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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Schlitterbahn Invitational Swim Meeff scarfs today See Sports Page I rtttricttor may WBWf t No UM of 9 And 7 of wnti noztto at BlTlfc 20332 11016 179 8 0 U E S T MIC R 0 P U B LIB ll IM 0 2627 E YANDELL DR 14 in two sections Friday June s EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Corhal County and surrounding areas for more man m yeaia j Inside Comics Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes fffofti the HwakUMtungl the New Braunfels Herald Zeitting extends birthday wishes to Bridget Lehmann Eric Siiltemeier 14 Susan Derkacz Rose Henze 92 aiid HappyMmversary wishes to Randy and Beatrice Rodriguez 10 and Lillian Weber To have a birthday sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Hack Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampeli rfivar Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 07 from Thursday 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 Thursday Newcomers Club to meet Tuesday The Newcomers Club will Senior Citizens Center 655 Lahda Coffee and donuts at am meeting at 10 Al Dreumont director of the National Radar and Forecast ing Service of the Southwest will give a slide presentation and talk on Heavy Pub lic invited Lunch Bunch to meet The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch meets at Tuesday at the Senior Citi zens Center Conservation Society to hold yard sale The New Braunfels Conser vation Society will hold a yard sale from 9 4 Sat urday The sale will be locat ed at 521 West San Antonio St Masonic Lodge to install officers The Guadalupe Masonic Lodge will hold an open installation of 199697 officers at July 6 at 1945 W Kingsbury in Seguin Big River benefit performances slated Circle Arts Theatre will be giving two benefit perfor mances during the run of Big the musical version of the Adventures of Huckleber The first benefit show will be given on July 11 for the Black Heritage Society the second one will be given on July 18 The proceeds from that show will go to the Child Welfare Board of New Tickets can be purchased at ChinanThings or from the members of the organizations No passes Parade planned for Independence Day An Independence Day parade will be held on the Plaza July 4 Refreshments for members and special guests will be served at the Sophien burg Archives parking lot 200 N SegMln at 9 A band Concert on the Plaza will start at At am the parade from the Archives parking lot County auditor resigns local CPA By DEMISE DZMJK Staff Writer After years of dedicated service to Comal County County Auditor H Bate Bond will step down from his position at the end of July and local CPA David Renken will assume the post District Judge Jack Robison announced Thursday that he received Bonds letter of resignation which is effective July 31 and began thinking about who he wanted to replace Bond He said Renken who currently reviews the countys audit was the obvious choice My wish list when I foutid out Bate was leaving was to get David said Robison Wefre very fortunate to get Robison also commended Bond for the dedication and service he has giv en during his tenure as auditor We want to thank Bate for 22 yean of service and wish him the he said Bond said he tendered his resigna tion about a month ago He said he currently does not have any plans for after he leaves his county job but said he would find sontethihg Bond said being the county auditor is not an easy job but it is one he has enjoyed Renken said he is looking forward to coming on board with the county He said his experience acting as an outside auditor for the county given him a basic knowledge of the people and policies shaping county government He said this knowledge will give him a head start in the position Ill be able to come in and basical ly move forward with what Mr Bond has done for die past 22 said Renken County auditor is responsible for auditing all county making sure proper guidelines are followed It is up to the auditor to make sure all cdtihty Money to Accounted fdt Th6 auditors job is requites patience and good said a very key position of counI that is not always Bond will step down from his posi ticfl and Renken will take over on 1 The job pays a year Good times on the river A camper backs Into a spot at the Second Crossing Camp Thursday HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL More Than Just Tubing Campers have lots of reasons to visit the Guadalupe Battling misconceptions about the Guadalupe River and the drought campground owners along River Road and Canyon Lake say they are still attracting decent crowds but busi ness is down slightly from last sum mer Actually business is doing said Frances Gunby manager of the Maricopa Riverside Lodge on FM 306 near Sattler Last week was sur prisingly good despite that the water was As of Wednesday afternoon the release from Canyon Reservoir was around 50 cubic feet per second just 20 percent of the water flow tubers enjoyed at this time last year Area campgrounds and lodges are hoping the July 4th weekend will bring an influx of tourists to the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake We have had some cancellations but we are still putting people in the said Jessie Crenshaw manag er of River Valley Raft Co Last weekend we had more than Debbie Van Scyoc coowner of the Canyon Lake Campground and RV Park said the campground busi ness is down by about 50 percent from last summer but she believes everything will pick up on the Fourth of July weekend For the Fourth of July we are booked for rentals and bringlna out young children and not having to worry about thorn because the level of the water is Frances Gunby Van Scyoc said Campground managers and owners complain one thing has kept cus tomers from coming to the river and the lake misinformation from the media especially in Houston Dal Worth and Austin that the drought has dried up the river and closed it for the summer People have seen the media cov erage of Falcon Lake near Laredo they think that since Falcon Lake and Amistad are dry that Canyon Lake is Van Scyoc said Van Scyoc said the best way to combat the misconceptions in the media is to telj customers who call her the truth about the conditions in the Guadalupe River and in Canyon Lake The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority reported this week that the level at Canyon Reservoir was at feet above mean sea level which is feet below the conser vation storage level of 909 msl On Wednesday GBRA set the release from Canyon Dam at 45 cubic feet per second While the river is not flowing as fast as we like it we are still putting here than just tubing You can go to New Braunfels go to Schlitterbahn and visit the Bob Lohr manager of the Lazy Camp ground and Store on River Road said Regardless of the river flow people are still coming out to her lodge Gun by said People are bringing out young children and not having to worry about them because the level of the water is Gunby said Some come to relax and dont care what the water level Some come out and sit by the pool or barbque while others come out to relax and get away from it Gunby expects the Maricopa Lodges business to pick up in July because she said that is when most people take their vacations To illustrate how people are still enjoying the river Crenshaw told a story of how an elderly couple had a good time on their first trip tubing down the river Last week I took a couple in their 60s down the he said They planned to go for two hours I went to look for them and couldnt find them The next thing I know is they are at our landing near the Fourth Cross ing They had gone from Abbotts to the Fourth Crosssing They had such a good time Like I told someone they were 60 years old when the entered the river and when they got out they were 25 years NBU proposes water restrictions on businesses By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfeis Utilities board of trustees unanimously passed a drought conservation plan that would set a sur charge on heavy water users and would subject businesses to the same land scaping restrictions as residential users The plan would not restrict busi nesses from using water for industrial purposes but would limit their discre tionary landscaping use officials said The plan will not go into effect unless the city council gives its approval at the next regular meeting The proposed ordinance must also be published in a newspaper the size of the HeraldZeitung before it becomes effective We have to be good stewards and the loAdfer only that water is precious said Jan Ken nady tf ew Braunfels mayor arid NBU board member Someones going to have to really want to waste water to waste Current Comal Springs levels and water consumption averages meet the planstriggering requirements now The plan stipulates a surcharge of per gallons of water when more than gallons are used in a month The surcharge would be effective from July 1 to Sept 30 since the peak months of consumption run from July to September The surcharge targets heavy users since the average New Braunfels water customer used gallons during August 1994 the peak month over the last three years A bill for gallons per month would be The surcharge would only apply residences and would combine the gal Ion total for those who have more than one meter NBU officials said the surcharge would only affect a few customers and they are in the process of determining the number of customers who use more than gallons per month The triggering factors in the new plan would change the calendar week average to an average of the previous seven days The citys current ordinance is triggered by a Comal Springs flow that is below 150 cubic feet per second and a sevenday aver age use of 8 million gallons per day lates that ddd alid evett addresses alter nate days for watering The new proposal contains restricr tions when the springs drop below 100 cfs and the same sevenday average is met The proposed ordinance would assign one weekday to addresses end ing in the numbers zero through nine for landscape irrigation Watering with a handheld hose would still be allowed except between to 7 Gene Mornhinweg the boards vice president promised the plan would meet considerable debate at the next council meeting There will be some discussion I can assure Mornhinweg said Three injured in Wednesday wreck From staff reports A twocar headon collision sent three to University Hospital in San Antonio Wednesday evening including a 10monthold child Keegan Armke 24 was driving his Mazda south down Engel Road Wednesday when he noticed a Dodge van driven by Steven Anderberg 45 heading down the wrong side of the road according to a Department of Public Safety report Armke tried to move to the right side of the road and Anderberg did the same causing them to hit head on the report states The van rolled after the impact Ander bergs 10monthold daughter Emily was a passenger in the van and was thrown from the vehicle New Braunfels Bracken and Shertz EMS were all called to the scene All people involved were airlifted to Uni versity Hospital The airbags in the Mazda deployed and Armke was wearing his seatbelt He was treated and released Thurs day morning Anderberg was in unde termined condition after surgery and the child was in fair condition Ruling on aquifer suit may be coming By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Texas Supreme Court may be close to a decision about which board will have over sight authority for the Edwards Aquifer Local water negotiator Doug Miller who is to sit on the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer Authority said yesterday was the last day the Texas Supreme Court planned to release rulings this session The lawsuit challenging the constitutional ity of a law creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority is one of the cases still on the dock et Until that case is decided the Edwards Underground Water District will oversee the aquifer However there is still hope a ruling may come before the end of the summer Miller said the state Supreme Court is going to issue more opinions Friday morning In addition the court has decided to extend its session to July 8 before taking a summer recess which is very unusual They may still issue a said Miller Were just sitting on pins and The court heard oral arguments in the cases ahead of schedule Miller said this combined with a rumor that the court wants to clear the docket before recessing is a good sign that a ruling may be coming All of that sounds good Now we just have to wait and see if we get a he said The EAA which would have had the pow er to enforce pumping limits broker water and license wells was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer last August replacing the Edwards Underground Water District However the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged its constitutionality and a district judge ordered a permanent injunction against the EAA It was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court V v S N HeraktZeltung photo by MICHAELDARNAU They cant all yours A doe iMdt a a lawn on California Straat in Naw Braunftla What does it take to be an underwater commando See Opinion Page 44   

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