New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicom Relays coming Friday. See Sports, Page 5.
8 pages in one section ■ Thursday, February;
y 22,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of GEORGE WASHINGTON SOEFJE
Vol. 144, No. 73
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lillian Robinson, George Washington Soefje (88 years), Cheri Horkman and Sharon Tate.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Tausch (49 years).
Mold —NA Elm —NA Cedar —NA Ashe —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 250 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.32 feet above sea level, down 06.
Students to wash cars Saturday
The Junior Class of New Braunfels High School will hold a car wash Saturday,
Feb. 24 from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. at Jack in the Box and at Oakwood Tire Service on Walnut from noon to 5 p.m.
Donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit Queen of Hearts activities at NBHS.
Meet the BOP candidates
The public is invited to the primary candidates' forum, sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women on Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the board room at the NBISD Administration Building. All Republican candidates will be invited to speak and answer questions. Call 629-0388.
Head Start to hold garage sale
Comal County Head Start, 1023 West Bridge St. will have a garage sale and raffle this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a m. to 3 p.m. No early birds please. Garage sale donations are being accepted up until Friday Great prizes — too many to list. All proceeds go to the children.
View annual chamber meeting
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee, in association with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and TCI Cablevision, invite the public to view the 1996 U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Viewing will be possible through a satellite downlink and TCI Cablevision on Cable Channel 20 this Monday. Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blue Chip Award announcements will be made, and a bipartisan panel from the House and Senate will debate the 1996 legislative agenda and predict the outcome of the November elections.
The winning numbers
Est. $8 million jackpot
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Children’s Museum finds new location
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
‘I think ifs an appropriate thing that the museum be funded by hotel/motel tax money.’
— Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr.
New Braunfels has already come through with a new home for the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. Supporters and community leaders will learn the exact location at a lunch meeting today.
“We knew when we were faced with this challenge that we’d find out whether the community wanted the museum or not,” said Museum Director Susan Williams. The community’s answer to the Children’s Museum was loud and clear. A flood of community support said, “yes,” the community wants the CMNB to continue.
Williams was informed on Feb. I that a large national real estate firm was buying the Courtyard Shopping Center, the museum’s present home. The new owners said the museum would have to vacate the building by May I.
“According to the owner’s representative, the museum does not ‘fit the mix’ planned for this center,” Williams said. “We think we ‘fit the mix’ of our community when it comes to providing for quality of life, educational enrichment and wholesome family fun.”
"As I see it, it has a real learning potential for children that go there,” said Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. “I think that it’s an appropriate thing that the museum be funded by hotel/motel tax money.”
“Civic leaders are coming for a luncheon — we’re going to do a little brainstorming,” Williams said. The CMNB still has a lot of complex hurdles to cross, she said, and can use all the creative thinking available.
Moving one family is a tough task, Williams said. Multiply that by all the exhibits the museum has and you get a mountain of problems and details, especially if you’re working under a time crunch, she said.
“We’ve had a lot of people volunteer trucks and muscle,” she said, “which is wonderful.” But the moving museum will still have to deal with electrical and phone facilities in its new home.
“There will be other things we’U still be asking the community for,” she said.
“I hope there are private enterprises who can donate their buildings free of charge or at a substantial reduction,” Fraser said.
Williams has gotten offers of help from Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek to Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. to area entertainers.
“I’ve got a nice letter on my desk from Michael Meek," she said. “He says he has to be in Austin, but ‘we want you to know that the Chamber will help in any way that we can’.”
People have volunteered to raise funds. “All kinds of offers, from ‘I’ll help you lift’ to TTI do your electrical inspections free’,” Williams said.
“We’ve had a very gratifying response,” she said.
But more community support will still be needed. “We’re not quite out of the woods — the concern isn’t really over."
To help the CMNB make its move, call the museum at 620-0939.
Texas sees record heat, scores of wildfires
By The Associated Press
At least a couple of more days of record-breaking heat lie ahead for Texas, only three weeks after ice storms paralyzed much of the state.
Nineteen of Texas’ 39 weather service stations reported record highs Wednesday for Feb. 21, with Laughlin Air Force Base at De*. Rio credited with the nation’s hottest reading, 103.
On Feb. 4, a wintry blast plummeted Houston to a record 22 degrees and dumped snow in North Texas and the Panhandle.
The cause of the heat, the National Weather Service said, is a ridge of high pressure west of Texas that has sent dry winds from New Mexico and Arizona.
The only rain that could have cooled the mercury has stalled in Oklahoma and Arkansas, said Wendy Wong, a weather service meteorologist in League City, Texas.
“We’re stuck in a dry pattern for at least a couple more days,” Ms. Wong said.
A Pacific cold front is expected to reach Texas on Saturday.
A lack of rain, coupled with dry foliage, low humidity and high winds, have fueled wildfires across the state, even though outdoor burning has been banned in scores of Texas counties.
Several large grass fires burned on Wednesday in rural areas outside Fort Worth. Firefighters had to bring in water by truck to many of those areas because fire hydrants are so scarce.
One fire continued to rage today over Parker, Wise and Jack counties to the west and northwest of Fort Worth, consuming homes and destroying property.
But for many, the hot temperatures were a welcome sight.
Hemld-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The thermometer at Victoria Bank and Trust on Walnut Street read 98 degrees at 5 p.m. yesterday. The thermometer had read 100 degrees earlier in the day.
Amy Fuller, a 20-year-old University of Texas student, went swimming in Austin’s Barton Springs pool Wednesday, something she never expected to do in February.
“Wow, 99 degrees! That’s crazy! But I love this weather,” she told the Austin Amer-ican-Statesman.
Jerry Albert Airconditioning, in business in San Antonio since 1954, was doing a furious business.
“I’ve been here all my life, and I’ve seen it cold and I’ve seen it hot. But I can’t remember it getting this hot this early. I hope this will be a sign of things to come. We kind of root for this,” owner Jerry Albert said.
Besides the unofficial high of 103 at Laugh
lin Air Force Base, official highs reached IOO in San Antonio and Laredo and 99 at Del Rio itself.
The high of 95 reported in Dallas obliterated a 71-year-old record for the date of 83. Waco’s high of 96 shattered a 78-year-old daily record of 84.
Abilene, Alice, Amarillo, Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Cotulla, Houston, Junction, Lubbock, McAllen, Mid-land-Odessa, San Angelo and Wichita Falls all reported record highs Wednesday.
The relative humidity in the Dallas area was around 14 percent Wednesday afternoon.
The San Antonio area has not had measurable rainfall in more than 50 days.
Hot, dry weather spawning more and more grass fires
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
About 50 acres of Bulverde grassland burned yesterday in a blaze that started at the road. “It could possibly be a passing cigarette or a hot exhaust,” said Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Raylon Schleuder.
“It started at Blanco Road about a half mile out from 46 right next to the Reeves Ranch,” he said. The Reeves family let firefighters use their property as a center of operations, Schleuder said.
The Bulverde VFD got the first call at about 1:15 p.m. “We were complete at about 10:30 last night,” Schleuder said.
Although there were buildings in the general area, no structures were actually endangered. Fire units from Bexar Bulverde, Spring Branch, Canyon Lake and Boerne helped battle the fire.
All the water was trucked in. “We did the shuttle — building a swimming pool to use as a holding tank,” he said. “We probably used about 5,000 to 6,000 gallons."
The firefighters also used two cases of Joy soap. “It stretches the water — reduces the surface tension so it clings to the grass and evaporates more slowly,” Schleuder said. “If you go with soap, you
A member of the Spring Branch the county yesterday.
don’t have rekindles."
A “rekindle,” Schleuder said, is really a small pocket of fire that didn’t get put out in the first place.
As each day of hot dry weather continues, more grass fires are expected, he said. In fact, while fighting the Bulverde grass fire.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Volunteer Fire Department douses flames at another grass fire in
the Spring Branch, Boerne and Canyon Lake fire departments had to answer calls in their own areas.
“We got a temperature yesterday at 5 p m. of 95 degrees with 15 percent humidity,” Schleuder said. With conditions like that, even a hot car exhaust can start a grass
fire, the most dangerous time of day for grass fires is from noon to about 6 p.m.
“Don’t be burning anything,” he said. “If it does get off of your property and it was a controlled bum, you can be financially liable.”
NBISD approves calendar for next school year
By DENISE DZIUK
HorakJ-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Junior Miss Program coming
Mykol Pierce practices a routine for the Junior Miss Scholarship Program. The scholarship program will ba held Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Tickets ars $5 at the door, or can be bought from any New Braunfels Junior Miss contestant. Thirty teen-agers will compete for the title of New Braunfels Junior Miss, making It the city's largest Junior Miss Program ever.
The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School district approved a school calendar for the 1996-97 school year, and little has changed from the current calendar.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said 18 calendars were submitted for consideration. However, when a vote was taken, one clearly had a majority of the votes from distnct employees, the supenntendent’s parent advisory group, parents, and business representatives on site-based decision making teams, and members ofthe Chamber of Commerce Board and Education Committee.
“This is the first time in a number of years a calendar got the majority of votes...in the initial round,” said Brad
berry. “This calendar clearly got the majonty of votes and that’s why it’s the one we’re bringing to you.”
According to the approved calendar, the first day of school is Aug. 15 and the semester ends Dec. 20. Bradberry said this is “very similar” to the current calendar. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce submitted a calendar for consideration, and chamber president Michael Meek said their calendar, which tied for third, had a starting date of Aug. 19.
“The only thing that really concerned us was the starting date,” said Meek. “We wanted to start on Aug. 19 because we wanted to get one more weekend in. A weekend in August is worth a week in May or June."
Bradberry said the proposed calendars had starting dates ranging from
early August all the way through mid-August. However, he said the calendars with starting dates around the 15th tended to receive the most votes. The calendar that was approved had recieved 277 votes, with the second place calendar receiving 102.
“We kind of made a commitment to area businesses to try and not start school any earlier. People see (the Aug. 15 starting date) as a compromise between the needs of the teaching process and the needs of the business community.”
Meek said the Chamber is not finished with the discussion of the school calendar just yet. He said they still have to wait to see what how early the Comal ISD will start. A proposed calendar will be presented to the CISD board of trustees in March.Public hearing will let public get scoop on tire burning. See Opinion, Page 4