New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150 No. 34 14 pages in 2 sections December 21, 2000 r i t _ _ _ Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsThursday
New Braunfels Police Department detectives Jay Allen and Scott Renken help a yearling doe out of David Sikes’ swimming pool Wednesday afternoon. The deer ' was tired, but otherwise appeared OK.
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Santa’s deer can fly,
Police rescue doe from pool
By Ron Maloney
Reindeer might be able to fly, but not all deer are adept swimmers. At least not for long.
David Sikes, who lives on Spring Hill Drive, listened to his dogs barking for about half an hour Wednesday before he decided to look out back and see
what the problem was.
A pretty ffightened-looking yearling doe stared back at him, her head just visible above his swimming pool deck. Sikes tried to help her out of the pool.
“I just needed another pair of hands. I’d walk around to try to get to her, and she’d go to the other end. She must have been in there 30 minutes or a little more.” Sikes called the police. Patrol officers Gayle Anderson and
but can they swim?
Darren Rutledge arrived and called for a little more help. Detectives Jay Allen and Scott Renken were driving nearby.
“Actually, we were just in the neighborhood,” Renken said. “We just had to see it.”
Sikes and the officers took up positions around the pool, while Renken and Allen walked up to the deer and gave her a lift over the wall of the pool.
Both men have had experience
with distressed deer and knew a frightened deer is pretty dangerous to a would-be Good Samaritan.
This deer was too tired, though.
“She kind of surprised us. We thought she would put up a bigger fight. Both of us have taken them out of fences, and they have a tendency to hurt you,” Renken said.
“She didn’t have much kick left to her,” Sikes agreed.
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Christmas comes early for (from left) Rebecca, Samantha and Janie Owens Wednesday afternoon as Cadet 1st Ll Laura Gonzales (left) and Cadet Sgt. Yvonne Moreno of the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC deliver Toys for Tots 2000 gifts to the girls at their home.
Cabinet in the
By Ron Maloney
The Texas Republican of the Year had a very busy day Monday.
No, he didn’t meet with the chairman of the Federal Reserve or huddle with Dick
No, he isn’t preparing to move into the White House — that’s a different Texas Republican.
The Texas Republican of the Year has an autographed photo of himself on his office wall, talking with that other Texas Republican, President-elect George W Bush.
Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab spent the morning in meetings with officials and constituents. Monday afternoon, he loaded two-and-a-half tons of com onto a flatbed trailer.
Schwab is the Texas Republican of the Year.
Never mind that Bush is the Texas Republican who went to Washington.
Schwab just couldn’t believe that in this of all years, the Republican Congressional Committee would choose him for a national leadership award and name him Texas Republican of the Year 2000.
But he has the plaque and the citation to prove it, and he was “outstandingly proud” Monday of the award, given “in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to the
Outfitters speak out on shuttle services
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Some local shuttle operators expressed reservations about possible changes to requirements for shuttle operators Wednesday.
The city’s transportation and traffic advisory board submitted some possibilities for changing shuttle operator requirements to the‘river activities committee. The committee in turn invited local shuttle operators to a meeting Wednesday to discuss shuttle issues.
The transportation board’s suggestions include restrictions against carrying tubes and passengers in the same area of a shuttle.
River committee member Donna Welch said that some shuttle operators carry people and tubes in a bread truck together.
“It’s a real mess,” she said. “If they had a wreck and turned over, you couldn’t get peo
ple out of there.”
But Jane Lackey, a local outfitter who operates a shuttle service, said the larger problem is with private residents who load tubes in the back of a truck and carry people on top of the tubes.
Also, shuttle operator Charles Lackey said it would be “ridiculous” to require that shuttle operators tow a trailer for tubes. He explained that the shuttle operators sometimes have small groups of people and have room on the shuttles for the tubes as well.
Another suggestion from the transportation board is to increase the fee for shuttle permits from $50 for the first vehicle and $25 for each additional vehicle to $200 for the first vehicle and $50 for each additional vehicle.
“I think that’s awfully steep,” Jane Lackey said, and added that she would prefer a per-person fee each month.
Shuttle operator Larry Alexander disagreed with Lackey. He said that would drive his costs up too much and drive customers away.
Some shuttle operators did, however, like the river committee’s proposed solution to problems with shuttle traffic at the last public exit, located at Lincoln and Union streets.
The committee has discussed designating a shuttle-loading zone on Lincoln Street. Tubers who exit the river there would cross the street and wait for the shuttles under covered structures equipped with benches.
“I think that’s a very good start on a good solution,” Jane Lackey said.
Also, Lincoln Street resident Clint Cronin praised the proposed plan.
“As a resident of Lincoln Street, this sounds like a good idea to me,” he said. “I think it would help. I think it would help the outfitters too.”
Bush eyes Republican governors for Cabinet
By Ron Fournier
AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — George Bush’s top candidate for attorney general, Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, told the president-elect Wednesday he did not want the job, throning the search for tne nation’s top law enforcement official into a state of uncertainty. Two other GOP governors were poised to land Cabinet posts.
“I’m just at a point of time in life and with my family that I’m not sure that that would be in our best interest,” Racicot told The Associated Press after a private meeting with Bush. Senior GOP officials said Bush was prepared to offer the post to Racicot, his closet ally among the nation’s 29 GOP governors.
The move upgraded the prospects of Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a favorite of conservatives. Other candidates include outgoing Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo. and former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo.
A two-term Texas governor himself, Bush has decided to nominate New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman to head the Environmental Protection Agency, but had not formally offered her the job, two senior Republican official said Wednesday night, adding that she was virtually assured to get the call when Bush was ready to announce the post. An abortion-rights supporter, Whitman would be sheltered at the EPA from social issues that galvanize Bush’s conservative base.
Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, an abortion foe, was the front-runner to head the Health and Human Serv ices Department, where social issues are critical. He was almost certain to get the job, the officials said.
Whitman could be nominated as early as Friday. Thompson was penciled in for an announcement Friday or next week, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
Some conservatives had objected to Racicot’s
New Braunfels man reminds neighbors of reason for the season
By Jennifer Rodriguez
* A tiny tree, a warm blanket and a Biblical recitation by a large-headed cartoon character named Linus helped the Peanuts gang figure out the meaning of Christmas.
• That understanding comes a little easier in New Braunfels, where residents like Terry Fowler illuminate the meaning of Christmas with the most logical tool — lights."
Despite a bad back, Fowler crawled around on his roof for several days to write the words
“Jesus is the Reason” in Christmas lights.
“The whole purpose is the message — not necessarily having the brightest lights, but to create a message that would catch the eye,” Fowler said.
This past year he strung his message across his fence. Now that his subdivision is more developed he had to think of a different place..
The steeply pitched roof prevalent in his subdivision created a natural canvas that is visible from Farm-to-Market Road 1044.
“I was thinking, ‘What can I do
this year?’” Fowler said. “There’s no better a time to tell the message of Jesus than Christmas.”
He has not always been a light-stringing master. When he was younger, he was happy to let his older brother tackle the job.
But somewhere along the way, he developed a love and the knack for stringing Christmas lights. For more than 12 years he has thrown himself into the art of decorating for the holiday season “I buy some every year. I have thousands,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, I even dread it sometimes, See SEASON/7A
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Terry and Tonya Fowler’s home off Farm-to-Market Road 1044 is visible from the highway.
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