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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                W W NOVEMBER ZlrruNG INSIDE TOUR OF FAITH Want to find a church to attend this weekend Check out churches countywide in a special section SPORTS COUGARS ROLL The Canyon boys basketball team tops Smithson Valley in allComal ISD Page 9A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 319 18 2 sections CLICK Sunny High Low 68 52 Details 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 3B CROSSWORD I FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS 48 Despite wildfire threat remains high By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Longawaited rains finally came to Comal County during the holiday but not nearly enough to protect against the danger of and officials are warning the public and firefighters to be The countys fire departments have been stretched thin responding to recent brush New Braunfels and several Guadalupe County fire departments fought a blaze off Altwein Lane on Spring Branch and Canyon Lake fought a grass fire on The county and its cities have burn bans in and with longrange weather forecasts calling for at least three months of droughtlike con theres no sign that the bans will be lifted anytime New Braunfels Fire Marshal Dar ren Brinkkoeter said a firefighter in North Texas was killed a few days ago in a tanker rollover and another suffered seconddegree burns on his neck and hands when a brush truck he was on was burned The forest service is really talk ing to fire warning them safety to watch out and See Page 8A NATURES PARADISE Aweinspiring Canyon Gorge on the path to park status By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON LAKE It looks like something out of Jurassic Park or the Land Time Forgot less a dinosaur or Deep clear pools some with fish visible in the et stone steps surrounded by carved limestone walls 50 or more feet Look at the and small fossils are visible everywhere as is 100 million years of Texas his the GuadalupeBlan co River Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership that will see a Comal County geological resource nearly as unique as the Bracken Bat Cave or Natural Bridge Caverns opened to scientif ic in an oblique the public as Canyon Gorge isnt as old as the cave or the It was cut between the Canyon Dam spill way and the Guadalupe River below early in July when Canyon Lake overtopped the dam spillway for the first time ever in the 40year history of the flood control Since local and state offi cials have been working to decide how best to exploit the gorge as a educational and tourist The Comal County WaterOriented Recreation Dis tricts former general George created a con cept that included a visitors cen overlooks and other fea While he was working on which first partnered with the Corps of Engineers to build the dam project in the 1950s and made a proposal of its A twoyear process began to determine what that project might Photos by DAVID An Army Corps of Engineers employee takes a photo of the Canyon created in the 2002 while taking part in a tour of the gorgeTuesday two people taking part in a tour of the gorge enjoy the scenery along the edge of the Canyon Reservoir emergency spill GBRA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to open the gorge to the DIDYOU KNOW Canyon Gorge was formed begin ning on July when 34 inches of upstream rain filled Canyon Reservoir for the first time ever and water flowed over Canyon Dams spillway at up to cubic feet per H The gorge is up to 100 yards 100 feet deep and more than a mileandahalf An estimated halfmillion cubic yards of limestone and gravel were cut from the gorge by the rushing water and deposited in the Guadalupe River look and GBRAs proposal shared some of the features of A year WORD bowed out of the planning process and GBRA went A little than a month the Corps of which has been managing the property since the 2002 agreed to lease it to GBRA for management and devel See Page 6A GPS elves make Christmas special for foster children MANDY Sharon Cronin cuts out wrapping paper to cover a present for foster By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The 67 children in Comal County Child Protective Ser vices have Christmas wish lists like most other They hope for XBox video game toys and But without a little help from the Comal County Child Wel fare the children might hope in Because of their foster situ most of these children would not get any gifts at said CCCWB Pres ident Sharon That gives us the opportunity to do for them what we all want to do for our own CCCWB elves spent the last few weeks looking over the lists and making sure every one was Tuesday the group gathered the pres ents together with wrapping ribbon and and prepared them for placement under some very special Christmas Hilemans voice was thick with emotion as she explained why shopping for the foster children was so We cant solve all of their but we can let them know someone cares about she Getting pres ents at Christmas helps them enjoy the holidays like normal The gifts will be delivered See Page 7A Teleconference courses open up educational opportunities By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter The world of higher education is moving a little closer to resi dents of the New Braunfels Teleconference courses with Alamo Community College District will be among Central Texas Tech nology Centers offer ings next said CTTC Director Mike The local classes would AT A GLANCE B What Central Texas Technology Center including teleconfer ence and Internet week end and daytime classes are H When 4 to 8 Wednesday ffl Where Central Texas Technology 2189 FM Hi Information Call 8306092100 link to classrooms at San Northwest Vista or Palo Alto The students would receive regular college credit after attending live broadcast See Page 8A COMING SATURDAY Jfkfofft Getting ready The Smithson Valley football teams prepare for regional championship Shooting suspect dies after suffering heart attack By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The Travis County Medical Examiners Office ruled Tuesday that a McQueeney man shot by deputies after brandishing a BB gun at them in September died of natural causes Thursday after suffering a heart attack in county Comal County Sheriffs Detective Tom my Ward said Irving Wayne West died at about 3 Thursday at McKenna Memo rial Hospital after he was taken there from the jail after complaining of shortness of was shot in the upper body by two sheriffs deputies in Potters Creek park at 1 10 after a disturbance at a Canyon Lake He was treated for the wounds at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and then was transferred to a nursing He was struck in the arm and upper The wounds were not near his After doctors deemed he had recovered he was arrested a month later and booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon the highpowered BB gun he allegedly See Page 6A   

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