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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas N EW (BitAUNFELS V.5 - Herald-Z vW v.v*' vV*vl ;-w0^" I CjO .n V-    -7^    ■- o vi '•-    t    A* . I-Vy    ' r\C\) o^V-> vVj c ..............Vol. 149 No. 84    14    pages    in    2    sections    March    16,    2000    t    ■    \    T    ^    r    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    SO    cents Thursday Man arrested in Comal Co. on murder charges From Staff Reports A 41 -year-old San Antonio man was arrested in Comal County on a warrant Wednesday in connection with the February bludgeoning death of his wife. Daniel Garcia was arrested on a Bexar County warrant by San Antonio Police Department officers at his work, officials at Bexar County Jail said. Lesa Garcia, 34, was found dead about noon Feb. 21 in the home she shared with her husband and their two small children in an upscale, northeast San Antonio subdivision, officials said. Daniel Garcia was booked into the Bexar County Jail about 9 p.m. on $250,000 bond, officials said. Lesa Garcia was estranged from her husband at the time of the murder, said her close friend and former coworker, a New Braunfels woman who asked not to be identified. “I was devastated when I found out what happened,” she said. “All the books you read and all of the TV shows do not do justice to how horrible it is.” Daniel and Lesa Garcia’s children are both under the age of five and have been living with Lesa Garcia’s parents since the murder. “She loved those boys more than life itself,” die friend said. “She was just a sweet-hearted person. She just didn’t have a mean bone in her body.” As of press time Wednesday, Garcia remained in the Bexar County Jail. Water board prepares river for tourists From staff reports Board members of the Water Oriented Recreation District are gearing up for the tens of thousands of river-hungry tourists that soon will be making their annual descent upon New Braunfels. At the regular monthly meeting Monday evening at the Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to-Market Road 2673 in Sattler, board members discussed some of the laundry list of preparations that keep the Guadalupe River gorgeous and safe for tourists. The board reviewed plans for additional law enforcement presence on the river during months of peak tourist activity. In a repeat of last year’s successful venture, Comal County Sheriff’s Office will provide contract services to beef up security with extra deputies, reserves and other officials patrolling the river on holiday and regular weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day weekend, board member Scott Watson said. “The sheriff’s office has done a fabulous job,” Watson said. Like last year, WORD budgeted about $160,000 for the extra security—which ended up See WATER/4 A Bond survey could have impact on May vote By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels residents might look to the results of a recent bond survey to decide how they will vote in May — and then again, they might not. “People do look to others for cues,” said Douglas I iodgkin, who specializes in public-opinion polling and teaches political science at Bates College in Maine. But the impact of the Greater New Braunfels C hamber of Commerce, Inc. survey on May’s bond election depends, in part, on how much the public Lusts the businessSee results of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Survey on page 3A. community, he said. Several members of the community who have advocated for or against certain propositions said they don’t believe the results, released Tuesday, are indicative of the final election outcome. “It’s not reflective of the community as a whole,” said Becky Krueger, treasurer of the New Braunfels Junior League Basketball Association. Hodgkin agreed, saying, “It’s a select group of people, and only those w ho chose to respond.” The survey was not scientific or random. The chamber sent more than 1,700 surveys to members in February and received 500 back, or 30 percent — a “sizeable group,” Hodgkin said. The exact number of respondents who are registered voters in New Braunfels is unknown. The survey, done for informational purposes, allowed members to check yes or no to the seven bond propositions. . Results showed respondents supported the $11 million streets and drainage (Prop. I), $700,000 police communication system (Prop. 2), $2.5 million in fire department improvements (Prop. 3), $2.63 million sports complex (Prop. 5) and $7.5 million Walnut Street (Prop. 7). Respondents didn’t support the $7.25 million activity center (Prop. 6) and $1.14 million park improvement (Prop. 4) propositions.See BOND/3A Inside Abby........................... .....5A Classifieds.................... ..4-6B Comics......................... .....3B Crossword.................... .....5A Forum........................... .....6A Local/Metro.................. .....4A Movies............................ ......5A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports.......................... ..1-2B Today........................... .....2A Television....................... ?R Key Code 76 ............. Show Schedule ■ Swine — arrived Wednesday.; weighed Wednesday; judging Thursday, 2 p.m., Market Hogs and Showmanship; photograph Saturday, 8 a.m.; Departure for non-sale animals Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. ■ Goats — arrived Wednesday; weighed Wednesday; judge Thursday, 9 a.m., market goats and showmanship; photograph Saturday as they leave the sale ring; departure for non-sale animals Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. II Sheep — arrive Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; weigh Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m.; judge Friday, 9 a.m., market lambs and showmanship; photograph, Saturday as they leave the ring; departure for non-sale animals Friday, 5 to 8 I p.m. ■ Cattle — arrive Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; weigh Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m.; judge Friday, 1:30 p.m., breeding cattle market I steers and showmanship; photograph Friday as they leave the show ring; departure for non-sale animals Friday, 5 to 8 I p m. ■ Rabbits — arrive ; Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.; weigh Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.; judge Friday, 8 a.m. breeding, market rabbits and showmanship; photograph Friday after judging; departure for non-sale animals, Friday after | judging ■ Broilers — arrive Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.; weigh Thursday weigh, sift and prejudge on arrival; judge Friday at 8 a.m.; photograph Saturday as they leave sale ring; departure for non-sale animals, Friday after judging ■ Turkeys — arrive Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.; weigh Thursday, weigh and sift on arrival; judge Friday at 8 a.m.; photograph Saturday as they leave the sale ring; departure for non-sale animals, Friday after judging Fresh from the farm K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraid-Zeitung Ashlee Ronshausen’s pigs (at top) were oblivious to the growing din around them as animals and their owners piled in to the Comal County fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon. Erin McMahon (above) was doing her best to get her goats to cooperate Wednesday afternoon. Erin and other FFA and 4-H students weighed in their hogs and goats Wednesday. Sheep, cattle, rabbits, broilers and turkeys arrive this afternoon. sa won second place for her steer last year at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “The kids learn responsibility, finances, how to balance things and keep up their grades, how to take care of an animal when it gets sick, how to w in and how to lose,” Galloway said. “It keeps them out of trouble because they’re not going to be out on the streets or drinking and smoking” Many FFA students purchase animals themselves with re-invested winnings from previous years, but parents often foot the bill for feed and other supplies. “We never get any rest from buying See FARM/3A Youth put year-efforts to test at Comal stock show By Erin Magruder Staff Writer For most teenagers, dragging themselves out of bed at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday sounds about as fun as calculus camp or a three-hour lecture from their parents. But the students who participate in the Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale know' that year-round hard work is w hat it takes to be a w inner. “It requires at least two to two-and-a-half hours a day to take care of hogs,” said 18-year-old Smithson Valley High School senior Scott Wehe, who has been involved in livestock shows for nine years. “And if you want (the animals) to be good, you have to work them.” More than 400 local students will participate in the 32nd Annual 4-H and FFA Stock Show, said director Kenneth Fey. Judging for the more than 900 animals in the stock show runs today through Friday, and animals will be sold at the I p.m. auction Saturday. Livestock show preparation requires seven-day a week dedication and often can be costly for the students and families involved. But the experience gained by the participants is well-worth the effort, said Cheryl Galloway, whose daughter, Melis- ;