New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYCanyon player heads to Baton Rouge with club team — Page 5.
New Braunfels wafer restrictions
B Odd-numbered address* may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
■ Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
■ No use of sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
■ You may water with a bucket, drip irrigation system or hand-held hose with a nozzle at any time.
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 20,1996
EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of KYLE WILLIAMS
Vol. 144, No. 157
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sirmoay wisnos from the Herald-Zetttmg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kyle Williams, Robert Cruz Jr., Rebecca Rosales, Carol Stoats and Cathy Offerman (belated).
Happy 25th anniversary to Robert and Helen Braune.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River —107 cubic feet per second, down 5 cfs from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.55 feet above sea level, down .12 from Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —71 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 27 cfs Canyon Lake level —005.34 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pod.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL) reports pumping 7.951 million gallons of surface water and 3.078 million gallons of aquifer water Wednesday.
Concert in th# Park
The annual Concerts in the Park series is under way. Tonight's perfornance will be by Quarter Moon. Concerts are held at the dance slab in Lands Park from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and are free.
Circus Is coming
The circus is coming to New Braunfels with one performance at the Rodeo Arena, sponsored by the Comal County Sheriff's Posse. The performance is at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be sold the day of the performance at the Rodeo Arena box office.
The First Protestant Church Youth will sponsor a rummage sale to benefit its 1997 mission trip. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center, 172 W. Coll St. in New Braunfels. You may make donations to the sale all this week by dropping off your items at the Seele Parish Hall (basement level). A ramped entrance is located on the Casted Street side of the building at Coll Street. For information, call Jerald Schroeder at 609-7729, ext. 19.
Internet group to meet today
The Internet Users Group meets the third Thursday of every month. This month's meeting is at 7 p.m. today at 353 Mill St. For information, call 608-0808.
Noon Tunes on nasa
Catch soiTie live music for free at the Plaza gazebo. Randall Cavanas will perform from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Friday as part of the Noon Tunes program.
Humane Society Ie open new shelter
The grand opening of the Dolores L. Caldwell Animal Shelter in Bulverde, will be from 10 a m. to noon Saturday. Free hot dogs, great prizes.
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River outfitters ask for more water for July 4 weekend
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — River outfitters on the Guadalupe River want more water for the upcoming July 4 weekend.
The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District board on Wednesday authorized Manager Jim Inman to send a letter to Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West encouraging him to increase the release from Canyon Dam into the river.
“We should send a letter encouraging them (GBRA) to do something for July 4th, even if it is at five cubic feet per second,” WORD President Guy Anderson said.
But while WORD is asking for more water, GBRA is cutting the flow.
The media are saying that the river Is dosed. We need to do something to promote that we aren’t shut down.’
— Bill Mayo
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, GBRA announced that it decreased the release from Canyon Reservoir from 75 cfs to 60 cfs.
In order to battle public perception and bad press that the Guadalupe River is closed because of the decreased river flow, die board voted to spend up to $5,000 for advertising before the Fourth-of-July weekend.
The money would be used for newspaper ads in Houston, Dallas/Fort
Worth and Austin encouraging people to come to the river and that it is still usable for tubing and rafting.
“The media are saying that die river is closed,” WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo said. “We need to do something to promote that we aren’t shut down.” A special committee made up of Mayo and board members Zero Rivers and Charles Stephens would approve the ads before they are sent out.
With fewer tourists coming to the river, it has meant less revenue for WORD to operate, since WORD is funded by a tax on inner tube and raft rentals. Because of this development, the board had to revise its 1996 budget and cut expenses in certain areas.
Mayo reported that WORD is projected to raise $139,212 in revenues for this year which is less than the $241,525 projected.
Pay to feed. or sell off livestock
By ABE LEVY
Comal County Rancher Clinton Dietert doesn’t have a lot of answers for the drought.
Feed costs are skyrocketing, and many ranchers are selling off cattle rather than pay to feed them, which has caused a collapse in the price they fetch at auction.
With a little more than an inch of rainful over the last 11 months, Dietert has had to sell off about 20 cows of his roughly 100-cow herd. If the drought conditions continue, he expects to turn in another IO next week.
Decreased pasture growth has forced Dietert to feed his cattle for nine months, instead of the 45 days they normally need during the spring season.
“It gets to the point where you kind of think: How much is that cow going to be worth after the drought to buy her back?,” said Dietert, whose 1,800-acre ranch is mainly in the eastern part of Comal County. “Those cows you’d really like to hang on to, are they going to be worth feeding or not? That’s what it amounts to.”
The drought has wreaked havoc on local ranchers, who have had to straggle with soaring hay, sorgum and feed prices to keep their business above water.
Hay is hard to find, much less buy.
A bale of coastal hay costs from $75 to $95, more than double the $30 to $35 it cost last year, Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said.
Taylor said the state average for Omaha Com went from $2.62 last year to $4.70.
Taylor, who meets regularly with local ranchers, who number about IOO in the county, said most ranchers are planning to feed their herd through the summer with hopes rain comes by fall. If not, most are prepared to liquidate their herds by October, he said.
Cattle ranchers endured another low-paying day at the Seguin Cattle Company Wednesday.
Prices for cows weighing 900 to 1,200 pounds sold at 34 to 35 cents per pound, while last year they sold at roughly 50 cents per pound, Luensmann said.
Light steer, which sold at $1 to $1.15 per pound last year, sold Wednesday at 50 to 60 cents per pound.
The company’s president, Benne Luensmann, said the drought has erased about 50 percent of cattle within a 200-square-mile radius of the auction house.
Forced to liquidate sooner than expected, Luensmann said 90 percent of the auctioned cattle are headed for the slaughter house not reinstatement into other herds. And of the calves coming into the auction house, most are 200 to 300 pounds underweight for their age.
An undsrwaiaht steer aoee on the auction block Wednesday in Beduin.
Feeling the pinch
The Texas Agricultural Extension Sendee predicts Texas cattle ranchers will lose $838 million because of this year's drought. The total state-wide economic impact is expected to be more than $1.4 billion.
HfaM-Zwtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The economic impact will last for three years and if drought conditions continue for another three months, it could wipe out 25 percent of area jobs dependent on agriculture, he said.
“I am worried about our small businesses. About 25 of all the interrelated jobs in this area of Texas are dependent on agriculture. And when you break the segment that controls 25 percent of your employment, you’re fixing to have a depression in small businesses,” Luensmann said.
Once the oversupply drops off, the auction house may have to import cattle from other states temporarily to meet the demand, Luensmann said.
The auction house has averaged about 1,000 head of cattle per week in the last 16 weeks, double the amount for the same time last year, Luensmann said.
The total economic impact of the drought on the state’s agriculture industry could reach $6.5 billion, according to statistics from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The loss for beef cattle could reach $794 million dollars.
In a report released this week, State Comptroller John Sharp called on beef retailers to reduce prices to reflect the lower price for cattle.
The wholesale price for beef producers has decreased by 32.5 percent since 1993, while the average retail price per pound of beef last month
An omployw at th# Seguin Cattle Company movaa cattle toward th# auction room.
decreased by only 7.2 percent from three years ago, the report said.
Officials from the Texas Attorney General’s Office said they are monitoring the industry, but that no lawsuit has been filed to force supermarket prices to reflect lower costs.
Sidney Harllee, a San Antonion rancher and retail meat market owner, disputed the comptroller’s study, claiming price gouging has occured more at fast-food chains than supermarket and meat-market businesses.
“You've got to compare apples to apples. If (a rancher) doesn't have a drought,This man would have 1,000-to 1,200-pound cows worth 30 to 35 cents,” Harllee said. “The hamburger
people are the one’s cleaning up. The one’s making the killing are the Whataburgers, the Taco Bells, the Wendys, McDonalds. They have not lowered their prices and they’re buying this meat at 33 percent what it cost a year ago. No one’s said a word about the fast-food places."
As the drought continues to damage all aspects of the agricultural industry, local ranchers hope they’re able to play their cards right.
“When you have to do things, you do it, even when you don’t want to do it. We’ll see how long this thing goes along. We’ll just have to see. The longer it lasts the sooner we’ll know what we have to do,” Dietert said.
Bulverde celebrates new no-kill animal shelter
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Thanks to the efforts of dedicated people in the Bulverde area, abused, forgotten and lost animals now have a safe haven in which to be cared for when they need it.
On Saturday, the Dolores L. Caldwell Animal Shelter will have its grand opening, with a guided tour at IO a.m. and the ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Refreshments and free hot dogs will be served and there will be a (hawing for door prizes.
Lynda Binkley, secretary for the Bulverde Area Humane Society, said the animal shelter has been a culmination of hard work and sweat.
“We are all really excited about it,” Binkley said. “It is just a dream come true. Dolores (Caldwell) used to call this her dream shelter. It is a real blessing to know it has become a reality.”
The shelter is named after the woman who helped start the Bulverde Area Humane Society in 1982. That year, Caldwell started a hotline for lost animals, an idea, Caldwell said, she got from a conversation she had with a Bulverde woman.
“I wondered, ‘What happens if a person loses their dog?’,” Caldwell said. “So, I started the hotline. We started with five people. Now it has grown.
“This is really an important thing especially since more people are moving here,” she said. “It makes me feel wonderful. Now I know my work has been worth it.”
The Bulverde Area Humane Society was incorporated in 1983 and began taking care of animals and paid for the veterinarian bills for sick animals. The society was able to save some of its donations to purchase a three-acre site for the animal shelter in December 1992. Construction has taken more than a year.
The shelter houses 24 pens for dogs.
“We started opening one cage at a time in December as volunteers put the cages together,” Binkley said.
The shelter has about 25 volunteers, who help feed, walk and clean the animals at the shelter. Caldwell said the shelter tries it best not to put any of its animals asleep.
“We have been working hard toward our goal (of not putting the dogs asleep),” Binkley said. “We have been managing to adopt out dogs just to keep one cage open.”
Cameron Wiley, president of the Bulverde Area Humane Society, said the animal shelter is a result of a community’s determination to alleviate the problem of stray animals in the Bulverde area.
“I think it is a result of a problem and the will and the guts of the people to solve it,” Wiley said. “We in Bulverde are in a vulnerable position since we are close to San Antonio because we get a lot animals (dumped by people)."Gruene merchants now stand on their own. See Opinion, Page 4.