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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY JPS___BSSfc $*t * Tjr>»Former Spur visits local school children. See Page 7.New Braunfels I    -v '*0332    1*1009    10/22/99 s 0 •••• W £ S T iY! I c R 0 P u B I.. IS HIN G 2627 E YANDALL DK EL PASO, TX 79903- 14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 15,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Donna Suroddbi Vol. 145, No. 131 Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports............................ 7 Comics.........................................8 Marketplace...........................10-14 Dear Abby......................................3 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Georgia Brooks, Sylvia Segovia, Andrea Martinez (8 years old), Jeremy Berg, Donna Sureddin, Ton! Garcia (15 years old), Antanado Garcia, bradley Brandenburg (18 years old). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold —2,318 Oak —4 Pecan —trace Grass —52 River Information Comal River — 270 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.02 feet above sea level, down .02 from Wednesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 1,030 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 831 Canyon Lake level — 910.55 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.528 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 867,000 mMion gallons of wen water were used aqGbbIIP So long to sunshine for rn couple days It looks like the skies will remain cloudy today, tonight and tomorrow with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms looming High temperature today is expected in the mid-80s and the overnight low will be in the upper 60s. A southerly breeze-of 5 to 10 mph will keep things a bit more pleasant. It would be nice to say the weather will improve for Friday, but it looks to be a carbon copy of today. So much for spillgate maintenance Dam and spillgate maintenance scheduled to begin May 12 at the Dunlap hydroelectric plant has been delayed because of increased release rates from Canyon Lake. Larry Moltz, manager of hydro operations, said GBRA will start the routine maintenance and inspection process when the lake s releases are reduced to 700 cubic feet per second, and will complete as much work as possible before May 23. During this time, residents and users of Lake Dunlap should be aware that lake levels may be up to 18 inches below normal. Moltz advises anyone using Lake Dunlap between now and May 23 to be aware that lower lake levels can expose debris and other potential hazards normally underwa ter, and to use extra caution when engaging in water recreation activities. Lake Dunlap will be returning to its normal pool level for Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 Moltz said the delayed start a the project may have to force GBRA to extend the maintenance project into late May or early June. The public is advised that scheduled operations may be canceled or adjusted in the event of adverse weather con ditions. For more information about what's happening in the New Braunfels area see Stammtisch and We're Meeting on Page 9 HerakJ-Zeitung Photo by Chris Crews Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, left, Canyon Lake EMS Director Doug Rogers and Chief Jail Administrator Jim Middleton stand beside an ambulance donated by the EMS to the sheriff’s dspartment. The vehicle has been converted for use in the county’s Inmate Work Program. Inmate program reaps benefits of cooperation By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Cooperation between two county agencies has allowed the Comal County Sheriff’s Department to expand a successful program while the Canyon Lake EMS was able to rid itself of outdated equipment. The EMS donated a 1984 Dodge ambulance to the sheriff’s department which the department converted for use in its Inmate Work Program. The program allows county jail inmates to perform labor for the county in exchange for reduced time on their jail sentences. Doug Rogers, administrator of the Canyon Lake EMS, said the vehicle was still in good shape and had low mileage, but new regulations made the vehicle unusable for emergency services by his agency. “It was taking up garage space and we had no practical use for (the ambulance),” Rogers said. “I heard that the sheriff needed a vehicle, so I got on the phone and aller a couple of calls we got the ball rolling.” Sheriff' Bob Holder said that he was “extremely grateful” for the contribution. Holder stressed that the cooperation between the agencies pro- ‘I think it is wonderful that wa could work together rather than have a group of administrators worried about their turf. We share an obligation to the public and it is incumbent on us to make every effort to work for the public interest and control costs.’ — Bob Holder Comal County sheriff vided a service to the public while eliminating unnecessary costs. “I think it is wonderful that we could work together rather than hav e a group of administrators worried about their turf',” Holder said. “ We share an obligation to the public and it is incumbent on us to make every effort to work for the public interest and control costs ” Holder said that the Inmate Work Program had exceeded expectations and that it provided cost effective labor for the county. Jim Middleton, chief jail administrator for Comal County, said the vehicle would allow him to transport more prisoners to a work site. He said that the Inmate Work Program was successfully tested as a pilot program in March and now was funded through the end of the year. "The program serves a twofold purpose — it gives inmates something to do and helps with their self esteem,” Middleton said. “It also provides a source of cheap labor for the county.” Middleton said the vehicle would allow the program to expand to seven inmates per day and would require rally one armed county employee to supervise the inmates. He said that the program currently provided labor for the rural recycling program and for picking up trash on county roads. For every two days an inmate works in the program, he has one day reduced from his sentence. Sheriff Holder said that the program would become eligible for Texas Department of Corrections grants in 1998, but he said that he might prefer to keep the program local and avoid the red tape associated with state and federal money. “If we can install a program like this on a county-wide basis, we can set our own standards and guidelines,” Holder said. 2 more leave NBISD Templeton, Seifert take jobs with Keller ISD New library should Tit in9 with the community By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer This week New Braunfelsers got a first-hand look at their new library. Drawings of the new library, which will be built on Common Street across from the Comal County Fairgrounds, are now being displayed at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library on Magazine Ave. Outside architectural designs of the 25,581 square foot, $3 million library show that it will be built of white limestone, stucco and have a standing seam galvanized metal roof. Library Director Vicki Hocker said the new library’s design will fit with the Former spouse feces charges in stabbing By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A woman who allegedly stabbed the wife of her former husband last weekend was arrested by Comal County authorities Wednesday and taken to the Comal County Jail. Kelly Gaye Dasher, 33, was arrested at the San Antonio State Hospital and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was then taken to the Comal County Jail where her bond was set at $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez, said Lt. Dennis Koepp of the Sheriff"s Office. Kelly Dasher is charged with stabbing 36 year-old Yvonne Dasher once in the back Saturday morning in the home of Gary and Y vonne Dasher on Appaloosa Street in the Stallion Springs subdivision off PM 32 near Canyon Lake. Yvonne Dasher was released from University Hospital on Tuesday. Koepp said Kelly Dasher had been temporarily living with her exhusband and his wife since May 8. The stabbing occurred when the two women got into an altercation, Koepp said. “The suspect (Kelly Dasher) attempted to cut her wrist,” Koepp said. Kelly Dasher was sent to McKenna Hospital for treatment of her wrist wounds and was later transferred to the San Antonio State Hospital. By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Bringing the total to four, two more New Braunfels school district administrators are headed for Keller Independent School District near Fort Wrath, school officials said this week. Assistant Principal of New Braunfels High School Judith Seifert will be the district’s director of secondary education and Manager of Transportation Bob Templeton will be the new coordinator of demographics and planning. The moves are subject to approval by the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees that officials said was expected at its next meeting Tuesday. Keller trustees approved the new positions at their regular meeting Monday. Seifert and Templeton join two other NBISD administrators who recently resigned for Keller jobs; Karen Simpson, current interim high school * principal, and Ken McGuire, current middle school principal. Former Superintendent. Charles Bradberry was the first administrator to join Keller in January and said he looked forward to working with Seifert and Templeton. “I’m excited, especially to work with people who are extremely talented,” he said. “They arc the best at what they do.” Bradberry said that while there were additional positions open at Keller, he did not know of any other New Braunfels applicants. The new job announcements bring the total to six administrators who have left New Braunfels for other jobs since Bradberry left. Jane MacDonald, principal of Carl Schurz, left to be the high school principal for the Wylie school district, which its trustees approved this past Monday. Former Director of Curriculum Ellen Bell left in January to become the director of professional development for the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin. Seifert started at the New Braunfels school district 16 years ago, coming from O’fallon, Mo., officials said. She was an English Department head and then became the assistant principal of the high school in 1985. School officials said she was in a conference Thursday morning and was unavailable for comment. Simpson, who will begin this sum- Tum to Lsavs, Page 2 community. “It will reflect the traditional architecture of the community,” Hocker said. The new library will feature two study rooms for up to four people, a larger reference area, a children's area, a space for a used book shop for the Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library, a better public meeting room and much needed space. “The public meeting room will be larger,” Hocker said. “We currently seat 50, the new one will seat 75 and have a kitchenette adjacent to it.” The new library will be twice as large as the 11,000 square foot Dittlinger Memorial Library. This drawing shows tbs front vlaw of tbs now 28,581 squats foot, 83 million library which will bs built on Common Strsst Search for a cure. See Page 4 ;