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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2004 7 TOTTT'T SPORTS SWIMMING Visiting teams eat up times, town hospitality as the Schlitterbahn Invitational comes to an end. Fags SA FORUM LETTERS Readers speak out about new H-E-B store, state education system, and former President Ronald Reagan. Fags AA CL *01 1000571 051\ a Ai- *7rTvJrTfTIsJHCRS a mo tx iwm Vol. 153, No. lye 10 pages, 1 section 500 TNG 60% chance of storms High Low 87 70 Details .... 1B since 1852. | DEAR ABBY 8A j CLASSIFIEDS 8-10A I COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS ftA2 days early, Iraq becomes sovereign again Municipal airport awarded grant to fund master plan DAVID INQRAM/Heiald-Zeitung New Braunfels Municipal Airport line service technician Dwayne Nichols, left, and Airport Manager Andy Spinks prepare to push a Cessna airplane into a hanger at the airport Thursday afternoon. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Municipal Airport has been awarded a $216,000 grant to help hind a master plan for the next two decades. Texas Department of lfans-portation’s Aviation Division announced the grant award last week. 'lhe federal Aviation Administration, which awards giants to airports for expansion and improvements, requires airports file master plans before grants are awarded. Airport manager Andy Spinks said $6 million in expansion and improvement projects are planned for the local airport over the next five to IO years. “Master plans show what an airport intends to do over the next 20 years,” Spinks said. ‘‘ They're required by the EAA, and TxDOT helps pay for the cost of a master plan. The last time we filed a master plan was in 1991,” he said. Spinks said master plans are filed about every IO years. “The master plan should reflect what's happening at an airport, in terms of air traffic and plans for expansion and improvement plans," he said. “Because the FAA helps fund expansion and improvements, they want to know that we plan to spend the grant money appropriately.” Spinks said the New Braunfels airport is handling more and more air traffic, as San Antonio airports become overcrowded. “I don’t think people are aware of how much air traffic we have," he said. “In 1991, when we forecasted our future air traffic for 20 years, we projected a demand for mostly light general aviation aircraft, or small planes. But we’re already being used by small business jets, helicopters and medical transports. We didn’t forecast that in 1991, so we’re IO years til lead of our projections. Today, we have a lot of business jet traffic from surrounding companies, like Motorola, Wal-Mart and Schlitterbahn.” Currently, the airport has two runways that are about See AIRPORT, Page 3A The New Braunfels City Council gave a vote of confidence to the city staff, police and fire departments Monday for handling over-capacity crowds on the Comal River two weeks ago. The weekend of June 19, a Houston family escaped serious injuries after being washed down the Comal River and rescued by New Braunfels police and firefighters. Also, because the Guadalupe River was flowing at 5,500 cubic feet-per-second, city staff allowed outfitters on the Guadalupe to shuttle tubers to the Comal River causing larger than usual crowds on the Comal River. _______ Outfitters were allowed gen Valentine to unload tubers on Hinman Island Drive, which tile city doses to traffic on the weekends. District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine said the events of that weekend could have resulted in fatal injuries, and urged council Monday to not let Guadalupe River outfitters divert tubers to the Comal River. “We could have lost some people that day,” he said. “Are we endangering people when we let outfitters put people on the Comal River? The issue is capacity. So I think we need to make a decision tonight, before the July 4 weekend and in anticipation of a repeat of the lune 19 weekend considering all the rain we've had this week So I move See COUNCIL. Page 3A COMING FRIDAY Tour of Faith Another church is k profiled in the    BH EEE fill weekly series.    jjgjjr iii RMTI By Robert H. Reid Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Iraq's new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early, accepting limited power Monday from U.S. occupiers, who wished them prosperity and handed them a staggering slate of problems—including a lethal insurgency the Americans admit they underestimated. With the passing of a sheaf of documents and a prime minister’s oath on a red Quran, the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein received official sovereignty from U.S. administrators in a secretive ceremony moved up to thwart, insurgents’ attempts at undermining the transfer. “The Iraqi people have their country back,” President Bush said at a NATO summit in Istanbul, Iiirkey. On paper, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority granted power to Iraq’s interim government at 10:26 arn, 467 days after the U.S. invasion began. The reality is more complicated: Some 145,000 foreign forces — most of them American — remain in charge of keeping rebellion at bay. There were no major attacks throughout the day. But Al-Jazeera television reported ear ly Hiesday that militants had killed a US. soldier held hostage since early April. It was not known when the American was killed. And after nightfall Monday, four heavy explosions rang See IRAQ, Page 3A Stormy weather Rain causing problems for police, outfitters By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Bad news for local river outfitters and would-be river revelers continues to fall from the sky. Rain caused outfitters and local police to keep as many tubers as possible off the Comal River this weekend and into Monday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased flow on the Guadalupe River from 400 to 3,100 cubic feet per second Monday, making it dangerous to tubers as well. If the rains continue this week, as forecasters predict, Canyon Lake Manager Tim Horn said flow on the Guadalupe could increase even further. “It depends on the rainfall and downstream conditions,” Horn said. “It’s really hard to tell right now. The lake is still coming up, so we need to keep letting water out for a while.” At 2 p.m. Monday, the lake level was 911.81 feet above mean sea level. The inflow at Spring Branch was 4,489 cfs. TWo tubers on the Comal learned the hard way Sunday that swollen riverbanks mean danger. New Braunf els police officers pulled two men out of the river after they went over the low head dam adjacent to Schlitterbahn See RIVERS. Page 3A WATER SAFETY lf you make the mistake of getting into the water when you shouldn’t, New Braunfels Police Department nvBr officer Daniel Vbtb said you should: I Swim to one of the banks. I Watch out for debris, because wton the water is high and running fast, large debris including logs and branches, fire ant mounds and snakes coNect in the flow. I Cal for help. Many residents are often outside paying attention, and Schittertoahn employees look out over the Comal River I Hang on to something until help arrives. Council: Tuber safety on rivers important By Scott Mahon Staff Writer MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung A Camaro makes its way through an overflowing creek on Live Oak. National Weather Service extends flash flood watch throughout area By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local public safety officials reported few problems Monday, but the National Weather Service extended a flash flooding watch through this afternoon as sporadic rain continued. Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth reported Monday evening road department crews were ready to place barricades as needed at low water crossings. “It’s normal stuff,” Hornseth said. “We’ve been experiencing some severe, high intensity showers here and there. Otherwise it’s business as usual for us." With increased Canyon Reservoir outflows and an inflow of nearly 4,500 feet at Spring Branch Monday afternoon, I lomseth said Rebecca Creek Road and a few low-water crossings had been closed, but he had no reports of widespread closings. Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Ikigett said things should be fine if the weather does as projected this week. "We’ll be in good shape if we just continue with sporadic rains,” MANDY REARY/Hwald-Zeitung John Martinez, left, and Robert Rosales combine skateboarding and surfing in puddles left behind by Monday s rains. Edgett said. “We’re so thoroughly saturated right now that what we’re getting is running off.” At the New Braunfels Fire Department’s Central Station, Capt. Dan Procknow reported 1.8 inches of rain for the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. Monday. “Actually, the weather's treating us OK,” Procknow said. "The last set of storms that went through set off a few fire alarms, but we haven’t had any calls caused by the weather. We’ve had some heavy rains, but no problems. We’ve had an exceptionally quiet shift.” Canyon lake Fire/EMS Capt. Danny Ray said his crew was just watching the rain. “We’ve been fortunate," Ray said. “This has been going on long enough and people have been seeing it on the news enough that they're being careful and that's a good thing.” National Weather Service Meteorologist joe Baskin said to expect See WEATHER, Page 3A ;