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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Local runners to participate in 50mile See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Tuesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than o nome of Megan Tschoepe Vol 145 No 139 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Megan Tschoepe and Julia Spence 7 years and belated wishes to Joshua Escobdo To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Mold Grass 68 River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 18 Canyon Dam discharge 714 cfs Rate will be increased to cfs by 6 Canyon Lake inflow 566 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water Umbrella weather in store for Comal This afternoons forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of show ers and thunderstorms some possibly severe with highs in the low 90s and south wind of 10 mph Tonight there is a 50 percent chance of rain and possible severe thunderstorms locally with lows in the upper 60s and a 510 mph northeast wind Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy skies a 30 percent chance of rain with highs in the high 80s and a northeast wind of 510 mph School daze coming to end Wednesday marks the last of day of classes in the New Braun fels Independent School District for 199697 while students in the Comal Independent School Dis trict attend classes until Friday CISD students will be released from school early Friday New Braunfels High School commencement exercises and Silver Unicorn Awards will be 8 Thursday at Unicorn Sta dium Smithson Valley High School graduation will be 8 Thursday at Ranger Stadium Canyon High School graduation will be 8 Friday at Cougar Stadium Watch for work on 135 South Work on Interstate 35 South will continue this week All con struction should be done behind the barriers and southbound lanes should be free of closures Several exits will remain closed The Engel Road Schwab Road and FarmtoMarket 1103 exits will remain closed Drivers should use the Solms Road exit to get to these roads This means the rest area on the southbound side of I35 also will be closed Further south the FM 3009 ramp will be closed and drivers should use the FM 482 exit Filing for NBISD election opens Elections for four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board will be and the filing period is here The election will be held to fill the District 1 and two atlarge seats The District 4 seat also will be up for election for the remaining year on the term Filing for the election began May 26 and ends 5 June 25 To file for a seat in the elec tion go to the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill St Student dies in Texas 46 crash Trooper says cause not clear By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and CHRIS CREWS Staff Writers A Canyon Lake teenager died in a onecar accident on Texas 46 Monday morning Tavis Zink 16 was traveling west on Texas 46 approximately twotenths of a mile from Cranes Mill Road at when his 1983 Nissan pick up swerved across the center line and jerked back Department of Public Safety Trooper Jim Shea said The truck went off the road to the right struck a tree then hit a second tree on the drivers side he said Why he went across and jerked back is unknown at this Shea said Well probably never know for Zink a sophomore at Smithson Val ley High School was pronounced dead at the scene Zink was a member of the junior varsity baseball team active in the dra ma and Spanish clubs and involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and church youth groups Barbara Garney secretary in the Smithson Valley counselors office and family friend said Zink had worked at Gruene Hall until 2 on Monday morning slept at a friends house in New Braunfels and was going to school when the accident occurred Garney said counselors from across Comal Independent School District were at the high school Monday and today to help students deal with the tragedy HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Department of Public Safety officers look over the wreckage of a 1983 Nissan pickup Monday after an accident claimed the life of a Smithson Valley High School sophomore Safety vs history New Braunfels council considers Gruene bridge By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Coun cil at todays regular meeting will consider entering into a contract with state transportation officials to rebuild Gruene Bridge in a move to enhance traffic and water recreational safety The Texas Department of Transportation is offering to pay 90 percent of the project Meeting The New Braunfels City Council plans to meet at Tuesday at the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave that is estimat ed to cost up to with the city picking up the rest of the tab For more than a year local merchants in Gruene have been urging the city not to tear down the existing bridge because of the scenic view it provides local res idents and tourists throughout the year They say the bridge provides a rich ambiance to the historic dis trict that Henry Gruene built in the mid1800s According to TxDOTs design plan the project would raise the bridge by 6 feet on the north side and 4 feet on the south side and widen the lanes by 2 feet The bridge built in 1909 for and then rebuilt in 1953 connects the Gruene district to the opening of two outfitters on Gruene Road The citys interest is safety for pedestrians traffic and water recreational ists and city leaders want to take advantage of an offer from the state while they can said HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall High river levels on the Guadalupe making tourists residents and river outfitters to ask the question if the Gruene River bridge should be raised to be a sufficient height for tubers and rafters to get safely under Here one of the tubers nearly gets caught going under the bridge that could cause serious injuries City Manager Mike Shands following options besides the This is the first time in the his TxDOT plan tory of the city that roughly would be available for the bridge project paid for by the state and federal Shands said It is a window of He added that if the city does not agree to the deal it would have to wait another five to 10 years before TxDOT offered again Shands said the council had the Remove the project from TxDOTs list of top priorities thereby stopping the project until other funds become available Leave the bridge as it is and only repair its structure or Add a pedestrian walkway and railings that could obstruct the scenic view Most of the merchants are call ing for the city to study other options They include members of the Gruene Merchants Associ ation a few outfitters and 350 people who signed a supporting petition The benefit of the bridge they say is that it sits in a valley and does not have railings or other obstructions providing an attrac tive view for residents and tourists While they say they understand the citys concerns about safety Turn to Bridge Page 2 All quiet on holiday front Lawmen report no serious incidents on river Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Other than a few arrests the Memorial Day week end was relatively calm in New Braunfels and Comal County authorities said It was relatively incident free considering the amount of people we had in said Sgt John McEachern of the New Braunfels Police Depart ment McEachern said 11 arrests were made and about 100 tickets were written for various violations such as public intoxication and possession of glass con tainers on the river McEachern said the department had five to six officers assigned on the Gruene Bridge two in Lan da Park and a few plain clothes policemen on the Guadalupe River Lt David Ott of Comal County Sheriffs Office said one paramedic patrolling River Road and one patrolling Canyon Lake encountered no major prob lems It went really well on the Ott said We had three arrests for possession of a controlled sub stance possession of marijuana criminal trespass and an assault of a police officer It was a pretty average weekend We were busy but nothing got out of hand I think we handled it Ott reported 129 arrests ranging from public intox ication to indecent exposure The paramedic on the river responded and treated 10 people The para medic on the lake treated four people Statewide Texas Department of Public Safety reported 24 deaths as of 3 Monday on Texas highways DPS spokeswoman Sherri Deatherage Green said DeatherageGreen said DPS had esti mated that 32 people would die on highways before the Memorial Day weekend ended DPS tracked the deaths from 6 Friday until midnight Monday Triathlon organizer pitches event to county commissioners By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The organizer of the Texas Hill Country Triathlon was in Comal County Commissioners Court Friday trying to find support for bringing the event back to Canyon Lake Triathlon organizer Carl Owen said the event began in 1986 at Comal Park with about 200 participants By 1994 the contest drew nearly people including representatives from 40 states and more than a dozen countries The event was not held in 1995 or 1996 because of renova tions at the park Owen said he is trying to bring the event back but has met some resistance During the triathlon which was conducted the Saturday after Labor Day roads were closed and traffic was backed up Some officials have sug gested the event be moved to the north side of the lake but Owen said that is not a feasible idea because of the quality of the lake and roads for the events He said the Comal Park location is the safest area for the participants There is no two ways around it It does impact traffic and the ability to move in and out at Owen said Historically weve had a very safe but moving this event to the north side I think compromises the integrity and safety of the Resident Joe James who lives in a subdivision restricted by the event said the event greatly inconvenienced him He said participants come to town weeks before the event to begin training dis turbing his neighborhood for more than just the day of the event On the actual day of the event he said leaving the neighborhood is almost impossible They literally shut down the area for the James said Its not a pleasant Frank Stanley owner of Franks Supermar ket also spoke against the triathlon He said restricted movement to and from his store the morning of the event could cost him He said if it were for charitable group rather than for a private group he probably would be one Turn to Triathlon Page 2 Raging river ride HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Rafting and tubing enthusiasts flocked by the thousands to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Memorial Day weekend Here rafters enjoy the high river levels on the Guadalupe River Sunday with the releases at Canyon Dam at more than cfs The rapids and high waters made for faster trips Cartrain accident injures two DPS witness say warning lights not working A New Braunfels woman and her daughter were injured in a car train accident on Farm to Market 482 Sunday night Shelly Jean Vanlleel 34 and her daughter Crystal VanHeel were traveling south on FM 482 one mile east of Schwab Road at Sunday when their car rounded a turn and collided head on with a Union Pacific freight I havent seen those lights work for the past year for Trooper Richard Alvarez train stopped at the crossing according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Alvarez The car wasnt going that fast but when steel hits steel Alvarez said Both mother and daughter were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where they were treated for major injuries and released he said Alvarez and a witness said warning lights at the crossing were not working Sunday night I havent seen those lights work for the past year for Alvarez said The track on which the train was stopped was a storage used only for storing train cars when switching tracks If youre going to have a train operating you need to have some thing to let people Alvarez said American Cancer Society raff ling new car See Page 5
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