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Vol. 148, No, 220 14 pgs. in 2 sections September 23, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Native American visits schools
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Texas native Eric Marley, whose Comanche name is “White Turtle ” spent the past 16 years living like a Plains Indian in the Hill Country, and he has a simple message for today’s youth.
“Don’t spend time playing video games. Learn everything you possibly can. Every day is a new learning experience,” Marley said to
fifth-grade students Wednesday at Mountain Valley Intermediate School.
Marley is one of hundreds of local artists and craftsmen planning to attend the fourth annual Moving Waters Pow Wow Oct. 2-3 at Canyon Lake.
Marley said he would participate in the tepee contest, in which contestants try to create the most authentic tepee.
Other events will include American Indian aits and crafts, Northern and Southern drums, gourd dancing, inter-tribal and competition dancing and storytelling.
As part of his presentation on Native American culture, Marley demonstrated how he used items found in his environment, including feathers, animal furs, glass bottles
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Erie Marley of Abilene displays Native American crafts for Mountain Valley Intermediate students on Wednesday.
Brush fire blamed on cigarette
About 15 acres burn near Canyon Lake Wednesday
By Erin Magruder
A lit cigarette might have sparked a brush fire that burned about 15 acres Wednesday in the Canyon Lake area.
The blaze started about 1:40 p.m. near a fence line on Farm-to-Market Road 2722 near Bear Creek Road. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS responded w ith assistance from New Braunfels and Spring Branch volunteer fire departments, Captain Jeff Murray said.
Six brush trucks and two tankers were used to contain the blaze in about 20 minutes. Murray said. However, the fire was slowly spreading even two hours after containment.
“It might take until 2 or 3 a.m. to completely put the fire out.” Murray said.
Because of changes in wind direction, the fire still was flaring up in different places, he said.
One unoccupied structure was burned in the fire, but no homes were in danger, said Bob McKinney of the Central Texas Fire Prevention Team.
“The fire spread very quickly because of the increased winds and the dryness of the vegetation,” McKinney said. “We are lucky it did not bum more acres.”
Wednesday’s blaze was just the latest in a series of small fires that have swept the area. On Sept. 16, another fire near Canyon Lake was started by a welding spark and burned about IO acres, Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said.
A total of six brush fires were reported w ithin the past week in the Canyon Lake area alone, Manford said.
Because of drought and unrelenting high temperatures, a bum ban has been in place for all of Comal County since Aug. 9.
A fire that broke out Saturday near San Saba already has burned about 11,000 acres, said Mark Stanford, head of the rural fire defense section of the Texas Forest Serv ice. As of Wednesday, it w as only 85 percent contained.
Manford said he hoped Comal County would not be next.
“We are about as dry' as you can get right now,” he said. “There is an intense fire hazard in Comal County.”
To measure fire danger level, the Texas Forest Serv ice relies on the Keetch-Bvram Drought Index.
KBDI is an indicator of moisture in living vegetation. By measuring the amount of moisture in the soil, KBDI can calculate the fire danger for an area.
The KBDI scale ranges from 0 to 800 points, and anything measuring between 600 and 800 points indicates an extreme fire danger. On Wednesday, New Braunfels measured 721.
“Things are very bad in Comal County,” Stanford said. “At an index level more than 600, all of the v egetation is extremely dry — not just the dead stuff ” This means all of the vegetation can catch on fire, which produces more heat, spreads faster and is harder to put out, Stanford said.
The forecast show s only a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms or showers late Monday or early Tuesday, NWS meteorologist Clay Anderson said.
Mother, daughter still recovering from Monday evening accident
By Heather Todd
Students at New Braunfels Middle School signed cards and made posters Tuesday to show their concern for a seventh-grader recovering from a Monday night car accident.
Felicita Pastor, 48, and her 12-year-old daughter were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio at 6:30 p.m. Monday after they were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Loop 337.
Pastor was listed in fair but guarded
condition in the intensive care unit at University Hospital on Wednesday.
New Braunfels Police Department officers would not release the name of Pastor’s daughter because she is a juvenile. A spokesperson at University Hospital said they could not release information on the status of a juvenile patient.
School officials said reports from family members indicated the 12-year-old was not in the intensive care unit.See ACCIDENT/3A
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Days of the Scots celebration begins F riday
By Heather Todd
Plenty of animals, good food, music, and demonstrations of skill and talent w ill abound this weekend — but it won’t all be at the Comal County Fair.
The 11 th annual Days of the Scots w ill run Friday and Saturday at the 300-acre John Knox Ranch in Fischer, and local residents are invited to catch the sights and sounds of ancient Scotland in the Texas Hill Country.
The sound of bagpipes and drums will echo throughout the two-day festival while Scots of all ages and clans dressed in kilts perform demonstrations of w eaponry and give lectures on Scottish culture.
WHAT: 11th annual Days of the Scots celebration WHEN: Fnday and Saturday WHERE: John Knox Ranch, Fischer
The festival opens 8 p.m. Fnday w ith a concert featuring Celtic singer Roger Graham and harpist Nancy Hurrell. Tickets are $5 per person.
On Saturday, the festivities begin at 9 a.m., with admission $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.See CELEBRATION/3A
Fair entries roll in
From baked goods to sketches, there’s lots to be proud of
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
A Picasso-esque self-portrait and color-penciled sketch of a whale are only two of hundreds of entries in this year’s Comal County Fair.
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Wednesday morning when she submitted the two pieces of art created by her daughters, ages 2 and 5.
She joined the ranks of others who came to the fairgrounds to submit entries for baked goods, horticulture, antique and wildlife exhibits.
Judging began Wednesday night and will conclude this morning.
Morton isn’t worried about her daughters placing in one of the four age divisions. Instead, the idea is to get her children involved in a community-oriented event.
Another mother, Amy Sims, said, “It gets the kids excited about the fair.”
Kinder Tanzen dancers entertain onlookers at Wednesday’s “Night in Old New Braunfels” celebration in the Comal Corral. Other activities included a welcome to the fair, dance contest and free concert.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Schools and some businesses are shutting down Friday and residents will flock to San Antonio Street for the annual Comal County Fair parade.
“It kicks off the finn and festivities of the weekend,” parade co-chairwoman Sue Bush said.
The fun starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the pet parade. Registration and judging for the pet parade will last until 9:15 a.m. at Wuest’s parking lot on San Antonio Street. The pet parade will begin at 9:30 a.m.
First-place ribbons will be given for: largest pet, best dressed largest pet, best decorated pet and owner, largest fami
ly of pets, smallest pet, best dressed smallest pet, best decorated smallest pet and owner, most unusual pet, largest dog, smallest dog, best decorated bicycle and owner, best decorated bicycle, best decorated bicycle group and best dressed fowl and owner.
The parade will start at IO a.m. at Santa Clara Avenue and West San Antonio Street and will travel down San Antonio through downtown, around Main Plaza to Liberty Avenue and end at Prince Solms Park.
No parking will be allowed on San Antonio Street before or during the parade, which will feature local high school bands and various floats, cars and trucks. Bush said.
Grace Morton proudly presents a drawing of a whale Wednesday morning at the arts and crafts exhibit registration at the Comal County Fair. Judging began Wednesday night and concludes this morning.
Downtown prepares for parade