New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Outdoor play can be rough on a little girl, especially in the summer. So 5 year old Susie Babbitt of 1038
Staff photo by Cindy Htchardson
Katy St. takes a break from the great outdoors and cools off at the faucet outside her house.Inside
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United States and Mexican flags will fly side by side in banda Park this week, as the Guada-Coma Cub Scout day camp gets under way.
“Brothers of the world” is this year’s camp theme, and local Cubs will be sharing their camp experience with a dozen of their peers from Monterrey, Mexico.
The camp is open to boys aged seven to IO. The fee for Cub Scouts is $15, and for non-scouts, $17. Approximately IOO boys have preregistered, but some 25 spaces are still available.
Anyone interested in registering for the camp should get iii touch today or Monday morning with Janet Allen at 025-2016, or biz Percell at 625-2911.
The Mexican visitors will be greeted by Guada-Coma representatives this afternoon at McDonald’s restaurant. They will be staying in New Braunfels homes for the duration of the four-day camp.
Activities start at 8.15 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and run until 3:40 p.m. On Thursday, camp starts at 12:15 p.m. Families will be invited for a picnic that evening, an i the closing campfire w ill last until 9 p.m.
Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day, and to eat lunch before they arrive on Thursday.
A wide range of activities has been planned in the park. Scouts w ill get in some water sports each day under sw imming chairman Bucky Smith and fishing chairman Vicki Silverman.
Kina Wittendorn and Dorothy Oelkers are in charge of crafts, and byon Skarovsky is in charge of sports.
Each boy attending Thursday* s campfire will receive a knapsack, a locally designed patch and an international patch.
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SUNDAY July 11,1982
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 135
Latest lake victim unidentified
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Memories of a no-fatality Fourth of July weekend were marred Saturday when a man drowned after a Canyon bake accident.
The victim was apparently still alive when the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Service picked him up near Potter’s Creek Park. However, he was pronounced dead on arrival at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
A Comal County investigator was still collecting evidence at press time, and the dead man’s name had not been released. Sheriff Walter Fellers said his information so far was sketchy.
“The problem is, they didn’t call us when this happened,” said Fellers. “I think they called the game warden, but he was on the other side of the lake. This fellow needed to be gone, not wait for any official. So they took him on. And then he died.”
He sent his investigator out just before IO p.m., admitting that it was “a little late.”
A Startzville ambulance took three people to San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital after a 7:30 p.m. auto accident off FM 3159 on Allen Hill.
State troopers in charge could not be reached for
an official report on the accident, which appears to have been a serious one. An officer on duty at the scene reported to the sheriff’s dispatcher that there were “bumpers scattered all over the place, motors and wheels and everything else.”
Patients taken to Methodist included a 41-year-old man, a six-year-old child and a 19-year-old woman reported to be eight months pregnant.
New Braunfels Fire Department and EMS had relatively quiet weekend. An auto accident at Torrey and Lakeview streets resulted in a bruised leg for one man. The ambulance was called to another wreck at 5 p.m. on Loop 337, but found no injuries requiring hospitalization.
Firefighting cre\f& made two runs, one to Kroger’s grocery store, where a mattress was reported burning in the parking lot at 12:46 p.m.
“Apparently somebody drove up and dropped it off, and that thing was on fire,” said assistant chief Robert Partida. “The gentleman at A&B Hearing and Optical was the one that reported it.” At 2:15 p.m., one unit was called to Shadow Hills subdivision off FM 1863 to extinguish a grass fire.
Another grass fire, reported at 5 p.m. in the Lake Ridge subdivision, was handled by the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers pulled more bodies from the scattered wreckage of a jetliner as federal investigators said Saturday night they had no hard evidence to determine what causd the Boeing 727 to smash into a residential neighborhood, killing at least 153 people.
Patricia Goldman, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the consensus of 25 people who saw the crash was that no lightning hit the plane as it was taking off in a rainstorm from the New Orleans International Airport on Friday. It was the second worst air disaster in U.S. history.
Ms. Goldman also said tape recordings of conversations between the crew and the airport tower showed no indication before the plane came down that anything was wrong.
“There was no emergency call that we found on a preliminary listening,” Ms. Goldman told a news conference. “There was nothing on the tower tape to substantiate an emergency, but you have to remember that they weren’t in the air very long.”
Earlier,-an NTSB spokesman said both the cockpit and flight data recorders were recovered, apparently unharmed, and were sent to Washington, D.C., for analysis.
Ms. Goldman said it would be premature to form firm conclusions on just about any aspect of the crash, including the number of dead both on the plane and in the neighborhood where the jetliner went down.
Crews on Saturday night continued to pull more bodies from the twisted rubble. Large sums of money were found on some of the bodies — $11,000
Cause still unknown
as body count rises
on one traveler and $4,000 on another, a Jefferson Parish deputy said. One of the plane’s stops was to have been lias Vegas, Nev.
Police in Kenner, where the plane went down, said a man was arrested Friday night carrying away a fragment of the plane and a woman’s purse. He was booked for theft, police said.
The bodies were stacked in refrigerated trucks at the airport, where coroners, dental-records analysts, pathologists and others tiegan matching names with the remains.
“The coroner’s office has advised it has 19 identified bodies. They have ann* he > unidentified bodies There also are, in v ; u. places, 95 unattached body parts,” said a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Mrs. Goldman would not describe the crash and would not say whether the jet crashed nose first or cartwheeled as marks along the path suggest.
“It’s almost indescribable when you see something of this magnitude,” she said during a tour of the crash site.
The plane’s two armored flight recorder boxes were pulled from the scattered wreckage Saturday afternoon. The boxes contain tape recordings of cockpit conversations and flight information from the plane’s instruments which may be vital to learning the cause of the crash, said NTSB spokesman Brad Dunbar.
“The flight data recorder is charred on the outside,” Dunbar said, “but it, like the cockpit voice recorder, is designed to withstand tremen-
See CRASH, Page 12A
Staff photos by John SenterThis drain pipe used to end flush with the bank. Now it's 12 feet into the river.These gabions have not checked riverbank erosion as they were designed to.
City short on time, money for fighting park erosion
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will consider a Comal River erosion control project Monday that has two factors working against it: time and money.
The project would shore up the eroded riverbank in Binman Island Park, provide hiking and jogging trails, and rearrange existing facilities to cope with increasing numbers of park visitors.
Money is a problem because local funding is uncertain, except for $20,000 the city has already budgeted for “betterments to land” in city parks.
But the city apparently has an almost certain chance of getting matching funds from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, if more money could be garnered locally, officials said last week.
Time is a problem because the department has an application deadline for those funds — Aug. 15. City staffers working on the proposal found it hard to believe the parks board and City Council could reach a decision between now and then, even if the money could be found.
In 1980, after months of discussion by the parks board and the Hinman Island Park Improvements Committee — and after some stop-gap efforts by the city through the Young Adult Conservation Corps — Hinman Island faded from everyone’s agenda.
“People erosion" along the banks of the Comal didn’t go away, though. The connecting link between luanda Park, the Wurstfest grounds and the “tube chute” rn Prince Solms Park, Hillman Island is a heavily-used park in its own right.
“Jumping in the water doesn t hurt it. It’s people climbing out, carving handholds and grabbing roots,” parks director Don Simon said Friday.
The gabions, rocks held in place by wire netting installed in 1980, are especially attractive to swimmers and tubers who want to climb out of the river. The wire is now’ twisted, much of the rock is gone and the water has carved inlets on both sides.
“I really don’t think we can wait much longer. The bank has to be protected all the way to the bottom,’ Simon said.
Today, a drainage pipe sticks twelve feet from the bank over the water at a busy section of the park. Simon said it used to be flush with the river bank.
“This river used to be a lot narrower. The 1972 flood took away most of the trees along the bank. I don’t want to see it go any farther,” Simon said.
The plan envisions a retaining wall or “bulkhead” of metal plates faced with 2-by-12s of cedar or similar natural-looking lumber, treated for resistance to water and weather. It would provide a “barrier” to people trying to climb it and the wood would
last 40 years, Simon indicated.
The wall w ould support a 10-foot-wide jogging trail of crushed granite pebbles and contain waterside platform areas and three sets of steps leading into the water.
"Give them a place to get iii and out and they won’t even bother to climb the wall,” said Court Thieleman, the city administrative aide who drafted the plans for a presentation to the parks board.
Two low walls of wood piling, backed by dirt filler, would conform to the contours of the land and help correct the bare-earth wear and tear currently seen on the hillside between the river and Hinman Island Drive, he said in an interview Tuesday.
Playground equipment and picnic tables would be relocated to the newly-level areas away from the water.
Thieleman said he showed the park to Suzanne Brown, who reviews requests for the Parks and Wildlife’s “Section 404 grants.” I>ast year, 30 applications were received, and all 30 were funded.
Brown told Thieleman the city would have an excellent chance at getting the grant. (Thieleman called it a “99-percent chance” and Simon said the department was “behind us, almost begging us to apply.”)
See EROSION, Page 12A