New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY August 28, 2001
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Vol. 149, No. 248Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Unmanned U.S. plane missing over Iraq
By Robert Burns AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pilotless U.S. reconnaissance plane failed to return from a mission over southern Iraq on Monday. U.S. officials did not dispute Iraq’s claim that it shot down the plane.
The incident underscored the dangers facing U.S. and British pilots who regularly patrol the skies over Iraq and encounter anti-aircraft artillery and other air defense forces almost daily.
The Iraqi government considers the patrols illegal and in recent months has developed more effective coordination between its early warning radars and anti-aircraft missiles, heightening the danger to pilots.
In northern Iraq on Monday, U.S. planes attacked an SA-3 surface-to-air missile site near the city of Mosul after taking fire from Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery guns, U.S. military officials said.
Pilotless aircraft capable of transmitting live images to U.S. command posts outside of Iraq are used to supplement air patrols by Air Force F-16s and other manned aircraft in both northern and southern Iraq.
Whether the Air Force drone, known as a Predator, was shot down or crashed due to a technical failure, it was the first American aircraft of any kind to be lost in Iraq since the accidental shootdown of two U.S. Army helicopters by U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters in 1994.
In July, an Air Force U-2 surveillance plane was rocked by the concussion from an Iraqi surface-to-air missile. The U.S. plane was not hit but the missile explosion was close enough to be felt by the crew.
U.S. and British forces began monitoring no-fly zones over Iraq a decade ago.
Keaton Brewer of Mrs. Tjemagers first-grade class swings Monday afternoon during recess on the first day of school at New Braunfels Christian Academy.
CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeilungRain at last!
Subdivisions join Hunter’s Creek in legal battle
By Amy Clarkson
The president of Hunter’s Creek Homeowners Association sent a message to all areas originally slated for annexation this year: Join the subdivision in its legal battle against New Braunfels’ annexation plan.
And at least two subdivisions answered that call. Ute Townsend, president of Mission Valley Estates Homeowners Association, and Harvey Haas, a representative of Northwoods Subdivision, said they would join the lawsuit with Hunter’s Creek.
“We at Hunter’s Creek don’t oppose annexation,” Rick Upton said during public comments at Monday’s city council meeting. “We look forward to becoming part of New Braunfels. We have a temporary restraining order in place because it was our last and final action available to us. We feel this plan is unjust and unfair annexation.”
Upton said the subdivision filed the lawsuit in ComalScorecard:
Areas considered for annexation:
• Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road;
• Schmucks Road/Engel Road;
• Hunter Road/Orion Drive;
• Klein Road and FM 1044; and
Areas removed from the annexation plan:
• Preiss Heights, off Loop 337 near River Road;
• the area including the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 South and Lone Star Road all the way to the Guadalupe River;
• T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; and
• Hunter’s Creek (under rules of temporary restraining order issued Friday).
County District Court after a “good faith effort to resolve fundamental differences between the city of New See ANNEXATIONS
Camp Comal waits
Cars splash along Landa Park Driver as rainfall runoff spills into the Comal River.Bum ban, watering restrictions remain
ing restrictions will remain in effect — at least for the next several days.
NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said drought restrictions in New Braunfels were based on a 10-day average of the flow at Comal Springs, which Sunday ran 247 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs). Saturday’s flow was 243 cfs. The average must reach 250 cfs before the restrictions are removed, Reuwer said.
See RAIN/3 A
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Don’t strike that match, and don’t wash that car — at least not quite yet.
Comal County will not lift its burn ban anytime soon, in spite of weekend rains that dumped between two and three inches of water on a parched county landscape Sunday and Monday.
New Braunfels Utilities reported Monday that in spite of rainfall, water-
By Amy Clarkson
Any plans for Camp Comal will wait until New Braunfels Utilities, the city council and the parks board can meet in closed session.
That’s the decision from the three groups after a brief workshop meeting Monday night.
Mayor Stoney Williams said the groups could not discuss specific property at the meeting. Instead, another meeting, posted for an executive session, will have to be scheduled, he said.
“We can’t discuss what property NBU wants to acquire,” he said. “That will have to wait until we can all meet in executive session. This meeting should have been posted as a closed session, but it wasn’t.”
The workshop meeting between the three groups was supposed to bring a years-long debate about Camp Comal’s future to a close.
NBU bought the land on the Guadalupe River in 1963 for $70,000 to use for future wastewater treatment needs. In the meantime, the city uses it for baseball fields.
The city wants to use the land for a permanent park. NBU agreed, but only if the city provides NBU with land in the area suitable to expand its wastewater treatment facilities.
The city’s parks advisory board and NBU discussed the proposal in March and voted to bring it to council.
The council, parks board and NBU did not set a date for the next meeting.
New NBCA chief focuses on school home
By Martin MALACARA
New Braunfels Christian Academy students got an extra week of summer fun as they started school Monday, a week after local public schools rang the bells on a new school year.
The 448 NBCA students returned for their first day of school with a new school administrator and high school principal, former administrator Marcia Wall said.
John Cox replaces Wall, who will be a principal for the elementary school campus, 995 Missions Hills Drive.
Cox joined the school Aug. 15 and comes from Chattanooga, Tenn., Wall
said. He is looking for a new home in New Braunfels, she said.
Once Cox gets settled in, one of his primary tasks will be dealing with the academy’s growing pains.
The academy is looking for land to build a new middle/high school, Wall said. Currently, the high school students attend class at T Bar M Sports Camp.
Wall said the new school would serve up to 500 students.
So far, parents and others have pledged about $186,000 for the new school.
Besides finding enough space for students, the academy also hopes to get computer and other technology
upgrades and still maintain affordable tuition.
Compared to San Antonio private school tuition, Wall said NBCA costs about $2,000 less.
“Because we’re not church-related, the cost factor for the school is IOO percent of all costs. We’ve practiced good stewardship, but financing comes from parents, outsiders and prayer,” she said.
Tuition pays for about 85 percent of expenses, with fund-raisers making up the rest, she said.
The interdenominational school draws its student body from about 150 surrounding church congregations.
Plane crash victims still critical
From Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO — A Fort Sam Houston official reported Monday that the two McAllen brothers injured in a Bulverde plane crash remained in critical condition.
Hospital spokesperson Norma Guerra reported that Jan Klinck, 57, and his brother Gary Klinck, 49, were being treated in the intensive care center of the hospital’s burn treatment unit.
The Klincks were injured in a 4:40 p.m. crash Thursday when the six-
seat Piper Malibu piloted by Jan Klinck stalled after takeoff from Kestrel Air Park.
Guerra said Gary Klinck had third-degree bums to 84 percent of his body. Jan Klinck is being treated for third-degree bums to 41 percent of his body.
Jan and Gary Klinck are longtime pharmacists and McAllen businessmen.
Jan Klinck is a McAllen city commissioner who has served since 1993. Before that, he was a member of the McAllen Public Utilities Board for 16 years.
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Smith making Comal visits
From staff reports
U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith will speak at the Republican Mens Club of Comal County meeting today.
The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Auditorium, 36101 Farm-to-Market Road 3159.
Smith will make a presentation about the past eight months in the Bush administration and current congressional activities.
Smith spokeswoman O’Lene Stone said the congressman also will give a preview of what he expects on the Washington D.C. scene for the remainder of the year.
Smith has represented the 21st Congressional District since 1986.