New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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EL PASO, TX 79903-ay 29,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of SUSAN MUELLER
Vol. 144, No. 142
Birthday wish** from th* Harald-Zaftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Walter Johnson IV, Susan Mueller, Cathy Schrfcwer, George S. Garcia Jr. (belated, 25 years), and Elrlne Gulley.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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River Information Comal Rbar—150 cubic feat per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wal —622.41 feat above sea level, down .02 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dscharge —130 cfs Canyon Lake indow—36 cfs Canyon Lake lavai —906.96 feat abova sea lavai. (Balow consarvadon pod.)
Earl Minden to speak at Civic Center
Dr. Earl Minded will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Reservations are recommended. Call 1-800-646-5745, enter code 8434.
Minded is the author of the book 'Earl Minders Vitamin Bible,' which has seven million copies in print around the world. He has also authored Several‘other booka on vitamins and nutrition and has appeared on the 'David Letterman Show* The Oprah Winfrey Show* and others.
Children’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.
Canoer survivors to
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 Heman, 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.
CIS to how buffet lunch
The Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools will hold its first-ever celebration buffet luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels High School cafeteria. Guest speakers include Rep. Edmund Kuem-pel and State Sen. Judith Zaf-firini, with a special message by State Sen. Jeff Wentworth. RSVP to 625-2385.
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Guadalupe River flow to be cut, but by how much?
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The amount of water released from Canyon Dam into die Guadalupe River will be reduced, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West will announce at a Landa
Park press conference this afternoon.
On Tuesday, West and his staff decided to reduce the flow due to the drought that has plagued South and Central Texas. The current flow from Canyon Reservoir into the Guadalupe River is between 120 and 130 cubic feet per second, GBRA Public Rela
tions Assistant Judy Gardner said.
The press conference is planned for I p.m. today at Pavilion #5 near the Comal Springs outlet.
Details on how much GBRA will reduce its cfs flows from Canyon Reservoir will be announced at die conference.
“The staff is still working on the engineering requirements for it,” Gardner said. “They are looking at inflows, weather conditions, federal permit requirements for what can pass through the reservoir and requirements for downstream water users. They will base their decision on that.”
Any drop in river flows will he bad news for outfitters on the Guadalupe River.
The river outfitters are already seeing slower durn usual business because of public perception that the river flow is too low for good tubing and rafting.
City OKs drought plan
New rules expected to be enacted this week
By ABE LEVY
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No, (ft not rain, but a shower from the squirting mushrooms at the spring-fed pool at Landa Park la Just aa refreshing for Kendalyn Bryant, who visited the pool Tuesday.
Janes Morgan, assistant pool manager, said attendance at the pool has bean higher this year, due to the renovations dons during the winter.
When it comes to water conservation, image is everthing.
The New Braunfels City Council obeyed its thirst Tuesday night, passing an emergency water ordinance to help deter public perception that the city is not doing its share to fight the drought.
The measure prohibits water drainage on public paved surfaces, landscape irrigation from 9 am to 7 pm and limits watering lawns to Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for odd addresses, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for even addresses.
The measure goes into effect when the Edwards Underround Water District declares a Stage IV reduction of 30 percent, Comal River flow is below 130 cubic feet per second and pumping from surface water is more durn 8 million gallons per day.
The emergency measure will go into effect 24 hours after newspaper and radio stations are given a public notice. That notice is expected to b*fiu«4lus week
In a sometimes heated discussion, council members voted 6-1 to pass the emergency measure. Council member Paul Fraser was the lone dissenting vote.
Fraser blasted the measure as “biting the bullet to appease” other cities, which do not use a majority of surface water.
“For us to go a step further and turn off our fountains is just ludicrous,” Fraser said. “I can not see why. We’re penalizing our residents.”
New Braunfels Utility pumps
'For us to go a step further and turn off our fountains Is Just ludicrous.’
— Councilman Paul Fraser
20 percent from the aquifer and 80 percent from surface water.
City Manager Mike Shands and Paula Difonzo, general manager for the New Braunfels Utility, helped draft the measure, which council amended twice.
NBU has pumped an average of 9.5 million gallons per day over the last seven days. Whenever pumping exceeds 8 million gallons, the extra water is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer.
“No matter what we do, we will still not have a significant impact on the aquifer,” Shands said.
The NBU Board of Directors will iron out a more specific ordinance at its Thursday meeting, and council will likely consider it at its next regular meeting.
The ordinance will aid NBU’s request for a variance from the EUWD, which is requiring NBU to prove it is cutting back aquifer usage by 30 percent as required by Stage IV.
In addition, the measure will help the city defend possible lawsuits from environmental groups like die Sierra Gub, which have sired governments in the past for not complying with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, said John Dierkson, NBU’s general counsel. Several endangered species would be put in jeopardy of extinction if the Comal and San Marcos springs dry up.
What it does
■ The ammeodmenta to the city’s water ordnance are effective 24 hours after a public service announcement appears in the Henald-Zeitung or is broadcast on local ratio stations. Violations are misdemeanor offenses that include a fine of $50 to $500 and each day’s violation is considered a separate offense.
■ The following restrictions are enforced when the weekly average water use at the New Braunfels Utilities surface treatment plant exceeds 8 million gallons per day, and when the Edwards Underground Water District declares Stage IV, which is triggered when Comal Springs’ flow drops below 150 cubic feet per second.
■ Landscape irrigation is pio-Nbkad from 9 am. to 7 pm and is further restricted. Odd nunv bared addresses may only Int-gals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and evsn numbered addresses may only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
■ Waste water drainage prohibited onto paved public surfaces such as street, skJawaRos,
driveways, alc is prohibited
■ Yearround restrictions remain in effect and restrict watering landscape with sprinklers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watering with buckets and
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Tourist season off to slow start
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels summer tourist season officially began Memorial Day weekend, and the number of tourists slightly lower than normal. However, officials believe the city can still have a good tourism season this summer.
Jim Scheele, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the weekend crowd “was a little slower than expected.” He said typically, 130,000 people flock to town to fill the town's lodgings IOO percent However, this year, the number of visitors was 8 or 9 percent below normal. He said the economic impact of those who did venture into town has not been determined. He also added those tourists that did come were not disappointed.
“It seems like the people that were here had fun,” said Scheele, “but the perception is still there that the water level is too low to have a good time.”
Scheele said efforts are already under way to counteract the negative perception of the river levels. He said information is being sent to area media, stressing that tourists can still have fun on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and at Schlitterbahn, as well as the other attractions in town.
“(The low weekend turnout) is definitely a concern. However, it’s going to take an effort by the entire community to let people know there is still stuff to do here in New Braunfels,” he said. “We’re hoping everyone in town will help spread the word.”
Scheele added that despite the low turnout, it does not mean tourism throughout the city will suffer. He said the number of Guadalupe River enthusiasts may be slightly lower this year, but the rest of the tourist attractions are “still primed,” and “everyone else should flue real well” this summer.
Hen&ZeSung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Bible schools got ready
Cheryl Bando! places a vacation bibi# school sign tip in front of First Protestant Church Tuesday afternoon.
Many local churches ara preparing to start their summer vacation bibl# schools.
Two killed in head-on wreck
By DENISE DZIUK
One funeral service was held Tuesday and another one is being held this afternoon for two area teenagers lolled in a head-on collision Saturday.
Kelly Kessler, 15, of New Braunfels, was driving a 1977 Fold pickup east on U.S. Highway 90 about 7.6 miles east of Brackettville at about 4:45 am May 25. A Department of Public Safety accident report states investigators believe Kessler fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tractor trailer truck driven by Braulio Palacios, 28, of Laredo.
Kessler, along with passenger James L. Dylla, 18 of Seguin were pro
nounced dead on the scene. Passengers in the pickup, James Reigje, 20, of New Braunfels, was treated and released at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. James Chessher, 18, of McQueeney, was dismissed from University Hospital on Tuesday and David A. Dylla, 18, of Seguin, is listed in fair condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. None of the four were wearing seatbelts.
Palacios was treated and released from Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
A graveside service was held for Kessler Tuesday morning. A service for James Dylla is being held at I p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Park and Funeral Home in San Antonio.
Sunday Unity Rally
switched to Plaza
The location of die Unity Rally has been changed to the Main Plaza, ministers with the New Braunfels Ministerial Alliance said Wednesday morning.
The Unity Rally is a response of local church and community leaders to the Ku Klux Klan rally planned for Saturday.
The Unity Rally is still set for 7:30 pm, Sunday, but the location was changed to provide a
central location for people to show their support for love end unity, said Ray Still, pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church.
“Saturday’s going to be a message of hate, and Sunday’s going to be a message of love and unity," Still said.
The Ministerial Alliance is made up clergy from the New Braunfels community.
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HemU-ZeHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
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Local CPA learns to hold his tongue. See Opinion, Page 4A.