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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 149 No. 84    14    pages    in    2    sections    March    23,    2000    DAY    Gomai    CountY    sincc    1852 50 centsLegislative conference reception honors Archer By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer The 34th Annual Texas Legislative Conference kicks off tonight at 7 with a reception honoring Texan of the Year U.S. Congressman Bill Archer. Friday’s events include several panel discussions on topics such as health care reform, the census and the upcoming November election. Tickets are available for the event and can be bought at the door for $45 per day. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. sponsors the conference to famil- The 34th Annual Texas Legislature Conference schedule/3 A. iarize residents with their elected officials. About 500 people are expected to attend the event at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Special guests include Lt. Governor Rick Perry, Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney, State Senator J.E. “Buster” Brown, State Senator Jeff Wentworth, State Senator Judith Zaffirini, State Represen tative Edmund Kuempel and more. The event is co-sponsored by Enron Corp., Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-Op, Inc., Lower Colorado River Authority, PacifiCare of Texas, Reliant Energy Entex and Southwestern Bell. Committee chair Ray Perry man said the caliber of speakers at the event typically attracts community leaders, city and county officials, business leaders and legislators from throughout the state. “This conference has become a very prestigious event in the state and at the national level,” he said. Candidates set for May 6 city, school elections ‘A well-regulated militia, being necessary; to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Under the gun Doc’s Guns owner Mike Cantu-Withoff demonstrates how a thin, nail-size key, inserted in the back of the gun, unlocks this revolver. Cantu-Withoff says he offers simple, basic safety instructions with each gun he sells. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald- Zeitung Store owners question Smith & Wesson agreement By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer duction handgun manufacturer, signed an unprecedented agreement Friday with the Clinton administration. The company promised along with other stipulations, to make its handguns more childproof by including safety locks and contributing to the development of “smart gun” technology in exchange for protection against pending and 5726 Morningside Drive. “It may reduce the amount of lawsuits against Smith & Wesson, but its not going to have an impact one way or another other places.” One problem with the agreement is that the new, more childproof safety locks could defeat the ability of an individual’s right to defend themselves, said Mike Cantu-Withoff, By Heather Todd and Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writers Comal County residents are vying for several city council seats in Bulverde, Garden Ridge and New Braunfels for the upcoming May 6 election.    Local Wednesday was »    «. tile last day for local EteCtlOllS candidates to file in three city elections and one school district race. Comal County residents will elect two new representatives to the New Braunfels City Council, a mayor and five aldermen to the Bulverde City Council and three members to the Garden Ridge City' Council. Comal Independent School District patrons in single-member districts 1,2 and 5 also will elect representatives to the board Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2. New Braunfels City Council Residents in New Braunfels will elect two new representatives for districts 3 and 4, currently represented by Randy Vansto-ry and Jan Kotylo, respectively. While both are eligible to run again, neither plan to. In the District 4 race, candidates are Mary Cameron Wall, director of managed care at Alamo City Medical Group; retired architect Robert Kendrick; and life insurance agent Dave Pryor. Debbie Flume, a self-employed businesswoman, Don Talley, a special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Gale O’Hara Pospisil, a residential real estate appraiser, have filed in the District 3 race. A candidate must receive more than 51 percent of the vote to w in the election; if not, the top two candidates will face off' in a runoff election. Comal Independent School District Three seats are up for election on the Comal Independent School District’s board of trustees in May. The school district is divided into seven single-member districts, each represented by a member of the board of trustees.Two PACS file treasurer reports By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer Let the campaigning begin. Two groups of residents have filed campaign treasurer reports for political action committees with the city, allowing them to collect and spend more than $500 for political purposes. A political action committee — a group of two or more people accepting political contributions or making political expenditures — must file a campaign treasury report before it accepts or spends more than $500. Residents can file the reports any time before the election. Taxpayers for Prop.5 and 6, a group supporting the sports complex and activity center bond propositions, filed Wednesday and have plans to spend $ 1,000 on local newspaper advertising. “We just want to inform the people, explain what’s all involved,” NewSee PAC/4A For 2000, only patrons in single-member districts 1,2 and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election. As of Monday, District 2 trustee Dan Krueger, District I trustee Dora Gonzales and District 5 trustee Lester W. Jonas have filed to run for reelection. CISD patron and former board member Carl Deraid LaRue and Spring Branch resident Rose Cervin filed to run against Jonas for the district 5 seat. No one has filed against Krueger or Gonzales. Bulverde City Council Mayoral candidate Donald Weidow is cliallenging Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton inSee CANDIDATES/4A Smarter, safer guns of the future courtesy of Smith & Wesson and the federal government might be available to consumers soon but many local retailers are saying the agreement is heavy on political “warm frizzles” and light on sweeping social reform. Smith & Wesson, the nation’s highest pro future lawsuits. Many local gun retailers question whether the agreement is just a smoke screen or a glimmer of hope on the horizon for gun-con-trol advocates. “It’s more feel-good public bologna than anything,” said Matt Bettersworth, General Manager of Hill Country Rifle Company, owner of Doc’s Guns, 1111 N. Walnut Avenue. “The downside is (the safety features) make it difficult to operate a gun in an emergency,” Cantu-Withoff said. “A safe gun is not always a shooting gun.” See GUN/3 ACervin runs for CISD position Flume seeks NB council seat By Heather Todd Staff Writer Spring Branch resident Rose Cervin Wednesday added her to the list of candidates seeking the district 5 seat on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees. Filing for the May 6 trustee election ended Wednesday. Five people are seeking three places on the board in May. Three have filed for the district 5 seat, including incumbent Lester W. Jonas and Comal County resident Carl Deraid LaRue. District 2 trustee Dan Krueger and District I trustee Dora Gonzales also filed for reelection. No one filed to run against Gonzales or Krueger. If nobody files as a write-in candidate by 5 p.m. March 27, the board could declare Gonzales and Krueger w inners of their respective districts. Early voting begins April 19 and ends May 2. The school district is divided into seven sin-gle-member districts; each represented by a board of trustee member. For 2000, only patrons in single-member districts 1,2 and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election. Cervin, a 16-year the Comal County-area resident, said she is running for off ice to continue her district involvement and to focusSee CISD/3A By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer Within an hour of the deadline Wednesday, a self-employed businesswoman filed for the District 3 New Braunfels City Council seat, currently represented by Randy Vansto- ry- Debbie Flume, 39, joins Gale O’Hara Pospisil, 54, a residential real estate appraiser, and Don Talley, 44, a special agent w itll the Immigration and Naturalization Service, in the race. Vanstory said he would not seek re-election in order to devote more time to his business. Filing for District 3 and 4 started Feb. 22 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave., and ended 5 p.m. Wednesday. The election is Saturday, May 6. Voter registration cards tell each patron his single-member district. Early voting begins April 19 and ends May 2. District 3 is split by North Walnut Avenue and bordered by Landa Street to the south, the city limits outside Loop 337 to the westSee COUNCIL/3A FLUME Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics...............................3B Crossword..........................SA Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports  ......................1-2B Today.................................2A Television............................38 Key Code 76 ;