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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon upsets Del Valle. See Page 1B WEDNESDAYNew BraunfelsHerald -Zeit '•'() , ■;'/ t’lOOV I 0/ * ' 7 ; ■' HO WI.SI ii i r, k o r 11 h i ismst HHS/ I V AHIIF! I I SI-: ________—O NASA, military still not sure where metal sphere came from national stock number,” Smith said “There is no evidence ut that on this Pollan Count Mold — 68 Mountain Cedar — 377 (Pollen measured rn parts per cubic meter ct air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel) River Information Comal River — 208 cube feet per second. sam) as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623 58 feet above sea level, down OI. Canyon 0am discharge — 195 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —149 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.05 feel above sea level (Above conservation pool) New Braunfels UtiHttes NOU reports pumping 2 509 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 2 809 million gallons of we* water were used • Ttxai Tomorrow Fund program Th© Comptrolter’s Office is offering brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund. The program allows Texas families to provide for their children's future college education at a current fixed cost The current enrollment period ends Feb. 18 For more information or an applicate, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD (4723). or Rep Edmund Kuem-pels office at (512) 463-0602 OIH Scout Cookies on sake throujpi Fob. 14 Ifs Girl Scout Cookie time The sale will run through Fed 14 Girls will be selling the ever popular thin mints and seven other varieties at several local businesses and door to door Proceeds support local Girl Scouts. Fof information call Karen McDonald at 625-9548 or Tanya Caldwell at 629-1901. Halp with tax rat urns for senior citizens AARP/IRS volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Saturday, Tbs 6 a free service Please bnr% supporting paperwork (W2 anc 1099s) and last year's tax return Times and sites are IO arn to 2 p m Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Dittlinger Memoria Library. 1 to 5 p rn Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a rn to 1 p m Saturdays at the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p m Wednesdays and 9 a rn. to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center Young Artist Competition The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday afternoon as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 p m, in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Music students compete for a $750 first place purse and a contract for one performance with the Mid-Texas Symphony in May with renowned conductor David Mairs Vocalists will perform two selections of contrasting style selected from standard opera, oratorio, cantata or songs with orchestral accompaniment For information contact Caroline Weston at 606-0462 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Air force officials are still scratching their heads trying to determine the origin of a 28-inch diameter metal sphere found in a rancher’s field near Seguin. Technical Sgt. Steve Smith, Randolph Air Force Base public affairs officer, said the Air Force is doing its best to determine exactly what the metal sphere is. “What we are hoping to do is to send photos taken of it to the U S Space ( ommand and see if they can help us identify what the sphere is,” Smith said Hie U S. Space ( ommand is located at Peterson Air force Base in ( ’dorado Springs. bd Longscope found the metal sphere embedded in a field (Hi his ranch near York C reek Longscope was feeding Ins cattle when he noticed the unusual object and called the (iuadalupe County Slicr- iffs Department. Deputies Stephen Moore and Todd fnesenhahn took die mysterious object to the National Weather Service office near New Braunfels. When the NWS could not identify it, the sheriffs department called NASA NASA then called the U.S. Space ( ommand, which in turn called Randolph. Military officials from Randolph took possession of the metal sphere Friday evening. Walter Andrus Jr. of the Mutual Ufo Network iii Seguin believes the object is a fuel or oxygen tank from a satellite. The object appeared to have been scorched and pitted on one side and appeared to have the remains of some kind of valve Smith said the Air force is sure* that the metal sphere does not belong to it “T he reason we know that because most military items, like aircraft, arc stamped with an NSN number, a item “lf we can’t identify the owners or we can identify them but they don’t want it back, then we plan on returning it to tile (iuadalupe < ounly Sheriffs Department We are hoping to do that by the end of this week or next ” Smith said NASA and the U S Spac e ( ommand have not been able to identify tile object as “U.S. space based or otherw ise." Inside Editorial 4A Sports 1B-2B Comics 3B Market Race 4B-8B St.immlist Ii Birthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitunjt extends birthday wishes to: Troy (modwin. Dolly Bitser, A sh Ik* Bagels (11 years old I, Theresa Collins, Alonzo Morales, August iius” Caines (I year old), Riva Hofer, Brian Hofer, karen Stange, Sandy Cayetano Morales, Dezerey Rodriguez (IO years old), Frances Impez. Happy anniversary wishes go to: Roseann and Donald W. Tolley, Donna And tarry tahr (25 years). Dean and Nancy Jackson 114 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Property tax plan likely to just shift burden By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer ii.. ............ ...... ........ Local leaders, school officials and residents arc* pondering the effects Gov. George W. Bush’s school property tax reform plans will have on school districts, property owners and businesses. Bush has made property tax reform the top priority during the 1W7 legislative session. Bush presented his proposals to tile Legislature chi Tuesday dunng his State of the Suite address. The governor’s proposal calls for the reduction of approximately SIO billion raised yearly in school property taxes. The cuts would slash property taxes in half. That would give property owners a break. As schools have had to deal with growth and mandates from the suite — and pay for both — property owners have had to foot the bill. Abel Campos, business manager for the Comal Independent School District, said property owners in the district have paid a huge share of the taxes through the years. "C omal Independent School District property taxpayers carry more than their fair share of funding in the local budget," Campos said. “OSD has been identified by the state as a rich district. Taxpayers carry more than their fair share than the average taxpayers in the state of Texas." Campos said he hopes the suite will make up the loss in the reduced property tax revenues by providing the funds. ■ Bush hopes to reverse tax trifid/5A “lf you go to a system based on state funding, probably taxpayers in the CISD would benefit from that," Campos said. He said CISD gets SI,.TOO per student from the state. He said an additional $4,200 to $4,300 per student comes from local funds. The changes in the school property tax could result in a $1 billion tax cut for property owners The proposed tax cuts would be subsidized in three different areas through the state’s current cash surplus, a sales tax hike from I /2 cent to 3/4 cent, and a new business activity tax. The new tax would be levied on a company’s gross receipts, minus the cost of goods and materials and equipment investments. Even though the business activity tax would supplant the current franchise tax and exempt businesses with gross revenues less than $500,000, some have criticized this element of Bush’s plan. “I think it is ridiculous," local attorney Ralph Beard said. “We (lawyers) employ a lot of people and we contribute to the economy of the state.” The proposal would tax lawyers, doctors, architects and others organized as professional associations or partnerships Beard said lawyers already have to pay payroll taxes and a professional occupation tax. Adding more taxes would only increase the burden, he said. "lf you tack on the costs to the doctors and lawyers, you have to pass it on to the consumers,” Beard said. "We need less taxes, not more.” Pat Patton, executive officer for the New' Braunfels^ anyon Take Area Association of Realtors, said a tax on realtors would really hurt "The situation is our brokers are in a cost squeeze,” Patton said "Their costs have been going up. they have added computers, fax machines and they have to carry more forms for regulations and insurance. The costs have been skyrocketing." Turn to Tax. Page 2A When the major livestock shows and rodeos begin in February, at least eight local students will chase and wrestle calves in an effort to earn prize money to purchase a show animal, t Assistant county extension agent Roger Hevlak said local 4-H end Future Farmers of America members, typically ages 14 to 19, apply for the calf scramble at the various rodeos beld in Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston and Austin. The committees ha charge of the various rodeos then randomly pick roughly 20 students to participate in the scramble. “Usually, around the end of October or the beginning of November, we get a list of who gets to go," said Havlak. This year, three Comal County students will participate in the San Antonio show and five will be in the Houston show. Havlak said he has not received word yet on whether any local youths will take part in the scramble at the Austin livestock show and rodeo. Havlak said after they are notified, some students will practice, while others just wait for the day of the scramble. “There is some they can do on their own," said Havlak. "But, that depends on having access to a large enough area and a calf." Wayne Dietert, an agricultural teacher at Smithson Valley High School, participated in a scramble when he was in school. He said the calves weigh in the neighborhood cif 175-200 pounds, and "are big enough to drag you around.” He added thai catching a calf is no easy task, with 20 students chasing IO animals. “Only half the kids catch an animal,” said Dietert. "Then you have to put a halter on it and drag it across a line.” Jared Morris, a sophomore at New Braunfels High School, participated ut the scramble at last year’s San Antonio rodeo, and caught a calf. "You have to sort of trap it. Every* Turn to Cafvoo, Page 2A reaches capacity twice in last two weeks By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital was full Friday, illustrating the need for the hospital's expansion plans for t4W7, said McKenna senior vice-president of operations lim lineny “We were at capacity a couple of days the last two weeks," lineny said "Friday was our highest census. "It shows why we are expanding The community is growing and we have to keep up " The hospital plans to complete its 16,000-squurc-foot ambulatory unit iii Apnl Future plans call for the expanding the nursery units and intensive care units. lineny said McKenna is licensed to operate I lh IkuIs, but the hospital usually operates with HO ti* HH beds per day friday, the hospital used OI beds "We have the ability to have I IO patients, but we have to use a lot of those rooms for other {imposes such as tor operations for the hospital," Iii idly said. "There were a lot of sick patients < hcrall. they were there for a l«»t of different reasons It hit us at the same time.” Whenever McKenna reaches capacity, lineny said the hospital does its best tt> work its away around it "There are times when you have a surgery scheduled,’ lineny said "We have to make sure we Ila vc a Ivd available tor a patient when they come out of surgery It there is a point where none of the bed* were available, we would postpone the surgeries until the following day " ll an emergency situation arises and tile hospital is full, lineny said the bos pita! lets to refer patients it > t rfkt hic limes "lf we did not have the ability to take them iii, we would then transfer them to another facility," lineny said I hat would mean transferring patients to either (iuadalupe Valley Hospital iii Seguin, < clitia! I exas Medical ( ‘enter in S.iii Marcos or a facility iii San Antonio Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Damon During th* off anion Ambor Brawer work* out to proper* horaolf for tho calf acrambfo. Hart aha tuna down a long attaleh of country road naar hor boma. Catching calves not that easy Area youth prepare for upcoming rodeo scrambles By DENKE DZIUK Staff Writer Hospital feels need for space McKenna Memorial City wise to pull out of N'Bus trail. Page 4A. < ;