New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Race dates will be set, says commission rep
AUSTIN (AP) — Having now issued eight Class 2 pari-mutuel horse racing licenses, the Texas Racing Commission soon should turn its attention to setting dates for racing at the tracks, a spokesman says.
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Pistons stop Jordan to even series at I -I
Detroit’s Isiah Thomas scored 33 points and the Pistons held Chicago’s Michael Jordan to only 27 points to even the NBA Easteni Conference Finals at one game apiece with a 100-91 win over the Bulls. L.A. Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 101 -95 win over the Phoenix Suns.
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A picnic can be as simple as a knapsack packed with herbed cheese spread on crusty bread, with a thermos of iced tea. It can be as elegant as pate, brioche and champagne, tucked in a wicker basket with china plates and goblets.
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Vol. 137, No. 138
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
May 24, 1989 25 Cents
Two Sections, 26 Pages
Jurors hear both sides of city lawsuit
A five-woman two-man jury this morning began hearing opening statements from lawyers on both sides of a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving Bad Schloss Inc. and the City of New Braunfels.
The trial is being heard by Odessa Judge Lucias Bunton, chief district judge of the Western District.
Attorneys for Bad Schloss, in their opening statements, told the packed courtroom that evidence will show city officials and city employees collaborated to destroy Schlitterbahn’s business and other water-related businesses in the arca in 1984. Attor
neys said they will prove that Coalition of Rivers Environment Protectors and the Rivers and Lakes Action Committee, both citizens groups, also were involved in the 1984 campaign to damage the water recreational tourist industries.
Bad Schloss attorneys said they will prove the city fixed the results of watcr-quality tests and the reports of fecal-coli form levels in local rivers and pools to keep visitors away from New Braunfels.
Rad Schloss Inc., under which the
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Group opposing plant addition
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Several Comal County residents are uniting in effort to persuade a local company lo move its proposed plant site away from their homes.
The Mission Valley Concerned Citizens Association met Tuesday night to discuss their plans to stop Parker Brothers Inc. from constructing a concrete pipe plant near Krueger Lane. The group describes itself as local citizens concerned about the health and welfare of New Braunfels and Comal County.
The two main concents of die citizens' group arc the quality of die air and the devaluation of the property after the plant begins operation.
“We arc not opposed to Parker Brothers," said co-chairman Vol
Citizen wants apology Kung fu fightin’
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and 20 mph may help cool things off a bit, Ha! Partly cloudy By Bf EPHANIE DAVIS
tonight with a low in the mid 70s Staff Writer
and south winds at IO mph. A New Braunfels man who sup-
Thursday morning will be cloudy, ported a rollback of city taxes in HJ88
clearing to a partly cloudy after- asking city talliers to apologize tor
noon, a high in the opp Ws and misleading voters of the city's finan-
sa mu h u/iruk c*4l condition, but officials arc quested*: Honing his allegations
CLASSIFIED 6 yB ® Davis Jackson said his tnforma-
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CROSSWORD iA ind‘cales irie City of New Braunfels
nciB adds/ ... has not been truthful with its numbers
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pm lr a ti nu aa “ *las promises made during
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Ii* “A ,ot of 11 ,s untrue," c,iy Mana-
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KALEIDOSCOPE....... - 1 SB Rations Munday night. “A lot of it is
OPINIONS...-.................... 4A inaccurate."
SPORTS...........................—* 13- 16A Jackson was unable lo attend Mon-
TV LISTINGS ....................12A day night city council budget hearings
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when his open letter was presented to various people.
The certified public accountant, Comal County Health Depart who has done audits for Comal Coun-
mcni will sponsor an immuniza- fy. said he hopes to "... raise some
lion clinic today from I to 4 p.m. questions about what’s in that prop-
Parents of children who will be used budget for 1990 and the other is
enrolling in public schools for the to make public officials accountable
first time are urged to bring their to the voters and remind the voters
children in for the necessary that they told us one thing ami went
shots..., and did something else ."
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller Holy Family Catholic Church said Jackson is entitled to his opinion,
will be the site of a three-day but "I can’t lend much credibility toil.
rummage sale beginning Thursday “I think that our city is finally
from 8 a .rn. to 5 pm. Friday’s reluming to the sound financial posi-
hours are 9:30.ajn. to 2 pm. and non that we had several years ago,"
Saturday’s sale is from 8 a m. to the two-term mayor said. "It’s a con
5 pm There also will be food sedative posit ion.”
sold Saturday, including ham bur The five-page letter questioned
gers, cheeseburgers, soft tacos, expenditures in the budget.
8m STAMMTISCH. Pag* 2A "l every one of you owes an
B Davis Jackson
apology to the voters of New Braunfels for misleading us last fall about the city’s financial condition and your intentions,” Jackson wrote in the open letter to the mayor, city council, city administration, Chamber of Commerce and Citizens for New Braunfels. "You will recall that 2,700 citizens petitioned council asking you to spend $400,000 which had not been budgeted for 1988-89, in ilk; form of a municipal property-tax rollback.
"We observed then that city had already collected, in just four months, $553,000 more than budgeted revenue, with the trend increasing and could easily afford this $400,000 if you chose.”
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New Braunfels senior RoOert Bone (left) encounters an aggressive attack Dy opponent Derek Norton in his Black Belt test Tuesday at Unicom Gymnasium For more details on the tests, see Page 13A (Photo by Deryt Clark)
Davis. "We arc just opposed to the plant site."
Co-chairman George Fischer added, "We aren’t opposed to growth. We need growth. It’s just a different approach to what they’re doing Hopefully, they’ll be good neighbors. We’ll find out."
W R, Harker, president of Harker Brothers, was unavailable for comment this morning.
The group maintains that if the plant site is not changed, the pollutant fall-out will cover two to three miles.
"One quarter mile around the plant will be ground zero. Nothing will grow there," Davis said. "You can forget that forever."
The group has listed several advan-
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Crime Stoppers seeking burglar
A burglary of a motor vehicle at the Sac 'N Pac convenience store on Loop 337 is this week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week.
On May 15, between 7:17 and 7:55 pm, a suspect removed a portable computer from a refrigerator trailer belonging to Wholesale Beers Inc.
The truck was parked at the store while employees of Wholesale Beers were making a beer delivery. Tile computer is described as a handheld unit contained in a black briefcase which has a built-in printer.
The suspect is described as a white male, late 30s, 5-feet 7-inches tall,
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after pawn try
I Three men remain in the Travis County Jail today after admitting to burglarizing several residences in a subdivision off FM 32 ui Comal County,
Robe nu Rocha, 24, Austin, Adam Benavidez, 20, Bastrop, and Pedro Benavidez, 21, of Bastrop, were arrested by Austin police officers Monday as they attempted to pawn stolen property.
All three have been charged with burglary of a habitation and possibly face other burglary charges from Hays and Bastrop counties
Detective Sgt Dennis Koepp of the Comal County sheriff’s office said the three men were arrested after the owner of the pawn shop called the police
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Edwards Aquifer level rises, conservation measures urged
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The level of the Edwards Underground Aquifer has risen today. while the flow of the Comal River dropped 10 cubic feet per second Area officials are urging citizens to conserve water. (Photo by Deryl
end ol the lake in ihc park. With the oraficc now closed, less waler is leaving the lake and it has returned to its normal level.
"This is only a temporary measure,” said Harks Director David Whatley. “We haven’t had to do this since 1984 ."
The Edwards Aquifer is the main source of water for domestic, recreational, industrial and agricul
tural use in Comal, Kinney, Hays, Bexar, Medina and Uvalde Counties. While there may have been plenty of rainfall in some of these counties, there has not been enough in die recharge zones in Uvalde and Medina counties.
Without rainfall in the recharge zones, the aquifer cannot be
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This chart shows the drop of the level of the Edwards Underground Aquifer during the month of May. The level bottomed out yesterday and climbed again today. (Chart courtesy of NBU)
By MARGARET EDMONSON
The water level of the Edwards Aquifer is up 9/1 (Kiths of an inch from yesterday, hut “we’re not out of the woods yet," according to Bill Tcpe.
The level of the Edwards reached its lowest point in four years yesterday at 623.01 — 3/lOths of an inch away from the 622.70 level at which the main springs will be affected. Today’s level is 623.10.
"We’re in an area we haven’t been in since December 1984 when we were climbing out of the drought," said Tcpe, engineering assistant at New Braunfels Utilities.
The springs, which feed the Comal River, rely on the Edwards underground aquifer for water. When the level of the aquifer reaches 622.70, the main springs in Landa Park will start flowing more slowly, thus reducing the flow of water into the Comal River.
Tepe reports his figures from the New Braunfels well at Panther
Canyon. San Antonio reports its figures from the J-17 well at Fort Sam Houston. Because the two places arc at different elevations and the aquifer follows the terrain, the figures will not match.
Today’s level in San Antonio was 638.50 feet above mean sea level, down from yesterday’s level of 640 feet.
Tepe reported today’s flow of the Comal River as 184 cubic feet per second, down IO cfs from yesterday. Normal flow is considered 300 cfs.
The parks department had to step in yesterday to raise the level of Lamia Lake. During the last IO days, the lake has dropped 18 inches because of the decreasing in water from the Comal River. The lower lake level has exposed more aquatic vegetation, and the department received complaints about the weeds.
To remedy that situation, the parks department enlisted the help of NBU and dosed off the opening of the spillway dam at the other