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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 BILLY JOE SHAVER COMING TO THE HILL COUNTRY weekend 6  50$  New Braunfels  THURSDAY  JUNE 23, 2011  herald-zeitung com  EITUNG  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  At last, some rain  New Braunfels, surrounding area get up to 2% inches  By Mondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  It finally fell. And it came as a relief June 9 that dumped nearly a foot of — and a nightmare to some.    rain on the area — much of it in the  A thunderstorm dropped up to 2 /2 wee hours of the morning, inches of rain on the New Braunfels New Braunfels resident Leah Garcia area. The majority of the precipitation said the weather woke her and her  fell between 2 and 3 a.m. reminding husband about 2 a.m. Wednesday, some residents of last year's flood of and they had flashbacks to the flood!  She said they took turns monitoring the conditions in their back yard, which sits against the north tributary to  LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeitung  A motorist drives through a puddle of rainwater Wednesday at the See RAIN, Page 14 intersection of Common Street and Union Avenue.  ► RIVER SAFETY  Gateway to be used to stagger admission  From staff reports The City of New Braunfels has announced further measures designed to promote safe and responsible usage of the Comal River.  The Prince Solms Park »ateway will  Morrison  be a con-- trolled access point to stag ger the number of tubers entering the river. Patrons should come prepared to wait in line for admission to the river, as open stretches of water per-mit, by bringing enough water and sunscreen for a likely wait in the sun before entering the water.  Increased numbers of New Braunfels police and park personnel will boost enforcement of all ordinances and laws, including littering and safety regulations.  "Our public safety officials are committed to tne development of ongoing initiatives to enhance tne well-being of everyone concerned," said City Manager Michael Morrison said in a news release.  Tubers are advised to not tie tubes together as this creates safety issues at the City Tube Chute and in other areas of the Comal River.  One-way traffic enforcement, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays on the streets immediately adjoining the Last Tubers Exit will continue. No through traffic will be allowed from E. Mather Street and S. Union Avenue to the intersection of W. Lincoln Street and Comal Avenue.  The one-way traffic will run from E. Mather toward Comal Avenue. Barricades will be lifted when crowd levels make normal traffic patterns feasible.  "New Braunfels is fortunate to have many great recreational opportunities to offer in addition to the rivers," said Robert Camareno, assistant city manager.  "During times of peak river usage, people should consider visiting our fabulous downtown, enjoying our nationally registered Historic District of Gruene, taking a miniature train or paddle-boat ride in Landa fork, trying wakeboarding at Texas Ski Ranch, visiting our many museums and unique shop  ping venues or experiencing all the amazing water opportunities at SchYitterbahn."  DOWNTOWN PARKING PROBLEMS PERSIST  SSJîoMir  6AM • 6PM  Forced   A  . . .    LAURA    McKENZIE! Herald-Zeitung  A posted sign warns motorists that a downtown parking lot is only available to Chase building patrons and employees  STUCK IN PARK  Struggle to find parking for customers, workers continues  owntown parking in %  By WHI Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  Dl  New Braunfels has been a hot issue for a long time — and fixing what's wrong is a two-way street for city officials and business owners.  There aren't enough parking spaces to satisfy increasing demand. City officials say they're working to free up more spaces to encourage more commerce. However, there isn't a lot of surface parking available for acquisition.  In the meantime, they're trying to come up with Band-Aids that can keep everyone happy.  "The city council passed a downtown implementation plan a year and a half ago," City Manager Mike Morrison said. "One of the key elements that came out of the plan was to implement a parking management strategy. Included in that was timed parking — and there's still some discussion about metered parking — but among the priorities was to find additional surface parking."  The city implemented an experimental two-hour parking ordinance in July 2009. The law was designed to encourage frequent turnover of parking spaces to allow store customers more access to spaces previously claimed by downtown workers.  Officials designated 213 time-limited parking spaces surrounding Main Plaza in a zone that includes San Antonio Street and Castell and Seguin avenues.  Two years later, some business owners claim they can't receive deliveries and have employees who are forced to park farther away from their jobs. Some have paid a hefty price for breaching the two-hour time limit.  Fines — $25 for the first infraction, $75 for the second and $200 for the third — were at first enforced under a $20,000 contract by Elite Calibre Services. The experimentation period from  See PARKING, Page 14  Test confirms Comal’s 2nd rabies case  ByJeraCoofldga  The Herald-Zeitung  A bat has tested positive for rabies, accounting for the second reported rabies case in Comal County and the 31 st case for Region 8 this year, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Dogs were found playing with the rabid Mexican Free-Tailed bat on June 12 in a New Braunfels neighborhood south of I-35 and west of the Guadalupe River within city limits. After the owners contacted New  Braunfels Animal Control, the bat was submitted for testing.  The dogs were up to date on their rabies shots and nave received a supplemental booster shot, a regional health official.  The official, who wishes to remain unnamed, said rabid bats are not uncommon because of their abundant populations. He said bats contract rabies from other bats within their colonies.  "They can drop anywhere when they get sick," the official said. "Usu  ally, when they are found on the ground, it means there is something wrong."  The official advised people never to touch a bat on the ground. He said to call animal control immediately and always make sure pets are up to date on their shots.  If ever bitten by a bat or animal, visit your local doctor or hospital.  For questions concerning bat behaviors or rabid animals contact New Braunfels Animal Control at (830) 608-2183.  rst Protestant Chu  ► AFGHANISTAN  33,000  troops  coming  home  WASHINGTON (AP)  President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home  33.000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort.  Obama said to a country eager for an exit: "The tide of war is receding."  A total of 10,000 troops will leave the war zone oy the end of this year — fulfilling Obama's promise for a withdrawal starting next month — and more than  20.000 forces will leave by the summer of 2012, shortly before he goes before voters in search of a second term.  Still, almost 70,000 U.S. troops will remain in an unstable country, fighting in a war bound to see more Americans killed. Obama said they will leave at a steady pace, but the U.S. combat mission is not expected to end until December 2014 — and even then, a sizable contingent might remain.  Obama's announcement from the White House came in a perilous political environment, with Americans soured on the war and the economy, many members of Congress pushing him to get troops home even faster, and his Republican presidential rivals taking shots at his leadership at every chance.  WEATHER, 8  WILL GOSSETT SEELE ELEMENTARY  Chance of thunderstorms  High: 96 Low: 73  Akby  Classifieds  J2  Camics.  JL2  Cias.sworl  JÜ  _1Q  QMuaries  Planner.  ScjqjISl  TV  Vol. 1581 No. 192 1 section, 14 pages  56825 00001  50 cents  For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic end mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfelsHZ  Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. 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