New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 225 14 pgs. in 2 sections September 30, 1999
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50 centsArea leaders working to air out pollution problemSan Antonio mayor says action days aren’t enough
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
SAN ANTONIO — Ozone Action Days just aren’t cutting it, area government officials said Wednesday.
Never heard of that designation? Couldn’t define it?
That’s the point, San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak said.
“I don’t think some people ever figured out what an ozone action day is,” he said.
For those in the dark, it’s the designation made by Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission when weather conditions are ideal for the formation of ozone, a reactive gas that forms when pollutants react in the presence of sunlight and heat High, unhealthy levels of ozone often are triggered by hot, dry weather and heavy traffic.
The Greater San Antonio area, which includes Comal County, experienced high levels of ozone too many times this year — a violation that could result in various penalties, such as increased gas prices.
In an effort to help prevent these penalties and keep air clean for health reasons, Peak and other local government officials, including Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin, formed a committee to develop strategies for reducing air pollution.
The 10-member Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee is organized through Alamo Area Council of Gov-
emments, a voluntary association of 94 governmental entities in 12 counties.
The executive committee has been meeting since April, along with an advisory committee.
At their meeting Wednesday, committee members agreed to launch a year-round educational campaign. They also said a different approach was needed.
“We need lifestyle changes,” Minikin said.
People need to get in the habit of car-pooling and using electric-powered lawnmowers, he said.
Currently, residents are told to make changes only on Ozone Action Days.
Minikin said he also wanted to see more of an emphasis on public health. Ozone can inflame lung tissue and spark breathing problems.
And that message hasn’t gotten out.
“This all relates to individual health,” he said.
Instead of an emphasis on health, the focus had been on penalties, such as increased gels prices or increased vehicle inspection fees, Minikin said.See POLLUTION/3A
Early voting brisk for NBISD bond
Closing time nears at Dittlinger Library
From staff reports
Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., closes for good at 6 p.m. Friday.
Mayor Stoney Williams will check out the last book.
No items are due during the time the library is closed, but library users can continue to
return library materials in the book drop at the Dittlinger until the new library opens.
No books can be checked out during the closing period.
Library employees will spend the next two weeks packing and moving to the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St.
The new library is scheduled to open Od 16. Williams will check out the first book.
The new library will feature more meeting room space, two study rooms, a Friends of the Library bookstore, additional parking and additional computer workstations. The Dittlinger Library opened on Oct. 11, 1969.
Fate of $75 million package will be decided Saturday
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
New Braunfels Independent School District officials said they didn’t know what to expect Saturday when voters decide the fate of a $75 million bond package.
But one thing’s for sure — more voters are going to the polls than did in the district’s 1994 bond election.
Early voting results already have surpassed the total number of ballots cast during the district’s $ 15 million bond election in 1994.
Polling counts released by the district indicated 1,595 NBISD voters participated in early and branch voting Sept. 15-28. That’s more than the 1,272 voters who turned out in 1994.
Five years ago, 487 voters went to the polls during early voting and 785 voted on election day.
During early voting this year, 794 voters cast their ballots at the Education Center, 430 West Mill St., and 801 voters turned out at early voting branch locations. This was the first time the district used early voting branch locations during a bond election.
David Rastellini, NBISD elections administrator, said the addition of branch voting locations played a part in the higher turnout.
“It’s a lot more convenient for the voters,” he said.
But Rastellini also said voters seemed to be show mg more interest in the current bond election.
“This bond election has been very well-publicized and I think people
New Braunfels ISD patrons can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the following locations: District 1 — Lone Star Primary, 2343 W. San Antonio St.
District 2 — Memorial Elementary, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.
District 3 — Seele Elementary, 540 Howard St.
District 4 — Lamar Primary, 240 N. Central District 5 — New Braunfels High School, 2551 Loop 337
have expressed a lot of interest rn the election,” he said.
Despite the higher turnout, a large percentage of registered voters in NBISD have not gone to the polls. There are 21,332 registered voters, which means only 7.4 percent casted their ballots early.
Rastellini said he did know if high voter turnout would continue. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the follow ing locations:
• District I — Lone Star Primary, 2343 W. San Antonio St.
• District 2 — Memonal Elementary, 19(H) S. Walnut Ave.
• District 3 —
540 Howard St.
• District 4 -240 N. Central
• District 5 New Braunfels High School, 2551 Loop 337
School officials said the bond pn> jects were necessary to renovate
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Seele Elementary, Lamar Primary,
Annual Moving Waters Pow Wow begins Saturday at Canyon Lake
By Erin MAGRUDER
Native Americans from across the nation will celebrate their unique heritage this weekend at the fourth annual Moving Waters Pow Wow.
The Pow Wow provides a natural setting for generations of Native American families to gather and enjoy the songs, dances, art and traditions of their culture.
The event was founded by the Moving Waters Foundation, a group of local citizens interested in preserving and sharing
the history of Native Americans.
“We wanted to dispel the Hollywood myths about what American Indians are like,” said Pow Wow coordinator John Guenzel. “Hie Pow Wow lets people see the tine Indians — dressed in filii, authentic regalia.”
Guenzel said he expected at least 30 Native American tribes to attend.
“It will be a very diverse event,” Guenzel said. “We have people from Kansas, Colorado, Mexico, Florida and Oklahoma
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Book sale begins today
Joseph Hinojosa, left, flips through childrens’ books Wednesday with his mother, Susan, at a sneak preview for the annual Friends for the Library book sale at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The sale will run from 9 a m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Proceeds benefit the public library.
Above, cars and trucks form a long line Wednesday as traffic is forced into a single lane at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35. Traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions as road construction crews perform expansion work on the 1-35 bridge. Texas Department of Transportation resident engineer Greg Malatek said he encouraged those shopping at Wal-Mart, 1209 Interstate 35 South, to use the driveway nearest Taco Bell to alleviate congestion at the intersection. But Tex Morton (left) of New Braunfels had a different plan. Morton said he parked his car at the H-E-B shopping center, 651 S. Walnut Ave., and walked to Wal-Mart to do his shopping, then walked back. He said the exercise was good and it helped avoid the traffic jam on Walnut.