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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon takes fins playoff spot See Sports Page 6 The Meroele House 708 W Mill 16 inone Section ft Wednesday May EL PASO JX WOSjjj Serving Comal Bounty ahd surrounding areas for more than MM jfttoMofiMll Inside Market Birthday from tht HmldZeltung The Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Brenda Blackstone Chris Hull Jan Harrison Eddie Stoehr Adam Fellers Carlos Sanchez Gary Jentsch Julio Madero HI belat Sam Valadez and Jason Hand Happy 50th anniversary to Lewis and Eleanore Coldeway and happy 20th anniversary to Sam and Molly Cholico In Pollen Count MoW990 Grass Poten measured In parts per cubic meter of Reedtogt taken yesterday Information Dr Frank River Information cubte feet per sec ond down 11 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from yesterday Disabled American Veterans meet Wednesday Comal County Chapter 163 of the Disabled American Vet erans meets at atihe VFW Post Home op peace Avenue Election of officers will be held to be held Thursday Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will hold a pancake supper Thursday May 2 from 5 to at the Post Home oh Peace Avenue Cost will be per plate and tick ets may be purchased at the Post Home For information call Ski Haneiwich at 6200223 Or the Post Home at 6259961 American Legion Post to meet American Legion Comal Post meets Thursday May 2 at 410 W Coll St The executive committee meets at 7 and the regular meet ing starts at 8 Unit Auxiliary meets at pm Hermann Sons Lodge to meet Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge meet Friday May 3 at 7 Members are asked to bring a salad Men are to serve the ice cream furnished by the lodge Youth soccer fund raising dinner The New Braunfels Blitz Youth Soccer Club is having its spring fundraising dinner Friday May 3 at Seele Ele mentary School Plates are each for a taco dinner with all the trim mings Serving will be from with plates to go available Pur chase tickets from a player or call 6259348 days or 625 6715 Project Orad meeting Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will meet Monday April 29 at 7 in the Commons area of Canyon High School All senior parents are especially encouraged to attend This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Chamber of commerce city and county officials will make their cases to Texas Department of Transportation commissioners for funds to expand Interstate 35 New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce President Michael Meek said on Tuesday We are going to be promoting and educating people about the importance of Meek said Citizens and busi nesses need to come together on this Meek was notified by TxDOT that the issue will be on the commissions agenda Thursday June 27 at 9 in the DeWitt C Greer building in Austin The chamber plans to get a number of citizens to go to Austin on charter buses that day to show support for efforts to get the funds needed to expand IH35 to four lanes It will be a quick presentation We will be given no longer than 20 minutes for bur Meek said But it is important for the commissioners to see that there is community support for Meek wants TxDOT to give the funding needed as soon as possible to start texpansion of IH35 to four lanes from Loop 337 to FM 306 The project is scheduled for 1999 TxDOT area engineer David Kopp said Without any supplemental funding for 199798 the earliest the project will start is in Kopp said Kopp said million is needed for the four lane expansion which includes new bridges new retaining walls and the pavement needed to expand the lanes to four each north and south Each year the San Antonio district office of TxDOT which consists of 12 counties receives 150 mil lion Kopp said To complete the expansion of IH35 from FM 3009 near Schertz to FM 306 near New Braunfels Kopp said million is needed which is about what the San Antonio district gets for a years worth of funding Currently TxDOT has two contracts working on an expansion from FM 3009 to the Solms Road exit which is worth million An million expansion from Solms Road to Loop 337 is scheduled for 1998 Meek said the chamber and others will ask the TxDOT commissioners to give strategic priority dollars due to it IH35 being a major stretch of high way not only for New Braunfels but for the rest of the San Antonio recognizes the strate gic importance of IH35 going through New Meek said They dont want it to get bottleknecked before people come into San Anto Last fall San Antonio officials went before the TxDOT commissioners and asked them to speed tip funding for Loop 410 and Highway 281 inter change Loop 410 and the IH10 inter change and IH35 expansion through New Braunfels New Braunfels offi cials attended that meeting last year We felt like that Was a big step when they did Meek said We ate appreciative to them for Meek said 50 area organizations signed a resolution supporting the immediate funding of the IH35 expan sion through New Braunfels which was forwarded to the TxDOT com missioners and put on the agenda for the June meeting Kopp said his office will do what it can to help local officials get the need ed funding for the IH35 expansion We will support them in any way we Kopp said We would be like a library for them by giving them stats photos and aerial maps I will be giving them advice on the technical aspects of projects such as which ones we can do or cant HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Taking flight Look under the workers platform those are bats taking flight Carlos Ballesteros and Sammy Garcia of Chapman Construction scare a bunch of bats out from behind a shutter on the building they are renovating next to the old Don Maxwell used car lot on West San Antonio Street Monday Despite low flow outfitters upbeat By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Despite the lack of rainfall and a slow river flow outfitters along the Guadalupe River say business is good and they are prepared for the tourist season GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West said the release of water from Canyon Dam is 120 cubic feet per second We anticipate maintaining that level of flow for the rest of the West said We and the outfitters are putting a positive spin on it telling people that the water is good for activi ties such as family Jim Inman Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District WORD manager agrees with West There will always be water in the Inman said People will be able to spend two to four hours in the river GBRA has assured us that the water will be flowing year round They have assured us that they will not turn the dam off and let the river go bone dry The hotter it gets the cold water will feel Zero Rivers of RockuV R River Rides said his business is down by a small but he attributes that to unusually cool weather during Easter and spring break not to the river We are already picking up our telephones are ringing off the Rivers said This is just the beginning of May so we are just getting into Rivers said he has adjusted to the slow river flow by shifting We are using smaller boats and Rivers said We are putting less people in boats and rafts Instead of putting a group of 10 in two rafts we are putting them in three Rivers said the current flow from Canyon Dam will be workable for his business If we have a least 120130 cfs we can oper ate on that very Rivers said The water is still cool and nice it doesnt have any stagnant Eddie Martin manager for Whitewater Sports said everything is going okay and peo ple are enjoying themselves The rafts arent flowing as easily as they would in high Martin said We would prefer it as high as 300 cfs But we are letting people know that ahead of time and they are still going out there and having a fun time The tubes and canoes are doing a little bit better than the Campbell to speak at Raider Roundup The 1996 Texas Tech Raider Roundup is Sunday May 5 from 6 to 9 at MeCal listers Cat tle Company located on High way 46 mijes off 135 toward Adult tickets are and children tickets are Fajitas will be served B YOB Dean Campbell assistant fpptbajl coach and Dr Bill Dean executive vicepresident of the ExStudents Association will be featured speakers RSVP by Thursday May 2 to Tracy Rogers at 6294514 or Rick Stepp at 6065024 City cant cut water use or lawns will die Garden Ridge mayor tells EUWD By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Major users of the Edwards Aquifer appeared before the board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District Tuesday to explain why they have failed to meet the mandatory reduc tions under the Demand Management Plan The city of Garden Ridge was among those at the hear ing and Mayor Jay P Millikin told the board part of the problem is the large residential population of the city Millikin said most large suppliers such as San Antonio Water System supply water to both com mercial and residential users He said this allows commercial use to be reduced while still allowing some residential use He said this makes it hard for Garden Ridge which does not have industries or largfrbusinesses to cut usage In a letter to the dis trictThe described the cityslwater users as above average incomeMamilies in singlefamily homes on large lots with extensive gardens and Garden Ridge doesnt have anyone we can balance it out primarily a residential community with he said Millikin said asking the residential users to cut water any more would be essentially telling them they cannot water their lawns at all He said this would be perceived as an economic blow to the homeowners because of the dead lawns People will see it as a potential for reduced property values because their lawns will be brown and he said Millikin said the city is already under Stage II of its own Demand Reduction Measures and has implemented numerous initiatives to improve con servation measures My impression is based on comments from the public board will regroup with the Edwards Underground Water District staff and take another look at the Demand Management Plan and see if its as effective as it could he said New Braunfels Utilities also failed to meet its target reductions under the DMP but will not be required to appear before the Edwards board NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said NBU applied ed from appearing at the hearings this week but will have a variance hearing on May 14 The plan doesnt define conjunctive users which our users are We want to try to get that added so New Braunfels will be recognized for the use of surface said DiFonzo The public hearings are continuing Wednesday and Thursday with the city of Marion and San Marcos and Southwest Texas State University scheduled to appear before the board on Thursday John and Kathy Dlerksen John Dierksen named 1996 Grosse Opa By SUZANNE HERBELIN Special to the HeraldZeitung Each year the Wurstfest Asso ciation selects one of its mem bers to serve as Grosse This honorary title meaning Big is bestowed upon a member for his loyalty dedication and willingness to participate The Grosse Opa serves as the official Spass Meister fun master and is responsible for demonstrating Gemuetlichkeit which means fun and fellowship in the German tradition Recently the Board of Directors named the 1996 Grosse Opa as John Dierksen Dierksen was formal ly recognized at the organiza tions April general membership meeting Born in Shiner Texas John graduated from high school in 1964 and from the University of Texas in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree Dierksen served in the Army from 1969 to 1970 and returned to Austin and UT where he received his Doc tor of Jurisprudence in 1973 That same year Dierksen moved to New Braunfels He is now president of Reagan Bur rus Dierksen Lamon Bluntzer PLLC Attorneys at Law He served on the City of New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission from 1979 to 1995 and as chairman of the commission from 1993 to 1995 Dierksen became a member of the Wurstfest Association in 1978 and was first elected to the board in 1983 He served as president of the organization in 1990 Other organizations bene fiting from his leadership as pres ident include the New Braunfels Rotary Club Sophienburg Museum and Archives and Comal County Texas Exes Johns wife Kathy teaches at Smithson Valley High School and they have two children Eliz abeth and David Elizabeth is a fourth year student at Baylor College of Medicine and David is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin Wurstfest is a nonprofit cor poration designed to promote local commerce especially through tourism and to preserve and promote the communitys heritage Dates for this years Wurstfest are Friday Nov 1 though Sunday Nov 10 For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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