New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 145, No. 245
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: fermis Wayne Koepp, Jutie Estes, Gloria Lima, Candy Sober, Tracy Vafentien, Sandra Mendoza (15 years) and Ross Schriever.
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Molds — 809 Cedar Elm — trace Ragweed— 60 Pigweed — trace (Roto) measured in pads per cubic meter at air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second. up 5 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 625.78 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.27 feet above i level. (Conservation pod.)
Now Braunfels UtHWoe NSU reports pumping 6.988 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no well water was used.
Chance of rain increases Thursday
Tonight — Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Southeast winds ne^r 10 mph.
Thursday — Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms, becoming partly cloudy by mid afternoon.
Highs in the upper 70s. Southerly winds increasing to near 15 mph.
Friday — Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms late Highs near 80.
Saturday — Chance of showers or thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy and colder. Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s
Sunday — Clear and cool Lows near 40.
Fall tack Saturday night
Daylight savings time ends Sunday when we “fall back" one hour to Standard Time. Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday night before you go to sleep, or you’ll be an hour ahead on Sunday.
Hoad craws working in those arses:
• Crews are working on Farm-to-Market 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Expect delays and lane closures, and pay attention to signage and flagmen.
• In addition to routine ►repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The roads will remain open to traffic, but temporary lane closures could occur.
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue, lf the weather cooperates, crews should be paving it this week.
• Crews are placing buttons, reflectors and stripping on roads in Lands Park. Later this week or early next week, crews will also begin painting curbs near the Wurstfest grounds.
• Crews have finished paving Old McQueeney Road, Morniqgside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion
• The 600 block of Mather Street between Grant Street and Peace Avenue is closed because of street reconstruction.
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rvmau trustees support pool idea
Board taking closer look at proposal
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees got its first glimpse Thursday at a study calling for a new indoor swimmingpool.
The district will be asked to help pay for the pool lf plans move forward, and a couple of trustees voiced support for the idea.
Comal County Road Engineer Tom Homseth, who chaired the committee studying the issue, presented the report. He told trustees an indoor swimming facility would offer opportunities for physical education, fitness, extra curricular activities, recreation and instruction. The cost to build the
i think ft takes people with vision to get these thing* dong.
and I’m excited about it.’
—Trustee Carlos Campos — - -.....
pool was projected at $4.7 million, plus operational costs.
Although a location has not been proposed, County Judge Carter Casteel said an individual had offered to donate land along Interstate 35 to the county for the venture.
“Let me just say that this is a first-class facility," she said. “It can be a pool that
can serv ice the whole county."
Casteel, a former Comal ^dependent School District trustee, said she would like to see commissioners court call a bond election in the spring, lf the county paid the debt for 20 years, the other participating entities could share the operational costs. Once the county paid off the debt, it would pick up a portion of those costs.
“I’m also going to look for other ways to fund this pool if we can, I promise you," Casteel said.
She told the board that she did not anticipate the issue coming to a vote for some time. She was just attempting to generate discussion, she said.
“We're going to talk it to death,” she said. “I hope you will give it some thought ... We want you to be partners."
Trustee Don Bedford said residents had Turn to NBISD, Page 2A
Trucker wrecks rig
NBH) loans truck to lake firefighters
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San Marcos driver taken to San Antonio hospital
From staff reports
A San Marcos truck driver was airlifted to University Hospital Tuesday evening after an accident on Interstate 35 North near Ruekle Road William S. Clutter, 68, apparently lost consciousness while driving his semitrailer truck on 1-35, police said today.
Clutter was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning, hospital officials said.
New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Sgt. John McEachem said Clutter was (hiving in the northbound lane of 1-35 when the accident occurred at about 6:55 p.m.
“Apparently the driver suffered a stroke or some sort of medical malady and lost consciousness and veered across the median of the southbound lane and consequently rested in an adjacent field (near Farm-to-Market 482 and Ingram Readymix)," McEachem said.
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Texas Department of Public Safety officials were investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 7 a.m. today at Casey Rood and U.S. 281.
Canyon Lake EMS was called to the accident. An AirLife helicopter landed on U.S. 281 and transported at least one patient to a San Antonio hospital. No details were available.
Pumper replacing damaged one
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The New Braunfels hire Department has to come to the rescue of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department by loaning it a fire truck.
New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker said his department had loaned the CLVFD a pumper truck.
The CLFVD lost one of its fire trucks Thursday when Michael Elbe!, 19, of Canyon L ake allegedly broke into Fire Station No. 2 in Starkville, stole a IWP pumper truck — valued at $250,000 — drov e it through the station door* and rolled it at Farm-to-Market 2673 and ()blate Drive, according Comal County Sheriff s Office records
Elbel was arrested for theft greater than $200,000 and burglary of a building. He was still in Comal County Jail with a $65,000 bond as of Wednesday morning.
Elbel allegedly attempted to steal the tanker first but destroyed the clutch in it. The tanker has since been repaired and put buck into operation.
“I asked them, and they were kind enough to loan us one," Canyon Lake Fire C hicf Les Wyatt said. “We have a good rela
tionship w ith Chief Baker and (city manager) Michael Shands. They are very gracious for letting us use their pumper"
Baker said CLVFD would use the pumper truck until it can get its damaged truck fixed or replaced.
Loaning the fire truck to the CLVFD in no way will hinder tile firefighting capabilities of the NBFD, Baker said
“This truck was ffie one we replaced when we purchased our new truck," he said. “It will give them a response capability they didn t have when they lost their truck.”
A pumper truck carries water and lias equipment such as ladlers and hoses in contrast to a tanker, which primarily carries water
Baker said loaning the truck to .motlier tire department was a first.
“We have not had an opportunity to loan anybody a truck,” Baker said. “We have/espondcd with mutual aid but we have not loaned them this type of equipment beton;."
Wyatt said the graciousness of the NBFD would help his fire department have a truck in the area.
Wyatt said firefighters were keeping a more watchful eye on the fire stations since Thursday’s incident
“It is not every day a tire truck is stolen." he said "It is the first time in the county that I know of."
Local juniper crowned national champion
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
The largest albe juniper tree in the nation has its roots right here in Comal County.
With a trunk circumference of 138 inches and a height of 57 feet, the champion tree near Linda Street and Loop 337 recently was named Comal County champion by the Guada Coma Garden Club and Linda Park Arboretum members.
During the j udging process, it was discovered that the tree broke both state and national records to become the biggest of its kind reported in all of the United States.
No one knows for sure how old the champion tree, located on property owned by Adon and Mary I inc Jonas of New Braunfels, is.
“It’s been in the family since ‘47," said Adon Jonas, who noted the tree has flourished on a hillside.
A member of the cypress termly of trees, the ash? jumper is also known as mountain cedar or Mexican
juniper. These trees are native to Texas and grow in limestone uplands from Mexico and Texas north to Missouri. Requiring only moderate water, the ache juniper is drought tolerant and is characterized by leaning, twisted trunks and low branches.
The Jonas’ tree unseated the 1990 champion ashe juniper tree, located in Fischer — also in Comal County.
“This is about as far north as some of these species grow," said Dolores Schumann, Landa Park Arboretum committee co-chairwoman.
New Braunfels is it, a zone with two distinct types of ecology, the Blackland Prairie and Edwards Plateau. The Balcones fault line reaches from the Rio Grande to the Red River and is the boundary between lowland and upland Texas. The Balcones Escarpment, hilly country where roots burrow deep to find their niche in the environment, is located directly above Comal Springs in New Braunfels, according to the
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County honors Natural Bridge Caverns founder
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By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A ranching pioneer who survived the hardships of droughts and single motherhood and overcame bashfulness to become a business woman will be remembered for her many contributions to the community and to society.
People who knew Natural Bridge Caverns founder Clara Heidcmann. who died Saturday, remembered her Tuesday tor her kindness, quiet nature anc perseverance.
“She was a tough gal.” said Tom Purdurn, former president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, who came to know Heidemann several years ago
A ranching accident claimed the life of her first husband, Hilmar Wuest, in 1956, during a drought Wuest was trying to bum the quills off cactus in order to feed hungry livestock
when a gasoline-powered torch ignited a fire that killed him.
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Clara Heidemann ,vaJ lctl w ith two
children and no food for the animals, requiring her lo sell all tile livestock, Purduin said.
Heidemann worked as a secretary of the farm bureau to support her filmily and married Harry Heidemann in 1961 Meanwhile, a series of caves discovered on the Wuest Ranch held promise, as spelunkers came upon a major cavity in the land thai later was recommended for development. The first slides of this cave that became part of Natural Bridge Caverns
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