New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYLocal Senior League All-Stars have a hard day at the ballpark, see Page 5A.
The old LORA building.
18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, July 7,1995
Serving Comal County ta more than 143 years ■ Home of BECKY CHRISTIE
Vol. 143, No. 170
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Barbara Pizel, Becky Christie (13 years), Bennie Beiersdorfer, Jesse Dominguez, and happy 50th anniversary to Les and Nelda Burgess, happy 5th anniversary to Jamey and Katherine Johnson and happy anniversary to Gary and Susan Weishaar.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 304 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 625.88 feet above sea level, up .08 from yesterday.
Guadalupe River — 582 cfs
Hispanic Chamber hosts monthly mixer
The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its first monthly mixer Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Adobe Cafe on Highway 81.
Business and Professional Women meet Wednesday
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women will meet Wednesday, July 12 at the Holiday Inn. Social at 6:45 p.m., dinner and meeting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mary Moore of Moore Consultants, who will speak on "How to Change Careers." For information, call Brenda Sullivan at 625-4545.
Circle Arts helps music club
New. Braunfels Music Club members and other interested parties may pick up tickets for the Circle Arts Theatre's July 13 performance of Hello, Dolly, at Johnson's Furniture Store. Tickets are $10. Profits from this performance will benefit the club’s Music Scholarship Fund.
Public school reform to be topic of talk
Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop with guest speaker Carol Robison, chief of the Juvenile Probation for the county. Topic will be the Public Schools Reform Act of 1995. Meeting will be held at the NBNB Center, next to Victoria Bank, Monday July 10 at 7 p.m. Public invited. Call Sylvia at 625-9213 or 606-6257 for information.
Dog training course
The city is offering a course in basic dog obedience, which meets for eight weeks beginning July 11. Classes will meet Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Landa Recreation Center. Fee is $40. For information, call 608-2167.
Hummel Club meets Tuesday
The Museum Chapter of the M I. Hummel Club will meet Tuesday, July 11 at the Hummel Museum.For information, call Pat Bryant at 907-2118
The chart showing San Antonio College Classes offered this fall at Canyon High School incorrectly listed the course name of the GOVT 2301 Class that meets Tuesday evenings. The course title is Am/TX: Natl State.
Courthouse security put back on the front burner
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
New Braunfels EMS and fire department workers remove Carmen Arco of San Marcos from her car after she was involved in a crash at about noon Thursday on Interstate 35 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Police reports state Arce was trying to set the cruise control on her 1983 Ford Station Wagon, when she ran into the vehicle in front of her. Her car then skidded into a third vehicle before coming to a stop.
Pets and tubes don’t mix
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
For the animals’ sake, “I just don’t recommend them to do it,” said Comal County Animal Control Officer Steve McKin about taking pets on river outings.
Putting animals in rafts and tubes doesn’t pose a threat to humans, McKin said, but it’s just not safe for the animals.
Last week’s incident where a rottweiler bit several people was an isolated one, he said. “It wasn’t really the animal’s fault,” he said. “He was more or less provoked by the behavior of the people.”
The rottweiler is still being kept for observation, and will be for a total of ten days, McKin said.
Several breeds of dogs take to water naturally, McKin said. But add the factors of a swift current and crowds of rowdy, drunken humans — nature just hasn’t equipped the animals to handle the situation.
The river can prove deadly for pets. “A person came down the river who had a Chinese pug,” McKin said. “The animal got swept away by the current. About a week later we found the dog in the river — it was deceased,” he said.
“I don’t recommend it simply because the animals don’t enjoy it,” Zero Rivers of Rockin R' River Rides said. A dog riding in a
‘I don’t recommend it simply because the animals don’t enjoy it. Ifs too easy for the animal to get lost or drowned.’
— Zero Rivers
raft has to shift its weight around like one riding in the back of a truck, only more so, he said. “It’s too easy for the animal to get lost or drowned,” he said.
“I don’t prohibit it, though,” Rivers said. In fact, Rivers has seen some unique pets take successful river rides. “We’ve had a parrot on the river,” he said. “Last week someone brought a miniature goat — never a cat or a pig, though, as far as I can remember,” Rivers said.
McKin’s best advice is to leave a dog at a kennel or with a friend while riding the river. “If you can get a life jacket for one, that would be all right,” he said. Pet life jackets can be bought, he said, but “I don’t think the outfitters have them — there’s not a big demand for them,” McKin said.
"But if you get separated, you still might never find your dog again,” McKin said.
The Comal County Sheriffs Department will soon be giving the County Commissioners and department heads a list of recommendations on how a more long-range security plan may be implemented, according to a report given to the Commissioners Court Thursday.
“I would hope we can ha' e a list of recommendations formally ready by (Friday),” said Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Bremer said he already has a list of possible options. However, it would make more sense to discuss the recommendations before considering the other options, he said.
The discussion of the building’s current security plan was spurred by the incident last week in which former Bluebonnet Ford general manager and former city council candidate Gary Kahlig was arrested after he allegedly parked a bike outside the courthouse with a loaded assault rifle chained to it.
District Clerk Margaret Herbnch said the incident caused her great concern and she feels there should be some sort of early warning system in place. County Judge Carter Casteel favored the idea and said the department heads may be able to form their own system in which they notify each other.
‘There was very little communication among the department heads last week. I think we can develop a tree for calling people and do that ourselves,” said Casteel.
Bremer said this was a possibility. However, he declined going into any further detail regarding the plan. He said if it is discussed in depth, it would be easy for someone to get around the security.
“This is not something we want to talk about in the media, lf we tell all the details, anyone will be able to beat it,” he said.
However, Bremer said he was satisfied with the way the current system worked during last weed’s incident. “It worked exactly like it was supposed to,” he said.
In other business, the Commissioners Court approved the On-Site Sewerage Facility Order amendments which may limit lot sizes by specifying perimeters around water wells and septic tanks. The order must now be sent to Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission for approval. After it is approved TNRCC, it will be sent back to tile county for adoption. Once the county adopts it, it will be sent back to TNRCC for adoption, at which point it will become effective. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said there are several changes underway at TNRCC and there is no way to tell how long the entire process could take.
The amendments, which have caused great debate among developers and the county, were passed after no one appeared for the scheduled public hearing.
The court also adopted a resolution opposing the Jail Standards Commission Action attempting to take the revenue generated from inmate pay phones out of the general fund and put it in a fund designed to pay for special needs and requests of the inmates.
River flow high for tubes but great for rafts, outfitters say
Weekend revelers left behind tons of trash despite efforts to keep river clean
By DENISE DZIUK
The weekend is upon New Braunfels once again and that means it’s also time for the endless number of tourists to begin pouring into the city and into the rivers.
People planning on spending time on the river can expect an exciting time. Larry Moltz, Manager of Hydro Operations at Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said the current level of the reservoir is at 910.53 ft. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will probably require that the GBRA continue to release water at approximately the current level, which is 628 cubic feet per second.
“Until it gets below 910 ft., the Corps probably won’t let us cut it back too much,” said Moltz.
Jim Inman, manager for the Water Oriented Recreation District, said the current river flow should make tubing a little trickier and should be ideal for tubing and rafting.
“You’re much more apt to get hurt at 580 than at 400,” he said.
Inman also added that at a level of 580 cfs, it would be almost impossible for anyone to go over Hueco Falls without turning over. He said ifs just a matter of rising water, and the higher it gets the riskier it gets.
With the weekend tourists, residents will also have to deal with river litter. Fonda Wetsel, of 850 Bluff Ridge, said the Fourth of July weekend left the river a complete mess. She said she and her son collected about 400 pounds of aluminum cans in a very small segment of the river.
“That pickup was not even close to making a
clean river,” she wrote in a letter to the editor. “The feeling of overwhelming odds made the task seem endless and impossible.”
Inman said that generally, the river was cleaner this year compared to previous years. However, certain segments of the river tend to be more littered than others, and the lower section of the river is usually hit the hardest. This is mainly due to the fact that a larger number of people use this section of the river, said Inman.
Bill Mayo, WORD. treasurer, said the main problem he saw this past weekend was the water cannons and glass containers on the river. He also said many of the same problems with disorderly tounsts were present.
“The overall attitude of the people on the river was much calmer this year, but at the same rime, we still have our same problems,” said Mayo.
However, a lot of the trash on the river can be eliminated by people using the mesh bag they are supplied with. Outfitters generally give out one mesh bag for every cooler the group has. The individuals are then encouraged to place their trash in the bag until they reach a spot where they can get out and throw it in a trash can, said Inman
Herald Deltana photo By MICHAEL DAHNALL
One person who lives on the Guadalupe River said her son quickly picked up 400 pounds of aluminum cans.
“That’s why we have those spots. It’s not just so people can get off the nver and go to the bathroom. It’s also so they can throw their trash iii a barrel and not in the river,” he said.
Inman said tubers can request additional mesh bags from the courtesy patrol He said the patrol also has the white flags used for river cleanup. He
said people can ask for one of these bags, and when it is full, the bag can be left with a business. He said businesses recognize the bags and allow them to be left with them or iii their dumpsters.
"People want to help and we let them,” he said. “The idea is to just keep the trash off the nver ”For subscription or advertising information,call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.