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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY____ Braunfels Cougars, Rangers and Unicorns win. See Page 1B. so CENTS $335,000 Donations sofar—-$288,000 To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760 Herald 20332 MOO? 10/22/99 s o - w e: s t m I c: r o F' u b l. i s him g 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- 22 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, December 11,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more man 144 years a home or Ifsrlene Klabuntfe Vol. 144. No. 282 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports...................... 1B-2B Comics.........................................4B Market Race.........................6B-10B S t a iii iii t i sc h tlrfthday wish** from th# Horakd-Zoitting! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Earlene Klabunde, Kenny Brocks, Mark Zamora, Ashley Garza, Holly Mullins (40 years old), Cindy Gonzales Billers and Flaco Gomez (belated). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollan Count Mold —1,660 Mountain Cedar — 4 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 201 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.45 feet above sea level, up .01 from Tuesday. Canyon Dem discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —175 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.83 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) *a ew a **»■«*» — Iww DvlUnitif UulltlM NBU reports pumping 5.478 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no well wat ar was used. Ch##r Fund donations sought by nowspspor The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung's 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign wlfl provide food for looai needy families on Dec 21. The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County. ■ Anonymous — $25 ■ Will and Gretchen Ryals — $100 ■ Anonymous — $25 ■ Lee and Lucille Mensinger — $25 ■ Jack and Kathryn Taber $25 ■ Today’s total — $225 ■ New total — $2,672.48 hsooh for rn Star Hoods toys, cosh Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys, cash and time to help give to local children. We will be wrapping on Dec 21, starting at 10 a.m., and Dec 22, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors. For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406. . OOP tour of homos sot for Saturday The annual Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at The Collection, China-N-Things and The Cottage in Gruene. For more information, call Republican headquarters at 629-6442. Woman’s Cantor floods jars, diapors The Women's Center is in need of clear, gallon size glass jars with lids for food storage and size 5 (xx-large) diapers you are able to help, call the Women s Center at 620-7520. Family Outroach soniinars continuo Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its “For Kids’ Sake" seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.Legislature keeps itself busy, even out of session. See Opinion, Page IO children suffer minor injuries in bus accident * A New Braunfels Independent School District bus with 28 children on board was struck horn the rear Tuesday morning by a truck at the IOO block of West Zipp Road and FM 725, city police said. Ten of the students, who were ages 5 to 9, suffered minor injuries and were transported by five New Braunfels ambulances to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treat ment. Police said the driver of the truck, Juan Caballero, 39, was charged with failure to control his speed and failure to insure his car. Caballero was driving a 1982 Blue Chevrolet utility truck at about 8:05 a.m. when he struck the rear of the bus, which was waiting for traffic to clear before turning onto FM 725, police said. Sg"” ••: The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to move ahead with the removal of waste storage tanks and renovations for the Kraft Building. The board purchased the old Kraft Building at 900 W. San Antonio St in last November, and pod $265,000 for the 2^00 sqare foot building. The building will be used for the alternative school, college night classes, GED classes and maintenance facility storage. The property hfts an underground storage tank on it that , the district must now remove, and Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of financial services, said the tanks should pose no problems for the district. “If you remember, all the tests show there are no leaks," Curtis told the board. “Now, that's not to say there won’t be something underneath when we Turn to Kraft, Page 2A TxDOT to start 1-35 work in the fall By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Texas Department of Transportation officials told Comal County commissioners Tuesday they will be ready to start next fall on the $62 million project to expand Interstate 35 to eight lanes through most of New Braunfels. The plan calls for expanding the road from four lanes to eight from South Loop 337 to just south of Highway 46, including the Guadalupe River bridge. TxDOT commissioners approved the recommendation in August but did not include a section of highway from Highway 46 to Highway 306 that local leaders had requested in June. Local TxDOT officials are confident that section will be approved in future funding requests. Michael Meek, president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said the project will ensure a safe environment for travelers through the city and boost the local economy. “Literally dozens and dozens of other governments and businesses joined us in this effort because they didn’t want (Interstate) 35 to have a bottleneck," Meek said. “Every citizen is impacted by this.” The money will be paid for from the National Highway System fund that is 80 percent federal money and 20 percent is state money. A coalition of elected officials and area residents traveled on June 18 to Austin to present its case to TxDOT on why New Braunfels needed to expand the interstate. After the presentation, TxDOT commissioners indicated the plan would likely rank high among transportation pro- Tum to 1-35, Page 2A Trustees pick candidate; remain mum NBISD settles on its finalist for interim school superintendent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees narrowed down the search for interim superintendent to one candidate, which will return for a second interview on Saturday, but trustees refused to release the candidate's name. Superintendent Charles Bradberry accepted a position with the Keller Independent School District last month, and the board approved his resignation Tuesday night. Bradberry begins his new job Jan. I. On Monday, the board interviewed two candidates for the interim superintendent job, but declined to release the names. The New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung, however, learned that the two retired superintendents interv iewed were Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley. (Background information on the two candidates appears on Page 4A.) Garza , contacted today, said Monday’s interview went as well as could be expected. Ile also added that he believes his experience, especially when he was assigned to Eagle Pass ISD to oversee the district because of "micro managing,” could prove helpful in the local district. “I don’t claim to know everything, but experience is the best teacher,” Garza said. “Hopefully (my experience) would be a plus to help whatever is ailing the school board or the district if I were the interim ” Moseley told The Herald-Zeitung that despite current differences on the board, NBISD will continue to be a good school district thanks to parents’ expectations and dedicated teachers. Turn to NBISD, Page 2A Aquifer board chooses Beldon as its leader who is already working (on the board),” Banda said. "I think he can be fair-minded.” The only other nominee for chair was Bexar County representative Sylvia Mendelsohn, who received six votes to Beldon’s nine. Kay fumer, water activist from San Antonio, accused the board of fixing the vote through special interest groups. “I’m sorry for what I’m about to witness," Turner said. The EAA also voted to approve a list of possible programs that it could cut when making a request for funding to the Legislature. The EAA plans to ask the Legislature for $1.1 million in assistance to help close a $2 million deficit it inherited from its predecessor, the Edwards Underground Water District. The cuts include the study on New Braunfels Utilities’ wells near Comal Springs and other research projects. By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Guadalupe backs aquatic herbicide limits By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer LAKE MCQUEENEY — Responding to pressure from a local environmental group, Guadalupe County Commissioners Court endorsed a resolution on Monday that calls for the creation of a state permitting system for aquatic herbicides. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to endorse the resolution backed by Robin Richardson, president of Health Awareness and Water Knowledge. Members of HAWK are concerned that the herbicide Sonar, which was sprayed on 120 acres of l ake McQueeney near Treasure Island by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in March, will cause environmental harm to the lake. They are concerned that a chemical in Sonar, fluridone, will break down into N-monomethylformamide, known as NMF. In laboratory studies, fluridone has broken down into NMF, a suspected toxin. Richardson fears NMF may show up in the lake, risking the health of humans exposed to it.    » Richardson said the commissioners’ action pleased her. “It is a wonderful step in the right direction in protecting our surface water,” Richardson said. She has drafted a bill that would allow only licensed applicators to use aquatic herbicides on the state's lakes and waterways. According to her proposal, the licensed applicator would have to obtain a permit from the Texas Department of Agriculture before using any aquatic herbicide. Richardson said it is easy for people to buy an aquatic herbicide at a local chemical company or store without getting a license. She said she will now take the proposal to the state Legislature for consideration during the 1997 session. Turn to Hwtoickto, Page 2A The first-ever elected board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority reappointed its former chair, Mike Beldon, Tuesday and appointed new officers to serve on the 15-member board The first board was appointed by the Legislature and served from June to November. Members elected in November form the new board Doug Miller, Guadalupe and Comal county representative, was reappointed as treasurer; Rogelio Munoz of Uvalde County, vice chair; and Carol Patterson of Bexar County, secretary. Comal County representative Rita Banda, who attended her first meeting of the EAA after winning an uncontested race, said she backed Beldon because of his experience. “With so many new people on the board, I thought it should be someone ;