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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, March 20, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9ARIVER CONTINUED FROM Pag© 1A being done on the parking front to better accommodate the many visitors who drive to New Braunfels for tubing. Two river outfitters have added parking for their customers over the winter, Pence said. Outfitters generally allow free parking for their customers. Some allow drivers just looking for a place to park to do so for a fee. A few years ago, the city dis-continued parking on the grass at Prince Solms Park, which displaced a large parking lot tourists had been used to using, Pence said. The challenge became to replace that parking. Many outfitters stepped up to the plate and opened their own parking lots — and more than made up for the number of parking spaces that had been at Prince Solms Park, he said. Outfitters and the Chamber of Commerce provide information on their websites on where parking is available. “People who come back to town — we have tourists that come back ten times a summer — know now Prince Solms is no longer open and where the other lots are.” Season by season, parking is getting better, he said. “There's parking in town.” The city has made efforts to ensure tourism parking doesn't overrun neighborhoods, he said. In the neighborhoods near the rivers, “permit parking” is in place on many streets. “Permit parking basically means that to park on a street, you must have a permit in your windshield. The residents of that street may get permits from city hall so that they may park their personal vehicles in front of their homes. Or if a friend comes to visit, they may give that permit to their friend to use to park in front of their house,” Pence said. But if someone without a permit parks on a permit-parking-only street, they’ll receive a parking ticket. “It’s a system to protect the neighborhoods that desire that sort of condition,” Pence said. He said permit parking has been established only in neighborhoods requesting it. A few streets where businesses operate still allow some nonpermit parking, he said. River cleanup Among the preparations made is the hiring of a contractor to clean up the tons of litter that tourists leave behind when they come to play in and along the city’s two rivers. Again this year, the city has hired Pristine Texas Rivers of New Braunfels as its river cleanup contractor. The firm has been hired to do abovewater and underwater cleanup from March through October. "We have had great success with Pristine Texas Rivers over the last couple of years, including during the June 9 flood cleanup and during the normal tourism season.” On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays, Pristine Texas Rivers will do its above-water cleanup—which also includes shallow-water litter pickup—along the entire stretches of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers inside the city limits. "They’ll clean up anything that’s in the trees, anything that’s on the banks, collect litter from the litter boats that are on the river, pick up stuff that ends up on steps or docks on private property,” Pence said. “They'll also use fish nets to net litter underwater.” That contract also includes cleaning river entrances and exits, such as Cypress Bend Park on the Guadalupe River, the Last Tlibers’ Exit on the Comal, and the shutde zone at Prince Solms Park on the Comal. The contractor also will, once a week, put scuba divers into the Comal to collect underwater litter along the river’s length from behind the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park all the way down to the confluence of the Guadalupe River. “They have a boat that has an air compressor with lines for the divers going down. It’s called the hookah system.” Pence said the $150,000-per-year cleanup program, which is believed to be the first of its kind, has been very successful — and is being imitated by other cities with river recreation. "Now a few other cities like San Marcos are doing the same sort of thing. We’ve had people call from as far as North Carolina asking about it. It’s really been a good program.” Checking signs Signs posted Song the river are being checked and replaced where necessary. The June 9 flood claimed a few signs, as did vandalism. "The signage is important. It welcomes tourists to our town and invites them to have a good time. It also relays to tourists what is expected of them while they’re here in town.” Another component to the signage is informational, advising tubers how much longer they have until they arrive at the Last TUbers’ Exit, where restrooms are, what to do if they need help. Shuttle permits City officials have been busy inspecting and permitting shuttles used by outfitters to take tubers to and from the rivers. City ordinances establish a specific set of safety criteria all shutdes must meet to ensure passenger safety. Shutdes that pass inspection receive permit stickers that must be affixed to shutde windshields. They cost outfitters $2 per each occupant of the legal vehicle capacity For the Guadalupe River, Pence said, the city issues “as many permits as there is a desire for outfitters or buses to run.” But on the Comal, where weekend overcrowding in the past had created safety concerns, only a limited number of shutde seats — 1,205 — are permitted. "The shutde permit system is what is actually used to control crowds on the Comal River,” he said. Prince Solms’Gateway The Gateway to the Comal River at Prince Solms Park, which opened last year, will be used this year for its first full season as an entrance to the Comal River. "It’s a welcoming point for our tourists and our locals as they show up at the river.” Pence said the Gateway is also where the city lets tourists know the rules of the river, which are designed to protect the natural resource and make sure everyone remains safe and has fun. “Tourists come here not always knowing what it expected of them in our rules and regulations. The Gateway is a great place to give them, in a friendly way, the information they need to comply.” Tlibers can enter the Comal at a couple of outfitter locations. Texas Tlibes and Landa Falls are two examples, he said.COURT CONTINUED FROM Page 8A ♦ Samuel Hernandez Vargas Jr., possession of marijuana under two ounces drug free zone, plead guilty — sent, jail, fine $600, jail term 60 days ♦ Paula Villanueva, interfere with public duties, deferred adjudication, fine $600, probation 18 months ♦ Rebecca Villegas-Bruns, theft of property between $20 and $500 by check, fine $100, jail term 180 days, probation 18 months ♦ Richard L Wenske, interfere with emergency call, dismissed ♦ Josue Allan West-Gutierrez,driving with license invalid with previous conviction or suspension without financial responsibility, dismissed — for plea in 2009CR1170 ♦ Josue Allan West-Gutierrez, unlawful carrying weapon, nonprosecution affidavit — interest of justice ♦ Austin Cory White, failure to identify, giving false or fictitious information, motion denied continued probation ♦ Aaron Joel Wong, speeding, deferred adjudication unsupervised, fine $150, probation 3 months ♦ Jason Wooldridge, possession of marijuana under two ounces, deferred adjudication, fine $500, probation 24 months ♦ Justin Ray Wylie, driving while license invalid, dismissed — interest of justice ♦ Heidi-Jo Zech Barrera, possession of marijuana under two ounces, no contest — jail, fine $500, jail term 90 days ♦ Joshua Eric Zech-Barrera, possession of marijuana under two ounces, plead guilty — sentenced jail, fine $400, jail term 90 days ♦ Gina Zurita, interfere with public duties, dismissed — to re-file and amend information Maria Camacho of San Antonio sprinkles seasoning on chicken while the rest of her party swims Friday. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung RULES OF THE RIVER City of New Braunfels water recreation rules Comal and Guadalupe Rivers • No glass • No foam containers • No volume drinking devices • No containers under 5 fluid ounces • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet • No jumping from bridges, dams, and trees • No littering • Maximum permitted cooler size is 16 quart • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord) • One cooler per person • Vessels on the rivers may not be more than 18 feet in length • Life jackets are recommended for children under 8 and weak swimmers Comal River • Inflatable floatation devices on the Comal River must be less than 5 feet in diameter or width at the narrowest point. • Limit of two tubes per person on the Comal River • Canoes and Kayaks may not use the Last Tubers Exit on the Comal River on weekends and holidays. Guadalupe River inside New Braunfels city limits • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 500 cubic feet per second, it is mandatory for all children under 8 years old to wear a life jacket. • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 750 cfs, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a life jacket. • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 1000 cfs, tubing is not allowed. The only allowed recreation is raft trips and kayaks. River entrance and exit rules • No open alcoholic containers allowed in River Acres Park, Last Tubers Exit, Cypress Bend Park, Hinman Island Park, and Prince Solms Park CentraC Texas MCergy    fisthma Frank C. Hampel, Jr. M.D. Priyanka Gupta, M.D. • New Braunfels only board certified Allergists recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists • Over 20 years experience • Nationally Recognized in Allergy Research • Specializing in non-surgical treatment of sinus and ear disease. • Experienced in Rapid Allergy Desensitization • Treatment of children and adults for ► Seasonal & Year round Allergies ► Asthma ► Sinus Disease ► Food Allergies    \r^\ ► Insect Allergies ► Hives830-609-0998 705-F Landa Street • New Braunfels TODAY ~ MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY“ CLICK Mostly cloudy and warm 81°/64° Mostly cloudy and mostly dry 84° 764° Mostly cloudy skies and still warm 85° 762° Slight chance of scattered showers 84° 7 60° Partly to mostly cloudy 81°/61° © Updated forecasts: Type “city, state” or zip code into space provided and click “go” button. 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Taken from New Braunfels airport 82° / 64° 75°/51° 92° in 1971 28° in 1923 0.00“ 0.01“ 1.19“ 3.54“ 5.16“ -1.62“ Levels/Flows Edwards Aquifer (ft) Comal Springs (cfs) Canyon Dam Inflow Outflow(Guad'pe R. at Sattler) Lake Level NBU Pumping Report Millons 3/19 of gallons 3/19 3/19 Change 674.4 +/-0 294.0 -5 Today Monday Tuesday Æ 3/19 Change 79 + 2 132 +/-0 V 907.0 -0.03 Last Millons of gallons Surface water 7.217 Groundwater 3.004 Mar. 26 First April 11 Sun Sunrise 7:37 AM 7:35 AM 7:34 AM New April 3 Full April 18 and Moon Sunset Moonrise Moonset 7:44 PM 9:12 PM 7:53 AM 7:44 PM 10:21 PM 8:35 AM 7:45 PM 11:30 PM 9:20 AM Pollen Counts Grass    n/a Mold    n/a Tree    n/a Weeds    n/a Pollen counts courtesy of Dr. Frank Hampel ON 74°/67°    76°/68°    75°/68°    73°/63°    74°/65°    74°/66° Today’s Wind:    SE at 15    to 25    Today’s Wind:    SE at 10 to 20 Today’s Tides    1st High    1st Low    2nd High    2nd Low    MaPs    and Forecast Produced by: Port Aransas    3:20 AM    9:48 AM    3:32 PM    9:36 PM    * Galveston    3:37 AM    10:01AM    4:02 PM    10:09 PM * Cheyenne, Wyoming National Outlook City Albany Albuquerque Anchorage Atlanta Atlantic City Baltimore Baton Rouge Billings Birmingham Bismarck Boise Boston Buffalo Carson City, NV Charleston, SC Charleston, WV Charlotte Chattanooga Cheyenne Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Colorado Spgs Columbus, OH Dayton, OH Denver Des Moines Detroit Duluth Eugene Fairbanks Fargo Flagstaff Fort Smith Grand Rapids Greensboro Helena Honolulu Indianapolis Jackson, Miss. 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