Wednesday, June 2, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY JUNE ZEITUNG SPORTS PLAYOFFS The New Braunfels softball team prepares to play against ing state champion Crowley in state playoffs 7A Readers write about weeds Wein and Saengerfest and returning to a time when school books were reused Page 4A nd Comal County since 1852 46 Partly Cloudy High Low 97 74 Details 1B DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3B SPORTS S4A TV GRIDS 48 Quick response saved lightning victims life By Brand Grissom Staff Writer First tesponders at Schlitter bahn put many long hours of safety training to work Mon day saving the life of a man struck by lightning just outside ofthewaterpark Were really proud of the staff and the way theyrespond ed to said Sherri Bram mall Schlitterbahn spokes woman The AED Automated External Defibrilator is a fab ulous piece of equipment but its only one component of the emergency training Were proud of all the elements that came together and aided this gentleman At least six Schlitterbahn staff members came to the aid of Gary Blindert 39 of New Braunfels after he was struck by lightning during an after noon storm that produced more than an inch of rain hail and gusting winds Blindert and nine companions huddled underneath a tree taking cov er from the weather were affected by a lightning bolt that hit the tree top and came out at the base of the tree Schlitterbahn operations Photos by DAVID HeraldZeitung Shorty Haas cleans up limbs from a tree that was uprooted by high winds Monday afternoon as storms passed through the area The large tree nar rowly missed crashing into a mobile home that Haas rents out on FM 1101 At near by Canyon High School winds damaged a fence at the baseball field and moved metal bleachers across the tennis courts Storm cools off 100degree threat high winds leave traittrf damage HEAT INDEX The Heat Index is computed using air temperature and humidity K determines the temperature the skin actually feels Heat Index values are for shady and light wind condi tions Exposure to full direct sun can increase values by up to 15 degrees LEVELS Extreme Danger or higher Heat stroke or sunstroke likely Danger 105 Sunstroke muscle cramps heat exhaustion likely Extreme Exhaus tion 901059F Sunstroke mus cle cramps heat exhaustion pos sible with pro longed expo sure physical activity Caution 80 90F Fatigue possible with prolonged expo sure physical activity Web site By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Monday afternoons storm gave residents a temporary respite from sweltering temperatures that pushed thermometers just short of the 100degree mark It might even have included a small tor nado Shorty Haas saidTuesday morn ing the storm blew down a couple of big old trees near his place on FM 1101 We werent said Haas who owns the Freiheit General Store and the property around it We were told it was terrible wind the water wasnt hitting the ground the wind blew so National Weather Service Mete orologist Robert Blaha said Tues day evening NWS officials had not determined precisely what kind of wind caused the damage in the FM 1101 area Elsewhere in New Braunfels the wind took down limbs and power lines At nearby Canyon High School it damaged a fence and blew metal bleachers across the tennis courts Near Haas house it also twisted another tree around in a circle and dropped it to the ground I dont know that an Arizona ash is a strong tree but it would take some kind of wind to do he said A National Weather Service inves tigator stopped by late Monday afternoon but didnt tell Haas what Emily Montgomery cools off from the 100plus degree heat with a dip in the spring fed pool at Landa Park if anything he had discovered He drew a diagram and went on to look at some corn it knocked down near Haas said Around the city Tuesday resi dents looking to beat the nearly 100degree heat couldnt have done better than Beth Craft Craft 13 went to the Landa Park spring fed pool withljer mom Sheri and some family fiends Ive been here three Beth said taking a moment out from standing in line at the tra peze swing Mom said her idea of summer survival is to give her air condi tioning a workout But they love the Sheri said of the children Myself I stay in the As anyone driving by the bank sign near Doeppenshmidt Funer al Home late Tuesday might have guessed shade is a very impor tant aspect of determining tem perature The thermometer on the First State Bank sign standing there in bright sun showed 102 degrees at 4 Tuesday the first after noon New Braunfels was project ed to top the century mark this summer But the official temper ature out at the airport was more modest one Blaha said it had reached 95 by Some variation between down town and the airport is not unusu al Blaha said But a variation of seven degrees was likely in large part due to the bank sign being out in full sun Maximum temperatures for our records are measured in a shaded Blaha said The high temperature topped out at 104 degrees Monday in San Antonio and was projected to hit 100 in New Braunfels Tuesday Bla ha said moisture content in the air kept that from happening Temperatures were expected to See WIATHIR Page 3A Outdoor burning ordinance delayed until July By Brandi GriMom Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE ordinary for outdoor burning in the city of Garden Ridge will not he ready until at least July saM Mayor Jay Feibelrnan Madman and City Secretary Nancy Cain will tonight to the ciiy council detail ing their latest research into Tfota on Fnvron mental Quality regulations for Compiling all of the research and drafting an ordinance that compUes with allTCEQ regula tions wiU take at least one more month Feibelman said Originally we had thought or found out as we investigated the burning process that if you have mandated garbage pick up you cannot have outdoor burning in that incorporated Jay FeJbeJman they deter mined the city may allow out burn ing as asUsordi nance complies with state But in meetings with TCEQ burning rules They seem to think we have a tytlip nryyp jpawgy agricultural ban to try to stop burning on small lots like ones less than threequarters of an aiofc ami we are working on that right now Were going to try to draft an ordinance that says you rant bum except on agricultur ally zoned property that must be V acres or Current ly the city is under a bum ban instituted last week by Feibel man when officials became aware that vJoJtotogTCEQ rules See director Keith Fontenot said the staffs response was imme diate and effective When I arrived there was CPR in process and shortly after that we applied the See LIGHTNING Page 3A Commission recommends annexing land By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Farming families that were hoping to strike an agreement with the New Braunfels Plan ning Commission were told Tuesday that city council would have to decide the issue After months of postpon ing the annexation of farmland near the municipal airport the commission voted 72 to rec ommend annexing almost acres adjacent to the air port rather than attempting to work out the legalities of a nonannexation agreement Commission members Cheryl Casteel And Randy Vanstory voted not to recom mend annexation Austin attorney Ed Small who said he represented a handful of farming families but had not received any com pensation for his services argued that a proposed nonan nexation agreement met the citys need to control zoning near the municipal airport Howev er several commis s i o n members were con cerned that City Attorney u ru j LarrV Alexander Zech had nothad achance to reviewthe agreement Also commission member Larry Alexander who recently completed two terms as a city councilman and also previous ly served on the planning com mission reminded the com mission that council adopted a resolution last year against nonannexation agreements The majority of the com mission agreed that prolonging See PLANNING Page 3A FBI issues national alert for stolen rigs hauling propane gas By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO San Antonio police and the FBI announced Tuesday that two semitractor trailer rigs cany ing gallons of liquefied propane gas were stolen from a gas company lot FBI Special Agent Rene Sali nas said his agency had put out a nationwide alert for the trucks which were 2003 and 2004 Kenworth rigs hauling large pressurized gas tanks commonly seen on interstates First of all I want to say that we dont have anything to lead us to believe this was terror Salinas said The trucks were taken from a Ferrel Gas Corp lot on the east side of San Antonio some time between close of busi ness Friday and 8 am Mon day Salinas said One was loaded with gallons of propane and the other was carrying gal lons of Salinas said The theft was unusual because of the amount of gas involved said There was a similar theft about nine months ago according to San Antonio Police Chief Albert Ortiz and those people were Salinas said Were in the process right now of inter viewing those Salinas said the FBI was assisting San Antonio police and set Tuesdays press con ference to inform the public didnt call this press con ference to alarm Sali nas said It was simply to advise them of whats going on If they do spot these vehi cles contact the local authori ties or the Over the weekend 15 tanks containing various industrial gasses including oxygen and nitrous oxide were stolen from a medical supply company on the north side Officials have no informa tion that shows the two inci dents are connected At the news conference Ortiz said propane thefts are not unusual in south even if not in the kind of quan tity taken over the weekend Whoever committed tirte theft was familiar with semitractor trajflr rigs and liquifl ffis It appeared that they checked some trucks to see if they had fuel in them and took two that did Ortiz said COMING FRIDAY