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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Meet Canyon High Schools new coach Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels 203S2 M009 20 pages in three sections Friday June 27 1997 w v n X x AS MIXED x x Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Darleno Moore Vol 145 No 162 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Darlene Moore Kathryn Keener Randy Sims Christy Harris George Clen denin Crystal Saddler Brendan Shepherd 13 years Bryan Hill 9 years Mark Holder field Juanita Gross Mark Hampton Brian Jones Lorie Barr Donald Cole Susan Ott Scott Presley Caroline Achay Lois Vetter Kyle Long 1 year old Allison Dietert Whitney Jackson 9 years Eric Sul temeier 15 years old Dezmond Angel Reyes 5 years Manuela Beriecia Cory Michelson 16 years Randy Mattoon Maria Elena Gonzales Saturday and Abe Levy Happy anniversary wishes go to David and Viola Jonas San dra and David Bomersbach 10 Mr and Mrs D E Baldwin 50 years James and Jerri Eddington 56 years Charles and May Stephens 39 years Satur To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available Pollen measured in partipar cubic meter of air information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal 340 cfs down 5 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs release will be increased to cfs this 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 P Slight chance of rain remains over area Theres only a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunder storms for today and Satur day National Weather Service officials said Partly cloudy skies today and Saturday are expected with highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 70s and a southeast wind of 10 mph No rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday with the same high and low tempera tures as today Watch for these closed roads We havent had any appre ciable rain for the last few days but the rains of the past weekend are still with us in tne form of road closures FM 1863 is closed from FM 3009 to Hwy 281 Obst Road at Cibolo Creek is still closed as is Rebecca Creek Road at the Guadalupe River Gruene Bridge is expected to be closed this afternoon due to high water and may remain closed for four to six weeks Travelers from New Braun fels to Gruene may take the Hanz Rivercrest Hillcrest Common River or Post exits from Loop 387 to Gruene Road At Gruene Road just take a left Outfitters put hopes on Whitewater rafters By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Outfitters and campground owners along River Road differ somewhat in their opinions regarding the effect swift high water on the Guadalupe River will have on their businesses But their voices are unified in one statement we are open for business Because of the high water level in Canyon Reservoir the flow rate in the river is expected to be about cubic feet per second for at least the next four weeks Such conditions render the river too hazardous for any activity except guid ed raft trips Jane Lackey coowner of Riverbank Rafting Company said she was optimistic about the oppor tunities She said the swift water would provide some of the best rafting conditions available in the United States the peri od of time the riv er is high people wont have to go to Colorado or the Snake River for adven Lackey said They can come right Charles Lackey Jane Lackeys hus band and coowner of the outfitting busi Turn to Outfitters Page 2A Inside Red Cross help 5A Tips for han dling flood damaged foods PageSA Canyon pours it out HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Jason Strahm jumps into his tube on the Guadalupe River In front of Jerrys Rentals at the first crossing Thursday afternoon Officials open floodgates By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The U S Army Corps of Engi neers literally opened up the flood gates on Thursday and the flow on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels should approach cubic feet per second by mid afternoon today The discharge rate frofn Canyon Dam was increased to cfs at 6 on Thursday and increased again to cfs at The increase was nec essary to lower the elevation of Canyon Reservoir which reached as high as 937 feet above sea lev el 28 feet above flood control level The release rate from the dam had been at about 200 cfs since Monday Corps officials said the release rate was limited by flood conditions downstream at Cuero and Victoria but those condi tions had abated by Thursday allowing the floodcontrol gates to be opened for maximum dis charge A Corps official said that bar ring a significant amount of pre cipitation above or below dam the cfs rate would in effect continuously for four weeks to lower the lake to near normal elevation Local river outfitters consider 700 cfs to be the ideal flow rate for tubing and other river activi ties and the cfs rate is con sidered too hazardous for all activities except guided raft trips Theyre all bowled over HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Mayor Jan Kennady and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel faced off Thursday evening during a bowloff at Comal Bowl The match was part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce mixer at the bowling alley Casteel won the match with a score of 129104 Volunteers make next turn toward master plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer NBISD delays hiring assistant principal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict board of trustees on Thursday delayed hir ing an assistant principal for New Braunfels High School Board vice president Carlos Campos said a selection committee which included the high school principal department chairs and others picked three finalists for the assistant principal position Campos said those three applications were brought to the board Thursday night How ever the candidates had not been contacted So before we could accept someone we needed to talk to them about said Campos Campos said administrators needed to let the three candidates know who was being consid ered and make sure they were still interested in the position Campos said the board would meet Tuesday Hopefully today we will be able to contact said Campos We want to at least tell those that didnt get it so they dont hear it through the In other business the board studied the 1997 1998 budget As a minister Daryl Higgins is just as concerned about a persons spiritual life as he is about his eco nomic wellbeing Its very important because its a part of a per sons the pastor of First Protestant Church said If a persons out of a job that impacts them emotionally and Higgins has put his money where his mouth is by serving as vice chairman for the economic devel opment subcommittee of the citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Its a move that is critical to the churchs well being First Protestant spent about million in ren ovations to its facility since 1993 he said This is a large church where the town was found he said That money is spent in this town We use local vendors and distributors That money is turned over and is part of maintaining the econo Almost a month after the kickoff meeting to begin the process of drafting a Master Plan for the city of New Braunfels nine subcommittees have met at least once At most of these first meetings members chose permanent chairmen vice chairmen and secre taries and set up schedules for monthly meetings that may last until the end of the year They have begun the lengthy process of deter mining New Braunfels current condition in order to determine policy that will shape the future growth and direction of the city City Planning Director Harry Bennett called it a time when the members voice ideas about New Braunfels on the topic of their sub committee It is also a time when subcommittees define what issues to discuss From the chosen issues will come each committees recommended objectives Finally city staff will turn the objectives into pro posed policy to include in the final proposal that will go before city council in about a year and a half Blaze claims residents new home By ABE LEVY Staff Writer After a doctors appointment Tuesday afternoon in San Antonio Michele Engelke leisurely ate dinner at a restaurant and then went shop ping at Rolling Oaks Mall When she returned to New Braunfels she watched that evening as firefighters began investigating a blaze that caused an estimated in damage to her house at 1086 River Rock Neighbors were huddled around her Rjvertree Subdivision house she said as smoke filled the house she had just moved into about a month earlier She said alert neighbors noticed Turn to Blaze Page 3A Schools report gains on TAAS tests in 97 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The final results from the Spring 1997 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test are in and officials with local school districts said they were pleased with the gains made districtwide In the Comal Independent School District scores for grades three through eight and grade 10 were above the state average in every category except third grade math which was one percentage point below the state average and the fourthgrade writing score was equal with the state CISD had four groups that scored 90 or better Four scores were below 85 Were definitely pleased with the increases in student achievement that weve said CISD assistant super intendent Carol Hall Officials with the New Braunfels Independent School District were also pleased with the districts results NBISD scored above the state average in every category except lOthgrade writing which was equal with the state average The district also had one score of 90 Only three other scores were below 85 We are pleased and think teacher and students should be said NBISD assistant to the superin tendent John Turman Both districts attributed the increase in scores to the efforts of parents stu dents and teachers Its just an overall concerted effort on everyones part to increase student Hall said Its quite an accomplishment for Although the scores showing district increases and local scores above state scores are being called impressive administrators said the work in not done Grade 3 Reading Math Grade 4 Reading Writing Math Grade 5 Reading Math Grade 6 Reading Math Grade 7 Reading Math Grade 8 Reading Writing Math Grade 10 Reading Writing Math State 81 81 82 87 82 84 86 84 81 84 79 83 80 76 86 88 72 CISD 86 80 88 87 84 88 89 89 90 91 87 89 83 85 92 91 77 NBISD 88 88 90 88 89 89 89 85 83 89 87 89 87 79 88 88 74 Source Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts We are not satisfied with the improvement in said Turinan We will never be completely satisfied until we see 100 percent in all the Hall said CISD had that same goal NB Red suffers loss to Yoakum in Little League action Page f S
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