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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Eagles take Monthly golf outing See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 14 pages In two sections Thursday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Duane and Bobette Williams El FA9Q TX 79903 Vol 145 No 161 Inside Editor Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kelly Reynolds Monty Portis Lacy Mosier 11 Emily Renae Dailey 2 Christo pher Doerr Gloria Castro Glo ria Castro Barbara Holden Joey Trevino Faryn Witten Rosalie Mira Resales Megan Mendez 5 Alice Clasen Jack Hunsucker 50 and Brooke Hunter Meyer 2 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Duane and Bobette Williams To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 212 cfs see Heads Up Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and milliorigallons of weil water were used Chance of rain still does not disappear A chance of rain in the county will linger in the fore cast for today and Friday Tonight calls for partly cloudy skies turning mostly cloudy by midnight Theres a 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms The low will be in near 70 and a southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph will be blowing Fridays forecast is a repeat of Thursdays with partly cloudy skies a 30 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms a high near 90 and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph Officials close boat ramps at lake Because of the recent increase of the water surface elevation at Canyon Laka the Comal County Road Depart ment has closed seven of its eight public boat ramps The only Comal County boat ramp open at this time is located in Canyon Lake Hills Subdivision at Tom Creek Discharge rate will be increased soon As of press time Gruene Bridge was open to traffic Just how long it will remain open is another matter A spokesman for the U S Army Corps of Engineers said the discharge rate from Canyon Dam may be increased from about 200 cfs to about cfs late today or Friday When the increased flow reaches Gruene the bridge will be inundated Recreational users of the Guadalupe River should be alejt to the possible changes in tfie rivers condition and the dangers associated with the change in the flow rate Also closed are FM 1863 from FM 3009 to Hwy 281 Obst Road at Cibolo Creek and Rebecca Creek Road at the Guadalupe River Candace Hasklns administra tive secre tary from Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation pumps fresh water for George Fuller Wednesday afternoon HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Lake residents hunt for water Water supply line broken submerged By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Patience was wearing thin Wednesday as the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corpo ration tried to restore service to cus tomers whose water was shut off when a pipeline submerged in flood waters broke Residents in four Canyon Lake sub divisions Triple Peak Ranch Estates Village Shores Canyon Lake Village and Canyon Lake Village West have been without running water since Monday The subdivisions are located on the south side of the lake west of Sattler CLWSC general manager Dale Yates said the problems were caused when the pipeline leading to the cor porations gallon per day Triple Peak water surface plant was submerged under 15 feet of water making it difficult for divers to repair the line The low water line from the intake to the treatment plant is partly designed for sitting in the water part ly designed regularly in a Yates said Where meets at a 90 degree angle the ground Yates said part of the pipeline is under its mainte nance a tough task for divers They are having to chisel and jack hammer concrete under 15 feet of water in a 3foot ditch reclamp and install a new gasket and secure the Turn to Water Page 3A Nine vie for MUSI board slots By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The list of candidates for the Aug 9 election for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board of trustees is complete with the last can didate Frank Panebianco filing on the last day for a place on the ballot Voters will decide who will fill two atlarge seats the District 1 seat and the remaining term for the District 4 seat Potential candidates had until 5 Wednesday to decide whether to run and the list of vote seekers is now complete Nine individuals filed for the four seats In District 1 Henry Garza will challenge incumbent Sylvia Sanchez In District 4 vacated in April when then board president Jaime Padilla resigned Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarteal will face off to fill the yhexpired term Five candidates are running for the two atlarge seats Incumbent Bette Spain will run against Stacie Rickel Donald Bedford Yolanda Longoria and Panebianco Leo Chafin who cur rently holds the other atlarge seat announced earlier this week that he would not seek another term NBISD public information officer Leslie Kriewaldt said voter turnout for the four contested races could be high Especially since theres so many candidates and theres atlarge races so everyone can said Kriewaldt Voters have until July 10 to register to vote in the election Early voting for the Aug 9 board of trustees election will run from July 21 to Aug 5 at the Comal County Courthouse the Guadalupe County Courthouse and the NBISD Education Center Early voting polls at the education center will also be open Saturday Aug 2 Kriewaldt said the early voting polling place at the NBISD education center has changed slightly This year voters will enter the building through the streetlevel back entrance and vot ing will be held in the VEH classroom she said She said the move provides better access and more room for voters It was more convenient There was more room for people to come in and said Kriewaldt This way its easy and it keeps all that traffic out of the main entry Polls will be open from 7 to 7 on election day This year also will mark the last elec tion held in August Because of a change in state law the district must change the date of future elections to either November or May Medicare changes Comal seniors give proposal mixed reviews By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A recent proposal that would bring major changes to the Medicare program drew mixed reviews from Comal County seniors The Senate passed a proposed Medicare plan Tuesday that would increase the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67 by the year 2027 and raise premiums by as much as four times for recipients with incomes of or more People with annual salaries of or more would face a sliding scale of increased premiums while those whose salaries were less would not be affected Supporters of the plan said it would help maintain the Medicare Trust Fund they said could be in jeopardy for future generations But opponents said they thought the pro posal would jeopardize healthcare services and betrayyounger payers benefits when tliey turned 65 The House has a plan that does not include the same provisions and President Clinton has expressed initial opposition to the Senate plan The plan ifpassed would affect almost people in Comal County who are eli gible for Medicare It would mark a major restructuring of the federal health care pro gram officials said Most I6cal seniors questioned agreed that refornvwas needed but they differed as to what the best approach would be for the 32 program The majority of retired people arent livjng on or more Its a good way tqcut back on said Wynn Sims Lake woman older than 65 Sims friend Jessie Lyons of New Braun fels agreed and said the program needed to last for future generations through cutbacks I think the majority of seniors are inter ested in seeing that theres something left in Medicare for the people who came after she said Other seniors disagreed I think its cheating a bunch of people by doing said Bob Biggers 77 a retired construction company owner from New Braunfels Its no business of the federal government how much a person makes If the federal government hadnt loaned mon ey out of the Social Security fund there wouldnt be a Carl Newsome 78 of New Braunfels said the proposed changes would short change the younger generation Personally I think theyre trying to screw things he said When you get to 65 it should be all the same They take that out of your wages as you work each year They ought to leave it I think its cheating a bunch of peo ple by doing that Its no business of the federal government how much a person makes If the federal government hadnt loaned money out of the social security fund there wouldnt be a Bob Biggers Braunieis The majority of retired people arent living on or more Its a good way to cut back on m Age of Medicare eligibili ty would increase from 65 to 67 by 2027 m Premiums would be raised four times for recipients with incomes of or more p Those with salaries of or more would fall under a sliding scale of increased premi ums H Almost people in Comal County could be affected Wynn Sims Canyon Lake I think the majority of seniors are interested in seeing that theres something left in Medicare for the people who come after Jessie Lyons New Braunfels Mac Campbell 55 of McQueeney said Medicare was a stable system that should not be reformed The whole thing is politically motivat he said The Social Security Trust Fund will never run diy Thats a scare tac tic You can quote me on Turn to Medicare Page 2A Obviously we have a lot of work to do People have come to real ize that this crisis is going to Sen Phil Gramm RTexas ruling concerns ministers From staff and wire reports Local pastors expressed initial con cern after Wednesdays Supreme Court ruling that declared the Reli gious Freedom Restoration Act uncon stitutional in a case involving the city of Boeme and one of its Catholic church es In a 63 decision the Supreme Court on Wednesday invalidated the Act on the grounds that the Congress usurped powers of federal courts and the states St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church asked the city of Boerne for permission to replace its 1923 building but was denied because the church was inside a historic district The church then sued the city in 1994 on the basis of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Im very disappointed in the rul said Msgr Eugene OCallaghan of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church The state is regulating the size of its congregation I think they stepped over the line separating the church and Other ministers agreed My first thought on the matter is that the congregation could have been more cooperative with the city My concern is what the broader implica tions are Im always in favor of the church and city officials working said David Schulte pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in New Braun fels What does the ruling have to say about the governments right to religious freedom Pastor David Beatty said he thought the church had property rights in addi tion to religious freedoms to justify its request to expand Anytime there is a ruling that takes away freedoms whether its the church or citizens it bothers he said I believe its their building They paid for it and the money to keep it up They ought to be able to do with it as they please especially when it comes to a Religious groups across the nation were enraged by the ruling Members of Congress who opposed the courts niling seemed more inclined to seek new legislation than a consti tutional amendment The court case started with the con struction plans of the Boerne church Turn to Church Page 3A Staff volunteers clean Guadalupe state park By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK With the goal of opening up its day use area by the July 4 weekend Guadalupe River State Park staff members and vol unteers were hard at work cleaning up damage from Sundays flood Our plan of attack first of all is and clean off the upper level of thefday use said park ranger Deirdre Hisler We will be clearing debris placing pic nic tables and barbecue pits The day use area was engulfed by flood waters when the Guadalupe River crested at 60 feet Sunday afternoon The flood waters covered the restrooms the parking lot and the park store causing consider able water damage to both the restrooms and the store The flood waters came within 1 foot of the top of the restroom door and sub merged the walkin campsites Water damaged the lift station where waste water is stored Hisler said the sludge from the lift sta tion was being pumped out Wednesday and the park was trying to get electricity restored to the restrooms as soon as they could We are having to clean out the day restroom and the walkin tent she said Once the upper level is cleaned up Hisler said the surface water well by the river the parks source of drinking water would be back in operation When that is done efforts will focus on the parks store Hisler said To deal with the massive flood cleanup the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has given the park the OK to hire emer gency personnel to help with the cleanup Hisler said about six individuals most ly local people such as teachers who are off for the summer would be hired for those jobs We will have hired them today Hisler said They will run from midJune to mid or late July Turn to Park Page 3A Teens from the Youth Guadalupe River State Park Wednesday Look for summer reading recommendations on Page 5A
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