New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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It is a fact that one of the things a newspaper must do is tell its readers something they don’t know yet. This offering from Canyon Lake resident and architect Stephen Cotton is Just the thing to make you wonder if there are things we imagine that are reality if we just try hard enough to believe them. Cotton says his words are true.
A Stand int Texas Turtle This turtle, I tell you, was waving his hands; I mean front legs and standing on his hind legs. Well, this time I have witnesses.
Actually, the last time was about the giraffe. I was driving Gene,
Lucy, Craig and early to the Guadalupe River State Park. The day was warm and the drive through this oak and brush Texas Hill Country would have its refreshing reward on the river. I calmly broke into conversation, saying, "Say, check out the giraffe."
This full grown camelopard was about two hundred yards off the road, eating a Spanish oak. The tree and giraffe had matching 18-foot heights and the image was an African silhouette. All turned to look. The other trees, with the pace of the Buick, cleverly and most naturally blocked the view.
Craig and Carty said. "Sure, Dad, a giraffe." I promised to produce the giraffe on the return drive.
Since that day I have seen this giraffe five times when I have been alone, but it was hidden when we came back that day and it sneaks to cover when I have had other guests. Surely it must be proper to call this giraffe a "low life".
Yet, here is this turtle standing. Should I tell someone else? This green, fresh water reptile has crisp red markings along its shiny wet neck, waving its arms like we have met before.
The day was warm again. Those itchy, eye-watering, explosive burning cedar trees were in bloom.
Craig and Carty talked as though boredom was crushing their lives.
As usual, my brain was conversing with itself and wondering why people, as a nile, build “drive-by architecture". You know, the building that looks perhaps intelligent at the facade, but is the same old cheap trick drivel inside. Carty whined louder and Craig’s "Pleeease, help us. We are being crushed by boredom," broke through "To the ship," I sternly commanded.
Our residence is on Canyon Lake, a former canyon located between San Antonio and Austin that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has filled with 125,828,145,000 gallons of Guadalupe River water. This is the place we carried our ship, a 12-foot Montgomery Ward Sea King. In this dented, twice-painted, gray, tiny craft, I pulled the aluminum oars. Our craft crawled to our turtle destiny.
Our sights were set to go beyond the line of skeletal cypress trees which marked the former Tom Creek We gained maximum rowing speed and in thirty or more minutes we accomplished the 300 yards. We slid between the gray 80-foot giant trees and found two motorised fishermen, beyond and in our path.
I turned the Sea King leeward and tugged the yellow oars to move a clean distance while still moving into the greater body of the lake. I glanced leeward while Craig and Carty watched the fishermen starboard when I saw the one-foot tall green slider standing on a cypress limb and waving its arms, its neck out as far as I have ever seen and its mouth moving as though it had to tell me something and looking me straight in the eye. I waved my oars in the air for I couldn't drop them and time was of the essence. I screamed. "Oh! Oh! Oh!. Turtle! Turtle! Turtle!"
Even Craig and Carty knew it was in poor taste to scare the fishermen like that, especially having been so quiet before and now waving the oars as though I were some new kind of duck.
Here I am in the land of giraffes, burning bushes and this turtle wants to talk to me. What alae could I do?
I got my breath and pointed. Everyone saw the turtle, too, Just standing and waving to us all. I thanked God privately for holding this animal up for the others also.
All was silent. Still the turtle kept mouthing words, but we heard only the wind through the cypress trees and the blue water clapping against the boat. We moved the Sea King In cloeer In hopee of hearing a whisper.
This clumsy, hard-shelled crawling reptile had fallen with its back end into a hollow on upk and was trying desperately to wrench itself free before wo hymens found its embarrassing predicament.
With a long "hsaseeeess," but no thanks from the standing turtle, we plqppfii it into the lake end aet mw oars for home.
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Now Braunfels# Texas
Vol. 96, No. 21
One Section, 16 Pages
January 29, 1987
New Braunfels EMS personnel administer emergency first aid to Rudy Rodriguez, 18, of Box 512 in Cibolo, after he fell some 30 feet to the ground while working on the expansion site at Coleman Company on FAA 306.
Rodriguez, according to a spokesman for general contractor Wunderlich Builders in Seguin, is employed by Knuepper Construe Hon, a sub contractor. He was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital in San Antonio,
where he remains in surgical intensive care in critical condition with head injuries.
Rodriguez was atop the structure performing steel beam work when he slipped and fell. The man reportedly was not wearing a hard hat or safety belt as high winds prevailed around the jobsite.
Attempts to contact the sub contractor were unsuccessful.
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Aquifer staff to monitor buildout in recharge zone
by SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
The Edwards Underground Water District is getting tough with violators of construction regulations over the aquifer's recharge zone Under the terms of a new agreement between the district and the Texas Water Commission, EUWD staff has the authority to scrutinize subdivision development and other construction in Comal County.
"What this means is the Texas Water Commission has rules for development over the aquifer and this allows the district to supplement the commission's ability to monitor development," said Tom Fox, EUWD general manager The water commission authorized the district Tuesday to monitor development on the recharge zone, which extends from Uvalde County to Hays County and includes a strip of Comal County just north and west of New Braunfels.
Fox said the district basically will be backing up the water commission in its enforcement of construction regulations "It s really using the expertise and personnel that we have
See AQUIFER, Pate!
Softball association gains field maintenance duties
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council, pitching its way out of a Jam, agreed to a one-year lease agreement with New Braunfels Amateur Softball Association, freeing itself of the burden of funding the adult program.
Hie association must feel they have hit a home run with the bases loaded, because now it appears that not only will the program continue, it may also thrive.
The lease, which went Into effect Jan. 25, will allow the association to maintain and upgrade the two adult softball fields at Comal Park as they wish, while maintaining sole financial responsibility.
In essence, the city will no longer be required to maintain financial Itabilty insurance, pay for the upkeep of infields and outfields, pay for cleanup within the premises or fund utility bills at the two adult fields. Tho lease Is soon as another step toward getting the city out of tho adult recreation business by making it a self-sufficient operation
The direct savings to the city will be some 58,000 annually.
The association will operate the facilities by recouping team fees, as it did last fall through implementation of a user fee. The group also will recover money through concession sales to pay utilities, maintain the grounds inside the perimeter of the fields, maintain liability insurance, pay for umpires, and make improvements to
the bleachers, dugouts, lights, and irrigation.
The city, according to the agreement, will maintain the grounds outside the perimeter of the fields, along with the roadways and street lights In the vicinity.
"I think this will be good for us and the city," Janice Lee. president of the association, told council during its regular session this week.
"We're excited." she said. "I think we’U learn from our mistakes, but we will be able to make improvements the way we want them."
The leaae will nm until Jan. 25.1988, and will allow for five successive one-year options. Terms of the lease also state that should the organization discontinue the agreement. the city will be under no financial obligation to operate the adult softball program
Improvements may bo made by the organization in compliance with city codes. The leaae states that any movable objects will remain the property of the association and can be removed upon termination of the agreement. Improvements made to the permanent bathroom building would remain city property.
Tho lease also states that New Braunfels Utilities has future plans to construct a waste water treatment plant expansion on the leased proparty and has the right to terminate the lease at any time with proper written notice.
Other terms stated were the condition that no alcoholic beverages be sold on the premises and that the association not contract with private enterprises to operate concessions on the property.
Hydro plant bonds leads NBH agenda
Tax-Aide begins Monday
The Tax-Aide Program, a tax preparation service for senior citizens, low-income persons and tho handicapped, will begin Monday at I p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library
Counselors will bo available there on Mondays from I to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Fridays from IO t m. to I p m. through April 15.
Tho Tax-Aide Program was Aret offered at the Senior Citizen Center, 142 S. Comal and it is anticipated that moot individuals will be served there on Saturdays from I a.m% until noon.
Tho Tax-Aide Program will ba provided for the Aret time in the Canyon Lake area at the Civic Conter at Scenic and Oblate •treats in Canyon Lake Hills on Tuesdays from I to 5 p m. and at the Canyon Lake Action conter at Settler on Wodnaadays from I to I p m. Special arangamonl bt made Ie help Mint Im.
The nationwide program, now in its 18th year, is Jointly sponsored by tho American Association for Retired Persons and the Internal Revenue Service In New Braunfels, Tax-Aide counselors recently rcwnplotert a course hold at Dittlinger Memorial Library to refresh their knowledge and to bring them up to date on changes brought about by tho recently enacted tax law. It Is anticipated that about 20 counselor*, who serve without pay, will bo available The program does not deal with lympiyt tax situations It offer* help with preparation of income tax returns for individuals, fur-nlshfls Mfftrm****1* ***** supplies income tax forms.
Rather Information may bo obtained from Yale Kalmans at 855-1004. Robert Miller at 82MB71, or PYank Streightoff at MP6M0. Per mara ktermitlw In the Canyon Lake area, ort in touch with Tom Schaffer at Mi-2721
Now Braunfols-Comal County Crime Stoppers is looking information in connection with a major burglary that occurred Jan. 15 at tho Comal Cemetary on Peace Avenue.
Crime Stopper* ie a privately funded non-profit organization that pays up to81,000 for information loading to the armet and grand Jury indictment of any Individuals committing a felony, inhr*—choose to remain anonymous.
Rewards for this week's cast will bo paid through Fto.O.
On that Sunday evening, ane or more esfemwn suspects broke Into the office arte kw*ato** an the cemetery grounds ********** several items, Including a television eat.
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ny SARAH OUKE SUH Writer
New Braunfels Utilities board of directors this afternoon will consider the sale of $12 5 million in bonds to finance the Canyon Dam hydroelectric project
As the 5 p m meeting in NBU’s board room begins, the controversy over the project continues With one government permit still needed and two others the subject of appeals, the board will consider allowing the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to sell the bonds leaving NBU responsible for repayment
GBRA’s board of directors is expected to approve the bond sale during its Feb. 19 meeting. The river authority’s board approved the sale in August but. because of interest rate changes and other factors, they will consider approval again.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineer spokeswoman said Wednesday that the draft copy of the permit needed to build the plant will be malled to GBRA officials Friday Sally Worst, public Information official, said the copy will have to be returned to the Corps along with comments.
"If all goes well, which we think it will, we expect a decision to be mode soon," she said. "We are scheduled to send the draft to the applicant tar review on Friday ."
Worst added that Corps officials Died additional Inform****** from GBRA concerning real astate before they will make a final decision to grant the permit. She could not ff****** the details of the real cst sir concerns
GBRA officials mat with the NBU board and th# New
Braunfels City Council Jan. 15 to discuss the status of the project. The river authority and NBU began working on the hydro project in 1981 and have been stalled by opposition to the project.
The Canyon Lake Area Citizens Assocition, headed by Wallace Greene and Lois Duggan, has objected to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission s decision to grant GBRA a permit to construct. CLACA has filed for a rehearing before the commission
The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is appealing the Texas Water Commission’s approval of the project. Bennie Fuelberg, PEC's genera) manager, said Wednesday that the cooperative will continue with its opposition
"I guess what we’re really doing is representing the feelings of the customers of the Canyon Lake area," he said. ‘They’re not sure whether it was handled property." Fuelberg said of the government approval of the project
Fuelberg said the cooperative’s board of directors has instructed him to "pursue all possible means" to prevent construction of the hydroelectric generating plant.
Electricity generated at the plant would be transmitted to NBU customers PEC serves residents in the Canyon Lake area. Fuelberg said PEC’s decision to fight the project is not based on economic concerns.
"We’re not fighting for the rights to it," he said. "We're not intereeted in doing it, but we're interested in them not doing it."
"I don’t think (GBRA) hee the rig* to destroy the economy of
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Bigley files for council
garage shop area and loaded numerous items.
Anyone with information regarding this case or any other felony doe may *fii Crime Stoppers et OM-TIPS and ^eek to the officer ob duty.
Democratic candidate for
Mate repreaantetive, has filed for one of three at-large New Braunfels City > In the upcoming April 4
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nw** aeooreirereoffetfemw Bigiey s candidacy brings In tour the Murther of declared candidates for the three emmet! Beets. Othme are Insurance agent Doug Miller, tho Rev. SUI Arnold and Dreafe Kedarii. The three eendidetea with the moat vales win.