New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Study shows warming could pose problems
AUSTEN (AP) — The worldwide wanning trend could pose big problems for Texas in the next century, including more frequent droughts and problems for wetlands and forests, according to a new study.
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Pistons polish off LA with a 4-game sweep
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Others might want the NBA championship, but the Detroit Pistons had to have it. Coming close no lpnger was enough. But there was nothing close about the way they took the title from the team that had won it more than any other club in the 1980s. ge0 pQge -j 3 A
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CHICAGO (AP) — As glace fruit becuna. j available year-round (look for it in large supermarkets), home cooks find they can use it in a variety of desserts — from Shortbread Cutouts to Black Forest Souffle. _ _ ^ ^
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Vol. 137, No. 153WednesdayJune 14, 1989 25 Cents
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Two Sections, 26 Pages
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Legislation requiring board members of appraisal districts to be elected officials or from governing bodies, rather than being appointed, is supported by Comal County Commissioners Court.
Commissioners approved a resolution Monday supporting Senate Bill 914 and House Bill 432 which arc expected to be signed into law by Governor William P. Clements Jr. and take effect Sept. I, 1989. Both bills state members of the board must be made up of persons on a governing body or be an elected officer of a taxing unit entitled to vote on the appointment of board members.
“With representatives of the governing bodies of the taxing units serving on the board of directors of the appraisal districts, the lines of communication between the taxing units and the appraisal districts will be unproved,” the commissioners’ resol-
Rain runoff boosts local measurements
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The aquifer is on the rise again thanks to some much needed rain that fell Tuesday night.
The Edwards Aquifer reached up to 622.21 feet above mean sea level today, up 0.14 feet from yesterday’s level. That level was up 0.38 from Saturday because of rain that fell Sunday.
Bill Tcpc, engineering assistant at New Braunfels Utilities, said most of the rise can be attributed to runoff.
This level places Ute city back in Stage I of the conservation plan approved by city council Monday. This stage primacy focuses on promoting voluntary conservation measures.
Local weather watchers reported heavy rains in the area. Laurence Intrau reported 3 inches at Lake Dunlap. That mark was nearly reached around Canyon Lake and in Schumannsville. Approximately 2 inches fell to the cast near Smithson Valley.
“Send us some more,” said Rich Linden at Potters Creek Road.
Pcdemales Electric Company reported no major outages as a result of die storm. New Braunfels Utilitcs and Guadalupe Valley Electric Company officials were unavailable for comment.
According to National Weather Service reports, the city of San Antonio received 2.23 inches last night. The aquifer measured 635.2 feet amsl at San Antonio’s J-17 well, an increase of more than I foot from yesterday.
Officials from the National Weather Service report that heavier rains hit the recharge zones of the Edwards Aquifer. Approximately 3 to 5 inches fell near Boerne, and the NWS officials predict that it will help the aquifer a lot. They had not yet received accurate rainfall data in those areas as of this morning.
There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms with some locally heavy rains possible for today. The chance for rain diminishes in the forecast for the rest of the week.
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Comal County residents are urged to display their patriotism by flying the American Flag today, Flag Day. Flags hung out overnight were really whipped around during the storm and were soaking wet this morning, not waving very well. There's a good chance those flags will get wet again this afternoon, with the National Weather Service calling for a good chance of thundershowers returning (Photo by Ceryl Clark)
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Park, chamber discuss rivers
Plant to up work schedule
Seventy-five new local jobs will be created when New Braunfels’ West Point Pcppcrcl Iselin Mill goes on a scvcn-day work schedule in September.
Farley Industries announced today that seven-day operations will be instituted at the New Braunfels’ mill, the Dun son Mill in LaGrange, Ga.,
and Ute Lanier Mill in Huguley, Ala. bt addition to the increased employment, the company also will provide $40 million in new equipment for bed products production.
According to Farley, the company is increasing scvcn-day schedules and making $40 million in capital improvements “to meet die growing
demand for quality bcd sheeting."
Art Jones, plant manager at Iselin Mill, said staffing of the new positions already has begun. He estimates the new jobs will generate more durn one million dollars in payroll for die city.
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Because of heightened publicity about bad, and even no water in New Braunfels during the drought of 1984, Schlitterbahn owners and Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce urge the media to carefully handle the situation of low water.
Hie New Braunfcls-bascd water park issued a press release recently staling the park would remain open despite rumors and allegations the park would close because of a lack of water.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce issued a press release Monday stating the Guadalupe and
Board approves bid to drill four wells
On the lookout
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Texas Water Wells should begin the construction and drilling of four monitor wells in New Braunfels before die end of the month, said John Hoyt, a geologist with the Edwards Underground Water District.
The district’s board of directors unanimously approved Texas Water Well’s bid of $420,991 in a roll call vote during us regular meeting Tuesday. The wells are to be used to track changes in water quality along die “bad water line." They will monitor die transfer of saline (“bad water”) to the freshwater zone of the aquifer.
Hoyt indicated during the meeting the district’s staff will do all the field work and that all die sites have been acquired and easements assigned.
The City of New Braunfels will not
pay for any of the construction or monitoring.
The three sites have been assigned on die west side of town. The first site will be drilled near the Dry Comal Creek against the railroad tracks. Two wells will be drilled at the second site on Lower Colorado River Authority property near the powerhouse. The last well will be drilled near die Girl Scout hut on theCity of San Antonio property.
Texas Water Wells will receive $420,991 for their work, bul the district will still have to pay more for lugging and monitoring equipment. An additional $30-40,000 will go toward sophisticated well logging.
“That will be coming at a later phase of die project,” Hoyt said.
Another $40,000 will go toward turning die wells into long-term monitoring wells.
Rising waters kill two, topple dam, force delays
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A 50-year-old earthen dam crumbled under raging floodwater and at least two bodies were found in separate flooded areas as the second straight day of heavy rains pummeled parts of Texas and raised levels of already swollen waterways.
Rainwater rushing from the Sabana River washed away the dam on a private lake near Gorman, about 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
“It started goqig over the dam evenly all the way across — about 8 to 12 inches,” said Ray Watson, whose home is near die felled dam. “It held longer than I thought it would, but
then it started eating away in the middle.”
Once the dam started weakening, the lake was lost, she said. “It turned into a river, going 80 or 90 miles per hour,” Watson said. “It was tremendous, phenomenal, ll began snapping trees — 40- and 50-foot cottonwoods — just like you were snapping your fingers."
She said no one was direatened because homes near the lake are on a
Residents downstream were watching a second earthen dam on Leon
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New Braunfels police are looking for a black man who pulled two illfated “pigeon drop” scams last week and conned at least one man out of $300 after approaching the victim outside of Randolph Credit Union in the Courtyard Shopping Center and another victim outside of Texas Commerce Bank. The man is described as a black man, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches with slender build and large head not proportionate to his body. He is described as having yellowed eyes, gaps between his teeth and a deformed left wrist. He also possibly limps on one leg Persons with information should call the police department at 625-7181 or Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. (Composite drawn by police artist Guillermo "Willie” Padilla.)
Comal rivers arc flowing and ready for recreation.
“What I had heard — I couldn’t substantiate it — but I had several employees who said that they had heard on one of the radio stations — and they couldn’t tell me which one — dial an announcement was made that the park would he closing in seven days due to a lack of water," said Schlittcrbahn’s marketing director Jana Wilkinson. “We decided we’d better address it by making a press release."
ITic chamber’s press release stated, “The current river conditions make
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Leaders surrender in China
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities today announced lite arrest of two of 21 student leaders wanted for roles in the pro-democracy movement and ordered two Western reporters expelled for their reporting on die martial law crackdown.
Given three days to leave were John Pomfret of The Associated Press and Voice of America bureau chief Alan Pessin.
The British Broadcasting Corp. in Beijing initially reported dial Brian Barron, its Far Eastern TV correspondent also was ordered out, bul later said “it was just a mistake."
The expulsion order came as audiorities intensified criticism of the United States and pressed on with a nationwide clampdown on dissent that lias already netted more durn 1,000 arrests.
Communist audionnes have criticized VOA, whose short-wave broadcasts are an important source of information for Chinese, as spreading “distortions.” They Iiave also condcnuicd Washington for sheltering Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and his wife, Li Shuxian, at the U S. Embassy.
Authorities also announced today , die arrest of 32 participants in pro-democracy protests, which enued June 3-4 with a military assault on Beijing's center in which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed,
The Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, warned the United States in a harsh front-page editorial today to “stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and not do anything to harm bilateral relations.
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A flash flood watch continues today. Otherwise, the forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of thundershowers. Today’s high will he 86 degrees. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a chance of occasional showers and a low of 67 degrees. The Thursday forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and a high of 84 degrees.
“Pete’s Dragon” is die movie showing Thursday night at Landa Park’s spring-fed pool. The movie starts at 9 p.m. and youngsters are invited to bring blankets and chairs and even supjier. Admission is $2 for children, with parents admitted free. The next outdoor movie will be "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" July 3, followed by “20,(MX) Leagues Under the Sea” July 22 and “Something Wicked lins Way Comes” Aug.
Luke Thompson, manager of die Honey Creek nature conservancy will be die guest speaker at the Bexar Audubon Society’s Thursday night meeting at 7:30 p m. at the Ruble Center, 409 E. Magnolia in San Antonio. Hie meeting is free and open to the public. The chapter’s goals are to promote species and habitat conservation and environmental education in die community....
Buck Pottery in Gruene is again hosting a Magical Child Creative Workshop open to children of all ages Friday morning. Registration is from 9:30 until ll, with the workshop from IO to noon. Admission is $3 per person and participants are free lo try their hands at pla>ing with clay. Proceeds from die event will benefit die New Braunfels Children’s Museum....
Meanwhile, from now through Saturday at the Children’s Museum in Courtyard shopping center, youngsters are invited to make Dad a special gift with that "hands-on” touch by taking pan iii handprint mg (or footpriniing) on T-shirts and aprons for their fadiers. Children also make try ue-dying or marbleizing handkerchiefs or T-shins fix Dad Summer hours at the museum are IO am. to 5 p m. Wednesday through
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