New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Scott Mahon
Hie New Braunfels Planning Commission is scheduled to meet with local farmers Tuesday to discuss nonannexation agreements.
After state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, encouraged fanners last month to draft a nonannexation agreement that would satisfy city officials, the planning commission agreed to give farmers 30 days to come up with a proposal.
The commission was scheduled to take a final vote April 6 to recommend annexing 5,700 acres, including 2,500 acres adjacent to the airport, most of which belongs to generations of farming families.
Local farmer Curtis Timmermann asked the commission to postpone its recommendation to annex areas adjacent to the airport.
Timmermann said Friday he and other landowners had been working with
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Committee will narrow principal candidates
By Leigh Jones
The Campus Improvement Council has the difficult task of developing a new profile for the next principal at New Braunfels I ligh School.
Applicants will be compared to the profile to ensure the district hires the type of leader teachers, students and parents want.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves said he expected to have the profile completed by May 15.
“ Ibis profile is pretty much the same as the one we had last year," he said. “I asked (the council] to review it to make sure they were comfortable with every thing. I don’t expect to see any major changes.”
As of Thursday, 28 applicants have been received for the job. I .ast year, 54 applications were received.
The application deadline is May 15.
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AT A GLANCE
I ■ New Braunfels Planning Commission
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I ■ Council Chambers. Municipal j Building, 424 S. Casted Ave
By Dylan Jim6nez ■ Five-day forecast. RABE 1B
Staff Writer ........................................................
IWo weekend events have been rescheduled because of the threat of rain.
After a partly cloudy afternoon Friday with 20 percent chance of rain, the threat was supposed to grow to 60 percent in the early morning today, according to the National Weather Service. Then thunderstorms were expected to move in by midmorning Saturday. Some storms could be severe.
“With Texas spring weather, you
never know what you’re going to get,” said Gretchen Reuwer, New Braunfels Utilities spokeswoman.
The NBU Bike Rodeo scheduled for Saturday morning was moved to June 5 at the service center. For information, call NBU Safellaven at 629-8486.
“We couldn’t take the chance of having kids out there when the from is supposed to move through that morning,” Reuwer said.
The March of Dimes WalkAmeri-
ca was rescheduled, said judy Wright, an event organizer. Instead of Saturday, the event will be May 8. The start time will still be 8 a.m. for registration.
Wright said organizers wanted to protect food vendors and die deejays equipment. Participants can call her at (830) 864-5049 for information.
Das Hoopin’ basketball competition scheduled for this weekend is still on despite the threatening weather. Participants can get scheduling information from Dawn Handley, event organizer, at 743-0090.
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Nancy Ney High School senior thanks faculty for helping her and giving her a second chance. Pogo 4A
Some local events postponed due to rainstorm threats
“Everything is still scheduled,” said Pam Wilson, Connections counselor. “If (participants) need information about whether they’re playing or not, call Dawn direc tly.”
I landley said she would distribute rain delay information. Saturdaiy games might be delayed until later in the day or until Sunday, Wilson said.
“We’re still on, no matter what,” she said.
Saturday will bring the worst rains. Sunday will be mostly sunny, and Monday will be clear, according to NWS.
High schoolers go beyond the TV tho wt to learn what it really takes to be crime scene investigators.
District champs Smithson Valley Rangers close out regular season play against Southwest. Page UA
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
By Ron Maloney
For another early spring weekend, there will be no tubers or trout fishermen and very few—if any—kayakers on the lower Guadalupe River.
In response to upstream rains and a lake level above 912 feet above mean sea level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday ramped river flows up to 2,900 cubic feet-per-second.
Today, flows will be increased to 3,500 cfs, where they will stay for at least a week depending upon rainfall in coming days. The flows are too risky for tubing, which outfitters say is optimal at about 300 cfs, and dangerous to all but the most experienced kayakers.
They also will force another delay to the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service dredging operation at Horseshoe Falls — “They're in a originally expected to
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Rodney and Margie Skolaut own Lazy L&L campground. Their business has been off 90 percent because of river flows and the silt level in the river caused by the dredging, which has all but shut down trout fishing, Rodney said.
“It’s been sort of sad. We had a very good spring break, and then that's been it,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having a good summer. Just get this thing cleared up and that work done.”
At Mountain Breeze campground, operator Paul Rich reported losing many reservations this weekend.
"I had over 150 who were supposed to come this weekend,” he said late Friday. “I’ve already had more than 60 cancel. Mother Nature is taking its toll. But hopefully, it’ll mean a great summer.”
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager Tim Horn said upriver rains and a high inflow of water into the lake have necessitated opening the reservoir floodgates.
"The lake is above flood pool level. We have to vacate that flood pool so it’ll be ready to hold water for the next rain event,” Horn said. “You have to increase the outflow above what’s coming in.” The optimal lake level is 909 feet above msl. When water rises above that, the corps releases it as part of its mandate to manage flooding. In addition, I lorn said, a one-foot "recreation pool” deviation
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Paul Rich, owner of Mountain Breeze Campgrounds, throws tubes back into the pen Friday. Because of increased Guadalupe River flows, he had to turn away prospective tubers, and the threat of bad weather forced more than 60 of his camping customers to cancel their reservations.