New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, September 16,1997
otomKor ift 1QQ7 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of S. T. Burros
Vol. 145, No. 219
Birthday wlshas from the Herald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: S. T. Burros, Ima Perez, Donese Porter, Clinton Reed, Karen Simpson, Cindy HiU, Reece Timmerman (13 years old), Sofia Diaz, John Hanley (40 years old), Gregory Addison (belated), Jerry Knapp, (71 years), Joshua Sasser (belated), Christine Camarera) (belated) and Daniel Moos.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Vernon and Evelyn Wilson (64 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 1,968 Cocklebur — trace Ragweed —190 Cedar Elm—114 Grass—14
(Potter measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hamper) River Information Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second. same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.38 feet above sea level, down 04 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.01 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
N8U reports punning 7.013 miion gallons ot surface waler Monday and 1.479 mtton galore of we! water.
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wsithtr in forecast
Tonight — Some late night and early morning low clouds. Otherwise mostly clear. Low in the mid 70s South wind near 10 mph
WodnoMtay - Some morning haze Otherwise partly cloudy. High in the mid 90s South wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday through Saturday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s.
SOS Food Bank gooks donations
The SOS Inc., Food Bank needs to restock its shelves The items needed the most are canned milk, canned meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, soups, cereals, laundry items, shampoo and bath items. To make donations, call 629-3663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St
To apply to receive the food, come by the office and fill out an application.
Watch out for toad repairs
Motorists driving around the city need to be on the look out for a few areas which will be worked on today:
• City work crews will be reconstructing and reshaping Hackberry Avenue.
• Seele Street to Hampe Street will be closed today because New Braunfels Utilities work crews will be replacing a sewer line.
wocvwnumvy turin shop noods donations
The Community Service Thrift Shop is soliciting dona tions. All items are welcomed. Bring donations to 132 Cad-dell or contact Pete at 625-3439 for pickups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thrift shop hours are 9 a m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Volunteers collect 8,000 pounds of trash
By DENISE DZIUK
Volunteers took to the river Saturday in a massive annual effort to clean it up after a summer of tourism traffic.
Friends for Rivers vice president Tom Talcott said the day was a “tremendous success.” He said more than 800 volunteers showed up and collected more than 8,000 pounds of trash, including barbed wire, a head board and a 55-gallon drum.
“It was a tremendous success,” Talcott said. “The water was absolutely crystal clear so we were able to get the stuff at the bottom of the river. This stuff didn’t come from the banks; that’s important.”
He said it was particularly nice to see the more than 400 Boy Scouts and their parents show up for a day on the river. Troops came from as far away as Sugarland, Houston and Fort Worth. Many high school students from Comal County
‘It was a tremendous success. Tho water was absolutely crystal clear so we were able to got the stuff at the bottom of tho river/
—Tom Talcott Friends for Rivers vice president
and surrounding areas participated.
“We’re going to try to cultivate that group,” Cathy Talcott said. “Thotx.- are the ones that reap the rewards because they will preserve the river for themselves and their families.”
Cathy Talcott added the day was about more than spending a few hours cleaning the river for a free T-shirt and meal.
“They just Teel so good inside knowing they were able to help,” she said. “They can see the
difference they’ve made.”
Water Oriented Recreation District general manager Jim Inman said the cleanup improved the general condition of the river.
“I hate that there was that much garbage along the river, but I was glad that there was someone to scoop it up,” Inman said. “I hope the biggest benefit was the scuba divers who were able to clean hard-to-reach spots.”
He said volunteers also had a few surprises, when they found a sofa, a seat from a truck and a lawn mower. Inman said he did not know how the stuff got in the river, but it obviously had been there for a while.
Rockin’ R River Rides owner Zero Rivers won the kayak after he purchased S50 worth of raffle tickets, said Tom Talcott. When the winner was announced, Talcott said. Rivers turned around and auctioned off the prize, raising an additional $400 for the Friends for Rivers general fund. Talcott said this is the second year Rivers has done that.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
David Oldham and Draw Crock stash away soma of their recyclable findinge at the Guadalupe River Cleanup Saturday.
Herakj-Zertung photo by Michael Damall
Bryan Penroee gathers a lot of meet at H-E-B during his three-minute grocery shopping spree Saturday. The New Braunfels Lions Club sponsored the event Penrose’s wife Dawn actually won the raffle, but she got her husband to go on the spree.
Resident speaks out against CISD taxes
By DENISE DZIUK
Taxpayers in Comal Independent School District had an opportunity to speak to the board of trustees Monday night about the proposed tax rate to fund the 1997-1998 budget
but only one person addressed the board.
The CISD board of
Scout helps chamber add deck
By DAVfO DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Chance Sparks has not lived in Comal County for a long time, but he is having a big impact on his community already.
The 15-year old Smithson Valley High School sophomore recently was involved in an Eagle Scout project to help beautify Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce. The project's purpose was to build a deck (Mi the chamber building, on Farm-to-Market 2673 west of Saltier.
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Drowning ruled cause of death of man found in lake
1997-98 CISD tax bills
The budget’s proposed tax rate is $1.73 per $100 of valuation: A $100,000 home with a $15,000 exemption and CISD’s optional 20 percent exemption would result in $1,124.50 in school property taxes, a decrease of $105.50 from last year. The average homeowner would see a decrease of $52 68.
Even if the rate of $1.73 is approved, the district w**l have to use about $168,000 of the $8 million in its fund balance to balance the budget. The tax rate hearing was Monday, and a rate should be adopted Sept. 24.
San Antonio resident’s body found near marina
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office ruled in a preliminary report Monday that drowning was the cause of death for a San Antonio man whose body was found in Cany on Lake Sunday evening.
Comal County Sheriffs investigator Lt. Dennis Koepp said officials would not investigate further into the case of Bobby DeW ayne Holloway, 38, whose body was found floating near the dock of the Canyon Lake Manna at 5:17 p.m. Sunday.
The body was removed from the water with assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer rangers. Holloway’s body had some
scratches but no serious injury, the sheriff s report said.
“He (medical examiner) showed the cause of death to be a drowning,” Koepp said. “He found no other evidence for us to pursue a enminal case ”
Koepp said Holloway went to the marina with two friends Friday evening where they rented a travel trailer space. The three had been chinking into the early hours of Saturday morning, Koepp said.
After waking up Saturday morning, Holloway’s friends noticed that he was missing, Koepp said. The friends mistakenly were told by a person that they had to wait 24 hours before they could call authorities and report him missing, Koepp said.
Koepp said authorities were waiting for toxicology report results, which were expected to take a week, before determining whether alcohol was a factor in the drowning.
trustees last month approved a budget totaling $46.9 million.
The board is proposing a tax rate of SI.73 to fund it, an increase from the current rate of S1.64. The proposed tax rate still would require almost $200,000 from the fund balance, or the district’s savings account.
“This would fund the budget with the exception of
SI 68.000.” CISD director of finance Abel Campos said.
District patron John Bertelsen was the only person to speak to the board. He said the budget was approved weeks before the tax hearing, and by this point, there was little that could change.
“I don’t feel that my speaking or anybody else’s speaking will change that budget,” he said “The tax hearing is time for taxpayers to vent their anger and frustration.”
Bertelsen said taxes continued to increase, and the only way the district could control spending was to evaluate its programs. He also recommended forming a committee to look for budget cuts that would allow CISD to remain a quality district.
“I’m just scared of the direction we’re heading in this district with the money,” he said.
Board president Dan Krueger told Bertelsen the board was looking for ways to make the money stretch. He added that much study and input went into the budget process.
“We’ve got some major hurdles to work on ... we’re doing ev erything we can,” he said.
Krueger added that a loss in state funding coupled w uh unfunded state mandates put added stress on the district's purse. He said salaries made up SO to 85 percent of the budget, leav ing the board little to adjust.
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A rancher’s woes: Loose dogs slaughter livestock
By DENISE DZIUK
A Smithson Valley rancher woke Saturday morning to find the majority of his livestock slaughtered, and the owners of the dogs responsible could be held financially responsible.
Paul Maurer said he walked outside Saturday morning and found 49 chickens, three geese, 23 guineas, two (hicks and two peacocks slaughtered. He said all of them had been hatched with the help of an incubator, and finding them dead WM upsetting
“It was bomble,” he said. “I came in and started crying. My son was sleeping. I told him, ‘Get up. We have to do something.’”
Maurer said he searched tor the animals that did the killing but had no luck. So, he set a trap Saturday night and woke early Sunday morning. He said he heard the sheep and goats crying and walked (Nit to find four dogs attacking his livestock. He said a couple of the animals were injured during the second raid.
“Most of them they (lolled) Saturday morning,” said Maurer. “They came back Sunday morning, but I had most of them penned up, but there
wasn’t much left to pen up ”
Maurer said he shot two of the dogs responsible for the attack and crippled a third one. The crippled one had a tag, and he said he planned to talk to the dogs’ owner to see if they could reach a settlement.
Comal County Animal Control Officer Steve McKin said that was the first report from that part of the county in several months. Most of the complaints come from the Bulverde and Spnng Branch area.
McKin said that according to the state’s health code, a livestock owner legally can shoot a dog
found attacking, chasing or feeding off livestock. He said the only stipulation was that the rancher saw the animal doing it.
“Legally, they can’t do it unless they catch them in the act,** he said.
McKin said the county had a leash law, and dogs must be fenced in, on a leash or under the direct supervision of the owner. He said that if his office can track the owner of the dog after it has killed livestock, the owner can be held liable for damage He said even if several dogs were involved, and only one owner was found, that Turn to Uv—lock, Page 2Mexico celebrates Independence Day today — Page 5