New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Dylan Nance (seven years), Gary MQueeney (yesterday), Kyle Engler, Marilyn DeWalt, Joyce Miller, Esmeralda Puente, Dora Ramirez and Kathleen Rhodes.
Happy anniversary to Sandra and Donnie Duncan (JO years) and Marten and Cathy Moses (8 years).
Mold — Not Available Grass—NA Oak —NA Hack.— NA Pecan —NA Elm —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —150 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well • 622.43 feet above sea level, down .03 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam discharge —not available Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level —not available
Material about power plant sought
The L.C.R.A. Power Plant Protectors, a group of more than 300 volunteers, dedicated to saving the L.C.R.A. building for a cultural center, has announced formation of a heritage-historical committee.
Co-chairmen Bucky Smith and Gerry Belton are looking for photographs, news clippings, information, and stories from retired L.C.R.A. employees, relatives of employees, or anyone who had connections with the building.
Betty Lou Rushing, chairman of the steering committee, said the material will be used in a permanent exhibit about the history of the building. Anyone who can help may call Bucky Smith at 625-9309 or Betty Lou Rushing at 625-6362.
CHHdran’s Museum begins relocation
The Children's Museum of New Braunfels begins its ‘Operation Relocation* June 1. The museum will close May 31 at its current location at the Courtyard Shopping Center and reopen June 8 at its new location, New Braunfels Factory Stores, Suite 530. The public is invited to attend the grand opening, complete with new exhibits, June 8 at the new location. For information, call 620-0939.
Cancer survivors to celebrate
American Cancer Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 p.m., June 2, at Cypress Bend Park. The event promotes awareness of and celebrates cancer survival. Dr. John Tieman, president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak. Refreshments will be served and games are planned.
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New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet at 3 p.m. June 2 at the Lodge Hall. Bring a covered dish.
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Trout kill may be one more reason to hate fire ants
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Fire ants may have been hie cause of a large trout kill that was discovered along the Guadalupe River near Canyon Lake two weeks ago, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department official said on Friday.
“I haven’t confirmed it yet, but all the fish we have collected had their stomachs full of fire ants,” said Cindy Contreras, pollution biologist for TP&W’s Kills and Spills team in San Marcos.
At least 30 trout were reported to have been found dead by fishermen and TP&W game wardens during the weekend of May ll and 12 from Whitewater Sports Campground on Highway 306 to Bean’s Camp.
TP&W has exhausted every theory from diseases to pollution and tests conducted on both of those theories have been found to be inconclusive.
Contreras said the fire ants flew into the river. When fire ants mate, they do so in the air and then fall to the ground to establish new mounds, Con-
all the fish we have collected had their stomachs full of fire ants.’
— Cindy Contreras, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
treras said.The ants discovered in the trouts' stomachs had wings.
“When the ants are in their swarmed sexual form, they fall back to the ground to establish new mounds,
instead they fell into the water,” Contreras said.
When die fire ants were in the water, the trout ate them. A toxic chemical released by die fire ants when the trout digested them may have done the trout in, Contreras said.
“I am speculating that it is formic acid or some other toxic compound that the ants release when they are digested or decomposed,” Contreras said.
Contreras said she read in one publication where a fish kill in a state
hatchery in Alabama was blamed on fire ants that were eaten by the fish.
“I think I have a pretty good hypothesis of what happened,” Contreras said. “That explains why not many of the trout were affected because there are not that many ants.”
But Contreras said die will continue to talk to experts because there is “no definite proof’ that die ants caused the trout kill.
Contreras said that if anyone sees more dead fish to contact her at (512) 353-3474 or call their local game war-
County endorses EUWD move
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite the flak the Edwards Underground Water District received from the mayor of San Antonio, the district received the endorsement of Comal County indie declaration of Stage IV of its Demand Management Plan Tuesday.
Under the DMP, Stage IV is triggered when the spring flow at Comal Springs drops to 150 cubic feet per second. As of May 23, when Stage IV was declared, spring flow was at 147 cfs. Under this stage, all primary users are required to cut pumping by 30 percent from a year ago.
Earlier this morning, the Comal County Commissioners Court approved a resolution endorsing the declaration of Stage IV. County Judge Cader Casteel said the resolution says
the county realizes the seriousness of the current conditions, and supports this next step in protecting the aquifer and the springs.
She said the county's position is in opposition to recent statements by the mayor of San Antonio, who said the springs are going to dry up regardless, and San Antonio will develop its own plan, which protects its businesses.
Casteel said, while the resolution is not an endorsement of the entire DMP, it is an endorsement of this stage.
“(The springs drying up) is not acceptable to the Edwards Underground Water District. It’s not acceptable to us, and it’s certainly not acceptable to Comal or Hays counties,” she said. “What we’re doing is endorsing the EUWD’s declaration of Stage IV because we recognize we’re in a problem area.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will hold bazaar Friday and Saturday
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Bazaar will be held at the church grounds May 31 and June I.
A free dance will be held Saturday and Sunday. Food and games start at 6 p.m. Friday. Rosie y los Muchachos perform at 7 p.m. Friday and Swinging Country perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Queen’s Coronation will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and a dance will be held from 9 p.m. to I a m. Saturday with Texana Band.
Also on Saturday, a rummage sale will be held chi the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and games start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
San Marcos doctor faces sex charge
San Marcos Doctor Arthur Tallant was arrested last Wednesday on charges of sexual performance of a child, after an investigation turned up evidence he had been exchanging rent money for sexual favors with a 17-year-old girl, police said.
He was arrested at his house in the Turkey Hollow subdivision in San Marcos
after police obtained a search warrant.
The charge is a second-degree felony, police said.
Tallant’s bond was set at $10,000 by Justice of the Peace Macel Sullivan.
An emergency protective order was issued to prevent any contact with the alleged victim by Tallant.
Memorial Day weekend brings lots of wrecks
Queen for a year
Heratd-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Above, New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady hugs Tai Martinez, the new Comal Independent Men’s Association Queen for 1996-97. Martinez was crowned at the dance held at Wursthalle Saturday night.
At left, the contestants: Elisa Aguirre, Laurie Meta, Tina Rosales, Queen Tai Martinez, Princess Serena Vela, Veronica DeLaCerda, and Genevie Quintanilla.
CIMA's 24th annual Fiesta Mexicans, held Friday and Saturday, drew about 2,000 people.
Storms tease area, but do little to relieve drought
By DAVID DEKUNDER
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels area survived Memorial weekend activities without a death, but with numerous traffic accidents, police said Tuesday morning.
A 51-year-old man lost control of his 1990 Taurus as he tried to take the Interstate 35 McQueeney exit at about 3 p.m. Monday.
Lieutenant John Wommack said the car flipped three times after grass and debris got caught in a wheel.
The vehicle took down a light pole and went 14) a grassy embankment before landing on its top.
Ernesto Herrera suffered head injuries and was taken by San Antonio AirLife to University Hospital in San Antonio, and his family, which was riding with him, was taken to McKenna Hospital.
They include his wife and two daughters, who were all wearing seatbelts at the time of the
Also early Saturday morning, police arrested two men for criminal mischief and trespass, after rolling their 1992 Explorer on New Braunfels school property.
The two men, 21 and 20, were creating “donuts” on the New Braunfels Middle School grounds, police said.
They refused to be taken to a hospital.
The charges are class B misdemeanors with a fine of up to $500.
“(The weekend) was moderate. We had lots of calls for service but nothing of a real serious nature. We had a lots of accidents but no deaths,” Wommack said.
The thunderstorms that came through South and Central Texas were not enough to help the flow of the Guadalupe River, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West said.
“Bottom line ... All it did was tease us,” West said.
The National Weather Service office near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport reported 0.58 inches of rain, NWS area manager Alcides Dreumont said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported 0.47 inches of rain at Canyon Dun.
The thunderstorms came through the New Braunfels-Comal County area from 9 to 9:30 a.m., Dreumont said. The thunderstorms were part of a band that stretched from Laredo to Waco, with the heaviest storms occuring from San Antonio to Waco.
Expect the weather to return to dry conditions for at least the next four to five days, Dreumont said.
“The atmosphere will become stable again,” Dreumont said. “It will be dry, hot
and humid, with temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s. There is enough low level moisture to give us cloud cover, but nothing above those clouds to give us any thunderstorms.”
Because of the drought, GBRA is thinking about cutting the flow from Canyon Reservoir, which is at 120 cfs.
“We are meeting this morning with our staff to make that decision,” West said. “Because of the intensity of the drought we find ourselves in, which is even more excessive than the one we experienced in the 50s, the situation is very critical. The inflow at Canyon Dam is at 30 cfs.”
Normal inflow is at least 200 cfs high
Herald-Zaitung photo by MICHAEL I
Perhaps the worst wreck In the area over the weekend wee this one at th# McQueeney exit from Interstate 36 yesterday.
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