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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ....—,,    . M rn I WPI * \ Land*    Park Dolphins continue gold rush — Page IB Al New Braunfels ZI Mf t; rn 'U I, i X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X MXH SAN ANTONIO, TX 780 x x TEXAS NIXED * * PINK A X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X So-'** f u 1 Cl V    , Hi, '"XNo * 20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, August 20,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years I Home of Jared yO;:, Vol. 145, No. 200 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics.........................................38 Market Race.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A oil iiNwy wmwi from Im Itorsld-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Steve Vanlandingham, Martian Kin bund?, Charles GWs, Jared Fellers, Don Thomas, Milton Erben (belated), Airman Becky Moos (20 years), Vdro Sparza Jr., Rosa Martinez, Vincent Rosales (18 years) and Travis Lawrence (13 years). Happy anniversary wishes to: Mr. and Mrs. Leon Dieted (50 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144. Poflan Count Molds —1,132    Cedar Elm —6 Pigweed—trace    Grass —14 Ragweed— 14 (Poem rnMnurad in parts per cubic meter of mr. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel) ttvac Information Comd River — 304 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625 94 feet above sea level, down .05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge — 1,463 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not a variable Canyon Lake level — 910.92 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumpng 7.207 rmfcon gallons of surface waler Tuesday , and 3 832 million gaMons of wet waler were used WtislP of OM I Tonight — Fair this evening becoming mostly cloudy after midnight. Low in the mid 70s South wind 5-10 mph Thursday — Morning cloudiness then mostly sunny. High in the upper 90s to near 100 Southeast wind near 10 mph. Friday — Partly cloudy Highs in the 90s. Saturday and Sunday — Partly cloudy with chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s Rodriguez boats Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria, 2343 W San Antonio St FbofKos Division ll sot loccor tryouts Tryouts for the Fireflies Division ll soccer team will be conducted at the H-E-B soccer fields at 6 p m tonight. All girls are encouraged to attend. Labs Dunlap limit to drop Beginning Monday, the water level in Lake Dunlap will be about 18 inches below normal so the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority crews can conduct a “washout and inspection" of one of the three spill-gates. Work will be completed by Aug. 29, and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend People using the lake during this week are advised to exercise caution. Beading ma imai It’s the time of year again that all of us who are going to be outside need to wary about the heat. Here are a few tips about beating the heat. • Slow down — reduce your activities • Don’t dry out — drink lots of jiquirH Police continue search for pawn shop robber By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Police have turned up few clues to make an arrest in the shooting and robbery of a local pawn shop owner more than two weeks ago. Michael Kivlin, owner of the Hunting Camp Pawn Shop on Soudi Business 35, survived the Aug. 2 incident in which a man shot him once in the head He now is recovering at home. The robber, who was looking at electronic equipment in the store, shot Kivlin from behind as Kivlin was walking to the counter, police said. The man then tried to open “the cash register but w as unsuccessful, police said. He broke open a glass case# and took numerous firearms. The suspect left physical evidence that police said could help tie the crime to a suspect once enough information surfaced. So far, police said a medium-built Hispanic man in his mid- to late-20s committed the crime, and they have been trying to piece together what little evidence they have to make an arrest. * But that may take a while, they said. Police have sent (Hit information through the Department of ^Public Safety’s communication network and have telephoned local law enforcement agencies such as Boerne and Seguin police in search of leads. Police said they eliminated an estimated 30 sus-Tum to Robber, Page 2A Robber's description ■ Hispanic man ■ Mid- to lato-20s ■ 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 ■ Medium build ■ Short black hair Persons with information about the suspect should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. Caners do not have to reveal their names. One cool swinger OSD narrows facility options HeraJd-Zsitung photo by Michael Darn an Chad Wescott Imttaris Tarzan of the Jungle aa he Jumps from a rope into the Comal River Tuesday evening. The new school year may have alerted Monday, but local youngetare still ara flntttng time to take a cool dp now and than. Trustees consider expanding MV campuses, building new elementaries By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees decided Tuesday they will consider only the top pnority recommendations made by a long-range planning committee, putting a dent in the original SI05 million price tag. Also Tuesday, CISD trustees indicated they are leaning toward building a 1,500-student high school as opposed to building a smaller high school or expanding Smithson Valley High School. The district now is exploring two options — build two new elementary schools, which would bring the total package to $92.2 million, or expand Mountain Valley elementary and intermediate campuses, w hich would bring the total package to $89 million. The board decided to allow a subcommittee to look at the two options and make a recommendation to the board. The committee would also recommend possible items that could be cut from the long-range planning committee's proposal. The board directed three trustees and three members of the committee to serve on the subcommittee. .An architectural firm will consult the group. The group is expected to have a recommendation for the board at its Sept. IO meeting. Before narrow mg the options, trustees studied eight variations to the plan for facilities. Those variations included building a smaller high school, expanding Smithson Valley High School and expanding the Mountain Valley schools to reduce the number of new elementary schools to one. Kent Niemann, of Ptluger Associates, told the board it needed to decide which scenario it w anted to follow because “each will set a different course.” “lf we could accomplish that, I think we could get on to the next step and that would he to squeeze it down as much as possible,” Niemann said. The board opted not to expand Smithson Valley High School or build a school to house 1.000 students. Trustees said that although a 1,500-student campus would cost more, it would be a better long-term solution. The choices Option 1A ■ New West side 1,500-student high school ■ Major expansions and renovations to Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools ■ New East and West side elementary schools ■ Additions and only Priority 1 renovations at all campuses ■ Develop Goodwin Elementary into an alternative school ■ Technology upgrades at all campuses Total Cost — $92,239,957 Option 1B ■ New West side 1,500-student high school ■ Major expansions and renovations to Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools ■ New West side elementary school: convert Mountain Valley into a 1.600-student campus (two 800 student elementary school) ■ Additions and only Priority 1 renovations at all campuses ■ Develop Goodwin Elementary into an alternative school ■ Technology upgrades at all campuses Total Cost — $88,997,957 Comal ISD gives employees 5 to 8 percent pay increases By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Employees in the Comal Independent School District are getting a raise, despite a budget crunch that has administrators looking for about SI million in budget cuts. CISD board of trustees approved the raises at its meeting Tuesday night. Teachers, nurses and tibranans will receive an increase of11.200 to $2,470, or 5 percent to 8 percent. This meets the state’s minimum pay scale and keeps CISD employees about $120 above the state minimum. All other employees will receive an increase of about 5 percent. The teacher increases added $1.18 million to the budget, while raises for all other employees would cost about $500,000. “There’s no doubt in my mind we need to do this,” said board president Dan Krueger. “These people are the heart and blood of this district.” The board approved the pay increases so the business office could begin preparing for September’s payroll. The entire budget will not be approved until later this month. Thara’i no doubt in ■fly mind wg nggo to do this. Jinn poo- and Mood of this district.’ — board president Dan Krueger The budget presented to the board totaled about $47.9 million, 14) from $42.65 in 1996-1997. The current tax rate of $ 1.64 would generate $44 million, leaving the district S3 million in the red. It would take a rate of about $ 1.77 to $1.78 to fund all items proposed in the budget. The rollback rate, at which the district would have to hold an election, is $1.86. Several trustees said they wanted to see the rate kept at $1.73, requiring a cut of about $ I million. A tax payer with a home valued at $100,000 paid $1,230 in taxes this year. Al a rate of $1.77 with no increase in the value of the home and Turn to Ply Incmm, Pag© 2A Family time Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Armillaria and Ricky Espinoza swing thsir children Valone, Jasmins, and Cassis at Lands Park Tuesday evening. “The last thing I would want to do is build a high school that will be obsolete in three or four years,” said trustee Doug Nail. “We’ve made that mistake before.” The board also re-addressed the issue of a bond election, stressing tliat the bond package should be structured in a way that gives taxpayers the final decision on whether to build a new high school. “I feel real strongly about this that they need to tell us (what to do),” said trustee John Clay. District resident Bill Smith, who served on a previous LRPC. told the board CISD has an outstanding educational system, and overcrowding or large campuses would compromise that. “Make a decision to put this school district back w here it should be. Put it back on top and maintain the growth ... Plan for the future,” said Smith, w ho received applause for his comments. “Yes. it’s expensive. But, I would rather pay the extra expense to keep it the best it is than see you approve something that’s mediocre ... We don’t want mediocre. We want the best we can get, and we’ll pay for it. But you have to show me it’s the best it is.” CAD approves 1997/98 budget By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Growth and demand for serv ices caused the Comal Appraisal District budget to increase by 4 percent from 1997 to 1998, according to Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers. The board of directors approved the 1998 budget of $816,917 12 at its meeting Monday evening. The budget totaled $784,320 in 1997. The budget is funded by the 15 taxing entities that lie within the appraisal district and have their property values assessed by the CAD. Curtis Koehler, deputy chief appraiser, said another $15,000 in CAD revenues comes from the sale of maps, plats and copies of data and electronic data that the Turn to Budget, Page 3A WORD manager wants river cleanup to continue By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — With the summer tourist season almost over, the manager of the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District is asking his board to consider continuing river cleanup services in September The lower river cleanup services contract, given to Little Ponderosa River Outfitters, started during the Memorial Day weekend in May and runs through Labor Day. WORD manager Jim Inman said he would ask die board to discuss the idea at its 6:45 p.m. meeting today at at the Turn to WORD, Page3ACounty budget at a glance — Page 12A; local businesses spice up state show — Page 10AISI * ;