New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ORAN KOEPP
Vol. 143, No. 222
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Oran Koepp, Joseph Word, Janet Reeves, Ryan Gonzales, Marcus Sanchez and Julisa Diaz.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -242 cubic-feet-per-sec.,down 8.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.32 feet above sea level, down .04. Guadalupe River — 110 c.f.s.
Fair Queen contest Sunday
The Comal County Fair Queen's contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at Canyon High School Commons. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest. The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year. The cost is $2 per person, with pre-school children free.
Art demonstration tonight
Anita Diebel will paint a nature subject in acrylic on rice paper this evening at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W San Antonio St. She has won many awards in regional art shows. The meeting is open to the public.
Kinderchor practice tonight
The New Braunfels Kinderchor will have a beginners only practice tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street. For information, call David Smith at 629-1785.
Rodeo tickets on sale
The contestants of the Comal County Fair Association Rodeo Queen's contest are now selling tickets for the PRCA Rodeo to be held Sept. 27-30. You may contact the fair office at 625-1505 for more information on how to purchase tickets from these young ladies.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday, evening, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the CHS band hall All Comal, CMS, and CHS band, choir and drill team parents are invited to attend Parents will meet with their child's music group director
Lecture on stroke prevention
A free lecture on ‘Stroke Prevention, What Everyone Should Know,' will be given by neurologist Dr. Bill Davis tonight at 7 p m. at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Street It is open to the public. Call 625-7526 for information.
Bond election subject of forum
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Inde pendent School District Bond Election Panelists include Superintendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the Long Range Planning Committee The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valey Telephone Co-op on Sept 21 at 7 p m Call Rose Marie Eash at 980 3188 for information.
Children’s Museum eyes impact of new museum in SA.
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Children Museum is conducting a study to help determine the impact the recent opening of a similar museum in San Antonio will have on business. However, the board of directors believes it will have a positive impact in the future.
Susan Williams, executive director of the local museum, said the board of directors is studying what the new San Antonio Children's Museum will do to business at the NewUraunfels museum, which attracts many school groups from San Antonio and surrounding school districts.
Williams said the impact of the new opening cannot be determined yet, because it is still too early. However, she said over the "long haul" it should help the New Braunfels museum because more people will learn what children’s museums are, and will want to visit more. Williams said the competition is not with other museums. Instead, it is with all the other activities, such as indoor playscapes, that parents can take their children to.
“Our concern, as always, is educating the public on what it’s about, and what we have to offer,” said Williams. “We really do look at it as an opportunity for the future to get people interested in children’s museums and want to visit more.”
Williams said the museum does draw a lot of its attendance from San Antonio schools. However, she said these patrons will not be completely lost. She said the two museums differ in the types of exigences they offer, and children will have a unique experience at both.
‘Certainly it’s a concern. Now there’s just one more choice to decide from.’
— Susan Williams, executive director of the New Braunfels Children’s Museum
“Certainly it’s a concern. Now there’s just one morp choice to decide from,” said Williams. “But it’s not like going to one playground and then going to another one where you just duplicate everything.”
Williams said the two museums may even work together on projects, promoting each other. She said it is not unusual for two separate museums to work with each other on a project, and it is actually helpful.
“It’s a really positive thing for children’s museums when you can work together. So, that’s not out of the realm of possibility,” she said.
Williams said the possibility of people not going to the local museum because they can go to a larger one is not a concern.
She said the museums in Houston and San Antonio operate on a $3 million budget, and Austin’s has a $2 million budget.
She said the New Braunfels museum has about a $ 121,000 budget, and still gets praise from visitors from the larger cities.
“No one walks out and says ‘This is peanuts compared to Houston.’ They say ‘Man this place was great,’” said Williams.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Canyon High School collision
A Ford Bronco left lnterstate-35 and rolled into the ditch beside the freeway in front of Canyon High School about 8:30 a.m. today, following a collision on the freeway, according to preliminary New Braunfels Police Department reports. The Bronco was traveling north in the inside lane slightly ahead of a black Chevy Blazer traveling in the outside lane, NBPD reports said. Another driver cut off the Bronco, which veered toward the median, then back to the right, in front of the Blazer, which hit it and drove into the ditch. The Bronco rolled over into the ditch. The NBPD has not yet released the names of those involved. New Braunfels EMS transported the woman, who was driving the Bronco, to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Smith tries to strip birds of protection
By DENISE DZIUK
U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R - San Antonio) is trying to get three species removed from the endangered and threatened list, in what he calls an effort to protect property values.
Smith, along with 14 other members of Congress, wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Brace Babbitt petitioning him to remove the golden-cheeked warbler, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the black-capped vireo from the listing. The warbler and the woodpecker are common in Central Texas, and the vireo is located in Eastern Texas, and into Louisiana and North Carolina.
The Endangered Species Act makes it a federal crime to kill, harass or destroy the habitat of the birds, which has blocked some plans for development.
“We want very much to protect these and other species, but unfortunately these listings fail to do that.” said Smith, who represents most of Comal County. “These listings have discouraged private conservation and violate Congress’ intent for protecting wildlife.”
Allen Kay, spokesman for Smith, said the listings are hurting property owners. He said property owners who own land inhabited by an endangered or threatened species are having restrictions placed on them concerning what they can do
with the land.
“Our laws should ensure that birds and other wildlife are assets for property owners,” Smith said. “Something is senously wrong when ruinous burdens are placed on property owners who discover they have a haven for wildlife.”
Kay said a clear example of a landowner hurt by the listings is a Texas rancher who had land valued at $900,000. Once the land was determined a habitat its value dropped to $30,000.
“That’s not fair to come in after the fact and tell people what they can and can’t do with (their land),” said Kay.
Jay Slack, Chief, Branch of Western Ecosystems, said the law requires that measures must be taken to minimize the impact of development on the species.
“We do have a mechanism to allow people to develop on their land if an endangered species is located on it," said Slack The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv ice, which enforces the ESA, can grant permits to build on endangered species' habitats, if the property owner takes steps to minimize the impact on the species.
Kay said that rather than listing species as endangered, the public should be educated. He said the public should learn which ones are in danger, and what they can do to help protect them. “People have a tie to their land. It’s important to them. It’ll work because they want to do it and not because they have to do it,” said Kay.
Rylander fills in for no-show Perry at Gruene Hall speech
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Photo by ROBERT STEWART
Two Honda Accords were severely damaged when they collided on Highway 46 South near the Guadalupe County line shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday night. A 1986 Accord driven by Francis Bolin of New Braunfels pulled out of a driveway into the path of another Accord traveling on Highway 46, driven by Lamar Sutton of Seguin, when they hit, according to New Braunfels Police reports.
Sutton was carrying four passengers. Two were uninjured, one sustained minor injuries and the fourth sustained incapacitating injuries. Neither driver was injured seriously. All six were wearing seat belts, according to the police report. Charges of failing to yield right of way were filed against Bolin. Charges of driving without insurance were filed against both drivers, said the NBPD report.
CISD approves $12.89 million construction contract
By MELANIE GERIK
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved bids for construction and cafeteria equipment for the three new intermediate schools at a special meeting Monday night.
Tecom Construction, Inc. of Austin, whose bid was $ 12.89 million, was chosen as the general contractor by a 4-1 vote. BEW Construction Co., Inc. of Temple submitted a bid for $13.67 million, and BEW, combined with Williams Industries, Inc. of Houston and Pack Brothers Construction Co., Inc., had a bid of more than $ 14 million.
The bids were based on a Nov. 1, 1996, comple
tion date for the schools. Board members expressed concern about the date, which is three months later than the previously scheduled completion date.
“We all knew that the Aug. I date, although it’s possible, it’s unrealistic,” said Jay Barnes III, architect for the schcxds.
Tecom may begin construction on the schools as early as this week, said Roy Linnartz, CISD director of operations and maintenance. Canyon and Smithson Valley will be equipped to teach SOO firth- and sixth-graders, and Mountain Valley can teach 400 students, with the capacity to expand to 800. The board also awarded the contract for cafc-tena equipment to Top of the Table, whose $672,984 bid was $75,(XX) less than the closest vendor’s price.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Carole Keeton Rylander told the New Braunfels Republican Women on Monday night that the Republican Party is the “party of change, the party of reform and the party of mainstream.” Rylander, who was elected last November to till the unexpired term of New Braunfels native Bob Krueger, spoke at a barbecue dinner at Gruene Hall sponsored by the Republican women. Rylander took the place of T exas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry, who had to cancel because of another commitment. Perry sent his top aide, Mark Ellison, to represent him at the event.
In her speech, Rylander espoused the Republican ideals of free enterprise, less government regulation and less bureaucracy. She said that she and the Republican majority on the Railroad Commission are deregulating the tracking industry, making it affordable for Texans to ship their goods across the state.
“This state and this nation have been built by the private sector,” Rylander said. “Texans want unlimited opportunities, not unlimited government. We want to be free from the gixxl ole boy and good ole girl mentality of (President) Bill (Clinton) and Hillary (Clinton). We want our decisions to be made in Canyon Lake, Schertz, New Braunfels and McQueeney.”
Rylander praised the work of Republican Governor George W. Bush and Perry. Rylander said that Bush helped support a bill iii the Legislature which helped deregulate the tracking industry on Sept. I.
“Competition is the better regulator than governmental edicts." Rylander said The Railroad Commission, Rylander said, has cut positions iii Austin and is now adding positions at their area offices around the slate
Rylander credited Perry with his stand on the Endangered Species Act. Last summer, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict designating land in Central Texas and the Hill Country as a habitat for the goldencheeked warbler.
The edict drew an outcry from ranchers and local, state and federal politicians. The USF&WS later withdrew the edict.
"Rick Perry opposed the federal government telling us what we could do with our land,” Rylander said "I strongly support the rewnte of the Endangered Species Act. I think the paychecks and jobs of people should have priority over the prairie Atwater chicken,” Rylander said. "We need to fight environmental extremism and government overregu-lation.”
Rylander said she also supported a state law that went into effect on Sept I which says property owners can sue the state government if they feel a regulation has reduced the owners' property values by 20 percent.
“This law established governmental responsibility for the people,” Rylander said
The event at Gracile Hall attracted state aik! local area Republican officials Slate Senator Jeff Wentworth. State Representative Edmund Kuempcl, state Supreme Court Justice John Comyn. Sheriff Jack Diviner, County Judge Carter Casteel, Precinct f/4 Commissioner "Mix'” Schwab. Precinct It2 Commissioner Danny Scheel and Justice of the Peace Precinct H4 Howard SmithCaving in to Unabomber is a dangerous mistake. See Page 4.