New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bungee firm jumps into countyStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Danielle Ybarra, Rhonda Zercher, Santos Medina, Ingrid Lamb, Diana Young, Louise Cohen, Irene Brandenburg, Cindy Right King, Laura Cook and Nancy Hartfiel.
Belated birthday wishes to Matt Pfannstiel and Carmen Medina.
Celebrating an anniversary today, Mr. and Mrs. Robert West, Gilbert and Paula Molina and Jaime and Gloria Cantu.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Red Cross
Red Cross board of directors and volunteers will meet Monday, July 15 at Eden Home in the Friendship Room at 7 p.m.Gardening workshop
A fall gardening workshop is slated for Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. al the Comal County Extension Office, 132 South Water Lane. Dr. Jerry Parsons, vegetable specialist from San Antonio, will present the program on fall gardening and include information on soil and fertilizer preparation, planting dates, varieties, insect and discase management and harvest of fall vegetables. All gardeners from Comal County are urged to attend.Rummage sale
Iglesia Bethel Pentecostal will sponsor a church rummage sale Friday from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 350 N. Grape St.Republican women
New Braunfels Republican Women will meet Monday, July 15 at 1000 North Walnut Avenue at 9:30 a m. Carol Belton, member of the Comal County Redistricting Committee, will speak. Members should note there will be no meeting in August.Solar eclipse
Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will sponsor an eclipse viewing activity at the museum Thursday from 1-3 pm Children participating in the Discovery Series at the museum earlier in the day will make solar eclipse viewing boxes. For more information call 620-0939.
Book, paper show
The New Braunfels Book arid Paper Show is slated for July 13 from IO a m to 6 p m. and July 14 from IO a m to 5 pm. at the Civic Center, 390 S. Seguin Ave. Admission of $2 50 is good for both days. Children under 12 enter free. More than 150 tables will be set up featuring antiquarian, rare, used, new and out-of-print books including Texana, Latin and Western Americana, English and American fine literature, illustrated and children’s books, fine bindings and signed editions, military arid natural history, books on books, travel and transportation, science fiction, books on cooking, an, music arn sportsRed Cross volunteer
Persons interested in becoming a volunteer at McKenna Memorial Hospital or any of the area nursing homes are uivned to attend the orientation to be Saturday. July 20 at 9 ani at McKenna Memorial Hospitai in the second Boor conference room Fur more iruoniia
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The nation’s first tower built specifically for bungee jumping is right here in Comal County. It is located on a lot off Edwards Boulevard in the Preiss Heights subdivision near New Braunfels.
‘Bungy Over Texas and Swing Across Texas’ opened on the Fourth of July and has done good business since, according to Susy Simpson, manager.
Bungee jumping is the sport of jumping off a fixed object while connected to giant elastic bungee cords. The thrill of the sport comes from the initial free fall and the rebounds. The bungee cords work like giant shock absorbers which gradually cushion your fall as they stretch down. The jumper is connected to the bungee cords by a full seat and chest climbing harness that distributes the casual force over the entire torso.
The tower at Bungy Over Texas is 120 feet high, according to Mike Stine of Vertigo Bungee in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Bungy Over Texas purchased the franchise from Stine’s company, which he characterizes as “the most progressive bungee company with the best safely record.”
“The rush comes from the sensation of your body going through something that your mind can’t comprehend," Stine said. Bungee jumping provides an adrenalin/endorphine rush that lasts a lifetime, he said.
Bungee cords are heavy-duty rubber cords made by encasing hundreds of continuous length rubber strands in a nylon sheath. The bungee cords are 50 feet in length. After jumping, a person free-falls for 50 feet. Then, the bungee cord sums to stretch and gradually slows you down. The bungee cord stretches to IOO feet — twice its original length — before slopping the jumper completely.
Next is the rebound, where the jumper bounces back up about 80 feet with an acceleration of four C's (four
Neighbors experiencing own ‘rebound
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
A new bungee cord-jumping operation has left stunned neighbors saying their scenic residential Preiss Heights neighborhood near New Braunfels has been turned upside down.
Bungy Over Texas on Edwards Boulevard saw a busy opening day on the Fourth of July that included 85 jumps from a platform on the cliffs overlooking the Guadalupe River and the shootings there that night of two men connected with the Houston-based company that financed the operation.
Despite pleas by the residents, neither the city nor the county has a say over use of the rural property.
Daniel Moore, whose Edwards Boulevard home is adjacent to the platform, said his quiet retirement has been ruined. After two weeks of fence building and tree clearing, the prefabricated platform suddenly was installed on July 3 and in use that night, he said.
“We bought this house after my wife and I worked hard all our lives, and we live here because of the view and the greenery,” Moore said. “And these people came in and cut down 150-year-old cypress trees ... but the abomination is here, and I don’t know what we (the neighbors) arc going to
Moore also owns the vacant lot on the other side of the bungee operation. He sold the middle lot to a friend in Houston, who recently sold it through a local real estate agency on the understanding that a bcd and-hreakfast establishment would be built, which the Moores didn’t mind Deed restrictions on the lot had Sh OPPOSE. Pag* 2
Old’ sport has new twist
used here. he said.
"Redundancy is the key." said Bill Galien, also of Vertigo Bungee said. “There are two harnesses, two anchors to the bridge, multiple cords. a special airbag and custom harnesses by Yates designed especially for bungee jumping.”
One of the beta features of the mod em bungee jumping system used here is that you cannot have a bad landing because the harness automatically rotates your body to a seated position as the bungo: stretches, according to Sune Landing head first is just as safe as landuig feet first, he said
Vertigo Bungee is based in lake Tahoe. Calif., and organizes bungee jumping trips to abandoned bridges and other locations throughout Nonhem California
Vemgo and the other major bungee jumping companies in the United Slates have formed the American Bungee Association ut an attempt lo share information and standardize safety practices, Suite said.
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Bungee jumping has its roots among aborigines in Papua, New Guinea, an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, said Mike Sune of Vertigo Bungee.
“The aborigines in a mating ritual would tie a vine around one ankle," he said "They would then jump off a uee or tower and the one who came closest to the ground without hitting was the winner ”
Another early bungee jumping predecessor was in the early 1900s when ctaus performers would wrap themselves with cords and spiral down from tent poles under the big top, Stein said
Modem bungee jumping began in New Zealand and over the last four or five years has developed uuo a very high-tech sport "There have been 13 deaths in Europe ort the one-cord system,” Sune said That system does not have all the backup* arid fail safe* of the system
A bungee jumper, above, is silhouetted against the sky over the Guadalupe River in Comal County before making the plunge down toward the water. A new business. Bungy Over Texas and Swing Across Texas, has opened off Edwards Boulevard Explaining the safely equipment his firm designed is Mike Stine, left. of Vertigo Bungee of Lake Tahoe, Cauf. (Photos by Anna lies Schiickenueder)
TV station seeks move to New Braunfels
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writ**
A Victor 14 television > union ha* filed a petition with the Federal Com muincaiiuru Commission lo move ii* operations lo New Braunfels
KVCT-TV seeks ut operate here a* a full-power independent simon The stauufi, originally an ABE' affiliate that began uidependem programming after a change in ownership, went off the air lait November, said station spokesman Jerry Auctor Before ll went off the air in Victoria, the station featured independent programming with some religious programming doctor said
decision ut made, commuiuiy support typically wanes, he said
Station owners filed the petition about six months ago About 30 days ago, the FCC issued notice thai the pennon would receive consideration,
nine for construction Offices would be located in New Braunfels, and die transmuting tower would be built in "the immediate vicinity" in a rural area, Proctor said,
li t loo soon lo speculate on prog ramming, Hector said.
Jim Schiavoiie, general manager for KSAT TV (Channel 12) rn San Antonio, said his station’s Washington, DC., legal counsel is reviewing the pennon lo determine if there s any reason KSA! should be concerned
The Vicionasiauon could not be an ABC affiliate because ti would broadcast ut an area already served by an ABC affiliate, Sciuavou: said.
The stanun picked the New Braunfels area because it’s not currently served by a local television station, Hoc tor said "We feel that New Braunlels and die triangle up there (Seguin and San Marcus) is an important market that s going to continue lo grow and grow rapidly ... We feel that die mangle of the three cines makes good sense.” Hue tor said the owner has no cur rent plans to sell the station I he decision to take KVCT-TV (Channel 19) off the air and move it was made more in anticipation of financial hurdles in Victoria rather dun as a result of such trouble, he said And once such aGood Day
The FCC is expected approve or deny the request in between six months and two years, Hoc tor said The owner is cautiously optimistic about approval, he said.
"There's really no predicting with any degree of certainty when they will get around to ruling," he said lf approved, the station would be moved in about six months, allo*uig
A break in cloud cover today likely will result in hoi conditions with a high near 94 and an overnight low near 76. Clouds likely will return by morning, extending a chance for rain through Friday The forecast pigs highs rn the mid 90* and lows in the mid 70s. For more weather mfurmaticMi. please see Page 2. In aid*
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Area's rainfall passes 25 inches in year's first half
By MAH a WARNKEN so New Braunfels was almost seven usucaily, with inure than double the leis National Weather Service report-
StaH Writer inches above normal at the cud of average precipitation both month* mg site, said station news broadcaster
Continued rainfall has pushed New June, said Bill Tepe. New Braunfels July also looks to be damp, with Don Ferguson Braunfels precipitation totals lo 25.37 Uuiiues engineering assistant I 74 inc he* of the average 2 6 J inches But the official reading at the radio
unifies in just the first six months of A total of 6.42 inches fell rn June, tail mg during the first few days station, located ai Loop 337 and
this year, already close to the average traditionally New Braunfels' wettest Karns of 0.06 of an inch and 1.68 G roe ne Road rn the northwestern pan
annual total of 33 44 mche* month Average rainfall tor June, a sc he* were recorded on Sunday and of town, somewise* differs from trtils
T welve year average rainfall from once 1979, ut 5 53 inches January Monday, respecuvely. at the KGNB
January through June is ll 46 inches, and April also were wet this year, st* radio offices, the official New Braun Sa* rain, Rags 2
With trio addition of $1,115 in donations, in® fund drive tor th® n®w Seniors Center of Comal County now totals $241,799 For a list of th® lat®st contnbu tors. please see Page 3