New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, September 9,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol. 145, No. 214
Birthday wlrhii from tha HarakMMtung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betinda Barber, Norma Remmler, Pedro Villareal Sr., Jesse (Hot Dog) Rosales (belated) and Theresa Caballero.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Dan and Audrey Dean (48 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —2.749 Ragweed —38 Cedar Elm—192 Grass—18
(Polsn mMMured in parts par cubic meter d air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel )
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second. same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 625.42 feet above see level, down .05 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 265 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.39 feet above sea level:!Above conservation pod.)
Near Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 7.436 million gallons of surface water Monday and 1.292 million gaions of we! water.
Rain chances go up vvsonii icny
Tonight — Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low near 70. Winds becoming north near 10 mph, stronger and gusty near the thunderstorms.
WedMtday — Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. Northeast wind 10-15 mph.
Thursday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 80s Friday and Saturday —
Fair skies at night. Mostly sunny days. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 90s.
Ctoan up th* Lower Guadalupe
The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup will be Saturday. Land-based, water and diving volunteers are needed. Registration will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a m. at Double Rockin’
R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market 306. Volunteers are welcome to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park. For information, call 629-0939
Rsivtsivtft)#? those school sones
School is back in session, so remember to slow down in school zones. Also, watch for children loading and unloading school buses. In most situations, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children.
Project KISS hosts annual maoting
Proponents of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center (Project KISS) will have their 5th annual public meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative s auditorium located on Farrrvto-Mar-ket 3159. The public will have a chance to see the plans for the >. newest county park in Canyon Lake, the Hidden Valley Sports Park. CaM (830) 964-4488.
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show decorating committee prepares the Civic Center for the Sneak Preview tonight.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort announced Monday that it is pulling out of South Padre Island because of opposition from a group of condominium dwellers w ho did not w ant the waterpark built next door to them.
Jeff Henry, chief operating officer of NBGS International, Inc., Schlitterbahn’s parent company based in New Braunfels, said the Henry family decided to pull out arter it could not satisfy the concerns of the condominium residents. The owners of the property announced they were looking to sell the tract to other prospective buyers.
“It was the opinion of my family to give them what they wanted and leave the site,” Henry said. “We didn't want to be next to a group of hateful, mad neighbors.”
Schlitterbahn and Harlingen developer Hum beni' Zamora were looking to build a w aterpark on 14 acres of property between Park Road IOO and the Gulf of Mexico at the east end of the Queen Isabella Causeway.
The proposed beachfront waterpark would have been next door to Bndge-point Condominiums. According to the Valley Morning Star, the condominium’s property owners’ association had tiled a lawsuit looking to stop the waterpark from being built.
Bndgepoint Condominium residents were against the waterpark because of concerns it would clog traffic and lead to increased noise.
“Schlitterbahn can put out a good, quality product but the location was terribly wrong because of congestion,” said Ray Marchan, an attorney who lives at Bndgepoint and represents several residents in the lawsuit against South Padre Island.
The Valley Morning Star reported an environmentalist raised concerns that the waterpark would waste w ater, spoil the island’s scenery and intrude on wetlands and sand dunes in the area.
Schlitterbahn had hoped to open the park by next spring
Henry said he was disappointed the condominium residents felt the waterpark would have been an intrusion. He said the waterpark would have improved the quality of life on South Padre Island.
“We think the business would have enhanced the value of the condominiums,” Henry said. “We think it would have been a beautiful view (for the residents).”
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Council gives stamp of approval to recycling agreement
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels and Comal County are one giant step closer to a locally-run city curbside ^cycling program.
City council unanimously approved Monday a draft of a city-county agreement enabling the city to take over managing its curbside recycling program as early as January, when its contract with Browmng-Fems Industries expires.
Commissioaers Court will consider putting its stamp of approval on the agreement after its legal counsel reviews it.
County commissioners asked for four changes
to the agreement before the council voted on it, said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy. City council approved all of the changes:
I) The county requested a one-year contract with the city instead of the three-year contract in the city’s first draft.
Council member Randy Vans tory said a one-year contract was too short, considering the city’s initial capital investment was estimated at $350,000.
“I cannot imagine investing that much money if the contract was only for one year,” said Mayor Jan Kennady.
Council members approved the change on the
condition that if the agreement had a one-year term, it would include wording assuring residents of the city’s commitment to continue the curbside recycling program long-term.
2) The city’s first agreement called for the city to deliver collected recyclables to the county from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Fnday. Council approved Monday that the delivery times be changed to 7 a.m. to 4:30 pan.
3) The amended agreement says the city and county will cooperate to promote cardboard recycling — as in the first agreement — plus junk mail recycling, added Monday. BFl currently collects neither carcfcoard nor junk mail.
4) The wording of the section about who would staff the recycling center was changed — the first draft says “community service restitution workers,” which was changed to “jail inmates.” The agreement submitted to council had a 60-day termination clause — either the city or the county could terminate the contract tor any reason by giving 60 days’ written notice.
Council members told Cullom Murphy to negotiate for a 90-day termination clause instead. That would give the city ample time to seek bids for a commercial recycling firm if the contract ended, so service would not be interrupted, City Manager Mike Shands said.
Learning to read
For some Comal County adults, illiteracy obstacle to overcome
By DENISE DZIUK
Waterpark pulls out of S. Padre project
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Learning to read conjures up memories of sitting in a grade-school class with a book about Jane and Dick and their dog Spot.
But for many Comal County residents, learning to fead is an obstacle with w hich they must struggle daily.
Maggie C unning-ham. director of the
the Adult Education and Literacy Coop, said the co-op w as working hard to overcome Comal County’s literacy problem.
Last year, the co-op served 164 adults through New Braunfels Independent School District and 241 through Comal Independent School District. Between the two districts, 52 general education degrees were awarded, said Cunningham. The students ranged in age from 17 to 72.
“We serve the community as extensively as we can afford,” Cunningham said.
Hispanics made up a large portion of the individuals being served by the co-op, she explained, and most of these were not proficient in English. She said many Hispanic adults and children had little or no formal education, even in their first language.
“Some of these people start at zero level competency,” she said. “They’re illiterate not only in our language but in their own language as well.”
Alicia Parra, instruction coordinator for C1SD, said some students had problems with reading as a result of a disability. Those students are taught in special education classes.
Students struggling because of a language barrier receive extra reading help through the distnct’s bilingual program, she said. An estimated 130 students are currently enrolled in the C1SD bilingual program.
“You generally don’t have students at the high-school level that can’t read,” said Pana. “If you do, it’s die to not being properly assessed earlier.”
Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services at
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darnall
Tomas Martinez mads for his teacher Ms. Micaeta Gutierrez Monday afternoon. A few of the students in her dees am bilingual
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— Rosalyn Bratcher NBIS0 assistant superintendent for instructional services
Trail group seeks public support
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Proponents of the Rails to Trails project are taking their case to the public.
Comal County Rails to Trails had two public meetings dn Saturday morning and Monday to discuss its vision for die 13.8 mile, 100-foot-wide trail that would accommodate biking, in-line skating, running and walking.
Forty-five people showed up at the meeting St. Paul’s
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Chamber hosts show
Businesses showcase products at civic center
By DENISE DZIUK
Representatives from businesses throughout New Braunfels will be on hand at New Braunfels Civic Center to showcase services and products, and residents can get a sneak peak tonight at what’s in store Wednesday.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce ninth annual Busi
ness Trade Show will be conducted tonight and Wednesday at the civic center.
This year’s show will feature 66 booths for businesses that offer a variety of services and products. Chamber vice president Bonnie Tetrault said the two-day event is packed with fun.
“It’s primarily for other businesses and people to see the various products and services available in the community,” said Tetrault. “It’s an oppor-
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NB1SD, said literacy is a problem nationwide. Many programs are geared for young students to increase literacy rates, she said, including Help One Student To Succeed, Title I and Reading Recovery programs.
“We have on-gomg assessment with children at an early age so we can work with them,” she said. “Our goal is to catch it early and help these children learn to read.”
Bratcher said when students were struggling to read, it was not a result of ethnicity. She said it usually was because parents were not modeling reading at home and were not providing children with reading material.
“I don’t think it’s so much the ethnic background What I have found as an educator is it’s socioeconomic,”
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Third gndtm Dulce Cruz and Tonya Sanchez mad a book together during reading time at Memorial Elementary
Bratcher said. “That culture of poverty does not really support a pnnt-nch environment.”
However, the literacy battle is not won when a child masters the first reading book. Bratcher said even as
adults, people constantly improved their literacy. Learning to read was never accomplished, she said.
“I think part of what we do is make people realize you’re never finished learning,” she said.New Braunfels might have to pay for San Antonio's emissions — Page 4