New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 194
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Beldon Peters
August 16f 1991
One Section, 16 Pages
On SundayStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Jessie Montgomery, Tern Scott, Kyle Rickey, Ben Farias Jr., Erie Michael Moreno, Joan Rei-narz, Janet Lee Medary, Domingo and Ernest Quirino, and Julisa Camarcno.
Best wishes Saturday to Monica Gonzales, Librada Campos, Marshall Schaake and Jeff Bryan.
“Happy anniversary” today to George and Laura Robinson, Lconcl and Yolanda Rojas and Jim and Betty Meckel.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like lo share in the greetings.4-H benefit
Performing from 8 p.m. to midnight today al a dance to benefit the Comal County 4-H program will be the Grapes of Wrath. Tickets can be purchased for $4.50 each from any 4-H member, the County Extension Office at 132 S. Water Lane or at the door. The event is set for Eagles Hall.
Singles Supporting Other Singles will hold its monthly business meeting at El Ranchita in Seguin. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. today with the meeting to follow.Benefit sales
• Residents of Eden Heights, 627 Lakeview Drive, will have a bake sale beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Coffee will be served with homemade desserts or baked goods will be packaged to take home. Proceeds will benefit the new Seniors’ Center of Comal County.
• Mujcr Tcjana, a non-profit organization, will sponsor a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Weekend Flea Market, 1661 S. Seguin Ave.
• New Braunfels’ Historic Museums Association is collecting items for an Aug. 22 ruiiunage sale to benefit its members — Sophicn-burg Museum and Archives, Conservation Society (operators of Conservation Plaza) and Heritage Society (Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture). Donations are being accepted at Conservation Plaza each Saturday morning or pickup can be arranged by calling Dennis Hcitkamp at 625-7541 or Pain Brandi at 629-(XX)4.
• New Braunfels’ Foursquare Gospel Church will host a fundraising yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at die church, 430 Farm-to Market Road 306 (1/2 mile west of Interstate Highway 35).
• Texas Army National Guard Family Support Group will host a rummage sale at the armory, 2253 IU 35 West, from 8 a.rn. to 6 p.m. Saturday.School dedication
Dedication ceremonies for the new Bill Brown Elementary School will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the new campus. Due lo limited parking at the school, shuttle bus service will be provided from both Smithson Valley High School and Bulverde Primary School, beginning at I pm. and continuing after the ceremony. The new school is on Texas Highway 46 just west of U.S. Highway 281.
Sex Respect, a program for teens, parents and educators, will Bm STAMMTISCH, Peps 2Good Day
Highs in tile upper 90s and over night lows in the rnid-70s arc fore cast for the area tins weekend, with the chance for rain alive but dim in ishing over the next two days Winds should be from the soudieast at 10-15 mph. For weather details, please see Page 2.
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A cluster of bats under an awning seems to intrigue R F. Johnson employee Angel Day The construction firm is just one of several in town plagued by bats as the creatures migrate throught the New Braunfels area. Some firms are sealing holes in efforts to keep the bats outside McKenna Memorial Hospital, another “bat flight" site, has counted more than 400 of the crea tures. (Photos by Annelies Schlickenrieder)BATTING ABOUTNew Braunfels on path of migration
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
The semiannual migration of hats through the New Braunfels arca brought a group of about 500 swirling hats to McKenna Memorial Hospital this week, said Johnny Johnson, hospital administrator.
“They weren’t interfering at all — they just scare pco pie,” Johnson said. They were ‘baiting’ around and hitting the windows and they were roosting iii the corners of lite building.”
The bats visiting the arca are most likely Mexican free-tail bats, according to Tracey Tarlton, a science assistant at Bat Conservation International in Austin.
“In the last couple of weeks, these frectails have been moving around considerably for two reasons," Tarlton said. ITic First factor is that a migration southward back to Mexico may be beginning. The second factor is the pups arc now full-grown meaning they can fly.
“For example, Bracken Cave starts with 20 million bats and each has a one pup," she said. ‘The population doubles, the cave becomes crowded, and evacuation occurs as they go off and search for oilier places.**
Bracken Cave, located about 24 miles southwest of New Braunfels is the largest bat roost in tire world, Tarlton said.
“In the last couple of weeks lots of bridges have become inhabited by thousands of bats ”
Only the females migrate, and they migrate pregnant. Tarlton said. They arrive here around March from their winter caves in Mexico. They give birth to their pups in June, she said.
“Most adults will sum hack by the end of August with die last bats in the ace a as late as October,“ she said.
“They weren’t causing any problems except for die
focus on regulations
excitement of seeing 400 500 bals,” Johnson said. “They come out at dusk and fly back in ai dawn.“
Another thing that happens this time of year is there arc a lot of rabies scares with hats. This is somewhat distorted, according to BCL
"Bats do carry rabies but not as much as skunks, raccoons or foxes. Bats quickly became paralyzed and die when they get rabies,” Tarlton said “There have only been 18 people in the last 40 years who have died by getting rabies from bals.”
The bats usually stay in big groups for temperature control relating to their reproduction. The pups arc bum hairless and when the mothers leave the cave to get food, the combined body heat of the pups keeps the cave warm. They can roost 500 individuals per square foot. Tarlton said.
“The flights have been very good lately," she said Tarlton added that when bals appear u> be swooping down at someone they are actually just flying "These bats need to drop to get lift in order to fly."
"Most of the time when a bat hits you. us because you’re moving very quickly, trying to get away from the bat — it doesn't want to run into you and certainly doesn't want to get caught in your hair,” she said. “They can pick up the width of a human hair in absolute darkness N Other flocks of bats have bein reported in the area, including a bunch at the T F Johnson Construction Co located at 555 W Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
“We had to have the pest control people come out and seal up some holes because they were gelling into the walls." Cindy Price, bookkeeper said “There were hun ♦ired* of them ”
For more information call Bai Conservation Intema uonai at (512) 327-9721.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
While new state legislation strengthens regulation of commercial hazardous waste operations, whether the rules will prevent the storage and burning of toxic waste at a local cement plant remains to be seen, according to officials at a public hearing at the Civic Center Thursday.
About 150 residents attended a Texas Water Commission-sponsored meeting to learn about and comment the agency's proposed regulations to meet requirements of Senate Bill 1099, passed by the state legislature during the regular session earlier this year. The law requires the commission to establish new permit requirements for commercial hazardous waste facilities.
Many also took the opportunity to comment on the permit application of the lefargc Corporation and its subsidiary, Systcch, to use hazardous waste in making cement at the Balcones Heights cement plant just outside New Braunfels.
But panelists — representatives of the Texas Water Commission, the Texas Air Control Board and the state Sierra Club chapter — said they couldn't comment on the specifics of the Lafarge plan because they weren’t familiar with the details of the permit application Instead, the hearing was intended to focus on the proposed hazardous waste regulations, they said
Only if Lafarge were to meet the regulations TWC expects to adopt by early October would public hearings be scheduled specifically on the company's permit application, they said
Many questioned the panel about the new law, and some expressed concern that it doesn't offer enough protection to the state’s residents.
Opponents of the I alarge plan say thai one provision of the new legislation — the required half-mile distance between any new commercial hazardous waste management facilities and an established residence will pre vent the alternative fuels project Surveys commissioned by Securing a Future Environment (SAFE) and the city of New Braunfels indicate three residences are located with that distance. opponents say.
In his introductory remarks. New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbrcad encouraged the crowd to express their opinions.
“Your City Council has been solidly behind the opposition to the proposed storage and burning of toxic waste,” he said. “I continue to ask you to do your part. Let the people in Atis tin know how you feel. We can’t do it alone, and I know that we have some good, strong citizens groups out there who arc trying.”
Paul Fraser, City Council member and a leader in the Lafarge opposition. asked that the method of measuring the half-mile distance be clanned in the proposed regulations. The perimeter of the permitted facility, nor strictly the kiln where hazardous waste will be burned, should be one measuring point, he said.
City Manager Paul Grohman said a provision of the new law requiring a community that’s home to a commercial hazardous waste management facility to have ’*sufficient emergency response capabilities” will place an unfair financial burden for a highly trained hazardous ma ten als team on residents of smaller cities.
Dorothy Walker, one of more than 20 residents to address the panel, said she feared lafarge's financial resources would heat the community's opposition in the permuting process and legislative batik, po. ming to several pictures in the local newspaper ai the cement plant's manager making charitable donations to community causes
“Do we lose just because they have more money than we do7" Walker said. “That's not fair. This is America"
Walker also pointed out that Lafarge could kill the half-mik ban by making enormous (lurehue offers U) the three nearby homeowners Other residents expressed concern about the release of mercury into the air. liberal interpretation of tervninolo gy in the new law, transportation dan gem, "I al loot " (rum the incineration contaminating the Edwards Aquifer and many other areas
A summary of the proposed rules is available to the public at the New Braunfels Public Library, 373 Mage zinc Sueet
Execution of man convicted here delayed by late appeal
By ROBERT STEWART Sun Writer
The Texas Court ol Criminal Appt als late Thursday blocked the Ie dial injection of the Sari Antonio man con vieuxl of a lethal robbery shouting in Comal County.
The appeals court action carne about seven hours before Hernandez was iii be put to death.
Earlier. District Court Judge Robert
T Pf cull cr in New Braunfels denied a motion for a flay of execution for Rodolfo Hernandez. 41. ai 4:17 pm Thursday
The Texas Resource Center fi.cc die slay request aking with a *»x of habeas corpus around 2:15 pm ta an attempt to delay the execution attach
wu scheduled for early Friday
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By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District's budget hearing turned into another budget workshop Thursday night as trusters had many new questions for Assistant Supe un lendenl for Finance Lonnie Curtis.
Curtis hosted budget workshops last week to familiarize tire board with the $21.5 million budget.
After three flours of discussion, die board passed the budget on a split vote with a qualifier to later amend the salary portion of the budget and consider options for the workman's compensation plan
Leo Chafm. Bob Clarke, Artou Hermes, and Jean Ward voted for the budget Margie Raborn and Dick Kohl i ie I ie voted against
“I cannot vote for something I do not know,” Ka born said
“I suggest workshops to look at sal ary increases because your actions could put the district rn jeopardy,” Superintendent Charles K Bradberry said “Lf we’re not competitive, you’re
NBISD Superintendent Crier tat Bradberry.ieft, preterits outgoing school board president Bob Seif e plaque in recognition of rite 14 years
of service to the school district
looking ai filling 30-35 open positions per year ”
The meeting wu attended by around 200 people, mostly teachers
from the district hoping for a pay
(Photo by Robert Stewart) raise
“Those of us who’vc reached the top of the salary acale depend on pay raises lo break even,” said Beano Engel, a teacher representing the local
chapter of the Texas Stale Teacher I Association (TSTA). “Many teachers have left because of money Take the necessary action to make the NBISD competitive in the job market *
“This is not a morale issue — it's a meat and potatoes issue," md Tnsh Towel ai the local Association of leachers and ftofesstonai Educators (M PE). "Quality needs support We want a salary increase any way you can give it to us *
New trustee Leo Chafm pointed out that the district consistently produces high SAT scores “We’re producing that with the cheapest labor,"Chann said The district also faces increases rn utility coeu and the need for new high school band uniforms The $45,UU) uniform cost is being split between (his year 's budget and next year s "A common thread that runs through the budget is increase* ut workman t comp and salaries, ‘ Cuius said
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