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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas IDAY It’s wedding bells at the ballpark for former NBHS graduate — Page 1B. 50 CENTS Inside Obituaries............................ 3 Editorial................................ * 4 Church Life.......................... 6 Sports Day........................... 1B Comics................................ 2B I Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Heralcl-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Nicholas Acuna, German Martinez, Raymond Silva, Susan Collins, Krystal Lynn Luna (IO years), and Ernest and Ricardo Sotel (17 years). Happy belated 25th wedding anniversary to Charisse and Gene Pawkett. River and aquifer Information Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.95 feet, down .01 Guadalupe River — 700 cfs Farmers Market every Friday Comal County farmers market is held every Friday at 5 p.m. at the county fairgrounds. Thrift shop sale all month Teen Connection Thrift Shop summer clearance sale, all items are half off during June. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchases support the programs of Teen Connection. The thrift shop is ai1414 W. San Antonio Street. Sheriff's Posse Rodeo June 17 The Comal County Sheriffs Posse Old Timers Rodeo will be held June 17. Calf and team roping and barrel racing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wagon or horse rides for the kids with ticket stqjD from entrance. Concession stand, and arts and crafts booths will be operating, Old Timers Rodeo, including bronco riding, at 8 p.m. The event takes place at the Sheriff's Posse Rodeo grounds on the South access road to I-35 between Solms and Ruekel Road. New Braunfels night The San Antonio Public Broadcasting affiliate, KLRN, will hold the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake night of its fund drive June 20. Businesses in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake will be participating. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to midnight. Contact your guardian angel An Angel Fair will be held Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Jardin Real Ranch just west of New Braunfels off Highway 46W on Hueco Springs Loop. Sensitives will give you three messages from your angels for the admission price of $15. Snacks, swimming and music also included. Vacation Bible School ‘Along the Road with Jesus* is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School at First Protestant Church The five-day series begins Monday, June 26 and ends Friday, June 30. All members of the family are welcome. There will be art, drama, songs, games, and more. A $5 donation is requested. Call Rev. Pat Vollersten at 609-7729. Krueger recounts convoy ambush Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Honoring Old Glory Ray Robinson of American Legion Post 179 presents a flag to John Brieden, past division commander, at the Flag Day Ceremony held Wednesday at Prince Solms Park. Also pictured is R. Michael Clark, of Post 179. Armed robber hits Cancun Cafe By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer An armed robber escaped with an undetermined amount of money from a local cafe Thursday night and officials say a new trend is developing among robbers. Employees at the Cancun Cafe, at 195 W IH 35, were preparing to close at around 9:55 p.m. when a man entered a back door brandishing a handgun. The cafe’s manager and several employees were in the back area when the assailant entered. He took the employees into the manager’s office and bound them with plastic ties, said Detective Sergeant Basel Boatright with the New Braunfels Police Department. Brett Westbrook, general manager of , Cancun, said a girl in the front part of the cafe went to the back looking for the manager just as the man was leaving the back door. She did not find We’re still counting it but it was a fairly large amount.’ — Detective Sergeant Basel Boatright anyone, so she wa'ked into the office where she found the employees. “Luckily, no one was hurt,” said Westbrook. The man took the cash from the day’s activities and fled. No one else was seen and it appears he fled on foot. He got away with an undetermined sum of money, said Boatright. “We’re still counting it but it was a fairly large amount," he said. Boatright said this is not the first time a business was robbed at closing time and owners need to use extra caution at this time of the day. “It seems to be the trend lately to rob businesses at closing time because that’s when they’re counting money,” said Boatright. “We need to encourage business owners to be extremely cautious at closing time.” Boatright also said employees and owners need to be aware of suspicious cars or individuals all day, but especially at closing time. If there is something they feel uneasy about, they should not hesitate to contact the police. “They shouldn’t be afraid to call the police if they see something suspicious. It’s better to be on the safe side,” he said. The man is described as a black man in his mid 20s. He’s about six feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds and had a “stocky build.” “The fact that he did not hide his face or disguise himself in any way tends to tell us he’s not from the area because he’s not concerned about being seen or recognized,” said Boatright. Local law enforcement agencies are working with agencies from other cities hoping to develop leads. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer U.S. Ambassador to Burundi and New Braunfels native Bob Krueger was unscathed after Wednesday’s ambush in Burundi. “This was not an attack, from what we can see now, against me,” Krueger said in a phone interview this morning. ‘The two Americans reacted very professionally, very cool, very proficiently.’ — Bob Krueger A convoy including Krueger’s armored vehicle was ambushed at about 5 p.m. Wednesday near the city of Mabayi in the Cibitoke province of Burundi. Krueger, Burundi Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ngendahayo and Organization of African Unity Ambassador L. Bassole were visiting the Cibitoke Province when they were attacked, said Acting Deputy Chief of Missions at the United States Embassy in Burundi Gordon Duguid. The car in front of Krueger’s was hit by 30 shells and the one behind his with IO shells, Krueger said. “The targets in this attack were people in uniform,” he said. American military guards acted quickly to get Krueger and his car out of danger, he said. "Probably we were out of there between IO and 20 seconds,” Krueger said. "Once we heard rapid weapons fire, our driver backed up a little and took off around them. The car behind us had its back windows shot out,” he said. During that short period of time, the American security officer emptied his revolver, Krueger said. Fifteen soldiers in the convoy’s first mick had not fired a single weapon by the time Krueger’s vehicle* passed. “The two Americans reacted very professionally, very cool, very proficiently,” Krueger said. Krueger wants to keep trying to help Krueger preserve Burundi’s embattled democratic government despite the dangers. “We do have a democratic government. There’s some separation of power here,” Krueger said. The problem is, that the army has the real power in Burundi. “It’s a democratic facade with elected officials, but the army pretty well does its own thing,” he said. Between the Burundian army and the Hutu and Tutsi extremists, Burundi is a violent place, Krueger said. “It’s as though we have six ‘Oklahoma Cities’ here every day,” he said. “i appreciate everybody’s concern,” Krueger said. He and other embassy personnel are well protected, he said. “I’m very sorry that it happened to others,” he said. Some of the injured were OAU observers. They were in uniform, but the were not Burundian military. “It is a tragic thing that there is such terrible violence,” Krueger said. “The majority of the people don’t want it.” Krueger’s wife Kathleen and their two daughters were vacationing in Colorado when news of the ambush broke. “Yesterday when I landed from the helicopter in Bujumbura, a friend cf mine handed me the cellular telephone and said, ‘That’s your wife on the phone,’” Krueger said. “She had already been told I was safe, but it was important to talk to her myself.” Krueger and his family have learned to cope with the worries and the separation that go along with his job. “You deal with it with a certain degree of faith,” Krueger said. “I was not afraid — even during tl.c attack I knew that there was divine protection and I felt very confident about our group,” he said." “I think we have a very important role here and I intend to fill it,” he said. Catfish farm wants to reopen Operation pumps 45 million gallons per day from the Edwards Aquifer Tubing conditions look good again for this weekend By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A controversial catfish farmer says he plans to reopen his water-guzzling business in south Bexar County. Ron Pucek Jr. revealed Wednesday he likely will notify local and state agencies next week that he intends to reopen his Living Waters Artesian Springs catfish farm. “I can be a good citizen and create jobs on the §outh side,” Pucek, 36, was quoted as saying in Thursday’s San Antonio Express-News. The fish farm was shut down in November 1991 after operating less than a year because it lacked a permit to discharge wastewater into the Medina River. The farm was using up to 45 million gallons of Edwards Aquifer water a day, nearly one-quarter the amount pumped by the San Antonio Water System during dry spells. Under terms of a lawsuit settlement with the Edwards Underground Water District, Pucek was required to notify the district, the San Antonio River Authority and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission no earlier than Thursday if he intended to reopen the farm. The settlement stipulated the 100-acre farm cannot begin operation until at least 90 days after notice is given. The earliest Pucek could reopen would be mid-September. “Obviously, our response is going to be according to what’s contained in the notice what he intends to do and at what level,” EU WD attorney Tim Young said. Pucek obtained a permit from the conservation commission in December 1993 to discharge daily up to 55 million gallons of wastewater from the farm. If the new Edwards Aquifer Authority begins operations as planned Aug. 28, he also would be required to get a permit from that agency to draw from the aquifer. The underground Edwards Aquifer, currently the sole source of drinking water for San Antonio, is used by residents and businesses throughout this region. Also on Wednesday, Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton III issued an order urging users of Edwards Aquifer water to voluntarily adopt a plan to cut aquifer pumping in case of a summer drought. Bunton is overseeing a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club aimed at protecting endangered plants and animals that depend on springflow from the aquifer.    i New Braunfels needs to brace itself for another busy weekend of tourists flooding the rivers and taking advantage of perfect water levels. No on* wa* hurt In a house fire at 186 West End Avenue early this morning. No one was in the house when the New Braunfels Fire Department arrived between 6 and 6:30 a.m., NBFD Battalion Chief Donald Zercher said. About half of the house was burning when firefighters arrived, he said. The fire was concentrated in the kitchen and bedroom areas. The NBFD is investigating the blaze. Officials were still looking for the owner's and tenant’s identity. “The structure itself will be a total loss,’’ Zercher said. David Welsch, of the Guadalup^-Blanco River Authority, said the GBRA is currently releasing 700 cubic feet per second into the Guadalupe River. However, by dusk, that number will be lowered to back around 580 for the weekend. “There’s only two feet of water that they need to get out, but they’re still working with us to keep the levels' usable downstream,” he said. Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said the water flow will be “excellent” by the time tourists arrive. Comal County Sheriff’s Department said they basically go by what the outfitters suggest because they are more familiar with the river. Rivers said the current level is ideal for rafting or tubing. “When you have 580 cfs, its perfect for rafting anywhere along the river, but use caution when tubing Hueco and Gruene Rapids,” said Rivers. “And, as always, no glass or Styrofoam on the river,” he added.Bringing a YMCA here could be a big help to the community. See Opinion, PageNew Braunfels Landa Park gazebo Pages in two sections ■ Friday, June 16,1995 Herald -Ta 410 -ct"mICR0PUBLI8HIMQ SS6 I ^ L DR Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of NICHOLAS ACUNA Vol. 143, No. 155 ;