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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY June 14, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections jppMM    14    pages    in    2    seemHerald-Zeitung Vol. ISO, No. 184Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsCanyon Lake youth, 13, dies in fall at Grand Canyon From Staff Reports GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — A 13-year-old Canyon Lake boy was killed early Tuesday in a fall that occurred on the second day of a Colorado River rafting trip. Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said Andy Drugg, 13, died at about 8 a.m. Tuesday in a 40-foot fall in Grand Canyon National Park. Drugg had recently completed the seventh grade at Smithson Val ley Middle School. The fall occurred at river mile 20.5 near North Canyon Rapid, according to a news release issued by Oltrogge. River guides ANDY DRUGG performed ear- dio-pulmonary resuscitation at the scene of the fall, and ranger paramedics who were flown to the site provided advanced cardiac life support, Oltrogge said. The effort to revive Drugg was not successful. Drugg was a participant in a 14-day Moki Mac River Expeditions Inc. river trip that began on Monday. He was hiking with his uncle and other family friends who were members of the trip party when the accident occurred, relatives reported. Drugg’s was the fifth fatality at See YOUTH/3A New Braunfels boy killed in AZ wreck By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Funeral services have been set for a 7-year-old New Braunfels boy killed this past month in an Arizona traffic accident. Walter Daniel Schmidt died May 31 in a rollover crash near Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Lake Havasu is on the border of Arizona and Cali fornia near Needles, Calif. Services for the boy are at IO a.m. Saturday at Cross Lutheran Church. Schmidt had just completed second grade at Frazier Elementary School. His second grade teacher, Kristy Reinach, called the death “a tragic loss” Wednesday afternoon. “He was a very bright young man,See WRECK/3A WEST GBRA approves water for Bulverde By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Bulverde is a step closer to getting much needed water for the city. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority board of directors met Wednesday and unanimously authorized an agreement for treated water for the city. According to the agreement, Bulverde will receive 400 acre-feet of water from GBRA. “The 400 acre-feet is an annual commitment with its point of delivery to be determined,” GBRA project manager David Welsch said. Welsch said the Bulverde agreement is part of GBRA’s Western Canyon Project. The project is a component of regional water planning for western Comal County, Fair Oaks Ranch and Boerne. GBRA is awaiting approval from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for a permit amendment to draw more water out of Canyon Lake for other regional water use. The agency currently is permitted to draw 50,000 acre-feet from the lake. Tile amendment asks for an additional 40,000 acre-feet to be drawn from the lake. The Western Canyon Project is dependent on the amendment. The TNRCC will make a decision about the permit amendment June 20 in Austin. On May 23, Bulverde City Council unanimously authorized Mayor Bob Barton to sign the agreement with GBRA, contingent upon favorable review from City Attorney Mayo Galindo. Barton said he and Galindo had minor concerns about the agreement, but believed they could be worked out with Welsch. Bulverde does not yet have its own water distribution system, so it also seeks an agreement with either GBRA or San Antonio Water System to build and operate one to eventually deliver its future GBRA water. The city needs a water system to facilitate its TNRCC application for a certificate of convenience and necessity, or CCN. A CCN would allow Bulverde to meet See GBRA/3A Planning for Night Out begins From staff reports The city invites neighbors to take a stand against crime and throw a huge party with the New Braunfels Police Department. This past year, more than 60 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out — listening to crime prevention tips and getting to know the people who live on their blocks. National Night Out is a two-day event planned for August 6 and 7 this year. The kick-off is August 6 at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center. Neighborhoods should plan their block parties for August 7. “We’re asking neighborhoods to get together and hold a block party again this year — get to know their neighbors, take a stand against crime,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. For more information or to plan a block party, call Ferguson at 608-2100. Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...4-6B Comics........................ ......8A Crossword.................. ......5A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today........................... 2A Key Code 76 Candidate switches parties By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The one candidate to have announced so far for the new seat in the Tbxas House of Representatives that will include Comal County has changed political parties. Bill Womack, the Canyon Lake man who has risen to prominence fighting a permit amendment application by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to draw more water out of Canyon Lake, said he’s decided as a matter of principle and conscience to join the Democrat Party. “My ideas are different than the ideas of the Republican Party,” Womack said in a telephone interview Wednesday. When Womack, 42, kicked off his campaign for the State Legislature three weeks ago, he announced as a Republican. “After being with the Republicans, I’ve talked to a number of Democrats, and I’ve switched over to the Democratic Party,” he said. Womack said he realized in consultations with prominent Republicans and DemocratsSee CANDIDATED She’s Local groups pay homage to Old Glory today By Jaclyn Steele Staff Writer Several local organizations are paying tribute to Old Glory today, which is Flag Day. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791 sponsors a ceremonial flag destruction annually on Flag Day, June 14. ‘The burning of the flag is the proper way to dispose of it,” said H.M. Fanders, one of the trustees for the assembly and project coordinator for the flag burning. “We’re just providing a service to the community. It serves to give honor to the flag on Flag Day.” Editorial/6A The organization collects used U.S. and Texas flags and conducts the ceremonial destruction starting at 5:30 p.m. behind the K of C Hall at 111 Landa St. The public is invited, and the ceremony includes an honor guard, presentation of colors and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. “We have quite a number of flags deposited,” Fanders said. The Elks Lodge 2279 will have a Flag Day ceremony at 6:30 p.m. today at the Lodge, 353 S. Seguin. The public is invited. Joan Helmke of the Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 provides the Comal Independent School District with classroom videos and activity kits outlining flag etiquette. The kits include a video, worksheets, certificates of completion, a coloring book and flag stickers. Kits can be obtained for a nominal fee by calling Helmke at 629-1252. The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas also presents a video, “Old Glory on Parade,” that chronicles and shows every flag from the first to the latest. Helmke distributes The Flag Code and a brochure, “Let’s Be Right on Flag Etiquette.” Many rules covering flag etiquette can be found at the local American Legion posts or at grand old flag CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Police Warrants Officer Valdo Patino raises the American flag Wednesday morning outside of the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center. “Our post will be putting out the large flags — 180 — in the downtown area,” Helmke said. “We will be accepting help to put them up.” The post will put up flags in the downtown area on both Flag Day and July 4. In its monthly periodical, post officials wrote, “If we do not get enough volunteers to help out on those two days, then the flags are history!” Volunteers can call 629-1252, 625-5067 or 625-6694. The auxiliary’s flag education crusade and literature donation is part of its Children and Youth and its Americanism programs. Helmke said donations and help were always welcome. “It’s for a good cause,” she said. Etiquette • Display the flag only from sunrise to sunset. To achieve a patriotic effect, the flag can be displayed during hours of darkness when properly illuminated. • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously and should not be displayed on days of inclement weather, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. • The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Constitution Day, Columbus Day, Navy Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and other days as might be proclaimed by the president of the United States; the birthdays of states; and state holidays. • On an automobile, the flag can be flown in an upright position from a staff firmly clamped to the chassis or clamped to the right front fender. • No other flag of other nations can be flown above the U.S. flag but should be flown at equal height (according to international usage). • The state flag or any other flag or pennant in a display is lowered or See FLAG/3A ;