New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in three sections ■ Friday, May 16,1997
Serving Comal County and. surrounding areas for more than 145 years ll Home of Hatton
Vol. 145, No. 132
Dear Abby....................................3AStammtischBirthday wishes from Itta Harald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Haskell Adams, Terry Buck, Cecilia Cavazos, Enriqueta Diaz Saturday), Pat Ethel, Noland toepp, Stacy Mueller (16 years old), Shawn Clennan (18 years old Saturday), Avis Mittwede, tick Thompson (40 years old), Laurence Weber, Darrell entsch (belated), Kerry Falan, Vanessa Marie Gonzales.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Lloyd and Doris Westervelt SS years), Carl and Connie land (22 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 274 cfs,up 4 from
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.02 feet above sea level, same. Canyon Dam discharge — 729 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 728 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.47 feet above level. (Above conservation pool.)
Near Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 5.840 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 791 .OOO gallons of wen water were used.Lnw Mfty lf you9!* going to San Antonio
Traffic delays on Interstate 35 will make getting to San Antonio more difficult than getting back from the Alamo city. Work crews are still erefcting barriers on southbound I-35 from Solms Road to FM 2252, reducing traffic to one lane. The barriers should be in place by next Thursday and traffic will return to two lanes.
All northbound lanes from San Antonio to New Braunfels win remain open during the construction.Haavy, humid air in the forecast today
Clouds, rain and their close relative humidity will be visitors to our fair city today and Saturday. Skies will vary from partly to mostly cloudy through Saturday, and those clouds carry with them a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through this evening. The likelihood of precipitation falls to 40 percent overnight and Saturday morning
The high today will reach the mid 80 s and fall to the mid 60 s tonight. Saturday’s temperatures should range from the upper 80’s to the upper 60 s.Cilibwtt gardening with Texas’ oldsst nursery
The oldest nursery in Texas will celebrate the spring gardening season with “Garten Tag” —- German for “garden day" — from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with seminars on plants and water conservation.
The Otto M. Locke Nursery, 2515 W San Antonio St., was founded by German immigrant Johann Joseph Locke in 1856. Locke started the nursery to produce fruit, shade and ornamental trees for settlers in New Braunfels and the surrounding area.
Judge orders fine In hazing incident
By ABE LEVY
Municipal Court Judge David Perkins ordered a Canyon High School junior to pay a total of $282 in fines and court costs after accepting a no contest plea Thursday afternoon for simple assault of a 15-year-old freshman in a January hazing ritual.
Court officials said a plea of no contest, which neither admits guilt nor disputes the court’s charges, would result in a conviction if no appeal were filed within IO days.
The defendant, an 18-year-old varsity football player, appeared in court with his mother for the arraignment and was given a one-month deadline to complete payments.
The defendant and his mother had no comment after the proceeding.
The original complaint named two
‘From what I’ve seen in the reports, no. This doesn’t fit the definition for a high offense What you have to look at is if there was injury or penetration.’
— Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer
defendants, but Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said parents of the alleged victim requested Thursday morning that one defendant be dismissed.
That request was granted later that afternoon, Boyer said, because the crux of his ability to prosecute hinged on whether citizens wanted to pursue charges.
“These are citizens’ complaints,” he said. “If a citizen does not want to pursue it, I won’t force them.”
Neither the victim nor his parents
attended the arraignment Thursday and did not return the Herald-Zeitung’s phone calls.
The defendant faced a class C misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time.
Reports of hazing spawned a Comal Independent School District investigation about two months ago and resulted in the disciplining of nine students and the suspension with pay for three days of Larry Nowotny, head football coach and athletic director.
CISD officials hired an outside
investigator to conduct a districtwide study of hazing and launched an antihazing campaign to include staff briefings and student curriculum.
During the 10-minute proceeding Boyer reminded the judge that the case should be considered more serious than other school fighting cases brought before the court.
Those cases involved willing participants while Thursday’s case included a clear victim and a defendant, he said.
When asked whether the district attorney or the county attorney should have prosecuted Thursday’s case as a higher degree of assault, Boyer said:
“From what I’ve seen in the reports, no. This doesn’t fit the definition for a high offense. What you have to look at is if there was injury or penetration. Just because you have part of the body
Herald-Zoitgng photo by David DeKundar
Canyon Intarmadiata School students perform lasts on Honey Creek water at the Honey Creak State Natural Area, from left, Daniel Toney, Oliver Pf oat, Juan Vargas and Joepeh Gomez.
Mother Nature teaches at Honey Creek
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK — Class was in session for several Canyon Intermediate sixth-graders Wednesday morning as they anxiously opened their water testing kits.
The students were learning about their environment and nature in a classroom with no doors, windows, or blackboards.
The classroom was located about 30 miles west of Canyon Intermediate at the environmentally sensitive Honey Creek State Natural Area near Guadalupe River State Park.
The school children huddled and sat on picnic tables in groups of five or six with their water monitoring test kits alongside the shaded Honey
The students were from the more than 700 Comal Independent School District sixth-graders who are participating in an outdoor education outreach program sponsored by the Friends of Guadalupe River State Park/Honey Creek State Natural Area. The sessions started May 5 and will continue until Wednesday.
Ed Gunter, volunteer instructor, guided the children as they tested the creek water.
“They really enjoy it because it is hands-on,” Gunter said. “We are trying to tie-in to their day-to-day life and to teach them how water is important. It is very rewarding knowing we are teaching something the next generation is excited about.”
The pilot program was made pos
sible through a $15,065 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
For a full day students learn about different subjects at four stations along the Honey Creek nature trail. They learn about watersheds, tree measuring, and compasses. They go on nature walks and perform water testing and bio-monitoring.
Gunter said students test for air temperature, .water temperature, acidity, dissolved solids and relative humidity.
The students observed bugs such as stoneflys, Dobsentlies, snipeflies and mayflies that live in the pristine waters of Honey Creek.
“You find out what kind of bugs are in there,” student Joseph Gomez said. "There so very small you don’t
see how they look like, but when you have a magnifying glass you get to see what they look like.” Gomez’s classmate, Kimberly Yarbrough also did not mind spending most of the day outdoors.
“It is different,” she said. “I think it is beautiful. I learned about things I did not know about.”
The children learn more than just measurements, Campsey said.
“We talk about the importance of water quality, soils in watershed and vegetation in watersheds.”
Terry Urbanczyk, education outreach coordinator, said so far the program has been getting rave reviews from students, teachers and volunteers.
She said the Friends hope to expand the program year round.
Schlitterbahn offers water safety for area children
By DENISE DZIUK
lf parents want their children to swim like fish or be as knowledgeable as lifeguards by the end of the summer, Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers the perfect means tow ard that end.
Schlitterbahn Public Relations Director Sheme Brammall said because of excellent participation by local residents in last year’s swimming classes and lifeguard camps, park officials decided to hold them again this sum
mer. She said if interest remains high, the programs could become regular events.
“We did it on an introductory level last summer and saw a good response so we decided it was something we wanted to see expanded,” Brammall said.
She said the idea to conduct swimming and lifeguard classes came from the lifeguard supervisory staff. Staff members wanted to offer classes to the community, so workbooks were obtained and the classes began.
In a community where water activities top the list of pastimes, Brammall said the classes benefitted a large number of people.
"We feel like the more we can do in the community to promote water safety, the better it is for everybody,” she said.
Schlitterbahn will offer swimming classes designed for children ages 4 to IO. The classes will teach basic swimming skills. They are co-sponsored by the National Safety Council and the Ellis Group, which specializes in safe
Brammall said whether a child would leave the session as a good swimmer would depend on the age and skill level of the child.
“It’s really geared toward the individual and what they’re ready to learn,” she said. “They’re not all going to be al the same stage.”
The lifeguard camp is for children between the ages of 11 and 15 who already know how to swim. Brammall said the camp would teach the same Turn to Classes, Page 2A
and a coat hanger, doesn’t mean (a higher degree of assault).”
Boyer said the January incident was less severe than a second complaint filed by an alleged victim of an Od 18 hazing report.
Three defendants were named in that case and at least two of them have offered pleas of not guilty already and hired local attorney Atanacio Campos to represent them, Boyer said.
Campos said he “was not at liberty to discuss the case.”
The case is expected to go to trial the first week in June, court officials said, and also involves three Canyon football players, ages 16,17 and 18.
Police, the district attorney and county attorney reviewed the two hazing reports and concluded that only a simple assault had taken place, although initially they said they thought sexual assault was involved.
Fiesta No. 25 arrives Saturday
By CHRIS CREWS
Dancing and a coronation will fill Wursthalle this weekend as a local charitable group celebrates the past
year’s fund-raising efforts.
The Comal Independent Men’s Association will hold its 25th Annual Fiesta Mexicana tonight and Saturday night. Each night’s celebration will include a dance^nd the event culminates with the crowning of the Fiesta Queen on Saturday night.
This year’s Fiesta will include a new feature. “Since it is the 25th anniversary we invited all the girls from the past to participate this year,” said Christine Camarera), chairwoman of the coronation committee.
Camarera) said the queen and her court work to raise money during the year through such programs as a raffle and a car wash. The money raised goes to a college scholarship program and food baskets for needy families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. She said CIMA expects to give ten $500 college scholarships to local high school graduates this year.
Javier Hernandez, CIMA vice president, said he expects a crowd of more than 1,500 for Friday’s dance.
"We hope to get the support of the community for those who have helped us raise money this year,” Hernandez said.
He said the CIMA scholarship fund is its most visible program, but the organization provides community support rn less visible ways.
“If someone’s house bums down or someone gets sick and falls behind (Mi their bills, we try to be there to help out,” he said.
IF YOU RE GOING25th Annual Fiesta Mexicana
Wursthalle in Landa Park
Friday — Dance features La Tropa F Gates open 6:30 p.m.
Dance 8 p.m. to midnight Admission: $10 in advance $12 at the door Saturday — Dance features Monica y Grupo Fuerte Gates open 6:30 p.m.
Dance 8 p.m. to midnight Coronation: 10 p.m. Admission: Free For information call 609-4015
Source: Comal Independent Men s AssociationAmerican Cancer Society Lube-a-thon all day Saturday. See Page 8A