New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FEBRUARY 15, 2004
Cupid s arrow hits its mark twice as local couples pick Valentine's Day to exchange wedding vows. Page IC
Snow clings to a cactus along FM 1863 Saturday morning after a late wintery storm blew threw Comal County late Friday and early Saturday.
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At only 15 years old. SVHS student Nathaniel Oku claims a national championship in *age IB
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allied on iced-over highways
By Ron Maloney
rIVvo law enforcement officers — a New Braunfels policeman and a Comal County Sheriff’s deputy — narrowly escaped injury early Saturday in Interstate 35 accidents caused by icy, snowy weather.
Local law enforcement officials shut down 1-35 from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning as a safety meas
ure after experiencing IO accidents in a very short period of time, New Braunfels police Sgt. Mike Rutherford said.
“At about 5:45 a.m., bridges within the city, including 1-35, began to ice over,” Rutherford said. “Assisted by the sheriff’s office, steps were immediately taken to close down 1-35 throughout the city limits of New Braunfels.”
No one was believed seriously
injured in the accidents, although one person was taken to the hospital, he said.
The first accident involving a patrol car came at about 6 a.m. after New Braunfels police officer Scott Lange stopped on northbound I-35 at Farm-to-Market Road 1044 to use his car as a safety buffer behind a disabled vehicle that had just been involved in an accident.
“My patrol car was smashed up
against a wall,” Lange said. “I had just stepped out of the car, a guy lost control and hit it.”
The patrol car was probably a complete loss, Lange said.
“The axle’s bent, and it looks like the frame’s twisted,” Lange said.
Two more accidents occurred at the same spot just behind that one, Lange said.
See WEATHER. Page 2A
Candidates agree: Water key to future
Front and Center
■ This is the third m a series about the county commissioner candidates and their stances on issues.
• Today, they address how die county can conserve and manage water usage to ensure future water supply
■ One more issue will be featured in next Sunday.
■ The Primary Election will be Tuesday March 9.
R Early voting runs Feb 23 through March 5 in Room 104 of the Comal County Courthouse
By Ron Maloney
Mark Twain probably best summed up the west’s water situation more than a century ago when he said, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.”
The future of Texas is as tightly tied to water as its past was to oil. How government addresses this state’s ever-growing thirst for water will determine its future wealth and prosperity.
When it comes to water, Comal County is a microcosm of the state. How it manages its water needs over the coming 50 years will determine our quality of life — whether this county remains the garden spot it now is or becomes a parched suburban wasteland, rooftop to rooftop without enough water to take care of its own basic needs, much less grow.
Candidates for Comal County commissioner were asked what measures need to be taken to ensure the county has enough water for the next 50 years — and what conservation measures they support.
See WATER. Page 5A
DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung
Historian Edward Moore walks by a granite sign marking the location of the Camino Real at the intersection of South Seguin Avenue and West Nacogdoches Street. The Camino Real was established 310 years ago by the Spanish.
Art-history group puts el Camino Real on the
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City mural will highlight historical contributions of Indians and Spanish
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels will celebrate the local impact and importance of Indian and Spanish cultures with a mural in Landa Park.
The city’s I listoric Outdoor Art Callery group has been interested in painting the mural on the recreation center building in the park since the Ferdinand Lind-heimer mural was completed in May 2001 on the LA I iotlman building downtown.
It’s taken some time to get money and city approval for the project, said Wayne Kahe, HOAG board president.
"There’s a lot of history in Landa Park that the people here don’t realize,” he said. “This will be a great educational tool for school children.”
The gallery has hosted many school children visiting the two current downtown murals of Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and Lindheimer, who both contributed famously to the city’s estab lishment and cultural beginnings.
The third mural, which will feature the (Camino Real and the luanda Park springs, will fill in another piece of New Braunfels history.
Artist Clinton Baermann, of Llano, who also painted the City of a Prince mural in 1999, will paint the I .anda I*ark mural.
The mural’s focal point will he the Linda Park springs — the reason Indians,
See MURAL. Page 2A
Changes in works for city sanitation services
By Scott Mahon
Now that the privatization issue has been settled, city administrators will begin implementing changes they say have been needed in the city's sanitation department.
City Council voted not to privatize after Waste Management offered to take over the service.
City Manger Chuck Pinto met with sanitation workers and congratulated them on
“Our sanitation employees were very professional during the whole process,” Pinto said. “So I met with them early Tuesday to let them know that, hut also to tell them that now we’ve got to go through the process of making some changes in the department. We’re not going to do anything drastic, it ll be a slow, logical process, and the employees
See SANITATION. Page 2A
NBISD budget consultant gives report Tuesday night
By Dylan Jimenez
Consultants New Braunfels Independent School District officials hired to recommend budget cuts—including jx>s-sible layoffs — will present their findings T uesday.
District officials do not know yet what those recommendations will bi*, said NBISD board president Jorge Maldonado.
“Everyone will hear the same thing at the same time,” he said. “We’ll hear his
recommendations, and then during his presentation we may ask for clarification. But we’re not going to get into discussion with him at that time. Because it is preliminary, we will ask for a written report later.”
The district can either accept, reject or modify the recommendations.
The presentation takes place at 5 p.m. Tuesday at New Braunfels I Ugh School. March I, residents will
See BUDGET. Page 2A
Nancy Vidas and Pete Zimmerman enjoy dancing to music provided by The Seven Dutchmen at Polka Fest Saturday night. The event continues from 11 a m. to 7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Good oP days
New Braunfels High School baseball alumni knock a few balls around the park to kick off the upcoming season.