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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New®Herald-Zl Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0.1 or 2 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today between midnight at 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnignt. I11 i. FOF PUB! I Pi * IG ——    . Vol. 149 No. 181    14    pages    in    2    sections    July    25,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents McKenna 2000: Prognosis for hope T ye f Inside Find out what the Balanced Budget Act did to American hospitals and what’s being done to fix it./3A Bush taps Cheney as his VP Former defense secretary says he’ll take the job PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Texas Gov. George W. Bush on Monday selected former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney to be his running mate, rounding out the GOP ticket with a Washington insider who played a pivotal role in his father’s presidency. CHENEY A highly placed GOP source said Bush planned to make the offer Monday night or Tuesday. Cheney has told associates he would accept it. “It’s done,” said a senior GOP official familiar with the deliberations, speaking on condition of anonymity. Cheney brings the ticket a wealth of foreign policy experience and stature — traits that Bush, a two-term Texas governor, lacks himself. He is a bridge between Bush and his father, former President George Bush, who put Cheney in his Cabinet and promoted him for his son’s ticket. See CHENEY/3A Dick Cheney ■ NAME: Richard Cheney. ■ AGE-BIRTH DATE: 59; born Jan. 30, 1941. ■ HOMETOWN: Lincoln, Neb. ■ RELIGION: Methodist. D FAMILY: Wife, Lynne, a native of Casper, Wyo.; two grown daughters. ■ EXPERIENCE: White House chiel of staff under Gerald Ford, 1974-76; Wyoming representative, 1978-89; secretary of defense under President Bush, 1989-93; chairman and CEO of Dallas-Based Halliburton Corp., 1995-present. Hotels get slot on tax committee In Other Action Also on Monday the City Council: • Delayed consideration of a proposal to trade property with the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. The museum has asked th<^ city give the museum the unused Dittlinger Memorial Library and $25,000 in exchange for the Float Inn property adjacent to Prince Solms Park Tube Chute or let the museum buy the library directly for $325,000; • Gave final approval to an ordinance setting the minimum fine for littering or dumping at $200 and the maximum fine at $2,000; • Gave final approval to an ordinance nominating an approximate 5-square-mile area for By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The hotel industry won representation Monday on New Braunfels’ hotel occupancy tax committee. The New Braunfels City Council voted 6-1 Monday to allow the New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association to select a representative to add to the city’s hotel occupancy tax committee. Mayor Stoney Williams was the only council member to vote against the proposition. He had asked the council to allow the hotel association to name three representatives to the committee. However, his motion died after Councilman Larry Alexander, drawing from an idea Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez presented, suggested adding just one additional member. While the vote was almost unanimous, several council members had expressed strong opinions against adding three members. “I want this committee to do well,” Councilwoman Juliet Watson said, as she voted in favor of adding one member from the hotel industry. In May, voters approved a special election binding the city to spend about 14 percent of the hotel/motel tax to enhance arts and cultural organizations an enterprise zone, including areas around Katy Street, Solms Road and the Farm-to-Market Road 306 industrial area. • Late Monday night the council still was discussing two proposals in which voters could be asked to reconsider the way the city allocates and spends its sales tax revenues. ^^COUNCiU5A ALEXANDER NB man dies in FM 306 motorcycle accident From Staff Reports A motorcycle accident on Farm-to-Market Road 306 Sunday claimed the life of a 60-year-old New Braunfels man. Dead at the scene of the noontime accident was Darrell Stephen Smith of New Braunfels. Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Rick Alvarez said Smith was traveling east on FM 306 when he allegedly passed eastbound traffic in a no passing zone on his 1989 Yamaha motorcycle. The motorcycle collided w ith a 1999 Mercury four-door driven by Alfonso Balderas, 42, of San Antonio. The accident occurred west of New Braunfels about a mile and a half east of Purgatory Road, Alvarez said. Balderas, who was traveling westbound, swerved toward the north side of the roadway to try to avoid a collision, but Smith’s motorcycle slammed into the drivers’ side door of the car. Balderas suffered minor facial injuries. He was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital mid then released Sunday afternoon. His wife, Maria, was uninjured. Smith was helped by a doctor and nurse who were driving by the scene, as well as sheriff’s deputies and members of the Canyon Lake Fire/EMS rescue squad, Alvarez reported. A rescue helicopter was called to the scene, but Smith was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. by County Judge Danny Scheel, Alvarez said. The weather was clear at the time of the accident and the roadw ay w as dry. Alvarez said the accident was under investigation. Inside Abby................................7    A Classifieds.......................3-6B Comics..............................8A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today.................................2A Television..............................8A Key Code 76 Don’t forget burn ban Comal County commissioners have imposed a ban on outdoor burning in the county. The ban prohibits open fires in unincorporated areas of Comal County. The New Braunfels Fire Department reports the ban also w ill be enforced w ithin the city. The county order sets out a fine of up to $500 for violations, which are Class C misdemeanors. The ban w ill be in effect for 90 days unless weather changes. Restore New Braunfels Television crews document Offerman restoration work for HGTV K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung After filming all day Sunday at the Offerman ranch, Don Offerman walks field producer John Litschke and cameraman Chuck Shedd through downtown New Braunfels shortly before the evening’s lightning strikes. Below left, Don, Phyllis and Caitlyn Offerman show off their two log cabins and their restored home for the Texas episode of “Restore America,” filmed Sunday. Below right, from the upstairs of one log cabin, looking onto the second, the Offerman homestead offers the look and feel of “old times.” By Heather Todd Staff Writer John Litschke, a television producer for a home restoration program, has seen his share of restored homes and historical buildings. But, something about the little yellow Victorian home w ith the white trim, tucked back into the Texas Hill Country, caught his eye. This past weekend, Litschke brought his production crew to Offerman Ranch on Herbelin Road off'Texas 46 to film the Offerman family home as a feature for “Restore America,” a television program on the Home and Garden Network. Restoring the Victorian home to its original chann and beauty has been more than a 20-year project for Don and Marie Offerman, their son Don Olfemian, Jr. and his wife Phylis. The house originally was built in downtown New' Braunfels in 1893, and it has remained in the Offerman family for more than a century. That w as one of the reasons the project made a great story for his show, Litschke said. “I see a lot of passion,” he said on Sundav. See RESTORE/5A ;