New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Something to do today
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: NBU Service Center, 355 FM 306 You should know: Kids ages 5-12 learn about bike safety. Free bike registration, safety inspections, and prizes including a bike and helmets.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2,2007
NEWS Game warden
Funeral arrangements for Ty Patterson are set for Monday. Page 3A
Astros go home early
Seven-run final innings gives win to St. Louis. Page 8A
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Vol. 154, No. 174 18 pages, 2 sections
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SPORTS TV GRIDS
Hi I1SS11Canyon Lake officials say 5,000 cfs water release to continue for another weekRIVER/LAKE CONDITIONS
Comal River flow..............313 cubic feet per second
Guadalupe River (Spring Branch)................ 1,600 cfs
Guadalupe River (Sattler)..............................5,420 cfs
Guadalupe River (upstream of Comal) 5,420 cfs
Canyon Lake.....................16 feet (+7 above normal.)
Source: U.S. Geological Service
See water recreation advisories, city of New Braunfels river rules on page 10A.
No tubing on Guadalupe
By David Saleh Rauf
CANYON LAKE — Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday said Canyon Dam’s flood gates will continue to release water at almost 5,000 cubic feet per second for at least the next eight to IO days, effectively deflating tubing opportunities this weekend
on the Guadalupe River.
The release was prompted after torrential rains dumped more than 3 inches on Canyon Lake over the Memorial Day weekend, causing the Canyon Reservoir to exceed its nonnal elevation above sea level by almost eight feet.
On Wednesday, the Corps of Engineers — which is responsible for managing water releases when tile lake lev
el is above 909 feet — said the reservoir had reached an elevation of 917 feet, putting it in a flood stage.
In response, the Corps of Engineers opened the flood gates on Wednesday rim Horn, Canyon I .ake Manager, said the dam was releasing at a rate of 4,740 cfs late Friday afternoon and that lake levels had dropped about six inches
See GUADALUPE, Page 2APreparing to deploy
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Community turnout shows support for local servicemen, women going to Iraq
Speakers share thoughts with deploying soldiers
By Mark Koopmans
More than 700 people filled the New Braunfels Civic Center Friday morning during the deployment ceremony. While the majority were there to see off a family member or friend, many others said they were there to show their support and appreciation.
“My husband, Rodney, is a former Marine, and the kids and I just wanted to say thanks," said Tammy Gayles of Canyon Lake, standing outside the Civic Center. Her 4-year-old daughter, Kenzie, and
3-year-old son, Braxton, stood off to one side, watching as about 170 soldiers from A Battery, 4th Battalion. 133rd Field Artillery Unit, 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard stood at parade rest in the hot morning sun before the IO a.m. ceremony.
Irater, during the 45-minute event, 15 former soldiers of the 36th Infantry Division were recognized in speeches from the podium, including two former soldiers who served with the 36th during World War ll. One of the old
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE:Texas National Guard soldiers from A Battery, 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment stand at attention outside the New Braunfels Civic Center Friday morning.The soldiers are being deployed to Iraq. RIGHT: A supporter watches as members of theTexas National Guard file into the civic center. BELOW:The large crowd of supporters inside the civic center gives the soldiers a standing ovation as the troops file out after a deployment ceremony Friday morning. About 170Texas National Guard soldiers from this area are being deployed to Iraq.
By Mark Koopmans
A patriotic and enthusiastic crowd of about 700 people who attended a send-off ceremony for about 170 area soldiers at the New Braunfels Civic Center heard from several army commanders, as well as local civic leaders during the 45-minute ceremony Friday morning.
The soldiers who belonging to A Battery, 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Unit of the Texas National Guard come from New Braunfels, Seguin and San Marcos, as well as other surrounding towns.
“This is my highest privilege since becoming mayor,” said New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer said, looking directly at the soldiers assembled below him. Alongside
Boyer were civilian and military officials including State Rep. Nathan Macias, Comal County Judge Danny Schell, San Marcos Mayor Susan Nar-vaiz, Maj. Gen. John Furlow, 36th Infantry Division commander and assistant adjutant general; Maj. Gen. Christopher Powers, Texas State Guard commander; Col. Robert Canon, division artillery commander; Col. William Hall, 36th Infantry Division chief of staff and Lt. Col. Jose Figueroa, 4th Battalion commander.
“You may be in harm’s way for up to 15 months, and there are those who will question your right to be there and the cause (for which) you are fighting,” Powers told the assembled servicemen and women. “They have that right,
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Area troops begin year-long deployment today
By Mark Koopmans
The Herald-Zeitung The sound of thunder rolling filled the warm air of a sunny Friday morning when members of the Texas Army National Guard soldiers arrived for their deployment ceremony at the New Braunfels Civic Center Friday.
About 170 men and women from A Battery, 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery
Unit, were first escorted from their New Braunfels headquarters by volunteers from the Patriot Guard Riders.
As hundreds of family, friends and local residents witnessed the troops arriving in four Comal Independent School District buses, students from the San Marcos area — who were passing by in their own yellow school bus—screamed ‘“Thank You”
from their open windows.
The IO a.m. ceremony officially began with the entrance of various Army commanders and local political dignitaries. They were followed by the introduction and entrance of the men and women of the 133rd who marched in to the music of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and a tumultuous, extended standing ovation.
“Presenting A Battery, 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Unit, sir," Lt. Pete Caffrey, the unit’s commanding officer said, before saluting his superior officers standing on the podium.
After presentation of the colors, the crowded room with about 700 people — including those standing at
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