New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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•0210 character WNI consumate relationship
NEW YORK (AP) — Tori Spelling’s virginal character on “Beverly Hills, 9021 O’’ will finally succumb to the charms of her first love, TV Guide reports.
While nearly all of the other characters have had active sex lives, Donna Martin — played by Spelling — has remained chaste for the show’s seven-year run.
But in the show's season finale, to air in May on Fox, Donna and longtime boyfriend David Silver — played by Brian Austin Green — will consummate their relationship, columnist Mark Schwed reports in the April 12 issue of the magazine.
Union, arts center atm caught up In dispute
PROVIDENCE, R I. (AP) — Even the devil himself couldn't end a dispute between a musicians’ union and the Providence Performing Aits Center.
Jerry Lewis, who plays the devil in the musical “Damn Yankees,” spoke to both sides but had no luck ending the two-year quarrel. Pickets went up outside the theater before Tuesday’s opening night performance and were back up Wednesday night.
The American Federation of Musicians said they would remain until the show leaves Sunday.
“We came here to do a show,” Lewis said. “We didn’t come here for the nonsense of unions, negotiations and all that garbage. ... This show will go on.”
The union wants an agreement with the theater recognizing it as local musicians’ exclusive bargaining representative. The theater claims the union really wants the center to hire the musicians as employees so they can get benefits.
A story in Wednesday’s edtion of the Herald-Zeitung stated tire New Braunfels Community Chorale spring concert would be held Sunday. The concert is actually scheduled for April 13.
WORD will seek constant release from Canyon Dam
By DAVK) DEKUNDER
SATTLER — Wanting to have a constant release of water into the Guadalupe River for the upcoming tourist season, the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District will send a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it to change its current operations on how it releases water from Canyon Dam.
The WORD board voted Wednesday night to send a letter drafted by its Governmental Affairs Committee to the Corps of Engineers outlining a plan in which a constant flow of water would be made available to outfitters and businesses along the Guadalupe River for the 1997 season.
“Ideally we are asking for 3S0 cubic feet per second unless drought conditions dictate it; otherwise, we would want IOO cfs added to the inflow for 105 days through the tourist season,” board member and river outfitter Zero Rivers said.
WORD is asking the Corps of Engineers to provide the release from May 16, a week before the Memorial Day weekend starts, to early September. That time length would equal about 105 days.
WORD will submit the letter to the Corps of Engineers and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority immediately. Rivers said Corps of Engineer officials have indicated that it will take them two weeks to respond to the request once they have received the letter.
Businesses which depend on the river have clamored for the change in release rates because many suffered through last summer’s drought in which GBRA was forced to drastically reduce outflows from Canyon Dam.
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WORD is asking the Corps to save two feet of spring rainwater for recreational purposes.
Al Zator, owner of Little
Ponderosa River Outfitters, said the 350 cfs will be water friendly for both tubers and rafters.
“It is kind of in the middle,” Zator said. “People in rafts would like it to be higher, but 350 cfs is fine for rafting and great for tubing. Of course people like it real high but from a safety standpoint and from the fact we have kids and people who have never rafted before, 350 (cfs) is perfect.”
Jane Lackey, owner of Riverbank Outfitters, said any constant outflow is good for the safety of tubers and rafters.
“Constant outflow is good for safety but it is impractical because the water levels are constantly changing,” Lackey said. “If we have big rains they would let out more water, if we have a drought they would release less water.”
Secretary Scott Watson said WORD’S request for a constant river flow will not only benefit tubers but other people as well.
“It is not just for the tourist season,” Watson said. “The water level will help maintain the trout fishery.”
“It is certainly for all of Comal County,” Rivers said. “It will improve wildlife and improve safety; people will know what is out there.” In other business, the bored appointed an ad hoc committee to be headed by Lackey which will look for ways in which businesses along River Road can be promoted more effectively.
Lackey said the current River Road map showed outfitters along the river needs to be updated and that more recognition to River Road as a recreational area needs to be given.
“Every business in New Braunfels is questioned, ‘How do we get to River Road and where do we go,’” she said. “You could take a brochure and pick your own business. If it is sanctioned by WORD, every business will work with us.
“There is very little signage for River Road. We need TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) to say, ‘Hey, there is another recreational district here. Nobody has any idea what they will find when they drive down there.”Homes
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NBU, city relationship now in AG’s hands
By ABE LEVY
Lawyers for New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels forwarded an official request to the attorney general last *cek to clarify the relationship of authority between the two entities, officials said Tuesday.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom suggested the legal opinion this past fall to address long-standing questions regarding ownership of property and employment policies.
Because the issues affect to two related governmental agencies, a letter outlining the questions was sent to State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin who is expected to make the formal request to the attorney general this week.
Cullom said an opinion request usually takes from six months to one year to complete but that she is asking for it to be expedited.
The opinion should clarify the city charter that since 1942 has given control and management of the city’s utility system to NBU, officials said.
While the city owns land that NBU purchases for its operations, NBU retains management and control of the purchased land related to utility operations.
NBU Attorney John Dierksen said he does not know whether the request deals with questions within the attorney general’s jurisdiction since it deals with interpretation of an ordinance and not statutory issues, he said.
He said he is optimistic that if they consider the request it will emphasize NBU’s delegated control of property and employment policies.
“I am hopeful that it will clarify it,” he said. “However it comes out we arc committed to the outcome.”
City officials have said the questions became more apparent this past summer when the city was
searching for a suitable property to build a new library.
At that time they were considering Comal Park, a 44.42-acre plot located in east New Braunfels, that NBU acquired with plans for expansion of nearby sewer treatment plants.
While NBU has paid for insurance of the land and includes it on a list of real estate assets, the city parks department lists the land as one its 16 parks, and leases its five softball fields and one baseball field to the Adult Softball Association.
NBU officials said they need to be able to buy land and use it for the utility’s benefit for trading or expansion of its existing facilities.
But city officials contend that because NBU has not incorporated the land into its system for more than 25 years, the city has the right to sell the property.
Seven former fraternity members named in arrest warrants for hazing pledges
AUSTIN (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued against seven former members of a University of Texas fraternity accused of hazing.
Police say the members of Pi Kappa Alpha used cattle prods to shock pledges md burned diem with cigarettes.
Officers said that when one pledge came forward to report the hazing incidents, he was assaulted by one member and threatened with a baseball bat by another.
There are also reports of paddling, humiliation, a forced trip to a secret
location and being given food laced with cayenne pepper, police said.
Court documents filed on Wednesday said another pledge suspected of betraying the organization by reporting hazing had his toes broken.RaceHunt
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Cochnauer, a bookkeeper, said she decided to jump into the mayor’s race after she read comments made by Million thy the reason no one had filed for mayor before Wednesday was that citizens liked the way the city was being run.
“I would like to see things run the way they are supposed to,” Cochnauer said. “We are supposed to have a well informed council. I have seen Mr. Mil-likin take what should be a IO hour per week voluntary position into 60 houri. He basically lives at city hall and micro manages city government. We finally need to get back to a mayor who takes a back seat to the city council and lets the city council run the city .”
Minikin, who has been mayor for five years, decided not to run this year. The mayor said he is considering filing for the position of city administrator, which the city council re-established in January.
Minikin** consideration of the city administrator post concerns Cochnauer
“It is irritating that he is putting himself in the position to be city administrator," she said. “There is no rush to appoint a city administrator. I don’t think they have been fair. The appli
cations have been sent to the mayor. It is a definite conflict of interest I think there should be more equal opportunity ”
Minikin said he had submitted advertisements for the position to Texas Municipal League magazine. He said the publication will run the ad for six months. He is forwarding the applications to the city secretary to avoid any conflict of interest, Im said.
So far, Minikin said, two people have submitted applications for the position because of news reports stating the city's desire to create the position.
Cochnauer, an eight-year resident who lives at 9392 Garden Ridge Drive, said she warns to have more discussions between the city council and the citizens on the important issues facing the city, such as water.
“I would like to have an open, honest diteusston on the issues.” Coe ha na urr said.
Harris, 67, said he decided to seek his third term because citizens urged him to run again.
“The biggest issue will be water conservation and how to provide adequate water to meet our developments,” Harris said. “We need to do more to encourage people to conserve.”
Loft* could not be reached for comment.
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egg will be hidden for each of the three age groups that can be turned in for a full-sized Easter basket,
The Easter Bunny is also scheduled to greet the eager children during the hunt, which entices some participants to arrive an hour early.
Organizers said the volunteers form a human chain to keep the anxious children — armed with baskets, plastic bags and other creative containers — from starting prematurely.
Once tile buzzer sounds, the race begins.
“It s like ants at a picnic,” said List Morris, the city's recreational superintendent, who coordinated the event “They do get really excited to see the candy out there and want to go get it” Tho adult volunteers watch aa two hours of laying candy throughout the park area is reduced to five minuses by a couple hundred, candy-filled-plea-sure-seeking kids.
Organizers said that despite the frenzy. they will make sure every child receives some festive candy.
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