New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of STACY L. MUCLLIIt
Vol. 144, No. 133
inside I Meteorologist sees no drought relief in sight
Birthday wishes from tho HoraKd-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Haskell Adams, Cindi Korpi, Noland Koepp, Stacy L. MneBer, Marie Ann Fbchbeck and Vanessa Marie Gonzales.
Happy 54th anniversary to Lloyd and Doris Westervdt To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, cedi 625-9144.
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Youth theater presentation
Circle Arts Theatre will present its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, in its annual end-of-the-scbool-year show, Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales, comedy and music. Tickets are available at China-rvThings in Landa Plaza
Senior Center to hoot
The Senior Center will have its May dance Friday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. Dress is casual, picnic style with box refreshments by Al and Ann Payne. The ’easy’ dance music will be provided by the 'Strictly Dancing' group featuring John and Betty Prejean with Russ Willrup.
Everyone is welcome.
Tickets available at the Senior Center, 655 Landa for $5, but at the door that night are $6.
lutoo rn Hioh at Bradzoil
Saturday, May 18, is the Bradzoil Lube-a-thon, benefiting the American Cancer Society. Have your car’s oil and filter changed, fluids and tires checked, windshields washed, and interior vacuumed all for $25, and within
10 minutes. Bradzoil is donating IOO percent of the proceeds to the local unit of the American Cancer Society. There will be free food and drinks, as well as other giveaways. Bradzoil is located on Mission Drive off of Landa Street. The Lube-a-thon runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 625-0401 or 629-6153.
DBT to rim!
The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas meet Saturday, May 18. at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Howard Street at
11 am. Salad luncheon will be served.
The public is invited to attend the outdoor gallery of art reception featuring Kart Schutz on Saturday, May 18. at 6:30 p.m. at the Schumann Family Life Center at the First Protestant Church at Coll and Seguin Avenue.
By DENISE DZIUK
The region is well behind its average rainfall both for the year and die month, and it could be September before any real relief comes.
According to die National Weather Service, the rainfall so far this year for the San Antonio area is 2.38 inches. This is almost seven inches below the norm of 9.32 inches.
Meteorologist Joe Baskin said even May, which is usually the wettest month of the year, is below average. To date, the area has received half an inch of rain in May, compared to the norm of 1.78 inches.
“Any deficit we see in January, February or March is usually made up in May," said Baskin. "We’re well below normal so far for the year, and that just made any problems we had from last year worse.”
Baskin said 1995 ended below average in rainfall, which started this year off in a deficit. He said the year ended with 23.14 inches of rain, which is
‘We’re well below normal so far for the year, and that Just made any problems we had from last year worse.’
— Meteorologist Joe Baskin
about nine inches below the normal average of around 32 inches.
“That deficit basically occurred from July to December. This is just adding on to that six months of no rain," he said.
Any rain the area receives now will likely still not be enough to ease the thirst pangs for several reasons, said Baskin. He said part of the problem is the ground is too dry and any system bringing rain will be a fast moving one that does not last long enough to really replenish the ground, reservoirs, or the aquifer. He said any real relief will have to be a “tropical system out of the east," such as a tropical storm, trop
ical depression or a tropical wave. Right now, the only sign of a tropical system is a tropical depression that is nowhere near die United States. However, Baskin said it is encouraging.
“That's a good sign that things are starting to develop," he said.
Baskin said hurricane season begins June I. He said there are 12 or 13 storms predicted. However, he said, it could be September before the area receives the rains necessary to alleviate the conditions.
“Things could get much worse before they get better," said Baskin.
As of Tuesday, the Comal Springs were at 181 cubic feet per second, which is just 6 cfs above the level triggering stage III of the Edwards Underground Water District’s Demand Management Plan. Stage III will call for 20 percent mandatory reductions by all primary users. Rainfall for the San Antonio area for the month of May has been half an inch, compared to the 1.78 inch norm for this point in the month.
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By DENISE DZIUK
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the spreng-tea pool, me water going into the pool is not retained. It continues down stream and reenters the main blanch of the Comal River at Hillman Island. Nefftndorf said the pool’s reliance on spring water makes it vulnerable to changes in levels due to spring flow.
However, the pool was closed for much of foe summer, and warning signs posted along the Comal River in 1984, when spring flows dropped to 30 or 40 cubic feet per second for
iftim counts were found in foe pool
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about 180 cubic feet Dor second.
“If the springs gat low, it affects how much gore into foe cid cant! and foe spring-fed pool," the said.
However, she saki it is MM the springs would have to get significantly lower before operation is afiected. Ste sridfo im whnfos springs were at ret extremely low spring flow level, the pool was able to remain open.
“Obviously we’ll have to monitor it,” said Nefltadorf “Definitely there’s always concern. Because of the historical background and not having to dose them in 1990, wa think we’re in good shape right now. We hope the springs don't go balow (the 1990) levels and cease to flow altogether."
Get ready for one-way access roads
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The process of converting the Interstate 35 frontage roads into a one-way system will begin next week, Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer David Kopp said on Wednesday.
“Starting on Tuesday, May 21 we will start turning the frontage roads into a one-way,” Kopp said. “We will start at the north “y” (foe intersection of Business 35 and IH-35
north of Canyon High School) and go to the south end of town to Loop
Kopp said TxDOT work crews will work slowly on the striping, putting up the signage and switching the traffic light cabinets at the intersections of Walnut, Highway 46 and FM 725 so they will be compatible with a one-way traffic system.
The project, Kopp said, should take a few days to complete.
“It will almost take us a week (to
complete it),’’ Kopp said. “By doing this we will have the roads one way by Memorial Day weekend"
Kopp advised that New Braunfels motorists should get used to the change of two-way frontage roads to a one-way system as quickly as possible.
“I suggest that drivers be patient and start preparing to drive the fromage roads as a one way so that they will get used to it," Kopp said
New park requested for Rebecca’s Crossing
Hem&ZeHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Pen pals meet
Pen pelt Victoria Eaton and Emilia Boenlg there a ride down the slide at Landa Park yestarday. Children from Frazier and Comal Elementary schools and Goodwin Primary School have been writing each other since last September. Yesterday, all the pen pele finally met at Landa Park.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — After being briefed by county officials on the status of Rebecca’s Crossing, the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) voted Wednesday night to ask the county engineer and county commissioners court to draw up a plan for a development of a small park in the area.
“I think it is worth starting," WORD Manager Jim Inman said to the WORD board during the workshop agenda of the meeting.
During the workshop session, WORD board members heard from County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander and County Engineer Tom Homseth concerning the county’s plans to make the crossing safer for canoeists and other recreationists. The crossing is located in northwest Comal County
Homseth said the county recently bought 80 feet of right of way on Rebecca Road.
The County Engineer told the
board that preliminary plans call for die county to put in a fence along foe 80 foot right of way, pave the road and put in a parking lot.
“We have a goal over a three-year period to put foe road in," Homseth said. “There is the possibility of creating a downstream parking lot area. Upstream, we would create steps to get the canoeists out of the (Guadalupe) River."
Rheinlander said the possibility of a park at Rebecca’s Crossing would be a win-win situation for both the county and WORD.
“The county would get the funding for the park fkxn our road and bridge fund," Rheinlander said. “There is the opportunity to pave the area and put in a pocket park. We would then turn it over in an interlocal agreement to WORD for maintenance, policing and trash pickup. We are giving you an opportunity for a ready-made park.”
WORD President Guy Anderson said WORD should go along with a feasibility study into seeing how the crossing can be developed.
“We have to get input from the landowners (in the area)," Anderson said before any improvements are taken at Rebecca’s Crossing.
The board approved three proposals for river cleanups based on the recommendations by die Health and Sanitation Committee. Outfitters awarded WORD contracts were Little Ponderosa, River Clean Service and Jerry’s Rentals. Bids based on weekly estimates were Little Ponderosa ($1,330), River Clean Services ($1,000) and Jerry’s Rentals ($1,230).
Before the contracts were approved, a discussion was raised whether or not the outfitters are required to cany worker’s compensation insurance. WORD attorney Holly Gilman said under state law any contractors who do business with a governmental agency must have worker’s compensation only if it is building construction. This provision would not require WORD to do tins.
The river cleanup contracts did require a provision for worker’s compensation.
LCRA employees raise cash for Children’s Museum
Lower Colorado River Authority employees recently donated $500 to the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels (CMNB). The museum will use the donation to buy audio and/or video equipment for a new exhibit, “Chowing up in New Braunfels."
“Relocating to the New Braunfels Factory Stores is costly," said Susan Williams, executive director of the museum. “We have to renovate and rework some exhibits to make them fit, plus we’re always striving for improvement.”
The LCRA employees made the donation through LCRA Employees’ United Charities. “This gift comes directly from employees’ paychecks," said Beverly Seffel, executive director of the United Charities, when presenting the check to the museum. “Employees voluntarily support the United Charities through a payroll deduction plan. The employee donates 70 percent of one hour’s pay each month."
The employee fund puts an average of $150,000 to $160,000 into LCRA’s service area communities, supporting a variety of non-profit organizations.
“The contribution is especially appreciated at this time. We are in the midst of our move, and we are grateful to all the folks who work at LCRA," Williams said
Native American festival being organized
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — John Guenzel has always been interested in the history and the culture of the Native Americans.
When Guenzel, who is one of the owner of the Rio Raft Co., was approached by a Native American who asked if a pow wow could be held at the Rio Raft, Guenzel jumped at the opportunity.
“We were approached by a Native American Comanche who saw our setting and liked it," Guenzel said. “It was his suggestion to hold it here.”
That suggestion has blossomed into the Moving Waters Foundation Indian Pow Wow which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Rio Raft Co. Rio Raft is located near the Fourth Crossing on River Road near Saltier.
Guenzel said foe event will feature an intertribal dancing competition in which $4,000 in prize money will be awarded. Dancers firom the Osage, Caddo, Kiowa-Comanche and other nations will be competing in the contest in
their full dance regalia.
“We haven’t committed all of the dancers, but we expect to have IOO dancers," Guenzel said.
Other attractions at the pow wow will be Native American arts and crafts, food booths and refreshments, some Native American foods such as fry bread and possibly an Indian storyteller. Teepees will also be set up for exhibition.
“We are hoping to have some hands-on exhibits," Guenzel said.
A few weeks ago, Guenzel went to the Panhandle town of Crowell, Texas to see how they put on their Indian Pow Wow.
“I went to see how the booths were set up and I was able to meet some of the dancers," Guenzel said.
The pow wow is being held in conjunction with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce which will assist Rio Raft Co. in booking guests, advertising and doing voluntary work for foe event.
Guenzel said the pow wow is something the whole family can enjoy doing.
“This will benefit the whole community,"
‘Indians ware a definite part of our heritage and history in this area. Tho pow wow will reinforce that.’
— John Guenzel
Guenzel said. “This will be a family event, no alcohol will be allowed. Indians were a definite part of our heritage and history in this area. The pow wow will reinforce that."
Guenzel envisions that the pow wow will be an annual event at Canyon Lake.
“Next year, we will set up Moving Waters as an non-profit organization," Guenzel said. “Part of those benefits would be set up for schools so that they could buy Native American materials "
People are erxxuraged to bring lawn chairs, but no coolers or alcohol will be allowed. Admission will be $3 for adults, $1 for children and Native Americans will be admitted flee.
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