New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Mvthday withes from fro Horold ToltiiiQ1
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dr. Carlos Campos, Mary Sanchez, Tracey Whitley (IO years), Pearl Befcrsdorfer, Etal Wright and Matthew Marital Sanchez (I year).
anniversary wishes go to
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< 58 years), Chria and Cindy CastBleja (5 years) and H8mar and Norma Remmler (53 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed herr, call 625-9144.
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Pollan Count Not available
(Poton measured in parts per cube meter of air. InformatioqiDiOYided by Dr.
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Comal River — 334 cubic feet per second, up 1 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther canyon Wet — 626.73 feet above sea level, up 01 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam docharge — 5,562 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,695 cfs Canyon Lake level — 935.54 feet above sea level. (Above mnaanian pool.) See related story at right.
NBU reports pumping 5548 rritan galons of surtaoe waler wadnaadsy, and 2300 triton galons of wal wal
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Today will be a great start to the holiday weekend The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high in the low 90s anc a southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be fair with late mostly cloudy skies, a low in the mid 70s and southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph.
Independence Day will be partly cloudy by afternoon, with isolated showers or thunder storms The chance for showers in less than 20 oercent. The high will be in the 90s and there will be a southed wind at 10 to 15 mph.
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The Herald-Zeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day. The Friday edition will be delivered to customers early that morning. lf you do not receive your paper by 7:30 a m. Friday, call 625-9144 from 7 to 11 a.m.
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Many other government offices and businesses will be closed because of the holiday, including the following:
B County courthouse — closed
■ Rural recycling—closed Friday and will resume Saturday.
■ City hall—closed
■ Curbside recycling and garbage collection—crews will be out early. Put out bins early in the morning or the previous evening
Remember ^reworks are banned in the city. Anyone caught possessing, discharging or selling fireworks could be cited with * Class C misdemeanor.
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City expects good holiday weekend despite flooding
By ABE LEVY
Written in white shoe polish on the rear window of Doug Holden's car were the words “Just Married.”
He and his wife of four days,
Calin, have been spending their
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honeymoon at a San Antonio Riverwalk hotel and had expected to go tubing on the Guadalupe River Tuesday.
The couple from Dallas had to change to plan B: the spring-fed Comal River, whose flow was not affected by last month’s heavy rains.
“We were going to go on the Guadalupe, and it was kind of depressing,” Doug said. “I’ve been on the Guadalupe before, but it wasn’t that great.”
The Holdens are not alone this Fourth of July weekend as a flood release of 5,500 cubic feet per second from Canyon Lake has removed tubing on the Guadalupe from the list of water recreational activities in Comal County.
The Guadalupe flow is expected to continue at that rate for the next three to four weeks as the U.S. Corps of Engineers releases water from Canyon Lake.
Heavy rains in June caused severe flooding throughout the county and brought the lake to a high 936 feet above mean sea lev el.
Corps engineers would hav e to lower the lake level by more than 25 feet before decreasing the release rate on the Guadalupe River.
In the meantime, local tourism promoters said they had been emphasizing three activities for visitors through statew ide, multimedia advertisements:
■ Guided raft trips on the Guadalupe
■ T ubing on the Comal River
■ Schlitterbahn water park
Despite the recent flood,
tourism promoters said New Braunfels would still see healthy profits from the summer visitor industry, which contributes 70 percent of the $200 million tourism industry in New Braunfels each year.
“Unlike the drought that occurred across the state all sum-
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mer. the flooding is no longer in the headlines,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “It looked a little shaky after the publicity of the flooding. (Visitors) are going to see the town is booked. We are not flooded and this summer is a great
opportunity for water recreation.”
This Fourth of July weekend should draw hundreds to the Comal River.
No outfitter knows this better than the folks who run the Ole Mill Stream, whose location on the Comal at the entrance to luanda Park drew more than 300 cus
tomers this past Saturday, company representatives said.
One of the outfitter's front desk clerks, Jeremy Neilson, was answering phone calls almost constantly Wednesday from people warning to know the condition
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Reaves assumes position as NBISD superintendent
By DENISE DZIUK
He has a sense of presence that makes people stop and listen, he values children above all else when it comes to education and he has a dry sense of humor that makes spending time with him fun.
That is how friends and colleagues described Ronald Reaves, who Tuesday assumed the position of New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent.
Reaves, 52, is a native of San Antonio. His father died when he was young, so educators had a tremendous influence on him, he explained.
“That’s what led me to think I may be able to help others,” said Reaves. “I felt like I could make a difference and wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids.”
Reaves has been married to
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Jeanette for more than 29 years, and has been in education just as long. Since his start, be has served various positions including teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and administrative assistant to the superintendent. His last position before moving to New Braunfels was superintendent of Put Neches-Grovcs Independent School District.
As an educator, Reaves said his philosophy was to make students “life-long learners because you never stop learning.” He said he wanted to give students the skills and
know ledge needed to be “productive and successful” after they left high school, so they could adapt to whatever career path they chose.
“I just want them to be productive and successful individuals because that is the way America is going to stay ahead in the global economy,” said Reaves. “That’s what’s exciting about New Braunfels because (community members) want that same thing for their kids.”
The well-being of students has been a focus for Reaves for many years, and it has been a trait parents appreciated.
“He was so for the kids and technology, it was wonderful” said Sharon Baron, president of the high school par-ent-teacher association at PNGISD. “He wants kids to keep moving forward. He Turn lo Reaves, Page 3A
Committee to suggest city handle recycling
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels recycling committee unanimously approved a plan Wednesday for the city to launch its own curbside recycling program that would end a three-year contract with Browning Ferns Inc. by January 1998.
The plan includes explonng a proposed interlocal agreement with Comal County to dispose of the mate-nals at its recycling center off Texas 46 for a proposed three to five years.
County and city officials are expected to discuss the proposal at a joint workshop rn about tw o w eeks, city officials said.
The committee's action is subject to City Council approval and recommends a 30-day deadline for an interlocal agreement to be reached.
Recycling committee members approved the city staff recommendation instead of the remaining option of undertaking a bid process to contract the serv ices.
Contracting the services, they said, could result in an increased monthly fee of at least $2.00.
No BFI representatives attended the meeting.
Committee members and start' said thev thought the city could do the same job for less than or at the current monthly fee of $1.85, which includes a 4-cent surcharge for a sanitation fund.
“If we have the same quality of service that the citizens are used to and if the city can do that, then I'm all for it,” said Susan Curtis, committee member and sixth-grade science teacher at Canyon Intermediate.
Starting up the program would cost about $350,000. The cost for the equipment would be paid with existing Turn to Recycling. Page 2A
Bush seeks disaster relief for 12 counties
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. George W. Bush is asking President Clinton for a major disaster declaration to trigger federal help for 12 Central Texas counties, including Guadalupe County, waterlogged by recent severe flooding.
The flooding, which began June 21. “is of such seventy and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments,” Bush added.
To date, damage from the flooding has been estimated at just over $15 million. The counties for which the governor is seeking federal relief are: Bandera. Bexar, Burnet, Guadalupe, Kendall. Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Real, Travis and Uvalde.
Comal County Commissioner Dannv Scheel said it was still possible for Comal County to be added to the governor’s list. The county’s flood damage report will be completed in about two days, he said, but stnngent qualifications regarding monetary assistance may keep Comal ort' of the list.
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Earthbound residents can watch landing on Mars
By DAVIO DEKUNDER
New Braunfels residents w ill have a chance to follow up on America’s latest adventures in space.
Amer-i c a n s will be able to browse the Internet and _
get updates on the landing of the Mars Pathfinder lander which will land on Mars Fnday .
Linda Matthews, a spokeswoman for Johnson Space Center in Houston, said Pathfinder would land on Mars’ surface at about noon.
The Pathfinder is one of three space-) craft that will study Mars Pathfinder was launched on Dec. 4, 1996, on a Delta rocket. The Mars Global Surveyor, an orbiter, was launched in
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Updates on the mission can be found on the World Wide Web at http*-/Atfww .nasa.gov.Jimmy Stewart dies, Page 2A; Campaign Notes lists NBISD candidate forums, Page 3A
Retama to honor Seguin couple. See Page 1B
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