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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas $491 IN COUPONS INSIDE? $1.50 —Sunday— New Braunfels JULY 17 2011 ^ SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852mr If we believe the number of people may lead to unsafe conditions, tfie mayor can declare a state of emergency Tfiere was no crisis, but the river was extremely busy, and our goal was to get people off the river by night ” C'lty Manager Michael Morrison \ Added Saturday was the “busiest day I've ever seen" State of emei^en<^ Massive crowds cause mayor to close Comal River By Megan Hon The Hefald-Zeitunq Nc'w Br.nintVK Mayor ('lale f’ospisil il(H larerl a "slate of cnK'r-g('H( on ihe (onial River Satiir-flav afternoon btnause of the large number of tubers. I’ospisil, ( it\' Manager Mu hael Morrison and New Braunfels PoIk e ( hi(‘f Tom VVibert began ilis( iissing the n(H‘(l for ( omal Kiver (iosurc' about 2 [).m., after tlic\ Naul it had beconii' too (re iwded. \! 4;iO|).ni., NBPD closed all ontrantes to the (Om.d and denied ,u < (ns t«) th( )se wanting to float into the evening hours. It we believe the numb(‘r of people m.n lead to unsate (onrli-lions, the mayor (an d(H Lire a st.if(> of enii*rg('n(V,' Morriy >n Stiid. ' rhf're no crisis, but the river vvas cxtr('m('ly bus\, and our goal was to g('t p(H)pl(> oft the river by niglif." (>ii( a state o* f niergt'nc y is df( .iriKl, the ma\'or (an (lose and e'v.H uate the riv(‘i however, this option was not put into pla\. kiv('r e\a(u<itn)ii is saved tor extreiiK' dang(>r, such as tiash t'-Kxl Smdcrsaid. ' lo< )k at a time to (lose the river sot rowtis aren't in the water (*nvironnicn! after dark," Snyder S.ll(i \1( )rrison said S.ifurdav was the ■'busiest day I've ever st'en" bt (,,ius(> both the ('omal and (iuadalu[H* rivers w(>r(‘ trawling w ith pc'ople, P(‘opl(“ are ( oming to the ( omal b('iaus(> depending on what part ()t the (lU.KlalufX' they're lit. tiu'rt' arc lots of spots tulx'rs h.ivt' to phvsR ally get up .ind w.ilk over bec.uise th(‘re is no flow," NHPI) 11. I ieath Purv'is said. I ctrlier Saturday, around 1:50 p.m., NHPI) offit (>rs l)egan implt* nt(‘nfing a "slow down," which MEGAN HOLT Herald ZeitiUKj New Braunfels Police officers were stationed at Last Tubers Exit to control the crowdb Saturday afternoon NBPD Sgt Ctiris Snyder said the Connal River tias not been ttiat busy In 10 years. allowed alx)ut 2(K) tulx*rs to enter Prince Solms l\<rk ev('ry fivt* minute's. Tubing outfitters, like landa Falls, wc're running out of t‘(|uip-mt'nt lor those* e^age'r to ge^t int( > the* water. "We were’ dc'finitelv walking th(' line of running out of tubes, said let) Mc Crar\, Landa lalls m.inager. "Tourism is growing as the town grows, and because people .ire finding out the (j>mal is a ni((' float, they are coming to New Braunfels." Once NBPL) offiec'rs Ix'gan s(h>-ing an intlux ot |XH)[)le, outfitters wiw ijskcfl to monitor the numlxT of tube'rs they vve‘re putting on the' water, Pun-% said. As a ¡)t(‘caution, New Braun f('ls l ire De'piirtment ptMsonncl w('re siatione*d at the last Tubers I \it in .in {'me'rgi'iHV Iniat. w.iiting to hc'lp those' exiting. Snyrk'r said one arrc'sl lor publit infoxKafion wds made, and two p('opl(' v\i'r(> tr.insported to a hospital tor (k'hydration and alcohol re'latc'd ilint'sse's. ►IOWA GOV. SAYS Perry 2012 run likely DES INOINES,lo«va(AP) low.i (lov. Tf*rr\ Br.instad says h(' think it's ye>ry likely that T('x<is (,ov. Kitk Perry will jump into tiie Kc'publi-( ,in race and restiape ilu> (.impaign for Iowa's le.idotf presidential (au( us«'s. "I gc't the fle'tinite impres Sion he's v(>ry liki'ly to run," Br.instad told f he Ass()( lat-('(I Pre'ss on S.itureLn, basing his opinion on <1 ( on-v('rsation the* two Kt'publi( <in gov('rnors had Br.instad said Perr\ told him his tamilv wants him t(i run. Branstad also said h{> expe'( ts Perry to \ isit h >wa in th(‘ next month or so P('rr\ would alter the ra( e in low.i wf'rt' he to get in, i^ranstad s.iid. Minnesota Rep, i\^k hei(> liuhmann .hot In ;he 1« «p ot sl,i!f' p ilk - : j( e i ‘|]tt T ing the i.K c’ Iasi mk )nt(i, w ilh «'ark support trom tea partv supporti'rs and ewingelii al (onse'r\ativ('s. former Mi-a ,i( husetls (,o\ \titl Roni ne\' also rates well in L iwa, but has sign.lied he plans to to( us his (>arK t arnp.iign on New Hampshire' rath(>r low.i. See PERRY. Page 8A WEATHER, 10A DAKOTA HAWKINS GOODWIN FRAZIER ELEMFNTARY I- ’erry Ctiarles Bracewell kneels July 8 t)eside a wind turbine tower resting on tiis property as a standing one operates nearby. Bracewell is locked in a dispute With Souttiwest Windpower over ttie unit's effectiveness. LAURA McKtNZIE Herald /oilmig Quixotic quest? Men figh battle over wind turbines Plenty of sunshine High 99 Low: 76 By will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Sometimes, it's not c'asy going gre‘e>n. Nearly two years after contrac ting to inst.ill wind turbines on their property, two Canyon I ake-arevi men belie've they didn't get what they paid for. ( h.irles Bracewe'll and Larry Dean plunkc'd ck)W'n $ i(),(HK) lor a pair ot Skys-tre'am wind turbines [)urchase^d through Southwest Wind[)ower, They were inst.illc'd in back of their residence in Sc'()tc'mber 2009, but the men claim they nc’ver produc c'd the* energy savings the com )any advertised. "T ley'vc' bc'en working on the turbine's THE POWER OF LOVE Felix and Penny Farias stopped by my office the day after they buried their son, Lance CpI. John Farias. They wanted to publish a thank you letter to the com- ^ munity in that Sunday's edition New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. — DOUG TONEY'S COLUMN, 4A LORENZ WORKING ON HIS LIST A fifth-generation farmer and ranch, Lorenz Bading, 94, has worked two farms that have belonged in his family for 156 and 112 years. The state Department of Agriculture has recognized the ranches as Designated Family Land Heritage Property. — LIFE, 1C c'ver sinc e» thc'\ wc'rc' inst.illc'd ' Brac c'wc'll said. " fhc'y've sent a numbe'r of [)eoplc‘ to come out and work on thc'm, including the inst.ille'r, the' tc'ch pc'ople and the*'r dc'alc'r." In l.inuary, comp.un reprc'sent.ifives clismantlc'd one of thc' turbine's, promising to rc'turn but iK'ver did. Brae c'well said. "All ot a sudden, they |usl (|uit," he s.iid. "Hu'y sc'iif a out sc‘\ time's and ht' obsc'rvc'd and ac knowh'dgc'd the [iroblc'in. He said tin' t ompan\ would rc'solvi' it ('ven if if inc'anf moving one' ot the turbines lo a ne'w lex ation." See TURBINES, Page 8A TEAM USA IN FINAL TODAY Ali Krieger might have a future as a tour guide after this. The U.S. defender's teammates have been bombarding her with questions about what to do and what to see in Frankfurt, site of today's World Cup final and Krieger's home for much of the last four years. Abby Classifieds. Cíímics CíQiswards.. pQiuni Obituaries _ Planner ........ Scons TV Vol 158 I No 213 4 sections, 76 pages 2D ID 5C 5C 4A 3A K IB 40 56825' 00002 $1 W DON'T FORGET TO VOTE Krieger • IVAME THIS • BUILDIIVG — SPORTS, 38 r . 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