New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, May 30, 2000 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 5A
One incident late Sunday afternoon got out of hand in the dogleg rapids area of the Guadalupe near Loop 337. The situation escalated into a confrontation in which rocks were thrown and a Pollok resident was critically injured.
“Other than that, it was a fairly decent weekend; it’s been a fun weekend. Normally, we write more tickets, but we were kept busy handling numerous disturbances,” Parchman said.
He said officers had not had time to deal with some of the more minor offenses.
“I don’t know how many tickets we wrote. We’re still working today,” he said Monday.
“We were so busy with other things, we were pretty much inundated with people. There were a lot of people here, man — a lot of people.”
CCSC) Lt. Ed Whitson said a little more than IOO people were arrested on charges ranging from possession of narcotics or marijuana to public lewdness, assault, and disorderly conduct, carrying an unlawful weapon or trespassing.
“We’re running about neck and neck with last year,” Whitson said.
Citations for lesser offenses, though, were down from this past year by about half. Those typically are issued for glass or plastic foam containers, littering, vehicle code violations, possession of drug paraphernalia or minors having alcohol.
Late Monday, deputies were cutting back their enforcement efforts at the river as revelers packed up and left.
“We’re starting to bring in the teams,” Whitson said.
Connie Herzog, manager of Jerry’s Too RY campground, on Loop 337, said the weekend was a busy one, but she believed she was busier this past Labor Day.
“It was semi-busy,” she said tiredly Monday afternoon. “I guess it wasn’t as busy as I expected.”
She said her RY park was booked for the holiday weekend three months in advance,
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Sheriff’s officers kept an eye out for underage drinkers and other violators on the Guadalupe River Monday as crowds began to wind down for the holiday weekend.
and she’s booked for all of next month and the July 4th weekend. But this weekend, she hadn’t needed the overflow parking area she used this past Labor Day.
“Of course, we’re not located on the river,” she said. Herzog said she heard largely good things from her customers.
“There were a few rude folks, but no stupidness this time. Everybody was generally really nice,” Herzog said. “I only had one guy who complained about the river. I went to high school with him. He was a twit, anyway.”
Bill Mayo of the Water-Oriented Recreation District board,, said he’d heard good reports about the weekend and the behavior of the guests who stayed here.
“I think it went very well, compared to ones we’ve had in the past. It was pretty calm, nothing serious going on,” Mayo said.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said he’d heard it was a pretty good weekend on the river as well — and a good
one for area businesses.
“From the reports I got, I was very pleased to see that law enforcement folks and river patrols were reporting a much better-behaved crowd,” Meek said. “So I think we’re really evolving into what we had hoped for three years ago.”
Meek said he’d been told Saturday that as many as 15,000 people enjoyed the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to New Braunfels this weekend, but he said a true number is “tough to estimate.”
“I drove River Road yesterday, and I saw a good, well-behaved crowd. People just act better when they know people are watching,” Meek said. “You want to see at least incremental change. The number of citations will go farther and farther down. It’s just like when you were a kid — you acted better at the pool when there was a lifeguard there than when there wasn’t.” Meek said the summer river recreation season is 12 weekends, with three — Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day — being the big ones.
The others are quieter, he said.
When he drove in New Braunfels, Meek said he saw plenty of shopping going on.
“It seems like the shopping venues were all full — it’s not just the river that benefits. I think we’ve started off on the right foot,” he said.
Greg Brown of Angleton started off on the right foot, too. He was laid back in his tube with his feet trailing in the cool river water, sipping an adult beverage, much as he has many times in the 25 visits he estimates he’s made to the Guadalupe River.
He set the drink down on the lid of the cooler that floated in its own tube between him and friend, Christine Folks, also of Angleton, and stopped to talk for a moment.
It was easy: their tubes were just barely moving.
“It was ... dragging, but it’s been fun,” Brown said. “Tell them to let some more water out!”
Brown said he knew the river was low and slow because authorities are trying to conserve water — but this was the lowest he could remember seeing it on one of his visits.
“It’s OK...Christine likes it slow,” said Michael O’Quinn of Brazoria from his tube nearby. His friend, Dom Kimball of Dallas, laughed.
“You like it slow, too, right?” Brown asked O’Quinn, arching an eyebrow. “If I’d have known it was this slow, though, I wouldn’t have come. I won’t come, July 4th!”
Two tubes over, Christine eyed him over the cooler.
“Iii leave you at home, then,” she said, smiling at him, mockingly.
He reached for the drink, took a long draw, draining the can. He lifted the lid on the cooler, tossed the empty in, lowered the lid a little and eyed her back, as though trying to decide whether she’d really leave him home.
“Weil be here,” he said. “Beer?”Pollok boy seriously hurt in river brawl
From staff reports
A 17-year old Pollok youth was in improving condition late Monday, a day after he was critically injured in a rock-throwing melee on the Guadalupe River.
New Braunfels Police Det. Bob Parchman said the boy suffered a fractured skull in the brawl, which happened about 5:45 p.m. Sunday in the dogleg rapids area of the river just off Loop 337.
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the altercation, which escalated into a rock-throwing brawl.
One of them, the 17-year-old boy from. Pollok, had his skull fractured by a rock, Parchman said.
“He was knocked unconscious. They had to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation),” Parchman said.
The youth was taken by helicopter to University Health Center in San Antonio, where his condition was originally listed as critical By late Monday afternoon, the boy’s condition had stabilized and improved to fair.
Several arrests were made in connection with the incident, Parchman said. Police are looking for the person who injured the youth.
“We’ve interviewed dozens of witnesses and identified a suspect, but the case is still under investigation,” Parchman said.
Fears grow as Arizona ranchers look to spark anti-immigration effort
DOUGLAS, Arizona (AP) — An Arizona rancher turns down weekly offers to help him detain illegal immigrants from Mexico passing through his land. Another resident patrols his spread from a 25-foot steel tower with night-vision goggles. A Ku Klux Klan supporter probes for support at an anti-immigration “summit.”
Arizona became the preferred U.S. crossing point for Mexican illegal immigrants two years ago. Now, with their efforts to restrict illegal immigrants’ rights in California blocked by courts, some conservative and reactionary groups are pushing to make Arizona the front line in a new battle against illegal immigration.
The growing tension has sparked fear in northern Mexican towns. It also worries U.S. government officials, even those who so far have largely tolerated ranchers who set out with guns and dogs to look for Mexicans crossing the border.
In this southeastern Arizona town on the Mexican border, the once-overwhelming influx of ille
gal immigrants through residents’ properties has declined because of the posting of additional Border Patrol agents. Despite the dropoff, some ranchers and their supporters in the area have decided to build a political movement.
They concede that property damage no longer is the driving issue, as they once claimed. Instead, they are trying to spark a nationwide battle against what activist Larry Vance calls “a literal invasion.”
Vance, himself the son of a Mexican immigrant, denies any connection to hate groups — “I don’t want any goofball groups around,” he says. But he says Southern California “has already become a political extension of Mexico.”
Despite pressure from Mexico, the U.S. government has paid little more than lip service to trying to discourage the movement. The government argues it can’t stop U S. citizens from patrolling their own private property, though there are reports that some ranchers have taken to detaining immigrants on roads outside their land.
trash, people would have to pay for a tag. The goal was to use that money to start a greenway program for yard clippings and brush so we could compost those instead of taking them to the landfill,” Fischer said.
The “pay as you throw” program was not designed to penalize anyone, Fischer said, but to reduce the amount of garbage and to create a fairer program across the board.
“You always hear the story about someone who said their neighbor had 27 bags of garbage. That fills up half a garbage truck. That’s a lot for one person,” he said.
Fischer also said the committee wanted to explore the possibility of another option for dis
posing of yard or lawn clippings, such as a composting rather than forcing residents to pay a fee to put them in the landfill.
In the past few years, more than 4,000 communities in 40 states have switched to “pay as you throw” plans, Ferguson said.
“This program has been very successful in other cities. Other cities have seen the volume of recyclables they collect increase by 30 percent,” he said. “It causes people to think about what they are throwing away.”
Ferguson said, “Education is going to be extremely important with this kind of program. And, in order for the program to be a success, how it is implemented will be critical.”
bond proposal, of which only one proposition — a $700,000 public safety communications system — passed.
Proposition 5, at $2.63 million, would have funded the athletic fields, including softball, baseball and soccer fields.
Proposition 6, at $7.25 million, would have funded an activity center, including an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool and gymnasiums with basketball and volleyball courts.
Mullins said he believed residents voted against Propositions 5 and 6 because they were concerned about other propositions on the ballot.
“The biggest factor was there were so many negative issues and I think a lot of people just voted no on everything. And, the bond did not specify where (the sports facilities) would be located,” he said.
Right now, the organization is looking at completing the proposed sports complex piece by piece as fluids become available.
Mullins said the group would concentrate on building the soccer fields first.
“We can’t afford lighted fields right now. But, we’re going to be putting in some nice, quality playing fields,” he said.
NBYS still needs about $100,000 in cash to finish the soccer fields, Mullins said.
“Hopefully, we’re close to breaking ground on some soccer fields. Then we can get some grass planted by next spring,” he said.
Several local soccer groups welcome that improvement.
David Feltmann, a board member of NBYS, said, “On the soccer fields, we have so many kids out there, we’re wearing out the grass.”
And, many parents and coaches say other sports facilities are inadequate as well.
More than 400 girls who play softball haul water to their fields and play only during the day because they don’t have lighted fields.
And, hundreds more kids who love basketball or volleyball vie for gym space so tight that programs remain limited.
Mullins said the soccer fields were going first because the soccer organizations were ready to move forward.
“They’re they ones that are ready,” he said. “The soccer groups are ready to do something. The other groups are not quite ready.”
He said other groups were still working on funding or site plans.
“The next thing we’ll push for is softball fields,” he said.
But, the wait might be much longer for more than 30 local students on high school swim teams who need an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Mullins said plans for the indoor pool probably would take longer because it was a “high dollar item.”
Initial estimates put building a pool and natatorium between $2 million and $4 million.
Local resident Bud Dallmann has been coaching local swimmers here about 40 years and pleading almost just as long for a public indoor pool.
“I hope we will not have to go much longer without giving the kids the facility that they need,” he said.
Dallmann, coach of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club, said more than 30 Canyon and New Braunfels high school students would continue to travel to San Marcos every-
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a coat. We also serve as a clearinghouse for churches and the SOS Food Bank. We provide GED classes and English as a Second Language classes. We also have a rummage shop.”
Those attending the June 6 Directors Party will meet the director and be given a general overview of the show and a preview of entertainment. Guests then can sign. up for their general areas of interest.
Auditions will take place in the days after the meetings.
Lewis said the event helped the community as well as those participating in the revue.
“You meet a lot of different people you’ve never seen before and you form some lasting friendships,” she said.
The revues flier reads, “Our director will turn you into a topnotch performer in just three weeks! Your talent in singing, dancing, acting or having a part in skits will be professionally directed, plus you’ll experience the thrill of being in a New York show!”
day to practice.
“This past school year, the swim team swam 150 miles training for swim meets, but they traveled more than 3^000 miles to do it,” he said.
Dallmann credited bad timing for the failure of the indoor pool on the bond ballot.
“Unfortunately, the timing of the bond issue was on the very worst side with the school bond a little while ago and the tax appraisals coming in two days before the bond,” he said.
But, Dallmann said he would not give up.
“I plan to keep on praying,” he said.
And, Dallmann said he planned to continue to explore other ways to fund the project, including possibly asking council to put the pool on another bond proposal in the future.
Mullins said NBYS would consider asking council to put the sports complex back on the ballot in a future bond proposal.
“We’re going to look at all the options. We’re not going to rule anything out,” he said.
Mullins said the group had raised about $700,000 for the project, although most of the contributions were for in-kind services to complete the initial site work, including clearing the property and engineering work.
He said the biggest contribution so far came from a San Antonio contractor who donated about $450,000 in services for elevation work out at the site.
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Weston Park Foundation has leased the IOO acres off Doeppen-schmidt Road for 99 years at $ I a year to NBYS and has offered another 50 acres for future growth.
Mullins said the lease on the land automatically would renew every 25 years as long as the fields were not abandoned.
Besides offering youth better recreational facilities, supporters of the sports complex also say having state-of-the-art facilities would have a positive economic affect on the city.
Feltmann said, “A tournament would bring in groups that have money that would stay in the hotels and eat at the restaurants and do sight-seeing.”
Mullins said he hoped more local residents would support the sports complex project once they began using the sports fields.
“Once people began using the facilities and going out there, maybe they’ll see the positives and we can change some minds,” he said.6.00 8.30
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