New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 3,1997
Swerving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Harold and Joan Ward
Vol. 145, No. 144
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lacey Moore.
Happy anniversary wishes go to Harold and Jean Ward (50 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,507 Grass —56
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 278 cubic feet per second, down 16 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.26 feet above sea level, down .04. Canyon Dam discharge — 1,200 cfs (Rate was increased to 1,600 cfs at 9:30 a.m.)
Canyon Lake inflow — 1,100 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.48 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) Hew Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.734 mifcon galore of surface water Monday, and 2,095,800 gallons of well water
Look for sunny skios today
The National Weather Service says today will be sunny with a high of 90 degrees and a south wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour. Tonight will be fair with a low in the upper 60s and a southeast wind.
Tike stops today for ozone action day
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has notified the San Antonio metropolitan area, which includes Comal County, that today is an ozone action day. People should do what they can to make the air cleaner.
Elliot Fry, natural resources specialist for the Alamo Area Council of Governments, said people should avoid excessive driving and find ways to reduce driving, such as car-pooling.
lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 p.m. so that emissions from the gas will not go up into the ozone.
Other tips to cut down on emissions:
• Take mass transit/public transportation to work or school.
• Share a ride to work or school
• Take your lunch to work or school
• Combine errands in one trip
• Avoid drive-through lanes
• Don't top off your gas tank when refueling
• Keep your vehicle properly tuned to keep exhaust low
Watch for those bikers
It’s summer, and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again. Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways — riders are known to travel in both lanes of traffic, sometimes against traffic.
You can still help victims of tornado
Grand Cypress Apartment Homes is taking donations through Wednesday for victims of the tornado that struck Jarrell. For information, call Diane Grimm at 643-6400
Jurors now decide McVeigh’s fate
Victims’ relatives celebrate Monday’s guilty verdict
DENVER (AP) — Before he beanie the worst terrorist in the United Stater,, Timothy McVeigh was a son of divorced parents, an Army sergeant who served honorably in the Gulf War, and a misguided patriot.
Jurors will have to decide in a hearing slated to begin Wednesday whether the life McVeigh led
before he detonated a truck bomb in Oklahoma City — killing 168 people — is a reason to spare his life now.
In making that decision, jurors may get to hear from 29-year-old McVeigh himself, who never took the stand at the trial that ended in his conviction Monday.
They will certainly hear from friends
and relatives of those killed in the April 19, 1995, blast, many of whom are expected to demand retribution for the loss of loved ones.
Yet revenge is not the same as justice, say lawyers involved in death penalty cases.
“The government will make an argument that justice requires the death of Tim McVeigh,” Denver defense lawyer David Lane said. “You’re going to see thunder, brimstone, blood and hellfire.”
The challenge for McVeigh’s lawyers is to convince just one person that a prison term, not execution, would be just punishment.
“Can they hit some button on one of these jurors to cause a life sentence?’ Lane said.
Lawyers were scheduled to return to the federal courthouse today to determine what evidence will be admitted during the penalty phase, which is expected to take about I 1/2 weeks.
The verdict, reached shortly after noon after 23 1/2 hours of deliberations over four days, elicited both cheers and tears from bombing victims and family members in Denver and Oklahoma City.
New Braunfels reacts to verdict
lf I was on I tho Jury and had voted to convict him, I I would give titan what ho Justly deserves, and that would bo death.”
— Vance Gilbreath
This is tho most tragic terroristic activity over committed on American soil... I favor tho death penalty. You want to discourage everyone from trying something like this again.”
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“From what I've heard about him
and his sister's testimony, I guess he's guilty... I don't believe tai the death penalty, so I would choose life imprisonment for him.”
— Caroline Wersterfer
Gruene bridge re-opens
Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Oarnall
Denise and Jason Nagel play on the Gruene River Bridge Monday afternoon when the bridge was closed and the release from Canyon Dam was still at 4,000 cubic feet per second. The bridge is open today and the flow is down to 1,600 cubic feet per second.
Dam release lowered to 1,600 cfs
By CHRIS CREWS
A reduction in Guadalupe River flow from Canyon Dam allowed for the reopening of Gruene Bridge Monday and gave local river outfitters hope of a return to business as normal.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decreased the discharge rate at the dam Monday afternoon from 4,000 cubic feet per second to 1,200 cfs, the normal release rate when Canyon Lake is below flood level. At 9:30 a m. today, the rate increased to 1,600 cfs.
The release rate had been elevated to 4,000 cfs, a level hazardous for most recreational activities, in order to low-
'lf we don’t have any precipitation in the coming week, it looks like we will be able to reduce the flow rate to 700 cfs for tho weekend.’
- GBRA general manager Bill West
er the water level at the reservoir.
T he discharge rate was expected to be lowered to 700 cfs for the weekend, a level local outfitters said was ideal for most river activities.
“If we don’t have any precipitation in the coming week, it looks like we will be able to reduce the flow rate to 700 cfs for the weekend,” said Bill West. general manager for Guadalupe-Bianco River Authonty.
Despite dangerous conditions, local law enforcement and emergency medical service officials reported no major incidents on die river over the weekend.
Sunday’s news regarding activity on the San Marcos River was again tragic. The body of 13-year-old Harlan Hebee was pulled from the river near the Texas 90 crossing in Luling. San Marcos Police Chief Larry Kendrick drowned on May 29.
Postmen take umbrage with new system
Carriers say understaffing, overtime problems
By ABE LEVY
Local post office carriers said understafTing and unneeded overtime w ere reasons for recent delays in service - not a one-week-old restructuring plan endorsed by the interim postmaster.
Ken Robinson, officer in charge of the New Braunfels post office, helped to create the plan to eliminate overlapping of serv ice regions that he said were causing excessive fuel and labor costs.
Robinson came to New Braunfels in August from San Antonio and is filling the vacant postmaster position until administrators name a permanent replacement by the end of this month, officials said.
The new plan was designed to take full advantage of an automated sorting system implemented locally one year ago, officials said. According to the recent restructuring plan, carriers are delivering commercial mail first and then residential, officials said.
But local carriers have blasted the new system, citing that mail for people who have moved to another address is not detected by the computer and is causing extensive delays.
They also said that management had opted to pay excessive overtime instead of using more carriers to expedite delivery, which Robinson said would solve the current problems.
“If people knew the tension here at our post office, they’d be afraid of seeing that Jeep coming dowTi the street,” said Doug Newell, president of the 28-member, New Braunfels branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
“After you’ve worked in the hot sun for 10 hours, they w ant us to go out for another three hours."
Newell, who has worked for the postal service since 1978, said he recently worked 20 hours of overtime at time-and-a-half and then another eight hours at double time
Robinson and San Antonio district officials said the overtime was expected and would decline once the carriers learned the new system.
“That’s their opinion. I’m not going to justify what others say,” said Robinson, who has applied for the postmaster position.
“The employees must do what they’re expected to do. As long as I get the mail delivered expeditiously, that’s what’s important. It’s not as bad as they’re making it out to be.”
Larry Ow ens, manager of post office operations for the San Antonio district, said the new plan had been implemented in other districts throughout Texas with successful results and that it would be a matter of two to three weeks before the earners learned the new routes.
“It’s similar to Chnstmas time,” he said. “Our system requires a earner learning curve. Sometimes old habits are hard to break. It’s not unusual to have overtime during transition.”
Bush signs Comal County consolidation legislation
Reinter plans to file resignation
By DENISE DZIUK
In 90 days, County Attorney Bill Reimer will be out of a job.
Effective Sept. I Comal County will go from having district and county attorney offices to having a Cnmt-nal District Attorney’s Office. Reimer said he would tender his resignation to the commissioners court to be effective
the date the new office is formed.
After several meetings to discuss and debate the benefits of consolidation, Comal County Commissioners sent a resolution earlier this year to the Texas Legislature requesting the consolidation. On Saturday, Governor George Bush signed the bill into law, effective Sept. I.
“We had anticipated it would pass and we’re ready to move forward,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Although he does not have plans beyond his resignation, Reimer called the approval “fantastic.”
“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s what Mr. (District Attorney Dib) Waldrip and I have been working on for two years now.”
Waldnp said although the consolidation effort got off to a rocky start with the Comal County Commissioners Court, its approval at the state level did not surprise him.
“A change is always going to bring a little bit of concern ... but it will be beneficial,” Waldrip said.
Waldrip said the first step in combining the two offices into a criminal district attorney’s office would be to
establish a budget to complete the year. He said the offices had already combined operations as far as the law would allow, and the final combination would be fairly easy.
“(The two offices) have always been maintained, but there has been a high degree of cooperation betw een the two offices,” Waldnp said.
Reimer and Waldnp said the consolidation would lesult in slower budget growth for the two offices, increased efficiency and effectiveness and consistent prosecution at all levels. Reimer said resources could be better allocated
under the new office, and the same office would handle offenders at every level.
Casteel said the two separate offices were “quite good and very effective.” However, based on the elections in w hich consolidation was the platform, it was what the majority of the public wanted, she said. Casteel added that although the financial benefits remain to be seen, services should remain constant or improve.
“(Services) should not change at all unless it improves,” Casteel said. “It’s probably a better way to manage it.”Enjoy Concerts in the Park series in Landa Park. Page 4