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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Air quality health alert day New Braunfels TUESDAY August 7, 2001 v-v    12    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung -TT: ..    ..... Vol. 149, No. 230 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Flow is slower, but water’s still fine By Martin MALACARA Staff Writer Reduced water flow from Canyon Lake does not necessarily mean tubing season is over, the manager for the county’s water recreation district said Monday. George Cushanick, manager for the Water Oriented Recreation District, said his group wanted to emphasize that people could have just as much fun when the Guadalupe River flows slower. ‘When it’s slow, it’s more fun and safer for kids,” Cushanick said. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority reduced the outflow from Canyon Lake to 110 cubic feet per second on Monday. GBRA engineer Tbmmy Hill said the outflow had been 200 cfs through most of the summer, but the river authority had run out of its seasonal variance, or amount of water it could release from the lake for recreation. The seasonal variance agreement with the Corps of Engineers permitted GBRA to impound I foot of water in the reservoir’s flood pool to an elevation of 910 feet above mean sea level. Under the terms of the agreement, this water could only be stored provided there was enough winter rainfall to create the additional supply. “We had nice rain earlier this year, but it’s finally dropped off,” Hill said. Cushanick said the HO cfs level should last through the week. “The majority of the river is completely floatable at 110 (cfs),” he said. He also said people should wear shoes just in case they have to get out of their tubes and walk across low or dry spots. Registration rush at CHS Senior Dylan Marten (right) follows a long line of Canyon students, picking up forms and paying various fees Monday. For registration information for Comal and New Braunfels school districts, see 4A. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Block parties get under way this evening By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Residents in New Braunfels and Comal County are turning on their porch fights, inviting their neighbors and throwing parties to highlight crime prevention efforts during National Night Out Against Crime. Tbday’s National Night Out is an all-out effort to prevent crime in neighborhoods and subdivisions. Nearly 70 subdivisions and neighborhoods in New Braunfels organized parties to show their participation in the fight against crime, Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said. See PARTIES/3 A Rosedale apartments going east City sets Oct. 29 deadline for buildings to go By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer No one was home at 119 Rosedale when the New Braunfels city inspectors came to call. But a hobo flag — a white plastic bag signaling that the area was a safe place to spend the night — hung from a tree, and the door opened easily to several vacant apartments. A video showed disrepair, high weeds and easy entry at the Rosedale Apartments. After a year of delay, the Building Standards Commission finally decided the fate of the apartments in New Braunfels’ West End. By Oct. 29, the decaying buildings are supposed to be only a memory. The owners of the complex, Emmett Cater and Tom Newfin, are allowing a San Antonio man to remove the buildings, and the city gave Ennio Fuentes 90 days to do it. The Building Standards Commission put another constraint on the contract: in 91 days, if anything remains, the city will tear the buildings down and the cost will be charged to the owners. Fuentes told the commission that he planned to take two buildings off the property each week. He plans to take them, intact, to a location in Guadalupe County, he said. Former city councilman Juan Luis Martinez said, ‘Td prepared a statement to encourage you to tear them down. But now I just want to thank you for taking action.” For more than a year, the commission heard from owners about attempts to have the buildings removed from the property. This past August, Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn asked to evict people from the apartment complex because the buildings represented fire and safety hazards. Since then, the buildings have stood vacant — home to vagrants, drifters and rats. “We waited because I think it is the owners’ responsibility to tear down a property that has fallen into disrepair and is dangerous,” Chairman Shawn Rutledge said. “And I want to give the owner every opportunity to do that before I use taxpayers dollars to tear them down.” He said the scope of the Rosedale project forced the commission to wait for a resolution from the owners. Contractors said demol-See ROSEDALE/3A NB police investigating robbery of gas station From staff reports Someone robbed a New Braunfels gas station in the 500 block of Seguin Avenue early Monday morning. A New Braunfels Police Department spokeswoman said the robbery occurred as the station’s clerk was preparing to open the Dia mond Shamrock about 5 a.m. The clerk told police a black man approached her with a handgun and demanded the money. The spokeswoman said the man took off with an undetermined amount of cash. The clerk was unharmed in the incident. Crime fighters, unite! K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team “rescues a wounded hostage” from a pretend bad-guy during the National Night Out kick-off Monday at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center.Top cop gets award, promotion By Ron Maloney and Martin Malacara Staff Writers When New Braunfels city council said “enough” this past year to outrageous river behavior, New Braunfels Police Department was tasked with cleaning it up. At the same time, the city’s emergency communication system was under-powered and out-of-date. Officers sometimes were unable to communicate with dispatchers or summon backup help. One New Braunfels police officer was charged with solving both problems — while running the department’s largest division, its patrol unit. Police Lt. Doug Dunlap was recognized for his work Monday night as this year’s recipient of the Burney Boeck Memorial Police Officer of the Year award. Dunlap also was named the department’s new assistant chief. Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson presented the honor at the New Braunfels Police Department’s kickoff to National Night Out. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Despite the crowd’s query whether Lt. Doug Dunlap would bleed blue, Shelley Dunlap tries to pin on her father’s new assistant chief’s badge without drawing blood. Dunlap’s wife, Sayde (left), and other family and friends attended. Tonight, dozens of neighborhoods in the city and the county and thousands across the county will participate in National Night Out Against Crime. Dunlap, a 23-year veteran of the New Braunfels Police Department, is the fifth recipient of the award, which is See COP/3A Inside Gala Event Abby................................5A Classifieds......................4-6B Comics.............................3B Qjossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-4B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 The American Cancer Society’s Starlight Gala 2001, “Fabulous Forties,” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. General admission is $1 OO for two tickets. For information or to buy tickets, call (830) 606-581 Oor (830) 606-0376. /t< IV CherawComal ‘veterans’ veteran,’ wife die in car crash By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CORPUS CHRISTI - A New Braunfels man active in veterans affairs died with his wife Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision near Corpus Christi. Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Marvin L. Brown, 75, and his wife, Doris N. Brown, 74, died about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Marvin Brown, a former ■ college professor, was prominent in the Comal County veterans communi-BROWN    ty. “I’m in shock,” Comal County Veterans Service officer Michelle Davis said. “He Bexar accident claims life of CHS student/1 B was involved in so many different organizations and helped people in so many different ways.” Marietta Koester of the Tbxas Department of Public Safety said six others were injured — three critically — in the three-vehicle accident in Nueces County. The Browns, driving eastbound in their 1992 Saturn on Farm-to-Market Road 624 just east of FM 666, were struck nearly head-on by a 1998 Dodge pickup, driven by Steven Gomez, 17, of Robstown. Koester said Gomez pulled out to pass two vehicles, one a 1999 International driven by Rebecca Jauer, 30, of See CRASH/3A ;