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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY JULY SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUB Jew Braunfels Juniors down Seguin 81 advance to North Zone Finals to be held Thursday ige 5A flLL FOR flDC 780 xfjj 10MG71 SOUTHUEST HICROMJOLISHERS 2627 E VflNDELL DR EL FftSG TX 799D3 ill null FORUM COLUMN since 1852 I Charlie Reese discusses why he believes the handover of power in Iraq is a phony PR I stunt 4A Vol 163 No 204 10 pages 1 section CK www DEAR ABBY 8A Cloudy High Low M Details 6A I drowns at Canyon Lake By Ron Maloney j Staff Writer CANYON touched the summers sec ond holiday weekend in its closing hours Monday after noon A 26yearold San Antonio man drowned after appar ently stepping off an under water ledge into deeper water The victim whose name was not released Monday night was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders Canyon Lake Capt Mark Montgomery said firefighters were told when dispatched to the park that the victim had already been under water for five extreme edge of the recovery window for a drowning victim in warm water If its a drowning in freez ing cold water especially kids studies show victims have been saved and revived up to an hour afterward In these conditions you have four to six Mont gomery said The firefighter went in the water at and found the man about 10 feet down 75 yards from shore he said in 10 minutes The lake which is several feet over its regular level due to recent rain runoff was cloudy Vis ibility Montgomery said was about two feet Fire Capt Mark Montgomery prepares to go in the water to See DROWNING Page 3A search for a drown victim at Canyon Lake Fireworks fan highlight a great holiday weekend and Luke Ford don their American hats and light up flags and await the firework display at Landa Park See more Fourth off July photos on page 3A Above Katharine Schwab holds her American flag high during firework fes tivities at Landa Park Left Danny Ford shows off the American Flag he will wave during the fireworks Above twins Ashley and Alex Vela match right up to their wigs and starry antennas Photos by MANOY River traffic down during Fourth of July weekend By Ron Maloney Staff Writer One of the nations biggest ski resort oper ators once said hed rather see an inch of snow in New York City or Boston than a foot on the slopes in Maine New Hamp shire or Vermont Theres a reason Thats because when theres a little snow in the city it gets people thinking about how much there must be in the moun tains and they flock to the resorts Local outfitters and hospitality industry officials say it was Houston and in Dallas and recent news media coverage of rain in New Braunfels that kept thou sands of tourists home to miss picture per fect tubing conditions on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers On the Comal River outfitter J Felger reported a bleak weekend and blamed it on preholiday publicity about all the recent rainfall in South Central Texas On Saturday we got at least 30 phone calls from people asking when they were going to open the river back Felger said Ive been telling everybody its beau tiful and come on down People see this stuff for weeks and they get Felger pointed out this holiday came after two rainruined Fourths in 2002 and 2003 Its better than nothing At least we did nt get rained out this Felger said Hopefully it wont rain anymore and the rest of the summer will be At Mountain Breeze campground on Riv er Road Paul Rich said he saw about half the business of a normal Fourth of July It was the weather The media in I Dallas Fort Worth and all that heard the river was See RIVER Page 3A Slow weekend for police leads to few problems Rheao courtesy of Jftfli flffTflKdli Mew BraunfeJs police had their hands fad late Sunday at Gruene bridge dealing with traffic public intoxication and By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A slow holiday weekend for the tourism industry also meant a relatively slow week end IbrloeaJ law enforcement personnel although as on most weekends things were dicey at Grueoe bridge In Carnal County Sheriffs 14 Marie Reynolds reported We had our holiday river plan in Reynolds said For a Fourth of July weekend we thought it was land of slow compared to in years Arrest totals wouldnt be tabulated until this moxninc but Reynolds reported no had potaajiiai to the ground and held him in hammerioek just before this photo was taken of activity not even put real We saw the same prob lems we have every year alcoholrelated incidents and mioers Reynolds said But toe normal traffic lap a weekend just In New Braunfels police Lt John Villarreal reported a weekend that seemed pretty much like any other and not the summers busiest hol iday weekend which is what fffirialif anticipatedr Friday I mink we wound up with 12 VUlarreal said Saturday 1 dent haw the with me but it was relatively ft seemed like the nonnaj weekend Sunday Vijlanealsaidl was a diSwent story The staffing plan was for officers who worked the river to shift duties at 7 and then move into traffic control positions for the fireworks at Landa Park The way police handle traf fic in the park is to essentially shut it down to vehicles just after 7 pjn It didnt quite work out that way For us Sunday was the day the bottom fell VUlarreal said We had the river duty and then we had to transition into the The problem was the scene 3A
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