New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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#Labor Day quiet end to heated season
By WRI Wright
The Herald Zeitung
The weather was the talk of the town on Monday, as people fIfK ked to Landa Park, the Comal River and Schlitterbahn to get in one more taste of summer.
Lab)r Day weekend marks the unf)fficial end to the season, and New Braunfelsers and visitors alike enjoyed the three-day peri-
■ New Braunfels Yacht Club tiosts annual Comal River cleanup. Page 2.
od that began blazingly hot on Saturday but featurc*d muc h ((X)l* er temperatures by Monday.
Though they had prepar('d for an onslaught, outfitters reported modest business compared to
previous Labor Day weekends. That was evident on Monday, as the Comal River s<iw only mixler-ate traffic throughout the day.
Matt Brc*st and his mother, lanet Brest, (ome i'very wtvkf’nd from Houston They s()ent their three-day respite in the river near the Float Inn, which allows folks to roam the' grounds just past the
"Today it teels wonderful," janet Brest said. "We tome here* all the time. There* are a lot less fX'ople here' today than Saturday or Sunday."
lustin Sanchez and six friends took advantage of the umf)rella-shaded pic nic tables at the* float Inn.
"We're down here barlxn iiing on 1 al)or Da\ with sonic' Irif'nds," said Sanchcv, who was b.irix'-cuing fajitas, steaks, s.msagcs and boneless pork ribs m ,i stii.ill portable' pit.
"We're just enjoying th(' day — just hanging out .ind enjoving
a I wasn’t going to evacuate, but then the smoke got blacker and blacker and it was like: ‘OK, time to go.’”
Gina Thurman | Analyst for Icxas Workforce ('ommission
BASTROP WILDFIRES DESTROY 500 HOMES
AP Pholo/Erich Sctilegel
Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Flighway 71 near Smithville on Monday. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee,
Flames run rampant through Central Texas over weekend
By Michael Graczyk and Will Weisserl
Tfie Associated Press
A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and r.tnc hland in Ontral Texas, destroying nearly SOO homes during a rapid advance tanned in part by howling winds from the rc'mnants of Tropical Storm Lc'e.
At least S,()()0 peo[)le were forced trom their homes in Bastrof) County about 2.S miles east of Austin, many of them fearing the worst while spending the night in emergency shelters. Huge clouds of smoke soared into the sky ancl hung cjver downtown Bastrop, a town of about 6,000 people along the Colorack) River.
The blaze consumed as much as 2.5,000 acres along a line that stretched for about 16 miles, Texas Forest Service officials said.
It destroyt'd 476 homes and about 2.50 firefighters were working around the clock, using bulldozers and punif)er trucks against the firc', Bastrop County lucige Ronnie McDonald said
New Braunfels Fire Department Assistant CTiief Derek Wrenn said members from the NBFf) and four other area departmentsMORE INSIDE
■ Fire at Canyon Lake park burns 30 acres, park evacuated. Page 2.
■ Firefighters kept busy on Sunday with calls.
have joined the fight against the blaze.
Trucks were disf)atchc'd from Schertz, San Antonio, Canyon lake and Spring Branch, each with two personnel. The joint effort is being coordinatc-d by Fire Chief David Covington from the Schertz Fire Def)artment.
NBFl) Battalion ( hief Darren Brinkkoeter is serving as the strike team leader, and fireman Tyler Hindman will serve as an aide to the incident commander, Wrenn said.
The two men were deployed at 12: U) p.m. Monday as [)art of a regional strike team to assist with the fires raging in thc> Bastrop area. Deployment could last as long as seven days.
"The entire area remains in a height^ eiM*d state of fire (janger unlike- any sc'en lor several dec adc's," said New Braunfels
See WILDFIRES. Page 3
HOW TO HELP WILDFIRE VICTIMS
In response to the catastrophic wildfires in Central Texas, Catholic Charities of Central Texas is accepting donations to support families and individuals displaced from their homes and residing in temporary shelters. Monetary donations and any of the following items can be donated Tuesday in Austin at the Diocese of Austin Pastoral Center, 6225 Highway 290 East between the hours of 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Needed Medical Supplies
Other Needed Supplies
Paper Plates, Gups, Napkins, Plastic Utensils Deodorant Sprays for men and women
Disposable Razors Shaving Cream Baby Wipes Size 4 Diapers Baby Shampoo Sanitizer
Depends Undergarments Donations of the items above also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin at 1817 E. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78702, (512)651 6102
Any community organization or faitti community wishing to organize a donation drive ts welcomed to contact Catholic Charities Disaster Response Office at (512) 651 6132. Monetary donations can be made payable to Catholic Charities Disaster Response. An online donation page is in progress
See LABOR DAY, Page 3
Opponents ot a ik'vv Repubiu an < ongressiooa! rcdistru tmg plan in lc\<is .ir<* hoping to prove in l('(k*r al court th(' pi.in illc'galK dilutes tuinonlv voting strc'ngih
A trial to di'tcrniinc the legalit\ ()l the redrawn i (in grc'ssional and state [ l( »usc' distru ts is to begin [ucsd.n l)(‘torc a three )U(lgc paiu'l 111 San Antonio. S(*v(‘r,il law suits tih'd ag.iinsl the plans have lx‘(‘n c onsolidatc'd into one and will bi> ( onsiderf'd during the tiinc' d.n IriaL
The new i ongrc'ssK mal map was dc'signi'd b\ the (i( )P led 1 c'gislatuie and signed bv Rc'pul)li( an (.o\, Ric k l'('rr\. It \\as d¡,n\ n with the goal ot protec tmg ,ind possibK expanding the (i( )P s 2 ^‘1 ina)ori!\ in lexas' delc'gation in Wash ington. IIh* stal(' ( onstitu tion re(|uirc‘s tlie I ('gisiaturc' to rc'draw voting lines on( e a cic’c <idt' to retli'c t pi »pula tion c hangc's as ineasLiied
by th(' U.S. ( i‘nsiis.
Demo( rats argue the' Rc'public an plan sj)lits i iis panic and bLu k c onirnun tic's so that ( ons(>r\,»tivi‘ white rc'sidc'iits would be more' likc'K to win st'.Us in ( ongress.
Texas Attornev (icneral (irc’g Abbott, whose ottic e serves ,is th(' state s attor nt'v, did not return c alls. In c ourt tilings, Abbott c on
tends the ma incrcMses t
) maintains oi u> abilitv ot
minorit\ voters to elcH t their candid.ite ot choic c* in eac h distric t.
RILEY COCHRAN GOODWIN FRAZIER
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