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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYUnicorn soccer team gets ready for Boerne. See Sports, Page 5. 50 CENTSMarket Plaza New BraunfelsHank! s0:f e'yAHI'EL'- dr 2627 t y 9 9 0 8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 5,1996■ EL PASO, T* Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MOLLY KOEPP Vol. 144, No. 81 Inside Comics  ................................3 Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................5 Market Place..................... 6-8 Stain mtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Molly Koepp, Christi Babbitt (IO years), Erie Stolinski (21 years), Cameron Dalton Tim-mermann (four years), Thomas Godley (yesterday) and Erica Nies (yesterday). Pollen Count Mold —1,050 Elm —0 Cedar — 58 Ash — 29 Mulberry — 0 Hackberry — 0 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr, Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 246 cubic feet per second, up 8 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.25 feet above sea level, down .03. Be a detective at Mystery Dinner Circle Arts is presenting its first annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley Hall. The fellowship hall is behind First United Methodist Church, and faces Mill St. Local dignitaries will be the suspects’. Tickets are available at China-n-Things and the Chamber. To reserve tables of eight, call 625-4824, Monday-Saturday, 10 a m. to 5 p.m. This is participation theatre; all audience members will be ‘detectives.’ Transportation director to speak James Garcia, transportation program director for the Community Council of South Central Texas, will speak at the Interagency Council meeting at noon, March 6 at the Comal County Senior Center, Bambi Simpson, social service and parent involvement coordinator for Head Start, will also speak. For information, call 629-8181. Masons give medals New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 AF&AM will present Lamar Medals to outstanding students and teachers from New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in the Masonic Lodge at 1157 W. San Antonio St. The public is invited. Russell Lackey, Troy Burch and Kevin Hargrove will receive the 1996 medals. Artistic Outreach It s time to experiment with art again as the New Braunfels Art League holds another Artistic Outreach Saturday, March 9 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery — and ifs free. Leading the three mini workshops will be Mary Beth Gibson, pastel; Annette LeBouef, drasing; and Elaine Felder, stained glass. Members of the community from 12 to 99 years are invited to try their hand in one of three art media at no expense. The Art League provides the teachers and the supplies free of charge as a gift back to the community And those participating can take home their creations. The hands-on workshops begin at 9 a m. and end about 12:30 p.m. at the NBAL Gallery, 239, W. San Antonio. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hitting the lanes Bebe Maldanado throws a ball, and then uses body English to try to steer it down the lane at Comal Bowl Friday night. Maldanado, and other HEB employees, took part in a bowling tournament to raise money for Junior Achievement. State agrees traffic light needed, but funding still in question By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint In response to concerns from local residents and a letter from a county commissioner, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation have decided a traffic light is needed at the intersection at Highway 46 and Highway 281. However, funding for the project has not been approved. County Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans wrote a letter to the local TXDOT office about two months ago in response to concerns residents had about the intersection. The letter was forwarded to the traffic division in San Antonio, which studied the intersection. "It’s never that bad when I go out there, so I went out at a different time to see what they were talking about. I didn’t realize how big of a problem it is,” said Evans. David Kopp, Area Engineer for TXDOT, said when the request is forwarded to the traffic section, a detailed study begins. He said the study looks at accident history, traffic count in both directions, and other points. However, before a traffic light can be installed, the funding must be found. Kopp said the project will cost SI 15,000. He said a request was submitted for special funding. However, the problem with this, he said, it that only $15 million is available, and $70 million worth of requests have been submitted. “It was determined to be a safety need or concern and that means it’s up for those funds. However, it will have to be high on the list,” said Kopp. Kopp said if funding does not come from this source, it will still be on the list for funding through the TXDOT. He said in January 11 projects were on the list. However, he said the list is in order of priority, so this project could be placed higher on the list. He also said additional funds have become available so it “doesn’t have to be in the top three now.” “If ours is more serious, we’ll get the funding for it first, and it seems we have a good chance of getting the funds,” said Evans Evans added he will look into the possibility of getting commissioners court to help fund the project. However, he said he w ill not bnng the issue to the board until he talks with those in charge of the project to determine “if it will help the state expedite it.” Kopp also added that despite public opinion that the FM 1863 and HWY 281 intersection is more dangerous, it has not been studied for a light because it is “at an awkward situation for a light.” He said a light would require traffic traveling 70 miles per hour to come to a complete stop and the light at 281 and 46 will not. “We’re trying to solve the problem (at FM 1863 and HWY 281) without a light, Ik said. Last chance to hop on Germany tour By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It’s not too late. If you wish you’d gone ahead and made reservations to visit Braunfels, Germany, you still can, but you’d better do it by March 15. There’s still space available in both tours,” said Herb Skoog, organizer for the event. “We've set the deadline as March IS. That is the wrap date. It’ll be on space available basis after that.” Most of the New Braun-felsers visiting Braunfels will stay in homes, he said. Skoog has been to Braunfels over 20 times, usually on business, he said. The tour led by Skoog and his wife stops at Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Liechtenstein. Called ‘Tour A,” it leaves July 3 and returns July 16. The $2,797 cost per person includes air fare from San Antonio. Another tour group will visit England, France and Germany. Benno Engel leads ‘Tour B.” The cost per person, including air fare from San Antonio, is $2,397. The prices include staying in private homes in Braunfels. “‘Braunfels’ means ‘brown hills’,” Skoog said. “When you see the countryside over there, you know why they picked the New Braunfels area to settle.” New Braunfels guests will have several things to make them feel at home in Braunfels — its a fairly small town within easy driving distance from a big city, Frankfurt. “It’s a health resort area — lots of swimming and hiking,” Skoog said. New Braunfels doesn’t have a centuries-old castle in the middle of town, though. ‘The main entrance goes nght off the mar-ketplatz,” Skoog said, “Prince Carl’s descendants still own it.” Braunfels has its own brewery and a town museum, Skoog said. And the museum has a room dedicated to New Braunfels — displaying Texas “artifacts” such as an arrowhead and a rattlesnake. The Braunfels hosts have a system in place for keeping American guests and host families comfortable. “We send a profile of them, their age, whether they smoke, whether they speak German,” Skoog said. “It works out few the Gcr * mans and for us. For information call Herb Skoog at 606-2300. Herald-Zeitung ghoto by MICHAEL DARNALL Minor injuries in collision Emergency workers treat a victim at an accident scene yesterday. No major injuries were reported in a wreck on Business Loop 35 yesterday morning. Pearl Olguin of Canyon Lake was driving her Geo Metro northbound on Business Loop 35, going toward the New Braunfels Factory Stores, according to New Braunfels Police Department records. Minerva Perez of New Braunfels was driving a purple Nissan the hill from lnterstate-35 turn-around where the public boat ramp is located and had the green light at the intersection, reports state. Olguin reportedly failed to yield right of way and the two cars collided. The two drivers and a passenger in Olguin’s car were reportedly taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Police cited Olguin for disregarding a stop and go signal, according to NBPD reports. Police say four arrests smash burglary ring By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Three to four weeks of detective work have paid off. Sheriff’s Department Detective Rick Cardenas cooperated with officers from other counties to catch a group of suspected burglars red-handed. Cardenas will pick up Steven Alan Bloxham II, 19, from the Bexar County Jail today. “He has agreed to give me a full confession about this burglary and talk about other burglaries that he may have assisted or committed,” Cardenas said. Three other men suspected of working with Bloxham had already been arrested. Clifford Travis Bloxham Jr., 18, Steven Bloxham’s cousin, was charged with theft and organized activity and posted $20,000 bond at the Bexar County Sheriff s Office, according to Sheriff s Department records. Brandon Lynn Banks, 17, was charged with burglary and engaging in organized activity with a $20,000 bond. Michael Wayne Harpel, 23, was charged in a Comal County case, a warrant from Wilson County and two warrants from Bexar County, according to Sheriff s records. Harpers bond totals $40,000. “All three are known associates and have criminal histories of a similar nature,” Cardenas said. The burglary that didn't work happened on Jan. 30, Cardenas said, on Texas Oaks near Highway 281. Hays County had a burglary the same day and the San Antonio Police responded to a burglary call in a hotel room. "Steven Alan, Clifford Travis Jr. and Brandon Lynn Banks were in the hotel room.” Cardenas said. Stolen weapons, cameras, accessories, and a camera bag with the burglary complainant’s name on it w ere recovered, he said. “A JVC camcorder was pawned at EZ Pawn on Walzem, also from the same house,” Cardenas said. The camcorder was pawned on that same day by another subject who will be used as a witness, he said. Cardenas rounded up the warrants for the four suspects, said Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz. “We don’t know how many (burglaries) we’ve got at this point,” Cardenas said. “We’re still investigating " Three-pronged attack planned on hydrilla Herbicides and grass carp to be used to keep lakes clear By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) and the Lake Management Workgroup have devised a plan to fight the hydrilla problem in lakes Dunlap and McQueeney. The plan consists of three phases which will begin this month. Officials hope to reduce the amount of hydnlla in the lakes to make the lakes more accessible to boaters and swimmers. “We developed the 19% action plan during the Lake Management Workgroup meetings,” GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch said. “The plan contained herbicide (spraying) plus the stocking of the carp. We then sat with TPWD (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) and then did a flow study on where we could put the (herbicide) Sonar at (in Lake McQueeney).” The program will entail the use of Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides and stocking of carp in the lakes. Phase I (March 19-April 24) will involve the lowering of Lake McQueeney by 12 inches for the use of Sonar herbicide. The area of treatment will begin at Treasure Island bridge, continue south towards the Ski Lodge to McQueeney Dam, around the lake to Hot Shots and back to the south area of Treasure Island. The Sonar spraying will cover 60 acres of Lake McQueeney. During Phase I, this area of the lake will be closed to motorized w ater crafts during the treatment time. “Floating barges with signs, signs at boat ramps and the addition of 3,000 pamphlets to Friends of Lake McQueeney and the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association will tell people about the restriction times on the lakes and the spraying," Welsch said. “We will also be putting posters at convenience stores.” Both lakes will be the subject of Phase ll, which will entail the spraying of the aquatic herbicide Aquathol K. From May 13-15, Lake Dunlap will be treated in certain areas designated by the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. However, Aquathol K will not be sprayed w ithin one-quarter of a mile from the fresh w ater intake to the Clear Springs Water Treatment Plant. Lake McQueeney will start getting its treatments of Aquathol K from May 15-21. Friends of Lake McQueeney , in conjunction with TPWD, will determine what areas will be sprayed on the lake. A second treatment could be required during May 28-29. GBRA states that lake levels may vary as much as three feet below normal during the treatment period. Aquathol K will be sprayed on 37 acres of Lake McQueeney and 60 acres of Lake Dunlap, lf it is necessary, another 38 acres of Sonar will be sprayed on Lake McQueeney, Welsch said. Restrictions for Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney as issued by the GBRA dunng Phase ll are: ■ No boating or swimming (May 13-22) ■ Do not eat fish caught (May 13-24) ■ No use of w ater for domestic uses (May 13-June 23) ■ Do not use w ater for irrigation of yards, crops or livestock (May 13-June 23) TPWD officials have approved a one-time stocking program for the beginning of June. The stocking of 5,000 triploid, stenle grass carp each for both lakes will be Phase IU. The carp eat hydnlla. It is hoped they w ill limit the growth of the hydnlla and reduce the need for future herbicide treatments. Friends of Lake McQueeney, the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association, Comal and Guadalupe counties and the U.S. Corps of Engineers Aquatic Weed Program are funding the program with TPWD providing the labor and equipment for the tasks. Welsch said the public can do a lot to help to make the treatment program successful. “First of all, we would appreciate the assistance, cooperation and encouragement of the public,” Welsch said “They have helped funded the project. They also need to understand that the lakes will be lowered from time to time and that they need to stay off the lakes at certain times.”For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144. ;