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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas L. no09 10/2'2/OO ;0 - WE ST ii IC RO PU BL I SH I Hi ■)? E YANDELL DR TX 7990 New (fiwjJNFELSI Ierald-Zeitung I !- J Vol. 149 No. 55    16    pgs.    in    2    sections    February    3,    2000 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD calendar in draft process By Heather Todd Staff Writer Parents, teachers and community members in New Braunfels Independent School District continue working on a 2000-2001 school calendar that should go before the board Feb. 15. School officials said the Dis-trictwide Education Improvement Council, which has representatives from all facets of the community, would meet Monday to develop a calendar draft, or several calendar drafts, to present to trustees for approval. DEIG members are expected to contact their constituents or members of their respective groups to receive input on the proposed calendar draft before recommending it to trustees. School officials said the DEIC was looking at a calendar similar to the current school calendar, which had an Aug. 25 start date. NBISD received statewide attention this year for being one of a few districts starting school later in August. On Jan. 27, Comal Independent School District trustees approved a 2000-2001 school calendar with an Aug. 16 start date, which was the same day Cl SD students started school this year. Since 1992, CISD students had an earlier start date in the fall in order to end the first semester before the Christmas break. NBISD school officials said there was a similar push among some parents in NBISD. At a board meeting Tuesday night, NBISD trustee Jim Callahan said he felt it was important for the first semester to end before students returned in January. “After talking to teachers and See CALENDARSBack in the saddleTrail riders make stop on way to San Antonio By JESSIE K. SLATEN Staff Photographer Dressed in long johns and rain slickers, they saddled up their horses and prepared for the long route around New Braunfels. In the cold, wet morning, some 20 trail riders tried to make an 8:30 departure from the Comal County Fairgrounds. They’re a little late, much to the ire of Trail Boss Kevin Bigenho. With plastic linings for saddles and hats, hot chocolate and coffee was the order of the morning to warm the insides of these horse lovers headed out for one more leg of their annual journey to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Like 12 spokes of a wagon wheel, groups of riders come in to San Antonio from a 200-mile radius on separate trail rides as part of a celebration of the history and legend that belongs to the area and the show. See SADDLE/3A Top: Kirkwood Manor director Norm Custer waves goodbye as the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders leave for their last leg of the day along Loop 337. Left: Mina Chappell (seated) was thrilled to see all the horses and riders saunter up to the main drive of Eden Home. Activities Director Karen Preiss (standing) helped Chappell and others as they reached out to each horse and rider. Concern for trout could delay water project By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A sport fishing conservation group’s concerns about Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s request to divert more water from Canyon Reservoir could result in the delay of a $40 million treated water supply project. Since filing Sept. 15 to contest GBRA’s amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited has been on a mission to ensure the survival of a local trout Fishery, GRTU flow committee chairman David Schroeder said. The water rights amendment would allow GBRA to increase its authorized diversion from Canyon Reservoir from 50,000 acre-feet per year to 90,000 acre-feet per year — an increase GRTU is concerned would result in an unstable flow of water from Canyon Dam during the critical period of May through October — a time when GRTU relies on the flow of the Guadalupe River to create temperatures low' enough for the trout to survive, Schroeder said. GBRA and attorneys representing GRTU have been negotiating since December, but GRTU has yet to accept any of GBRAs proposals for a settlement, Schroeder said. GBRA general manager Bill West said reaching an agreement with GRTU was a top priority. “We are certainly anxious to get this settled,” West said. “We are optimistic that we are close to reaching an agreement.” GBRA’s interest in expediting a set tlement has much to do with their plans to complete its Western Comal Treated Water Supply Project — a proposed 43-mile pipeline that will deliver treated surface water from Canyon Reservoir out-of-district and to portions of Comal and Kendall counties. The project is contingent upon TNR-CC’s approval of the amendment application and thus settlement with GRTU, West said. The project includes the construc- See TROUT/3ABurn ban lifted until F riday By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Because Mother Nature blessed the New Braunfels area w ith about two inches of a good, soaking rainfall, Comal County Commissioners temporarily lifted the ban on outdoor burning until 5 p.m. Friday. Commissioners removed the ban, which has been lifted only once since Aug. 9, on the recommendation of Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford Wednesday morning. “We temporarily lifted the ban because the substantial amount of rainfall the county received the past fe w days was enough to lower the fire danger,” Manford said. Residents can take advantage of the small reprieve from the drought and bum brush stored since summer — but Manford said they should do so w ith extreme caution. “Residents need to be veiy careful when they are burning,” Manford said. “It only takes a few hours of sun and wind for the grass to dry out on top — and that is the fuel to the fire, even though the ground might still be wet.” Manford said keep controlled bums controlled residents should follow a few simple tips. • Make sure the fire does not get too big to handle; • Clear the area surrounding the bum of brush or other combustibles; and • Have water nearby and available in case the fire spreads. The Texas Forest Service and the National Weather Service have predicated dry conditions will continue until spring, so the next few days might be the only opportunity residents have to bum for several months, Manford said. Residents planning to bum today or Friday are required to contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 620-3408 and provide it with the location of the bum.Man arrested in convenience store robbery By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A 27-year-old Marion man was arrested Tuesday for robbing tile E Z Mart convenience store, 2760 N. Interstate 35 and Fami-to-Market Road 306, on Super Bowl Sunday. No one was injured and no property was damaged in the robbery, but the man left the store with about $60 in cash from the register, New Braunfels Police Department Detective Sean Gabbard said. The man allegedly entered the convenience store about 1:47 p.m. and told a female clerk he had a weapon — but never displayed it — and demanded cash from the register, Gabbard said. As the man fled the store w ith the cash, an employee wrote down the license plate number of the man’s vehicle, Gabbard said. The man was arrested after a Seguin Police Department officer provided Gabbard w ith a photograph of the Marion man, who was a suspect in a similar robbery that recently occurred in Seguin. The E Z Mart clerk identified the Marion man from the photograph, and the man was arrested after being detained at tftg Seguin Police Department. He was booked into Comal County Jail on $50,000 bond. Bulverde officials: Highway 281 overpass lightens traffic$7 million overpass brings customers back to businesses By Ron Maloney Herald-Zeitung Correspondent BULVERDE — Frank Harris said things are looking up for his business at the intersection of Highway 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 1863 in Bulverde He hasn’t extended his hours at Luke’s Chevron, added more services or increased his advertising. But his convenience store has become more convenient thanks to a $7 million overpass at Farm-to-Market Road 1863 — the first of several overpasses proposed north of Loop 1604. The overpasses are being added to provide grade separation for Highway 281 as it crosses area secondary roads. The FM Road 1863 overpass opened about a month ago. For locals who can remember waiting 15 minutes or longer to get through the intersection and the accidents there, it is welcome. “It helped business, no doubt about that,” Harris said. “It’s safer out here and people can get to the store again.” Warren Alston, a member of Bulverde’s road commission said he was glad the two-year-long project was finished. “We’re mighty proud of it,” Alston said. “It is wonderful. It makes things so much nicer. Now they’ve got the lights up, it’s lit, they’ve got the four-way stop in — it’s really great.” Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton agrees. “ I feel greatly relieved,” Barton said. “It’s like we got a new lease on life.” Barton and Alston said Texas Department of Public Safety officials told Bulverde aldermen there had been 44 accidents at the intersection during the two-year-long con struction. But the intersection had been problematic long before that, Barton said. “In the past, when I’ve had to cross over and try to go up Bulverde Road it was always an anxious moment for me to look up to the right because the visibility was so poor and the traff ic was so fast,” Barton explained. “If you missed it just by a little, you had a real problem. You pull up there now, and you just have a stop sign, then you can pull out.” It was worst, Barton said during morning and afternoon drives. “In the mornings, when the school buses were there, traffic could be stacked up a See BULVERDE/3A Inside Abby.......................... .....5A Classifieds.................... ..4-8B Comics......................... ......8A Crossword.................... ......5A Education...................... ......7A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-2B Today........................... ......2A Television...................... ......8A www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 BBBB j ;