New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, July 9,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of VMan Distort
Vol. 145, No. 170
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Vivian Dieter!, Consuete dendoza, Anna Soliz, Shawn loland Espinoza (6 years),
Msgr. Eugene (/Callaghan, Cartes Delgado (21 years), DeDe ‘orison, Glenn Fortson, Glenn Brietzke and Justin Sanchez. Happy anniversary wishes to: Melvin and Dorthy Fetters (20 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Mold —1,051 Grass—>8 Pigweed —30 Ragweed — trace
(Rotan measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hamper)
Comal River — 333 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.70 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,566 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,717 cfs CanyorvLake level — 932.05 feet above I level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBU reports pumping 6.063 miion galons of surface waler Tuesday, and 3.064 m* lon galons of we! water were used.
Partly cloudy, warm weather predicted
Summer weather is in store for New Braunfels tonight and Thursday. Look for partly cloudy skies with lows in the 70s and a south wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour tonight.
Thursday, expect partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid 90s and a south wind of 10 to 15 mph.
Voter registration deadline Thursday
Residents wanting to vote on Aug. 9 for the constitutional amendment election or the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election have until 5 p.m. Thursday to register to vote. To register, call or visit the Comal County Tax Office
Oat your child’s immunizations now
The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now. The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department so get a jump start on this. For more information, call the county health department at 620-5595.
The Pathfinder, a space craft launched in December, landed on Mars Friday and is responding to commands from control stations on Earth. Updates on the mission can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.nasa.gov.won i forget OSSO codo changed
Beginning Monday, the area code for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin,
Boerne, Gonzales and Kerrville changed from 210 to 830. After Oct. 6, calls using the old 210 area code will no longer be connected..
Chamber: Fourth of July weekend was ‘good’
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By DENISE DZIUK
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— Michael Meek, chamber president
Although Guadalupe River outfitters may not have fared as well as they had hoped this holiday weekend, tourists still came to town, according to Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Last year, outfitters were trying to fight the effects of the drought and attract tubers to a slow flowing Guadalupe River.
With recent rains causing high flows this Fourth of July weekend, tourists were sold on the idea of white-watet
rafting or on tubing the Comal River. Tubing was not allowed on the Guadalupe River.
Chamber president Michael Meek said this past weekend was similar to a gaud weekend during a year with good water conditions. He said accommodations in the city were at IOO percent capacity, restaurants were full and shops should have been busy. Although the exact financial impact on the city is not yet known. Meek said it was the biggest summer weekend the area had seen in the past two years.
“I think it’s a good start for us, and
hopefully we’ll remain busy,” he said. “I don’t think we could get much better.”
On an individual basis, Meek said the success of the weekend depended on services and location. He said Guadalupe River outfitters may have seen a drop in business, but Comal River businesses saw an increase.
“This was one of the best years on the Comal (River) in a long, long time,” said Meek.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin’ R River Rides, said his Guadalupe River tubing was down about 40 percent from the gross average while rafting
also was down 50 percent off the gross. Although there were decreases, he said, the customer volume was actually better than expected. He said this could be attributed to the fact that the river offered a rare opportunity for white-water rafting without traveling to Colorado, West Virginia or Costa Rica.
“We put out a lot more guided rafts than what we expected,” said Rivers. “People were taking advantage of the situation.”
Nan Ebert, manager of Greene River Co., said the volume of tourists at her business was also about half of T urn to Weekend, Page 3A
Truck collides with train
Tank explodes; driver suffers critical injuries
HerakJ-Zertung photos by Michael Dan
Emergency pereonnei deen up film e Union Pacific freight train collided with rn Brauntax Mandala dump truck at rn ratf-roed crossing on Weld Hoed el about 8:30 em today.
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
A local mick driver was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center after his mick collided with a freight train at a railroad crossing on Wald Rood at about 8:30 am today.
According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells, Thomas Garza Jr., 28, was in critical condition.
The dump truck Garza was driving was leaving the APG Lime Co. when it approached the train murks and the Union Pacific train was traveling north. The train struck the passenger side of the mick, between the bed of the truck
and the cab, near the truck’s gas tank.
The tank exploded, throwing flames onto the side of the train, according to a New Braunfels police officer on the scene. Train personnel were evacuated from the train.
Emergency officers used the jaws of life to remove Garza from the truck, and they used a crane to remov e the dump truck from the tram tracks.
“He was trying to beat the train. He had time to stop,” said the train conductor, who asked to remain anonymous.
The dump truck, carrying a load of dirt, was owned by Brauntex Materials. DPS officers were invesugatmg the cause of the accident.
A woman officer* would identify only as the victim’s girlfriend, center, is comforted by a friend.
Transportation board considers carriage rules
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The city of New Braunfels is not horsing around when it comes to an ordinance regulating horse drawn carriages.
The city’s Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing (Mi the consideration of the ordinance-. at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Build- : ing.
Assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said the board was considering the proposed ordinance and that it is a first in a series of public hearings to follow.
“The committee is interested in finding out if there is an interest in such an ordinance, “ Ferguson said. “Preliminary research has been done on what other communities have done with this issue, in part how they have dealt with issues surrounding the safety of passengers, motorists, animal safety and traffic safety .”
Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board member Jim Callahan said the board was looking at the entire city ordinance dealing with “vehicles for hire.”
“We are looking at the whole vehicle for hire ordinance from front and back — taxicabs, river shuttle services and wreckers,” Callahan said. “It has been a while since it has been written. We have interest from vendors wanting to set up horse drawn stands or businesses in the city limits.”
Callahan said the need for a horse drawn carnage ordinance may have come out of an incident at Wassailfest w hen a horse pulling a wagon almost got out of control. He said the incident might have gotten people to start thinking about how to handle horse drawn carriages.
Ferguson said the public and all the groups affected by the proposed ordinance would be heard before changes were made.
“The committee has decided to explore the issue,” he said. “They will be interested in heanng from carriage operators and residents and other individuals regarding whether there a need for an ordinance to regulate such activity.”
The city has done research on similar ordinances in San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin, Fredericksburg and Atlanta, Ga., Ferguson said.
The city currently allows horse-drawn carnages for special events in New Braunfels, he said.
“We have asked them to get special permission,” he said “It is reviewed on a case by case basis Callahan said the advisory board wanted to be ahead of the process of potentially regulating horse-drawn carnages.
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CISD moving graduations to San Antonio
By DENISE DZIUK
When graduates of the Comal Independent School District walk across the stage rn May to receive their diplomas, they will not be doing it at their respective campuses. In tact, they will not even be in the distnct Tuesday, CISD board of trustees gave the administration informal approval to reserve Blossom Ath
letic Facility in San Antonio for graduation ceremonies in May 1998. Graduation for both Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools will be conducted on May 30, with one ceremony in the morning and one in the afternoon. The cost to reserve the facility is $2,000 and includes security and custodial services.
CISD superintendent Jerry Major said the principals requested the alternate graduation site because growth was making it more difficult to accommodate
the ceremonies each year.
The constant threat of being rained out was a bigger factor.
“When you have one rained out, you don’t forget it for several years,” he said. “lf we have a chance to take that factor out, it’s a good move.”
In previous years, plans for ram consisted of mov-
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JP won’t release autopsy results
Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Walter Bargfrede said he would not release initial results of an autopsy on Sylvia Yvonne Franz who died at Lake McQueeney Friday.
He said the autopsy was done but that the official report would be released in about two weeks.
McKenna Memorial raising funds for future expansionBy CHRIS CREWS
McKenna Memorial Hospital was founded with donations provided by the individuals and civic organizations of New Braunfels and Comal County.
After more than 40 mmmmmmmmmm years, McKenna again is turning to the community to help build its future.
Through the Comal Healthcare Founda-non, the hospital is seeking SI million in donations from local individuals and businesses as part of the hospital’s pending
OlaDonation informationComal Healthcare Foundation
McKenna Professional Building 598 N. Union, Suite 320 New Braunfels, Texas, 78130 (830) 606-2170
AH gifts to Comal Healthcare Foundation and McKenna Memorial Hospital are tax deductible.
Source: Cornel HecMhcere Foundation
four-stray, 43,000-square-foot expansion. The $1 million will be added to SI I mil
lion in previously sold corporate bonds to finance the expansion and renovation of all existing hospital departments.
Bill Cone, managing officer of Nor-west Bank s New Braunfels branch and chair of the fund-raising campaign, said the 1997 Capital Campaign is a rare opportunity for citizens to contribute to the hospital’s development.
“Since the hospital was built, it has not asked for tax dollars or donations from the community,” Cone said. “The capital campaign provides a way for the community to invest in the hospital.” Cone said the hospital could have soldTurn lo McKenna, Page 3A
Illustration submittedThis la an arttaTs rendition of Bit proposed expansion for Un Haring Memorial Hosoltal In Maw Drgunfalg. Comal HuMhram Foundation Ie railing tends tor the work.Find out how to see local production of ‘Smoke on the Mountain — Page SA