New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Outdoors columnist Keith Warren explains how in bowhunting, practice can lead to perfection. Page 5A
NATIONAL NEWS ^ Nerving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Secretary of State Colin Powell and 3 other Cabinet members announced their resignations Monday.
Vol. 154, No. 1 12 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B2 fired street department workers reinstated
YET IO BE HEARD
4? Armando Padron has an appeal hearing at 9 a.m. today.
** Saul Ibarra will have one at 2 p.m.Thursday.
** A hearing for Bernardo Gutierrez Jr. will be reset.
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto reinstated Monday two of the street department employees tired in Sep tember.
Pinto announced that Orlando Cardenas, a light equipment operator and 14-year city employee, begins work today.
Carlos Perez, a laborer with the street department for five years, goes back to work Friday.
Pinto said he took Ute action after a grievance panel that met Wednesday recommended Cardenas and Perez be reinstated — with a 30-day unpaid suspension and one year of probation from their date of rehire.
The pair were part of a group
of 12 street department employees fired in August and September for alleged violations of city personnel polices. The violations included taking home materials from homes flooded in 2002 that the city bought under a federal program.
One of the employees, foreman Roland Martinez, faces possible criminal charges.
Cardenas, fired Sept. 20 for alleged violations of personnel policies pertaining to “insubordination,” “making a false statement of material fact in a departmental investigation” and theft of property,” will receive two days of back pay.
Perez, fired Sept. 27 for alleged violations of personnel poli-
See WORKERS, Page 3A
TEACHING THE COWBOY WAY
7/ we cant carry this on for our children, I might just as well take this hat off and fling it somewhere if none of this means anything to them.
— Frank Roberts Ranger Garner State Park
H Linda Kirkpatrick's book,
"Somewhere in the West: Texas Women Who Left a Legacy," is available for $10 at P.O.
Box 128, Leakey 78873.
Fairgrounds item pulled from agenda
By Scott Mahon
A last-minute request to take action on rescinding a vote by the New Braunfels City Council to donate the Comal County Fairgrounds to the Comal County Fair Association was removed from Monday’s agenda.
On Friday, District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine requested that a discussion on the donation of the fairgrounds be placed on the agenda.
However, City Attorney Charlie Zech advised Valentine Saturday that the request did not include the sig natures of at least two other council members.
Council passed an ordinance in June that requires a 90-day waiting period for an item to be placed on the agenda if the item was discussed and failed within the last 90 days,
A charter review committee submitted its final recommendations Monday to the New Braunfels City Council for updating and revising the city’s charter.
unless at least two other council members sign the agenda request.
Requests for agenda items also are required to be filed with the city secretary by noon on the Monday preceding a council meeting. Valentine filed the request four days late.
Council voted 4-3 on July 26 to donate the fairgrounds to the fair association. Valentine voted against the measure.
Volunteers needed to serve a helping of happiness on Thanksgiving Day
Preserving tall tales, songs and poetry of bygone era
By Ron Maloney
Ck) to Gamer State Park during the summer months, and you can ride a hay wagon up into the hills to hear Frank Roberts and his friends, Linda Kirkpatrick and Joe Wells.
About 20 miles of Frio Canyon is the backdrop as Roberts sings cowboy songs interspersed with anecdotes of more than IOO years down on the ranch — the history of the
cowboy (and cowgirl) as presented in tall tales, songs and poetry.
Kirkpatrick mid Wells, both ranchers, recite poetry that speaks of the cowboy ways — those that have come down to us today that would otherwise be lost to history.
A few lot lunate people didn’t have to go to Garner State Park Saturday to hear Roberts, Kirkpatrick and Wells present two showings of their “Cowboy Sunset Serenade," spon
sored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council at the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music in Gruene.
They heard Roberts sing cowboy standards from “Red River Valley,” through “Back in the Saddle Again,” to the show’s musical surprise, a robust rendition of the 1970s Michael Martin Murphey Top 40 hit, “Wildfire," which is a modem depic-
See COWBOYS, Page 3A
By Ron Maloney
Thanksgiving 2003, the West Side Community Center ran a little short of cornbread stuffing for the 1,000 dinners it and Holy Family Catholic Church served around the community.
Across town, Our Lady of Perpetual I lelp ran short of the pie it needed to feed more than 500.
Calls were made and a deal was struck.
“We helped them with dressing and they helped us with dessert," said Our Didy coordinator Yvette Caste-nada. “That’s the way it should he. We’re all interested in the same things. We’re not looking at church or religious harriers. We invite everybody and anybody who doesn t wish to eat alone."
This yea! again, Our Lady, the West Side Coimmtni ty Center and I Inly Family are preparing for another community Thanksgiving Day feast.
It will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Rosie Sherrow, who is helping coordinate tile dinners that will he prepared by the West Side Community Center and nearby I inly Family Catholic Church, said shes looking for volunteers who will he willing to work hard for a good cause.
“We’re starting as early as 5:30 in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. We ll need kitchen help and we
See THANKSGIVING, Page 3A
The West Side Community Center and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are preparing for their annual community Thanksgiving dinners, at which they hope to feed nearly 2,000 this year.
IS To volunteer at the West Side Center, call 625-4822 or 643 9660.
ii To volunteer at Our Lady, call 625-3534 weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
Bl This year's holiday feasts will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Little change in NB1SD board leadership
By Leigh Jones
Although tile New Braunfels Independent School District Board of trustees technically re organized Monday, nothing much changed.
Only one position — treasurer — has a new face.
Trustee Randy Rust will take over the treasurer’s position from outgoing board member Penelope Biggadike.
President Jorge Maldonado,
Vice President Rob Johnson and Secretary Let* I Edwards kept their positions.
Maldonado was the only member nominated for president, even though he previously stated he preferred not to take the position.
The reorganization took place as a result of the Nov. 2 election that sent Maldonado and Bill Biggadike back to the board.
Biggadike served previously, before his wife, Penelope, took
over Ins seat in 2001.
Trustees seemed happy with their “new” positions, hut Superintendent Ron Reaves went home without approval for his yearly goals.
Although trustees liked his plans for three of the goals — creating a long-term financial plan, developing long-term facilities strategy and enhancing academic programs — they felt
See NBISD, Page 2A
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Cowboy poet Joe Wells, left, collaborates with musician Frank Roberts as part of "Cowboy Sunset Serenade" which performed two shows Saturday at the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music.
Photo courtesy Stephanie Ferguson
Bill Biggadike and Jorge Maldonado take the oath of office from Comal County Court at Law Judge Brenda R. Chapman