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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Jjan Ri in Japanese triathlon See Sports Page Ntwlraunfet i may water No UM iprtnMw Wwton 9 and 7 or handheld Mode wdh a fwiufc At any time 110 pages In one s6otlon BThursday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years a Home of 0AVID AMfe Vi6iA Inside Market Place Birthday withes from tho The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Nicole Blackwell Whitney Jackson 8 John Kovalcik Arthur Perez 24 Lone Barr Donald Cole Susan Ott and Scott Presley Happy anniversary wishes to David and Viola Jonas To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Oakp Pecan Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Cbmal cubic feet per sec ond up 4 cfs from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 07 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 53 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 0 gallons of aquifer water Wednesday Leadership program taking applications f Cpmijif rep is accepting applications for the Leadership New Braunfels Class of 1997 The program was organized to develop better informed leaders in our community who may be inter ested in becoming active in leadership roles in many dif ferent areas It covers areas such as the mechanics of government history and cul ture of the community the jus tice system health care and others Leadership New Braunfels begins Sept 12 with a recep tion for participants and alum ni a twoday overnight retreat Sept 14 and 15 and eight once a month fullday class es Tuition is and covers all meals the retreat and course materials Applications are available ifrom the chamber of com merce office and the deadline for applications is Aug 7 Gall 6252385 for more informa tion Cancer support group to meet Thursday The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored bythe American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Wal nut Call 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 concert will be at the dance slab in Landa Park Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers Conservation Society to hold yard sale the New Braunfels Conser vation Society will hold a yard sal from 9 tp 4 Satj urday The sale will be locat ed at 521 West San Antonio St Youth sports complex By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A plan to build a youth sports com plex met stiff opposition Wednesday as neighboring landowners raised con cerns about the projects impact on their agricultural businesses Three landowners attended a regular meeting of the New Braunfels Youth Sports Inc and said the planned youth sports complex would devastate their farms and cattle ranches The 115 acres in question lie to the east of the Inter state 35 and Loop 337 in Guadalupe County Yall are trying to change our way of life This is my living This is my damn whole living this farm Now if youre going to come in there and pull all these people next to Im scared to do anything on my own land That is bad Ive worked my whole damn life to get to where I m at right said Ron Wetz whose property lines the southern border of the complexs pro posed site Jerry Smith the youth sports com plexs president and Larry Wenzel a member of the group asked the landowners to list their concerns for them to address Smith and Wenzel said one option is to ask the man who donated the land to consider giving another portion farther away from neighboring lands Wenzel said Granger Weston donat ed the land He said Weston owns try Ing to our way of life This Is my Ron Wetz farmer about to more acres which could house another site Landowners said the complex would cause extra traffic flooding from paved parking tots unnecessary lighting trash and sound problems They also said routine agricultural activities such as dove hunting and spraying crops with pesticides would no longer be feasible They requested the complex sup porters undergo ah environmental impact study arid warned diem to watch out for injunctions if the problems were not addressed sufficiently Smith said he was glad to hear the concerns and said the youth sports complex has met similar opposition during the fivdyear search for a site within the county The last thing we want to do is be a bad neighbor to Smith said The complex would be a catchall facility for softball baseball soccer football basketball and volleyball in an effort to solve the explosion of youth sports heeds in the city Wenzel said city officials have not offered their support in responding to iii the boom but rather have terminated their lease for land on domal Street where childrens baseball has been played Its a race to see which league is going to drop first Our city just does not provide for its kids and its up to us to do Wenzel said Members of the audience said the city and county should intervene with their support to settle the need for a location for youth sports activities I think the city officials around here need to listen to the people that are trying to do something with our youth because thats where they need to con said Joe Rogers former city councilman and local school principal and superintendent Learning our system V HeraldZeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hector Mario Cruz Juarez teaches Sammy Anderson how to say his name in Spanish at Frazler Elementary Wednesday Juarez trains new teachers at his job in Mexico Mexicans to take lessons back home By DENISE DZIUK Staff Students taking summer classes at Frazier Elementary have had visitors the last couple of days and are getting a chance to help shape Mexicos edu cation system Five educators from Mexico will soon return to their country with first hand knowledge of the United States education system and will share their experiences with others when they return Three elementary school teachers and two teacher trainers from Mexico have been observing and participating in summer classes at Frazier Ele mentary since June 24 and will be in town a few days longer Alicia Parra instruction coordinator for Comal Independent School District said the educators are members of a program aimed at expanding knowledge about the education systems in other coun tries Their major objective is to obtain handson experience with some of the teaching methods used in our dis trict arid We will be learning from them said Parra who served as a translator for the group For these five the specific details vary but they are all looking for for the same thing while they are here additional knowledge Elemen tary teacher Marco Antonio Zarate Oliveros said his main objective while in America is to find out more about how teachers work with students while Guadalupe Martinez Ibanez who trains teachers and has an emphasis on mathematics said he is interested in learning the strategies used to teach various math princi ples Elementary teacher Irma Velazquez Gutierrez said she is most interested in learning as much as she can and then sharing that knowledge with others want to discover new ways to teach to personally benefit from the new information and to share it with other teachers when I go she said Hector Mario Cruz Juarez who trains new teachers said these points are all important but pointed out a cultural value as well In addition its a program that will benefit both groups of teachers that will allow a sharing of cultures as well as said Juarez The hospitality shown to these edu cators is something they have taken note of and theyre appreciative of everyone involved in their visit They said this warmth and openness will make future visits possible Theres a lot of possibility of this exchange program developing because of the treatment we have received said Martinez The observers will have to give a detailed report to the secretary of edu cation and the Mexican Consulate when they return to Mexico They will also hold conferences and dis cussions with other teachers and the media to spread the word about their experiences here Parra said this may grow into an exchange program I think it will be just as good for our teachers to see their educational she said Business booms in Comal County By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer There is something appealing about Comal County that is making more and more businesses choose to call this county home County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said based on Aprils figures the num ber of retail outlets paying sales taxes increased by 15 percent from last year The increase is also evident based on the number of individuals filing Doing Business As statements with the coun ty clerks office Theres a tremendous amount of said Denise Rentiers who is the systems administrator in the coun ty clerks office Where theyre all at I lii werefiled From there it increased to 131 in March and 189 in April In May the number dropped a little to 110 but has risen again with 183 filed as of June 25 Reimers said these numbers include people who are operating a business from their homes reserving a business name for future use or crossfiling in Comal to protect the name of a business in Bexar County Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the chambers efforts to recruit businesses into the community have been successful Most of these companies are recruiting Mike Meek Checks In The Mail Chief Operating Office Phyllis Duncan said the chamber played a big roll in the companys relo cation here which was complete in August 1995 Meek said through the recruitment primary jobs in distribution and warehouses have grown and as a result so have the number of secondary jobs such as support services in restau rants and retail shops Meek said both the labor force and the number of employed in the county increased by about from 1995 and the additional jobs mean more peo ple can both live and work in New Braunfels and Comal County Most of these companies are recruit Comal County employment May 1996 May1995 Labor Force Employed Unemployed unemployed TX unemployed ing locally which means fewer people are having to commute to San Antonio or said Meek f The Canyon Lake Chamber of Com merce has also seen tremendous growth lately Wanda Truchsess the cham bers executive director said the cfiam bers memljershipllias time high of 4101 members Were just seeing a lot of diverse businesses and theyre all pretty rock solid said Truchsess A variety of businesses appear to be moving in but Meek said the main reasons they are moving to town are pretty basic He said it is a matter of location and access since New Braun fels is on Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin a better quality of living and better tax fates Every company has different hot said Meek Theres a multi tude of reasons were generating inter Larry Devall manager of Apple bees Neighborhood Grill and Bar Restaurant said the restaurant opened its New Braunfels location in Septem ber He said the big tourism market combined with the towns location on the 135 corridor with a lot of growth potential made it an ideal home Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham announced last week that it will open a distribution center in New Braunfels John Barnhill executive vice president and general sales manager for the com pany said the German work ethic along with the citys location influenced the decision Our biggest need was trying to find a location that would satisfy the growth requirements in San Antonio and he said For years employees thought New Braunfels would be an ideal GBRA tells outfitters theyll have to go with the low flow By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Reaction to the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys Wednesday deci sion not to raise the release from Canyon Dam for the July 4 weekend met with disappointment but not surprise GBRA announced the current release from the lake into the Guadalupe River would stay in the range of 50 cubic feet per second through the holiday weekend River outfitters had asked for an increase to accommodate the huge crowds that traditionally come during the Fourth of July weekend The various options for the release I am disappointed but I am not pointing fin gers at anyone except Mother Jim Dunman Jerrys Rentals and the rediversion of water werent GBRA General Manager Bill West said West said the inflow at Canyon Lake was at 30 cubic feet per second Mon day The release was set at 45 cfs Wednesday afternoon GBRA looked at two options to help increase the release both of those were not workable West said We looked at releasing excess water and rediverting it downstream but the question was Who would pay for West said If we diverted excess water downstream one of them water users would have to pay for it No one wanted to do The other option was that river out fitters could buy excess water from GBRA for the weekend just like they did in 1984 another drought year We looked at the possibility of sell ing water for recreational purposes but that would not be the prudent thing to do during a Rain showers during the past two little to make the case for increased flows West said We had reports of over one inch in isolated West said We were hawking the river hoping to see an increase in the inflows and hoping to increase the release It just hasnt hap West said the 50 cfs release will hold until at least the Fourth of July weekend unless more rain comes He said GBRA will reassess the situation on the releases after the holiday week end Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District Manager Jim Inman who wrote West asking for the increased release said he was not sur prised by the decision They did everything they could to make it work they just couldnt get all the pieces Inman said WeVe got to get the rainfall needed to put extra water into the Jim Dunman general manager of Jerrys Rentals had encouraged WORD to pursue the increased release for the July 4 weekend We pretty much thought what it would Dunman said It is a whole new ball game under these drought conditions We certainly Would have liked help because we wanted to change the perception that the river is dry Thats what we were looking He said he is not blaming anyone and that the river will still be good for recreation come the Fourth of July weekend I am disappointed but I am not pointing fingers at anyone except Mother Pwunan said Postal Service goes the extra mile for customers See Opinion Page 4   

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