Thursday, July 3, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Frefama fo honor Seguin couple See Page 1B New Braunfels V X X V X V y V y y x 50 CENTS oo 9 14 pages in two sectiohs Thursday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Herbert and Margaret Selbert Vol 145 No 166 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dr Carlos Campos Mary Sanchez Tracey WWtley 10 Pearl Beiersdorfer Edna Wright and Matthew Martin Sanchez 1 Happy anniversary wishes go to Herbert and Margaret Seibert 58 Chris and Cindy Castilleja 5 years and Hilmar and Norma Renunler 53 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Informatiorflprovided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 334 cubic feet per sec ond up 1 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation See related story at right New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Summer weather on tap for weekend Today will be a great start to the holiday weekend The fore cast calls for mostly sunny skies a high in the low 90s and a southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph Tonight will be fair with late mostly cloudy gkies a low in the mid 70s and southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph Independence Day will be partly cloudy by afternoon with isolated showers or thunder storms The chance for showers in less than 2Q oercent The high will be in the 90s and there will be a southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph Fridays HZ will come in morning The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day The Friday edition will be delivered to customers early that morn ing If you do not receive your paper by Friday call 6259144 from 7 to 11 Offices closed Friday for holiday Many other government offices and businesses will be closed because of the holi day including the following County courthouse closed Rural Friday and will resume Satur day City Curbside recycling and garbage will be out early Put out bins early in the morning or he previous evening Post Most Fireworks banned Remember are banned in the city Anyone caught possessing discharg ing or selling fireworks could be cited with Class C mis demeanor Booked for fun City expects good holiday weekend despite flooding By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Written in white shoe polish on the rear window of Doug Holdens car were the words Just He and his wife of four days Things to do on Page 4A Inside Carin have been spend ing their honeymoon at a San Antonio Riverwalk hotel and had expect ed to go tubing on the Guadalupe River Tuesday The couple from Dallas had to change to plan B the springfed Comal River whose flow was not affected by last months heavy rains We were going to go on the Guadalupe and it was kind of Doug said Ive been on the Guadalupe before but it wasnt that The Holdens are not alone this Fourth of July weekend as a flood release of cubic feet per second from Canyon Lake has removed tubing on the Guadalupe from the list of water recreational activities in Comal County The Guadalupe flow is expect ed to continue at that rate for the next three to four weeks as the Corps of Engineers releases water from Canyon Lake Heavy rains in June caused severe flooding throughout the county and brought the lake to a high 936 feet above mean sea lev el Corps engineers would have to lower the lake level by more than 25 feet before decreasing the release rate on the Guadalupe River In the meantime local tourism promoters said they had been emphasizing three activities for visitors through statewide multi media advertisements Guided raft trips on the Guadalupe Tubing on the Comal River Schlitterbahn water park Despite the recent flood tourism promoters said New Braunfels would still see healthy profits from the summer visitor industry which contributes 70 percent of the million tourism industry in New Braun fels each year Unlike the drought that occurred across the state all sum Tubers glide through the Comal River tube chute which is Canyon Dam outflow With the Guadalupe River flowing too fast for tubing below Canyon Dam the Comal River offers an attractive alternative mer the flooding is no longer in the said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce It looked a little shaky after the publicity of the flood ing Visitors are going to see the town is booked We are not flooded and this summer is a great opportunity for water This Fourth of July weekend should draw hundreds to the Comal River No outfitter knows this better than the folks who run the Ole Mill Stream whose location on the Comal at the entrance to Lan da Park drew more than 300 cus tomers this past Saturday com pany representatives said One of the outfitters front desk clerks Jeremy Neilson was answering phone calls almost constantly Wednesday from peo ple wanting to know the condition Turn to Weekend Page 2A Reaves assumes position as NBISD superintendent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer He has a sense of presence that makes people stop and listen he values children above all else when it comes to education and he has a dry sense of humor that makes spending time with him fun That is how friends and col leagues described Ronald Reaves who Tuesday assumed the position of New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent Reaves 52 is a native of San Antonio His father died when he was young so edu cators had a tremendous influ ence on him he explained Thats what led me to think I may be able to help said Reaves I felt like I could make a difference and wanted to make a differ ence in the lives of Reaves has been married to I felt like I could make a differ ence in the lives of Ronald Reaves NBISD superintendent Jeanette for more than 29 years and has been in educa tion just as long Since his start be has served various positions including teacher coach assistant principal prin cipal and administrative assis tant to the superintendent His last position before moving to New Braunfels was superin tendent of Port NechesGroves Independent School District As an educator Reaves said his philosophy was to make students lifelong learners because you never stop learn He said he wanted to give students the skills and knowledge needed to be pro ductive and successful after they left high school so they could adapt to whatever career path they chose I just want them to be pro ductive and successful indi viduals because that is the way America is going to stay ahead in the global said Reaves Thats whats excit ing about New Braunfels because community mem bers wart that same thing for their The wellbeing of students has been a focus for Reaves for many years and it has been a trait parents appreciat ed He was so for the kids and technology it was wonder said Sherron Baran pres ident of the high school par entteacher association at PNG1SD He wants kids to keep moving forward He Turn to Reaves Page 3A Committee to suggest city handle recycling By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels recycling committee unanimously approved a plan Wednesday for the city to launch its own curbside recycling program that would end a three year contract with Browning Ferris Inc by January 1998 The plan includes exploring a proposed interlocal agreement with Comal County to dispose of the mate rials at its recycling center off Texas 46 for a proposed three to five years County and city officials are expected to discuss the proposal at a joint workshop in about two weeks city officials said The committees action is subject to City Council approval and recommends a 30day deadline for an interlocal agreement to be reached Recycling committee members approved the city staff recommendation instead of the remaining option of undertaking a bid process to contract the sen ices Contracting the services they said could result in an increased monthly fee of at least No BFI representatives attended the meeting Committee members and staff said they thought the city could do the same job for less than or at the current monthly fee of which includes a 4cent sur charge for a sanitation fund If we have the same quality of service that the citi zens are used to and if the city can do that then Im all for said Susan Curtis committee member and sixth grade science teacher at Canyon Intermediate Starting up the program would cost about S3 The cost for the equipment would be paid with existing Turn to Recycling Page 2A Bush seeks disaster relief for 12 counties From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON AP Texas Gov George W Bush is asking President Clinton for a major disaster declaration to trigger federal help for 12 Central Texas counties including Guadalupe County water logged by recent severe flooding The flooding which began June 21 is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local Bush added To date damage from the flooding has been esti mated at just over S15 million The counties for which the governor is seeking federal relief are Bandera Bexar Burnet Guadalupe Kendall Kimble Llano Mason Medina Real Travis and Uvalde Comal County Commissioner Danny Scheel said it was still possible for Comal County to be added to the governors list The countys flood damage report will be completed in about two days he said but stringent qualifications regarding monetary assistance may keep Comal off of the list Earthbound residents can watch landing on Mars By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Keeping up Updates on the mis sion can be found on the World Wide Web at HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves settles into his new office New Braunfels residents ill have a chance to follow up on Americas lat est adventures in space Amer i c a n s will be able to browse the Inter net and get updates on the landing of the Mars Pathfinder lander which will land on Mars Friday Linda Matthews a spokeswoman for Johnson Space Center in Houston said Pathfinder would land on Mars surface at about noon The Pathfinder is one of three space craft that will stud Mars Pathfinder was launched on Dec 4 on a Delta rocket The Murs Global Sur veyor an orbiter was launched in Turn to Mars Page 3A Jimmy Stewart dies Page 24 Campaign Notes lists NBISD candidate forums Page 3A