New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 217 14 pages in 2 sections September 5, 2000
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Beer ban supporters collecting signatures
Citizens’ group braves heat, hecklers
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
The “Citizens United to Save Our Rivers” were sunburned sweating and aching Monday afternoon.
They had worked three days in record-breaking temperatures, focused on gathering enough signatures to place a proposed river alcohol ban on the November ballot. In spite of the heat and occasional heckling, their resolve remained unwilted.
“We’re just really enthusiastic,” co-chair Kathleen Krueger said. “We know we’re up against a short deadline. There s a time to rest, and it’s not now.”
Krueger’s group formed late this past week to support a petition for the river alcohol ban. The group must obtain at least 1,632 signatures for it to be considered by the city council, but Krueger and her supporters are pushing for 2,000 signatures.
They must submit the petition to the city by this afternoon. Then, the city will verify the signatures. At that point, a city council meeting could be called to consider the petition.
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NB police arrest more than 50 on river
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels police arrested more than 50 people this weekend as a result of increased law enforcement on the Comal River.
After a mandate from city council, the police department placed one of its largest forces ever on the Comal River to control the holiday crowds. Lt. Doug Dunlap said 16 officers manned the river Saturday, 14
officers were on the river Sunday and six worked Monday.
No major incidents occurred on the river, he said. Dunlap said police made about 12 arrests Saturday, 36 Sunday and six as of about 6 p.m. Monday. Also, police issued more than 30 citations for violations ranging from littering to resisting arrest, Dunlap said.
“The presence of police certainly did assist in calming the crowd down,” he said.
Comal feelin’ hot, hot, hot
Meteorologists: Relief could be on the way
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Record-breaking heat and an unrelenting high-pressure system made it hard for anyone to keep cool Labor Day Weekend.
The high-pressure system has worked like a Ziploc seal and kept clouds out, air dry and temperatures high.
For bathers try ing to get some relief from the heat, the low waters of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers weren't much help against afternoon temperatures that reached I IO degrees by 3 p.m.
“If it’s not a record, it’s pretty close,” meteorologist Latrice Max-ie said.
She said historical records of New Braunfels temperatures were unavailable, but that the same temperatures in San Antonio broke a 109-degree record there.
Mike Garza, a San Antonio auto mechanic in town to work on a friend’s car, kept a well-stocked ice chest and a lawn chair less than three feet from him to keep from overheating.
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I definitely wouldn’t be out here,” Garza said, w iping his brow with a sweat-sopped towel. “I mean, I’m used to it being hot, but this hurts.”
The weather service meteorologists say the pressure system will move north today, and they predict temperatures in the 90s the rest of the week.
Moisture caught at the edges of the pressure system could bring rain to the area by tonight.
“Clouds and a little moisture should keep the temperatures from climbing well above IOO,” Maxie said.
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Corey Awaldt, 11, who recently moved to New Braunfels from North Carolina, spends Labor Day catching tadpoles for fishing bait Monday afternoon at Landa Park.
Paramedic Lloyd Hausman, who works for the New Braunfels and Bulverde emergency medical service departments, warned residents to stay out of the heat.
“The best way to protect yourself is to not be out there in it,” he said. “Stay out of the heat.”
Heat-related illnesses include mild cases of dehydration, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. The most severe and life-threatening problem is heat stroke.
“The way heat stroke works, (the affected person) could have a diminished mental capacity and not really know how much trouble they’re in,” Hausman said. “If it went to one of those final stages (heat-related illness), then early intervention and quick intervention is the only thing that is going to help.”
County to discuss conservation easements
Programs couldcut taxes, protect open land
By Ron Maloney
A state official will visit Comal County Commissioners’ Court Thursday to talk about ways ow ners of open land can protect their properties from subdivision, reduce the taxes and keep them in the family.
County Judge Danny Scheel said Carolyn Scheffer w ith the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency’s Land Conservation Program would discuss the benefits
of conservation easements. She also will answer ques-tions, so Scheel said he wanted residents to attend.
sioners meet at 8:15 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. Scheffer is tentatively scheduled to speak starting at 9:15 a.m.
Comal County is looking for
ways to protect its quality of life and environment. Scheel said the public had an interest in protecting open land.
“I’d really like to get the word out to anybody who could be interested,” Scheel said. “Please come down and listen to this important presentation.”
A conservation easement creates tax benefits for landowners w ho might w ish to protect their property from development. What the property owner does is agrees to a deed restriction that specifies what type of development might take place on a given piece of property — while keeping ownership of
In essence, the owner agrees to give up certain rights that are tailored to a particular piece of property. An example would be a right to subdivide a property or construct buildings on it.
A property w ith conservation or historic value can be protected by an easement or property restriction. This land can include, but is not necessarily limited to, forest, wetland, farms, ranches, endangered species habitat, beaches, scenic areas or historic areas, according to the Washington, D.C -based Land Trust Alliance. Granting See COUNTY/5A
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Bush, Gore head into fall campaigns
NAPERVILLE, 111. (AP) — Opening his fall campaign, George W. Bush taunted rival Al Gore today for rejecting his offer of three presidential^ LL LL debates.
“All of a sudden the words ‘anytime, anywhere’ don’t mean anything," Bush told a Labor Day rally.
Bush and running mate Dick Cheney together opened a campaign push through six Midwest battlegrounds, with Illinois and Michigan first. The Gore campaign held open the possibility of negotiations over three more w idely televised prime-time debates.
For a look at how the candidates got here and where they go from here, see Page 8A.
Hometown boy takes reins
Former Marion student finds himself superintendent of school district
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Marion school superintendent Dennis Dreyer gets down to the students’ level by eating lunch in the school cafeteria. Dreyer knows what ifs like to eat in the Marion school cafeterias - he attended school in Marion.
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Inheriting a school district in the midst of a personality change doesn’t make a job transition for a new administrator easy, but Marion Independent School District superintendent Dennis Dreyer has been preparing for the job his entire life.
His family has farmed the land for generations, and he began his career within the district in 1981. He even has a connection to the building his office is in: his great uncle helped build it at the turn of the 20th century.
“I’m what they call a hometown boy deluxe,” Dreyer said.
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Dennis Dreyer Marion ISD superintendent
Rung by rung, the superintendent climbed his way up the MISD ranks as a student, teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.
Two months ago he accepted the superintendent’s job.
Now he must tackle a multi-layered problem that starts w ith a projected enrollment
growth rate of 30 percent in the next five years: packed classrooms, aging facilities, teacher recruitment and keeping the personal touch in education.
“We’re outgrowing the existing buildings,” Dreyer said. “And while preparing for growth. I’d like to preserve that rural atmosphere - and that you’re not a number when you come to MISD. You’re a person and you’re treated like that.”
Preserving the small-town feeling in the classroom is something that was important to his predecessor, too. Tom DeKunder, who is an assistant professor at St. Mary’s