New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns continue unbeaten streak. See Page 1B.
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16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 2,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of VIOLA JONAS
Vol. 144, No 232*~kl* .I Students walk out over transfers
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Viola Jonas, Ruby CastiUeja,
Diana Conley, Manuel Hernandez,
Sue Phillips, Tony Ramos, Rene Zamarripa, Annalisa Vargas (19 years), Reynaldo Aguirre, Sr.,
Harold Tarlton, Hector R. Leal, .
Lynn Knight, Jessica Ralph and Travis Weishaar (3 years).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Buddy and Leora Swenson,
Tim and Debbie Shipley (20 years) and Ruben R. and Rosemary M. Leal (14 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
By DENISE DZIUK
Mold—1,340 Cocklebur —6 Grass —18 Cedar Elm — 8 Pigweed—21 Ragweed—118 (Polen measured In parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —180 cubic feet per second. same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.11 feet above sea level, down .02 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 112 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 97 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.82 feet abova sea level. (Below conservation pool Figures from Tuesday)
New Braunfels Utilities NSU reports punning 6.217 million gallons of surface water, and no wen water wee used Tuesday.
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The N*BUS will continue its offer of free bus rides on all routes through today.
Beginning Thursday, the N»BUS system will resume charging at the rate of 75 cents one-way. The free ride program began Sept. 3.
lf riders have any questions, they may call the N*BUS system at 608-2100.
Hormnn Sons to moot Friday
Hermann Sons Lodge No. 106 will hold a meeting and social on Friday. The Lodge will furnish stew, and members should bring side dishes. For more information, call 658-3994,
CoMogo Night at NBHS la Thursday
Area parents and high school students of all grades who are seeking guidance along the road to college are invited to “College Night" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium.
Representatives from schools such as The University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Southwestern, Texas Lutheran College, Texas Christian University, Schreiner College and others will discuss admission requirements, the application process and financial aid possibilities.
Hazardous waste collection Oct. 12
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 behind Fire Station #2,4120 Loop 337, in New Braunfels.
For more information about the collection and what materials may be dropped off, call 608-2120.
Family In need cf spacial assistance
The Ramon and Bertha Chapa family has set up an account at First State Bank to benefit the family of David Sotelo, who died recently.
Students at New Braunfels High School sat stunned this morning and listened as Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler explained their reassignments.
Following their annoucemeni at 9:30 a.m., students got up and filed outside of school in protest of the change.
“We’re acting like Unicorns,” said Devon Kastein, a junior. Junior Stacie Kuhn added, “We’re standing up for what’s right.”
After students refused to return to class, Engler asked them to go into the gym so they could talk about it.
At press time, students were chanting “Engler, Turman, Engler, Turman.”
Exit of NBHS administrators stuns trustees
By DENISE DZIUK
Those who waited nearly two hours through an executive session Tuesday night knew something was wrong when some of the trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District were crying as they took their seats.
The 6-1 vote to reassign the two top administrators at New Braunfels High School drew even more tears from trustees and administrators.
In what the district is calling a “voluntary” reassignment, New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler stepped down to allow someone with the board’s full support to take over the school’s day-to-day management.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the reshuffling of board members after the August election pointed the board in a new direction.
John Turman Former NBHS principal
Bradberry said new direction prompted Turman and Engler to seek reassignment to allow someone to take over with the full support of the board.
“We need to find a common ground
Former NBHS assistant principal
we can all work on,” Bradberry said. “Mr. Turman and Mr. Engler are giving you that common ground. Don’t read anything into what happened here tonight except what you heard. It is
Karen Simpson Interim NBHS principal
their choice that if they can’t be fully supported at New Braunfels High School then they want to be somewhere else in the district, because the Turn to NBHS, Page 2A
MARION — Former Marion postmaster Laura Tondre-recalls the days when she had to hang a sack of mail on a post to meet the train that came through town.
“I took the mail to the train on a bicycle,” Tondre said.
“I hung it on a pole and the train would come and get it** Tondre, 95, was postmaster for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1970.
“Mail was delivered by train ... to the Marion railroad depot ami from there by hand or cart,” said Nelson Schneider, 77, a longtime Marion residept. “In later years, a tpe-cial post was. aet up where the train mail ear would snatch ^ the mailbag, and at that time throw hags of mail for delivery in the area.”
CMA awards tonight at 7
Country music fans will be glued to their tubes this evening for the 30th annua! Country Music
J year’s event, televised locally from
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Jackson, Dolly Patton and LeAnn Rimes.
Vince Gill will serve as host of the show.
A book lover’s paradise
New Braunfels steps up to bat in aquifer fight
By ABE LEVY
FM 78 to mark IOO years of rural free delivery in America,
Rural free delivery began on an experimental basis on Oct 1,1896, in three towns in West Virginia.
Schneider said the horse was the primary means of locomotion for mail carriers in the early days of Marion.
“Before 1896, earlier postage was delivered by horseback to a designated area where people picked it up,” Schneider said. ‘In later years, a aecial post was set up where the train mail car would snatch the mailbag, and at that time throw bags of mail for delivery in the area.”
Even before the U.S. Postal Service established rural free Turn to Port OffiCB, Page 2A
H«rald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Friends of Dtttlingar Memorial Library Book Sale opens today at th# Civic Cantar for members and continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday for th# public. Jean Jones ie pictured arranging book# for th# tale.
Local water officials hope a throng of New Braunfels residents show up at today’s hearing before the Edwards Aquifer Authonty to make known the region’s dependence on the aquifer.
Most of the speakers who have already made presentations to the EAA board of directors have had ties to San Antonio and its golf, landscaping, p<x>] and tourism industries, EAA representatives from C omal and Guadalupe counties said. V,
Those speakers were instrumental in persuading the board not to declare the summer’s drought an emergency on July 31.
Instead, the board voted Aug. 17 to increase pumping limits for the various reduction stages, w hile decreasing the flow levels for when reduction stages would begin.
EAA board members from Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties opposed the changes and blamed the lack of public comment from their counties for allowing some of the new limits to find approval.
“We haven’t had an organized effort such as this in the past, and that’s probably because you don’t want to call on your people too many times,” said IXiug Miller, EAA representative from C’omal and Guadalupe counties. “But this is the time to make our voices be heard. (The draft rules are) the result of the lack of understanding by the Bexar County and western (county) directors about our issues and also the punitiveness of our actions.”
Local water officials also said the location of the EAA office in San Antonio has benefited that city in critical policy-making decisions.
Tonight’s public hearing offers New Braunfels area residents another chance to appeal to the EAA board, which is taking public comment on the draft of rules that will become effective dunng critical drought penods.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 31 people had signed up to ride on the N» Buses to San Antonio.
If no changes are made to the proposed rules, New Braunfels Utilities could only use about 800,(XX) gallons of Edwards water per day during a drought similar to the one that struck this past summer, Miller said. NBU used an average of 2 million gallons per day of Edwards water this past summer.
He said the reason for the small allotment of water is because the draft
How to get there
The Edward? Aquifer Authority is holding a public hearing on its draft of emergency management rules at 7 tonight at the San Antonio City Council Chambers, 103 Main Plaza, San Antonio.
The city of New Braunfels is offering N*BUS transportation to the hearing and is asking people to meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center parking lot, 308 S. Seguin Ave. Call city hail at 608-2100 to confirm rides.
How lo speak your mind
Speakers must sign up on a list that will be located at the front of the building, and they should arrive early because the San Antonio City Council Chamber provides only about 300 seats. Local water officials said speakers will be limited to three minutes, so they should make their points brief while emphasizing the following:
■ Local conservation efforts, such as the city’s water ordinance that imposes year-round restrictions
■ New Braunfels Utilities has removed 90 percent of its dependence on the aquifer since 1991 through its sUrface-water treatment plant.
■ The plant cost about $8 million in bonds and an estimated $4.5 million in additional investments for water purchase, plant operation and the installation of new water and sewer lines.
rules classify NBU as a conjunctive user, a user of both Edw ards and surface water.
Miller said the Riles unfairly give NBU this distinction and should be changed to give credit to NBU and other conjunctive users that invest in surface-water systems.
“The EAA is making a disincentive through these rules to seek alternative sources for water, and that’s not the right message that this authority was created to send,” Miller said.
Miller said he favors a federal court plan that would have allowed NBU to pump 6.9 million gallons of water per day from the aquifer in addition to 8 million gallons per day of surface water that it takes in from the Guadalupe River.
IGreat moments in history from a fly’s perspective. See Opinion, Page 4A.