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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas 0 182 THURSDAY Local bodyboarder Heath Purvis places 2nd at Schlitterbahn 8 D U E 8 T Il 1C R 0 P U U L IS H1N G 2627 E YAM DR PASO TX 79903 COUNTDOWN 301 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March March New Braunfels Herald 16 Pages in one section Thursday May Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Homeof CINDY CASTILLEJA Vol 142 No 140 Inside Crime Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeituhg The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Cindy Castilleja Adelina Leos Jack D Knight Condee A Ellison Milton Schuetz George W Stubbs Lucille Douma Neva Wagner Happy Anniversary to Jim Debbie Flournoy Diana Joe Michael Espinoza Saturday jackpot to be worth million AUSTIN AP No tickets cor rectly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twiceweekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were I 13 19202731 Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday nights game will be million Friends for Rivers to meet tonight at The next meeting of Friends for Rivers will be tonight at 7 in the Herb Schneider room of Victo ria Bank Trust Guest speaker will be State Rep resentative Edmund who will discuss current and future leg islation of river issues as well as answer questions about the possibili ty of a container deposit law The public is invited to attend 550 cfs planned for holiday weekend Flood waters released from Canyon Dam will be reduced to approximately 550 cubic feet of water per second beginning tomorrow evening May 26 and remain at that level until Monday evening accord ing to officials with the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth The decision to go to a weekday weekend flood release schedule con sidered the safety of several thousand recreationists who use the river below Canyon Dam this time of year The release rate of cfs on the weekdays and 550 cfs on the week ends with the exception of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend will continue until the lake is back to its normal pool elevation which is expected to take until midJune Additional rainfall may impact the schedule For the lates river recreation condi tions check with the local profession al outfitters HeraldZeitung to close for Memorial Day The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung office will be closed on Monday May 30 in observance of the Memori al Day holiday Business hours will resume on Tuesday All local schools post office courthouse and banks will be closed Monday Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammiisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you la share with The winning numbers Lotto Texas 113 1920 2731 million jackpot TEXHS LOTTEflV Outfitters emergency personnel brace for big holiday weekend By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer season for 1994 just as it has kicked off many summers before New Braunfels and Comal County will prepare for the thousands of visi tors who will descend upon this area for fun in the sun The weekend will bring thousands of people thousands of dollars for local businesses and most likely thousands of working hours for local law and emergency personnel Itll probably be a record said Zero Rivers of Rocking R River Rides and a WORD board member Last year was extremely good We expect to do better this Rivers said three factors will help make this weekend a success This is the one of the biggest holidays for out door recreation and trips this has been a poor spring for good weekends with only two of the past 12 Saturdays showing sunny days and there is a good flow rate in the river Because of recent rains flow com ing from Canyon Dam has been set at 550 cubic feet per second by the Army Corps of Engineers That number will provide opportune cur rents for river users Conditions River flow 550 cfs Weather Friday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of show ers or thunderstorms becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon with a 20 percent chance of showers High in the upper 80s Wind becom ing northeast near 10 mph Memorial Day Weekend Partly cloudy Low in the 60s High near 90 Saturday to the low and mid 90s Sunday and Monday Thats said Jim Dun man of Jerrys This is our biggest exposure weekend People remember the good condition when they decide whether to come Thousands of people and good flow also mean emergency personnel will be busy Capt Ray Hacker of the New Braunfels Fire Department said four EMS units will be ready and other teams will no doubt be kept busy Well stay busy on the he said Well be busy throughout the summer This weekend will kick it all Sheriff Jack Brcmcr said the Comal County Sheriffs Department will con tinue efforts of steppcdup law enforce ment on the river that really began last year in response to unruly behavior on the river The sheriff said his office has enlisted the aid of other agencies such as the Narcotics Task Force Fish and Wildlife and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in addition to local sheriff s office personnel and constables We will try to make a few more improvements this said Sheriff Bremer We learned a lot what to do and what not to do Were going to be a lot more efficient this When visitors come to this town to either use the water recreation areas or shop they bring their pockctbooks Tom Purdum of the Chamber of Com merce referred to a commonly used term called the multiplier or turnover effect The real value of money brought into the county is measured by how many times a single amount say a dollar changes hands before it leaves a city FM308 Guadalupe Rlvar Guide MAP KEY Dangerous 6j Vary Dangerous Emergency Ambulance EMS above 3rd Crossing 9643333 Emergency Ambulance EMS below 3rd Crossing 6252331 2nd Crossing Qruene Rapids New Braunfels o The problem with tourism is that it is hard to he said We know about twothirds of tourism income comes in during the summer And Memorial Day and July 4th are two of our biggest Purdum estimated million spent in the city this weekend could expand four or more times into million Purdum said during a sum mer drought in 1984 the city lost an estimated millionfrom lost river related revenue alone turnover not included Heavy rains enable good river flow for Memorial Day weekend By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer As the flow of people by the thousands enters New Braunfels this weekend a flow of another kind will be on the minds of both river users and businesses Flow rates are high on the Guadalupe River right now due to recent heavy rains The Army Corps of Engineers District office recent ly released a flow schedule that alternates flow rates on weekdays and weekends The schedule calls for a release rate of 550 cubic feet per second beginning Thursday evening and running through Monday evening Release rates will increase to cfs during the week and reduce to 550 cfs again on weekends until water at Canyon Lake has gone down Weve done this in the past when we had said Ronald Ruffennach of the Corps of Engineers Were supposed to release as ful ly as we can without flooding downstream The outfitters and the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority asked if we could keep the release at one level so we could have a more calmer said Ruffennach For safety measures wed rather not see it at said John Guenzel of Rio Rafts Peo ple come in on weekends and see 550 cfs and its no problem They come back on weekdays maybe with their own gear and not realize its increased Wed like to see a more constant moderate At 550 cfs Guenzel said the water is perfect for canoe and raft users but that tube enthusiasts need to use some measure of caution In a statement released last week GBRA Gen eral Manager Bill West said he has requested a meeting with Corps officials to discuss operating procedures for Canyon Dam and Reservoir Of immediate concern said West is the review and development of regulation agreements which would stabilize summer releases from the reser voir We have a large economy below the reser voir that needs stability This step is needed to insure proper use by downstream Like a farmer however those along the river depend on the weather More rains mean a longer steady flow Corps officials say they must react to whatever rains may come We cannot plan releases based on weather said Ruffennach Surfs up at Schlitterbahn WORD restructures ordinance banning Styrofoam on river By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Kyle Mallgro of Hawaii won first place at yesterdays Bodyboarding championships held at Schlitterbahn See story photos page 9 The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District WORD has restructured the wording in its ban on the trademark product Styrofoam on the river Because Styrofoam is a trademark product WORD had the language in the ordinance changed to read The ordinance pre vents the use of this product which is commonly used in items such as floats and coolers The ordinance does not go into effect until July 1 allowing busi nesses time to prepare for the new ordinance before the July 4th weekend We feel like we have something the outfitters and other business people along the river can deal said Jim Inman WORD director cally uncoated polystyrene is just no longer permitted on the The ordinance does list five exemp tions They are Billets or buns designed to serve as floats for boats when these buns are fully enclosed within the structur al framework of the boat These billets for boat floatation when the billets or buns are per manently encased by a waterbased acrylic coating minnow buck ets that meet or exceed a twopound density Fully enclosed dock supports used for floatation Dock supports used for floatation that are currently in place and func tioning for this purpose and are licensed or approved by the Army Corps of Engineers Inman said some foam products used at marinas on the lake will be allowed to remain because there would be too much of a problem to remove all of the foam products from those from the marinas In addition to the exemptions listed two temporary exemptions were included in the ordinance Coolers and containers made with expanded polypropylene a new prod uct invented to replace the old form The exemption will remain in effect until the WORD Board has a chance to review the effect the new product has on litter control Were trying to work with this new product which is expanded polypropy said Inman Let that product prove or disprove Also a temporary exemption will be granted to coolers and containers that have a density of not less than two pounds and are fully coated in water based acrylic coating These types of coolers will be exempt for the 1994 calendar year as long as the water based acrylic coating is not damaged For news advertising or 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