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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 25 members of the RapUM 7( 1997. aq fife* jfti againtf Carolyn Camay of more than $32,000 in dam April 1 W~»cherdMdU other members utega ate (MWrtdKjMk    CSA POROO flBBF ITI* MPPJIBfc irate iir iter ^Ttienft^ rieptrttep arrest Carney att rooictoncewWte serving a < court warrant out of TravisLittle League playoffs get under way. See Page 5 TUESDAYNew10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 17,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas t Vol 145, No. 154 Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................5 Comics.........................................6 Market Race..............................7-10 Dear Abby......................................3 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HoraId-Zeitwig! I The New Braunfels Herald-Meitung extends birthday wishes I to: Jennifer LafFery, Pam Koer-llin, Tim Harris, Esmerelda DeLeon, Joshua Velasquez (5 years), Amanda White (4 years), [Tara and Tyra Schroeder (twins ■- 4 years), Larry W. Mueller, [Nancy Kneupper, Sharon Bartels, Betty Munie, Chad Everett Kennemer (18 years), Kathryn Reeves, Rito Robert Vallejo Jr. (ll years), Brandan Cribill (17 years), Oscar Barboza Jr. (17 years), Ernie Silva. Happy anniversary wishes go out to Donna and William Harwood (8 years). I To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Mold —1,213 Grass —16 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 293 cubic feet per second, down 1 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.59 feet above sea level, up .02. Canyon Dam discharge — 5,146 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 912.97 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) floPaPlfP Atm ureter flash flood watch today Any chance for showers will end tonight, but until then, residents need to be aware of the threat of rising water. The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly cloudy skies today with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. The threat of additional rain has the area under a flash flood watch until this evening. Today's high is expected to be in the low 90s and a south wind at near 10 mph will be blowing. Tonight, any rain the area sees will end early, leaving skies partly cloudy, according to the NWS. The low will be in the mid 70s with a south wind at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday will be partly cloudy, with a high in the mid 90s and a south wind at near 10 mph. Bm! th® heat It’s the time of year again that all of us who are going to be outside need to worry about the heat and humidity of South Texas. Here are a few tips about beating the heat. •Slow down — reduce your activities. •Don't dry out — drink lots of liquids. •Dress for heat — wear loose, light-weight, light clothing. •Get out of the heat — get into an air conditioned environment for awhile. Lamar Smith hosts town hall mooting Congressman Lamar Smith invites his constituents to meet with him Saturday in New Braunfels. The congressman will conduct a public “town hall” meeting at 11 a.m. at Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St. “I look forward to this opportunity to hear directly from the residents of Comal County on issues that are of concern to them," Smith said. Troopers arrest Republic of Texas member in Bulverde Woman contempt, attempted capital murder From staff reports State police arrested a Republic of Texas woman Friday evening on charges of contempt of court and attempted capital murder after she allegedly pointed a handgun at a state trooper. Carolyn Carney, 54, of Bulverde, was arrested at 6:51 p.m. Friday at her residence in Oak Village North by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Office. She remains in the Comal County Jail without bond for the contempt charge and $250,000 for the charge of attempted capital murder of a peace officer. Officials identified Carney as the secretary of the cabinet for the reformist group, the Republic of Texas. They said she was affiliated with Richard McLaren, the group’s leader who staged a standoff with state police in April near Ft. Davis. The Bulverde incident began when the DPS Special Crimes Service attempted to serve a Travis County warrant on Carney for failure to appear in court for a December hearing. She is a one of 25 defendants in a lawsuit that die attorney general’s office filed against members of the group. In the suit, the AG’s office alleges that liens against state and private property owners that the group had filed were invalid. Police said they had tried to arrest Carney earlier that afternoon, but her husband, Dave Carney, informed them that she was not present. Police said they then obtained a search warrant to enter the house later that evening because they believed she was inside. They said they returned to the scene where Turn to Republic, Page 3A Lending a hand New Braunfels volunteers paint neighbor’s home Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darnall Megg Chetopa and aavaral of her neighbors painted a home at 724 W. Bridge St. Saturday. By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer According to the Babs Streisand song from “Funny Girl,” people who need people are the luckiest people. Roy Jones thinks he is one of them. “I’ve got fantastic neighbors — I can’t give them enough credit,” said Jones. Jones’ comments were said in reflection of this past Saturday, when a group of about 25 friends and neighbors gathered at his Bridge Street home for an all-day house painting party. Megg Chalupa, one of disorganizers of the event, called the volunteer get-together “ a blessing.” “The camaraderie was really Tv* got fantastic neighbors — I can’t give them enough credit.’ — resident Roy Jones nice,” Chalupa said, adding that she was still scraping paint off of her forearms. Chalupa said the gathenng, which lasted from a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. through a hot dog supper at about 8 p.m., was spurred by a common interest in preserving older homes and neighborhoods. “You buy and invest in old homes because you love old homes — you love their charm and you even love the work you have to put into them,” Chalupa said. “It’s such a goal to restore an old home and an old neighborhood.” Phillip Barber, manager of the local Sherwin-Williams store which donated the paint for the project, praised the hard work and community spirit of the group. “Our store has been very successful here — this is just one small way we can give back to the community,” Barber said. New Braunfels resident Linda Shores said driving through the neighborhood Saturday offered a pleasant scene. “I loved the idea of all the people walking around the neighborhood with paint all over them,” Shores said. “They looked so happy .” Voters will decide on exemption By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Voters across Texas will go to the polls in August to vote on a constitutional amendment that is aimed at putting dollars in their wallets rather than representatives in office. Comal County elections coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said there would be only one proposition on the Aug. 9 election. That proposition calls for a constitutional amendment to lighten the bqrden of school property taxes. According to the sample ballot, voters will have one box to mark, either for or against. That vote will cover three basic changes to school property tax calculations. The first change increases residents’ homestead exemption from $5,000 to $ 15,000. The second w ould allow residents 65 and older to transfer their tax freeze to a new house when they move. Currently, residents pay regular taxes the first year, and then the rate is frozen at the new values. The third change would allow residents 65 and older to reduce taxes based on a new formula. Officials from the two local school districts said the proposed amendment could result in a drastic cut in revenue and result in a high tax rate. Comal Independent School District Director of Finance Abel Campos told the C1SD Board of Trustees last week that the money lost by the increased exemption would have to be made up by someone, whether it was agriculture or business property. He also told them the added exemption, on top of the state and C1SD exemptions currently offered, would inflate the tax rate more. How to register The last chance to register to vote in the Aug. 9 election is July 10. As long as voter registration forms are in the tax office or postmarked by July 10, voters will be eligible to participate in the election. To obtain a voter registration form, call or go by the Comal County Tax Office. 150 N. Seguin Ave., 620-5521. Campos said the appraisal distnct w as trying to figure out exactly how much taxable value could be lost. Until then, “we’re sitting on our hands in the budget process,” he said. New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis already has numbers to consider. He said the $10,000 increase in exemptions could mean a loss in taxable value for NB1SD of $44 million for residents younger than 65 years. Curtis said there was a potential for the distnct to lose an additional $25.82 million from its tax base because of exemptions for those older than 65 years. However, tax freezes could change that amount so the appraisal district was running a test to determine the actual impact. Hinojosa said early voting for the constitutional amendment would run from July 21 through Aug. 5. She said she was anticipating a medium turnout. “You usually have a lower turnout in the summer because people are on vacation, hut then again it impacts their pocketbooks,” said Hinojosa. Corps increases flow rate to swift 5,000 cfs From staff reports The Greene Bridge has been covered with the flowing waters of the Guadalupe River since Monday afternoon, and officials expect the bridge to remain closed through the end of the week. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers increased the discharge rate from Canyon Dam from 2,300 cubic feet per second Monday morning to 5,000 cfs at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The rate of5,000 cfs is the maximum amount of water that can be discharged at the dam. The discharge rate was increased to reduce the level of Canyon Reservoir, which is more than two feet above flood control level. Local river outfitters said the ideal flow rate fra tubing and other recreational activities is about 700 cfs. A flow rate of 5,000 cfs is considered extremely hazardous and river activity should be avoided except for raft trips with professional guides. A Corps of Engineers spokesman said the discharge rate will be reviewed later in the week. Dachshund show Hsratd-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Dachshund owner Steve Garza parades hie dog around the makeehift dog arena at New Braunfels Civic Cantar Saturday during the Mission City Dachshund show. WORD wants to slow down personal watercraft By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — People who race in the Guadalupe River on personal watercraft might have to slow down a bit if the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation Distnct has its way. Jim Inman, WORD manager, said the recreation distnct was considenng an ordinance that would restnet the use of gasoline-powered personal watercraft — better known by the trademark moniker of "jet skis” — on the Guadalupe River from Guadalupe River State Park to Rebecca’s Crossing and on the lower portion from the Farm-to-Market 306 crossing to the district limits near Greene. The district also may consider a no wake zone that would apply to the same areas. Inman said not many people rode the nver on personal watercraft at high speed but he wanted the WORD board to address jet skis. “Occasionally we get folks on the river who go roaring around and that’s frightening,” Inman said. "Neither things that are contained (in the proposed ordinance) may not be the right solution but I want the board to start a discussion of this issue and see if we can’t find a solution.” The board will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler, Inman said he wanted to make sure any ordinances that were initiated wouldn’t hurt propel t\ owners along the river. “I am not eager to prevent someone from taking their small boat and going fishing,” Inman said. “That is not the intention at all. The intention is what do we do about folks who want to roar around the nver just for the sport.” Inman said he called officials from the Texas Paries and Wildlife Department to see if any laws were on the books that cover the use of personal watercraft on the river. "lf we have adequate laws and we just enforce them then that is great for me,” Inman said. Lt. David Ott of the Comal County Sheriff s Office said his office recently had to deal with two people on personal watercrafts who were going too fast. Ott said people on personal watercraft must be 50 feet from tubas and rafters The problem, he said, was that the Guadalupe River is rally 40 feet from shore to shore in some areas. “There are only so many places you can go Turn to Watercraft, Page 3A Wimberley residents say thanks for flood assistance. See Page 4 ;