New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ntw Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 177
TUESDAY September 6,1983
The summer season ends
Rafters negotiate their craft down the Guadalupe River
Staff photo br Cirnfy Richardton
Summer of '83—mixed reviews
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
As Labor Day weekends go, this past one was not quite dynamite. But the Comal County visitor industry seems to have had a pretty good summer overall.
Canyon Dam Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley believes it’s been a record year for the Canyon Lake area, which may have received more than 2 million visitors since Jan. I.
"We’re ahead (rn visitations so far Every month this year has either been a record (as compared to all past Junes, for example) or very close to it,” said Parsley.
An estimated 74,000 people visited the federal parka around the lake this past weekend, said (Mirk ranger Judy Scott. That’s busy, but "it was no Fourth of July by any means," she said. Over the three-day Independence Day weekend, some 160,000 people visited the lake.
Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, told a similar story about business in general, although he has no statistics to goon yet.
"We had a good summer, no great increases in business, just a good summer. Overall, comparable to last year’s,” said Purdum. "I think the crowds were a little down this past weekend.”
County Sheriff Walter Fellers agreed "It’s been a busy summer for us, I believe the busiest we've had,” he said But describing the holiday weekend, he added, "I don't figure it was much different from an average summer weekend, except it was longer.”
Purdum thought that "day use" of recreation facilities in the area may have gone down somewhat, while overnight lodging areas stayed pretty full.
The Chamber estimates day use by checking statistics in the dty parks. Purdum said people who rent lodging at local resorts don't usually spend much time at Landa Park; that's more used by visitors who just drive up for the day.
Bob Henry, who owns Landa Resort and the Schlitterbahn water amusement park, observed the opposite. The Schlitterbahn, which could be considered a day-use attraction, had a
record year. Business at the Resort, which offers overnight camping and lodging, was down 20 to 25 percent, Henry said.
He attributed this to the fact that the Chamber of Commerce is no longer advertising for summer visitors, and said he warned the City Council this would happen.
If business was hurt by lack of water, it was only in the River Road area, with its hefty crop of tube, raft, canoe and kayak rental agencies.
Even there, hardship is relative. “I think we had better business this year than last year, because they (the Corps of Engineers at Canyon Dam» cut the water down lower last year,” said Jennifer Phelps of Abbott* River Outfitters. She indicated canoes may have moved a little slowly this year, but there were plenty of raft and inner-tube rentals.
Phelps indicated that Labor Day weekend started slow, but picked up as
it went along.
"It wasn’t really busy Saturday, but it was Sunday. Our parking lot was full,” she said.
Reagan avoids new sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, avoiding tough economic sanctions in the wake of what he says “can only be called the Korean Air Ione Massacre,” called for U.S. strength to deter the Soviet Union.
With a tough vote coming up in Congress on the MX missile and possibly others on U.S. military involvement in Central America and Lebanon, the president worked a reminder about the Soviets’ "massive military buiid-up” into his nationally broadcast address Monday night.
"Until they are willing to join the rest of the world community, we must maintain the strength to deter their aggression,” he said.
Reagan, turning to Congress for a condemnation of the downing of the Korean jumbo jet, decided not to delay arms negotiations, reimpose a grain embargo or try to halt high technology shipments to the Soviets.
In his speech, he sought to present the United States’ case against the Soviet Union for what he said was "the savagery' of their crime,” and used a tape recording of a Soviet pilot reporting to a ground
controller that “the target is destroyed” two seconds after a missile was launched.
The president acknowledged that a UJ5. ROIX spy plane operated in the area where the Korean plane had flown before it was downed. But he said the plane was back on the ground, in Alaska, one hour before the Korean plane went down, and declared, “At no tune was the ROIX in Soviet airspace”________
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"The 747 has a unique and distinctive silhouette
unlike any other plane in the world,” Reagan said
"There is no way a pilot could mistake this ”
The 16-minute speech from the Oval Office, used tough language to characterize the downing of the aircraft
“This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world," he said.
Five times he used the wtrd "massacre” to
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Two Marines killed as U.S. troops shelled
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were killed and two wounded rn a rocket attack at Beirut airport today, and Druse-Christian mountain fighting left 134 more dead and 345 wounded, authorities said.
The Marines died in a barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired from a Shute Moslem neighborhood near the airport, U.S. spokesmen said The> were the third and fourth Marines killed in Lebanon in eight days.
Marine spokesman Maj. Robert Jordan said the Marines later fired two 155mm rounds at an artillery batten’ that had been "firing at us from south of the airport" at Beirut’s southern flank In Washington, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said the Marines will "just try' to improve their defensive positions, and, of course, they are firing back...”
Meanwhile, Christian forces conceded the fall of the central mountain highway town of Bhamdoun to what they called Syrian and Palestinian-backed Druse attackers, the first major Druse victory in the
fighting touched off by the Israeli army’s pullback to the south
Police said the latest casualties in the mountain fighting raised the toll to 216 killed and 561 wounded since Sunday when the Israelis evacuated the heights and redeployed to safer positions in the south
Israeli officials in Jerusalem said Israeli forces have no intention of re-entering the Lebanese mountains unless Syrian or Palestinian forces move into areas captured by the Druse Meanwhile, UJL presidential envoy Robert C McFaldane dew from Beirut to Damascus in an attempt to get Syrian officials to put pressure on the Druse to stop the fighting
"They i Druse * have entered Bhamdoun They are c ommitting massacres and crimes unprecedented in the history of humanity,” said the Voice of Lebanon radio station of the rightist Christian Phalange Party in admitting the fall of Bhamdoun, 12.5 miles
MThree injured in FM306 week
Three persons have been hospitalized after a three-car collision late Saturday night on FM 306.
The accident occurred about ll :30 p.m. in front of the River Oaks Subdivision.
The accident occcured when a vehicle driven by Phillip Sanchez of Schertz, traveling south, crossed the center line of FM 306 and collided with a vehicle traveling north, the Department of Public Safety reported.
Another vehicle traveling ninth swerved out of the way of the Sanchez vee hic Ie. Sanchez vehicle hit the rear light of that vehicle, the DPS said. No one in that vehicle or in the Sanchez vehicle was injured.
Trad Lynn Spivey of San Antonio, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment. The passengers in her car, a 6-month-old child and 21-year-old. were taken to Hays County Hospital for treatment.
Sanchez was ticketed for driving while intoxicated, the DPS said. He was charged with DWI and released on bond from the Comal County Jail Sunday.
The accident was investigated by DPS trooper Jim Shes. Comal County Sheriff’s deputies and New Braunfels EMS services were also at the scene.
City parks projects keeping crews busy
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Blaff writerRummaging around
Bryan Machuca (left) and E J. Garza check out a game which was up for sale at the Teen Connection Rummage Sale Saturday.
Staff photo by franco* Sndgo*
The sale was held to raise money for the alternative school, which has scheduled a ribbon cutting at 2 p m Sunday.City police car smashed while stuck on tracks
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A suspected gunman escaped (Mi the Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks. A police car went after him, bid didn’t escape the train that came a few minutes later.
No one was burt in the Sunday morning incident near the Jahn Street crossing, but the car was s total loss. The runaway suspect, as of Tuesday morning, had yst to bs caught.
Some time after 2 a m. Sunday, city patrolmen were investigating reports of gunshots being fired in the vicinity of the Texas Junction night club. They had cordoned off tbs area, and apprehended two ■■pacts near th* railroad crossing just next to the dub. A third SMpect fled northward on the tracks, •aid Patrol LL John McEochern, "and this man suppoesdfr had a handgun in his pocket.”
A patrol cor followed, with one wheel on the
railroad crossties and one on the side of the buut-up bed. "He ran into a soft spot and stuck, and very effectively high-centered himself,” McEachem said.
The officer got out of the car and notified hts supervisor it was stuck at 2:X a m. "About 2:39, somebody said they heard something go woo, woo, woo.’ It was a matter of four minutes,” McEachem
"We made every effort to notify the (Missouri Pacific) company," McEachem continued. "But it was a fairly large train. Even though we aet off flares, and ran way down the tracks, the engineer wasn't able to stop "
Just two mouths ago, a city fire truck suffered a similar fate. Ila motor stalled on a railroad track north of town, while its crew was attempting to put out grass fires alongside.
city Parks and Recreation Director Court Thieleman about current projects, and he ll say he's got his hands full.
With the upgrading of the H E B Soccer Complex, the parking lot in front of the Landa Recreation Center. the parking lot on Elizabeth Street and the hike and bike trail as part of Hinman Island's rebirth, it’d be hard to disagree
The soccer project is a joint effort between the city and the two soccer associations in town Complete grading, blading and leveling of the existing fields was finished about a month ago, and an underground sprinkling system was installed The city supplied the spanker heads, control boxes, manpower and digging equipment - the soccer associations paid for the pipe.
Last week, two of the six fields became the city’s first ex-penementation with a process known as hydro-mulching. The other four fields will get the usual sod-eeed-and-fertilize treatment, Thieleman said
"We tried hydro-mulching, because we wanted to experiment with it, and because it is supposed to give a three-inch growth in just two weeks,'’ the director said. "Ifs not an unheard-of thing, but ifs a first for us, and was the thing to do in the interest of time "
Hydro-mulch is a mixture of Bermuda grass ated and fertiliser. Ifs mixed with water at the scene, and in this case, was sprayed from the back of a truck The two fields chosen for hydro-mulching usually get the most playtime.
"The next two weeks are crucial to the process,” Thieleman said, "and we’ve already received calls about wasting water. But we have to keep the ground sabra ted, and the automated system’s bam aal to water twice a day, one hour each sprinkler
water might run off rn the ditches But the process is worth the extra water,” he added, "and after the two weeks, we’U go back to watering every other
Thieleman said the next soccer complex project will be the installation of a security fence, "because there’s nothing there now to keep vehicles off the playing fields ” The fence should be rn before soccer play starts in late September for at least 600 area kids Once additional funds are available, there s more improvement on its way to the H E B Complex like concession stands, bleachers, and better roads and parking areas "Ifs like last year they had cow pastures to play on," Thieleman joked "This year, they’U have soccer fields ’’
Even though parking lots rn the park have been like thorns rn his side, Thieleman s got two lots going in this week, both just minutes away from his office.
Ground was broken for the lot in front of the Rec Center Tuesday morning, which will also ba a joint city effort — this bine, with the Wurst!est Association Thieleman warned those who usually cut around the side of the Rec Center to avoid the yield sign at the corner near the miniature gotf course "Ifs probably not a good idea to de that now, because you’ll probably wind up face to face with a big dump truck or something,” be said.
Wort on the Elisabeth Bt. parti* tot, across from the Circle AIU Theatre, is also erhedutod to bogie this west. Thieleman said each parting tot should provide at toast X ■laces, and both should ba finished la time forwardest
Construction of the bike and bike trail from the railroad right-of-way along the Comal River and Hillman island Drive has also begun, aa part of the long-range Human Island Redevelopment Project.
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