New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139. No. 128
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home
of Samuel Martinez
May 16, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Heraldic Hung wishes “happy birthday” today to Adam Martinez, Stacy Mueller, Katie Weaver, Marie Offerman, Dennis Bryan, Tressie Russell, Johnnie Marshall, Cash Hermes, Mitchell Davis Schultz and Avis Mittwede.
Belated best wishes to Arthur Brinkkoeter, Juan Aleman Jr. and Andrew Perez Nyecus.
“Happy anniversary” today to Mark and Elsa Garza, Lloyd and Doris Wcstervelt, Carl and Connie Hand and Leo and Lucy DeLeon.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.
Model to speak
New Braunfels Service League will welcome Elsa Rosborough, a model, actress, and lecturer. May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard Street. She will discuss personal potential direction.
City street construction crews are at work on the entire length of Seidel Street today. It was expected to reopen about 5 p.m.
Lakeview Boulevard from Austin to Torrey streets will be closed for about a week as New Braunfels Utilities workers lay pipe to the under-construction surface water treatment plant.
Several Saturday events will benefit Project Graduation, which provides substance-free graduation night parties at each of the county’s three high schools.
Canyon High School students will conduct a car wash on the Wal-Mart parking lot from IO a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday. New Braunfels High School students will conduct a fajita cook-off at the Ole Mill Stream from 10:30 ajn. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $2.
The 1991 Concert in the Park series, sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and local businesses, kicks off at 7:30 pan. tonight at the Lands Park dance slab. The rock group Revival Brothers will perform.
Christ the King Confessional Lutheran Church will sponsor a rummage sale and bale sale from 1-6 pan. Sunday at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal.
Meet the candidate
Voters can meet City Council candidate Susan Curtis at a Get Out the Vote Rally from IO un. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Eagles Hall parking lot. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 629-3624 or 620-7509.
A crime watch organizational meeting for the River Oaks Property Owners Association will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ben Friedel residence. All residents of the subdivision are urged to attend and to bring folding chairs.
Persons interested in preserving history, or enhancing the German culture of New Braunfels are invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. today of the New Braunfels German Fdlkdancers. The meeting place is 8m STAM MUSCH, Page 2
A chance of afternoon showers punctuates a forecast today through Saturday of highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. In New Braunfels Wednesday, the high was 88 and the overnight low was 71. Only a trace of rain was recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 7 am. today. For additional weather information, see Page 2A.
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Just a little kiss
Waste bill forwarded to Senate
New Braunfels Middle School teacher Myra Lee Goff kisses, above, and then recoils from “Jaws," an iguana she was called into contact with at Wednesday’s faculty-student softball game. Goff was chosen for the dubious honor by collecting the most votes — at a cost of 25 cents each — from students raising funds for an Odyssey of the Mind team trip to world competition in Knoxvil Ie, Tenn., May 23-25. OM students lost to the teachers in a close 2 1 game (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
Legislation that would place a two-year moratorium on the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns was tentatively passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday.
“It has passed the House and it’s heading to the Senate and hopefully we’ll get it passed in the Senate with no amendments and we’ll be off and running,” said Rep. Edmund Kucm-pcl, sponsor of the legislation, known as House Bill 420.
The bill is up for a third and final reading today, which Kucmpcl called a formality.
Kucmpcl, R-Scguin, said the intent of the moratorium is to give two years for the regulations to catch up to the technology of burning hazardous waste in cement kilns, therefore stalling the process of industries securing permits from state agencies.
“All we did was put a moratorium on it to try to study it and find out where we’re going and hopefully we can come up with a solution,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of friends that had confidence in what I was doing and they looked at it and felt like a two-year moratorium was the right way to do it ... It’s been an uphill battle the whole way.”
The bill, if passed in the Senate, would affect die Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systcch Environmental
The bill is up for a third and final reading today.
Corp. from obtaining permits from the Texas Water Commission and Texas Air Control Board in the next two years to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant, outside New Braunfels.
But, officials of Lafarge and Systcch initiated their own moratorium, earlier this year, calling for an environmental assessment of their prop oscd project, putting their permits on hold. Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio will perform the assessment.
One amendment was tacked onto House Bill 420 Wednesday by Rep. Talmadgc Heflin, R-Houston. The amendment stated: ‘The Air Control Board shall adopt new rules regarding incinerator emissions and make recommendations to the 73rd Legislature concerning pollution prevention legislation that could significantly reduce the volume of hazardous waste requiring disposal in the slate ”
Kucmpcl said he expects senators Bill Sims, D-San Angelo, and Judith Zaffinni, D-Larcdo, will co-sponsor House Bill 420 in die Senate.
“I feel fairly sure we will gel it by in the senate,” he said.
WORD board focuses on crime issues
GBRA’s releases from Canyon Lake, recent equipment acquisitions discussed
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Staff Writ*
The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors met Wednesday evening to discuss water conservation, recreation and crime.
During the meeting, Preiss Heights subdivision resident Jim Williams expressed his concern over pirating.
“There’s a pirate problem at Hueco Springs and Slumber Falls," said Williams. ... “We have to guard our own park.... Traffic comes off the river ... and law enforcement isn’t effective.”
Williams said local boat owners
frequently are burglarized during the heavy influx of summer tourists.
“People go on vacation to come down here (New Braunfels) and loot boats.” Williams voiced his concern during the public comment portion of the meeting. He added that during the tourist season, minors drink alcohol freely and tourists dump trash in the river.
Betty Walls, WORD administrator, said, ‘The biggest problem last year was we didn’t feel... law enforcement was sensitive to the conditions.”
The board has budgeted $15,000 dollars for law enforcement and security purposes. To augment security,
WORD has purchased four boats and one mick for needed patrols. Walls said there will be four officers paroling the water and another officer patrol ing the roadways surrounding the river Hie officers, volunteers from local law enforcement agencies, are given specific training in boating and eniergencey medical care.
She suggested that the public voice its concern over seasonal crime by contacting the sheriff’s office and writing letters to local newspapers.
T he board also discussed its continuing battle with the Guadalupe— Blanco River Authority. Walls said GBRA released “double the amount
of water that comes into the lake” during pans of of March. She added that GBRA is “drawing the lake down and us critical to the tounst element.” Walls said the board will continue to discuss the matter with the execuuve director of GBRA.
In other business:
• The board is in the process of producing 30-60 second water safety messages for cable television, but could not agree on how much to spend on the video project.
• The board ageed to spend up to $200 dollars (Hi safety stripes in certain areas where divers are unaware of boats. The Board also agreed to spend
up to $350 dollars lo help fund nonprofit water oriented festivals. The board also approved spending $ 1,000 dollars for two of its members to travel to an American Rivers Conference. T he board noted that its budget for the first quarter of this year had increased over die first quarter of last year.
T he meeting began with a discussion of minutes from the April 17 meeting.
The board also discussed the River Awareness Festival, May 31-June I, that will focus on a river district clean up and educating the public about water conservation and water safety.
Peace officers’ memorial fundraising effort begins
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Fund-raising efforts have begun for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial.
The goals of the memorial are to reflect reverence in honor of those officers who have lost their lives in service to their community, compassion for the loss suffered by their families, and (Hide in those who presently serve as members of the law enforcement profession.
The memorial will be located on the northeast side of the Capitol Corn plex in Austin Tile names of all law
enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dating back to 1836 will be listed on the memorial.
The sixteen-member Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial advisory committee is chaired by Dan Morales, Ador ncy General of Texas and includes L. Charles Billings of die Sendero Oil Co. of Canyon Lake.
“This is really a worthy effort,” Billings said. ‘Texas was one of the only states that didn’t have (a memorial).”
The public fund raising began with a $6,000 donation to the committee on
April 30 by the Brazoria County Peace Officers Association.
“We’re going to need about $75,000 in seed money lo get started, with a total cost of $2 million."
Some of the seed money will be used to launch a statewide contest to pick the design of die memorial, according lo Billings.
Locally, fund raising elloi is are just getting organized. Billings said he expects diere to be a fund-raising dinner here as well as other activities. Anyone uitcrsled should contact Mr Billings at (512) 964-2624.
Drug charge among indictments
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A Comal County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday including one to a New Braunfels woman on drug charges.
Anita Ybarra, 39, of the 200 block of McGaugh Avenue was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.
Other New Braunfels residents indicted were Dorothy Ritchie, 44, of the 300 block of Castlewood, on charges of theft by check and Domingo Hernandez, 20, of Route 6, on charges of impersonating a peace officer.
Also indicted were two Schertz. men on charges of burglary of a habi union. Indicted were Marcus Romero, 19, and Bradley Ryken, 19.
Other indictments handed down Tuesday include:
• Gerald Shoemaker, 36, of Route I, DWI, subsequent offense
• Roland Rodriguez^ 20, of the 2000 block of West Katy. DWL subsequent offense, enhancement.
• Jesse Garcia Jr., 33, of die 700 block of North Central, DWI, subsequent offense.
• Royal Adams, 19, Canyon Lake, burglary of habitation.
• Jonathan Crone, 20, Canyon I-ake, unauthorized use of vehicle.
• Felix Cuevas, 51, San Marcos, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, enhancement.
• Manuel Delgado, 17, San Antonio, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.
• Sidney Armcnt Jr., 47, Fort Worth, unauthorized use of vehicle.
• Paul Garelli, 42, Houston, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.
• Raymond Gindler, 24, Houston, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.
Plan could pull county from Zaffirinifs district
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
A redistricting plan approved by die state Senate Wednesday draws Comal arui Guadalupe counties oui of Sen. Judith Zaffirini’s district.
“ITI miss Comal because I really know how hard we work together,” said Zaffirini, D Laredo
“Quite frankly I’ve always had a very loud spot ut my heart for Comal County.”
Sen. Bill Sims, who now represents a put lion of Com a1 County, under the new plan will assume all of Comal and Guadalupe counties.
“Senator Sims is a very good man arui I believe dial diere are some residents of Comal County who simply do not understand him or know hun well," Zaffirini said. “I would urge the residents of Comal County and Guadalupe County to get to know him."
Under the redistricting plan, passed on a voice vote arui forwarded U) the House of Representatives Wednesday, Zaffirini will pick up Medina County.
Zaffirini has represented Comal County rn the 21 st Senatorial District since she was elected in 1986 when site picked up 30 percent of the votes in Comal County. When she ran against former state representative Larry Vick in 1990 she received 60 percent of the vote rn Comal County.
Lawmakers are charged with redrawing state legislative, congressional and State Board of Education boundaries once every IO years to adjust for population changes under the new U.S. Census count.
“My preference would have been to keep the identical counues arui increase the population of Bexar,” Zaffirini said.
Zaffirini currently represents the counties of: Atascosa, Bee, Bexar (part), Comal, Dimmitt, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Kuuiey, LaSal Ie, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, arui Zavala.
Sims, D-San Angelo, currently represents the counties of: Blanco, Brewster, Coke, Comal (western part), Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, El Paso (part), Gillespie, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Loving, Mason, Medina, Menard, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler.