mast Your Teacher” celebrations.
River returns to tubing levels
But some outfitters say it’s too late for
this summer season
By CHRIS CREWS
State requiring more high school classes
By PEGGY FIKAC
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — This year’s crop of high school freshmen will have to take. speech, technology and more social studies or science courses to graduate under new minimum state requirements.
“The new graduation plan... increases computer training for students, which is going to be an important job skill and life skill,’’ Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Graves Ratcliff said Thursday.
“The course that’s required in speech will also bt beneficial because verbal presentations are important in virtually every job you can think of and in communicating with your family and friends. Giving a public presentation can be scary, and this will help prepare these students to clearly articulate their thoughts.”
The requirements, approved last year
‘We have found that increasingly, th# ability to speak wall, to present, to interact, is needed In the workplace/
John Stevens executive director, Texas Business and Education Coalition
by the State Board of Education, increase the minimum number of credits required to graduate from 21 to 22. Some school districts may require students to take more course credits to graduate.
Students get a half credit for each semester of course work in a particular subject. Those older than freshmen must follow the graduation requirements in place when they entered high
New state minimum requirements include one credit of technology application, such as computer science, and one half credit of speech.
“Clearly, the graduation requirements we set forth for Texas students ought to reflect the world they’re going into after high school. We have found that increasingly, the ability to speak well, to present, to interact, is needed in the workplace,” said John Stevens, executive director of the Texas Business and Education Coalition.
“Similarly, the computer proficiencies are very important. Our ultimate goal is to have them integrated into every course, and perhaps the separate course will go away when that happens. It’s really important that every student have some kind of basic and fundamental exposure to computers and the ability to use the technology ,” he said.
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Don’t put those tubes and rafts away just yet — w ater recreation aficionados may see an extended period of ideal river conditions for the first time this year
The Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam will flow at about 700 cubic feet per second today and continue through the weekend and possibly through next week.
Those are the current plans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency charged with controlling the water discharge rate from Canyon Dam.
Local m er outfitters consider a flow rate of 700 to 800 cfs ideal for tubing and other recreational activities on the river. Flow rates have ranged from 1,600 cfs to 2,400 cfs this week.
Rockin’ R River Rides owner Zero Rivers said the decreased flow would help his weekend business, but it would come too late in the year to help his weekday business.
"Tourist season is over.” Rivers said. "We may get some couples without children during the week, but that's about it.”
Rivers said he expected at least five more w eekends of good conditions for tubing on the river.
Local river outfitters said they hoped the 700 cfs flow rate would help them make up for at least part of the rev enue lost during July.
July is normally one of the busiest times of the year for the outfitters, but this year abnormally high flow rates caused hazardous conditions on the river.
The release rate was more than 5,000 cfs from late June until early August. The high release rate was due to heavy spring rains which elevated the water level at Canyon Lake to near the top of the spillway. A flow rate of 5,000 cfs is considered hazardous for all recreational activities except guided raft trips.
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EAA gives temporary pumping exemption to some homeowners
From staff reports
The Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors approved a temporary solution for homeowners earlier this week that would allow certain residents with homes under construction to draw water from their wells.
The board temporarily exempted domestic well owners from regulation if their subdivision existed before Sept. I, 1993, no additional source of drinking water exists in their area and if more than 25 percent of their lots within the subdivision have been sold to homeowners.
The provision will be in effect until the board adopts permit rules, which could be as early as September
The board also approved its first term permits,
which allow pumpers who did not apply or qualify to apply for regular permits to draw water from the Edwards Aquifer if the J-17 observation well in San Antonio stays above 665 feet.
John Clay from Comal County, who plans to operate a driving range in Garden Ridge, received a temporary permit to supplement water he will be leasing from New Braunfels Utilities.
Good Samaritan Lodge Nursing Home in Leon Valley received a term permit allowing pumping for fire prevention and suppression. The facility gets it drinking water from the San Antonio Water System.
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