New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Juiy 1,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of Marlon J. Borchers
Vol. 141, No. 159
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Kelsee Flume, Robin Lasseter and Tammy Pfueffer.Organizers for ACS gala seeking rsvp
Anyone having received an invitation to the American Cancer Society's Summer Starlight Gala on Aug. 13 should send in rsvp’s now, organizers have said.
Monies raised from the event will be used to assist cancer patients in Comal County. Call 629-5717 for more information.Mission Valley Homemakers meet
The Mission Valley Extension Homemakers Club will meet July 6 at IO a.m. in the county extension meeting room.
Members are to bring a covered dish, eating utensils and three items for silent auction.
For more information, contact Gloria Dietz at 625-8492.NBISD defensive driving courses set
The New Braunfels ISD Community Education Program will offer a defensive driving course tonight from 6 p.m. to IO p.m., Thursday from 6 p.m. to IO p.m.
Another course will be offered Saturday, July IO from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All courses will be conducted at the education cen ter, 430 West Mill. Bill Hightower is the instructor.
CaU 620-6200 or Mr. Hightower at 625-81 IO for more information.
Republican Business Women meeting set
The Republican Business Women of Comal County will hold a meeting on Tuesday, July 13 at 7 pre. in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Company Auditorium.
The guest speaker will be Cindy BrockweU, Administrative Assistant to Senator Jeff Wentworth. She wiU speak on the Senate and the Senate hearings.
The public is invited.OSO defensive
driving courses set
The Comal Independent School District will conduct defensive driving classes on July 13 and July 15 in the board room of the C1SD Administration Building.
The course will be taught by Charlie Rose.
For more information or to enroU, call 625-8576 or 625-8061.Habitat For Humanity mooting
There will be a public meeting of Comal County Habitat for Humanity today at 7:30 pre. in the meeting room of the Dittlinger Memorial Library. Anyone interested in eliminating poverty housing in Comal County in invited to attend. Call 625-7005 for more information.
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By GARY P. CARROLL
Nine-year-old Eliazar Mesa of New Braunfels died Wednesday afternoon in spite of the efforts of New Braunfels fire and emergency medical service response units’ and a Baptist AirLife crew’s attempts to save him.
Mesa was pulled from the bottom of the Landa Park swimming pool after he had been under water for an undetermined amount of time, according to officials on the scene. EMS units were on the scene quickly and immediately called for the Baptist Memorial AirLife helicopter after attempts to revive the boy on the scene were unsuccessful.
Mesa was flown to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio where he was pronounced dead at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday. BAMC officials said the apparent cause of death was drowning, but could not confirm this until reports were received from the medical examiner.
According to David Whatley, head of the New Braunfels Parks Department, the Landa Pool will be open its usual hours, 11 a m. to 7 p.m.
Second arrest made in sexual assault case
By Rom Marl* Eash Staff Writer
David Wayne Weaver, 29, of San Antonio was arrested Wednesday by Det. Eddy Tijerina and Sgt. David G. Ort of the Comal County Sheriffs Criminal Investigation Division and charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.
Weaver is the second man arrested and charged in the May kidnapping and assault of a woman from Comal Park. Robert Timothy Jackel was arrested last week in the same case.
According to the Sheriffs officers, the woman was pulled into a car by the two men and Ucen to a location north of Canyon Lake where she was sexually assaulted.
Jackers bond was set at $500,000, $250,000 for each offense, by Precinct HI Justice of the Peace R. G. Blanchard. Weaver's bond has been set at $200,000. $100.00 for each offense. Both are in Comal County Jail.
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Clear skies and lots of sunshine made for a day of fun at Prince Solms Park yesterday as hundreds of kids made their way down the tube shoots.One race will be contested in NBISD school board elections
The filing deadline for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees was yesterday, resulting in only one opposed position with incumbent Dick Robinett going up against John Thomas Allen in district #3.
Sylvia Sanchez is unopposed for the
Despite improved relations, WORD awaits legal battles
County Judge says complaints are down
district #1 seat to which she was appointed by the board as the replacement for her father, Nayo Zamora who resigned earlier this year.
Also running unopposed will be John Seidel who Is the candidate for the district #5 seat currently held by Margie Rabom.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Relationships between members of the Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) board and area citizens and residents are better than ever according to some officials involved with the board and its operations.
However, some county residents disagree with this assumption.
County Judge Carter Casteel said although the board has had problems in the past, the number of complaints has decreased.
“Most of the callers say stay on it Frankly, I’m not getting that many complaints now,” said Casteel. “Most outfitters are supportive. . . They are tired of the bad publicity.”
Jim Inman, manager of the district, agreed relations are improving.
“We’re all working — both outfitters and WORD — together better than in the past two to three years. Things got real negative in 1991... It has ii simmered down. The business people are doing everything they can to help us. It’s beginning to click well,” said Inman.
However, despite possible improved relations, WORD is still facing several lawsuits, including one filed by local outfitter Jane Abbott of Abbott’s Campgrounds. This lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the law that created WORD.
Other lawsuits include several filed by area marinas that had not been required to pay the WORD tax in the past. These businesses are now being asked to pay the fees. Some of these suits arc expected to be settled, pending an opinion from the state Attorney General.
Controversy has surrounded the board in past because of complaints about lack of cleanup around the river and complaints from local outfitters.
According to Casteel, there have been a few people in town who have been against the efforts of the WORD board since its beginning. Casteel said the alternative to WORD would be lo place the control of water areas in the county’s hands. She said in order to continue cleanup efforts, the county would be forced lo raise the property taxes of all citizens in the county.
Local citizen Ted Key, who recently announced his candidacy for county judge, expressed his frustration with the WORD board.
“I have rafted the river many, many times and was well aware of the emblems caused by careless folks but truthfully, as anyone who knows the river well will tell you, the river is not as clean now as it was four years ago.
and at that time, the clean-up cost us nothing,” he said.
Key said he is referring to past efforts by outfitters who provided free rafts, canoes, etc. to anyone who would float the river and gather trash along the way.
“I can assure you following one of those clean-ups, the river was truly clean,” he said.
Key also questioned whether the board should contract with outfitters to police sections of the river. “I have serious doubts about the prudence in the use of tax funds to pay for services provided by employers, employees ai kl members of the WORD board.
Key also claims the board does not provide portable restrooms and dump-sitcs in needed areas and does not provide adequate security in certain points.
Barbara Jarrett, co-owner of Lakeview Lodge, has also questioned the practices of the WORD board. Jarrett said she has been harassed by WORD officials because she has not gotten another permit since she inherited the property.
Jarrell said she has been given unreasonable deadlines and request by the board for obtaining her peimit. She said she was also told when she first inherited the property, she could operate under the same permit and was told later she must get a new one.
WORD was created to allow local control over the health and safety of people using the river. Casteel said the board is also allowed to pass rules and regulations to the make the arca safe for guests and residents.
“Any program with litter abatement takes effort on everyone’s part,” she said. “WORD is the facilitator. It’s not the only way to clean the river, and it’s not the only one responsible for cleaning the river.
According to WORD officials, 55.4 percent or $75,4000 of the $136,0000 budget is dedicated to cleanup, emcr gency communications, law enforce ment, signs, dumpsiles, litter baskets, toilets, lake projects, etc. The budget shows $8,542 was designated specifically for river cleanup.
The remaining 44.6 percent or $606000 goes toward administration costs, such as salary, taxes, insurance, office supplies, etc., according to the budget Of this 44.6 percent 24.8 percent or $15,000 is dedicated to legal expenses.
The WORD board is made up of seven volunteers appointed bv the Comal County Commissioner’s Court. The legislation approving the board was passed by a popular vote in 1987 The first fees were collected rn 1988.
Local students tops in leadership competitions
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Sergio Vargas, son of Josd and Yolanda Vargas, was named Youth Leader of the Year and Damond Garza, son of Peter and Joannie Garza, was a first-place winner in the Mock Trial event of the Texas Young Leaders Conference/Great Debate held June 9-12.
The statewide competition concluded a leadership program offered for freshman students through the National Hispanic Institute. Approximately 400 students were selected from across the state to attend the conference. Applicants had to meet stringent academic standards and have an active interest in Hispanic community affairs.
The two New Braunfels students were part of a group of eight students from New Braunfels High School and a group of four students from Canyon
High School who participated in the donfercnce.
“This is a good program because it helps the students focus on who they arc and gives them the skills to become leaders,” said NBHS Counselor Irma Alvarado The program makes an eight year commitment to the students selected — providing training through high school and help developing resumes and college entrance and scholarship applications.
The students participating in the Great Debate selected from several categories of debate competition such as Mock Trial, Persuasive Communications or Cross Examination. They also submitted cultural and historical displays depicting leaders and events af the team’s local community and a video tape commercial Other NBHS students participating in the program included Juan-carlos
Campos, son of Carlos and Isabel Campos; Irene Castafteda, daughter of Guadalup and Irene Castefteda, Carlos G. Dc La Cerda, son of Carlos and Esmeralda De La Cerda, Patrick Estrada, son of Guadalupe and Herlinda Estrada; Benjamin Meza, son of Frank and Colinda Meza; Lorie Ramirez, daughter of Israel and Rosa Ramirez; AnnaLisa Vargas, daughter of Gilbert and Ortencia Vargas; and Gabriel Zamora, son of Israel and Delia Zamora.
Students from CHS included Kristina Guillen, daughter of Alanacio and Beverly Guillen; Arthur Cabellero, son of Arthur and Odelia Cabellero, Gloria Cantu, daughter of Jaime and Gloria Cantu; and Ana Weissling, daughter of Blake and Ana Weissling Dontlisa Alvarado, daughter of Joe and Irma Alvarado, and Jennifer Garcia, daughter of Ceria Garcia, participated in the Lorenzo de Zavala Legislative Session
June 13-19 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The New Braunfels High School students joined approximately 200 other students at the Albuquerque site which is one of four sites for the pro gram The ultimate goal of the program is to broaden student self-development encouraging participants to seek admission to competitive and selective colleges and universities.
Alvarado, a sophomore, and Garcia, a junior, received training in organization and management, marketing, interpersonal communications, public relations and tactical and strategic planning
The lorenzo de Zavala Legislative Session is a program developed by the National Hispanic Institute to develop the skills of Hispanic students looking forward to rewarding collegiate careers.
Risela Garza, daughter of Alvaro
and Dora Garza; Robert Garza, son of Robert Garza and Julie Wright, and Santino Medina, son of Robert and Mary Ester Medina, have been selected to participate in the Collegiate World Series.
The three New Braunfels High School juniors will compete as individuals and in teams at the training seminar which will take place July 23-25 in New Mexico They will prepare college applications, write essays and letters, interview admission officers, market themselves in commercials and take a mock Scholastic Aptitude Test The leadership training program is the newest in a series of three programs developed by the National Hispanic Institute, an independent and private educational organization dedicated to the mission of leadership training and development for highly motivated Hispanic youth nationwide.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers - 4 - 16 * 26 - 30 - 36 - 37 Jackpot $15 million