New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Rivers recede, crowds swell
BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AREA
• River Crossing Golf Course
■ I p.m. Golf tournament begins
■ 6:30-9 p m. Live music, face painting, children's activities, food and drinks
■ 9 p.m. Fireworks display
■ Golf tournament is $100 per entrant; all other activities free, VIP package available for reserved seating and parking, $39.
• 10 a m. Parade "Celebrating Freedom"
■ Noon Opening ceremony
• 1 p.m. Cibolo Hermann Sons dancers
• 1:30 p.m. 2 U Neck dancers
■ 2 pm The Karate Dojo martial arts demonstration
• 2:30 p m Stars Dance Academy
■ 4-6 p m Live music by the Arbunkle Boys
■ 7 p.m. Texas Twisters line dancing
• 8 p m -midnight. Free dance, music by Pop a Top
■ 24 p m. Hits from the 60s, '70s and '80s
• 5-7 p m. Live music by the Drug Store Cowboys
■ 8 p m - midnight Karaoke with Billy Feehan
• 9:15 p.m. Fireworks display
■ All activities take place at Pickrell Park, including an arts and crafts show and a silent auction opening at 10 a rn. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE
• 3-8:30 p m.
Children s crafts, including jewelry making, face painting, flag making
■ 5-6 p rn Children s bowling competition
■ 3-7 30 p m Fitness and sports skills area
• 6-10 p m Live music by the Wilbert Beasley and Body and Soul and Two Tons of Steel Band
• 10 p m Fireworks
• Free admission. CANYON LAKE
■ 10 p.m. Fireworks display at Jacobs Creek Park. (The park will be closed. Fireworks can be viewed from the lake)
■ 11 a.m. Parade starting at Old Sattler Road, proceeding down FM 2673 to VFW 8800. including a Commemorative Air Force flyover.
• 5 p.m. Carnival and food booths in the square
■ 8 p.m.-midnight.
Live music by Ricky Calmbach and Kevin Fowler at Starcke Park
■ 8:45 a.m. Flag^ais-ing ceremony in Central Park
■ 10 a.m. Parade on Austin Street
■ 11:30 a.m. Mayor s luncheon at Starcke Park
■ 1 p m. Carnival and food booths in the square
• 8 p m Street dance
with music by The Harleys
• 9pm Fireworks display
• Entrance to the carnival and food booths is free Fee for the live music Saturday night is $10
■ 10:30 am.
Gathering of antique vehicles at Garden Ridge City Park
■ 11 a m. Classic vehicle display, gather for the parade and silent auction
• 11:15 a.m -6 p.m. Food, including sausage hot dogs, sausage on a stick, roasted com, chips and cold drinks
• Noon Flag-raising ceremony with Troop 828
• 12:20 p m Parade up Blazing Star and down Blue Bell
• Free admission. SAN MARCOS
■ 6-9 p m Activities at Bradley Park, including live music, dance performance, face painting, carnival and concessions
■ 9 p m. Fireworks display
■ Free admission
Guadalupe flow to be decreased; weather supposed to clear up
By Ron Maloney
Police step up traffic patrols
Rafters float down a swollen Guadalupe River between rain storms Wednesday afternoon.
By Brandi Grissom
Local law enforcement officials urge drivers to use caution and common sense as nearly 3 million Texans are expected to take to the highways during the holiday weekend.
AAA Texas estimates auto traffic will increase 4.6 percent over last July 4, despite gas prices averaging 40 to 45 cents more than this time last year.
“Driving vacations continue to be the most popular, with 87 percent of travelers expected to take their july 4
trips by auto,” said Rose Rougeau, AAA Texas spokeswoman.
The New Braunfels Police Department anticipates more than 80,000 tourists will pour into the city this weekend. All NBPD officers will be on duty to keep traffic and tourists under control, said Lt. John Wommack.
“ We ll be looking out for the normal things, DWls, things that would hurt people, reckless driving, public intoxication. We’re going to try to get pretty strict with traffic," Wommack said.
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Clouds that lifted briefly Wednesday afternoon were a precursor to projected drier weather that could boost the number of holiday weekend visitors.
locally, lodging bookings were soft Wednesday, but hospitality officials said good weather would bring a rush of last-minute reservations and walk-in visitors.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Lenz said Wednesday the weather would begin clearing this afternoon.
“I think you’re going to be OK for the weekend,” Lenz said. “The models are definitely agreeing on bringing in much drier air, and it’s going to continue through the weekend. We’ll be going into a more typical summer, high pressure weather pattern, which we have not seen over the last two weeks.”
Highs through the weekend are expected to be in the low to mid-90s.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday reduced the Guadalupe River flow to 400 cubic feet-per-second, optimal tubing conditions, for the Fourth of July weekend.
The Corps monitors river levels in Cuero, Gonzales and Victoria. When the river flow at Gonzales rises about 12,000 cfs, river flows at the reservoir are reduced.
“The reason is downstream conditions are at a level where we have to cut flows back,” Dike Manager Tim Horn said. “It’s projected to go just over 12,000 cfs, so we cut back.”
Inflow at Spring Branch Wednesday afternoon was 5,703 cfs. The lake level was 912.23 feet above mean sea level — just up six inches from Monday’s level.
Over the course of the weekend, the Corps expects the lake to rise to 915.5 feet above mean sea level. Releases would be increased Tuesday to lower the lake back to 910 or 909 feet above msl.
The increased lake level this weekend would close all Corps boat ramps except the Little Jacobs Creek boat ramp, Horn said.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Comal County’s boat ramps would all be open this weekend.
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
With the Guadalupe River closed to tubers, Glenn Flewellen enjoys the next best thing at his River Road campsite — a cold drink and a soak in a swimming hole formed by water pouring into the river near his RV. Flewellen, who has been camping since June 23. said he was taking the rain "with a grain of salt' and it was still better than returning to work in Crosby.
Fairgrounds appraisal presents unique’ concerns
By Scott Mahon
A San Antonio firm hired to appraise the Comal County Fairgrounds property said the appraisal would be difficult and time consuming because the property was unique.
Don Canaday, a partner with Dugger, Canaday, Grafe, told the New Braunfels City
Council Monday that he is unsure which of three possible appraisal approaches would be used.
“We use an income approach, a sales approach or a cost approach,” he said. “But I’m not sure which approach would be appropriate for the fairgrounds property because it presents some environ
mental concerns because of the old landfill on it.”
Schlitterbahn President Gary Henry wants to swap a 41 -acre parcel for the city’s 30-acre fairgrounds property to secure off-site parking for water park patrons.
Henry said Schlitterbahn had an option to purchase 41 acres of land adjacent to the
Little League fields on Loop 337 for $405,000.
The city leases the fairground property to the (Gonial County Fair Association, which currently leases the property to Schlitterbahn for partung.
Before entering into negotiations with I lenry, council
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