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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                31 i V xV A Little League AllStars undefeated in tournament See Sports Page if R ff fi w And SwufiwyA M EwwiWWibww MdnlMM nwy wsttf No UM of sprinfctora bMMMn 9 dm and 7 pm sysfwn or handheld Whti A fWzzte at any time i 14 pages in two sections Friday June 7 ti Serving Corria County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of lOMAINi KMJFT tr 5 W i i Inside Market HmMfceHung The JVctV Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Loraine Kraft Miranda Gar rott 3 Linda Collins Larry Franke Chester Pehl 69 Anthony Aleman Joseph Luna 2 Alicia Ybarra Gilbert Guerrero DI 16 Erica Resales Missy Medrano Happy anniversary to Jimmy and Janet Williams Bill and Sandra Swint Arthur and Betty Richter 45 Jack and Elaine Chipman and Archie and Liz Culpepper 42 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass Hack Pecan 0 Elm 0 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 15 cfs from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 53 cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and million gallons of aquifer water Thursday Circus is coming The circus is coming to New Braunfels with one per formance at the Rodeo Arena sponsored by the Comal County Sheriffs Posse The performance is at today 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 i Saturday atthe Family Life Center 172 W Coil 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 Phil Gramm visits Sen Phil Gramm will visit New Braunfels at today for a briefing on the Interstate 35 expansion in Comal County The briefing will be at Honors Hall at the Chamber of Commerce 390 S Seguin Ave Animal shelter opens The grand opening of the Dolores L Caldwell Animal Shelter in Bulverde will be from 10 to noon Satur day Free hot dogs great This is one of just two no kill shelters in South Texas Senate candidate to visit KrausesCafe Democratic candidate for the United StatesSenate Vic tor Morales will visit Krauses Cafe at noon Monday He will be there to meet with area residents This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint ready to move By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A YMCA in Coma County must identify the communitys needs before the idea can move forward a consultant told 18 concerned residents at a public hearing Thursday night The consulting firm First Council Inc of Dallas released the results of a feasibility study that reflects the opin ions of 27 key community leaders The study showed that 16 of those interviewed would donate a total of to see Y programs imple mented locally but that other donors will want to see what needs their mon ey will fulfill Tim Brierty senior vice president for operations at MctCenna Hospital has been spearheading a sevenmember task force of community leaders to promote the project The next step is to form a committee to identify community needs such as afterschool care and senior programs Brierty said he was pleased with the study and hopes enough residents join the committee Members of the audience seemed positive about the idea but had ques tions about how soon a Y could come its costs and whether it would conflict with the planned youth sports com plex Jerry Smith the complexs presi dent attended the meeting and said he is deeply concerned about the potential conflict but said hes going to contin ue with plans to build a youth sports Complex in an area south of Interstate 35 in Guadalupe County Believe me Im vepr concerned about our youth Sdtae of the programs theyre talking about are in our plans Anything they want to do is fine with were going to continue with what were Smith said The potential for the two plans to solicit funds from the same donors does exist but Y supporters maintained that a fundraiser would not begin until the community sees the need for a Y Joe Bueno executive director for the Northeast YMCA in San Antonio spoke to the audience about the bene fits of a Y asserting that its purpose is to respond to the needs of die com munity not duplicate existing programs We need to have a feel for the needs of the community before we ask anyone for a said Bueno who is consulting the task force The Y plan would need about to pay for itself for the next two years and gain a charter to imple ment the first programs Smith is planning a meeting for the sports complex at Wednes day at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard St Going dry Usually filled with rushing water the spring run in Landa Park has stopped flowing Darters face bleak forecast By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A former expert witness for Sierra Club said Thursday the entire popu lation of endangered fountain darters in Comal Springs will die by Oct 1 if the drought conditions continue Clark Hubbs a Sierra Club mem ber caught six fountain darters Thurs day from the spring run along with Thomas Brandt acting director of the National Fish Hatchery and Tech nology Center in San Marcos One of them was skinny and the rest were damn Hubbs said Theres no sign of reproduction or major feeding For one of these guys failing to feed for one month means theyre Hubbs said the darters are two thirds their normal size a phase the rest of the darters in Landa Lake will undergo if the drought worsens Already patches of ground dot sections of Comal Springs and dry crevices where water flowed from One of them was skinny and the rest were damn Clark Hubbs scientist the underlying aquifer remain exposed The Sierra Club sued the pumpers of Edwards Aquifer June 10 in fed eral court claiming endangered species dependent on the aquifer will be extinct if aquifer pumpers do not institute more severe conservation measures Hubbs said its likely he will be an expert witness in the pending law suit Hubbs conducts fish experiments and is professor emeritus at the Uni versity of Texas at Austin Brandts Hatchery is housing foun tain darters San Marcos and Comal springs salamanders as well as the Texas blind salamander as part of a contingency plan to protect endan gered species The plan outlines conservation measures that are necessary to protect endangered species during drought conditions and low water levels around the Edwards Aquifer Brandt said by Thursday morning all the fountain darter specimens had been taken for the standing stock col lection of the contingency plan If the drought worsens officials will collect a salvage stock from the puddles of water in the drying river beds officials said Texas Fish and Wildlife Service officials said reproducing the blind salamander is at best hit or miss and reproducing the San Marcos sala mander has only been accomplished once And even if reproduction is suc cessful officials fear the vegetation along the river bed may not grow back to create the former ecosystem the species depend on Low flow not Test shows fecal coiiform levels well within standards pool was closed in 1984 drought By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer City officials say dropping spring flow levels are not compromising the quality of water in the springfed pool However they are talking about when to begin testing the water In the springfed pool was closed after the fecal coiiform count averaged 500 parts per 100 milliliters over a fiveday period The pool was closed in late July and in early August signs were posted along portions of the Comal River warning Swim at your own risk High Bacteria The signs stayed up until Dec 27 V Ttie spring flow dropped as low as 11 cubic feet per second that summer The spring flow this summer has not yet dropped below 100 City officials said they have not begun testing the water quality yet The HeraldZeitung took one sample from the springfed pool Wednesday and had it tested by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority That test showed the fecal coliform level at 48 colonies per 100 milliliters just one quarter of the level that the state uses as a standard for contact recreation Debbie Magin lab director for the GBRA said fecal coiiform is a bacte ria found in the intestines of warm blooded animals She said it is not unusual to have traces of fecal coi iform in water samples She said the level will fluctuate based on rains and other conditions and low spring flow could cause those numbers to increase since there is not as much water to dil lute any contamination in the river Whenever a system is open to the air and any type of wildlife youre going to have fecal said Magin What happens with low spring flow is you have very little flushing out of Magin said fecal coiiform is not haz ardous to peoples health but is used as an indicator for other organisms or bacteria She said these microorgan isms can cause various problems rang ing from an earache to salmonella poi soning Bobby Caldwell water program manager for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said fecal coiiform is simply a redflag If theyre there many other organ isms may be there he said According to both City Manager Mike Shands and Iris Neffendorf the parks and recreation director the water in the springfed pool is not being test ed Shands said historically the fecal arid the tests cost the city Swimmers have not been kept outof the water since 1984 Neffendorf said she has in con tact with City Sanitarian Joe Lara to determine when the testing should begin and what level should cern Were still not sure exactly how or when well go about Neffendorf said Balmorhea State Park near Fort Davis Barton Springs Pool in Austin and Hamiltons Pool slightly north of Austin are similar to the local spring fedpool The state tests the water at Bal morhea State Parkonce or twice a year Tom Nelson program supervisor for Austin Parks and Recreation said the Barton Springs Pool is tested twice every week regardless of flow levels Barton Springs Pool is often closed due to high fecal coiiform counts after heavy rains Hamilton Pool park technician Amber Ahrris said that pool is tested at least once a week sometimes more Hamilton Pool is currently closed to swimming due to the counts Both Turn to Water Testing Page 2A Flap develops over naming official city representatives to Braunfels celebration By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Moving in HeraWZerfuno photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Sylvia Phlnney and Donna Sauerbrel stock shirts on the racks at WalMart Super Center The store Is slated to open In midJuly next to the current WalMart location at Walnut Street and Interstate 35 The new store besides having the usual WalMart merchandise will feature a supermarket An item for the New Braunfels City Councils consideration Monday would duplicate the duties of Herb Skoog who was chosen at the last council meeting to represent the City of New Braunfels during its sister city celebra tion with Braunfels Germany a coun ty commissioner said Councilman Paul Fraser wants to pass a resolution that would authorize currently elected officials to represent the city during Braunfels 750th anniversary celebration this July The celebration is slated to run July 13 to the 15th and will include booths displays concerts a band from Austria other representatives from sister cities of Braunfels from Belgium France Austria France and England The move to name official city coun cil representatives was viewed by some as overlapping what the council passed at its last meeting by a 70 vote to name Skoog a local advertising and travel agent as the citys representative I think hes a backstabber and a liar Hes acting like a crybaby All of a sudden he wants to beat the drum If he wants to make a butt out of himself he can do Comal County Commis sioner Moe Schwab said Schwab is planning to attend the cel ebration and present Braunfels officials with a proclamation on behalf of Comal County Fraser said the item was not meant to take representative powers from Skoog and questioned the motives of the com missioners court was named as official Fraser said Whats commissioners got to do with the cel I know the county judge is not going This is a city thing Nobodys called me about Fraser said He said the agenda item if passed would officially recognize city council members as representatives of the city Fraser said he plans to attend the Germany celebration and added that councilwomen Juliet Watson and Bren da Freeman had indicated support for designating an official title to council members who attend the event Skoog said he had not received any phone calls from Fraser or anyone about the agenda item but said hes been working as charged by council to prepare for the event The officials of Braunfels are expecting me to represent New Braun fels Skoog said Everyone going on the trip will pay their own way No city money will be given to official representatives For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144   

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