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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Track club to host meet Saturday See Sports Page rww vrawi may water Wednwdays ark and SundAyt may water with a bucket drip Irrigation ayMerhorhandheWhosowHrianozzleatany New Braunfels 20332 M016 181 SOWEST M1CROPUBLI8HIMO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 18 pages In two sections Wednesday June Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of f AHVM WfTTtM Market Mnmmtisch llrthday withes from the HeraldZeHintgl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes oMegan Mendez Brooks Hunter rteyer 1 Taryn Witten Gloria Castro Barbara Holden and Joey Trevifio Happy anniversary wishes to Duane and Bobette Williams and tobert and Bridget Lehmann 25 To have a birthday or anniver sarylistedhere call6259144 Inside Pollen Count Hack Elm Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Gomal cubic feet per sec ond up 12 cfs from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 15 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 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 gal lons of aquifer water Tuesday BobKrueger city council By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Coun cil presented Ambassador Bob Krueger with a proclamation Monday honoring him for his pub lic service and declaring Thursday Bob Krueger The proclamation cited Kruegers tenures as Texas Rail road Commissioner Ambas sador to Burundi Anibas sadoratLarge Congressman Senator from Texas univer sity dean and CEO of a manufac turing business Kruegef a native of New Braun fels will be sworn in as Ambassador to Botswana in Wash ington on Thursday and will leave for the country July 8 It is real honor and great privi lege to have this opportunity to receive this proclamation My roots run as deep as some of those Cypress trees on the Guadalupe You know that tap root is here and the heart is Krueger said Were honored to be able to rep resent the country overseas Were honored to be Americans What a tremendous privilege it is to be Americans We are born to this privilege Ive never had a day to nay own Cancer support group to meet Thursday the Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Wal 6291763 for infor mation Concert In the Park Chris and Judy who play childrens and folk music will be the performers for the Con cert in the Park Thursday from to 10 The free con cert will be atthe dance slab in Unda Park This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Drought not broken despite Tuesdays By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer Despite recent showers the area still remains well under the average rainfall for the year arid while the showers have helped followup rains are need ed to bring any lasting relief from the drought Bruce Thoren meteorologist with the National Weather Sendee said the area has received really scattered showers over the past couple of days According to the NWS one New Braunfels gauge measured inches of rain while another showed inches for Tuesday The airport in New Braunfels received only inches of rain The heaviest rain fell east of Comal County with Hqlllettsville receiving inches However these rains are still not enough to bring the region back up to the average rainfall numbers So far this year San Antonio has received inches of rain compared to nor mal rainfall of inches Austin has received about inches com pared the 17 inches it normally receives Thoren said Comal County has not fared much better Some locations and Comals included are 8 to 11 inches below he said That on top of the way we ended last just aggra vates Thoren said the scattered showers are not tied to the tropical storm near Acapulco However he said there is a large band of showers from Alice to Victoria moving north that should provide ben eficial rains today We need the rain so well take alt we can he said Edwards Underground Water Dis trict General Manager Rick fllgner said in addition to downtown San Antonio getting a rain fain did fall over the recharge Zone The gauge in northeast Medina County measured inches of rain while the one between Helotes and Leon Springs measured inches and a gauge north of Garden Ridge reported inches However Higher said it is not enough to pull us out of the current drought conditions The drought is hot he said The drought is something you dont get into overnight and unless you have a hurricane or something like it you wont get out of it Illgner said the aquifer did slightly increase from Monday to Tuesday but the spring flow at Conial Springs decreased from 87 cubic feet per sec ond to 84 cfs He said he is not expect ing any long term changes from yes terdays HZ Photo by MICHAEL DARNALt1 Traffic on Interstate 35 had to ctort with rain Tuesday and after Photos courtesy of Comal County Attorneys Office This property looked more like a dump than a yard before Environmental Enforcement intevened Now the property has been cleaned up New county office provides a place to turn if your neighbor wont clean up his act By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer1 f Since its inception in September 1995 the Environmental Enforcement Section of the County Attorneys Office has come down on illegal dumping and junk vehicles and has come a long way in cleaning up the county The office is designed to investi gate complaints of public nuisances junk vehicles and illegal dumping that endanger the health safety and wel fare of county residents County Attor ney Nathan Rheinlander said the office goes hand in hand with the rural recy cling program in the county which provides residents with a place totake their trash Its a good partner to the recycling he said If they dont use the recycling program to clean up their theres an enforcement pro gram looking at From Sept 1 1995 to May 31 1996 approximately 619 tons of solid waste had been removed from property within the county including 227 junked vehicles The complaints filed to date included 107 junk vehicles complaints and 157 solid health nuisances waste and public health nui sance would be anything from a bag of garbage someone threw out the win dow of a car to 100 acres that are completely covered with said Rheinlander Several complaints have also been filed in court There are three civil cases pending in district court and five ofthe Peace Six cases haVebeendosed through the court Rheinlander said that even though the cases went to courtsthe landowners eventually complied with the order to clean up We havent had to spend a single tax dollar on cleanup said Rhein lander that is the motto of the pro gram compliance not Environmental Enforcement Offi cer David Young told the commis sioners court recently that the largest number of complaints appear to be coming from the Canyon Lake area However he said more complaints are beginning to come in from other sections of the county including the Solmsarea Ive noticed we are seeing a little more down south of New said Young making some Several neighborhoods have already seen the progress the office is making Jane Warmke appeared before com missioners court in August to voice complaints regarding a junkyard and portalets in a neighborhood on Watson Lane East Warmke said the neigh borhood had been working on trying to get something done for a year before talcing it to the Environmental Enforce ment office She said she called Envi ronmental Enforcement Attorney Michelle Meyers every two weeks to discuss the situation Although the area is not completely clean she is pleased with the results Its still not spotless but its 95 percept she said betterrand I was able to sell my house Although there is a processjfor oth er county offices to report problem areas Rheinlander said the vast major ity of the complaints come from citi zens Once a complaint is filed the envi ronmental enforcement officer inves tigates the area He said the officer does all the work and the person who filed the complaint is not required to appear in court to testify which means the complainer can remain anony mous If a violation is found a com plaint is filed With the Justice of the Peace and the process of getting the area cleaned up begins Were looking for citizen involve ment to file the said Rhein lander You dont have to worry about having to go to court thats the officers Rheinlander said Comal County received two grants for the program He said this is the only county in the area with this type of program He said he expects Comal County will becoming a model for other coun ties and eventually expects addition al grant funding to be made available for these programs He also added that the office has been successful What money we have spent on the program has been cost said Rheinlander The office is not going To file a complaint with the envi ronmental enforcement office call 6203425 23 Americans i Attack in Saudi Arabia a 1 s f blow to Middle East DHAHRAN Saudi Arabia AP Striking at the heart of the United States military presence in the Persian Gulf a truck bomb destroyed an American housing turning the eightstory building into a crum bling honeycomb Twentythree Americans who bunked there were killed and more than 270 were The Tuesday night attack the dead liest ever against Americans in the Persian Gulf sheared off the front of the concrete building spilling mat tresses and chunks of concrete onto the ground below The source of the explosion was thought to have been a fuel truck parked outside a fence about 35 yards away and packed with 2 tons of explosives It left a crater 35 feet deep and 85 feet wide Master Sgt William Sine was walking down a hallway toward the elevator when he was knocked to the ground by the force of the blast The lights went and I real ized the whole side of the building was said Sine of Warren Ohio He said he quickly started to help care for the victims There were some people dead I could feel a lot of blood on my hands and I knew it couldnt be sweat because it was too he said from his bed at King Fahd Hospital where he was recovering from cuts on the thigh face and arms Hundreds of people rushed out into the streets We thought it was the end of the said Walid a 22yearold Saudi who was walking nearby at the time of the explosion Some were crying Some just sat on the ground and held their He declined to give his full name No one claimed responsibility for the explosion in AlKhobar a Dhahran suburb in eastern Saudi Ara bia but suspicion fell on Muslim mil itants opposed to Western military presence in the kingdom and else The lights went off I realized the whole side of the building was Master Sgt William Sinef where in the Gulf Xhe attack raised new concerns about the political future of Saudi Arabia long seen as a bastion of bility dn a volatile region It is the Worldslargest oil exporter and the United States strongest Gulf America takes care of its grim President Clintonsaid patching an FBI team to investigate the attack on the Air Force base which helps enforce the nofly zone over Iraq Secretary of State Warren Christen pher left for Dharan today after meet ing with PLO Chairman Yassjer Arafat in Cairo In brief remarks with Christopher Arafat condemned the terrorism in Saudi Arabia and said We are committed to the peace Nineteen Americans were killed and at least 270 were wounded said Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt Kevin Aandahl All of the dead and injured were Americans Pentagon officials said The totals were expected to part because of the sheer size of the bomb authorities believe 2 tons of explosives were packed in the truck King Fahd offered his condolences in a telephone call to Clinton He expressed his sorrow and pain fof this deplorable terrorist act whichlis rejected by all the official Saudi Press Agency reported Saudi security forces kept the area cordoned off this morning and Amet ican soldiers in full battle gear shout ed at onlookers to clear off Investi gators and rescue teams aided by five bulldozers were moving debris Turn to Bomb attack Page 2A WORD budget shortfall reflects tough year for river outfitters By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The drought is hurting river outfitters and the decline in revenue at the Water Oriented Recre ation District shows just how badly WORD raises its money through fees on inner tube and raft rentals and campground and resort rentals Its revenue is 40 percent below the rev enue it projected for the year It hurts Al Zator of Little Pon derosa River Outfitters said July is our biggest month and if we dont get the rain needed to raise the Canyon lake level and river outflow it looks WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo gave the bleak news about the revenue numbers at the WORD meeting on Wednesday From January 1 to June 1 revenues are down around 40 Mayo said If you allow for the rest of the summer they will be down by 60 percent You have to exaggerate the loss to pre pare to handle it in the River businesses reported losing between 20 to 50 percent of their business compared to last year When the budget was adopted in January pro jections showed WORD would raise this year Those revenue projections have now been set for WORD has slashed its budget but still plans to spend which would leave the budget with a shortfall of The shortfall would have to be made up from reserve funds Most of the outfitters and businesses blame the poor business on perceptions in metropolitan areas such as Worth San Antonio Austin and Houston that the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake are dry because of the drought Everybody thinks the river is dry because of the media play in Houston which is saying the river is Steve May of Jaks Rapid Rentals on FM 306 said Everyone is scared to come on To battle that negative perception the WORD board approved up to worth of newspaper advertising which will be targeted to Austin Worth and Houston The current release from Canyon Reservoir into the river is at 60 cubic feet per second People whose livelihood depends on the river say despite the low flows and the hot days the er is still a good place to spend an afternoon We still have families coming Ellen Posey of Whitewater Sports Campground said It is still cooler by the river and you can still float down the river People are still having a good time and some are staying extra Since the river traffic has slowed down from previous law enforcement and courtesy patrol services were cut in half Law ment was slashed from to atnd the courtesy patrol was cut from to Lake projects were cut from 7 Advertising and publicity received the biggest cut of all Because the board hats hire a fulltime public relations person this year it was budgeted at But under the budget advertising and publicity was cut down to N The pr public relations position is not in The Aliens travel a rocky road to Canada See 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