Wednesday, May 29, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas ESDAY Local sports camps Theres one for every kid Page Of dough boy 16 pagts in two trtdions Wednesday May 20332 W01A 179 BOWEST IIICROPUBLISHI NO 2627 E YAH DEL DR v EL PASO TX 79903 Servkig Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of SUSAN MUttUM X Vol 144 No 142 Inside Market Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Walter Johnson IV Susan Mueller Cathy Schrfewer George S Garcia Jr belated 25 and Elrlne Gulley To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call6259144 Pollen Count Available GrassNA 0rnNA Pofcn nwMtirad In parts per cubic meter of afc RMdngi Man yMtonfcy Information provfctod by Dr Frank Rhrtr Information Cornel River cubic feet per sec ond ianie as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Partner Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from yesterday Canyon Dam dtecnarge cfs Canyon Lake da Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation Earl Mfndell to speak at Civic Center Dr Earl Minded will speak at Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Reservations are recom mended Call 1800646 5745 enter code 8434 Mindeil is the author of the book Earl Mindells Vitamin which has seven rnj has1 also auJhoredf otrter books orrvrtff mins and nutrition and has appeared on the David Let terman Show The Oprah Winfrey Show and others Childrens Museum begins relocation The Childrens Museum of New Braunfels begins its Operation Relocation June 1 The museum will close May 31 at its current location at the Courtyard Shopping Center and reopen June 8 at its new location New Braunfels Fac tory Stores Suite 530 The public is invited to attend the grand opening complete with new exhibits June 8 at the new location For information call 6200939 Cancer survivors to celebrate American Cancer Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 June 2 at Cypress Bend Park The event pro motes awareness of and cele brates cancer survival Dr JohnTieman president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak Refreshments will be served and games are planned Hermann Sons to meet New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet at 3 June 2 at the Lodge Hall Bring a covered dish CIS to hold buffet lunch The Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools will hold its firstever celebration buffet luncheon from 1 1 45 to 1 Thursday at the New Braunfels High School cafeteria Guest speakers include Rep Edmund Kuem pel and State Sen Judith Zaf firini with a special message by State Sen Jeff Wentworth RSVPtp This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Guadalupe River flow to be cut but by how much By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The amount of water released from Canyon Dam into die Guadalupe Riv er will be reduced GuadalupeBlan co River Authority General Manager Bill West will announce at a Landa Park press conference this afternoon On Tuesday West and his staff decided to reduce the flow due to the drought that has plagued South arid Central Texas The current flow from Canyon Reservoir into the Guadalupe River is between 120 and 130 cubic feet per second GBRA Public Rela tions Assistant Judy Gardner said The press conference is planned for I today at Pavilion near the Comal Springs outlet Details on how much GBRA will reduce its cfs flows from Canyon Reservoir will be announced at the conference The staff is still Working on the engineering requirements for Gard ner said They are looking at inflows weather conditions federal permit requirements for what can pass through the reservoir and requirements for downstream water users They will base their decision on i Any drop in river flows will be bad news for outfitters oh die Guadalupe River The river outfitters are already seeing slower than usual business because of public perception that the river flow is too low for good tubing and rafting Getting soaked City OKs drought plan New rules expected to be enacted this week By ABE LEVY Staff Writer When it comes to water conser vation image is everthing The New Braunfels City Coun cil obeyed its thirst Tuesday night passing an emergency water ordi nance to help deter public percep tion that the city is not doing its share to fight the drought The measure prohibits water drainage on public paved surfaces landscape irrigation from 9 to 7 and limits watering lawns to Mondays Wednesdays and Sat urdays for odd addresses and Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays for even addresses The measure goes into effect when the Edwards Underround Water District declares a Stage IV reduction of 30 percent Comal River flow is below ISO cubic feet per second and pumping from sur face water is more than 8 million gallons per day The emergency measure will go into effect 24 hours after newspa HenMZ0itungphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL No Its not rain but a shower from the squirting mushrooms at the springfed pool at Landa Park is just as refreshing for Kendalyn Bryant who vistted the pool Tuesday Jenae Morgan assistant pool manager said attendance at the pool has been higher this year due to the renovations done during the winter In a sometimes Heated discus sion council members voted 61 to pass the emergency measure Council member Paul Fraser was the lone dissenting vote Fraser blasted the measure as biting the bullet to appease oth er cities which do not use a major ity of surface water For us to go a step further and turn off our fountains is just ludi Fraser said I can not see why Were penalizing our resi New Braunfels Utility pumps For us to go a step further and turn off our fountains Is Just Paul Fraser 20 percent from the aquifer and 80 percent from surface water City Manager Mike Shands and Paula Difonzo general manager for the New Braunfels Utility helped draft the measure which council amended twice NBU has pumped an average of million gallons per day over the last seven days Whenever pumping exceeds 8 million gal lons the extra water is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer No matter what we do we will still not have a significant impact on the Shands said The NBU Board of Directors will iron out a more specific ordi nance at its Thursday meeting and council will likely consider it at its next regular meeting The ordinance will aid NBUs froiri the which to proveit is cutting back aquifer usage by 30 percent as required by Stage IV In addition the measure will help the city defend possible law suits from environmental groups like the Sierra Club which have sued governments in the past for not complying with the Endan gered Species Act of 1973 said John Dierkson NBUs general counsel Several endangered species would be put in jeopardy of extinction if the Comal and San Marcos springs dry up What H does Wafer Ordinance The amrnendmente to the water ordinance are effec tive 24 hours after a public ser vice announcement appears in the HerakfZeitung or is broad cast on local radio stations Vio lations are misdemeanor offens es that include a fine of to and each clays violation is considered a separate offense The following restrictions are enforced when the weekly average water use at the New Braunfels Utilities surface treat ment plant exceeds 8 million gallons per day and when the Edwards Underground Water District declares Stage IV which is triggered when Comal Springs flow drops below 150 cubic feet per second Landscape irrigation is pro htofted from 9 am to 7 and is further restricted Odd and Saturdays amirinum bered addresses may only irri gate on Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays Waste water drainage pro hibited onto paved public sur faces such as streets sidewalks driveways etc is prohibited Yearround restrictions remain in effect and restrict watering landscape with sprin klers from 10 to 5 Watering with buckets and handheld hoses or drip irrigation systems are not prohibited Tourist season off to slow start By DENISE DZ1UK Staff Writer The New Braunfels summer tourist season offi cially began Memorial Day weekend and the num ber of tourists slightly lower than normal Howev er officials believe the City can still have a good tourism season this summer Jim Scheele Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the weekend crowd was a little slower than He said typi cally people flock to town to fill the towns lodgings 100 percent However this year the number of visitors was 8 or 9 percent below normal He said the economic impact of those who did venture into town has not been determined He also added those tourists mat did come were not dis appointed It seems like the people that were here had said Scheele but the perception is still there that the water level is too low to nave a good Scheele said efforts are already under way to counteract the negative perception of the river lev els He said information is being sent to area media stressing that tourists can still have run on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and at Schlitterbahn as well as the other attractions in town low weekend turnout is definitely a con cern However its going to take an effort by the entire community to let people know there is still stuff to do here in New he said Were hoping everyone in town will help spread the Scheele added that despite the low turnout it does not mean tourism throughout the city will suffer He said the number of Guadalupe River enthusiasts may be slightly lower this year but the rest of the tourist attractions are still and everyone else should fare real well this sum mer B HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Bible schools get ready Cheryl Randol places a vacation bible school sign up in front of First Protestant Church Tuesday after noon Many local churches are preparing to start their summer vacation bible schools Two killed in headon wreck ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Writer One funeral service was held Tues day and another one is being held this afternoon for two area teenagers killed in a headon collision Saturday Kelly Kessler 15 of New Braunfels was driving a 1977 Ford pickup east on Highway 90 about miles east of Brackettville at about am May 25 A Department of Public Safety accident report states investigators believe Kessler fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tractor trailer truck driven by Braulio Palacios 28 of Laredo Kessler along with passenger James L Dylla 18 of Seguin were pro nounced dead on the scene Passen gers in the pickup James Reigle 20 of New Braunfels was treated and released at Uvalde Memorial Hospital James Chessher 18 of McQueeney was dismissed from University Hos pital on Tuesday and David A Dylla 18 of Seguin is listed in fair condition at University Hospital in San Anto nio None of the four were wearing seatbelts Palacios was treated and released from Uvalde Memorial Hospital A graveside service was held for Kessler Tuesday morning A service for James Dylla is being held at 1 today at Sunset Memorial Park and Funeral Home in San Antonio Sunday Unity Rally switched to Plaza The location of the Unity Ral ly has been changed to the Main Plaza ministers with the New Braunfels Ministerial Alliance said Wednesday morning The Unity Rally is a response of local church and community leaders to the Ku Klux KJan ral ly planned for Saturday The Unity Rally it still set for Sunday but the loca tion was changed to provide a central location for people to show their support for love and unity said Ray Still pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church Saturdays going to be a message of hate and Sundays going to be a message of love and Still said The Ministerial Alliance is made up clergy from the New Braunfels community HwrtWWtonp photo by MICHAEL DARNAU If they build construction of Mctlon at Schlitterbahn It right on schtdulf wHh for optnlng stt for tett June Tht section will include ntw ridca Local CPA learns to hold his tongue See Opinion Page 44 i