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20 pages in three sections ■ Friday, July 11,1997
EL PASO, TX /9903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Bodo and Vivian
Vol. 145, No. 172
Birthday wlstias frovn tha HaraM Zattunql
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Vicki Gann, Jane McDonald PhD., Mary Gutierrez (Saturday), Marla G. Sanchez (Saturday), Lillian Mattoon (Saturday), Jake Morgan (ll years Saturday), Jeramie Hernandez (19 years), Sarah Diaz (Saturday), Christa Crumrine (7 years), Robin Fiebrich, Diana Young (belated), Connie Osborn, Teresa Sturm (belated), Gloria Luna (Saturday), Bill Strickland (Saturday), Angie Torres (25 years belated),
Ruben Espinoza and Jessica Charles (15 years).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Bodo and Vivian Dieted.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 331 cfs, down I from Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.66 feet above sea level, down .03 from Thursday
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,386 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,546 cfs Calyon Lake level — 930.73 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBL) reports pumping 6 967 mMion gallons of surface water Thursday and 2.643 mdton gallons of weft water were
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The forecast calls for sunny and hot weather for the weekend
Tonight will be mostly clear with some late night low clouds. The low will be in the mid 70s and the wind will be out of the south at 5 to 10 mph Saturday will be a repeat of today's weather, with mostly sunny clouds, a high in the mid 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph.
On Friday, the county road department will open all the county-operated boat ramps on Canyon Lake. The U S. ' Army Corps of Engineer ramps will remain closed. Parking around the county ramps is limited.
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The Pathfinder, a space craft launched in December, landed on Mars July 4 and is responding to commands from control stations on Earth. Updates on the mission can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.nasa.gov.
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Travelers this weekend may want to keep a few things in mind. Rebecca Creek Road and the Gruene River Bridge will remain closed. All state roads in the county should be open. All lanes of Interstate 35 toward San Antonio should be open to traffic as work crews continue to expand the interstate. However, several exits will remain closed. The only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
Fighting the system
Bulverde resident entangled in legal problems with state
By CHRIS CREWS and ABE LEVY
Republic of Texas official Carolyn Carney of Bulverde still is fighting a system she believes is illegal.
Arrested on a warrant in June for failing to appear at a court hearing, she also was charged with attempted capital murder when she allegedly pointed a handgun at one of the police officers executing the warrant at her home.
As police approached her home, she said die looked for a gun to defend herself against armed officers who caused her to fear for her life.
“My contention is that if (the Department of Public Safety) or sheriff comes against us, he’s not obeying his oath. He is protecting the government,” she said. “They’ve done this to us. They’ve done it to other people. Who’s next'/”
State and local police said Carney and her husband, Dave, actively resisted police attempts to serve the warrant. They said they added the felony charge because of her decision to arm herself and threaten police.
Carney is now living at her Oak Village North home after making bond on the felony charge and obtaining a favorable ruling in the failure to appear charge.
The secretary of council for the Republic of Texas, Carney is one 25 defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office. Among the suit’s allegations is that the group filed illegal liens against the state.
In late June, presiding District Judge Joseph Hart issued an opinion that the AG’s office could not detain Carney based solely on her refusal to turn over the Republic’s membership list
The AG had requested that the fist be turned over as part of the suit’s discovery, a period in which evidence is collected and reviewed before going to trial.
Carney’s attorney. Glen Peterson of New Braunfels, argued that disclosure of the list violated her First Amendment rights. Carney and her attorney said they believed the opinion dealt a significant blow to the AG’s efforts in derailing the group's existence.
They said it narrowed the state’s ability to target members statewide.
AG spokesman Ward Tisdale said the membership list was part of many documents requested during discovery but that not obtaining it wouldn’t hurt the AG’s efforts.
“It really has a small, if any, impact,” he said. “In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't have a great deal of significance.”
Tisdale said the AG had already been successful in blocking the group's illegal liens and in persuading the Legislature to enact laws restricting the Republic of Texas.
operator calls for regulations
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels’ transportation and advisory board heard from a local horse-drawn carriage operator Thursday during a public hearing on consideration of a possible ordinance governing horse-drawn carriages.
Bill Kuhn, operator for Pony Express Carriage Rides, said any ordinance the board recommends to city council should cover a variety of details.
Board member Jim Callahan asked Kuhn, “What needs to be covered in an ordinance?”
Kuhn said., “High on the list is passenger safety .” The public hearing was one in a series of hearings related to the issue.
Only five people showed up at the meeting and Kuhn was the only horse carriage operator to speak.
The transportation and traffic advisory board has not come up with a proposed ordinance yet. The board is looking for input from horse-drawn carnage operators and the public regarding any potential ordinance and whether they want it.
Assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said the board began reviewing the city’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance months ago. That ordinance covers taxicabs and tuber shuttles.
A possible ordinance for horse-drawn carnages is being considered because of interest by other operators
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Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Carolyn Carney stands strongly by hsr Republic of Tsxas flog that waves in front of hor house in Bulverde. Camay is on the board of directors of the Republic of Taxes
Federal authorities seized bank statements,
computers and other records in June, a move that Carney said she didn’t have the money to fight.
When asked whether she was intimidated or weary by the recent developments, she said,*T’m not frightened. This has been a very spiritual experience for me. I know the Lord is for the Republic of Texas.”
The suit includes 17 files in Travis County District Court and is scheduled for trial in November.
Hart in his opinion said even though curtailing some of the illegal activities of the group is a legitimate concern, a person's name on the membership list was not enough to tie him to the allegations of w rongdoing by other members.
McKenna: Competition not a threat
By CHRIS CREWS
Could a major health care corporation set up shop in New Braunfels and compete with McKenna Memorial Hospital?
It is a possibility, said Wayne Sorensen, chairman of the department of health administration at Southwest Texas State University.
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But McKenna officials said it is not likely and would not pose a threat to the local hospital.
Here is one scenario Turn to McKenna, Page2A
Twelve-screen theater breaks ground in New Braunfels
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels officials were to break ground today on the city’s newest movie theaters.
Mayor Jan Kennady was to be among the dig-mtanes who were breaking ground for O’Neil’s Cinema 12 theaters, which will be built next to the WestPomt Pepperell store in the New Braunfels Factory Stores on Business Interstate 35.
When the 34,752-square-foot movie complex is completed, it will contain 12 screens, three of
"Hwy wW run first-run movies, and as for theater goers, they won’t have to hit the San Antonio market for big releases ’
— Melissa Albright, Charter Oak Partners assistant manager
which will have stadium-style seating.
Each row will be 18 inches from Ac previous
row so theater goers will not block the view of other movie goers, said Melissa Albright, assistant manager for Charter Oak Partners.
Charter Oak Partners is the Vienna, Va.,-based outlet dev eloper that operates New Braunfels Factory Stores.
Albright said Ae $5 million movie complex project would bring more jobs for the area economy and more entertainment choices for area residents.
The new movie complex is expected to stage its grand opening in November.
“They (O’Neil Theatres) will bring 30 new position to New Braunfels from snack vendors to management to ticket personnel,” Albright said. “They will run first-run movies, and as for theater goers, they won’t have to hit the San Antonio market for big releases.”
The Aeaters will serve a projected 5,000 viewers per week.
O’Neil Theatres owns and operates 200 screens in nine states and recently opened a 10-screen theater in the West End Marketplace in Dallas.
A little kaffee, a little klatsch
MonAly meeting focuses on life in New Braunfels
By DENISE DZIUK
When good friends meet over a cup of coffee and breakfast, gossip, laughter and stories are sure to follow. That is exactly what happens at every kaffee klatsch.
Conservation Society member Ethel Canion said she and ber husband organize the kaffee klatsch each mon A. Karfee is German for coffee, and klatsch means gossip.
Each month, about IS to 25 people get togeAer to “talk about what’s going on,” Canion said. Those attending the kaffee klatsch, under the cool shade of the porch at Wagentuehr’s Home A Buckhorn
Barber Shop and Museum, are usually members of the Conservation Society and their guests.
“We just get togeAer and talk,” said Canion. “We never have time at the meetings.... It’s just a smaller group than we have at our meetings.”
The discussions at Ae kaffee klatsch are not centered around their work wiA Ae society. Like any group of friends, Ae topic of conversation varies from the conservation society’s work to what is happening in their lives to old stories about growing up in New Braunfels.
“You could sit here all day and listen to Join Karbach tell old sto
ries about New Braunfels,” said Jane Jackson. “He has great stories.”
Wallie Haas bas been attending Ae kaffee klatsch for some time, and got her friend Margaret Ruse to accompany her. Both said they enjoy the “good food and good conversation.”
“It’s such a pleasant thing,” said Ruse. “It’s nice to just visit.”
Haas said “from now on we’ll come together.”
In addition to the company, those intending can take home a treat.
“Someone raids their garden, and brings the stuff so we can all share Turn to KaBm, Page 2A
H#rald-Z*ttung pi vote by Michael Damall
Bual residents join In a Milt coffee talk M Waganfuehr’s Homo and Buckhorn lartonnhop and Minturn for Bm monthly Kanas Klatsch.New Braunfels resident returns from successful Wimbledon trip — Page IB