New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYCanyon takes final baseball playoff spot, See Sports, Page 6,
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StiimmtischBirthday wishes from tho HarakHEaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Brenda Blackstone (29),
Chris Hull (16), Jan Harrison (50), Eddie Stoehr, Adam Fellers (21), Carlos Sanchez (ll), Gary Jentsch, Julio Madera HI (belated), Sam Valadez and Jason Hand (15).
Happy 50th anniversary to Lewis and Eleanore Coldeway and happy 20th anniversary to Sam and Molly Cholico.
Mold—090 Grass —12
Oak—62 Pecan —8
Hackberry—0 Ash —16
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Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei —623.52 feet above aaa level, down .02 from yesterday.
Disabled American WIorans vnwi Wadnasday
Comal County Chapter 163 of the Disabled American Veterans, meets at 7:30 p.m.,
May 1 at the VFW Post Home on Peace Avenue.
Election of officers will be held.
VFW pancake supper la ba bald Thursday
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will hold a pancake supper Thursday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Peace Avenue. Cost will be $3 per plate, and tickets may be purchased at the Post Home.
For information, call Ski Haneiwich at 620-0223 or the Post Home at 626-9961.
Amariean Lag ion Post #179 to maat
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets Thursday, May 2, at 410 W. Coll St. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting starts at 8 p.m. Unit #179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m.
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Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 meet Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring a salad.
Men are to serve the ice cream furnished by the lodge.
Yauth socoar fundraising dbmar
The New Braunfels Blitz Youth Soccer Club is having its spring fund-raising dinner Friday, May 3 at Seale Elementary School.
Plates are $4.50 each for a taco dinner with all the trimmings. Serving will be from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. with plates to go available. Purchase tickets from a player, or call 625-9348 (days) or 625-6715 (nights).
Prajset Grad masting
Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will meet Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of Canyon High School. All senior parents are especially encouraged to attend.
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City readies push for Interstate 35 funds
By DAVID OEKUNDER
Chamber of commerce, city and county officials will make their cases to Texas Department of Transportation commissioners for funds to expand Interstate 35, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said on Tuesday.
“We are going to be promoting and educating people about the importance of this,” Meek said. ‘Citizens and businesses need to come together on this issue.”
Meek was notified by TxDOT that the issue will be on the commission’s agenda Thursday, June 27 at 9 am in the DeWht C. Greer building in Austin.
The chamber plans to get a number of citizens to go to Austin on charter
buses that day to show support for efforts to get the funds needed to expand IH-35 to four lanes.
“It will be a quick presentation. We will be given no longer than 20 minutes for our speeches,” Meek said. “But it is important for die commissioners to see that there is community support for this.”
Meek wants TxDOT to give the funding needed as soon as possible to start texpansion of IH-35 to four lanes from Loop 337 to FM 306.
The project is scheduled for 1999, TxDOT area engineer David Kopp said.
“Without any supplemental funding for 1997-98, the earliest the project will start is in 1999,” Kopp said.
Kopp said $85 million is needed for
die four lane expansion, which includes new bridges, new retaining walls and the pavement needed to expand the lanes to four each north and south.
Each year the San Antonio district office of TxDOT, which consists of 12 counties, receives $100-5150 million, Kopp said. To complete the expansion of IH-35 from FM 3009 near Schertz to FM 306 near New Braunfels, Kopp said $120 million is needed, which is about what the San Antonio district gets for a year’s worth of funding.
Currently, TxDOT has two contracts working on an expansion from FM 3009 to die Sohns Road exit, which is worth $24 million. An $11 million expansion from Solms Road to Loop 337 is scheduled for 1998.
Meek said the chamber and others will ask the TxDOT commissioners to “give strategic priority dollars due to it (IH-35) being a major stretch of highway, not only for New Braunfels, but for the rest of the state.”
“San Antonio recognizes die strategic importance of IH-35 going through New Braunfels,” Meek said. “They don’t want it to get bottleknecked before people come into San Antonio.”
Last fall, San Antonio officials went before the TxDOT commissioners and asked them to speed up funding for Loop 410 and Highway 281 interchange, Loop 410 and the IH-10 interchange and IH-35 expansion through New Braunfels. New Braunfels officials attended that meeting last year.
“We felt like that was a big step when they did that,” Meek said. “We are appreciative to them for that ” Meek said 50 area organizations signed a resolution supporting the immediate funding of the IH-35 expansion through New Braunfels, which was forwarded to the TxDOT commissioners and put on the agenda for the June meeting.
Kopp said his office will do what it can to help local officials get die needed funding for die IH-35 expansion.
“We will support them in any way we can,” Kopp said. “We would be Uke a library for them by giving them stats, photos and aerial maps. I will be giving them advice on the technical aspects of projects, such as which ones we can do or can’t do.”
City can’t cut water use or lawns will die, Garden Ridge mayor tells EUWD
By DENISE DZIUK
Major users of the Edwards Aquifer appeared before the board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District Tuesday to explain why they have failed to meet the mandatory reductions under the Demand Management Plan. The city of Garden Ridge was among those at die hearing, and Mayor Jay P. Minikin told the board part of the problem is the large residential population of the city.
Minikin said most large suppliers, such as San Antonio Water System, supply water to both commercial and residential users. He said this allows commercial use to be reduced while still allowing some residential use. He said this makes it hard for Garden Ridge, which does not have industries or large businesses, to cut usagp. Ins letter to die district, he described the city’s water users as “above average income” families in “single-family homes on large lots with extensive gardens and lawns.”
“Garden Ridge doesn’t have anyone we can balance it out with...We’re primarily a residential community with lawns,” he said.
Minikin said asking the residential users to cut water any more would be essentially telling them they cannot water their lawns at all. He said this would be perceived as an economic blow to the homeowners because of the dead lawns.
“People will see it as a potential fen- reduced property values because their lawns will be brown and dead,” he said.
Minikin said the city is already under Stage II of its own Demand Reduction Measures and has implemented numerous initiatives to improve conservation measures.
“My impression is based on comments from the public hearings...the board will regroup with the Edwards Underground Water District staff and take another look at the Demand Management Plan and see if it’s as effective as it could be,” he said.
New Braunfels Utilities also foiled to meet its target reductions under the DMP, but will not be required to appear before the Edwards board. NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said NBU applied for a variance right before the public hearings were sckfeduled. She said NBU has been exempted from appearing at the hearings this week, but will have a variance hearing on May 14.
“The plan doesn’t define conjunctive users, which our users are. We want to try to get that added so New Braunfels will be recognized for the use of surface water,” said DiFonzo.
The public hearings are continuing Wednesday and Thursday, with the city of Marion and San Marcos and Southwest Texas State University scheduled to appear before the board on Thursday.
HertkhZeHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Look undor tho workers' platform, thoae ara bats taking flight Carlos Ballastoros and Sammy Garcia of Chapman Construction acara a bunch of bats out from bshind a shutter on tho building they ara renovating next to the old Don Maxwell used car lot on Wast San Antonio Street Monday.
Despite low flow, outfitters upbeat
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Despite the lack of rainfall and a slow river flow, outfitters along the Guadalupe River say business is good and they are prepared for the tourist season.
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West said the release of water from Canyon Dam is 120 cubic feet per second.
“We anticipate maintaining that level of flow for the rest of the summer,” West said. “We and the outfitters are putting a positive spin on it, telling people that the water is good for activities such as family outings.”
Jim Inman, Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) manager, agrees with West.
“There will always be water in the river,” Inman said “People will be able to spend two to four hours in the river. GBRA has assured us that the water will be flowing year round. They have assured us that they will not turn the dam off and let the river go bone dry. The hotter it gets, the cold water will feel fine.”
Zero Rivers of Rockin' R River Rides said his business is down by “a small percentage," but he attributes that to unusually cool weather during
Easter and spring break, not to the river.
“We are already picking up, our telephones are ringing off the hook,” Rivers said. “This is just the beginning of May, so we are just getting into gear.”
Rivers said he has adjusted to the slow river flow by “shifting geais.”
“We are using smaller boats and rafts,” Rivers said. “We are putting less people in boats and rafts. Instead of putting a group of IO in two rafts, we are putting them in three rafts.”
Rivers said the current flow from Canyon Dam will be workable for his business.
“If we have a least 120-130 cfs, we can operate on that very easily,” Rivers said. “The water is still cod and nice, it doesn’t have any stagnant pools.”
Eddie Martin, manager for Whitewater Sports, said everything is going okay and people are enjoying themselves.
“The rafts aren’t flowing as easily as they would in high water,” Martin said. “We would prefer it as high as 300 cfs. But we are letting people know that ahead of time and they are still going out there and having a fun time. The tubes and canoes are doing a little bit better (than the rafts).”
John and Kathy Diarkaan
John Dierksen named 1996 Grosse Opa
Campbell to speak at Raider Roundup
The 1996 Texas Tech Raider Roundup is Sunday, May 5 from 6 pm to 9 pm at McCal-listers Ranch/Guadalupe Cattle Company located on Highway 46 (1.3 miles off 1-35
Adult tickets are $10 and children tickets are $5. Fajitas will be served. BYOB.
Dean Campbell, assistant football coach, and Dr. Bill
Dean, executive vice-president of the Ex-Students Association, will be featured speakers.
RSVP by Thursday, May 2 to Tracy Rogers at 629-4514 or Rick Stepp at 606-5024.
By SUZANNE HERBELIN
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Each year the Wurstfest Association selects one of its members to serve as “Grosse Opa.” This honorary title, meaning “Big Granddaddy,” is bestowed upon a member for his loyalty, dedication and willingness to participate. The “Grosse Opa” serves as the official “Spass Meister” (fun master) and is responsible for demonstrating “Gemuetlichkeit” — which means fun and fellowship in the German tradition. Recently the Board of Directors named the 1996 “Grosse Opa” as John Dierksen. Dierksen was formally recognized at the organization's April general membership meeting.
Bom in Shiner, Texas, John graduated from high school in 1964 and from the University of Texas in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree. Dierksen served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1970 and returned to Austin and UT, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1973.
That same year, Dierksen moved to New Braunfels. He is now president of Reagan, Burros, Dierksen, Lamon & Bluntzer, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. He served cm the City of New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission from 1979 to 199S, and as chairman of the commission from 1993 to 1995.
Dierksen became a member of the Wurstfest Association in 1978, and was first elected to the board in 1983. He served as
president of the organization in 1990. Other organizations benefiting from his leadership as president include the New Braunfels Rotary Club, Sophienburg Museum and Archives and Comal County Texas Exes.
John’s wife Kathy teaches at Smithson Valley High School and they have two children, Elizabeth and David. Elizabeth is a fourth year student at Baylor College of Medicine and David is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin.
Wurstfest is a non-profit corporation designed to promote local commerce, especially through tourism, and to preserve and promote the community’s heritage. Dates for this year’s Wurstfest are Friday, Nov. I though Sunday, Nov. IO.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.