New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 139Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herakl-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Esmeralda Zavala, Susan Villarreal, and Jacinto (Jay) Villarreal Jr.
Happy anniversary to Augustin and Maria Villanueva (belated, 15 years).
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One-way access roads leave cars heading wrong way
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Even though New Braunfelsers have been told all week that all frontage roads from die Business 35-IH-35 interstection, to Loop 337 south would be changed to one way, some drivers have still not gotten used to die idea, Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer David Kopp
On Thursday, work crews finished converting the two-way frontage roads into one-way. The only things needed to be done are striping and paving. The project started Tuesday.
“There are two intersections that look like they are ingrained habits,” Kopp said. “The Walnut intersection and Business 35 and IH-35 (at FM
725). At the frontage road entrance next to Mr. Gatti’s, drivers still want to turn left and get back to Walnut, which is wrong because it is now a one-way.”
The other intersection, FM 725 and IH-35, could be especially dangerous, because drivers are getting confused, Kopp said. Kopp said Do Not Enter' signs have been put on side
streets to remind people of those oneway changes. But even with die signs in place some people are still disregarding them, he said.
“We are putting additional signs to help people out,” Kopp said. “We are adding pavement arrows to show it is one-way. It seems the arrow marks on the ground are being seen better by people than the signs are.”
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HemU-ZHungphono by MICHAEL DARNALL
These San Marcos salamanders wars removed from the San Marcos River Thursday.
Endangered species rescue mission starts
By ABE LEVY
SAN MARCOS - In an effort to save local water species from extinction (hiring the present drought, federal and state officials began collecting salamanders and fountain darters from die San Marcos River Thursday morning.
Three divers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed a few dozen San Marcos Salamanders and Fountain Darters in dont of the Spring Lake Hotel in Aquarena Springs.
The move came as dropping spring flows prompted the Edwards Underground Water District to enter Stage IV of its drought management plan, once again asking large water users to cut back.
The local endangered species also include wildrice, which is native to the San Marcos sping and river, the Texas Blind Salamander and the Comal Salamander. Some wild rice has already been collected and officials will try to collect the other species from Comal Springs early next week.
The species will be housed in tanks at the National Fish Hatchery and Technology Cento- in San Marcos, said Steve Helfeit, field supervisor for the wildlife service. He added the species could also be housed in other tanks at a hatchery in Uvalde.
If the drought worsens, officials plan to collect several hundred specimens in the next three weeks.
Officials said the species would be in danger of extinction when Comal Springs flow drops to IOO cubic feet of water per second. Since, Sunday the springs has dropped from 169 cfs to 150 cfs today.
The rescue effort is part of a contingency plan when lowering water levels at San Marcos, Guadalupe and Comal springs and rivers threaten the life of endangered species.
Federal officials estimate local springs will be dried up by the end of May or early June, if no rainfall arrives.
A fungus tends to grow on the salamanders’ eggs produced in captivity, removing the eggs fertility and making the breeding the species a hit or miss venture, officials said.
“(The salamanders) are very sensitive to the condition of their environment,” said Jana Grate, assistant field supervisor for the wildlife service. “The only success we’ve had is when we’ve tried to simulate the (native) springs,
Save the critters?Some ask ‘Why bother’
By ABE LEVY
As federal officials began collection of endangered species at San Marcos Spruigs Thursday, San Antonyms and their mayor called the rescue effort a waste of time.
Callers to the weekday radio program “The Brad Messer Show” on RTSA in San Antonio, ranged from outrage to concern drat the rescue puts animals over humans.
“(The callers) feel the endangered species ‘died out* before and came back. Why can’t they do drat again?” Messer said. “(Other callers) want to protect endangered species but ate not sure the entire (Edwards) aquifer water conservation isn't going to delay the inevitable.”
Messer, who said many of his callers tend to agree with his position, thinks the wildlife service should have been more prepared in collecting the species.
“They should have been studying die (aquifer) species all along,” Messer said
San Antonio Mayor Bill Thornton, who was a guest on Messer's program Thursday night, began criticizing the effort Tuesday by claiming it will take too long and strain San Antonio businesses, who are subject to tight conservation measures. “I don't mind wolfing for the lizard, but let’s work for humans too,” Thornton said New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said the certain sections of the Comal River have been blocked off from swimming or wading to protect the species..
but we’re not very good at this point at mimicking Mother Nature.”
The Texas Blind Salamander is especially at nsk, officials said This species is difficult to collect because it has no pigment and lives entirely under the Edwards Aquifer, breathing with gills, officials said The salamanders face extinction if the spnngs dry up and no successful breeding process is found, officials said.
The Class of ^ moves on
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Canyon High School Principal Will Klieg has one word to describe the Class of 19% — Leadership.
“The most valuable asset they have is a lot of leadership,” Krieg said “They have demonstrated a lot of leadership for the other students.” On Thursday night, 210 graduates walked across the stage at Canyon stadium to accept their diplomas. Among those graduates, were 32 honors students led by
Valedictorian Donnie Miller and Salutatorian Kyle Voosen.
“This class is a very unique group in drat dray have saned $1A million in scholarships and they are a very academic class,” Krieg said.
Miller, who earned a 101 GPA, talked to his fellow classmates about the changes that will be coming to them as the computer age progresses and the world comes closer together.
“We are not only going to revel in the moment as inter-global conflicts aid and nations grow closer to one
another, we are going to be ambassadors, lawyers and financial and executive leaders who make it all happen,” Miller said.
In his salutatorian address, Voosen spoke to the class about the changes they have gone through while they were in high school.
“When dealing with change, there are three types of people — those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happened,” Voosen, who garnered a 99.66 GPA, said.
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Pecan—0 Elm —0
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Comal River — 153 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei —622.62 feet above see level, down .08 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dtocharge —130 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—36 cfs Canyon Lake level —805.96 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)Offices to close for holiday
All county and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
However, the city sanitation department will begin garbage collection at 5 am, due to the early closure of the Comal County landfill.
Local banks, the U.S. Postal Service, and the McKenna Neighborhood Health Center will also be closed Monday.
Farmers Market opens today
The Comal County Farmers Market opens at 5 p.m. today at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
Fresh vegetables that will be ready today include onions, squash, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and many other vegetables.
Quality this year is excellent and there should be more quantity as well, according to County Extension Agent Joe G.T/v yr.
The market will continue at 5 p.m. each Friday.
Public Safety Fair planned Saturday
New Braunfels Emergency Services will present a Public Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p m Saturday on the Main Plaza in front of New Braunfels Utilities.
Fun and games for the kids. Learn about water safety.
Free blood pressure checks, dunking booth, face painting, food and refreshments.
Barbacua chicken fund-raiser
The Texas Army National Guard is holding a barbecue chicken plate fund-raiser Saturday, at the New Braunfels Armory.
The plate with trimmings is $4. Serving is from noon to 3 p.m.
Tickets are sold by Guard members and may be purchased on the premises. Proceeds go to the Armory Facility Fund.
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Jefferson Whitehead, Travis Whit*, Matt Whit*, and Joseph White )oin1n1^alc)Srorm^^fl^ Canyon High School" at the 1996 commencement exercise held at Cougar Stadium Thursday evening.
New mom to pursue career as teacher
By DAVID DEKUNDER
For one Canyon High School senior, the graduation culminated a year of incredible fortitude.
Seven months ago, Candea Thompson had her first child, Cier-ra, four hours after she participated in die regional choir concert as a member of the Canyon High School Varsity Choir.
“In fact, I went into labor while I was on stage,” Thompson, 18, said. “Even though I was pregnant, I was not going to miss it. I love music very much.”
Thompson said she was out of school for seven weeks after her child was bom. She said during those weeks she never thought about (hopping out.
“I didn’t want to become one of those girls who got pregnant and didn’t go to school," Thompson said “I have a future planned and goals I want to achieve. Being pregnant was'I have a future planned and goals I want to achieve.’
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not going to stop me from achieving my goals."
On top of that, Thompson held two jobs and married her husband, Glenn Mosley, in February.
Thompson plans to go to San Antonio College in the fall to begin her dream of becoming a teacher.
Without the support of her family and teachers, graduating from high school would not have been possible, Thompson said “The thing I will remember about this year is that Mr. Krieg stood by me and I will never forget that,” Thompson said. “When my morale was low, my teachers supported me and boosted me up.”
Thompson’s mother, Shirley Arnett, played a big role in helping
Candea Thompson receives her diploma.
her daughter cross the stage.
“She helped me by watching my baby,” Thompson said. “She totally supported me.”
Officials briefed on rally security plan
New Braunfels city councilmem-beis have been briefed on the plans for the upcoming Ku Kl ox (Clan rally in downtown New Braunfels.
City Manager Mike Shantis, Police Chief Ray Douglas, Lieutenant John Wommack and City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom outlined the city's plans for handling the June I rally in a special briefing Thursday night at the Municipal Building.
"The city is taking every reasonable step to ensure the safety of the public as well as tally participants,"
said Mayor Jan Kennady. "This special briefing brought councilmembers up to date on how the city has prepared for the rally.
"A great deal of planning has been done by Chief Douglas and his staff in preparation for the gathering," said Kennady. "They have established a security plan to deal with almost any situation that may arise."
The briefing was held in private to allow city staff to go into detail on the security plan, without compromising its effectiveness.
"We have conferred with other law enforcement agencies who have handled Kl an rallies in the past and feel we are ready for the planned gathering in downtown New Braunfels," Police Chief Ray Douglas said. "Our goal is to prevent conflict and protect property and we appreciate the assistance and cooperation we have received from other agencies."
Law enforcement officials plan to brief members of the media who plan to cover the event. That briefing will be held late next week.