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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                PELS Water Rettrlctlont New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers cannot water today users with addresses ending In 8 or 9 can water today after 8 ITUNG Vol 149 No 140 20 pages in 2 sections June 2 2000 FRIDAY Sewing Comal County since 1852 50 cents Owens Corning union vote fails BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Workers at Owens Corning Fab rics who waited four months to learn the results of a union vote will have to wait another year before voting again on union rep resentation During a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board in San Antonio Owens Corning employees found out they were two votes shy of gaining union repre sentation from UNITE Union of Needletrades Industrial and Textile During the hearing the board opened five contested votes from a union election conducted in Janu ary Only two of those contested votes were needed in order for workers to gain UNITE representation In all 62 workers voted against union representation and 59 voted for the union At least 50 percent plus one vote of the hourly workers must vote in favor of UNITE in order to get its representation Owens Coming Fabrics 1851 S glass fiber employs about 120 hourly workers in New Braunfels and more than employees worldwide In 1997 a union vote failed by 10 votes several workers said Reaction from union organizers and some employees ranged from disappointment to shock I couldnt believe said one employee who wished to remain anonymous Im very disappoint Its very union organizer Debi Conrad said The workers really need a union Theyre treated badly and theyve had benefits tak en away from Management at Owens Corning See Catch the wave See Bodyboarding lifestyle luring local teenagers BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer i Its a growing subculture replete with its own language music and fashion luring the youth of New Braunfels with its extreme sport lifestyle The sport of bodyboarding has caught on in a big way and this weekend the pro fessionals are in town for a compe tition sure to draw local amateurs to watch and learn from the top dogs For the ninth year Schlitterbahn is hosting the pro competition an invitational with 20 bodyboarders that will decide the annual Flow Rider World Bodyboarding Cham pion Amateurs will compete for the fourth year with several local favorites vying for the chance to advance to the national finals in September Bodyboarding is the act of rid ing waves on a foot flexible piece of fbarnf said event tor Jay Reale v More than that he said its a As the junior amateur competi tion began Thursday hundreds of bathing suitclad fans and athletes sat or lined the rails of Boogie Bann to watch the 52 under18 body boarders Some sported earrings in strange places others tattoos Many wore WCB World Class Bodyboards and other apparel designed specifically for their sport Schlitterbahn Waterparks contin uous wave surfing ride is attracting such a following JanaTaber has turned the gift shop near the ride into a surfwear shop The majority of the crowd are Schlitterbah K JESSIE A competitor waits at the top of the flume for his turn in Schlitterbahns bodyboarding competition Thursday at the Boogie Bahn Thursdays competition was for amateurs The professional bodyboarders com pete today and Saturday average New Braunfels teens There is a subculture of kids in New Braunfels and elsewhere that live for this Reale said Its radical very The professionals are here for the perfect surf trip In the waterpark the usual hazards of ocean body boarding are absent Here you have a completely pre dictable wavewith no obstacles No sharks no jellyfish no sand just a surf trip in its most perfect Reale said See Elian denied hearing Father pleads with relatives not to appeal courts decision BY ERIN McCuvw Associated Press Writer ATLANTA AP A federal appeals court sided with the government Thursday and denied an asylum hearing for Elian Gonzalez a ruling that could send the 6year old shipwreck survivor back to Cuba with his father within weeks The unanimous ruling from a three judge panel of the llth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Elian from leaving the country immediately and gave his Miami relatives two weeks to appeal either to the full appeals court or the Supreme Court Family lawyer Kendall Coffey said he hadnt decided on a course of action However Elians father Juan Miguel Gonzalez pleaded with the Miami family to end the court battle so father and son could finally go back home The father came to the United States to reclaim his son in April Make no mistake about what happened said the fathers lawyer Gregory Craig This case has been decided and in our view there is no longer any doubt about the ultimate The appeals court ruled that the Immigration and Nat uralization Service acted within reason when it decided that only Elians father could apply for asylum for him not the Miami relatives The court said that because no federal law addresses whether a child as young as Elian can seek asylum against the wishes of his parents the INS was required to come up with a policy dealing with the extraordinary cir cumstances of the case The judges acknowledged that Cuba violates human rights and the rule of law But they said the INS not the courts should determine immigration policy The judges also denied a request by Elians father to replace Elians greatuncle Lazaro Gonzalez as the boys representative in the court proceedings a move that would have allowed the father to drop the asylum request and take his son back to Cuba GONZALEZ Bracken firefighters worried about county funding cuts BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors is turning up the heat in its fight against predicted county funding cuts as Comal County budget talks are set to begin in six weeks During this past years budgeting process MILLIKIN taxing districts Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said And commissioners said they planned to trim funds again in 2001 a decision the Brack en volunteer firefight ers say could be detri mental to the safety of We are considered to be essential ser vices and the tax revenue we have coming in is not enough to keep up with the rising costs and expenditures of running the BVFD board president Fred Moos said We need the county to main tain the status quo as it is right now and not cut But commissioner Jay Millikin said the county was holding steady in its position county commissioners decided to gradual ly phase out funding for the four rural fire he 70squaremile com that taxpayer money should not be used prevention districts based on projected munity the volunteer fire department to subsidize a taxing entity such as the serves districts that fund rural fire departments in the county Our position basically hasnt Millikin said We are recommending alternative routes to fund the And the districts are not without options if they cannot operate within the revenue stream created by the taxing entity One possibility is for the county and rur al fire prevention districts to support leg islation to increase the maximum state tax cap of 3 cents per property valua tion Millikin said Approval of the tax cap increase would require a state constitutional amendment in the January 2001 legislative session Moos said The tax cap increase might be hard to gain support Moos said And what are we supposed to do in the meantime The county which has funded the rural fire and rescue service providers since 1992 decreased its funding by an average of per district for 2000 Commissioners cut funding for the dis trict that funds BVFD from in See A symbolic foundation CISD breaks ground on million elementary FROM STAFF REPORTS What began with a prayer Thursday morning ended with speeches and the turning of earth whJte rwdhate awl Iitftiri0 golden ehoveta are from left Superintendent Jerry Major board president John Clay vice t Dan Krueaer New Braunfels Mayor Stoney WHHams and CISD and John Betetotn A little more thaii two years from now up to 800 elementary school students will tread the ground broken by Comal Independent School District for its new elementary school The facility is the districts first new primary school in a decade and the first of three it intends to WJ4 to eoMtog few years milKon whooi which will support 800 students in 39 classrooms hasnt been named It will be on FarmtoMarket Road 306 on the south side of the Hoffman Lane intersection The attendance zone for the new facility hasnt been set It is expected to open in August 2002 Other elementary schools are planned in the Cibolo Creek area of Bulverde west of US 281 and north of Canyon Lake near FM 306 and Cranes Mill Road The site for the Canyon Lake school has been selected and the district is work ing now to close a deal on a site in the Bulverde area board president John Clay said This elementary school is the first new one this district has built since Dill Brown in Clay said SeeClSQftA INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds 38B Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports 12B Today 2A Television 10A   

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