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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon player heads to Baton Rouge with club Page 5 Ntw BwurmHi wtttrtMMction YANDELL EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of RVLi WILLIAMS 10 pages in one section Thursday June wn awuranyt EvWHwrntewd MMmMw nwy vwtor f utttfeyt Thtmdiyl and surtdtys No UM of Mtwen 9 and f You may watt a drip irrigation system or how wHhanoizto it Inside Editorial Market MM TheNew Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kyle Williams Robert Cruz Rebecca Resales Carol Staats and Cathy Offennan Happy 25th anniversary to Robert and Helen Braune To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available Grass na Hack Elm Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 5 cfs from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 12 from Wednesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and million gallons of aquifer water Wednesday Concert in the Park The annual Concerts in the Park series is under way Tonights perfornance will be by Quarter Moon Concerts are held at the dance slab in UHda Park from 7i30 to 10 and are free Circus is coining The circus is doming to New Braunfels with one per formance at the Rodeo Arena sponsored by the Comal County Sheriffs Posse The performance is at Friday Tickets will be sold the day of the performance at the Rodeo Arena box office Rummage sale The First Protestant Church Youth will sponsor a rummage sale to benefit its 1997 mis sion trip The sale will be held from 8 to 1 Saturday at the Family Life Center 172 W Coll St in New Braunfels You may make donations to the sale all this week by drop ping off your items at the Seele Parish Hall basement A ramped entrance is located on the Castell Street side of the building at Coll Street For information call Jerald Schroeder at 609 7729 ext 19 Internet group to meet today The Internet Users Group meets the third Thursday of every month This months meeting is at 7 today at 353 Mill St For information call 6080808 Noon Tunes on Plaza Catch some live music for ree at the Plaza gazebo Randall Cavanas will perform from to Friday as part of the Noon Tunes arogram Humane Society to open new shelter The grand opening of the Dolores L Caldwell Animal Shelter in Bulverde will be from 10 to noon Satur day Free hot dogs great prize This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint ask for more water By DAVID D6KUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE River outfit ters on the Guadalupc River want mote water for the upcoming July 4 week end Jlie Coma County Water Oriented Recreation District board on Wednes day authorized Manager Jim Inman to send a letter to GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority General Manager Bill West encouraging him to increase the release from Canyon Dam into the riv er We should send a letter encourag ing them GBRA to do something for July 4th even if it is at five cubic feet per WORD President Guy Anderson said But while WORD is asking for more water GBRA is cutting the flow Tha ntaflta that tto rfvmr Is something to promote that arent shut Bill Mayo M WORD treasurer At 6 Wednesday GBRA announced that it decreased the release from Canyon Reservoir from 75 cfs to 60 cfs In order to battle public perception and bad press that the Guadalupe Riv er is closed because of the decreased river flow the board voted to spend up to for advertising before the FourthofJuly weekend The money would be used for news paper ads in Houston Worth and Austin encouraging peo ple to come to the river and that it is still Usable for tubing and rafting The media are saying that the river is WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo said We need to do something to promote that we arent shut A special Committee made up of Mayo and board members Zero Rivers and Charles Stephens would approve the ads before they are sent out With fewer tourists coming to the river it has meant less revenue for WORD to operate since WORD is funded by a tax on inner tube and raft rentals Because of this development the board had to revise its 1996 budget and cut expenses in certain areas Mayo reported that WORD is pro jected to raise in revenues for this year which is less than the projected dilemma By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Comal County Rancher Clinton Dietert doesnt have a lot of answers for the drought Feed costs are skyrocketing and many ranchers are selling off cattle rather than pay to feed them which has caused a collapse in the price they fetch at auction With a little more than an inch of rainful over the last 11 months Dietert has had to sell off about 20 cows of Jiis roughly Jf t drought conditions continue he expects to turn in another 10 next week Decreased pasture growth has forced Dietert to feed his cattle for nine months instead of the 45 days they normally need during the spring season It gets to the point where you kind of think How much is that cow going to be worth after the drought to buy her said Dietert whose acre ranch is mainly in the eastern part of Comal County Those cows youd really like to hang on to are they going to be worth feeding or not Thats what it amounts The drought has wreaked havoc on local ranchers who have had to strug gle with soaring hay sorgum and feed prices to keep their business above water Hay is hard to find much less buy A bale of coastal hay costs from to more than double the to it cost last year Comal Coun ty Extension Agent Joe Taylor said Taylor said the state average for Omaha Corn went from last year to Taylor who meets regularly with local ranchers who number about 100 in the county said most ranchers are planning to feed their herd through the summer with hopes rain comes by fall If not most are prepared to li quidate their herds by October he said Cattle ranchers endured another lowpaying day at the Seguin Cattle Company Wednesday Prices for cows weighing 900 to pounds sold at 34 to 35 cents per pound while last year they sold at roughly 50 cents per pound Luensmann said Light steer which sold at to per pound last year sold Wednesday at 50 to 60 cents per pound The companys president Benno Luensmann said the drought has erased about 50 percent of cattle with in a 200squaremile radius of the auction house Forced to liquidate sooner than expected Luensmann said 90 percent of the auctioned cattle are headed for the slaughter house not reinstatement into other herds And of the calves coming into the auction house most are 200 to 300 pounds underweight for their age An underweight steer goes on the auction block Wednesday in Seguin Feeling the pinch The Texas Agricultural Extension Service predicts Texas cattle ranchers will lose million because of this years drought the total statewide economic impact is expected to be more than billion HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The economic impact will last for three years and if drought conditions continue for another three months it could wipe out 25 percent of area jobs dependent on agriculture he said I am worried about our small busi nesses About 25 of all the interrelat ed jobs in this area of Texas are dependent on agriculture And when you break the segment that controls 25 percent of your employment youre fixing to have a depression in small Luensmann Once the oversupply drops off the auction house may have to import cat tle from other states temporarily to meet the demand Luensmann said The auction house has averaged about head of cattle per week in the last 16 weeks double the amount for the same time last year Luensmann said The total economic impact of the drought on the states agriculture industry could reach billion according to statistics from the Texas Department of Agriculture The loss for beef cattle could reach million dollars In a report released this week State Comptroller John Sharp called on beef retailers to reduce prices to reflect the lower price for cattle The wholesale price for beef pro ducers has decreased by percent since 1993 while the average retail price per pound of beef last month An employee at the Seguin Cattle Company moves cattle toward the auction room decreased by only percent from three years ago the report said Officials from the Texas Attorney Generals Office said they are moni toring the industry but that no lawsuit has been filed to force supermarket prices to reflect lower costs Sidney Harllee a San Antonion rancher and retail meat market owner disputed the comptrollers study claiming price gouging has occured more at fastfood chains than super market and meatmarket businesses Youve got to compare apples to apples If a rancher doesnt have a man would have to cows worth 30 to 35 Harllee said The hamburger people are the ones cleaning up The ones making the killing are the Whataburgers the Taco Bells the Wendys McDonalds They have not lowered their prices and theyre buy ing this meat at 33 percent what it cost a year ago No ones said a word about the fastfood As the drought continues to damage all aspects of the agricultural industry local ranchers hope theyre able to play their cards right When you have to do things you do it even when you dont want to do it Well see how long this thing goes along Well just have to see The longer it lasts the sooner well know what we have to Dietert said Bulyerde celebrates new nokill animal shelter By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Thanks to the of dedicated people in the Bul verde area abused forgotten and lost animals now have a safe haven in which to be cared for when they need it On Saturday the Dolores L Cald well Animal Shelter will have its grand opening with a guided tour at 10 and the ribbon cutting cere mony at noon Refreshments and free be a drawing for door prizes Lynda Binkley secretary for tjie Bulverde Area Humane Society said the animal shelter has been a culmi nation of hard work and sweat We are all really excited about Binkley said It is just a dream come true Dolores Caldwell used to call this her dream shelter It is a real bless ing to know it has become a The shelter is named after the woman who helped start the Bulverde Area Humane Society in 1982 That year Caldwell started a hotline for lost animals an idea Caldwell said she got from a conversation she had with a Bulyerde woman I wondered What happens if a person loses their Caldwell said So I started the hotline We started with five people Now it has grown This is really an important thing especially since more people are mov ing she said It makes me feel wonderful Now I know my work has been worth The Bulverde Area Humane Soci ety was incorporated in 1983 and began taking care of animals and paid for the veterinarian bills for sick ani mals The society was able to save some of its donations to purchase a threeacre site for the animal shelter in December 1992 Construction has tak en more than a year The shelter houses 24 pens for dogs We started opening one cage at a time in December as volunteers put the cages Binkley said The shelter has about 25 volunteers who help feed walk and clean the animals at the shelter Caldwell said the shelter tries it best not to put any of its animals asleep We have been working hard toward our goal of not putting the dogs Binkley said We have been managing to adopt out dogs just to keep one cage Cameron Wiley president of the Bulverde Area Humane Society said the animal shelter is a result of a coni munitys determination to alleviate the problem of stray animals in Bulverde area t I think it is a result of a problem and the will and the guts of the people 7 to solve Wiley said We in Bui verde are in a vulnerable position since we are close to San Antonio because we get a lot animals dumped by r Gruene merchants now stand on their own See Opinion Page 4
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