New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Though gasoline prices in the United States have soared this month to as high as $1.72 a gallon, Americans are still paying less than folks in some other parts of the world. Here is the average price for a gallon of gas in selected countries for the first three months of 2001.
Price per gallon
Amsterdam, Netherlands $4.19
Copenhagen, Denmark $4.01 Espoo, Finland $4.00
Seoul, S. Korea
Note: The prices shown above are expressed in U.S. dollars per gallon and represent averages for the least expensive gasoline available at name-brand retail service stations. Prices are based on an analysis of 82 locations worldwide.
SOURCE: Runzheimer International AP
By Ron Fournier
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush braced Americans on Thursday for a summer of blackouts, layoffs, business closings and skyrocketing fuel costs and warned of “a darker future” without his aggressive plans to drill for more oil and gas and rejuvenate nuclear power.
“If we fail to act, Americans will face more and more widespread blackouts. If we fail to act, our country will become more reliant on foreign crude oil, putting our national energy security into the hands of foreign nations,” the president said in releasing a 163-page energy task force report in St. Paul, Minn.
Seeking to dampen demand for fossil fuels and to appeal to conservation-minded citizens, Bush also offered tax incentives for people using alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.
See BUSH/3AEAA seeking fuel tank ban over Edwards recharge zones
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
One-tenth of all leaking fuel tanks in the nation can be found in Texas, and one local agency is urging the state to do something about it.
Only California and Florida have had more leaky fuel tanks, according the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
citing statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Fort Worth newspaper also reported that Texas has more buried fuel tanks than any other state.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority recently recommended to the Tfexas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to ban new tanks capa
ble of storing fuel or other hazardous chemicals over the aquifer’s recharge zone.
Currently, tanks over the recharge zone are required to have double containment protection.
EAA also recommended repaired or replacement tanks over the recharge zone have triple containment protection.
‘The authority has the opportunity by statute to regulate water quality,” Edwards board member Doug Miller said.
Miller said the authority had not had to develop its own rules at this time because the state already had rules to protect the Edwards Aquifer.
The Authority has been more
focused lately on water quantity rather than water quality, Miller said.
According to the Associated Press, a study by geologists at the University of Texas in Austin found one in four tank leaks pose a threat to public health and safety.
The study also found 60 percent
WORD, Watson denied status in golf course permit
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Action at Comal County Commissioners Court derailed proceedings at a Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission permit intervention hearing Thursday.
Three groups sought party standing in a permit request by Southerland Properties to
divert water from the upper Guadalupe River to irrigate a golf course. They made their arguments during the hearing at New Braunfels municipal building.
The golf course wants 350 acre-feet to irrigate the course, but owners want to change the diversion of the water from Canyon Lake to See PERMIT/3A
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Top left: Journalists gather at Thursday’s press conference about changes on the river. Top right: Police Chief Ray Douglas (right) gets a look at the poster bearing his Tube shot.” Above: New signs outline “rules of the river.”
City leaders, visitors bureau spread word about river activities in 2001
By Ron Maloney
‘Be safe; have a good time’
get course in vacation charm
By Ron Maloney
As New Braunfels prepares for the summer tubing season, local police officers and sheriff’s deputies got some specialized training this past week.
It wasn’t weapon training, it wasn’t hand-to-hand combat and it wasn’t even swimming lessons.
It was sort of a charm school for law enforcement officers, provided by the Greater New Braunfels Area Chamber of Commerce.
And it all boiled down to getting out the city’s message this summer — “We want everybody to be safe and have a good time.”
Anybody who’s ever been on the pointed end of a little dedicated law enforcement knows that that message isn’t always the one that comes across.
About 70 officers, deputies and public safety staff — including administrators for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and New Braunfels Police Department — took a hands-on class in how to put a kinder, gentler face on public safety on the city and county’s rivers.
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If the lone tuber getting onto the Comal River Thursday morning wondered what the fuss was about, she never asked as she loaded a cooler into a tube and tested the preseason, bright blue water.
On the bank were New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams, Police Chief Ray Douglas and a number of other local notables — along with half a dozen television
WILLIAMS an(* ra(bo crews and a couple of newspaper reporters.
New Braunfels jump-started its summer tourism season with a press conference that told what is new this year — and what is not.
Leaders showed off the area’s advertising campaign and told the public what to expect from increased law enforcement on the rivers.
Williams said, “As you know, New Braunfels has been the tubing capital of Texas for decades and we’re looking forward to another great summer this year. We’ll have good river flows — the Comal is great and flows will be up all summer on the Guadalupe — and we want to make sure everyone has a good time and is safe when they come to New Braunfels.”
This past year, drought and low water levels decimated river-related tourism and brought what tubers there were into the city where, for many, they proved to be a nuisance.
The city wrangled over what to do — enforce the rules already in place or impose an alcohol ban on the rivers within the city limits.
The alcohol ban idea died after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission ruled this past fall that a proposed ordinance likely would not be legal.
The city now is tasking the New Braunfels Police Department to step up enforcement of the laws that already exist.
More than $50,000 worth of equipment has been bought — and much more donated — to prepare police to go onto the rivers in a big way.
How much the additional police work will cost is uncertain, but officials estimated it will be in the range of $150,000-$200,000 a year.
“It depends on the weather, the number of people, things like that,” Williams said.
See RIVER/5AMDA jailbirds
Comal County Sheriff’s Deputies Ed Whitson, Tim Kolbe, Crutchfield and Brent • Paullus (from left) enjoy “Sheriff Lobe (aka David Claries,” minimum security jail during a Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser Thursday at Mamacita’s. The “inmates” were asked to raise “bail” money to be donated to MDA.
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