New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Economists see Fed moving with caution
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Alan Greenspan confirms the Federal Reserve reversed its yearlong campaign of pushing interest rates higher, but that doesn’t mean the central bank is soft on inflation, economists say.
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Commissioners say AG is playing politics
AUSTIN (AP) — The head of the Public Utility Commission gave up the duties of acting executive director at the agency, after Attorney General Jim Mattox said she could not legally do both jobs.
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GBRA to cut water release
Officials from Guadalupe Blanco River Authority announced Thursday water releases from Canyon Dam will be reduced to meet the flow of the Guadalupe coming into Canyon Lake next week.
Effective July 27 at 5 p.m. the outflow from Canyon Lake will be reduced to equal the amount of water coming into the lake.
David Wclsch, director of planning and development for OBRA, explained to a group of river outfitters that GBRA’S federal license for die hydroelectric plant included a provi
sion that required OBRA to keep the outflow of water from Canyon Dam at least 90 cubic feet per second until the average of the inflow for 45 days is less than 90 cfs. That provision was sought by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the protection of downstream fisheries.
“We’re at a period now where we’ve released more than 90 cfs for 45 days,” Welsh said. “Effective next Thursday at five o’clock, we’ll reduce
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City keepingGood day
It’s cooler outside. Really. Today’s high was expected to reach the upper 90s, followed tonight by a low in the upper 60s. The winds will be from the east tonight at about 5 to IO mph. Saturday’s high is going to reach the mid 90s with a southeasterly wind at IO mph. The extended outlook for Sunday through Tuesday shows a chance of daytime thundershowers, mostly cloudy mornings, partly cloudy and hot afternoons, and mild nights. Highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s.
ncsday and Friday. Odd-numbered house and business addresses can water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. No watering has been allowed for Saturday.
Violations to the controlled outside watering could result in a fine not less than $50 and no more than $200.
“They need to know they can be fined up to $200 for water in the street or watering on the womg days,” Mayor Doug Miller said. “Those will automatic sprinklers arc going to need to pay attention.”
Stage III also includes such volun-
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Business owners along the Guadalupe River are organizing to protect their businesses and interests in lite river.
President Mark Kypfer said membership in the Guadalupe River Association is open to home and business owners or any other individual interested in the economic development and ecological preservation of the river.
“We are concerned with all activities with the river, whether they be beneficial or detcrimental,” Kypfer said.
Currently, the Guadalupe River Association is working with the Water Oriented Recreation District on public relations and advertising. Kypfer explained many people in Dallas and Houston, which are the biggest
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Dance the night away Saturday night at a benefit dance for the Comal County Menial Health Mental Retardation Center, 511 North St. Burney Bocck and Mostly Country will provide the music from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 353 S. Seguin. Tickets arc $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and are available at the center, at Libra-do’s on U.S. XI, and will be available at the door. A drawing will be conducted for many items donated by area businesses and organizations. Tickets for the drawing arc $1 for three or 50 cents each.
Money raised at the dance will help the center with operating costs and will help the Comal County Development Training Center buy more equipment so die mentally retarded clients can accept more money-making jobs. The Mental Health Clinic has opening a Social Club for clients to gather and is planning many activities for the group, but also needs money to pay the rent and buy items that are needed all the time to operate the center.
For more information, call the Mental Health Clinic at 625-7724 or the Developmental Training Center at 625-7359....
Smithson Valley High School students arc invited to an afternoon and evening of swimming, tennis, volleyball, and dancing sponsored by the Smithson Valley Parent-Student Network Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight — come when you can. 'Hie event will be at the Clubhouse, formerly River Ridge Resort on Rebecca Creek Road, three miles east of U.S.
281 and I mile south of PM 306. Admission will be $1. lf you want to help or you have more questions, call Sharon Sharp at 885-7602....
Volunteers from Lake Dunlap and McQueeney fire departments, along with two trucks from New Braunfels Fire Department battled a grass fire that spread to a mobile home Thursday afternoon
Coalition to fight tax consolidation
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
A local citizens group is gearing up to oppose a proposed tax consolidation in Comal Appraisal District to be voted on in an Aug. 12 election.
“We arc basically opposed to the consolidation,” said Harvey Pape, spokesman for the Tax Savers’ Coalition. “We arc not opposed to the combining of the taxing entities, just the way they arc presenting it at this point.”
New Braunfels residents will go the voting booths Aug. 12 to decide if
Comal County Tax Asscssor-Collcctor Gloria Clcnnan will assess and collect taxes for Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels ISD, the City of New Braunfels, Comal County and other smaller taxing entities.
Clcnnan stated last week because NBISD and the City of New Braunfels have a different tax year from other local entities, it would not be cost effective to collect and assess taxes for those two entities.
The different tax year for NBISD was secured earlier this year when the
71 st Legislature passed a bill allowing the school district to maintain its fiscal year from July I to June 30.
According to the Tax Savers’ Coalition, CISD has been negotiating with Comal County for a possible consolidation between those two entities. NBISD and the City of New' Braunfels have been consolidated for more than 80 years, according to the coalition.
FSC supports its position by stating there arc two separate tax years (CIS!)
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The weather was a little cooler but area firefighters couldn’t tell as they battled two blazes Thursday afternoon.
A City of New Braunfels mechanic called the New Braunfels Fire Department at 2:03 p.m. Thursday to report that a vehicle had caught fire inside the city bani at Lakeview and Klingcmann.
“The cause of the fire is presently under investigation,” said New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker. “But a preliminary reason was a fire had started in a vehicle that was being prepared and it spread to the interior of the vehicle and to the contents of the garage. The whole structure became involved.”
The building contained many tools and automotive parts, along with oils and cleaners, butane bottles and acetylene bottles. Two of the safety valves on the acetylene bottles did their job and melted off so the bottles vented themselves, Baker said. Firefighters were able to cool the other bottles down.
Baker said the dispatcher received the call al 2:03 and had the fire under control by 2:34 p.m. Firefighters had to pull one of the metal building’s doors down to get inside the structure.
“That’s pretty fast for a fully involved metal building," Baker said. Three units responded, including two
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A fire that may have started in a vehicle in the city barn at Lakeview and Klingemann burned the contents of the building and much of the building itself early Thursday afternoon.eye on
District needs analysis
The Water Oriented Recreation District should conduct an economic analysis of the river recreation business and its value to the local tax base, according to Dave Brown, a water consultant hired by the district board to research the potential of obtaining water releases from Canyon Dam by
the Guadaiupc-Blanco River Authority.
“I’ve recommended that WORD undertake an economic analysis of tire river-related tourist revenues on the Guadalupe measuring the expenditures of those who visit the river to tube, raft, canoe, camp and sightsee,”
Brown said in a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce. “Secondly, I’ve recommended that they analyze its value to the lax base.”
Brown said the two studies will generate appreciation for the resource in the local community.
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Mandatory water conservation measures are in effect for the City of New Braunfels now that the level of the Edwards Aquifer at the Panther Canyon test well has dipped below 621 feet above mean sea level.
Stage 111 of the water conservation plan approved by the City Council June 12 went into effect Thursday when the aquifer’s level was 620.92 feet amsl. Today’s level is 620.99 feet amsl.
A major feature of Stage 111 is controlled outside watering which all residents need to be aware of. Even-numbered house and business addresses can water only on Monday, Wed-
A New Braunfels woman was treated and released by hospital officials Thursday afternoon after blacking out and driving tlirough a red light and into the side of a van.
Elizabeth Diaz, 31, was driving east on a frontage road off Interstate 35 when she apparently blacked out and drove through a red light at the 1200 block of Seguin Street. Her 1979 Firebird struck a 1981 Dodge van driven by Jesus Hernandez, 43, of New Braunfels.
Hernandez’s son, 12-year-old Joaquin, was a passenger in the van.
Boti) Hernandez and his son were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with Diaz. They were treated and released.
According to New Braunfels Police Officer Russell Bell, all three parties were wearing seatbelts.
The accident is under investigation.
Three persons were slightly injured Thursday in this two-car collision at the intersection of the Interstate 35 frontage road and Sequin Street. The cause of the accident is under investigation. (Photo by Deryl Clark)