New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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IO pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Nov. 22,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MAURI RYAN ELBEL
Vol. 142, No. 269
j, City losing money on ambulance calls
ggV: 1 SUSS1'"*_Delinquent ambulance fees totalling nearly
I ,T^ci,y orBr,ur.fci, in,, ii* w $435,000 from past years of sendee calls
$60,000 in delinquent ambulance fees during the a J ... . said. “It may not work, lf we don’t make any
1993-94 fiscal year and continues to lose money up or attends to for injuries SI 15 per trip and up breach in the process that the city would like to monCy with the new way we’ll go back ’’ as ambulance users refuse to pay for service rcn- to SI50 for trips outside the city limits. close. Shands ^ if thc systc’m provcs t0 be fruitful
«___, dcred by New Braunfels EMS. City Finance Director Sharon Day said there Day said the city is loosing to much money for cnoughf thc city woujd consider adding a mcm-
Birtnaay wisnes rrom City officials said because the city does not are several different ways thc city could collect thc it not to take action. ber to the finance staff to deal exclusively with
the Herald-Zeltung! have assignment, responsibility to take payment delinquent fees, but if thc city took assignment “It’s hard and we don’t want to be inscnsi- recovering the ambulance fees.
The New Braunfels Herald- from insurance companies for thc ambulance and dealt directly with residents’ insurance car- rive, but we don’t provide a free service,” she said. city staffers arc so sure they arc not going to
Zeitung extends the following service, it is losing money. ricrs, it might get to corral in more of w hat is Thc finance director said if people serviced get a hefty portion of ambulance fees, they include
birthday wishes to; Mauri Ryan Last ycar* Ncw Braunfels EMS billed resi- owed. by EMS do not pay thc city within 90 days, thc thc |oss thc ycar|y budget.
Elbel Lune Dominguez, Sr (*ents a of $249,286 for services and received Currently if a person uses EMS and is covered matter is handed over to thc city’s collection “jt js not a |ot 0f moncy whCn you look at thc
(belated), Katherine Akin, Lar- S192’] 17 lcavin8 thc city with an outstanding by insurance, thc injured party files a claim with agency. ovcralj budget, but S50,000 could pay for two
ry Salinas, Bebe Jardon Gor- balance of S57,169 for 1993-94. their insurance company and thc firm sends pay- Often individual croons find it difficult deal- police officers or firemen ’
don Brown Jamie Dodson Eloy In addition, the total outstanding ambulance ser- ment for thc ambulance service to its client, not ing with a huge insurance and arc unintentional- Although the city will try and crack down on
jaramillo, joe Machuca, Cecilia vice fee debt carried over from years past is near- thc city ly late with payment to thc city, said City Man- the delinquent funds problem, Shands said EMS
Quirino, Lillie Baerwald, Ruth ^ 5433,000. That leav es it up to the resident to bring the city ager Mike Shands. wiU continue to serve thc community and its cit-
Beets, Russell Krueger, Jacob I " New Braunfcls EMS charges residents it picks the check from thc insurance company. This is thc "I think it will be easier for a governmental j/cns
Muehleisen, Pete Peters, Ken Reeling, Jean Resny, Arnold Rose, Bruno Schwab, Fernando Vargas.Downtown Dollars to bo fllvon away again
To thank the community for its business during the year, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away 1,000 Downtown Dollars again this year. Last year, more than 3,500 people registered from all over Texas and six other states.
The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating businesses each week. Registration will begin Nov. 18 during Downtown Discovery Days and continues until the last drawing on Dec.
Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities.
Winners will receive IOO, 75,
50 or 25 Downtown Dollars. Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window.Business counseling available on Tuesdays
The Business counselor from UTSA's School of Business is in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business.
Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling 625-2385.Lotto jackpot now worth $10 million
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The jackpot was worth S3 million.
The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 1,3, 12,31,38 and 42.
There were 126 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth S 1,384. There were 6,306 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning $100. And there were 125,533 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic $3.
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday night’s game will be SIO million.Adobe Cato offering free 'Hot meals for the Holidays’
. he Adobe Cafe is offering a fr * ‘Hot meals for the Holidays touay at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Anyone desiring a hot meal is invited to attend.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintTwo arrested for cocaine possession
From staff reports
Comal County Sheriff Department personnel arrested two individuals last night and charged them with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Chief Deputy Elwood Hohertz said the department, aided by officers from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Department of Public Safety, served a search warrant at 7:45 p.m. Monday night at 2091 W. Michigan in New Braunfels.
The officers found six grams of cocaine at the location.
Arrested were Ramiro M Sotelo, Jr. 19 of that address and Jacqueline Tristan, 21 of that same address. Each was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Library board meets but no action taken on new library
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Thc Dittlinger Memorial Library Board discussed several possible locations for a new library Monday but took no action to act on any particular site.
Library officials said they would like to wait until further study is completed by their financial and site selection committee.
Some of the sites being scrutinized by the committee include, the old H E B. store on San Antonio St., the Don Maxwell property on San Antonio and the building Kroger left vacant on Highway 81.
The Plaza Bank building on the Main Plaza has been ruled out as a possible relocation site. In addition to the building possibly not being to serve the city’s space needs for the future, the building has been sold.
The library board will search for a site that will offer at least 25,000 sq. ft. The old H E B. store has over 40,000 sq. ft.
Women’s Day, a periodic feature in the Herald-Zeitung by freelance writer Christabell West, will take on a Thanksgiving twist in Thursday's Herald-Zeitung West examines the true meaning behind the Thanksgiving holiday and what it is like to experience your first such holiday in the United States
New weather station
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jimmy Ward explains the Doppler Radar system to a crowd of visitors st Saturday's open house festivities at the new weather station.
National Weather Service officially opens headquarters in New Braunfels
By CRAIG HAMMETT
New Braunfels has become the capital of the region for weather watchers.
The National Weather Service recently moved its headquarters from San Antonio to New Braunfels and opened a new office near the New Braunfels Airport. Weather data collected at the new site will provide service to a region stretching from the U.S.-Mexico border to Austin, and including the cities of San Antonio and Austin.
This past Saturday, officials opened the facility for public viewing. The facility, run by the NWS under the offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Department of Commerce, includes multi-million dollar equipment, some brand new and others moved from Hondo and San Antonio locations.
The staff will include from 30 to 34 people.
“There will be at least three people lire all the time,” said William Runyon, one of several meteorologists. “Everybody’s on call 24 hours.”
Esther McKay, deputy meteorologist-in-charge, said thc office provides services in areas such as aviation, public forecasting, and radio reports.
One of the newest pieces of equipment the office will use is the Nexrad radar, or Next Generation Radar, known by the NWS as the Doppler 88, and commonly referred to as the Doppler Radar.
The large ball-shaped radar easily seen at the location can better track storms and tornadoes using by measuring the frequency of Doppler waves created by these storms.
Jimmy Ward, a meteorologist who works with the radar, said this radar had a range of 125 miles when measuring wind speeds “It has a higher resolution, more detail in storms and rainfall totals,” he said.
Pictures from this radar arc commonly seen on many television weathercasts. Color codes indicate the strength of the winds and movement.
By measuring wind speeds, this radar can often predict major tornadoes before they hit the ground. On such
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The new Doppler Reder desk showing Texas weather. The circle represents the area that the local station covers.
radar in North Texas predicated a major tornado near Lancaster this spring and alerted residents, saving many lives.
Another new area of technology is provided by the Automated Service Observance System (ASOS). McKay said it could measure wind, temperature, pressure, cloud types and visibility from a machine at the airport, providing up to the minute details.
“We’re moving away from observers going out every hour. We’re moving toward technology providing information on a minute-to-minute basis,” she said.
One of tu* main purposes of the station is to provide weather forecast -nd warnings for the region, including marine and agricultural reports. The office provides daily reports via NOAA Weather Radio.
“If you’re trying to plant or builders, for instance, are particularly interested,” she said.
The NWS office also provides weather data for pilots in the area With 17 different terminals, they measure and plot cloud and wind conditions at different atmospheric levels.
“You need that. lf you’re a pilot, you need to plan ” she said.
Although thc office includes the latest in technology such as the Doppler Radar and ASOS, McKay said they would like to update many of their computer terminals, some of which are 20 years old.
Bullock named Texan of the Year
From staff reports
Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock has been named as recipient of the Texan of the Year award, according to Allan Shivers, chairman of the Advisory Committee for thc
29th annual Texas Legislative Conference. The conference and Texan of thc Ycar reception will be held in Ncw Braunfcls on Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24,1995.
In January Bullock will begin his fifth ycar as thc 38th Lieutenant Governor and President of thc Senate of thc State of Texas He was born in Hillsboro, Texas, and received a B A degree from Texas Tech University and a J.D. from Baylor Law School Bullock is married to thc former Jan Felts Teague of Austin and they have three children and one grandchild
Conference Arrangements Committee Chair Bcnnic Brock II noted, “We are pleased that Bullock will be , present for the Texan of thc Ycar reception and we will have legislators and other state and national leaders at thc con fere na' to address thc current issues such as welfare reform, health care, crime and taxation ”
According to Shivers, the award criteria refers to any living person who has performed an outstanding service or services in thc field of public affairs for the benefit of thc State of Texas. Last year the recipient was Herb Kellehcr, President and CEO of Southwest Airlines. Previous recipients have included then Via President George Bush, U.S. Senators Phil Gramm, Lloyd Bcntsen and John Tower. Other notables that have received the award include Ambassador Robert S. Strauss, Barbara Bush, Treasury Secretary James Baker, Governor Dolph Briscoe, John Connally arui Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby
Bullock has served as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 1975-90; Secretary of State, 1971-72; Aide to the Governor, 1969-71; Assistant Attorney General 1967-68, Texas Historical Commission, 1963-65, and as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, 1957-59.
“Bullock has served his state effectively and honorably for many years and it is appropriate we realize his contributions in thc field of public affairs for thc benefit of Texas,” said Shivers.
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