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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas TOP LAWMAKERS OFFER FULL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE news, 12New Braunfels FRIDAY JUNE 17,2011 EITUNG SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852AREA RIVER FLOWS eft * cubic fiel per sgc and •    Guadalupe at Sattler 56 cfs •    Guadalupe at NB 53 cfs •    Comal at NB    174 cfs RIVER FLOW RATE GUIDE •    RECREATIONAL —100 *99 cfs •    CHALLENGING - 500 799 cfs STRENUOUS -800-1,199 cfs •    DANGEROUS -1,200+ cfs Optimal tubing on the Guadalupe is between 200 cfs and 600 cfs Tubing is safest below 1,000 ‘ cfs. Rafting is the mode of choice for levels above 1,000 cfs ► DROUGHT EFFECT Commissioners OK bans Move means no fireworks in Comal County, no open-flame grilling By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Comal County commissioners on Thursday approved executive orders banning fireworks and tightly limit outdoor burning, approving another order extending the latter. Comal County judge ShermanRelated stories ■    City of New Braunfels bans grills from public parks. Page 5 ■    City of Schertz postpones Fourth of July Jubilee fireworks. Page 3 Krause issued both orders Wednesday after declaring a countywide disaster. He also requested Gov. Rick Perry to extend the fireworks ban until midnight July 5. With Precinct 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston absent and Krause abstaining, commissioners voted 3-0 to extend the order banning the use of most combustible materials and restricting outdoor burning activities for up to 90 days. They unanimously approved a resolution requesting Perry's support of the disaster dec laration and fireworks ban. Violators of the fireworks ban will face Class C misdemeanors that are punishable by fines up to $500.Relax after a busy day at the Uptown Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter QNewBraunfeltHZ Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. m Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each morning: Click ‘Herald-Zeitung Mailing List' Hornseth 3 ramps closed at lake Declining water levels force officials to act By Dalondo Moultrie and Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Three boat ramps on Canyon Lake have been closed because of decreasing water levels, but one official said use of the lake has skyrocketed. Sa m u e 11 Price, a natural resource specialist with tne U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said he keeps track of lake visitors. He said he's seen an 89 percent increase over last year. "The best way to explain it would be the cost of fuel keeps people more local instead of traveling to places like Yellowstone or Alaska for their entertainment," Price said. "I've actually talked to many people who said it's their first time coming to the lake and they usually go someplace else." Tom Hornseth, the Comal County engineer who determines when the nine county-run ramps are closed, said three ramps — No. 5 at Canyon Lake Forest, No. 7 at Canyon Lake Hills at Astro Hills and No. 23 at Mystic Shores — have been shut down so far because of low levels. Hornseth said stripes painted on each of the ramps indicate water levels. When the water goes below the line, the ramp is closed. "We don't want people to drop their trailers off if the level is (below the line," he said. "We calculate what depth (dictates) when the ramp won't work any more." A fourth ramp — No. 10 at Cranes Mill Park — has been closed «for years because of construction, Price said. TEMPTING TREE CHOPPED DOWN LAURA McKENZlEj Herald-Zeitung River-goers float past The Other Place Resort while tubing on the Comal River on Thursday afternoon in New Braunfels. SAFETY FIRST Property owner gets rid of tree overlooking Comal River By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Officials said a New Braunfels property owner greased a tree, surrounded it with barbed wire and posted signs all about but still couldn't discourage people from climbing it and jumping into the Comal River. So finally, after numerous injuries, uncounted trespasses and at least two deaths — both this year — the city and the property owner agreed: It had to come down. And so, on Wednesday, the tree was cut down. “We’ve talked about that tree being a problem for years. It will make the river a safer place with it being gone.” Capt. Patrick O’Connell | Fire marshal "We've talked about that tree being a problem for years," said Capt. Patrick O'Connell of New Braunfels Fire Department. "It will make the river a safer place with it being gone." O'Connell said fire and EMS personnel have routinely responded to the area for calls of people with injuries who had climbed the tree. Some slipped, fell and hurt themselves on the trunk. O'Connell said others fell and hurt themselves on a trash boat tied at the bottom of the tree. He feared river-goers climbing the tree jumping from it into the river and landing on others or hurting themselves on the river bottom, O'Connell said. The tree in question hung over the river sitting on property owned by The Other Place resort. The resort's owner, Barry Shea, said he did not want to comment. See TREE, Page 16 Amid photo scandal, Weiner resigns from Congress NEW YORK (AP) Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity. He had gone from the halls of Congress to the front pages of the tabloids, providing ceaseless fodder as cringe-worthy evidence of his sexually charged online dalliances leaked out and top Democrats pushed for his resignation. On Thursday afternoon, the 46-year-old struck a sober tone at the podium of the senior center in Brooklyn where he launched a campaign for City Council in 1992. He stood alone; his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, remained at home while he officially ended the only career he has ever known. But like other developments in the tawdry drama, the press conference was marked by profanity and low-brow antics. After recounting Weiner the beginning of his political career and proclaiming that there is "no higher honor" than to represent one's neighbors, he said he initially hoped to continue his work but tnen realized "the distraction that I have created has made that impossible." With that, he apologized and resigned. The seniors groaned. Some in the room cheered. One man yelled out: "Buh-bye, pervert!" Another jumped up seconds later and began to shout questions about the congressman's genitals. The din in the room reached a crescendo as dozens of cameras pivoted, reporters gasped and some of the seniors shouted for the man to sit down. Weiner grew slightly flushed but continued speaking. A police officer approached and told him to quiet down for the remainder of Weiner's remarks, which lasted just under four minutes. As the congressman left the podium, the loud heckler bellowed: "Will you maintain your hot physique and your smooth sexy cnest?" JACOBS CREEK PARK Man, 43, drowns in lake By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung CANYON LAKE A Port Arthur man drowned Thursday evening in Canyon Lake after trying to retrieve some children who had drifted away from the shoreline. Officials said Perry Hasan, 43, saw the children using an inflatable tube in shallow water get pushed out into the lake at Jacobs Creek Kirk by a large wave. Hasan, who also had an inflatable tube, went after the children. He lost his tube and went under at about 7:42 p.m., Comal County Sheriff's Office CpL Tim Kolbe said. Family members said all they could see was his hat about 20 to 30 yards from the shore. They called 9-1-1 about 7:52 p.m. Hasan's body was recovered about 8:53 p.m. after a nearly 30-minute search by Canyon Lake Fire Department and EMS. Authorities used a rescue raft to search the area, and the body was found in about 10 feet of water, officials said. Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Hasan dead at 9:30 p.m. Hasan and a small group of relatives and loved ones were having a family outing at the park. The children, who were with the group, made it back to shore without harm, officials said. The death is the year's first drowning in Canyon Lake. A 23-year-old El Paso man drowned June 7 in the Comal River in New Braunfels. WEATHER, 16 HELAH RIVERA LAMAR ELEMENTARY Another hot one High: 101 Low: Abby 78 14 Classifieds 13 Comics 11 Crosswords 11 Forum 4 Obituaries 3 Planner 10 Sports 7 TV 15 Vol. 158 I No 187 1 section, 16 pages ■56825 00001 50 cents ;