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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion................ Sports Day .........................1-4B Marketplace  ...........3-12C Dear Abby...................  5A Sui in iii I Birthday wlstias from ll, —    *faltinil WW nwBw^wiiunji The New Braunfels Herald-. Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Kimberly Brennan, Elisa Bustos, Joannie Garza, Rose Martinez, Christine Durbin, Carol DeHaven (Monday), Lob Martin (91 years Monday), George Keoghaa, Cora Tauseh, Tyler Handrkk (9 years Saturday), Saranna Laughner, Rose Mary Montanez, Adam Morales, Eric Dalleabach (30 years Monday), Kimberly (Caffoy) Mack (Monday), Elton Wetz Jrn Veronica Sotelo (IO years Monday) and Raymond Zamarripa (Monday). Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Joe and Annie Stoeltje (27 years), Al and Phyfb Cleave (50 years), Michael and Linda Dieter! (Saturday), Joan and Sergei Ceyaaes (28 years), Sue and Bill Groff (28 years) and Scott and Irma Smith (6 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Sunny and hot through Wodnoidiy lunday — Sunny. High in the upper 90s. Light southeast wind. labor Pay — Continued sunny with a high in the upper 90s. Partly cloudy. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s. Loa -*—■ m-----■ Ham driver* forced to slow down Travelers on Interstate 35 may have been slowed a bit on Saturday. Minor accidents, combined with heavy holiday traffic, had 1-35 backed up early Saturday afternoon. framing this weekend Highways will be busy this weekend with travelers heading to various destinations for the Labor Day holiday. Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Don't forget to buckle up. Also, don’t speed, and don’t drink and drive City committee The city of New Braunfels’ Community Development Advisory Committee will conduct neighborhood meetings on Tuesday at the cafeterias of Lone Star School, 2343 W. San Antonio St., at 6 p.m. and Lamar Schooi, 240 N. Central Ave., at 7:30 p.m. to discuss what type of social services and projects are needed in our neighborhoods. For information. call the Community Development Department at 608-2100. NIM OmivwI Will DV closed I Day In observance of the Labor Day holiday, several local offices will be closed, so start running those errands now. • Local schools will be closed • The New Braunfels Municipal Building and the Comal County Courthouse will be closed Monday. • City sanitation and recycling crews will be working Monday. However, residents are urged to get their bins and trashcans out on the curb as early as possible because crews will be working earlier than usual. • The county rural recycling program will be closed. • Postal units will be closed on Monday with the exception of the Airport Mail Facility in San Antonio. There will be no distribution to Post Office boxes on Monday. Mail will not be collected from collection boxes on Monday unless a holiday collection is indicated on the label. • Most banks will be dosed. • The Herald-Zeitung will be closed. New Braunfels "»»’.I,: lo, ******************* * * X X x x x Ze SUNDAY $1X10 10 MOO? ^ r yZ&Pru*LISH CL CASO, 32 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, August 31,1997 affray,j    11--- Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home or Y*nm.L r„, Tx 7990:;;. •II NG 77 •sr '> Vol. 145, No. 208 iii" ...... _ I Tuber drowns in river Accident occurs at Slumber Falls By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Labor Day Weekend got off to a tragic start Friday when a 40-year-old Austin woman drowned while tubing down the Guadalupe River. Kathryn Connelly-Fletcher was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a tubing accident that occurred at Slumber Falls west of New Braunfels* Loop 337. Doug Phillips, with the Comal County Sheriffs Office Water Enforcement Tactics team, said Connelly-Fletcher was tubing down the Guaicfclupe River from the First Crossing to Gniene at about 2:20 p.m. Friday. As she approached Slumber Falls, she floated to the wrong side of the. river, fell out of her tube and got caught in the current of the river, he said. “They were advised to go river light and went river left ... She got caught in the current,*’ said Phillips. “The force of the water can hold you up against a rock ....** Phillips said others in the ares noticed Connelly-Fletcher was in trouble and pulled her out of the water. Jason Gorden, a 22-year-old stu- _      ^    ^    Hfatd-Ztrtung    photo    by Mfchaa^Damall New Braunfels emergency rescue workers transport Kathryn Connelly-Fletcher from Slumber Fells, aha was caught under the water and drowned Friday. dent from College Station, said he was tubing near Camp Huaco Springs when he heard people calling for an ambulance. He said he and a friend offered to help. “We got up there and there was an elderly lady, and they were doing CPR on her,” aid Golden. “They were getting tireA so I took over.” The woman’s mends said she was under the tarter aboftt three minutes before they got her out, Golden said. He added that her stomach was full of water and she was not responding to CPR, which was performed for about 20 minutes before EMS arrived. EMS responded to the scene but could not reach Connelly-Fletcher because paramedics could not enter the river at the accident scene. WET team members took a raft down the river and carried the victim upstream to Camp Huaco.Spnngs. Gordon, certified in CPR, performed compressions until Connelly-Fletcher was placed in the ambulance at the campgrounds. “Probably the toughest part was coming across the river and continuing compressions across the river,” Gorden said. Seen* of drowning Graphic by Margaret Edmonson Tubular tourism Summer floods dam flow of water tourists By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer The summer of 1997 was a tough one for local outfitters and camgrounds along the Guadalupe River. After a good Memorial Day weekend, the summer got rougher when June flash floods put Canyon Lake levels at 937 feet above mean sea level, approximately 28 feet above conservation pool level. The flash floods forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release as much 5,000 cubic feet per second of water from Canyon Dam for move than a Turn to Summor, Page 2A ‘Winter Texans* create second tourist season By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Last year it was Glowfest and this year it’s the Holiday River of Lights. Slowly New Braunfels has been building tourist events to attract people during non-summer months, especially for the Christmas holidays. Turn to Winter, Page 2A Hwald-Zwtung photo by Mtchaoi Damon Tubers erose the Comal River Dam handing for tho tuba chute Saturday. Tubinq tips Here are some guidelines to follow to help make the day on the water safe and enjoyable. • lf you don’t swim, dont go. • Always wear something on your feet. • Use sunscreen and lots of it. • Drink plenty of fluids. Bring something Uke water even if you’re drinking beer to replenish the body's fluids. HonSd-Zailung photo by Michael Db mali Tubers were out of luck for pert of the afternoon Saturday at Prince Sobno Park tuba rental when It ran out of tubes. Crash kills Princess Diana PARIS (AP) — Princess Diana, who had been striving a build a new public and private life after her turbulent divorce, died Sunday from injuries in a crash that also killed her companion, Dodi Fayed. The 36-year-old princess died at 4 a.m. after going into cardiac arrest, doctors told a hospital news conference. The crash happened shortly after midnight in a tunnel along the Seine River at the Pont de l’Alma bridge. It came as paparazzi — the commercial photographers who constantly tail Diana — followed her car, police said The death was announced at a 6 a.m. hospital news conference by Dr. Alain Pavie, head of the cardiology department. “The death of the Princess of Wales fills us all with shock and deep grief,” said British ambassador Michael Jay, who was at the hospital. Diana’s death from cardiac arrest came after she suffered heavy internal bleeding in the early-morning accident. French radio said the paparazzi were trailing Diana’s car on motorcycles. Five photographers were arrested it said. Turn to Diana, Page 5A City flag sent back ; to drawing board CISD board decides tax rate will increase no more than 9 cents By DENSE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees can consider a tax rata increase of 9 cents or less after a vole taken Thursday. CISD finance-director Abd Campos said state law required school districts to begin the tax rate adoption process by setting the maximum tax rate trustees would consider. CISD trustees set that rate at $1.73 per $ IOO valuation Thursday. The current tax rate is $1.64. “Now they can work their way down from $1.73 or stay ai it, but they can’t work their way up,” Campos said Tnutee Soon Watson, who moved to accept the rate, said the 9-ceni increase was to make up a loss of $2 million in state funding. The district is getting about $2 million less in state aid this year, based on increased property values. Watson said the district was losing money at the same time it was trying to accommodate more students. By ABE LEVY Staff Writer “I just hope people will understand what’s going on,” Watson said. “That nine cents is for the $2 million the stale took away. We’d be in good shape if the state would quit messing with us.” Watson said a rate of $1.73 would fund the $46.9 million budget approved Turn to Tat rate, Pacie SA New Braunfels city officials told the Historic Landmark Commission to take a second look at its proposal to create an official city flag. City Manager Mike Shantis said he sent the proposal back to the commission for review after receiving telephone calls and letters objecting to the lack of Hispanic representation on the proposed flag design. ‘The main question was, ‘What is the basis for the design?’” he said. “We thought it would be appropriate to send (the proposal) hack to (the commission).” Commission members based the proposed flag on a seal by 14 German noblemen whose negotiation of a land grant northwest of New Braunfels bd to Prince Carl Solms’ 1845 purchase of land that includedComal Springs. Hundreds of German immigrants came to New Braunfels after Prince Solms, of Braunfels, Germany, bought the land, which led to New Braunfels becoming a city. Prince Solms bought the land from Mexican nationals Rafael C. Garza and his wife, Maria Antonio Vera-mendi Garza for $1,111. The flag includes, among other items, the proposed seal with a bundle of arrows to symbolize the presence of Native Americans in the land grant area. Shands said the commission bas a Sept. 11 meeting scheduled during which members would have opportunity to discuss two options: revisions to the design or clarification to support the original proposal. Turn to Rag* Pa9® SAPh^sc Uvu of    minimum vulgo increase    kicks on Labor Day — Page ;