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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas MIXED ADC ?81 I'M J(irm571 12/50/05 SOUTHWEST HIC ROPUOLISHERS 2627 i VANDELL DA EL PASO TX 79905 lliiilliliiiilnlliniillni"" HE SUNDAY JULY 3, 2005 J. i£RALD-ZEITUNG LIFE OPENING NIGHT Circle ArtsTheatre to present "Oliver!" the musical begin-ningThursday. Page 1C HAZMAT PUBLIC SAFETY Comal County, New Braunfels develop plan to deal with hazardous materials. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 195 30 pages, 5 sections $1.00 www: I ’56825 00002 Partly Cloudy High Low 100 74 Details .... 3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3EDanger rises as thermostat hits IOO degrees By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Juan Peralez is from Mission and knows about heat, so he and his family set up a barbecue Saturday in the shade of a cypress tree not far from the Guadalupe River, where they could take frequent dips in the cold water. While temperatures went to three digits at Canyon Lake Friday, they have hovered at 99 degrees in New Braunfels for the last three days. It might have been hotter than Peralez would like — but not something he isn’t used to. “Where I come from, it’s hotter than here,” Peralez said. “In Mission, STAY SAFE ■ For safety tips when the temperature rises, see page 3B it gets to 108 or I IO degrees. Tile heat is just exhausting.” Visiting relatives in New Braunfels Saturday, Peralez, his wife and children were enjoying the swimming. They d been out two hours by late afternoon and expected to stay out three or four more. “We’re here four or five days,” he said. Peralez was coping with the heat the best way he knew. “You drink a lot of water, try to find shade, and look for places where the wind can hit you real good,” he said. “But there’s no wind today. We go in the water to cool down.” Law enforcement officials reported officers were exercising caution because of the hot weather, but said they saw few heat-related problems. See HEAT, Page 3A Startzville could become city Sept. IO By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal County has ordered a Sept. IO special election so the residents of Startzville can decide whether they wish to become a city. The action was taken by County Judge Danny Scheel Thursday in response to a petition filed by Startzville businessman William L Wool- AT A GLANCE ■ The area included in the incorporation plans comprises about 8.1 square miles, encompassing the boundaries of the historic town of Startzville. ■ Approximately 7,300 residents live in the area. For a map of the area involved, see page 6A. ley and his attorney, Paul Swearingen. Wooley and Swearingen attended commissioners’ court to call on the county to order the special election in accordance with their petition, which was filed June 13. See CITY, Page 6A July Fourth New Braunfels celebrates Independence Day with a parade and fireworks. Comal trustees looking at land for future school By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter Plans for thousands of new homes along PM HOI are spurring trustees with the Comal Independent School District to move quickly to purchase land that could be used to build a new elementary school. The estimated purchase price for the 32 acres of property located behind Canyon Middle School is $343,000. The land is owned by the Eugene Ebert family. The district’s rapid growth rate of 600 to 800 new students each year was a prime consideration in the Strategic Planning Committee’s recommendation that the land be purchased, CISD Director of Communications Kari Hutchison said. The plot will not be used to expand Canyon Middle School, as has been speculated. “We know we need another elementary on the east side of New Braunfels to help us manage the growth we are experiencing,” I lutchison said. “A lot of new homes are being built in that location and are attracting young families with elementary-aged children.” See SCHOOL, Page 3A Believe it or not, party scene on rivers has mellowed By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The tourists who invade New Braunfels during the summer, especially on holiday weekends, are looking for a good time. But does a good time have to include binge drinking and obnoxious behavior? Not any more, say local river outfitters and law enforcement officials. The days of out-of-hand partying on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers might not be gone, but they are on their way out. Zero Rivers, whose Camp Huaco campground on River Road has a reputation for being one of the rowdiest spots on the Guadalupe, said behavior gradually has improved. “We have a whole lot less trouble than we had IO years ago. Bad people don t want to go where there are good people and a lot of police,” he said. Rivers attributed the improvement to the higher number of law enforcement officials on the banks and in the water. Comal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Mark Reynolds confirmed the department puts extra officers on duty during all summer holiday weekends, but declined to say how many deputies would be patrolling the river through Monday evening. I Ie did say the heavy law enforcement presence was working. See MELLOW, Page 9A ERA-D. Lee Edwards Realty rn“Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs” PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier Qr Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] >♦ SPLASHING AROUND Thousands head to the water for holiday fun By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Ahh, summer. Thousands who flocked into Comal County for the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend clogged local roads and filled the rivers with tubers and rafters. While Saturday was busy and today was expected to be busiei still, outfitters and law enforcement officials said they expected a strong weekend, if not a record-breaker. Elizabeth and Alan Martin and their children. Zack. Cole and lindsay, of Tulsa, Okla., were down visiting her brother, James Maynard of Austin. They stop in New Braunfels each summer on their way to Port Aransas for their vacation. “That’s my brother, walking out of the water right there,” Elizabeth said. “He lives down here, and I have a sister in San Antonio.” “It’s a perfect stop for us,” her husband said. The Martins had an inflatable boat and lifejackets for their children. This was their second summer to stop along the Guadalupe. Alan Martin said they discovered River Acres Park off Common Street by accident last year. “We were going to go to the waterpark, but it was so crowded we stopped here,” Martin said. “We usually go to Sea World and f iesta Texas. We asked the kids what they like to do best, and they said they like to go down the river.” The Martins daughter, Lindsay, 8, said she’d made the trip from Photos by DAVID INGRAMHerald-Zeitung Tubers float down the Comal River Saturday afternoon as masses of tourists vist New Braunfels for the Fourth of July holiday. Below, rafters hit a patch of rapids while traveling down the Guadalupe River. INDEPENDENCE DAY ■ For a complete list of Fourth of July activivities in the area, see page 10A the falls upstream of Common Street under the bridge and to the park “ IO or 15” times Saturday. “And she ll do it as many more as daddy will pull lier up there,” Alan said, smiling. “I love the rapids, I love splashing and I love water fights,” Lindsay said. She wasn’t the only one. Paul Rich, owner of Mountain Breeze Campground on River Road, said folks were enjoying an awesome, if warm, summer day. See SPLASH, Page 10A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Many say the party scene on the rivers has mellowed, but special events, like this bikini contest, still attract those interested in partying. ;