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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Mike Sierra signs scholarship letter with Incarnate 410 nicRQP COUNTDOWN 294 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21.1995 New Braunfels M°I6 I0/22/99 f:    YAND    ELI    UBLTSHINf’ DOCENTS 177 DR el paso, tx 12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 2, HeraW-Zeitunfi >, 1994    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    142    years    ■    Home    of    SUSAN    WILLIAMS Inside Weather............................. .............2 Obituaries.......................... .............2 Opinion............................. .............4 Sports................................ .............5 Comics.............................. .............6 Classified........................... ........8-11 K-Mart advertisement....... ...........12 StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zoitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Mitchell Smith (Happy 13th!), Richard McEntire, Angelina Valadez, Gilbert (Gibby) Molina, Jr„ Richard Glanville, Lilly Guerrero (belated), Connie Villarreal (belated), Lee Brandt, Jr., Lester Burgess, John Collins, Dorothy Goebel, Doris Hammon, Virginia Hendricks, Denise Lipscomb, Ramon Velasquez.Lotto Texas Jackpot now worttLefh million AUSTIN (AP) - No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice-wGekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The Cumbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of SO were: 11, 16; 26; 27,28 and 33. _ Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday night’s game will be SIO million.Children’s Museum hosting Terri Adams The Children's Museum is hosting a gallery talk on Tuesday, June 7. The speaker is Tern Adams, General Manager of Schlitteibahn; her topic is the Dragon Blaster and the making of water rides from conception to completion. After the talk, participants will design their own water rides with an materials supplied by CMNB. Admission to the museum is free for families on the first Tuesday of the month from I p.m. to 5 pm Registration is under way at the Children's Museum for summer classes. Classes are hands-on experiences in art, TV production and science for all ages. Call the museum, 620-0939 for more information.Creative Clay Workshop in Gruene A Magical Child Creative Clay Workshop will be held from IO a m to 4 p.m. June 6 at Buck Pottery in Gruene. The workshop is a benefit for the Children's Museum. No preregistration is required. Remember to wear old clothes. For more information, call 620-0939.Red Stocking Revue cast members needed People interested in being a part of the Red Stocking Revue should attend the Director's Party at Treetops on San Antonio Street at 7 pin. today. The director will give a general overview of the show and a preview of entertainment. Call dim and Melaney Beath at 62NL3016 or Car ol Bisset at 629-026$ for more information.    ' Stammtisch ^x (The New Braunfels HeraldAeHung mr lies Us readers lo submit Hems lo Stammtisch According lo the Sophie nbu/g Archives and members of the German community, Slammlisch" represents a sitting place for members cf the commmity lo gather and shire the days happenings We invite you lo share with us ) Tho wmnincj lumbers —TEXRS-r LOTTERV I Vol. 142, No. 145 Sheriffs Department having success stopping cliff jumpers Sheriff’s deputies’ presence keeps jumpers off cliffs By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A new method for coping with tootlers and rafters jumping off the cliffs across from near the Preiss Heights subdivision has proven to be successful so far, according to Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. Comal County deputies were stationed on the cliffs during peak hours last weekend and will continue to be stationed there during the tourist season. The deputies and increased publicity concerning law enforcement on the Guadalupe River helped decrease the number of arrests. “We had a lot of publicity and it was all in our favor. We let people know we were not going to tolerate anything,” said Bremer. Many arrests were made last year River flow prompts caution from officials By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Although no major injuries were reported on the Guadalupe River during the Memorial Holiday Weekend, officials are urging caution during the weekdays. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have initiated a system to release water from Canyon Lake at 1,000 cubic feet per second on weekdays. That rate will drop to a calmer 550 cfs on Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. This policy will last until the level of Canyon Lake drops to 909 feet which Corps officials say should be sometime in mid-June, barring any additional heavy rainfall totals upstream. Currently, the level stands around 911 feet which caused Corps officials to institute the plan, knowing thousands of tourists would use the river on weekends. Chief Phil Baker of the New Braunfels Fire Department said they did not receive any calls for water rescue during the Memorial Day Weekend and had fewer emergency calls overall than in past years. Corps officials have said that flow rates of 1,000 and 550 cfs in effect create two different rivers. Chief Baker said although the majority of people use the river on weekends, those using the river during the weekday should take caution. “It can be a dangerous flow especially for inexperienced rafters,” he said. “The experienced people love this. And the kayakers love this flow.” He said toobers shouldn’t even consider using the river at 1,000 cfs. for criminal trespass charges. Bremer said making the arrests used a lot of manpower and jail space. “We can utilize our jail space better. We don’t want people to jump off the cliffs because people will get hurt. People have been hurt, and some people have been killed,” he said. Bremer said income from fines for criminal trespass will decrease since fewer people are jumping from the cliffs but he said making a profit is not the business of the sheriffs office. “Law enforcement is not a profit-making operation. We arc concerned with the safety and welfare of people. Fines help operate the courts and they arc income but there is a lot of expense involved in putting people in jail so it is a wash,” he said. The new method uses officers who are paid by funds from the Water Oriented Recreation District’s contract with the county.Highway requests from county threatened by TxDOT budget cuts By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Just how many Comal County projects will be hurt by possible cuts in the district highway budget for 1994-95 is yet to be determined Several projects not on the Texas Department of Transportation list but which were asked by county officials to be considered a)uld be seriously threatened. County Engineer Tom Homseth earlier this year asked TxDOT officials to consider adding several projects in the county to the list of projects proposed by TxDOT district officials to the state office “These are projects that were not even on the list They are probably not even being amsidcred,” he said Among the projects included were improving the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 281 and FM 1863 and improvements at the Speck’s Crossing TxDOT district officials are currently appealing cuts of over $20 million in their budget for 1994-95. They hope to receive most of that money back from the state or find ex her ways to fund the projects County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc has been meeting Superhighway means dollars Designation of 1-35 as a “superhighway” amid bnng millions of federal funds for 1-35 projects alexic. City and axmty leaders met in April with district TxDOT officials to plead their case for 1-35 projects Under the lntermexlal Surface Transpeirtanem Efficiency Act of 1991, $155 billion was set aside for six years to fund, among exher things, a superhighway, which has ncx been designated with variers officials from 21 counties that are forming an Interstate 35 Coalition from the Red River to the Rio (j ramie “The effort of this coalition is to obtain federal funding under the ISTEA program,” said Craigmile “...It is actively pursuing at the national level to get Congressional and agency approval.” Federal fonds for 1H-35 could help offset the cost of IH-35 projects in Comal County and allow more state money to be spent on other road projects in the county, said local TxDOT Engineer David KoppEagles want their flag back By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The American flag that hung outside the New Braunfels Eagles Hall was swiped sometime Tuesday night, and the Eagles want their flag back. Arvin Brehm, manager of Eagles Hall, said he hopes whoever took the flag now regrets it, and will return it. “We were going to get another one. We usually replace it once a year, but that’s not the point. That is desecrating the flag. There are a lot of things they can take, but the flag should not be one,” Brehm said. The four-foot by eight-foot flag can be returned with no questions asked, Brehm said. “Just put it in a package and lay it on the steps, or leave a message at the hall telling us where we can find it,” he said. Eagles Hall is located at 257 E. South Street. The telephone number is 625-7243. City eyes alcohol banat dty parks Paries & Rec board to recommend ban to NB city council By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Board voted this week to recommend to the city council that a ban on alcohol be enacted in several city parks Parks board president Hal Herbclin said the recommendation was based on the petition received from citizens who live near Eikel Field Park. The board decided to expand the recommendation and suggested several more neighborhood parks be added to the list. The parks included in the recommendation are Eikel Field, Common Street Little League Park, Fredericksburg Road Little League Park and Hay Market Plaza “It is based on a recommendation that came to us from individuals who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Eikel Field Parte. The petition had 30 names including the police chief and council members . The petition recommended the city pass an ordinance banning alcohol,” said Herbelin. The board requested the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis se) that it can be in effect all through the summer If it is passed on a three-reading basis it will take until late July to have the ordinance enacted. The parks in which people can consume alcohol are the Comal Park baseball diamond and Landa Park, said Herbelin. In Landa Park alcohol is banned within 25 feet of the roadway or parking lot Residents of the city's west side met in a neighborhood meeting last Wednesday to discuss problems with crime at Eikel Field Park and in their neighborhood The petition requesting the ban was distributed among residents and local officials at the meeting The residents in tile area are expected to meet again next week to discuss a neighborhood watch program Eikel Field Park has been determined to be a priority to local residents who are participating in the watch Photo by ROBERT STEWART Build a flag, help a child CASA of Central Texas, Inc. Is building a flag on Seguin Avenue through donations to their program. Each $10 donation buys a piece of a stripe, while each $25 donation buys a star. Pictured helping erect the flag are Herman Martinez, Bill Klare, Rudy Rubio, Jackie Vann with Carol Johnson and Dorothy Johnson of Johnson Furniture Innerworks who are donating the space for the flag. CASA volunteers help children who become involved in the court system because of abuse or neglect. For more information on how to donate or volunteer call (210) 620-5536. Water guns are like weapons, sheriff says By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Water guns taken from toobers and rafters on the Guadalupe River last weekend are much more than just “hand-held squirt guns” according to Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer “They are pressurized weapons,” said Bremer The problem with the water guns and sling shots is not new. The department also took the water guns from rowdy river-goers last year. Bremer said deputies only take the guns from people who are causing a disturbance Approximately 14 water guns and IO large ding shots were taken from river-goers last weekend Bremer said some of the “weapons” were taken from people on the river and some were taken from people driving on River Road “Imagine if you were driving down River Road and got squirted with water or you were on the river in your tube laying in the sun and someone squirts you with cold water,” said Bremer One item confiscated was a gas-powered water canon that had enough pressure to put out someone’s eyeball, Bremer explained Bremer said people squirting the water guns can cause traffic accidents, fist fights and assaults “We can arrest people for disorderly conduct or we can take the weapons to the sheriffs office and let the owners pick the water guns up before they leave,” he said In another matter, Bremer said his office will continue to conduct license checkpoints dunng the summer despite objections by some attorneys Last weekend the department conducted a license checkpoint on River Road Local attorney Frank Suhr was at the checkpoint filming the officers. Suhr said he is not currently representing anyone who has been arrested at a checkpoint, but instead he was attempting to gather evidence in case it was needed for later cases or appeals. “He was certainly within his rights to do that I am concerned about the rights of a lot of people,” said Bremer "Comal County residents should be free from people who drive without a driver's license and without insurance and from those who drive under the influence of alcohol Ifl can save someone's life by doing checkpoints I will continue doing them ” For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 6 •    .    .      I    .    *    _________________________ ;