New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 17,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of Trevor Martin
Vol. 144, No 286
Hrthday wtthti from tho ItorakMMtyng!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Trevor Martin, Jennifer Michelle Koepp (4 years old), Raymond Lee Dietert, Marvin Stringer, Bill Morton, Jeanette tam, Robert Baker, Geneva Boyd, Michael Collini, Rita Parker, Christine Noel Martinez, John Daniel Zavala (17 years old),
Shana Mendez, Kaitlyn Justine ^att (2 years old), Raquel Pulido 14 years old), David Lee Paiz,
Erie Woodchek (Monday) and Hazel Knopp.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Virginia and Howard Pinnell (46 years), Rita and Rory Parker (20 years) Mid Gayla and Tony Gonza-ez (2 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Potion Count Mold-485 Mountain Cedar ■
(Polan measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —197 cube feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 623.43 feet above sea level, down ,01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 328 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.07 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
Hew Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.437 miMon gallons of surtaoe water Monday, and no wa! water was used
CHMT Fund donations sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families Satur day.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County, but this year’s fund is about $1,000 short of meeting that goal. Donations need to be turned in by Thursday to pay for the food.
ii William and Fonda Wetsel — $100
■ Troy Sr. and Dolores Burch — $25
n Edna Richter — $15
■ Kathryn and Ted Wood — $100
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Today’s total — $290
■ New total — $3,292.48
blood drfvs ss! for Wednosday
The South Texas Blood & Tis sue Center is conducting a blood drive from 9:30 a m. to noon Wednesday in the parking lot of the Norwest Bank in New Braunfels. Donors are eligible to give blood every eight weeks.
Caroling on Plaza plannod for Thursday
The 15th annual Caroling on the Plaza, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts council, will begin at 6 p m Thursday at the Main Plaza.
Wally Black, director of music at First Baptist Church, will lead members of the community in singing. Rosie Gallegos and the Hill Country Chorus will perform special numbers.
The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and flashlights to read the song sheets.
Mercury expected to take another dip
By DENISE DZIUK
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Despite near freezing temperatures, rain, sleet and snow the past couple of mornings, the mercury will drop even lower this afternoon, and temperatures are expected to reach record lows later this week.
Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a second front, with colder air, is still making its way into the area, and could hit New Braunfels by late this morning or early afternoon. Orrock said a chance of snow exists for this evening, and temperatures will dip again. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s and the windchill will be near zero degrees.
“The wind’s going to make it feel pretty cold out there,” said Orrock.
A local nursery offered the following advice to protect landscape from cold temperatures:
■ Keep the landscape and potted plants outside well watered, making sure they are watered deep.
■ Make sure mulch is applied thickly.
■ Do not trim plants, trees or bushes.
■ Tropical plants already should be moved indoors
■ Plants on the north side of a building will require more protection from wind, and should be moved closer to the building or to another location.
Wednesday, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a chance of sleet and snow in the morning. The highs should be in the 40s.
Thursday’s temperatures are expected to reach a high of near 40 degrees, but Orrock said that by
late Thursday the second push of cold air from the front will come in.
Friday’s forecast calls for lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s.
“We’re looking at breaking some record temperatures at the end of the week,” Orrock said. “It’s just going to feel very cold, and it’s going to stay that way for a while.”
Orrock said the weather conditions should not cause major problems with roads and highways, but the light precipitation combined with freezing temperatures will cause icy in some places. He said drivers just need to be aware of the potential and use caution.
“Bridges and overpasses could become a problem because they’re exposed and don’t have the ground to keep them warm,” said Orrock. “People really need to be careful on those.”
Task force discusses opening natural area
By DAVID DEKUNDER
N*Bus bandwagon short on riders
By ABB LEVY
An eight-month status report indicates the city's bus system has not met ridership projections. In January, the City Council will consider the future of the N«Bus system, which is scheduled to end March IO.
The city received an $80,000 grant from the Alamo Area Council of Governments to conduct a one-year test of public transportation through the N*Bus service.
The status report indicates the program is not meeting expected ridership but that New Braunfels needs some type of public transit system. Another status report is expected by January, which will include ridership figures for November and December.
The Alamo council has $350,000 in state ami federal funds to give to New Braunfels should the city’s transit program be extended.
The council can extend the contract directly for the N*Bus, or niter into subcontracts for transportation with other providers.
This is really a community decision," said Lynn Fountain, Main Street director who is overseeing the N*Bus system. "That's
the critical element My position is to recommend that (the council) look closely at it and see what they want now and in five years."
Ridership averaged 92 one-way fares per week in the first eight months of operation, the report showed. In cities comparable to New Braunfels, 98 one-way fares per week is considered a reasonable average for the beginning months, Fountain said.
City officials said that the average fell short of the original projection of several hundred per week, which came from a transportation feasibility study conducted a few years ago.
That study, which cost the city $10,000, was based on no-fare service that would eventually increase ridership to a thousand per day on weekends.
Fountain said the study’s projections did not take into consideration the culture of the community.
"Had they looked at the culture of the times, it would not have been so optimistic," she said. "They looked purely at numbers. They’re really only valid when you add flesh and bones.”
N*Bus directors revised the routes after six months of operation to facilitate travel time, reduce passenger wait and include more
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GUADALUPE R1VLR STATE PARK — A task force studying the idea of more public access for the Honey C reek State Natural Area met for the first time Monday afternoon at Guadalupe River State Park.
The task force was created to study whether to allow horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and Volksmarch activ ities in the environmentally sensitive area.
The 2,200-acre state natural area was bought by the parks and wildlife department from the Nature Conservancy in 1985. The Nature Conservancy still has a management agreement with TP&WD for the land.
Honey Creek State Natural Area is adjacent to the park.
C urrently, public access is allowed only through guided tours and educational activities.
The task force was appointed by Laird Fowler, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regional director. The six-member task force is being chaired by Duncan Muckelroy, park manager.
Park Ranger Deirdre I Osier reviewed the goals for the task force and to the audience of four people. Those goals were to look at outdoor classroom activities, Guadalupe River State Park and Friends of the Guadalupe River and Honey Creek, Inc., recreational day uses and recreational overnight activities.
The task force is to forward its findings to Fowler by Feb. 4. Fowler is then supposed to forward the report to parks and wildlife department planners. Both Fowler and the planners will then decide on the public access issue.
Richard Solis, Friends president and task force member, said his organization had overwhelming support for its science camps for local elementary school children in the Honey Creek/Guadalupe River State Park area.
The spring camps have been conducted for the past three years by the Friends of HC/GRSP Inc. and have been funded through various agencies and private donations.
Solis said the Friends organization applied for a $15,065 grant from TP&WD for next spring’s science camps, lf funding’s approved, Solis said the Friends would conduct a science camp pilot project that would include schools from
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Alternative school plans initial graduation ceremony
By OCNIB1 DZIUK
It’s been open for a little more than a year, and for the first time ever, the Comal Independent School District’s alternative school will hold its own graduation ceremony.
"We’ve been graduating students, but they were graduating from their respective high schools," said Chad Hall, principal of the Comal Leadership Institute. "Now, they will graduate from the leadership school."
Hall said the CLI opened its doors as an alternative school last September. He said the goal of the school is to reclaim dropouts and help students who are at risk or behind their classmates. Hall said without the leadership institute, moat of these students would not
earn their high school diplomas.
"They would be dropouts — period,” Hall said. “They wouldn’t have any place else to go, so they’d just fall through the cracks."
Hall said 43 students earned enough credits for graduation through the alternative school since it opened. These students were given diplomas from their original high schools during Board of Trustees meetings. However, the board recently approved a diploma for the school, and tonight it will hold a ceremony for its first IO graduates.
"The kids said they wanted a ceremony, so we said we would give them one," said Hall. “We’re real proud of them. They worked really hard to get where they are today."
Hall said the ceremony will Turn to Graduation, Page 2
NBISD board to hold further talks with potential school chief
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will interview the second candidate for the interim superintendent position, and possibly select who it wants tonight.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
Superintendent Charles IJradberry has taken the superintendent position with the Keller Independent School District, near Fort Worth, and leaves his current position effective Dec. 31.
The NBISD board already lias begun looking for someone to fill the position on a short-term basis.
The trustees interviewed retired superintendents Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley last week for the interim position.
Moseley, who currently lives in San Antonio, retired in June after 41 years
in education, including 16 years as the superintendent of Fort Sam Houston ISI) in San Antonio.
(iarza was born in New Braunfels and currently resides in Austin.
Garza retired three years ago after 39 years in education
During that time, he has served as superintendent, associate superintendent and interim superintendent in a variety of school systems. He was appointed by the Texas Education Agency to oversee the bagle Pass Inde-■pendent School District because of internal problems Garza describes as “micro managing.”
Moseley returned on Saturday for a second interview, and the public had an
opportunity to meet him.
Garza, who was unable to attend Saturday’s meeting, will attend tonight’s meeting.
The board will go into executive session at 6 p.m. to continue discussions with Garza, and the public then will be given the chance to speak w ith him informally.
Jaime Padilla, the board’s president, said one of Garza’s concerns about taking a job in the district is the current seating arrangment, which has the superintendent sitting at a table below the board.
Padilla said the board would discuss that with (iarza at tonight’s closed session.
Board members will reconvene in open session, where they will discuss and possibly act on the employment of an interim superintendent.
They also will discuss the board’s goals, which will be used in the search for a replacement for Bradbury.The EAA has an important job to do and doesn’t need interference. See Opinion, Page 4.