New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 52
42 pages in 5 sections January 30, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
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Owens Coming: We’d rather deal with employees
By Peri Stone-PalmquistStaff Writer
Owens Coming management is not opposed to union representation but would prefer to work with employees “directly,” a spokesman for the company said Friday.
“Our philosophy is we prefer to work with our people directly without a third party person getting in the middle,” spokesman Bill Hamilton said.
Hamilton declined to comment directly on employees’ complaint and only would comment generally about unions.
But at least 59 workers would prefer representation from UNITE (Union of Needeletrades, Industrial andSee OWENS CORNING/9A
NB employers watch union vote closely
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Union supporters put up campaign signs for Thursday’s union vote, which is being contested.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
The final outcome of a union vote at Owens Corning Fabrics could have an impact on all of New Braunfels.
Some say a stronger union presence in New Braunfels could help raise wages for employees at other local plants, and some say it could drive businesses out of town.
But right now, no one knows which way the pendulum will swing.
A union vote was taken at the plant, 1851 S. Seguin, Thursday,
but seven votes were contested (see related story).
The contested votes likely will be settled in a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board, said Debi Nilsen. a union organizer with UNITE (Union of Needeletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees).
Just when the hearing would happen was uncertain, she said.
If Owens Corning, a specialty fabric manufacturer, does unionize — giving employees the option of paying dues for I NITE representation workers and See UNIOM/9A
Canyon FFA show
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“Pretend Grandma” Kim Boren nuzzles with Kelsie Jenschke while Kayle Boren (left) and Darilyn Boren (right) watch the Canyon High School livestock show. Darilyn took home several ribbons, including one for Reserve Showmanhsip. The cold weather helped to move the show along at a brisk pace.
CISD school year to start Aug. 16
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Students in Comal Independent School District will start the 2000-2001 school year Aug. 16, despite protests from one trustee that the start date was too early.
CISD trustees approved a 2000-2001 calendar Thursday in a 6-1 vote, with trustee John Clay voting against.
Trustees approved one of four calendar drafts presented by district administrators but made some modifications to the start date and holidays.
The calendar trustees approved is similar to the current school calendar, with a mid-August start date and the first semester ending before students return from Christmas break.
Trustees shifted a week of staff development and teacher workdays in mid-August, which moved the start date
from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16.
Trustees also shortened the Thanksgiving holiday by changing Nov. 22 from a school holiday to a school day with an early release.
The C hristmas break also was shortened slightly by changing Dec. 22 from a school holiday to a school day with an early release.
Clay said he favored a calendar draft CLAT t^at an AUg 22 start date.
He said he would like to see a shorter C hristmas break in order to push back the start date in the fall.
“The kids have 17 days off for Christmas, including the weekends. They come back Monday, Jan. 8 instead of the Wednesday or Thursday before and go to school l ive
Seventh bomb threat: CISD laying down law
School officials: Instructional time will be made up
By Heather Todd
Written bomb threats — one found in a locker and another on a pay phone - wreaked havoc for students and staff at Smithson Valley High School again Friday morning.
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The Comal Council of PTAs is sponsoring a Safe Schools meeting with parents and law enforcement officials 5 p.m. Thursday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, 100 Farm-to-Market 3159.
The recent threats will be discussed, as will the process for dealing with them and possible solutions.
Tests indicate diesel did not reach aquifer
From Staff Reports
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Edwards Aquifer Authority found no evidence of water contamination almost one week after a diesel spill at a limestone quarry four miles southwest of Comal Springs.
The water samples were taken in the course of an investigation into a diesel fuel spill from an aboveground storage tank (estimated 2,692 gallons) that occurred Jan. 14 at the Dyno-Nobel, Inc. facility, 1758
Krueger Canyon Road.
The leak was discovered Jan. 17 by company officials and reported Jan. 18 to TNRCC.
TNRCC immediately sent a team of experts to the scene of the spill to survey the situation and prepare a cleanup plan. In addition, TNRCC and EAA contacted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state and local government officials to make them aw are of the situation. Preliminary results of water samples taken from Comal Springs Jan. 19-21
found no trace of petroleum hydrocarbons.
“We understand the importance of the Edwards Aquifer and the agency’s role in protecting this precious resource,” TNRCC Executive Director Jell'Saitas said. “The state is taking aggressive measures to ensure that all of the diesel fuel is recovered and disposed of in accordance with state rules and regulations and that the aquifer remain clean and pure. However, we can’t say we're out of the woods until this process is complete.”
missed about 9 a.m. Friday, and about 1,800 students were sent home after at least two bomb threats — both hoaxes — were found on campus.
f riday s dismissal marked the end of an uneasy week for students, staff and parents across the district after seven threats were report ed since Jan. 13.
Smithson Valley High School, 4110 W. Highway 46, was evacuated 1i alay for the fourth time in a week as law enforcement officials and school personnel searched the school. No explosive devices were found.
Sporting events and other activities at the school continued this weekend as scheduled.
Classes will resume Monday, but the lost da\ w ill be made up on March 17, w hich had been scheduled as a holiday because of the C omal ('ounty Youth Show Day, school off icials said.
lf students do not report to school that day, the\ still will have to make up the day before theii grades will be released.
In response to the recent threats, backpacks have been banned at the high school until further notice.
Students were evacuated from classes three times since Jan. 21 and w ill have to make up the lost time in longer school days.
School off icials said school days would be extended one-hour longer in the weeks ahead
See BOMB THREAT/9A
f uneral service pending for NB mayor’s mother
From Staff Reports
Mrs. Stone "Carolyn" Williams, the mother of New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams, passed away Saturday at McKenna Memorial Hospital
Mrs. Williams, 58, became ill last week and was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital. I uncial arrangements are pending at Doeppensehmidt Funeral Home. Her husband. Stone Williams, owns Guada-Coma Mechanical, Inc. in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels Art League is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ Saturday to raise money for an elevator. Live auction, lots of food and plenty of fun are on tap./1 C