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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas AV N EW ifiiate}FELS I V| DEC I 3 2000 FELS | “ Herald-Zeitung ■■■ I., :.............. -......:.....................I Vol. 150 No. 27    16    pages    in    2    sections    December    13,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsSupreme Court: Recount violates equal rights By Ron Fournier Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — A US. Supreme Court as divided as the nation’s voters ruled for George W. Bush in the Florida presidential election case Tuesday night, reversing a state court decision that had ordered new recounts sought by Al Gore. In an extraordinary late-night decision that unfolded on national television, the justices said the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court violated equal rights, and there was not enough time to “Because it is evident that any recount seeking to meet the Dec. 12 date will be unconstitutional. we reverses the judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida ordering the recount to proceed!’ jU.S. Supreme Court conduct a new effort that would meet constitutional muster.    ' “Because it is evident that any recount seeking to meet the Dec. 12 date will be unconstitutional. We reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida ordering the recount to proceed,” the court said. The campaigns, Bush and Gore alike, were poring over the complex and detailed ruling, which came five weeks to the day after the presidential election. Florida’s 25 electoral votes would decide the winner. On Monday, Gore’s Democratic running mate, Joseph Lieberman, had said that if the Supreme Court “basically overrules the Florida Supreme Court. That’s probably the end of it.” Gore lawyer Laurence Tribe told NBC-TV he disagreed with the decision, but “I think the courts’ place in our lives is such that we all should rally around even if we disagree with the results.” The court’s unsigned opinion said seven justices agreed that there were constitutional problems with the recount ordered by the Florida court, but that they disagreed on the remedy. “It is obvious that the recount cannot be conducted in compliance with the requirements of equal protection and due process without substantial additional work,” the court said. But the majority said that because Florida lawmakers intended in effect to complete the choosing of electors by Dec. 12 an order requiring a new recount “could not be part of an appropriate” remedy. The court issued its ruling in an unsigned opinion. Chief Justice William H. Rehn-quist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas went further in a separate opinion, saying the Florida Supreme Court also violated the Constitution and federal law in ordering the recount.See SUPREME COURT/4A Father Winter blows in K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Shoppers like Cheryl Craft added bundles of firewood to their carts Tuesday evening in anticipation of the chilly weather forecasters promised. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County officials braced late * Tuesday for a difficult commute this morning as freezing rain moved into New Braunfels and the Hill Country. “We urge caution,” said Larry Eblen, National Weather Service meteorologist in New Braunfels. The NWS was forecasting an 80 percent ohance of freezing rain, sleet and showers overnight with low temperatures near 30. Both local school districts announced classes would be delayed an hour and a half today. Comal and New Braunfels school districts will decide whether to cancel school entirely today by 6:30 a.m. Parents and employees should check radio or television broadcasts for the latest information, or call the districts’ inclement weather hotlines for up-to-date school closure information. Call Comal school district toll-free at (830) 904-4636 or check the district’s Web site at New Braunfels school district parents and employees can call the district’s new inclement weather line by dialing 620-6200 and choosing the inclement weather option. Officials at both districts cancelled several events Tuesday night to keep students, staff and parents off the road. Basketball games, choir concerts and all after-school practices were cancelled in Comal school district, and New Braunfels officials had to postpone a reception for the state champion Unicom volleyball team. Comal County offices closed half an hour early Tuesday and delayed opening today until IO a.m. County road crews, sheriff’s deputies and police agencies all said Tuesday they were prepared for a major winter storm. County Engineer Tom Homseth said Tuesday afternoon that bridges were wet, but not icing — yet. “Our crews have been instructed to sand all bridges in preparation for tonight’s See WEATHER/4 A School Delays Classes will start an hour and a half later today, but districts could cancel school altogether. For up-to-date information, call CISD toll-free at (830) 904-4636 or check the district's Web site at NBISD parents and employees can call the district’s inclement weather line at 643-5566. NBISD 9:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. OakRun School New Braunfels Middle School New Braunfels High School 9:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Carl Schurz Elementary 10:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Lamar Primary Lone Star Primary 10:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Seels Elementary Memorial Primary Memorial Elementary Memorial Intermediate 9:30 a.m. to noon School of Choice 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Discipline Alternative Education Placement CISD Elementary schools (through sixth grade) 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Secondary schools (7th grade and up) 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Other offices Comal County offices will not open until 10 a.m. today. The Commissioner’s Court meeting was rescheduled for 10 a.m. City offices will be open for regular hours. Rock crusher permit has residents concerned By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer BULVERDE — A San Antonio company is seeking an air quality permit from the Texas Natural Resource v Conservation Commission to open a rock crushing facility in southwest Comal County. But residents who <L live in the area wor-?y that the facility will hurt the environment, damage their wells, lower their property values, create noise pollution and worsen their air quality. Olmos Construction Inc. of San Antonio wants to crush rock at a quarry at US. 281 at Cibolo Creek. Rock crushing facilities produce aggregate materials such as stone, sand and gravel, which are primary components of asphalt and concrete. These are used for building foundations, driveways, roads and parking lots. Rocks mined from quarries have to be broken down by rock crushers, which release concentrated dust into the air. An Olmos Construction Inc. spokesman declined to comment about the permit or the company’s plans. A copy of the request is at the Comal County Courthouse, the TNRCC San Antonio regional office and the TNRCC central office. Residents can protest by contacting the TNRCC and submitting a statement, requesting a public meeting or asking for a contested case hearing by Dec. 29. The TNRCC will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. Send requests to the office of the chief clerk, MC-105, TNRCC, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087. For information, call the TNRCC office of public assistance at (800) 687-4040. According to the 26-page permit request, the facility would operate up to 10 hours a day, six days per week and 50 weeks per year. It will process no more than 200 See ROCK/5 A JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ/Herald-Zeitung Cameron and Elfrieda Wiley live near the site of the proposed rock crushing facility. Inside Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........6-8B Comics................ .............2B Crossword........... .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies.................. ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports................. ..........7-8A Today...................... ..............2A Key Code 76 Cheer Fund Contributors to the Herald-Zeitung f Cheer Fund were: • Wallace and Dorothy Johnson — $50 • Ann and Abe — $50 • Roger and Norma Schultz — $50 • Leonard and Catherine Kramer — $25 Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St. in New Braunfels. Cheer Fund distribution will take place starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Postcards lost 91 years after originally mailed By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer In 1909, Elfrieda Krause was staying in New Braunfels — a town that at that time must have seemed a lifetime away from her family in Saltier. She wrote to her mother, Mrs. Gus Krause of Sattler, on a post card now faded and yellowed with time. “My dear Mama, how are you enjoying these days? Hope better than I, for I’m awful lonesome, only wish I was home again,” Elfrieda wrote. “Was at the dance last night but had an awful time. Didn’t like it at all. I bet Anna had a good time. Dear Mama, I wish you would please send me Bertha’s address.” The post card is one of four postmarked in 1909 that recently made their way to the New ..    *    V    ■ Braunfels post office after they apparently were separated from a package or letter. New Braunfels postal employees hope someone recognizes the cards so they can be returned to the family. The postcards all are addressed to Mrs. Gus Krause or Mrs. Anna Krause in Sattler from Elfrieda Krause in New Braunfels. One of the cards has a message on front that says “A Happy New Year,” while another says, “To My Dear Mother.” Elfrieda’s message on one of the cards was written in German, while she signed another card, “Regards to all from your affectionate daughter, Elfrieda Krause, New Braunfels.” “Hopefully, we can find who it goes to,” See POSTCARDS/4AHHH T. J. Anderson, a New Braunfels post office supervisor, displays four 1909 postcards that apparently were separated from a package in the mail. JO LEE FERGUSON/ Herald-Zeitung ;