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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW Ft pHBO IX PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 87 46 pages in 5 sections March 26 2000 SUNDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 INSIDE Next round Canyon High School boys soccer team rolls on to the next level of playoffs as does the Smithson Valley High School girls Oscar action Roy Hargrove HeraldZeitung correspondent offers his choices for tonights Academy Award winners See Roys picks and compare them with your own while watching the awards C V Inside HORIZONS Larry Phelps Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes HERALDZEITUNG The last of the Herald Zeitungs annual Horizons ends this week by honoring the Citizen of the Year and other Unsung todays HeraldZeitung WEATHER A slight chance of showers is in the forecast for today and tonight Temperatures will continue to be warm For the complete forecast see 2A INDEX Week Key code 77 Construction survivors share their advice WHATS UP What Business Advisory Forum Tuesday Where New Braunfels Civic Center 390 S Seguin St BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Businesses near Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 already have had to adjust to road construction projects and other local businesses could be next Business owners and San Antonio con sultants who have survived major con struction work will offer advice during a forum from to Tuesday at New Braunfels Civic Center 390 S Seguin St The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc business advisory committee is sponsoring the forum to address potential problems during 135 construction in the city Tickets cost and are available at the chamber office Bill Kotylo chair of the committee said the forum was open to all residents and businesses wanting information about the 135 projects and how they will affect the business community Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and con tractors will present an indepth explana tion of the timelines for the phases of the 135 projects and answer any questions from community members TxDOT recently completed the begin ning stages of a million construction project along 135 The interstate from the FarmtoMarket Road Road 482 over See On the issues jm ru 34 ANNUAL TEXAS K JESSIE Carole Keeton Rylander serves as moderator for the Census 2000 and Redistricting panel during the 34th Legislative Conference at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Friday State politicians took part in the twoday event which began Thursday Legislative conference looks at presidential campaign pollution BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A female vice presidential candi date might be just what George W Bush needs in a neckandneck campaign likely to be long and ugly panelists agreed Friday at the 34th Annual Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels He should pick a moderate pro choice political consultant Chuck McDonald of McDonald Associates told a group of 400 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Others wouldnt go quite as far but agreed a moderate female run ning mate would be a good choice for both candidates The presidential race was one of several issues discussed at Fridays conference which kicked off Thursday with a reception honoring Texan of the Year Congressman Bill Archer Fridays events included panel discussion on healthcare reform Census 2000 and redistricting the Clean Air Act and a lively panel on election predictions and issues Political consultants David Marwitz of The Eppstein Group and Peck Young of Emory Young became sparring partners during the election panel quipping about who would be the next president I think Gov Bush will the next Marwitz predicted On beat Young said I obviously Both agreed it would be a close race Itll be a critical close elec Young said The crowd seemed to favor Bush however and applauded political consultant Royal Massets predic tion that he would win The No 1 variable is being like he said And Vice President Al Gore just doesnt have it he said Moderator Paul Burka publisher of Texas Monthly predicted America would come out of the campaign disliking both candidates This is setting up an unsuccessful he said Panelists told attendees about the importance of local involvement in healthcare reform and reminding constituents to fill out census forms Panelists also emphasized the importance of emission reduction and preserving air quality Locally the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Comal Bexar Guadalupe and Wil See Experts Water resources becoming limited alternatives are needed BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BRACKEN Now is the time to find alterna tive water sources and methods to reuse water because it will become a necessity in the future several water conservation experts said Saturday Bruce Lesikar an agricultural engineer with Texas University told a crowd of about 20 local residents rainwater could be the only water source in the area by 2050 Lesikar said in the future residents in the San Antonio area might not be able to rely on aquifers for their water supply Were mining out those aquifers and by 2050 rainfall could be our only soutce of water We can capture that rainwater to use it to meet our he said Lesikar discussed ways local residents could use water harvesting techniques including collecting rain water and storm water run off to supply water for indoor use Lesikar was one of a number of speakers addressing water conservation and environmental issues at the Harvesting Water for the Future water fair in Bracken The Comal County Agricultural Extension Service sponsored the event as a way to inform and educate local residents about watersaving Water availability is an important issue to a lot of people not just agriculture but homeowners and See Council considers zoning near school BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The public can comment Monday on a zoning change that would allow a convenience store and other retail businesses to be built next door to New Braunfels Christian Academy AGENDA Braunfels City Council WHEN Monday WHERE New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave AGENDA Public hearing and first reading of an ordinance rezoning a lot from R3 MultifamilytoC1A Neighborhood Business District see Applicant Randy Taylor said at a March plan ning commission meeting that he planned to build office buildings on the Loop 337 site but wasnt locked into that plan Kent Toppert board president for New Braunfels Christian Academy asked the commission to consider a special use permit to land use to office space rather than a rezoning to a neighborhood business district Office buildings typically generate about 411 trips a day but a retail store could aver age more than according to city records Realize theres children who back up to the property and are playing out there all day virtual ly all Toppert said The rezoning would allow for retail bakeries barber and beauty shops florists bicycle repair shops electrical repair and fixit cleaning pressing and dyeing pickup stations clinic convenience stores no motor sales Laundromats and laundry pick up stations offices business or professional banks photographic supply and photographic See New Braunfels resident David E Will with Landscape Details discusses different soil samples with a visitor Saturday at the Comal County Extension Services water fair in Bracken Will was one of several businesses and organizations displaying the lat est products and services in water conservation around the home HEATHER HeraldZeitung t   

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