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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas iivNEWdfetaalsMFE WEST r >7 E Yr 11Herald-Zeitung ... „ J"*. - .............. ---- Vol. 148, No. 240    16    pgs.    in    2    sections    October    21,    1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bulverde NW consolidation election nixed City officials say they misunderstood state’s requirements for petition By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer A consolidation election for Bulverde Northwest has been cancelled after city officials learned they did not have the required amount of signatures on a petition. Bulverde Northwest residents were scheduled to vote Nov. 2 on whether or not to consolidate with the city of Bulverde. City officials thought they were only required to obtain 30 signatures to call the election, and were recently notified by the Secretary of State’s office that they need IOO signatures, Mayor Malcolm McClinchie said. “The election requirements are confusing,” McClinchie said. “We thought we were doing it properly at the time.” City officials thought they needed to obtain signatures of only 15 percent of the voters in the last election. “When we stopped collecting signatures, we had three times the amount of what we thought was required,” McClinchie said. “We thought we had what we needed.” Although city officials decided to cancel the election, they still are on track to continue with plans for consolidation, McClinchie said. Another election could be scheduled as early as January 2000, he said. Bulverde Northwest — with a population about 600 — incorporated May I w ith the intention of becoming part of Bulverde. The city is centered at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 46, spanning to the east and west. Even if the consolidation election had proceeded, Bulverde Northwest might have a bigger foe to worry about. On Oct. 6, the state filed a lawsuit against See ELECTION/5A Fall festival preview Happy anniversary Veterinary clinic marks 30 years of service By Betty Taylor Staff Writer For 30 years, the staff at Creek View Veterinary Clinic, 1121 Eikel St., has been tending to cattle, horses, cats, dogs, reptiles — even flying squirrels. On Saturday, the clinic will celebrate its anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. “We’re one of only two clinics in the city that do both small animals and large animals,” said Dr. Michael A. Doherty, who operates the clinic with his partner, Dr. Gary H. Brotze. Creek View originally focused on large animals. Since then, it has seen a higher percentage of birds, reptiles, exotics and what Doherty referred to as “pocket pets,” such as white mice, hamsters and snakes. “We’ve treated llamas, iguanas, and we’ve treated monkeys from the Snake Farm. We’ve worked on everything from circus bears to African lions and elephants,” Doherty said. Brotze said exotics were very popular among pet lovers. Brotze and Doherty still treat cattle, but they also take care of Sugar Gliders. The flying squirrels make a highpitched chirping sound and can glide, or “fly,” nearly 200 feet. “Some pet owners even have pouches specially made for them (the sugar gliders) so they can carry them around their neck,” Brotze said. “They are neat, little animals.” Brotze graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University in 1967. He grew up on a farm and said his back- WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Above, Physicians and staff members at Creek View Veterinary Clinic, 1121 Eikel St., gather at the front door. The clinic, which opened in 1969, will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Right, Creek View Veterinary Clinic nurse Susan Slovak, kisses her pet cat after it was treated by Dr. Gary Brotze, one of two veterinarians at the clinic. ground in livestock led to his decision to pursue his degree. Doherty graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1977. He also had experience working on a ranch and had been accepted into two medical schools and two veterinary schools before pursuing his present career. As pet owners, their experience is hard to beat. Between them, they have owned or now own cats, dogs, pygmy goats, birds, iguanas and other animals. “We also had a hedgehog at one time,” said Brotze, whose family includes two small children. “I always say that half of my waking hours, besides working, are spent feeding animals.” Doherty said the benefits of owning a pet were numerous. “I think they are a great source of unde manding affection. From a medical standpoint, they lower blood pressure, relax people and calm people,” he said. Creek View Veterinary Clinic opened in 1969 by Dr. Larry Waldrip, who is now retired. The clinic was remodeled in 1971 and again in 1986. Plans for expansion beginning this year include adding more boarding space and a bigger treatment and surgery area. The clinic offers a wide range of services including ultrasounds, endoscopy, eye surgery and orthopedic surgery. The staff attends workshops on a monthly basis to keep updated on new procedures and technologies. Lone Star Primary PTA members Deb Brazle (right) and Laura Russell promote the school’s upcoming Fall Festival. The public is invited to attend the fund-raiser, set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See page 2A for more. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Grandmother spreads word about SIDS ! t Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has personal meaning for Gooden By Heather Todd Staff Writer Three years ago, Reatha Gooden knew very little about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. But an unexpected tragedy changed Gooden’s life forever, and now she is dedicated to educating others about this rare condition. On May 5,19%, Gooden Reducing The Risk Researchers say there is no way to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but suggested parents do the following to reduce the risk: • Put babies to sleep on their backs, and inform grandparents, babysitters, and day care providers about positioning the baby on the back to sleep. • Do not smoke during pregnancy or during the critical first year of life, and do not allow anyone else to smoke around the baby • Use firm, flat bedding. Blankets and bumpers should be thin, flat and fastened securely to minimize the risk of covering the baby’s head or face. • Avoid overheating your baby — including too much clothing, heavy bedding, and a warm room. • Maintain good prenatal care and communicate with your baby’s doctor about changes in your baby’s behavior or health. spent the evening w ith her 4-month-old niece, Amanda Jane Gooden. Reatha said the child appeared healthy and happy, and later that evening she returned Amanda to the child’s aunt. Around 7 a.m. on May 6, Reatha got a call from the aunt reporting Amanda was found not breathing in her crib. An ambulance took the child to a local hospital, but Amanda could not be resuscitated. An autopsy was performed on the child’s body and medical officials told Reatha the baby likely died of SIDS. Reatha said the news came as a shock. “I don’t remember ever hearing of SIDS before that day,” Reatha said. “I didn’t know anything about it and I hadn’t really paid much attention.” After Amanda’s death, Reatha was determined to find out more about the condition that took the life a child who was her only granddaughter at the time. For the past three years, Reatha researched information and sought out SIDS support groups. Now', she uses her knowledge to try to educate parents of infants and would-be mothers. See SIDS/5ATrain Tour ScheduleFriday Depart Taylor, Union Pacific depot, 118 E. Front St. at 10 a.m. Arrive Austin, Amtrak Station, 250 N. Lamar Blvd. at 12:30 p.m. Depart at 1 p.m. Arrive San Marcos, Amtrak Station, LBJ and MLR Drive, 2 p.m. Depart at 2:30 p.m. Arrive 3:20 p.m. New Braunfels, JP depot, 302 W. Garden. Union Pacific safety tour rolling into town By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A train is coming to town — but this time to promote grade crossing safety. Union Pacific Railroad began a 29-day, four-state, 2,800-mile Southern Highway/Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Tour on Oct. 13, and will roll through New Braunfels between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Highway/railroad grade crossing safety presentations will be given to thousands of students, law enforcement officers and community leaders along the route. “When we operate these special *yins, itfc to reach as many people as we can about grade crossing safety,” UP spokesman Mark Davis said. “It draws attention to the problem.” In 1998, 45 people died and 155 people were injured in collisions in Texas at highway/railroad grade crossings. About 320 collisions were reported. Nationally, 422 people were killed and 1,270 seriously injured in 3,446 highway-rail grade crossing collisions. UP’s safety tour does help reduce these numbers somewhat, Davis said. “For the first five days or so after the tour, train crews notice people not taking as many chances,” he said. “But the 11th day after the tour, people go back to their old ways.” UP has several suggestions to avoid accidents at crossings: • Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. • Never race a train to the crossing. Even if you tie, you lose. • Do no get trapped on a crossing. Only proceed if you are sure you can cross the entire track. • Get out of your vehicle if it stalls on a crossing and call your local law enforcement agency for assistance. 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