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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                V IT TUESDAY JUNE 29 2004 HERALD SPORTS SWIMMING Visiting teams eat up times town hospitality as the Schlitterbahn Invitational comes to an end Page SA FORUM LETTERS since 1852 Readers speak out about new HEB store state education system and former President i Ronald Reagan Page 4A Vol 1B3 No 10 pages 1 section CLICK 50 WWW 8 IIII58825II000011111 1 60 chance of storms High Low 87 70 Details ABBY 8A 7A 7A 4A Sf 6A II 2 days early Iraq becomes sovereign again By Robert H Reid Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD Iraq new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early accepting ited power Monday from occupiers who wished them prosperity and handed them a staggering slate of prob lems a lethal insur gency the Americans admit they underestimated With the passing of a sheaf of documents and a prime ministers oath on a red Quran the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein received official sover eignty from administrators in a secretive ceremony moved up to thwart insurgents attempts at undermining the transfer The Iraqi people have their country President Bush said at a NATO summit in Istan bul Turkey On paper the Coali tion Provisional Authority granted power to Iraqs interim government at 467 days after the invasion began The reality is more com plicated Some foreign of them Ameri can remain in charge of keeping rebellion at bay There were no major attacks throughout the day But Al Jazeera television reported ear ly Tuesday that militants had killed a soldier held hostage since early April It was not known when the American was Wiled And after nightfall Mon day four heavy explosions rang See IRAQ Page 3A Rain causing problems for police outfitters By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Bad news for local river outfitters and wouldbe river revelers continues to fall from the sky Rain caused outfitters and local police to keep as many tubers as possible off the Cpmal River this weekend and into Mon TJhgJJA Arnry Cojps of Enginejers increased flow on the Guadalupe River WAlBl SAFETY i from 400 to cubic Ifvoumakeihe feet per second Mon mistake of getting i day making it danger imp the water j ous to tubers as well vvjrenyw shouldj if the rains continue nt New Braunfels i Police Department j forecast river officer Daniel i ers predict Canyon Vera said you I Lake Manager Tim Horn said flow on the Swim to one of Guadalupe could thebanks1 increase even further Watch outfor j it depends on the Q6uno u6CdUS6 j f ajnfal flflH dOWH high and running I stream test large debris j Horn said Its really including logs and i hard to tell right now JThelakeisstiUcoming snakes coUect in jup so we need to keep the j letting water out for a Call for help Many i residents are often j At 2 Monday jthe lake level was SSSSkSS I9118 above employees look i mean sea level The out over the j inflow at Spring ComallfoBfi Branch was cfs i Hang on to j Two tubers on the Comal learned the j hard way Sunday that swollen riverbanks mean danger New Braunfels police officers pulled two men out of the river after they went over the low head dam adjacent to Schlitterbahn See RIVIRS Page 3A MANDY A Camaro makes its way through an overflowing creek on Live Oak National Weather Service extends wateh throughout area By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local public safety officials reported few problems Monday but the National Weather Service extended a flash flooding watch through this afternoon as sporadic rain continued Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth reported Monday evening road department crews were ready to place barricades as needed at low water cross ings Its normal Hornseth said Weve been experiencing some severe high intensity show ers here and there Otherwise its business as usual for With increased Canyon Reser voir outflows and an inflow of nearly feet at Spring Branch Monday afternoon Hornseth said Rebecca Creek Road and a few lowwater crossings had been closed but he had no reports of widespread closings Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said things should be fine if the weather does as projected this week Well be in good shape if we just continue with sporadic MANDY John Martinez left and Robert Resales combine skateboarding and surfing in puddles left behind by Mondays rains Edgett said Were so thoroughly saturated right now that what were getting is running At the New Braunfels Fire Departments Central Station Capt Dan Procknow reported inches of rain for the 24 hours ending at 7 am Monday Actually the weathers treating us Procknow said The last set of storms that went through set off a few fire alarms but we havent had any calls caused by the weather Weve had some heavy rains but no problems Weve had an exceptionally quiet Canyon Lake Capt Danny Ray said his crew was just watching the rain Weve been Ray said This has been going on long enough and people have been seeing it on the news enough that theyre being careful and tharfe a good National Weather Service Mete orologist Joe Baskin said to expect See WIATHIR Page 3A Council Tuber safety on rivers important By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council gave a vote of confidence to the city staff police and fire departments Monday for handling overcapacity crowds on the Comal River two weeks ago The weekend of June 19 a Houston fam ily escaped serious injuries after being washed down the Comal River and rescued by New Braunfels police and firefighters Also because the Guadalupe River was flowing at cubic feetpersecond city staff allowed outfitters on the Guadalupe to shuttle tubers to the Comal River causing larger than usual crowds on the Comal River Outfitters were allowed to unload tubers on Hinman Island Drive which the city doses to traffic on the weekends District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine said the events of that weekend could have resulted in fatal injuries and urged council Monday to not let Guadalupe River outfit ters divert tubers to the Comal River We could have lost some people that he said Are we endangering people when we let outfitters put people on the Comal RiverThe issue is capacity So I think we need to make a decision tonight before the July 4 weekend and in anticipation of a repeat of the June 19 weekend considering all the rain weve had this week So I move See COUNCIL Page 3A COMING FRIDAY Ken Valentine Municipal airport awarded grant to fund master plan By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Munici pal Airport has been awarded a grant to help fund a master plan for the next two decades Texas Department of Trans portations Aviation Division announced the grant award last week The Federal Aviation Adrnin OAVIP istrdtion which awards grants to New Braunfels Municipal Airport line service technician airports for expansion and Nichols left and Airport Manager Andy Spinks pre requires airawts pare to push a Cessna airplane into a hanger at the airport file master plans before grants Thursday afternoon are awarded Airport manager Andy Spinks said million in expansion and improvement projects are planned for the local airport over the next five to 10 years Master plans show what an airport intends to do over the next 20 Spinks said Theyre required by the FAA and TxDOT helps pay for the cost of a master plan The last unie weired a roaster plan was Spinks said master plans are filed about every 10 years The master plan should reflect whats happening at an airport in terms of air traffic and plans for expansion and improvement he said Because the FAA helps fund expansion and improvements they warn to know that we plan to spend the grant money Spinks said the New Braun fels airport is handling more and more air traffic as San Antonio airports become over crowded I dont think people are a ware of how much air traffic we he said In 1991 whenwefiwecastedourfAiture air traffic for 20 years we pro jected a demand for mostly light general aviation aircraft or small planes But were already being used by small business jets hel icopters and medical transports We didnt forecast that in 1991 so were 10 years ahead of our projections Today we have a lot of business jet traffic from surrounding companies like Motorola WalMart and Schlit Currently the airport has two runways that are about See Page 3A KRAFT MCDBILETEL   

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