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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels NB fed loses to San Marcos See Page 1B 50 CENTS v x x x x xx x xx xx x riXD SAM TX 780 TEXAS MIXED FCMK A xx x xx x x x x x x xx xx x x x x x x x x x v ilOOV j j 30Id ISI 7 I OR El TX 7990 t4 pages in two sections Wednesday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Vivian Dtetort Vol 145 No 170 Inside Slnmmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Vivian Dietert Consuelo Mendoza Anna Soliz Shawn Roland Espinoza 6 Msgr Eugene OCallaghan Carlos Delgado 21 DeDe Fortson Glenn Fortson Glenn Brietzke and Justin Sanchez Happy anniversary wishes to Melvin and Dorthy Fetters 20 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Grass 8 Pigweed 30 Ragweed trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 333 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 1 717 cfs CanyonLake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Partly cloudy warm weather predicted Summer weather is in store for New Braunfels tonight and Thursday Look for partly cloudy skies with lows in the 70s and a south wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour tonight Thursday expect partly cloudy skies highs in the mid 90s and a south wind of 10 to 15mph Voter registration deadline Thursday Residents wanting to vote on Aug 9 for the constitu tional amendment election or the New Braunfels Indepen dent School District board of trustees election have until 5 Thursday to register to vote To register call or visit the Comal County Tax Office Get your childs immunizations now The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department so get a jump start on this For more information call the county health department at 6205595 Keep up with Pathfinder The Pathfinder a space craft launched in December landed on Mars Friday and is responding to commands from control stations on Earth Updates on the mis sion can be found on the World Wide Web at Dont forget area code changed Beginning Monday the area code for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonzales and Ker rville changed from 210 to 830 After Oct 6 calls using the old 210 area code will no longer be Chamber Fourth of July weekend was good This was one of the best years on the Comal River in along long Michael Meek chamber president By DENISE DZ1UK Staff Writer Although Guadalupe River outfit ters may not have fared as well as they had hoped this holiday weekend tourists still came to town according to Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Last year outfitters were trying to fight the effects of the drought and attract tubers to a slow flowing Guadalupe River With recent rains causing high flows this Fourth of July weekend tourists were sold on the idea of whiteAvatet rafting or on tubing the Comal River Tubing was not allowed on the Guadalupe River Chamber president Michael Meek said this past weekend was similar to a gacsd weekend during a year with good water conditions He said accommo dations in the city were at 100 percent capacity restaurants were full and shops should have been busy Although the exact financial impact on the city is not yet known Meek said it was the biggest summer week end the area had seen in the past two years I think its a good start for us and hopefully well remain he said I dont think we could get much bet On an individual basis Meek said the success of the weekend depended on services and location He said Guadalupe River outfitters may have seen a drop in business but Comal River businesses saw an increase This was one of the best years on the Comal River in a long long said Meek Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides said his Guadalupe River tubing was down about 40 percent from the gross average while rafting also was down 50 percent off the gross Although there were decreases he said the customer volume was actual ly better than expected He said this could be attributed to the fact that the river offered a rare opportunity for whitewater rafting without traveling to Colorado West Virginia or Costa Rica We put out a lot more guided rafts than what we said Rivers People were taking advantage of the Nan Ebert manager of Gmene Riv er said the volume of tourists at her business was also about half of Turn to Weekend Page 3A Truck collides with train Tank explodes driver suffers critical injuries HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Damall Emergency personnel clean up after a Union Pacific freight train collided with a Brauntex Materials dump truck at a rail road crossing on Wald Road at about today By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A local truck driver was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center after his truck collided with a freight train at a railroad crossing on Wald Road at about today According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells Thomas Garza 28 was in critical condition The dump truck Garza was driving was leav ing the APG Lime Co when it approached the train tracks and the Union Pacific train was traveling north The train struck the passenger side of the truck between the bed of the truck and the cab near the trucks gas tank The tank exploded throwing flames onto the side of the train according to a New Braun fels police officer on the scene Train personnel were evacuated from the train Emergency officers used the jaws of life to remove Garza from the truck and they used a crane to remove the dump truck from the train tracks He was trying to beat the train He had time to said the train conductor who asked to remain anonymous The dump truck carrying a load of dirt was owned by Brauntex Materials DPS officers were investigating the cause of the accident A woman officers would identify only as the victims girlfriend center is comforted by a friend Transportation board considers carriage rules By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels is not horsing around when it comes to an ordinance regulating horse drawn carriages The citys Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing on the consideration of the at its meeting at Thursday at the Municipal Build ing Assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said the board was considering the proposed ordinance and that it is a first in a series of public hearings to follow The committee is interested in finding out if there is an interest in such an ordinance Ferguson said Preliminary research has been done on what other communities have done with this issue in part how they have dealt with issues surrounding the safety of passengers motorists animal safe ty and traffic Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board member Jim Callahan said the board was looking at the entire city ordinance dealing with vehicles for We are looking at the whole vehicle for hire ordinance from front and back taxicabs river shuttle services and wreck Callahan said It has been a while since it has been writ ten We have interest from vendors wanting to set up horse drawn stands or businesses in the city Callahan said the need for a horse drawn carriage ordi nance may have come out of an incident at Wassailfest when a horse pulling a wagon almost got out of control He said the incident might have gotten people to start thinking about how to handle horse drawn carriages Ferguson said the public and all the groups affected by the proposed ordinance would be heard before changes were made The committee has decided to explore the he said They will be interested in hearing from carriage operators and residents and other individuals regarding whether there a need for an ordinance to regulate such The city has done research on similar ordinances in San Marcos San Antonio Austin Fredericksburg and Atlanta Ferguson said The city currently allows horsedrawn carriages for special events in New Braunfels he said We have asked them to get special he said It is reviewed on a case by case Callahan said the advisory board wanted to be ahead of the process of potentially regulating horsedrawn carriages Turn to Carriages Page 2A CISD moving graduations to San Antonio By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer When graduates of the Comal Independent School District walk across the stage in May to receive their diplomas they will not be doing it at their respective campuses In tact they will not even be in the district Tuesday CISD board of trustees gave the admin istration informal approval to reserve Blossom Ath letic Facility in San Antonio for graduation cere monies in May 1998 Graduation for both Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools will be conduct ed on May 30 with one ceremony in the morning and one in the afternoon The cost to reserve the facility is and includes security and custodial services CISD superintendent Jerry Major said the princi pals requested the alternate graduation site because growth was making it more difficult to accommodate the ceremonies each year The constant threat of being rained out was a big ger factor When you have one rained out you dont forget it for several he said If we have a chance to take that factor out its a good In previous years plans for rain consisted of mov Turn to CISD Page 3A JP wont release autopsy results Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Walter Bargfrede said he would not release initial results of an autopsy on Sylvia Yvonne Franz who died at Lake McQueeney Friday He said the autopsy was done but that the official report would be released in about two weeks McKenna Memorial raising funds for future expansion By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital was founded with donations provided by the individuals and civic organizations of New Braunfels and Comal County After more than 40 years McKenna again is turning to the com munity to help build its future Through the Comal Healthcare tion the hospital is seeking million in donations from local individuals and busi nesses as part of the hospitals pending Part of a series Donation information Comal Healthcare Foundation McKenna Professional Building 598 N Union Suite 320 New Braunfels Texas 78130 All gifts to Comal Healthcare Foundation and McKenna Memorial Hospital are tax deductible Source Comal Healthcare Foundation fourstory expansion The million will be added to mil lion in previously sold corporate bonds to finance the expansion and renovation of all existing hospital departments Bill Cone managing officer of Nor west Bunks New Braunfels branch and chair of the fundraising campaign said the 1997 Capital Campaign is a rare opportunity for citizens to contribute to the hospitals development Since the hospital was built it has not asked for tax dollars or donations from the Cone said The capital campaign provides a way for the community to invest in the Cone said the hospital could have sold Turn to McKenna Page 3A Illustration submitted This is an artists rendition of the proposed expansion for McKenna Memorial Hospital In New Braunfels Comal Healthcare Foundation is raising funds for the work Find out how to see local production of Smoke on the Mountain Page 8A
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