New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Winter Texans flock to city
Reception from New Braunfels community warms their hearts.
See Page Bl for more details.
Circus comes to town!
New Braunfels Christian Academy students take center stage.
See Page 16 A.
Unicorns rebound from early losing skid to make playoffs. See Page Bl.
SirtMay wishes from the Herakl-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dale Lane (Saturday), Sheila Wortham, Shealynn Kiesling Monday), Dorothy Lehr, Jenni Irietzke, Gilbert Ward, Pepo tamirez (40 years), Nicole Mar->ach (Monday), Lorenzo toucedo, and Jack Wilkison Saturday).
Happy anniversary to Irma and Ramon Castilleja (26 years) and Robert and Amilia Orttiz (27 years).
Est $4 million jackpot
City offices to be closed Monday, no change In trash pickup
All city offices will be closed Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day. However, there will be regular garbage pickup ser vice as scheduled
Cancer Support group meets Thursday
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, spon sored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut. Anyone with cancer and their significant other is invited to attend. Call 629-1763 for information.
Habitat for Humanity group to meet
All volunteers, donors, and interested persons are urged to attend a general public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center at First Protestant Church. For more information, call 625-7005 or 609-0924.
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Vol. 144, No. 69
Krueger remains a risk-taker as a U. S. ambassador
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A few Washington officials joked that Botswana might not be dangerous enough for Ambassador Bob Krueger. “I laughed,” he said.
President Clinton has announced that he will nominate Krueger as Ambassador to Botswana. If the nomination is confirmed, Krueger will move from a new, embattled democracy to the longest continuing democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Burundi has become an ‘unaccompanied post’,” Krueger said. “At this point there are not any plans for families to come.” If Krueger had gone back to Burundi, it would have been a year-and-a-quarter before he’d see his three-month old son Christian again.
Krueger’s family will be able to live with him
in Botswana if his nomination is confirmed.
During his tenure in Burundi, a convoy Krueger was riding in was ambushed. He was not hurt, but his life was in danger. He personally visited scenes of massacres to make sure photographic evidence was sent to the U.S. government.
“I’m not a reckless individual,” Krueger said. “I don’t go out and ride bulls. I don’t climb mountains; I’m not a thrill seeker. But there are things worth working for. There are things in life for which risks are worth taking.” Botswana will be a different kind of challenge, but not a less worthwhile one, Krueger said. It is the home of the South African Development Council, a group of nations which form a kind of common market.
“The president says that we have strong hopes for Botswana’s capacity to prove a
country that will serve as a kind of strong force in that part of Africa, both economic and democratic,” Krueger said. He may have the opportunity to bolster developments for good in Africa.
Botswana is about the size of Texas, Krueger said, with a climate somewhere between that of the Hill Country and West Texas. “They have a lot of cattle and a lot of diamonds,” he said, “also some of the most spectacular scenery.” Botswana is home to some 70,000 elephants and the famed Kalahari Desert.
When the President officially nominates Krueger for the Botswana post, approval hearings will first be held in the subcommittee on Africa chaired by Sen. Nancy Castlebaum of Kansas. The nomination then goes to full committee, then to the Senate floor.
Krueger’s timetable for moving to Botswana
if he should be confirmed is up in the air. “I have to be sensitive to the ambassador who is there and whose children will be finishing out their academic year.”
Burundi will hold a special place in the hearts of Krueger and his family, he said. “There’s a great deal of poignancy for me,” he said. “I spoke both to the President and Prime Minister of Burundi. I told them that being there was one of the finest, most fulfilling experiences in all my time in government.
“I feel a very strong affection, as does Kathleen, for the people of Burundi, and a strong sense that I feel obligated to them for the great generosity and courtesy that was extended to us.’ Krueger will be honored in San Antonio as the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s International Citizen of the Year. An awards dinner will be held Tuesday, April 16, 1996.
“N • BUS” to
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The waiting is almost over
Mayor Paul Fraaar Jr. unveils th# new N • BUS nam# and logo during a cermony Friday at the Plaza.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
And the winner is N • BUS. After months of deliberation the New Braunfels Transportation Committee came up with a winning name and logo for the trial New Braunfels Transit System.
The committee’s “problem” was too many good entries. “The Transportation Committee selected not one, but three entries,” said Tobin Hoffmann, chairman of the Main Street Advisory Board. “The three were merged to form a uniquely New Braunfels logo.”
“It’s been kind of a labor of love," said Mayor Paul E. Fraser.
Jim Stover of New Braunfels submitted the winning name, N • BUS. Stover
is a retired DuPont sales executive who moved to New Braunfels in 1991.
Tina Fraser and Roland Senn’s designs were incorporated into the final logo.
The plaza gazebo was central in Fraser’s design — a collaboration between her and husband, the mayor. She has an intenor design and crafts background, but this is her first community-wide competition, she said.
Roland Senn of Houston included water waves and the red, black and gold of the German Hag in his design. Senn worked for weeks to effectively combine the designs into the finished logo, Hoffmann said.
March 11 is the target date for the N • BUS buses to begin rolling.
Early voting begins Wednesday
By DENISE DZIUK
Chances are voters have been bombarded with political propaganda from the candidates for the various offices up for election. Starting Wednesday, voters will have a chance to make decisions based on what they have seen and heard.
County Clerk Joy Streater said early voting for the primary elections begins Wednesday, Feb. 21 and runs through March 8. However, Streater said she wanted the public to be clear on the role her office plays in this election. She said the parties are responsible for the actual election and they just “contract her office” to oversee it and count the returns.
“Early voting is my responsibility,
but the actual election and election day is theirs,” she said. “I’m just contracted.”
Streater said she does not have an estimate on how many of the 40,000 registered voters are expected to exercise their right. However she said she believes it will be a good turnout judging by the turnout at a recent candidate forum.
Streater said two particular races will also draw people to the polls. She said she believes a lot of people will be interested in the race for Comal County Sheriff and County Commissioner Precinct I, and want to vote on it.
Early voting will be held at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, Room 306, Monday through Fnday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Feb. 21 to March 8. The following is a list of early voting dates and times for the
■ H E B., 651 S. Walnut Ave.
Saturday, March 2, 1996 from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
■Lone Star School, 144 N. Hidalgo St.
Monday, March 4, 1996 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
■ Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Rd.
Tuesday, March 5, 1996 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
■Canyon Lake Action Center, FM 2673-Sattler
Wednesday, March 6, 19% from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
■ Bulverde Community Center, Comer of Bulverde and Ammann roads
Thursday, March 7, 1996 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hispanic students empowering themselves
By DENISE DZIUK
Several Hispanic students from the New Braunfels area are members of a organization aimed at showing them positive alternatives in life, as well as preparing them for their future role in life.
“Until now, we had no feeling of self-worth. We felt as if nobody cared about our achievements except for ourselves. National Hispanic Institute exposes us to the betta- aspects of life,” NHI member Adrian Rosales told city
council members Monday.
The National Hispanic Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership development, markets students to colleges, and helps find scholarships for Hispanic students. Carlos Hernandez, Associate Director for student development for NHI, said NHI has been active in New Braunfels since 1985 and has had 250 students involved over the years. There are about 40 students active in NHI this year from the New Braunfels area.
Cristina Aguilar-Friar, chair of Cultural, Awareness for the Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce, said the organization is available to Hispanic students “to kind of give them an alternative" to drugs and gangs, and “teaches values.” She said it also convinces them to stay in school and pursue college.
Aguilar-Fnar said the organization, through various activities, teaches students how to be effective debaters, speakers, and participants in government.
Area debates are held, and students must find ways to raise the funds to attend them.
Herald Zeituna photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL
Dennis and Cash Hermes cut a rug at Friday’s Maakenball at the Knights of Columbus Hall.Residents respond to tire-burning question. See Opinion, Page 4A.