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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS TX uqH HERALDZEITUNG 147 52 pages in 4 sections June 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE No turning back He didnt call it an official but Texas George Bush made it quite clear Saturday he intends to run for president next Bush confidently told Iowa Im running for the presidency of the United Old Glory Flag Day has meaning for all but the holiday is especially important to area veterans Find out what theyre doing on Monday ancHeam about the history that surrounds our Big upset San Antonio and New York will begin the bestofseven NBA Finals series on Wednesday in the The Knicks became the first eighth seed to win a conference title after eliminating Indiana in six 9A WEATHER Theres a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms but the odds of rain continuing through the week are Expect a high in the low 90s today and lows near 70 See page INDEX 8B Key code 77 To the bat cave PERI Bats fill the early evening sky at the Bracken Bat which might soon be opened for public Bat Conservation which owns the received a million grant from the Kronkosky Grant helps conservation group get off the ground Its like a dance millions of bats sweep out of their cave onto the airy ballroom forming a funnel cloud that rises into the dusky With wings flapping at a dizzying they stream out of their funnel in a snakelike strip and then scattering across the sky to find Its a marvel that happens almost nightly several miles west of New Braunfels between late February and but few witness Thanks to a million grant from the Albert and Bessie Mae Kro nkosky Charitable the Bracken Bat which houses the largest gathering of warmblooded animals in the could be a step closer to public Bat Conservation a nonprofit organization in owns the cave and 400 acres surrounding The group plans to use the grant to help plan a visitor and educational center near the This is one of the natural wonders of the said executive director Merlin A conservation park surrounding the cave would be an international Tuttle According to the grant The Reserve will create lifelong for millions of children and and will serve as a cornerstone for bat education and scholarly only private groups visit the in Hill Country ranch land several miles west of Interstate Its exact location is kept quiet to keep strangers from wandering onto the which is on part of a working Our first priority is protecting the Tuttle Owners of the ranch sold 400 acres to BCI in a series of negotiations in the past few See Environmental issues top council agenda BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Two environmental issues will top issues addressed by New Braunfels City Coun cil when it meets at Monday at the municipal 424 Castell Council will decide how to spend for river cleanup and consider an ordinance that effectively would elim inate new construction of gas stations in the western part of the District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson will present her plan for the cleanup Watson led the charge for tax revenues to be used for river cleanup and but the Texas Legislature failed to approve the bill in District 2 councilman Larry Alexan der voted to earmark the money for river cleanup when council approved its budget at a recent The city already has earmarked of its budget specifically for river patrol in the city partly to help combat pol lution in and around the Guadalupe and Comal But New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas said looking for polluters was not a top We usually have our hands full with more serious infractions of the he We dont have the resources to deal with Offenses such as possession of a con trolled public theft and disorderly conduct take precedence over Douglas Officers will address littering if they see people throwing trash in the Douglas But we dont rou tinely track Also council will vote on an ordinance prohibiting underground storage of regulated hazardous substances in the See Beat the heat with fluids BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Temperatures in South Texas are expect ed to soar into the triple digits this so health officials are urging residents to use common sense when having fun in the Its important to remember that when the temperature goes above 85 degrees and the humidity goes over 50 should cut back on your outside activities both work and said Kathy director of Health and Safety Services foe the San Antonio Area Red Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams advised local residents to engage in strong uous outdoor such as only in the early morning or late evening The early between four and 7 usually is the coolest part of the People also need to remember to drink plenty of water or a kind of Gatorade prodi uct that will replenish McWilliams Tubing on area rivers is a popular pastime during the summer the con sumption of alcohol plays a large role ul these recreational health officials said people should avoid alcoholic beverages when engaged in outdoor Alcohol causes you to lose liquids more rapidly and can cause you to become dehy McWilliams can affect but heaftii offi cials said young elderly and people with chronic illnesses were more susceptible to heatrelated Children need to stay out of the sun in a shady Sunblock needs to be applied and replaced McWilliams Make sure they get plenty to drink and rest McWilliams also said the heat was more likely to affect young infants and Outdoor revelers also are urged to check their medication to make sure it does not make them more sensitive to the What weve seen recently is people breaking out into rashes who didnt know it was related to their McWilliams Officials also offered these safety tips Stay If air conditioning is not stay on the lowest floor out of the Wear lightcolored clothing that will reflect some of the suns energy Drink plenty of even if you do not feel Avoid beverages with caf feine in Eat small meals and eat more Avoid foods that are high in which increase metabolic McWilliams said local residents needed to be aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion nausea or profuse sweat rapid breathing and Health officials advised anyone suffering these symptoms to get out of the heat immediately and apply wet Showing their Lone Star spirit TxDOT employees paint state flag on retaining wall BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Just in time for Flag motorists near Canyon Lake on FarmtoMarket Road 2722 will have some new The Texas Department of Transportations main tenance department painted the Texas flag on a retaining wall on FM near Bear Creek Maintenance employees Joe Espinoza and Rus sell Rusty Henk finished it on It took us three days to complete Espinoza It was a lot of work but worth It looks real ly Arlon TxDOT maintenance supervisor for Comal had planned to paint some thing on the wall when it was built seven years We went through two supervisors before Ive been wanting to put something up but it never was Nowotny Now Im paint ing a flag The which measures 12 to 14 was scaled to fit in the middle of the 40foot Nowotny made the initial sketches and it was traced onto the The background was painted a cream color so the flag could be seen The wall was painted on Wednesday and the crew spent Thursday and Friday painting the We prepped the then used a high grade paint for the Nowotny Hopefully it will last a CHRISTINA Texas Department of Transportation employee Russell Henk paints the star on a Texas flag mural The flag brighten up a retaining wall at FarmtoMarket Road 2722 and Bear Creek   

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