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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas MfCfMdl local teams send players fo state tennis tournament See Page 84 ESDAY New Braunfels The Plwa Bandstand 22 pages in two sections Wednesday April TX 1 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas EL Vol 144 No 117 Inside Market Stcimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHung The NewBraunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Cindy Fitzsimmons Roy Young 41 William Dor row and Amelia Garza Happyanniversary wishes to Walter and Dorothy Mueller Rocky and Kathy Rust 20 Gary and Julie Erben 20 and Gilbert and Gloria Guerrero 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Oak 382 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from yesterday Sexual assault advocacy training offered In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month the Comal County Womens Center is presenting sexual assault advocacy training for yolun teer advocates wanting to work victims of incest date rape and othier sexual assaults the program has been expanded in the last six months and advocates are badly needed to answer the hotline as well fas to accom pany victims to the hospital and through tjie legal system Training is Offered twice a month on Tuesdays from to at the center and will continue for about eight weeks Advocates will be required to attend eight or more twpfhour training ses sions to do reading at home pass preand posttests and to acquire more experience by shadowing more experi enced sexual assault advo cates Call 6207520 to sign up for the next training session Schlitterbahn offers clinic Schlitterbahn Waterpark opens for 1996 this Saturday with a free immunization clinic for kids Children will receive free shots and free Schlitter bahn tickets The immuniza tion clinic runs from 10 to 1 Saturday April 27 at the Rapids Pavilion off of Union Street For details call the Schlitterbahn information line at 6252351 Novice Night at theater Circle Arts Theatre will hold its annual Novice Night a workshop on basic acting skills Wednesday April 24 beginning at 7 Experi enced actors will be there to assist novices in preparing short skits There is no fee Wear comfortable clothes The workshop is for ages 17 and older Plaza Nltes Thursday April 25 at 7 is the final installment of this years Plaza Nites concert series at the bandstand Mariachi Ecos America is the featured eriitertainrnent for the final concert Bring a lawn chair and a picnic The series is sponsored by Main Street Dropping spring flows threaten rare species By DENISE DZ1UK Staff Writer As the drought plaguing the area continues the endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs are taking the brunt of the attack Spring flows dropped this weekend to levels where species begin to die Were right at the threshold Its getting very serious Mother Natures not treating us very said GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West who is working with users to find an alter nate source of water The daily average spring flow at the Comal Springs on Monday was 200 cubic feet per second The level at the San Marcos springs on Monday was approximately 98 cfs At 200 cfs it is believed individual members of some species begin to die while entire populations begin to die at 100 cfs David Bowles an endangered species biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife said that as the water begins to drop to low levels the species begin to die He said this happens because of the quality of water and the physical environment changes You may have water coming out but its a lot less than the species are used said Bowles The condi tions just become more Bowles said that during the drought in the 1950s the springs actually dried up for six months When the water returned in the springs some of the endangered species also returned However demands on the aquifer were not as great then and there is no telling what would happen if the springs dry up this year Those effects on the endangered species may be greatly he said That may be what were begin ning to see now We just dont Alisa Stall a Fish and Wildlife Services biologist said the agency real ly isnt sure at what level the species begin to be at risk However she said the best estimate they could determine was the current levels of the springs She said there is a contingency plan to help protect the species in that situa tion The plan consists of taking a rep resentative sample out of the springs and place it in hatcheries She said there is some question about the num bers but some samples are already in hatcheries We have biologists in the field right now to monitor and refine those num said Shull Were also in the process of trying to collect some of those Shull said that without the samples it is questionable the species will sur vive if the springs go dry However she said the samples in hatcheries do not guarantee anything either She said the success of the plan depends on the ability to breed the species in captivi ty and then reintroduce them into the environment She added that the rein troduction could be complicated depending on the severity of the dry spell The ecosystem that is left could be damaged It could be years before the ecosystem is restored and that still doesnt guarantee successful reintro she said On to state HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Kevin Hargrove of the Canyon Cougar tennis team returns a shot during regional finals in San Antonio yesterday Hargrove won his match yesterday and became the first Cougar ever to advance to state in tennis For complete coverage see Sports TUNG Targeting Hispanic tourists could bring in more tourist money some say ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce says its umbrella strategy is a catchall way of attracting all types of people into the area But some including the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County think that the umbrel la repels many tourists of different ethnic groups The Hispanic chamber and other organizations now have the chance to bid for the money which totaled last year to formulate the best way to put heads in beds in New Braunfels The council decided to accept proposals on how to spend the nearly 75 percent of the hotel and motel tax instead of renewing the chambers Convention and Visitors Bureau contract The bureaus fiveyear contract expires June The bureau wants to continue down the same path it has been following for the past seven years At a recent meet ing the Strategy and Steering Com mittee of the Convention and Visitors Bureau affirmed its support of the cur rent marketing strategy of Anderson Advertising in San Antonio We want them to have money to help our Michael Meek They saw no need to make any said Michael Meek cham ber president We cannot change a successful Meek said the chamber has a des tination marketing selling New Braunfels not to ethnic groups but to middle to upper class people living in large cities including Houston the Worth area and Corpus Christi We want them to have money to help our Meek said Minorities have money too Cristina AguilarFriar who is in charge of cultural awareness and inter national trade for the Hispanic cham ber said specifically marketing to His panic and other ethnic groups will bring in more affluent tourists We have money to she said Our purchasing power is Friar said the chamber needs to diversify its marketing plan to empha sis the different cultures in the com munity If we enhance our product peo ple will come for more than the said AguilarFriar a publicist for Sosa Bromley Aguilar Noble and Associates the largest advertising firm in San Antonio But AguilarFriar said targeting eth nic groups is not racebased market which Meek mentioned in a let ter dated March 8 to Don McGregor owner of the Rodeway Inn on Inter state 35 Racebased marketing doesnt she said Hispanics are Using alternative means WeiNa Lee an advertising profes sor at the University of Texas at Austin said in order to attract ethnic groups mainstream media cannot be The chamber advertises in general interest publications such as Texas Monthly and other touristoriented guides Meek said Lee said almost half of large corpo rations are using special activities such as cultural carnivals and advertising in specialized publications such as His panic magazine to attract minorities Lydia Marie Trevino executive We have money to spend Our purchas ing power is Christine AguilarFriar director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said her organization uses cultural events including Camivale a Mardi Grastype celebration to attract Hispanic tourists throughout the state We dont duplicate we share with the regular Trevino said We dont want to reprint all the brochures with Hispanic Chambers work together The San Marcos Hispanic chamber receives a small portion of the citys tax AguilarFriar said the Hispanic chamber may be interested in doing something similar in New Braunfels instead of taking the whole percent She said the Hispanic chamber does not want to change everything about the current marketing strategy We want to work with the chamber to build confidence in our AguilarFriar said We should capi talize on our different cultures and make money off of Appraisal district joins security plan By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer M CMAfi DARNAU Low bridge Elizabeth Staley of Lubbock was heading east on Unda Street when her tractortrailer truck got wedged underneath the railroad overpass between Unda Park and Bluebonnet Motors at about 4 Tuesday Workers had to deflate the rear tires to get the truck unstuck The board of directors for the Coma Appraisal District opted Mon day night to participate in the county security system at a prorated cost to the district Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said the board received a letter from the county outlining the measures that would be made available to the CAD through the countys system Rodgers said the system is the same as the one being installed in the courthouse and annex This is a county owned building We just rent from said Rodgers They implement their own plan and we pay a prorated price for security in the part we The system includes swipe cards for afterhours access by employees panic buttons and a roaming securi ty officer Rodgers said there has never been a major incident involving security at the office but he believes the pro posed system will provide a sense of security for the staff Sometimes I think these mea sures are more for that than the like lihood of an he said Rodgers said he believes the system will be adequate in providing safety both during and after business hours He said the panic buttons are a big plus because they let employees know help is only a button He also added that the biggest deter rent to crime is to have an officer roaming the building ruled in elderly couples death From Staff Reports The deaths of an elderly couple south of Clear Springs have been ruled a by the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office All the evidence points to said Larry Morawietz chief criminal inves tigator of the sheriffs deparment Authorities think Thomas J Riggs 85 shot his wife Lula Riggs 81 then turned the gun on himself The couple was found in the kitchen of their house in the 3200 block of South Highway 46 just south of Clear Springs Friday afternoon Each had been shot once in the head Thomas Riggs was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio but died shortly afterward Lula Riggs died at the scene New signs may lead to more stops ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer Bright blue signs soon will tell Inter state 35 travelers where they can exit to fill their gas tanks stomachs and need for sleep The New Braunfels area is the first along Interstate 35 to put up the gas food and lodging signs under relaxed regulations said Connie James region al manager for Texas Logos Inc which is erecting the signs through a poritract with the Texas Department of Trans portation James said a law passed last year changes the population restrictions on where the signs can be placed The blue signs were limited to coun ties with less than residents Now the signs can be placed in nonur banized areas with less than residents James said She added another restriction is the highway must have qualified for a 65 mph speed limit although it does not have to be the posted limit Mayor Paul Fraser said he has been in constant contact with the trans portation department in the past year to put the signs along the highway Fraser said more people will stop because of the signs When you see New Braunfels with eight exits its easy to pass up the town without knowing he said Any kind of marking is going to Frasers primary concern was direct ing tourists to the downtown area from the interstate Its difficult to know what exit takes you to the downtown he said The signs are financed through advertising from restaurants hotels and gas stations on the designated exits It does not cost the state James said Businesses must pay per year per direction for what James called main line positioning For ramp directing travelers after they exit the interstate businesses pay per year per sign Because more businesses are along the highway than spaces on the blue signs David Kopp area engineer for the transportation department drew names last month for positions on the signs Once businesses are on the signs they maintain their space until they choose to give it James said New Braunfels is one of three Texas Logos projects in the state James said A ribbon cutting for the new signs was held Tuesday morning in Greenville on Interstate 30 east of Dal las Also the signs are going up on Interstate 10 near the Louisiana border The blue signs are in place now in New Braunfels and the business logos soon will follow James said Theyre getting ready to send us a truckload and a lot of New Braunfels signs should be on she said A bold agenda for New Braiinfete fat are See Opinion Page 4A
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