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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZE 20332 11009 78 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YONDELL DR EL PflSO TX 79903 f Vol 148 No 65 22 pages in 2 sections February FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Rocket man Lovell tells tales from Apollo 13 Staff Writer MARCOS Apollo 13 com rriaftder James Lovell capped a day of lec tures Thursday at Southwest Texas State Uriiversity with recollections from his near tragic space mission in 1970 Lovell told an audience of about 500 that he could cover the earth by placing his thumb on the window of his space craft It told you how insignificant we really he said Lovells speech at the universitys Evans Liberal Arts Building focused on the Apol lo 13 lunar flight which was popularized in 1995 with a movie directed by Ron Howard Actor Tom Hanks portrayed Lovell who was the senior astronaut on the mission that almost met with disaster Suddenly there was a Lovell told the audience as he retold the events that unfolded as his crew approached the moon during the Apollo 13 mission We were in serious he said Lovell encouraged university students and others in attendance to always expect the a motto he learned when a ruptured oxygen tank endangered the lives of Apollo 13s crew Youd be surprised how quickly you learn when youre in a tight he said as he explained how his crew and NASA officials in Houston scrambled to find a way to get them back to earth safely Lovell Is lecture was a lively often humor ous recollection of anecdotes descriptions and musings from several space flights he made during his noteworthy career With more than 7 million miles and 600 hours in space Lovell currently ranks as the most traveled astronaut in the world Lovell seemed as adept at public speak ing Thursday night as he was at space trav el His lecture received high marks from college students and others that attended the free event The story was very similar to the movie as I said Stella Hansen a New Braunfels resident who attended the lecture along with her husband Noel and chil dren Luke Marina and Helen Some were surprised at what they heard It was a lot more entertaining than I Former astronaut Jim Lovell talks about the infamous Apollo 13 flight which he commanded Thursday night at Evans Auditorium at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos Cleaning up flood damage Tube chute Comal River work depend on area contractors federal government BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels water recreation areas could have a slow start mis sum mer as city officials wait for federal approval for flood cleanup City officials said they have set April Mil i H Jtf r aber floods Comp the citys waterways However some have speculated that extensive damage along the Comal River will delay the opening of the tube chute in Prince Solms Park for the summer tourist season I doubt seriously if it will be opened this summer It will take a major amount of work on the tube chute to get it said Carl Fox a member of the New Braunfels Parks and Recre ation board Iris Neffendorf director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation depart ment said an engineering firm was assessing damage to the chute It think its premature to say that it wont be open in time At this point we still dont know exactly what the dam age is and the extent of it It depends condition of the waterways but the structure of the dam itself is still definitely in questionable Despite the condition of city water ways from the October floods Nef fendorf said the park was already well booked for the Easter weekend which falls on the first weekend of April this year Easter weekend officially kicks off the start of the summer tourist season but its typically a picnic weekend for visitors to the she said A major cleanup of the Comal Riv er and repair project on the dam would need to be completed in the next two months to get it ready for the flood of summer tubers on Memorial Day weekend We start slowly progressing with and the summer kickoff for water INSIDE OB GETTING STARTED ROBIN CORNETTVHeraldZeitung James and Deborah Blackmore back left with family dog Bear check out the damage at the tube chute while their son Jackson 9 kicks a concrete block across from the tube chute Damage at the tube chute included the concrete and wooden walkways along with extensive tree damage near the chute itself The Blackmores were visiting from Michigan and went down to the tube chute to see damage left from the October 1998 flood recreational activities is typically Memorial Day weekend at the end of Neffendorf said The tube chute at Prince Solms Park is a major tourist attraction for the citjT during the summer season During the 1998 summer season tube chute fees generated in revenue although the area was suffer ing severe drought conditions In 1997 more than in rev enue was generated through the tube chute Use of to the chute generally peaks during June July and August City engineer Bolner said Freese and Nichols an Austinbased engineering firm had assessed the majority of the dam structure but debris needed to be removed from behind the dam to complete the inves tigation We have to get approval from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Guadalupe and Comal river outfitters are leading volunteers in the first several river cleanups today and Saturday The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority cut the outflow from Canyon Dam to about 125 cubic feet per second on Thursday to accommodate the cleanup effort Volunteers will pick up debris from the 1998 flood in a 40foot area along the river banks WHEN WHERE TO HELP Today to noon Saturday 1 to 3 Rockin R River Rides Guadalupe River at Gruene Crossing Contact any river outfitter for information or call the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau at 6252385 to go in there and remove the debris Until then we still have some uncer tainties about how much damage there has he said The Comal River is home to the Tourism marketing blitz begins Promotional information sent to 112 media outlets April 15 set as start date BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Local outfitters and divers are hitting the Guadalupe and Comal rivers en masse this weekend in the first major cleanup effort since the October 1998 flood The cleanup coincides with the first media blitz of the year designed to let Texans know New Braunfels and Comal County will be open for business by April 15 said Rose Marie Eash of the public relations firm Dublin Associates Eash said promotional information had been sent to 112 media outlets across the state including daily news papers television and radio stations Judy Young director of the visitors and convention bureau for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce said the shortterm goal was to have the rivers ready for spring break April 15 is when were hoping both rivers will be free of Young said With the focus on cleaning up the rivers we anticipate that floating down the Guadalupe and Comal will be better than Young said that since many of the businesses had lost buildings in the flood there would be new facilities with many new amenities including more restrooms along the river She said she was not aware of any outfitters that would not return this year due to the flood Sherrie Brammall public relations director for SchhV terbahn said the water park would open for its 20th sea son on April 24 She said it was important to get the simple message out that the park would be open this year She said that she had received a number of email messages asking if the park would open this year A lot of people think that we and New Braunfels were washed Brammall said Brammall said 85 rooms at the resort had been renovated and would be better than City dropped from aviation companys lawsuit BY Biu OCoNNBu Staff Writer A state district judge dropped the city of New Braunfels from a lawsuit Thursday in Comal Coun ty court The ruling by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay end ed the citys involvement as a defendant in a suit filed this past year 1 was pleased to hear said city manager Mike Shands on Thursday shortly after being noti fied of Ramsays decision Attorneys for Lone Star Avia tion a San Antonio company filed the lawsuit Sept in 207th District Court The suit alleged the city of New Braunfels and a Gatesvillebased aviation company wrongfully verted bid and seeroted a 1972 Cessna 172 aircraft from a leased space at the New Braunfels Munic ipal Airport in September 1998 Sunset Aviation the com pany named as a coplaintiff along with the city of New Braunfels allegedly rented aircraft without permission of its rightful owners A coowner of Sunset Aviation la Coward has represented the company in the lawsuit Attempts to reach Coward were unsuccess ful Plaintiffs attorneys alleged wrongful conversion and misuse of the aircraft amounted to about in lost revenue Lone Star Aviations attorney Forrest Stewart could not be reached for comment Thursday In an appeal to the jurisdiction of the court attorneys representing stances alleged by the plaintiff This was basically a dispute between two aviation said Regina Criswell a private attorney hired by the city of New Braunfels The city has an insurance con tract with the Texas Municipal habited the city from being named in a lawsuit under the circum sentation by private attorneys according to city attorney Floyd Akew   

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