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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas . rn. El?ELS v I 2000Herald-Zeitung -      - ' £-+.~:L 7r—^7^;—v,;.......,,......... -.J--    ,.... -.-■...-•-.■ -■ -  - BBW nnEnzi: z r~ Vol. 149 No. 266    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    I,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents Wurstfest set for 40th anniversary By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The Wurstfest grounds bustled with activity Tuesday. Workers set tables up inside one of the festival’s tents. Trucks and vans drove in and out of the grounds. Some workers prepared carnival rides for the 40th annual Wurstfest, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday in New Braunfels’ Landa Park. See related story/1 B “Right now the tents are up and the grounds are getting into shape,” Herb Skoog, chairman of Wurst relations, said. “We’re looking forward to a big opening crowd.” Skoog said anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 people attend the event each year. “It will probably be pretty good this year if the weather holds up,” he said. Wurstfest began in 1961 as a tribute to the art of sausage making. It has grown into an international celebration of New Braunfels’ German heritage. German food, music and clothing are part of the attraction of the festival. Wurstfest is held each year in Wursthalle along the Comal River in Landa Park. “Right now, everything is fast and furious,” See WURSTFEST/3A “The Mexican tradition is to lay out foods and ofrendas ... It s all about attracting the spirit” — Joan Nemec Dia de los Muertos Celebration of the dead a culmination of traditions A collection of photographs, candles, flowers, ornaments and statues thanks to Cruz, a spiritual healer, and to add strength to her prayers. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Maria Cruz’s guestroom. Visitors leave the items as By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer In the front yard of a modest-sized home on the West Side of New Braunfels, a bear wearing a witch’s hat leans against a tree next to a tall crucifix encased in a glass and wood box. Modern commercial Halloween gadgets like vibrating spiders and neon skeletons hang side by side with Christian symbols, crucifixes and statuettes of saints. Maria Cruz decorates passionately for several reasons, but the catalysts are Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos. Although some South Texans celebrate El Dia de los Muertos today and tomorrow, the official holiday is Nov. 2. “I love to decorate all year,” Cruz said, but admitted Halloween is her favorite season. In this region, the end of October and first two days in November are an apex of three cultures and how they remember or celebrate their dead. All are visible in Cruz’s home, which looks like fallout from a cosmic event. The three-day stretch on the calendar begins on Halloween — a day that has morphed into a modern-day Hallmark moment, and is associated with plastic pumpkin lanterns and cute ghost costumes. Then come All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, two Christian holidays. Finally, there is the El Dia de los Muertos, which stems from an Aztec tradition celebrating children and the dead. After the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs, Spanish priests worked to convert the natives to Christianity. They pushed the celebration they considered profane and pagan to November to coincide with All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day. They hoped the natives would forget the old gods they celebrated in the summer celebration, and replace them with Christian beliefs. See MUERTOS/3A Wurst vendors Butch Hoffman (sporting a special hat for the occasion) and Carolyn Johnson have had a booth at Wurstfest since it moved to Landa Park. K. JESSIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung Presidential campaign goes negative Local voting on pace for good turnout/4A By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer George W. Bush launched a tough new ad Tuesday accusing Al Gore of “bending the truth,” setting the stage for a bitter climax to their closely fought presidential campaign. Gore said Americans need a president who will fight for them “and has the experience to do so.” Gore advisers jumped on Bush ior challenging the vice president’s character after promising to run a positive campaign. Even so, the Gore team considered a last-minute ad questioning whether the Texas Republican was ready to be president. A week before Election Day, each candidate struggled to pull away from the other — while a budget showdown in Washington and scores of close congressional races competed for voters' attention. Ralph Nader, the presidential race’s third-party wild card, upped the ante with a biting satire ad that cast the Bush-Gore race as a choice between “the lesser of two evils.” The negative turn on all fronts was further proof that neither major-party campaign was confident enough of victory to close the race in traditional fashion with high-minded positive ads. Analysts said both candidates could face a backlash — with little time to recover. A number of Republicans privately said they were surprised that Bush would take the risk, suggesting his move belies the apparent confidence he and his troops are careful to keep on display. A very close race As the election nears, tracking polls indicate the presidential race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore is very close. Here is a look at selected polls taken last week. ABC News 55*? 'Ti Bush 47% Oct. Oct. Oct Oct. Oct Oct. Oct. 23 24    25    26    27    28    30 CNN/USA Today/Gaiiup Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct Oct Oct. Oct. Oct. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 MSNBC/Reuters/Zogby 55% r Oct.    Oct    Oct    Oct    Oct.    Oct    Oct 23    24    25    26    27    28    29 Note Ttw tracking polls have an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points AP The candidates chased each other across California and Oregon, two states Gore hoped long ago to lock up. Bush could w in Oregon and its seven electoral votes, but California, the election s biggest prize at 54 electoral votes, is still a longshot. In Oregon, Gore cast himself as the dragon-slaying populist in hopes of drawing Nader supporters back into the Democratic fold. Strategist Karl Rove said Bush needed a blanket inoculation against Gore, w ho has tried and abandoned several lines of attack in recent days.Trick or treat K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungEmman Heimer (left) has a little fun with her trick-or-treat bag while gathering candy at Market Place Tuesday night with friend Caroline Zgabay (right), Inside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds................. . ...5-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...7-8A Today.......................... 2A i I 5 I com (Key Code 76) Rosedale developer mulls fund options By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A proposed low-income housing facility lost the lottery this past week but is not ready to cash in all its chips. Tile New Braunfels Housing Finance Corp. approved in mid-October an application to the Texas Bond Review Board on behalf of MAGI Management in San Antonio. The application requested an allocation of $4.5 million in low-interest, tax-exempt bonds to help finance construction of the Rosedale Community, new low-income apartments. However, MAGI was not tapped to receive the bonds when the bond reservations were awarded through a lottery system this past week. But Rick Rodriguez, president of MAGI, said the project would go forward. “At this time we’re determining which type of financing mechanisms we’re going to utilize to go forward w ith it,” Rodriguez said. However, those different financing mechanisms might change the targeted clientele for the apartments. The Rosedale Community is planned to replace the Rosedale Apartments at Rosedale Avenue and San Antonio Street. The apartments originally were army barracks built in the 1940s or 1950s. However, the city ordered families to leave the apartments earlier this year after city officials foimd more than 150 violations of building, fire, health and safety codes. The proposed Rosedale Community will consist of 80 units, including 52 multi-family units and 28 rent-to-owTi townhouses. Rodriguez said city staff and officials had been “great” to work with on the project. “They’ve all been very encouraging of the project, and I think everybody wants to see that area revitalized,”See ROSEDALE/5A ;