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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Baseball playoffs state fraclc meet under way See Sports Page 5 14 pages in one section Friday May 10f 1996 20332 MO 16 SOWEST 2627 E 016 MICROPUBLIBHING V EL PASO TX 79903 MB VMWB Serving Comal County and surrbundlrtg areas for more than 144 years Home of HANMILOftl MOTZf Inside Market Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Cheryl Hoda Hannelore Brotze Hilda Bohne 83 Jessica Medrano Krystle Garcia Shelby Knodel one year Espi Hernandez Ronald Scheel and Lee Roy Mayfield Happy anniversary wishes to Mike and Barbara Garrott 16 Tommy and David Pfeuffer five years and Tootie and Curtis Nolle 49 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MoW 640 Crepe Pollen measured in parts per cuttc meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from yesterday Plaza Diner helps Cancer Society The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the American Cancer Society by matching the cost of each dessert sold at the diner until May 12 with loathe ACS Starlight Gala The fourth annual Gala is set for Saturday June 15 at the Civic Center and is the only fundraiser of the year for the local unit of the ACS For more information call 629 6153 Womens Center needs volunteers The Comal County Wom ens Center needs volunteers on Saturday May 11 to assist children in decorating cakes for Mothers Day If you are able to share some of your time so that a child can honor his or her mom with a special gitt call 6207520 Diagnosing and treating arthritis May has been designated National and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week In observance of both Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on Arthritis Diagnosis and Treat The event will be held at 7 Wednesday May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Orthopedic surgeon Dr John Horan will speak American Legion to meet Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday May 14 at at the post home 4210 FM 482 Nominations for 199697 officers will be heard For information call 6291252 Youth theater presentation Circle Arts Theatre will pre sent its touring youth compa ny The Inner Circle in its annual endoMheschoolyear show Saturday May 18 at 8 and Sunday May 19 at 3 The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales com edy and music Tickets are available at ChinanThings in Landa Plaza This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint see Comal clean air rules next year Spring cleaning HeiaMZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Alex Sanders and David Ortiz put up the newlycleaned and pol ished markers on the statue of a German family near the Pounders Oak in Landa Park The statue was erected In 1936 and this is its first cleaning since then Bill Southwell of SouthweH Is in the Joreground making sure goes up straight By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer New Braunfels and the San Antonio metropolitan area could soon be sub jected to new proposed federal regu lations governing air quality and the ozone layer The Environmental Protection Agency is considering revamping National Ambient Air Quality Stan dards for ozone regional EPA chief of air planning Tom Diggs said from his Dallas office on Thursday The new regulations would lower the amount of ozone in the air that would constitute a violation of stan dards and reduce the number of times air quality fails to meet that standard before actions such as air emissions tests and gas vapor recovery systems on gasoline pumps are put into effect by state or federal governments State Rep Warren Chisum of Pampa chairman of theTexas House Environmental Regulation Committee said the new regulations would impact Comal County and cause expenses for businesses and higher prices at the pump for consumers Diggs said nothing has been final ized yet on the proposed regulations and that it will take a year of public hearings and study before anything is implemented or changed We are working with the Clean Air and Scientific Advisory Commit tee an independent organization and they have been giving us guidance on what the air quality standards should Diggs said Once we have decid ed what those standards should be wewill submit a recommendation to the That recommendation will be sub mitted to EPA Administrator Carol Browner Who must review the pro posed regulations approve them and submit them to the Federal Register by July of this year The changes in air quality standards are being considered because of a lawsuit by the American Lung Asso ciation last year against the EPA Dig gs said Chisum believes the proposed EPA regulations would be too burdensome for both individuals and businesses Chisum said the EPAs current rules have worked He said toxic air emis sions from industrial facilities had fall en by 33 percent from 198993 and new cars today emit 95 percent less tailpipe emissions than those from the mid1960s We need to leave the standards where they Chisum said There is no evidence that we have a problem with public health The air is notice ably getting Chisum said the proposed EPA standards would require gas stations to sell more expensive oxygenated gas install gas vapor recovery system in gas pumps and require state emissions tests on automobile tailpipes once a year during state inspections Dallas and Houston which have exceeded the standards over the past three years and are nonattainment areas already have gas vapor recovery systems at gas stations and auto emis sions tests These regulations which are called Stage 2 regulations are administered by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission If approved the proposed regula tions be set in mid1997 Diggs said even if San Antonio New Braunfels and the surrounding area were to be labeled nonattain ment it does not mean they would be subject to Stage 2 gas control mea sures That would be an option for state and local governments to Diggs said The TNRCC would enforce that regulation The state would put the regulation into place and woirfd lave to get EPA John Rodgers president of Inde pendent Pump Service in San Antonio said stores and gas stations would have to pay a heavy price if Stage 2 regulations are even implemented The costs depend upon how big the station is and the condition of the piping underneath the gas Rodgers said Just to redo the piping would cost between And to get ready for Stage 2 regu lations gas stations which have had dispensers more than two years would have to replace them The cost for a duel dispenser would be a multiproduct dispenser would be It is very very Rodgers said It would cost a store just to get ready for Stage 2 regulations The mom and pop stores would go under The big stores would pay the price just to stay in business The cost of fuel would run up fir con Recharge dropped discharge surged from aquifer last year By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Officials from the Edwards Under ground Water District fear the recent dry spell will keep the aquifer below its average recharge level With the average annual recharge at acrefeet and last years recharge acrefeet below that EUWD officials said the aquifer will continue to be depleted if no rainfall arrives An acrefoot equals gallons of water Were all going to have to conserve our application of water and hopefully buy some said Rick lllgner gen eral manager of the water district The lack of rain during the last quar ter of 1995 pushed the aquifers recharge level below the annual aver age Meteorologists at the New Braun fels office of the National Weather Service said there is a 20 percent chance of rain for the weekend and a slight chance that a thunderstorm fore cast in Oklahoma may affect the Comal County area To date rainfall in New Braunfels for May is at 14 inches which is well below the average May rainfall of inches Discharge from the aquifer last year was acrefeet well above the longterm average discharge of acrefeet and well above the recharge of acrefeet According to EUWD statistics well discharge accounted for 52 percent of the total and the rest was spring flow Bexar County led the Edwards aquifer area with 67 perent of well discharge with Comal county accounting for four percent Comal Springs is at 184 cubic feet per second on Thursday which is below the 274 cubicfeetpersecond average HemldZeitung brings aboard new publisher and editor Doug Toney former editor of The Cohesion County Daily News has been named publisher and editor of The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung The appointment effective immedi ately was announced Thursday by Jim Elsberry Vice President of Southern Newspapers Inc Joining Toney in New Braunfels will be his wife Karyn and their three children Linnea 12 Erik 9 and Matthew 6 We are very excited about being part of this Toney said I am also looking forward to working with the people her at the Herald Zeitung There are some super people here and they have already made me feel at Toney began at The Galveston County Daily News in 1993 as man aging editor He later was promoted to the position of editor Both The Her Doug Toney aldZeitung and The Galveston Coun ty Daily News are owned by members of the Walls family Flood naming system on Guadalupe River wont be ready this summer By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Plans are moving forward for a flood warning system along the Guadalupe River The system will not be complete in time for the influx of summer tourists this year but evac uation plans will be ready Its going to happea It just takes a while to get ali the parties Fire Marshall Milton WiHmann said at the Comal County Commission ers Court yesterday WiHmann said a grant is being writ ten to see if any additional funding can be obtained He said the sirens would emit a tone and voice message are also being tested to see how far the signals reach and how many will be needed He also added that the lengthy licensing process has begun and the various groups involved are beginning to look for jrojwr locations for the win usages Uyottput them right on the river some of our wonderful tourists may take them back to Houston with he said WiHmann said the early warning system will not be completed by this summer However he said an evacu ation plan will be completed for the various areas m the He said a rough plan has already been drawn up and corrections are now being made v We need to make some more changes in where tneynee4 to go and how to get said In other business approved a creating a local underwater search and ty Attorney Nathan WwutUuidersIid the contract which cafls for toe city to supply personnel and the county supply the equipment mast ww approved city council ff they accept it as isV we River cleanup should draw hundreds of volunteers Phone system on the fritz By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A fiber optic line was cut near Gar den Ridge cutting offtelephone lines in New Braunfels Comal County and the city of Seguin at about today Southwestern Bell Telephone offi cials did not know when the lines would be functional but said all 911 calls will go through to the Sheriffs Department The cut line is shutting off tance service as well Officials said a telephone crew from San Antonio is presently working on the problem Communications Technician Debbie Bmke discouraged New Braunfels res idents from making phone calls until the line is fixed If people dont have to use the phones itd be great if they Burke said Burke said cellular phones are still able to go through but said the normal phones are not going through because the system is overloading as people call wondering what the matter is Saturday May 18 the sixth annual Guadalupe River Cleanup will get underway at the Weidner Ranch near Guadalupe River State Park The event is being held in conjunc tion with National River Cleanup Week on May 11 8 Upper Guadalupe Riv er Cleanup Coordinator Deirdre Hisler said In the past we usually have 150 300 volunteers for this Hisler a park ranger said This is a family cleanup Eighty percent of our people are returning volunteers The biggest reason we started this cleanup was because we see the status the lower Guadalupe is in and we are trying to keep the upper Guadalupe from being like Registration for the cleanup runs from 9 to May 18 for those not preregistered at the Weidner Foot Canoes located on Highway 311 east of Spring Branch near Mueller Falls The cleanup begins at and runs until 5 A dinner for the volunteers will be at the Weidner Ranch beginning at Preregistration forms can be picked up at the park and must be sent in by Thursday May 16 For more informa tion call Hisler at 210 4382656 The areas that will be targeted for cleanup will be 50 miles of the upper Guadalupe River from Zoeller Cane to Rebecca Creek Crossing above Canyon Lake We depend on canoe clubs and pri vate boaters across the Hisler said If the volunteers want to get on the water but dont have a boat the volunteer should let me know during the preregistration process so that can get them into a Hisler said the Weidner family has been the reason why the cleanup has been put on the last six years If it werent for the Weidner funi ly donating their space of land for this cleanup this wouldnt have been pos Hisler have taken stance that says we want this river clean The park is real grateful to Whitewater probe just wont go away See Opinion Page 4   

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