Friday, May 18, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY May 2001 24 pages in 2 sections mlfT pages in 2 scctn HERALDZEITUNG 161 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Be safe have a good time City visitors bureau spread word about river activities in 2001 WILLIAMS BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If the lone tuber getting onto the Comal River Thursday morning wondered what the fuss was she never asked as she loaded a cooler into a tube and tested the bright blue On the bank were New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Police Chief Ray Douglas and a number of other local notables along with half a dozen television and radio crews and a couple of newspaper New Braunfels jumpstarted its summer tourism season with a press conference that told what is new tHis year and what is Leaders showed off the areas advertising campaign and told the public what to expect from increased law enforcement on the Williams As you New Braunfels has been the tubing capi tal of Texas for decades and were looking forward to another great summer this Well have good river flows the Comal is great and flows will be up all summer on the Guadalupe and we want to make sure everyone has a good time and is safe when they come to New This past drought and low water levels decimated riverrelated tourism and brought what tubers there were into the city for they proved to be a The city wrangled over what to do enforce the rules already in place or impose an alcohol ban on the rivers within the city The alcohol ban idea died after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission ruled this past fall that a proposed ordinance likely would not be NO littering use designated use IMtW JESSIE Top left Journalists gather at Thursdays press conference about changes on the Top right Police Chief Ray Douglas right gets a look at the poster bearing his tube Above New signs outline rules of the The city now is tasking the New Braunfels Police Department to step up enforcement of the laws that already More than worth of equip ment has been bought and much more donated to prepare police to go onto the rivers in a big How much the additional police work will cost is but offi cials estimated it will be in the range of a It depends on the the number of things like Williams See Lawmen get course in vacation charm BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer As New Braunfels pre pares for the summer tub ing local police offi cers and sheriffs deputies got some specialized train ing this past It wasnt weapon train it wasnt handtohand combat and it wasnt even swimming It sort of a charm school for law enforcement provided by the Greater New Braunfels Area Chamber of And it all boiled down to getting out the citys mes sage this summer We want everybody to be safe and have a good Anybody whos ever been on the pointed end of a lit tle dedicated law enforce ment knows that that mes sage isnt always the one that comes About 70 deputies and public safety including adminis trators for the Comal County Sheriffs Office and New Braunfels Police Department took a handson class in how to put a gentler face on public safety on the city and countys Dublin and Associates of See Costly driving Though gasoline prices In the United States have soared this month to as high as a Americans are still paying less than folks in some other parts of the Here is the average price for a gallon of gas In selected countries for the first three months of Location Price per gallon Hong Kong London Norway Tokyo Netherlands Paris Denmark Finland Korea United States Note The prices shown above are expressed In dollars per gallon and represent averages for the least expensive gasoline available at namebrand retail service Prices are based on an analysis of 82 locations AP SOURCE Runzheimer International Bush touts energy plan BY RON FOURNIER AP White House Correspondent AP President Bush braced Americans on Thursday for a summer of business closings and sky rocketing fuel costs and warned of a darker future without his aggressive plans to drill for more oil and gas and rejuvenate nuclear pow If we fail to Ameri cans will face more and more widespread If we fail to our country will become more reliant on for eign crude putting our national energy security into the hands of foreign the president said in releas ing a 163page energy task force report in Seeking to dampen demand for fossil fuels and to appeal to conservationmind ed Bush also offered tax incentives for people using alternative energy sources such as solar and wind See EAA seeking fuel tank ban over Edwards recharge zones BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Onetenth of all leaking fuel tanks in the nation can be found in and one local agency is urging the state to do something about Only California and Florida have had more leaky fuel accord ing the Fort Worth citing statistics from the Environ mental Protection The Fort Worth newspaper also reported that Texas has more buried fuel tanks than any other The Edwards Aquifer Authority recently recommended to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to ban new tanks capa ble of storing fuel or other haz ardous chemicals over the aquifers recharge tanks over the recharge zone are required to have double containment EAA also recommended repaired or replacement tanks over the recharge zone have triple contain ment The authority has the opportu nity by statute to regulate water Edwards board member Doug Miller Miller said the authority had not had to develop its own rules at this time because the state already had rules to protect the Edwards The Authority has been more focused lately on water quantity rather than water Miller According to the Associated a study by geologists at the Uni versity of Texas in Austin found one in four tank leaks pose a threat to public health and The study also found 60 percent MDA jailbirds Comal Cqunty Sheriffs Deputies Ed Tim Crutchfield and Paullus from left enjoy Sheriff Lobe aka David minimum security jail during a Muscular Dystrophy Association fund raiser Thursday at The inmates were asked to raise bail money to be donated tq JESSIE Watson denied status in golf course permit BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Action at Comal County Commissioners Court derailed proceedings at a Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission permit intervention hearing Three groups sought party standing in a permit request by Southerland Properties to divert water from the upper Guadalupe River to irrigate a golf They made their arguments during the hear ing at New Braunfels munic ipal The golf course wants 350 acrefeet to irrigate the but owners want to change the diversion of the water frojn Canyon Lake to See INSIDE Key Code 76