New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
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Solar halo ‘freaks out’ residents
A friend of Della Espinoza emailed her this photo of the solar halo Wednesday.
By Greg Bowen
The office workers at Dr. Frank Hampel Jr.’s office on Landa Street turned their faces up to the sky at around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday to see the phenomenon that had residents across the city talking:
A wide, dark ring creating a halo around the sun.
A family member of staffer Shelby Guenther called and told that she and her colleagues should go out and take a
“What’s going on is the sun is shining through a layer of cirrus clouds. As the sun’s rays are passing through the cirrus, they’re hitting the ice crystals within the clouds and that’s causing the light to refract off the crystals — and that’s what’s causing the halo around the sun.’’
CHRIS MORRIS, National Weather Service meterologist
gander at the sun.
“That’s weird,” said Charlotte Baker, squinting up. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like an alien ship’s landing over the top of the sun.”
Co-worker June Walker put a pair of sunglasses over her phone and snapped a photo that she showed around.
"Email that to me,” said Cindy All-man, whose own phone-cam attempt
Mayoral hopefuls square off
Dias, Pospisil differ on many major issues facing New Braunfels
By Greg Bowen
Mayoral candidates Jason Dias and Gale Pospisil couldn’t find much to agree on during a Wednesday candidates' foTurn sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Pospisil said she doesn’t think putting city police under the civil service umbrella is in the best interest of New Braunfels.
Dias said he’s already voted in favor of civil serv-ice status for police officers. Dias said he’s
against tearing down an old building to make room for downtown parking. Pospisil said surely an old building past its useful life could be found and converted into open space for parking.
Pospisil said not considering the possible future need for an outer loop around the city would be like “putting our heads in the sand.” Dias said he doesn’t believe an outer loop will be needed by the future mix of residents: young entrepreneurs and retired baby boomers.
Dias said the city hires too many consultants for tasks that could be done by staff because having a consultant gives the city manager and staff someone to blame if things go wrong. Pospisil said using consultants is often a faster and more cost-effective way to get things done because it allows staff to be kept to a minimum while allowing speedier progress on such things as the development of the many drainage projects on the drawing board.
PospisU said the expansion of the city’s parks is die city’s most pressing need beyond drainage.
Dias said he thought the most pressing need, after drainage, concerns the city
See FORUM, Page 8
SOPHIENBURG SEEKS HISPANIC ITEMS
Hilda Medina, left, Linda Dietert and Domingo Medina look over the few documents in the Hispanic heritage collection Wednesday at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Hispanic collection needs work
By Marilyn Kuehler
Two slim manila folders are all that exist of the New Braunfels Hispanic cultural collection at Sophienburg Archives and Museum of History.
But that’s about to change.
Sophienburg Executive Director Linda Dietert and Domingo Medina, president of the new Comal County Hispanic Council, are joining forces to increase that collection and preserve the long history
of the Hispanic community in New Braunfels.
“We have very littie,” Dietert said. “It’s a real hole in our collection.”
The history of German families fills shelves at the Sophienburg. The museum also has a collection of African-American history in the area.
But the Hispanic collection needs work. Dietert wants to spread the word that the Sophienburg “is a great place to leave” family memorabilia for historic preservation.
Medina agrees. Today’s holiday
of Cinco de Mayo is a good time for Hispanic families in New Braunfels to reflect on cultural preservation.
“Our culture is being lost,’’ he said. “We want to keep our (New Braunfels) culture alive and recognized.”
On Wednesday, Dietert, Medina and his mother, Hilda Medina, head of CCHC’s Heritage Committee, sifted through the two manila folders.
See HERITAGE, Page 8
Bikers roll into town for annual Rally on the River
Herald-Zeitung file photo
Bill Pelton paints a pinstripe on a Harley-Davidson Cross Bones motorcycle owned by Wally Dauley during Rally on the River on April 29, 2010.
By Will Wright
The first week of May usually ushers in the steady buzz of motorcycles, whose riders will be gunning their engines for the Texas Rally on the River this weekend.
Comal County Fairgrounds will host the event, which begins today and runs through Sunday. Admission is $10 for the entire weekend, and gates will open at noon today and at 8 a.m. daily through Sunday.
to capture the event failed.
Across town, Della Espinoza was having lunch with mom Gabriela Velez in Comal Town when Gabriela noticed the oddity in the heavens.
“She said, ‘Put your sunglasses on and you can see it,’ ” said Della. “It freaked me out. It’s scary — like somebody’s going to come and get us.”
Della hit the laptop and found that her friends were posting photos of the halo on Facebook.
See HALO, Page 8
► THE CITY VS. NB AERO
Feds get involved in airport fuel flap
Congressman’s office: FAA seeks facts in matter
By Greg Bowen
Federal and state authorities have become involved in the ongoing fuel flap at city-owned New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division are “interested in obtaining factual, supporting documentation pertaining to allegations in this matter,” according to an email from the FAA to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s office.
The fuel flap began in early March, when New Braunfels Aero Service, a private firm operating at the airport under a lease agreement with the city, took delivery of a load of fuel.
The city claims the fuel was a nonaviation fuel and that its storage and sale by NB Aero was illegal and unsafe. Cross-contamination of fuels can fatally compromise the operation of an aircraft engine, the city said in a court filing.
City officials obtained a restraining order to stop sale and use of the disputed product and confiscated an NB Aero fuel-hauling truck for testing of the contents.
The matter remains unresolved in District Court.
Also, a criminal investigation into the source and quality of the product is under way by the district attorney’s office in Guadalupe County, where the airport is located.
See AIRPORT, Page 8
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■ RELATED: Schedule of events, Page 8
A variety of events are planned, including lots of music, food, camping and other activities. Roger Hammel, who is organizing the event along with Trevor Bird of Gruene Harley-Davidson and others, said he’s expecting about 7,500 motorcycle enthusiasts, most of them from South Central Texas.
See RALLY, Page 8
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