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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                1 boys baseball features See Page 6 20 pages in one section Wednesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of tMMJV WATSON Vol 144 No 132 Inside Birthday wlshos from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Shelby Watson one Andrea Martinez seven Jacob Bustos Jane Granado Layla Morales Georgia Brooks and Sylvia Segovia To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Grass8 Crepe Ash Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readtogs taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed feet above sea level down 06 from yesterday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Youth theater presentation Circle Arts Theatre will pre sent its touring youth compa ny The Inner Circle in its annual endoftheschoolyear show Saturday May 18 at 8 and Sunday May 19 at 3 The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales eoyahd jnusic Tickets are at Chirrtrvthlftfls in Landa Plaza Senior Center to host May dance The Senior Center will have its May dance Friday May 17 beginning at and ending at Dress is casual picnic style with box refreshments by Al and Ann Payne The easy dance music will be provided by the Strictly Dancing group fea turing John and Betty Prejean with Russ Willrup Everyone is welcome Tickets available at the Senior Center 655 Landa for but at the door that night are Local artist has show Canyon Lake artist Edward Reiehert will have an exhibit at the Live Oak Art Center 1014 Milam St in Columbus Open ing is from 7 to 9 Thursday May 16 The exhibit runs through July 6 Band of the West The New Braunfels Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 and Ladies Auxiliary will pre sent the United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command Band of the West in concert at the New Braunfels Civic Center I May 22 at Admission is free but you j need a ticket Tickets are avaialble at Huddleston and I Agenices The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Jims Video Startz Cafe and VFW j Post Home Call 6256143 for I information Correction Ron Zipp was rnisidentified in the Top cop photo cap tion on Page 1 of yesterdays I HeraldZeitung Zipp is the chairman of the Lawman of the Year Committee for the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint State seeks cause of fish Idll in river By DAVID DEKUNDSR Staff Writer Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment officials are investigating why a number of trout were found dead in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam over the weekend The first reports of the dead trout were on Saturday from Whitewater Sports Campground on Highway 306 to Beans Camp TPW Kills and Spills team biologist Cindy Contreras said It is really hard to enumerate them because they were stretched all over the Contreras said Contreras said TPW is looking into many theories such as high water tem perature pollution disease parasites and concentrations of hydrogen sul fide as possible causes The dead fish were sent to the Texas Extension Service in College Station while water samples were sent to the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority lab in Seguin The laboratory does disease and bacteria Contreras said If it is a disease they can tell us what killed it and look at the tissues for any damage GBRA will run the water samples to see if there is any ammonia in the water which is toxic to No other species offish have been affected Contreras said TPW could receive some answers within the next few days ByDENrSEDZlUK L Staff Writer Fivecar pileup HeraldZeltungpholotiyMCHAE DA3NALL Five cars were Involved in a wreck at about yesterday on Interstate 35 northbound near the WalMart Distribution Center Police reports state the accident occurred when a a black Toyota pickup truck pic tured above driven by Lewis Tejada of San Antonio hit the back of another pickup truck causing a chain reaction accident Three cases of hepatitisA have been confirmed in the Corral Inde pendent School District However the district and the Comal County Public Health Department assure par ents there is nothing to be alarmed about Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said hepatitisA is a viral infection that affects the liver She said it spreads when an infected person contaminates an article or food product When others use the article and place it or their hands in their mouth they can become infected Once exposed it can take 15 to SO days for symptoms to appear she said Generally its not a real big con said McWilliams The main thing is people need to know as always to practice good CISD Public Information Officer Don Clark said there have been two confirmed cases at Frazier Elemen tary and one at Goodwin Primary He said the schools have issued let ters notifying parents However he said the school nurses have spoken with the health depart ment and have been told theres no need for alarm Thats why we have school nurs es to watch for these problems It was an isolated problem They talked is eases to the health department and received guidance in how to handle said Clark The health department says its no big McWilliams said the students became sick between April 26 and May 3 She said the cases are still under investigation to determine the source of die virus She said the onset dates were in such close proximity tthat it is believed all three contract ed it from the same source She said they are looking for a common link between the three but she believes it did riot come from within the schools McWilliams said a vaccine is available but is usually only given to individuals living in the same home due to cost and a minimal supply She said prevention is the best solu tion and prevention comes down to good She said parents need to reinforce the importance of washing hands with soap and water However parents should be aware of the symptoms HepatitisA is usu ally characterized by an abrupt onset of fever a stomach ache vomiting and diarrhea Unfortunately theres also a stomach virus going around right now thats very she said If a parent suspects a child may have hepatitisA keep die child home from school and see a doctor A blood test can be performed to con firm whether or not it is hepatitisA ftenfcwater districts drought plan By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels residents have paid millions of dollars to develop a source of water other than the Edwards Aquifer so the city should get a break when it comes to further cutbacks in pump ing from the aquifer That was the message the general manager for New Braunfels Utilities brought to the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District yesterday NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo request ed a variance from the districts Demand Man agement Plan The district declared Stage II of the DMP on Feb 26 when the spring flow at Comal Springs dropped to 225 cubic feet per second This stage requires 15 percent mandatory reduction in pump ing by primary users and weekly reporting of usage NBU did not meet the target baseline for pumping DiFonzo told the board New Braunfels resi dents believe in conservation However she said the city should get some credit because if s surface water plant has already dramatically reduced the citys reliance on aquifer water DiFonzo told the board she recognizes that some of the money used to pay for the siirface water treatment plant comes from the district However she said the bulk of the financial responsibility is on the NBU customers who are paying off million in debt She said that is New Braunfels investment in the aquifer DiFonzo also pointed out that since going on line with surface water in 1990 had an 80 percent reduction in Edwards pumping She said NBU customers have saved about billion gallons of aquifer water thanks to surface water She also pointed out that in addition to using surface water the city has a yearround water conservation ordinance and a water rate structure that penalizes heavy users If we had that kind of commitment across the region we wouldnt have the problems we have said DiFonzo The variance request asks that NBUs baseline use volume be based on 1990 pumpage which is the last year NBU used solely aquifer water DiFonzo said using these numbers would not penalize New Braunfels for finding an alternate source We are asking the Edwards board to recognize New Braunfels for our said DiFonzo We believe we are not in violation of the Some EUWD board members commended New Braunfels residents for their efforts while others questioned the request You are in said Bexar County representative Guenter Krellwitz I agree with you Some changes need to come New Braunfels I do believe you have to cut back on what youre said Bexar County representative Jo Ann De Hoyos and not what you were Attending the meeting to show support for NBUs variance request were the mayor the county judge and NBU board members A special meeting will be held at 6 on May 23 to dis cuss DMP compliance and various variance requests We got to make our said DiFonzo following the meeting I think we got some recognition today I hope our presentation helped show them that they need to find a baseline that works across the Science Gamp is more than a day of fun in the sim its an education By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer If kids reactions are any indication the second annual science camp at Guadalupe River State Park last week was a big suc cess The kids are having fun and enjoying said Henry F Wagner pres ident of Friends of Guadalupe River State Park The science camp gave 250 Comal County 5th and 6th graders and home schoolers the opportunity to learn about the environment of the Guadalupe River and the living skills Native Americans used thousands of years ago The camp ran from Monday to Friday with 50 elementary school age children attending each day We feel that if we educate the children about whats going on on the Guadalupe river and their environment then they can educate their Guadalupe River State Park ranger Deirdre Hisler saJd We then will have created stewards who will talk to the tourists on how to protect the 1 Area code change should have little in By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HetaUZeltung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER Bulverde Elementary School students Brent Dawson Kevin San Miguel Nathan Funkhouse Thomas Sturglt Brian Cottier Kyle Keller and Jessie Gulen study river life during the Science Camp at Guadalupe River State Park The program is divided into two work shops the outdoor aquatics program and primitive living skills Each child gets a chance to learn from both programs during the one day camp Aida Pineda teaches the aquatics pro gram She was supervising kids who were collecting wildlife samples from the river and identifying them The aquatics prograrns is basic river activity in which children team the habitat along the river and how the wildlife sur vives on Pineda They use sein ing nets to catch fish and they have caught a lot of minnows We jet them know sci ence is fun by doing it hands on and letting them get into NeaJTilley had a big blue mat spread out under a huge tree Spread out over the mat where tools that Native Americans used I have the kids experiencing and under standing the primitive living skills of the Native Americans and relating them to that early period of Stilley said By let ting them see all of these things the kids better understand who they Native Amer icans The 5th and 6th graders get a hands on demonstration on throwing the atlatl a pre historic hunting tool which was used for years by Native Americans before the bow and arrow came into use The atlatl gave the Native Americans 200 times more power on impact than a handheld Stilley said The science camp was underwritten with help from the Water Oriented Recreation District Moravitz GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc New Braunfels will likely retain the existing 210 area code even after plans are implemented to divide the region with a new area code officials from the Public Utility Commission said Tues day The threemember PUC commission is considering two plans from Southwestern Bell Telephone which is the states number plan administrator that call for a redesign of the 210 area code and cre ation of a new one for the remaining portion Neither plan changes New Braunfels area code from 210 but changes are possible in upcoming meetings In 1992 the New Braunfels area code was changed to 210 from 512 PUC officials said the eventual split will not affect metro lines but 10digit numbers may have to be used Southwestern Bell officials said the plans are in the beginning stages and merely offer a platform to start negotiations from any interested parties Its too premature to say exactly when the line is going to be said Brett Gray a spokesman from the San Antonio Southwestern Bell office As a basis for discussion we have giv en the PUC these two potential Gray said that Southwestern Bell hopes to minimize the negative effects of changing area codes on businesses When you put out a new area code it does affect some new busi ness and we want to make sure the new area code is least disrup tive to our They said an area code is exhausted when the number of three digit prefixes reaches 600 to 650 The 210 area code reached 606 prefixes in Januaiy One prefix equals phone numbers PUC commissioners are expected to decide on a plan by Decem ber and implement the split by 1998 Action follows Bob fCmegers documentation of atrocities in Burundi See Page 4   

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