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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY June 18 pages in 2 sections ITUNG Vol 153 No 181 Serving New Bfaimfels and Comal County since 1852 SO cents County staves off pollution penalties BY DYLAN ffflret Hoffmfln Vianaucm nf Uo AS DYLAN Staff Writer Air quality will be crucial this summer as Comal County tries to keep in good standing with the Texas Commission on Environ mental Quality Based on air quality in the coun ty TCEQ Executive Director Mar garet Hoffman recommended Thursday that Comal County not be assessed economic and regula tory penalties Hoffman relisased a list of coun ties designated as nonattain ment counties based on ozone air quality standards Comal was one the non n danger of being attainment list because of its association with Bexar County The TCEQ recommendation is a departure from Environ mental Protection Agency EPA guidance Dorothy Birch natural transportation special ist said in a press release the agency suggests the designation apply to the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area The San Antonio MSA set by the Census Bureau includes Boxar Comal Guadalupe and Wilson Counties Comal did not make the list though Bexar County was desig nated deferred nonattainment Look for a copy of the Herald Zeitungs annu al Visitors and Relocation Guide with 56 pages profiling area attractions inside todays newspaper Gruene in the DAVID Joseph West and Frank Trinidad put finishing touches on a giant Ford emblem attached to the landmark watertower in Gruene Thursday afternoon Ford emblems will spring up on other buildings in Gruene today as part of an advertising campaign Automotive media representatives from around the world will be in Gruene Monday Ford picks Hill Country to launch ad campaign for new pickup trucks FROM STAFF REPORTS history has a companytown feel a village built around the cottongrowing empire of Gruene The bold blue Ford Motor Company sign attached Thursday to the famous watertower is no sign of an ownership change Its there merely to promote an upcoming event Gruene will be one stop on a series of twoday test drives pro moting Fords new F150 the first new Ford truck since 1996 From Monday to June 28 media writers from around the country will travel the Hill Country road from Boerne to Gruene Theyll basically be driving our truck around for two Ford Division South Texas Dis trict Manager Greg Wood said Mayor Adam Cork will read a proclamation to Ford executives at noon June 20 Six of the top 16 Fseries deal ers in the world are located in the San Antonio area People just love Ford trucks down Wood said Keller Custom Signs of San Antonio fabricated printed and installed Ford signs of all sizes on eight barns three water tow ers and six walls throughout San Antonip Boerne and Comal County including a 30by 100 foot sign on the Alamo Dome Uncertain weather prompts restriction on some fireworks BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County officials banned certain aerial fire works Thursday because of concerns about how hot and dry it could be on July 4 The ban applies only to sky rockets on sticks and missiles with Intakes effect immediately Banned are selling deto nating igniting or in any way using the fireworks Possess ing the fireworks is not illegal under the order although use or possession of all fire works is illegal within New Braunfels city limits Commissioners took the action because of a state law requiring them to notify fire works venders three weeks before the holiday to allow them to adjust inventories Notice of the ban will be posted at all fireworks stands in the county Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said he sought the ban for safety rea sons in spite of the recent rain weatherman sometimes cant tell you what the weath er will be tomorrow but the In other action In other action Thursday commissioners approved A resolution to apply for a criminal alien assistance program grant An understandlngVHth the Alamo Area Council of Governments for use of and a grant for a decontamination trailer A grant application for local public health prepared ness forbioterrortem and Requesting bids for removal of flood debris from private property law expects us to predict it three weeks in Manford told commissioners Manford said recent rain hau lowered the countys drought index to an average of 460 well below the threshold for initiating a burn ban The 14day outlook places the index in the 500 to 600 range which is when we usu ally implement a burn Manford said If we have no more rain in this time and See Investigation continues into fatal Shertz wreck BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer All but one of the surviving victims of Wednesdays rollover crash that killed a 6yearold Martindale girl had been released from the hospital Thursday Schertx police Thursday identified the deceased vic tim as Angelica Quintero of Martindale The child was one of four reportedly ejected from a Ply mouth Voyager in a 1 accident on Interstate 35 near the Schertz rest area The van was driven by Veronica Salas 26 of San Antonio Dry Comal Creek debris worries resident Salas and an adult pas senger Vanessa Rivera of Martindale were headed southbound in the vehicle about 1 Wednesday when police said a left rear tire blew out Salus lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over several times before coming to rest on the frontage road A University Hospital offi cial said Thursday afternoon that all of the victims except an 11yearold Martindale boy were released No citations had been issued Thursday in connec tion with the accident which is still under investigation BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Denise Gattuso nervously watchad the rain fall last week She was afraid the Dry Comal Creek would flood Gattuso lives about 100 feet from the creek During the 1972 and 1998 floods her house flooded Last July water from the creek inched danger ously close to her house It wasnt just the rainfall that worried Gattuso Less than 50 feet from her back door a pile of debris is stacked four feet high Other debris piles are nearby and across the creek there are even more They are the visible remains of a joint cit ture to clear the Dry Con al Inmates from the Texas D stacks of de water flow and cause fl and county ven up the banks of partment of Cor rectional Facilities are doing the work Gattuso is concerned the iris could impede n a rising creek xding All that debris they just cut down would block that bridge and flood my she said In 199S GattuBoa house had to be remodeled before she moved back in The house next to hers washed away Work to clear the creek banks began in January From Altgelt Lane to Landa Street debris and small trees are being cleared from 50 feet on either side of the creek The project is on schedule and should be completed by the end of the summer Trees less than 8 inches in diameter have been cut down and stacked with other col lected logs brush and debris Weeks ago piles of debris were placed along the creek includ ing behind Gattusos home At first Gattuso was wor ried about fire risks during the DAVID Creek Drive homeowner Oenise Gattuso is upset that the city has yet to finish cleaning up debris left by state prisioners after they cut down trees along the Dry Comal Creek INSIDE Dear
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