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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Deer season opens for young hunters Page 1B 50 CENTS Qoal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 20332 M009 PASO TX 79903 18 pages in two sections Wednesday Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Wayne Koepp Vol 145 No 245 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dennis Wayne Koepp Julie Estes Gloria Luna Candy Sober Tracy Valentien Sandra Mendoza 15 years and Russ Schriewer To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 809 Cedar Elm trace Pigweed trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal 312 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water was used Chance of rain increases Thursday Tonight Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms Lows near 60 Southeast winds near 10 mph Thursday Mostly cloudy wjtha 40percent chance of rain or Thunder storms becoming partly cloudy by mid afternoon Highs in the upper 70s Southerly winds increasing to near 15 mph Friday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms late Highs near 80 Saturday Chance of showers or thunderstorms early then partly cloudy and colder Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s Sunday Clear and cool Lows near 40 Fall back Saturday night Daylight savings time ends Sunday when we fall back one hour to Standard Time Dont forget to change your clocks Saturday night before you go to sleep or youll be an hour ahead on Sunday Road crews working in these areas Crews are working on FarmtoMarket 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Expect delaysand lane closures and pay attention to signage and flagmen In addition to routine county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The roads will remain open to traffic but temporary lane clo sures could occur City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue If the weather coop erates crews should be paving it this week Crews are placing buttons reflectors and stripping on reads in Landa Park Later this week or early next week crews will also begin painting curbs near the Wurstfest grounds Crews have finished paving Old McQueeney Road Mornirjgside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion The 600 block of Mather Street between Grant Street and Peace Avenue is closed because of street reconstruc tion Go team go HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Danielle Gilderson of Hill Country Cheer teaches sever al girls some new routines Tuesday evening at the old New Braunfels High School Gym on North Academy Avenue NBISD trustees support pool idea Board taking closer look at proposal By DEMISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict board of trustees got its first glimpse Thursday at a study calling for a new indoor The district will be asked to help pay for the poo Ifplans moveforward and acou ple of trustees voiced support for the idea Comal County Road Engineer Tom Homseth who chaired the committee study ing the issue presented the report He told trustees an indoor swimming facility would offer opportunities for physical education fitness extra curricular activities recre ation and instruction The cost to build the I think it takes people with vision to get these things done and Im excited about Carlos Campos pool was projected at million plus operational costs Although a location has not been pro posed County Judge Carter Casteel said an individual had offered to donate land along Interstate 35 to the county for the Let fne just say that this is a firstclass she said It can be a poo that can service the whole Casteel a former Comal Independent School District trustee said she would like to sec commissioners court call a bond election in the spring If the county paid the debt for 20 years the other participating entities could share the operational costs Once the county paid off the debt it would pick up a portion of those costs Im also going to look brother ways to fund this pool if we can I promise Casteel said She told the board that she did not antic ipate the issue coming to a vote for some time She was just attempting to generate discussion she said Were going to talk it to she said I hope you will give it some thought We want you to be Trustee Don Bedford said residents had Turn to NBISD Page 2A Trucker wrecks rig HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall A truck stopped just in front of the Ingram Readymix building on FarmtoMarket 482 Tuesday evening The driver lost consciousness and veered over two lanes of traffic on Interstate 35 and finally stopped in a field off FM 482 according to police reports San Marcos driver taken to San Antonio hospital From staff reports A San Marcos truck driver was air lifted to University Hospital Tuesday evening after an accident on Interstate 35 North near Ruekle Road William S Clutter 68 apparently lost consciousness while driving his semi trailer truck on 135 police said today Clutter was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning hospital officials said New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Sgt John McEachern said Clutter was driving in the northbound lane of 135 when the accident occurred at about Apparently the driver suffered a stroke or some sort of medical malady and lost consciousness and veered across the median of the southbound lane and consequently rested in an adjacent field near FarmtoMarket 482 and Ingram McEachern said DPS called to accident Texas Department of Public Safe ty officials were investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 7 at Casey Road and Canyon Lake EMS was called to theaccident An AirLife helicopter landed on 281 and transported at least one patient to a San Antonio hospital No details were available NBFD loans truck to lake firefighters Pumper replacing damaged one By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The New Braunfels Fire Department has to come to the rescue of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department by loaning it a fire truck Fire ClifeTPhir Baker said his department had loaned the CLVFD a pumper truck The CLFVD lost one of its fire trucks Thursday when Michael Elbel 19 of Canyon Lake allegedly broke into Fire Station No 2 in Startzville stole a 1996 pumper truck valued at drove it through the station doors and rolled it at Farm toMarket 2673 and Oblate Drive according Comal County Sher iffs Office records Elbel was arrested for theft greater than and bur glary of a building He was still in Comal County Jail with a bond as of Wednesday morning Elbel allegedly attempted to steal the tanker first but destroyed the clutch in it The tanker has since been repaired and put back into operation I asked them and they were kind enough to loan us Canyon Lake Fire Chief Les Wyatt said We have a good rela tionship with Chief Baker and city manager Michael Shands They are very gracious for letting us use their Baker said CLVFD would use the pumper truck until it can get its damaged truck fixed or replaced Loaning the fire truck to the CLVFD in no way will hinder the firefighting capabilities of the NBFD Baker This truck was he one we replaced when we purchased our new he said It will give them a response capability they didnt have when they lost their A pumper truck carries water and has equipment such as ladders and hoses in contrast to a tanker which primarily carries water Baker said loaning the track to another fire department was a first We have not had an opportu nity to loan anybody a Baker said We with mutual aid but we have not loaned them this type of equip ment Wyatt said the graciousness of the NBFD would help his fire department have a truck in the area Wyatt said firefighters were keeping a more watchful eye on the fire stations since Thursdays incident It is not every day a fire truck is he said is the first time in the county that I know Local juniper crowned national champion By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The largest ashe juniper tree in the nation has its roots right here in Comal County With a trunk circumference of 138 inches and a height of 57 feet the champion tree near Landa Street and Loop 337 recently was named Comal County champion by the Guada Coma Garden Club and Landa Park Arboretum members During the judging process it was discovered that the tree broke both state and national records to become the biggest of its kind reported in all of the United States No one knows for sure how old the champion tree located on prop erty owned by Arlon and MsryUne Jonas of Braunfels is Its jbeep in the family since said Arlon Jonas who noted the tree has flourished on a hillside A member of tfee cypress family of treeSs the ashejuiiiper is also known as mountain cedar or Mexican juniper These trees are native to Texas and grow in limestone uplands from Mexico and Texas north to Mis souri Requiring only moderate water the ashe juniper is drought tolerant and is characterized by leaning twist ed trunks and low branches The Jonas tree unseated the 1990 champion ashe juniper tree located in Fischer also in Comal County This is about as far north as some of these species said Dolores Schumann Landa Park Arboretum committee cochairwoman New Braunfels isin a zone with two distinct types of ecology the Blackland Prairie and Edwards Plateau The Balcones fault line reaches from the Rio Grande to the Red River and is the boundary between lowland and upland Texas The Balcones Escarpment hilly country where roots burrow deep to find their niche in the environment is located directly above Comal Springs in New Braunfels according to the Turn to Juniper Page 2A County honors Natural Bridge Caverns founder Photo submitted Arlpn and Maryllne Jonas along yvlth Mark Peterson of the Texas Forest Service stand next to the new ashe juniper champion tree By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A ranching pioneer who survived the hardships of droughts and single mother hood and overcame bashful ness to become a business woman will be remembered for her many contributions to the community and to society People who knew Natural Bridge Caverns founder Clara Heidemann who died Satur day remembered her Tuesday for her kindness quiet nature aha perseverance She was a tough said Tom Purduin former presi dent of tho Greater New Brauufels Chamber of Com merce who came to know Heidemann several years ago A ranching accident claimed the life of her first husband Hilmar Wuest in 1956 during a drought Wuest was irying to burn the quills off cactus in order to feed hungry livestock when a gasoline powered t o r e h ignited a fire that killed him lleide 111 a n n Clara Heidemann lelt with two children and no food for the animals requiring her to sell all the livestock Purdum said Heidemann worked as a secretary of the farm bureau to support her family and mar ried Harry lleideinann in 1961 Meanwhile a series of caves discovered on the Ranch held promise as spelunkers came upon a major cavity in the land that later was recommended for development The first slides of this cave that became part of Natural Bridge Caverns Turn to Founder Page 2A Early voting polling sites and tfates Page 3A
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