New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, September 4,1997
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Vol. 146, No. 211
MrtMay wishes front ho Ho raid loftunq!
The AJew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Vance Langley, Bonnie Ldtch, Annie Henk (93 years), Mark Eaton and Rosemary Freimuth.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Donald and Cindy Hills (14 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Prien measled in parts per cubic meter of dr. Momatan podded by Dr. Frank Hampel) River Information Coma River — 299 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon W««
— 625.36 feet above sea level, up .04 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 270 cfs Canyon Lake level — 900.61 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels UttHOee NBL) reports pumping 7.376 maori gallons of surface waler Wednesday, and 1.768 mSon gaftons of we! waler were used.
Ohmic* of rain lingers for weekend
Toniest — Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms High in the upper 80s. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
Saturday and Sunday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the 80s to near 90. Low in the 60s.
Monday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the 60s. High around 90.
Sunday is Grandparents Day
They shower you with gifts, love and affection all year long, and this weekend is your chance to show them it doesn’t go unnoticed. Sunday is Grandparents Day so take time out to call or visit those special ones in your life
Disaster assistance deadline ie Friday
The deadline for applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is quickly approaching.
Comal County was declared a disaster area, which means assistance is available to help residents recover from flooding earlier this summer. Residents have until Friday to register for aid.
For information on the assistance available, call 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1 -800-462-7586).
The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup will be Sept. 13. Land-based, water and diving volunteers are needed Registration will be from 8.30 to 10:30 a.m. at Double Rockin’ R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market Road 306 Volunteers are wet come to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park. Call 629-0939
Thunderstorms lead to power outages
By DENISE DZIUK
Storms that brought much-needed rain Wednes- • day night caused power outages across the city, but officials with New Braunfels Utilities said crews worked through the night, restoring power to its customers.
Jeff Orrock, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels, said
‘It seem* like the heavy reins wave right sround Usw Braunfels. We should see more snowers uhs afternoon...”
_— meteorologist Jeff Orrock
the actual front, which was expected to cause only a slight if any change in temperature,
’was not expected to move into the New Braunfels area until late this afternoon. However, he said, the air in front of it was unstable and caused scattered thunderstorms Wednesday night. '
New Braunfels Municipal Airport reported 1.53 inches of rain, while a residence north of New Braunfels reported 1.25 inches and Seguin reported less than an inch.
“It seems like the heavy rains were right around
New Braunfels,” said Orrpck. “We should see more showers this afternoon, and possibly tonight and tomorrow.”
The heavy rains left many New Braunfels residents in the dark, said NBU general manager Paula DiFonzo. DiFonzo said spots all across the NBU system lost power. She said lightning and strong winds wreaked havoc on electrical lines and transformers.
Turn to Outages, Page 2A
Are you ready for some football?
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Damalt
Junior league football player Jato Baranowatd pounds into e teddtng dummy Wednesday afternoon during practice et New Braunfels Middle School. Football players Uke Baranowatd are gearing up for another exciting st—on on the grtdfron. The toes! high school football ssason starts today at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio where Now Braunfels will face Edison at 7 p.m.
Ozone regs have local leaders concerned
By ABE LEVY
The U.S. House and Senate have several bite under review that would revise the EPA's new standards. For more information on those tea and on slaw airqtuwf swn-(lards, look up the following Internet web
Demand on SOS food bank causing shortage
By ABE LEVY
Officials from the SOS Inc.. Food Bank said Wednesday they were close to naming out of the food they give to low-income individuals and families year-round.
The number of people getting food from SOS Inc., Food Bank went up by 14 percent during August.
Last week. 70 people requested food in three days, almost half of the requests the food bank receives in a normal month.
“It would help us if we got some more of our basic foods in,” said Betty Drawe, secretary of the board of directors for the food bank. “We’re asking people to bring the donations to their churches or (the food hank) to help us through
H To make donations to the SOS Inc.,
Food Bank, call 629-3663 or bring them to 248 Memweather St. The food bank needs canned milk, earned meats, vegetables, fruit peanut butter, soups, cereals, laundry items, shampoo and bath items.
■ To apply to receive the food, come by the office and fill out an application. You will need lo state the source of your income and go through a screening process with the food bank board of directors.
Food bank volunteers conduct food dnves during the Christmas holidays and in May and and said they were not anticipating this shortfall.
For example, Drawe said the food hank received 2,500 pounds of donated food last month hut gave out 6,000 pounds.
Food bank officials said they thought new policies on food stamps were causing the increased demand.
People ages 18 to 50, for example, with no dependent children can only receive food stamps three months during a three-year period with a few exceptions This and a few other changes became effective October of last year, said Janet Hahn, eligibility specialist for the Texas Department of Human Serv ices in New Braunfels.
Hahn said changes made last year reduced the number of eligible food stamp recipients. Still, the increased number of food bank patrons wasn’t necessarily tied to those changes, she said.
New' Braunfels could be included in possible air quality sanctions if the San Antonio area does not meet new regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, local and area officials said Wednesday.
The determination of w heftier the region meets the new standards will come in a few weeks and will shape the future of air quality for Comal,
Guadalupe and Wilson counties, local officials said.
The EPA included those counties in the San Antonio area because they contribute to air pollution through commuting and other transportation to San Antonio, officials said.
The new standards are preferred because they allow more flexibility for communities to reach compliance and are based on more scientific methods of calculation than current standards, officials from the Alamo Arca Council of Governments said.
The new standards base calculauons on an eight-hour average for each day and then take the fourth highest readings of each day to calculate a final average. Four violanons are allowed.
The current standards base the final figure on a one-hour reading on peak days with no more than three violations.
If San .Antonio does not meet the new standards, then it, along with New Braunfels, would have to meet the current standards, which some say are tougher.
“I think it’s going to be very, very close,” said Shelley Whitworth, manager of the natural resources and transportation department for AACOG. “A lot of it will depend on the weather. If the weather works
Turn to Oxon*, Page 2A
Some 800 athletes to participate in triathlon after two-year absence
By DAVID DEKUNOER
CANYON LAKE — After a two-year absence, the Texas Hill Country Triathlon will take place again Saturday at Canyon Lake.
The event, which ran from 1986 to 1994, was not conducted in 1995 or 1996 because of renovations to Comal Park, the site of the race.
In May the triathlon’s future seemed in doubt. The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted not to sanction the event, citing complaints from some residents and business owners. They said the event inconvenienced them and their businesses along Farm-to-Market Road 2673 in Startzville.
During past races, roads were closed and traffic backed up.
However, race director Carl Owens, residents of The Woodlands subtlivision and business owners agreed to a compromise plan giving them information
■ Race day check in: 6 a m. to 8 a.m.
■ Race time for swimming:
8 a m. to approximately 10 a.m.
H Bike race segment Approximately 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
H 10-mile run begins approximately at 10:25 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. m First finisher at Comal Park: approximately 11:24 UIL
■ Last finisher approximately 3:30 to 4 p.m.
m Course officially doses at 4 p.m.
and notices of road closures well in advance of the triathlon. County commissioners approved the road closures.
Owens said 800 triathletes will participate in the race this weekend.
“I think we will have a good
turnout considering we have been gone for three years,” Owens said.
He said he went out of his way to accommodate both business owners and residents.
“Well, we have put signs at the intersection (FM 2673 and FM 3159),” Owens said. “We sent stuff to the Canyon Lake (Times-Guardian) paper so they could publish it and we have distributed information to residents in The Woodlands. We gave them maps and timetables so that they know the best times to travel and not to travel. We are fry ing to reduce the inconvenience.”
Information on alternate routes will be provided as well.
Owens said special passes would be given to residents so the 1,200 to 1,400 expected volunteers would be able to help them.
The triathlon will start at 8 a.m. with the 1.5 mile swim at
Turn to Triathlon, Page 2A
Making way for triathletes
Road ctoauree and alternate routes during the 1997 Texas Hill Country Triathlon at Comal Parte
B Drivers should expect posatole delays from 8:30 to 10:10 arn as cyclists cross left from Old Saltier Road to Farm-to-Market 2673 east.
B Traffic may have to delayed at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 2673 and Farm-to-Market 3159 during the lima the eyelets are returning back to Comal Park from approximately 10:10 am. to 1:30 pm B Drivers wit not be able to turn watt northbound from Farm-to-Market 3158 onto Farm-to-Market 2673 during the time the bicyclists ara coming back to Comal Park. Right turn only off of FM 3159 onto FM 2673.
B No left turns be allowed south from westbound Farm-to-Market 2673 onto Farm-to-Market 3159. Motorists must proceed west to a spur across from the Dairy Queen off of FM 2673 and return to FM 3159. a No right turns south from FM 2673 onto FM 3159.
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between 8:15 arn. and 1:30 pm B During bike race possible delays at tai transection af GategherDrwe and Canyon Band between 830 am to 1:30 pm a Motorists can go from Wets Lana north to Oelagher Drive, SMI to Canyon Band, than turn south on Canyon Band and then onto Furo-to Market 2673 end hit tis spur across from Dairy Quean.Archives Anonymous — Page 5A; local residents extend ‘kudos' — Page 4A