New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Something to do today
Book sale at New Braunfels Public Library
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: NB Public Library meeting room You should know:
Friends of the Library sponsors the event. Books will include light fiction, children's and gardening books, cookbooks and home school texts. Most paperbacks are 75 cents and most hardbacks are $1.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9,2007
SPORTS TOP TEAMS
Smithson Valley, New Braunfels, Canyon get lofty attention from Texas Football pollsters. Page 7A
New Braunfels musician aims to teach children to play traditional Mariachi music. Page 2A
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Canyon Lake release slower
Still no tubing downstream of reservoir; tube for Upper Guadalupe, Comal only
By Suzanne Ashe
Weather forecasters are calling for clear skies and temperatures that will soar into the nineties in New Braunfels this weekend.
“That’s perfect tubing weather,” said Nathan Pence, New Braunfels river manager. “The Comal (River) is open for regular business — The water flow is ideal. The -sun will be shining. It should be a beautiful weekend.”
However, the Guadalupe River is still running too fast for tubing, according to Tim Horn, Canyon Lake manager.
“We reduced the flow a little to 2,100 cubic feet per sec
ond,” he said. “We expect to hold that through the weekend.”
Mike Dussere, Water Oriented Recreation District manager, said the flow on the Guadalupe River is too fast for tubing.
“I recommend no tubing,” he said. “But, feel free to take a guided raft trip with tile outfitters.”
There is another option for tubers who want to tube on the Guadalupe River. Outfitters on the upper Guadalupe River, which is running at about 1,000 cfs, are putting tubers on the water this weekend.
Wendall Lyons, owner of Big
See LAKE, Page 3A
at Sattler 1,030 CFS
New river rules, including coolers apply only on Comal River and Guadalupe River downstream of Gruene railroad bridge.
Canyon Lake release causes high water, swift Guadalupe River flow.
Passport crunch looms for travelers
Feds relax one rule, but tougher ones still lie ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as it bowed to complaints about vacation-ruining passport delays, the Bush administration insisted Friday it is pressing ahead with restrictions next year that could mean even bigger travel headaches.
Responding to protests, the State Department and the Homeland Security Department said they would temporarily relax a rule requiring passports for air travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
From now until the end of September, they said, travelers would be allowed to fly to
those destinations if they present government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, and a receipt from a State Department Web site showing they had applied for a passport.
The reprieve applies only to those with applications pending, not those who apply in coming days for travel later this summer. Travelers with receipts but not passports should expect extra scrutiny.
The goal is to allow more time to process a flood of passport applications that came in since the rule, one of many enacted after the Sept. ll, 2001 terrorist attacks, took effecf this year.
Despite that move, security officials said they would proceed, as of January, with a
See PASSPORT, Page 5A
Flurry of floating frogs
Photos by MONTY MARION/Herald Zeitung
ABOVE: A truckload of about 5,200 plastic toy frogs spills into the river at Landa Park Friday afternoon for the first annual Floating Frog Festival. Organizers estimate the event raised as much as $30,000 for the Comal Senior Citizens Foundation and Connections, a youth and family counseling center.
B First frog race raises $30,000
By David Saleh Rauf
nphe Comal Senior Citizens Center hasn’t been I &s hopping a place as it normally is since a -L group called the Frog Freedom Fighters came into the picture.
Nearly three months ago, Mr. Ribbits — a large, toy frog with psychedelic colors and patterns — was mysteriously nabbed by the group from his spot atop the big screen television in the center’s lounge area.
Since then, Robert Lopez, the center’s executive director, has led a crusade to recover the center’s mascot before the Frog Freedom Fighters turned Mr. Ribbits into “frog-leg fricassee fondue.”
See FROGS, Page 3A
Frog sponsors, hoping to wing the $5,000 first place prize, watch their frogs float down the Comal River.
Rollover at lake
CANYON LAKE — Two medical helicopters were dispatched about 11 p.m. Friday after a rollover wreck that is believed to have involved up to four youths.
A justice of the peace also was dispatched to the scene.
According to emergency services radio traffic, one vehicle was involved in the incident on Charter Oak Drive on the south side of Canyon Lake. Further details were not available at press time.
Outdoors host leads thanks
Injured military personnel thrown party by sportsmen
By Mark Koopmans
SAN ANTONIO — The smell of barbecued meat permeated a shaded thicket of trees as 50 area outdoorsmen and women searched for drinks and plates instead of deer and turkeys during a party for combat-wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Thursday.
About 250 recovering servicemen, women and their family members were helped by hunters-tumed-servers during the third annual “Sportsmen Saying Thanks," which is a project led by New Braunfels resident, Keith Warren.
Warren, a native Texan, has worked in the outdoors industry for more than 25 years. He is the host and executive producer of “Fishing & Outdoor Adventures” and “Hunting & Outdoor Adventures.”
The wounded veterans also enjoyed the help and attention from dozens of other volunteers who helped prepare and serve the barbecue dinner of brisket, sausage, pork, beans and salad.
See BAMC, Page 2A
Bush hopes Senate will revive immigration bill
By Charles Babington
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush, trying to recover from a stinging setback on immigration, will personally try in a visit to the Capitol next week to revive the embattled plan for legalizing millions of unlawful immigrants.
He began his hands-on approach Friday, placing phone calls to three key Republican senators from Air Force One during a European trip.
The calls and Bush’s scheduled lunch on Tuesday with GOP senators are part
of a campaign by the White House and allies in both parties to placate or outmaneuver conservative Republicans who blocked the broad immigration measure this week. They said Friday they would try again to reach accord on the number of amendments the dissidents could offer.
Opponents of the bill promised to continue fighting all such efforts, and some House members declared the legislation dead.
Democratic leaders accused Bush of being too tepid in pushing the legislation, which would tighten borders and
offer employers more temporary workers from abroad in addition to providing lawful status to an estimated 12 million illegal aliens and putting many of them on a path toward citizenship Many Republicans defended the pres-ident’s role. But the bill’s backers nonetheless welcomed his plan to attend the GOP senators’ weekly luncheon in the Capitol for the first time in five years.
The visit was scheduled before this week’s immigration votes, and Bush will
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