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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NewHerald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 214 16 pgs. in 2 sections September 15, 1999 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents GBRA request for diversion hike opposed by WORDCounty balks at joining in amendment opposition By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s request to divert more water from Canyon Lake met w ith opposition Tuesday during a special meeting of Comal County Commissioners’ Court. The Water-Oriented Recreational District board voted Sept. 8 to contest GBRA’s amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. GBRA wants to increase its authorized water diversion from Canyon Reservoir from 50,000 acre-feet per year to about 90,000 acre-feet per year. In addition, GBRA is seeking authorization to use 11,000 acre-feet of water per year outside the Guadalupe River basin. In an I lth-hour hearing Tuesday, WORD representatives were unsuccessful in their attempt to include the official support of the commissioners’ court in opposition to the amendment. Any parties contesting the amendment are required to submit the requests for a case hearing within 30 days of the application’s posting. GBRA posted legal notice of its application Aug. 9 in a San Antonio newspaper, and the deadline for parties to contest GBRA's application was 5 p.m. Tuesday. One of WORD'S primary concerns was that the proposed 40,000 acre-feet per year increase would create a drop in the w ater level of Canyon Lake, consulting engineer Don Rauschuber said. Also, w ith a possible decrease in the flow of the Guadalupe Riv er downstream from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels, WORD representatives voiced concerns about providing a steady flow of water during the summer months — w hen demand for recreational flow increases. Although commissioners decided to take “no action” on WORD’S move to contest GBRA’s application, they said they were leery about full supporting GBRA’s request w ithout further understanding of the conditions of the amendment. “I am concerned more and more how water from Canyon Lake is used,” Commissioner Jack Dawson said. See DIVERSIONSTrade show preview WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Eden Home, Inc. staff members Betty Doeppenschmidt (left) and Dorothy Koenig (middle) welcome a visitor to their Business Trade Show booth at Tuesday night’s sneak preview. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Comal Cemetery marker dedication, workshop scheduled for Saturday By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Local residents can learn more about tombstone restoration and Comal County history on Saturday. Comal County Historical Commission and Comal County Genealogy Society are sponsoring a Comal C emetery marker dedication and workshop from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be a hands-on experience, allowing people to learn the correct methods of preserving tombstones. And it hopefully will teach people to respect this historical resource, said Connie Krause, vice president of the Comal County Genealogy Society. “A lot of people don’t respect the cemetery,” she said. “But it’s the final resting spot of our ancestors.” Krause said the cemetery, located on Peace Avenue, had been the target of vandalism and theft in recent years. Sexton Larry Herrmann, who has patrolled Comal Cemetery for five years,See CEMETERY/3AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.....................4-8B Comics...............................2B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................5 A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................7-8A Today.................................2A Television...........................2B Key Code 76 Rural fire, emergency personnel meet withcounty commissioners By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Members of the rural fire prevention and emergency services districts for Comal County met w ith the Commissioners’ Court Monday evening to discuss ways to generate more revenue. The districts are partially funded by taxpayers who reside in each district. However, the county has been supplementing the district’s incomes since they were established in 1992, a practice tire county would like to slowly back out of in the future, County Judge Danny Schell discuss revenue “Over the next five years, as valuations and grow th continue to increase, we would like to look to other legal requirements to fund the districts,” Scheel said. Funding for rural fire districts was cut in the county’s 2000 budget. Members of the districts voiced concern about being able to provide adequate emergency services. “Some people have misconceptions about the services we w ill be able to provide w ith the funding we have,” said Keith Lewis, president of Rural Fire District 4, which servesSe© REVENUED Monday night, a peaceful New Braunfels slipped into a state of slumber. Tuesday morning, residents and shopkeepers awoke and cried, ‘Jiminy crickets!’ WAI U/Herald-Zeitung Matthew Lyle of Lake Hills watches as crickets cover an outside wall Tuesday morning at Calahan’s Pub and Deli, 194 W. San Antonio St. Downtown business owners said the insects were mating and made an appearance each year when cooler weather arrived. Flood, drought, pestilence test New Braunfels' mettle Battling the Invasion By Heather Todd Staff Writer You can go anywhere in New Braunfels, but you can’t escape them. In dow ntown shops, on sidewalks and even in the drive-through lines at fast-food restaurants, they are swarming along the walls or chirping from a distant comer. Crickets seemed to have launched a surprise attack on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, Ladonna Kruppa, owner of Angels and Inspirations, 204 W. San Antonio St., opened her shop to find crickets all over the front entrance and inside the store. “It took me an hour and a half to get them all out,” she said. Despite her efforts, Kruppa still was finding crickets in drawers and underneath dis- “// doesn ’/ help the ambiance, but it hasn't kept the customers away." — Sue Groff, owner, Country Faire play cases later that morning. Across the street at Calahan’s Pub and Deli, 194 W. San Antonio St., a mass of black crickets covered the outside wall of the building facing North Casten Avenue, and a pile of both dead and live crickets covered the front doorstep. Downtown business owners said the cricket problem was a common occurrence that happened every year whenever cooler temperatures hit. Information from the Texas Agricultural Extension Ser-See CRICKETS/3A WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung An employee at Chick-fil-A, 1031 S. Walunt Ave., sweeps hundreds of crickets away from the restaurant’s drive-through window on Tuesday. Tips for keeping crickets from invading homes and shops: • Lower the shades and close windows at night when lights are on. • Turn off outside lights as early as possible or use low-pressure sodium-vapor or yellow incandescent lights, which insects are not as attracted to. • Place insecticidal bait in areas where crickets congregate, in grassy areas or in jasmine beds. • Seal all holes around doorways or windows where insects could get in. • Find cricket bait at local retail stores or call a local exterminator to spray the outsides of buildings. ;