New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sharon Cronin cuts out wrapping paper to cover a present for foster children.
By Leigh Jones
The 67 children in Comal County Child Protective Services have Christmas wish lists like most other children.
They hope for bikes, XBox video game systems, toys and clothes.
But without a little help from the Comal County Child Welfare Board, the children might hope in vain.
“Because of their foster situations, most of these children
would not get any gifts at Christmas,” said CCCWB President Sharon Hileman. “That gives us the opportunity to do for them what we all want to do for our own children.” CCCWB “elves” spent the last few weeks looking over the lists and making sure every one was fulfilled. Tuesday evening, the group gathered the presents together with wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, and prepared them for placement under some very special
Hileman’s voice was thick with emotion as she explained why shopping for the foster children was so fulfilling.
“We can’t solve all of their problems, but we can let them know someone cares about them,” she said. “Getting presents at Christmas helps them enjoy the holidays like normal children.”
The gifts will be delivered
See PRESENTS, Page 7A
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ZiEITUNGwww.beheardblog.comDespite rain, wildfire threat remains high
By Ron Maloney
Long-awaited rains finally came to Comal County during the holiday weekend, but not nearly enough to protect against the danger of wildfire,
and officials are warning the public — and firefighters — to be careful.
The county’s fire departments have been stretched thin responding to recent brush fires. New Braunfels and several Guadalupe County fire departments fought a blaze off
Altwein Lane on Monday. Spring Branch and Canyon Lake Fire/EMS fought a grass fire on Tuesday.
The county and its cities have bum bans in effect, and with long-range weather forecasts calling for at least three months of drought-like con
ditions, there’s no sign that the bans will be lifted anytime soon.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said a firefighter in North Texas was killed a few days ago in a tanker rollover and another suffered second-degree bums on his
face, neck and hands when a brush truck he was on was burned over.
"The forest service is really talking to fire departments, warning them safety first, to watch out and
See THREAT, Page 8A
Teleconference courses open up educational opportunities
By Jessica Sanders
The world of higher j AT AGLANCE education is moving I ■ What: Central a little closer to resi- I Texas Technology dents of the New j Braunfels area. ; ence and Internet
Teleconference j classes. Night, week-courses with Alamo i e,nd and daytime Community College I dasses are availab e.
District will be among i f!/V^henL4 to 8 pr7V ^ , .r .r u ; Wednesday
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local classes would I 830-609-2100
link to classrooms at
San Antonio, St. Phillips, Northwest Vista
or Palo Alto Colleges. The students would
receive regular college credit after attending
live broadcast lectures.
See CTTC, Page 8A
By Ron Maloney
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Tuesday that a McQueeney man shot by deputies after brandishing a BB gun at them in September died of natural causes Thursday after suffering a heart attack in county jail.
Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said Irving Wayne West died at about 3 p.m. Thursday at McKenna Memorial I lospital after he was taken there from the jail after complaining of shortness of breath.
West, 48, was shot in the upper body by two sheriff ’s deputies in Potters Creek park at I a.m. Sept. IO after a disturbance at a Canyon Lake campground.
Ile was treated for the wounds at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and then was transferred to a nursing facility. I Ie was struck in the arm and upper torso. The wounds were not near his heart.
After doctors deemed he had recovered sufficiently, he was arrested a month later and booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — the high-powered BB gun he allegedly
See SUSPECT, Page 6A
INSIDE TOUR OF FAITH
Want to find a church to attend this weekend? Check out churches countywide in a special section today.
SPORTS COUGARS ROLL
The Canyon boys basketball team tops Smithson Valley in all-Comal ISD matchup. Page 9A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Awe-inspiring Canyon Gorge on the path to park status
CPS elves’ make Christmas special for foster children
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By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — It looks like something out of “Jurassic Park” or the “Land Lime Forgot” — less a dinosaur or two.
Deep dear pools — some with fish visible in the bottom — pocket stone steps surrounded by carved limestone walls 50 or more feet high.
lx)ok at die limestone, and small fossils are visible everywhere — as is IOO million years of Texas history.
Tuesday, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership that will see a Comal County geological resource nearly as unique as the Bracken Bat Cave or Natural Bridge Caverns opened to scientific research, and, in an oblique way, the public as well.
Canyon Gorge isn’t as old as the cave or the caverns. It was cut between the Canyon Dam spillway and the Guadalupe River below early in july 2002, when Canyon Lake overtopped the dam spillway for the first time ever in the 40-year history of the flood control project.
Since then, local and state officials have been working to decide how best to exploit the gorge as a scientific, educational and tourist resource. The Comal County Water-Oriented Recreation District’s former general manager, George Cushanick, created a concept that included a visitor’s center, trails, overlooks and other features.
While he was working on that, GB RA, which first partnered with the Corps of Engineers to build the dam project in the 1950s and '60s, made a proposal of its own.
A two-year process began to determine what that project might
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
An Army Corps of Engineers employee takes a photo of the Canyon Gorge, created in the 2002 flood, while taking part in a tour of the gorgeTuesday afternoon. Below, two people taking part in a tour of the gorge enjoy the scenery along the edge of the Canyon Reservoir emergency spillway. GBRA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to open the gorge to the public.
■ Canyon Gorge was formed beginning on July 4, 2002, when 34 inches of upstream rain filled Canyon Reservoir for the first time ever and water flowed over Canyon Dam's spillway at up to 70,000 cubic feet per second.
■ The gorge is up to 100 yards wide, IOO feet deep and more than a mile-and-a-half long. An estimated half-million cubic yards of sand, limestone and gravel were cut from the gorge by the rushing water and deposited in the Guadalupe River below.
look like, and GBRA’s proposal shared some of the features of Cushanick’s. A year ago, WORD bowed out of the planning process and GBRA went forward. A little more than a month ago, the Corps of Engineers, which has been managing the property since the 2002 flood, agreed to lease it to GBRA for management and development.
See GORGE, Page 6A
Vol. 154, No. 319 18 pages, 2 sections
The Canyon, Smithson Valley football teams prepare for regional championship games.
Shooting suspect dies after suffering heart attack