New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon’s Weidner gets honor as champion athlete. See Page 1B d/i
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24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, May 30,1997
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Serving Comal County and surrounding i _ more than 145 years ■ Home of CHfton and Preble Curtis
Vol. 145, No. 142
lirthday wishes from tho Horald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jesse Payne, Jana Harkins, Nicole Morgan, John Rauch, Atsy Valle, Brenda Penshom (Saturday), Jane Wichman, Alyssa Smith, Jesse Hernandez Jr., Trixie Rosales (13 years), Cene Woodall and Stephanie Kivlin (12 years Saturday) Happy anniversary wishes go to: Clifton and Preble Curtis.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 282 cfs, same as Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.10 feet above sea level, up .03. Canyon Dam discharge — 3,150 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 912.26 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5.727 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 575,400 gallons of well water were used
Behoof* out, so watch for children
Wednesday was the last day of classes for New Braunfels Independent School District. Students in Comal ISD will attend classes through today.
Drivers on their way to and from work should keep an eye out for children.
High Guadalupe flow closes Cruets Bridge
U S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the flow of water from Canyon Lake from 2,000 cubic feet per second to 3,100 cfs overnight Wednesday.
Because of the variables involved in regulating the flow rate, the increased flow will cause the Gruene Bridge to be closed. City and GERA officials were unable to estimate when the bridge will be reopened. However, they expect the bridge to remain closed through the weekend.
The lake, completed in 1964, was built to provide flood control benefits,recreation and a stable water supply during times of low water and drought.
Canyon Lake sets up Zink memorial fund
The Tavis Zink Memorial Fund has been established at Norwest Bank in Sattler
Zink, 16, died Monday in a one-vehicle accident on Texas 46 He was a sophomore at Smithson Valley High School.
For those wishing to make donations, the account number is 701-449-519. For more information contact Brenda Adair at Norwest Bank at 964-2265 or Janis Davis at the Canyon Lake Times Guardian at (210) 907-3882.
Canyon High seniors graduate tonight
Canyon High School graduation ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. today at Cougar Stadium. In case of rain, ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den. Each senior will be given 10 tickets for family and friends.
Herald-Zeitung photos by Michael Damall New Braunfels High School and Smithaon Valley High School graduated their 1996-07 eenlors during ceremonies Thursday night At right Jacob Kearney whoops up the crowd of already rowdy graduates during New Braunfels High School graduation ceremonies at Unicom Field. Balow, Karl Winkler’s message Is dear during graduation ceremonies at Smithson Valley High School Thursday. Canyon High School seniors will graduate tonight at 8 at Cougar Stadium. See Heads Up for Inclement weather plane. Also, see Page 4A for today’s editorial.
Guadalupe nill be too swift to tube
But Comal River outfitters expect good weekend
By CHRIS CREWS
High water discharge rates from Canyon Dam are expected to make conditions on the Guadalupe River too dangerous for tubing this weekend, but water enthusiasts should be able to safely tube on the Comal River as well as enjoy guided raft trips on the Guadalupe.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that controls the release rate at the dam, raised the release level to 3,100 cubic feet per second and may raise the level to 4,000 cfs. Local river outfitters said the ideal release rate for tubing is 700 cfs.
Ron Ruffenach, a spokesman for the Corps of Engineers, said that flood control, not recreation, was the primary factor affecting the discharge rate from Canyon Dam.
“We base the release rates on many factors, key among them the level of water in (Canyon Lake) and the amount of water and flood status of areas below Canyon Dam, such as Victoria," Ruffenach said.
Ruffenach said Canyon Lake was at
912.7 feet above mean sea level, or
1.7 feet above the target level of 911 feet. He said the increased discharge from the dam would lower the lake level in three to four days, barring significant precipitation above or below the dam. He added the Cotps tned to cooperate with local recreational needs when the lake level was at or below the 911-foot level.
The National Weather Serv ice predicts severe thunderstorms, including the chance of hail and damaging w inds, for New Braunfels and Comal County today and tonight, lf the storm does materialize, conditions on the river would become even more hazardous.
Local tourism and law enforcement officials said they invited tourists to enjoy the safe water recreation still available to them, but they emphasize the need for caution.
■ Today: 50 percent chance of showers and severe thunderstorms, including the chance of hail and damaging winds
■ Tonight: 60 percent chance of showers and severe thunderstorms, including the chance for halt and damaging winds. Afternoon high temperature will be in the mid-80s with an overnight low near 60
• Conditions this afternoon and evening could lead to the formation of tornados.
■ Saturday: partly cloudy with the possibility of widely scattered showers, high in the mid-80s
"We are going to have many tourists in town and we are encouraging them to tube on the Comal River and take guided raft trips down the Guadalupe,” said Jim Scheele Jr., director of the New Braunfels Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Local outfitters contacted said they would not allow anyone on the Guadalupe River in tubes or unsupervised rafts. A Comal River outfitter said he expects an unusually high amount of business this weekend.
“The Comal is in the best condition I've seen it in three years — this is exactly how we like to see it,” said Barry Pfannstiel, an employee of Ole Mill Stream outfitters on Lamia Street.
The Comal River flow is determined by the flow of Comal Springs and is not affected by the discharge from Canyon Dam or the flow of the Guadalupe River.
Police and sheriff s office officials expressed concerns about river safety citing the high discharge levels and the fact that most children will be out of school.
“It’s going to make our work a lot harder,” said deputy police chief Richard Bennie “We are going to have to keep people out of the river. It will be interesting."
New Braunfels Fire Chief Phillip Baker said he was not planning for emergency staffing above normal weekend levels, hut said his department would be prepared to provide for all rescue and treatment emergencies.
Comal County commissioners give triathlon thumbs up
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Commissioners Court gave the Texas Hill Country Triathlon the go-ahead after a meeting Wednesday produced a compromise between the opposing sides.
Tile tnathlon was held from 1986 to 1994 at C omal Park. The event was not held in 1995 or 1996 because of renovations at the park. The event’s organizer has been trying to revive the competition, but has met with resistance.
During the triathlon, held the Saturday after Labor Day, roads were closed and traffic was backed up. It had been suggested that the event be moved to the north side of the lake, but its organizer
said that is not a feasible idea because of the quality of the lake and roads for the events, and the current location is the safest.
Last week, the court heard from proponents and opponents of the event. The race was called an inconvenience by residents and an economic boost by business owners.
On Wednesday, the county judge, the sheriff and a county commissioner met with the event’s organizer and several residents, and a compromise was reached.
“One of the many hats I have to wear is peacemaker,” said County Commissioner Jack Dawson, who represents that portion of the county. ‘This compromise is good for both sides.”
Under the agreement, the routes would remain
the same, said organizer Carl Owens. However, more efforts will be made to effectively communicate with business owners and residents in the affected area well in advance of the event. Residents along the race route will also be given passes so volunteers can let them through in case of an emergency, he said.
“We’re certainly going to make every attempt and effort to make this a positive impact on everyone,” Owens said. "Hopefully our record after the event will support that.”
Dawson said the residents present when the agreement was reached supported it. He said he would also stress to any others who contact him thai the race is positive for everyone.
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce board
member C Tunics Stephens said the chamber did not refuse to support the event. He said it simply opted to not take any action on it. He said the chamber is alw ays looking for a w ay to improve tourism at Canyon Lake, and the tnathlon could be a good w ay to do that if the event is packaged well.
"We hate to see an opportunity such as this one go by without any recognition,” Stephens said.
Owens said he is glad that the race can now progress and "get back on the calendar.” He said numerous individuals liad already requested entry forms for the Sept. 6 tnathlon. He said he was looking forward to "working closely with the folks.”
"There’s a lot that has gone into this event,” he said. "There’s a lot of planning.”
Dunlap man fumes over plant expansion
Lake resident mulls petition
By DAVID DEKUNDER
LAKE DUNLAP — Plans to expand the Lake Dunlap wastewater treatment plant have one Lake Dunlap resident fuming.
Leroy Rabenaldt said he is so disgusted with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authonty that he is considering circulating a petition to stop the expansion if he does not get any answers. GBRA is considering a wastewater
service agreement with Golf Associates, Ltd. for its development and golf course on Farm-to-Market 725 a few miles from the Lake Dunlap dam.
David Welsch, GBRA project development director, said the plant would need to have an additional clarifier unit to handle the 300 to 350 homes the Long Creek development is expected to bring.
Welsch said the wastewater plant has a capacity to handle 150,000 gallons a day. The expansion of the wastewater plant would increase capacity by 75,000 gallons a day.
He said the ultimate demand for Long Creek would be 105,000 gallons
a day. He said it could take several years before the wastewater plant addition is built, depending on the development’s growth.
Rabenaldt lives by the wastewater treatment plant. In fact, a IO- to 12-inch pipeline from the plant runs underground by his house before emptying into Lake Dunlap.
Rabenaldt is concerned that more recycled wastewater will affect the lake’s drinking water near the Canyon Regional Water Authority surface plant.
“How much can it (water) take of oxygen?” Rabenaldt said. “When it Turn to Plant, Page 2A
Canyon Lake opens improved library
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Canyon Lake residents will get a chance this weekend to see the new and improved Tye Preston Memorial Library.
The library will conduct a grand opening and dedication of its new wing and meeting room with a ribbon cutting ceremony at IO: 15 a m. Saturday at its location on Farm-to-Market 2673 in Sattler.
Library board president Jim Camp-ise said County Judge Carter Casteel will be the master of ceremonies.
An open house will be conducted IO a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Refreshments will be served in the new meeting room of the library,” Campise said. “The public is invited” The library was closed to patrons for more than a month from January to February as the back wall of the library was knocked down to make room tor die 2,000-square-foot addition. The new wing houses a meeting room, two restrooms and a kitchen. The library reopened February 17.
The refurbished library has aa Turn to Library, Page 2AGreater Life Pentacostal Church dedicates new building. See Page 8A.