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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW 0 I PELS T4 V 7 J ZEITUNG Vol 148 No 206 20 pages in Z sections September FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents City working on several drainage projects Rood debris on the Dry Comal Creek at Live Oak Avenue will be cleared next week when the city begins a drainage improvement project Dry Comal cleanup set to begin Tuesday BY Pern STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer As the oneyear anniversary of the October 1998 flood draws near local residents won der when they will see work done to address drainage problems in the city We work on drainage every New Braunfels city engineer Bolner said Every week the street department works on projects such as clearing debris from the Gardenia drainage channel or under die Lan da Street and Walnut Avenue bridges to address runoff problems he said But bigger projects are on the horizon Starting Tuesday Ramon and Sons of San Antonio will start floodrelated cleanup work on the Dry Comal Creek from Landa Street to Altgelt Avenue a 60day project that addresses problems with 100year flooding Theyll take debris and down trees out of the creek Bolner said This will take away obstructions that back up a lot of The contractor also will clean up the Guadalupe River between Faust Street and Grant Avenue although this project does not address drainage concerns Bolner said Federal Emergency Management Admin istration is funding 15 percent of the projects the city is funding 25 percent Bolner said the city also was negotiating with Union Pacific to clean up a drainage ditch along the railroad tracks near Landa Street He hoped to have that project started in a month and a half The city advertised for bids Wednesday for repair and reconstruction of Clemens Dam at the Tube Chute on Comal River If you dont repair it it could wash out and cause a lot of damage Bolner said Changing teams Its out with the old in with the new for Canyons Wiegand BY WALLY GULUCK HeraldZeitung Correspondent While former Canyon High School football coach Carl Gustafson received a warm wel come at San Antonio Churchill his alma mat ter Bob Wiegand the new principal at CHS doesnt figure to be the recipient of quite as many highfives When Wiegand ventures into the football stadium tonight at Castroville Medina Valley his name won t be on me pass list His reserved seat for the past three years will be replaced with a bleacher number on the side Is that anyway for the school to treat a former principal the man who directed the schools administrative policies for the past three years It is now hes the enemy Wiegands sixth ranked Canyon Cougars open the 1999 season at Medi na Valley tonight and theres no doubt about for whom the princi pal is cheering Theyll probably try to put me to work and help with security when I show up at the gate but Ill be in Canyon Wie gand said I dont wish Medina Valley any ill will but Ill be rooting hard for our kids to get off to a fast start I might have friends at Medina Valley but I know who signs my checks In a perfect world Wiegand would love to see Medina Valley go 91 this year Canyons top dog was on the losing side of the field in 1998 when as the Panthers dropped their first game at Cougar Stadium by a 336 count Unlike some principals who are casual observers applauding politely and attending games merely to enhance school spirit Wie gand actually provides new CHS coach Les Goad with football smarts He would be a New Braunfels High School students cheer for the Unicom football team at a pep rally Thursday afternoon in Unicom Gym New Braunfels began the 1999 season at San Antonio Marshall on Thursday night Fora complete report from the game we FOOTBALL FRIDAY Complete cover age from area high schools to the NFL in the full story from Thursdays New Braunfels game Previews of tonights season openers for Canyon Smithson Valley Marion Navarre ready to go Texas Lutheran hits the road Southwest Texas begins with a bang Cowboys con clude their presea son schedule WAI Canyon High School principal Bob Wiegand tosses his Medina Valley cap aside in favor of the preferred headgear of Cougar fans Wiegand who came to CHS from Medina Valley said there would be no doubt who hes backing when the two schools play tonight valuable pipeline into the Media Valley play book if Goad would elect to tap into his expertise Despite having Wiegand around Goad has been relying on a steady diet of game film to see how Medina Valley operates Dont let the shirt and tie of the office fool you Wiegands 22 years in educa tion includes a 15year stint coaching high school football programs in the Houston area Nobody in the stadium tonight with the exception of longtime Medina Valley coach Jay Patterson knows the program any better Wiegand didnt miss a football game the past three years home or away Les Goad and I have talked but I really stay out of the coachs Wiegand said He really comes into a pressure situation Expectations for this team are so With a growing enrollment Medina Valley ventured into Class 4A status after being a perennial power on the 3A level This year theyre on a mission to prove they belong in the bigger class after suffering through a 28 mark in 1998 They didnt feel they lived up to their expectations a year ago They were young but this year they return some people and theyre out to prove they belong which makes them said Goad whose emotions also will be running high While Goad wont have the flashbacks that Wiegand will be going through itfc also game one for him in Canyon colors Anytime youYe involved with your first game with a new team there is added emotion and anticipation to get that first he said The new Cougar coach enters the season HOLIDAY SAFETY Area lawmen ready for holiday crowd River teams will be on patrol Saturday through Monday BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Have water will travel Thousands of people will flock to Comal County this week end seeking refuge from the merciless heat And law enforcement is ready Security will be beefed up at Canyon Lake and both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in order to ensure the safety of recreational activities during the Labor Day holiday Special river teams from the sheriffs department will patrol the Guadalupe River from 11 to 9 Saturday through Monday said Lt Ed Whitson of the sheriffs department The river teams will consist of 35 officers plus an additional 30 volunteer members of civilian security to control the crowds and watch for any disorderly behavior drug usage or other illegal activ ities Whitson said In addition emergency services will join the effort with a team of four paramedics and four sher iffs department officers all of whom are swiftwater certified Whitson said Officers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also will be kayaking the river to help keep tubers and rafters safe Whitson said The teams will patrol about 25 miles of the most congested stretch of river which spans from around Sattler down to the Preuss Heights area Whitson said Although the river should be safer because of the height ened presence of law enforcement Whitson said officers still expected to see some injuries We usually have several injuries on a holiday weekend mostly head injuries and broken Whitson said And then there is always that guy who decides to jump from a tree into the The slow speed of the river this weekend also will increase the amount of injuries and problems Whitson said When the river is moving slower people start to run out of beer get a lot more sunburned and trespass on peoples property a little he said See Wear a lot of sun screen especially consid ering current ozone levels Limit alcohol consump tion The intoxicants work faster in the sun and can make people deadly ill Tubers and rafters should check with their out fitters and find out how far they are going to travel When the river is slow it takes longer to get some where Make sure vehicles 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