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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYIt’s off to the races at Retama Park. See Sports, Page 1B so coirs County Courthouse 16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, June 7,1996 New Braunfels Hterak 2627 E YANDELL. BR EL PASO, Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MARY MILEN CANTU Vol. 144, No. 149 inside I Commissioners pull the plug on fireworks fans Stain mtisch ■ Editorial........................................4A    I    By DENISE DZIUK Sports...........................................1B |    staff Writer Comics.........................................3B Market Place..........................4B-8B    I    Fourth    of    July    plans    for area resi dents may be slightly dampened as a result of action taken by the Comal Vltftay WllttCB fFWil    bounty Commissioners Court Thurs- The commissioners approved an The New Braunfels Herald-    ! order, effective Monday, prohibiting Zeitung extends birthday wishes    aerial fireworks within the county to: Joshua lagunas (7 years),    unless it is in a “safe area” designated Mary Helen Cantu, Russ White-    by Comal County Fire Marshal Milton bouse, Kristie Grace, Robert    Willmann. Garcia SrM Jean Holder, John McCurdy (80 years), Mark Guerrero, Janie S. Moreno, and Travis Ploch (9 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. The “safe areas,” which have not been determined yet, will be open horn 6 to IO p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. On July 4, the area will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that this court supports a prohibition in light of the (drought) conditions,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. Willmann said he has been talking to various organizations and groups trying to find a “safe area.” He said he has “got some pretty good nibbles” but he “doesn’t have anything firm right now.” He said he would like to find more than one location to reduce the number of people at each location. “I think one area would be inundated with people. We’re going to try to find several,” he said. Willmann said some organizations and departments are in favor of the limited locations for aerial fireworks, and are even considering selling refreshments to the public. He said fire departments in die county are also very supportive because the dry conditions make the area susceptible to fires. “They would rather sell sodas on die Fourth of July than put out fires,” said Willmann. Commissioner Cristina Zamora read a statement she received from the Comal County Retail Fireworks Association into the record. The statement said the association did not see a reason for the ban at this time.. The order prohibiting aerial fire works passed by a vote of 4-0. Zamora abstained from voting. Aerial fireworks are those that fly when lit. Such fireworks can start fires out of sight of the person who lit diem, increasing the threat of an uncontrolled fire, compared to fireworks that do not fly. The measure applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county and does not apply to the New Braunfels July 4 fireworks display at Landa Park. Citizens are already banned from possessing fireworks inside city limits. Pollen Count Mold — 540 Grass —12 Oak—trace Hack. — 36 Paean—0 Elm—0 (Poton measured in parts per cubic meter of sir. Readings taken yeeterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —136 cubic feet per second, down 8 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 622.28 feet above sea level, down .12 from yesterday. Canyon Dam discharge — 83 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 57 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.70 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) ACS Starlight Gala tickets on sale now Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society Starlight Gala. "A Night in Casablanca" is the theme for this year's Gala, which will feature casino gaming, a gourmetbuffet catered by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin, and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts. A silent auction will add to the evening and the winner of a year's lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be announced. Ticket prices start at $100 per couple. The gala will be June 15 at the Civic Center. For more information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115. Osrttwrn Folk Dancers to hold garage sale The New Braunfels German Folk Dancers will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village West. For information, call 899-7042 or 899-3672. Class of ’86 to gsthsr New Braunfels High School Class of 1986 will meet Friday night at the Watering Hole; from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Landa Park, and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Tree Tops. Piihoteo Support Croup to mast Pat Moore, director of food services for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, will lead a discussion of a videotape entitled "Food Exchanges" at the meeting of the Diabetes Support Group at 2 p.m., Sunday, in the classroom at Central Texas Medical Center, 1301 Wonder World Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Carolyn • Barnes at 353-1310. Road to Racovary The Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society Vol-: unteer Drive Program. Volunteer Drivers take cancer patients for their treatments locally and to San Antonio. The program covers Comal County. To become a volunteer driver. Call Bob Peterson at 625-3252. Have Permit, Will Carry Many local seniors take advantage of concealed weapon law By ABE LEVY Staff Writer ‘Older people are real sitting ducks for those sleaze- buckets.’ — a 71-year-old permit holder Seventy-seven-year-old Hamilton Goll stands by his guns. Armed by this year’s passing of the concealed handgun law, Goll said he obtained a handgun permit to protect himself and his property. “These days and time you never know what you’re going to run into,” said Goll, a native of New Braunfels who worked at Kelly Air Force Base most of his life. ‘"You know you’re not going to be around much longer, but I’d like to go in my own way and not have someone rush it for me.” Recent reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety reveal that 303 people currently own concealed hand gun permits in four zip codes within Comal County and about 50 percent of them are above the age of 55. In New Braunfels, people over 55 make up 27 percent of the city’s population according to 1990 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statewide permit holders over 55 make up 39 percent of the 54,378 total permits. As crime rates remain a critical concern for seniors, they are increasingly obtaining permits to cany concealed handguns. “Older people are real sitting ducks for those sleaze-buckets,” said a 71-year-old woman from New Braunfels who is a permit holder and did not want to be identified. “Women they think are more vulnerable and when you’re elderly, you’re easy prey.” Acconiing to U.S. Department of Justice data, the violent crime rate is nearly 16 times higher for those under 25 than for people over 65 and 5 percent of the murder victims in 1992 were over 65. Jim Mooney, who has a shooting range outside New Braunfels and teaches the handgun training course, said most of his students are seniors, wanting the extra protection. “At least half of (the seniors) I trained carry a concealed handgun,” Mooney said. “You’ll never know until the moment of truth.” Last year, the overall volume of crime decreased 1.4 percent in Texas from 1994. People who are over 60 are able to register for a permit for $70, which is half what most others pay. Within New Braunfels zip codes 78130,78131, 78132 and 78133,98 percent of permit holders are white, 82 percent are male and 18 percent are women. There are erne Aftncan-American, one Asian and two Native Americans. Statewide statistics show that 83 percent of permit holders are male, 2.44 percent are African-American and under one percent are Native American and Asian. No information on the number of Hispanic permit holders was available, since the DPS does list the ethnic group as a race. Hispanics make up about 35 percent of the New Braunfels population according 1990 census data. See Handguns, Page 2A Almost 50 profit of those registered to carry concealed handgune in the Cornel County area are over the age of 55. Senate OKs Krueger as Botswana ambassador By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels’ loss will soon be Botswana’s gain. After a long, tense wait, Bob Krueger and his family are packing their bags for his next post. The full Senate confirmed his appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana. “The Senate voted Monday evening,” he said. Krueger testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee March 26, and since then his and 90 other appointments have been held up in the Senate. Only some of the 90 have had final confirmation. “I have to be properly sworn in, and then we’U be off,” Krueger said. “It should be about a month.” Krueger’s challenges in Botswana will be far different from die challenges he faced in Burundi, his last post. The struggling Burundian democracy is still tom by violence. Working toward “simple justice and equity” was the challenge there, he said. Botswana, on the other hand, is poised to be a leader among African nations reaching beyond third-world status. “Botswana is the longest-sustained democracy in what is called sub-Saharan Africa, over 40 countries,” Krueger said. Since Botswana gained independence in 1966, its annual per capita gross domestic product has grown 40-fold. Thanks in large part to diamond exporting, Botswana has larger foreign currency reserves than even South Africa, he said. Part of Krueger’s new job will be facilitating trade between the United States and growing African economies. “In a continent in which many fledgling democracies have been destroyed in their earliest stages, Botswana’s achievements have flown proudly and courageously as an example to many lands,” he told the Senate committee in March. Krueger’s wife, Kathleen, and their three children will live with him in Botswana. “When the phone call came, my daughter Mariana jumped up in the air and gave me a hug,” he said. Botswana is about the size of Texas, and die hot, dry climate there is somewhat like that in West Texas, Krueger said. Botswana’s plains still teem with wildlife. “I am told that in Botswana there is one elephant for every 15 people,” he said. Children’s Museum to unveil its new home Saturday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Strike the Children’s Museum off the endangered species list. Facing extinction after an eviction notice from its landlord slapped museum officials with a crisp taste of reality, the museum’s fate was tossed into the wind. That was early February, but just two weeks later, the museum’s life was saved when New Braunfels Factory Stores offered it a deal of a lifetime: free space for a year. Charter Oaks Partners has agreed to the free lease in hopes the move will also bring in more customers for its various businesses. Now the move to the Factory Stores is complete, and supporters will celebrate the museum’s rebirth Saturday. The museum's Executive Director Susan Williams said after cutting through all the red tape that it took to filmland move into the new facility, sheTl be glad to cut the opening ribbon. “It’s been a blessing in disguise,” Williams said. “It’s not something we thought was possible ” The grand opening, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., will include entertainment from clowns, singing, a small animal safari, refreshments and a special visit from two Missions baseball players. “We’ve got a good following of kids who will be excited to come,” Williams said. The museum has been shut down for a week for the move. The move resulted as Insignia Inc. took over ownership in January of the museum’s former location in Courtyard Shopping Center. The museum’s presence was deemed “inappropriate” and it was given 90 days to leave. The museum has Suite 530, a place in the north side of the mall next to Ernesto’s Jewelers. After a year the agreement will be evaluated to see whether it remains mutually beneficial for businesses and the museum, mall officials said. The museum’s new exhibits include a Schlitterbahn station, science lab, musical instruments, fossil discovery table, an expanded castle and a theater. H*ratd-Z*tung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Porter Boswell helps get the ChHdren’e Mueeum In shape for Its grand reopening. For subscription or advertising information, call the    at    625-9144. ■ * ! ■■■» ii - »’n v, i hiH i i• .in , ■ i a ... . "IWi    '    'it    ^    ■    .t. *    -vjff.:.    i{.    jt    i    t    hMiiriMwftiaii    ■    w    nrMteiiiiii    iinnfiiii    mi    mi'" ;