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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas SLimmlisdi Dinnasy wisnes irom th# Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Darlene Moore (Saturday), Kathryn Keener, Randy Sims, Christy Harris, George Clendenin, Crystal Saddler, Brendan Shepherd (13 years old), Bryan Hill (9 years old), Mark Hoider-fleld (Saturday), Juanita Gross (Saturday), Mark Hampton, Brian Jones, Lorie Barr, Donald Cole, Susan Ott, Scott Presley, Caroline Achay (Saturday), Lois Vetter (Saturday), Kyle Long (I year old Saturday), Allison Dietert (Saturday), Whitney Jackson (9 years md), Erie Sul-temeier (15 years old Saturday), Dezmond Angel Reyes (5 years old), Manuela Beaecia, Cory Michelson (16 years old), Randy Mattoon, Maria Elena Gonzales (Saturday) and Abe Levy. Happy anniversary wishes go to: David and Viola Jonas, Sandra and David Bornersbach (IO years), Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Baldwin (50 years Saturday), James and Jerri Eddington (56 years Saturday), Charles and May Stephens (39 years Saturday) To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144. Pollan Count (PsNtn rn—ufd In par*?* oui*: mater oI air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 340 cfs, down 5 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.59 feet above sea level, up .05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge — 2,079 cfs (release wtN be increased to 5,500 cfs (hts afternoon.) Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 937.61 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) aa DmiimIaJ* I new oriunwi uwfitM NBL) reports pumping 5.161 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 527,100 gallons of well water were used. VoNoplP Slight Charlo# off rain remains ov#r ar## There’s only a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms for today and Saturday, National Weather Service officials said Partly cloudy skies today and Saturday are expected with highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 70s and a southeast wind of 10 mph. No rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday with the same high and low temperatures as today. Watch tor th### closed roads We haven’t had any appreciable rain for the last few days, but the rains of the past weekend are still with us in the form of road closures. FM 1863 is closed from FM 3009 to Hwy. 281. Obst Road at Cibolo Creek is still closed as is Rebecca Creek Road at the Guadalupe River. Gruene Bridge is expected to be closed this afternoon due to high water and may remain closed for four to six weeks Travelers from New Braunfels to Gruene may take the Hanz, Rivercrest, Hillcrest, Common, River /Heres, or Post exits from Loop 387 to Gruene Road. At Gruene Road, just take a left. By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Inside Outfitters and campground owners along River Road differ somewhat in their opinions regarding the effect swift, high water on the Guadalupe River will have on their businesses. But their voices are unified in one statement — we are open for business. Because of the high water level in Canyon Reservoir, the flow rate in the river is expected to be about 5,500 cubic feet per second for at least the next four weeks. Such conditions render the river too hazardous for any activity except guided raft trips. Jane Lackey, co-owner of Riverbank Rafting Company, said she was optimistic ■ Redcross help — Page 5A ■ Tips for handling flood-damaged foods — Page5A about the opportunities. She said the swift water would provide some of the best rafting conditions available in the United States. “(For the period of time the river is high) people won’t have to go to Colorado or the Snake River for adventure,” Lackey said. “They can come right here.” Charles Lackey, Jane Lackey’s husband and co-owner of the outfitting busi-Tum to Outfitters, Page 2A By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Daman Jason Strahm Jumps Into his tubs on the Guadalupe River In front of Jerry’s Rentals at the first crossing Thursday afternoon. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers literally opened up die flood gates on Thursday, and the flow on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels should approach 5,500 cubic feet per second by midafternoon today. The discharge rate from Canyon Dam was increased to 2,100 cfs at 6 p.m. on Thursday and increased again to 5,500 cfs at 8:30 a.m.. The increase was necessary to lower the elevation of Canyon Reservoir, which reached as high as 937 feet above sea level, 28 feet above flood control level. The release rate from the dam had been at about 200 cfs since Monday. Corps officials said the release rate was limited by flood conditions downstream at Cuero and Victoria, but those conditions had abated by Thursday, allowing the flood-control gates to be opened for maximum discharge. A Corps official said that, barring a significant amount of precipitation above or below the dam, the 5,500 cfs rate would be in effect continuously for four weeks to lower the lake to near normal elevation. Local river outfitters consider 700 cfs to be the ideal flow rate for tubing and other river activities, and the 5,500 cfs rate is considered too hazardous for all activities except guided raft trips. They’re all bowled over Volunteers make next turn toward master plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HerakJ-Zwtung photo by Michael Damall Mayor Jan Kannady and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel faced off Thursday evening during a bowl-off at Comal Bowl. The match was part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce mixer at the bowling alley. Casteel won the match with a score of 129-104. NBISD delays hiring assistant principal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees on Thursday delayed hiring an assistant principal for New Braunfels High School. Board vice president Carlos Campos said a selection committee, which included the high school principal, department chairs and others, picked three finalists for the assistant principal position. Campos said those three applications were brought to the board Thursday night. However, the candidates had not been contacted. “So before we could accept someone, we needed to talk to them about it,” said Campos. Campos said administrators needed to let the three candidates know who was being consid ered, and make sure they were still interested in the position. Campos said the board would meet Tuesday. “Hopefully, today we will be able to contact them,” said Campos. “We want to at least tell those that didn’t get it so they don’t hear it through the media.” In other business, the board studied the 1997-1998 budget. As a minister, Daryl Higgins is just as concerned about a person’s spiritual life as he is about his economic well-being. “It’s very important because it’s a part of a person’s completeness,” the pastor of First Protestant Church said. “If a person's out of a job, that inpacts them emotionally and spiritually.” Higgins has put his money where his mouth is by serving as vice chairman for the economic development subcommittee of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. It’s a move that is critical to the church’s wellbeing. First Protestant spent about $4 million in renovations to its facility since 1993, he said. “This is a large church where the town was founded,” he said. “That money is spent in this town. We use local vendors and distributors. That money is turned over and is part of maintaining the economy.” Almost a month after the kick-off meeting to begin the process of drafting a Master Plan for the city of New Braunfels, nine subcommittees have met at least once. At most of these first meetings, members chose permanent chairmen, vice chairmen and secretaries and set up schedules for monthly meetings that may last until the end of the year. They have begun the lengthy process of determining New Braunfels’ current condition in order to determine policy that will shape the future growth and direction of the city. City Planning Director Harry Bennett called it “brainstorming:” a time when the members voice ideas about New Braunfels on the topic of their subcommittee. It is also a time when subcommittees define what issues to discuss. From the chosen issues will come each committee’s recommended objectives. Finally, city staff will turn the objectives into proposed policy to include in the final proposal that will go before city council in about a year and a half. Blaze claims resident’s new home By ABE LEVY Staff Writer After a doctor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon in San Antonio, Michele Engelke leisurely ate dinner at a restaurant and then went shopping at Rolling Oaks Mall. When she returned to New Braunfels, she watched that evening as firefighters began investigating a blaze that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to her house at 1086 River Rock. Neighbors were huddled around her Rivertree Subdivision house, she said, as smoke filled the house she had just moved into about a month earlier. She said alert neighbors noticed Turn to Blas*, Page 3A Schools report gains on TAAS tests in ’97 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The final results from the Spring 1997 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test are in, and officials with local school districts said they were pleased with the gains made distnctwide. In the Comal Independent School District, scores for grades three through eight and grade IO were above the state average in every category except third grade math, which was one percentage point below the state average, and the fourth-grade writing score was equal with the state. C1SD had four groups that scored 90 ex better. Four scores were below 85. “We’re definitely pleased with the increases in student achievement that we’ve seen,” said CISD assistant superintendent Carol Hall. Officials with the New Braunfels Independent School District were also pleased with the district’s results. NBISD scored above the state average in every category except lOth-grade writing, which was equal with the state average. The district also had one score of 90. Only three other scores were below 85. “We are pleased, and think teacher and students should be commended,” said NBISD assistant to the superintendent John Turman. Both districts attributed the increase in scores to the efforts of parents, students and teachers. “It’s just an overall concerted effort on everyone’s part to increase student success,” Hall said. “It’s quite an accomplishment for everyone.” Although the scores, showing district increases and local scores above state scores, are being called impressive, administrators said the work in not done. Local scores Grade/subject State CISD NBISD Grade 3 Reading 81 86 88 Math 81 80 88 Grade 4 Reading 82 88 90 Writing 87 87 88 Math 82 84 89 Grade 5 Reading 84 88 89 Math 86 89 89 Grades Reading 84 89 85 Math 81 90 83 Grade 7 Reading 84 91 89 Mato 79 87 87 Grade 8 Reading 83 89 89 Writing 80 83 87 Mato 76 85 79 Grade 10 Reading 86 92 88 Writing 88 91 88 Mato 72 77 74 I Source: Comal and Maw Braunfels Independent school districts J “We are not satisfied with the improvement in scores,” said Turman. “We will never be completely satisfied until we see IOO percent in all the areas.” Hall said CISD had that same goalNB Red suffers loss to Yoakum in Little League action — Page 1B ;