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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Walkei out of New Braunfels X X X K XX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X MXO SAN ANTON10 TX 780 MIXFIi x x PINK A X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X links tourney Page 3B 50 CENTS 20332 N009 78 SOWEST MICROPIJBLISHING 2627 F DR EL PASO TX 79903 20 pages in three sections Friday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Ttmmerman Vol 145 No 177 Inside Slnmmtisdi Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ron Reaves Lynne Hollon Brady Miner Joan Nelson Lin da Schlather Ginni Smith Colleen Tiller Emily Mueller 20 Tirnmerman Sat Walter R Mueller Ger ry Sosa 20 Grace Farias Ana Nieto Paul Shane Rodney Montianez Saturday andOris Castilleja Happy anniversary wishes go to Atwell and Hilda SchoII 46 years and Domingo and Rosa Villalobos 34 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen counts Not available River Information Comal River 322 cfs down 2 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons ofwell water were Highs in the 90s no chance of rain Todays forecast calls for sunny skies a high in the mid to upper 90s and a southeast wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour Tonight will be mostly clear The low will be in the mid 70s and there will be southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph Brief early morning low clouds will give way to partly cloudy skies Saturday The high will be in the mid 90s and with a southeast wind of 5 to 10 mph Reduce auto emissions today Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner by avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by carpooling County boat ramps are open Comal County road depart ment has opened all the countyoperated boat ramps on Canyon Lake and the ramps should remain open The Army Corps of Engi neer ramps will remain closed because of high water Park ing around the county ramps is limited Flood victims can get assistance Comal County was declared a disaster area earli er this week which means assistance is available to help residents recover from recent flooding For information on the assis tance available residents can visit the disaster recovery center at 950 FarmtoMarket 78 in Schertz from 10 to 7 Monday through Satur day and 1 to 7 Sunday Anyone not wanting to travel to Schertz can also call 1800 4629029 TTY 1800462 7585 for help City prepares for visitors locals decry inconvenience Crowds again will lead to road closures By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Tourists know New Braunfels as a wonderful place for recreation Residents know New Braun fels as a wonderful place to live The interests of the two groups often conflict The city again will close streets and pay overtime for police this weekend in order to manage the traffic and crowds that descend on the city for such attractions as Schlitterbahn and Comal River tubing City officials said the overcrowding problem is particularly acute this year because tubers who would normally use the Guadalupe River are flock ing to the Comal City Manager Mike Shands said that beginning at 1 Saturday and Sunday police would place barricades to close Union Avenue from Garden Street to Mather Street and Garden Street from Comal Street to the tube exit The closures will be in effect until the crowd sub sides which Shands said has been about 6 the last two weekends The streets will be open to residents of those areas Shands said the city would employ eight officers and two park rangers to man the barricades and patrol the river He said the cost to the city for the police overtime alone is per hour Though provisions for overtime pay are con tained in the citys annual budget providing the extra services creates a drain on city resources New Braunfels resident Bill Grace said the inconveniences caused by the and street clo sures were frustrating to longtime residents Im afraid this town will become another Cor pus Christi or Padre said Grace a New Braunfels resident for the past 22 years It has become a tourist trap theres no more small town feeling any Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said that although increased traffic does cause some inconvenience the city reaps many long term benefits from the tourist trade Whenever you do something that expands the tax base there are going to be some Meek said Dancing in the park Above Kimmy Sinclair and sister Mary Bridges dance on the Landa Park Dance slab Thursday evening during a Concert in the Park Right Hat Trick thrilled the crowd with its classic rock and roll sound at the Landa Park Dance Slab Thursday HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnail Canyon Lake pilot dies in plane crash SAREPTA La AP Federal investigators hoped to learn where a Texas pilot was coming from where he was going and how he happened to crash and die in some woods about five miles east of this Webster Parish community We dont know where he came from We dont know where he was Webster Sheriff Ted Riser said Andrew Stahl 48 of Canyon Lake Texas was the only person in the plane His body was pulled from the wreckage Wednesday night The wreckage was found Wednesday but authorities believe the crash occurred Tuesday night A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administrations office in Fort Worth said the pilot had filed no flight plan for his journey A check of the National Transportation Safety Boards plane registration database shows the 32 yearold plane with the tail number N777TU is a rental aircraft regis tered to Thomas W White of Floresville Texas The Mooney fixedwing aircraft crashed in a 20foottall cutover about a mile into the woods along Howell Creek Sheriffs deputies rode allterrain vehicles halfway then cut their way through briars and brambles and dodged rattlesnakes to get to the site The plane came in at about a 45 degree Riser said Andrew Stahl 48 of Canyon Lake was the only person in the plane His body was pulled from the wreckage Wednesday night The impact crunched the propeller and the front of the plane The pilots body was lying half out the right hand door of the fourseater plane He was pinned The dashboard was on his Riser said Authorities believe the plane crashed Tuesday evening A man who lives nearby told investigators he saw a plane pass over between and 7 Tuesday He said he heard its engine sputtering but did not see or hear it crash The first hint that an aircraft may have crashed came Tuesday when a Civil Air Patrol unit picked up a faint beep from a panes transponder Riser said But the signal stopped and the Civil Air Patrol had no reports of missing aircraft The signal again was detected about noon Wednesday The Civil Air Patrol contacted Risers office at Two hours later the Civil Air Patrol and Webster deputies pin pointed the crash NBU customers will pay more for water Rate will go up late next year By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Autopsy reveals no trauma to body By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Preliminary results from an autopsy performed on the body of a man found dead Wednesday night in his Lake view Park home revealed no injuries or trauma to the body officials said Thursday Allen Belch 34 was found in the bathtub of his mobile home at 334 Spanish Oaks Drive at about 10 Wedpes day by two former coworkers Pamela Richel who along with Matthews found the body said they went look ing for Belch after not seeing him for several weeks Lieutenant Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said the case was being handled as a questionable death until the toxicology report comes back from the coroner early next week Koepp said the questionable death desig nation is used when a determination of death by homicide accident or natural causes cannot be made at the scene New Braunfels Utilities water cus tomers can expect a water rate hike in the future because of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys decision to raise rates for surface water GBRA board of directors voted at its regular meeting in Seguin Wednesday to hike the rate from per acre foot to per acre foot GBRA deputy general manager Fred Blumberg said the rate increase was justified because of increased costs relating to the river authoritys water operations at Canyon Dam and along the Guadalupe River It has been seven years since we have increased the water resource Blumberg said Over time inflation has affected our water operations Also we have had new and expanded areas of activity for example in flood man agement and water activity because of the demands from the people we The rate increase will take effect on Oct 1 Paula DiFonzo NBU general man ager said NBU will have to pay between 24 and 28 cents more for gallons of water per month DiFonzo said NBU expected GBRA to approve the rate increase and was prepared for it We anticipated it in the budget for DiFonzo said It certainly increases the cost of water While we recognize it need for the unfortunately water doesnt generate enough to pay for operations and cap ital Turn to Water Page 2A Campuses still may be under construction when school starts By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Area school construction projects ars in different stages of completion and workmen may be a common sight on some campuses when classes begin in August Roy Linnartz director of mainte nance and operations for the Comal Independent School District said the district has several projects under way at its schools and not all will be com plete by the first day of school This is my perspective not the Unnartz said They could change that next Architects for the projects are sched uled to give construction updates to the CISD Board of Trustees on Thurs day The Canyon Middle School library is being renovated and expanded and eight classrooms are being added to the school Linnartz said a delay in the arrival of a key piece of equipment delayed thg original Aug 1 comple tion date but work should still be fin ished by the start of classes Aug 18 Improvements on the Comal Ele mentary Schools are in the preliminary stages Linnartz said the project includes new walls and mechanical and electri cal upgrades He said the work should be complete about Aug 10 Work at Mountain Valley Elemen tary School Rahe Primary School and Smithson Valley Middle School likely will not be finished when students enter the doors foi the 199798 school year according to Linnartz As best we can tell right now we can get the kids in the schools but it wont be said Linnartz It Turn to School Page 2A Tim Judktns Joe Camel a chance Page 64