New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Court upholds no pass, no play
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Comal River............ 308 cfs (same)
l/lfat fir Canyon inflow .......331 cfs (down 33)
Canyon outflow......... 809 cfs (same)
Watch Edwards Aquifer 625.70 (down .01)
Canyon Lake level .... 911.13 (down .08)
Panel ready to get wet
Cajun cooking. Page1B
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 135
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July 10,1985 25 Cents
28 Pages —3 Sections
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
T een-ager rescued from Mill dam
OFRYLCLARK HERALD 7EITUNG
The Toyota's crumpled passenger's side tells the story
Passenger dies in I-35 wreck
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A 17-year-old girl died in route to the hospital after the car she was riding in this morning hit an 18-wheeler parked beside Interstate 35.
l^aura Zuckerman, 17. of Fort Worth was pronounced dead by Dr John Flanagan at 8 45 a m at McKenna Memorial Hospital The car. a Toyota driven by Scott Merchen. 20. of Fort Worth, had been traveling north on 1-35 near Kohlenberg I .ane when the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Trooper Jon I indie) with the Department of Public Safety said “He told me he must have doled off," Undle> said The car came out of its lane of traffic and hit the 18-
wheeler, tearing the passenger side of the car open and ejecting the passenger onto the roadway, Lindley said.
Merchen, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to McKenna by New Braunfels EMS. At press time, the man was being treated but would be released, a hospital spokeswoman said
New Braunfels Police were first on the scene of the accident, said l.t John Woinmack of New Braunfels Police The driver of the tractor trailer who had been standing in front of his vehicle had not seen the accident occur. Wommack found out.
He said he saw the truck rock from the impact, and he saw the car skid by. but he had not witnessed the accident itself Wominack said
Car bombs kill 15 at checkpoints
TEL AVIV, Israel < AP > — Two suicide bombers drove explosives-laden cars into checkpoints manned by the Israeli-backed militia in south lebanon, killing themselves and 15 other people and wounding six, the Israeli military command and other sources said.
Two of the injured were Israeli soldiers.
The Syrian Social Nationalist Party, a pro-Syrian secular lebanese group, said Thursday in Beirut, lebanon, that the bombings were carried out by its members.
The attacks came a day after lebanese Moslem leaders met in the Syrian capital of Damascus and vowed continued resistance to the Israeli presence in southern lebanon.
The same group has claimed responsibility for other suicide attacks on Israeli troops before the withdrawal June IO of the bulk of
One attack was at Hasbiyah
Israeli forces from southern lebanon There have been no attacks since June IO.
Israeli military officials say no more than IOO Israeli soldiers remain rn lebanon as liaison and training officers for the Israeli-backed South lebanon Army militia following last
month’s pullout They sometimes can be seen manning checkpoints with the militia The car bombs exploded within 15 nunutes of one another at opposite ends of the security zone Israel maintains north of its border, Timor (ioksel. a spokesman for the U N. interim force in Lebanon said.
Israeli nulitary sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 16 Lebanese, including one of the bombers, perished in the first attack — at Hasbaiya, IO nules northeast of the Israeli border town of Metulla Four Lebanese were wounded.
In the second attack, only the bomber was killed, and the two Israeli soldiers were wounded.
In the two attacks. Israeli sources said 13 of the dead were lebanese civilians and two were members of the South lebanon Army militia.
See BOMBING, Page IZA
For the third time in about five days, New Braunfels firemen Tuesday afternoon rescued someone caught in the hydraulics below the Mission Valley Mills dam.
Fire Chief Jack Wilson said the young man, identified as 16-year-old Mike Watson, was trapped below the dam about 4 p.m. He apparently had gone into the water to get an inner tube and was caught in the undertow, Wilson said.
Luckily, he held onto the tube, the chief said.
Wilson said firefighter Wes Meyer paddled his kayak near Watson, threw him one end of a rope and rescuers on shore pulled the man to safety. He was not injured "The trick is to get the rope out there,” Wilson said.
On June 6, Meyer and his kayak helped pull off a similar rescue at the Mill Dam after two tubers who had gone over the dam were caught in the swirl.
The Guadalupe River has been running about 600 cubic feet per second since the heavy June rains. The outflow was raised to about 800 cfs earlier this week and the the rushing water is causing safety problems that haven’t been experienced here in several years.
Besides the hydraulic at the Mill Dam, outfitter Betty Walls said the “keeper hydraulic” at Slumber Falls also is lifethreatening.
She said the water is turbulent there to a depth of about four feet deep and that the only way to get out of the swirl is to dive deeper than 4 feet and swim away or get pulled or knocked out of it.
Walls said water running faster than 400 cfs will continue to cause safety hazards, especially for inexperienced tubers and canoers.
Civil Defense workers have been stationed at Slumber Falls and at Hueco Falls on weekends helping pull people out of the undertows.
Meanwhile, volunteers have stayed at the Gruene low water crossing helping get people out of the water before they hit the bridge.
Walls said she tells her Texas Canoe Trail customers about the Civil Defense workers and about the dangers of the falls and Gruene crossing, but said she can’t tell customers that someone will be at Gruene, because they are all volunteers.
“It would be great if we had Civil Defense workers at Gruene,” she said. "You’re going so fast coming off that rapid. Even with the warning
Mike Watson waits for rescuers
signs, you just can’t make that turn to get into calm water.
Walls said rescuers still will be needed until the water level drops because there’s not enough clearance to duck and go under the bndge, so people will have to get out and walk across.
She said that although outfitters tell their customers of the dangerous areas, problems will remain with the private tubers who are not as well prepared
Mark Toon, manager of Gruene River Co. next to the crossing, is one of the weekend volunteers at the crossing.
"It’s a definite hazard. There s not anybody down there full-time. It would be pretty nice if somebody was there full-time,” Toon said.
"The water’s running high enough that it’s difficult to get canoes and raft* through there. People are not really worried about the bridge, then its there and ifs too late,” Toon said.
"My personal opinion is that I’m
See RIVERS, Page 12A
DERYLCLARK HERALD KITLING
New warning sign
Stockman headed for Wall Street
WASHINGTON (AP) - David A. Stockman, President Reagan’s earnest field marshal in the budget wars with Congress, is leaving the battlefield for the relative calm of Wall Street.
No successor for Stockman was immediately named, but a congressional source who spoke on condition that he not be quoted by name said the White House will announce that Joe Wright, deputy budget director, would serve as acting director until a successor is in place.
White House spokesman Larry
Speakes said today he expected Stockman’s successor to be appointed in time to work on the next budget cycle. The president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 1967 will be prepared during fiscal year 1986, which begins on Oct. I.
Stockman, 38, will remain as budget director until Aug. I, allowing him keep a hand in trying to resolve the current budget deadlock on Capitol Hill before Congress takes its annual August recess.
“David Stockman has served with
See STOCKMAN, Page UA
Temperatures should reach the mid-90s today and Thursday with nights remaining warm. Partly cloudy skies are expected also.
Edwards to begin cloud seeding
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
Even though rain is the last thing most folks are hoping for these days, the cloud-seeding project of the Edwards Underground Water District is now operational.
"We can’t be blamed or take credit for any of the rains in this area lately,” Edwards general manager Tom Fox joked before the district meeting Tuesday.
The announcement that the weather modification program is operational was made at the district
directors’ bi-monthly meeting rn San Antonio.
Though the ground is still damp from the recent rains, Craig Hollmig, one of Comal County’s representatives to the district, said the cloud-seeding procedure may be used later on this summer to maintain an adequate level of water in the Edwards Aquifer.
Comal County is not one of the counties to be included in the weather modification project because, Hollmig said, most of the recharge of
See EDWARDS, Page UA