New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 130 22 pages in 2 sections May 19, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Music jam celebrates Americana music
By Erin MAGRUDER
From honky-tonk favorites to rising country stars — residents can celebrate the best and brightest in the Lone Star State Sunday afternoon at the fourth annual 92.1 FM Americana Music Jam at historic Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road.
The biggest one-day musical event in South Texas kicks off at I p.m. with Two Tons of Steel and the talent rocks all afternoon until 9:30 p.m. when celebrated singer/songwriter Charlie Robison takes the stage.
Residents will pay only $ 15 at the door to jam to a back-to-back line-up of heralded Americana performers including Radney Foster, Reckless Kelly, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Monte Warden, Jimmy LaFave, The Great Divide, The Derail-ers, The Groobees, Jon Randall and Jim Lauderdale.
And best of all — proceeds from the event benefit the Westside Community Center project — a community facility that will cater to local youths by providing educational, cultural and
recreational opportunities, said Mattson Rainer, FM 92.1 program director.
“Ifs going to be a day to celebrate great Americana music and support a worthy cause,” Rainer said. “This event has just grown. Ifs an inexpensive way to see a lot of great bands, and each year we get a few more performers and a little bit bigger crowd.”
Tickets to the live music performances will not be sold in advance, but residents can clip a $3 off coupon for admission out of Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung — a sponsor of the event — to See AMERICANA/5A
Traditional country crooners, The Defilers, perform to a packed house at last year’s Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall. The band is slated to jam again Sunday.
Photo submittedAccess deniedA public boat ramp closure leaves the public left to find — and likely pay for — private access to the Guadalupe River/Lake Dunlap area.
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Joe Garza casts for minnows down at the public boat ramp. Drivers still pull into the area on a daily basis only to see the electronic sign telling them the ramp will be closed until May of 2003.
By Ron Maloney
Interstate 35 reconstruction has closed for three years what is probably the only free, public boating access to the Guadalupe River/Lake Dunlap area.
Barriers blocking the Lake Dunlap area boat ramp at Interstate 35 went up Wednesday, closing a popular public access to the river just a week ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend.
Boaters are left to find other private access they likely will have to pay for.
1-35 construction plans reportedly will not affect proposed reconstruction of a private recreational vehicle park between the north and southbound 1-35 bridges that was washed away in the November 1998 flood.
The landing is expected to reopen
— with a new boat launch facility
— at the conclusion of the construction project in May 2003.
“The boat ramp is closed,” Texas Department of Transportation assistant area engineer Michelle Kopp said. “They can’t put in there.”
Kopp said the two existing interstate bridges would be demolished and replaced by new structures as part of the 1-35 corridor recon-See BOAT/5AFunding for Prop. 2 on city agendaResidents could be spared tax hike for communication system
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
New Braunfels residents might be spared a .5-cent tax rate increase if New Braunfels City Council decides Monday night to fund $700,000 public safety communications system through existing revenue.
City council will discuss the acquisition of a new communications system, which was the only one out of bond seven propositions voters approved May 6, when they meet 6:30 p.m. Monday, 424 S.
Residents approved the new $700,000 emergency communications system by 57 percent of the vote, or 3,027 votes out of 5,439 residents who cast ballots.
Police Chief Ray Douglas said the new emergency communications system, which would be purchased from the Lower Colorado River Authority, was necessary to replace a 25-year old system and provide better communication to officers in the field.
Chet Lewis, chief financial officer for the city, said council had three options to fund the communications system — issue bonds, use money from the fund balance and/or request funding from the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B board).
Lewis said because the only bond proposition that passed cost $700,000, it could be cost-prohibitive for the city to issue bonds.
■ For more on Monday’s meeting see Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung.
Students prepare for ‘real world’
By Heather Todd
Seventh-grader Siearra Thomas already knows what she is going to do with the $600 she will earn this summer.
“ITI probably save some and use some for school clothes,” she said.
Buying new school clothes seemed to be the No. I priority for many Canyon Middle School students as they discussed how they would spend their earnings from the “Learn to
Earn” job program through Communities in Schools.
“I’m going to buy clothes or put it in the bank,” Levi Bolton said.
On Wednesday afternoon, 20 CMS students celebrated their “graduation” from an eight-week after-school program teaching job readiness skills.
About 60 local high and middle school students in Comal and New Braunfels school districts participated in the eight-week course, which taught interview skills, appropriate
dress for interviews and work and how to fill out job applications.
During the summer, about 30 students from both New Braunfels and Canyon middle schools will put what they’ve learned in the classroom to good use in the work place.
The “Learn to Earn” program matches students with local employers so they can gain “hands-on” job skills in a work environment — skills they might not otherwise have the See JOBS/5A
Canyon Middle School students Crystal Schwandt, left, and Bernice Villarreal fill out deposit slips as part of their job-ski!*s learning course through Communities in Schools. The eight-week after-school program taught middle and high school students how to prepare for the work place.
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Bulverde Northwest in limbo until election
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Bulverde Northwest, incorporated in the May 6 election, is in a kind of legal and legislative limbo where it can’t really conduct any business — and nobody can speak for it.
“We’re at that kind of awkward stage where we have things that should be done, but nobody who can do them,” former Bulverde Northwest Mayor Mal McClinchie said. “I suppose I get one call a day at least, sometimes more, with people asking questions or wanting to know what’s next.”
Bulverde N wthwest was incorporated for
the second time in the May 6 election by a vote of 29-15. About 20 percent of registered voters in Bulverde Northwest cast ballots.
County Judge Danny Scheel has signed an order directing elections take place in Bulverde Northwest on Aug. 12 for the posts of mayor, marshal and city councilors. The dates for filing applications to be listed on the ballot are May 29 to June 28.
Anybody interested in running for office in Bulverde Northwest can come by the county judge’s office and pick up applications to file a declaration of candidacy.
No petitions or filing fees are required. The county judge’s office is in the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin
St., New Braunfels.
This is the second time in a year Bulverde Northwest has incorporated, and the Aug. 12 election will mark the second time in a year that Bulverde Northwest has elected a slate of public officials.
Bulverde was incorporated two years ago in a series of elections that merged four subdivisions into one city with an eye toward preventing annexation into San Antonio This past year, the stated goals of McClinchie and Bulverde Northwest were to join the City of Bulverde — and, in the interim, to be able to exercise some control over development on Texas 46.
A piece of that development resulted in the
temporary demise of Bulverde Northwest.
Bulverde Northwest was dissolved in December in an out-of-court settlement with Ingram Readymix, the concrete/crushed rock plant on Texas 46. Ingram Readymix disputed the incorporation as aimed at preventing its location in the community.
Nothing in the dissolution agreement prohibited reincorporating, but the officers of the former city don’t carry their positions into the new one.
Similarly, county commissioners cannot appoint an interim government.
McClinchie hasn’t said whether he’ll run for mayor again, although he is considering it.