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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicom soccer team gets ready for Boerne See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels Herald 8 pages in one section Tuesday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for i 50 CENTS Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Molly Koepp Christi Babbitt 10 Eric Stolinski 21 Cameron Dalton Tim mermann four Thomas Godley yesterday and Erica Nies Pollen Count Mold Elm Cedar Ash Mulberry Hackberiy Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 246 cubic feet per sec ond up 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 Be a detective at Mystery Dinner Circle Arts is presenting its first annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Saturday March 9 beginning at at Wesley Hall The fellowship hall is behind First United Methodist Church and faces Mill St Local dignitaries will be the suspects Tickets are available at ChinanThings and the Chamber To reserve tables of eight call 6254824 MondaySaturday 10 to 6 This is participation theatre all audience members will be Transportation director to speak James Garcia transporta tion program director for the Community Council of South Central Texas will speak at the Interagency Council meet ing at noon March 6 at the Comal County Senior Center Bambi Simpson social ser vice and parent involvement coordinator for Head Start will also speak For information call 6298181 Masons give medals New Braunfels Masonic Lodge will pre sent Lamar Medals to out standing students and teach ers from New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools at March 5 in the Masonic Lodge at 1157 W San Antonio St The public is invited Russell Lackey Troy Burch and Kevin Hargrove will receive the 1996 medals Artistic Outreach Its time to experiment with art again as the New Braun fels Art League holds another Artistic Outreach Saturday March 9 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and its free Leading the three mini work shops will be Mary Beth Gib son pastel Annette LeBouef drasing and Elaine Felder stained glass Members of the community from 12 to 99 years are invited to try their hand in one of three art media at no expense The Art League provides the teachers and the supplies free of charge as a gift back to the community And those partici pating can take home their creations The handson workshops begin at 9 and end about at the NBAL Gallery 239 W San Antonio This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint e than 144 years Home of MOLLY KOEPP Vol 144 No 81 i HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Bebe Maldanado throws a ball and then uses body English to try tolsteer it down the lane at Comal Bowl Friday night Maldanado and other HEB employees took part in a bowling tournament to raise money for Junior Achievement State agrees traffic light needed but funding still in question By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In response to concerns from local resi dents and a letter from a county commis sioner officials with the Texas Department of Transportation have decided a traffic light is needed at the intersection at Highway 46 and Highway 281 However funding for the project has not been approved County Commissioner Jumbo Evans wrote a letter to the local TXDOT office about two months ago in response to concerns residents had about the intersection The letter was forwarded to the traffic divi sion in San Antonio which studied the inter section Its never that bad when I go out there so I went out at a different time to see what they were talking about I didnt realize how big of a problem it said Evans David Kopp Area Engineer for TXDOT said when the request is forwarded to the traffic section a detailed study begins He said the study looks at accident history traf fic count in both directions and other points However before a traffic light can be installed the funding must be found Kopp said the project will cost He said a request was submitted for special funding However the problem with this he said it that only million is available and million worth of requests have been sub mitted It was determined to be a safety need or concern and that means its up for those funds However it will have to be high on the said Kopp Kopp said if funding does not come from this source it will still be on the list for funding through the TXDOT He said in January 11 projects were on the list How ever he said the list is in order of priority so this project could be placed higher on the list He also said additional funds have become available so it doesnt have to be in the top three If ours is more serious well get the funding for it first and it seems we have a good chance of getting the said Evans Evans added he will look into the possi bility of getting commissioners court to help fund the project However he said he will not bring the issue to the board until he talks with those in charge of the project to deter mine if it will help the state expedite Kopp also added that despite public opin ion that the FM 1863 and HWY 281 inter section is more dangerous it has not been studied for a light because it is at an awk ward situation for a He said a light would require traffic traveling 70 miles per hour to come to a complete stop and the light at 28 land 46 will not Were trying to solve the problem at FM 1863 and HWY 281 without a he said Last chance to hop on Germany tour By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Its not too late If you wish youd gone ahead and made reservations to visit Braunfels Germany you still can but youd better do it by March 15 Theres still space available in both said Herb Skoog organizerfor the evehttWeve set the deadline as March 15 That is the wrap date Itll be on a space available basis after Most of the New Braun felsers visiting Braunfels will stay in homes he said Skoog has been to Braunfels over 20 times usually on business he said The tour led by Skoog and his wife stops at Austria Ger many Switzerland Italy and Liechtenstein Called Tour it leaves July 3 and returns July 16 The cost per person includes air fare from San Anto nio Another tour group will visit England France and Germany Benno Engel leads Tour The cost per person including air fare from San Antonio is The prices include staying in private homes in Braunfels Braunfels means brown Skoog said When you see the countryside over there you know why they picked the New Braunfels area to New Braunfels guests will have several things to make them feel at home in Braunfels its a fairly small town with in easy driving distance from a big city Frankfurt Its a health resort of swimming and Skoog said New Braunfels doesnt have a centuriesold castle in the mid dle of town though The main entrance goes right off the mar Skoog said Prince Carls descendants still own Braunfels has its own brewery and a town museum Skoo said And the museum has room dedicated to New Braun fels displaying Tejpjs facts such as an arrowhead and a rattlesnake The Braunfels hosts have 3 system in place for keepinj American guests and host farai ilies We profile of thejn their Whether they sjnjpfe they speak It works out for the Qgr mans and for us For information call H HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Minor injuries m collision Emergency workers treat a victim at an accident scene yesterday No major injuries were reported in a wreck on Business Loop 35 yester day morning Pearl Olguin of Canyon Lake was driving her Geo Metro northbound on Business Loop 35 going toward the New Braunfels Factory Stores according to New Braunfels Police Department records Minerva Perez of New Braunfels was driving a purple Nissan the hill from lnterstate35 turnaround where the pub lic boat ramp is located and had the green light at the intersection reports state Olguin reportedly failed to yield right of way and the two cars collided The two drivers and a passenger in Olguins car were reportedly taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Police cited Olguin for disregarding a stop and go signal according to NBPD reports Police say four arrests smash burglary ring By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Three to four weeks of detective work have paid off Sheriffs Depart ment Detective Rick Cardenas coop erated with officers from other counties to catch a group of suspected burglars redhanded Cardenas will pick up Steven Alan Bloxham II 19 from the Bexar Coun ty Jail today He has agreed to give me a full confession about this bur glary and talk about other burglaries that he may have assisted or commit Cardenas said Three other men suspected of work ing with Bloxham had already been arrested Clifford Travis Bloxham 18 Steven Bloxhams cousin was charged with theft and organized activ ity and posted bond at the Bexar County Sheriffs Office accord ing to Sheriffs Department records Brandon Lynn Banks 17 was charged with burglary and engaging in organized activity with a bond Michael Wayne Harpel 23 was charged in a Comal County warrant from Wilson County and two warrants from Bexar County accord ing to Sheriffs records Harpels bond totals All three are known associates and have criminal histories of a similar Cardenas said The burglary that didnt work hap pened on Jan 30 Cardenas said on Texas Oaks near Highway 281 Hays County had a burglary the same day and the San Antonio Police responded to a burglary call in a hotel room Steven Clifford Travis Jr and Brandon Lynn Banks were in the hotel Cardenas said Stolen weapons cameras accessories and a camera bag with the burglary com plainants name on it were recovered he said A JVC camcorder was pawned at EZ Pawji on Walzem also from the same Cardenas said The cam corder was pawned on that same day by another subject who will be used as a witness he said Cardenas rounded up the warrants for the four suspects said Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz We dont know how many bur glaries weve got at this Car denas said Were still Threepronged attack planned on hydrilla Herbicides and grass carp to be used to keep lakes clear By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority GBRA and the Lake Man agement Workgroup have devised a plan to fight the hydrilla problem in lakes Dunlap and McQueeney The plan consists of three phases which will begin this month Officials hope to reduce the amount of hydrilla in the lakes to make the lakes more accessible to boaters and swimmers We developed the 1996 action plan during the Lake Management Work group GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch said The plan contained herbicide spraying plus the stocking of the carp We then sat with TPWD Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and then did a flow study on where we could put the herbicide Sonar at in Lake The program will entail the use of Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides and stocking of carp in the lakes Phase I March 19 April 24 will involve the lowering of Lake McQueeney by 12 inches for the use of Sonar herbicide The area of treatment will begin at Treasure Island bridge continue south towards the Ski Lodge to McQueeney Dam around the lake to Hot Shots and back to the south area of Treasure Island The Sonar spraying will cover 60 acres of Lake McQueeney During Phase 1 this area of the lake will be closed to motorized water crafts during the treatment time Floating barges with signs signs at boat ramps and the addition of pamphlets to Friends of Lake McQueeney and the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association will tell people about the restriction times on the lakes and the Welsch said We will also be putting posters at conve nience Both lakes will be the subject of Phase II which will entail the spraying of the aquatic herbicide Aquathol K From May 1315 Lake Dunlap will be treated in certain areas designated by the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department However Aquathol K will not be sprayed within onequarter of a mile from the fresh water intake to the Clear Springs Water Treatment Plant Lake McQueeney will start getting its treatments of Aquathol K from May 1521 Friends of Lake McQueeney in conjunction with TPWD will deter mine what areas will be sprayed on the lake A second treatment could be required during May 2829 GBRA states that lake levels may vary as much as three feet below normal dur ing the treatment period Aquathol K will be sprayed on 37 acres of Lake McQueeney and 60 acres of Lake Dunlap If it is necessary another 38 acres of Sonar will be sprayed on Lake McQueeney Welsch said Restrictions for Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney as issued by the GBRA during Phase II are No boating or swimming May 1322 Do not eat fish caught May 1324 No use of water for domestic uses May 13June23 Do not use water for irrigation of yards crops or livestock May 13June 23 TPWD officials have approved a onetime stocking program for the beginning of June The stocking of triploid sterile grass carp each for both lakes will be Phase 111 The carp eat hydrilla It is hoped they will limit the growth of the hydrilla and reduce the need for future herbicide treatments Friends of Lake McQueeney the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association Comal and Guadalupe counties and the Corps of Engineers Aquatic Weed Program are funding the pro gram with TPWD providing the labor and equipment for the tasks Welsch said the public can do a lot to help to make the treatment program successful First of all we would appreciate the assistance cooperation and encour agement of the Welsch said They have helped funded the project They also need to understand that the lakes will be lowered from time to time and that they need to stay off the lakes at certain For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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