Tuesday, May 30, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas lliesday May HERALDZEITUNO Page 5A 1A One incident late Sunday afternoon got out of hand in die dogleg rapids area of die Guadalupe near Loop 337 The situation escalated into a confrontation in which rocks were thrown and a Pollok resident was critically injured Other than that it was a fairly decent weekend its been a fun weekend Nor mally we write more tickets but we were kept busy handling numerous distur Parchman said He said officers had not had time to deal with some of the more minor offens es I dont know how many tickets we wrote Were still working he said Monday We were so busy with other things we were pretty much inundated with people There were a lot of people here man a lot of CCSO Lt Ed Whitson said a little more than 100 people were arrested on charges ranging from possession of narcotics or marijuana to public lewdness assault and disorderly conduct carrying an unlawful weapon or trespassing Were running about neck and neck with last Whitson said Citations for lesser offenses though were down from this past year by about half Those typically are issued for glass or plastic foam containers littering vehicle code violations possession of drug para phernalia or minors having alcohol Late Monday deputies were cutting back their enforcement efforts at the river as revelers packed up and left Were starting to bring in the Whitson said Connie Herzog manager of Jerrys Too RV campground on Loop 337 said the weekend was a busy one but she believed she was busier this past Labor Day It was she said tiredly Mon day afternoon I guess it wasnt as busy as I She said her RV park was booked for the holiday weekend three months in advance K JESSIE Sheriffs officers kept an eye out for underage drinkers and other violators on the Guadalupe River Monday as crowds began to wind down for the hol iday weekend and shes booked for all of next month and the July 4th weekend But this week end she hadnt needed the overflow park ing area she used this past Labor Day Of course were not located on the riv she said Herzog said she heard large ly good things from her customers There were a few rude folks but no stupidness this time Everybody was gen erally really Herzog said I only had one guy who complained about the riv er I went to high school with him He was a twit Bill Mayo of the WaterOriented Recre ation District said hed heard good reports about the weekend and the behav ior of the guests who stayed here I think it went very well compared to ones weve had in the past It was pretty calm nothing serious going Mayo said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said hed heard it was a pretty good week end on the river as well and a good one for area businesses From the reports I got I was very pleased to see that law enforcement folks and river patrols were reporting a much betterbehaved Meek said So I think were really evolving into what we had hoped for three years Meek said hed been told Saturday that as many as people enjoyed the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to New Braunfels this weekend but he said a true number is tough to I drove River Road yesterday and I saw a good wellbehaved crowd People just act better when they know people are Meek said You want to see at least incremental change The number of citations will go farther and farther down Its just like when you were a kid you acted better at the pool when there was a lifeguard there than when there Meek said the summer river recreation season is 12 weekends with three Memorial Day July 4th and Labor Day being the big ones The others are quieter he said When he drove in New Braunfels Meek said he saw plenty of shopping going on It seems like the shopping venues were all full itfc not just the river that benefits I think weve started off on the right he said Greg Brown of Angleton started off on the right foot too He was laid back in his tube with his feet trailing in the cool riv er water sipping an adult beverage much as he has many times in the 25 visits he estimates hes made to the Guadalupe Riv er He set the drink down on the lid of the cooler that floated in its own tube between him and friend Christine Folks also of Angleton and stopped to talk for a moment It was easy their tubes were just barely moving It was dragging but its been Brown said Tell them to let some more water out Brown said he knew the river was low and slow because authorities are trying to conserve this was the lowest he could remember seeing it on one of his visits Its Christine likes it said Michael OQuinn of Brazoria from his tube nearby His friend Doni Kimball of Dallas laughed You like it slow too right Brown asked OQuinn arching an eyebrow If Id have known it was this slow though I wouldnt have come I wont come July 4th Two tubes over Christine eyed him over the cooler Ill leave you at home she said smiling at him mockingly He reached for the drink took a long draw draining the can He lifted the lid on the cooler tossed the empty in lowered the lid a little and eyed her back as though try ing to decide whether shed really leave him home Well be he said Beer Pollok boy seriously hurt in river brawl FROM STAFF REPORTS A 17year old Pollok youth was in improving condition late Monday a day after he was critically injured in a rock throwing melee on the Guadalupe River New Braunfels Police Det Bob Parchman said the boy suffered a fractured skull in the brawl which happened about Sunday in the dogleg rapids area of the river just off Loop 337 We had a major He was problem knocked uncon Parchman said scious They wer5 peole J rnn on bank squirt had to do CPR mg people onM the cardiopul river with water monary resusci guns and a fight tation ensued on the river NBPD Det Bob Parchman Parchman sfaid a large group of peo pie was involved in the altercation which escalated into a rock throwing brawl One of them the 17yearold boy from Pollok had his skull fractured by a rock Parchman said He was knocked unconscious They had to do CPR cardiopulmonary resuscita Parchman said The youth was taken by helicopter to University Health Center in San Antonio where his condition was originally listed as critical By late Monday afternoon the boys condition had stabilized and improved to fair Several arrests were made in connection with the incident Parchman said Police are looking for the person who injured the youth Weve interviewed dozens of witnesses and identified a suspect but the case is still under Parchman said Fears grow as Arizona ranchers look to spark anMrnmigration 1A DOUGLAS Arizona AP An Arizona rancher turns down weekly offers to help him detain illegal immigrants from Mexico passing through his land Another resident patrols his spread from a 25foot steel tower with night vision goggles A Ku Klux Klan supporter probes for support at an antiimmigration Arizona became the preferred crossing point for Mexican illegal immigrants two years ago Now with their efforts to restrict illegal immigrants rights in California blocked by courts some conservative and reac tionary groups are pushing to make Arizona the front line in a new battle against illegal immi gration The growing tension has sparked fear in northern Mexican towns It also worries gov ernment officials even those who so far have largely tolerated ranchers who set out with guns and dogs to look for Mexicans crossing the border In this southeastern Arizona town on the Mexican border the onceoverwhelming influx of ille gal immigrants through residents properties has declined because of the posting of additional Border Patrol agents Despite the dropoff some ranchers and their support ers in the area have decided to build a political movement They concede that property damage no longer is the driving issue as they once claimed Instead they are trying to spark a nationwide battle against what activist Larry Vance calls a liter al Vance himself the son of a Mexican immigrant denies any connection to hate groups I dont want any goofball groups he says But he says Southern California has already become a political extension of Despite pressure from Mexico the government has paid little more than lip service to trying to discourage the movement The government argues it cant stop citizens from patrolling their own private property though there are reports that some ranchers have taken to detaining immi grants on roads outside their land 1A trash people would have to pay for a tag The goal was to use that money to start a greenway program for yard clippings and brush so we could compost those instead of taking them to the Fischer said The pay as you throw pro gram was not designed to penal ize anyone Fischer said but to reduce the amount of garbage and to create a fairer program across the board You always hear the story about someone who said their neighbor had 27 bags of That fills up half a garbage truck Thats a lot for one he said Fischer also said the tee wanted to explore the possi bility of another option for dis posing of yard or lawn clip pings such as a composting rather than forcing residents to pay a fee to put them in the land fill In the past few years more than communities in 40 states have switched to pay as you throw plans Ferguson said This program has been very successful in other cities Other cities have seen the volume of recyclables they collect increase by 30 he said It caus es people to think about what they are throwing away Ferguson said Education is going to be extremely important with this kind of program And in order for the program to be a success how it is implemented will be bond proposal of which only one proposition a public safety communications system passed Proposition 5 at million would have funded the athletic fields including softball baseball and soccer fields Proposition 6 at million would have funded an activity cen ter including an indoor Olympic size swimming pool and gymnasi ums with basketball and volleyball courts Mullins said he believed residents voted against Propositions 5 and 6 because they were concerned about other propositions on the ballot The biggest factor was there were so many negative issues and I think a lot of people just voted no on everything And the bond did not specify where the sports facil ities would be he said Right now the organization is looking at completing the proposed sports complex piece by piece as funds become available Mullins said the group would concentrate on building the soccer 1 fields first We cant afford lighted fields right now But were going to be putting in some nice quality play ing he said NBYS still needs about in cash to finish the soccer fields Mullins said Hopefully were close to break ing ground on some soccer fields Then we can get some grass plant ed by next he said Several local soccer groups wel come that improvement David Feltmann a board member of NBYS said On the soccer fields we have so many kids out there were wearing out the And many parents and coaches say other sports facilities are inad equate as well v More than 400 girls who play softball haul water totheir fields and play only during the day because they dont have lighted fields And hundreds more kids who love basketball or volleyball vie for gym space so tight that programs remain limited Mullins said the soccer fields were going first because the soccer organizations were ready to move forward Theyre they ones that are he said The soccer groups are ready to do something The other groups are not quite He said other groups were still working on funding or site plans The next thing well push for is softball he said But the wait might be much longer for more than 30 local stu dents on high school swim teams who need an indoor Olympicsized swimming pool Mullins said plans for the indoor pool probably would take longer because it was a high dollar Initial estimates put building a pool and natatorium between million and million Local resident Bud Dallmann has been coaching local swimmers here about 40 years and pleading almost just as long for a public indoor pool I hope we will not have to go much longer without giving the kids the facility that they he said Dallmann coach of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club said more than 30 Canyon and New Braunfels high school students would contin ue to travel to San Marcos every day to practice This past school year the swim team swam 150 miles training for swim but more miles to do he said Dallmann credited bad timing for the failure of the indoor pool on the bond ballot Unfortunately the timing of the bond issue was on the very worst side with the school bond a little while ago and the tax appraisals coming in two days before the he said But Dallmann said he would not give up I plan to keep on he said And Dallmann said he planned to continue to explore other ways to fund the project including possibly asking council to put the pool on another bond proposal in the future Mullins said NBYS would con sider asking council to put the sports complex back on the ballot in a future bond proposal Were going to look at all the options Were not going to rule anything he said Mulhns said the group had raised about for the project although most of the contributions were for inkind services to com plete the initial site work including clearing the property and engi neering work He said the biggest contribution so far came from a San Antonio contractor who donated about in services for elevation work out at the site The board has a match ingfund grant from the Kronkosky Foundation of San Antonio The organization also received about from the Comal County United Way as well as contribu tions from local companies Weston Park Foundation has leased the 100 acres off Doeppen scnmidt Road for 99 years at 1 a year toNBYS and has offered another 50 acres for future growth Mullins said the lease on the land automatically would renew every 25 years as long as the fields were not abandoned Besides offering youth better recreational facilities supporters of the sports complex also say hav ing stateoftheart facilities would have a positive economic affect on the city Feltmann said A tournament would bring in groups that have money that would stay in the hotels and eat at the restaurants and do Mullins said he hoped more local residents would support the sports complex project once they began using the sports fields Once people began using the facilities and going out there maybe theyll see the positives and we can change some he said Taxfree Taxable Yield to Maturity Due 4A Because of the Memorial Day holiday the financial markets were dosed See Wednesdays HeraldZeitung for a coat We also serve as a clear inghouse for churches and the SOS Food Bank We provide GED classes and English as a Second Language classes We also have a rummage Those attending the June 6 Directors Party will meet the director and be given a general overview of the show and a pre view of 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