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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ELS T jrm TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 79 18 pages in 2 sections March THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 18S2 50 cents COMAL COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW Spice Hog gets familys ull attention BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Named after one of the Spice Girls Posh is a 259pound hog awaiting her chance at fame Sharing a pen with a 262pounder named Sandi Posh was one of four hogs entered by 10yearold Laramie Boos at the 31st Annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale Laramie a fifthgrader at Memorial Inter mediate has been raising and showing hogs for three years at stock shows in San Antonio Gonzales and Floresville Laramie was one of several hundred youths who brought their animals to the Comal Coun ty Junior Livestock Show on opening day Wednesday Larry and Renee Boos have watched Laramie care for different livestock breeds since he was a toddler The Comal County residents had neighbors that owned hogs and goats animals that Laramie took an interest in right away Laramie got to helping them when he was 4 years Renee Boos said It wasnt surprising to the Boos that their son was ctmous abttuf saw every day Most children naturally are attracted to all types of animals What caught the attention of Laramies par ents Renee said was the gentleness he dis played with their neighbors livestock To be quite honest he is very compas sionate Hes kind of a bighearted Renee said Now a veteran exhibitor hi the prejunior division Laramie has won an assortment of blue ribbons for the hogs he singlehandedly raised Larry is an employee at New Braunfels Util ities and Renee takes care of the home Both parents said they gave their son full responsibility for raising the hogs Feeding watering walking and cleaning up after the animals are among the daily chores that keep Laramie busy when hes not at school or baseball practice Raising livestock keeps a 10yearold busy and can even earn a kid some ribbing at school Laramie has endured the work and occasion See Shadow work HEATHER Canyon Middle School student Erika Vargas helps Cotton Rankin with a computer program on Wednesday while classmate Pete Valenzuela looks oh Valenzuela and Rankin are students in Gayle KorbelPs kindergarten class at Lamar Primary Vargas shadowed Lamar Primary principal Leigh Ann Dees as part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerces Spring Shadow Day during chambers Spring Shadow Day BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer While most area middle school stu dents were sitting in classrooms Wednes day afternoon Daniel Phillips and Israel Garcia were learning that crime doesnt pay Phillips a student at New Braunfels Christian Academy and Garcia a New Braunfels Middle School student spent their school hours learning the ins and outs of the Comal County Sheriffs Department and Comal County Jail Garcia and Phillips were two of 174 middle school students who participated in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerces Spring Shadow Day The shadow program sponsored twice each year pairs local businesses with area youth who have a keen interest in learning about the professional world Seventyfive local businesses rang ing from law enforcement agencies to recreational parks and health facilities participated After breakfast and an opening cere mony at the New Braunfels Civic Center students were escorted to one of their top four choices of businesses to visit with employees and get a firsthand look at todays work environment Phillips said the sheriffs office was his first choice because he was interest ed in law enforcement My dad is a private investigator so I think Id like to follow in his he said Four students toured the county jail and learned what life was like behind down to the prison food Jail administrator Bill Collins said the students were fed typical prisoners fare during their lunch break Its not like mom he said Deputy George Resales gave the stu dents and shadow participants at the New Braunfels Police Department a tour of the law enforcement centers holding cells and explained the process of booking someone into the jail Richard Allerkamp HI a Canyon Mid dle School student said he was looking forward to going out on patrol with sher iffs deputies CISD trustees ready to crunch numbers Pay raises for teachers at heart of budget issue BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District teach ers could get a muchanticipated salary hike but it might not be enough The administration is proposing a acrosstheboard pay raise for all district teachers nurses and librarians for the 1999 2000 school year at a board meeting 6 Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Business 35 CISDs entrylevel teacher salaries are currently the lowest among surrounding districts more than below many San Antonio school districts and could affect the districts competitive edge for new teachers next year CISD teachers with a bachelors degree and no experience earn The min imum salary for entrylevel teachers with a masters degree is The proposed raise would give a CISD teacher with no experience and a bache lors degree an annual salary of Under the proposed salary hike the min imum teacher salary for CISD personnel with masters degrees would be MEETING WHO Comal independent School District board of trustees WHEN 6 today WHERE Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Business 35 WHY Consideration of acrosstheboard pay raise for all dis trict teachers nurses and librarians changes in graduation requirements for freshmen in school year Full 2A Artesia deal with NBU closer to approval BYBiuOCoNNEU Staff Writer Your next bottle of Artesia water might taste familiar Spring water from Comal County appears to be headed to the San Antonio bottling company as soon as New Braun fels city officials OK the deal in April To me this is a winwin I dont see how we can ask for anything said city council member Larry Alexander However council member Juliet Wat son said the sale of water to a commer cial bottler might send a mixed mes sage to city residents if mandatory water conservation measures take effect Watson cast a dissenting ballot Mon day when council voted 51 in favor of a contract between New Braunfels Utilities and Artesia Water Company for spring water Council approved the first of three required readings enacting the ordinance The final reading was expected April 12 Restrictions on lawn watering and oth er discretionary water uses are enforced by NBU and the city when periods of dry weather cause the Edwards Aquifer to drop below stages considered criti cal to the survival of endangered aquat icspecies The contract with Artesia reportedly did not include any clauses calling for a halt to taking water from the aquifer during mandatory conservation periods Im just concerned that the citizen has to conserve but the commercial cus tomer Watson said The agreement between NBU and Artesia could net the utility up to annually The contract would allow the company to draw up to 30 mil lion gallons of Edwards Aquifer spring water from NBUowned wells Benefits of the water sale for the city included up to in yearly rev enue for the general operating fund and name recognition on Artesias bottles One of the things we were looking to do was advertise Edwards Aquifer spring NBU assistant general manager of operations Roger Biggers said Artesia general manager Raymond Henarie confirmed Tuesday that bottled water collected at New Braunfels would include labels identifying the source NBU officials told council the agree ment with Artesia equated to little more than a dent in the local water supply This contract would represent less than a half percent of our total water NBU general manager Paula DiPonzo said NBUs combined rights to Edwards Aquifer and surface water from the Guadalupe River totaled acre feet a supply that utility officials said would meet demand for 30 years The Artesia contract would draw a maxi mum of 92 acrefeet per year from the Edwards Aquifer An acrefoot is equal to about gallons of water INSIDE Bush says hes not distracted by presidential politics BY MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writer George W Bush with a few kind words for potential presi dential rival Elizabeth Dole insisted day that his own budding presidential bid hasnt distracted him from his job as Texas governor Bush who on Sunday formed a presiden tial exploratory committee said he will keep his promise to voters to work at the Capitol until the Legislature ends its currant session on May 31 Youve got to under stand Im working mem bers of the Legislature all the time I really am spending time inside that Capitol Bush said I would hope the pres idential potential candida cy would not disrupt the legislative session Ive told members they need to do what they think is right fer Hie state of he said Bushfe comments came as former Ameri can Red Cross leader Elizabeth Dole was in Iowa announcing her own presidential exploratory committee She said We must rekindle a spirit in our good Bush said I think anybody who runs for higher office whether it be governor or federal office ought to try to BUSH still alive but buried beneath a thickening layer of skepticism and As he has been repeatedly Bush was gra cious talking about ills place They ought to elevate the soul and the Also Wednesday Bush got the backing of nearly threefourths of Republican legislators in another state Montana said John Harp alongside him at the front of the GOP pack I wish Mrs Dole all the best Shell a It is important that the Republican Party support one candidate and run said a letter signed by 67 of 91 GOP lawmakers t
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