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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyons Weidner gets honor as champion athlete See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heral CU 24 pages in three sections Friday May Serving Comal County and surrounding t i iore than 145 years Home of Clifton and Preble Curtis Vol 145 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jesse Payne Jana Harkins Nicole Morgan John Rauch Atsy Valle Brenda Penshorn Jane Wichman Alyssa Smith Jesse Hernandez Trixie Resales 13 Rene Goodall and Stephanie Kivlin 12 years Saturday Happy anniversary wishes go to Clifton and Preble Curtis To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available River Information Comal River 282 cfs same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Schools out so watch for children Wednesday was the last day of classes for New Braunfels Independent School District Stu dents in Comal ISO will attend classes through today Drivers on their way to and from work should keep an eye out for children High Guadalupe flow closes Gruene Bridge Army Corps of Engi neers increased the flow of water from Canyon Lake from cubic feet per second to cfs overnight Wednes day Because of the variables involved in regulating the flow rate the increased flow will cause the Gruene Bridge to be closed City and GBRA offi cials were unable to estimate when the bridge will be re opened However they expect the bridge to remain closed through the weekend The lake completed in 1964 was built to provide flood control atioh and a stable water sup ply during times of low water and drought Canyon Lake sets up Zink memorial fund The Tavis Zink Memorial Fund has been established at Norwest Bank in Sattler Zink 16 died Monday in a onevehicle accident on Texas 46 He was a sophomore at Smithson Valley High School For those wishing to make donations the account num ber is 701449519 For more information contact Brenda Adair at Norwest Bank at 964 2265 or Janis Davis at the Canyon Lake Times Guardian at Canyon High seniors graduate tonight Canyon High School gradu ation ceremonies will take place at 8 today at Cougar Stadium In case of rain ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den Each senior will be given 10 tickets for family and friends Congratulations HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnall New Braunfels High School and Smlthson Valley High School graduated their 199697 seniors during ceremonies Thursday night At right Jacob Kearney whoops up the crowd of already rowdy graduates during New Braunfels High School graduation cere monies at Unicorn Field Below Karl Wlnklers mes sage Is clear during graduation ceremonies at Smithson Valley High School Thursday Canyon High School seniors will graduate tonight at 8 at Cougar Stadium See Heads Up for Inclement weath er plans Also see Page 4A for todays editorial Guadalupe will be too swift to tube But Comal River outfitters expect good weekend By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer High water discharge rates from Canyon Dam are expected to make conditions on the Guadalupe River too dangerous for tubing this weekend but water enthusiasts should be able to safely tube on the Comal River as well as enjoy guided raft trips on the Guadalupe The U S Army Corps of Engi neers the agency that controls the release rate at the dam raised the release level to cubic feet per second and may raise the level to cfs Local river outfitters said the ideal release rate for tubing is 700 cfs Ron Ruffenach a spokesman for the Corps of Engineers said that flood control not recreation was the prima ry factor affecting the discharge rate from Canyon Dam We base the release rates on many factors key among them the level of water in Canyon Lake and the amount of water and flood status of areas below Canyon Dam such as Ruf fenach said Ruffenach said Canyon Lake was at feet above mean sea level or feet above the target level of 911 feet He said the increased discharge from the dam would lower the lake level in three to four days barring sig nificant precipitation above or below the dam He added the Coips tried to cooperate with local recreational needs when the lake level was at or below the 911foot level The National Weather Service pre dicts severe thunderstorms including the chance of hail and damaging winds for New Braunfels and Comal County today and tonight If the storm does materialize conditions on the river would become even more hazardous Local tourism and law enforcement officials said they invited tourists to enjoy the safe water recreation still available to them but they emphasize the need for caution The forecast Today 50 percent chance of showers and severe thunder storms including the chance of hail and damaging winds Tonight 60 percent chance of showers and severe thunder storms including the chance for hall and damaging winds Afternoon high temperature will be in the mid80s with an overnight low near 60 Conditions this afternoon and evening could lead to the for mation of tornados Saturday partly cloudy with the possibility of widely scattered showers high in the mid80s We are going to have many tourists in town and we are encouraging them to tube on the Comal River and take guided raft trips down the said Jim Scheele director of the New Braunfels Convention and Visi tors Bureau Local outfitters contacted said they would not allow anyone on the Guadalupe River in tubes or unsuper vised rafts A Comal River outfitter said he expects an unusually high amount of business this weekend The Comal is in the best condition Ive seen it in three years this is exactly how we like to see said Barry Pfannstiel an employee of Ole Mill Stream outfitters on Landa Street The Comal River flow is determined by the flow of Comal Springs and is not affected by the discharge from Canyon Dam or the flow of the Guadalupe River Police and sheriffs office officials expressed concerns about river safety citing the high discharge levels and the fact that most children will be out of school Its going to make our work a lot said deputy police chief Richard Bennie We are going to have to keep people out of the river It will be New Braunfels Fire Chief Phillip Baker said he was not planning for emergency staffing above normal weekend levels but said his depart ment would be prepared to provide for all rescue and treatment emergencies Comal County commissioners give triathlon thumbs up i o il rtf enirl pnamnpr nin By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court gave the Texas Hill Country Triathlon the goahead after a meeting Wednesday produced a compro mise between the opposing sides The triathlon was held from 1986 to 1994 at Comal Park The event was not held in 1995 or 1996 because of renovations at the park The events organizer has been trying to revive the competition but has met with resistance During the triathlon held the Saturday after Labor Day roads were closed and traffic was backed up It had been suggested that the event be moved to the north side of the lake but its organizer said that is not a feasible idea because of the qual ity of the lake and roads for the events and the cur rent location is the safest Last week the court heard from proponents and opponents of the event The race was called an inconvenience by residents and an economic boost by business owners On Wednesday the county judge the sheriff and a county commissioner met with the events organizer and several residents and a compro mise was reached One of the many hats I have to wear is peace said County Commissioner Jack Daw son who represents that portion of the county This compromise is good for both Under the agreement the routes would remain the same said organizer Carl Owens However more efforts will be made to effectively commu nicate with business owners and residents in the affected area well in advance of the event Residents along the race route will also be given passes so vol unteers can let them through in case of an emer gency he said Were certainly going to make every attempt and effort to make this a positive impact on every Owens said Hopefully our record after the event will support Dawson said the residents present when the agreement was reached supported it He said he would also stress to any others who contact him that the race is positive for everyone Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce board member Charles Stephens said the chamber did not refuse to support the event He said it simply opt ed to not take any action on it He said the chamber is always looking for a way to improve tourism at Canyon Lake and the triathlon could be a good way to do that if the event is packaged well We hate to see an opportunity such as this one go by without any Stephens said Owens said he is glad that the race can now progress and get back on the He said numerous individuals had already requested entry forms for the Sept 6 triathlon He said he was looking forward to working closely with the Theres a lot that has gone into this he said Theres a lot of Dunlap man fumes over plant expansion Lake resident mulls petition By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer LAKE DUNLAP Plans to expand the Lake Dunlap wastewater treatment plant have one Lake Dunlap resident fuming Leroy Rabenaldt said he is so dis gusted with the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority that he is considering cir culating a petition to stop the expansion if he does not get any answers GBRA is considering a wastewater service agreement with Golf Associ ates Ltd for its development and golf course on FarmtoMarket 725 a few miles from the Lake Dunlap dam David Welsch GBRA project devel opment director said the plant would need to have an additional clarifier unit to handle the 300 to 350 homes the Long Creek development is expected to bring Welsch said the wastewater plant has a capacity to handle gal lons a day The expansion of the waste water plant would increase capacity by gallons a day He said the ultimate demand for Long Creek would be gallons a day He said it could take several years before the wastewater plant addi tion is built depending or the devel opments growth Rabenaldt lives by the wastewater treatment plant In fact a 10to 12inch pipeline from the plant runs under ground by his house before emptying into Lake Dunlap Rabenaldt is concerned that more recycled wastewater will affect the lakes drinking near the Canyon Regional Water Authority surface plant How much can it water take of oxygen Rabenaldt said When it Turn to Plant Page 2A Canyon Lake opens improved library By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Canyon Lake residents will gat a chance this weekend to see the new and improved Tye Preston Memorial Library The library will conduct a grand opening and dedication of its new wing and meeting room with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sat urday at its location on FarmtoMar ket 2673 in Sattler Library board president Jim Camp ise said County Judge Carter Cas teel will be the master of ceremonies An open house will be conducted 10 to 2 Refreshments will be served in the new meeting room of the Campise said The public is invited The library was closed to patrons for more than a month from Janu ary to February as the back wall of the library was knocked down to make room for the addition The new wing houses 8 meeting room two restroomq and a kitchen The library reopened Feb ruary 17 The refurbished library has Turn to Ubrwy Page
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