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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0.1 or 2 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 p.m. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungAlthough most equipment was on higher ground, these Caterpillars were entrenched in muddy water near Seguin Avenue and Interstate 35 after rains fell in the area Sunday and Monday. we didn’t come, they wouldn’t come. I just hope it doesn’t rain on us,” Neundorf said. “It hasn't rained in a while and today it rains. We’re just going to try to make lemonade out of lemons,” said Kathleen Carlson from Houston, who came to Schlitterbahn with her 12-year old son Austin. Austin, who said it was his second trip to Schlitterbahn, just got out of school for the summer this past Wednesday. But, he didn’t seem too fazed by the weather. “If it rains, it rains,” he said. Neundorf said, “This is a chance for us to meet up with some of our girlfriends. We’re See SUMMER/5A The need for speed Kelly Vinson, 14, already is in the driver’s seat and loving every minute of it. Find out about his sport on Page 1B.Summer break gets soggy startNational Weather Service: ‘We needed it badly’ By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal County youth started out with a wet summer vacation this past weekend as thunderstorms drenched the area Sunday night and continued into Monday morning. - The    National    Weather Ser- Texas storms    v*ce °ffice in New Braunfels kill four/3A    repped I 35 inches of rain fell in the New Braunfels area as of Monday morning, with about a half inch reported Sunday. Mark Brundrett, a forecaster with the NWS New Braunfels office, said an upper level disturbance coupled with a cold front moved into the area this weekend and was moving slowly in a southwest direction. “This was a pretty good little rain for us. And we needed it badly,” he said. The wet conditions contributed to several car accidents Monday morning, including one that sent a 19-year old woman to a San Antonio area hospital. Capt. Stuart Rhodes with Canyon Lake Fire/EMS said a 19-year old woman had to be cut from her car after a one-vehicle accident on Farm-to-Market 32 about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The woman, who was not identified, was taken by AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in guarded condition. Rhodes said die woman apparently lost control of her vehicle af a curve in the road and left the roadway. Comal County Sheriff’s Office dispatch reported three other accidents about the same time Monday morning throughout the county. Late Monday morning, drizzling rain and overcast clouds threatened to turn family vacations into disasters at such places as Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Guadalupe River. But, many families braved the wet conditions and tried to make the best of it. San Antonio resident Nancy Neundorf, her 12-year old son and several of their friends from Houston made the trek to Schlitterbahn Monday morning despite the less-than-ideal conditions. “We’re meeting friends from Houston here, and if Court overturns death sentence  I 50 cents Trustees ponder lake high school site By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — Comal Independent School District will build a $48 million high school beginning in 2002 that it will open two years later near Canyon Lake. And, CISD superintendent Jerry Major says, the school will be the nicest school in central Texas Hie first seems certain; the latter seems likely. What might be much less certain is just where that new school will be built. Proposition 2 of this past year’s $141 million bond issue, called for a new high school to be built north of Canyon Lake, Farm-to-Market Road 306 and FM 484. Now, the district is grappling with demographics, geographical and transportation realities that suggest that area isn’t the best place for the school — and what to do about it. Monday night, CISD trustees and administrators debated alternatives and exchanged plenty of ideas with district taxpayers in a long range planning workshop. As of yet, no land has been bought for the new school. Major said the district hoped to have a site chosen by about this time next year so preliminary planning and site work can begin. As the meeting progressed Monday night, a possible site for the new high school was creeping south and eastward along FM 306 in the direction of Sattler. Most of Monday’s public comment centered on issues of fairness and parity between district schools. In years past, CISD officials say there’s been a perception that the Canyon Lake area has been shortchanged in improvements and amenities. District officials say that perception can be attributed largely to the explosive population growth in the more southerly areas of the 589-square-mile district. Canyon Lake parent Jack Shinn asked whether the new high school would be equal in size, spending and programs to the district’s two current high schools, Canyon and Smithson Valley. Then he asked where it would be built. “I’ve heard discussions over where this high school will be built that run from one end of Canyon Lake to the other, from the north side of the lake to the south side and all the way over to Highway 281,” Shinn noted. “Where will it be?”See SCHOOL/5A Vol. 149 No. 142    14    pages    in    2    sections    June    6,    2000    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852 Tuesday Eight other Texas cases in question HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas death sentence of an Argentine man was set aside Monday, casting doubt on the fates of eight other condemned inmates because a psychologist might have improperly cited the defendants’ race or ethnicity as juries considered punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new ;    sentencing hearing for Justices throw    victor Hugo Saldano, Out Davidian    convicted of murder in Sentences/3A    suburban Dallas four _ years ago. The appeal did not dispute Saldano’s guilt. During the punishment phase of Saldano’s trial, psychologist Walter Quijano served as a prosecution witness and testified about Saldano’s “future dangerousness,” an aggravating factor that allows Texas courts to administer the death penalty instead of life in prison. Quijano listed 24 factors in making such a prediction, including Saldano’s ethnicity. He testified that blacks and Hispanics are overrepresented in prison, and the fact that Saldano is Hispanic “was a factor weighing in favor of future dangerousness.” Similar testimony by Quijano in the trials of eight other death row inmates has prompt- See DEATH/5ANE W sBifeJU JiNF F Herald ^ Luncheon to celebrate CIS From Staff Reports Local residents are invited to celebrate the success of Communities in Schools, Inc., one of the nation’s largest stay-in-school networks, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at New Braunfels High School, 2551 N. Loop 337. Communities in Schools of Comal County is sponsoring its fifth annual luncheon in celebration of its ongoing effort to keep area youth in school. During the 1999-2000 school year, CIS served 2,000 local students in case-managed services, said Chris Douglas, CIS director. The organization also has served at least 8,000 students in various programs such as tutoring, job readiness programs, and counseling, Douglas said. “We want to be able to celebrate the success of the program but also we want to be able to tell those in the community about the program who don’t already know about die services we offer,” Douglas said. Residents interested in attending the event are asked to RS VP by calling 620-4247. The event is open to the public and includes a $10 donation. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott, as well as guests Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Rep. Edmund Kuempel. Inside Abby......................... .......7 A Classifieds.................. ...4-6B Comics....................... .......8A Crossword................. .......7A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......7A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ....1-3B Today.......................... .......2A Television....................... 8A I 3 to com Key Code 76 Rosedale residents get 60 more daysBuilding board grants extension to vacate order By Heather Todd Staff Writer Residents at Rosedale Apartments were given 60 more days to vacate the complex and find places to live afte; they pleaded Monday for more time. Seven residents living at the Rosedale Apartments, on Rosedale Avenue and South Krueger Avenue off W. San Antonio Street, told four members of the city’s Building Standards Commission Monday night they could not find affordable housing in New Braunfels in one month. Nadine Mardock, director of the New Braunfels Housing Authority, also said it would take time to find affordable housing for residents because rent was high in New Braunfels and low-income housing units had no vacancies. “There is no place for them to go,” she said. On May I, the commission voted unanimously to order all residents of the apartment complex to vacate in 30 days. The property owners also were ordered to secure the grounds and remove any debris within the same time period. The action came after city inspectors found more than 150 violations of building, fire, health and safety codes during an inspection of the complex on April 7. Serious structural problems in the apartments — including improper wiring, no two-way firewalls, sagging floors, collapsing roofs and rotting foundation piers — posed serious health and safety risks to residents, inspectors said. “We’re just asking for more See ROSEDALE/5A ;