New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYJoan Ree competes in Japanese triathlon. See Sports. Page 5.
New Braunfels water restrictions
■ Odd-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
■ Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
B 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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Birthday wishes from tho Itorald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Nicole Blackwell, Whitney Jackson (8 years), John Kovalcik, Arthur Perez (24 years), Lone Barr, Donald Cole, Susan Ott and Scott Presley.
Happy anniversary wishes to David and Viola Jonas.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —390 Grass —0 Oak—0 Hack. —0 Pecan—0 Elm —0 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank tpet.)
Comal River—98 cubic feet per second, up 4 cfs from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well ■ 621.58 feet above sea level, up .07. from Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 53 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 28 cfs Canyon Lake level—905.41 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pod.)
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NBU reports pumping 6.091 million gallons of surface water and 0 gallons of aquifer water Wednesday.Leadership program taking applications
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Leadership New Braunfels Class of 1997. The program was organized to develop better informed leaders in our community, who may be interested in becoming active in leadership roles in many different areas. It covers areas such as the mechanics of government, history and culture of the community, the justice system, health care and others.
Leadership New Braunfels begins Sept. 12 with a reception for participants and alumni, a two-day overnight retreat Sept. 14 and 15, and eight once a month, full-day classes. Tuition is $600 and covers all meals, the retreat and course materials.
Applications are available from the chamber of commerce office and the deadline for applications is Aug. 7. Call 625-2385 for more information.
Cincir support group to mwt 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 tho Pork
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. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers.
Conservation Society to hold yard sale
The New Braunfels Conservation Society will hold a yard sal from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be located at 521 West San Antonio St.
By ABE LEVY
A plan to build a youth sports complex met stiff opposition Wednesday as neighboring landowners raised concerns about the project’s impact on their agricultural businesses.
Three landowners attended a regular meeting of the New Braunfels Youth Sports Inc. and said the planned youth sports complex would devastate their farms and cattle ranches. The 115 acres in question lie to the east of the Interstate 35 and Loop 337 in Guadalupe County.
“Ya’ll are trying to change our way of life This is my living. This is my damn whole living, this farm. Now if
you’re going to come in there and pull all these people next to me, I’m scared to do anything on my own land. That is bad. I’ve worked my whole damn life to get to where I rn at right now,” said Ron Wetz, whose property lines the southern border of die complex’s proposed site.
Jerry Smith, the youth sports complex’s president, and Larry Wenzel, a member of the group, asked the landowners to list their concerns for them to address.
Smith and Wenzel said one option is to ask the man who donated the land to consider giving another portion farther away from neighboring lands.
Wenzel said Granger Weston donated the land. He said Weston owns
Ya’ll ar* trying to changa our way of Ufo. This Is my living.’
— Ron Wetz, farmer
about 6,000 to 7,000 more acres, which could house another site.
Landowners said the complex would cause extra traffic, flooding from paved parking lots, unnecessary lighting, trash and sound problems.
They also said routine agricultural activities such as dove hunting and spraying crops with pesticides would no longer be feasible.
They requested the complex supporters undergo an environmental impact study and warned them to watch out for injunctions if the problems were not addressed sufficiently.
Smith said he was glad to hear the concerns, and said the youth sports complex has met similar opposition during the five-year search for a site within the county.
“The last thing we want to do is be a bad neighbor to anyone,” Smith said.
The complex would be a catch-all facility for softball, baseball, soccer, football, basketball and volleyball in an effort to solve die explosion of youth sports needs in the city.
Wenzel said city officials have not offered their support in responding to
the boom, but rather have terminated their lease for land on Comal Street where children’s baseball has been played.
‘‘It’s a race to see which (league) is going to drop first. Our city just does not provide fen* its kids and it’s up to us to do this,” Wenzel said.
Members of the audience said the city and county should intervene with their support to settle the need for a location for youth sports activities.
“I think the (city) officials around here need to listen to die people frat are trying to do something with our youth because that’s where they need to concentrate,” said Joe Rogers, former city councilman and local school principal and superintendent.
Learning our system
Horakt-Zottung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hector Mark) Cruz Juarez teechee Sammy Anderson how to say hie name In Spanish at Frazier Elementary Wadnaaday. Juarez trains new teachers at his lob in Mexico.
Mexicans to take lessons back home
By DENISE DZIUK
Students taking summer classes at Frazier Elementary have had visitors the last couple of days, and are getting a chance to help shape Mexico’s education system.
Five educators from Mexico will soon return to their country with firsthand knowledge of the United States education system and will share their experiences with others when they return.
Three elementary school teachers and two teacher trainers from Mexico have been observing and participating in summer classes at Frazier Elementary since June 24, and will be in town a few days longer. Alicia Pana, instruction coordinator for Comal Independent School District, said the educators are members of a program aimed at expanding knowledge about the education systems in other countries.
‘Their major objective is to obtain hands-on experience with some of the teaching methods used in our dis
trict, and we will be learning from them too,” said Pana, who served as a translator for the group.
For these five, the specific details vary, but they are all looking for for the same thing while they are here — additional knowledge. Elementary teacher Marco Antonio Zarate Oliveros said his main objective while in America is to find out more about how teachers work with students, while Guadalupe Martinez Ibafiez, who trains teachers and has an emphasis on mathematics, said he is interested in learning the strategies used to teach various math principles. Elementary teacher Irma Velazquez Gutierrez said she is most interested in learning as much as she can, and then sharing that knowledge with others.
‘‘(I want) to discover new ways to teach, to personally benefit from the new information and to share it with other teachers when I go back,” she said.
Hector Mario Cruz Juarez, who trains new teachers, said these points are all important, but pointed out a
cultural value as well.
‘‘In addition, it’s a program that will benefit both groups of teachers, that will allow a sharing of cultures, as well as education,” said Juarez.
The hospitality shown to these educators is something they have taken note of, and they’re appreciative of everyone involved in their visit. They said this warmth and openness will make future visits possible.
“There’s a lot of possibility of this exchange program developing because of the treatment we have received here,” said Martinez.
The observers will have to give a detailed report to the secretary of education and the Mexican Consulate when they return to Mexico. They will also hold conferences and discussions with other teachers and the media to spread the word about their experiences here.
Parra said this may grow into an exchange program
“I think it will be just as good for our teachers to see their educational setting,” she said.
Business booms in Comal County
By DENISE DZIUK
There is something appealing about Comal County that is making more and more businesses choose to call this county home.
County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said, based on April’s figures, the number of retail outlets paying sales taxes increased by 15 percent from last year. The increase is also evident based on the number of individuals filing “Doing Business As” statements with the county clerk's office.
“There’s a tremendous amount of DBA’s,” said Denise Reinters, who is the systems administrator in the county clerk’s office. “Where they’re all at,
I couldn’t even begin to tell you.”
In February, 66 were filed. From there it increased to 131 in March and 189 in April. In May, the number dropped a little to I IO, but has risen again, with 183 filed as of June 25. Reinters said these numbers include people who are operating a business from their homes, reserving a business name for future use, or “cross-filing” in Comal to protect the name of a business in Bexar County.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the chamber’s efforts to recruit businesses into the community have been successful.Htost of th*M companies are recruiting locally.’
— Mike Meek
Checks In The Mail Chief Operating Office Phyllis Duncan said the chamber played a big roll in the company’s relocation here, which was complete in August 1995. Meek said through the recruitment, primary jobs in distribution and warehouses have grown, and as a result so have the number of secondary jobs, such as support services in restaurants and retail shops.
Meek said both the labor force and the number of employed in the county increased by about 2,000 from 1995, and the additional jobs mean more people can both live and work in New Braunfels and Comal County.
“Most of these companies are recruit
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ing locally, which means fewer people are having to commute to San Antonio or Austin,” said Meek.
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce has also seen tremendous growth lately. Wanda Truchsess, the chamber’s executive director, said the chamber’s membership has grown to an all-time high of 410 members.
“We’re just seeing a lot of diverse businesses, and they’re all pretty rock solid businesses,” said Truchsess.
A variety of businesses appear to be moving in, but Meek said the main reasons they are moving to town are pretty basic. He said it is a matter of location and access, since New Braunfels is on Interstate 35, between San Antonio and Austin, a better quality of living, and better tax rates.
“Every company has different hot buttons,” said Meek. “There’s a multitude of reasons we’re generating interest.”
Larry De val I, manager of Apple-bee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar Restaurant, said the restaurant opened its New Braunfels location in September. He said the big tourism market combined with the town’s location on the 1-35 corridor with a lot of growth potential made it an ideal home.
Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham announced last week that it will open a distribution center in New Braunfels. John Barnhill, executive vice president and general sales manager for the company, said the German work ethic along with the city's location influenced the decision.
“Our biggest need was trying to find a location that would satisfy the growth requirements in San Antonio and Austin,” he said. “For years, (employees) thought New Braunfels would be an ideal place.”
GBRA tells outfitters they’ll have to go with the (low) flow
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Reaction to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s Wednesday decision not to raise the release from Canyon Dam for the July 4 weekend was met with disappointment but not surprise.
GBRA announced the current release from the lake into the Guadalupe River would stay in the range of 50 cubic feet per second through the holiday weekend. River outfitters had asked for an increase to accommodate the huge crowds that traditionally come during the Fourth of July weekend.
“The various options for the release
I am disappointed, but I am not pointing fingers at anyone except Mother Nature.’
— Jim Dunman, Jerry’s Rentals
and the re-diversion of water weren’t feasible,” GBRA General Manager Bill West said.
West said the inflow at Canyon Lake was at 30 cubic feet per second Monday. The release was set at 45 cfs Wednesday afternoon.
GBRA looked at two options to help increase the release, both of those were not workable, West said.
“We looked at releasing excess water
and re-diverting it downstream, but the question was, ‘Who would pay for that?,”’ West said. “If we diverted excess water downstream, one of them (water users) would have to pay for it. No one wanted to do that.”
The other option was that river outfitters could buy excess water from GBRA for the weekend, just like they did in 1984, another drought year.
“We looked at the possibility of selling water for recreational purposes, but that would not be the prudent thing to do during a drought.”
Rain showers during the past two dayfs did little to make the case for increased flows, West said.
“We had reports of over one inch in isolated areas,” West said. "We were
hawking the river, hoping to see an increase in the inflows and hoping to increase the release. It just hasn’t happened.’’
West said the 50 cfs release will hold until at least the Fourth of July weekend unless more rain comes. He said GBRA will reassess the situation on the releases after the holiday weekend.
Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District Manager Jim Inman, who wrote West asking for the increased release, said he was not surprised by the decision.
"They did everything they could to make it work, they just couldn’t get all the pieces together,” Inman said. “We've got to get the rainfall needed to
put extra water into the lake."
Jim Dunman, general manager of Jerry’s Rentals, had encouraged WORD to pursue the increased release for the July 4 weekend.
“We pretty much thought what it would be,” Dunman said. “It is a whole new ball game under these drought conditions. We certainly would have liked help because we wanted to change the perception that the river is dry. That’s what we were looking for.” He said he is not blaming anyone and that the river will still be good for recreation come the Fourth of July weekend.
“I am disappointed, but I am not pointing fingers at anyone except Mother Nature,” Dunman said.Postal Service goes the extra mile for customers. See Opinion, Page 4.