New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYTrack club to host meet Saturday. See Sports, Page
New Braunfels water restrictions
■ Odd-numbered addresses 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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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 26,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of TARYN
Vol. 144, No. 161
inside i Drought not broken despite Tuesday’s showers
By DENISE DZIUK
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltuiig!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes toMegan Mendez, Brooks Hunter Meyer (I year), Taryn Witten, Gloria Castro, Barbara Holden, and Joey Treviflo.
Happy anniversary wishes to Duane and Bobette Williams and Robert and Bridget Lehmann (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 3,190 Grass—0
Oak —0 Hack. —0
Pecan —0 Elm —0
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank
Comal River — 94 cubic feet per second, up 12 cfs from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.51 feet above sea level, up .15. from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge—59 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 27 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.38 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
now Braunfels utilities
NBD reports pumping 7.330 million gallons of surface water and 665,000 gallons of aquifer water Tuesday.
Bob Krueger honored by city council
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels City Council presented U.S. Ambassador Bob Krueger with a proclamation Monday, honoring him for his public service and declaring Thursday “Bob Krueger Day.”
The proclamation cited Krueger’s tenures as Texas Railroad Commissioner, U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, U.S. Ambas-sador-at-Large, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator from Texas, university dean and CEO of a manufacturing business.
Krueger, a native of New Braunfels, will be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana in Washington on Thursday and will leave for the country July 8.
“It is teal honor and great privilege to have this opportunity to receive this proclamation. My roots run as deep as some of those Cypress trees on the Guadalupe. You know that tap root is here and the heart is here,” Krueger said. “We’re honored to be able to represent the country overseas. We’re honored to be Americans. What a tremendous privilege it is to be Americans. We are bom to this privilege. I’ve never had a day to my own before.”
CancBr support group to niBBt Thursday
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut. Call 629-1763 for infor-maiton.
Concert In th# Psrfc
Chris and Judy, who play children's and folk music, will be the performers for the Concert in the Park Thursday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The free concert will be at the dance slab in Landa Park.
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Despite recent showers, the area still remains well under the average rainfall for the year, and while the showers have helped, follow-up rains are needed to bring any lasting relief from the drought.
Bruce Thoren, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the area has received “really scattered” showers over the past couple of days. According to the NWS, one New Braunfels gauge measured 0.59 inches of rain, while another showed 1.92 inches for Tuesday. The airport in New Braunfels received only 0.07 inches
of rain. The heaviest rain fell east of Comal County, with Hallettsville receiving 3.85 inches.
However, these rains are still not enough to bring the region back up to the average rainfall numbers. So far this year, San Antonio has received 4.9 inches of rain, compared to normal rainfall of 14.94 inches. Austin has received about 8.5 inches, compared the 17 inches it normally receives. Thoren said Comal County has not fared much better.
“Some locations, and Comal’s included, are 8 to 11 inches below normal,” he said. “That, on top of the way we ended last year ... just aggra
Thoren said the scattered showers are not tied to the tropical storm near Acapulco.
However, he said, there is a large band of showers from Alice to Victoria moving north that should provide “beneficial rains” today.
“We need the rain so we’U take all we can get,” he said.
Edwards Underground Water District General Manager Rick Illgner said in addition to downtown San Antonio getting a rain, fain did fall over the recharge zone. The gauge in northeast Medina County measured 1.22 inches of rain, while the one between Helotes
and Leon Springs measured 2.2 inches and a gauge north of Garden Ridge reported 2.7 inches. However, Illgner said it is not enough to pull us out of die current drought conditions.
“The drought is not broken,” he said. “The drought is something you don’t get into overnight, and unless you have a hurricane or something like it, you won’t get out of it overnight.”
Illgner said the aquifer did slightly increase from Monday to Tuesday, hit the spring flow at Comal Springs decreased from 87 cubic feet per second to 84 cfs. He said he is not expecting any long term changes from yesterday’s rains.
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This property looked more like a dump than a yard before Environmental Enforcement into vaned.
Now, the property has been cleaned up.
New county office provides a place to turn if your neighbor won’t clean up his act
By DENISE DZIUK
Since its inception in September
1995, the Environmental Enforcement Section of the County Attorney’s Office has come down on illegal dumping and junk vehicles, and has come a long way in cleaning up the county.
The office is designed to investigate complaints of public nuisances, junk vehicles and illegal dumping that endanger the health, safety, and welfare of county residents. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said the office goes hand in hand with the rural recycling program in the county, which provides residents with a place to take their trash.
“It’s a good partner to the recycling program,” he said. “If they don’t (use the recycling program to clean up their property), there’s an enforcement program looking at them.”
From Sept. I, 1995 to May 31,
1996, approximately 619 tons of solid waste had been removed from property within the county, including 227 junked vehicles. The complaints filed, to date, included 107 junk vehicles complaints and 157 solid waste/public health nuisances.
“(Solid waste and public health nuisance) would be anything from a bag of garbage someone threw out the window (of a car) to IOO acres that are completely covered with junk,” said Rheinlander.
Several complaints have also been filed in court. There are three civil
cases pending in district court and five in the Justice of the Peace Court. Six cases have been closed through the court. Rheinlander said that even though the cases went to court, the landowners eventually complied with the order to clean up.
“We haven’t had to spend a single tax dollar on cleanup yet,” said Rheinlander. “That is the motto of the program: compliance, not conviction.”
Environmental Enforcement Officer David Young told the commissioners court recently that the largest number of complaints appear to be coming from the Canyon Lake area. However, he said, more complaints are beginning to come in from other sections of the county, including the Solms area.
“I’ve noticed we are seeing a little more down south of New Braunfels,” said Young. “But, we’re making some progress.”
Several neighborhoods have already seen the progress the office is making. Jane Warmke appeared before commissioners court in August to voice complaints regarding a junkyard and portalets in a neighborhood on Watson Lane East. Warmke said the neighborhood had been working on trying to get something done for a year before taking it to the Environmental Enforcement office. She said she called Environmental Enforcement Attorney Michelle Meyers every two weeks to discuss the situation. Although the area is not completely clean, she is pleased with the results.
“It’s still not spotless, but it’s 95
percent there,” she said. “It looks much better, and I was able to sell my house.
Although there is a process for other county offices to report problem areas, Rheinlander said the vast majority of the complaints come from citizens.
Once a complaint is filed, the environmental enforcement officer investigates the area. He said the officer does all the work, and the person who filed the complaint is not required to appear in court to testify, which means the complainer can remain anonymous. lf a violation is found, a complaint is filed with the Justice of the Peace, and the process of getting the area cleaned up begins.
“We’re looking for citizen involvement to file the complaint,” said Rheinlander. “You don’t have to worry about having to go to court, that's the officer’s job.”
Rheinlander said Comal County received two grants for the program. He said this is the only county in the area with this type of program He said he expects Comal County will becoming a model for other counties, and eventually expects additional grant funding to be made available for these programs. He also added that the office has been successful.
“What money we have spent on the program has been cost effective," said Rheinlander. “The office is not going anywhere.”
To file a complaint with the environmental enforcement office, call 620-3425.
Bomb kills 23 Americans
Attack in Saudi Arabia a blow to Middle East stability
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Striking at the heart of the United States’ military presence in the Persian Gulf, a truck bomb destroyed an American housing complex, turning the eight-story building into a crumbling honeycomb. 1
Twenty-three Americans who bunked there were killed and more than 270 were wounded,.
The Tuesday night attack, the deadliest ever against Americans in the Persian Gulf, sheared off the front of the concrete building, spilling mattresses and chunks of concrete onto the ground below.
The source of the explosion was thought to have been a fuel truck parked outside a fence about 35 yards away and packed with 2 1/2 tons of explosives. It left a crater 35 feet deep and 85 feet wide.
Master Sgt. William Sine was walking down a hallway toward the elevator when he was knocked to the ground by the force of the blast.
“The lights went off... and I realized the whole side of the building was falling,” said Sine, of Warren, Ohio. He said he quickly started to help care for the victims.
“There were some people dead. I could feel a lot of blood on my hands and I knew it couldn’t be sweat because it was too thick,” he said from his bed at King Fahd Hospital where he was recovering from cuts on the thigh, face and arms.
Hundreds of people rushed out into the streets.
“We thought it was the end of the world,” said Walid, a 22-year-old Saudi who was walking nearby at the time of the explosion. “Some were crying. Some just sat on the ground and held their ears.” He declined to give his full name.
No one claimed responsibility for the explosion in Al-Khobar, a Dhahran suburb in eastern Saudi Arabia, but suspicion fell on Muslim militants opposed to Western military presence in the kingdom and else-
Th* lights want off ... and I realized the whole side of the building was falling.'
— Master Sgt. William Sine
where in the Gulf.
The attack raised new concerns about the political future of Saudi Arabia, long seen as a bastion of stability in a volatile region. It is the world’s largest oil exporter and the United States’ strongest Gulf ally.
“America takes care of its own,” a grim President Clinton said, dispatching an FBI team to investigate the attack on the Air Force base, which helps enforce the U.N. no-fly zone over Iraq.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher left for Dharan today after meeting with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in Cairo. In brief remarks with Christopher, Arafat condemned the “terrorism” in Saudi Arabia and said, “We are committed to the peace process.”
Nineteen Americans were killed, and at least 270 were wounded, said Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Kevin Aandahl.
All of the dead and injured were Americans, Pentagon officials said. The totals were expected to climb, in part because of the sheer size of the bomb: authorities believe 2 1/2 tons of explosives were packed in the truck.
King Fahd offered his condolences in a telephone call to Clinton. He expressed his “sorrow and pain for this deplorable terrorist act which is rejected by all religions,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi security forces kept the area cordoned off this morning, and American soldiers in full battle gear shouted at onlookers to clear off. Investigators and rescue teams aided by five bulldozers were moving debris, Turn to Bomb attack, Page 2A.
WORD budget shortfall reflects tough year for river outfitters
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The drought is hurting river outfitters, and the decline in revenue at the Water Oriented Recreation District shows just how badly.
WORD raises its money through fees on inner tube and raft rentals and campground and resort rentals. It's revenue is 40 percent below the revenue it projected for the year.
“It hurts everybody,” Al Zator of Little Ponderosa River Outfitters said. “July is our biggest month and if we don’t get the rain needed to raise the (Canyon) lake level and river outflow... remedy-wise it looks sour.”
WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo gave the bleak news about the revenue numbers at the WORD meeting on Wednesday.
“From January I to June I, revenues are down around 40 percent,” Mayo said. “If you allow for the rest of the summer, they will be down by 60 percent. You have to exaggerate the loss to prepare to handle it in the budget.”
River businesses reported losing between 20 to 50 percent of their business compared to last year.
When the budget was adopted in January, projections showed WORD would raise $241,525 this year. Those revenue projections have now been set for $139,212. WORD has slashed its budget, but still plans to spend $187,337, which would leave the budget with a shortfall of $48,125. The shortfall would have to be made up from reserve funds.
Most of the outfitters and businesses blame the poor business on perceptions in metropolitan
areas such as Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Houston that the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake are dry because of the drought.
“Everybody thinks the river is dry because of the media play in Houston, which is saying the river is dry,” Steve May of Jak’s Rapid Rentals on FM 306 said. “Everyone is scared to come on down.”
To battle that negative perception, the WORD board approved up to $5,000 worth of newspaper advertising, which will be targeted to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.
The current release from Canyon Reservoir into the river is at 60 cubic feet per second.
People whose livelihood depends on the river say despite the low flows and the hot days, the river is still a good place to spend an afternoon.
“We still have families coming out,” Ellen
Posey of Whitewater Sports Campground said “It is still cooler by the river and you can still float down the river. People are still having a good time and some are staying extra days.”
Since the river traffic has slowed down from previous years, law enforcement and courtesy patrol services were cut in half. Law enforcement was slashed from $36,000 to $30,000 and the courtesy patrol was cut from $12,000 to $6,000. Lake projects were cut from $10,000 to $5,000.
Advertising and publicity received the biggest cut of all. Because the WORD board has plans to hire a full-time public relations person this year, it was budgeted at $ 15,000. But under the revised budget, advertising and publicity was cut down to $3,000.
‘The pr (public relations) position is not inThe Aliens travel a rocky road to Canada. See Opinion, Page 4A.