New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Letters to the editor......................SA
Arts & Entertainment....................SA
Sports Day ....... 11A
Dear Abby .............................3B
The Marketplace .............4-89
Guadalupe River..............104 cfs
Comal River ..........308 cfs
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The Comal County Genealogy Society will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 4 st 7:30 p.m. in the North Building of Victoria Bsnk & fMfl^ I OO^Mocth WiIikh Av®
Mn. Lillian Schneider of San Antonio will be the tell of her research of old cemeteries in the Comal, Bexar, Guadalupe and Kendall counties.
The meeting is open to die public.Birthday wlilws from th* HwaM-Zattung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jonthan M turin, Rose Mary Rivera, Margaret Persohn, Danny Garcia, Diana Downing Pineda, Louisa Munoz, Orlando Her-
(S years!), J.C. Reagan, Eva Franks, Joe laabeU, Maxine Jones, Ramona Trunk, Myra Lee Ullrich, Flo Pacharxina, Peggy Stone, Deborah Worth, Mateo Zamarripa.
No matter how one decides to look at-Paul Fraser ’s- defeat of Gary—
—feWig for city council on May 7, it’s going to cost the taxpayer’s money
Con coni Bt ion Society to niBBt Sept. 29
The September meeting of the New Braunfels Conservation Society will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Forke Store at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting will include an ice cream social and election of offi
The public is invited to attend.
A yard sale will be held Saturday, Oct. I from 9 a m. until 4 p.m. at the Wagenftiehr Property, 321 San Antonio St.
This sale is to benefit the New Rr^nnfri* Conservation Society.
City offices to oIom fop county fofr ptPBdi
City offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 23 for the annual Comal County Parade.
However, the Sanitation Department will be out picking up garbage one and a halfhours earlier than usual. Crews ask that residents put their garbage out Thursday night.
For further information, call 608-2140.
Chunter sponsors Franklin soot Ins?
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Franklin Time Qieat Time Management seminar for Tuesday, Sept 27 from 8:30 arni. to 4:30 p.m. in Honors Hall. Cost of registration is $195 and may be picked up at the chamber office.
Call 623-2383 for more information.
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101st Comal County Fair begins tonight!
Host of events are scheduled to kick-off festivities of largest county fair in Central Texas
By CRAIG HAMMETT
B See editorial, Page 4A
The largest fair in Central Texas and one of the largest and oldest in the state officially kicks off tonight at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
A host of events are slated for the kick-off festivities, highlighted by the introduction of the Fair Queen and Courts and contestants for the Rodeo Queen.
The Night in Old New Braunfels begins at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds with an introduction by 1994 President Witted Voges.
At 7: IO pm., the outgoing and incoming Fair Queen and Court will be introduced. Shawn Lindsey is the 1994 Fair Queen,
Koryn Wunderlich is the princess and Katie Faust the duchess.
The outgoing Rodeo Court will be introduced as well as contestants for the 1994 Rodeo Queen.
A dance contest starts at 8 p.m. featuring polkas, waltzes, Country and Western, and swing.
The Grand March begins at 8:30 p.m.
In addition to rodeos, a carnival, food booths, and live entertainment every night, the fair will feature its stable of contest entries from needlework to cattle.
Jayne Jochec, treasurer of the fair, said they would be taking entries on things such as Arts and Crafts, Baking, Antiques, Sewing, Homemaking, you name it, until 6 p.m. this evening.
“There are signs were people can go and there will be somebody to help them find
where they should enter,” she said. “They can also go to the fair office and someone will help them.”
Among the judging beginning tonight includes pigeon judging and some agricultural events.
A Comal County-only rodeo begins tonight at 8 p.m. followed by three evenings of CPRA action at the rodeo arena, beginning each night at 7:30 p.m. For tonight's rodeo, only residents of Comal County are eligible to participate.
Events will include team penning and team roping. Youth events include youth flag race ' and youth penning. All participants must have proof of residency. The rodeo is being sponsored by Barry's Under Pass Saloon.
Carnival goers will have their chance to sample an additional sncak-a-pcak at the carnival.
On tap tonight
B Comal Corral - A Night in Old New Braunfels, 7 p.m., no admission charge.
■ Opening ceremonies, 7 p.m.
■ Outgoing & incoming Fair Queen courts. Also, outgoing Rodeo Queen court & incoming contestants, 7:10 p.m.
■ Dance contest, 8 p.m.
■ Cloverleaf Band, 8 p.m. -11 p m. Pigeon judging, 8 p m.
■ Ag judging begins, 7 p m
■ Comal County Rodeo, 8pm
Small T own
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Political insiders might call it small town politics.
Those from academia could observe and use large sociological terms to explain what was going on.
Gary Kahlig and Mayor Paul Fraser can each tell you their version of what happened on the night of May 7,1994.
But no matter how one decides to look at Fraser's defeat of Kahlig for the District 4 city council seat, one thing is for certain: it’s going to cost city tax payers.
Using litigation to protest a lost election is nothing new to New Braunfels residents. One only has to go back as far as the name Good-bread would take you. And despite New Braunfels* recent election dilemmas, the city is not unique to electoral squabbles.
Kerrville, Uvalde and it seems like almost any city located along the border have recently had elections contested or recounted
Typically, if there are allegations of federal laws being broken, the U.S. Justice Department would investigate.
Although Gary Kahlig charges in his lawsuit that the Voting Rights Act was violated, the Justice Department has not been asked to investigate by anyone. Kahlig alleges illegal votes were counted for Fraser, votes for himself were not counted and that city personnel prevented citizens from voting.
U.S. Asaiteant Attorney Demetrius Bivins, of the Justice Department in San Antonio, said if specific federal violations are alleged, a law enforcement entity like the FBI would investigate and if sufficient evidence was found, the agency would contact
the Justice Department.
Bivins did not see anything odd about the allegations made by Kahlig.
“A real close election can cause all sorts of allegations to come out by the loser and it’s because he or she might not be happy with the results," he said. “These are things that happen often.”
Too often, some long time New Braunfels residents have said.
In one of the most recent developments involving the lawsuit, Fraser asked the city council to “authorize the expenditure of city fonds for the employment of a private attorney...” In the civil suit, Kahlig names Fraser, not the city, as the defendant even though he alleges that several city employees broke state election codes and the Voting Rights Act.
Kahlig said two weeks ago he deliberately left the city off the suit so fees accrued would not be paid by the taxpayer.
However, even if the city council turns down the mayor’s request for fonding, it has already coat the city $350 for legal consultations with City Attorney Barry Moore. It baa also cost the city dozens of employee hours not spent on normal duties, but preparing depositions and making copies for the case Kahlig said contrary to popular belief, he is not rich and the lawsuit
Sierra Club denied by Bunton
By CRAIG HAMMETT
HarakhZaitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Gary Kahlig, a local buelneeaman, bel levee lh# city election of May • conducted
can be just as financially draining to him. He said he was going through with the suit because he believes he's
going to win and he would not ask the city for reimbursement for expenses after he won.
'What I spend on the election means slot to me,” he said. “lean spend my money and go to the lake or take a vacation to Colorado But when you're right you’re right and when your wrong you’re wrong and I just feel you don't keep fighting until foe fight is over.
“I don’t want to live with not saying here are what the irregularities are and here are what the illegalities are and I’m going to show them and then IMI just let the judicial progress take its due course.”
Kahlig said he does not believe the city council will approve Fraser’s request for funding, which could add up to thousands of dollars District Attorney Bill Rcimer said Fraser asked his office to investigate the election to show there was not any wrong doing However, Reinter said he could not investigate unless someone complained of violations and so for no one lits.
“We are not conducting an investigation to endorse an election ” he said “We react to complaints."
A federal district judge has denied a motion by th* Sierra Club todeclare a state of emergency in the Edwards Aquifer sending much of the debate over pumping of the aquifer back into the hills of the State Legislature.
Judge Lucius Bunton III refused to declare the state of emergency requested by the Sierra Club after Bunion's appointed water monitor, Joe Moore, presented a plan in August for cutting usage of the aquifer. Bunton is still considering the plan, however.
Bunton alluded to finding local solutions to solve the water problems in tbs region rather than federal intervention.
“I think he’s saying, OK, let’s give them a chance to prove themselves," said Doug Miller, water negotiator for the county and New Braunfels Utilities. “I think it is a clear indication. There are forces already building in San Antonio and the western counties (of the Edwards) that want to totally take out Senate Bill 1477.”
That particular bill, passed in the lsst legislative session, created the Edwards Aquifer Authority to regulate pumping and identify users of the aquila’. The board is currently on hold due to the appointed nature of its members rather than being elected.
Millers expects heated debtee during which
the next legislative session
begins in January. He thinks the judge
will wait to see if the stele can solve I own problems, or cannot.
“lf that happens, looks for the judas to jump right back into the middle of things,'’ he mid “We don’t want to do that.”
The city af New Braunfels was one of several interveners in the Siena Club’s three-year-old suit to protect endangered species in Comal and San Marcos Springs.
With better than average rainfall in both August and September, the aquifer has reached levels above 667 feet mal. It! early August, the low levels collied San Antonio to call for voluntary water conservation.
County eyes complaints of several junk vehicle ordinance violators
By CRAIG HAMMITT
The county has yet to prosecute any individuals under the new junked vehicle ordinance, although complaints have been filed, said the county attorney.
Ntehan Rhdnlinder said the county
has received complaints and that offenders have been notified through the environment health office. He said there is a 30-day waiting period. Complaints go through the justice of the peace offices before the county can go in and remove the vehicles and/or fine the offenders.
“We can enter and remove the vehi
cle,” said Rheinlsnder. “That's not something we can do lightly. The new ordinance was passed recently by the county in response to several occurences of unauthorized junked vehicles in the county. Rheinlsnder said pursuing such cases through civil courts was very “paper intensive” while following the criminal route was less
One Bulverde resident, Gregory Canfield, said junked vehicles and other debris near his place had created eyesore for about (bur months.. He even lent a letter to the county attorney
“Three weeks ago, they started haul
ing ago, th mg in junked vehicles. That’s when I decided to do something,” he said “b's basically right in my backyard ” Rheinlsnder said the county would hire an attorney who deal
specifically with environmental complaints such aa junked vehicles, septic tanks and flood plains.
asking that something be done under : health codes. He dk
did not know
of the county ordinance.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846