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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY September 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in scccu HERALDZEITUNG 254 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Sharing one last summer Joshua and Zachary Fletcher from left and Dave Knieriem of Austin ride the rapids as they approach the Gruene River bridge Monday JESSIE HeraldZeitung Rain reins in river business Officials and patrons alike blame unstable weather for lackluster weekend activity BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Travis Fuchs and Aaron Bourland were chilling out in front of Camp Hueco Springs late Monday waiting for a ride out for another raft ing of and his also said the Labor Day weekend was slow and relatively The river was really good for raft but it seemed like half the time we were on the it was Bourland Fuchs didnt he When youre you get Fuchs reported a slow It wasnt too I dont think it was as busy as everybody thought it would he Fuchs found it about perfect for his purposes because the campground wasnt very raucous and the river was nt very crowded and outfitters and public officials contacted Monday shared his Those who showed up for the three day holiday weekend enjoyed a good time and a relatively peaceful one albeit one that was more than just a little bit The National Weather Service reported continued afternoon and evening rainstorms are a possibility this week but not on the same scale as this past weeks Don assistant to the city manager in New reported a slow weekend on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in the city I think the rain really dampened the weekend in terms of the Ferguson I think the unstable weather kept some people Ferguson said Sunday was tradi tionally the busy day on the Labor Day an early after noon storm pounded the 1 think the heavy rain that rolled in early in the afternoon kept people off the Ferguson I think peo ple didnt want to brave the Ferguson New Braun fels had a good summer in its first year of a steppedup emphasis on See Fire plug woes Small stuck valves among hydrant problems BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Dogs might be the only ones getting any use out of some local fire but thanks to a program launched by the New Braunfels Fire nearly every hydrant in the city will be checked by Octo In a threemonth peri New Braunfels Utili ties and the fire crews found a total of 24 out of about in the in need of According to NBU doc uments from June to August of this fire crews discovered prob lems ranging from leaky hydrants to valves that refused to Some hydrants wouldnt shut off others couldnt be opened at Of those 10 hydrants need to be replaced or are still wait ing for repairs from the threemonth Eight are from Junes The problems range from replacing the hydrants or repairing cracked Bonnets are the round part of a Firefighters only have 10 percent of the hydrants in the city remaining to Some of the fire hydrants in the city dont operate well and some are completely out of ser Deputy Fire Chief JESSIE New Braunfels firefighter Brett Ration opens the Valve on a hydrant with a diffuser attached to check the flow of the John Herber And people think the ones in their yard work but they may At any given about 20 to 25 fire hydrants are totally out of Still others need additional he Homeowners know they dont work we know they dont he So fire crews can use other hydrants in the The most frequent prob lem and the one most easily fixed is that the hydrants are stuck shut from lack of Those hydrants are easily NBU crews open them with special equip ment and fire crews grease the caps with an oil that wont contaminate the Oiling the caps is the only maintenance program Fire hydrants in need of repair Ten of the citys fire hydrants are still in need of repair in order to be effective against a The New Braunfels Fire Department and New Braunfels Utilities targeted more than 20 city hydrants for repair this LOCATION Butcher at Willow 260 GrandvievwFredrlcksburg Point 400 Wright 792 Broadway 300 Coll U Jarm at Comal 1800 Hoffman STATUS Caps unremovable Hard to turn Valve wont leaks Too Hard to open or close Utility pole too close Cracked bonnet Wrong thread on steamer Needs replacing Out of service the fire department can per NBU crews are responsible for replacing or repairing broken NBU officials place a high priority on repairing Communications Director Gretchen Reuwer the fire Source New Braunfels Utilities department lists something as out of when it just needs to be she But we send usually within a few to repair any problem they report to We also have people checking as so the hydrants are covered See JESSIE After more than two hours of nervous Stacey Briedin grasps her son Lane after he walked around the comer of their Briedin could not let go of her 5year old son as his explained to the confused youngster why everyone was so Missing boy returns after search of area BY RON MALONEY AND JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers For a couple of hours it was every parents Comal County sheriffs deputies briefly initiated a neighborhood search for a 5 yearold boy Monday Sheriffs Jimmy Lim mer said five deputies were dispatched to the Wald Road area shortly before 6 Monday to search for the who returned home about Relatives who live in the mobile home park in the 1600 block of Wald Road said the missing boy was Andrew Lane Deputies went doortodoor showing a photo of Brieden and combed area excavation sites and New Braunfels police were also and arrived with dogs to join in the Neighbors reported that the boy had been seen get ting into a white van and it was in that van that he reportedly returned His mother said the boy hadnt told her he was going Limmer said he called every deputy he could free up for the in case the worst had Its just a little boy who wasnt where hes supposed to Limmer If need wed have taken this to the next The next level would have included the Comal County React search detectives and additional Sheriffs Greg Van De Loo was one of the deputies involved in the He went door to carrying the photo of asking if anybody had seen the While he was doing Briedens Stacey contacted a San Antonio television station and was in the process of email ing a photo and other infor Limmer said the ordeal stemmed from a miscommu The father of one of Briedens friends was the dri ver of the van neighbors saw Brieden His understanding was that the little boy had persmission to go with Limmer But he He was just as surprised as everyone else that this was a big But alls well that ends Man riding bike on 135 dies after van strikes him FROM STAFF REPORTS A man who was bicycling on Interstate 35 early Monday died when he was struck by a A New Braunfels Police Department official reported the accident occurred in the right hand lane of the 4100 block of 135 at Mon The whose identity was not known Monday after was struck from behind by a northbound oneton util ity van driven by a G old San Marcos 1 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos pronounced the victim dead at the Zoeller Funeral Home removed the It will be taken to the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office for INSIDE Key Code 76 withdraws from conference BY CHRIS TOMLJNSON Associated Press Writer South Africa The United States and Israel pulled out of the World Con ference Against Racism on denouncing efforts to condemn Israel in the meetings proposed declara Secretary of State Colin who had remained in Washington and was not part of the denounced the draft declara tions hateful Today I have instructed our representatives at the World Conference Against Racism to return I have taken this decision with regret because of the impor tance of the international fight against racism and the contribution that this con ference could have made to said the which was released in But following discussions today by our team in Dur ban and others who are working for a successful con and I am con vinced that it will not be pos the statement Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced in Israel that the Jewish state was also pulling out of the conference because of anti Israel and antiSemitic com The Durban conference is See CONFERENCES
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