New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
COMPLETE COMAL COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL REPORT BEGINS ON IB
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
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SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINGE 1852
^ AIR QUALITY
The Texas Commission on Environmental Qualitv has issued an Air Quality Health Alert (AQHA) for today at the orange level for the Greater New Braunfels area.
The TCEQ recommends that individuals with chronic lung disease such as asthma and emphysema, the elderly and young children should avoid exposure for the duration gf this Air Quality Health Alert.
For information, visit WWW airnovv.gov.
► TEXAS WILDFIRES
Anxiety mounts for evacuees
Some voice frustration over a perceived delay in federal response
KtM(l(>nts k'tt homt*k*ss by
massive ( entr.il Tuxcis wildiirr turned their dtten-tion Iriday to vvfi.it they nt^ed to move lorwarfi, with som(‘ voic ing frustration ovt*r a [)ert i'ived d(4ay in t(‘deral response ev(‘n .is early signs of rec()v(‘rv appeared in reopened n(*igHborh(khIs.
Firefighters foe used on extinguishing hotspots and h.id isolated r e m a i n i n g flames irom th(‘ l)laze that has burnerl for almost a week in and around the city of Bastrop, destroying nearly 1,400 homes and sweeping across about 45 s(|uafe miles of rain-sfarved landsc ape.
"We believe the torward jrogress (ot the lire) has XH'n sto[)ped, thank God for that," It. Gov. David Dewhurst said.
Still, thousands were [)re-vented from returning to their liomes for a sixth day bee ause trees continui'd to burn undc'Tground, loose* power lines hung from scori hed [loles and more' than 800 firefighters were working tamp down the remainder of the fire 2S miles east of Austin.
"It's just really frustr«\ting," said Dee Redc^nius, 40. "Yi>u want to know if your house is there or if it's fiot. ... They don't let you in/ you know. You c an't gc'f assistance."
FEMA spokeswoman Rac hel Racusen said on Friday the agency "received the first rec|uest from the govt'rnor for individual aicf to help Texas residents whose homes were dam-
■ List shows where you can donate locally to fire relief efforts. Page 3A
aged or destroyed in the fires, or who sufrered other personal losses."
POA prez: We didn’t do it
Flying R property owners don’t want part in civil rights suit over busing
By will Wright
The president of the Flying R Ranch Pro[)erty Owners Ass(Kia-fion is wondering why a lawsuit has Ix'C’n brought th(* < )rgani/ation, which has bc‘en ac cusi^j of conspiring with a homeowner to
impede the progress of a Comal IS[^ schcK^l bus.
Lawyers with the Texas ( ivil Rights ProjtKl (T(’RP) filed a motion on Tuc'sday for a restraining order and a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio against the homcHAvner, Daniel Eldridge, and the Flying R Ranc h POA.
The doc uments were filed on behalf of Michael and Leánna Risc'nmay, who c laim Fldriclge and th(> PC )A bl(x ked the bus fn >m pic k-ing up two children of the Risc^n-mays, both of whom are African-Americ an and have disabilities.
Flying R KÌA f)rc^id(‘nt Ray Lax-son on Thursday denic'd his organ
ization h.id anything to do with bl(K king the bus. I .ixson said R )A m('mtx'rs were ask('d to .ipprovc' .i hold harmless w.iiver re'cjuc'sted by Comal ISii to .illow the* bus into the private subdivision. whi( h thev refust'd to do.
See FLYING R. Page5A
BATS AT HOME UNDER 1-35 OVERPASS
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE f f^ffald-Zeltuí)q
Bats begin to emerge from under Interstate 35 at Walnut Avenue on Sept. 1 in New Braunfels.
MTS ALL, FOLKS
Walnut Avenue overpass home to colony of bats
By Greg Bowen
Move over, Austin. Your tamous Congress Avenue bridge bat colony got nothin' on New Braunfels.
It sc*c'ms a New Hraunfels bridge - the l-i5 c)verf)ass at Walnut Avenue — has devc'loped its own sizable bat colony.
Amber Divan, a cashier at the Tiger Tote across the feeder from the over[)ass, said gawkers sometimes gather in the convenience store's flarking lot to watch the bats, which emerge at sundow'n.
The bats were there when Amber started working at the store al)out a year ago.
It's a (iretty big colony, she said.
"They fly out and they keep coming and keep coming."
One of Amber's co-workers chimes in: "It's kinda cool. It's like seeing a bunch of birds, but they're not birds."
"We're kinda used to it now," said Amber, adding the critters don't cause any proolems.
Bats take oft from the Interstate 35 overpass at Walnut Avenue to seek ttieir nightly meal of insects on Sept 1.
The bats sc‘em to emc'rge from the beams of the underpass, she said.
A casual mid-day walk-by insfitx:tion dcx?sn't reveal any obvious l)at-cave-type entrance on the
underside of the concrete and-stec'l bridge.
Everything Icxiks spic and span. No sign of bats.
Only a tell-tale whift of bat guano.
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Rc'tirc'e [>>n Brosius noticc*d the bats and called the newspaper office.
Don and his wife, Nanc y, happened to be at Walmart at sundown one day early last week when they saw thi'm for the first time.
Thc'n Don went bac k to get another look at thc>m Aug. 51.
"Thc'y left at about 7:S2 from the HEB side of the bridge and flew up ovc'r the bridge and oft iast Walmart and toward Seguin," le said.
"Once they go up rn the air, they go up pretty hign. I got a picture of them. They were i n a group of about a thousand or so. You
See BATS, Page 5A
► 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
Churches to address occasion
By Will Wright
M.iny I hurc hes in the Nc'W Braunlels are.i will te.i-ture comriK'mor.itions of Sc'pt. II during sen. K ('s Sun d.u, the lOfh annivers.iry ot the att.K ks on America.
"Wc' will be having a s[H“
(i.il vidi'o tribute with ‘>1 I im.iges <ind prayer time," said D(‘ll.i St('V(«ns, t r('-ativt* arts dire( -for at ()ak-wood Baptist Chur( h, "Alter fh.it Pastor Ra\ (Still) v\ill prc.uh on 'Th'l ) for the tfopeless/ W'hu T will touc h on vvht'rc tluTC' is tr.igeíK, there is hope in Ciod.”
WalK BLuk, tin- minister of musii <)t Fiis* Baptist Chur( h, said scnv u cs w ill in( lude a brief tribute.
"We're doing <\ tive- to seven-minutt' pr('sc‘ntation tc'aturing ,i combination oi video and choir called 'Count fh(' Cost' at the opening ot our servic e ' Bla( k said. "It will h.ivc- a dr.imatic reading and vidc-o and the choir will sing against it."
See SERVICES, Page 3A
AOIN CASTILLEJA GOOOWtN FRAZIER ELEMENTARY
■ Lookinn tor a Sept 11 event^ Check oi.’t today's Planner Page 8A
a They like the temperatures in there. It’s warm enough to raise pups and the crevices are long enough so they can move up and down and get a little hit of temperature gradient, get a little cooler if they need to. ft’s just an ideal situation for bats. They can easily fly out to find food.”
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