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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                jlfiAJ Mew Braunfels League Astros keep winning See Page NewBraunfels The Ptaza Gazebo 10 pages in one section p Tuesday May 20332 MO16 182 i SOWEST MICROPUBLI8HIMQ 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Cornell County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of PMIIIINII inside Market Stammtisch MftHMtay wtelMS from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lorna Boenig Nanette Robinson Mueller Bessie Preusser 80 Butch Allen belated 89 years and jean Sllmpin Happy anniversary to Russell and Laura Dietert Russell and Kimberly Jonas two years and Majes and Chelly Cole To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count PoNtn measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 6 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from yesterday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Betow conservation National Night Out meeting Neighborhood leaders throughput the city of New Braunfels gre jnvitedtq attend a planning meeting on Tues NightCJutAgainst Crime the meeting will be held at 7 at the Municipal Building at 424 S Castell Ave Those residents who are unable to attend next weeks meeting and would like addi tional information on National Night Out can contact the Safe City Commission at 6082100 ext 18 Cancer support group to meet The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at am Thursday May 23 in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Wal nut Ave Call 6291763 for information Public Safety Fair planned Saturday New Braunfels Emergency Services will present a Public Safety Fair May 25 from 10 to 4 on the Main Plaza in front of New Braunfels Utilities Fun and games for the kids Learn about water safety Free blood pressure checks dunking booth face painting food and refreshments Chamber mixer The Canyon Lake Chamber Commerce will have a mixer from 5 to 7 Thurs day March 23 at the Country Village Plaza in Sattler on FM 2673 Fair Queens contest Comal County Fair Associa tion is looking for girls who will be juniors at CISD or NBISD this coming school year to par ticipate in the Fair Queens Contest If you are interested contact Flo weekdays during business hours at 6066659 Correction A story on Page 1 of the Sungjay HeraldZeitung should have stated the host for the VFWs 50th anniversary cele bration was Jr This newspaper is printed on repycled newsprint Access start snitch to one way By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Rocky ride HeialdZeltung photo by MICHAEL OARNALL Hank Aguilar pushes a ran off the rocks on the Guadalupe River at Slumber Falls Enjoying the ride are Kelly and Altene Burger It took him about four minutes to get the raft to water deep enough to float Every raft that came down the river got stuck at that point The Guadalupe continued to flow at about 125 cubic feet of water per second this weekend River outfit ters are hoping more families wtth children will come to the river on Memorial Day weekend to take advantage of the lower thanaverage river level This morning Texas Department of Transportation work crews began converting twoway frontage roads into one way The work crews stinted at the intersectioin of Business 35 and ffl35 and will work their way south end of town on Loop 337 We hope to have everything finished by Thursday Friday the Assistant Area Engineer Greg Malatek said Malatek said the department hopes to have everything north of the Guadalupe River done by today which Would include Highway 337 near the ffl35 overpass and the frontage road that intersects into Businesses in front of the outlet stores Tomorrow TxDOT officials plan to start working on the frontage roads south of the river Area Engineer David Kopp said all the intersections affected Walnut Avenue Highway 46 and FM 725 will still be open but motorists will have to bear with lane closures and traffic being rerouted In the vicinity they are working at they may have to reroute Kopp said During the changeover to one way TxDOT work crews will replace light cabinets at the intersections with ones mat arecompatible with a oneway road system Sighs paving and marking of the lanes will be also done Even after the lanes are changed to one way by Memo rial Day Kopp said work crews will still have to finish with paving and marking the lanes Sales tax figures show continued strong economic growth By ABE LEVY Staff Writer increase to be from 7 to 12 percent increase is larger than I antic ipated Its showing that New Braunfels Winter shoppers in New Braunfels is growing arid people are shopping the chill get to whichi reflects madefrom January to March indicates about a 61 percent increase from last year at this time When factoring out the halfcent sales tax increase started in October 1995 city officials estimate the New Braunrelscbllected insales tax for the first three months of the year which is more than last year Overall this year the city has col lected If the increase stays on course between October 1995 and June this the city will have collected about more than it anticipated for the general fund and more for The hJlfient sales tax is broken into four accounts that each receive one eighth of Jhe halfcent tax The accounts go toward property tax reduc tion economic development streets and drainage improvements and long term equipment purchases and major building Although City Manager Mike Shands was enthused about the growth in sales he cautioned that until the year according to preliminary reports Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the extra income from you budget which will be toward the end of the year you cant use the Shands said In addition the city has collected percent more in the first quarter in Hotel occupancy tax compared to last sages about New Braunfelssprings and rivers drought has widereaching negative Meek said Were trying to get the word out that theres multiple water recreation in New Larry Wenzel picked as Small Business Person of the Year By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Larry Wenzel of Creative Eyewearby Larry was selected as the Small Business Person of the v T The award has been given out to small A IOI Of business ownprestlglOUS agvla ill v vj v r Braunfeissmce received this 1990 to saw consWofad Wenzel who With them IS has been selfan prestigious people have received this award and to be considered with them is an Wenzel was nominated through secret bal lot and was one of four finalists CreatiyeEyewear which started in 1984 and has three fulltime employees sells eye Kenny of the chambers Small Business Weektcommittee presented HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAU Creative Eyewear owner Larry Weruel accepts honor bers and friends to a surprised Wenzel at Wenzel who is a chamber board member about Monday removed himself from voting on the award franklin said the award presentation is part after hearing he was nominated as a finalist of the celebration of Small Business Week Chamber president Michael Meek said which will run from June 2 to June 8 an4 that Wenzel was certainly deserving of this Wenzel will be honored throughout the year award Wenzel is a former president of the Certified Larry has come from the ground Optician Association of Texas from 1990 Franklin said He has tremendous respect 94 He is also a former Comal Independent because of his wanting to help NewBraunfels School District board member He has overcome many State feds to rescue species at springs By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Guadalupe trout no longer dying but cause still a mystery By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A week after several trout were mysteriousr ly found dead along the Guadalupe River Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists are still looking for answers into the fish kill We are still said Cindy Con treras pollution biologist for Kills and Spills team in San Marcos During the weekend of May IM2 Contreras said at least 30 trout were reported to have been fowu dead I picked up 1215 fish and someone said they saw 20 Contreras said The size of the dead trout ranged from three to 17 inches The dead trout were found from Whitewater Sports Campground on Highway 306 to Beans Camp Contreras believes the kill may be over I was there on the river on Wednesday and I found no more dead Contreras said I think the kill is over There are no additional numbers to Last week a water sample test conducted at the Guadalupeaianco River Authority lab in Seguin found standard levels of ammonia in the Guadalupe River which is not enough to harm any fish Contreras said of dead froirt were sent to the Texas Extension Service in College Sta tion to find out if any diseases or tissue damage may have played a role in the trout kill The bacterial work from the tests were shown to be Contreras said Histology tests which deal with a living organisms organs and tissues should be done by the end of the week Contreras said Federal and state officials said they are planning to remove a sampling of endangered species from local springs and rivers to a San Marcos fish hatchery if the drought continues through this week The species include the San Marcos Salamander Fountain Darter Comal Salamander Texas Wild Rice and the Texas Blind Salamander Declining spring flows have also triggered Stage III of the Edwards Underground Water District drought management plan officials announced Monday Stage III of the drought plan calls for major water users and supliers in Bexar Comal and Hays counties to cut consumption by 20 percent compared to a year ago Were very concerned about the condition of the species and the aquifer said Steve Helfert field supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Ser vice Unless we get some substantial rain were pret ty much starting with the removal The effort would include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The species would be retained at the National Fish Hatchery and Technological Center in San Marcos which is a part of the Fish and Wildlife Service Hatch ery officials are working to gain a permit to collect the animal species due to recent changes in the contin gency The new plan requires permits from individual rivers that flow into to the J17 well in San Antonio Thomas Brandt the hatcherys acting director said the wild rice which naturally grows around the San Marcos River has already been collected but that the fish and salamanders will likely be collected next week after the new contingency plan permit is approved Brandt said the new permit operates under a lower well level but allows collection of more animals San Antonio announced it was entering Stage III of its drought management plan last weekend That is a seperate less stringent pip than the Edwards Under ground Water District Stage III which was put into effect Monday For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144   

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